Jul 102015
 
Review: Blood Ties: A Novel by Nicholas Guild

Blood Ties: A Novel by Nicholas Guild Genre: Suspense/Psychological Thriller Publication Date: May 12th, 2015 ARC provided by Tor/Forge Synopsis from Goodreads: Homicide detective Ellen Ridley of the SFPD is tracking a serial killer terrorizing young women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ridley is sure she’s cornered her most likely suspect: Stephen Tregear, a hacker and code breaker who works for U.S. Naval Intelligence. But Tregear is not the killer… he’s the killer’s son. Ridley and Tregear team up to look for Tregear’s father, Walter, in an elaborate game of murderous cat and mouse. As the body count rises, Ridley [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 282015
 
Early Review - Modern Monsters by Kelley York

Modern Monsters by Kelley York Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 Publisher: Entangled Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: Vic Howard never wanted to go to the party. He’s the Invisible Guy at school, a special kind of hell for quiet, nice guys. But because his best friend is as popular as Vic is ignored, he went… And wished he hadn’t. Because something happened to a girl that night. Something terrible, unimaginable, and Callie Wheeler’s life will never be the same. Plus, now Callie has told the police that Vic is responsible. Suddenly, Invisible Vic is painfully visible, on trial both [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 28, 2015 at 8:00 am
Apr 172015
 
New Release Review: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage by Courtney Summers Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin   Synopsis from Goodreads: The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

Review: The Boy with the Painful Tattoo by Josh Lanyon

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Jan 122015
 
Review: The Boy with the Painful Tattoo by Josh Lanyon

The Boy with the Painful Tattoo by Josh Lanyon  Book #3 in Holmes & Moriarity Series Genre: M/M Contemporary Mystery Publication Date: October 03, 2014 Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit’s better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn’t Within the mounds of Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body. There goes the neighborhood. Wendy’s Review: 5 Skulls – A+ (Now, THAT cover is much better. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 12, 2015 at 7:00 am

Review: All She Wrote by Josh Lanyon

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Dec 122014
 
Review: All She Wrote by Josh Lanyon

All She Wrote by Josh Lanyon  Book #2 in Holmes & Moriarity Series Genre: M/M Contemporary Mystery Publication Date: December 28, 2010 Publisher: Samhain Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: Giving screwball mystery a whole deadly new meaning. A murderous fall down icy stairs is nearly the death of Anna Hitchcock, the much-beloved American Agatha Christie and Christopher Holmes s former mentor. Anna s plea for him to host her annual winter writing retreat touches all Kit s sore spots traveling, teaching writing classes, and separation from his new lover, J.X. Moriarity. For J.X., Kit s cancellation of yet another romantic weekend is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 12, 2014 at 8:42 am
Nov 242014
 
New Release Review: The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Job by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg Book #3 in Fox and O’Hare Genre: Romantic Suspense Publication Date: November 18, 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Random House Synopsis from Goodreads: He’s a charming con man and she’s a dedicated FBI agent, and they’re about to drive each other crazy . . . again! The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 24, 2014 at 7:00 am
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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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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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

ARC Review: The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

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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