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May
14

Review & Discussion: The Kraken King Part 5 by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas #4.5)

Review & Discussion: The Kraken King Part 5 by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas #4.5) The Kraken King Part 5: The Kraken King and the Iron Heart (Iron Seas #4.5) Meljean Brook Published: May 13, 2014 (Avon) Purchase at: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note from Chelsea/VBC: The Kraken King is being published as a serial with a new part offered each week. We’re such super fans of Meljean Brook’s...
Apr
25

Review & Discussion: The Kraken King Part 2 by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas #4.2)

Review & Discussion: The Kraken King Part 2 by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas #4.2) The Kraken King Part 2: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm (Iron Seas #4.2) Meljean Brook Published: April 22, 2014 (Avon) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note from Chelsea/VBC: The Kraken King is being published as a serial with a new part offered each week. We’re such super fans of Meljean...
Feb
18

Vampires, Shifters, Fae—Who Makes the Best Boyfriends?

Vampires, Shifters, Fae—Who Makes the Best Boyfriends? I need your help, readers. You see my good friend Megan S. from Stellar Four thinks supernatural types would not make good boyfriends. I’m not saying there aren’t issues to overcome in having a relationship with a vampire or werewolf or faerie (that whole can’t lie thing is a double-edged sword). However, I think the good outweighs the bad. When I look to my list of book boyfriends—when they’re fictional,...
Jul
4

Baby, You’re a Firework

Baby, You’re a Firework Despite having lovely reviewers who live outside the United States, VBC is still run from Texas. That means today is Independence Day and I have a big thing for fireworks. While I’m not allowed to do my own fireworks in Texas (boo!), I still have some serious love for sparks and the explosions that make us ooh and aah. The last two years we’ve had fireworks posts on the 4th of July. We’ve covered...
Oct
8

Are you ready for Iced? [H&H]

Are you ready for Iced? [H&H] Based on the tweets I received after posting the October new release list, nearly every one of you is excited for the release of Iced by Karen Marie Moning. It makes sense. Her Fever books featuring Barrons (our first Alpha Showdown champion) and MacKayla are the most addictive I’ve read*. I’m very much looking forward to reading Iced, but I’m also nervous about it. Will Moning’s engaging writing style...
Aug
29

Palate cleanser, anyone?

Palate cleanser, anyone? As an avid reader, I’ve been known to fall into a reading rut every now and then. Sometimes a great new book (hint hint) will put me back into book-devour mode. But it isn’t always about a rut. There are times when I find myself reading several books in a row with similar tone (dark, dark, dark) or with so much sexy I stop blushing when hitting something really graphic. When those things happen, I need a...
Oct
24

Group Read: New location and Blood Rights chat

Group Read: New location and Blood Rights chat Thanks to all those who voted in the poll, I’ve determined a discussion board is the best way to handle our group read chats. While I had planned to do this on Facebook, looks like they’ll be removing the “discussion” application on Oct.31. As such, I’ve created a group on Goodreads to handle all our group read discussions. Go join the group right now, I’ll wait. This is awesome for several reasons. One,...
Oct
18

Poll: Where should we host the group read chat?

Poll: Where should we host the group read chat? It’s time for you to take the reins here at VBC again. We’ve hosted the monthly group read chat on Twitter for the last 11 months. Some were fantastic with hundreds of people joining in, others just had people mad about spoilers. I’ve been contemplating moving the group read chat to another format, but before I do anything drastic, I want to know what YOU guys would like. The group read chats are fun when...
Oct
10

Top 3 couples who make us work for it

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 Chrysabelle needs Mal’s saliva to keep...
Sep
20

Help fashion the new, improved Recommendations page

Help fashion the new, improved Recommendations page After my mad gush-fest on Kristen Painter’s Blood Rights yesterday, I’m encouraged to move forward with an overhaul to the VBC recommendations page. I know you guys use it quite a bit, and I try to make sure it only has the best of the best. If it’s on that page, I’ll personally vouch that it rules. But I’d like to be able to showcase more books via our recommendations page. Right now it’s mostly a...

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