Feb 192015
February Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly

Because of the amount of books I read most months, I don’t get to review everything for the blog. The Mini Review Catch Up is my place to give you a little information about some of my other reads and whether or not I would recommend them without going into tons of detail. This time I have a few very different reads to spotlight and I’ll let you know whether they were good, (not so) bad, or just plain ugly!     Undressed by Shannon Richard Book #4.5 in Country Roads Genre: Romance Publication Date: February 3rd 2015 ARC Provided by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 19, 2015 at 7:00 am
Dec 112014
Review: Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn

Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn Genres: Historical Fiction Publication Date: September 30th 2014 ARC Provided by Harlequin MIRA and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat’s wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing—she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father’s quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 7:00 am
Nov 052014
Review: Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey  Genre: Realistic Fiction/Mystery Publication Date: March 31, 2009 Publisher: Allen & Unwin   Synopsis from Goodreads: Late on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 5, 2014 at 11:22 am
Sep 262014
Group Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

New Release Group Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper Release date: September 23, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction Book provided by NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Synopsis from Goodreads: A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder–and the one boy who can help change her future. Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Sep 162014
New Release Review: Gun Shy by Eleri Stone

Gun Shy by Eleri Stone Book #2 in Reaper Genres: Western Paranormal Romance Publication Date: September 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Carina Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Before the cure, Lieutenant Lyle Dalton’s job was simple: kill the Reapers. Now, under orders to inject all captured flesh eaters with the serum that restores their humanity, his Rangers at Fort Dougan face entirely new dangers. Someone wanted the Reaper cure badly enough to spill blood for it, and Lyle needs to steal it back if he hopes to hold the border. Jane Fisher escaped Scraper crime boss Gideon Moore with only the clothes on [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 16, 2014 at 9:59 am
Sep 122014
New Release Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest Book #1 in The Borden Dispatches Genres: Historical Horror Fantasy Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Roc Trade and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one…. The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Sep 092014
Release Day Review: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia Genres: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 9th 2014 ARC Provided by Spencer Hill Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting. Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm
Aug 112014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 1

  Outlander on Starz: Episode 1     Regina: I admit to not being much of a TV watcher.  Books are my vice, when I have time away from my kids and work to do anything else.  I do watch a few shows, but mainly when I am working out.  So while I knew Outlander was being produced on Starz, I wasn’t focused on it or waiting for it.  Okay, well I have now watched the first episode twice — twice! It was amazing, perfect and well done.  The scenery is beautiful and lush; and the characters are just as Diana [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 11, 2014 at 8:00 am
Aug 082014
Early Review: Henna House by Nomi Eve

Early Review: Henna House by Nomi Eve Release date: August 12, 2014 Book provided by NetGalley and Scribner Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis from Goodreads: An evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews of the mid-twentieth century, from the acclaimed author of The Family Orchard. In the tradition of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, Henna House is the enthralling story of a woman, her family, their community, and the rituals that bind them. Nomi Eve’s vivid saga begins in Yemen in 1920, when Adela Damari’s parents desperately seek a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm
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
Apr 152014
Release Day Review: The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart

The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart Book #2 in Dangerous Liaisons Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery Publication Date: April 15th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and InterMix Synopsis from Goodreads: Love and justice… When Drew Foster is released from prison, he doesn’t much care about salvaging his soiled reputation. Though he’s working undercover, everyone in Victorian London believes him guilty of the Jack the Ripper murders and that his brother paid for his “innocence.” Despite her genteel upbringing, Anna Jacobs is intent on finishing medical school and becoming a physician. Society’s ridicule has never bothered her, but when her brother, the Yard’s [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm
Apr 152014
Review: The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart

The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart Book #1 in Dangerous Liaisons Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery Publication Date: June 18th 2013 E-Book Purchased from Amazon and InterMix Synopsis from Goodreads: A lone witness finds her protector… Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime. Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 9:39 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
Jan 142014
New Release Review: Diamonds & Deceit by Leila Rasheed

New Release Review: Diamonds & Deceit by Leila Rasheed Book 2 in At Somerton series Release date: January 7, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Historical Romance Book provided by NetGalley and Disney Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: One house, two worlds…book two in our sumptuous and enticing YA series about the servants and gentry at Somerton Court. A house divided… London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can’t help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Dec 292013
Badass Best of 2013: YA & NA Contemporary, Historical, and Romance

Today’s Badass Best of 2013 is getting away from the fantasical and moving back into reality. Below you will find our five favorite Young Adult and New Adult novels in the Conteporary, Historical, and Romance genres.     If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch || Published March 26th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin || || Review Synopsis: There are some things you can’t leave behind.  A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 29, 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 222013
Review: The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

Review: The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark (Carol Goodman) Book 3 in the Fairwick Chronicles series Release date: September 3, 2013 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Historical, Fantasy Book provided by Edelweiss and Ballantine Books Synopsis from Goodreads: A can’t-miss read for fans of Deborah Harkness and Karen Marie Moning, The Angel Stone weaves a tale of ancient folklore and thrilling fantasy with a passionate love story that transcends time. For Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor of folklore and Gothic literature, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm
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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Oct 252013
Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

In honor of Halloween this month, we will be featuring reviews of some new and upcoming spine-tingling reads. From ghosts to zombies and everything in between, look for the Frightening Fall Reads banner when you are ready for something spooky this month! A month of creepy reads wouldn’t be complete without a ghost story and today we bring you a well-crafted ghost story with a historical slant…   The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo Genre: Historical Paranormal Publication Date: 5 August 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and William Morrow Synopsis from Goodreads: “One evening, my father asked me if I would [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 25, 2013 at 7:00 am