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 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 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 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 032014
 
New Release Review: Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright

Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright Series: Phoenix Pack #3 Genre: Paranormal Romance Release Date: Feb 11, 2014 Audiobook narrated by Jill Redfield Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong. Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 3, 2014 at 6:59 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
Feb 202014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Contemporary - Me Since You by Laura Wiess

AH and Christal continue their journey on the Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge!  This month the genre was Contemporary.  We chose a young adult Contemporary read that will just break your heart, Me Since You by Laura Wiess.  Read on to see what AH and Christal thought about this book! Me Since You by Laura Wiess Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: February 18th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and MTV Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 20, 2014 at 7:00 am
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 232014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Young Adult - Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

AH and Christal decided to give the Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge a try for 2014.  The point of this challenge is to read a different genre each month.  For January, we were tasked with Young Adult.  We already read a lot of YA books here at Badass Book Reviews, but the YA book we chose was Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie.  Read on to see what AH and Christal thought about this book! Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: January 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Merit Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Fourteen-year-old April May Manning spent [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 23, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 142014
 
New Release Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

New Release Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau Book 2 in The Testing series Release date: January 7, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Book provided by NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley NAL Synopsis from Goodreads: In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 14, 2014 at 7:00 am
Dec 172013
 
Novella Review: Castle Hill by Samantha Young

Castle Hill by Samantha Young Book #2.5 in the On Dublin Street series Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: December 3rd 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and NAL (Intermix) Synopsis from Goodreads: A Joss and Braden Novella Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon—even the perfect family they’ll start. After trying to flee [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 17, 2013 at 8:59 am
Dec 112013
 
Early Review: Sempre by J.M. Darhower

Early Review: Sempre by J. M. Darhower Book 1 in Forever series Release date: February 25, 2014 Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance Book provided by Edelweiss and Simon and Schuster Synopsis from Goodreads: Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco had vastly different childhoods. Haven, a second-generation slave, grew up isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege, never having to answer for anything he did. Both now seventeen, a twist of fate causes their worlds to collide, making them question everything [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 11, 2013 at 7:00 am
Dec 032013
 
New Release Review: Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins

Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins Book #1 in the Realm Walker series Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Publication Date: October 28th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Carina Press Synopsis from Goodreads: An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name… As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That’s only the first of her secrets. Most people don’t [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 3, 2013 at 8:32 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 202013
 
New Release Review: Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: October 1st 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harry N. Abrams Synopsis from Goodreads: Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy—particularly when she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 20, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 242013
 
Early Review: Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee

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! Today we have a YA horror story that tackles the apocalypse. Read on to find out if this end-of-the world tale lived up to its creepy premise…   Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee Genre: YA Apocalyptic Horror Publication Date: 5 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Henry Holt and Co. Synopsis from Goodreads: Merciful [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 24, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 152013
 
New Release Group Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

In keeping with our month-long Halloween theme, we have another review about things that go bump in the night. This time it’s a new series by Larissa Ione – The Moonbound Clan Vampire series. It’s a different take on vampires: vampires are slaves of humans. It’s still bloody and full of those hot sexy moments that the author is known for. Synopsis from Goodreads: Larissa Ione’s bestselling Demonica series has captivated fans with its sensual blend of dark passion and demonic fury. Now she takes you to another intoxicating world—where a dangerous clan of wild vampires rules the night… A [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 142013
 
Early Review: The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice

In honor of Halloween this month, I 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! This time around, we have a supernatural suspense from NY Time bestselling author Christopher Rice (yep, his mother is that famous vampire writer)…   The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice Genre: Supernatural Suspense Publication Date: 15 October 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Gallery Books Synopsis from Goodreads: New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice returns to New [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 14, 2013 at 9:40 am
Oct 062013
 
New Release Review: Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner

New Release Review: Shadowlark by Megan Spooner Book 2 in Skylark series Release date: October 1, 2013 Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction Book provided by NetGalley and Learner Publishing Group Synopsis from Goodreads: Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley’s wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She’s always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever. But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 6, 2013 at 9:39 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