Jan 262014
 
New Release Review: Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Snowblind by Christopher Golden Genre: Horror Publication Date: January 21st 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press Synopsis from Goodreads: In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade–a work reminiscent of early Stephen King–Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age. The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards…but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children’s windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into the whiteout and were never seen again. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same. Now, as [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Mini Reviews: YA Roundup

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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 242014
 
Featured Author Friday: Shawntelle Madison

Welcome to the inagural installment of our new monthly feature, Featured Author Fridays!  Most people are familiar with the more established authors but we’ll be using this feature to introduce you to some of our favorite authors that you might not know about.  First up is the brave and mighty Shawntelle Madison!  Shawntelle currently writes the urban fantasy series, Coveted, and the paranormal romance novella series, Hadley Werewolves.  Her newest novel, Repossessed, is set in the Coveted world but features all new characters.  Read on to learn more about Shawntelle and her books!   Shawntelle Tells All! Badass Book Reviews: How did you begin [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 24, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 232014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Young Adult - Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

AH and Christal decided to give the Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge a try for 2014.  The point of this challenge is to read a different genre each month.  For January, we were tasked with Young Adult.  We already read a lot of YA books here at Badass Book Reviews, but the YA book we chose was Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie.  Read on to see what AH and Christal thought about this book! Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: January 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Merit Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Fourteen-year-old April May Manning spent [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 23, 2014 at 7:00 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 212014
 
Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando *early review copy received from netgalley and publisher — thank you!* Regina’s Rating: 4.5 stars/Grade A     Book Summary: When Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: TV, microwave, mini-fridge. She can’t wait to escape her New Jersey beach town, and her mom, and start life over in California. The first note to Lauren in San Francisco comes as a surprise; she had requested a single. But if Lauren’s learned anything from being the oldest of six, it’s that [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 21, 2014 at 11:44 am
Jan 202014
 
Early Review: Live (Burnside #1) by Mary Ann Rivers

Review: Live (Burnside #1) by Mary Ann Rivers *early review copy received from netgalley and publisher — thank you!* Regina’s Rating: 4.5 stars/Grade A Release Date: 1/21/14   Book Summary: Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly. If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 20, 2014 at 10:18 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 152014
 
Genre Book Showdown: Jaye Wells' Dirty Magic vs Lisa Shearin's The Grendel Affair

Jaye Wells and Lisa Shearin are both starting new series that I was very excited to read based on how much I loved their previous books.  Jaye’s Sabina Kane series and Lisa’s Raine Benares series are some of my favorite reads and I couldn’t wait to see what each had up their sleeve this time.  Today, Jaye’s first book in her Prospero’s War series, Dirty Magic, goes head-to-head with the first book in Lisa’s new SPI Files, The Grendel Affair.  Keep reading to see which one wins in the Genre Book Showdown!   The Contenders: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells Book #1 in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 142014
 
New Release Review: Diamonds & Deceit by Leila Rasheed

New Release Review: Diamonds & Deceit by Leila Rasheed Book 2 in At Somerton series Release date: January 7, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Historical Romance Book provided by NetGalley and Disney Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: One house, two worlds…book two in our sumptuous and enticing YA series about the servants and gentry at Somerton Court. A house divided… London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can’t help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm
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 132014
 
Double Feature Review/Anthology Maddness!: Dark Duets by Christopher Golden and Dangerous Women by George R. R. Martin

Anthologies can be hit or miss for me.  Often, they seem to be positioned as a way to introduce readers to series and authors.   Now this is just my opinion, but too many times short stories aren’t as engaging and just don’t pull me in like a novel.  The characters may not be as well introduced because they exist in a series or novel already.  There are exceptions of course.  For example, Alice Munro, Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher write beautifully executed short stories.  But honestly, too often there are so many authors in an anthology that I don’t [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 13, 2014 at 8:03 am
Jan 112014
 
New Release Review: The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams

New Release Review: The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams Book 3 in The Shadow Reader series Release date: December 31, 2013 Genre: Urban Fantasy Book provided by NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley NAL Synopsis from Goodreads: Torn between two worlds. Torn between two lives. McKenzie Lewis’s ability to read the shadows has put her—and …those she loves—in harm’s way again and again. The violence must end, but will the cost of peace be more devastating than anyone ever imagined? After ten years of turmoil, the life McKenzie has always longed for may finally be within her grasp. No one is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 11, 2014 at 7:08 am
Jan 102014
 
Guest Post and Giveaway: The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams

GUEST POST, EXCERPT, AND GIVEAWAY – SANDY WILLIAMS We’re so very pleased to have a guest post from Sandy Williams, author of The Sharpest Blade, book 3 of her Shadow Reader series. A special Badass Book Reviews welcome, Sandy! Don’t forget to check at the bottom of the post for our giveaway, a copy of one of the books in the Shadow Reader series. The Other Side of the Story, Part 2   Secondary characters are important in every story. In my Shadow Reader novels, I have a character who makes few appearances, but who has a very important role [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 10, 2014 at 7:11 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 082014
 
New Release Review: Forsaken by Jacquelyn Frank

New Release Review: Forsaken by Jacquelyn Frank Book 3 in The World of the Nightwalkers series Release date: January 7, 2014 Genre: Paranormal Romance Book provided by NetGalley and Ballantine Books Synopsis from Goodreads: New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank continues her scorching and sensual new series set in the world of the Nightwalkers, where alluring entities known as Bodywalkers are the vanguards against the raging forces of darkness. As a mercenary, Leo Alvarez has signed on for a lot—but he never signed on for his best friend becoming host to the soul of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Jackson [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Jan 082014
 
Early Review: Circle of Fire by Keri Arthur

Early Review: Circle of Fire by Keri Arthur Book 1 in The Damask Circle series Release date: January 28, 2014 (previously published in 2001 & 2009) Book provided by NetGalley and Dell Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Synopsis from Goodreads: VISIONS OF TERROR Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 8, 2014 at 7:00 am