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Oct
17

Introducing The Keeper Shelf and Evernight by Claudia Gray

Introducing The Keeper Shelf and Evernight by Claudia Gray Most of the time we review new books here at VBC. In some cases that’s just because we’re excited about the new stuff, other times it’s that we’ve read the backlist stories before I started this blog. I want an opportunity to recommend my favorites to you (and let the associate reviewers Jo and Candace have their hand at telling you what’s OMG-You-Must-Read good, too). So,...
Oct
16

Giveaway: Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter

We’ll have a review of the first Jane Yellowrock novel, Skinwalker, here on VBC very soon, but for those you who have already fell in love with Jane (and Beast!) and the urban fantasy world crafted by Faith Hunter, then I have a copy of the latest novel Raven Cursed up for grabs. Entering is easy: Fill out the Rafflecopter form below, live in the U.S. or Canada (no P.O. Boxes, please) and be good...
Oct
15

Review: Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Review: Ironskin by Tina Connolly Ironskin Tina Connolly Published: Oct. 2, 2012 (Tor Books) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4 stars With its gothic tone and lush feel, Ironskin had me wrapped up in the story by the 50-page mark. The novel merges and reworks two classics: Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast. There’s no question the base of the story is inspired by the Bronte work. In Tina...
Oct
12

Review: Shadow’s Edge by J.T. Geissinger (Night Prowler #1)

Review: Shadow’s Edge by J.T. Geissinger (Night Prowler #1) Shadow’s Edge (Night Prowler #1) J.T. Geissinger Published: June 12, 2012 (Montlake Romance) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 2 stars “If they every find you… Run.” These are the words Jenna has lived her entire life by. With “gifts” that make her different she has hidden herself in the human population, running from an unknown danger her parents were...
Oct
11

Book Bits: Devon Monk, Meljean Brook, Andrea Cremer and more

Book Bits: Devon Monk, Meljean Brook, Andrea Cremer and more The Beginning of the End for Allie Beckstrom Devon Monk has started posting excerpts from the final Allie Beckstrom novel Magic for a Price. First, you can find an excerpt from the beginning of the book. Then, Devon will be posting weekly snippets from the novel up until the Nov. 6, 2012, release date (pre-order). The first one is here. Guardian Demon Cover Alert! Wow! The cover for Meljean Brook’s...
Oct
10

Poison Princess Giveaway

Yesterday I reviewed Kresley Cole’s Poison Princess. It was a delight to find it was so engaging and fresh. Also, who doesn’t love a guy that speaks French? Because I know I’m not the only adult reader who wasn’t sure about Cole transitioning to young adult books, I want to give VBC readers a chance to read Poison Princess. Whether you’re an Immortals After Dark fan worrying...
Oct
9

Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #1)

Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #1) Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles #1) Kresley Cole Published: Oct. 2, 2012 (Simon & Schuster) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4 stars I was apprehensive about starting Kresley Cole’s first young adult novel. I admit, a bit shamefully, that it’s her well-written steamy scenes in her Immortals After Dark that make her such a standout. Or so I...
Oct
8

Are you ready for Iced? [H&H]

Are you ready for Iced? [H&H] Based on the tweets I received after posting the October new release list, nearly every one of you is excited for the release of Iced by Karen Marie Moning. It makes sense. Her Fever books featuring Barrons (our first Alpha Showdown champion) and MacKayla are the most addictive I’ve read*. I’m very much looking forward to reading Iced, but I’m also nervous about it. Will Moning’s...
Oct
5

Review: Rapture by J.R. Ward (Fallen Angels #4)

Review: Rapture by J.R. Ward (Fallen Angels #4) Rapture (Fallen Angels #4) J.R. Ward Published: Sept. 25, 2012 (NAL) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free for this book, there will be major spoilers for the three previous books in the Fallen Angel series. If you’ve not read them yet, you may want to start with the first book Covet. Minor warning before I...
Oct
4

October Group Read: Stray by Rachel Vincent

October Group Read: Stray by Rachel Vincent It was a close race this month for the group read pick, but Rachel Vincent’s Stray won by three votes. Regular VBC readers will know Vincent is one of my favorite authors. She has a knack for writing emotional stories that will both gut and thrill you, occasionally at the same time. Whether you’ve read her engaging YA Soul Screamers series or devoured her paranormal romance Unbound...

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