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. Sasha Switz says:

    Jace!!! He wins forever!

    • Nataly says:


    • Seraph says:

      We need to get Jace and Clary on here. Tweet at Jamie and Lilly!

      • Nicasia R. says:

        As a fan of both (hopefully Barrons doesn’t find out!! I swear im not cheating! Lol) I can say honestly that they both are amazing characters. HOWEVER, when comparing the two in a battle of sheer magmatic force and raw animal… presence ,for lack of a better word, Barrons is undoubtedly the winner.

  2. LeiGiraldo says:

    Barrons all my f*ckin life ♥

  3. April says:

    I have read both series and hands down Barrons is the ultimate Alpha. If you haven’t read the Fever series then I recommend that you do. Trust me you won’t be disappointed. But beware it is very very adult. Yes Moning Maniacs are very loyal not to mention crazy.

    In my opinion and not meant to be pissed others off or offend anyone. But honestly I don’t see Jace as an Alpha. I love Jace and think he’s pretty badass and awesome but an Alpha? Nope. I think he’s gotten this far because TMI series has a popular following.

    Lets face it Barrons would chew Jace up and spit him out.

  4. There’s just no contest here! It’s gotta be Barrons all the way!

  5. émeraude says:

    Lets face it Barrons would chew Jace up and spit him out.

    YES!! loL

  6. Lorelei says:

    Well, it’s funny how Jace’s supporters don’t know anything about Barrons, but most people who know about both agree that Barrons wins hands down.

    That tends to prove something, right? Barrons is the ultimate alpha! I’ve never had any doubts about that.

    • Caty says:

      EXACTLY. I love both Jace and Barrons, but let’s not kid ourselves. Barrons is the bigger alpha. In every way.

      Most of the Barrons supporters who also know who Jace is like him too, but know who comes out on top. And it isn’t a 17 year old who doesn’t know how to tame a Priya.

  7. mizuno says:

    In shadowfever he is explicitly called an alpha. Ergo go Barrons

  8. Tracy says:

    I have read both series also and agree with April, Jace is a great character, but he isn’t the ultimate Alpha!! Barrons, on the other hand is the epitome of Alpha behavior, always has to be Barrons!!

  9. mizuno says:

    I can tell some people here are a; a bit lost and teenagerish
    B; haven’t read both book series and thus should not criticize
    c: are underestimating the power of ADULT fan girls. I was once a teen fan girl and now as an adult kmow that I am even more fanatical and Rabid.
    There is very little doubt about Barrons wining.

  10. Sarah says:

    Go jace i really need him to win u rock u r so hot i luv ya plz win BARRON SUCKS

  11. Jill says:

    I don’t think that they should have had YA book characters up against adult. Saying that, it is hard to compare a boy with a man.
    Barrons all the way!

  12. JaZ says:

    Barrons. Obviously. The ultimate Alpha. (:
    Couldn’t even understand how we lost Bones over Jace. But hey.
    Am over it. 😀

  13. Génesis says:

    Barrons is definitely the guy to win! He is everything any woman qoukd want in their sheets;)

  14. Génesis says:

    Barrons stole my heart the first time he popped out in the shadow fever series. I wish there were men with as much charisma as he has.:D

  15. Joani S says:

    This showdown has had some of my favorite men in it, but Barrons is hands down the most alpha “man” EVER!! Go JZB!!

  16. Teena V says:

    Barrons and he does make me swoon.

  17. Lele says:

    Barrons. FTW. every. goddamn. time.

  18. Ash says:

    Love Jace, but! We just really have to face the fact that no one is the Alpha in this competition except JZB. Unless he goes against Acheron (a match I look forward to in the future) then Acheron is for sure the Alpha! But…JZB is the Alpha this year.

    • Kat says:

      A Acheron vs. JZB showdown would be kind of a little bit epic. Is it wrong that I am humming “final countdown” while envisioning that one?

      • Ash says:

        It would be epic! When Barrons can kill Jace in a second, I know Acheron can kill Barrons in a second without even touching Barrons! Acheron’s thoughts are that deadly.

  19. Stefanie says:

    Don’t mess with KMM fans who want to reap the rewards of a Barrons victory! JZB FTW!

  20. Orchid says:

    I haven’t read the Fever series, plus it sounds well about too adult for my taste. So I’m going with Jace. 🙂

    • Lyssa says:

      If you want YA light urban fantasy then no the Fever series would not be for you. It has DARK themes with harsh consequences for all actions. So yes it is definitely a book I would put in the Adult reading section. (Mind you any sex that happens in the book advances the story line. But KMM can make any scene crackle with tension)

      • Anna says:

        I find your comment funny because my highschool library has the Fever series.

      • Sobriquet says:

        High school library? Are you serious? Not even my real library has it. I think as a parent I would have issues with my 13-17 yr old picking that series up at their school. Not appropriate. Some teens could handle the adult theme I’m sure, but a HS library is not the place to test that theory. I mean, what possible educational purposes does it hold for a high school curriculum? I think even Barrons would quirk a brow at that. lol

      • mh says:

        Not sure I would want my 16yo son reading fever yet!

      • Lyssa says:

        I don’t object to it being in libraries. But I do think the Fever series is very violent, deplicting themes that are not suitable for younger teenagers. Everyone’s maturity is different, Most of my friends don’t mind their 16yr olds reading some things, but other’s would rather they didn’t…But there are YA books (good ones) that talk about the same themes (drug abuse, rape, murder)and do it really well.

    • Ash says:

      Yeah, it is “too adult”. I’m nineteen reading the Fever series, and I’m going “whoa” all the time. But! It really is an amazing series.

      • Anna says:

        Let’s just say that one of friends suggested the series to our new high school librarian and forgot to mention certain things. The librarian then bought the series. But yes I do agree that most highschoolers aren’t mature enough to read the series. By the way though I was a freshman when I first read the series but I was mature for my age.

  21. bude says:

    what makes it to where jace should win is that not JUST the YA group know about jace! the adults do to! so barrons is less known cuz hrs not read as much so boo to him! an yes iv read both an yea im 28 so im not YA! but to each they own I says!!

  22. amanda navarro says:

    Barrons is the only alpha… and omega!!! Follow this club on twitter!!!

  23. Jen says:

    I’ve read both series – I’m pretty sure Barrons would kill Jace in less than a heartbeat – Jace is a pretty great guy, and I’m sure he’d do very well – he got this far, but in reality …. Hard choice, I had to go with the winning choice though – Sorry Cassandra Clare – But I’m going to have to go with my instint on this one

  24. CC says:

    Jace is pretty badass, but Barrons is pure Alpha. Besides, Barrons can come back to life by himself, whereas Jace has to rely on Clary to beg an angel for him. Which is sweet and all, but not Alpha.

  25. Dublinite says:

    Let me point something out. Barrons literally has a “Pack” that follows him./ his “eight” He is their leader. They bow to him even when they don’t agree with his decisions. He IS an ALPHA by the traditional wolf pack definition right there! So Jace is a hero, has angel blood, big deal. Barrons can kill Fae (sometimes in cultural analyses equated with angels) with his hands. If it were just a fight and not an alpha thing JZB would win. As it is both, Hands down JZB. Sorry Jace, your books were good but…*shrug* ALso did anyone find it out that all the Vampires in the Vampire Book Club competition got knocked out pretty early? *Mourns her Black Dagger Brotherhood hotties*

  26. Misty says:

    Barrons. Unequivocally. Not the slightest hint of a doubt.

  27. Ren Puspita says:

    I expect this will be a B vs B round (Barrons vs Bones) but with Bones defeat at last round, *shrugged* yeah, it’s easier to vote, I’ll go with Barrons 😉

  28. Even if this had been a Bones vs Barrons round, as much as I love Bones and want him for myself, I’d still have voted for Barrons because the only other truly ALPHA males I can think of are Savitar and Acheron (but then again, they’re gods)…

    Glad to see Barrons winning by such a landslide!

  29. Shaunda says:

    Barrons…have enjoyed reading about him through the whole Fever series. He is the ultimate Alpha!

  30. Barbara says:

    Barrons vs a 17 year old? Seriously?!? Surely this is a joke.

    JZB’s only competition is Acheron Parthenopaeus and he’s a God!

    • Sobriquet says:

      EXACTLY! Not only a god, but a godkiller and holds the fate of the world in his hands! Not even JZB can top that, but I can’t think of anyone else that could beat Barrons for the biggest badass. And since Acheron wasn’t in the competition (why oh why the hell not?!) JZB… all my love are belong to you!

  31. Clare says:

    Barrons vs Jace, really? I mean, c’mon – I did enjoy the City of ‘x’ series by Cassandra Clare but Jace was all angsty and emo and stuff. Barrons is certain in who he is – and he’s definitely THE Alpha. Besides, everybody wants to reform a bad boy 😉

    I know part of what turns me on so hard, makes me so violent with lust, is that he’s dangerous. I fell for the bad guy. I’m crazy about the one who’s trouble. The alpha that doesn’t play well with others and doesn’t take orders from anyone.
    I think Mac says it all.

  32. Katie says:

    Come on TMI fans! Jace may not win but this is just sad, he had 2000+ votes in the last round, we should at least try to do that again!

  33. Sissy says:

    Go Team Jerricho!! Alpha male from the beginning to the end. From the growl to his well shoed feet. Silences with a mere look and makes Fae and Unseelie cringe.

  34. JZB lover says:

    As Mac would say ,Bring it on Barrons!!!

  35. Jacqi says:

    Barrons all the way!

  36. JennyM says:

    JZB vs Jace? Are you kidding. Who thought it was a good idea to pair a young dutch boy with a ravenous, blood thirsty demo such as JZB. I protest on the unfair grounds of this pairing. JZB is gonna rip Jace into teeny tiny little shreds. I mean the only reason Mac survived is because she’s the only person capable of dealing with JZB, and for no other reason.

  37. bude says:

    the only char in my mind that will beat jacce is drizzt!!! by salvatore! UMMMMM sexy dark elf!!! yummmy

  38. Andraste says:

    Its almost sad to watch what a landslide this is.

  39. Marulett says:


  40. Mesoawesome says:

    Having read both series, I still vote for Barrons. He’s the Alpha!

  41. Mushra says:

    My vote is for Barrons! The best!

  42. Jesse James says:

    BARRONS!!!!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSS!!!!!! Jace just needs to go home. He has NO chance!

  43. Ash says:

    Jace is an amazing guy, but Barrons can kill Jace in a second. He’s just that powerful, so that makes him the Alpha.

  44. Nataly says:

    teenagers need to find out about this poll and then Jace would win!

  45. Barrons says:

    @ Jace Wayland,
    I’m sorry your pretty little world got all screwed up, but everybody’s does, and you go on. 😉

  46. Tarra says:

    I have to say that Barrons would kick major culo. I mean, I am disappointed that Kate Daniels didn’t win. She’s my favorite character right now, and I have a soft spot for great female lead characters. I think given the majority of readers are women, they weren’t thinking with cool logical precision. O:-) However, given that Barrons did win the round, and it is Barrons we are talking about. He would wipe the floor with Jace. Im sorry, but it would be like having Edward from Twilight going up against Barrens. Pretty to look at, nice fighting skills but Barrons is quite literally a beast, and would demolish Jace. Barrons FTW!

    • Sylvia H. says:

      hahahahah if Jace, Edward and all the other young pups from YA fiction teamed up they still wouldnt be able to do anything to Barrons. It would be funny to watch though…..totally spoofish …still laughing at the visual that invokes.

    • TLS says:

      One of favorite quotes from Bones, in the last Night Huntress book….. “Ask me if I sparkle and I will kill you where you stand.”

  47. Amy says:

    Barrons is as Alpha as they get! Any man who can tease, taunt, and make you want him without even any kissing scenes AND lead Ryo and the crew is a winner to me

  48. Jane Darmon says:

    Jace is cool, but a mere child compared to the delicious BARRONS !!

  49. Jennae says:

    Dayuummmm!! Jace is getting the smackdown from JZB!! Barron FTW!!

  50. k2 says:

    I’ll admit I haven’t read TMI yet, but by Jace’s description in the above bio alone, how could he possibly stand against Barrons with a hope of success? Jace sounds interesting and I look forward to the series, but really…
    There simply IS no contest.
    Barrons = full grown prime Alpha male, 100% in control – of himself, sometimes others, and frequently much of his environment. He has suffered unspeakably but silently, and does not lash out emotionally nor is he ruled by his feelings. His maturity, experience, strength of will, knowledge, tenacity, commanding presence and raw magnetism are all at once his best weapons and defense and appeal – then take all of that and multiply it to the enth degree when he’s “Other”, and wow! Not to mention he’s dang F-I-N-E. 😉 Barrons IS the ultimate Alpha!

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