ChristalBadass Book Reviews


Hi everyone, I’m Christal. I am married to a wonderful guy and work in the education field. Reading is my preferred hobby and I never leave home without a book or my e-reader. I will read any book that catches my eye, but my favorite genres are urban fantasy, paranormal romance, fantasy, steam punk, historical fiction, and dystopian/post apocalyptic.

  1. Review: A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
  2. Blog Tour and Giveaway: Mercury Retrograde by Laura Bickle
  3. New Release Review: Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong
  4. Spotlight on August’s New Releases
  5. New Release Review: About a Girl by Sarah McCarry
  6. New Release Review: Time Salvager by Wesley Chu
  7. Spotlight on July’s New Releases
  8. Comics Corner: New Trade Releases from DC, Dynamite, and Image
  9. Review: Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson
  10. New Release Review: Revive by Tracey Martin
  11. March Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly
  12. Spotlight on April’s New Releases
  13. Release Day Review: Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle
  14. New Release Review: Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire
  15. Release Day Review: Little Peach by Peggy Kern
  16. Group Review: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
  17. Badass Best of Werewolves
  18. Release Day Group Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
  19. Spotlight on March’s New Releases
  20. New Release Group Review: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan
  21. Release Day Review: Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy
  22. February Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly
  23. New Release Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
  24. New Release Review: Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells
  25. Blog Tour: Guest Post from Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of ECHO 8
  26. Literary News and Happenings: February 5th, 2015
  27. To All the Books I’ve Left Behind…
  28. Early Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
  29. Spotlight on February’s New Releases
  30. January Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly
  31. New Release Review: Transmuted by Karina Cooper
  32. New Release Review: White Knight by Kelly Meade
  33. New Release Review: Unforgettable by Shannon Richard
  34. Early Review: Polaris by Mindee Arnett
  35. Spotlight on January’s New Releases
  36. Badass Best of 2014: Our Most Anticipated 2015 Reads
  37. Badass Best of 2014: Our Literary Slambook
  38. Badass Best of 2014: Our Best Discoveries
  39. Badass Best of 2014: YA & NA Contemporary Fiction
  40. Badass Best of 2014: YA & NA Speculative Fiction
  41. Badass Best of 2014: YA & NA Romance
  42. Badass Best of 2014: Romance (Part Two – Contemporary)
  43. Badass Best of 2014: Romance (Part One – Paranormal, Historical, and Erotic)
  44. Badass Best of 2014: General Fiction
  45. Badass Best of 2014: Speculative Fiction
  46. Badass Best of 2014: Urban Fantasy
  47. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: New Adult – Unteachable by Leah Raeder
  48. New Release Review: Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler
  49. Review: Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn
  50. New Release Review: City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter
  51. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Historical Fiction – Evernight by Kristen Callihan
  52. Spotlight on December’s New Releases
  53. New Release Review: The Void by J.D. Horn
  54. Early Review: Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blake
  55. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Science Fiction – A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  56. New Release Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade
  57. New Release Review: Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong
  58. Steals and Deals for November!
  59. Spotlight on November’s New Releases
  60. Mini Reviews: A YA Potpourri
  61. Spotlight on October’s New Releases
  62. New Release Review: What If by Rebecca Donovan
  63. A Badass welcome to our newest reviewer, Angie!
  64. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Romance – I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre
  65. Series Farewell: The Hollows by Kim Harrison
  66. New Release Review: Gun Shy by Eleri Stone
  67. New Release Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
  68. Release Day Review: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia
  69. New Release Group Review: The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey
  70. Spotlight on September’s New Releases
  71. New Release Review: Engraved by Karina Cooper
  72. Early Review: Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake
  73. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Paranormal – The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
  74. Release Day Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong
  75. New Release Review: Upside Down by Lia Riley
  76. New Release Group Review: Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells
  77. Early Review: The Sweetheart Secret by Shirley Jump
  78. Genre Book Showdown: The Girl From the Well vs Servants of the Storm
  79. Spotlight on August’s New Releases
  80. Review: Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire
  81. Early Review: Unstoppable by Shannon Richard
  82. Release Day Review: Prototype by M.D. Waters
  83. Graphic Novels: Strong Female Characters
  84. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Adult – The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal
  85. New Release Review: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
  86. New Release Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  87. Early Review: Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry
  88. Early Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade
  89. New Release Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
  90. Group Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
  91. New Release Review: On The Fence by Kasie West
  92. Spotlight on July’s New Releases
  93. New Release Review: Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy
  94. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: High Fantasy – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  95. New Release Review: Allegiance by Susannah Sandlin
  96. New Release Review: Fall From India Place by Samantha Young
  97. Release Day Review: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
  98. The Badass Bulletin – May Edition
  99. New Release Group Review: The Source by JD Horn
  100. New Release Review: A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton
  101. Spotlight on June’s New Releases
  102. Featured Author Friday + Giveaway: J.D. Horn
  103. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge – Dystopian: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead
  104. Steals & Deals for May!
  105. New Release Review: The Warrior by Victoria Scott
  106. Early Review: House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter
  107. New Release Review: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?
  108. Mini Reviews: The “Did Not Finish” Edition
  109. Spotlight on May’s New Releases
  110. Review: Burn for Me by Cynthia Eden
  111. Early Review: The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward
  112. New Release Review: The Sweetheart Rules by Shirley Jump
  113. Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway: Twisted Miracles by AJ Larrieu
  114. Release Day Review: The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart
  115. Review: The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart
  116. Mini Reviews: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  117. Genre Book Showdown: Ghost Seer vs Spirited
  118. {Sci-Fi Saturday} Double Feature: The Ophelia Prophecy and Under Nameless Stars
  119. Featured Author Friday: Sharon Lynn Fisher
  120. New Release Review: Cold Iron by D.L. McDermott
  121. Spotlight on April’s New Releases
  122. The Badass Bulletin – March Edition
  123. Featured Author Friday + Giveaway: Shannon Richard
  124. New Release Review: Saving Quinton by Jessica Sorensen
  125. Genre Junkies Presents “Steam Punk”
  126. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge – Urban Fantasy: The Line by J.D. Horn
  127. New Release Review: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire
  128. New Release Review: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
  129. Early Review: Darkbound by Scott Tracey
  130. A Badass Welcome!
  131. New Release Review: Undone by Shannon Richard
  132. Steals & Deals for March!
  133. New Release Review: Tempered by Karina Cooper
  134. The Badass Bulletin – February Edition
  135. Spotlight on March’s New Releases
  136. Featured Author Friday: Joseph D’Lacey
  137. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Contemporary – Me Since You by Laura Wiess
  138. Early Review: Nights Owls by Lauren M. Roy
  139. Release Day Review: Reflected by Rhiannon Held
  140. {Sci-Fi Saturday} Early Group Review: Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach
  141. Early Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  142. New Release Review: Reaper’s Touch by Eleri Stone
  143. Early Group Review: The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
  144. New Release Review: Pecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams
  145. Steals & Deals: Books by Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, and more!
  146. Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Seers by Julianna Scott
  147. The Badass Bulletin – January Edition
  148. Spotlight on February’s New Releases
  149. Early Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
  150. New Release Review: Snowblind by Christopher Golden
  151. Mini Reviews: YA Roundup
  152. Featured Author Friday: Shawntelle Madison
  153. Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Young Adult – Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie
  154. Early Review: Archetype by M.D. Waters
  155. New Release Review: Gilded Hearts by Christine d’Abo
  156. Book Trailer Reveal: Some Fine Day by Kat Ross
  157. Genre Book Showdown: Jaye Wells’ Dirty Magic vs Lisa Shearin’s The Grendel Affair
  158. Early Review: Avalon by Mindee Arnett
  159. Launch Day Blitz and Giveaway: The Destiny of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen
  160. Spotlight on January’s New Releases
  161. Badass Best of 2013: Our Most Anticipated 2014 Reads
  162. Badass Best of 2013: Our Literary Slambook
  163. Badass Best of 2013: Our Best Discoveries
  164. Badass Best of 2013: YA & NA Contemporary, Historical, and Romance
  165. Badass Best of 2013: YA & NA Dystopian, Horror, and Mystery
  166. Badass Best of 2013: YA & NA Fantasy, Paranormal, and Science Fiction
  167. Badass Best of 2013: Mystery, Romance, and Historicals
  168. Badass Best of 2013: Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror
  169. Badass Best of 2013: Paranormal Romance
  170. Badass Best of 2013: Urban Fantasy
  171. Early Review: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young
  172. Novella Review: Castle Hill by Samantha Young
  173. An Oldie but Goodie: War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
  174. New Release Review: The Ever After of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
  175. New Release Review: Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker
  176. Spotlight on December’s New Releases
  177. New Release Review: Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins
  178. Mini Review Catch Up: YA/NA Contemporary Romances
  179. Release Day Group Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
  180. New Release Review: Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
  181. New Release Review: Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
  182. Early Review and Giveaway: Pawn by Aimee Carter
  183. New Release Review: Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
  184. Group Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe
  185. New Release Review: Scorched by Mari Mancusi
  186. Group Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  187. New Release Review: Shattered Bond by Sophie Littlefield
  188. Novella Reviews: Close to You and Entwined
  189. Spotlight on November’s New Releases
  190. Wolfin’ Out Mini Reviews: Charming, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, and Inhuman
  191. Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
  192. Early Review: Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee
  193. Release Day Review: Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin
  194. Early Review: The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen
  195. Early Review: The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice
  196. Early Review: Dead Set by Richard Kadrey
  197. Spotlight on October’s New Releases
  198. Early Review: Blackout by Robison Wells
  199. Early Group Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen
  200. Early Review: All is Fair by Emma Newman
  201. Early Review: Corroded by Karina Cooper
  202. New Release Review: Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen
  203. Early Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
  204. Spotlight on September’s New Releases
  205. Novella Reviews: Five Stories From Some Favorite Authors
  206. New Release Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong
  207. Early Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
  208. New Release Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson
  209. Guest Post and Giveaway: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson
  210. Guest Post and Giveaway: The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce
  211. New Release Review: All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry
  212. Spotlight on August’s New Releases
  213. New Release Review: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
  214. Review: Torn by K.A. Robinson
  215. New Release Review: Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes
  216. New Release Review: The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig
  217. New Release Review: Marvel and Hyperion’s New Line of Superheroine Books
  218. New Release Review: Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley
  219. Review: Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley
  220. Early Review: Last Blood by Kristen Painter
  221. Double Cover Reveal from Angry Robot: All is Fair and Prince Thief
  222. Early Group Review: Kill City Blues by Richard Kadrey
  223. New Release Review: Amanda Sun’s “Paper Gods” series
  224. Spotlight on July’s New Releases
  225. Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  226. New Release Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
  227. New Release Review: Outcast by Adrienne Kress
  228. New Release Review: 15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins
  229. Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
  230. Release Day Review: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
  231. Early Review: Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian
  232. New Release Review: Any Other Name by Emma Newman
  233. Review: Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick
  234. Review: Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson
  235. Spotlight on June’s New Releases
  236. Blog Tour: Emi Gayle, author of Day After (Guest Post and Giveaway)
  237. Release Day Review: Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett
  238. Author Interview and Giveaway: Jenn Bennett, author of Binding the Shadows
  239. Author Interview and Giveaway: Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the Maggie Hope Mysteries
  240. Review: The Lady Julia Grey Bundle by Deanna Raybourn
  241. Badass Bulletin: 19 May 2013
  242. Early Review: The Forever of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
  243. Early Review: Tarnished by Rhiannon Held
  244. Author Guest Post and Giveaway – Rhiannon Held, author of Silver and Tarnished
  245. Early Review: Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler
  246. Badass Bulletin: 12 May 2013
  247. New Release Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott
  248. New Release Review: Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon
  249. Genre Book Showdown: Transparent vs Parallel
  250. Spotlight on May’s New Releases
  251. Reviews: Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz and Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
  252. The Badass Bulletin: 28 April 2013
  253. Series Review: Raine Benares by Lisa Shearin
  254. Early Review: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
  255. From Page to Screen: Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten
  256. Early Review: His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal
  257. The Badass Bulletin: 21 April 2013
  258. Early Review: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
  259. Early Review: Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
  260. Early Review: Towering by Alex Flinn
  261. This is a test of the emergency badass system
  262. The Badass Bulletin: 14 April 2013
  263. Blog Tour and Guest Post: Christian Schoon, author of Zenn Scarlett
  264. New Release Review: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
  265. Review: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  266. Early Group Review: The Eternity Cure
  267. New Release Review: Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland
  268. Early Review: The Loop by Shandy Lawson
  269. New Release Review: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
  270. The Badass Bulletin: 7 April 2013
  271. New Adult Romance Reviews: The Secret of Ella & Micha and The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
  272. Spotlight on April’s New Releases
  273. Series Review: Cora Oglesby by Lee Collins
  274. Early Review: Stung by Bethany Wiggins
  275. Early Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade
  276. Genre Book Showdown: The Ward vs Taken
  277. The Badass Bulletin: 24 March 2013
  278. Early Review: A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn
  279. Early Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  280. New Release Review: Fade to Black by Francis Knight
  281. Early Review: Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey
  282. Early Review: Sketchy by Olivia Samms
  283. Early Review: You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimko
  284. The Badass Bulletin: 17 March 2013
  285. Early Review: Moonset by Scott Tracey
  286. Genre Book Showdown: Emilie and the Hollow World vs Spellbinding
  287. New Release Review: Peach Pies and Alibis by Ellery Adams
  288. New Release Review: Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
  289. Author Interview and Giveaway: Seanan McGuire
  290. Author Interview and Giveaway: Ellery Adams
  291. Spotlight on March’s New Releases
  292. Early YA Mini Reviews: The Holders, Wasteland, Pretty Girl-13, & The Nightmare Affair
  293. Genre Book Showdown: The Boyfriend vs The Gray Ghost Murders
  294. Early Review: Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
  295. Early Review: Mountain Echoes by C.E. Murphy
  296. Early Review: The Lost by Vicki Pettersson
  297. Genre Book Showdown: Dance of Shadows vs Dancing in the Dark
  298. Early Review: The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  299. Author Guest Post and Giveaway: Susannah Sandlin
  300. Early Review: Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
  301. Early Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz
  302. Spotlight on February’s New Releases
  303. Series Review: Susannah Sandlin’s Penton Legacy + Omega ARC
  304. ARC Mini Reviews: Season of the Wolf, Trickster, The Dinner, and The Best of All Possible Worlds
  305. ARC Review: The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs
  306. ARC Review: Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  307. New Release Review: Blood Winter by Diana Pharaoh Francis
  308. The Badass Best of Shifter Books
  309. From Page to Screen
  310. ARC Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West
  311. New Release Review: Gilded by Karina Cooper
  312. Happy New Year!
  313. Spotlight on January’s New Releases!
  314. Review: Silver by Rhiannon Held
  315. Merry Christmas!
  316. Author Interview: Diana Pharaoh Francis
  317. New Release Review: Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
  318. ARC Review: The Uninvited by Liz Jensen
  319. ARC Review: A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
  320. ARC Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard
  321. Winner: Steel’s Edge Giveaway!
  322. New Release Review: Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
  323. Guest Post, Review, and Giveaway – Ilona Andrews’ “The Edge” Series
  324. Spotlight on December’s New Releases!
  325. ARC Review: City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
  326. ARC Mini Reviews: Undeadly, Stray Souls, and Blood Bond
  327. Winner: River Road by Suzanne Johnson
  328. ARC Review: Kept by Shawntelle Madison
  329. Guest Post and Giveaway: Suzanne Johnson, author of River Road
  330. Review: Easy by Tammara Webber
  331. ARC Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne
  332. Release Day Review: River Road by Suzanne Johnson
  333. New Release Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning
  334. Spotlight on November’s New Releases
  335. Review: An Apple for the Creature Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner
  336. ARC Review: Out for Blood by Kristen Painter
  337. Review: Coveted by Shawntelle Madison
  338. ARC Review: Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
  339. Review: The Janus Affair by Philippa Ballantine & Tee Morris
  340. Review: Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire
  341. Spotlight on October’s New Releases
  342. Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
  343. Review: Flesh and Blood by Kristen Painter
  344. Review: Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams