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
Sep 112013
 
Early Review: Four Summoner's Tales by Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Christopher Golden, and Jonathan Maberry

Early Review: Four Summoner’s Tales by Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Christopher Golden, and Jonathan Maberry Release date: September 17, 2013 Genre: Anthology, Paranormal, Horror Book provided by Edelweiss and Gallery Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Four terror-inducing novellas from acclaimed bestselling authors Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Christopher Golden, and Jonathan Maberry beginning with the premise: “A stranger comes to town, offering to raise the townsfolk’s dearly departed from the dead—for a price.” In Kelley Armstrong’s “Suffer the Children,” an acute diphtheria outbreak kills most of the children in an isolated village in nineteen-century Ontario. Then a stranger arrives and offers to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 11, 2013 at 7:00 am
Sep 052013
 
Early Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Early Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason Book 1 in Stoker & Holmes Release date: September 17, 2013 Genre: Historical, Young Adult, Steampunk Book provided by Edelweiss and Chronicle Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Two young women of similar age and standing have disappeared: one found dead and the other still missing. The only clue to connect them is a small Egyptian clockwork scarab. Only Miss Stoker and Miss Holmes are well-positioned enough—similar in age and stature as they are to the victims—to investigate. An unlikely pair, the fierce Evaline Stoker and logical Mina Holmes must follow in the footsteps of their infamous [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm
Aug 192013
 
Series Review: Tales of the Underlight by Jax Garren

Series: Tales of the Undelight by Jax Garren Books: How Beauty Met the Beast, How Beauty Saved the Beast, How Beauty Loved the Beast Genres: Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Steampunk, Magic, Mythology Released: Nov 2012 – May 2013 Audiobooks Narrated by Therese Plummer Fairy tale inspired stories set in the punk-alternative community of Austin, Texas in the very near future. They center around two warring secret societies. Our heroes are a part of the Underlight, a US-based network of anarchists who have an underground base in Austin. The antagonists of the series are from the Order of Ananke, a cult [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 19, 2013 at 7:05 am
Jul 262013
 
New Release Review: Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes Book #1 in the Viral Nation series Genre: YA Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: July 2nd 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley Trade Synopsis from Goodreads: After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 26, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jul 052013
 
Early Review: Carniepunk by Rachel Caine and multiple authors

Carniepunk by Rachel Caine and multiple authors* *see full list at the end of this post* Book provided by Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster Gallery Books Release date: July 23, 2013 Genre: Anthology of short stories about carnivals Synopsis from Goodreads: A star-studded urban fantasy anthology featuring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, and Kevin Hearne, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals. The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 5, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jul 042013
 
Genre Book Showdown: Wallbanger vs. The Dr Pepper Prophecies

Today we are proud to present a Genre Book Showdown, 4th of July style! The contenders are two chick lit books with roots in Fan Fiction – one American and the other one British – with two heroines inordinately fond of sweets. Who will take home the win? Will it be the mighty Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, where an O-less woman finds her match in an oversexed neighbor with a bag full of tricks? Or will it be the unknown The Dr Pepper Prophecies by Jennifer Gilby Roberts where a young woman decides to ‘fix’ the lives of her friends? [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 4, 2013 at 9:17 am
Jun 022013
 
Early Review: Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Early Review: Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin Book 2 in Masque of the Red Death series Release Date: June 11, 2013 Book provided by Edelweiss and Harper Collins/Greenwillow Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death. In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 2, 2013 at 7:00 am
Apr 182013
 
Review: Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll

Review: Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll Book provided by NetGalley and Transworld Synopsis from Goodreads: When New York City jewelry designer Garet James stumbles into a strange antiques shop in her neighborhood, her life is about to be turned upside down. John Dee, the enigmatic shopkeeper, commissions her to open a vintage silver box for a generous sum of money. Oddly, the symbol of a swan on the box exactly matches the ring given to her by her deceased mother. Garet can’t believe her luck and this eerie coincidence until she opens the box and otherworldly things start happening. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 18, 2013 at 7:00 am
Mar 132013
 
Genre Book Showdown: Emilie and the Hollow World vs Spellbinding

This month I read two standalone, YA fantasies that skew toward a younger audience and today they meet in the Genre Book Showdown.  Who will take home the win?  Will it be Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells, a steampunk-infused fantasy set in a land at the center of the Earth?  Or will it be Spellbinding by Maya Gold which threads the people and stories of Salem into an all-new world of witches?  Read on to see who is declared the victor!   Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: 2 April 2013 ARC [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 13, 2013 at 7:00 am
Feb 272013
 
Early Review: The Dark Heroine - Dinner With A Vampire by Abigail Gibbs

Early Review: The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs Release date: March 5, 2013 Book provided by Edelweiss and William Morrow Paperbacks Synopsis from Goodreads: The sexiest romance you’ll read this year… One moment can change your life forever… For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape…no matter how hard Violet [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 27, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jan 302013
 
ARC Review: The Water Witch by Juliet Dark (Carol Goodman)

ARC Review: The Water Witch by Juliet Dark (Carol Goodman) Book 2 – Fairwick Chronicles Book provided by Edelweiss and Random House Release Date: February 12, 2013 Synopsis from Goodreads: Perfect for fans of Deborah Harkness and Elizabeth Kostova, The Water Watch is a breathtakingly sexy and atmospheric new novel of ancient folklore, passionate love, and thrilling magic. After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the Honeysuckle Forest, and in the currents of the rushing [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 30, 2013 at 7:00 am
Dec 072012
 
Review + Movie Trailer: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures will make its big screen debut on February 2013. If you haven’t read the book and are intrigued by the movie, watch the trailer and read the Badass review to see what the fuss is all about! Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Book #1 – Caster Chronicles Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy Audiobook narrated by Kevin T. Collins Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 7, 2012 at 7:43 am
Nov 262012
 
ARC Mini Reviews: Undeadly, Stray Souls, and Blood Bond

You know how sometimes you get so excited when the new ARCs are released that you just have to request them all… but then you have to find enough time to read and review them?  That’s the boat I found myself in this month, so to catch up, I’m sharing three mini reviews about the ARCs I most recently read. Undeadly by Michele Vail Book #1 in the Reaper Diaries series Publication Date: 27 Nov 2012 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 26, 2012 at 7:00 am