Jul 302014
 
Review: Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire Book #1 in Ghost Stories Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 6th 2014 Book Borrowed from Local Library Synopsis from Goodreads: Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea. It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running. They have names for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 30, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 172014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Adult - The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Adult for July so we decided on a historical mystery that was definitely meant for adult readers! Christal has loved the Maggie Hope Mystery series from the very beginning but now AH is a convert too. Read on to see why we think you should give this series a try. The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal Book #4 in A Maggie Hope Mystery Genres: Adult Historical Mystery Publication Date: July 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Bantam Synopsis from Goodreads: World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 17, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 112014
 
Early Review: Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry

Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry Book #2 in All Our Pretty Songs Genre: Young Adult Magical Realism Publication Date: July 15th 2014 ARC Provided by St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: A gorgeous retelling of the Persephone myth, Sarah McCarry brings us the story of Cass and Maia–the mothers from All Our Pretty Songs–and how their fates became intertwined. Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents’ house like a princess in an ivory tower. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 10:38 am
Jul 102014
 
Early Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Black Rook by Kelly Meade Book #1 in Cornerstone Run Trilogy Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: July 15th 2014 ARC Provided by InterMix and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: She never saw this coming… Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost. Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 10, 2014 at 10:45 am
Jul 082014
 
Re-Release Review: The Trouble With Harry by Katie MacAlister

Re-Release Review: The Trouble With Harry by Katie MacAlister Book 3 in Noble series Re-Release date: July 1, 2014 Original Release Date: May 2004 Genre: Historical Romance Book provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca Synopsis from Goodreads:  1. He is Plum’s new husband. Not normally a problem, but when you consider that Harry advertised for a wife, and Plum was set to marry his secretary, there was cause for a bit of confusion. 2. He has a title. Plum has spent the last twenty years hiding from the ton, and now Harry wants her to shine in society? Horrors! 3. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Jul 032014
 
Group Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

**************************************************************** The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: June 3rd 2014 ARC Provided by Roaring Brook Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 3, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 272014
 
New Release Review: Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy

Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy Book #9 in The Walker Papers Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: June 24th 2014 ARC Provided by Harlequin Luna and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Joanne Walker has two choices: Defeat the enemy…or lose her soul trying. For over a year, Joanne has been fighting the Master—the world’s most abiding evil. She’s sacrificed family, friendships, even watched potential futures fade away…and now the Master is bringing the final battle to Joanne’s beloved Seattle. Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne’s growth come to her doorstep. Before the end, she’ll mourn, rejoice—and surrender everything for the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 27, 2014 at 10:12 am
May 222014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge - Dystopian: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge tackles Dystopian in May! Christal and AH continued on with the Age of X series this month with The Immortal Crown.  Read on to see what we think of this unique and expansive world. The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction Publication Date: May 29th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Dutton Adult Synopsis from Goodreads: Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 22, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 212014
 
Interview Mike Mullin (Author of Ashfall, Ashen Winter and Sunrise)

Today Badass welcomes author of Ashfall, Ashen Winter and Sunrise — Mike Mullin! If you haven’t picked up this series yet, then do so soon.  It is young adult and post-apocalyptic in genre and both fun and intense.  The subject matter is a natural disaster striking the United States and how people — namely the main character teenage Alex — are able to survive.  If you like to read character centered, solid action packed and survivalist centered books, then this trilogy is for you.  And you are in lucky, the trilogy is out and complete.  If you like to just read, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm
May 132014
 
Re-Release Reviews: Noble Intentions and Noble Destiny by Katie MacAlister

Sourcebooks Casablanca is re-releasing Katie MacAlister’s Noble series. Originally released in 2002 and 2003, these books take a humorous look at historical romance. If you haven’t read any historical romance before, this series may be a good starting point for you. The characters and their hilarious situations are guaranteed to keep you chuckling throughout. Re-Release Review: Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister Book 1 in Noble series Release date: May 6, 2014 – Originally released in 2002. Genre: Historical Romance, Humor Book provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca Synopsis from NetGalley: In this hilarious romp, Noble Britton literally falls head over [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 13, 2014 at 7:00 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 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