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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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Book Review: Where Winter Finds You by J.R Ward

 


Where Winter Finds You by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17.5
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 445 pages
Published on November 26th 2019 by Pocket Books
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread

Contains spoilers for The Chosen.

Synopsis:
#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.

When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.

Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance…or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted…but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.

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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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Buddy Read: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

 


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy, #1
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 332 pages
Published on November 2013 by RAZORBILL
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .

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.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .
 

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Book Review: The Savior by J.R Ward

 


The Savior by J.R Ward 
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #17
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 496 pages
Published on April 2nd 2019 by Piatkus
J.R Ward: Website | Twitter | Goodread

Synopsis:
In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.

Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.

As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers… or resume his lonely existence forevermore?

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Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

 


Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Dark Artifices, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 698 pages
Published on March 8th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Keskiyön Valtiatar”.

Synopsis:
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

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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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