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Buddy Read: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #1
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 404 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

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Book Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #3
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 586 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 2, 2012
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Athenan Merkki”. 

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket, Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving command: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader—but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare. . . .

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Book Review: Here Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright


Here Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright 
Series: Deep In Your Veins, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 264 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on February 8th 2013 by CreateSpace (first published January 13th 2012)
Suzanne Wright: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Might contains spoilers

Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire’s private army. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Sventé vampire; a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like. Most refuse to take her seriously, especially a Pagori commander named Jared who she craves in spite of herself.

The Grand High Master, however, sees her potential and offers her the position of Jared’s co-commander to help train the newest squad in time for the impending attack on his home. Sam has to demonstrate to Jared and the squad of chauvinists why it is incredibly foolish to underestimate a wilful, temperamental, borderline-homicidal Sventé female.

Warning: This novel contains an iron-willed female vampire with an energy whip, a sexist male vampire who is determined to have her, explicit vampy sex, and a romance story with real bite.

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Buddy Read: Ceaseless by Abbi Glines


Ceaseless by Abbi Glines 
Series: Existence, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal 
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 195 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 18th 2012 (first published September 17th 2012)
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Can he make her fall in love with him… again?

When Pagan Moore proved worthy of Death’s devotion, he was given the gift of getting to keep her.

But Dank was never promised that Pagan would keep him.

When a soul is created, so is its mate. In every lifetime those souls find each other. They complete the other’s destiny. It’s time for Pagan’s soul to choose if she truly wants an eternity at Death’s side or if she wants the mate created just for her.

Dank didn’t think he had to worry about her choice. He knew where her heart belonged. Until he realized that every kiss, every touch, every moment of their time together would be washed from her memories. He would have to win her heart all over again and prove to her soul that he was where she belonged.

If only her soul’s mate wasn’t right there standing in his way.

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Buddy Read: Predestined by Abbi Glines


Predestined by Abbi Glines 
Series: Existence, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal 
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 212 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 10th 2014 by Abbi Glines (first published March 26th 2012)
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Contains spoilers for Existence


You would think after helping save her boyfriend from an eternity in Hell that things would go back to normal. Well, as normal as life can be when you can see souls and your boyfriend is Death. But for Pagan Moore, things are just getting weirder.

The high school quarterback and reigning heartthrob, Leif Montgomery, is missing. While the town is in a frenzy of worry, Pagan is a nervous wreck for other reasons. Apparently good ‘ol Leif isn’t your average teenage boy. He isn’t even human. According to Death, Leif doesn’t have a soul. The quarterback may have skipped town but he’s still showing up in Pagan’s dreams… uninvited.

Dank has known from the beginning Leif wasn’t human. But he hadn’t worried about a simple soulless creature. Now, he realizes he made a grave mistake. Pagan’s soul has been marked since birth as a restitution, to a spirit so dark not even Death walks near it. Dank knows saving Pagan’s soul won’t be easy but Pagan is his. And he’s already proven he’ll defy Heaven to keep her. If Hell wants a piece of him too, then bring it on.

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Book Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins


Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins 
Series: Sweet, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal 
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 447 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen
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Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

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Buddy Read: The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan
Series: Creepy Hollow, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: ebook, 324 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 17th 2012 by Rachel Morgan
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Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.

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Buddy Read: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 418 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 12th 2012 by Penguin Group
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives. Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist. But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her. When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

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Book Review: Black Dawn by Rachel Caine


Black Dawn by Rachel Caine 
Series: The Morganville Vampires, #12
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 507 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 1st 2012 by Allison & Bubsy
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The Morganville vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever.

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Book Review: City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare


City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #4
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 424 pages
Source: Birthday gift from my sisters
Published on September 2012 by Otava
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Langeneiden Enkelten Kaupunki”.

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

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