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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: City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

 


City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #6
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 733 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 28th 2014 by Walker Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.
Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.
Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him – must they journey to another world to find the chance?

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Book Review: City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

 


City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 490 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 15th 2013 by Otava
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Kadotettujen Sielujen Kaupunki”.

Synopsis:
What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

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Book Review: One with You by Sylvia Day

 


One with You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #5
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 5th 2016 by Penguin
Sylvia Day: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

I read the Finnish book, “Sinun omasi”. Contains spoilers for Entwined with You.

Synopsis:
Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

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Double Book Review: Entwined with You + Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

 


Entwined With You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #3
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 356 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 6th 2013 by Penguin Books
Sylvia Day: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

I read the Finnish book, “Sinuun Kiedottu”

Synopsis:
From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

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Book Review: Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

 


Reflected in You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #2
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 338 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 25th 2012 by Penguin Books Ltd
Sylvia Day: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

I read the Finnish book, “Sinusta Heijastettu”

Synopsis:
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…

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Book Review: Bared To You by Sylvia Day

 


Bared To You by Sylvia Day 
Series: Crossfire, #1
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 340 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 19th 2012 by Penguin UK
Sylvia Day: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

I read the Finnish book, “Sinulle Paljastettu”

Synopsis:
Our journey began in fire…

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness – beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.

The bonds of love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…

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Book Review: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L James

 


Fifty Shades Freed by E.L James 
Series: Fifty Shades Of Grey, #3
Genre: Adult Audience | Romance | Erotica
Tags: Reread BDSM Alpha Male Billionaire
Format: Paperback, 579 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 26th 2012 by Arrow Books Ltd
E.L James: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Fifty Shades Vapautettu”

Synopsis:
Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you and stay with you for ever. When Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them had anticipated. Ana must learn to share Grey’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity or independence; and Grey must overcome his compulsion to control and lay to rest the horrors that still haunt him. Now, finally together, they have love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But just when it seems that they really do have it all, tragedy and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true …

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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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