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Jul
30

Early Review & Giveaway: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #8)

Early Review & Giveaway: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #8) Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) Ilona Andrews Published: Aug. 4, 2015 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Krista Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Magic...
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 probably end up hanging out, but...
Jul
28

Early Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #7)

Early Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #7) Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) Ilona Andrews Published: July 29, 2014 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Krista Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Magic...
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 great...
May
13

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 2: Curran vs. Kate Daniels

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 2: Curran vs. Kate Daniels Update: Kate handed a serious ass-kicking to Curran. She advances in the Alpha Showdown. We seed the Alpha Showdown bracket. That means the battles in the first rounds are determined by the number of votes each character receives. It makes sure the top two vote-getters don’t end up facing each other in the first round. Unfortunately, sometimes it means we have to pit husband again wife. Like right now....
Jul
19

VBC Beach Reads: Amy picks Molly Harper, A.C. Gaughen and Ilona Andrews

VBC Beach Reads: Amy picks Molly Harper, A.C. Gaughen and Ilona Andrews 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...
May
21

Round 7: Curran vs. Holden [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 7: Curran vs. Holden [Alpha Showdown 2013] It’s officially time for Alpha Showdown 2013!  You made your nominations and we have 16 of the most badass, alpha characters from urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels locked into the bracket. Only one will be named champion and today’s first bout is sure to end in a knockout. Round seven is sure to be a tough one. Last year’s champion Curran returns to battle Alpha Showdown newcomer Holden from...
Mar
14

Book Bits: More Lady Corsair, Curran POV, post-apocalyptic fiction and Rinda Elliott excerpt

Book Bits: More Lady Corsair, Curran POV, post-apocalyptic fiction and Rinda Elliott excerpt Things are getting nice and busy here at VBC headquarters. I’ve loved reading applications for new reviewers (you can still apply) this week, and I have a couple very good reads atop my to-read pile. More Lady Corsair and Archimedes Fox! Next month we’ll get Meljean Brooks’ novella featuring the hero and heroine of Heart of Steel, a book I adored on an epic level. Tethered is an epilogue novella, which...
Feb
7

Love Letter to Curran (Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series)

Love Letter to Curran (Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series) The Beast Lord Curran is the reigning champion of the Alpha Showdown (which returns in May), so it’s not surprising I had more than one blogger want to pen a love letter to him for Character Love Letters. Marcela from The Bookaholic Cat won out. Haven’t met the hero from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series? No worries, read on to discover why he’s worthy of your love. My Dear Curran, Since the moment I met...
Jul
30

Early Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #5.5)

Early Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #5.5) Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) Ilona Andrews Published: July 31, 2012 (Ace) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note from VBC: This review assumes you’ve read the previous Kate Daniels novels, but does not provide any spoilers for this or earlier books. “Shut up,” he told me. “Promise me.” “I’m not promising shit,” he said. “I would die before I...

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