Jun 102014
 
Release Day Review: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey Genre: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: June 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”  Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 10, 2014 at 10:28 am
Jun 082014
 
The Badass Bulletin - May Edition

Welcome to our monthly Badass Bulletin feature! Here you’ll find all our happenings and reviews for the month in one place. May was a busy month for us since we participated in Armchair BEA! What were some of your favorite reads for the month? Share with us in the comments Reviews: We reviewed fifteen (15) books this month and founds a few outstanding stories. What were your favorite reads for May?  Share with us so we can all grow our TBRs together! New Release Review and Giveaway!!: Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher Reread Review! The Crimson Crown by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm
Jun 072014
 
To Serial or Not to Serial: The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

  The Serialized Book – Is it Worth It?  Lately, publishers have begun providing readers with a new kind of reading experience. Instead of publishing a full book, they have come up with a “new” idea – the serial. It’s not really a new idea; serialized books have been around a long time. It’s just that with digital publishing, it’s just that much easier to release a book a bit at a time. There are many reasons why a book is released in a serialized format: introduce a new writer, create buzz for a new series, provide stories at a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 7, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 062014
 
New Release Group Review: The Source by JD Horn

The Source by JD Horn Book #2 in Witching Savannah Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: June 3rd 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and 47 North Synopsis from Goodreads: Graceful trees and historic buildings fill Savannah, Georgia, but beneath the city’s Southern splendor, its supernatural roots run deep. The members of local witch families grace the society pages…when they’re not secretly protecting their magical work from dark forces. Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 6, 2014 at 10:29 am
Jun 052014
 
New Release Review: A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton

A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton Book #9 in Merry Gentry Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: June 3rd 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads: I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because “Princess” looks so pretentious on a driver’s license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn’t be the only one for much longer… Merry Gentry, ex–private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 5, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 042014
 
Review: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The Fault in our Stars by John Green Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance Publication Date: January 10th 2012 Publisher: Dutton Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs… for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumors tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 4, 2014 at 8:00 am
Jun 032014
 
Spotlight on June's New Releases

Welcome to our monthly feature where we take a look at the books releasing in June and offer up our top picks and opinions. We have chosen 49 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!     Sidekick by Auralee Wallace – Published June 1st 2014 by Escape Publishing Twelfth Night by Deanna Raybourn(#5.6 in Lady Julia Grey) – Published June 1st 2014 by Harlequin MIRA [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 3, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 022014
 
Early Review & Giveaway: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh Series: Psy-Changeling #13 Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: Jun 3, 2014 Book provided by Berkley/NAL Romance **Giveway Below! Be sure to enter for a chance to win a hardcover copy of Shield of Winter! ** Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 2, 2014 at 7:14 am
May 312014
 
Armchair BEA: Topic of Choice - Wrap Up

  The Armchair BEA Wrap Up Post   I think that our topic of choice will be the Wrap Up post as well. I can’t believe how quickly this week has passed by.  This was a very hectic week for the 6 of us and with work, real life, and some travel commitments, we were still able to keep up with all the posts. So I’d like to take a moment to thank the awesome ladies that I have the privilege of co-blogging with. Thanks for putting together some fantastic posts. You ladies rock. At the same time I’d like [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 31, 2014 at 9:57 am
May 302014
 
Armchair BEA: Middle Grade & Young Adult Books

AH – OK. looks like I’m starting this one off. I’m a mom with 3 reluctant readers. Boys. Boys who hate to read because it hurts their brains. Yup. Or that’s what they kept telling me when they were younger. I had to go out and find books that they could get excited about. So that, in turn, meant that I had to also read said books. Let’s start with the obvious choices, the books that have been made into movies.  My kids loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I think that Kid2 read the series at least 3 [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 30, 2014 at 7:27 am
May 292014
 
Armchair BEA: Giveaway Day

  It’s our favorite day of Armchair BEA – The Giveaways!  We’ve amassed a large collection of books that we want to give away to you, dear readers. Due to crazy postage costs, some of the books will be only available to US readers but we also have some books available for our Canadian readers.  Sorry international readers, this contest isn’t for you but we promise we have something great for you coming in July! This is how our drawing will work — everyone will enter using the Rafflecopter below. The first winner drawn will have the first choice of books — provided they are [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 29, 2014 at 11:30 am
May 292014
 
Armchair BEA: Beyond the Borders

This was an interesting topic for the ladies at Badass Book Reviews. We interpreted the topic in different ways: AH – OK, I guess I’ll start this off and talk about my love for Twilight. Yup, Twilight, the series that got me back into reading. I know, you are all laughing at me but there was a long stretch of time where I didn’t read much. Can you believe it? When the kids were little, there just wasn’t time to read with work, housework, and kid stuff. Then my neighbor introduced me to Twilight and for some stupid reason, I [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 29, 2014 at 7:37 am
May 282014
 
Armchair BEA: Novellas and Short Stories

    Wendy – Growing up I always equated how invested I would be in a book with the page count.  I would only search out books that had at least 500-600 pages.  I was convinced that length was the secret to getting this reader attached.  I’m much wiser now and I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many pages are in a book, that it’s more about the skills of the author.  A long book doesn’t guarantee a great book, and a novella written by a great writer can really pack a punch.  Take Wool by Hugh Howey for example; it’s only [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm
May 282014
 
Armchair BEA: Expanding Blogging Horizons

Expanding Blogging Horizons What do you think about when you think about going beyond blogging or expanding your horizons? Is it a redesign of your blog? Have you branched out into freelance writing or even published a novel of your very own? Or, have you moved into a different venue like podcasts or vlogging? This is the day to tell us about how you have expanded on blogging in your own unique way. –  AH – Hmm…this could make a very interesting discussion. How many of you feel comfortable playing with all of the technology out there in Blogland? Do you [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 28, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 272014
 
Armchair BEA: Author Interaction

Regina:  My favorite part of blogging is chatting with authors.  At first I just wanted to chat and meet with authors that I loved.  But now that I have been blogging for a few years, and it has been interesting to meet authors that I only have learned about from the blog – and am now a fan.  So my two favorite author interviews that I have done are Cara McKenna and Patricia Briggs are my faves.  We interviewed Patty multiple times; her most recent interview has the links to the earlier interviews.  I loved the interviews with Patricia Briggs [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 27, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 272014
 
Armchair BEA: More Than Just Words ~ The Audiobook Edition

If you have read my reviews, you know that I’m mad about audiobooks. In the last few years, at least half the books I’ve “read” have been in audiobook format and the proportion keeps increasing. There’s an element of convinience about my preference – I can listen when I’m in the train or walking the streets, I can listen while I’m at the gym and I listen at night, when my eyes are too tired to read. But overall the main reason I listen instead of reading is because the quality and quantity of audiobook productions has just skyrocketted in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 27, 2014 at 1:31 am
May 262014
 
Armchair BEA: Literature

What is Literature? Reading is such a personal experience but yet it seems to define how people view us.  That is such a weird pull.  A book effects an individual on such an intimate level, yet by seeing a person read a certain book some people believe they know what that book means about a certain person.  I know many people who make judgments of people based on what an individual reads or chooses not to read.  We all know those people, right? Or maybe make those judgments ourselves? And how many times have you seen (I know I have) [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm
May 262014
 
Armchair BEA: Introduction Post

  Welcome! Hello and welcome to Badass Book Reviews. Badass Book Reviews started off as a small little blog in 2011. Since then, we’ve grown to a group of six reading-obsessed women. We love to read a variety of books such as Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and Contemporary Romance. I’m probably missing a few genres, but you get the picture. We love to read. Most of us read on our ereaders – Kindles and a lonely little Kobo, and we do love our audio books as well. Between the six of us, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 26, 2014 at 6:00 am
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