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Jun
16

Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #6)

Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #6) City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) Cassandra Clare Published: May 27, 2014 (Margaret K. McElderry) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jill Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will attempt to be spoiler free, it does make references to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, City of...
May
28

Giveaway: Complete Set of The Mortal Instruments Series & More!

Giveaway: Complete Set of The Mortal Instruments Series & More! We’re pretty excited about the release of City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare this week. You’re probably excited, too. It’s the final book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, and well we’ve been waiting for it. (Expect a review soon!) If you haven’t read this series yet, we can/should change that. We have a complete set of The Mortal Instruments books and a TMI hoodie to give to one...
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...
Aug
11

Book Bits: Kim Harrison, deleted makeout scenes, Ilona Andrews, Jeaniene Frost and Contest Roundup

Book Bits: Kim Harrison, deleted makeout scenes, Ilona Andrews, Jeaniene Frost and Contest Roundup This week we got two deleted scenes from YA novels featuring kissing — and more for the Jace/Clary scene — plus news on upcoming books from Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, P.C. and Kristin Cast and even a little video to make your day (compliments of the lovely Tessa Dare). Enjoy! Cover tease for next The Hollows novel I really loved Pale Demon, and the end left things wide open for Kim...
Jul
7

Book Bits: Dark Swan, Mortal Instruments, Jane True, True Blood, Contest Roundup and more

Book Bits: Dark Swan, Mortal Instruments, Jane True, True Blood, Contest Roundup and more I just might be caught up on email after the long weekend (and traveling the week prior). Miracles can happen. In today’s Book Bits we have teasers for Shadow Heir and City of Lost Souls, bookstore drama, a True Blood recap to make you laugh, cover art and info on a charity auction. Plus, some sweet contests in the roundup. (Related: We’ll be giving away copies of Melissa Marr’s Graveminder in the next...
Jun
1

Alpha Showdown FINAL ROUND: Jace vs. Barrons

Alpha Showdown FINAL ROUND: Jace vs. Barrons It’s been a bloody two weeks. We’ve seen an angel fall, a necromancer sent to the grave, vampires drained and even a Beast Lord left in pieces. And now only two alphas are left standing: Jace Wayland from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series and Jericho Z. Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Before we kick off this battle, thank you. We always enjoy your comments and your...
May
28

Alpha Showdown Round 13: Bones vs. Jace Wayland

Alpha Showdown Round 13: Bones vs. Jace Wayland We’re almost there, folks. It’s officially the semi-finals. Either Bones or Jace will end up in the final round of the Alpha Showdown. One has angel blood, the other can freaking fly. And while we haven’t heard of any bribes for this round (follow us on Twitter to see which authors are offering up exclusive reads related to Alpha Showdown results), we know you will be opinionated on this one. The smack...
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:...

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