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
Mar 172014
 
New Release Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop Series: The Others #2 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: March 4, 2014 Audiobook narrated by Alexandra Harris After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 17, 2014 at 7:03 am
Mar 132014
 
New Release Group Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

  It’s so exciting to read an advance copy of a highly anticipated book. The ladies of Badass Book Reviews loved Night Broken so much that we had to talk about all of our favorite parts. We’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible however if you have not yet read earlier books, there may be spoilers for earlier books. Don’t forget to check out Regina’s interview with author Patricia Briggs. There’s also a contest for US readers to win a copy of Night Broken on that page. Night Broken by Patricia Briggs Book #8 in Mercy Thompson [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 13, 2014 at 8:05 am
Mar 112014
 
Interview with Patricia Briggs Author of Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) and Giveaway Too!

We have some fun stuff today.  First up is an interview with the amazing author Patricia Briggs!  Badass has been very fortunate to interview Patricia Briggs several years in a row.  Even though we ask her questions every year — we don’t run out of them! There is just something about reading a Patricia Briggs novel, it is comfort, pleasure and joy. They are funny, exciting and always push the storyline forward.  I have not been disappointed yet. You can read last year’s interview with Ms. Briggs and our interview with Ms. Briggs two years ago.   So you probably already know [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 11, 2014 at 7:52 am
Feb 152014
 
{Sci-Fi Saturday} Early Group Review: Honor's Knight by Rachel Bach

Welcome back for another installment of our Science Fiction Saturday meme!  Today, Michelle and Christal take a look at the second book in Rachel Bach’s Paradox series, Honor’s Knight!   Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach Book #2 in the Paradox series Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: February 25th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either. After a mysterious attack left her short several memories and one partner, she’s determined to keep her head down, do her job, and get on with her life. But [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 282014
 
Release Day Review and Giveaway: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Release Day Review and Giveaway: Red Rising by Pierce Brown Book 1 in Red Rising series Release date: January 28, 2014 Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Random House Del Rey Spectra Synopsis from Goodreads: The war begins… Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 28, 2014 at 5:36 am
Jan 272014
 
Q&A with Maya Banks and Giveaway of Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy #1)

Join Badass in welcoming Maya Banks today! We got lucky enough to ask Maya a few questions about her writings.  I enjoy her historical romance novels — I just devour them.  So I was excited to try out a new contemporary series of hers.  First, the book and then the interview.  Oh and stick around because below we have a giveaway for Maya Banks’ new book — play to win (just scroll down). Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks Release Date: 2/4/14 Book Summary: Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

Mini Reviews: YA Roundup

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Jan 262014
 
Mini Reviews: YA Roundup

I read a ton of YA books last year and, while some of them were very good, a lot of them were hit or miss.  This year I’m trying to get back to my adult paranormal roots a little bit more, but that doesn’t mean I am totally going to ignore my new YA leanings.  Today I’ll give you a peek into the YA books (and one NA novella!) I’ve been reading lately and let you know which ones are worth your time!   Uninvited by Sophie Jordan Book #1 in the Uninvited series Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Publication Date: January 28th 2014 ARC Provided [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Dec 132013
 
An Oldie but Goodie: War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks is one of the founding novels in the urban fantasy genre.  First published back in 1987, it was an award winner then and helped shape UF as we know it now. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: July 1st 1987 Book Borrowed from Local Library Synopsis from Goodreads: Eddi McCandry has just left her boyfriend and their band when she finds herself running through the Minneapolis night, pursued by a sinister man and a huge, terrifying dog. The two creatures are one and the same: a phouka, a faerie being who has chosen [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 13, 2013 at 9:47 am
Nov 252013
 
Author Spotlight: Linwood Barclay

The everyday Joe… How appealing is this for a main character, he is a contractor? I’m not talking about a person who takes contracts out to kill. Nope, just an everyday, hardworking house building contractor. If that doesn’t excite you, maybe you’ll find the lawn & garden guy more appealing. His exciting career is lawn maintenance. These are some of the given careers of the main characters in Linwood Barclay books. They don’t have military training, secret CIA clearance or millions of dollars to buy the top surveillance gadgets. They are everyday people who gain their muscles from hard work, have seemingly normal families & [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 182013
 
New Release Review: Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach Book #1 in the Paradox series Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: 5 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet. That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 18, 2013 at 9:32 am
Nov 072013
 
Group Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: 5 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie. What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 7, 2013 at 7:00 am
Sep 232013
 
Early Review: Find Me by Romily Bernard

Early Review: Find Me by Romily Bernard Release date: September 24, 2013 Genre: Young Adult Book provided by Edelweiss and Harper Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: “Find Me.” These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead. Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target. Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Sep 092013
 
New Release Review and Giveaway: The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond

New Release Review and Giveaway: The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond Release date: September 3, 2013 Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Strange Chemistry Synopsis from Goodreads: The more things change… Five years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awoke all around the world. The more things stay the same… This morning, Kyra Locke is late for school because of an argument with her father. Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington, D.C., dominated by the embassies of divine pantheons and watched over by the mysterious Society of the Sun that governs mankind’s relations with the gods. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jun 292013
 
Review: Fire & Frost by Meljean Brook, Carolyn Crane, and Jessica Sims

Review: Fire & Frost by Jessica Sims, Carolyn Crane, and Meljean Brook Series: Iron Seas 3.4 (Meljean Brook), Code of Shadows 0.5(Carolyn Crane) Release date: May 25, 2013 Book provided by Carolyn Crane Synopsis from Goodreads: From the authors who brought you Wild & Steamy come three all-new tales of lovers who create their own heat, even when they’re surrounded by ice… Speed Mating by Jessica Sims – Estrella may be going into heat, but she’s determined to remain in control. Just because she’s ovulating doesn’t mean she has to settle for just any man (or his beast). Her sexy [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 29, 2013 at 7:00 am