Jun 072014
 
To Serial or Not to Serial: The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

  The Serialized Book – Is it Worth It?  Lately, publishers have begun providing readers with a new kind of reading experience. Instead of publishing a full book, they have come up with a “new” idea – the serial. It’s not really a new idea; serialized books have been around a long time. It’s just that with digital publishing, it’s just that much easier to release a book a bit at a time. There are many reasons why a book is released in a serialized format: introduce a new writer, create buzz for a new series, provide stories at a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 7, 2014 at 7:00 am
Mar 242014
 
Genre Junkies Presents "Steam Punk"

Allo, gov’nor! Welcome to our newest feature, Genre Junkies, where we will be taking an in-depth look at some of our favorite genres and their distinguishing features & tropes, as well as giving you some of our favorite recommendations. In this edition, we are tackling Steam Punk! Read on for more information about this genre and our favorite examples. Be sure to leave your thoughts and recommendations for us in the comments too.   What is steam punk?   You might be asking yourself, “What is steam punk?”  It just looks like a bunch of gadgets and goggles mixed with [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 24, 2014 at 7:00 am
Mar 042014
 
New Release Review: Tempered by Karina Cooper

Tempered by Karina Cooper Book #4 in The St. Croix Chronicles Genre: Steam Punk/Historical Fantasy Publication Date: February 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Carina Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Forced out of London’s coal-blackened streets, Cherry St. Croix is faced with her most difficult undertaking yet: sobriety. At long last, my guardian, the enigmatic Mr. Oliver Ashmore, has revealed himself—and his order is clear: I am to be dried out at once, regardless of my wishes. I loathe the country estate I am imprisoned within. Footsteps follow me, voices call for me, and my sanity wavers. In my fevered dreams, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 4, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 172014
 
New Release Review: Gilded Hearts by Christine d'Abo

Gilded Hearts by Christine d’Abo Book #1 in The Shadow Guild series Genre: Steam Punk Romance Publication Date: January 7th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Forever Yours Synopsis from Goodreads: Samuel Hawkins, Sergeant in the King’s Sentry, has been called in to investigate a murder case. As he awaits the Archivists to arrive—the team who will use a special device to extract the memories of the dead man to help find clues to his murder—he never expects to come face to face with the woman he’d left behind when he’d fled the Archives five years earlier. Piper Smith has grown from [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 17, 2014 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
Dec 022013
 
Early Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Early Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan Book 4 in the Darkest London series Release date: December 17, 2013 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Historical, Steampunk Book provided by NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: Once a heart is lost in shadow… Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she’s been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case—and the last thing he relishes is a partner. Only someone who lives in darkness can find [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 2, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 272013
 
New Release Review and Giveaway: Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke

New Release Review and Giveaway: Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke Book 3 in the Immortal Empire series Release date: November 12, 2013 Genre: Fantasy, Alternate History, Steampunk, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Book provided by NetGalley and Orbit Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Xandra Vardan thought life would be simpler when she accepted the goblin crown and became their queen, but life has only become more complicated. Everyone — vampires, werewolves and humans — wants the goblins on their side, because whoever has the goblins — wins. Queen Victoria wants her head, Alpha wolf Vex wants her heart, and she still [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Oct 062013
 
New Release Review: Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner

New Release Review: Shadowlark by Megan Spooner Book 2 in Skylark series Release date: October 1, 2013 Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction Book provided by NetGalley and Learner Publishing Group Synopsis from Goodreads: Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley’s wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She’s always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever. But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 6, 2013 at 9:39 am
Sep 172013
 
Early Review: Corroded by Karina Cooper

Corroded by Karina Cooper Book #3 in The St. Croix Chronicles Genre: Steampunk Publication Date: 23 September 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Carina Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Hungry for vengeance, Cherry St. Croix is forced to the fog-ridden streets of Victorian London. My rival, a collector of bounties like myself, has murdered one of my own. In consequence, I have been removed from my house, my staff, and all who would support me. I have nowhere else to turn, so I beg asylum within the Midnight Menagerie, London’s decadent pleasure garden. Micajah Hawke’s dominance there will not tolerate my presence for long. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 17, 2013 at 9:39 am
Sep 052013
 
Early Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Early Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason Book 1 in Stoker & Holmes Release date: September 17, 2013 Genre: Historical, Young Adult, Steampunk Book provided by Edelweiss and Chronicle Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Two young women of similar age and standing have disappeared: one found dead and the other still missing. The only clue to connect them is a small Egyptian clockwork scarab. Only Miss Stoker and Miss Holmes are well-positioned enough—similar in age and stature as they are to the victims—to investigate. An unlikely pair, the fierce Evaline Stoker and logical Mina Holmes must follow in the footsteps of their infamous [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm
Aug 272013
 
Novella Reviews: Five Stories From Some Favorite Authors

Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne Book #0.4 in the Iron Druid Chronicles Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 7th 2013 E-Book Purchased from Amazon.com Synopsis from Goodreads: There’s nothing like an impromptu holiday to explore the birthplace of modern civilisation, but when Atticus and Oberon pursue a book-stealing Egyptian wizard – with a penchant for lamb – to the land of the pharaohs, they find themselves in hot, crocodile-infested water. The trip takes an even nastier turn when they discover the true nature of the nefarious plot they’ve been drawn into. On the wrong side of the vengeful [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm
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
Aug 092013
 
Early Review: A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwartz

Early Review: A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz Book 2 in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow Release date: August 13, 2013 Genre: Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, Historical Book provided by NetGalley and Random House/Del Ray Synopsis from Goodreads: FOR BETTER OR CURSE. That might as well have been the wedding vow of Elle Chance and her new husband, the ex-Warlock Hugh Marsh in the second book of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into storytelling magic. As Elle devotes herself to her duties as the Oracle—who alone has the power to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 9, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jun 292013
 
Review: Fire & Frost by Meljean Brook, Carolyn Crane, and Jessica Sims

Review: Fire & Frost by Jessica Sims, Carolyn Crane, and Meljean Brook Series: Iron Seas 3.4 (Meljean Brook), Code of Shadows 0.5(Carolyn Crane) Release date: May 25, 2013 Book provided by Carolyn Crane Synopsis from Goodreads: From the authors who brought you Wild & Steamy come three all-new tales of lovers who create their own heat, even when they’re surrounded by ice… Speed Mating by Jessica Sims – Estrella may be going into heat, but she’s determined to remain in control. Just because she’s ovulating doesn’t mean she has to settle for just any man (or his beast). Her sexy [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 29, 2013 at 7:00 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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Jun 022013
 
Early Review: Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Early Review: Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin Book 2 in Masque of the Red Death series Release Date: June 11, 2013 Book provided by Edelweiss and Harper Collins/Greenwillow Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death. In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 2, 2013 at 7:00 am
Mar 182013
 
Review and Giveaway: The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke

Review and Giveaway: The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke Book 2 in The Immortal Empire series Book provided by Orbit Books Synopsis from Goodreads: When her brother Val gets in over his head in an investigation of Half-Blood disappearances and goes missing himself, it’s up to Xandra, newly crowned Goblin Queen, to get him back and bring the atrocities to light. Xandra must frequent the seediest parts of London, while also coping with what she is, the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who wants her head. Add this to a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Mar 182013
 
New Release Review: Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan Book 3 in Darkest London Series Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher Synopsis from Goodreads: Once blissfully in love . . . Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy’s secrets are revealed, leaving Winston’s trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . . [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 18, 2013 at 7:00 am
Mar 132013
 
Genre Book Showdown: Emilie and the Hollow World vs Spellbinding

This month I read two standalone, YA fantasies that skew toward a younger audience and today they meet in the Genre Book Showdown.  Who will take home the win?  Will it be Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells, a steampunk-infused fantasy set in a land at the center of the Earth?  Or will it be Spellbinding by Maya Gold which threads the people and stories of Salem into an all-new world of witches?  Read on to see who is declared the victor!   Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: 2 April 2013 ARC [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 13, 2013 at 7:00 am
Feb 052013
 
Early Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz Book #1 in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow Publication Date: 05 March 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Del Ray Synopsis from Goodreads: LEAVE IT TO CHANCE. Eleanor “Elle” Chance, that is—the intrepid heroine of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold. In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun. When an unusual cargo drags airship-pilot Elle Chance into [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 5, 2013 at 7:00 am