Sep 102013
 
Early Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: 24 September 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Bloomsbury Childrens Synopsis from Goodreads: Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 10, 2013 at 7:00 am
Sep 092013
 
New Release Review and Giveaway: The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond

New Release Review and Giveaway: The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond Release date: September 3, 2013 Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Strange Chemistry Synopsis from Goodreads: The more things change… Five years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awoke all around the world. The more things stay the same… This morning, Kyra Locke is late for school because of an argument with her father. Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington, D.C., dominated by the embassies of divine pantheons and watched over by the mysterious Society of the Sun that governs mankind’s relations with the gods. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2013 at 7:00 am
Sep 052013
 
Early Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Early Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason Book 1 in Stoker & Holmes Release date: September 17, 2013 Genre: Historical, Young Adult, Steampunk Book provided by Edelweiss and Chronicle Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Two young women of similar age and standing have disappeared: one found dead and the other still missing. The only clue to connect them is a small Egyptian clockwork scarab. Only Miss Stoker and Miss Holmes are well-positioned enough—similar in age and stature as they are to the victims—to investigate. An unlikely pair, the fierce Evaline Stoker and logical Mina Holmes must follow in the footsteps of their infamous [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm
Sep 022013
 
Early Review: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Early Review: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Book 2/Companion Book to Code Name Verity Release date: September 10, 2013 Genre: Historical, Young Adult, New Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Disney Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 2, 2013 at 10:51 am
Sep 012013
 
Early Review: The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer

Early Review: The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer Book 2 in Matteo Alacran series Release date: September 3, 2013 Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian Book provided by Edelweiss and Athenium Books for Young Readers Synopsis from Goodreads: The new book continues the story of Matt, the boy who was cloned from evil drug lord El Patrón in The House of the Scorpion. Now 14 years old, Matt rules his own country, the Land of Opium, the only thriving place in a world ravaged by ecological disaster. Though he knows that the cure for ending the suffering is hidden [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 1, 2013 at 9:07 am
Aug 292013
 
Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally Book 1 in Hundred Oaks series Release date: December 1, 2012 Genre: Young Adult *I won this book* Synopsis from Goodreads: ONE OF THE BOYS What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But everything she’s ever worked for is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 29, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 282013
 
New Release Review: The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan Series: The Riyria Chronicles #1 Genre: Epic Fantasy Released Aug 6, 2013 Audiobook Narrated by Tim Gerrard Reynolds TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING. A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 28, 2013 at 6:58 am
Aug 272013
 
Novella Reviews: Five Stories From Some Favorite Authors

Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne Book #0.4 in the Iron Druid Chronicles Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 7th 2013 E-Book Purchased from Amazon.com Synopsis from Goodreads: There’s nothing like an impromptu holiday to explore the birthplace of modern civilisation, but when Atticus and Oberon pursue a book-stealing Egyptian wizard – with a penchant for lamb – to the land of the pharaohs, they find themselves in hot, crocodile-infested water. The trip takes an even nastier turn when they discover the true nature of the nefarious plot they’ve been drawn into. On the wrong side of the vengeful [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm
Aug 262013
 
Early Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Early Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas Book 1 in The Elemental Trilogy Release date: September 17, 2013 Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Book provided by Edelweiss and Harper Collins Synopsis from Goodreads: It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning… Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 26, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 232013
 
Early Review: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson Series: Fire and Thorns # 3 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: Aug 27, 2013 ARC provided by Edelweiss and Greenwillow Books The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny. Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 23, 2013 at 6:47 am
Aug 222013
 
New Release Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Omens by Kelley Armstrong Book #1 in the Cainsville series Genre: Paranormal Mystery Publication Date: August 20th 2013 Print Copy Provided by Dutton Adult Synopsis from Goodreads: #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home. Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 22, 2013 at 8:55 am
Aug 202013
 
Early Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire Book #7 in the October Daye series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: September 3rd 2013 Print Galley Provided by DAW Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Things are starting to look up for October “Toby” Daye. She’s training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down…at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit. Toby’s efforts to take the problem to the Queen of the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 20, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 192013
 
Series Review: Tales of the Underlight by Jax Garren

Series: Tales of the Undelight by Jax Garren Books: How Beauty Met the Beast, How Beauty Saved the Beast, How Beauty Loved the Beast Genres: Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Steampunk, Magic, Mythology Released: Nov 2012 – May 2013 Audiobooks Narrated by Therese Plummer Fairy tale inspired stories set in the punk-alternative community of Austin, Texas in the very near future. They center around two warring secret societies. Our heroes are a part of the Underlight, a US-based network of anarchists who have an underground base in Austin. The antagonists of the series are from the Order of Ananke, a cult [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 19, 2013 at 7:05 am
Aug 162013
 
New Release Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson Book #3 in the Sentinels of New Orleans series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: August 13th 2013 Print Galley Provided by Tor Books Synopsis from Goodreads: An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi. New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 16, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 152013
 
What Happened to Sookie?  A review of Dead Ever After (Sookie #13) by Charlaine Harris

The Badass Ladies Discuss What Happened to Sookie? Also, a review of Dead Ever After (Sookie #13) by Charlaine Harris I have yet to find a fan or reader of Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series that was thoroughly satisfied with all the books — from book 1 through book 13.  So many readers of this series believe that the Sookie became derailed.  We decided to chat about this and throw around our theories — please share yours.  What happened to Sookie? AH:  I think I just kind of lost interest in the series. I remember that I literally gobbled up [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 15, 2013 at 8:41 am
Aug 142013
 
Early Review: Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2) by Karina Halle

Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2) by Karina Halle *received early review copy from publisher and Netgalley* Regina’s Rating: 3.5 stars/Grade A- Release Date: 8/20/13 Book Summary:   Sometimes the right choice can be the deadliest. When Ellie Watt made the ultimate sacrifice for Camden McQueen, she never thought it would be easy. But walking away with her ex-lover, Javier Bernal, in order to ensure Camden’s safety has brought a whole new set of dangers. With Javier’s plans for Ellie growing more secretive by the moment, Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game before her past [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 14, 2013 at 9:46 am
Aug 092013
 
Early Review: A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwartz

Early Review: A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz Book 2 in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow Release date: August 13, 2013 Genre: Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, Historical Book provided by NetGalley and Random House/Del Ray Synopsis from Goodreads: FOR BETTER OR CURSE. That might as well have been the wedding vow of Elle Chance and her new husband, the ex-Warlock Hugh Marsh in the second book of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into storytelling magic. As Elle devotes herself to her duties as the Oracle—who alone has the power to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 9, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 072013
 
Early Review: Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep

Early Review: Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep Book 9 in Elemental Assassins series Release date: August 27, 2013 Genre: Urban Fantasy Book provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Books Synopsis from Goodreads: The hotly anticipated ninth novel in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series finds Gin Blanco on a dangerous mission to rescue a friend. When a terror from the past threatens Gin’s friend and body-disposer, Sophia, Gin will stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means walking straight into a killer’s trap. Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches a turning point—can they reunite and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 7, 2013 at 8:00 am
Aug 062013
 
Early Review: Tear You Apart by Megan Hart

Review: Tear You Apart by Megan Hart *received early review copy from publisher and Netgalley* Regina’s Rating: 3.5 stars/Grade B- Release Date: 8/27/13 Book Blurb:   Their passion will consume everything and everyone in its path. I’m on a train. I don’t know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don’t. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life—a good life with everything a woman could want—and suddenly, there is something more I didn’t [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm
Aug 032013
 
New Release Review: Complete Me by J. Kenner

New Release Review: Complete Me by J. Kenner Book 3 in The Stark Trilogy Release date: July 30, 2013 Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Book provided by NetGalley and Random House/Bantam Synopsis from Goodreads: This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms. Our desire runs deep. But our secrets cut close. Beautiful, strong, and commanding, Damien Stark fills a void in me that no other man can touch. His fierce cravings push [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 3, 2013 at 7:00 am