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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...
Apr
15

Dual Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden #3)

Dual Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden #3) The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) Julie Kagawa Published: April 15, 2014 (Harlequin Teen) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Chelsea and Jo Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note: This review assumes you’ve read both The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure. If you haven’t, please start with those reviews...
Jan
3

Ready for 2014? Chelsea’s Most Anticipated Books

Ready for 2014? Chelsea’s Most Anticipated Books We’ve covered the best books of 2013, but we’re ready to look forward here at VBC. There are so many wonderful reads waiting for us in 2014. To help you get excited for new books, we’re going to post our reviewers’ most anticipated 2014 books. Add your favorites in the comments. (See Amy’s, Krista’s, Amanda’s, Mary’s, Amber’s, Candace’s and Jo’s picks.) CHELSEA’S MOST...
Jun
24

Review: Working Stiff by Rachel Caine (Revivalist #1)

Review: Working Stiff by Rachel Caine (Revivalist #1) Working Stiff (Revivalist #1) Rachel Caine Published on April 2, 2011 (Roc) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: Borrowed from my local library Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars It’s pretty widely accepted that zombies are shuffling, shambling creatures that feast on brains and have no capability for higher thought. So calling Bryn Davis a zombie wouldn’t...
May
20

Review: Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen (Monstrosity #1)

Review: Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen (Monstrosity #1) Club Monstrosity (Monstrosity #1) Jesse Petersen Published: April 29, 2013 (Pocket Star) Purchase at: Amazon Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4 stars I’m not entirely sure I would have picked up Club Monstrosity if I hadn’t been reviewing it, which would have a huge shame. I would have missed out on a fun, quirky and quite heartwarming story that was unlike anything I’ve read before. It...
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...
Oct
30

Review: Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney (Moth #1)

Review: Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney (Moth #1) Falling to Ash (Moth #1) Karen Mahoney Published: Sept. 27, 2012 (Random House Children’s U.K.) Purchase at: Book Depository Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Funny and engaging with a dusting of darkness, Falling to Ash is a fresh vampire tale—and that pleases me so very much. It’s my favorite Karen Mahoney book thus far. (Read reviews of The Iron Witch and The Wood...
Oct
24

My Favorite Monster with Amanda Carlson

My Favorite Monster with Amanda Carlson From Chelsea/VBC: This is the first in a series of spook-tacular posts leading up to Halloween. I’ve invited a few friends to fill us in on their favorite monsters. First up is the totally fun Amanda Carlson. You might remember me digging her action-packed urban fantasy novel Full Blooded. Also, I think I may love her even more knowing that some of my favorite movies made her list. Hints: Winchester...
Oct
23

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) Gena Showalter Published: Sept. 25, 2012 (Harlequin Teen) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 4 stars I’m going to preface this review by saying I’m generally not a YA reader. And by generally I mean not at all. Given that this is a Gena Showalter book (Gena won me over with Maddox, the Lord of the Underworld...
Oct
2

October Releases: Karen Marie Moning, Kresley Cole, Daniel Marks, Allison Pang, Julie Kagawa, Kristen Painter and more

October Releases: Karen Marie Moning, Kresley Cole, Daniel Marks, Allison Pang, Julie Kagawa, Kristen Painter 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 October 2012. 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 and YA is young...

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