Jul 152014
 
New Release Review: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: July 8th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and HarperTeen Synopsis from Goodreads: You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch. You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes. You live and you remember. Me, I live and I forget. But now—now I am remembering. For all of her seventeen [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 15, 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
May 162014
 
Review: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin Series: The Pingkang Li Mysteries #1 Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery Publication Date: Aug 23, 2013 It is a time of celebration in the Pingkang Li, where imperial scholars and bureaucrats mingle with beautiful courtesans. At the center is the Lotus Palace, home of the most exquisite courtesans in China… Maidservant Yue-ying is not one of those beauties. Street-smart and practical, she’s content to live in the shadow of her infamous mistress—until she meets the aristocratic playboy Bai Huang. Bai Huang lives in a privileged world Yue-ying can barely imagine, yet alone share, but as [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 16, 2014 at 7:23 am
Apr 252014
 
Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan Genre: LGBT Paranormal Publication Date: August 28th 2012   Synopsis from Goodreads: There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 172014
 
Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway: Twisted Miracles by AJ Larrieu

Badass Book Reviews Welcomes: I recently had the pleasure  of reading AJ Larrieu’s debut novel, Twisted Miracles, and I loved it – a solid 4 skull read!  I’m super excited to have AJ stop by the blog today and introduce you to her world of Louisiana shadowminds because I think this is a perfect read for fans of Badass urban fantasy.  But enough from me, let me introduce you to the book and then AJ will take over.  Be sure you keep reading for your chance to enter the amazing giveaway we have and see my full review of the novel. Twisted [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 17, 2014 at 7:00 am
Mar 062014
 
Blog Tour, Giveaway,  and New Release Review: Some Like It Wild by M. Leighton

Blog Tour and New Release Review: Some Like it Wild by M. Leighton Book 2 in The Wild Ones series Release date: March 4, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads: First was The Wild Ones. Now, the next book in M. Leighton’s Wild Ones series… How far will a good girl go for the bad boy she loves? Laney Holt is a preacher’s daughter. A good girl. Her only goal was to get married, have babies, and live happily ever after, just like her parents. Only that didn’t happen. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 6, 2014 at 8:12 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
Jan 222014
 
Runner by Patrick Lee (Early Review)

[box color=black] Sam Dryden, retired special forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While out on a run in the middle of the night, a young girl runs into him on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she’s running from a group of heavily armed men with one clear goal—to kill the fleeing child. After Dryden helps her evade her pursuers, he learns that the eleven year old, for as long as she can remember, has been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. But she doesn’t know much [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 272013
 
New Release Review and Giveaway: Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke

New Release Review and Giveaway: Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke Book 3 in the Immortal Empire series Release date: November 12, 2013 Genre: Fantasy, Alternate History, Steampunk, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Book provided by NetGalley and Orbit Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Xandra Vardan thought life would be simpler when she accepted the goblin crown and became their queen, but life has only become more complicated. Everyone — vampires, werewolves and humans — wants the goblins on their side, because whoever has the goblins — wins. Queen Victoria wants her head, Alpha wolf Vex wants her heart, and she still [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Nov 062013
 
New Release Review: Shattered Bond by Sophie Littlefield

Shattered Bond by Sophie Littlefield Book #2 in the Joe Bashir novels Genre: Mystery Publication Date: 28 October 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Star Synopsis from Goodreads: Detective Joe Bashir enters the glittering world of San Francisco society…and what he discovers will shatter three families. The discovery of a murdered teenager disrupts a fundraiser given by Napa Valley vintner Hale Francesci at the Montair Country Club. While Hale and his wife entertained their guests, their seventeen-year-old daughter Courtney was the last person to see her best friend Ashley Cole alive in a nearby strip mall parking lot. When Detective Joe Bashir begins interviewing [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 6, 2013 at 11:09 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
Aug 132013
 
Cliffhangers: Love or Hate?

    CLIFFHANGERS: Love or Hate? I love cliffhangers. I know that might sound weird but hear me out on this. If I am upset or shocked by a particular book’s cliffhanger, it means I liked, no loved, the book enough to care about what happened next. Think about it. How many times did you yell “nooooooooo” to a book’s cliffhanger ending when the book was poorly written or the characters were flat? Probably never. When I’m invested in the characters, and the story is keeping me on the edge of my seat, a cliffhanger is devastating. So basically, a [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 092013
 
Early Review: The Loop by Shandy Lawson

The Loop by Shandy Lawson Genre: YA Thriller Publication Date: 30 April 2013 ARC Received from Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their end, a wild road trip that brings them to the scene of their own murders and into the hands of the man destined to kill them. As [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 9, 2013 at 7:00 am
Mar 182013
 
Review and Giveaway: The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke

Review and Giveaway: The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke Book 2 in The Immortal Empire series Book provided by Orbit Books Synopsis from Goodreads: When her brother Val gets in over his head in an investigation of Half-Blood disappearances and goes missing himself, it’s up to Xandra, newly crowned Goblin Queen, to get him back and bring the atrocities to light. Xandra must frequent the seediest parts of London, while also coping with what she is, the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who wants her head. Add this to a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Mar 142013
 
New Release Review and Giveaway: Relentless by Cassia Leo

Relentless by Cassia Leo (Shattered Hearts, Book 1) Genre: New Adult Romance Publication Date: Mar 1, 2013 Book provided by the Author for Review **After the review, be sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Relentless! ** Claire Nixon is a twenty-year-old college dropout with a secret. To Claire, Adam Parker is just another flirty customer at the cafe, until a chance encounter and seemingly innocent comment spurs a bet between them. The bet is simple: If Adam can get Claire to reveal the secret that made her drop out of college, she has to re-enroll. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 14, 2013 at 7:08 am
Feb 182013
 
Interview and Givewaway of Sophie Littlefield's Garden of Stones

It is no secret that we at Badass love Sophie Littlefield’s books.  You can see our reviews of of her books here (Aftertime, Rebirth, Horizon, Bad Day for Pretty, Bad Day for Sorry, Bad Day for Scandal, Bad Day for Mercy, Blood Bond), our interview with her here and her guest blog post here.  Because we are so excited about her new novel, we invited Sophie Littlefield to interview with us again.   We are giving away a paperback copy of Garden of Stones to one lucky reader.  Please go to the bottom of this blog post to enter!  Prizes will only [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 18, 2013 at 9:02 am
Feb 062013
 
Read with Caution: Beautiful Bastard and Primal Law

Today’s “Read With Caution” features two different books in two different genres: Beautiful Bastard, a popular Twilight fan fiction previously known online as ‘The Office” and Primal Law, the first book in the “Alpha Pack” Paranormal Romance series. Read the Badass reviews to find out why you should proceed carefully with these books. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren Book 1 in Beautiful Bastard series Release Date: February 12, 2013 Book provided by Edelweiss and Gallery Books Synopsis from Goodreads: An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 6, 2013 at 7:01 am
Jan 282013
 
ARC Mini Reviews: Season of the Wolf, Trickster, The Dinner, and The Best of All Possible Worlds

February will see the release of some very eclectic new books from both the smaller and larger publishing houses and today I am bringing you four mini reviews from four very different books – a mystery/thriller, an urban fantasy, a contemporary fiction, and a science fiction romance. Season of the Wolf by Jeffrey J. Mariotte Genre: Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: 26 Feb 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and DarkFuse Synopsis from Goodreads: When Alex Converse, heir to a coal company fortune, visits Silver Gap, Colorado to make an environmentally themed documentary film, he’s hoping to change some minds and to soothe his own [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 28, 2013 at 7:00 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
Oct 012012
 
Review: Disappearing Nightly (Esther Diamond #1) by Laura Resnick

Disappearing Nightly (Esther Diamond #1) by Laura Resnick *purchased e-book from Amazon* Regina’s Rating: 3.5 Stars/Skulls; Grade B+ Blurb: [box=purple]I’m not a heroine — I just play one. Also psychotics, vamps, orphans, hookers, housewives and — on one memorable occasion — a singing rutabaga. It was never my ambition to utilize my extensive dramatic training by playing a musical vegetable. However, as my agent is fond of pointing out, there are more actors in New York than there are people in most other cities. Translation: Beggars can’t be choosers. This explains how I wound up painting my body green and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 1, 2012 at 8:29 am