Sep 052013
 
Early Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Early Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason Book 1 in Stoker & Holmes Release date: September 17, 2013 Genre: Historical, Young Adult, Steampunk Book provided by Edelweiss and Chronicle Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Two young women of similar age and standing have disappeared: one found dead and the other still missing. The only clue to connect them is a small Egyptian clockwork scarab. Only Miss Stoker and Miss Holmes are well-positioned enough—similar in age and stature as they are to the victims—to investigate. An unlikely pair, the fierce Evaline Stoker and logical Mina Holmes must follow in the footsteps of their infamous [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm
Sep 042013
 
Giveaway! Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Here at Badass Book Reviews, we want to share our love for Rose Under Fire, the wonderful, haunting novel by Elizabeth Wein. That’s why today we are giving away 2 print copies to 2 lucky winners in the US. Just enter the giveaway below!  Meanwhile, check out AH’s review and learn why Rose Under Fire “will haunt you long after you finish reading it.” a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 Posted by on September 4, 2013 at 7:09 am
Sep 032013
 
Spotlight on September's New Releases

Welcome to our monthly feature where we take a look at the new books releasing this month and offer up our top picks and opinions. We have chosen 36 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! A Bad Day for Romance by Sophie Littlefield – Expected publication: September [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 3, 2013 at 10:40 am
Sep 022013
 
Early Review: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Early Review: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Book 2/Companion Book to Code Name Verity Release date: September 10, 2013 Genre: Historical, Young Adult, New Adult Book provided by NetGalley and Disney Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 2, 2013 at 10:51 am
Sep 012013
 
Early Review: The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer

Early Review: The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer Book 2 in Matteo Alacran series Release date: September 3, 2013 Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian Book provided by Edelweiss and Athenium Books for Young Readers Synopsis from Goodreads: The new book continues the story of Matt, the boy who was cloned from evil drug lord El Patrón in The House of the Scorpion. Now 14 years old, Matt rules his own country, the Land of Opium, the only thriving place in a world ravaged by ecological disaster. Though he knows that the cure for ending the suffering is hidden [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 1, 2013 at 9:07 am
Aug 292013
 
Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally Book 1 in Hundred Oaks series Release date: December 1, 2012 Genre: Young Adult *I won this book* Synopsis from Goodreads: ONE OF THE BOYS What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But everything she’s ever worked for is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 29, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 282013
 
New Release Review: The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan Series: The Riyria Chronicles #1 Genre: Epic Fantasy Released Aug 6, 2013 Audiobook Narrated by Tim Gerrard Reynolds TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING. A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 28, 2013 at 6:58 am
Aug 272013
 
Novella Reviews: Five Stories From Some Favorite Authors

Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne Book #0.4 in the Iron Druid Chronicles Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 7th 2013 E-Book Purchased from Amazon.com Synopsis from Goodreads: There’s nothing like an impromptu holiday to explore the birthplace of modern civilisation, but when Atticus and Oberon pursue a book-stealing Egyptian wizard – with a penchant for lamb – to the land of the pharaohs, they find themselves in hot, crocodile-infested water. The trip takes an even nastier turn when they discover the true nature of the nefarious plot they’ve been drawn into. On the wrong side of the vengeful [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm
Aug 262013
 
Early Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Early Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas Book 1 in The Elemental Trilogy Release date: September 17, 2013 Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Book provided by Edelweiss and Harper Collins Synopsis from Goodreads: It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning… Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 26, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 232013
 
Early Review: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson Series: Fire and Thorns # 3 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: Aug 27, 2013 ARC provided by Edelweiss and Greenwillow Books 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 of her destiny. Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 23, 2013 at 6:47 am
Aug 222013
 
New Release Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Omens by Kelley Armstrong Book #1 in the Cainsville series Genre: Paranormal Mystery Publication Date: August 20th 2013 Print Copy Provided by Dutton Adult Synopsis from Goodreads: #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home. Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 22, 2013 at 8:55 am
Aug 212013
 
Giveaway! Interview and Guest Blog Post, Megan Hart Author of Tear Your Apart

Badass Welcomes Megan Hart! Interview and Guest Blog Post (and a Giveaway too!) BadAssBook Reviews welcomes Megan Hart today for an interview and a guest blog post.  August 27th is the release of Megan’s book Tear You Apart, which we reviewed. I am a fan of Megan Hart’s writing — Tempted, Dirty and The Favor.  So I am just thrilled to be able to ask Megan a few questions and hear her thoughts on writing such an interesting and emotional story.  If you want a chance to win and read Tear Your Apart by Megan Hart, scroll down and enter [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 21, 2013 at 8:28 am
Aug 202013
 
Early Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire Book #7 in the October Daye series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: September 3rd 2013 Print Galley Provided by DAW Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Things are starting to look up for October “Toby” Daye. She’s training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down…at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit. Toby’s efforts to take the problem to the Queen of the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 20, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 192013
 
Series Review: Tales of the Underlight by Jax Garren

Series: Tales of the Undelight by Jax Garren Books: How Beauty Met the Beast, How Beauty Saved the Beast, How Beauty Loved the Beast Genres: Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Steampunk, Magic, Mythology Released: Nov 2012 – May 2013 Audiobooks Narrated by Therese Plummer Fairy tale inspired stories set in the punk-alternative community of Austin, Texas in the very near future. They center around two warring secret societies. Our heroes are a part of the Underlight, a US-based network of anarchists who have an underground base in Austin. The antagonists of the series are from the Order of Ananke, a cult [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 19, 2013 at 7:05 am
Aug 162013
 
New Release Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson Book #3 in the Sentinels of New Orleans series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: August 13th 2013 Print Galley Provided by Tor Books Synopsis from Goodreads: An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi. New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 16, 2013 at 7:00 am
Aug 152013
 
What Happened to Sookie?  A review of Dead Ever After (Sookie #13) by Charlaine Harris

The Badass Ladies Discuss What Happened to Sookie? Also, a review of Dead Ever After (Sookie #13) by Charlaine Harris I have yet to find a fan or reader of Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series that was thoroughly satisfied with all the books — from book 1 through book 13.  So many readers of this series believe that the Sookie became derailed.  We decided to chat about this and throw around our theories — please share yours.  What happened to Sookie? AH:  I think I just kind of lost interest in the series. I remember that I literally gobbled up [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 15, 2013 at 8:41 am
Aug 142013
 
Early Review: Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2) by Karina Halle

Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2) by Karina Halle *received early review copy from publisher and Netgalley* Regina’s Rating: 3.5 stars/Grade A- Release Date: 8/20/13 Book Summary:   Sometimes the right choice can be the deadliest. When Ellie Watt made the ultimate sacrifice for Camden McQueen, she never thought it would be easy. But walking away with her ex-lover, Javier Bernal, in order to ensure Camden’s safety has brought a whole new set of dangers. With Javier’s plans for Ellie growing more secretive by the moment, Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game before her past [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 14, 2013 at 9:46 am
Aug 132013
 
Cliffhangers: Love or Hate?

    CLIFFHANGERS: Love or Hate? I love cliffhangers. I know that might sound weird but hear me out on this. If I am upset or shocked by a particular book’s cliffhanger, it means I liked, no loved, the book enough to care about what happened next. Think about it. How many times did you yell “nooooooooo” to a book’s cliffhanger ending when the book was poorly written or the characters were flat? Probably never. When I’m invested in the characters, and the story is keeping me on the edge of my seat, a cliffhanger is devastating. So basically, a [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 122013
 
Guest Post and Giveaway: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson is taking some time today to share with us an original flash fiction short story in promotion of her newest “Sentinels” book, Elysian Fields.  Elysian Fields releases tomorrow August 13th, 2013, and I think it is quite possibly my favorite entry in the Sentinels of New Orleans series!  Today, Suzanne is taking her main character DJ deep into The Beyond for a one-night only masquerade.  Who do you think will be her date?  Suzanne was also nice enough to offer a signed copy of Elysian Fields and some awesome Sentinels swag for giveaway. To enter, see the Rafflecopter below.  The giveaway will run until next [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 12, 2013 at 10:15 am
Aug 092013
 
Early Review: A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwartz

Early Review: A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz Book 2 in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow Release date: August 13, 2013 Genre: Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, Historical Book provided by NetGalley and Random House/Del Ray Synopsis from Goodreads: FOR BETTER OR CURSE. That might as well have been the wedding vow of Elle Chance and her new husband, the ex-Warlock Hugh Marsh in the second book of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into storytelling magic. As Elle devotes herself to her duties as the Oracle—who alone has the power to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 9, 2013 at 7:00 am