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Jul
17

Review: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French (Lot Lands #1)

Review: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French (Lot Lands #1) The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands #1) Jonathan French Published: June 19, 2018 (Crown) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 5 stars  The Grey Bastards, a group of part-Orcs who help protect their territory from Orc incursions, who help protect a land they’ve never seen against a repeat of a war...
Jul
16

Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik Spinning Silver Naomi Novik Published: July 10, 2018 (Del Rey) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders. Where her grandfather is successful at moneylending, her father not so much. So Miryem takes it upon herself to collect the debt...
Jul
11

Early Review: One of Us by Craig DiLouie

Early Review: One of Us by Craig DiLouie One of Us Craig DiLouie Published: July 17, 2018 (Orbit) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Who defines what a monster is? Is it the child who doesn’t look “normal,” or the adult who locks that child away in a home with other children, who are beaten, not educated, and forced to...
Jul
10

Review: Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (Great Library #4)

Review: Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (Great Library #4) Smoke and Iron (The Great Library #4) Rachel Caine Published: July 3, 2018 (NAL) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference the previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Ink and...
Jul
9

5 Questions with Chelsea Mueller: Soul Magic, Romance, and Cocktails

5 Questions with Chelsea Mueller: Soul Magic, Romance, and Cocktails VBC founder and HBIC Chelsea has a new book out today. It’s the second in the Soul Charmer series, and promises magic, murder, and rented souls. We also have it on good authority the heroine’s character arc is pretty epic and if you weren’t already in love with Derek, you will be now. However, since Chelsea runs this blog, we don’t review her books…because that’s a...
Jul
5

Review: Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #4)

Review: Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #4) Into the Fire (Night Prince #4) Jeaniene Frost Published: Feb. 28, 2017 (Avon) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Review by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: This review was originally posted at Heroes & Heartbreakers. It also assumes you are up to date on the Night Prince series. If you aren’t, check out...
Jul
4

Win It Wednesday: Signed Book! Borrowed Souls or Rogue Souls – Winner’s Choice!

Win It Wednesday: Signed Book! Borrowed Souls or Rogue Souls – Winner’s Choice! It’s Independence Day here in the U.S. and I love this holiday. Maybe because I love fireworks. Or because barbecue. Or because I get to make really great pool party playlists. It’s a little odd having the holiday in the middle of the week, as many of us have to work on the days surrounding it. (And if I’m honest, I’m totally getting writing in today.) But we need to celebrate. We...
Jul
3

Release-Day Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Release-Day Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Lauren James Published: July 3, 2018 (HarperTeen) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars In the year 2048 NASA launches The Infinity into space, heading to Earth II on a projected 44-year journey to cultivate new life. The daughter to two astronauts aboard...
Jul
2

10 “Rural Fantasy” Series You Need to Read

10 “Rural Fantasy” Series You Need to Read A few weeks ago Chelsea posted her list of essential Urban Fantasy series. It’s a good list. I’ve read and enjoyed all of those series. But I felt like there was one glaring omission. My gateway to urban fantasy was the Sookie Stackhouse series, so any UF list I made would have started there. When I asked Chelsea about it she said that Sookie defies many typical UF conventions, first and foremost with its...
Jun
28

July 2018 New Releases: Chloe Neill, Chelsea Mueller, Karen Chance, Kevin Hearne, Lara Adrian and more!

July 2018 New Releases: Chloe Neill, Chelsea Mueller, Karen Chance, Kevin Hearne, Lara Adrian and more! In an effort to help you keep that to-read list updated, I’ve compiled the hot urban fantasy and paranormal romance releases for July 2018. All dates are U.S. and tentative. Also: Click the title of any book to visit the Amazon page for pre-order or purchase goodness. I’ve included genre classification with each book: UF is urban fantasy, PNR is paranormal romance, F is fantasy, SF is science fiction, YA...

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