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Feb
16

Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (Lady Helen #2)

Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (Lady Helen #2) The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) Alison Goodman Published: Jan. 31, 2017 (Viking) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Lady Helen is back, just four weeks after the events of her presentation ball, events which culminated in her losing her mother’s only gift to her, saving a man’s life, and needing to find refuge outside of London. As...
Feb
13

Early Review: Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan

Early Review: Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan Portal of a Thousand Worlds Dave Duncan Published: Feb. 14, 2017 (Open Road) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review  Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 2.5 stars An aging Empress, a group of monks who make murder their main mission, and a ragtag army—led by a crazy man—who are high on drugs and convinced they are invincible. All of...
Jan
27

Excerpt & Giveaway: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Excerpt & Giveaway: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn Earlier this week VBC’s Amy told you how much fun Carrie Vaughn’s Martians Abroad is. It’s quirky and we loved the fish-out-of-water idea reversed to have a Martian coming to Earth. We liked it so much we’re sharing the first chapter of the novel right here, and a giveaway of Martians Abroad. Read on for a taste of the book, and your chance to win a copy! EXCERPT MARTIANS ABROAD...
Jan
20

Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn Martians Abroad Carrie Vaughn Published: Jan. 17, 2017 (Tor Books) 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 Carrie Vaughn takes a detour after Kitty Norville and gives readers an interesting take on sci-fi with her new novel Martians Abroad. Polly Newton thinks she has it all figured out. Born...
Jan
19

Review: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

Review: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White Heartstone Elle Katharine White Published: January 17, 2017 (Harper Voyager) Purchase at: Amazon or Book Depository Review Source: Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for and honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Heartstone is a fantastical retelling of the classic Pride & Prejudice. Elle Katharine White’s version takes place in the land of Arle, most specifically, in Hart’s...
Jan
18

Win It Wednesday: Alice by Christina Henry

Win It Wednesday: Alice by Christina Henry The VBC team likes a good fairy tale retelling, but what we like even more is when they go totally fresh and plenty dark. Naturally, we were big into Christina Henry’s Alice. The sequel Lost Boy made our 2017 Most Anticipated List for a reason. Late VBC reviewer Amanda adored this book, and recommended it to practically ever person she met. Here’s a rather convincing snippet from her review of...
Jan
12

Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles #2)

Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles #2) Breath of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles #2) Amanda Bouchet Published: Jan. 3, 2017 (Sourcebooks Casablanca) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will make reference to the previous book. If you haven’t started this series yet, check...
Jan
4

Win It Wednesday: Nine of Stars by Laura Bickle

Win It Wednesday: Nine of Stars by Laura Bickle I want to start 2017 on the right foot. (If you want to read how I focused on the positive at the end of year, you can hop to this post.) That means keeping this whole Win It Wednesday deal rolling and bringing even more awesome reads into your lives. Everyone is setting their reading goals for the year—I’m currently listening to the full-cast recording of American Gods on audio and finishing the so...
Dec
29

Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)

Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) Ilona Andrews Published: Dec. 20, 2016 (NYLA) Purchase: Amazon Review source: purchase Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Clean Sweep. After playing host to an intergalactic peace summit between three...
Dec
21

Win It Wednesday: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

Win It Wednesday: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst Are you ready for another chance to win an excellent book? (The answer is always yes, isn’t it?) Good, because it’s that time again: Win It Wednesday. Today I have a copy of Sarah Beth Durst’s The Queen of Blood. This book promises adventure, violent magic, and political intrigue within an epic backdrop. I won’t lie, it’s the phrase “violent magic” that got my...

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