Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 1: Bones vs. Rachel Morgan


Alpha Showdown 2012 at Vampire Book ClubIt’s officially time for Alpha Showdown 2012! We’ve pulled together 16 of the most kickass characters from urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels and with your votes placed them into a NCAA-style bracket. Only one will be named champion.

Round one brings together a master vampire known for being ruthless with everyone except his wife and a witch who is not to be trifled with (she does have vampires, fairies and demons around her all the time).

Read the pitches, then make the call. Who should advance to the next round in the Alpha Showdown? The poll at the end of this post will be open for two days. Remember, alphas don’t share titles. Your votes decide who advances in the Alpha Showdown 2012.





Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene FrostYou know him from: Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
First appeared in: Halfway to the Grave (VBC review, Buy it at Amazon)

Supernatural status: Master vampire

Championed by: Candace from Vampire Book Club and Frost Fans | @cpblackburn73

Bones has gone head to head with a voodoo queen, ghosts, government agencies, a scary mother-in-law and the most-lauded literary vampire of all time, all to stand up for his woman and his people. Arguably, the most powerful vampire on the planet chose to share power with him. He’s looked death in the face and came out on the other side stronger. If you want the definitive Alpha, you need to look no further than Bones.

You want examples? Fine, take a seat and lets discuss what happens when you combine lethal precision, deadly fangs and undead sex drive to spare. Cat was unfortunate enough to come up against a vampire who had a heart literally in the wrong place. As the result of a staking gone wrong, Bones was about to lose Cat. He beheaded that vampire with the hood of a car. Yeah, that’s right, he slung a car hood with piercing accuracy.

Need more? He ripped the limb off a ghoul and, to add insult to injury, beat the ghoul with his own arm. I don’t know about you, but to bitch slap someone around with their own arm seems pretty badass to me. Not only that, but Bones appears to now have the ability to telekinetically whoop ass. That’s right, brawn and brains. He’s taken a bullet to the head, been faced death, had his mind taken over and fought with demons, all to come out better, stronger and faster on the other side.

Let’s not forget that nobody can rock chain mail like Bones.

When he’s not shagging Cat senseless or traveling the world keeping wayward vamps in line, he hangs with Mencheres, Spade, Ian and, on the rare occasion, Vlad. His line pays their tithes willingly and wet themselves at the very mention of his name. Why? Because he’s Bones. And he’s the ultimate Alpha.

Rachel Morgan

Dead Witch Walking by Kim HarrisonYou know her from:The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
First appeared in: Dead Witch Walking (VBC review, Buy it at Amazon)

Supernatural status: Witch or ???

Championed by: Nicole from Literary Escapism | @kyatty2007

Rachel has a talent for brewing some kick ass spells…and for finding herself in hot water. She has a tendency to leap before she looks. She’s fearless…well, she doesn’t let that fear hinder her. She also has help from a demon, who would love nothing more than to drag Rachel back to the underworld.

Between her mad spell brewing and help from the demon realm, Rachel could kill any other supernatural she faces. She may need silver for her first opponent, Bones, and while she doesn’t normally carry any, she won’t let that stop her. She’ll have a potion that can stop Bones in his track long enough for Rachel to disarm him and kill him with his own stake.


76 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 1: Bones vs. Rachel Morgan”

  1. Mel says:

    I love Rachel, but Bones wins this one by default in my book. In the time that it takes Rachel to decide whether or not is morally ok to fight him, Bones would have already sent a killer blow.

  2. Rachel at theJeepDiva says:

    I know Rachel and I have the same name but I have to go with Bones on this one also. sorry Rachel.

  3. Bone has got this! No competition for this one! 😉

  4. I don’t know Rachel until now :S
    But I am sure that Bones will win this Battle (for sure)

  5. Vicky says:

    Bones! No question about that. Not only do I love bones(and I mean LOVE. I think I have a character crush on him..), but I also love Cat. Although I don’t think I would have loved the Night Huntress series as much as I do without Bones.

  6. R Humes says:

    Bones. Hands down.

  7. twiser says:

    Damn! I love both series! Bones is super smart, quick, alwaysa step ahead, and badass. Rachel is smart, kickass, and lucky. I hate to give Rachel the lose but Bones will win hands down. And Cat would take out Ivy, because they both wouldn’t just stand by and watch.

  8. Kathryn says:

    The winner is, and always will be, Bones. He never underestimates his opponents; he fights dirty; and he always kicks them when they’re down.

    I love Rachel Morgan, but she would be so outclassed that it’s almost comical.

  9. Vikki says:

    Is it wrong that I feel bad for Rachel Morgan? She wouldn’t want my sympathy and she is extremely kick ass, but to put her up against Bones…hmmm…she’d hold her own for a bit but I imagine Bones would win out in the end. He’s just too sexy not to haha.

  10. Yvonne says:

    Sorry but LOVE ME SOME BONES!!!! Can’t get enough of HIM! Caramba!

  11. Tadyena says:

    I hated to do it because I love Rachel and she is a super bad ass girl, but she is too conflicted. She would have way too much guilt over killing Bones, while Bones would just look around to see who is next. Have to give it to Bones.

  12. Tnick853 says:

    Come on!!! No contest here Bones has got this and really I am claiming he’s the winner of the whole contest right now!!!

  13. Sandy Lion says:

    Bones is so Alpha- he makes me shudder

  14. I am so saddened by this competition. Not that I don’t agree that Bones is a serious ass kicker, but a lot of people have not read The Hollows series, and Bones has a huge ass following. I feel it will be a blow out. lol

  15. Somedayillfly says:

    Bones has my vote. Like them both but bones seems to have what it takes

  16. Carrie says:

    Sorry but Bones has this hands down.

  17. Patti says:

    I love them both but it was a no brainer Bones for sure. I wish a new book was coming out soon – I need more Cat and Bones.

  18. Kina says:

    Bones all the way!!!

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