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Book Review: Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell


Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 579 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 6, 2021
Rainbow Rowell: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Spoilers for Wayward Son

Synopsis:
In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong.

In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward.

For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages — and if he doesn’t, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she’s smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn’t sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough.

Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet.

This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest.

Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us.

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Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan


The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #5
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 516 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 7, 2014
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Olympoksen Veri”. Contains spoilers for earlier books in the series.

Synopsis:
Nico had warned them. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods’ worst memories. Their ghosts would become restless. Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time. But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.

Jason’s ghost is his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did. He will complete his line of the prophecy: To storm or fire the world must fall.

Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors, who radiate anger. But she can’t allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenos to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and Greeks. Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail?

Leo fears that his plan won’t work, that his friends might interfere. But there is no other way. All of them know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother.

Piper must learn to give herself over to fear. Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.

Heroes, gods, and monsters all have a role to play in the climactic fulfillment of the prophecy in The Blood of Olympus, the electrifying finale of the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

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Book Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan


The House of Hades by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #4
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 597 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 8, 2013
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I read the Finnish version, “Haadeksen Talo”. Contains spoilers for earlier books in the series.

Synopsis:
Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.

Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.

Join the demigods as they face their biggest challenges yet in The House of Hades, the hair-raising penultimate book in the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

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Book Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan


The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #3
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 586 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 2, 2012
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I read the Finnish version, “Athenan Merkki”. 

Synopsis:
Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket, Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving command: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader—but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare. . . .

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Buddy Read: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 626 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Contains some spoilers

Synopsis:
Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

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Buddy Read: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1
Genre: Romance | Fantasy 
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 419 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

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Book Review: Redeeming Zorus by Laurann Dohner


Redeeming Zorus by Laurann Dohner 
Series: Cyborg Seduction, #6
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | Paranormal | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback
Source: My Copy
Warnings: Rape attempt
Published on November 22nd 2016 by Laurann Dohner (first published April 20th 2011)
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Synopsis:
Charlie’s brother has put her in the no-win situation of having to rescue a cyborg from Earth Government. It’s dangerous, she’ll become an outlaw on Earth, but it’s the only way to save her brother’s life. The imprisoned cyborg is rude, conceited and probably the biggest jerk she’s ever had the misfortune to meet. His only redeeming qualities are his handsome face and sexy, muscular body. Just wow! Still, she can’t wait to be rid of him. All cyborgs hate humans, but Zorus is consumed by it. Chained, enslaved and facing death on Earth once again, he vows revenge. To his utter astonishment, a human female comes to his rescue. She’s rude, mouthy and bossy. And very brave. She baffles him almost as much as she arouses him. Zorus cannot deny that he’s fascinated by her. They are about to lock wills and ignite a firestorm of desire that defies every rule he lives by.

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Book Review: Stealing Coal by Laurann Dohner


Stealing Coal by Laurann Dohner 
Series: Cyborg Seduction, #5
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | Paranormal | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback
Source: My Copy
Warnings: Mentions of abuse and rape
Published on November 21st 2016 by Laurann Dohner (first published November 26th 2010)
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Synopsis:
Jill has learned the hard way that men can’t be trusted and sex only causes pain. In the lawlessness of space, women are a sexual commodity-to be used and abused. She’s doing a man’s job, with only her father’s brutal reputation and three androids to help keep her alive when she sees a massive, handsome cyborg chained to a freight table. The abusive crew plans to sell him to fight in gruesome death matches. It’s stupid, it’s insane, but Jill can’t leave him to such a horrible fate. Coal has survived being a captive breeding slave and irreversible damage to his cyborg implants, but his honor is still intact. He’s grateful Jill saved him and he’ll repay her the only way he can. He’ll fix her-with his mouth, his hands and his body. He can teach the little human just how much pleasure she’s capable of feeling.

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Book Review: Touching Ice by Laurann Dohner


Touching Ice by Laurann Dohner 
Series: Cyborg Seduction, #4
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | Paranormal | Erotica
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback
Source: My Copy
Published on November 21st 2016 by Laurann Dohner (first published November 26th 2010)
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Synopsis:
What can go wrong overseeing a bunch of android sex bots on an automated whorehouse in deep space? Great job, if Megan doesn’t die of boredom. Then she catches sight of the sexiest male she’s ever seen. On her grainy security monitor, she watches all his sexual exploits with the bots, and fantasizes. But that’s all she can do because he’s a cyborg. Then fate steps in. There’s a crash and Megan must escape or die. The cyborgs are rescuing the sex bots-taking them onboard their ship. She knows cyborgs hate humans. They’ll kill her if she asks for help so she devises an insane plan-pretend to be the most realistic sex bot ever made. His name is Ice, and Megan is now his personal sex bot. He will satisfy every sexual fantasy she’s ever had-and as many more as she can dream up. She just has to figure out how to keep her big, sexy cyborg from discovering that she is all woman.

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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
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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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