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Jun
22

Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #2)

Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #2) Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) Seanan McGuire Published: June 20, 2017 (Tor) 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 may reference previous events. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book...
Jun
20

Early Review: Godblind by Anna Stephens

Early Review: Godblind by Anna Stephens Godblind Anna Stephens Published: July 11, 2017 (Talos) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by U.K. publisher Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Nearly a thousand years ago the Red Gods were driven from the world by the Gods of Light. The Mireces, worshippers of the Red Gods, were exiled from the Kingdom of Rilpor, forced...
Jun
19

Early Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Early Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter Theodora Goss Published: June 20, 2017 (Saga Press) 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 The recent death of her mother, after the death of her father fourteen year earlier, leaves Mary Jekyll in dire straits. With little money remaining and...
Jun
6

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 12: Griffin vs. Vlad

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 12: Griffin vs. Vlad Update: With 72 percent of the vote your victor is Vlad! He will advance to the next round of the Alpha Showdown 2017! Real talk: How happy are you that this round doesn’t involve a married couple? Whew. The last couple rounds were wicked. That said, it isn’t getting easier. We have Griffin from Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles—who already bested Jane Yellowrock—up against the...
Jun
1

June 2017 New Releases: Nalini Singh, Jeaniene Frost, Lilith Saintcrow, Victoria Schwab, Gena Showalter & more

June 2017 New Releases: Nalini Singh, Jeaniene Frost, Lilith Saintcrow, Victoria Schwab, Gena Showalter & 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 June 2017. 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...
May
31

Review: Spectacle by Rachel Vincent (Menagerie #2)

Review: Spectacle by Rachel Vincent (Menagerie #2) Spectacle (Menagerie #2) Rachel Vincent Published: May 30, 2017 (MIRA) 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, Menagerie. Those in...
May
26

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 5: Mad Rogan vs. Rhysand

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 5: Mad Rogan vs. Rhysand Update: Mad Rogan dominated this round with 70 percent of the vote. He’ll advance on in the Alpha Showdown. We have a previous Alpha Showdown champion in this round: Mad Rogan from Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series. Let’s not pity his opponent just yet. Rhysand has a whole lot of passionate fans of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series at his back. Magic and power...
May
24

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 3: Jane Yellowrock vs. Griffin

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 3: Jane Yellowrock vs. Griffin Update: This was our closest round yet, but underdog Griffin squeaked into the lead with 52 percent of the vote. He will advance to the next round. Jane Yellowrock from Faith Hunter’s series of the same name has been a powerful contender in the Alpha Showdown for several years. She’s never claimed the title, though. Will this be her year? She’s up against another of the new faces this...
May
22

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 1: Adam Hauptman vs. Cat Fisa

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 1: Adam Hauptman vs. Cat Fisa UPDATE: The poll has closed and with 82 percent of the vote, your winner is Adam Hauptman! He advances to the next round. We’re coming hot out the gates with Alpha Showdown 2017. We have a long-time favorite alpha Adam Hauptman from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series (which we loooooove) up against newcomer Cat Fisa, the heroine of Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles (which...
May
18

Alpha Showdown 2017 Starts Next Week!

Alpha Showdown 2017 Starts Next Week! Every year the Alpha Showdown gets bigger and better. It’s back for 2017, and OMG can we talk about the lineup? Old favorites—Mad Rogan, Jane Yellowrock, Ethan Sullivan—and fresh faces including both the hero and heroine from VBC’s best book of 2016 A Promise of Fire. Rhysand caught everyone’s attention in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and he’s making his first appearance...

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