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May
27

Alpha Showdown 2016 Round 5: Mercy Thompson vs. Merit

Alpha Showdown 2016 Round 5: Mercy Thompson vs. Merit The Alpha Showdown is underway, and already proving to be a good one. There’s stiff competition this year, just look at the bracket! It’s badass alpha woman against badass alpha woman in Alpha Showdown Round 5. Coyote shifter Mercy from Patricia Briggs’s books will take on vampire Merit from Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires. Who will advance in the Alpha Showdown, though?...
May
25

Alpha Showdown 2016 Round 3: Adam Hauptman vs. Ethan Sullivan

Alpha Showdown 2016 Round 3: Adam Hauptman vs. Ethan Sullivan The Alpha Showdown is underway, and already proving to be a good one. There’s stiff competition this year, just look at the bracket! Once again, it’s coming down to werewolf versus vampire. This time we get long-time favorites Ethan Sullivan, from Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series, and Adam Hauptman, from Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series. There’s no question...
Apr
20

Waiting on Wednesday: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Waiting on Wednesday: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh I spent last week in Las Vegas for the RT Booklover’s Convention. It was wonderful to be surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of people who love genre fiction the way the team at VBC does. Authors and readers talking about what’s next in romance and urban fantasy. It’s not often enough I sit at a bar and fall into a debate about tropes, but it sure happens at RT. I’ll do a full...
Mar
11

Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (ADSOM #2)

Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (ADSOM #2) A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) V.E. Schwab Published: Feb. 23, 2016 (Tor) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free it will reference the previous book. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, A Darker Shade of Magic. It has been four months...
Mar
8

Roundtable Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop (The Others #4)

Roundtable Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop (The Others #4) Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) Anne Bishop Published: March 8, 2016 (Penguin/Roc) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copies provided by publisher in exchange for honest reviews Average rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free it will make reference to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet (and you really should!), check out VBC’s...
Mar
4

Review: Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #12)

Review: Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #12) Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires #12) Chloe Neill Published: March 1, 2016 (NAL) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will make reference to previous books. If you haven’t seen started this series yet, check out VBC’s...
Mar
2

Re-Read Review & Giveaway: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #5)

Re-Read Review & Giveaway: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #5) Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) Patricia Briggs Published: Mar. 30, 2010 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Margaret & Jannelle Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: Because this is a re-read review, it assumes you’re familiar with this and other books in the series. If you haven’t started the Mercy Thompson series, check out VBC’s review of book 1,...
Jan
25

Kevin Hearne Guest Post: Vampires as Machiavellian Monsters

Kevin Hearne Guest Post: Vampires as Machiavellian Monsters From Chelsea/VBC: The VBC reviewers have been long-time fans of Kevin Hearne’s books. I reviewed Hounded not long after it released and was hooked. We’re journeying toward the end of this bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles series. Staked, the eighth book in the series, releases tomorrow (go order your copy now, because it’s excellent), and Kevin is here at VBC to talk about vampires. Yep. We didn’t even...
Dec
24

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Aden Kai

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Aden Kai A couple weeks ago I joked on Twitter that I was in need of a book boyfriend Advent calendar. There was quite a bit of “yes, please!” from others, but no one could find a good one. Clearly, this was up to me. So, to make the chaotic holiday season a little more fun and a lot more sexy, we’re going to feature a book boyfriend every day for the next 25 days. That’s right. Welcome to...
Dec
21

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Eric Northman

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Eric Northman A couple weeks ago I joked on Twitter that I was in need of a book boyfriend Advent calendar. There was quite a bit of “yes, please!” from others, but no one could find a good one. Clearly, this was up to me. So, to make the chaotic holiday season a little more fun and a lot more sexy, we’re going to feature a book boyfriend every day for the next 25 days. That’s right. Welcome to...

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