Mar 062015
 
Badass Best of Non-Alpha Heroines

Badass Best of Non-Alpha Heroines Keeping with this weeks special topic, in honor of the March release of Patricia Briggs’ newest Alpha & Omega novel, Dead Heat, the Badass Ladies have put together a list of some of our favorite heroines. The catch is that we have chosen to focus on heroines that wouldn’t be classified as warriors.  Check out our favorites and let us know if who you think should be on this list! Anna, the Omega wolf from Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs Originally we intended to call this post ‘Beta Heroines’, but we had to rethink that because our intention, as said above, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 6, 2015 at 10:45 am
Mar 052015
 
Group Review: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

    Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs Genres: Urban Fantasy Anthology Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Ace Books and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger… A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends… Includes the new stories: Silver, Roses in Winter, Redemption, and Hollow.   Our Review – 4 Skulls – B+ The ladies of Badass gather to give [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 5, 2015 at 9:18 am
Mar 042015
 
Badass Best of Werewolves

Badass Best of Werewolves In honor of the March release of Patricia Briggs’ newest Alpha & Omega novel Dead Heat, featuring our favorite werewolf couple extraordinaire Anna and Charles (not to mention Bran, Asil, Sage, and the rest of the Marrok Pack), the Badass Ladies have put together a list of some of our other favorite werewolf series. See if your favorites made the list, and if not, let us know what we are missing in the comments!   The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs Of course Adam Hauptman and the Columbia Basin Pack make our list! Mercy might be the star of the series [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 4, 2015 at 8:27 am
Mar 032015
 
Release Day Group Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

  Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs Book #4 in Alpha & Omega Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: March 3rd 2015 ARC Provided by Ace Books Synopsis from Goodreads: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way… Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 7:22 am
Mar 022015
 
Review: Briggs Does Fantasy - Masques and Wolfsbane

Review Masques (Aralorn #1, Sianim #1) by Patricia Briggs Wolfsbane (Aralorn #2, Sianim #4) by Patricia Briggs                Genre: Fantasy Publication Dates: 1993 (Ace), 2010 (Ace), 2011 (Ace and Science Fiction Book Club), 2012 (Ace and Orbit) Goodreads blurb: Before Patricia Briggs penned her bestselling Mercy Thompson series, she cut her authorial teeth on a medieval fantasy called Masques. In it we meet Aralorn, a shapeshifter who fled her noble existence for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. A jewel in the rough, Masques promised a sequel that never saw the light of day…until now. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 7:00 am

Spotlight on March’s New Releases

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Feb 272015
 
Spotlight on March's New Releases

Welcome to our monthly feature where we take a look at the books releasing in March and offer up our top picks. We have chosen 36 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!     Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire (#4 in InCryptid) – Expected publication: March 3rd 2015 by DAW Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz – Expected publication: March 3rd 2015 by Simon [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
Feb 262015
 
Early Release Group Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop Series: The Others #3 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: March 3, 2015 ARC Provided by Penguin Publishing Group The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 26, 2015 at 7:13 am

New Release Group Review: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

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Feb 252015
 
New Release Group Review: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan

  Soulbound by Kristen Callihan Book #6 in Darkest London Genres: Historical, Paranormal Romance, Steam Punk Publication Date: February 24th 2015 ARC Provided by Forever and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Once two souls are joined… When Adam’s soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone… Their hearts will beat together forever… No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn’t [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 25, 2015 at 7:00 am
Feb 242015
 
Release Day Review: Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy

Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy Book #2 in Night Owls Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: February 24th 2015 ARC Provided by Ace and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Night Owls bookstore always keeps a light on and evil creatures out. But, as Lauren M. Roy’s thrilling sequel continues, even its supernatural staff isn’t prepared for the dead to come back to life… Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she’s still getting used to working alongside them. While she’s learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 24, 2015 at 3:47 pm

ARC Review: What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara

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Feb 202015
 
ARC Review: What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara

What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamra Book #2 in The Eton Boys Trilogy Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: November 4th, 2014 ARC provided by Netgalley and Loveswept Synopsis from Goodreads: Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 20, 2015 at 7:00 am
Feb 192015
 
February Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly

Because of the amount of books I read most months, I don’t get to review everything for the blog. The Mini Review Catch Up is my place to give you a little information about some of my other reads and whether or not I would recommend them without going into tons of detail. This time I have a few very different reads to spotlight and I’ll let you know whether they were good, (not so) bad, or just plain ugly!     Undressed by Shannon Richard Book #4.5 in Country Roads Genre: Romance Publication Date: February 3rd 2015 ARC Provided by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

Reconnecting with old Friends, Bibliophile style!

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Feb 182015
 
Reconnecting with old Friends, Bibliophile style!

    I’m sure that this is a post that most of you have experienced.  It’s a post about those long ended series that you loved so much.  The ones that you think about frequently and find yourself missing.  The books that you still, even 2 or so years later, tell yourself that you just wish there was something more.  They meant so much to you, and when you came to the end you just were not ready to say goodbye to either the characters, or to the world. I was lucky that when that surge of nostalgia came upon me I [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 18, 2015 at 8:44 am
Feb 172015
 
New Release Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: February 10th 2015 ARC Provided by HarperTeen and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: There’s death all around us. We just don’t pay attention. Until we do. The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment. Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be. As Lex starts to put her life back together, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Early Review: Vanilla by Megan Hart

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Feb 162015
 
Early Review: Vanilla by Megan Hart

Vanilla by Megan Hart Genre: Erotic Romance Publication Date: February 24th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Mira Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s an acquired taste…he just has to acquire it Elise knows what she wants in the bedroom, and she makes sure she gets it. Her thirst for domination has long been quenched by a stable of men only too happy to bow down before her. But sexual satisfaction isn’t the same as love, and she’s been burned in the past by giving her heart too freely. Niall is handsome, smart, successful and sweet—sweet as vanilla. When they meet, their romantic [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 16, 2015 at 7:00 am
Feb 132015
 
Group New Release Review: Burned by Karen Moning

  It’s no secret that the girls of Badass Book Reviews love Karen Moning’s Fever series. We fell in love with Barrons and Mac right from the start, even when Mac was pretty in pink. When the opportunity to read Burned presented itself, we eagerly jumped at the chance to read the book…with some reservations. We had some serious problems with book 6 in the series – Iced. In fact, we may have wanted to stop reading the series at Shadowfever. Here’s a sampling of what we thought of Iced: KMM had lost her sense of the characters.  In particular [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 13, 2015 at 7:00 am

New Release Review: Radiance by Grace Draven

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Feb 122015
 
New Release Review: Radiance by Grace Draven

Radiance by Grace Draven Series: Wraith Kings #1 Genre: Fantasy Romance Release Date: January 13, 2015 ~THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE~ Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined. ~THE NOBLEWOMAN OF [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 12, 2015 at 6:39 am

New Release Review: Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells

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Feb 112015
 
New Release Review: Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells

Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells Book #3 in Prospero’s War Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: February 10th 2015 ARC Provided by Orbit and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: After the grisly murder of a dirty magic coven leader, Kate Prospero and The Magical Enforcement Agency team up with the local police to find the killer. But as the infighting between covens turns ugly, an all-out war brews in the slums of Babylon. When a tenacious reporter sticks her nose in both the investigation and Prospero’s past in the covens, old ghosts resurface. The team will have to use all the weapons in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

Early Review: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

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Feb 102015
 
Early Review: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Genre: New Adult Romance Publication Date: February 24th, 2015 ARC provided by Edelweiss, Netgalley, and Ballantine Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 10, 2015 at 7:00 am

Blog Tour: Guest Post from Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of ECHO 8

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Feb 092015
 
Blog Tour: Guest Post from Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of ECHO 8

We’re very excited to be hosting Sharon Lynn Fisher on the blog again today!  You might remember her from our previous Featured Author Friday post. Her science fiction novels are some of our favorites and we equally loved her newest book, Echo 8.  Be sure to watch for our upcoming review in a Science Fiction Saturday feature.  One of the best things about Sharon’s books is that she is able to blend her science fiction and romance elements seamlessly to create a perfect balance.  This time, Sharon’s tackling parapsychology.  Check out our guest post from Sharon below where she discusses just what parapsychology is and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 9, 2015 at 11:05 am

Literary News and Happenings: February 5th, 2015

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Feb 052015
 
Literary News and Happenings: February 5th, 2015

  Harper Lee, renowned author of the American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, has announced she will be releasing a new novel, Go Set a Watchman.  Watchman was actually the first book Lee wrote, but Mockingbird was deemed to be a better commercial bet.  Sources say Watchman is set about 20 years after the events of Mockingbird and will feature many of the same characters with Scout returning home from New York to visit her father Atticus in Alabama.  There is some controversy with the publication though.  Many see the timing as strange, with the announcement coming only a few [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 5, 2015 at 10:03 am