Sep 302014
New Release Review: What If by Rebecca Donovan

What If by Rebecca Donovan Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance Publication Date: September 16th 2014 ARC Provided by Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time? Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago. Except this girl isn’t Nicole. She looks exactly like Cal’s shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm
Sep 292014
Review: Carrier by Anne Tibbets

Carrier by Anne Tibbets Book #1 in The Line Genre: New Adult Dystopian Publication Date: June 16th 2014 Synopsis from Goodreads: Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 29, 2014 at 7:00 am
Sep 272014
Early Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer Genre: YA Paranormal Publication Date: September 30, 2014 Publisher: Kensington Teen (ARC provided by Netgalley)   Synopsis from Goodreads: One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time. Michael Merrick is used to pressure. He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way. His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 27, 2014 at 8:20 am
Sep 262014
Group Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

New Release Group Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper Release date: September 23, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction Book provided by NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Synopsis from Goodreads: A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder–and the one boy who can help change her future. Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Sep 252014
Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 7

September 20, 2014 9PM Wedding of one James Fraser to one Claire Beauchamp The world of Outlander has been bracing for this moment, this exact moment, since Ron Moore and Diana Gabaldon announced that Outlander was optioned for the screen.  I’m pretty sure I remember our first words were, ‘OMG, The WEDDING!’.  I know that when I lend out one of my copies of Outlander one of the first thing I ever say to people is ‘you have to make it to the wedding’.  It’s epic.  From the beginning through the wedding night…. epic. So, needless to say, I was [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 8:21 am
Sep 242014
From Page to Screen: The Maze Runner

It’s true that, in the end of this series, I was very unhappy.  My review of Maze Runner on Goodreads has gotten the most attention, more than any of my other reviews.  I think it’s because there are so many others who felt as let down as I did.  I can’t post it here for you because it was nothing but a giant angry rant and at least half of it is spoiler.  Suffice to say when I heard that this movie was being made I was as cynical as you can possibly get. I tried to stay obstinate about [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 24, 2014 at 8:00 am
Sep 232014
A Badass welcome to our newest reviewer, Angie!

  Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Badass team, Angie! Hi, I’m Angie (inadvertently named after the Rolling Stones song)!  Since I spend my working life in accounting, I prefer to occupy my off time with letters!  I’ll read just about anything you put in front of me, though my favorite stories usually include a healthy dose of angst and some action. My favorite things are coffee, cosmetics, my Kindle, my cat, and Matthew Gray Gubler.  I also love road trips, especially if seeing one of my favorite bands is where I’m going to end up!  [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 23, 2014 at 7:00 am
Sep 222014
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Romance - I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Romance for September and one of our beloved authors, Ann Aguirre, just happened to be trying her hand at New Adult Romance.  It was kismet! I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre Book #1 in 2B Trilogy Genres: New Adult Romance Publication Date: August 26th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin HQN Synopsis from Goodreads: Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true—for her parents’ sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 7:00 am
Sep 192014
Should You Read This Series? Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga

If you are a fan of Dexter, Criminal Minds, CSI and other forensic shows, this series is something to take a look at. The Jasper Dent series has three books: I Hunt Killers, Game, and Blood of My Blood. Some warnings: 1. This is a pretty gruesome reading. If you are the least bit squeamish, this is not the series for you. If you can handle an episode of CSI, then you’ll probably enjoy this series. 2. Make sure that you have all the books on hand and readily available because Game ends on quite the cliffhanger. Book One – [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 19, 2014 at 7:34 am
Sep 182014
Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 6

Outlander: Episode 6 First off, Jesus H Roosevelt Christ!  That episode was fan-fricking-tastic in all it’s horrific brutality!  I don’t even know exactly where to start, it was so great. I think first off we should talk about the terrifying magnificence of Tobias Menzies.  It’s being said that he gave the performance of his career in episode six, and I could not agree more.  I couldn’t look away!  He was so scary; so sociopathic.  The way he delivered his lines was chilling.  Kudos to Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe because their excellent acting made it easier to believe the pure [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 18, 2014 at 8:41 am
Sep 172014
Series Farewell: The Hollows by Kim Harrison

  If you look around Badass Book Reviews, you will see that we all have a love of Urban Fantasy and strong female characters.  AH and I especially love long-running UF series and one of our favorites just recently came to an end.  Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series was our introduction to urban fantasy and it spawned a decade-long obsession…  not to mention an incredibly bloated to-read list.  There’s so much to love about this series, from the detailed world-building to the flawed yet relatable characters and the secrets and politics. If you aren’t familiar with the series, it takes place in an alternate version of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 17, 2014 at 11:17 am
Sep 162014
New Release Review: Gun Shy by Eleri Stone

Gun Shy by Eleri Stone Book #2 in Reaper Genres: Western Paranormal Romance Publication Date: September 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Carina Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Before the cure, Lieutenant Lyle Dalton’s job was simple: kill the Reapers. Now, under orders to inject all captured flesh eaters with the serum that restores their humanity, his Rangers at Fort Dougan face entirely new dangers. Someone wanted the Reaper cure badly enough to spill blood for it, and Lyle needs to steal it back if he hopes to hold the border. Jane Fisher escaped Scraper crime boss Gideon Moore with only the clothes on [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 16, 2014 at 9:59 am
Sep 122014
New Release Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest Book #1 in The Borden Dispatches Genres: Historical Horror Fantasy Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Roc Trade and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one…. The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Sep 112014
Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 5

Outlander: Episode 5 Episode 5 was a slower episode.  It was a lot of travel and taking the rents, and packing the bag full of funds for Bonnie Prince Charles.  Claire struggled with the attitudes of the men.  But there were a few new or special things that I’d like to point out in this episode. First!  Ned Gowan joins the cast.  Good ole Ned.  I pictured him a little different in my head, but he did a great job and portrayed the character pretty much exactly like I imagined.  I found it interesting that the conversation about why Dougal [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 11, 2014 at 8:44 am
Sep 102014
Review: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: June 10, 2008 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion     Synopsis from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it’s not his attitude that’s the problem: it’s the trail of magical accidents – lately, disasters – that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained, and his powers are escalating out of control. After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys’ school on the coast of Maine. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 10, 2014 at 8:33 am
Sep 092014
Release Day Review: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia Genres: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 9th 2014 ARC Provided by Spencer Hill Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting. Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm
Sep 082014
New Release Review: The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan

New Release Review: The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan Book 1 of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire Release date: August 26, 2014 Genre: Steampunk, Alternate History Book provided by NetGalley and Angry Robot Synopsis from Goodreads: Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life—as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 8, 2014 at 7:00 am
Sep 052014
New Release Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Genre: YA Contemporary Romance Publication Date: August 14, 2014 Publisher: Dutton (Hardcover Purchased through     Synopsis from Goodreads: Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Set against the stunning backdrops of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 5, 2014 at 8:00 am
Sep 042014
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 4

Outlander: Episode 4 While Episode 4 covered the course of the Gathering and the subsequent Scotch games and boar hunt, I think of this episode more as the Episode of Dougal.  Thus far we’ve gotten small glimpses into Graham McTavish’s version of Dougal MacKenzie.  He, at least I think, seems colder than he did in the books.  He never trusted Claire, but he was also mostly kind to her.  What he hasn’t lost, though, is that protective sense of Clan.  His idea’s may be different than his brothers, but their end goals are the same.  In this episode we see [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 4, 2014 at 8:19 am
Sep 032014
New Release Group Review: The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey

The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey Book #6 in Sandman Slim Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: August 26th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Voyager Synopsis from Goodreads: Sandman Slim must save himself-and the entire world-from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods in this sixth high-octane adventure in the New York Times bestselling series Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude-not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer-James Stark aka Sandman Slim has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya-the old gods. But their imminent invasion is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm