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Book Review: The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

 


The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu 
Series: The Eldest Curses, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult |New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on April 9th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Wesley Chu: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation.

A lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who, against all odds, is finally his boyfriend. It doesn’t seem like too much for the centuries-old High Warlock to ask for. But no sooner have they settled in Paris than an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

The first book in the Eldest Curses series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare and award-winning science fiction author Wesley Chu, The Red Scrolls of Magic is a fast-paced adventure bursting with magic, humor, and (if demons stop getting in the way) romance that offers a fresh look at the world of the Shadowhunters.

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Buddy Read: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

 


Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Dark Artifices, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Narrator: James Masters
Format: Audiobook
Source: BookBeat
Published on December 4th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

 


Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Dark Artifices, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 699 pages
Published on May 23rd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

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Book Review: Addicted After All by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Addicted After All by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted, #3
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 532 pages
Published on November 19th 2014 by K.B. Ritchie (first published October 30th 2014)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Contains spoilers for earlier books

Synopsis:
Two addicts. One epic love story.

Prepare for the worst.

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore.

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst.

Her sex drive is out of control.

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve.

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after.

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Book Review: Thrive by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Thrive by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted, #2.5
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Published on August 11th 2014 by Krista & Becca Ritchie (first published July 17th 2014)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Two years will change them forever.
When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?
Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.
And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.

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Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

 


Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Dark Artifices, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 698 pages
Published on March 8th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Keskiyön Valtiatar”.

Synopsis:
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

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Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

 


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 522 pages
Published on October 6th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Rainbow Rowell: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

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Book Review: Addicted For Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 


Addicted For Now by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted, #2
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Published on 2014 (first published November 29th 2013)
Krista Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Becca Ritchie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
He’s addicted to booze. She’s addicted to sex…staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex.

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.

No. More. Us.

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Double Buddy Read: Silence + Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

 


Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick 
Series: Hush Hush, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 334 pages
Published on October 4th 2011 by WSOY
Becca Fitzpatrick: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Hiljaisuus”. Contains some spoilers.

Synopsis:
WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

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Book Review: A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian

 


A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian 
Series: Midnight Breed, #0.5
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 182 pages
Published on July 15th 2013 by Lara Adrian, LLC
Lara Adrian: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Savannah Dupree is halfway across the country from her Louisiana bayou hometown, a freshman studying at Boston University on a full scholarship. But academic excellence is only one of Savannah’s gifts. She possesses something even more remarkable than her quick mind and insatiable curiosity for learning. With a simple touch, Savannah can see an object’s past—a skill that puts her life in danger, when her studies bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the secret hidden within the blade’s history: the vicious murders of twin boys by a group of fanged creatures borne of the worst kind of nightmare.

In all his three hundred years of living as one of the Breed, vampire warrior Gideon never dreamed he’d see the blade again that spilled his young brothers’ lives ages ago on that blood-soaked night in London. Ever since the boys’ deaths, Gideon’s been on a personal quest to rid the world of Rogue vampires, but now he can’t help wondering if the brutal slayings of his only kin was something more sinister—an act perpetrated by an unknown enemy. An enemy who is apparently living in hiding somewhere in Boston. There’s one certain way to prove Gideon’s suspicion, but it will mean using innocent, gifted Savannah to help uncover the full truth—a truth that will shatter everything she knows about herself and the world around her. And with danger closing in from all sides, the passion that ignites between Gideon and Savannah will tempt them to risk their hearts and lives for a love that might just last an eternity…

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