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Sep
2

Review: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (Sorcerer Royal #1)

Review: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (Sorcerer Royal #1) Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) Zen Cho Published: Sept. 1, 2015 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Zacharias Wythe, freed slave and magical scholar, has never been well liked by his colleagues in the Royal Society for Unnatural Philosophy. When he becomes Sorcerer...
Aug
19

Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendon (Rebel Mechanics #1)

Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendon (Rebel Mechanics #1) Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics #1) Shanna Swendson Published: July 14, 2015 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: library Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Rebel Mechanics is set in New York City in an alternate nineteenth century in which America is still a British colony. The English aristocracy quashed the 1776 rebellion with their magic and...
Jun
18

Giveaway: The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod

Giveaway: The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod Last week Jo reviewed P.N. Elrod’s The Hanged Man, and if you watched Twitter that day you probably saw almost every VBC reviewer (and this editor!) hit up Jo to tell her that now they had to read the book. Maybe we’re all itching for a good fantasy with Victorian trappings. This book, though, has the mystery hook and supernatural elements that hits all our buttons. Jo actually described the...
Jun
9

Review: The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1)

Review: The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) P.N. Elrod Published: May 19, 2015 (Tor Books) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for a honest review Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4 stars In an alternative Victorian London, Queen Victoria never married Prince Albert. Instead, whilst wandering the country in disguise, she was rescued by...
Jun
8

Early Review: The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato (Clockwork Dagger #2)

Early Review: The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato (Clockwork Dagger #2) The Clockwork Crown (The Clockwork Dagger #2) Beth Cato Published: June 9, 2015 (Harper Voyager) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out...
May
1

May 2015 New Releases: Darynda Jones, Charlaine Harris, Sarah J. Maas, Thea Harrison, Jenn Bennett & more

May 2015 New Releases: Darynda Jones, Charlaine Harris, Sarah J. Maas, Thea Harrison, Jenn Bennett & 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 May 2015. 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, YA...
Mar
24

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) V.E. Schwab Published: Feb. 24, 2015 (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): 5 stars Many, many years ago magic was a prevalent thing throughout the worlds. Those who carried magic within themselves could travel at will through the open doors...
Mar
16

Early Review: Prudence by Gail Carriger (The Custard Protocol #1)

Early Review: Prudence by Gail Carriger (The Custard Protocol #1) Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) Gail Carriger Published: March 17, 2015 (Orbit) 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 When I found out there was to be a spin-off/sequel series to Gail Carriger’s truly brilliant Parasol Protectorate series (start with Soulless), I’m not going...
Mar
2

March 2015 New Releases: J.R. Ward, Chloe Neill, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Molly Harper, Gail Carriger and more

March 2015 New Releases: J.R. Ward, Chloe Neill, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Molly Harper, Gail Carriger and 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 2015. 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,...
Feb
16

Review: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Review: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear Karen Memory Elizabeth Bear Published: Feb. 3, 2015 (Tor) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars “You ain’t gonna like what I have to tell you, but I’m gonna tell you anyway.” So begins Karen Memery’s (“like ‘memory’ only spelt with an e”) story about how she, and the rest of the “seamstresses” working for Madam Damnable at the...

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