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
Sep 022013
 
Early Review: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Early Review: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Book 2/Companion Book to Code Name Verity Release date: September 10, 2013 Genre: Historical, Young Adult, New Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Disney Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 2, 2013 at 10:51 am
Aug 262013
 
Early Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Early Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas Book 1 in The Elemental Trilogy Release date: September 17, 2013 Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Book provided by Edelweiss and Harper Collins Synopsis from Goodreads: It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning… Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 26, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jun 262013
 
Cowboys! Western Historical Romances by Ellen O'Connell

Cowboys! Western Historical Romances by Ellen O’Connell Today we feature the western historical romance novels written by Ellen O’Connell. She has written several novels that take place in the late 1800s in the western United States. These novels are honest and as a friend of mine has said brutal.  They are brutal in their honest truth about how hard life was in the late 1800s for people living in the West. They are brutal in detail and in struggle .  For those interested in history, her novels are amazingly rich in history and details. Her characters work hard to survive [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 26, 2013 at 8:06 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 112013
 
Release Day Review: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown Book #1 in the Born of Illusion series Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: June 11th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Balzer + Bray Synopsis from Goodreads: Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Jun 012013
 
Review: Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson

Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson Book #1 in the Thieftaker Chronicles Genre: Historical/Paranormal Mystery Publication Date: July 3rd 2012 Book Borrowed from Local Library  Synopsis from Goodreads: Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson’s Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family. Suddenly, he faces another [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 1, 2013 at 7:00 am
May 222013
 
Review: The Lady Julia Grey Bundle by Deanna Raybourn

I am a big Deanna Raybourn fan (see my review of A Spear of Summer Grass) and have really enjoyed her Julia Grey novels. They are historical mysteries with just a hint of paranormal and Amazon is currently packaging the first three books as a bundle for only $9.99. This is a steal for three terrific books so I thought I would share this deal with you, lovely readers, and give you my take on each of the books.   Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn Book #1 in the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries Genre: Historical Mystery Publication Date: [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 22, 2013 at 7:00 am
Apr 222013
 
Early Review: His Majesty's Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal

His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal Book #3 in the Maggie Hope Mysteries Genre: Historical Mystery Publication Date: 14 May 2013 Print Galley Provided by Bantam Books Synopsis from Goodreads: For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, whip-smart heroine Maggie Hope returns to embark on a clandestine mission behind enemy lines where no one can be trusted, and even the smallest indiscretion can be deadly. World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 22, 2013 at 9:03 am
Mar 282013
 
Series Review: Cora Oglesby by Lee Collins

Lee Collins’ “Cora Oglesby” series has been described as True Grit meets True Blood. It’s a western that takes place during the Old West gold rush, but it includes paranormal creatures such as vampires, hellhounds, and wendigos. Cora and her husband Ben are bounty hunters that focus on the supernatural beasties. The series has a dry humor and an in your face heroine in the form of Cora. She doesn’t take lip from anyone and lives up to the reputation she has developed as a badass. She can sling guns, play cards, and drink whiskey with the best of them. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 28, 2013 at 7:00 am