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Buddy Read: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

 


Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #5
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 489 pages
Published on May 1st 2010 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.

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Buddy Read: Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims

 


Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims 
Series: Midnight Liaisons, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal 
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 353 pages.
Published on October 25th 2011 by Pocket
Jessica Sims: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

WANTED
Single human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun—and maybe more.

Me: The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan.

You: A deliciously curvy virgin who’s intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who’s open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus.

My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer. Ready for an adventure? Give me a call.

Vampires and doppelgangers need not apply.

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Book Review: The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

 


The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter 
Series: Lords of the Underworld, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 379 pages
Published on May 3rd 2008 by Harlequin
Gena Showalter: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
His powers—Inhuman…
His passion—Beyond immortal…
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.
Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments… and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love…
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive—and unimaginably powerful…

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Buddy Read: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

 


Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #4
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 503 pages
Published on August 1st 2009 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri. He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa–the one she has sworn to protect no matter what–and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

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Buddy Read: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

 


Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #3
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 443 pages
Published on November 13th 2008 by RAZORBILL (first published January 2nd 2008)
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER?

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

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Buddy Read: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

 


Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 332 pages
Published on November 28th 2013 by RAZORBILL (first published April 1st 2008)
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price..
 

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Book Review: The Vampire Wants a Wife by Andie M. Long

 


The Vampire Wants a Wife by Andie M. Long 
Series: Supernatural Dating Agency, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 204 pages
Published on October 31st 2017
Andie M. Long: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Running a dating agency can be a killer…

Shelley Linley is sick of sickos. Yet another prankster has applied to her dating agency. This one says he’s a vampire and he wants Shelley to help him find a wife.

Meeting him for a second interview against all her better judgement, Shelley discovers that he has no clue about women. A shame because he’s super-hot, amusing, and has a lot of single friends he could recommend her struggling business to, even if he does say they’re werewolves and demons. She has to help him, even if he’s crazy.

If she can ignore his delusions, she’s sure she can help him meet someone. But when death threats start arriving on her doorstep, Shelley’s not sure she’s cut out for the job… then her dating algorithm states she’s his ideal partner. Now she’s not sure if she should take the risk for love, or run like hell.

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Book Review: Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

 


Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 306 pages
Published on September 29th 2009 by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published May 1st 2007)
P.C Cast: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Kristin Cast: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)

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Book Review: Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

 


Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on September 24th 2019 by Wednesday Books
Rainbow Rowell: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
The story is supposed to be over.

Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after…

So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?

What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…

That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.

They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…

With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. It’s another helping of sour cherry scones with an absolutely decadent amount of butter.
Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over – but your life has just begun.

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Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

 


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 522 pages
Published on October 6th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Rainbow Rowell: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

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