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Apr
10

If You Like Demonica… Read Otherkin

If You Like Demonica… Read Otherkin Around this time last year, I advised hardcore fans of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series to give Larissa Ione’s Demonica series a try. Well, you should be caught up on Demonica at this point (and our reviewer Candace would remind you to start her Lords of Deliverance series, too). Now what to read? I have you covered, dear readers. If you’ve devoured the demons and hunters...
Apr
9

Giveaway: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Giveaway: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa I am a big fan of Julie Kagawa. Her Iron Fey series is on our YA recommendations page with good cause. And now the same woman who gave us a half-faerie girl on a mission to save the world (and, you know, a hot boy with a sword) has turned her attention to vampires with very noir and dystopian tones. And. I. Am. Excited. The Immortal Rules, the first book in her new Blood Eden series, hits shelves on April...
Apr
6

Early Review: Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #16)

Early Review: Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #16) Under a Vampire Moon (Argeneau #16) Lynsay Sands Published: April 24, 2012 (Avon) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars FINALLY! The Argeneau novels by Lynsay Sands are incredibly entertaining. They bring a humorous bite (pun-intended) to the vampire romance genre. But they were beginning to be repetitive and one had to wonder exactly how many times we...
Apr
5

My Super UF Hit Squad at H&H

My Super UF Hit Squad at H&H As I’m recovering from a crazy travel week, Book Bits will be back next week. In the meantime, I’m assembling a fictional hit squad over at Heroes and Heartbreakers today. Something tells me you guys can back this plan. We’ve talked about damaged heroines and bad friend heroines, but what about the baddest bitches on the block? As much as we track their relationships, most urban fantasy...
Apr
4

Review: Blood on the Bayou by Stacey Jay (Annabelle Lee #2)

Review: Blood on the Bayou by Stacey Jay (Annabelle Lee #2) Blood on the Bayou (Annabelle Lee #2) Stacey Jay Published: March 27, 2012 (Pocket) Purchase at: Book Depository, B&N or Amazon Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Stacey Jay gives us a stronger, more determined Annabelle Lee in her stellar followup to Dead on the Delta. She’s still deeply flawed, but she’s trying to make changes. She wants to drink less and care more — only working with her ex...
Apr
3

April Group Read: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

April Group Read: Hounded by Kevin Hearne Chaos at VBC HQ has brought about another executive decision group read pick. Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles are a bright example of urban fantasy done right. They’re funny. They’re engaging. They have a hero worthy of fanboy and fangirl love. Basically, you should be reading them. The fourth novel Tricked comes out later this month, which makes April a great time to start up the...
Apr
2

April Releases: Julie Kagawa, Kevin Hearne, Lynsay Sands, Gini Koch & more

April Releases: Julie Kagawa, Kevin Hearne, Lynsay Sands, Gini Koch & more In an effort to help you keep that to-read list updated, I’ve compiled the hot urban fantasy and paranormal romance releases for April 2012. All dates are U.S. and tentative. I’ve included genre classification with each book: UF is urban fantasy, PNR is paranormal romance, F is fantasy and YA is young adult. APRIL 1 The Lingering Dead by J.N. Duncan (Deadworld #3) UF The Slayer by Theresa Meyers (Legend...
Mar
30

Review: My Lord Vampire by Alexandra Ivy (Immortal Rogues #1)

Review: My Lord Vampire by Alexandra Ivy (Immortal Rogues #1) My Lord Vampire (Immortal Rogues #1) Alexandra Ivy Published: 2003 (Zebra), re-released in Feb. 2012 (Zebra) Purchase at: Book Depository, B&N or Amazon Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars “I would ask you to believe that there are mysteries in the world that are not easily explained. Mysteries that defy logic.” “Mysteries such as you?” she charged. “Yes.” My first thought before beginning...
Mar
29

Book Bits: Thea Harrison, J.A. Saare, Jenna Black, Lauren Dane & Jenn Bennett

Book Bits: Thea Harrison, J.A. Saare, Jenna Black, Lauren Dane & Jenn Bennett Before we jump into newsy goodness, a quick reminder that there is still time to nominate your favorite characters for the 2012 Alpha Showdown. Also, I have no problem with you rallying for your favorite characters and encouraging others to vote for them. The top 16 alphas with the most nominations make the bracket. So, you know, hustle. The sexy is locked up for Lord’s Fall Thea Harrison shared the...
Mar
28

Waiting on Wednesday: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Waiting on Wednesday: Insurgent by Veronica Roth We don’t do Waiting on Wednesday very often here at VBC. However, with so many epic releases yesterday, we figure you’re in a book coma today. (Did you read Lover Reborn or Sacrificial Magic first?) As such, we’re going to use today’s blog post to look at something awesome: Insurgent. There’s a reason Veronica Roth’s debut Divergent made our Best Books of 2011 list, and...

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