January 2015 New Releases: Kresley Cole, Jeaniene Frost, Karen Marie Moning, Karina Cooper, Marissa Meyer & more

January 2015 New Releases: Kresley Cole, Jeaniene Frost, Karen Marie Moning, Karina Cooper, Marissa Meyer & 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 January 2015. 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...

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 14: Jericho Z. Barrons vs. Kate Daniels

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 14: Jericho Z. Barrons vs. Kate Daniels Update: Barrons advances to the finale! We’re letting two fan favorites—Jericho Z. Barrons and Kate Daniels—battle it out today in the Alpha Showdown. Barrons took out first-timer Simon swiftly, but only squeaked by Acheron. Will Kate be the one to take him down? She’s already defeated her husband and the original vampire Vlad. Who continues on to the final round is up to you. We’ve lined...

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 12: Acheron vs. Jericho Z. Barrons

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 12: Acheron vs. Jericho Z. Barrons Update: Only 100 votes separated these two in the end, but like the unknown beast he is Barrons came out on top. Two ultimate leaders are pit against each other in this round of the Alpha Showdown. They’re also both big-time favorites and frequent faces on book boyfriend lists everywhere. But we’re mean, so we’re going to make you pick: Acheron or Barrons? We’ve lined up great...

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 6: Jericho Z. Barrons vs. Simon Wolfgard

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 6: Jericho Z. Barrons vs. Simon Wolfgard Update: Barrons dominated this round like the alpha he is. He advances in the Showdown. The first-ever Alpha Showdown champion re-enters the ring. His opponent is new to the Showdown, but not to fighting. Can Simon take out the big, bad Barrons? We’ve lined up great bloggers to explain why each alpha deserves to advance. Read the pitches, and then make the call. JERICHO Z. BARRONS You know him from: The...

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 5: Bones vs. Ryodan

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 5: Bones vs. Ryodan Update: The Frost Fans came out in full force. Bones managed to defeat Ryodan in this round. We never thought we’d consider Bones an underdog, but he’s been in the Alpha Showdown several times, and has yet to take the title. Will this be his year? Ryodan knows how to clench that Alpha Showdown championship, but will he be able to fell our beloved vampire this time? We’ve lined up great...

Nominations for Alpha Showdown 2014 are Now Open!

Nominations for Alpha Showdown 2014 are Now Open! You read that headline right. It’s time to start playing favorites here at VBC. The annual Alpha Showdown will be back in May, and we need to know who you want to see in the event. If you haven’t experienced Alpha Showdown before, it gets a little crazy. Here’s the gist: VBC readers nominate their favorite characters who exemplify alpha status—male or female, leaders, warriors, general...

Who Are Your Most-Loved Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Characters?

Who Are Your Most-Loved Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Characters? Earlier this week Book Riot ran a post featuring the 20 most-loved literary characters. It was a fun post and I certainly saw a few of my favorites there, but as I went to go and share the link via VBC’s Facebook page I stopped myself. As lovely as the list was, it wasn’t too heavy on the fantasy end of things. Sure, Gandalf and the Harry Potter gang were there, but it leaned much more toward...

Round 3: Vlad vs. Christian MacKeltar [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 3: Vlad vs. Christian MacKeltar [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 three offers two very different princes. A vampire of legend with a penchant for fire finds a suitable...

Top 10 Most Popular VBC Reviews

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Top 10 Most Popular VBC Reviews I’ve had a higher-than-usual number of book recommendation requests on the VBC Facebook page and via Twitter of late. While I can, of course, just point you to the recommendations section, I decided to take a look at the most popular reviews here at VBC. Consider this post your quick access to the books reviews VBC readers found helpful. TOP 10 MOST POPULAR VBC REVIEWS Dead Reckoning by Charlaine...

Two Giveaway Thursday: Jim Butcher and Karen Marie Moning

You read that right. Two giveaways. Two winners. I have spare books in the office and I need to share. So, through the end of the month, we’ll have double giveaways on Thursdays. (Also, I’m traveling a lot for work. Things are exceptionally busy at VBC HQ.) Today we have giveaways to appease the fantasy fans. The first choice is Jim Butcher’s latest Cold Days. The second option Karen...

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