Aug 272015
 
Review: Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles Book #1 in Leaving Paradise Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: April 8th, 2007 Synopsis from Goodreads: Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled. After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 262015
 
Early Review: Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier

Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: September 1st, 2015 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   Synopsis from Goodreads: Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he’d rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them. April isn’t surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too. But [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 26, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 252015
 
Book Tour & Giveaway: The Dogs by Allan Stratton

The Dogs by Allan Stratton Genre: YA Mystery Publication Date: September 1st, 2015 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   Synopsis: Constantly on the run from a dangerous father, Cameron’s used to pushing away the trauma of his past. But when his mother moves them to an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, he discovers that there are some things you can’t escape. His new schoolmates taunt him about the bloodthirsty dogs that supposedly haunt the farm, and Cameron soon stumbles upon a child’s drawings in the cellar that depict a violent history. The line between reality and nightmare begins to blur as the house’s horrifying [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 25, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 242015
 
Early Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare Book #3 in Castles Ever After Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: August 25th, 2015 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Avon Synopsis from Goodreads: On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart. A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 24, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 212015
 
Early Review: Crosstown Crush by Cara McKenna

Crosstown Crush by Cara McKenna Book #1 in Sins in the City Genre: Erotica Publication Date: September 1st, 2015 ARC provided by Signet Synopsis from Goodreads: When he’s working, Mike Heyer is all business—every inch the alpha male, with the hard, capable body to back up his persona. But at home he can be a different man entirely, harboring appetites only his wife gets to glimpse… When Samira first learned of her husband’s fantasies, she was reluctant, even alarmed. But after witnessing the way they set him on fire, she yielded, and happily indulged. As their games have intensified, so [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 21, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 182015
 
New Release Group Review: The Darkest Flame by Christina Lee

The Darkest Flame by Christina Lee #1 in Roadmap to Your Heart Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance Publication Date: August 17th, 2015  Synopsis from Goodreads: From the author of There You Stand, a new male/male romance about an errant motorcycle recruit and the captivating bartender who sends his wheels spinning down an all too tempting road. Vaughn O’Keefe has been part owner of the Hog’s Den for years. Privy to plenty of Disciples of the Road business, he’s never been more ruffled as when a new recruit named “Smoke” walks through the door. Something about the man gets his blood pumping, but [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 18, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 142015
 
New Release Review: Tremaine's True Love by Grace Burrowes

Tremaine’s True Love by Grace Burrowes Book #1 in True Gentlemen Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: August 4th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Synopsis from Goodreads:  Tremaine St. Michael is firmly in trade and seeks only to negotiate the sale of some fancy sheep with the Earl of Haddonfield. The earl’s sister, Lady Nita, is pragmatic, hard-working, and selfless, though Tremaine senses she’s also tired of her charitable obligations and envious of her siblings’ marital bliss. Tremaine, having been raised among shepherds, can spot another lonely soul, no matter how easily she fools her own family. Neither Tremaine nor [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 14, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 132015
 
New Release Review: Just a Summer Fling by Cate Cameron

Just a Summer Fling by Cate Cameron Book #1 in Sullivan Lake Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: August 4th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads: Sullivan Lake, Vermont, has plenty of attractions for movie star Ashley Carlsen—pristine nature, local color, and a handyman with a bad reputation for all the right reasons… Ashley’s movie-star life is starting to feel like an act. She’s desperate to be taken seriously, and after her boyfriend’s affair with a costar, she’s ready for a new scene. A vacation at Sullivan Lake with Hollywood power player Jasmine McArthur might be the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 13, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 112015
 
Review: Hard as Stone by Rori Ni Coileain

Hard as Stone by Rori Ni Coileain Book #1 in SoulShares series Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance Publication Date: October 18th, 2012 Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: What can I say… Rory Ni Coileain combines male hotness and a fabulous sense of the unknown in her SoulShares series. I eagerly await every new release. Talk about being a page turner..” – Susan Mac Nicol, international best-selling author of Saving Alexander and Worth Keeping Tiernan Guaire was exiled from the Fae Realm a century and a half ago for his brother’s murder. His soul torn in half, he lives by his [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 11, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 072015
 
From Page to Screen: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Not too long ago I reviewed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl here on Badass Book Reviews and for the most part I absolutely loved it.  I can still say, with confidence, that it was the absolute funniest book that I’ve ever read.  Ever.  It should win awards for comedy genius. Well, the truth is that the only reason I finally read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was because the movie was being independently released, and the trailer looked awesome!  If you are a true bibliophile you can’t watch a movie before reading [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 7, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 052015
 
Review: Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter

Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter Book #1 in Paper Aeroplanes series Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: May 2nd, 2013 Publisher: Hot Key Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 5, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 042015
 
New Release Review: The Daughter of an Earl by Victoria Morgan

The Daughter of an Earl by Victoria Morgan Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: July 7th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: An American businessman in England, Brett Curtis has little use for the haughty ton beyond seeing his sisters happily entertained in London. But when his cousin mysteriously disappears after inheriting the title of Duke, he sets out to locate him and drag him home. Lady Emily Chandler plunged into deep despair when her fiancé died in India, and now she is determined to prove that he was murdered. The brash American Brett Curtis’s reputation may be less [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 4, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 032015
 
Early Group Review: The Veil by Chloe Neill

The Veil by Chloe Neill Book #1 in Devil’s Isle Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: August 4th, 2015 ARC Provided by Netgalley and NAL Synopsis from Goodreads: Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle. Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 3, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 302015
 
New Release Review: About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

About a Girl by Sarah McCarry Book #3 in Metamorphoses Genre: Young Adult Contemporary with Fantasy Elements Publication Date: July 14th 2015 ARC Provided by St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There’s no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty—or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 30, 2015 at 10:33 am
Jul 292015
 
New Release Review: Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy Genre: M/M Sports Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: July 28th, 2015 Publisher: Rennie Road Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: They don’t play for the same team. Or do they? Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died. Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 29, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 282015
 
Release Day Group Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward Book #1 in The Bourbon Kings Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: July 28th, 2015 ARC Provided by Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal…. For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 28, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 272015
 
Dueling New Release Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

        Both DG and Wendy read Ernest Cline’s new release novel, Armada, and it quickly became evident that their enjoyment levels were very different.  It’s not the first time that two Badass Reviewers had differing thoughts on the same book, however instead of a group discussion we thought it may be fun for both reviewers to plead their case for what did, or didn’t, work for them.  This way our readers get both the positive feedback, and the equally helpful negative. Welcome to our first ever Dueling review! Armada by Ernest Cline Genre: Science-Fiction Publication Date: July 14th, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 242015
 
Early Review: Breaking by Barbara Elsborg

Breaking by Barbara Elsborg Book #2 in Fall or Break Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance Publication Date: July 28th, 2015 Publisher: Samhain Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: Archer Hart is on the move before the man he’s just killed is found. When a bullet whizzes past his ear, he realizes hunter is now hunted. So much for his retirement plans. Someone wants him dead and all he can do is keep running. Downed by a hit and run driver, barrister Conrad Black is certain the ‘accident’ was deliberate but he has no proof or support. In recovery, struggling to work out of partial [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 24, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 212015
 
New Release Review: Flight from Death by Yasmine Galenorn

Flight from Death by Yasmine Galenorn Book #1 in Fly by Night Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: July 7th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads: I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 21, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 172015
 
Early Review: Breaking Her Rules by Jennifer Snow

Breaking Her Rules by Jennifer Snow Book #1 in Beyond the Cage  Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: July 21st, 2015 Publisher: NAL/Intermix   Synopsis from Goodreads: MMA fighters go the distance in this all-new series from Jennifer Snow, author of the Brookhollow novels. Walker Adams was supposed to follow in his lawyer father’s footsteps, but instead he’s training to be an MMA fighter. And while he works for his chance to make it in the UFC, he’s bunking on his baby sister’s best friend’s couch. Gracie Andrews is all grown up—in all the right places. But she’s engaged to the fight match-maker who [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 17, 2015 at 7:04 am