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May
22

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

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 1: Adam Hauptman vs. Cat Fisa 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 scratches our fantasy romance itch every single time). He’s got physical strength, wiles, and a seriously commanding style....
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...
May
17

Win It Wednesday: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent (signed copy!)

Win It Wednesday: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent (signed copy!) It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Rachel Vincent’s books. Her Unbound series is one I recommend all the time to anyone who likes their romance and their heroines complicated. Beautiful writing. Engaging stories. Just, seriously, she’s an auto buy for me for a reason. I’m not the only one at VBC who adores her books. Check out Amy’s review of Menagerie. RIGHT?!? As a...
May
16

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (ACoTaR #3)

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (ACoTaR #3) A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) Sarah J. Maas Published: May 2, 2017 (Bloomsbury) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Note: while this review will be spoiler, it will make reference to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, A Court of Thorns and...
May
15

Review: The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon (Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1)

Review: The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon (Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1) The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1) Amy Harmon Published: May 11, 2016 (Amy Harmon) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars With words God created worlds. From those words also sprung light and dark, plants and trees, animals and people: two sons and two daughters. Each child received her own word. The Spinner could...
Apr
13

Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) Laini Taylor Published: March 28, 2017 (Little, Brown 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): 5 stars Lazlo, a boy raised in an orphanage who dreams of another world—until one day, the name of that world is erased and becomes,...
Apr
11

Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (Book of the Ancestor #1)

Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (Book of the Ancestor #1) Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) Mark Lawrence Published: April 4, 2017 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: UK copy provided by UK publisher, Harper Voyager, in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4 stars With the Sun slowly dying, the world has been reduced to a single, fifty-mile-wide corridor between the Ice Walls with every inch being fought over...
Apr
10

Review: Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker (Arcadia Project #2)

Review: Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker (Arcadia Project #2) Phantom Pains (Arcadia Project #2) Mishell Baker Published: March 21, 2017 (Saga Press) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: purchased  Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note: While this review will spoiler free, it may reference the previous book. Still trying to recover from the events of four months ago, Millie has left the Arcadia Project and found a job on the same television...
Apr
6

Review: Gauntlet by Holly Jennings (Arena #2)

Review: Gauntlet by Holly Jennings (Arena #2) Gauntlet (Arena #2) Holly Jennings Published: April 4, 2017 (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): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference events from the previous book. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Arena. It’s been a...
Apr
5

Win It Wednesday: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Win It Wednesday: American Gods by Neil Gaiman I am all kinds of nerdy excited for the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. It’s not just the cast, which includes Ricky Whittle (a.k.a. Lincoln from The 100) as Shadow Moon and Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday. The look, the feel, the timing is right for a revisit of this great fantasy novel. Not too long ago, I did a re-read of American Gods on audio. It has a full-cast...

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