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May
22

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 5: Charles Cornick vs. Vlad

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 5: Charles Cornick vs. Vlad It’s all about the veterans in Round 5 of the Alpha Showdown. Neither of today’s alpha characters have won the battle before, but they both have fervent fanbases. Will this be their year? Charles Cornick from Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series is a powerful werewolf. Jeaniene Frost’s Vlad from the Night Prince series, though, is that Vlad. The ancient vampire has plenty of...
May
21

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 4: Slade vs. Gin Blanco

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 4: Slade vs. Gin Blanco This year brought the fresh meat to the Alpha Showdown. We had some first timers battle one another in Round 1, but this time out we have a newbie taking on a veteran. The vampire Slade from Teresa Gabelman’s The Protectors series is new to VBC, but his fans came out big time in the nomination rounds. Can this vampire take on one of our favorite assassins? Gin Blanco is a certified badass, and she...
May
19

Release-Day Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #8)

Release-Day Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #8) Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) Darynda Jones Published: May 19, 2015 (St. Martin’s) 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 Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out...
May
19

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 2: Jane Yellowrock vs. Jericho Z. Barrons

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 2: Jane Yellowrock vs. Jericho Z. Barrons Yesterday we kicked of the fifth annual Alpha Showdown by pitting mage against assassin. Today we’re bringing two alphas you would not want to mess with into the battle. Skinwalker and general badass Jane Yellowrock from Faith Hunter’s series is taking on the mysterious ass-kicker Jericho Z. Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever novels. He’s won the Alpha Showdown before, but...
May
7

Review: Three Slices by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson and Chuck Wendig

Review: Three Slices by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson and Chuck Wendig Three Slices (Iron Druid #7.5; Blud # 0.5; Miriam Black #3.5) Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson and Chuck Wendig Published: May 5, 2015 Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Three Slices might just win the award for the strangest anthology theme ever. And the trophy is probably shaped like a big bowl and...
May
1

May 2015 New Releases: Darynda Jones, Charlaine Harris, Sarah J. Maas, Thea Harrison, Jenn Bennett & more

May 2015 New Releases: Darynda Jones, Charlaine Harris, Sarah J. Maas, Thea Harrison, Jenn Bennett & 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 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...
Apr
30

Review: The Exile by C.T. Adams (Fae #1)

Review: The Exile by C.T. Adams (Fae #1) The Exile (Fae #1) C.T. Adams Published: March 10, 2015 (Tor) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Krista Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars So when I found out C.T. Adams was starting up a new series I have to admit that my interest was piqued. (C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp Hunter’s Moon is one of the best hidden paranormal romance gems.) Brianna Hai is the half-fae...
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...

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