Oct 102014
 
Review: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham Book #1 in new Veronica Mars mystery series Genre: Contemporary Mystery/Screen to Page Publication Date: March 25th, 2014 Publisher: Vintage   Synopsis from Goodreads: From Rob Thomas, the creator of groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series. Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 10, 2014 at 8:25 am
Jul 172014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Adult - The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Adult for July so we decided on a historical mystery that was definitely meant for adult readers! Christal has loved the Maggie Hope Mystery series from the very beginning but now AH is a convert too. Read on to see why we think you should give this series a try. The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal Book #4 in A Maggie Hope Mystery Genres: Adult Historical Mystery Publication Date: July 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Bantam Synopsis from Goodreads: World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 17, 2014 at 7:00 am
Dec 282013
 
Badass Best of 2013: YA & NA Dystopian, Horror, and Mystery

Continuing with our Badass Best of 2013 in Young Adult and New Adult fiction, we have our favorite Dystopian, Horror, and Mystery novels to share with you. Take a look below for our five favorite novels from each of these genres and be sure to let us know what we missed in the comments!    World After by Susan Ee || Published November 19th 2013 by Skyscape || || Review Synopsis: In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 28, 2013 at 7:00 am
Dec 262013
 
Badass Best of 2013: Mystery, Romance, and Historicals

Next up on the Badass Best of 2013 are our favorite Mystery, Romance, and Historical novels! Take a look below for our seven favorite novels from each of these genres and be sure to let us know what we missed in the comments.       The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith || Published April 30th 2013 by Mulholland Books || + ½ || Review Synopsis: After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 26, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 162013
 
New Series To Me: Tempting Danger (World of the Lupi #1) by Eileen Wilks

Tempting Danger (World of the Lupi #1) by Eileen Wilks *e-book purchased from Amazon* Regina’s Rating: 4.5 stars/Grade A+ Book Summary: National bestselling author Eileen Wilks draws readers into a bold new world where the magical and mundane co-exist in an uneasy alliance–and a cop balanced on her own knife-edged struggle is their only hope against a cold-blooded killer. Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf. To hunt down the killer, she must infiltrate the clans. Only one man can help her–a were named [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 16, 2013 at 8:38 am
Nov 072013
 
Group Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: 5 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie. What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 7, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 062013
 
New Release Review: Shattered Bond by Sophie Littlefield

Shattered Bond by Sophie Littlefield Book #2 in the Joe Bashir novels Genre: Mystery Publication Date: 28 October 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Star Synopsis from Goodreads: Detective Joe Bashir enters the glittering world of San Francisco society…and what he discovers will shatter three families. The discovery of a murdered teenager disrupts a fundraiser given by Napa Valley vintner Hale Francesci at the Montair Country Club. While Hale and his wife entertained their guests, their seventeen-year-old daughter Courtney was the last person to see her best friend Ashley Cole alive in a nearby strip mall parking lot. When Detective Joe Bashir begins interviewing [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 6, 2013 at 11:09 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
Jul 252013
 
Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling Genre: Crime Fiction/Mystery Release Date: April 30, 2013 Audiobook narrated by Robert Glenister A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 25, 2013 at 10:04 am
Jul 152013
 
Early Review: Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin

Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin *early review copy received from publisher and netgalley* Regina’s Rating 4.5 stars/Grade A Book Summary: WWhen Emily Page and her husband move from Manhattan to the wealthy enclave of Clairmont, Texas, she hopes she can finally escape her haunted past—and outrun the nameless stalker who has been taunting her for years. Pregnant with her first child, Emily just wants to start over. But as she is drawn into a nest of secretive Texas women—and into the unnerving company of their queen, Caroline Warwick—Emily finds that acceptance is a very dangerous game. It isn’t long before [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 15, 2013 at 10:19 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 262013
 
Early YA Mini Reviews: The Holders, Wasteland, Pretty Girl-13, & The Nightmare Affair

YA releases abound in March and this month I am featuring four debut novels. The Holders by Julianna Scott is a YA urban fantasy about children with special powers. Wasteland is a YA dystopia from the writing team of Susan Kim and Lawrence Klavan. Pretty Girl-13 is a YA contemporary with mystery/thriller/crime aspects by Liz Coley. Finally, The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett is a YA fantasy set at the creepy Arkwell Academy.   The Holders by Julianna Scott Book #1 in the Holders series Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 5 March 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Strange Chemistry Synopsis [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 26, 2013 at 7:00 am
Feb 242013
 
Genre Book Showdown: The Boyfriend vs The Gray Ghost Murders

I recently read two ARCs (advance reader copies) from the crime/mystery genre.  The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry followed the investigation of a serial killer targeting female escorts that all happened to fit the same physical profile.  The Gray Ghost Murders by Keith McCafferty featured the discovery of human remains in a remote Montana location and the resulting investigation.  Both of these books were good reads, but read on to see which novel wins this crime-filled showdown!   The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry Publication Date: 5 March 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Mysterious Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Jack Till, who has retired from [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm
Jan 292013
 
ARC Review: The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon *advanced review copy provided by publisher and edelweis* Regina’s Rating: 3.5 stars/Grade B+ Blurb: The summer of 1985 changed Reggie’s life. Thirteen, awkward, and without a father, she finds herself mixed up with her school’s outcasts-Charlie, the local detective’s son, and Tara, a goth kid who has a mental hold over Reggie and harbors a dark secret. That same summer a serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and, five days later, displays their bodies around town. Just when Reggie needs her [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 29, 2013 at 7:00 am
Dec 282012
 
Best of 2012: Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction/Steampunk, Mystery

Now that 2012 is coming to a close, it’s time to look back at the books published during the year and pick our favorites. It was a difficult task, but we Badass ladies were up to the challenge! During the next 3 days, we’ll share with you the best reads in a varied assortment of genres (we couldn’t fit them all in one day). So sit back, relax and learn why were amazed, humbled, delighted, saddened, freed and inspired by some of the most amazing books published in 2012.  Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire –Christal: This would be my [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 28, 2012 at 7:01 am
Nov 262012
 
ARC Mini Reviews: Undeadly, Stray Souls, and Blood Bond

You know how sometimes you get so excited when the new ARCs are released that you just have to request them all… but then you have to find enough time to read and review them?  That’s the boat I found myself in this month, so to catch up, I’m sharing three mini reviews about the ARCs I most recently read. Undeadly by Michele Vail Book #1 in the Reaper Diaries series Publication Date: 27 Nov 2012 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 26, 2012 at 7:00 am
Aug 312012
 
ARC Review: Broken Harbour (Dublin Murder Squad #4) by Tana French

Broken Harbour (Dublin Murder Squad #4) by Tana French *review copy of e-book received from netgalley  and the publisher* Rating: 5 Stars/Grade A Blurb: [box=blue]In BROKEN HARBOUR, a ghost estate outside Dublin – half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned – two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad’s star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 31, 2012 at 7:01 am
Aug 302012
 
ARC Review:  Off the Grid (Monkeewrench #6) by PJ Tracy

Off the Grid (Monkeewrench #6) by PJ Tracy *review copy of e-book received from edelweis  and the publisher* Rating: 3 Stars/Grade B- Blurb: [box=blue]On a sailboat ten miles off the Florida coast, Grace MacBride, partner in Monkeewrench Software, thwarts an assassination attempt on retired FBI agent John Smith. A few hours later, in Minneapolis, a fifteen-year-old girl is discovered in a vacant lot, her throat slashed. Later that day, two young men are found in their home a few blocks away, killed execution-style. The next morning, the dead bodies of three more men turn up, savagely murdered in the same neighborhood. As Minneapolis [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 30, 2012 at 11:07 am
Aug 012012
 
Review: The Likeness by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French *audio book borrowed from library* Rating: 5 Skulls/Grade A++ Blurb: [box=gray] Six months after the events of In the Woods, Detective Cassie Maddox is still trying to recover. She’s transferred out of the murder squad and started a relationship with Detective Sam O’Neill, but she’s too badly shaken to make a commitment to him or to her career. Then Sam calls her to the scene of his new case: a young woman found stabbed to death in a small town outside Dublin. The dead girl’s ID says her name is Lexie Madison (the identity Cassie [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 1, 2012 at 9:19 am
Jun 282012
 
New Release Review:  A Bad Day for Mercy (Stella Hardesty #4) by Sophie Littlefield

A Bad Day for Mercy (Stella Hardesty #4) by Sophie Littlefield 5 Stars/ Grade A+ *Purchased Audio Book from Audible.com* [box=red]A call from Stella’s little sister brings the news that Stella’s step-nephew, Chip, has been threatened with serious bodily harm if he doesn’t settle his unpaid gambling debts. Stella makes the drive to Chip’s home in Wisconsin, only to walk in on a wee-hours dismemberment. Chip and his Russian girlfriend, Natalya, insist the man was left, already dead, on their porch. Suspicious but compelled to help family, Stella tracks down other suspects, including the deceased’s business partner, a purveyor of black-market [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 28, 2012 at 8:00 am