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Jul
2

10 “Rural Fantasy” Series You Need to Read

10 “Rural Fantasy” Series You Need to Read A few weeks ago Chelsea posted her list of essential Urban Fantasy series. It’s a good list. I’ve read and enjoyed all of those series. But I felt like there was one glaring omission. My gateway to urban fantasy was the Sookie Stackhouse series, so any UF list I made would have started there. When I asked Chelsea about it she said that Sookie defies many typical UF conventions, first and foremost with its...
Jun
27

Alpha Showdown 2018 Wrap Up

Alpha Showdown 2018 Wrap Up Another Alpha Showdown is in the books. If you missed any of the action, you can find the bracket here and the individual posts under the Alpha Showdown 2018 tag. Thank you to everyone who voted. Our 2018 Alpha Showdown Champion is Kate Daniels! With her victory, Kate becomes our first ever repeat champion. She was also our first female winner. Congratulations Kate and author Ilona Andrews! Now we’re even...
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 Update: The round is now closed and your 2018 Alpha Showdown Champion is Kate Daniels. The final count was 63% Kate, 37% Mercy. Thanks to all who voted for making this another great battle! 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,...
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
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

Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 11: Griffin Sinta vs. Mercy Thompson

Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 11: Griffin Sinta vs. Mercy Thompson Update: This round is now closed. Mercy Thompson won with 81% of the vote. She will advance in the Alpha Showdown. We’re into the quarter finals in our quest to crown the year’s Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world. (Check out the Alpha Showdown 2018 bracket here.) Now the competition’s getting tougher. The remaining Alphas have been all battle tested and come out victorious. Griffin Sinta...
Jun
11

Early Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2)

Early Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) Nalini Singh Published: Jun. 12, 2018 (Berkley) 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 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in this series and the Psy-Changeling series. If you haven’t started...

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