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Nov
19

Giveaway: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

Giveaway: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff I was late to the party on Jay Kristoff’s Lotus War books. I started reading the first novel Stormdancer earlier this month, in fact. And seriously y’all should shame me for not reading these books sooner. So. Freaking. Good. The books are full of lyrical prose that weaves a stunning tapestry of worldbuilding mythology and engaging characters. I sank into these books and became utterly...
Nov
14

Review: Arcana by Jessica Leake

Review: Arcana by Jessica Leake Arcana Jessica Leake Published November 11, 2014 (Skyhorse) Purchase: 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 It’s 1905 and Katherine Sinclair’s been forced by her father into the London Season. Upset he’s broken his promise to allow her to wait until she’s 19 to make her debut, she heads...
Nov
3

November 2014 New Releases: Jennifer Estep, Gena Showalter, Claudia Gray, Shiloh Walker & more

November 2014 New Releases: Jennifer Estep, Gena Showalter, Claudia Gray, Shiloh Walker & 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 November 2014. 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...
Oct
24

If You Like Harry Potter, Read The Paper Magician

If You Like Harry Potter, Read The Paper Magician From VBC/Chelsea: We are having fun with our If You Like… series. If there’s a recommendation you’d like, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll see if we can add a post for you! For now, though, let VBC’s Margaret convince you to read The Paper Magician. In Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, 19-year-old Ceony Twill has just graduated from magic school, not Hogwarts...
Oct
22

Guest Post & Giveaway: A Day in the Life of Alex Kahler

Guest Post & Giveaway: A Day in the Life of Alex Kahler One of the joys of being a full-time writer is that my days are pretty varied—there’s no such thing as an average day. Doing circus-based entertainment work on the side also helps, as it means I get to balance introvert and extrovert activities (highly necessary). So this is sort of the melded version of my days. They’re not usually this packed; very often I will just lounge in pajamas from...
Oct
20

Early Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #3)

Early Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #3) Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) Maggie Stiefvater Published: Oct. 21, 2014 (Scholastic 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): 5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference events from previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out...
Oct
15

Excerpt from Cinda Williams Chima’s The Sorcerer Heir

Excerpt from Cinda Williams Chima’s The Sorcerer Heir Today we have a taste of Cinda Williams Chima’s latest novel The Sorcerer Heir. The book is the final in her Heir Chronicles and comes out Oct. 21. (You might want to pre-order The Sorcerer Heir.) The series features all sorts of magical types. However, today, we’re focused on the sorcerers. As we do. Sorcerer Excerpt from The Sorcerer Heir: “I hoped your father might know something about...
Oct
10

Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: Michael R. Underwood’s The Younger Gods

Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: Michael R. Underwood’s The Younger Gods We’re fans of Michael R. Underwood’s books. He has a new one coming out on Monday, and we wanted VBC readers to have a sneak peek. Luckily, Michael’s a good sharer. He’s provided the fifth chapter of The Younger Gods for VBC to share exclusively. Pretty nice, huh? It gets better. We also have two digital copies of the book to giveaway. Double win. Read on for a taste of The Younger...
Oct
3

Review: The Arrivals by Melissa Marr

Review: The Arrivals by Melissa Marr The Arrivals Melissa Marr Published: July 2, 2013 (William Morrow/HarperCollins) Purchase: Book Depository or The Arrivals Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jannelle Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars In The Wastelands of some world away from Earth, you can find a group of individuals self-titled “The Arrivals.” The brother and sister leaders of The...
Oct
2

Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Jessica #1)

Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Jessica #1) Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica #1) Beth Fantaskey Published: Feb. 1, 2009 (Harcourt) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jill Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars This book was so not what I was expecting. I have found in my old age that I have no patience for teenagers and their angst (even though I was the most angsty of them all). And Jessica’s...

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