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Jul
7

Release-Day Review & Giveaway: The Shores of Spain by J. Kathleen Cheney (Golden City #3)

Release-Day Review & Giveaway: The Shores of Spain by J. Kathleen Cheney (Golden City #3) The Shores of Spain (The Golden City #3) J. Kathleen Cheney Published: July 7, 2015 (Roc) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference previous books in the series. If you haven’t yet started, check out VBC’s review of book 1 The...
Jun
24

Giveaway: All 5 Jessica McClain books by Amanda Carlson

Giveaway: All 5 Jessica McClain books by Amanda Carlson We’ve been on board with Amanda Carlson’s Jessica McClain series since the beginning. When Full Blooded released we were hooked on the unique werewolf series. Jessica was the only female werewolf. She is strong and feminine. She kicks ass. These are things the VBC team appreciates, especially in urban fantasy. The series has her dealing with rogue werewolves, witches and even a voodoo...
Jun
18

Giveaway: The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod

Giveaway: The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod Last week Jo reviewed P.N. Elrod’s The Hanged Man, and if you watched Twitter that day you probably saw almost every VBC reviewer (and this editor!) hit up Jo to tell her that now they had to read the book. Maybe we’re all itching for a good fantasy with Victorian trappings. This book, though, has the mystery hook and supernatural elements that hits all our buttons. Jo actually described the...
Jun
8

Alpha Showdown 2015 Championship Round: Wrath vs. Kaleb

Alpha Showdown 2015 Championship Round: Wrath vs. Kaleb The fifth annual Alpha Showdown has been the hardest fought so far. We had countless matches where a handful of votes determined the winner. Thousands of people voted, and one of our final combatants won his last round by only a single vote. Wrath and Kaleb have demonstrated dominance throughout the Showdown. The BDB and Psy/Changeling fans have rallied in each bout, which means this final match is going...
Jun
5

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 14: Kaleb vs. Curran

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 14: Kaleb vs. Curran Today’s match will determine the second alpha to enter the final round. These characters are just a fight away from the championship match. So, clearly, they’re badasses. Kaleb from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series took out not one, but two vampires to make it to this round. The Beast Lord Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series easily beat Simon in the first round, but...
Jun
4

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 13: Mad Rogan vs. Wrath

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 13: Mad Rogan vs. Wrath We’re almost there. The today’s match will determine one of the finalists for the Alpha Showdown 2015. Both of these characters have fought valiantly in earlier rounds, but who will win? Mad Rogan from Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series crushed the badass assassin Celaena and then took out the vampire Vlad. Today he takes on another vampire, this one a king. Wrath from J.R. Ward’s...
Jun
2

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 12: Kaleb vs. Slade

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 12: Kaleb vs. Slade It’s a fresh meat semi-final round here in the 2015 Alpha Showdown. Both characters in Round 12 are new to the Showdown, but have shown they are the alphas we’re looking for. Who will get to move forward this time? Kaleb from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series defeated the Master vampire Ethan Sullivan. Slade from Teresa Gabelman’s Protectors novels took out the elemental...
Jun
1

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 11: Kate Daniels vs. Wrath

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 11: Kate Daniels vs. Wrath It’s been a wicked Alpha Showdown so far. Both the characters in today’s match had lots of fans come out for them in their first rounds. But they both won by only a handful of votes. Will this round be the same? Kate Daniels from the Ilona Andrews’ series of the same name took out Bones, and Wrath from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood beat the archangel Raphael. It’s...
May
29

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 10: Curran vs. Barrons

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 10: Curran vs. Barrons It’s time for former Alpha Showdown champions to battle one another. We expect this is going to be a difficult round for everyone, especially these two alphas. The Beast Lord Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series easily beat Simon in the first round. (Though to be fair, many commenters said they had to read The Others series to find out more about Simon. And they should! The books are...
May
28

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 9: Mad Rogan vs. Vlad

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 9: Mad Rogan vs. Vlad Well, VBC readers, you’ve survived the preliminary bouts of the 2015 Alpha Showdown. Today starts the semifinals. It’s about to get cutthroat. Are you ready? Mad Rogan from Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series crushed the badass assassin Celaena. Today he takes on ultimate vampire Vlad from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series. Vlad fought valiantly against wolf shifter Charles...

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