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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
8

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 13: Mad Rogan vs. Kate Daniels

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 13: Mad Rogan vs. Kate Daniels Update: This was a close one, but with 55 percent of the vote Kate Daniels is the victor. She moves on to the finale! We’re getting closer and closer to finding the Alpha Showdown 2017 champion. In Round 13 we have two powerhouses from Ilona Andrews. At least this time they’re from different series! We have Mad Rogan from the Hidden Legacy series (and from the comments, many of you are...
Jun
7

Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist #1)

Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist #1) Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) Renee Ahdieh Published: May 16, 2017 (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased  Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 3 stars Mariko is the only daughter of a Samurai with upward-mobility plans. As such, she has been betrothed to the younger brother of the Emperor against her will—a man she has never...
May
30

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 7: Kate Daniels vs. Raphael

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 7: Kate Daniels vs. Raphael Update: With 69% of the vote, Kate Daniels has defeated Raphael. She will advance in the Alpha Showdown 2017. Both of today’s alphas have been in the Alpha Showdown more than once. Readers love them both. However, neither has managed to make it to the end and capture the title of Alpha Showdown champion. Will this be the year for one of them? We have Kate Daniels from the series of the same name by...
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
19

Review: Wilde Child by Jenn Stark (Immortal Vegas #7)

Review: Wilde Child by Jenn Stark (Immortal Vegas #7) Wilde Child (Immortal Vegas #7) Jenn Stark Published: May 17, 2017 (Elewyn Publishing) Purchase: 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 book1, Getting Wilde. Sara Wilde has...

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