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Mar
15

Book Bits: Karen Mahoney, Stacia Kane, Shiloh Walker, Meljean Brook & Hunger Games

Book Bits: Karen Mahoney, Stacia Kane, Shiloh Walker, Meljean Brook & Hunger Games Before we get into the news, just a quick housekeeping bit. I changed my Twitter name. *gasp* So, if you’ve been following @VampBookClub, you’ll now see @ChelseaVBC popping up in your stream. Don’t worry. It’s still me. As we add more reviewers, etc., I thought it might be helpful to differentiate. Also, you can follow Candace — our new PNR reviewer — at @cpblackburn73. Cover reveal: Falling to Ash I’m a...
Nov
17

Book Bits: Readers & ‘Ritas, Richelle Mead, Vicki Pettersson, Jeaniene Frost, Larissa Ione and more

Book Bits: Readers & ‘Ritas, Richelle Mead, Vicki Pettersson, Jeaniene Frost, Larissa Ione and more Lessons from Readers & ‘Ritas I spent last Saturday at the Readers & ‘Ritas convention. My BFF Kristin from My Bookish Ways and I had a complete blast spending the day with many of our favorite authors. A few things I learned: 1. Kristen Painter is of the “go big or go home” mentality when it comes to costumes. She dressed up as one of the noble vampires from her House of Comarré series for the costume...
Jul
12

Favorite YA summer reads

Favorite YA summer reads A few times I’ve been asked why I review young adult novels on a blog written, by and large, for adults. The answer is always a simple one: the novels are excellent reads. When written well, YA has epic emotional pull. The latter teen years (and into college) are a tumultuous time when we experience so many things for the first time. It’s easy to get pulled into the rush of first love and first heartbreak...
Mar
30

10 Characters to Make You Feel Better

10 Characters to Make You Feel Better Those who follow VBC on Twitter may know things are stressful these days here at the VBC HQ. One of my close family members has a rare brain cancer — complete with experimental treatments. (He has the best doctors and is in great spirits.) My point in mentioning this isn’t to be a downer, but to say things kind of suck. I’m in a perpetual state of tension, but I’ve been getting a nice break from reality...
Mar
14

Reading Escapes: Suggested Escapes Part 1

Reading Escapes: Suggested Escapes Part 1 I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately. (Those who follow my Twitter feed know I’ve been heading somewhere nearly every other week.) It’s never for fun, though. Work, family stuff, but never a vacation. That’s why I’m always toting great novels with me. At the very least I can get away with alpha male vampires in paranormal romance or kick ass women ruling all in urban fantasy. So, in the name of Spring...
Jan
25

Poll: YA love interests who leave you wishing you were 17 again

Poll: YA love interests who leave you wishing you were 17 again Over the last two weeks, those who entered our Nightshade giveaway* told us which love interest from a young adult novel tops their list. We expected Vampire Academy’s resident Russian hottie Dimitri Belikov to top out (he did), but almost always his name was in the same breath as that snarky Shadowhunter Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series. On a side note, we’re with everyone else in lobbying...
Aug
27

A thought on Mockingjay (no spoilers)

A thought on Mockingjay (no spoilers) I know many of you have anxiously awaited the release of Mockingjay. I did, too. I have chosen, previously, to not include reviews of The Hunger Games novels on this site because of our focus on urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I’m not breaking that rule, but as I know many of you have asked me (mostly via Twitter and Goodreads) my thoughts on the final novel, I’ll share my overarching thoughts on...
Aug
12

Contest Roundup: Hunger Games edition

Contest Roundup: Hunger Games edition Because we’re really excited for Mockingjay, the final chapter in the Hunger Games trilogy, to be released later this month, we’re giving the first two spots to Hunger Games-related contests. (Related: Waiting on Wednesday: Mockingjay) Win all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy — The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay — from Supernatural Snark. The contest is open through Aug. 17. Only open...
Jul
28

Waiting on Wednesday: Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3)

The Hunger Games series is about to close. The  final book in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy Mockingjay will hit shelves on Aug. 24. Those who have followed Katniss Everdeen through the savage games know she has strength, but is she finally ready to lead? We’re looking forward to finding out. Mockingjay synopsis from Goodreads: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice....

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