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Aug
29

September 2014 New Releases: Kim Harrison, Larissa Ione, Thea Harrison, Melissa Marr, Patricia Briggs and more

September 2014 New Releases: Kim Harrison, Larissa Ione, Thea Harrison, Melissa Marr, Patricia Briggs 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 September 2014. 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...
Aug
26

Release-Day Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (Broken Destiny #1)

Release-Day Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (Broken Destiny #1) The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) Jeaniene Frost Published: Aug. 26, 2014 (Harlequin) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Ivy is having the worst week of her life as The Beautiful Ashes opens. Her parents have died in a suspicious car accident, and her sister Jasmine has...
Aug
6

Excerpt & Giveaway: Veiled Target by Robin Bielman

Excerpt & Giveaway: Veiled Target by Robin Bielman We like sexy urban fantasy here at VBC. Today we have an excerpt from Robin Bielman’s Veiled Target. It’s the first in her Veilers series and includes hunting of non-humans and one very alpha male. Sound like your thing? Good! Here’s a taste from the novel, and you’ll find a giveaway at the end of the post! She woke to a click, but didn’t move or stir or budge. The bed was sooo...
Jun
24

Review: Azagoth by Larissa Ione (Demonica novella)

Review: Azagoth by Larissa Ione (Demonica novella) Azagoth (1001 Dark Nights novella) (Demonica/Lords of Deliverance #10.5) Larissa Ione Published: June 10, 2014  (Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.) Purchase at: Amazon Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 5 stars One of these days, Larissa Ione may (if we’re in an alternate universe) publish something that really sucks. But today isn’t that day, and judging by how I have devoured...
Jun
18

Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods #1)

Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods #1) Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) Melissa de la Cruz Published: Aug. 19, 2009 (Disney Hyperion) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Mary Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Schulyer Van Allen has many of the same insecurities that any normal fifteen-year-old girl would have. She doesn’t look like the popular girls, she isn’t blonde or rich, and she doesn’t have a jock...
Jun
17

Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3)

Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) Laini Taylor Published: April 8, 2014 (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: Purchased Reviewed by: Krista Rating (out of 5): 3 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from previous books in the trilogy. Check out VBC’s reviews for Daughter of Smoke...
Jun
16

Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #6)

Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #6) City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) Cassandra Clare Published: May 27, 2014 (Margaret K. McElderry) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jill Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will attempt to be spoiler free, it does make references to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1,...
Jun
11

Review: Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #6)

Review: Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #6) Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) Darynda Jones Published: May 20, 2014 (St. Martin’s Press) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does make references to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, First Grave on...
May
22

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 9: Reyes Farrow vs. Wrath

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 9: Reyes Farrow vs. Wrath Update: Wow! Both the Grimlets and BDB fans came out in force this time, but only one character can continue. Reyes Farrow won this match! We’ve finally made it through the first tier of Alpha Showdown battles. They were wicked, weren’t they? Well, I can’t say it gets easier from here on out. Today we pit the Son of Satan again the King of Vampires. Which one advances in the Showdown is...
May
12

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 1: Reyes vs. Zsadist

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 1: Reyes vs. Zsadist Update: This round’s winner is Reyes Farrow! It was a close one. Final results: Reyes – 51%, Zsadist 49%. Both Reyes and Zsadist have made appearances in the Alpha Showdown before. Reyes almost took the top title last year. The slates have been wiped clean, though, and it’s time to begin the battle for the 2014 title. Both characters know a thing or two about Hell, but who will come out...

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