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Apr
16

Review & Discussion: The Kraken King Part 1 by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas #4.1)

Review & Discussion: The Kraken King Part 1 by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas #4.1) The Kraken King Part 1: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster (Iron Seas #4.1) Meljean Brook Published: April 15, 2014 (Avon) 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 from Chelsea/VBC: The Kraken King is being published as a serial with a new part offered each week. We’re such super fans of...
Mar
4

Review: Disenchanted & Co. by Lynn Viehl

Review: Disenchanted & Co. by Lynn Viehl Disenchanted & Co. (Disenchanted & Co. #1) Lynn Viehl Published: Jan. 28, 2014 (Pocket Books) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for honest review Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 4 stars If a reader has not been exposed to fantasy yet, then I suggest you start the experience with Lynn Viehl. Much like any beginning book in an urban...
Feb
11

Review: Scarlet Devices by Delphine Dryden (Steam and Seduction #2)

Review: Scarlet Devices by Delphine Dryden (Steam and Seduction #2) Scarlet Devices (Steam and Seduction #2) Delphine Dryden Published: February 4, 2014 (Berkley) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: Purchased Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5): 4 stars There’s a reason Delphine Dryden is on my auto-buy list: She consistently turns out entertaining and high-quality stories. Scarlet Devices is no exception. Eliza Hardison has been convinced to take her...
Dec
23

Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London #4)

Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London #4) Shadowdance (Darkest London #4) Kristen Callihan Published: Dec. 17, 2013 (Forever) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will make references to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of...
Dec
19

Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate #2)

Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate #2) Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) Gail Carriger Published: April 1, 2010 (Orbit) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: purchased Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Soulless. Having been on somewhat of a...
Nov
5

Review: A Study in Darkness by Emma Jane Holloway (Baskerville Affair #2)

Review: A Study in Darkness by Emma Jane Holloway (Baskerville Affair #2) A Study in Darkness (Baskerville Affair #2) Emma Jane Holloway Published: Oct. 29, 2013 (Del-Rey) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: Provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Note: While this review is spoiler free, it does assume you’ve read A Study in Silks. It’s been four months since Evelina Cooper was thrown out...
Sep
30

Review: Tarnished by Karina Cooper (St. Croix Chronicles #1)

Review: Tarnished by Karina Cooper (St. Croix Chronicles #1) Tarnished (St. Croix Chronicles #1) Karina Cooper Published: July 5, 2012 (Avon) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Amber Rating (out of 5): 3 stars By day Cherry St. Croix is the daughter of a late scientist, a madman they called him. She struggles to fit in with proper London society until she can inherit her fortune. By night Cherry does what her heart desires....
Sep
24

Release-Day Review: A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway (Baskerville Affair #1)

Release-Day Review: A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway (Baskerville Affair #1) A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair #1) Emma Jane Holloway Published: Sept. 24, 2013 (Del Rey) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5): 3 stars Evelina Cooper, niece of the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, is a guest of Lord Bancroft, former ambassador to Austria. His daughter Imogen...
Jun
3

Review: Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre (Apparatus Infernum #1)

Review: Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre (Apparatus Infernum #1) Bronze Gods (Apparatus Infernum #1) A.A. Aguirre Published: April 30, 2013 (Ace) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Long before I started reading romance and urban fantasy, my drug of choice was mystery novels, the more complex the better. And the mystery at the heart of Bronze Gods was a nice juicy one I could sink my teeth into. Janus Mikani and Celeste...
Mar
14

Book Bits: More Lady Corsair, Curran POV, post-apocalyptic fiction and Rinda Elliott excerpt

Book Bits: More Lady Corsair, Curran POV, post-apocalyptic fiction and Rinda Elliott excerpt Things are getting nice and busy here at VBC headquarters. I’ve loved reading applications for new reviewers (you can still apply) this week, and I have a couple very good reads atop my to-read pile. More Lady Corsair and Archimedes Fox! Next month we’ll get Meljean Brooks’ novella featuring the hero and heroine of Heart of Steel, a book I adored on an epic level. Tethered is an epilogue...

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