Feb 022015
Early Review: Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner Book #3 in Tessa Leoni Genre: Psychological Thriller Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Dutton Synopsis from Goodreads: My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t. Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero. I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist. Sergeant Wyatt [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 2, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 272015
January 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!   All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: January 6th 2015 ARC Provided by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 192014
Release Day Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Visions by Kelley Armstrong Book #2 in Cainsville Genres: Paranormal Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: August 19th 2014 ARC Provided by Dutton Synopsis from Goodreads: As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown. Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 19, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 182014
Young Adult Reviews:  Wanted: Dead or In Love and Jex Malone

YOUNG ADULT REVIEWS Today I’m reviewing two fun little young adult novels. One is a ghost story with a little twist on the Bonnie and Clyde story. The other brings back memories of staying up late at night reading Nancy Drew mysteries. New Release Review: Wanted: Dead or in Love by Kym Brunner Release date: June 30, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Book provided by Merit Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father’s Roaring 20’s [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 18, 2014 at 7:00 am
Apr 232014
Early Review: Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Early Release Review: Invisible City by Julia Dahl Release date: May 6, 2014 Genre: Mystery, Suspense Book provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 23, 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
Mar 252014
Should You Read This Series? John Rain by Barry Eisler

There are so many series out there with lots and lots of books published and I know you wonder…which ones are worth the read? Today we start a new monthly feature where we tell you which series you should start and which ones you shouldn’t. As a ground rule, series in this feature must have at least 3 books published and the reviewer must have read at least 60% of the series. If you want us to feature a series in the future, please ask in the comments. If we have read it, we will definitely let you know our [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 25, 2014 at 6:51 am
Jan 222014
Runner by Patrick Lee (Early Review)

[box color=black] Sam Dryden, retired special forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While out on a run in the middle of the night, a young girl runs into him on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she’s running from a group of heavily armed men with one clear goal—to kill the fleeing child. After Dryden helps her evade her pursuers, he learns that the eleven year old, for as long as she can remember, has been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. But she doesn’t know much [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 062014
Early Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

Early Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter Release Date: January 7, 2014 Book provided by Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster Genre: Young Adult and older, Horror Synopsis from Goodreads: Lord of the Flies meets The Ruins in this frightening novel written in the bestselling traditions of Stephen King and Scott Smith. Boy Scouts live by the motto “Be Prepared.” However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons. Everything changes when a haggard stranger [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm
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 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 252013
Author Spotlight: Linwood Barclay

The everyday Joe… How appealing is this for a main character, he is a contractor? I’m not talking about a person who takes contracts out to kill. Nope, just an everyday, hardworking house building contractor. If that doesn’t excite you, maybe you’ll find the lawn & garden guy more appealing. His exciting career is lawn maintenance. These are some of the given careers of the main characters in Linwood Barclay books. They don’t have military training, secret CIA clearance or millions of dollars to buy the top surveillance gadgets. They are everyday people who gain their muscles from hard work, have seemingly normal families & [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 072013
Group Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: 5 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie. What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 7, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 062013
New Release Review: Shattered Bond by Sophie Littlefield

Shattered Bond by Sophie Littlefield Book #2 in the Joe Bashir novels Genre: Mystery Publication Date: 28 October 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Star Synopsis from Goodreads: Detective Joe Bashir enters the glittering world of San Francisco society…and what he discovers will shatter three families. The discovery of a murdered teenager disrupts a fundraiser given by Napa Valley vintner Hale Francesci at the Montair Country Club. While Hale and his wife entertained their guests, their seventeen-year-old daughter Courtney was the last person to see her best friend Ashley Cole alive in a nearby strip mall parking lot. When Detective Joe Bashir begins interviewing [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 6, 2013 at 11:09 am
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 142013
Early Review: The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice

In honor of Halloween this month, I 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! This time around, we have a supernatural suspense from NY Time bestselling author Christopher Rice (yep, his mother is that famous vampire writer)…   The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice Genre: Supernatural Suspense Publication Date: 15 October 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Gallery Books Synopsis from Goodreads: New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice returns to New [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 14, 2013 at 9:40 am
Aug 222013
New Release Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Omens by Kelley Armstrong Book #1 in the Cainsville series Genre: Paranormal Mystery Publication Date: August 20th 2013 Print Copy Provided by Dutton Adult Synopsis from Goodreads: #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home. Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 22, 2013 at 8:55 am
Jul 172013
Early Review: Terminated by Rachel Caine

Early Review: Terminated by Rachel Caine Book 3 in Revivalist series Genre: Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction Release date: August 6, 2013 Book provided by the author Synopsis from Goodreads: In New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine’s latest Revivalist novel, Bryn Davis’s problems quickly turn from dead to worse… Already addicted to the pharmaceutical drug that keeps her body from decomposing, Bryn has to stop a secretive group of rich and powerful investors from eliminating the existing Returné addicts altogether. To ensure their plan to launch a new, military-grade strain of nanotech, the investors’ undead assassin—who just happens to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Jul 152013
Early Review: Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin

Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin *early review copy received from publisher and netgalley* Regina’s Rating 4.5 stars/Grade A Book Summary: WWhen Emily Page and her husband move from Manhattan to the wealthy enclave of Clairmont, Texas, she hopes she can finally escape her haunted past—and outrun the nameless stalker who has been taunting her for years. Pregnant with her first child, Emily just wants to start over. But as she is drawn into a nest of secretive Texas women—and into the unnerving company of their queen, Caroline Warwick—Emily finds that acceptance is a very dangerous game. It isn’t long before [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 15, 2013 at 10:19 am