Mar 242015
 
Release Day Review: Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle

Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: March 24th 2015 ARC Provided by Harper Voyager Impulse and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming looking for clues to her father’s disappearance years before. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying Western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the town’s dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up – desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can’t scientifically explain – her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town’s most powerful [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm
Mar 232015
 
Excerpt, Early Review, + Giveaway: The Duke's Disaster by Grace Burrowes

Today Badass Book Reviews is excited to bring you an excerpt of The Duke’s Disaster. Noah and Thea’s story kicks off Grace Burrowes’ latest Historical Romance series, True Gentlemen. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the post for your chance to win a Grace Burrowes book bundle and personalized literary embosser. ~ Excerpt ~ The Duke and Duchess are having a rocky start to their marriage, also to their day… “Your tea, Duchess.” Noah had woken up beside his wife—again, despite all plans to the contrary—creating another first for him. Thea had risen several times during the night [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 23, 2015 at 7:00 am
Mar 062015
 
Badass Best of Non-Alpha Heroines

Badass Best of Non-Alpha Heroines Keeping with this weeks special topic, in honor of the March release of Patricia Briggs’ newest Alpha & Omega novel, Dead Heat, the Badass Ladies have put together a list of some of our favorite heroines. The catch is that we have chosen to focus on heroines that wouldn’t be classified as warriors.  Check out our favorites and let us know if who you think should be on this list! Anna, the Omega wolf from Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs Originally we intended to call this post ‘Beta Heroines’, but we had to rethink that because our intention, as said above, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 6, 2015 at 10:45 am
Mar 052015
 
Group Review: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

    Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs Genres: Urban Fantasy Anthology Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Ace Books and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger… A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends… Includes the new stories: Silver, Roses in Winter, Redemption, and Hollow.   Our Review – 4 Skulls – B+ The ladies of Badass gather to give [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 5, 2015 at 9:18 am
Mar 032015
 
Release Day Group Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

  Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs Book #4 in Alpha & Omega Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: March 3rd 2015 ARC Provided by Ace Books Synopsis from Goodreads: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way… Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 7:22 am
Mar 022015
 
Review: Briggs Does Fantasy - Masques and Wolfsbane

Review Masques (Aralorn #1, Sianim #1) by Patricia Briggs Wolfsbane (Aralorn #2, Sianim #4) by Patricia Briggs                Genre: Fantasy Publication Dates: 1993 (Ace), 2010 (Ace), 2011 (Ace and Science Fiction Book Club), 2012 (Ace and Orbit) Goodreads blurb: Before Patricia Briggs penned her bestselling Mercy Thompson series, she cut her authorial teeth on a medieval fantasy called Masques. In it we meet Aralorn, a shapeshifter who fled her noble existence for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. A jewel in the rough, Masques promised a sequel that never saw the light of day…until now. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 7:00 am
Feb 262015
 
Early Release Group Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop Series: The Others #3 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: March 3, 2015 ARC Provided by Penguin Publishing Group The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 26, 2015 at 7:13 am
Feb 182015
 
Reconnecting with old Friends, Bibliophile style!

    I’m sure that this is a post that most of you have experienced.  It’s a post about those long ended series that you loved so much.  The ones that you think about frequently and find yourself missing.  The books that you still, even 2 or so years later, tell yourself that you just wish there was something more.  They meant so much to you, and when you came to the end you just were not ready to say goodbye to either the characters, or to the world. I was lucky that when that surge of nostalgia came upon me I [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 18, 2015 at 8:44 am
Jan 052015
 
Read with Caution - Early Group Review: The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson

The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson Book #1 in The Witches of Echo Park Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: January 6, 2015 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated—and we will all pay if their power falls… When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 5, 2015 at 7:00 am
Nov 262014
 
Early Review: Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blake

Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blake Book #2 in Baba Yaga Genres: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: December 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Berkley and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them… Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Oct 302014
 
New Release Review: The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen

The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen  Book #3 in The Ivy Years Genre: LGTB Contemporary Romance Publication Date: October 15, 2014 Publisher: Rennie Road Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now. Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexuality from everyone. Including himself. So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 30, 2014 at 11:36 am
Oct 202014
 
Review & Trailer: Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann

Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann Book #1 in Night Sky Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy Publication Date: October 7th, 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis from Goodreads: Skylar Reid is shaken when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is kidnapped. Scared that the weird dreams she’s been having about Sasha are real—and even more afraid that Sasha is already dead. When a mysterious girl with extreme butt-kicking abilities roars into town on a motorcycle and, well, stalks Skylar things get even weirder. Supergirl Dana tells Sky that she also has abilities – that a hormone in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 20, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 222014
 
Early Review: Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake

Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake Book #1 in Baba Yaga Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Berkley and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them… Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 22, 2014 at 10:45 am
Aug 182014
 
Young Adult Reviews:  Wanted: Dead or In Love and Jex Malone

YOUNG ADULT REVIEWS Today I’m reviewing two fun little young adult novels. One is a ghost story with a little twist on the Bonnie and Clyde story. The other brings back memories of staying up late at night reading Nancy Drew mysteries. New Release Review: Wanted: Dead or in Love by Kym Brunner Release date: June 30, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Book provided by Merit Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father’s Roaring 20’s [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 18, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 262014
 
Summertime and the Reading is Easy.....

SUMMERTIME READS June 24th marks the beginning of summer in my part of the world. Summer means hot and humid days, sultry nights, and daylight up to 9PM. Living in Canada means making the most of our favorite season and we try to spend as much time outdoors relaxing with a tall cool drink and a good book (and lots of sunscreen and bug spray, too!). 2014 has been a fantastic year for books and I’ve come up with some great summer reads. Here’s my list of suggestions: The Martian by Andy Weir This book came highly recommended by Michelle [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 072014
 
To Serial or Not to Serial: The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

  The Serialized Book – Is it Worth It?  Lately, publishers have begun providing readers with a new kind of reading experience. Instead of publishing a full book, they have come up with a “new” idea – the serial. It’s not really a new idea; serialized books have been around a long time. It’s just that with digital publishing, it’s just that much easier to release a book a bit at a time. There are many reasons why a book is released in a serialized format: introduce a new writer, create buzz for a new series, provide stories at a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 7, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 252014
 
New Release Review and Giveaway!!: Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher

Review: Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher *early review copy received from publisher — thank you!* Regina’s Rating: 5 stars/Grade A Release Date: 5/27/14   Giveaway Below! Book Summary: Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day…. Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it…. Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains—led by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm
May 202014
 
Early Group Review and Giveaway: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

    Early Group Review and Giveaway: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett Book 4 in Arcadia Bell – series finale Release date: May 27, 2014 Genre: Urban Fantasy Book provided by NetGalley and Pocketbooks Synopsis from Goodreads: The fourth and final installment of a “riveting” (RT Book reviews) urban fantasy series about a renegade mage and the demons who love her. Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body. Forced to delve [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 20, 2014 at 7:27 am
May 062014
 
Mini Reviews: The "Did Not Finish" Edition

I have had a string of bad luck with the books I’ve picked up recently so I thought I would do a rundown of my most recent Did Not Finish (DNF) books.  Now just remember, most of these books have glowing reviews from other reviewers so just because they didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean they won’t work for you!  Have a suggestion to break my reading slump?  Hit me up in the comments.   RATING: DID NOT FINISH   Shadows by Robin McKinley Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 26th 2013 Book Borrowed from Local Library and Nancy Paulsen Books [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 6, 2014 at 8:58 am
Apr 082014
 
Genre Book Showdown: Ghost Seer vs Spirited

We have a haunted installment this time as two new series featuring women that can communicate with ghosts debuted in 2014.  Mary Behre’s Spirted goes head-to-head with Robin D. Owens’ Ghost Seer in this Genre Book Showdown!  Which ghostly tale will take home the trophy?  Read on to find out.   The Contenders: Spirited by Mary Behre Book #1 in Tidewater Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: March 4th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley Sensation Synopsis from Goodreads: She’s running from who she is…… All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 8, 2014 at 7:00 am