Apr 182014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge - Middle Grade: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge moves into April with Middle Grade! Christal and AH chose Anna Ursu’s take on the Snow Queen legend, Breadcrumbs.  Read on to see what they have to say about this book. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu Genre: Middle Grades Publication Date: September 27, 2011 E-Book Purchased from Amazon and Waldon Pond Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 18, 2014 at 10:06 am
Apr 172014
 
Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway: Twisted Miracles by AJ Larrieu

Badass Book Reviews Welcomes: I recently had the pleasure  of reading AJ Larrieu’s debut novel, Twisted Miracles, and I loved it – a solid 4 skull read!  I’m super excited to have AJ stop by the blog today and introduce you to her world of Louisiana shadowminds because I think this is a perfect read for fans of Badass urban fantasy.  But enough from me, let me introduce you to the book and then AJ will take over.  Be sure you keep reading for your chance to enter the amazing giveaway we have and see my full review of the novel. Twisted [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 17, 2014 at 7:00 am
Apr 082014
 
Genre Book Showdown: Ghost Seer vs Spirited

We have a haunted installment this time as two new series featuring women that can communicate with ghosts debuted in 2014.  Mary Behre’s Spirted goes head-to-head with Robin D. Owens’ Ghost Seer in this Genre Book Showdown!  Which ghostly tale will take home the trophy?  Read on to find out.   The Contenders: Spirited by Mary Behre Book #1 in Tidewater Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: March 4th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley Sensation Synopsis from Goodreads: She’s running from who she is…… All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 8, 2014 at 7:00 am
Apr 072014
 
Re-Release Review: Circle of Desire by Keri Arthur

Re-Release Review: Circle of Desire by Keri Arthur Book 3 in The Damask Circle series Release date: April 1, 2014 (previously published in 2001 & 2009) Book provided by NetGalley and Dell Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Synopsis from Goodreads: A TEMPTING FATE Two children have been found dead, their souls torn from their bodies. Two more are missing, and Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of them. A dedicated cop, Ethan has every intention not only of bringing her back alive but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings. And he will use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims—even [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 7, 2014 at 7:09 am
Mar 202014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge - Urban Fantasy: The Line by J.D. Horn

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge continues in March with Urban Fantasy! AH and Christal chose the debut novel The Line as their monthly read and they both thought it was fantastic!  Read on to see what they have to say about this book. The Line by J.D. Horn Book #1 in Witching Savannah Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: February 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and 47North Synopsis from Goodreads: Move over, Sookie Stackhouse—the witches of Savannah are the new talk of the South. Bold, flirty, and with a touch of darkness, debut author J.D. Horn spins a mesmerizing tale of a family of witches [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 20, 2014 at 7:00 am
Mar 182014
 
New Release Review: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire

Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire Book #3 in InCryptid Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: March 4th 2014 E-Book Purchased from Amazon and DAW Synopsis from Goodreads: When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn’t expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious. Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone… The third book in the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 18, 2014 at 10:11 am
Mar 172014
 
New Release Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop Series: The Others #2 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: March 4, 2014 Audiobook narrated by Alexandra Harris After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 17, 2014 at 7:03 am
Mar 132014
 
New Release Group Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

  It’s so exciting to read an advance copy of a highly anticipated book. The ladies of Badass Book Reviews loved Night Broken so much that we had to talk about all of our favorite parts. We’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible however if you have not yet read earlier books, there may be spoilers for earlier books. Don’t forget to check out Regina’s interview with author Patricia Briggs. There’s also a contest for US readers to win a copy of Night Broken on that page. Night Broken by Patricia Briggs Book #8 in Mercy Thompson [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 13, 2014 at 8:05 am
Mar 102014
 
Early Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen

Early Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen Book 1 in The Malediction Trilogy Release date: April 1, 2014 Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance Book provided by Strange Chemistry Synopsis from Goodreads: For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy… For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cecile de [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 10, 2014 at 7:00 am
Feb 192014
 
Early Review: Nights Owls by Lauren M. Roy

Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy Book #1 in the Night Owls series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: February 25th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Ace Synopsis from Goodreads: Night Owls book store is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk… Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren as possible. She’s lived that [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 19, 2014 at 10:54 am
Feb 182014
 
Release Day Review: Reflected by Rhiannon Held

Reflected by Rhiannon Held Book #3 in the Silver series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: February 18th 2014 Print ARC Provided by Rhiannon Held and Tor Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Falling in love in a werewolf pack leads to some very bad choices in this new novel from the author of Silver. Rhiannon Held continues the secret lives of the werewolf packs that live and hunt alongside human society in Reflected, the third book of the series that began with her debut novel, Silver. Silver and her mate Andrew Dare are pack leaders of the entire North American werewolf population, and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 18, 2014 at 11:32 am
Feb 132014
 
Early Review: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski Book #1 in the Winner’s trilogy Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: March 4th 2014 Print ARC Provided by Farrar Straus and Giroux Synopsis from Goodreads: Winning what you want may cost you everything you love As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 13, 2014 at 10:19 am
Feb 112014
 
New Release Review: Reaper's Touch by Eleri Stone

Reaper’s Touch by Eleri Stone Book #1 in the Reaper series Genre: Western Paranormal Romance Publication Date: February 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Carina Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Abby is a Ranger, part of an elite group who defend the border against Reapers—humans infected with a parasite that turns them into mindless cannibals. Rangers are immune to Reaper infection, and as one of the only female Rangers, Abby is expected to settle down and breed more Rangers—a fate she’s keen to avoid. When she’s ambushed on the plains, she’s ready to go out with guns blazing—until a mysterious, handsome cowboy rides [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 11, 2014 at 7:00 am
Feb 102014
 
Early Group Review: The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

AH and Christal are back with another group review! This time we are tackling The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison. This is book #12 in the Rachel Morgan series, one of our personal favorites! Read on to see if Kim Harrison was able to keep the spark alive so far into her series.  Some slight spoilers may be included, but we were sure to spoiler tag the big ones. The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison Book #12 in the Rachel Morgan series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: February 25th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Voyager Synopsis from Goodreads: Witch and day-walking [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 10, 2014 at 7:00 am
Feb 072014
 
New Release Review: Circle of Death by Keri Arthur

New Release Review: Circle of Death by Keri Arthur Book 2 in Damask Circle series Release date: February 25, 2014 Originally published: June, 2002 Genre: Paranormal Romance Book provided by NetGalley and Random House Bantam Dell Synopsis from NetGalley: In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 7, 2014 at 7:00 am
Feb 042014
 
Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Seers by Julianna Scott

The Seers by Julianna Scott Book #2 in the Holders series Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: February 4th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Strange Chemistry Synopsis from Goodreads: After nearly being drained of her ability and betrayed by a man her father trusted, Becca Ingle was left with one clue — Ciaran Shea. He holds the key to the downfall of the power-mad Holder, Darragh, and can ensure the safety of both Holder and Human kind alike… but is he willing to help? Becca, Alex, Jocelyn, and Cormac set out for Adare Manor to meet with the Bhunaidh, an aristocratic group of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 4, 2014 at 9:28 am
Feb 032014
 
Interview and Giveaway: Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier

Badass Welcomes Rachel Neumeier! Interview and Giveaway too!   Badass Book Reviews welcomes Rachel Neumeier today for an interview and a review of her new book Black Dog.  February 4th is the release of Rachel’s book Black Dog.  If you want a chance to win and read Black Dog (open to US and Canada), scroll down and enter to play! Interview Regina: BLACK DOG is a great take on werewolves. I am partial to stories about werewolves and have read many of them, but it is rare to read one where they are portrayed as monsters. I love how you have taken the original [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 3, 2014 at 11:11 am
Jan 262014
 
Mini Reviews: YA Roundup

I read a ton of YA books last year and, while some of them were very good, a lot of them were hit or miss.  This year I’m trying to get back to my adult paranormal roots a little bit more, but that doesn’t mean I am totally going to ignore my new YA leanings.  Today I’ll give you a peek into the YA books (and one NA novella!) I’ve been reading lately and let you know which ones are worth your time!   Uninvited by Sophie Jordan Book #1 in the Uninvited series Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Publication Date: January 28th 2014 ARC Provided [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 152014
 
Genre Book Showdown: Jaye Wells' Dirty Magic vs Lisa Shearin's The Grendel Affair

Jaye Wells and Lisa Shearin are both starting new series that I was very excited to read based on how much I loved their previous books.  Jaye’s Sabina Kane series and Lisa’s Raine Benares series are some of my favorite reads and I couldn’t wait to see what each had up their sleeve this time.  Today, Jaye’s first book in her Prospero’s War series, Dirty Magic, goes head-to-head with the first book in Lisa’s new SPI Files, The Grendel Affair.  Keep reading to see which one wins in the Genre Book Showdown!   The Contenders: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells Book #1 in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 15, 2014 at 7:00 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