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Buddy Read: No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole


No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 356 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 31st 2006 by Pocket Star
Kresley Cole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
In this next installment in the Immortals After Dark Series, USA Today Bestselling author Kresley Cole delivers a scorching tale about a forbidding vampire who lives in the shadows and the beautiful assassin who hunts him there.

A vampire soldier weary of life…

Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire—a nightmare in his mind—against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.

A valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him…

When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow—accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings—particularly lust—emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill.

Competitors in a legendary hunt…

The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity—as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world—to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?

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Buddy Read: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole


A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 360 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 1st 2006 by Pocket Star (first published March 28th 2006)
Kresley Cole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
In New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sizzling series, a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire become unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. Emmaline Troy is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

Sheltered Emmaline finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?.

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Book Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #2
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 513 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 4th 2011 by Disney ● Hyperion Books
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Merenjumalan poika”. This review might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
PERCY IS CONFUSED. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

HAZEL IS SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem—when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wishes she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

FRANK IS A KLUTZ. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery—although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

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Book Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan


The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 553 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 12th 2010 by Disney ● Hyperion Books
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Eksynyt Sankari”. This review might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
JASON HAS A PROBLEM. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and his best friend is a guy named Leo. They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything—except that everything seems very wrong.

PIPER HAS A SECRET. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out, whether she wants to or not.

LEO HAS A WAY WITH TOOLS. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

Join new and old friends from Camp Half-Blood in this thrilling first book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Best-selling author Rick Riordan has pumped up the action, humor, suspense, and mystery in an epic adventure that will leave readers panting for the next installment.

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Book Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth + The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan


The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 361 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 6th 2008 by Hyperion Books for Children
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Labyrinttitaistelu”. This review might contain spoilers.

Synopsis:
Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

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Book Review: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan


The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 5th 2007 by Miramax Books (first published January 1st 2007)
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Titaanien Kirous”.

Synopsis:
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared — a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

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Book Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan


The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 279 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 1st 2006 by Hyperion Books
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Hirviöiden Meri”.

Synopsis:
The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment.

In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

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Book Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 387 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 1st 2005 by Disney-Hyperion
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Salamavaras”.

Synopsis:
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

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Book Review: The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter

 


The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter 
Series: Lords of the Underworld, #4
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 406 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 1st 2009 by HQN Books (first published 2009)
Gena Showalter: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter returns with her long-awaited next installment of the Lords of the Underworld series…
He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.
Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern … until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.
Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…

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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
Wendy Higgins: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
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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