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Apr
24

It’s Official! The Alpha Showdown 2015 Bracket

It’s Official! The Alpha Showdown 2015 Bracket The fifth annual Alpha Showdown is slated to begin May 18. Are you ready? Your votes selected all 16 of our alphas, and we loved seeing new faces this year! We have fresh blood in the bracket this year including Kaleb (Nalini Singh), Mad Rogan (Ilona Andrews) and Celaena Sardothien (Sarah J. Maas) alongside long-time favorites like Ethan Sullivan (Chloe Neill), Jane Yellowrock (Faith Hunter) and Vlad...
Apr
21

Release-Day Review: Ashes by Sophie H. Morgan (Divided Kingdom #1)

Release-Day Review: Ashes by Sophie H. Morgan (Divided Kingdom #1) Ashes (The Divided Kingdom #1) Sophie H. Morgan Published: April 21, 2015 (Samhain) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by Amanda Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Once a princess, now the leader of a street gang, Ana uses her phoenix fire and lethal fighting skills to bring some sense of justice to the Maze. But she’s not...
Apr
20

Early Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep (Black Blade #1)

Early Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep (Black Blade #1) Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) Jennifer Estep Published: Apr. 28, 2015 (Kensington) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Seventeen-year-old Lila Merriweather lives in “the most magical place in America.” No not Disneyland. Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia. The town...
Apr
17

Giveaway: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Giveaway: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris The first week of May has long been my Charlaine Harris week. For years it was when I got my annual Sookie Stackhouse fix. (Okay, we all know I was there for Eric Northman, too.) After that series ended, I wondered what I would read that week. Luckily, Charlaine’s new Midnight, Texas series came around. Last year, we got our first taste of the quaint Texas town with more than its fair share of magic...
Apr
16

Review: Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian #7)

Review: Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian #7) Vengeance of the Demon (Kara Gillian #7) Diana Rowland Published: Apr. 7, 2015 (DAW) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. My favorite thing about the Kara Gillian series is usually the...
Apr
13

If You Like Night Huntress…Read Jane Jameson

If You Like Night Huntress…Read Jane Jameson A recent Molly Harper binge got me thinking again about the differences between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Ultimately, I don’t think it really matters. Read what you like. Who cares what they call it? But I’m still a word nerd so I’m compelled to contemplate. Harper’s Jane Jameson series falls into that awkward space between UF and PNR (VBC’s review of Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs)....
Apr
10

Review: A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean (Secret McQueen #8)

Review: A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean (Secret McQueen #8) A Secret to Die For (Secret McQueen #8) Sierra Dean Published Dec.16, 2014 (Samhain) Purchase at: Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Krista Rating (out of 5): 3 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from previous books in the series. I have been with Secret since Something Secret This Way Comes back in 2011. What I found was an interesting character and an...
Apr
9

Review: Dark Heir by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #9)

Review: Dark Heir by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #9) Dark Heir (Jane Yellowrock #9) Faith Hunter Published: Apr. 7, 2015 (Roc) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 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 Skinwalker....
Apr
8

Review: Garden of Dreams and Desires by Kristen Painter (Crescent City #3)

Review: Garden of Dreams and Desires by Kristen Painter (Crescent City #3) Garden of Dreams and Desires (Crescent City #3) Kristen Painter Published: Apr. 7, 2015 (Orbit) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 3 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. A few days have passed since the end of City of Eternal...
Apr
1

April 2015 New Releases: Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Estep, Kristen Painter, Jennifer Ashley, Diana Rowland, and more

April 2015 New Releases: Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Estep, Kristen Painter, Jennifer Ashley, Diana Rowland, 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 April 2015. 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, SF is science fiction, YA...

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