Feb 032016
 
A Badass Read-Along: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Welcome to our first Badass Read-Along discussion! If you’ve read the book, feel free to join the discussion in the comment section.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you liked and didn’t like about the first Lunar Chronicles book, Cinder. We’ve decided not to list the short stories as part of the read along, but please feel free to mention them in the discussion. This includes the prequel Fairest. Please be advised, as this isn’t a review, that since we’re specifically discussing the aspects of the story it’s very likely there will be spoilers. Cinder by Marissa Meyer #1 The Lunar [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 292016
 
Review: The Assassins of Altis by Jack Campbell

The Assassins of Altis by Jack Campbell Series: The Pillars of Reality #3 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction Release Date: Aug 25, 2015 Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists. Mari’s Mechanics Guild and Alain’s Mage Guild have always been enemies, but they are united in wanting to kill their rogue members before Mari can fulfill [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 072016
 
New Release Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken Book #1 in Passenger Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy, Time Travel Publication Date: January 5th 2016 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: passage, n. i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes. ii. A journey by water; a voyage. iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time. In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles [ Read More of this Review ]

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Dec 232015
 
Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden Son by Pierce Brown #2 in Red Rising Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Publication Date: January 6th, 2015 Publisher: Del Rey   Synopsis from Goodreads: With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society [ Read More of this Review ]

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Dec 202015
 
Review: The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell

The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell Series: The Pillars of Reality #2 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction Release Date: Feb 10, 2015 Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews Someone wants to kill Mari, a young Steam Mechanic in the Guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization, and that Mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young Mage who has learned that Mechanics are not frauds as his Guild teaches, and that Mechanic Mari is the only person who [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 20, 2015 at 6:45 am
Nov 272015
 
New Release Review: Chimera by Mira Grant

Chimera by Mira Grant Parasitology #3 Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Publication Date: November 24th, 2015 Publisher: Orbit Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: The final book in Mira Grant’s terrifying Parasitology trilogy. The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob. Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse, and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity, and everything that humanity has built…including the chimera. The broken doors are closing. Can Sal [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 282015
 
New Release Review: The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher The Cinder Spires #1 Genre: Sci-Fi Steampunk Publication Date: September 29th, 2015 Publisher: Roc   Synopsis from Goodreads: Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors… Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 28, 2015 at 7:00 am
Oct 082015
 
Early Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman The Illuminae Files #1 Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopia Publication Date: October 20th, 2015 Publisher: Knopf Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 8, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 252015
 
Early Review: Claimed by Elle Kennedy

Claimed by Elle Kennedy Book #1 in Outlaws Genre: Erotic Dystopian Publication Date: October 6th, 2015 ARC provided by Signet and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules. As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 25, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 212015
 
Series Review: Panapolis by Cari Z

Panopolis Series by Cari Z Genre: M/M Superhero Romance Publisher: Riptide Publishing   Wendy’s Review: Boy do I get sucked in by a good cover.  I was just flipping casually through Negalley’s catalog when I came across that fierce cover of Where There’s Fire.  I mean, isn’t it so awesome?  The color of the title, the guy in the hoodie, the blue aura around his head… Then the synopsis is about two Villains who couple up to cause mayhem and madness in Panopolis.  I mean, clearly I’m a sucker for Superhero stories, but this just seemed like something that was exactly my thing.  Superhero, romance, supernatural powers… [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 21, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 162015
 
Review: The Betrayal of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell

The Betrayal of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell #3 in Renegade X Genre: YA Superhero Fantasy Publication Date: June 20th, 2015 Publisher: Golden City Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: Damien thinks he has the whole hero thing figured out—he’s getting good grades at Heroesworth and acing all his missions—at least until he zaps an unarmed bad guy he believes tortured and murdered children. It turns out the “bad guy” was actually a superhero working with the school. The mission was staged, and Damien blew it. Now his best friend refuses to work with him, his dad is considering getting him professional help, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 16, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 092015
 
New Release Review: Living With the Fall by Hannah Thompson

Living with the Fall by Hannah Thompson Genre: M/M YA Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Publication Date: August 6th, 2015 Publisher: Harmony Ink Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: In a dystopian future ravaged by a zombie virus, teenaged Flo dreams of becoming a hunter. Instead, he becomes infected, and while plagued by hunger, he is able to control his urges. Hoping his life can still hold some meaning, Flo agrees to travel with hunters Hulme and Dihr, and he discovers a world unlike anything he imagined. On the continent, people are struggling to hold back the apocalypse by finding a cure for the disease, and Flo [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 272015
 
Dueling New Release Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

        Both DG and Wendy read Ernest Cline’s new release novel, Armada, and it quickly became evident that their enjoyment levels were very different.  It’s not the first time that two Badass Reviewers had differing thoughts on the same book, however instead of a group discussion we thought it may be fun for both reviewers to plead their case for what did, or didn’t, work for them.  This way our readers get both the positive feedback, and the equally helpful negative. Welcome to our first ever Dueling review! Armada by Ernest Cline Genre: Science-Fiction Publication Date: July 14th, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 152015
 
New Release Review: Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

Time Salvager by Wesley Chu Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: July 7th 2015 ARC Provided by Tor/Angry Robot Books and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one’s hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity’s demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 15, 2015 at 9:35 am
Jul 032015
 
Review: The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Sci-Fi/Magical Realism Publication Date: March 24th, 2015 Publisher: Little Brown & Company Synopsis from Goodreads: After Henry’s girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he’s hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself. After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 7:00 am

Sci-Fi Saturday – Outlaw M.C. By James Cox

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May 232015
 
Sci-Fi Saturday - Outlaw M.C. By James Cox

  Outlaw M.C. by James Cox: Earth was considered a desolate planet and is used as a prison.  Humanity lives on Mars in a single but always expanding city.  Technology being what it is keeps humans breathing.  The government is ruled by a man named Max Wesmen.  He’s a twisted fuck and changed our entire structure.  Now it’s illegal to drink alcohol, do any drugs, have kinky sex, and, of course, smoke.  Homosexuality was a death sentence.  Women were to be kept for breeding.  Dark skinned men were used as slaves, like back in the darkest days of history.  The [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

New Release Review: Revive by Tracey Martin

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May 212015
 
New Release Review: Revive by Tracey Martin

Revive by Tracey Martin Book #1 in Redzone Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Thriller Publication Date: May 19th 2015 ARC Provided by Author and Samhain Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: What the mind forgets, the heart remembers. Alone in a train station bathroom, Sophia Hernandez has no memory of who she is or how she got there. All she’s certain of are three things: her college ID is a lie, bad people are coming for her, and no one can be trusted. The only clue to her past is the fellow student who finds her. Although Sophia’s gut tells her Kyle [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

New Release Group Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

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May 202015
 
New Release Group Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

End of Days by Susan Ee Book #3 in Penryn & the End of Days Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy Publication Date: May 12th, 2015 Synopsis from Goodreads: After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all. When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 20, 2015 at 7:00 am

Review: Seven by Adrienne Wilder

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May 122015
 
Review: Seven by Adrienne Wilder

Seven by Adrienne Wilder Book #1 in The Others Project Genre: M/M Sci-Fi/Paranormal Fiction Publication Date: September 23, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin   Synopsis from Goodreads: A past that won’t let go… After losing his job, Chase Sarim finds himself living in a shit hole apartment. His new neighbor calls himself Seven, wears aluminum hats and carries around a ceramic rooster. He also seems to know what Chase is going to do or say before it happens, and talks about people named, Nine, Three, and Four. Chase knows better than to get involved with someone like that. But some men are just [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

New Release Group Review: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

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Feb 252015
 
New Release Group Review: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

  Soulbound by Kristen Callihan Book #6 in Darkest London Genres: Historical, Paranormal Romance, Steam Punk Publication Date: February 24th 2015 ARC Provided by Forever and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Once two souls are joined… When Adam’s soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone… Their hearts will beat together forever… No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn’t [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 25, 2015 at 7:00 am