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May
15

Release-Day Review: The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (Paper Magician #4)

Release-Day Review: The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (Paper Magician #4) The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician #4) Charlie N. Holmberg Published: May 15, 2018 (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): 4 stars Alvie Bechenmacher is headed to London to start her apprenticeship as a Polymaker—a magical trade learning how to bespell plastic. With Polymaking being a...
May
8

Collection Review: Ordinary Magic novellas by Devon Monk

Collection Review: Ordinary Magic novellas by Devon Monk Note from VBC HQ: We don’t typically review novellas on their own, but we love Devon Monk’s Ordinary Magic books so much we had to. Below you’ll find reviews of the three latest novellas: Rock Candy, Paper Stars, and Scissor Kisses. Ordinary Magic Novellas Devon Monk Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Amy Note: While this review will be spoiler free it will reference the previous books. If you haven’t...
Apr
23

Review: Wilde Fire by Jenn Stark (Immortal Vegas #10)

Review: Wilde Fire by Jenn Stark (Immortal Vegas #10) Wilde Fire (Immortal Vegas #10) Jenn Stark Published: April 18, 2018 (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 book 1, Getting Wilde. The war on...
Mar
28

Review: Torn by Rowenna Miller (Unraveled Kingdom #1)

Review: Torn by Rowenna Miller (Unraveled Kingdom #1) Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1) Rowenna Miller Published: March 20, 2018 (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 stars Sophie Balstrade has used her talent as a seamstress to support herself and her brother, Kristos, and she’s managed to open her own shop even as others around her struggle...
Mar
19

Review: The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

Review: The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton The Price Guide to the Occult Leslye Walton Published: March 13, 2018 (Candlewick) 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 Generations ago, Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island and was henceforth shunned by the original eight settlers. When Rona finds herself pregnant, the settlers’...
Mar
13

Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Legacy of Orïsha #1)

Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Legacy of Orïsha #1) Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) Tomi Adeyemi Published: March 6, 2018 (Henry Holt 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 Magic is dead—and so are the gods. That’s what people believe after the night the King killed every maji he could find, killing...
Mar
12

Review: Blood and Tempest by Jon Skovron (Empire of Storms #3)

Review: Blood and Tempest by Jon Skovron (Empire of Storms #3) Blood and Tempest (Empire of Storms #3) Jon Skovron Published: Nov. 21, 2017 (Orbit) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 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 Red. The end of Bane and Shadow left our main...
Feb
28

Review: The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #5)

Review: The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #5) The Dark Calling (Arcana Chronicles #5) Kresley Cole Published: Feb. 13, 2018 Purchase at: Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: This review will be spoiler free (and it’s a challenge!), but will assume you are already familiar with the series. If you haven’t started the Arcana Chronicles, we suggest reading our review of Poison Princess. If...
Feb
13

5 Favorite Paranormal Romance Tropes

5 Favorite Paranormal Romance Tropes We couldn’t let Valentine’s Day go by without talking about romance. For me, romance is comfort food all year long. You know it’s going to have a happy ending, even if it rips your heart out on the way there. Readers can also find comfort in the fact that most romances have at least one recognizable trope that lets you say, “Oh, it’s this kind of story.” Here are some of my faves: Friends to Lovers These...
Jan
24

5 Reasons Kresley Cole’s Death Should Be Your Book Boyfriend

5 Reasons Kresley Cole’s Death Should Be Your Book Boyfriend Note: This article was originally published at Heroes & Heartbreakers in 2015. Even after the events of the later Arcana Chronicles books, I stand by my book boyfriend stance on Death. Aric FTW! Plus, I’m pretty ridiculously excited for the new Arcana book The Dark Calling next month. I’m aware I look like a crazy person every time I tack on the #TeamDeath hashtag to a tweet, but I can’t help...

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