Giveaway: The Family Plot

Posted: September 30, 2016 by Vanessa in Giveaways

familyplotThe publisher has sent EBR an extra copy of Cherie Priest’s new horror book THE FAMILY PLOT, so we’re passing it along to our readers. To enter this giveaway:

1. Email us at

2. Include the following on the subject line: FAMILY PLOT GIVEAWAY

3. In the body of the email include your name and mailing address. This giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

Giveaway rules can be found here. Entries will be accepted until midnight of October 6th and the winner will be posted on the 7th. Good luck!

And don’t forget to check out Vanessa’s review here.

The Family Plot

Posted: September 30, 2016 by Vanessa in Books We Like
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familyplotCherie Priest has written YA steampunk (BONESHAKER – EBR review), zombie fiction (MAPLECROFT – EBR review), historical horror (WINGS OF THE KINGDOM), and Urban Fantasy (HELLBENT). Now she takes on…the salvage business? I admit, I’m a fan of the TV show Salvage Dogs, and it turns out Priest is, too, because of course people who tear down old houses for a living must run into ghosts now and again. This, time, however, the salvage crew of Music City Salvage run into a poltergeist with a vendetta.

Dahlia is heading up this salvage operation for an old Victorian that’s slated to be demolished. When she arrives she sees a house that’s been neglected, but should be fixed back to its former glory. Unfortunately its owner can’t get rid of the house fast enough. Dahlia and her crew have a week to get their money’s worth out of the house, or else the family business may go under. The pressure is on Dahlia to get her cousin Bobby to cooperate despite his well-known laziness, Bobby’s son Gabe and new employee Brad up to speed in a kinds of work they’re not used to.

It doesn’t help that not long after they arrive at the estate, they start seeing ghosts.

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Posted: September 27, 2016 by mtbikemom in Books We Love
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This book is good. Really good. I am not a huge fan of this genre, and really have only read MLN Hanover’s Black Son’s Daughter series in full, because I am very picky when it comes to urban fantasy. I think all the sexy vampire books of the last several decades have conspired to form my jaundiced opinion. Some of them found their way to my cozy little house-full-of-children despite vain protestation. I have yet to crack open a Dresden Files, been meaning to, but I will read everything Mishell Baker decides to write. Because she is that good. Read the rest of this entry »

A Borrowed Man

Posted: September 20, 2016 by Writer Dan in Books that are Mediocre
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ABM_EBRI was first introduced to the works of Gene Wolfe through the Books of the New Sun and the torturer Severian. Found the first of those on one of the random, wandering trips I took through the college library during my graduate school years. There were lots of those, and now it seems like they were longer ago than they actually are. I got through the first book in that series and then half of the second from what I remember. They were interesting enough, but didn’t really keep my interest, so I moved on to something I liked a little better. Funny enough, this book obviously included a library and I hadn’t read any Gene Wolfe in a while, so I was fairly excited to dive into it.
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Picture 1 Let’s call this whole series my summer guilty pleasure. Maybe it will be yours for the fall season. Guilt and surprised delight were some of the many emotions I migrated through while reading most of The Outlier Prophesies, but for more than the first half of ROMANCING THE NULL, I’d say impatience was the primary. If I had not felt obligated to give it a go, per the contest, I think I would have abandoned this urban fantasy/romance/crime novel long before the two-thirds point, but that’s when things started to get interesting. By the end, I was hooked . . . though I dreaded what was to come in the follow-ups. I needn’t have worried. Read the rest of this entry »


We first met Essun in THE FIFTH SEASON, as she discovers that her husband has murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Of course Essun must follow, because her daughter Nassun is a magic-wielding orogene like her mother–and that was the reason her husband killed their son in the first place.

If you haven’t read the first book, there are all sorts of revelations I’ll be talking about here, so you may want to spare yourself spoilers. THE FIFTH SEASON (EBR review) is worth reading, and I don’t think THE OBELISK GATE will make much sense unless you do. You’ve been warned.

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Picture 2I was intrigued by Catherine Cerveny’s attempt to combine sci-fi with romance as I began THE RULE OF LUCK. The protag is smart and sassy and the opening pages are good.  Bujold did scifi/romance well in MILES IN LOVE, after all. How awful could this be?  I was blissfully unaware that, these days, “romance” almost always means “porn.” At least semi-porn, except for the most-excellent offerings from Carol Berg and Mary Robinette Kowal and a few others.  The sci-fi element in this case was just a pretense for creating the most ridiculous perfect-man trope I can remember. This guy’s only flaw is not realizing just how awesome he is. Yeah, I know.  Read the rest of this entry »