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July New Releases: Kresley Cole, Laurell K. Hamilton, Darynda Jones, Carrie Vaughn and more

July New Releases: Kresley Cole, Laurell K. Hamilton, Darynda Jones, Carrie Vaughn 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 July 2013. 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...
Oct
25

Book Bits: New Richelle Mead, Lover At Last excerpt, Anita Blake cover, more BDB, Group Read poll, more

Book Bits: New Richelle Mead, Lover At Last excerpt, Anita Blake cover, more BDB, Group Read poll, more Gameboard of the Gods Teases As a Richelle Mead fangirl it isn’t exactly surprising that I’m excited to read her new series, Age of X. I’ve really adored her adult series, especially Georgina Kincaid (first book: Succubus Blues), and from what I see here Gameboard of the Gods is going to bring the awesome when it releases on June 4, 2013. The just-revealed cover is to your right, and the...
Sep
12

Vampire World Building Favorites: Hamilton, Mead, Harris & Frost

Vampire World Building Favorites: Hamilton, Mead, Harris & Frost If you’re a regular reader here, you know I value strong world building in novels. I’m more likely to give a book a rare 5-star rating if the mythology for the world feels real. This is especially true when the world is so vivid that the most fantastical elements becomes downright plausible. I need everything to make sense. I appreciate the logic authors put into the rules within their books....
Jun
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June Releases: Jeaniene Frost, Stacia Kane, Richelle Mead, Laurell K. Hamilton, Vicki Pettersson and more

June Releases: Jeaniene Frost, Stacia Kane, Richelle Mead, Laurell K. Hamilton, Vicki Pettersson 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 June 2012. All dates are U.S. and tentative. I’ve included genre classification with each book: UF is urban fantasy, PNR is paranormal romance, F is fantasy and YA is young adult. JUNE 1 Blackout by Mira Grant (Newsflesh #3) F UF Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells (Sabina...
May
25

Alpha Showdown Round 10: Anita Blake vs. Jace Wayland

Alpha Showdown Round 10: Anita Blake vs. Jace Wayland She took out a shaman-slash-faerie queen. He toppled a dhampir with God-like fighting skills. Both just barely won their earlier battles. So, can necromancer and vampire hunter Anita Blake take down Shadowhunter Jace Wayland? Is age a factor? Magical ability? Vote below. Remember, only one can advance. You can get a refresher on just what this Alpha Showdown thing is here, but a key point to remember: Each...
May
18

Alpha Showdown Round 3: Anita Blake vs. Eugenie Markham

Alpha Showdown Round 3: Anita Blake vs. Eugenie Markham The Alpha Showdown continues today with two powerful women. Both can draw magic and have some serious ties to the mortal realm. But when we put necromancer and vampire slayer Anita Blake up against shaman and faerie queen Eugenie Markham, who will come out on top is solely in your control. Bloggers have taken sides and will give you their best pitch as to why their kick-ass heroine deserves the title of...
Apr
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Urban Fantasy Starter Kit: What books would you include?

Urban Fantasy Starter Kit: What books would you include? We know y’all love the discussion posts. And, honestly, so do we. So, today we’re soliciting your advice. We often get emails saying “I just found this genre through Book A. Tell me where to go now!” And with us reading so many good novels it’s easy to just suggest the latest and greatest. (My go-to recommendation this week is A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang. Really...
Aug
13

Readers’ Top 10 vampire authors

Readers’ Top 10 vampire authors To say we were surprised by the response we received to our favorite vampire authors poll would be an understatement. The comments provide a few interesting discussions, with book suggestions and a debate on Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. The poll results have three clear favorites: Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris and Hamilton. The No. 1 thing we took away: Our blog readers had different...
Aug
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Playing favorites with vampires and their authors

It’s no surprise we love vampires, but with so many talented authors taking on the dark, mysterious creatures, the types of vampires have expanded. We love it. Can they be in the sun? What kills them? Are they inherently evil? Are they just utterly sexy? With so many variations, we couldn’t resist asking which author writes your favorite vampire? We asked first on Twitter, (slightly) narrowed...
Jun
9

Review: Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake #9)

Review: Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake #9) Short version: The ninth Anita Blake book Obsidian Butterfly is about realizing you must accept who and what you are in order to move forward. Obsidian Butterfly Laurell K. Hamilton Published: 2000 Purchase at: The Book Depository or Amazon Rating (out of 5): 4 stars As you must have noted from the “#9″ in the title of this post, Obsidian Butterfly is far from the first in the Anita Blake,...

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