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Buddy Read: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

 


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Throne of Glass, #2
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 418 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Contains major spoilers

Synopsis:
Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

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Book Review: Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones


Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones 
Series: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Suspense
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 7th 2015 by Gallery Books (first published November 11th 2013)
Lisa Renee Jones: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Read in Finnish

Synopsis:
Secrets and lies. They are everywhere: haunting her, tormenting her. In the midst of it all, he’d been her escape, her passion. The only person she’d trusted in six years. And then he’d made her doubt that trust, cutting her deeply. But as she’d once told him, she was damaged, not broken. She is ready to fight and not just for survival. She is fighting for the truth and she won’t stop until she has it, not even for…him.

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Book Review: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones


Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones 
Series: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Suspense
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 5th 2015 by Gallery Books (first published July 21st 2013)
Lisa Renee Jones: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Read in Finnish

Synopsis:
Infinite possibilities….
Infinite passion…..
Infinite danger….

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

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Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan


The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #5
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 516 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 7, 2014
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Olympoksen Veri”. Contains spoilers for earlier books in the series.

Synopsis:
Nico had warned them. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods’ worst memories. Their ghosts would become restless. Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time. But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.

Jason’s ghost is his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did. He will complete his line of the prophecy: To storm or fire the world must fall.

Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors, who radiate anger. But she can’t allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and Greeks. Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail?

Leo fears that his plan won’t work, that his friends might interfere. But there is no other way. All of them know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother.

Piper must learn to give herself over to fear. Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.

Heroes, gods, and monsters all have a role to play in the climactic fulfillment of the prophecy in The Blood of Olympus, the electrifying finale of the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

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Book Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan


The House of Hades by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #4
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 597 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 8, 2013
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Haadeksen Talo”. Contains spoilers for earlier books in the series.

Synopsis:
Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.

Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.

Join the demigods as they face their biggest challenges yet in The House of Hades, the hair-raising penultimate book in the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

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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

Synopsis:
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: The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan


The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan
Series: Creepy Hollow, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: ebook, 360 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on 2013
Rachel Morgan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.

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Buddy Read: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

 


The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines, #4
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 420 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 19th 2013 by Penguin (first published August 2013)
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

 

 

WHEN PULSES QUICKEN NO SECRET IS SAFE.

 

 

Sydney always believed that alchemists were born to protect vampire secrets and human lives – until she met Marcus and turned her back on everything she once knew.

But she’s not free yet. When her sister Zoe arrives, Sydney can only tell her half-truths about her past. And with every word she risks exposure – and the fatal consequences.

Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney must choose her path once and for all. Even if that means harnessing her magical powers to destroy the way of life she was raised to defend…

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Buddy Read: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead


The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines, #3
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 401 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on February 12th 2013 by Razorbill
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

An ancient magic. A heart-wrenching decision… Sydney Sage is an Alchemist. She protects vampire secrets – and human lives. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she is struggling to decide between following her Alchemist teachings – or her heart. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch, a former Alchemist who is now on the run. As Marcus pushes her to rebel, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as Sydney searches for the person attacking powerful young witches, she realizes that she must embrace her magical blood – or else she will be next..
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Buddy Read: Frostbite by Richelle Mead


Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 332 pages
Source: Library
Published on November 28th 2013 by RAZORBILL (first published April 1st 2008)
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price..
 

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