Sep 192014
 
Should You Read This Series? Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga

If you are a fan of Dexter, Criminal Minds, CSI and other forensic shows, this series is something to take a look at. The Jasper Dent series has three books: I Hunt Killers, Game, and Blood of My Blood. Some warnings: 1. This is a pretty gruesome reading. If you are the least bit squeamish, this is not the series for you. If you can handle an episode of CSI, then you’ll probably enjoy this series. 2. Make sure that you have all the books on hand and readily available because Game ends on quite the cliffhanger. Book One – [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 19, 2014 at 7:34 am
Sep 172014
 
Series Farewell: The Hollows by Kim Harrison

  If you look around Badass Book Reviews, you will see that we all have a love of Urban Fantasy and strong female characters.  AH and I especially love long-running UF series and one of our favorites just recently came to an end.  Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series was our introduction to urban fantasy and it spawned a decade-long obsession…  not to mention an incredibly bloated to-read list.  There’s so much to love about this series, from the detailed world-building to the flawed yet relatable characters and the secrets and politics. If you aren’t familiar with the series, it takes place in an alternate version of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 17, 2014 at 11:17 am
Sep 162014
 
New Release Review: Gun Shy by Eleri Stone

Gun Shy by Eleri Stone Book #2 in Reaper Genres: Western Paranormal Romance Publication Date: September 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Carina Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Before the cure, Lieutenant Lyle Dalton’s job was simple: kill the Reapers. Now, under orders to inject all captured flesh eaters with the serum that restores their humanity, his Rangers at Fort Dougan face entirely new dangers. Someone wanted the Reaper cure badly enough to spill blood for it, and Lyle needs to steal it back if he hopes to hold the border. Jane Fisher escaped Scraper crime boss Gideon Moore with only the clothes on [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 16, 2014 at 9:59 am
Sep 122014
 
New Release Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest Book #1 in The Borden Dispatches Genres: Historical Horror Fantasy Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Roc Trade and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one…. The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Sep 092014
 
Release Day Review: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia Genres: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 9th 2014 ARC Provided by Spencer Hill Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting. Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm
Sep 082014
 
New Release Review: The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan

New Release Review: The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan Book 1 of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire Release date: August 26, 2014 Genre: Steampunk, Alternate History Book provided by NetGalley and Angry Robot Synopsis from Goodreads: Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life—as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 8, 2014 at 7:00 am
Sep 032014
 
New Release Group Review: The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey

The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey Book #6 in Sandman Slim Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: August 26th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Voyager Synopsis from Goodreads: Sandman Slim must save himself-and the entire world-from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods in this sixth high-octane adventure in the New York Times bestselling series Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude-not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer-James Stark aka Sandman Slim has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya-the old gods. But their imminent invasion is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Aug 272014
 
New Release Review: Engraved by Karina Cooper

Engraved by Karina Cooper Book #5 in The St. Croix Chronicles Genres: Steampunk Publication Date: August 11th 2014 ARC Provided by Carina Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Cherry St. Croix returns to the fog-ridden streets of Victorian London, where the balance of power threatens all that she loves. I will not wither without laudanum. Sober and determined, I have chosen another way—alchemy, and the pursuit of wellness it embodies. My name is Cherry St. Croix, and though freedom is finally at my fingertips, I return to the blackened streets intent on righting the wrongs I’d left behind. All is not well in London low. Caught [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 27, 2014 at 10:55 am
Aug 222014
 
Early Review: Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake

Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake Book #1 in Baba Yaga Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Berkley and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them… Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 22, 2014 at 10:45 am
Aug 212014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Paranormal - The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Paranormal for August so we decided on the new series debut from fan-favorite Jeaniene Frost! This one worked a little better for AH than it did for me, but we both plan to continue on in the series. The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost Book #1 in Broken Destiny Genres: New Adult Paranormal Publication Date: August 26th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin HQN Synopsis from Goodreads: In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 21, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 192014
 
Release Day Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Visions by Kelley Armstrong Book #2 in Cainsville Genres: Paranormal Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: August 19th 2014 ARC Provided by Dutton Synopsis from Goodreads: As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown. Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 19, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 182014
 
Young Adult Reviews:  Wanted: Dead or In Love and Jex Malone

YOUNG ADULT REVIEWS Today I’m reviewing two fun little young adult novels. One is a ghost story with a little twist on the Bonnie and Clyde story. The other brings back memories of staying up late at night reading Nancy Drew mysteries. New Release Review: Wanted: Dead or in Love by Kym Brunner Release date: June 30, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Book provided by Merit Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father’s Roaring 20′s [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 18, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 152014
 
New Release Review: Upside Down by Lia Riley

Upside Down by Lia Riley Book #1 in Off the Map Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance Publication Date: August 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) Synopsis from Goodreads: If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found… Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 142014
 
New Release Group Review: Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells

Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells Book #2 in Prospero’s War Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: August 12th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magical Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and everyone’s emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon’s impact is especially strong for Kate who’s wrestling with guilt over falling off the magic wagon. After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 14, 2014 at 8:58 am
Aug 122014
 
Early Review: The Sweetheart Secret by Shirley Jump

The Sweetheart Secret by Shirley Jump Book #3 in Sweetheart Sisters Genres: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads: The Sweetheart Sisters are ready for some good ol’ matchmaking… Colton Harper, Rescue Bay’s resident physician, gave up his wild ways years ago, in exchange for a straight and narrow life. But then a one-night stand comes back to haunt him when the intoxicating woman he left behind shows up in Rescue Bay. Once upon a time, fiery Daisy Barton was Colt’s wife—and still is, thanks to a paperwork glitch. Now she’s [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 12, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 082014
 
Early Review: Henna House by Nomi Eve

Early Review: Henna House by Nomi Eve Release date: August 12, 2014 Book provided by NetGalley and Scribner Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis from Goodreads: An evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews of the mid-twentieth century, from the acclaimed author of The Family Orchard. In the tradition of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, Henna House is the enthralling story of a woman, her family, their community, and the rituals that bind them. Nomi Eve’s vivid saga begins in Yemen in 1920, when Adela Damari’s parents desperately seek a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm
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
Aug 052014
 
New Release Review and Giveaway: The Truth About Leo by Katie MacAlister

New Release Review and Giveaway: The Truth About Leo by Katie MacAlister Book 4 in Noble series Release date: August 1, 2014 Genre: Historical Romance, Humor Book provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca Synopsis from Goodreads: The much-anticipated, brand-new Regency romance from New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister. Can Dagmar flee Denmark Dagmar Marie Sophie is a poverty-stricken Danish princess whose annoying royal cousin is about to have her stuffed away in a convent. When she finds a wounded man unconscious in her garden, she sees a way out of her desperate situation. By Lying to Leo? Leopold Ernst [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 5, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 042014
 
Early Review and Giveaway: Hero of a Highland Wolf by Terry Spear

Early Review and Giveaway: Hero of a Highland Wolf by Terry Spear Book 14 of Heart of the Wolf series (may be read as a stand alone book) Release date: August 5, 2014 Genre: Paranormal Romance Book provided by: NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca Synopsis: The MacQuarrie werewolf clan has overseen the Playfair family’s Ardmore Castle for three centuries. So when a Playfair granddaughter from abroad inherits the estate, clan chief Grant MacQuarrie has to train her to manage it—and he’s not happy about having her in his way. Until the prim old lady he’s expecting turns out to be a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 4, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 312014
 
New Release Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

New Release Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep Book 11 in The Elemental Assassins series Release date: July 22, 2014 Book provided by NetGalley and Pocket Books Genre: Urban Fantasy Synopsis from Goodreads: Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target. There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 31, 2014 at 7:00 am