Sep 242014
 
From Page to Screen: The Maze Runner

It’s true that, in the end of this series, I was very unhappy.  My review of Maze Runner on Goodreads has gotten the most attention, more than any of my other reviews.  I think it’s because there are so many others who felt as let down as I did.  I can’t post it here for you because it was nothing but a giant angry rant and at least half of it is spoiler.  Suffice to say when I heard that this movie was being made I was as cynical as you can possibly get. I tried to stay obstinate about [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 24, 2014 at 8:00 am
Jun 102014
 
Release Day Review: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey Genre: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: June 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”  Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 10, 2014 at 10:28 am
Apr 112014
 
Mini Reviews: The Good, The 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 four very different reads to spotlight and I’ll let you know whether they were good, bad, or just plain ugly! The Good   Delilah: The Making of Red by Jessica Sorensen Book #2.5 in Nova Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance Publication Date: March 18th 2014 E-Book Purchased [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm
Apr 092014
 
Early Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Early Release Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa Release date: April 15, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Horror Book provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. MONSTER Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 9, 2014 at 7:00 am
Mar 192014
 
Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Early Review: Sunrise by Mike Mullin

Book Synopsis: The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors’ constant companions.   When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 19, 2014 at 1:00 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 162014
 
Book Trailer Reveal: Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Some Fine Day by Kat Ross Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: July 1st 2014 by Strange Chemistry Synopsis from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly, and knows three things with absolute certainty: 1. When the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface. 2. The only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak. 3. There’s no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 16, 2014 at 11:41 am
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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 Posted by on December 28, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 182013
 
Early Review and Giveaway: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Pawn by Aimee Carter Book #1 in The Blackcoat Rebellion Genre: YA Science Fiction Publication Date: 26 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING. For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Nov 142013
 
Review of Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre

Review of Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre *purchased audio book from audible.com* Regina’s Rating: 3.5 stars/Grade B+ Book Summary:   The epic conclusion to the USA Today bestselling trilogy. The horde is coming. Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they’re not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn’t run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 14, 2013 at 9:27 am
Nov 122013
 
World After Group Review and Giveaway

World After Author: Susan Ee Series title: Penryn & the End of Days Book 1 in series: Angelfall Candidate for “Favorite Book of 2013″ 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 capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 302013
 
Wolfin' Out Mini Reviews: Charming, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, and Inhuman

This past month I read three books that tackled the “were” issue. Charming, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, and Inhuman are all very different stories but they have one thing in common, the mixing of human and animal DNA. Charming has a more traditional take on the werewolf myth but blends it with fairytale stylings. Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl gives the first-person experience of a young woman who finds herself undergoing a change… And finally, Inhuman takes a look at the havoc that could be unleashed if humans started mixing our DNA with animals in order to create new [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 30, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 242013
 
Early Review: Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee

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! Today we have a YA horror story that tackles the apocalypse. Read on to find out if this end-of-the world tale lived up to its creepy premise…   Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee Genre: YA Apocalyptic Horror Publication Date: 5 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Henry Holt and Co. Synopsis from Goodreads: Merciful [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 24, 2013 at 7:00 am
Sep 252013
 
Early Review: Blackout by Robison Wells

Blackout by Robison Wells Book #1 in the Blackout series Genre: YA Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: 1 October 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and HarperTeen Synopsis from Goodreads: Laura and Alec are trained terrorists. Jack and Aubrey are high school students. There was no reason for them to ever meet. But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all. Christal’s Review – 3 Skulls – B- Blackout was [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 25, 2013 at 11:33 am
Sep 202013
 
New Release Review: Maddaddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3) by Margaret Atwood

MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3) by Margaret Atwood *received early review copy from publisher and Edelweiss* Regina’s Rating: 4.5 stars/Grade A Release Date: 9/3/13 Book Summary: A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers – a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm
Sep 192013
 
Early Group Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Countdown by Michelle Rowen Genre: YA Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: 1 October 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: 3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped. 2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game. Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis. 1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 19, 2013 at 10:15 am
Sep 092013
 
New Release Review and Giveaway: The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond

New Release Review and Giveaway: The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond Release date: September 3, 2013 Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Strange Chemistry Synopsis from Goodreads: The more things change… Five years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awoke all around the world. The more things stay the same… This morning, Kyra Locke is late for school because of an argument with her father. Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington, D.C., dominated by the embassies of divine pantheons and watched over by the mysterious Society of the Sun that governs mankind’s relations with the gods. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jul 262013
 
New Release Review: Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes Book #1 in the Viral Nation series Genre: YA Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: July 2nd 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley Trade Synopsis from Goodreads: After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 26, 2013 at 7:00 am
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
May 162013
 
Early Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Early Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau Book 1 in The Testing Series Release date: June 4, 2013 Book provided by NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Synopsis from Goodreads:Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm