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Feb
23

Review: Bane and Shadow by Jon Skovron (Empire of Empire #2)

Review: Bane and Shadow by Jon Skovron (Empire of Empire #2) Bane and Shadow (Empire of Storms #2) Jon Skovron Published: February 28, 2017 (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 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, Hope and...
Feb
16

Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (Lady Helen #2)

Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (Lady Helen #2) The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) Alison Goodman Published: Jan. 31, 2017 (Viking) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Lady Helen is back, just four weeks after the events of her presentation ball, events which culminated in her losing her mother’s only gift to her, saving a man’s life, and needing to find refuge outside of London. As...
Feb
13

Early Review: Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan

Early Review: Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan Portal of a Thousand Worlds Dave Duncan Published: Feb. 14, 2017 (Open Road) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review  Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 2.5 stars An aging Empress, a group of monks who make murder their main mission, and a ragtag army—led by a crazy man—who are high on drugs and convinced they are invincible. All of...
Jan
31

February 2017 New Releases: Jeaniene Frost, V.E. Schwab, Kresley Cole, Kim Harrison, Melissa Marr, Sierra Dean & more

February 2017 New Releases: Jeaniene Frost, V.E. Schwab, Kresley Cole, Kim Harrison, Melissa Marr, Sierra Dean & 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 February 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,...
Jan
26

Early Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #1)

Early Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #1) Caraval (Caraval #1) Stephanie Garber Published: January 31, 2017 (Flatiron Books) 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 Scarlett and her sister Tella live with their father, a brutal man ever since their mother disappeared years ago. He has killed when people did not do just as he...
Jan
20

Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn Martians Abroad Carrie Vaughn Published: Jan. 17, 2017 (Tor Books) 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 Carrie Vaughn takes a detour after Kitty Norville and gives readers an interesting take on sci-fi with her new novel Martians Abroad. Polly Newton thinks she has it all figured out. Born...
Jan
19

Review: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

Review: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White Heartstone Elle Katharine White Published: January 17, 2017 (Harper Voyager) Purchase at: Amazon or Book Depository Review Source: Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for and honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Heartstone is a fantastical retelling of the classic Pride & Prejudice. Elle Katharine White’s version takes place in the land of Arle, most specifically, in Hart’s...
Jan
18

Win It Wednesday: Alice by Christina Henry

Win It Wednesday: Alice by Christina Henry The VBC team likes a good fairy tale retelling, but what we like even more is when they go totally fresh and plenty dark. Naturally, we were big into Christina Henry’s Alice. The sequel Lost Boy made our 2017 Most Anticipated List for a reason. Late VBC reviewer Amanda adored this book, and recommended it to practically ever person she met. Here’s a rather convincing snippet from her review of...
Jan
16

VBC’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017

VBC’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017 The VBC is already digging through release calendars looking for the best books to tell you about in 2017. Instead of making you wait until those books come out, we’ve each put together a list of the books we are most excited to read in 2017. Did your “can’t wait for it” book make the list? CHELSEA The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (Broken Earth #3) Release Date: Aug. 15, 2017 I can...
Jan
12

Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles #2)

Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles #2) Breath of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles #2) Amanda Bouchet Published: Jan. 3, 2017 (Sourcebooks Casablanca) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will make reference to the previous book. If you haven’t started this series yet, check...

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