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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
Source: My Copy
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: Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris

 


Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris 
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on 2002 by Ace Books
Charlaine Harris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Verenjanoa Dallasissa”.

Synopsis:
Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of bad luck. First, her coworker is murdered and no one seems to care. Then she’s face-to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it).
Point is, they saved her life. So when one of the blood-suckers asks for a favor, she complies. And soon, Sookie’s in Dallas using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s supposed to interview certain humans involved. There’s just one condition: The vampires must promise to behave–and let the humans go unharmed. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…

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Book Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

 


Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris 
Series: Sookie Stackhouse, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 326 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 9th 2009 by Gollancz
Charlaine Harris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Veren Voima”.

Synopsis:
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next…

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Book Review: Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

 


Black Dawn by Rachel Caine 
Series: The Morganville Vampires, #12
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 507 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 1st 2012 by Allison & Bubsy
Rachel Caine: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The Morganville vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever.

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Double Audio Book Review: Bounced into Love by Rochelle Paige + Bombshell by Jen Frederick

 


Bounced into Love by Rochelle Paige 
Series: Standalone
Genre: Romance Novella
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Audiobook
Source: Read Me Romance
Published on January 21st 2019
Rochelle Paige: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
He hadn’t done anything to deserve her…
Jackson Swift felt like his hands were still dirty after the things he’d seen and done as a collector for a Las Vegas bookie. Although he left his past behind him, he never expected to find someone like his red-haired angel when he came to Chicago.
But that didn’t mean he was going to let her go…
Kiara Kelly is too shy to approach the smoking-hot bouncer who’s caught her interest. Lucky for both of them, Jackson doesn’t have a timid bone in his body. And once he makes his move, there’s no going back for either of them.

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Double Book Review: City Of Ashes + City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare

 


City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 453 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 24th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Tuhkakaupunki”.

Synopsis:
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t let her go–especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil–and also her father. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

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Book Review: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

 


City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 485 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 27th 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Luukaupunki”.

Synopsis:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

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Book Review: Going Down Hard by Jordan Marie

 


Going Down Hard by Jordan Marie 
Series: Doing Bad Things, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Kindle Edition, 121 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on August 13th 2017
Jordan Marie: Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Have you ever wondered what would happen if your high school crush finally noticed you?
What if it happens 12 years later? I’ve only loved one man in my life.
Gavin O’Leary. He made my high school days a nightmare. Not because he loved me. Not because he hated me. But because he had no idea who I was. He was the popular guy with the chiseled abs, dark tan and perfect hair. You know the type.
The type that only dated the perfect-ten, cheerleader.I was the loner.
The nerd who hated high school and couldn’t wait to say goodbye. And I did — to Freemont High and to Gavin. The last thing I expected was to see him again twelve years later. Yet here he is. Only this time — he notices me. This time — he kisses me.This time saying goodbye to Gavin O’Leary might destroy me.Novella introducing a brand new series. Instant lust that took twelve years to explore. Safe read with an Alpha who knows what he wants and goes after it — HARD

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Graphic Novel Review: Saga, Vol. 4

 


Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K Vaughan and Illustrated by Fiona Staples 
Series: Saga, #3
Genre: Science Fiction | Graphic Novels | Fantasy
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 152 pages
Source: Library
Published on December 17th 2014 by Image Comics
Brian K. Vaughan: Website Goodreads

Fiona Staples: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana struggle to stay on their feet.
Collecting: Saga 19-24.

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Book Review: Alien Mate by Eve Langlais

 


Alien Mate by Eve Langlais 
Series: Alien Mate, #1
Genre: Science Fiction | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format:eBook
Published on 3rd April 2016
Eve Langlais: Website|Twitter|Goodreads
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Synopsis:
Plump Diana is ironing her underwear when the hottest blue babe in all of the galaxy appears in her living room. Did she forget to mention he was naked too? Abducted, decontaminated and dressed like a harem girl, she’s been chosen to become the hunky alien’s mate. Kor asked his ancestors to find him a biddable, docile mate, instead they found him Diana–a curvy, argumentative earthling who sets his pulse pounding and his loins on fire. He might be an alien who doesn’t understand the meaning of love, but he sure knows what he feels is more than lust.

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