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May
26

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 7: Raphael vs. Wrath

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 7: Raphael vs. Wrath It makes sense in a battle of ultimate alpha characters that we’d have the primo leaders of their respective worlds in this year’s Alpha Showdown. In Round 7 we have two of the biggest, baddest and most loved leaders. Raphael is an archangel—leading angels and vampires and watching over humans—from Nalini Singh’s excellent Guild Hunter series. Wrath is the vampire king in J.R....
Apr
7

Review: The Shadows by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13)

Review: The Shadows by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) J.R. Ward Published: March 31, 2015 (NAL) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Krista Rating (out of 5): 3 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started the series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Dark Lover. At the beginning...
May
22

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 9: Reyes Farrow vs. Wrath

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 9: Reyes Farrow vs. Wrath Update: Wow! Both the Grimlets and BDB fans came out in force this time, but only one character can continue. Reyes Farrow won this match! We’ve finally made it through the first tier of Alpha Showdown battles. They were wicked, weren’t they? Well, I can’t say it gets easier from here on out. Today we pit the Son of Satan again the King of Vampires. Which one advances in the Showdown is...
May
14

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 3: Wrath vs. Jane Yellowrock

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 3: Wrath vs. Jane Yellowrock Update: Wrath remains the king! He won this round of the Showdown and will advance. Wrath and Jane Yellowrock are Alpha Showdown veterans. How will the fare in battle this year? That’s up to you. Will it be the King or the one her own author calls the Apex Alpha? We’ve lined up great bloggers to explain why each alpha deserves to advance. Read the pitches, and then make the call. WRATH You...
May
12

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 1: Reyes vs. Zsadist

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 1: Reyes vs. Zsadist Update: This round’s winner is Reyes Farrow! It was a close one. Final results: Reyes – 51%, Zsadist 49%. Both Reyes and Zsadist have made appearances in the Alpha Showdown before. Reyes almost took the top title last year. The slates have been wiped clean, though, and it’s time to begin the battle for the 2014 title. Both characters know a thing or two about Hell, but who will come out...
Apr
3

Review: The King by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12)

Review: The King by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) J.R. Ward Published: April 1, 2014  (Penguin) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 4 stars When I first started reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, the dark, brooding, pressure-keg-about-to-blow, Blind King Wrath, hooked me. There was something there waiting to be discovered. Beth Randall,...
Apr
1

April New Releases: J.R. Ward, Julie Kagawa, Meljean Brook, Laini Taylor, Gena Showalter, Kelley Armstrong and more

April New Releases: J.R. Ward, Julie Kagawa, Meljean Brook, Laini Taylor, Gena Showalter, Kelley Armstrong 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 April 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 and YA is young adult....
Jan
1

Ready for 2014? Candace’s Most Anticipated Books

Ready for 2014? Candace’s Most Anticipated Books From VBC’s Chelsea: We’ve covered the best books of 2013, but we’re ready to look forward here at VBC. There are so many wonderful reads waiting for us in 2014. To help you get excited for new books, we’re going to post our reviewers’ most anticipated 2014 books. Add your favorites in the comments. Candace brings the sexy in her picks. No one is surprised. (See Amy’s, Krista’s, Amanda’s, Mary’s and...
Dec
30

Ready for 2014? Mary’s Most Anticipated Books

Ready for 2014? Mary’s Most Anticipated Books From VBC’s Chelsea: We’ve covered the best books of 2013, but we’re ready to look forward here at VBC. There are so many wonderful reads waiting for us in 2014. To help you get excited for new books, we’re going to post our reviewers’ most anticipated 2014 books. Add your favorites in the comments. Mary picked fun urban fantasy and more than one epic read. (See Amy’s, Krista’s and...
Oct
24

Review: Possession by J.R. Ward (Fallen Angels #5)

Review: Possession by J.R. Ward (Fallen Angels #5) Possession (Fallen Angels #5) J.R. Ward Published: Oct. 1, 2013 (NAL) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5) 3.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler it does reference events in previous books of the series. The ultimate battle of good versus evil continues in the fifth installment of J.R. Ward’s Fallen Angels series. Technically...

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