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Jul
26

Excerpt: Dark Alpha’s Hunger by Donna Grant

Excerpt: Dark Alpha’s Hunger by Donna Grant We know you love Donna Grant’s delicious paranormal romances. Are you hooked on her Reapers series? The sixth book Dark Alpha’s Hunger will be out on August 7 (pre-order it now). (OMG, how is August next week? This summer has flown, y’all.) We managed to get a sneak peek at the book, and the approval to share it with you. That’s right, we have an excerpt from Donna...
Jul
25

Win It Wednesday: The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

Win It Wednesday: The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish I love unique magic systems in fantasy. Kristi Charish brings something delightfully different to the urban fantasy genre in her Kincaid Strange series. Margaret reviewed The Voodoo Killings, and she read the book practically all at once. (High praise, y’all.) Here’s how Margaret described the worldbuilding in this book: Kristi Charish blends traditional New Orleans voodoo with other...
Jul
24

Release-Day Review: Contagion by Erin Bowman (Contagion #1)

Release-Day Review: Contagion by Erin Bowman (Contagion #1) Contagion (Contagion #1) Erin Bowman Published: July 24, 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): 4.5 stars After receiving a distress call from a drilling crew on the planet Achlys, the crew of the Odyssey is instructed to head out to the far reaches of the Fringe for a standard...
Jul
23

Early Review: The Serpent by Sarah Fine (Immortal Dealers #1)

Early Review: The Serpent by Sarah Fine (Immortal Dealers #1) The Serpent (The Immortal Dealers #1) Sarah Fine Published: July 24, 2018 (47 North) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review  Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars The unfortunately named Ernie Terwilliger has a fairly mundane clerical job at a hospital. She hasn’t taken a vacation in years for fear of leaving her...
Jul
19

Review: The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire (Ghost Roads #2)

Review: The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire (Ghost Roads #2) The Girl in the Green Silk Gown (Ghost Roads #2) Seanan McGuire Published: July 17, 2018 (DAW) 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 previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1,...
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...

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