Sep 012015
 
Release Day Group Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Genre: YA Contemporary Romance Publication Date: September 1st, 2015 Publisher: Delacorte Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 1, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 272015
 
Review: Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles Book #1 in Leaving Paradise Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: April 8th, 2007 Synopsis from Goodreads: Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled. After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 262015
 
Early Review: Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier

Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: September 1st, 2015 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   Synopsis from Goodreads: Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he’d rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them. April isn’t surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too. But [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 26, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 252015
 
Book Tour & Giveaway: The Dogs by Allan Stratton

The Dogs by Allan Stratton Genre: YA Mystery Publication Date: September 1st, 2015 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   Synopsis: Constantly on the run from a dangerous father, Cameron’s used to pushing away the trauma of his past. But when his mother moves them to an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, he discovers that there are some things you can’t escape. His new schoolmates taunt him about the bloodthirsty dogs that supposedly haunt the farm, and Cameron soon stumbles upon a child’s drawings in the cellar that depict a violent history. The line between reality and nightmare begins to blur as the house’s horrifying [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 25, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 072015
 
From Page to Screen: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Not too long ago I reviewed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl here on Badass Book Reviews and for the most part I absolutely loved it.  I can still say, with confidence, that it was the absolute funniest book that I’ve ever read.  Ever.  It should win awards for comedy genius. Well, the truth is that the only reason I finally read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was because the movie was being independently released, and the trailer looked awesome!  If you are a true bibliophile you can’t watch a movie before reading [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 7, 2015 at 7:00 am
Aug 052015
 
Review: Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter

Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter Book #1 in Paper Aeroplanes series Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: May 2nd, 2013 Publisher: Hot Key Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 5, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 302015
 
New Release Review: About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

About a Girl by Sarah McCarry Book #3 in Metamorphoses Genre: Young Adult Contemporary with Fantasy Elements Publication Date: July 14th 2015 ARC Provided by St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There’s no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty—or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 30, 2015 at 10:33 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 162015
 
New Release Review & Giveaway: Trollhunters by Guillermo Del Toro and Daniel Kraus

Trollhunters by Guillermo Del Toro and Daniel Kraus Genre: YA Horror/Fantasy Publication Date: July 7th, 2015 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion About the Book: “You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They’re patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you’ve paid so much attention to in mirrors? It’s delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. These facts are unpleasant but useful. There are things out there, you see, that [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 16, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 062015
 
Early Review: Naked by Stacey Trombley

Naked by Stacy Trombley Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic Publication Date: July 7th, 2015 Publisher: Entangled Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: The best place to hide is in a lie… I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad. Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 6, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 022015
 
Early Review: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

New Release Review: Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally Book 6 in the Hundred Oaks series Release date: July 7, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance Book provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis from Goodreads: Practice Makes Perfect. Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol. But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 2, 2015 at 10:07 am
Jun 252015
 
Should You Read This Series? - Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

At the beginning of the year, I decided I wouldn’t center my reading goals around the number of books I read. The pressure to read a certain amount of books in a certain amount of time was too much. I set my goal way too high and got stressed out when I had to lower it. Instead, I’d step outside of my comfort zone, which is primarily Contemporary and Historical Romance. Young Adult is one of the genres I wanted to explore more of, and I discovered the Dairy Queen series when I needed a third book for a challenge I was [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 25, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 172015
 
Early Review: The Stellow Project by Shari Becker

The Stellow Project by Shari Becker Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 23rd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Skyscape Synopsis from Goodreads: When a killer storm unexpectedly hits Manhattan, seventeen-year-old Lilah Stellow’s dad insists that she and her younger sister, Flori, take refuge at their cabin in the mountains. But instead of joining them with the experimental drug that keeps Lilah alive, he disappears just as news reports name him as a prime suspect in an act of ecoterrorism. As days pass without her medicine, Lilah finds herself teetering on the edge, caring for her sister, and growing increasingly certain [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 17, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 112015
 
Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Romance Publication Date: January 1st, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Original title: Severed Heads, Broken Hearts Synopsis from Goodreads: Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life. No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 11, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 092015
 
Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic/Humor Publication Date: March 1st, 2012 Publisher: Amulet Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 9, 2015 at 8:00 am
Jun 032015
 
Early Review: After Hours by Claire Kennedy

After Hours by Claire Kennedy Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Romance Publication Date: June 16th, 2015 ARC provided by Edelweiss and Simon Pulse Synopsis from Goodreads: Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it’s about Tips. Tips–the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember. Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 3, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 282015
 
Early Review - Modern Monsters by Kelley York

Modern Monsters by Kelley York Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 Publisher: Entangled Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: Vic Howard never wanted to go to the party. He’s the Invisible Guy at school, a special kind of hell for quiet, nice guys. But because his best friend is as popular as Vic is ignored, he went… And wished he hadn’t. Because something happened to a girl that night. Something terrible, unimaginable, and Callie Wheeler’s life will never be the same. Plus, now Callie has told the police that Vic is responsible. Suddenly, Invisible Vic is painfully visible, on trial both [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 28, 2015 at 8:00 am
May 272015
 
Review: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee Genre: YA Historical Fiction Publication Date: March 17th, 2015 Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Synopsis from Goodreads: Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 252015
 
Review: Fragile Bones by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Fragile Bones by Lorna Schultz Nicholson Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: March 15, 2015 Publisher: Clockwise Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: Meet Harrison and Anna. One is a fifteen-year-old boy with an uncanny ability to recite every bone in the skeletal system whenever he gets anxious ― and that happens a lot. The meaning of “appropriate behavior” mystifies him: he doesn’t understand most people and they certainly don’t understand him. The other is a graduating senior with the world at her feet. Joining the Best Buddies club at her school and pairing up with a boy with high-functioning autism is the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 25, 2015 at 8:00 am
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