Jul 262013
 
New Release Review: Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes Book #1 in the Viral Nation series Genre: YA Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: July 2nd 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley Trade Synopsis from Goodreads: After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 26, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jul 252013
 
Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling Genre: Crime Fiction/Mystery Release Date: April 30, 2013 Audiobook narrated by Robert Glenister A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. 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 with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 25, 2013 at 10:04 am
Jul 242013
 
King Hall by Scarlett Dawn (Early Review)

Book Summary from Goodreads: A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall… King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies. Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 232013
 
New Release Review: The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig

The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig Book #1 in the Mookie Pearl series Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 28th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Angry Robot Synopsis from Goodreads: Meet Mookie Pearl. Criminal underworld? He runs it. Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it. Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…The Blue Blazes – the first in a new urban fantasy series in which lovable thug Mookie Pearl must contend with the criminal underworld, the supernatural underworld, a new drug that makes the invisible visible, and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 23, 2013 at 8:59 am
Jul 222013
 
Review: Starglass by Phoebe North (Starglass #1)

Starglass by Phoebe North (Starglass #1) *early review copy received from publisher and edelweiss* Regina and AH’s Rating 4.5 stars/Grade A Release date: July 23, 2013 Book Summary: Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn’t interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he’s yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she’s got. But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain’s guard murdering an innocent man, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 22, 2013 at 9:00 am
Jul 212013
 
Early Review:  The Dominant by Tara Sue Me

Early Review: The Dominant by Tara Sue Me Book 2 in The Submissive Trilogy Genre: Erotica, BDSM Release date: August 6, 2013 Book provided by NetGalley and NAL/Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: The continuation of the tantalizing trilogy by Tara Sue Me that has captivated millions… Nathaniel West doesn’t lose control. As the playboy CEO of West Industries, he governs the boardroom during the day; as a strict dominant with exacting rules, he commands the bedroom at night. He never takes on inexperienced submissives, but when Abigail King’s application comes across his desk, he breaks his own restrictions and decides to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 21, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jul 202013
 
Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

Losing It by Cora Carmack Series: Losing It #1 Genre: New Adult Romance Publication Date: Oct 15, 2012 Virginity. Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 20, 2013 at 7:16 am
Jul 192013
 
New Release Review: Marvel and Hyperion's New Line of Superheroine Books

Rogue Touch by Christine Woodward Genre: Superheroes/Science Fiction Publication Date: June 18th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: “An interesting take on Rogue, as her powers take her down a path I never would have imagined.” –Chris Claremont, author of Dragon Moon and writer for seventeen years of Uncanny X-Men Twenty-year-old Anna Marie was just fired for the third time–this time from a bakery. Why can’t she hold a job? Well, for starters, she dresses . . . differently. She looks like a Goth girl to the extreme, her shock of white hair contrasting with her [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 19, 2013 at 11:40 am
Jul 182013
 
New Release Group Review: Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Hunted by Kevin Hearne Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #6 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: Jun 25, 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Del Rey/Audio Purchased from Audible For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 18, 2013 at 6:50 am
Jul 172013
 
Early Review: Terminated by Rachel Caine

Early Review: Terminated by Rachel Caine Book 3 in Revivalist series Genre: Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction Release date: August 6, 2013 Book provided by the author Synopsis from Goodreads: In New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine’s latest Revivalist novel, Bryn Davis’s problems quickly turn from dead to worse… Already addicted to the pharmaceutical drug that keeps her body from decomposing, Bryn has to stop a secretive group of rich and powerful investors from eliminating the existing Returné addicts altogether. To ensure their plan to launch a new, military-grade strain of nanotech, the investors’ undead assassin—who just happens to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Jul 172013
 
Early Review: The Monsters in Your Neighborhood by Jesse Petersen

Early Review: The Monsters in Your Neighborhood by Jesse Petersen Book 2 in Monstrosity series Release date: July 29, 2013 Genre: Urban Fantasy/Humor Book provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Star Synopsis from Goodreads: As one of Frankenstein’s Creatures, Natalie Gray knows that unique parts sometimes make up a great whole. Still, leading a diverse support group for monsters—now including Cthulhu!—isn’t an easy task. Especially not since the internet arrived. New York City embraces the different and the bizarre. Still, even for such a fun-loving city, the supernatural and monstrous might be a bit too much. It’s been six months since [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 17, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jul 162013
 
New Release Review: Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley

Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley Book #2 in the Chaos series Genre: Contemporary “Motorcycle Club” Romance Publication Date: June 4th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: Lanie Heron isn’t looking for love—no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club… For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She’s too polished and too classy for his tastes. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 16, 2013 at 11:42 am
Jul 152013
 
Early Review: Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin

Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin *early review copy received from publisher and netgalley* Regina’s Rating 4.5 stars/Grade A Book Summary: WWhen Emily Page and her husband move from Manhattan to the wealthy enclave of Clairmont, Texas, she hopes she can finally escape her haunted past—and outrun the nameless stalker who has been taunting her for years. Pregnant with her first child, Emily just wants to start over. But as she is drawn into a nest of secretive Texas women—and into the unnerving company of their queen, Caroline Warwick—Emily finds that acceptance is a very dangerous game. It isn’t long before [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 15, 2013 at 10:19 am
Jul 142013
 
Badass News, Happenings and Bulletin July 14, 2013

  The Badass Bulletin is our recap of everything that we posted on the blog last week and some of the most interesting things we saw around the web.   J.K. Rowling has a book on the market! (And it isn’t Harry Potter or Casual Vacancy …) So did you hear?  J.K. Rowling is writing under adult “classic crime” novel under a pseudonym.  This story is not a rumor and Rowling has admitted to it!  I do feel bad for her, I can see why she wanted to keep this under wrap, “I had hoped to keep this secret a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 14, 2013 at 11:27 am
Jul 132013
 
Memory of A Summer and America's Past -- Review: Joyland by Stephen King

Joyland by Stephen King *audio book purchased from audible.com* Regina’s Rating 4.5 stars/Grade B+ Book Summary: “I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts,” says Stephen King, who has combined these elements into a wonderful new story. Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a ‘carny’ in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 13, 2013 at 9:28 am
Jul 122013
 
Review: Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley

Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley Book #1 in the Chaos series Genre: Contemporary “Motorcycle Club” Romance Publication Date: April 2nd 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: Too hot to handle… Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos–the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos’ leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby’s thinking about much more [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 12, 2013 at 10:27 am
Jul 112013
 
Summer Recommendations from Team Badass

Summer Reading — What Should You Read? Summer is magical, such a special time.  A sort of break from — even if we are working or still in school, summer feels different than winter, fall and spring.  So, it should call for special books right?  The ladies of Badass have a few summer reading recommendations for every occasion.  What do you like to read in the summer?  Let us know — we want to hear what your recommendations are. Where do you like to read in the summer? Our own AH has an ideal spot in her backyard to cuddle up [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 11, 2013 at 8:36 am
Jul 102013
 
Early Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe

Early Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe Book 2 in The Sweetest Dark series Book provided by Edelweiss and Bantam Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Release Date: August 13, 2013 Synopsis from Goodreads: A rich portrait of post-Victorian England, The Deepest Night seamlessly blends thrilling romance with riveting history and adventure—perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Lauren Kate. It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always felt different from everyone around her, now she finally knows why: [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Jul 102013
 
Early Review: Control by Kim Curran

Early Review: Control by Kim Curran Book 2 in Shift series Genre: Young Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Angry Robot Release Date: August 6, 2013 Synopsis from Goodreads: Scott Tyler is not like other teenagers. With a single thought he can alter reality around him. And he can stop anyone else from doing the same. That’s why he’s so important to ARES, the secret government agency that regulates other kids like him: Shifters. They’ve sent him on a mission. To track down the enigmatic Frank Anderson. An ex-Shifter who runs a project for unusual kids – as if the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 10, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jul 092013
 
Early Review: Last Blood by Kristen Painter

Last Blood by Kristen Painter Book #5 in the House of Comarré series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: July 30th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Books Synopsis from Goodreads: In the final showdown between the forces of dark and light, Mal and Chrysabelle face not only Tatiana, but the ancient evil that now controls her: the Castus Sanguis. Chrysabelle gathers her friends and family around her, forming a plan to bring an end to the chaos surrounding them. But the Castus is the most powerful being they’ve ever come up against. Defeating such evil will require a great sacrifice from someone [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm