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Aug
10

Review: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

Review: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland Published: July 13, 2017 (William Morrow) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 2 stars  D.O.D.O. The Department of Diachronic Operations. A sort of black ops department that figures out how and why magic disappeared from our world, and then works out how to make magic work again....
Aug
2

Review: Raid by K.S. Merbeth

Review: Raid by K.S. Merbeth Raid K.S. Merbeth Published: Jul. 25, 2017 (Orbit) 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 stars Clementine is a bounty hunter in the post-apocalyptic land known as the wastes. It’s a desert landscape dotted with small, ramshackle villages that survive on scavenged bottled water and canned...
Jul
27

Review: The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg

Review: The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg The Fifth Doll Charlie N. Holmberg Published: July 25, 2017 (47North) 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 Matrona has always tried to be the dutiful daughter her parents expect her to be. She stays on top of her chores and never complains. She’s even gone so far as to agree to marry the man...
Jul
26

Review: Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys (Innsmouth Legacy #1)

Review: Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys (Innsmouth Legacy #1) Winter Tide (The Innsmouth Legacy #1) Ruthanna Emrys Published: April 4, 2017 (Tor) 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 Aphra is…not like the other humans around her. Oh, she can mostly pass for one, but it’s the telling little details that give her away as a monster. Not monster as in...
Jul
25

Release-Day Review: Vanguard by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #4)

Release-Day Review: Vanguard by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #4) Vanguard (Razorland #4) Ann Aguirre Published: July 25, 2017 (Feiwel & Friends) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review  Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars It’s been several years since I read the original Razorland trilogy, but still when someone brings up Enclave I can’t wait to talk about the...
Jun
26

Early Review: The Waking Land by Callie Bates

Early Review: The Waking Land by Callie Bates The Waking Land Callie Bates Published: June 27, 2017 (Del Rey 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): 5 stars Ripped from her family at gunpoint at the age of five, Lady Elanna has been raised by the king who took her. She has been treated more or less as a daughter, and she has no desire to...
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...

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