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Fangtastic Friday: The Alpha Showdown is ON! Bones & Cat go fang-to-fang!

I came across this great review blog last week via Facebook and LOVE the Alpha Showdown idea!  The Vampire Book Club has set up a tournament bracket, pitting some of our favorite heroes and heroines of paranormal romance & urban fantasy against each other.  The contest is billed as an “alpha” showdown, implying it’s about strength of leadership but it’s feeling more like a “who could kick whose ass in a fight” sort of thing.  Really either way is fun, so no complaint here!  In the first two showdowns, one of my personal favorite paranormal romance couples, the Night Huntress series’ Cat & Bones, won their respective matches and are moving on to the next round… to fight EACH OTHER!  *gasp*

Soooooo, this is either some really bad bracket seeding or a nice ironic jab at the power couple.  Now there’s a tough choice for voters: powerful, sexy, badass, dirty-fighting Bones or his one-of-a-kind vampire-blood-drinking mate, whom he trained personally.  My first instinct is “Bones, hands down”.  He’s got at least a century on Cat, extra strength and abilities, and knows all her weaknesses.  That said, she knows all of his weaknesses too, and she tops his list of “people I’d rather die for than sneeze at”.  She also could drain him of all his blood and absorb some of his powers… if she could hold him down long enough.  Mmmm, toss -up.

Now, that said, this is the showdown doesn’t necessarily have to involve fighting.  When it comes to straight leadership, it’s still a tight race, with both of them having headed up separate successful and powerful organizations, but I think the scales tip a little to Bones on that front.  She does allow him to dominate her though (well, moreso than the other way around at least), and that’s what being “alpha” is about – convincing others to accept you as their leader, whether through fighting, love,  loyalty, or manipulation.  Who will win?  You’ll have to check back and see!

Other notable match-ups are…

  • Anita Blake vs Eugenie Markham
  • Zsadist vs Curran (I’d have rather seen Vishous here! /pout)
  • Eric Northman vs Raphael (this one should be interesting)
To follow the action, check out The Vampire Book Club and cast your vote!  The competition bracket is below, if you want a sneak peek…
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Top 10 Sexiest Vamps & Weres of 2010

I know people normally do this at the end of the year, but *I* say it’s never too late to have a “sexiest” list!  Here are my top picks, in no particular order…

 

Alexander Skarsgård as Erik Northman & Stephen Moyer as Bill ComptonTrueBlood

 

Joe Manganiello as Alcide HerveauxTrueBlood

 

Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore & Paul Wesley as Stephan SalvatoreThe Vampire Diaries

 

Taylor Lautner as Jacob BlackEclipse

 

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, Eclipse

 

Ryan Robbins as Henry FossSanctuary

 

Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, TrueBlood

 

Jonathon Young as Nikola Tesla, Sanctuary

 

 

So apparently I have a thing for the TrueBlood crew.  HBO really knows how to cast ’em, eh?  *wink*  Isn’t that Rolling Stones cover TO DIE FOR?!!  <Yep, that pun was totally intended!> Seriously, it’s perfect for TrueBlood: sexy, bloody, & no-holds-barred (uh, literally)… love it!

To stay off the beaten path, I tried to steer from shirtless muscle shots in favor of professional-yet-smoldering headshots, but that Alcide one was just begging to be posted.  Muscles like that should not be hidden beneath a garment (unless it’s a tight t-shirt, then it’s ok *grin*).  Jacob Black, on the other hand, spends so much time with his shirt off in the movies that I thought I’d switch it up a bit and make him stay decent for once.  Not that we don’t all love the view…

And yes yes, I realize Nikola isn’t a vampire any longer.  This really makes me sad!  He’ll always be a vampire to me, even if he had to settle for the magnetic thing in 2010.

Yeah I know there aren’t any ladies on the list.  I tried to find at least one, but alas, the men were all just more appealing this year.  But hey, it’s *my* list!  Feel free to make your own list and comment it here!  *grin*  Enjoy the eye candy!

❤ DVK


Vampires and Werewolves and Fairies, OH MY!

H-E-L-L-O Paranormal Romance Generation!

If you love all things supe and just can’t get your hands on enough lit to keep you occupied & addicted, you’re in the right place.  If you DON’T love Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse and The Black Dagger Brotherhood, and all that jazz… well, maybe you just haven’t found the right book or author… and I am happy to dish til you discover your own personal brand of paranormal-heroine.

I came late to the Twilight scene.  I was one of those people who was too “adult” to bother watching it in the theater, so sure I would just absolutely hate it.  Then a year later, there I was, addicted to the books and soaking up every snippet of text, video, and rumor I could snag.  Twilight-addiction led into Sookie-Stackhouse-addiction, which led into a whole new world of paranormal-romance-addiction.  That’s when I discovered I’d been missing out on an entire genre of literature!  Neglected!  Lonely!  Abandoned in my relentless pursuit of all things fantasy and sci-fi and gamer-girl-geek!  I also found that while it was awesome that I now had fuel for my overpowered and bloodthirsty new addiction, I also had NO idea where to start.  Apparently, unbeknownst to the me who’d studiously ignored the rise of vampire fiction in pop culture, paranormal romance had become such a hot item in the publishing world that there were more authors and series and storylines and blah blah blah than you can shake a stick at.  (Although, honestly, I’m not sure what kind of measure that is.  I can shake a stick at a lot of things if you line them up in front of me…)  I’m fairly picky about what styles of writing I read, and I have a hard time getting through books that don’t grip me from the start (oh, The Host, how I had higher hopes for you!).  So where to start?  Where to go from Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series?  From Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series?

I was addicted and I needed my vamp-fix, and my two favorite authors were just not pumping the books out fast enough (Stephanie, seriously, Midnight Sun?  Ugh, such a tease!).  However, there’s only so much review scouring and forum spidering I can do before I lose all will to live… ok, less dramatic… before I forget what the hell I was looking for to begin with.  I started feeling like Alice, chasing after fairies here and weres there, and ended up following a long convoluted line of authors and series.  Which brings us back to this blog…

Here you will find my take on the paranormal romance series that I have read.  There will be reviews and recommendations, but most importantly, there will be a clear comparison of writing style, age-appropriate content, and all the other little things that come together to differentiate each author and series from the others.  If you like Sookie Stackhouse and want to know what to read next, I will happily lead you to your gateway drug… I mean next read-of-choice.  If you hated Sookie Stackhouse, I’ll help steer you to somewhere you can take out that southern angst on some other poor undead.  A friend of mine told me I should do an algorithm to link all these books, and being the geeky math & science girl I am, I thought EUREKA!  That’s exactly what we need!!   SO!

Stay tuned!  Wait, we don’t say that anymore… this is the internet age…
How about: ”Follow Me” and I’ll guide you on your tour of the best of paranormal romance!

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Here are just a few of the series (I’m a big fan of series – the longer the better, no pun intended Anita Blake fans =P), in no particular preference order, I’ll be reviewing as time permits:
~ Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
~ The Southern Vampire Chronicles by Charlaine Harris
~ The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost (move over Edward and Bella, Cat & Bones have arrived!)
~ The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton
~ The Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance
~ The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
~ The Feral Warriors series by Pamela Palmer
~ The Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh

Some fun features to look forward to:
~ A “Bite it!” vs “Stake It!” rating
~ Sexy meter (Is it chaste S. Meyer or more erotic L.K. Hamilton?)
~ Best quotes/moments~ What I learned from this book (or “what not to do on a date with a vampire/were/fairy”)
~ Common themes & writing styles to help categorize the style of the writing

Thanks for checking out my blog!  Hope to see you again soon.  =)

DaVinci Kittie (DVK)


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