Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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...

Favorite YA summer reads

Favorite YA summer reads A few times I’ve been asked why I review young adult novels on a blog written, by and large, for adults. The answer is always a simple one: the novels are excellent reads. When written well, YA has epic emotional pull. The latter teen years (and into college) are a tumultuous time when we experience so many things for the first time. It’s easy to get pulled into the rush of first love and first heartbreak...

Alpha Showdown Round 8: Kate Daniels vs. Rose Hathaway

Alpha Showdown Round 8: Kate Daniels vs. Rose Hathaway Today’s the final preliminary round of the Alpha Showdown. We couldn’t make it an easy one. We have two feisty, strong woman up this time. Will you go with Kate Daniels, who wields both magic and one hell of a sword, or Rose Hathaway, who has killed so many strigoi that we’ve lost count? You can get a refresher on just what this Alpha Showdown thing is here, but a key point to remember:...

Alpha Showdown Round 4: Dimitri Belikov vs. Jace Wayland

Alpha Showdown Round 4: Dimitri Belikov vs. Jace Wayland We’ve spent the last two days with kick-ass ladies, but today it’s time to get back to the guys. And while we’ve already heard a few of you gripe about how difficult the battles are, today it doesn’t get any easier. Dimitri versus Jace? Oh, we’re going there. Two of the most popular YA hotties are going to battle it out in Round 4. Will snark win out over stealth with a...

10 Characters to Make You Feel Better

10 Characters to Make You Feel Better Those who follow VBC on Twitter may know things are stressful these days here at the VBC HQ. One of my close family members has a rare brain cancer — complete with experimental treatments. (He has the best doctors and is in great spirits.) My point in mentioning this isn’t to be a downer, but to say things kind of suck. I’m in a perpetual state of tension, but I’ve been getting a...

Poll: YA love interests who leave you wishing you were 17 again

Poll: YA love interests who leave you wishing you were 17 again Over the last two weeks, those who entered our Nightshade giveaway* told us which love interest from a young adult novel tops their list. We expected Vampire Academy’s resident Russian hottie Dimitri Belikov to top out (he did), but almost always his name was in the same breath as that snarky Shadowhunter Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series. On a side note, we’re with everyone else...

Top 10 Swoon-Worthy Heroes (2010)

Top 10 Swoon-Worthy Heroes (2010) Our top books of 2010 was posted early enough to be able to use as a shopping list. That means we’re at the end of the year without a nice wrap-up list. Really, it’s a bit embarrassing. So, what do we have in store? A list we know several of you will feel the need to argue with in the comments. (We actually really love that, by the way.) TOP 10 SWOON-WORTHY HEROES In fairness, we’re...

Winners: Vampire Academy Re-Read Challenge

We had a great response to our Vampire Academy Re-Read Challenge. Nearly 400 of you participated in one capacity or another, but only 20 were able to get reviews of all five books completed in October and November. We hope everyone is as ready for Last Sacrifice as we are. (Don’t forget our Last Sacrifice chat is today at 3 p.m. EST. Check #VBCLS on Twitter for the conversation.) Now for the part...

Last Day for Re-Read Challenge

Last Day for Re-Read Challenge Today’s the last day to post your reviews of the Vampire Academy series as part of the Re-Read Challenge (if you want to win prizes). Remember, if you review all five books you’re in for the big prize pack. If you review just one, you’re still up to win a copy of Last Sacrifice. Two reminders: 1. You must fill out the participant form to be up for prizes. 2. You must link to your reviews...

Re-read Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Re-read Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) Richelle Mead Published: 2009 (Razorbill) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Rating (out of 5): 5 stars **While we tried to avoid specific spoilers for this particular book, events of the prior novels are referenced freely. ** I’ve said many times that Blood Promise is my favorite Vampire Academy novel. It’s actually in my favorite books altogether. I...

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