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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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Double Book Review: Dead as a Doornail + Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

 


Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris 
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on May 1st 2005 by Ace Books
Charlaine Harris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Verta Sakeampaa”.

Synopsis:
When Sookie’s brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population-and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks, unless the killer decides to find her first.

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Book Review: Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole

 


Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #9
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 431 pages
Published on February 16th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published January 25th 2010)
Kresley Cole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Kresley Cole enraptures again with this seductive tale of a fierce werewolf prince who will stop at nothing to protect the lovely archer he covets from afar.
A Dangerous Beauty
Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her—and those she loves.
An Uncontrolled Need
Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.

That lead to a pleasure so wicked…
From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia’s greatest weakness—her wanton desire for him.

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Graphic Novel Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 by Joss Whedon & Jordie Bellaire

 


Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 by Joss Whedon & Jordie Bellaire, Illustrated by Dan Mora 
Series: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, #1-4
Genre: Paranormal | Graphic Novels
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 128 pages
Published on May 28th 2019 by BOOM! Studios
Joss Whedon: Website Twitter Goodreads

Jordie Bellaire: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Dan Mora: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Go back to the beginning as the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon!
This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked with defeating the forces of evil…only this time around, her world looks a lot more like the one outside your window.

Eisner Award winner Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and Russ Manning Award winner Dan Mora (Go Go Power Rangers, Hexed), along with series creator Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers), bring Buffy into a new era with new challenges, new friends, and a few enemies you might already recognize. But the more things change, the more they stay the same as the Gang faces brand-new Big Bads, and the threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High confirms what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell.

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Book Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

 


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare 
Series: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1-10
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 655 pages
Published on November 15th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.
So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.

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Book Review: Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

 


Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris 
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #4
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 291 pages
Published on May 1st 2004 by Ace Books
Charlaine Harris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Veren Imussa”.

Synopsis:
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie’s gift: she can read minds. That’s not exactly every man’s idea of date bait – unless they’re undead; vampires and the like can be tough to read. And that’s just the kind of guy Sookie’s been looking for. Maybe that’s why, when she comes across a naked vampire, she doesn’t just drive on by. He hasn’t got a clue who he is, but Sookie has: Eric looks just as scary and sexy – and dead – as ever. But now he has amnesia, he’s sweet, vulnerable, and in need of Sookie’s help – because whoever took his memory now wants his life.

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Double Book Review: Hell’s Geek by Eve Langlais + A Demon Found by Holley Trent

 


Hell’s Geek by Eve Langlais 
Series: Welcome To Hell, #5
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 228 pages
Published on September 2017 by Eve Langlais (first published October 22nd 2015)
Eve Langlais: Website Twitter Goodreads
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Synopsis:
Being smart in Hell isn’t a blessing, it’s a curse. Poor Adexios, he just can’t live up to his dad’s reputation—nor does he want to. He’s got bigger dreams than ferrying damned souls the rest of his life.
Problem is Lucifer’s up to his matchmaking tricks again and is determined to pair him with a violent Amazon warrior—with bodacious curves.
Dragged into the wilds of Hell, Adexios is supposed to locate demons and conscript them to the legion, but instead discovers a malignant force is at work, and if they’re not careful it might claim their lives.

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Buddy Read: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

 


Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick 
Series: Hush Hush, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 327 pages
Published on November 10th 2011 by WSOY
Becca Fitzpatrick: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Riitasointu”.

Synopsis:
Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.

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Book Review: Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

 


Club Dead by Charlaine Harris 
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 274 pages
Published on May 6th 2006 by Orbit
Charlaine Harris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Kylmäveristen Klubi”.

Synopsis:
Things between cocktail waitress Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill seem to be going excellently (apart from the small matter of him being undead) until he leaves town for a while. A long while. Bill’s sinister boss Eric has an idea of where to find him, whisking her off to Jackson, Mississippi to mingle with the under-underworld at Club Dead. When she finally catches up with the errant vampire, he is in big trouble and caught in an act of serious betrayal. This raises serious doubts as to whether she should save him or start sharpening a few stakes of her own

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