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Oct
10

Who Are Your Most-Loved Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Characters?

Who Are Your Most-Loved Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Characters? Earlier this week Book Riot ran a post featuring the 20 most-loved literary characters. It was a fun post and I certainly saw a few of my favorites there, but as I went to go and share the link via VBC’s Facebook page I stopped myself. As lovely as the list was, it wasn’t too heavy on the fantasy end of things. Sure, Gandalf and the Harry Potter gang were there, but it leaned much more toward...
May
20

Round 6: Eric Northman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 6: Eric Northman vs. Qhuinn [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 six puts vampire against vampire. The Viking vampire from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series is...
May
10

Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13)

Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13) Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) Charlaine Harris Published: May 7, 2013 (Ace) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 2.5 stars If I could use only one word to describe this final volume in the Sookie Stackhouse series, it would be meh. After the ruckus online about the ending of Charlaine Harris’ popular series, I was sure I’d finish this book...
Jan
8

Top 10 Most Popular VBC Reviews

Top 10 Most Popular VBC Reviews I’ve had a higher-than-usual number of book recommendation requests on the VBC Facebook page and via Twitter of late. While I can, of course, just point you to the recommendations section, I decided to take a look at the most popular reviews here at VBC. Consider this post your quick access to the books reviews VBC readers found helpful. TOP 10 MOST POPULAR VBC REVIEWS Dead Reckoning by Charlaine...
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....
May
25

Alpha Showdown Round 12: Eric Northman vs. Kate Daniels

Alpha Showdown Round 12: Eric Northman vs. Kate Daniels Both Eric Northman and Kate Daniels were able to take out foes with formidable fandoms in their first matches, but how will they fare against each other in the Alpha Showdown Round 12? Viking vampire Eric Northman was able to slay a member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (Tohrment). Kate Daniels took out ultimate enforcer Terrible. Fangs or blade will take one of these two onward in the Showdown. You get...
May
20

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 7: Eric Northman vs. Tohrment

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 7: Eric Northman vs. Tohrment My gut says Round 7 of the Alpha Showdown 2012 is going to be another close call. Two vampires — always favorites here at VBC — and they both have huge followings. Things will get bloody. I’m okay with that. Today we see Eric Northman, the Viking vampire from Charlaine Harris’ ultra popular Sookie Stackhouse books, take on Tohrment, one of the beloved members of J.R. Ward’s...
May
1

Release-Day Review: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12)

Release-Day Review: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12) Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) Charlaine Harris Published: May 1, 2012 (Ace) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Note: While this review has no spoilers for Deadlocked, it does reference events from Dead Reckoning. Vampire trouble. Werewolf problems. Fairy plotting. Relationship woes. A murder. It must be May, because we only get that mix when it’s time for a new...
Apr
30

May Releases: Charlaine Harris, Veronica Roth, Rachel Vincent, Cassandra Clare, more

May Releases: Charlaine Harris, Veronica Roth, Rachel Vincent, Cassandra Clare, 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 May 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. MAY 1 Bitterblue by Kristin Cashmore (Graceling Realm #3) YA Black Dawn by Rachel Caine...
Mar
4

Why I’m Team Eric [H&H post]

Why I’m Team Eric [H&H post] I’m over at Heroes & Heartbreakers talking about everyone’s favorite Viking vampire Eric Northman. Fans of Charlaine Harris’ books (now you’re thinking about Dead to the World) and True Blood may want to read this one. A tease: I crack jokes about my affinity for all things Alexander Skarsgard, but I’m going to admit something to you: He’s not the reason I love Eric ...

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