Alpha Showdown FINAL ROUND: Jace vs. Barrons


VBC Presents: ALPHA SHOWDOWN 2011It’s been a bloody two weeks. We’ve seen an angel fall, a necromancer sent to the grave, vampires drained and even a Beast Lord left in pieces. And now only two alphas are left standing: Jace Wayland from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series and Jericho Z. Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.

Before we kick off this battle, thank you. We always enjoy your comments and your interaction here at Vampire Book Club, and we can tell you had just as much fun with this Showdown as we did. And that rules. Today is our one-year anniversary of starting Vampire Book Club. Expect a separate post with highlights and one hella awesome giveaway.

To those of you who are new, we hope you’ll stick around after we announce the winner. We keep things pretty fun around here with features, reviews and author interviews, and your comments have been a blast to read.

All right. Enough of the sappy stuff. It’s time for a bloody, to-the-death battle between the YA hottie with angel blood and the enigmatic, powerful antihero.

The round is open for 48 hours. This means we’ll announce the Alpha Showdown 2011 champion on Friday, June 3. We will have a giveaway of books featuring characters from the Showdown. Take note.


City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra ClareJace Wayland

You know him from: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
First appeared in: City of Bones (review | get a copy)
Supernatural status: Shadowhunter

Championing for Jace: Ash from Smash Attack Reads

Snarky, Sexy, Steadfast Shadowhunter. Ok, so he’s not quite legal, but this matters nada to me! Jace is the epitome of awesome, in my eyes. Yes, he can be a downright pompous ass, and if you don’t appreciate witty sarcasm, then he will piss you off in a quick minute. His witty banter about himself provided some of the best lines of the series.

What I love about his narcissistic personality is the obviousness of it all: He acts this way to hide his true emotions. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s no doubt he truly thinks he’s hot shit (and, he is), but it is a complete defense mechanism. Beneath his animated exterior is a young man who is constantly suffering from his past experiences and lets out his feelings in the form of rage and vengeance.

His fighting skills are damn superb and he doesn’t let anyone forget that. :) His hard shell softens up after he becomes comfortable with Clary, and he finds himself feeling a new emotion. *swoon* Since he feels everything so intensely, his love for Clary is deep and powerful. And while Jace has some unlikeable qualities, he isn’t complete devoid of commendable ones.

He is strong, intelligent, fearless (not always a great quality!) and completely protective of Izzy and Alec, his “brother and sister”. Physically, Jace is perfecto! He uses his stele to apply magical runes all over his skin. Think seriously hot tattoos, ladies! He’s tall with lean muscle, wavy gold hair and long eyelashes. And, let us not forget that he has Angel blood running through his veins…

Jace has defeated: Dimitri Belikov, Anita Blake and Bones

Shadowfever by Karen Marie MoningJericho Z. Barrons

You know him from: The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
First appeared in: Darkfever (review| get a copy)
Supernatural status: Wouldn’t you like to know? Just accept he’s ‘other’

Championing for Barrons: Bells from Hanging with Bells

BARRONS! This one word says it all. Just by seeing or reading his name causes women everywhere to conjure up images of red satin sheets, crimson and black tattoos, and dark and dirty seductive thoughts.  These thoughts run rampant when thinking of Barrons. Why is he the ultimate alpha? He is carnal. He is an animal. You want to be ravaged by him. He knows this, and so he has lots of swagger. He knows that you want him and he knows that you can’t handle him. He will be too much and not enough at the same time. He messes with your mind and afterwards he leaves you speechless and wanting more. You can never have too much of Barrons.

To put it all in a nutshell, Barrons is very dangerous. He’s been around for a long time and is a natural leader. Everyone fears him including the very powerful Fae. He cannot be defeated and trust me you want to be on his team. He is sin incarnate all wrapped up into the body of one man. Barrons does what he wants, says what he wants, and doesn’t care what you think or if your feeling are hurt. He is one bad mofo!

Barrons has defeated: King Dorian, Curran and Kate Daniels

In case you missed it above: We’ll announce the Alpha Showdown 2011 champion on Friday, June 3. We will also have a giveaway of books featuring characters from the Showdown. Take note.

250 Responses to “Alpha Showdown FINAL ROUND: Jace vs. Barrons”

  1. Jennae says:

    I’m still trying to get over how hell Jace beat Bones (what a joke). Anyhoo, JZB all the way!!!!

  2. analisa says:

    I’m so sorry Jace, I do love you much, but Barrons IS the alpha AND the omega, there’s nothing to be done about that. He just IS.

  3. Ina M says:

    Since most people here says that this is not a fair ‘fight’, why not have a separate Alpha Showdown for YA Fiction and Adult Fiction? That would be interesting don’t you think?

    • Sobriquet says:

      I think that might be much more of a contest. Right now it’s like Spongebob in the ring with Muhammed Ali. Obviously not the same weight class, never mind that Barrons wouldn’t be caught dead floating like a butterfly… stinging like a bee on the other hand? Only if he felt like playing with his food first.

  4. Jen D. says:

    Seriously? This little boy is going down. Team Barrons!!

  5. CJ says:

    Sorry but Jace you got to age a little more! BARRONS!!! is this the best they have! JZB JZB JZB JZB JZB

  6. mizuno says:

    I know both characters and think some voters don’t….seriously? Im with Barrons all the way. I<3JZB

  7. Kelly Lynn says:


  8. Aerte says:

    Unless you’re completely immortal and damn sexy, why would you even show your face to Barrons?

  9. Julesa says:

    the fate of this happened when all of us JZB Maniacs were promised a barrons sex scean from his POV. that ended it hes is and all ways will be alpha. . . this isent a showdown its a murder barrons killed everyone . . . LOVE YOU BARRONS!!!!!!!!!

  10. Hannah says:

    I think the only reason Jace got this far is because of his massive popularity which I can only attribute to the fact that he is the Charlie Sheen of the literary world -he’s got Angel Blood running through his veins =p


  11. émeraude says:

    I’m still trying to get over how hell Jace beat Bones (what a joke).

    me tooo!!!

  12. Anastasia says:

    I love Jace, but Barrons wins hands down

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Even if I DID know how Jace was, Barrons would still win hands down in my book so that’s a moot point.

  14. ferdy says:

    BARRONS FTW!!!!!!!!!! Jace should not have even got this far.. He’s a whiny teenager with daddy issues.

  15. Sonya says:

    I love me some Jace but Barrons is the ultimate alpha and gets my vote!

  16. Brandy Swain says:

    no one compares to Barrons!!

  17. Islam L says:

    Jace “barely” got out a live from a fight with his brother(?) how the hell can he survive Barrons? that’s froma fight POV,, when it comes to intelligence, cunning and ruthlessness there’s absolutely NO ONE that can even compare to Barrons!!
    so really there’s no competition here 😉

  18. skyde_k says:

    I love both Jace and Barrons…….but in this competition JZB is the ultimate Alpha Male. Jace is still a teenager, although hot and super awesome, he just doesn’t stand a chance against Barrons.

  19. Brandy Teel says:

    There is only one Alpha male for me… for a very long time it was Daemon SaDiablo (Anne Bishops “Black Jewel’s Trilogy”) while I still love Daemon, I’m in love with Barrons. Barrons he a magnetism that can not be resisted…

    • Carol says:

      I understand perfectly well.. If this was Daemon vs JZB.. Barrons is a Daemon in a parallel universe 🙂

  20. iluvsushi says:

    There may have been a real contest if it had been Barrons vs Bones or Barrons vs Acheron, but this is an easy win for my dirty dream, JZB. LOL, I think the Moning Maniacs may have been doing some strategy playing in the Bones vs. Jace competition and helped Jace win. Love and XXX to Barrons!

    • émeraude says:

      Yes! Moning Maniacs are the strategists as their leader Barrons! LoL

      Barrons x Bones would be a contest much more interesting! But it’s hard to beat Barrons, he is the King of Beasts …LoL

      Karen writes feverishly LoL

    • TLS says:

      I agree, where the heck was Acheron in this contest?

    • Hannah says:

      Funny, I was thinking the exact same thing. Do you reckon they were voting for Jace every step of the way just to ensure there was no real competition at the final? =p

  21. Susan says:

    Jeez…this isn’t a contest…It’s an annihilation…JZB is stomping him into the ground and beyond…GO BARRONS!!

  22. Jennifer says:

    I like Jace and he is a badass in his own right, but Barrons is the ultimate alpha. He’s been around for thousands of years, can’t be killed, everyone and everything fears him, he’s the strongest, fastest, smartest, and doesn’t have to abide by anyone’s rules but his own. He’d win no matter what he’d have to do. Barrons is the winner in my book!

  23. Marq says:

    I don’t know who the hell Jace is but I’m surprised he got this far. I can’t believe he beat Bones. He doesn’t stand a chance against Barrons! Barrons all the way BABY!!!!

  24. Viki S. says:

    Poor Jace is just too young to beat Barrons :).

  25. Steph says:

    I hope Moning is writing feverishly. HUGE GRIN

    • émeraude says:

      I hope Moning is writing feverishly. HUGE GRIN

      Me too!!

    • Sobriquet says:

      Hell yeah… I’m frothing at the bit for our little treat. 😀 Barrons raw and uncensored. *purrrrrrr*

      • iluvsushi says:

        Ooohh. Karen may be permanently damaged if she writes from Barrons’ POV. Mac was inside his head, but she kept running up against a hard wall. I hope Barrons tears down that wall for Karen!

  26. Henriette says:

    I just can’t understand how Jace beated Bones… Between them I don’t hesitate a few seconds. Bones would have been an interesting challenger to Barrons. Whatever I know where will go my conviction : Barrons of course !

  27. Barronslover says:

    I <3 u Jace but Barrons is just the one for me.

  28. Tiffany says:

    I don’t see the voting box that was available with the other show downs, but BARRONS. ALL. THE. WAY.

    Seriously, no one can beat Barrons.

  29. Sarah says:

    WTF?! Why are so many people for Barrons? Jace. Wayland. All. The Way! He’s the only and the one!!!

    • Sobriquet says:

      Because Barrons is a man and Jace apparently is a boy (I don’t read YA fiction). For some reason a teenage boy doesn’t inspire much awe in me. I would feel like grounding him for being lippy. Teenager = Omega. At least in my household. Barrons, however, can be as lippy as he likes with me and he can ground ME any time. 😀

    • Seraph says:

      Its funny that Barrons took thousands of years to perfect himself, Jace this “boy” only needed 17. Sounds manly to me. XD

      • iluvsushi says:

        Barrons was a powerful mercenary soldier thousands of years ago before he was “changed” and became immortal. Grown men would scream and cower when they saw him coming. Immortality only gave Barrons more abilities. He was already an alpha before becoming “other.” We can’t even label Barrons, we just have to accept him as he is. And even though the Fever Series has ended, there are still mysteries surrounding Barrons that makes him so appealing. The mysterious and enigmatic Barrons wears only the most expensive Italian suits and has a garage full of expensive sports & luxury cars and he rides a Harley. He owns property all over the world and he “knows everything.” Barrons can come up beside you or behind you and you never hear a thing. Challenge Barrons or contradict him and he will say, “Try,” softly. When Barrons speaks softly, you know he is at his most dangerous.

  30. Nataly says:

    Jace!!!! I don’t know who Barrons is and even if I knew I’ll still vote for Jace. PPl what’s wrong with you. Start voting for Jace

    • Caty says:

      I know both Jace and Barrons, and it makes me laugh when people vote based on not knowing both sides.

      Jace is hot, but he is not alpha compared to Barrons. Barrons would not only kick his ass, but he would outperform him in the bedroom. Jace is yummy, but Barrons is king.

  31. meowrrr says:

    Jace FTW!!! Nothing is inpossible when you have a girlfriend who could create runes.. and nothing is impossible with a rune.. #undefeatablerune LOL (undefeatable is a word – urban dictionary ROTFL)

    • Maralya says:

      You haven’t read the Fever series, have you? Barrons EATS runes as candies! Hehe, sorry to disappoint you, but Jace still has a long way to go before he can pretend to the title.

    • Niki says:

      So Jace has to hide behind his girlfriend?

    • Izzy says:

      Yes. Yes. Yes, yes. We have to beat this little…”Barrons”. T____T

    • émeraude says:

      Barrons EATS runes as candies!LoL

      Barrons!! LoL

    • Islam L says:

      1- it’s true,, Barrons ate “blood runes” like candy

      2- Barron’s “girlfriend” has the whole sinsar dubh imprinted in her brain,, not that Barrons would EVER let Mac fight his battles *WEG*

      • émeraude says:


        Barrons is the best character for me all the time, there is no other like it!

    • Seraph says:

      Amen. Jace did this last time when he BEAT BONES. He will do it again. Let them relish in their brief and momentary victory. We know how much Jace loves attention. He just wants a dramatic come back. 😉

  32. Izzy says:

    This Barrons bitch is not going to beat Jace. I refuse to accept this. Shadowhunters what the hell is wrong with you?! Get a move on! *off to Twitter*

  33. marina says:

    Jace who????????? Whoever he is he is eating dust from Barrons!

  34. I love Jace to death, but Barrons is just in a different league all together. Good luck Jace – you’ll need it.

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction 🙂

  35. sini says:

    As if a boy can beat BARRONS….! Barrons FTW!!!

  36. marina says:


    • Seraph says:

      Thanx! Oh, you should see it when Supernatural is up for a vote. It gets ugly. >.< XD but here I must passionitely vote for my sexy shadowhunter. <3

  37. Jeanette says:

    I still can’t get over Jace beating Bones! i know i know its over but still boggles the mind! Any how it has to Barrons all the way! Some of these books I haven’t read and because of this Alpha Showdown I had to read The Fever Series to see what this Barrons, cat was all about. Boy was I NOT disappointed! Can’t wait to get a hold of the Beast Lords books next! 😉 Still not sure these guys were all better then Bones, Wrath or Zsadist but I can only vote once.

    • Tamara says:

      Beast Lord *swoons*

    • iluvsushi says:

      Jeanette….I really love Bones, but had to use some strategy to assure that Barrons would be up against a beatable foe for the last round. So I voted for Jace in the Jace vs. Bones round. I’ve not read the MI series, but have listened to parts of it on audio and read some quotes from the series. Sorry Bones, you are awesome, but needed my JZB to win final round. A JZB vs Bones final round would have been nail biting I think. Even if that had been the matchup in the final round, I believe that JZB would have come out on top because he has such a huge following. Love my JZB!!

  38. émeraude says:

    Barrons is the alpha! He is immortal, stronger, faster, smarter and can not die or can LoL
    But three days later he came back! LoL to finish what you started!
    Jace has to run very retrieval reach Barrons, he has 4,000 years ahead of Jace!

  39. Smash Attack says:

    This was such an unfair contest. I champion for Jace but he should not have beaten Bones. This final showdown shoulda been between Bones & Barrons! However, I think Barrons is the ultimate Alpha because, um…he can’t die. And he can have sex for 5 days. Probably longer if given the opportunity. 😀

  40. Az says:

    Barrons!! Jace is nice and powerful and all but the name Jericho Barrons explains everything, he will always be the alpha

  41. N. Marchand says:

    There will never be anybody who will top Barrons… just sayin’.

  42. iluvsushi says:

    Barrons is the ultimate Alpha Male. Leader of his 8. There is no voting with Barrons. What is says goes. You are either with him or against him. If you’re against him, then you just might wind up dead or worse. Yeah, there are things worse then dying. Read the series. Barrons takes Mac, a clueless and pink girl and turns her into a fighter. That’s a leader, an alpha, a man who takes orders from no one and even the most powerful beings step back from him. Oh yes and he “knows everything.”

  43. Hannah says:

    Barrons all the way! And why is Jace even on here? Bones so has him beat!

  44. Ipoe says:

    DON’T FORGET that barrons can move with lightning speed so ı guess there’s not much he can’t do… Jace wont even know what hit him also those runes wont work either runes are snack to barrons even parasitic ones so are we really talking about a showdown??!!

  45. Vicky N, says:

    Is this Barrons dude really that great?! Should I read his book?

    • émeraude says:

      Yes!!read his book!

    • Nataly says:

      Yeah I think I might do just that. I never heard of him or Bones so I don’t know what the hype is about.

      • Seraph says:

        Its called loyal and small fan bases. These two might have something behind them but more then likely its the fan base. They can make all the difference. The best two are FireFly and the Supernatural fan base. Both crazy and loyal. (my friend did a research paper on this) apparently, 40% of Supernatural fans vote over 50 times (if you can vote more then once, which is why we got the cover of TV Guide) And Firefly fans, a tv show that only aired like 14 episodes, are still campaigning for it to come back. This is a vampire blog, so vampires fan bases would naturally be on here. =)

    • Ipoe says:

      Yes for those who haven’t do yourselves a favour and start reading that serie ı highly recommend it. You wont regret it :)So definately you should read it.

    • Trini says:

      If you haven’t read the Fever series, do yourself a huge huge favour and go get it at once and start reading. Z is the ultimate alpha 🙂

    • Debbie says:

      Definitely read the Fever series! Barrons is one of the most interesting male characters I’ve ever read and look at how passionate his fans are. You won’t be disappointed (shoot, in the first round they put two bloggers against him because even they knew who was king *G*.

      • iluvsushi says:

        In regards to the Fever fan base…
        There are 19,681 members in KMM’s message board on her website. 640 active members, and 698,408 posts. Moning Maniacs rule! It seems the difference here is definitely YA lit compared to adult. The Fever series is definitely adult. If I had a teenage daughter, I wouldn’t let her read it. I’m 53 and it gave me insomnia waiting for the next book to be released. Thankfully, now we have all 5 in the series.

  46. Keri says:

    Lol, talk about Custer’s last stand! Go Barrons!!!!!!!!!

    Julesa nailed it when she said “The fate of this happened when all of us JZB Maniacs were promised a barrons sex scean from his POV. that ended it hes is and all ways will be alpha. . .”

    Lmao, when KMM (Karen Marie Moning) promised that to us Fever/JZB fans, that really sealed the deal. She ensured there’d be NO WAY anyone could possibly even come close to defeating our Barrons. 😉 Smart woman, she knew by dangling that carrot in front of her fans (how can we not snatch that up?) would ensure her man would win hands down…which he is and will!!!!

  47. Seraph says:

    Jace will win. He likes those late comebacks. I have no worries. Clearly he IS alpha.

    • Annie says:

      I cant wait to see what you are saying when the true alpha Barrons wins. I’ve read both series, and hands down this truly is the lion cub going up against a full grown Lion male. It doesn’t sound like you’ve read the Fever Series, you should.

  48. Heather says:

    Jace vs. Barrons??? you have got to be kidding…I want to know how he beat Anita Blake..

  49. tatochthonian says:

    JERICHO BARRONS is the alpha!!!

  50. Rhonda says:

    Sorry Jace… I love ya but since I have to choose just one….hands down it is Barrons!! I have recommended The Fever Series to EVERYONE that I know. It is a must read!! It’s Barron’s way or NO way…. definitely an ALPHA!

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