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Jun
27

Early Review: Hope & Red by Jon Skovron (Empire of Storms #1)

Early Review: Hope & Red by Jon Skovron (Empire of Storms #1) Hope & Red (Empire of Storms Trilogy #1) Jon Skovron Published: Jun 28, 2016 (Orbit) 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 At the age of eight both Hope and Red were left as orphans, albeit in very different circumstances. After watching her entire village used as an experiment by a...
Jun
24

Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (Invisible Library #1)

Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (Invisible Library #1) The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) Genevieve Cogman Published: June 14, 2016 (Roc) 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 Irene is a spy and a thief, and when we first meet her, she is busy trying madly to not get caught—first by gargoyles, and then by hellhounds. All...
Jun
17

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) Sarah J. Maas Published: May 3, 2016 (Bloomsbury USA Children’s) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased  Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free (sort of, see below), it will make reference to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s...
Jun
8

Review: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan (Witch’s Child #1)

Review: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan (Witch’s Child #1) Julia Vanishes (Witch’s Child #1) Catherine Egan Published: June 7, 2016 (Knopf Books for Young Readers) 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 Julia is a spy and a thief with an unusual talent: she can be…unseen. Not invisible, not really. People just…look past her. While this is an...
May
18

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #1)

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #1) Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) Alwyn Hamilton Published: Mar. 8, 2016 (Viking) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: library Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars When Amani was sixteen, her mother killed her father and was executed. In a few months, a year will have passed and she’ll be eligible for marriage. Her aunt and uncle are already making plans. But Amani’s...
May
16

Review: The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound #1)

Review: The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound #1) The Bloodbound (Bloodbound #1) Erin Lindsey Published: Sept. 30, 2014 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars The Bloodbound starts on a battlefield as King Erik of Alden is betrayed by his brother, and left to die at the hands of the Oridian enemy. Alix Black, a scout in the King’s army, leaves her post to give aid and ends up saving...
May
12

Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #4)

Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #4) The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) Maggie Stiefvater Published: April 26, 2016 (Scholastic Press) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased 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, The Raven Boys. So this is it. All the research,...
Apr
29

Early Review: True Born by L.E. Sterling (True Born #1)

Early Review: True Born by L.E. Sterling (True Born #1) True Born (True Born Trilogy #1) L.E. Sterling Published: May 3, 2016 (Entangled: Teen) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 3 stars The Plague was not born out of the recesses of disease; it’s something that is in our very DNA. Growing slowly at first, it soon evolved, attacking us from the...
Apr
15

Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Every Heart a Doorway #1)

Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Every Heart a Doorway #1) Every Heart a Doorway (Every Heart a Doorway #1) Seanan McGuire Published: April 5, 2016 (Tor) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased  Reviewed by: Amy  Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Do you ever wonder what happens to those children that return from the wardrobe, rabbit hole, portal, doorway, etc.? For those that don’t really want to come back—for whom the real world is no longer...
Apr
8

Review: Arena by Holly Jennings

Review: Arena by Holly Jennings Arena Holly Jennings Published: April 5, 2016 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars In 2054 the Super Bowl will no longer be the most watched sporting event of the year. No, that honor will go to the RAGE (Reality-Alternate Gladiatorial Events) tournament. For all of the pre-season,...

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