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Apr
3

Review: The King by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12)

Review: The King by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) J.R. Ward Published: April 1, 2014  (Penguin) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 4 stars When I first started reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, the dark, brooding, pressure-keg-about-to-blow, Blind King Wrath, hooked me. There was something there waiting to be discovered. Beth Randall,...
Jun
20

Book Bits: Stacia Kane, Richelle Mead, J.R. Ward, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Bonilla & True Blood

Book Bits: Stacia Kane, Richelle Mead, J.R. Ward, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Bonilla & True Blood There was just too much good news this week to skip on the Book Bits. Are you ready to get excited for upcoming books? (Silly question, I know.) Terrible’s Book Has a Cover and I Love It I’ve been talking about Stacia Kane’s forthcoming short novel Wrong Ways Down quite a bit on Twitter the last few months. It’s set in her Downside world (if you haven’t read Unholy Ghosts, you...
May
25

Round 11: Adam Hauptman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 11: Adam Hauptman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013] Things are advancing in the Alpha Showdown 2013. We’ve hit the second tier of the event. Winners will start battling winners. Expect the stakes to be raised and the smack talk to increase. Both Adam and Qhuinn had to fight hard to win against the big-time alphas in their last rounds. Who will prevail this time? The shifter or the warrior vampire? Read the pitches, then make the call. Who should advance...
May
20

Round 6: Eric Northman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 6: Eric Northman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013] It’s officially time for Alpha Showdown 2013!  You made your nominations and we have 16 of the most badass, alpha characters from urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels locked into the bracket. Only one will be named champion and today’s first bout is sure to end in a knockout. Round six puts vampire against vampire. The Viking vampire from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series is...
Apr
5

VBC Roundtable: Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

VBC Roundtable: Lover at Last by J.R. Ward We’re trying something new at VBC. Now that we have a few more reviewers here, we can do roundtable reviews. It’s a great way for you to get to know our new reviewers and their tastes. It’s also great for books like Lover at Last that everyone has an opinion on. Plus, just about everyone at VBC devoured that book. Seriously. MARY I can remember when I first read Dark Lover.  I finished...
Apr
4

Book Bits: J.R. Ward, Cassie Alexander, City of Bones, Richelle Mead, True Blood

Book Bits: J.R. Ward, Cassie Alexander, City of Bones, Richelle Mead, True Blood Can I tell you guys how excited I am for this year’s Alpha Showdown? It’s going to be bigger than ever, and the bracket has more new characters and women than ever before. I can’t wait to see how the voting goes down come May. Wrath and Beth Get Another Book When I finished Lover at Last, I immediately started speculating about which couple might be next. I was so wrong, people. J.R. Ward...
Mar
1

March Releases: Jeaniene Frost, J.R. Ward, Amanda Bonilla, Patricia Briggs, Katie Reus, Rachel Vincent & more

March Releases: Jeaniene Frost, J.R. Ward, Amanda Bonilla, Patricia Briggs, Katie Reus, Rachel Vincent & 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 March 2013. 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 and YA is young...
Feb
12

Love Letter to Rehvenge (J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series)

Love Letter to Rehvenge (J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series) We couldn’t let a Character Love Letters event go by without talking about at least one character of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. While Zsadist still tops my list, Rehvenge is a close second. Though, based on the steamy letter below, Tori from Smexy Books may be just the girl to woo the vampire. My darling Rehv, When I first saw you at Zero Sum, your image burned itself into my...
Oct
25

Book Bits: New Richelle Mead, Lover At Last excerpt, Anita Blake cover, more BDB, Group Read poll, more

Book Bits: New Richelle Mead, Lover At Last excerpt, Anita Blake cover, more BDB, Group Read poll, more Gameboard of the Gods Teases As a Richelle Mead fangirl it isn’t exactly surprising that I’m excited to read her new series, Age of X. I’ve really adored her adult series, especially Georgina Kincaid (first book: Succubus Blues), and from what I see here Gameboard of the Gods is going to bring the awesome when it releases on June 4, 2013. The just-revealed cover is to your right, and the...
May
20

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 7: Eric Northman vs. Tohrment

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 7: Eric Northman vs. Tohrment My gut says Round 7 of the Alpha Showdown 2012 is going to be another close call. Two vampires — always favorites here at VBC — and they both have huge followings. Things will get bloody. I’m okay with that. Today we see Eric Northman, the Viking vampire from Charlaine Harris’ ultra popular Sookie Stackhouse books, take on Tohrment, one of the beloved members of J.R. Ward’s...

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