Oct 222014
Mini Reviews: A YA Potpourri

I haven’t had a lot of time for reviews lately, but I did manage to squeeze in a few reads.  Nothing was absolutely terrible, but I did find a new favorite or two.  If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought about them in the comments!   A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond Genre: Young Adult Magical Realism Publication Date: October 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and  Hodder Children’s Books Synopsis from Goodreads: “I’m the one who’s left behind. I’m the one to tell the tale. I knew them both…knew how they lived and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 22, 2014 at 7:00 am
Oct 102014
Review: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham Book #1 in new Veronica Mars mystery series Genre: Contemporary Mystery/Screen to Page Publication Date: March 25th, 2014 Publisher: Vintage   Synopsis from Goodreads: From Rob Thomas, the creator of groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series. Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 10, 2014 at 8:25 am
Oct 022014
From Page to Screen: Outlander episode 8

************ ************   I’ve been dreading the mid-season break episode.  Especially after I heard that it wasn’t going to return until April 4th!  Just in case you didn’t figure it out, that is six whole dang months.  Nevertheless, no matter how much I dreaded it, the mid-season finale came anyway.  Thank goodness it was a good one! Generally I hate to repeat myself, but I want to say again that I think Tobias Menzies is one helluva actor.  In this episode we got more of Frank Randall then we have since the beginning.  This time we didn’t just get loving, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 2, 2014 at 8:06 am
Sep 252014
Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 7

September 20, 2014 9PM Wedding of one James Fraser to one Claire Beauchamp The world of Outlander has been bracing for this moment, this exact moment, since Ron Moore and Diana Gabaldon announced that Outlander was optioned for the screen.  I’m pretty sure I remember our first words were, ‘OMG, The WEDDING!’.  I know that when I lend out one of my copies of Outlander one of the first thing I ever say to people is ‘you have to make it to the wedding’.  It’s epic.  From the beginning through the wedding night…. epic. So, needless to say, I was [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 8:21 am
Sep 182014
Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 6

Outlander: Episode 6 First off, Jesus H Roosevelt Christ!  That episode was fan-fricking-tastic in all it’s horrific brutality!  I don’t even know exactly where to start, it was so great. I think first off we should talk about the terrifying magnificence of Tobias Menzies.  It’s being said that he gave the performance of his career in episode six, and I could not agree more.  I couldn’t look away!  He was so scary; so sociopathic.  The way he delivered his lines was chilling.  Kudos to Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe because their excellent acting made it easier to believe the pure [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 18, 2014 at 8:41 am
Sep 112014
Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 5

Outlander: Episode 5 Episode 5 was a slower episode.  It was a lot of travel and taking the rents, and packing the bag full of funds for Bonnie Prince Charles.  Claire struggled with the attitudes of the men.  But there were a few new or special things that I’d like to point out in this episode. First!  Ned Gowan joins the cast.  Good ole Ned.  I pictured him a little different in my head, but he did a great job and portrayed the character pretty much exactly like I imagined.  I found it interesting that the conversation about why Dougal [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 11, 2014 at 8:44 am
Sep 042014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 4

Outlander: Episode 4 While Episode 4 covered the course of the Gathering and the subsequent Scotch games and boar hunt, I think of this episode more as the Episode of Dougal.  Thus far we’ve gotten small glimpses into Graham McTavish’s version of Dougal MacKenzie.  He, at least I think, seems colder than he did in the books.  He never trusted Claire, but he was also mostly kind to her.  What he hasn’t lost, though, is that protective sense of Clan.  His idea’s may be different than his brothers, but their end goals are the same.  In this episode we see [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 4, 2014 at 8:19 am
Aug 282014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 3

Outlander: Episode 3 30 second Episode recap: Claire has nightmares that she’s accused of witchcraft due to her time travel experience, which just cements the fact that she doesn’t believe she can tell anyone the truth.  She’s very likely right.  Claire decides to settle into life at Leoch in the hopes of proving to Colum how she is not a spy.  It appears to be working out because she hears through the grapevine that she’s done so well that he wants to keep her forever, especially after she saves a boy from ‘demon possession’, which was really just poison. Claire and Jamie [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 202014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 2

Outlander on Starz: Episode 2 (Aka, Episode ‘Jamie Shows All His Sexy’)   Alright, alright, let’s get serious… Episode 2, I thought, was even better than the first.  I hear others talking about ‘voice over’ but I barely noticed it in this second installment.  It wasn’t all Jamie, either.  I think a lot of it was just the pacing. In episode 1, I felt that the first half, though it was important and needed, felt like it was dragging.  As a long time fan of the book series let me say that this is actually reminiscent of the books.  When [ Read More of this Review ]

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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
Aug 112014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 1

  Outlander on Starz: Episode 1     Regina: I admit to not being much of a TV watcher.  Books are my vice, when I have time away from my kids and work to do anything else.  I do watch a few shows, but mainly when I am working out.  So while I knew Outlander was being produced on Starz, I wasn’t focused on it or waiting for it.  Okay, well I have now watched the first episode twice — twice! It was amazing, perfect and well done.  The scenery is beautiful and lush; and the characters are just as Diana [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 11, 2014 at 8:00 am
Jun 302014
New Release Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling Series: Cormoran Strike #2 Genre: Mystery Release Date: Jun 19, 2014 Audiobook narrated by Robert Glenister When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days–as he has done before–and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 30, 2014 at 6:51 am
May 192014
Should You Read This Series? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

There are so many published series out there and I know you wonder…which ones are worth the read? In this feature, we tell you which series you should start and which ones you shouldn’t. As a ground rule, series in this feature must have at least 3 books published and the reviewer must have read at least 60% of the series. If you want us to feature a series in the future, please ask in the comments. SERIES: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon GENRE(S): Time Travel, Historical Fiction BOOKS PUBLISHED TO DATE: 8 + several novellas SERIES STATUS: Ongoing (latest book [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 19, 2014 at 7:02 am
Apr 112014
Mini Reviews: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Because of the amount of books I read most months, I don’t get to review everything for the blog.  The Mini Review Catch Up is my place to give you a little information about some of my other reads and whether or not I would recommend them without going into tons of detail.  This time I have four very different reads to spotlight and I’ll let you know whether they were good, bad, or just plain ugly! The Good   Delilah: The Making of Red by Jessica Sorensen Book #2.5 in Nova Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance Publication Date: March 18th 2014 E-Book Purchased [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm
Jan 262014
New Release Review: Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Snowblind by Christopher Golden Genre: Horror Publication Date: January 21st 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press Synopsis from Goodreads: In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade–a work reminiscent of early Stephen King–Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age. The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards…but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children’s windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into the whiteout and were never seen again. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same. Now, as [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Jan 232014
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Young Adult - Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

AH and Christal decided to give the Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge a try for 2014.  The point of this challenge is to read a different genre each month.  For January, we were tasked with Young Adult.  We already read a lot of YA books here at Badass Book Reviews, but the YA book we chose was Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie.  Read on to see what AH and Christal thought about this book! Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: January 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Merit Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Fourteen-year-old April May Manning spent [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 23, 2014 at 7:00 am
Nov 222013
Review: The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

Review: The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark (Carol Goodman) Book 3 in the Fairwick Chronicles series Release date: September 3, 2013 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Historical, Fantasy Book provided by Edelweiss and Ballantine Books Synopsis from Goodreads: A can’t-miss read for fans of Deborah Harkness and Karen Marie Moning, The Angel Stone weaves a tale of ancient folklore and thrilling fantasy with a passionate love story that transcends time. For Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor of folklore and Gothic literature, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Oct 292013
Early Group Review and Giveaway: Parasite by Mira Grant

We were so excited to get a copy of Mira Grant’s new book Parasite to read and review. Parasite is the first book in her new Parasitology series. And as an added bonus to you, dear reader, we have a copy of Parasite to give away to one lucky US reader. We had mixed feelings about this book, so we decided to pluck a few choice quotes from the book and discuss them. Synopsis from Goodreads: A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite – [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 29, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 022013
Early Review: When the Marquess Met His Match by Laura Lee Guhrke

When the Marquess Met His Match by Laura Lee Guhrke Series: An American Heiress in London #1 Genre: Historical Romance Release Date: Oct 29, 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Avon What happens when a carefree, disreputable, stone-broke bachelor is forced to find a wife in a hurry? He hires a matchmaker, of course. What happens when the matchmaker doesn’t want to help him? Well, that’s when the fun begins… Nicholas Stirling, Marquess of Trubridge, loves his life just as it is: dissolute, scandalous, and deuced good fun. His father, the Duke of Landsdowne is not amused, and when he [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 2, 2013 at 7:00 am
Sep 162013
New Release Review: Things Good Girls Don't Do by Codi Gary

Things Good Girls Don’t Do Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: Aug 27, 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Avon Impulse Good girls don’t steal. Good girls don’t visit sex shops. Good girls don’t have one-night stands. For Katie Conners, being a good girl just isn’t worth it anymore. It used to mean getting the life she always wanted. But that was before she got dumped and her ex got engaged to his rebound. So, after a bad day and one too many mojitos, Katie starts making a list of things a girl like her would never do, not in a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 16, 2013 at 6:58 am