Jan 282015
 
New Release Review: The Pact by Karina Halle

  The Pact by Karina Halle Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: December 28, 2014 Synopsis from Goodreads: It all started with a pinky swear… Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him. Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her. But some relationships [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 28, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 272015
 
January 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!   All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: January 6th 2015 ARC Provided by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 262015
 
Guest Post & Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Badass Book Reviews Welcomes: Kristi Charish kicks off her new Urban Fantasy series with Owl and the Japanese Circus, an action packed story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. With all of the twists and turns, our ‘Indiana Jane’ has her work cut out for her! Kristi joins Badass Book Reviews today to talk about female leads and the standards they are held to versus their male counterparts. Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish Book #1 in The Adventures of Owl Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: January 13th, 2015 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 26, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 232015
 
Should You Read This Series? Feral Warriors by Pamela Palmer

There are so many published series out there and I know you wonder…which ones are worth the read? In this feature, we tell you which series you should start and which ones you shouldn’t. As a ground rule, series in this feature must have at least 3 books published and the reviewer must have read more than half the series. If you want us to feature a series in the future, please ask in the comments. SERIES: Feral Warriors by Pamela Palmer GENRE: Paranormal Romance BOOKS PUBLISHED TO DATE: 8 + 1 novella SERIES STATUS: Finished but there will be [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 23, 2015 at 6:51 am
Jan 222015
 
Reviews: Viscount of Vice & Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen

HISTORICAL ROMANCE REVIEWS Viscount of Vice by Shana Galen Book #0.5 in Covent Garden Cubs Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: January 6th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca Synopsis from Goodreads: Whispers and secrets are no match for love… Henry Flynn, the new Lord Chesham, still blames himself for the disappearance of his younger brother when they were children. That incident destroyed his family, and now he’s on a path of self-destruction that no one can interrupt… Lady Emma Talbot can’t stand watching the man she secretly loves destroy himself little by little. She’s determined to show him that [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 22, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 212015
 
Review: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren Book #1 in Wild Seasons Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Gallery Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him. But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play. When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 21, 2015 at 8:10 am
Jan 192015
 
New Release Review: Transmuted by Karina Cooper

Transmuted by Karina Cooper Book #6 in The St. Croix Chronicles Genres: Steampunk Publication Date: January 26th 2015 ARC Provided by Carina Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: In this final installment of Cherry St. Croix’s adventures, only one thing could compel the disgraced countess to return to Society—the threat of immortality. All is not peaceful in the wake of the Midnight Menagerie’s ruin. Although the Karakash Veil has been forced to flee its stronghold, the mysterious head of the criminal organization is not content to fade away. Above the foggy drift, a priceless diamond vanishes. In the dangerous Underground, a murderous rampage demands [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 19, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 182015
 
New Release Review: The Deep by Nick Cutter

New Release Review: The Deep by Nick Cutter Release date: January 13, 2015 Genre: Horror, Science Fiction Book provided by NetGalley and Gallery Books Synopsis from Goodreads: From the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down.…old-school horror at its best”—comes this utterly terrifying novel where The Abyss meets The Shining. A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys…then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 18, 2015 at 12:17 pm
Jan 162015
 
New Release Review: White Knight by Kelly Meade

White Knight by Kelly Meade Book #3 in Cornerstone Run Genres: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: January 20th 2015 ARC Provided by InterMix and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Kelly Meade, author of Grey Bishop and Black Rook, continues her Cornerstone Run saga… Checkmate… Despite a month of peace from hybrid attacks, the constant threat of violence has the loup garou on edge. Knight McQueen’s home feels like a military compound and his people have become battle-weary soldiers. And Knight’s tenuous grip on his own self-control has been further damaged by the disappearance of the only woman whose touch brings him peace. Held prisoner [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 16, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 152015
 
To Serial or Not to Serial: Don't Deny Me by Megan Hart

The Serialized Book – Is it Worth It? In June of last year, we brought you a new Badass feature: ‘To Serial or Not to Serial…’ We continue this feature today with Megan Hart’s Don’t Deny Me. For those of you who aren’t familiar with serials, it’s simply a book that’s broken up into multiple parts and released one at a time. This is typically done in quick succession so the reader isn’t left hanging for too long. But don’t despair if you prefer to read an entire book in one sitting; all of the serials I’ve read were later released [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 142015
 
New Release Review: Unforgettable by Shannon Richard

Unforgettable by Shannon Richard Book #4 in Country Roads Genres: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: January 13th 2015 ARC Provided by Forever Yours and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: One long, hot summer would never be enough… Attorney Hannah Sterling lives a life she’s worked hard for. So when she unexpectedly inherits an inn, Hannah decides to take that long overdue holiday and settle her eccentric grandmother’s estate. She knew there would be challenges, but what’s hardest about returning to Mirabelle, Florida, is facing the man who gave her the most passionate summer of her life-and then broke her heart. Nathanial Shepard never [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 14, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 132015
 
Early Reviews: When Good Earls Go Bad by Megan Frampton and Revealing Ruby by Lavinia Kent

HISTORICAL ROMANCE REVIEWS When Good Earls Go Bad: A Victorian Valentine’s Day Novella by Megan Frampton Book #1.5 in Dukes Behaving Badly Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015 ARC provided by Edelweiss and Avon Synopsis from Goodreads: What’s a lovely young woman doing asleep in his bed? Matthew, Earl of Selkirk, is shocked to discover it’s his new housekeeper! She’s a far cry from the gray-haired woman he expected. Matthew is no fan of surprises, and Annabelle Tyne is pure temptation. Perhaps he shouldn’t have had her hired sight unseen. Annabelle, co-owner of the Quality Employment Agency, is no [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 13, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 122015
 
Review: The Boy with the Painful Tattoo by Josh Lanyon

The Boy with the Painful Tattoo by Josh Lanyon  Book #3 in Holmes & Moriarity Series Genre: M/M Contemporary Mystery Publication Date: October 03, 2014 Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: It’s moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit’s better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn’t Within the mounds of Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body. There goes the neighborhood. Wendy’s Review: 5 Skulls – A+ (Now, THAT cover is much better. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 12, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 092015
 
Early Review: Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham Book #2 in Veronica Mars series Genre: Mystery Publication Date: January 20, 2015 Publisher: Vintage   Synopsis from Goodreads: In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations. The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 9, 2015 at 11:47 am
Jan 082015
 
Early Review: Polaris by Mindee Arnett

Polaris by Mindee Arnett Book #2 in Avalon Genres: Young Adult Science Fiction Publication Date: January 20th 2015 ARC Provided by Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: Jeth Seagrave and his crew of mercenaries are pulled into one last high-stakes mission in this breathtaking sequel to Mindee Arnett’s fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller Avalon. Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. The ITA, still holding Jeth’s mother in a remote research lab, is now intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth’s sister Cora carries inside her DNA, and Jeth is desperate to find the resources he needs [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 8, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 072015
 
A Different Kind of Reading Challenge: Quality over Quantity

As a new year starts, reading challenges pop up like resolutions. Blogs, Goodreads groups and even Goodreads itself start touting reading challenges for the year: read X books, read X series, read your TBR, etc. I confess I’ve been participating in those challenges ever since I joined GR in 2007, but this year, I’m taking a different approach to challenges: quality instead of quantity. This was the result of the horrible reading slump of 2014, where I barely read a couple of books in 3 months. I realized that over the last few years reading had become a chore, something [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 7, 2015 at 6:47 am
Jan 062015
 
Review: Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards

Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards Book #1 in Black Dog Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: October 31st, 2014 Synopsis from Goodreads: Half-bloods with Thierry’s skill set are given two options. They can join the conclave’s marshal program, or they can pack their bags. Turn down the job offer, and you’ve just shredded your residency pass for the mortal realm and booked yourself a one-way ticket to Faerie. Texas is the only home Thierry has ever known, and she’s not going anywhere. Even if it means following in her notorious father’s footsteps as a peacekeeper. But pinning on the badge opens [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 6, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 052015
 
Read with Caution - Early Group Review: The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson

The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson Book #1 in The Witches of Echo Park Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: January 6, 2015 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated—and we will all pay if their power falls… When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 5, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 022015
 
Early Review: The Earl I Adore by Erin Knightley

The Earl I Adore by Erin Knightley Book #2 in Prelude to a Kiss Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: January 6th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Signet Eclipse Synopsis from Goodreads: Sophie Wembley is about to discover two hard truths: When planning a rushed betrothal, one must not be picky; and when the perfect earl happens by, one must not be shy… After receiving word that her sister has eloped, even ever-optimistic Sophie has trouble staying positive. She needs to secure her future before the scandal destroys her prospects, although she doesn’t relish the idea of a hasty marriage. But [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 2, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 012015
 
Spotlight on January's New Releases

Welcome to 2015 and the newest edition of our monthly feature that looks at the books releasing this month and offers up our top picks. We have chosen 30 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.  Now, on to the books! A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me by Jason Schmidt – Expected publication: January 6th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm