May 302013
 
Blog Tour: Emi Gayle, author of Day After (Guest Post and Giveaway)

  Emi Gayle is stopping by the blog today to promote the newest release in her the “19th Year” trilogy.  Day After released on May 6, 2013 and the series debut, After Dark, is also currently available.  Today, Emi is outlining some of the major rules in her Changeling world and sharing an excerpt from Day After.  She is also offering an amazing group giveaway that you can enter in two ways: 1.) via the rafflecopter below or 2.) leaving a comment at the link below.  This giveaway includes signed paperbacks and ebooks for both After Dark AND Day After!  Keep reading to learn [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 30, 2013 at 7:00 am
May 302013
 
Armchair BEA -- Literary Fiction

  Armchair BEA – Literary Fiction Literary fiction has always been my go-to preferred reading of choice and before I discovered urban fantasy (thanks to the Sookie series by Charlaine Harris and the Fever series by Moning), romance (thanks to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon), literary fiction was all I read.  I really didn’t know there was anything else out there in terms of fiction except for maybe mysteries and thrillers.  I am not even sure I know what I was reading was considered ”literary fiction”.  I jus read it.  Well like many readers, my e-reader and goodreads helped me discover other books and genres.  Despite [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 30, 2013 at 2:00 am
May 292013
 
Armchair BEA - Blogger Development

  Armchair BEA – Blogger Development Hi, AH here… I love this topic because as bloggers we can all learn from each other. I think that I am lucky because I work with a wonderful team of bloggers. Each of us brings in our strengths to the blog. We have a few bloggers that are HTML wizards, others that are great with graphics, some that have fantastic interview skills, and then there’s me – Badass Cheerleader! I think that what works for us is that we work as a team. We are very accommodating and we are able to move things [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm
May 292013
 
Armchair BEA - What's in a Genre?

DG: Before I joined Goodreads, I read pretty much only two genres: romance and mysteries. Overall, I stay those are still my favorite genres but over the years, my genres have expanded so much that I consider myself an omni-reader. I’m pretty much open to every genre. Sadly, I don’t have time to read in depth about every genre that strikes my fancy so this is where belonging to a team of bloggers helps. Although we share a love of Urban Fantasy (that’s probably the genre we all have in common), the other ladies helps to find those gems that [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm
May 282013
 
Armchair BEA - Introduce yourself

Hi. I’m AH and I am part of the blogging team here at Badass Book Reviews along with Michelle the Bookshelf Stalker, Regina, D.G., and Christal. Here’s our answers to the Armchair BEA – Introduce Yourself Q&A: Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? AH: I’m a mother of 3 very hungry teenage boys. I started reading because I was on the hunt for books that would appeal to boys, then I joined Goodreads. Now I’m reading anywhere from 150-180 books a year and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm
May 282013
 
Release Day Review: Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett

Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett Book #3 in the Arcadia Bell series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 28 May 2013 Print ARC Provided by Pocket Books Synopsis from Goodreads: In the third book in this beloved and “riveting” (Romantic Times) urban fantasy series, demon-friendly tiki bar owner Arcadia Bell discovers more about her own evolving, and possibly destructive, magical abilities when her bar is the target of a demonic crime wave. Renegade mage and bartender Arcadia Bell has had a rough year, but now the door to her already unstable world is unhinging. When a citywide crime wave erupts, Cady’s demon-friendly [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 28, 2013 at 7:00 am
May 272013
 
Author Interview and Giveaway: Jenn Bennett, author of Binding the Shadows

Badass Book Reviews is super excited to welcome Jenn Bennett, author of the incredible urban fantasy series “Arcadia Bell!”  The series currently includes two books and a novella and the third book, Binding the Shadows, releases tomorrow, May 28th.  Jenn has stopped by today to talk about Arcadia and Lon (and of course Jupe!) and to give us a peek into her newest novel.  Be sure to pre-order your copy today!  Come back tomorrow for our early review of the book, our favorite in the series.   The Magical World of Arcadia Bell BadassBookReviews: Welcome to our blog, Jenn, and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm
May 272013
 
Sync free audio books downloads start this week

Starting May 30th through to August 21, Sync audio will be offering 2 free audio books for download each week. Each Young Adult title is paired with a classic book and there are some real gems in the list. All you need to do is register at Sync, download Overdrive Media Console and watch your calendar. The books are available for a 7 day period, then a new pair of books will be offered. Some geographic restrictions apply, so check on the Sync website to see if you are eligible for the free downloads. Even if you don’t recognize the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 27, 2013 at 9:31 am
May 252013
 
New Release Review: Forever by Jacquelyn Frank

New Release Review: Forever by Jacquelyn Frank Book 2 – The World of the Nightwalkers series Book provided by Edelweiss and Ballantine Books Release Date: May 28, 2013 Synopsis from Goodreads: After being brought back from death, police officer Jackson Waverly receives the shock of his life: he has become host to a Bodywalker, a spirit that is reborn in flesh and blood, and part of a proud, ancient race that uses its extraordinary gifts to battle dark, evil forces. Jackson’s spirit is a powerful one—none other than the Egyptian pharaoh Menes, who longs to reunite with his eternal love, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 25, 2013 at 7:00 am
May 242013
 
Author Interview and Giveaway: Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the Maggie Hope Mysteries

  We at Badass Book Reviews are very excited to welcome Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the fabulous Maggie Hope Mysteries!  There are currently three books in the Maggie Hope series with the newest, His Majesty’s Hope, having just released on May 14th.  Susan has stopped by today to talk about Maggie and her world and to give us a little glimpse into the newest novel.  Be sure to order your copy today!  Spoiler alert, we loved it!  See our review here.  Also, keep reading for your chance to win a copy of His Majesty’s Hope!   Maggie Hope and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 24, 2013 at 7:00 am
May 232013
 
Life's Too Short...Only Read What You Like

I used to be one of those people who HAD to finish every book I started. No matter how much I hated the main characters, how bored I was, how little sense the plot made, I pushed through until I finished each and every book. Then one day – while I was plodding through a horrible book – I realized that if I were to die, that piece of crap would have been my last book on Earth! Macabre I know, but it made me realize I had to be more selective with the books I read. After all, I’m [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 23, 2013 at 7:12 am
May 222013
 
Review: The Lady Julia Grey Bundle by Deanna Raybourn

I am a big Deanna Raybourn fan (see my review of A Spear of Summer Grass) and have really enjoyed her Julia Grey novels. They are historical mysteries with just a hint of paranormal and Amazon is currently packaging the first three books as a bundle for only $9.99. This is a steal for three terrific books so I thought I would share this deal with you, lovely readers, and give you my take on each of the books.   Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn Book #1 in the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries Genre: Historical Mystery Publication Date: [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 22, 2013 at 7:00 am
May 212013
 
Review: Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Review: Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay Book provided by NetGalley and Atria Books Release date: June 4, 2013 (first published September 2012) Synopsis from Goodreads: I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk. Full of rage and without a purpose, former [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 21, 2013 at 7:00 am
May 202013
 
Keep Reading,  It Only Gets Better.. or Not

  As a blogger, we have access to numerous novels not yet released. It’s like putting a kid in a candy store without a parent in sight and it is absolutely glorious. I’m so grateful for those advance reader copies because if I want to read a brand new story every day, I can do so. Even with an endless supply of advance reader copies, a continuing story in a established series draws me in even more. Why you ask? You already know the characters, the setting and the general storyline. The author can take an already developed storyline to [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 192013
 
Badass Bulletin: 19 May 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. We also give you guys a peak into some of our newest book acquisitions so you can see what reviews might be featured in the future!   Reviews: Last week we brought you reviews of: Tempest Reborn Gameboard of the Gods A Highland Werewolf Wedding Rising Darkness The Testing The Pirate’s Wish Tarnished The Forever of Ella and Micha Last week’s features included a guest post by Tarnished and Silver author [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm
May 182013
 
Early Review: The Forever of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

The Forever of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen Book #2 in The Secret series Genre: New Adult Romance Publication Date: 28 May 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Forever Synopsis from Goodreads: Ella and Micha have survived tragedy and heartbreak. When they’re together, anything seems possible. But now they are thousands of miles apart, and managing their long distance relationship will put their love to the test. Ella is back at school, trying hard not worry so much about her future. But with her father in and out of rehab, she’s having a hard time making it through the days. All she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 18, 2013 at 7:00 am
May 172013
 
Early Review: Tarnished by Rhiannon Held

Tarnished by Rhiannon Held Book #2 in the Silver series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 21 May 2013 Print Galley Provided by Tor Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Experience the romance and danger of running with the werewolves in this urban fantasy Andrew Dare has found his mate in Silver, but they haven’t found the pack they can call home. Some of his old friends think he should return and challenge Roanoke for leadership of all the werewolf packs on the East Coast. But Andrew has baggage—his violent history with the packs of Spain and the rumors of his lack of control. And [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm
May 172013
 
Author Guest Post and Giveaway - Rhiannon Held, author of Silver and Tarnished

BadassBookReviews is so pleased to have Rhiannon Held stopping by the blog today.  Rhiannon is the author of Silver, a werewolf urban fantasy that just so happens to be one of our most pleasant surprise finds from last year.  Silver tells the story of Andrew Dare, werewolf enforcer, and Silver, a beautiful werewolf that has lost her ability to shift.  Originally, I thought Silver was going to be a standalone novel so I was absolutely delighted to hear about the upcoming release of Tarnished.  In Tarnished, Rhiannon takes us back into Dare and Silver’s world and shows how they are both dealing with [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 17, 2013 at 7:00 am
May 162013
 
Early Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Early Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau Book 1 in The Testing Series Release date: June 4, 2013 Book provided by NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Synopsis from Goodreads:Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm
May 162013
 
Early Review: The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Early Review: The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke Book 2 in The Assassin’s Curse series Release Date: June 4, 2013 Book provided by NetGalley and Angry Robot Synopsis from Goodreads: After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 16, 2013 at 7:01 am