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
Apr 032014
 
New Release Review: Cold Iron by D.L. McDermott

Cold Iron by D.L. McDermott Book #1 in Cold Iron Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: February 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Pocket Star Synopsis from Goodreads: The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 3, 2014 at 8:59 am
Mar 192014
 
Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Early Review: Sunrise by Mike Mullin

Book Synopsis: The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors’ constant companions.   When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 19, 2014 at 1:00 am
Mar 182014
 
New Release Review: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire

Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire Book #3 in InCryptid Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: March 4th 2014 E-Book Purchased from Amazon and DAW Synopsis from Goodreads: When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn’t expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious. Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone… The third book in the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 18, 2014 at 10:11 am
Feb 242014
 
Early Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Early Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski Release date: March 11, 2014 Genre: Young Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Random House Childrens Synopsis from Goodreads: Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have).We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 24, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 252014
 
Sci-Fi Saturday - We Will Destroy Your Planet: An Alien's Guide to Conquering the Earth

The Reviewers at Badass Book Reviews are known for their eclectic tastes in books. One of our loves is for Science Fiction so why not have a feature called Science Fiction Saturday? And what better book to start off this feature but a humorous field guide for an alien invasion? Review: We Will Destroy Your Planet: An Alien’s Guide to Conquering the Earth by David McIntee Release Date: October 22, 2013 Genre: Science Fiction, Humor Book Provided by: Osprey Adventures Synopsis from Goodreads: Enjoy this pseudo-nonfiction, ‘how-to’ military handbook for aliens intending to conquer the Earth. Science fiction elements are [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 25, 2014 at 7:00 am
Nov 282013
 
Mini Review Catch Up: YA/NA Contemporary Romances

I’m trying to finish off all my 2013 ARCs before the end of December so this month I tackled some of the Young Adult (YA) and New Adult (NA) contemporary romances I had waiting for me. I wasn’t super successful at finding a winner, but read on to see what I liked best out of K.A. Tucker’s One Tiny Lie, Jennifer Echol’s Dirty Little Secret, and Teresa Mummert’s White Trash Beautiful.   White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert Book #1 in the White Trash Trilogy Genre: NA Contemporary Romance Publication Date: July 9th 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Gallery [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 28, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 262013
 
Release Day Group Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry Book #3 in the Pushing the Limits series Genre: New Adult Romance Publication Date: November 26th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 26, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 172013
 
Review: Driving Her Wild (Wilinski #3) by Meg Maguire

Review: Driving Her Wild (Wilinski #3) by Meg Maguire *early review copy received from Harlequin and Netgalley* Regina’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade A Book Summary: Winning is good. Succumbing is even better… Evasion Recently retired pro MMA fighter Steph Healy is through having rough-and-tumble romps with sexy blue-collar dudes. Unfortunately, Wilinski’s Fight Academy has hired an electrician with a body built to make a gal weep. And avoiding some full-body contact is taking all of Steph’s self-control. Grapple Carpenter-turned-electrician Patrick Doherty is damn good with his hands. Sure, he’s not what Steph is looking for—yet. But he’s about to prove that [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Nov 132013
 
New Release Review: Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Scorched by Mari Mancusi Book #1 in the Scorched series Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 3 September 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis from Goodreads: Trinity Don’t leave me here… It starts with a whisper. At first Trinity thinks she’s going crazy. It wouldn’t be a big surprise—her grandpa firmly believes there’s a genuine dragon egg in their dusty little West Texas town. But this voice is real, and it’s begging for her protection. Even if no one else can hear it… Connor He’s come from a future scorched by dragonfire. His mission: Find the girl. Destroy the egg. Save the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 13, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 212013
 
Release Day Review: Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin

In honor of Halloween this month, we will be featuring reviews of some new and upcoming spine-tingling reads. From ghosts to zombies and everything in between, look for the Frightening Fall Reads banner when you are ready for something spooky this month! We have a ferocious take on the vampire novel up today. Matthew Quinn Martin makes the vampire scary again in his new dark urban fantasy, Nightlife…   Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin Book #1 in the Nightlife series Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 21 October 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Star Synopsis from Goodreads: For [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 21, 2013 at 9:09 am
Sep 262013
 
Review: One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

One Week Girlfriend Series: Drew + Fable #1 Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance Release Date: Jan 10, 2013 Temporary. That’s the word I’d use to describe my life right now. I’m temporarily working double shifts—at least until I can break free. I’m temporarily raising my little brother—since apparently our actual mother doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I always end up as nothing but the temporary girlfriend—the flavor of the week for every guy who’s heard the rumor that I give it up so easily. At least Drew Callahan, college football legend and local golden boy, is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 26, 2013 at 11:38 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 272013
 
Novella Reviews: Five Stories From Some Favorite Authors

Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne Book #0.4 in the Iron Druid Chronicles Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 7th 2013 E-Book Purchased from Amazon.com Synopsis from Goodreads: There’s nothing like an impromptu holiday to explore the birthplace of modern civilisation, but when Atticus and Oberon pursue a book-stealing Egyptian wizard – with a penchant for lamb – to the land of the pharaohs, they find themselves in hot, crocodile-infested water. The trip takes an even nastier turn when they discover the true nature of the nefarious plot they’ve been drawn into. On the wrong side of the vengeful [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm
Aug 202013
 
Early Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire Book #7 in the October Daye series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: September 3rd 2013 Print Galley Provided by DAW Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Things are starting to look up for October “Toby” Daye. She’s training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down…at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit. Toby’s efforts to take the problem to the Queen of the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 20, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 042013
 
Guest Post and Giveaway: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

AH here…Today we are very lucky to have a guest post from author Susan Mallery who talks about her embarrassing crushes. Check out the link at the bottom of the post to win a gift card from Ms. Mallery. Embarrassing Crushes By Susan Mallery With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 4, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 022013
 
New Release Review: All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry Book #1 in the METAMORPHOSES Trilogy Genre: YA Magical Realism Publication Date: July 30th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and St. Martin’s Griffin Synopsis from Goodreads: The first book in an exciting YA trilogy, this is the story of two best friends on the verge of a terrifying divide when they begin to encounter a cast of strange and mythical characters. Set against the lush, magical backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, two inseparable best friends who have grown up like sisters—the charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora and the devoted, soulful, watchful narrator—find their [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 2, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 012013
 
Review: Taking Him Down (Wilinski #2) by Meg Maguire

Review: Taking Him Down by Meg Maguire *purchased e-book* Regina’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade A Book Blurb: Rules of the Ring…  No unsportsmanlike conductMatchmaker Lindsey Tuttle always thought Rich Estrada was a whole lot of sexy. What’s not to lust after? He’s a gorgeous, flirty mixed martial arts fighter. When they find themselves heating up during an unexpected-and superintense-make-out session, Lindsey is ready…until Rich ends it with no explanation. Three rounds… Now it’s almost a year later, and Rich has a broken foot,  which means a frustrating recovery back in Boston before  his next fight. But this could be the perfect [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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
Jun 242013
 
Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride (Review)

Book Summary from Goodreads: With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right? Well . . . not really. He’s pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for one thing, and he can’t help but feel that his new house hates him. His best friend is a werebear, someone is threatening his sister, and while Sam realizes [ Read More of this Review ]

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