May 252014
 
New Release Review and Giveaway!!: Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher

Review: Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher *early review copy received from publisher — thank you!* Regina’s Rating: 5 stars/Grade A Release Date: 5/27/14   Giveaway Below! Book Summary: Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day…. Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it…. Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains—led by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm
May 242014
 
Reread Review! The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima Series: The Seven Realms #4 Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: October 23rd 2012 Synopsis from Goodreads: A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed-Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 24, 2014 at 9:46 am
May 232014
 
Featured Author Friday + Giveaway: J.D. Horn

Welcome back to this month’s Featured Author Friday! Most people are familiar with the more established authors but this feature focuses on introducing some of our favorite authors that you might not know about. Today we are featuring an urban fantasy writer with an amazing debut novel — Mr. JD Horn!  AH and I both loved his first novel, The Line, so much that we knew we had to feature him here.  Read on to learn more about JD and his witchy world of Savannah!   Q & A Time with JD Horn Badass Book Reviews: Welcome, JD! So, how did you begin writing and what made [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 23, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 222014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge - Dystopian: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge tackles Dystopian in May! Christal and AH continued on with the Age of X series this month with The Immortal Crown.  Read on to see what we think of this unique and expansive world. The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction Publication Date: May 29th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Dutton Adult Synopsis from Goodreads: Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 22, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 212014
 
Interview Mike Mullin (Author of Ashfall, Ashen Winter and Sunrise)

Today Badass welcomes author of Ashfall, Ashen Winter and Sunrise — Mike Mullin! If you haven’t picked up this series yet, then do so soon.  It is young adult and post-apocalyptic in genre and both fun and intense.  The subject matter is a natural disaster striking the United States and how people — namely the main character teenage Alex — are able to survive.  If you like to read character centered, solid action packed and survivalist centered books, then this trilogy is for you.  And you are in lucky, the trilogy is out and complete.  If you like to just read, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm
May 202014
 
Early Group Review and Giveaway: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

    Early Group Review and Giveaway: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett Book 4 in Arcadia Bell – series finale Release date: May 27, 2014 Genre: Urban Fantasy Book provided by NetGalley and Pocketbooks Synopsis from Goodreads: The fourth and final installment of a “riveting” (RT Book reviews) urban fantasy series about a renegade mage and the demons who love her. Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body. Forced to delve [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 20, 2014 at 7:27 am
May 192014
 
Should You Read This Series? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

There are so many published series out there and I know you wonder…which ones are worth the read? In this feature, 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. SERIES: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon GENRE(S): Time Travel, Historical Fiction BOOKS PUBLISHED TO DATE: 8 + several novellas SERIES STATUS: Ongoing (latest book [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 19, 2014 at 7:02 am
May 162014
 
Review: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin Series: The Pingkang Li Mysteries #1 Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery Publication Date: Aug 23, 2013 It is a time of celebration in the Pingkang Li, where imperial scholars and bureaucrats mingle with beautiful courtesans. At the center is the Lotus Palace, home of the most exquisite courtesans in China… Maidservant Yue-ying is not one of those beauties. Street-smart and practical, she’s content to live in the shadow of her infamous mistress—until she meets the aristocratic playboy Bai Huang. Bai Huang lives in a privileged world Yue-ying can barely imagine, yet alone share, but as [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 16, 2014 at 7:23 am
May 152014
 
Steals & Deals for May!

Looking for a new book to snuggle up with on a budget or maybe you’ve had your eye on a series but were afraid to commit to the full price? Well, wait no longer! Steals & Deals brings you free and cheap yet quality reads we’ve spotted on Amazon.com for Kindle devices and apps. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Book #1 in Craft Sequence) || Price: $2.99 || Buy Now A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.  [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm
May 142014
 
New Release Review: The Warrior by Victoria Scott

The Warrior by Victoria Scott Book #3 in Dante Walker Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 6th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good. Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 14, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 132014
 
Re-Release Reviews: Noble Intentions and Noble Destiny by Katie MacAlister

Sourcebooks Casablanca is re-releasing Katie MacAlister’s Noble series. Originally released in 2002 and 2003, these books take a humorous look at historical romance. If you haven’t read any historical romance before, this series may be a good starting point for you. The characters and their hilarious situations are guaranteed to keep you chuckling throughout. Re-Release Review: Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister Book 1 in Noble series Release date: May 6, 2014 – Originally released in 2002. Genre: Historical Romance, Humor Book provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca Synopsis from NetGalley: In this hilarious romp, Noble Britton literally falls head over [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 13, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 122014
 
Early Review: House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter Book #1 in Crescent City Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 13th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit   Synopsis from Goodreads: Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs. But when Augustine returns home to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm
May 092014
 
New Release Review: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? by Sara Hantz Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: May 6th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job. Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 9, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 082014
 
New Release Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3 Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: Apr 8, 2014 By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz. Common enemy, common cause. When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 8, 2014 at 6:49 am
May 072014
 
Group Review & Giveaway: Breakable by Tammara Webber

Breakable by Tammara Webber Series: Countours of the Heart #2 Genre: New Adult Romance Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Book provided by Berkley/NAL Romance **After the review, be sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a print copy of both Easy & Breakable!! ** As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed. All he wanted was to leave the past behind.When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 7, 2014 at 7:06 am
May 062014
 
Mini Reviews: The "Did Not Finish" Edition

I have had a string of bad luck with the books I’ve picked up recently so I thought I would do a rundown of my most recent Did Not Finish (DNF) books.  Now just remember, most of these books have glowing reviews from other reviewers so just because they didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean they won’t work for you!  Have a suggestion to break my reading slump?  Hit me up in the comments.   RATING: DID NOT FINISH   Shadows by Robin McKinley Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 26th 2013 Book Borrowed from Local Library and Nancy Paulsen Books [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 6, 2014 at 8:58 am
May 052014
 
Second in a Series: MILA 2.0 Renegade by Debra Driza and Rebel by Amy Tintera

SECOND IN A SERIES Today I’m reviewing two books that are much anticipated second books in a series. MILA 2.0: Renegade by Debra Driza and Rebel by Amy Tintera. Both books are geared to young adults and have a kick ass heroine who struggles with her humanity. Early Release Review: MILA 2.0: Renegade by Debra Driza Book 2 in MILA 2.0 Release date: May 13, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction Book provided by Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books Synopsis from Goodreads: There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows. But Hunter [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 5, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 022014
 
New Release Review: Forged by Jacquelyn Frank

New Release Review: Forged by Jacquelyn Frank Book 4 in The World of Nightwalkers series Release date: April 29, 2014 Genre: Paranormal Romance Book provided by NetGalley and Ballantine Books Synopsis from Goodreads: From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes a seductive new paranormal romance set in the World of the Nightwalkers, as a battle-scarred bodyguard and a sensitive beauty risk their lives—and their hearts—in the face of evil. When Katrina Haynes discovers a large man lying wounded in the snow, she fears he is at death’s door. But as Kat tends to his injuries, she quickly realizes [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 2, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 012014
 
Spotlight on May's New Releases

Welcome to our monthly feature where we take a look at the books releasing in May and offer up our top picks and opinions. We have chosen 24 of our most anticipated new releases. The release dates are on a best known basis and are not guaranteed. Books may get delayed or sometimes even released earlier so please check with your favorite store to ensure availability. Now, on to the books!     Compelled by Shawntelle Madison (#3 in Coveted) – Expected publication: May 5th 2014 After the End by Amy Plum (#1 in After the End) – Expected publication: May 6th 2014 [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm
Apr 302014
 
Review: Burn for Me by Cynthia Eden

Burn For Me by Cynthia Eden Book #1 in Phoenix Fire Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: January 28th 2014 Book Borrowed from Local Library and Kensington Brava Synopsis from Goodreads: Under Fire… Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . . Cain O’Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she’s a threat–in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 30, 2014 at 7:00 am