Aug 072014
 
Genre Book Showdown: The Girl From the Well vs Servants of the Storm

I’ve been looking for a spooky read lately and my perusal of Netgalley and Edelweiss turned up The Girl From the Well and Servants of the Storm.  While neither turned out to be the creeptastic read I was hoping for, I definitely preferred one book over the other.  Read on to see who won this installment of the Genre Book Showdown!   The Contenders: The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco Genre: Young Adult Horror Publication Date: August 5th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis from Goodreads: You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 7, 2014 at 9:00 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
Jul 312013
 
Review: Torn by K.A. Robinson

Torn by K.A. Robinson Book #1 in the Torn series Genre: New Adult Romance Publication Date: May 7th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Atria Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: Chloe hasn’t had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past. On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 31, 2013 at 11:17 am
Jul 212013
 
Early Review:  The Dominant by Tara Sue Me

Early Review: The Dominant by Tara Sue Me Book 2 in The Submissive Trilogy Genre: Erotica, BDSM Release date: August 6, 2013 Book provided by NetGalley and NAL/Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: The continuation of the tantalizing trilogy by Tara Sue Me that has captivated millions… Nathaniel West doesn’t lose control. As the playboy CEO of West Industries, he governs the boardroom during the day; as a strict dominant with exacting rules, he commands the bedroom at night. He never takes on inexperienced submissives, but when Abigail King’s application comes across his desk, he breaks his own restrictions and decides to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 21, 2013 at 7:00 am
Mar 022013
 
Review: Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum #19) by Janet Evanovich

Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum #19) by Janet Evanovich *audio book borrowed and downloaded from local library’s overdrive system* Regina’s Rating: 2.5 stars/Grade D Blurb: New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do. After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 2, 2013 at 10:22 am
Feb 062013
 
Read with Caution: Beautiful Bastard and Primal Law

Today’s “Read With Caution” features two different books in two different genres: Beautiful Bastard, a popular Twilight fan fiction previously known online as ‘The Office” and Primal Law, the first book in the “Alpha Pack” Paranormal Romance series. Read the Badass reviews to find out why you should proceed carefully with these books. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren Book 1 in Beautiful Bastard series Release Date: February 12, 2013 Book provided by Edelweiss and Gallery Books Synopsis from Goodreads: An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 6, 2013 at 7:01 am
Dec 102012
 
ARC Review: Release Me by J. Kenner

ARC Review: Release Me by J. Kenner Book provided by NetGalley, Edelweiss, and Random House Release Date: January 1, 2013 Synopsis from Goodreads: For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms. He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 10, 2012 at 7:00 am
Dec 032012
 
Read with Caution: The Perfect Play and Urban Shaman

Today we start a new bimonthly feature in which we discuss two popular books that didn’t impress us much. Why? Because we think our job is not only to recommend you great books, but also to steer you away from not so great reads. At the same time, we know that different books appeal to different people and we want your take. Have you read these books? If you have, do you agree or disagree with our assessment? And if you haven’t read them, are you still planning to read them? Read the mini-reviews and afterwards, let us know your [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 3, 2012 at 7:48 am
Nov 282012
 
ARC Review: City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte Publication Date: 27 Nov 2012 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Penguin Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Cosmically fast-paced and wildly imaginative, this debut novel is a perfect potion of magic and suspense!Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.Soon after Sarah [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 28, 2012 at 7:00 am
Nov 222012
 
ARC Review: Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes

ARC Review: Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes Release Date: November 27, 2012 Book provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin Synopsis from Goodreads: First published as a five-part serial novel, Anything He Wants inflamed imaginations everywhere and became a national bestseller. Now available for the first time ever as a complete book, this edition contains never-before-released scenes and special bonus material. Don’t miss this erotic tale of a powerful billionaire who always gets what he wants and the young woman who’s about to enter his exclusive realm–a world of glittering opulence and all-consuming passion, where she’ll explore the darkest [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 22, 2012 at 7:00 am
Jul 092012
 
ARC Review:  Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lezear Book 1: The Aether Chronicles series Book provided by NetGalley and Flux Books Release date: August 8, 2012  [box color=yellow]Synopsis from Goodreads: Wish. Love. Desire. Live. Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock’s hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer’s eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.[/box] AH’s Review – 2 Skulls – D What a promising start [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 9, 2012 at 7:00 am
Jun 152012
 
ARC Review:  Drain You by M. Beth Bloom

ARC Review:  Drain You by M. Beth Bloom Release Date: July 24, 2012 Book Provided by Edelweiss and HarperTeen Genre: Young Adult [box color=grey]Synopsis from Goodreads: There’s normal, and then there’s paranormal, and neither is Quinlan Lacey’s cup of Diet Coke. Quinn’s life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the pool with her on-and-off BF Libby. There’s also her boring job (minimum wage), a crushed out co-worker (way too interested), her summer plans (nada), and her parents (totally clueless). Then one night she meets gorgeous James, and Quinn’s whole world turns crazy, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 15, 2012 at 7:00 am
Apr 262012
 
Review: Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick Book purchased at Amazon Release Date: February 01, 2012 [box color=black] There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.) Jenna Lord’s first sixteen years were not exactly a fairytale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Afghanistan. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire. There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 042012
 
ARC Review: The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry Book provided by Netgalley  Release Date: May 1, 2012 Genre: YA/Steampunk [box color=gray]Synopsis from Goodreads: This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance. On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 4, 2012 at 7:11 am
Mar 152012
 
Review: Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price

ARC Review: Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price Book 1 in the Starters series Publication date:  March 13, 2012 Book provided by Netgalley and the publisher   [box color=blue]Synopsis from Goodreads:  HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 192012
 
Review: Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake #10) by Laurell K. Hamilton

    [box color=blue] Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake #10) by Laurell K. Hamilton Audio book borrowed from library Vampire hunter Anita Blake learns what it’s like to be at the new end of a centuries-old bloodline-and just how far she’ll let herself get pushed around. [/box] Regina’s Review: 2 Stars/Grade D I started the Anita Blake series knowing what I was getting into.  I had heard the bad buzz, but I also heard that the earlier books were solid good urban fantasy badass heroine writing.  And I gotta say, that is true.  I loved the first 10 books in the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 19, 2012 at 8:00 am
Nov 062011
 
Joint Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

  THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS AND SWEARING Drink Deep by Chloe Neill Chicagoland Vampires #5   AH’s Review – 3.5 stars Erika’s Review: 2 Stars and she’s done reading the series [box]Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 6, 2011 at 11:12 am
Sep 302011
 
Review: The Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton

  <–Hot Cover!! The Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton ARC Provided by Netgalley [box type="warning"] No one said coming home would be easy. But for Dante Renaldi, it’s murder. Before the Special Forces hero has even unpacked his bags from twelve years of active duty, he’s embroiled in murder—corpses bearing the brutal trademark he’s seen only once before—on the worst night of his life. The last time Detective Anna Pallino saw Dante Renaldi, they were in love. Now, he’s part of the connection to a string of fresh homicides and a horrible assault Anna only survived thanks to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 5:00 am
Sep 082011
 
AH's Review: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

    [boxcolor=gray]  The grave is one wrong step away. Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit. Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 11:59 am
Sep 052011
 
Erika's Review: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

  I purchased this novel My Review of Cat and Bones, I purchased this novel Grade: D I own every book Jeaniene Frost has written. I Love Cat and Bones. The first four books in the series are just plain old awesome. The last book (5) was just OK, it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. I think I rated it four stars, but more of 3.5. This latest book–One Grave at a Time, just wasn’t that good. I’m sorry to say it, because I really love Ms. Frost, and I don’t want to insult her hard work, but I [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 5, 2011 at 9:11 am