Jul 212014
 
Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Series: Don Tillman #1 Genre: Humor, Romance Release Date: May 1st, 2013 Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 21, 2014 at 6:44 am
Jul 092014
 
New Release Review: Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Shattered by Kevin Hearne Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #7 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: Jun 17, 2014 For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 9, 2014 at 7:01 am
Jun 262014
 
Summertime and the Reading is Easy.....

SUMMERTIME READS June 24th marks the beginning of summer in my part of the world. Summer means hot and humid days, sultry nights, and daylight up to 9PM. Living in Canada means making the most of our favorite season and we try to spend as much time outdoors relaxing with a tall cool drink and a good book (and lots of sunscreen and bug spray, too!). 2014 has been a fantastic year for books and I’ve come up with some great summer reads. Here’s my list of suggestions: The Martian by Andy Weir This book came highly recommended by Michelle [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Feb 092014
 
An Oldie but a Goodie: Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts First Published: 1991 Genres: Romantic Suspense Available in Paperback, Ebook, Audiobook Burned out and still reeling from a love affair gone bad, world-class violinist Caroline Waverly goes to her grandparents’ home in Innocence, Mississippi, for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Instead she finds herself overwhelmed all over again—first by Tucker Longstreet, a charming local with a sideline in no-strings-attached relationships, and then by a deadlier, more disturbing development. For Innocence is being stalked by its very own serial killer, whose brutal knife blows have pierced the veil of tranquillity in this sleepy Southern town and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 9, 2014 at 6:24 am
Jan 132014
 
Double Feature Review/Anthology Maddness!: Dark Duets by Christopher Golden and Dangerous Women by George R. R. Martin

Anthologies can be hit or miss for me.  Often, they seem to be positioned as a way to introduce readers to series and authors.   Now this is just my opinion, but too many times short stories aren’t as engaging and just don’t pull me in like a novel.  The characters may not be as well introduced because they exist in a series or novel already.  There are exceptions of course.  For example, Alice Munro, Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher write beautifully executed short stories.  But honestly, too often there are so many authors in an anthology that I don’t [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 13, 2014 at 8:03 am
Nov 252013
 
Author Spotlight: Linwood Barclay

The everyday Joe… How appealing is this for a main character, he is a contractor? I’m not talking about a person who takes contracts out to kill. Nope, just an everyday, hardworking house building contractor. If that doesn’t excite you, maybe you’ll find the lawn & garden guy more appealing. His exciting career is lawn maintenance. These are some of the given careers of the main characters in Linwood Barclay books. They don’t have military training, secret CIA clearance or millions of dollars to buy the top surveillance gadgets. They are everyday people who gain their muscles from hard work, have seemingly normal families & [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 142013
 
Review of Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre

Review of Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre *purchased audio book from audible.com* Regina’s Rating: 3.5 stars/Grade B+ Book Summary:   The epic conclusion to the USA Today bestselling trilogy. The horde is coming. Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they’re not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn’t run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 14, 2013 at 9:27 am
Oct 282013
 
Michelle's Badass Bundle of Books

Reading is my passion. It is my escape from the real world. You would think that reading being an escape for me would mean I would read more when real life was not at its best. Thus, the need for an escape. That is not how my brain works. Nope, not me. I seem to only want to read when my real life is happy, and problem free. Now don’t get me wrong, my life is almost never problem free. It just has never been so problem full as it has been lately. What does this long, boring intro mean [ Read More of this Review ]

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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 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
Jul 272013
 
Audio Book Review: 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (5th Wave #1)

Audio Book Review: 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (5th Wave #1) *audio book purchased from audible.com* Regina, Michelle and AH’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade A Book Summary: The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 27, 2013 at 11:36 am
Jul 132013
 
Memory of A Summer and America's Past -- Review: Joyland by Stephen King

Joyland by Stephen King *audio book purchased from audible.com* Regina’s Rating 4.5 stars/Grade B+ Book Summary: “I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts,” says Stephen King, who has combined these elements into a wonderful new story. Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a ‘carny’ in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 13, 2013 at 9:28 am
Jun 142013
 
Badass Hidden Gems vol. III

             Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Special 20th Anniversary Edition  Audiobook edition Why do I have the very popular Enders Game on a list of badass hidden gems? Because I just found the audiobook version of this wonderful book and it IS a gem. The 20th anniversary audiobook edition of Enders Game is an experience not to be missed. It is a full cast production audiobook of an incredible sci-fi classic. You can’t go wrong even if you’ve read the book already. If you haven’t read this book, this audiobook is the perfect way to [ Read More of this Review ]

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Mar 162013
 
Naked Werewolf Series by Molly Harper

The Naked Werewolf Series by Molly Harper Author Molly Harper is a new discovery for me. And I am late to the game in trying out her paranormal romance series, but the old cliche is so true — better late than never. Molly Harper writes darned funny books and I just love her take on the werewolf world. She writes about normal people, living average lives and she mixes in the supernatural with some fun romance. Biting comments, sarcasm and some embarrassing moments lead to great fun in the Naked Werewolf books. These are perfect novels, but they are fun. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Mar 032013
 
Double Feature Memoir Review: With or Without You by Domenica Ruta and Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Memoirs are not my go-to genre of books and in fact, I tend to not like memoirs.  The stories told in memoirs, in my opinion, are usually not worth telling or reading.  And due to the nature of how memoirs are told, the author of a memoir often comes off as self-involved.  Which I admit to being an unfair judgment because the basic set up of memoirs are that by their nature, memoirs are self-focused.  I recently found two memoirs that were life changing for me.  Weeks after I finished these two books, the thoughts and experiences of thesebadass women stayed [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm
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
Jan 262013
 
Badass Audiobooks... a Year In Review

What a difference a year can make. In 2011, I read almost a book a day. Not bad considering I have a family, full time job and all that fun stuff. In 2012, I was lucky to read a book a week. Towards the end of the year, I read NO books during the last two months. Now, before you say “poor baby”, the key here is READ. Thankfully, I had my audiobooks. I lived for my audiobooks and I’m so happy that I found some great ones. They saved me from the insanity called real life. So, without anymore [ Read More of this Review ]

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Dec 072012
 
Review + Movie Trailer: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures will make its big screen debut on February 2013. If you haven’t read the book and are intrigued by the movie, watch the trailer and read the Badass review to see what the fuss is all about! Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Book #1 – Caster Chronicles Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy Audiobook narrated by Kevin T. Collins Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 7, 2012 at 7:43 am
Nov 112012
 
New Release Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Book #2 – Daughter of Smoke and Bone Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy Audiobook narrated by Khristine Hvam Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. This is not that world. Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 11, 2012 at 9:12 am
Oct 202012
 
Review Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling *audio book purchased from audible.com* Regina’s Rating: 5 Stars/Grade A+ Blurb: When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm