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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...
May
22

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 5: Charles Cornick vs. Vlad

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 5: Charles Cornick vs. Vlad It’s all about the veterans in Round 5 of the Alpha Showdown. Neither of today’s alpha characters have won the battle before, but they both have fervent fanbases. Will this be their year? Charles Cornick from Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series is a powerful werewolf. Jeaniene Frost’s Vlad from the Night Prince series, though, is that Vlad. The ancient vampire has plenty of...
May
20

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 3: Kate Daniels vs. Bones

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 3: Kate Daniels vs. Bones We told you from the start that the Alpha Showdown would be brutal. We’re only three matches in, and we’ve already had to make tough choices. Round 2 is still open, and it’s very close between Jane and Barrons. Kate Daniels isn’t scared of a vampire, but we doubt Bones is scared of anything. He’s battled some heavy hitters before. In an alternate universe, these two would...
Apr
13

If You Like Night Huntress…Read Jane Jameson

If You Like Night Huntress…Read Jane Jameson A recent Molly Harper binge got me thinking again about the differences between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Ultimately, I don’t think it really matters. Read what you like. Who cares what they call it? But I’m still a word nerd so I’m compelled to contemplate. Harper’s Jane Jameson series falls into that awkward space between UF and PNR (VBC’s review of Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs)....
Jan
27

Release-Day Review: Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #3)

Release-Day Review: Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #3) Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3) Jeaniene Frost Published: January 27, 2015 (Avon) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: This review assumes you’ve read the Night Prince series. If you’re not up-to-date, please check out our review of Once Burned. Vlad and Leila...
Aug
26

Release-Day Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (Broken Destiny #1)

Release-Day Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (Broken Destiny #1) The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) Jeaniene Frost Published: Aug. 26, 2014 (Harlequin) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Ivy is having the worst week of her life as The Beautiful Ashes opens. Her parents have died in a suspicious car accident, and her sister Jasmine has...
Jul
31

August 2014 New Releases: Chloe Neill, Kresley Cole, Jeaniene Frost, Lara Adrian, Kelley Armstrong, Ann Aguirre and more

August 2014 New Releases: Chloe Neill, Kresley Cole, Jeaniene Frost, Lara Adrian, Kelley Armstrong, Ann Aguirre and 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 August 2014. 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 fiction...
May
26

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 11: Bones vs. Adam Hauptman

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 11: Bones vs. Adam Hauptman Update: Both sides fought hard here, but only one can come out on top. Adam Hauptman took 62 percent of the vote and moves on to face Reyes Farrow in the next round! Two more big-time fan favorites are pitted against each other in today’s Alpha Showdown round. It’s vampire versus werewolf as Jeaniene Frost’s Bones takes on Patricia Briggs’ Adam Hauptman. Which one advances in the...
May
23

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 10: Vlad vs. Kate Daniels

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 10: Vlad vs. Kate Daniels Update: It was a very close fight this round, but Kate Daniels and her vampire-slaying sword prevailed! She’ll advance in the Showdown. Is it just me or does each Alpha Showdown round get harder? Today’s is no exception. Can Kate Daniels defeat the original vampire Vlad? Which one advances in the Showdown is up to you! We’ve lined up great bloggers to explain why each alpha deserves to...
May
16

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...

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