Apr 232014
 
Early Review: Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Early Release Review: Invisible City by Julia Dahl Release date: May 6, 2014 Genre: Mystery, Suspense Book provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 23, 2014 at 7:00 am
Apr 212014
 
Should You Read This Series? Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles GENRE: Young Adult Contemporary Romance BOOKS PUBLISHED: 3 SERIES STATUS: Finished (but the author is said to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 21, 2014 at 6:39 am
Apr 182014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge - Middle Grade: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge moves into April with Middle Grade! Christal and AH chose Anna Ursu’s take on the Snow Queen legend, Breadcrumbs.  Read on to see what they have to say about this book. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu Genre: Middle Grades Publication Date: September 27, 2011 E-Book Purchased from Amazon and Waldon Pond Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 18, 2014 at 10:06 am
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
Apr 152014
 
Release Day Review: The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart

The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart Book #2 in Dangerous Liaisons Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery Publication Date: April 15th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and InterMix Synopsis from Goodreads: Love and justice… When Drew Foster is released from prison, he doesn’t much care about salvaging his soiled reputation. Though he’s working undercover, everyone in Victorian London believes him guilty of the Jack the Ripper murders and that his brother paid for his “innocence.” Despite her genteel upbringing, Anna Jacobs is intent on finishing medical school and becoming a physician. Society’s ridicule has never bothered her, but when her brother, the Yard’s [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm
Apr 152014
 
Review: The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart

The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart Book #1 in Dangerous Liaisons Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery Publication Date: June 18th 2013 E-Book Purchased from Amazon and InterMix Synopsis from Goodreads: A lone witness finds her protector… Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime. Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 9:39 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 102014
 
Tropes from Hell: When Character Names Distract

Welcome to our feature where we discuss common and overused themes (a.k.a tropes) that are making the rounds in the book world these days. Today, we discuss character names that distract the reader from the story. Have you ever refused to read a book just because of a name? I know I have. It may sound petty but sadly, we readers also judge a book by the names of their characters (recently, AH read a book description where the main character’s name made her think of a cow…do you think she’ll be picking that one up?) We know that names [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 10, 2014 at 6:51 am
Apr 092014
 
Early Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Early Release Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa Release date: April 15, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Horror Book provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. MONSTER Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 9, 2014 at 7:00 am
Apr 082014
 
Genre Book Showdown: Ghost Seer vs Spirited

We have a haunted installment this time as two new series featuring women that can communicate with ghosts debuted in 2014.  Mary Behre’s Spirted goes head-to-head with Robin D. Owens’ Ghost Seer in this Genre Book Showdown!  Which ghostly tale will take home the trophy?  Read on to find out.   The Contenders: Spirited by Mary Behre Book #1 in Tidewater Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: March 4th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley Sensation Synopsis from Goodreads: She’s running from who she is…… All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 8, 2014 at 7:00 am
Apr 072014
 
Re-Release Review: Circle of Desire by Keri Arthur

Re-Release Review: Circle of Desire by Keri Arthur Book 3 in The Damask Circle series Release date: April 1, 2014 (previously published in 2001 & 2009) Book provided by NetGalley and Dell Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Synopsis from Goodreads: A TEMPTING FATE Two children have been found dead, their souls torn from their bodies. Two more are missing, and Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of them. A dedicated cop, Ethan has every intention not only of bringing her back alive but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings. And he will use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims—even [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 7, 2014 at 7:09 am
Apr 062014
 
ReRelease Review: Jane's Melody by Ryan Winfield

Jane’s Melody by Ryan Winfield Genre: Romance, Contemporary Publication Date: April 8th 2014 Original Pub Date: June 16 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Atria Books Synopsis from Goodreads: What boundaries would you cross for true love? That’s the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician she believes can shed light on her daughter’s death—only to find herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will leave you both tantalized and in tears, Jane’s Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm
Apr 052014
 
{Sci-Fi Saturday} Double Feature: The Ophelia Prophecy and Under Nameless Stars

In today’s Science Fiction Saturday, I bring you not one but two very different sci-fi reads.  Sharon Lynn Fisher’s science fiction romance The Ophelia Prophecy is a must read for adults while Christian Schoon’s Under Nameless Stars is more appropriate for middle-grade and YA readers who are crazy for aliens.   The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher Genre: Science Fiction Romance Publication Date: April 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Tor Books  Synopsis from Goodreads: Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters — the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 5, 2014 at 7:00 am
Apr 042014
 
Featured Author Friday: Sharon Lynn Fisher

We’re back with another introduction to an author that you might not know about.  This month’s Featured Author Friday is running a little early so that we can showcase phenomenal SF romance talent Sharon Lynn Fisher and her upcoming release The Ophelia Prophecy.  Read on to learn more about Sharon and her fantastic worlds and characters!  Be sure to come back tomorrow and check out our review of The Ophelia Prophecy in Science Fiction Saturdays.   Sharon Lets Us Into Her World! Badass Book Reviews: How did you begin writing and what made you choose the science fiction genre, Sharon? Sharon Lynn Fisher: [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 4, 2014 at 7:00 am
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
Apr 022014
 
Group Review: Romancing by Duke by Tessa Dare

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare Series: Castles Ever After #1 Genre: Historical Romance Release Date: Jan 28, 2014 Audiobook narrated by Carmen Rose As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one. Ugly duckling turned swan? Abducted by handsome highwayman? Rescued from drudgery by charming prince? No, no, and… Heh.  Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 2, 2014 at 6:37 am
Apr 012014
 
Spotlight on April's New Releases

Welcome to our monthly feature where we take a look at the books releasing in April and offer up our top picks and opinions. We have chosen 40 of our most anticipated new releases. The release dates are on a best known basis and are not guaranteed. Books may get delayed or sometimes even released earlier so please check with your favorite store to ensure availability. Now, on to the books!   Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (#1 in Dorothy Must Die) – Expected Publication: April 14th 2014 by Pocket Star Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens (#1 in Ghost Seer) [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 1, 2014 at 7:00 am
Mar 302014
 
The Badass Bulletin - March Edition

Welcome to our monthly Badass Bulletin feature! Here you’ll find all our happenings and reviews for the month in one place. March was a busy month for us but we still found time to slip in some great reads! What were some of your favorite reads for the month? Share with us in the comments Reviews: We reviewed fourteen (14) books this month and founds a few outstanding stories. We all loved Night Broken and gushed all about it in our group review.  AH found a sexy troll in Stolen Songbird and Christal covets the church griffin from Half-Off Ragnarok.  DG highly [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 30, 2014 at 7:00 am
Mar 282014
 
Featured Author Friday + Giveaway: Shannon Richard

Welcome back to this month’s Featured Author Friday! Most people are familiar with the more established authors but this feature focuses on introducing some of our favorite authors that you might not know about. Today is the wonderful and talented Shannon Richard! Shannon currently writes the contemporary romance series, Country Roads, and is working on a brand new book, I Run to You. Read on to learn more about Shannon and her books!   It’s Time to Pick Shannon’s Brain! Badass Book Reviews: Welcome, Shannon!  So, how did you begin writing and what made you choose the contemporary romance genre? Shannon Richard: [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 28, 2014 at 7:00 am
Mar 272014
 
Early Review: Sempre: Redemption by J.M. Darhower

Early Review: Sempre: Redemption by J. M. Darhower Book 2 in Forever series Release date: April 1, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Book provided by Edelweiss and Gallery Books Synopsis from Goodreads: In this thrilling and sexy follow-up to Sempre, two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship intact after they become deeply enmeshed in the dangerous mafia-run crime ring they once tried to overthrow. Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco have been through a lot. Haven was taken in by Carmine’s father, and with his family’s help, she escaped a gruesome fate. However, saving Haven from the dark intentions [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 27, 2014 at 7:00 am