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4

Win It Wednesday: Signed Book! Borrowed Souls or Rogue Souls – Winner’s Choice!

Win It Wednesday: Signed Book! Borrowed Souls or Rogue Souls – Winner’s Choice! It’s Independence Day here in the U.S. and I love this holiday. Maybe because I love fireworks. Or because barbecue. Or because I get to make really great pool party playlists. It’s a little odd having the holiday in the middle of the week, as many of us have to work on the days surrounding it. (And if I’m honest, I’m totally getting writing in today.) But we need to celebrate. We...
Jul
3

Release-Day Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Release-Day Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Lauren James Published: July 3, 2018 (HarperTeen) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars In the year 2048 NASA launches The Infinity into space, heading to Earth II on a projected 44-year journey to cultivate new life. The daughter to two astronauts aboard...
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
28

July 2018 New Releases: Chloe Neill, Chelsea Mueller, Karen Chance, Kevin Hearne, Lara Adrian and more!

July 2018 New Releases: Chloe Neill, Chelsea Mueller, Karen Chance, Kevin Hearne, Lara Adrian and 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 July 2018. All dates are U.S. and tentative. Also: Click the title of any book to visit the Amazon page for pre-order or purchase goodness. I’ve included genre classification with each book: UF is urban fantasy, PNR is paranormal romance, F is fantasy, SF is science fiction, YA...
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
26

Release-Day Review: Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews (Iron Covenant #1)

Release-Day Review: Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews (Iron Covenant #1) Iron and Magic (Iron Covenant #1) Ilona Andrews Published: June 26, 2018 (NYLA) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference to previous events from the Kate Daniels series. If you haven’t started that series yet, check out VBC’s review of...
Jun
25

Review: The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath

Review: The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath The Sisters Mederos Patrice Sarath Published: April 3, 2018 (Angry Robot) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Yvienne Mederos is the eldest sister, Tesara the youngest of the pair, daughters of a successful merchant and his wife. When they are forced into poverty and sent to a...
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
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...

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