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Buddy Read: Lover Reborn by J.R Ward


Lover Reborn by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 617 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 2nd 2012 by Berkley Books (first published March 27th 2012)
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Read in Finnish and contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing”* Black Dagger Brotherhood series continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…into a world of dark dreams and darker desires.

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams–trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld–Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free?

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Book Review: Covet by Tracy Wolff


Covet by Tracy Wolff 
Series: Crave, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 680 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 2nd 2021 by Entangled: Teen
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Contains major spoilers

Synopsis:
I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire. Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all… Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

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Book Review: Crush by Tracy Wolff


Crush by Tracy Wolff 
Series: Crave, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: eBook, 704 pages
Source: Scribd
Published on September 29th 2020 by Entangled: Teen
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Synopsis:
Everything feels off―especially me. I’ve returned to Katmere Academy, but I’m haunted by fragments of days I have no recollection of living and struggling to understand who, or what, I really am.

Just when I start to feel safe again, Hudson is back with a vengeance. He insists there are secrets I don’t know about, threatening to drive a wedge between Jaxon and me forever. But far worse enemies are at our doorstep.

The Circle is caught in a power play and the Vampire Court is trying to drag me out of my world and into theirs. The only thing Hudson and Jaxon agree on is that leaving Katmere would mean my certain death.

And not only am I fighting for my life, but now everyone else’s is at stake―unless we can defeat an unspeakable evil. All I know is that saving the people I love is going to require sacrifice.

Maybe more than I’m able to give.

The Crave series is best enjoyed in order. .

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Book Review: King of Battle & Blood by Scarlett St. Clair


King of Battle & Blood by Scarlett St. Clair 
Series: Adrian X Isolde, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 30th 2021 by Bloom Books
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Synopsis:
Isolde de Lara considers her wedding day her death day. To end a years-long war, she is to marry vampire king, Adrian Aleksandr Vasiliev, and kill him. ⠀

But her assassination attempt is thwarted and Adrian threatens that if Isolde tries kill him again, he will raise her as the undead. Faced with the possibility of becoming the thing she hates most, Isolde seeks other ways to defy him and survive the brutal vampire court. ⠀

Except it isn’t the court she fears most—it’s Adrain. Despite their undeniable chemistry, she wonders why the king——fierce, savage, merciless—chose her as consort. ⠀

The answer will shatter her world.

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Book Review: Crave by Tracy Wolff


Crave by Tracy Wolff 
Series: Crave, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: eBook, 584 pages
Source: Scribd
Published on April 7th 2020 by Entangled: Teen
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Synopsis:
My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

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Buddy Read: Lover Unleashed by J.R Ward


Lover Unleashed by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 29th 2011 by NAL
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Read in Finnish and contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
Number-one New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward’s thrilling new novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself – only to face a devastating injury.

Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can – but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

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Book Review: A Deal with the Elf King By Elise Kova


A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova 
Series: Married To Magic, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 338 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 6th 2020 by Silver Wing Press
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Synopsis:
The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.

A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a “happily ever after” ending. It’s perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.

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Buddy Read: Lover Mine by J.R Ward


Lover Mine by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8
Warnings: mentions of rape
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Source: Library
Published on April 27th 2010 by NAL
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Read in Finnish and contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

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Buddy Read: Lover Avenged by J.R Ward


Lover Avenged by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 527 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 28th 2009 by NAL
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Read in Finnish and might contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood—even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him—and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

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Buddy Read: Lover Enshrined by J.R Ward


Lover Enshrined by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 534 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 3rd 2008
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Read in Finnish and might contain some spoilers

Synopsis:
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other—six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. And now, a dutiful twin must choose between two lives…

Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive, and that there are warriors to fight those who want all vampires extinguished.

As his first mate, the Chosen Cormia wants to win not only his body but his heart for herself. She is drawn to the noble responsibility behind the emotionally scarred male. But Phury has never allowed himself to know pleasure or joy. As the war with the Lessening Society grows grim, tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, and Phury must decide between duty and love…

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