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Mar
20

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...
Oct
10

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...
May
17

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...
Jan
8

Top 10 Most Popular VBC Reviews

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...
Dec
6

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...
Nov
12

Talking about Iced

Talking about Iced I planned to write a detailed review of Karen Marie Moning’s Iced for this blog. However, I participated in a round-table discussion post over at Heroes & Heartbreakers before I had finished the book. I was sure that I would have more to say about the novel by the time I finished. Here’s the thing, I still feel just as strongly about what works and what doesn’t in Iced as I did for...
Nov
1

Nov. Group Read: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Nov. Group Read: Iced by Karen Marie Moning Usually our group read picks are the first in long-running series. It’s an excuse to start a new series and get out of the reading the just-released books. However, some books require exceptions. If our group read poll was any indication, every VBC reader is going to devour Iced by Karen Marie Moning this week. We’re ready to go back to a fae-infested Ireland. We’re ready for more...
Oct
8

Are you ready for Iced? [H&H]

Are you ready for Iced? [H&H] Based on the tweets I received after posting the October new release list, nearly every one of you is excited for the release of Iced by Karen Marie Moning. It makes sense. Her Fever books featuring Barrons (our first Alpha Showdown champion) and MacKayla are the most addictive I’ve read*. I’m very much looking forward to reading Iced, but I’m also nervous about it. Will Moning’s...
Jul
11

Do readers just love to hate cliffhangers?

Do readers just love to hate cliffhangers? I’m starting to think we, as readers, actually love cliffhangers. Or at least love to hate them. Really. Earlier this week, we talked about those gasp-inducing, anxiety-causing cliffhangers on the VBC Facebook page. And while it was easy to name the one that gutted us the most — favorites were Karen Marie Moning’s Dreamfever ending and Chloe Neill’s Hard Bitten — it was always...
May
4

May Group Read: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

May Group Read: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning At VBC HQ we’re knee deep in Alpha Showdown 2012 preparations. This means it’s a great time for a re-read. As such, we’ve picked Karen Marie Moning’s Darkfever as the May group read. Many of you have mentioned — on both Facebook and Twitter — how you were surprised not to see Jericho Barrons defending his Alpha Showdown 2011 title this year. While there were no new books...

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