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
Jan 072014
 
Launch Day Blitz and Giveaway: The Destiny of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen

The Destiny of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen Book #3 in The Coincidence series Genre: New Adult Romance Publication Date: January 7th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Forever Synopsis from Goodreads: Luke Price’s life has always been about order, control, and acting tough on the outside. For Luke, meaningless relationships are a distraction-a way to tune out the twisted memories of his childhood. He desperately wishes he could forget his past, but it haunts him no matter what he does. Violet Hayes has had a rough life. When she was young, she was left with no family and the memory of her [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 7, 2014 at 7:00 am
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
Jan 062014
 
New Release Review: Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder

New Release Review: Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder Book 3 in the Healer series Release Date: December 31, 2013 Genre: Fantasy, suitable for YA readers and up Book provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Synopsis from Goodreads: Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he’s gone forever. But there’s a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry’s healing [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 6, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 052014
 
Badass Book Reviews' 2014 Reading Resolutions (or I promise I will read these books!)

New Year’s resolutions are not new or original; everyone is making them at this time of year (or already breaking them!) — no sugar, work out more, cuss less and on and on. Well, being book obsessed, we at Badass have a different sort of resolution — its all about what books we will read or not read this year. So below are our publicly stated reading resolutions for 2014. I can fairly say that each of us feels like even though we read so many books, we aren’t always reading what we want to read or maybe it is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Jan 042014
 
Early Review: Off the Edge (Associates #2) by Carolyn Crane

  Review: Off the Edge (Associates #2) by Carolyn Crane *early review copy received from author — thank you!* Regina’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade A- Christal and AH’s Rating: 3.5 Stars/Grade B Book Summary: SHE MAY BE HIS WORST ENEMY… For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past. HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE… He tricked [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 4, 2014 at 10:48 am
Jan 032014
 
Review: Clean Sweep (Innkeep Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews

  Review: Clean Sweep (Innkeep Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews *early review copy received from author — thank you!* Regina’s and AH’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade A- Book Summary: On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 3, 2014 at 9:27 am
Jan 022014
 
Spotlight on January's New Releases

Welcome to 2014 and the newest edition of our monthly feature that looks at the books releasing this month and offers up our top picks and opinions. We have chosen 24 of the 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. Also, check the Calendar to see when many of these books will be reviewed on the blog. Now, on to the books!   Before Jamaice Lane by Samantha Young (#3 in On Dublin Street) – [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 2, 2014 at 11:38 am
Jan 012014
 
Badass Best of 2013: Our Most Anticipated 2014 Reads

2013 was filled with wonderful reads, but we here at Badass Book Reviews are already looking forward to what 2014 has in store. Check out some of our Most Anticipated reads below! Christal’s Most Anticipated Reads:    A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton || Book #9 in the Merry Gentry series || Expected publication: June 3rd 2014 by Berkley Hardcover Dawn’s Early Light by Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris || Book #3 in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series || Expected publication:  March 25th 2014 by Ace Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett || Book #4 in the Arcadia [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 1, 2014 at 7:00 am
Dec 312013
 
Badass Best of 2013: Our Literary Slambook

AH, Christal, D.G., and Michelle all got together to gossip about our favorite characters and authors for 2013. Take a peek inside our Badass Literary Slambook!    Other Badass Best of 2013 Lists: Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Mystery, Romance, and Historical YA & NA Fantasy, Paranormal, and Science Fiction YA & NA Dystopian, Horror, and Mystery YA & NA Contemporary, Historical, and Romance Our Best Discoveries Our Most Anticipated Books of 2014

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 Posted by on December 31, 2013 at 7:00 am
Dec 302013
 
Badass Best of 2013: Our Best Discoveries

Our Best Discoveries for 2013 are the books that may not have been published this year, but were some of our favorite reads! A few were published as early as last year, but we have some going all the way back to the 1980’s. You might see a few of these books pop up in a future “Oldie But Goodie” feature. Click on each book cover to be taken to either our review or Goodreads to learn more about the stories. ROMANCE:          FANTASY:      MYSTERY:    HORROR:     DYSTOPIAN:    PARANORMAL: LITERARY FICTION:   CONTEMPORARY: MEMOIR: Other Badass Best of 2013 Lists: [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Dec 292013
 
Badass Best of 2013: YA & NA Contemporary, Historical, and Romance

Today’s Badass Best of 2013 is getting away from the fantasical and moving back into reality. Below you will find our five favorite Young Adult and New Adult novels in the Conteporary, Historical, and Romance genres.     If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch || Published March 26th 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin || || Review Synopsis: There are some things you can’t leave behind.  A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 29, 2013 at 7:00 am
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 272013
 
Badass Best of 2013: YA & NA Fantasy, Paranormal, and Science Fiction

The Badass Best of 2013 is moving into Young Adult and New Adult fiction!  Today we have our favorite Fantasy, Paranormal (UF and PNR), and Science Fiction novels written for the younger set.  Take a look below for our five favorite novels from each of these genres.     The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson || Published August 270th 2013 by Greenwillow Books || || Review Synopsis: The epic conclusion to Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 27, 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