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May
19

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 2: Jane Yellowrock vs. Jericho Z. Barrons

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 2: Jane Yellowrock vs. Jericho Z. Barrons Yesterday we kicked of the fifth annual Alpha Showdown by pitting mage against assassin. Today we’re bringing two alphas you would not want to mess with into the battle. Skinwalker and general badass Jane Yellowrock from Faith Hunter’s series is taking on the mysterious ass-kicker Jericho Z. Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever novels. He’s won the Alpha Showdown before, but...
Feb
4

Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning (Fever #7)

Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning (Fever #7) Burned (Fever #7/Fever World #2) Karen Marie Moning Published: Jan. 20, 2015 (Delacorte Press) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jannelle Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of Darkfever. Since the lines between Fae...
Jun
2

Alpha Showdown 2014 Finale: Reyes Farrow vs. Jericho Z. Barrons

Alpha Showdown 2014 Finale: Reyes Farrow vs. Jericho Z. Barrons Update: Wow! This one was the most crazy Alpha Showdown at the end. The numbers shifted back and forth from Reyes to Barrons and back again in the final hours. The Grimlets rallied, though, and thousands of votes later…. REYES FARROW IS THE ALPHA SHOWDOWN 2014 CHAMPION! This year’s Alpha Showdown has been the most intense to date. The alphas were bigger, the battles were closer, and the prizes...
May
30

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 14: Jericho Z. Barrons vs. Kate Daniels

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 14: Jericho Z. Barrons vs. Kate Daniels Update: Barrons advances to the finale! We’re letting two fan favorites—Jericho Z. Barrons and Kate Daniels—battle it out today in the Alpha Showdown. Barrons took out first-timer Simon swiftly, but only squeaked by Acheron. Will Kate be the one to take him down? She’s already defeated her husband and the original vampire Vlad. Who continues on to the final round is up to you. We’ve lined up...
May
27

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 12: Acheron vs. Jericho Z. Barrons

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 12: Acheron vs. Jericho Z. Barrons Update: Only 100 votes separated these two in the end, but like the unknown beast he is Barrons came out on top. Two ultimate leaders are pit against each other in this round of the Alpha Showdown. They’re also both big-time favorites and frequent faces on book boyfriend lists everywhere. But we’re mean, so we’re going to make you pick: Acheron or Barrons? We’ve lined up great bloggers...
May
19

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 6: Jericho Z. Barrons vs. Simon Wolfgard

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 6: Jericho Z. Barrons vs. Simon Wolfgard Update: Barrons dominated this round like the alpha he is. He advances in the Showdown. The first-ever Alpha Showdown champion re-enters the ring. His opponent is new to the Showdown, but not to fighting. Can Simon take out the big, bad Barrons? We’ve lined up great bloggers to explain why each alpha deserves to advance. Read the pitches, and then make the call. JERICHO Z. BARRONS You know him from: The...
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...
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...
Dec
28

Ready for 2014? Krista’s Most Anticipated Books

Ready for 2014? Krista’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. Today Krista talks about several stellar urban fantasy titles coming in 2014. (See Amy’s picks.)...
Jun
28

VBC Beach Reads: Mary picks Karen Marie Moning, Thea Harrison, Cassie Clare and Dakota Cassidy

VBC Beach Reads: Mary picks Karen Marie Moning, Thea Harrison, Cassie Clare and Dakota Cassidy A Note from Chelsea / VBC: All the suggested poolside reading lists we see online point to cheeky contemporary novels or lighthearted romps. Well, at VBC we know there are plenty of books featuring paranormal elements, badass heroines and sexy heroes that are perfect for reading out under the sun. So, of course, we’ve decided to do our own Beach Reads picks. Each Friday for the next several weeks, we’ll...

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