Waylaid by Kim Harrison

Synopsis: Worlds collide when Rachel Morgan of The Hollows meets Peri Reed of The Drafter in this exciting new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison.

The paranormal and the futuristic meet in this thrilling novella featuring your favorite badass heroines from two of Kim Harrison’s most beloved series: the Hollows and the Peri Reed Chronicles. The magic of the Hollows runs full force into the technological sophistication of The Drafter when a device capable of carrying a city’s data stream pulls Rachel, the bounty hunter witch of the Hollows, between realities, marooning her in a world where the supernatural holds no sway. To get Rachel and Jenks home, Peri, the dangerous renegade of 2030, must decide what will chart her future: her blind trust in those who grant her power, or her intuition telling her to believe.

Review: Kim Harrison offers us a very original novel. Indeed, she decided to gather in Waylaid two of her series which are surprisingly very different. I liked the few Peri Reed novels, but I loved the Rachel Morgan series, so how to resist it?

Of course, the mix of universes is a little tricky but it was quite funny to see the meeting of Rachel and Peri, or even to find Al and Jenks. On the other hand, it’s true that I did not necessarily connect as much as I thought. It’s a good addition for fans, but I’m not sure it’s a novella that I will recommend particularly.

Waylaid de Kim Harrison (VO)

Résumé : Les mondes s’entrechoquent lorsque Rachel Morgan de The Hollows rencontre Peri Reed de The Drafter dans cette nouvelle passionnante de l’auteur à succès n ° 1 du New York Times, Kim Harrison.

Le paranormal et le futuriste se rencontrent dans cette nouvelle passionnante mettant en vedette vos héroïnes badass préférées de deux des séries les plus appréciées de Kim Harrison: les Hollows et les Peri Reed Chronicles. La magie des Hollows prend tout son sens dans la sophistication technologique de The Drafter quand un appareil capable de transporter le flux de données d’une ville tire Rachel, la chasseuse de primes des Hollows, entre les réalités, l’abandonnant dans un monde où le surnaturel n’existe pas. Pour ramener Rachel et Jenks à la maison, Peri, la dangereuse renégate de 2030, doit décider de ce qui déterminera son avenir : sa confiance aveugle en ceux qui lui accordent le pouvoir, ou son intuition lui disant de croire.

Avis : Kim Harrison nous propose une nouvelle très originale. En effet, elle a décidé de réunir dans Waylaid deux de ses séries qui sont étonnement très différentes. J’avais bien aimé les quelques romans de Peri Reed, mais j’avais adoré la série de Rachel Morgan, alors comment résister ?

Bien sûr, le mélange des univers un peu délicat mais c’était assez drôle de voir la rencontre de Rachel et Peri, ou même de retrouver Al et Jenks. Par contre, si c’était agréable, c’est vrai que je n’ai pas forcément accroché autant que je le pensais. C’est une bonne addition pour les fans, mais je ne suis pas sûre que ce soit une nouvelle que je recommanderai particulièrement.

Dangerous Magic by Evie Hart

Haven Lake Cozy Mysteries, Book 1

Synopsis: It’s not every day you have to return to your hometown to bind your borderline-poltergeist grandmother to the family property.
Unfortunately, today is that day for Avery Thorn.

All Avery wants is to report the binding to the Witch Council so she can fulfil her obligation, but finding a dead body and the Head of the Council on the brink of death isn’t in her plan.
Especially when she’s pegged as the number one suspect.
Now, it’s down to Avery and her cousins—and her sassy feline familiar—to figure out who tried to murder the Head of the Council. Magically bound to find the culprit, the last thing she needs is the new detective getting under her toes.
Unfortunately for her, she finds herself colliding with the hot cop more than she wants. And since her familiar hates him, it’s not always pleasant.
New magic and a devastating tragedy threaten to derail their investigations—but not quite as much as the person who isn’t happy they’re involved…

Review: I love the novels of the author as Emma Hart so when I heard about this new series, I was really very intrigued!

Avery has to go home to bind her grandmother and stop her ghost from terrorizing everyone. It’s already not very easy to manage, but in addition, she finds herself facing a corpse and the leader of witch council who was poisoned. She didn’t expect it, but she’s going to be embarked on a story that is totally beyond her control. Indeed, she will have to discover the truth behind all this and find out what is going on before she becomes a target. But here it is, the sexy cop in town doesn’t seem at all happy to see her meddling in his affairs, and she must also manage powers she didn’t expect to have.

It was a pretty cool novel to read even though I was perhaps expecting something more. The investigation is pleasant and interesting and I was really very curious to find out who was behind it and why. And then there are all these very charming men who revolve around our heroine and I must admit that for the moment, I am curious to see how things will evolve on this side.

So it’s a very nice novel to have a good time!

Dangerous Magic de Evie Hart (VO)

Haven Lake Cozy Mysteries, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Ce n’est pas tous les jours que vous devez retourner dans votre ville natale pour lier votre grand-mère borderline-poltergeist à la propriété familiale.

Malheureusement, aujourd’hui est ce jour pour Avery Thorn.

Tout ce qu’Avery veut, c’est faire son rapport au Conseil des sorcières pour qu’elle puisse remplir ses obligations, mais trouver un cadavre et la cheffe du Conseil sur le point de mourir n’est pas dans ses plans.

Surtout quand elle est considérée comme le suspect numéro un.

Maintenant, c’est à Avery et à ses cousines – et à son félin insolent et familier – de découvrir qui a tenté d’assassiner la cheffe du Conseil. La dernière chose dont elle a besoin, c’est que le nouveau détective se mette sur son chemin.

Malheureusement pour elle, elle entre en collision avec un flic sexy. Et comme sa famille le déteste, ce n’est pas toujours agréable.

Une nouvelle magie et une tragédie dévastatrice menacent de faire dérailler leurs recherches, mais pas autant que la personne qui n’est pas contente de les voir enquêter….

Avis : J’adore les romans de l’auteur Emma Hart alors quand j’ai entendu de cette nouvelle série, j’ai été vraiment très intriguée !

Avery doit rentrer chez elle pour lier sa grand-mère et empêcher son fantôme de terroriser tout le monde. Ce n’est déjà pas très simple à gérer, mais en plus, elle se retrouve face à un cadavre et à la leader du conseil des sorcières empoisonnée. Elle ne s’y attendait pas, mais elle va se voir embarquée dans une histoire qui la dépasse totalement. En effet, plongée jusqu’au cou dans cette histoire, elle devra découvrir la vérité derrière tout ça et découvrir ce qu’il se passe avant de devenir elle-même une cible. Mais voilà, le flic sexy de la ville ne semble pas du tout content de la voir se mêler de ses affaires, et elle doit en plus gérer des pouvoirs qu’elle ne s’attendait pas à avoir.

C’était un roman assez sympa à lire même si je m’attendais peut-être à quelque chose de plus. L’enquête est agréable et intéressante et j’étais vraiment très curieuse de découvrir la personne derrière tout ça, ainsi que ses raisons. Et puis, il y a tous ces hommes très charmants qui tournent autour de notre héroïne et j’avoue que pour le coup, je suis curieuse de voir comment les choses vont évoluer de ce côté.

C’est donc un roman très sympa pour passer un bon moment !

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Synopsis: It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more — though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was — lovely and amazing and deeply flawed — can she begin to discover her own path in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead.

Review: I had seen this novel a lot of times when it came out but I do not know why with this cover, I was convinced that it was a paranormal novel. Serious mistake! One day a friend gave me the novel and I tidied it while waiting to read it. It’s finally what I did and I admit that I’m not disappointed. I loved this novel, it was intense.

As the title seems to suggest, the author offers us letters, letters that Laurel writes to known and deceased people, telling us their stories as well as her own. Through her writings it is quickly understood that the girl lost her sister not long ago and that she must manage the consequences of this tragedy. Changing school and trying to manage her absent mother and her a little off father, she will try to make friends, to live, even if she does not really know how to do it.

It was an intense novel that mixes fiction and reality. I quickly became involved with Laurel and we understand that it is difficult for her to move forward, to exist. She feels guilty for the death of her sister, whom she always took as an example. We know that something happened but it is only towards the end of the novel that we discover the truth, and I was sad for the girl. When you see the horrors she suffered and she had to endure alone, it’s pretty bad. I felt a lump forming in my throat throughout the story and tears flowed in the end.

It’s not an easy story, but I found that the author did a pretty amazing job!

Love Letters to the Dead d’Ava Dellaira

Résumé : Au commencement, c’était un simple devoir. Ecrire une lettre à un mort. Laurel a choisi Kurt Cobain, parce que sa grande soeur May l’adorait. Et qu’il est mort jeune, comme May. Très vite, le carnet de Laurel se remplit de lettres où elle dresse son propre portrait de lycéenne, celui de ses nouveaux amis, de son premier amour… Mais pour faire son deuil, Laurel devra se confronter au secret qui la tourmente, et faire face à ce qui s’est réellement passé, la nuit où May est décédée. Love letters to the dead est une lettre d’amour à la vie.

Avis : J’avais vu passer ce roman énormément de fois quand il est sorti mais je ne sais pas pourquoi avec cette couverture, j’étais persuadée que c’était un roman fantastique. Grave erreur ! Un jour une amie m’a donné le roman et je l’ai rangé en attendant de le lire. C’est finalement ce que j’ai fait et j’avoue que je ne suis pas déçue. J’ai adoré ce roman, il m’a bouleversée.

Comme le titre semble le proposer, l’auteure nous propose des lettres, des lettres qu’écrit Laurel à des personnes connues et décédés, nous racontant leurs histoires ainsi que la sienne. A travers ses écrits on comprend rapidement que la jeune fille a perdu sa sœur il y a peu et qu’elle doit gérer les conséquences de cette tragédie. Changeant d’école et essayant de gérer sa mère absente et son père un peu off, elle va essayer de se faire des amis, de vivre, même si elle ne sait pas vraiment comment faire.

C’était un roman intense qui mélange fiction et réalité. Je me suis très vite liée à Laurel et on comprend que c’est difficile pour elle d’avancer, d’exister. Elle se sent coupable de la mort de sa sœur qu’elle prenait toujours en exemple. On sait qu’il s’est passé quelque chose mais ce n’est que vers la fin du roman que l’on découvre la vérité, et j’étais d’autant plus triste pour la jeune fille. Quand on voit les horreurs qu’elle a subies et qu’elle a dû supporter seule, c’est assez terrible. J’ai senti une boule se former dans ma gorge tout au long de l’histoire et les larmes ont coulé à la fin.

Ce n’est pas une histoire facile, mais j’ai trouvé que l’auteur avait un travail assez incroyable !

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

The Checquy Files, Book 1

Synopsis: “The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, The Rook is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

Review: I heard a lot about this novel when it was released, and I discovered it with nominations on goodreads. So I was very curious to immerse myself in the story even if it is true that it took me some time to do it. But I had it, so I was sure I would read it. I must say now that I have finished it, I am charmed! This novel is a great discovery and I can not wait to read more!

Myfanwy opens her eyes one day without remembering anything of her life. It’s a very stressful and intense moment. Yet letters from the person she was in her pocket left her two choices, two diametrically opposed possibilities. She can go to a bank and choose a locker that will give her the opportunity to remake her life in another country and to be the one she wants or to return to her place in society, knowing that someone is after her and that she must discover her/his identity. Yet when she is attacked and that she finds herself using a power she did not even know she possesses, she knows she can not run away and needs answers.

So we follow our heroine who tries to take a place in her life even if it’s really far from simple. Fortunately for her, her old self left her many letters explaining the functioning of the organization of which she is a very important member. We alternate the chapters between letters and story, while observing how our heroine tries to adapt in this world whose decisions can have global consequences.

I really had a great time with this novel, the author offers us an amazing mix of humor, investigation, discovery and I was very eager to discover the purpose of the story. I was carried away by this first volume and I am waiting to read the second to see after such an end how things will evolve.