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
Apr 052014
 
{Sci-Fi Saturday} Double Feature: The Ophelia Prophecy and Under Nameless Stars

In today’s Science Fiction Saturday, I bring you not one but two very different sci-fi reads.  Sharon Lynn Fisher’s science fiction romance The Ophelia Prophecy is a must read for adults while Christian Schoon’s Under Nameless Stars is more appropriate for middle-grade and YA readers who are crazy for aliens.   The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher Genre: Science Fiction Romance Publication Date: April 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Tor Books  Synopsis from Goodreads: Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters — the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 5, 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 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
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
Feb 152014
 
{Sci-Fi Saturday} Early Group Review: Honor's Knight by Rachel Bach

Welcome back for another installment of our Science Fiction Saturday meme!  Today, Michelle and Christal take a look at the second book in Rachel Bach’s Paradox series, Honor’s Knight!   Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach Book #2 in the Paradox series Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: February 25th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either. After a mysterious attack left her short several memories and one partner, she’s determined to keep her head down, do her job, and get on with her life. But [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 15, 2014 at 7:00 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 302014
 
Early Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott Book #1 in the Fire & Flood series Genre: Young Adult, Survival, Adventure, Dystopian Publication Date: February 25th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Scholastic Press Synopsis from Goodreads: A modern-day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own. Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 30, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 282014
 
Release Day Review and Giveaway: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Release Day Review and Giveaway: Red Rising by Pierce Brown Book 1 in Red Rising series Release date: January 28, 2014 Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Random House Del Rey Spectra Synopsis from Goodreads: The war begins… Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 28, 2014 at 5:36 am
Jan 262014
 
Mini Reviews: YA Roundup

I read a ton of YA books last year and, while some of them were very good, a lot of them were hit or miss.  This year I’m trying to get back to my adult paranormal roots a little bit more, but that doesn’t mean I am totally going to ignore my new YA leanings.  Today I’ll give you a peek into the YA books (and one NA novella!) I’ve been reading lately and let you know which ones are worth your time!   Uninvited by Sophie Jordan Book #1 in the Uninvited series Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Publication Date: January 28th 2014 ARC Provided [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 252014
 
Sci-Fi Saturday - We Will Destroy Your Planet: An Alien's Guide to Conquering the Earth

The Reviewers at Badass Book Reviews are known for their eclectic tastes in books. One of our loves is for Science Fiction so why not have a feature called Science Fiction Saturday? And what better book to start off this feature but a humorous field guide for an alien invasion? Review: We Will Destroy Your Planet: An Alien’s Guide to Conquering the Earth by David McIntee Release Date: October 22, 2013 Genre: Science Fiction, Humor Book Provided by: Osprey Adventures Synopsis from Goodreads: Enjoy this pseudo-nonfiction, ‘how-to’ military handbook for aliens intending to conquer the Earth. Science fiction elements are [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 25, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 172014
 
Early Review: Archetype by M.D. Waters

Archetype by M.D. Waters Book #1 in the Archetype duology Genre: Science Fiction Publication Date: February 6th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Dutton Adult Synopsis from Goodreads: Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believe. Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm
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
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
Jan 142014
 
New Release Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

New Release Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau Book 2 in The Testing series Release date: January 7, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Book provided by NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley NAL Synopsis from Goodreads: In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 14, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 092014
 
Early Review: Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Avalon by Mindee Arnett Book #1 in the Avalon duology Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Publication Date: January 21st 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray Synopsis from Goodreads: A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett. Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 9, 2014 at 9:02 am
Jan 032014
 
Review: Clean Sweep (Innkeep Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews

  Review: Clean Sweep (Innkeep Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews *early review copy received from author — thank you!* Regina’s and AH’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade A- Book Summary: On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 3, 2014 at 9:27 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
Dec 272013
 
Badass Best of 2013: YA & NA Fantasy, Paranormal, and Science Fiction

The Badass Best of 2013 is moving into Young Adult and New Adult fiction!  Today we have our favorite Fantasy, Paranormal (UF and PNR), and Science Fiction novels written for the younger set.  Take a look below for our five favorite novels from each of these genres.     The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson || Published August 270th 2013 by Greenwillow Books || || Review Synopsis: The epic conclusion to Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 27, 2013 at 7:00 am