Bites Fights – The Contenders

Okay Peeps, the polls closed Tuesday night and I know that some of you must be wondering who the contenders are for the first annual Paranormal Bites Fights. I apologize for the delay in posting the results. I had a busy few days this week and spent yesterday reading Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games (which I highly recommend, by the way).

So, without further ado, here are the official nominees in each category of the Bites Fights:


The Vamps

Laura Wright, Eternal Kiss

D.B. Reynolds, Duncan*

Jeaniene Frost, This Side of the Grave

J.R. Ward, Lover Unleashed

Lara Adrian, Deeper Than Midnight

Chloe Neill, Drink Deep

Lynsay Sands, The Reluctant Vampire

Laurell K. Hamilton, Hit List


The Shifters

Patricia Briggs, River Marked

Alexandra Ivy, Beyond the Darkness

Lora Leigh, Navarro’s Promise

Jennifer Ashley, Primal Bonds

Katie MacAlister, The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons

Lori Handeland, Crave the Moon

Faith Hunter, Mercy Blade

Pamela Palmer, Hunger Untamed

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Teen Choice Book of the Year

Children’s Book Week is May 2-8, with the Children’s Choice Book Awards being held during the annual launch gala in New York City on May 2nd. Voting is currently under way and extends through April 29. Kids and teens can cast their votes for their favourite books, author and illustrator at bookstores, schools, libraries and online at

Awards will be given in six categories, of which the Teen Choice Book of the Year and the Author of the Year may be of particular interest to ParanormalBites readers. The finalists in these two categories, as determined by more than 16,000 children and teens, are:


Teen Choice Book of the Year
Burned (House of Night, Book 7) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Fang (A Maximum Ride Novel) by James Patterson
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3) by Suzanne Collins
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5) by Richelle Mead
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Author of the Year
Cassandra Clare for Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)
Suzanne Collins for Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
Stephenie Meyer for The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)


Congratulations to all of the finalists!


Previous winners in these two categories include:


Teen Choice Book of the Year – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Author of the Year – James Patterson for Max (A Maximum Ride Novel)


Teen Choice Book of the Year – Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Author of the Year – Stephenie Meyer for Breaking Dawn


Author of the Year – JK Rowling for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Children's Choice Book Awards

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March 16th, 2011  at 12:13 pm

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Winners of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards

The winners of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced.  Readers voted on their favourite books of the year and according to the site “more than 157,000 votes were cast for 460 nominees and thousands of write-in candidates”.  Congratulations to the winning authors!


Favourite BookMocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
Best FictionRoom, Emma Donoghue
Best Mystery/ThrillerThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson
Best FantasyTowers of Midnight, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Best Paranormal FantasyDead in the Family, Charlaine Harris
Best Science FictionFeed, Mira Grant
Best Romance - Lover Mine, JR Ward
Best Historical Fiction - Fall of Giants, Ken Follett
Best Graphic Novel/ComicTwilight, Stephenie Meyer, Young Kim
Best PoetryCome on All You Ghosts, Matthew Zapruder
Best NonfictionThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Best History/Biography - The Tudors, GJ Meyer
Best Memoir/AutobiographyUnbearable Lightness, Portia de Rossi
Best HumorBite Me, Christopher Moore
Best Young Adult FictionBefore I Fall, Lauren Oliver
Best Young Adult FantasyMocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
Best Middle Grade/Children’s Book - Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
Best Picture BookIt’s a Book, Lane Smith
Best Debut AuthorThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Best Goodreads Author - Spirit Bound, Richelle Mead
Favourite Heroine - Katniss, Mocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
Favourite HeroPetta Mellark, Mocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
Best Cover ArtTorment, Lauren Kate


*Titles in Bold indicate books or authors that have been featured or discussed on ParanormalBites or those that may be of particular interest to our readers.  Click on the links to see all of the books nominated in that particular category – a good number of them contain authors/books that have also been discussed or featured here as well.

January 12th, 2011  at 8:56 pm

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Amazon Top Book Lists of 2010

Amazon has posted several Top Book Lists for 2010 already and they listed separate categories for Editor Picks, Customer Picks and eBooks for most lists.  Funny how different most of the Editor Picks are from the Customer Picks.  I’m not quite sure what one might infer from these differences but I find them interesting just the same.  Of course, I haven’t examined every list; just the ones that I believe may be relevant to Paranormal Bites readers – the overall Top 100, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, and Teen.  Here are some of my findings (**Note: The entire lists are not reproduced here, just the paranormal titles)…

Top 100 Books – Customer Favorites

3. Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3), Suzanne Collins
4. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10), Charlaine Harris
7. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga), Stephenie Meyer
18. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1), Rick Riordan
27. Burned (House of Night), P.C. Cast
38. Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12), Jim Butcher
40. Lover Mine: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, J.R. Ward
62. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (The Twilight Saga), Stephenie Meyer
66. Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5), Richelle Mead
100. The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel), Michael Scott

Of these ten books only Charlaine Harris’ Dead in the Family managed to make the Editor’s Pick list, coming in at # 80.

Top 100 Kindle eBooks: Customer Favorites

Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3), Suzanne Collins
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10), Charlaine Harris
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight Saga), Stephenie Meyer
Wicked Appetite, Janet Evanovich
Burned (House of Night), P.C. Cast
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1), Rick Riordan
Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5), Patricia Briggs

For some reason the top eBooks were not numerated but the above titles made the cut.

Top 10 Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy – Customer Favorites

1. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10), Charlaine Harris
3. Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12), Jim Butcher
4. Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5), Patricia Briggs
5. Bullet (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 19), Laurell K. Hamilton
6. Flirt (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 18), Laurell K. Hamilton
7. Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files, Jim Butcher
8. Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan, Book 8), Kim Harrison

Top 10 Books: Romance – Editor’s Picks

2. Burning Lamp (An Arcane Society Novel), Amanda Quick
3. Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, Book 7), Kresley Cole
4. Sin Undone (Demonica, Book 5), Larissa Ione

Top 10 Books: Romance – Customer Picks

2. Lover Mine: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, J.R. Ward
6. Burning Lamp (An Arcane Society Novel), Amanda Quick
7. Dark Peril (Carpathian), Christine Feehan

I don’t know what the heck happened with the Romance category… The Editors were dead on for a change with Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione but I’m shocked that they didn’t make the Customer Picks.  And – Hello – Where is Gena Showalter’s Darkest Passion and Darkest Lie???  I totally agree with JR Ward and Christine Feehan making the list but Gena, Kresley and Larissa should definitely be there as well.  Amazon obviously didn’t poll PB readers when compiling this list!

Top 10 Books: Teens – Editor’s Picks

5. Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story, Adam Rex
6. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies), Pittacus Lore
7. Extraordinary, Nancy Werlin

Top 10 Books: Teens – Customer Picks

1. Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3), Suzanne Collins
2. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight Saga), Stephenie Meyer
3. Burned (House of Night), P.C. Cast
5. Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5), Richelle Mead
8. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1), Cassandra Clare
9. Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2), Maggie Stiefvater
10. The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls, L. J. Smith

November 5th, 2010  at 1:40 pm

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Teen Read Awards

The first annual Teen Read Awards event, sponsored by Chapters Indigo, took place on Saturday, September 25 and some of the nominees and award winners are no strangers to Paranormal Bites readers.  Many of the nominated books and/or series cross over into adult reader territory and I have personally read several of authors below.  Voting was limited to Teens in the 13 to 18 year age range however.  They voted on 50 books in 10 different categories over the summer and the winners were revealed Saturday night.

Here are the categories and the nominees, with the winner of each category listed in red:


Best Read


Best All Time Fav


Best Series


Best Book-to-Flick


Best New Writer


Best Hero


Best Villain


Best Hottie


Best Lip Lock


Best Canadian Read


It would be interesting to see how the results would have turned out had readers over the age of 18 been able to vote.

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees, especially the Smart Chicks (Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, Melissa de la Cruz, Cassandra Clare, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Holly Black) and our Canadian authors!

September 27th, 2010  at 5:13 pm

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‘Mockingjay’ Sells More Than 450,000 Copies in First Week

via Publishers Weekly

Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, sold more than 450,000 copies (hardcover and e-book) in its first week on sale in the U.S., its publisher, Scholastic, announced today. The book debuted at number one on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. Scholastic has gone back to press for an additional 400,000 copies, bringing the total number of copies in print for Mockingjay in the U.S. to 1.6 million since its August 24 publication. For comparison, Eclipse, the third book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, sold 250,000 copies during its first week, in August 2007. Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade, said sales “have exceeded all expectations” and said she was impressed at the numbers of teens and adults who have blogged, tweeted, and come out to meet Collins on the first leg of her North American tour. There will be three subsequent legs of her tour, in September, October, and November.

September 3rd, 2010  at 7:25 am

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New Releases: Week of August 22, 2010

Lots of exciting new releases hitting the bookstore shelves today, thank goodness too – it’s been a quiet couple of weeks for paranormal releases.  Happy Release Day to the following authors & titles:


Anne Marsh – Bond With Me, MM Paperback, Aug 24, 2010

Barbara Monajem – Tastes of Love & Evil, Bayou Gavotte Book 2, MM Paperback, Aug 24, 2010

Kresley Cole – Demon From the Dark, Immortals After Dark Book 10, Paperback, Aug 24, 2010

Kristin Cast, Richelle Mead, Kelley Armstrong et al – Kisses From Hell, Paperback, Aug 24, 2010

Larrisa Ione – Sin Undone, Demonica Book 5, Paperback, Aug 24, 2010

Suzanne Collins – Mockingjay, Hunger Games Book 3, Paperback, Aug 24, 2010

Terry Brooks – Bearers of the Black Staff, Legends of Shannara Book 1, Hardback, Aug 24, 2010

Mockingjay, Suzanne CollinsDemon From the Dark, Kresley ColeKisses From Hell anthologyTastes of Love & Evil, Barbara MonajemSin Undone, Larissa IoneBond With Me, Anne MarshBearers of the Black Staff, Terry Brooks


Other new releases this week:


Marlene Parez – Dead is Just a Rumor, Dead Is Book 4, Paperback, Aug 23, 2010

Brent Weeks – The Black Prism, Hardcover, Aug 25, 2010

CE Murphy – Dragon’s Lure, Legends of a New Age, Paperback, Aug 27, 2010

LA Banks – Dawn & Darkness, Vampire Huntress Graphic Novel 1, Hardcover, Aug 28, 2010

The Black Prism, Brent Weeks Dragon's Lure anthology Dead is Just a Rumor, Marlene Parez Dawn & Darkness, LA Banks

August 24th, 2010  at 1:13 pm

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Mockingjay Release Parties Tonight – Canada

via Chapters Indigo

Mockingjay is about to land! Tonight, the 3rd book in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy will be released at midnight events at select stores across Canada. Can’t make it? Follow @TeenReadAwards on Twitter for a chance to win prizes and stream the event live here at 11:50:

Location: Select Locations Across Canada – see event details
Time: 10:00PM Monday, August 23rd

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

August 23rd, 2010  at 11:39 am

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Mockingjay Midnight Release Parties – Canada

Monday, August 23rd – 10:00 pm – Midnight

At Select Chapters Indigo Locations Across Canada. Find a full list of participating locations here.

Calling all The Hunger Games Fans – get ready for the 3rd and final book in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series! Mockingjay will be available August 24th at Midnight so join Chapters Indigo on August 23rd at 10 pm for fun, games and a chance to be the first to get a copy in your hand! Create Tribute costumes, decorate one of Peeta’s delicious cupcakes and participate in trivia and challenges to see if YOU can survive the Hunger Games…

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

August 13th, 2010  at 2:05 am

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In Defense of YA-Reading Adults

via In Defense of YA-Reading Adults

I don’t know about you, but I read YA as well as adult novels.  For me it started with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series and then continued on to include LJ Smith’s The Vampire Diaries series.

Even I need a break from reading about hot vampire or lycan sex on the rare occasion.  As I said, these occasions are rare, but they do exist.  I’m already pretty well versed in the horror genre and suspense doesn’t appeal to me on the same level as PRN so when I need a break it’s YA that I turn to.

What about you?  Do you read YA?  Which series do you enjoy?

Some other YA paranormal series of note:

Gena Showalter – Intertwined
Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers
Kim Harrison – Madison Avery
Lesley Livingston – Wondrous Strange
Sherrilyn Kenyon – Cronicles of Nick
Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games

August 10th, 2010  at 8:23 am