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Jun
22

Review: Outbreak by Melissa F. Olson (Nightshades #3)

Review: Outbreak by Melissa F. Olson (Nightshades #3) Outbreak (Nightshades #3) Melissa F Olson Published: June 5, 2018 (Tor) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of...
Jun
21

Alpha Showdown 2018 Championship Round: Mercy Thompson vs. Kate Daniels

Alpha Showdown 2018 Championship Round: Mercy Thompson vs. Kate Daniels This is it! The final round! And it’s going to be a good one! When the dust settles, we’ll either have our second consecutive female Showdown Champion or our first repeat Champion. (To see how we got here, check out the bracket.) But first you’ll have to choose between two of our favorite heroines from two of our favorite authors. Mercy Thompson defeated Mad Rogan by the narrowest of...
Jun
20

The Definitive Ranking of Sookie Stackhouse Novels

The Definitive Ranking of Sookie Stackhouse Novels Spoiler Warning: This post may contain spoilers for Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Series (a.k.a. The Sookie Stackhouse Series), and by extension, the HBO show True Blood.  Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries brought a fresh take to paranormal. It offered a look at the normalization of vampires in the open world. The books were urban fantasy in a rural setting. Sookie and her...
Jun
19

Review: The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso (Swords and Fire #2)

Review: The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso (Swords and Fire #2) The Defiant Heir (Swords and Fire #2) Melissa Caruso Published: April 19, 2018 (Orbit) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Lady Amalia never meant to become a Falconer—though technically she isn’t. She never meant to become an agent of her government, either—though here she is. Her...
Jun
18

Early Review: Stray Magic by Kelly Meding (Strays #1)

Early Review: Stray Magic by Kelly Meding (Strays #1) Stray Magic (Strays #1) Kelly Meding Published: Jun. 19, 2018 (Harper Voyager) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Shiloh Harrison is a U.S. Marshal in the Paranormal Investigations Unit stationed in Washington. DC. She’s just returned home from a grueling assignment when she’s...
Jun
18

Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 14: Adam Hauptman vs. Kate Daniels

Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 14: Adam Hauptman vs. Kate Daniels Update: This round is now closed. Kate Daniels has won with 64% of the vote. She’ll advance to the final round against Mercy Thompson. We’ve reached the semi-finals in the 2018 Alpha Showdown. It’s almost time to crown the Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world! (To see how we got to this point check out the bracket.) But first we’ll have to pit two of our favorite authors against each other....
Jun
15

Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 13: Connor Rogan vs. Mercy Thompson

Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 13: Connor Rogan vs. Mercy Thompson Update: This round is now closed. This was insane. This is probably the closest Alpha Showdown match in our history. Mercy Thompson has won with 51% of the vote. This match came down to 15 votes! Make sure to rally your friends for the final matches. We’ve reached the semi-finals in the 2018 Alpha Showdown. It’s almost time to crown the Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world! (To see how...
Jun
14

10 Urban Fantasy Series You Need to Read

10 Urban Fantasy Series You Need to Read Have you fallen for an urban fantasy series and want more? We’re here to help. These ten book series epitomize things we love about urban fantasy. They may have influenced the subgenre or they’re the ones every urban fantasy fan has read. These are the books that showcase what we love—and expect—from urban fantasies. 1. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton We have to start here....
Jun
13

Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 12: Charles Cornick vs. Adam Hauptman

Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 12: Charles Cornick vs. Adam Hauptman Update: This round is now closed. Adam Hauptman fought hard and won with 56% of the vote. He will advance in the 2018 Alpha Showdown.  We’re now in the quarter final rounds in our quest to crown the year’s Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world. (Check out the bracket here.) The remaining Alphas have been all battle tested and come out victorious. Today’s competitors both faced some tough...
Jun
12

Review: 84K by Claire North

Review: 84K by Claire North 84K Claire North Published: May 24, 2018 (Orbit) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 2 stars Life in our world has changed—it’s become nothing but a number, an amount of worth. Everyone has worth—except for those who don’t. And in this world, any crime is ok, as long as those who commit it can...

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