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Nov
27

Top 10 Books to Re-Read During the Holidays

Top 10 Books to Re-Read During the Holidays The week of Halloween I read a book that had been languishing on my Kindle for a while. It’s set in a small town as it prepares for its annual Halloween festival. I loved how the sweater weather and changing leaves mirrored real life—I felt like I was a part of the story. Then I realized that the book came out in July. Reading it then might have been a completely different experience. That got me...
Nov
20

Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (This Mortal Coil #1)

Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (This Mortal Coil #1) This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) Emily Suvada Published: Nov. 7, 2017 (Simon Pulse) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased  Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Cat is a hacker—but she doesn’t just hack computers. She hacks genes, people’s DNA. Most people have been implanted with machines that control apps, and the apps control people’s features. Want a tail? Grow one....
Nov
16

Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

Review: Artemis by Andy Weir Artemis Andy Weir Published: Nov. 14, 2017 (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): 3.5 stars The Moon. Long a dream of mankind to not only visit, but maybe—someday—to colonize. In Andy Weir’s Artemis, that dream has become a reality. Let me say this before I go any further into this review:...
Nov
15

Win It Wednesday: Edge of Darkness anthology featuring Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, and Lori Herter

Win It Wednesday: Edge of Darkness anthology featuring Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, and Lori Herter I was skimming my big stack of giveaway books—yes, I really have a to-be-VBC-giveaway pile—and was struggling to pick the right author for this week’s Win It Wednesday. Luckily, I found a copy of the Edge of Darkness anthology for y’all. That means one book with three novellas. And these aren’t just any novellas, folks. We’re talking sexy-sexy vampire romance novellas. Perfect...
Nov
14

Halfway to the Grave Re-Read Recap Thread!

Halfway to the Grave Re-Read Recap Thread! Re-reading Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave was just what I needed this month. The first time Bones called Cat “Kitten” I was grinning, and the joy didn’t let up until the last page. The real question, readers, is have you continued the re-read and dived in to the next books? I know some of our reviewers have. Below you’ll find some of the VBC staff’s reactions to...
Nov
13

Review: Jade City by Fonda Lee (Green Bone #1)

Review: Jade City by Fonda Lee (Green Bone #1) Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) Fonda Lee Published: November 7, 2017 (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): 3 stars Jade has power, for those who can wield it. With that jade comes physical strength, unique abilities, and power over others. There are two clans who control the mining and...
Nov
9

Review: Perfect Gravity by Vivien Jackson (Tether #2)

Review: Perfect Gravity by Vivien Jackson (Tether #2) Perfect Gravity (Tether #2) Vivien Jackson Published: Nov. 7, 2017 (Sourcebooks Casablanca) 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 Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference the previous book. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1,...
Nov
8

Win It Wednesday: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson

Win It Wednesday: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson Win It Wednesday is back and we have a delicious fantasy romance for one lucky VBC reader. You might have caught Amy’s early review of The Sea King by C.L. Wilson recently. If it piqued your interest, but you weren’t up to date on the series, it’s cool. You know we have your back with the book recs. We have three copies of The Winter King, which is the first book in the Weathermages of...
Nov
7

Halfway Check-In: How’s the Halfway to the Grave Re-Read Going?

Halfway Check-In: How’s the Halfway to the Grave Re-Read Going? The VBC team is re-reading Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost in celebration of the book’s 10-year anniversary. The full details are in last week’s post. (We can wait while you catch up.) Are you joining us on this (re-)read? We have one more week until we offer our full re-read thoughts, but we figured the halfway point was a good time to check in with everyone. (Plus, VBC’s HBIC...
Nov
6

Review: The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso (Swords and Fire #1)

Review: The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso (Swords and Fire #1) The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire #1) Melissa Caruso Published: October 24, 2017 (Orbit) Purchase at: 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 Serene Empire, those who possess strong magic develop a mage mark that shows itself as a colored ring around the iris of the eye. Those who begin to show...

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