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Aug
11

Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #5)

Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #5) Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) Richelle Mead Published: July 29, 2014 (Razorbill) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note: While this review will remain spoiler-free, it will assume you’ve read the previous books in the Bloodlines series. If you haven’t, take a peek at our review for Bloodlines, the first book in the...
Nov
25

Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #4)

Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #4) The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) Richelle Mead Published: Nov. 19, 2013 (Razorbill) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note: While we won’t spoil the details of The Fiery Heart, this review does expect you’ve read the previous Bloodlines books. If not, we suggest you check out the review of Bloodlines. Every time I...
Nov
7

Are You Ready for The Fiery Heart?

Are You Ready for The Fiery Heart? I’m ridiculously excited about the upcoming release of The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. It’s the fourth book in the Bloodlines series (a Vampire Academy spin-off), and the end of The Indigo Spell set the stage for things to be heavy on the romance and the angst. Both things I love. (You guys knew that, didn’t you?) So how am I dealing with the wait? By devouring the book trailers put out...
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...
Feb
7

Book Bits: Diana Rowland, Vampire Academy movie, Nalini Singh and more

Book Bits: Diana Rowland, Vampire Academy movie, Nalini Singh and more Oh, readers, this has been a crazy week. We started Character Love Letters here at VBC. All month long you’ll find love letters on the blog. Some are from readers to their favorite book characters. All are swoon-worthy. Also, I’ll be heading to the Olde City, New Blood mini-con this weekend in Florida. I have pretty new VBC trading cards on me. If you’re attending, do be sure to say...
Jan
15

It’s not insta-love, it’s insta-skills

It’s not insta-love, it’s insta-skills I have a regular feature over at my writer blog talking about applying Krav Maga lessons to writing. These typically deal with fight scenes and characterization. The last post covered the importance of regular training, as in your character isn’t magically good at fighting. After sharing the link a bit on Twitter, I found that it was a common pet peeve among readers. You don’t need to have an...
Sep
12

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

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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....
Mar
6

5 characters who make me feel lucky (not to be them)

5 characters who make me feel lucky (not to be them) Recently, I’ve written a couple posts for Heroes and Heartbreakers looking at damaged heroines and the urban fantasy locales that will never make a tourist guide. The more I think on it, the more thankful I am not to be in the shoes of so many of the protagonists from my favorite books. Honestly, it might sound interesting to be a Guardian in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, but after...
Oct
10

Top 3 couples who make us work for it

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Top 3 couples who make us work for it This month’s group read — Kristen Painter’s Blood Rights – has characters with chemistry that pops off the page. Only they aren’t a couple. Chrysabelle and Mal’s interactions ripple with tension and unspoken desire. They like each other, but both think it’s a bad idea. The complexity of their fight against intimacy is made exponentially complicated by the fact...
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Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) Richelle Mead Published: Aug. 23, 2011 (Penguin Teen) Purchase at: Book Depository, B&N or Amazon Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Bloodlines may be a separate series from Richelle Mead’s remarkable Vampire Academy, but it’s set in the same world with some of the same characters. It also takes place following the end of Last Sacrifice, the final VA book. If you read...

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