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Feb
9

Release-Day Review: These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas

Release-Day Review: These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks #1) Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas Published: Feb. 9, 2016 (Swoon Reads) 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 This season, Evelyn Wyndham’s biggest concern is how many suitors she’ll have to stave off after her mother gets to meddling. When her...
Dec
25

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Rhys (aka The Iron Duke)

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Rhys (aka The Iron Duke) A couple weeks ago I joked on Twitter that I was in need of a book boyfriend Advent calendar. There was quite a bit of “yes, please!” from others, but no one could find a good one. Clearly, this was up to me. So, to make the chaotic holiday season a little more fun and a lot more sexy, we’re going to feature a book boyfriend every day for the next 25 days. That’s right. Welcome to...
Dec
7

Review: Clockwork Samurai by Jeannie Lin (Gunpowder Chronicles #2)

Review: Clockwork Samurai by Jeannie Lin (Gunpowder Chronicles #2) Clockwork Samurai (Gunpowder Chronicles #2) Jeannie Lin Published: Dec. 1, 2015 (InterMix) Purchase: 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. Clockwork Samurai picks up about a year after the end of Gunpowder Alchemy. Jin...
Nov
9

Review: The Devious Dr. Jekyll by Viola Carr (Electric Empire #2)

Review: The Devious Dr. Jekyll by Viola Carr (Electric Empire #2) The Devious Dr. Jekyll (Electric Empire #2) Viola Carr Published: Oct. 27, 2015 (Harper Voyager) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference events from the previous book. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, The Diabolical Miss Hyde....
Sep
28

Early Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Cinder Spires #1)

Early Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Cinder Spires #1) The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) Jim Butcher Published: Sept. 29, 2015 (Roc) 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 The Aeronaut’s Windlass tells the story of a disgraced airship captain, three teenaged cadets, a madman and his apprentice, and a cat, who try to save their...
Sep
21

Fran Wilde: Looking at Things Upside-Down (+ Giveaway)

Fran Wilde: Looking at Things Upside-Down (+ Giveaway) From Chelsea/VBC: Today we have author Fran Wilde on the blog. Her new novel Updraft is a refreshing read with touches of sci-fi and fantasy and steampunk, and basically VBC thinks you’ll dig it big time. You should probably buy a copy today, but in the meantime we have Fran here to talk about looking at things from a new perspective. Be sure to read to the end for your chance to win a copy of...
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...

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