Stacking the Shelves #130


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The Left-Hand Way (American Craftsmen, 2) – Tom Doyle

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy meets ancient magic, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance

Poe’s Red Death returns, more powerful than ever. Can anyone stop him before he summons an apocalyptic nightmare even worse than himself?

In this second book of Tom Doyle’s contemporary fantasy series, the American craftsmen are scattered like bait overseas. What starts as an ordinary liaison mission to London for Major Michael Endicott becomes a desperate chase across Europe, where Endicott is both hunted and hunter. Reluctantly joining him is his minder from MI13, Commander Grace Marlowe, one of Her Majesty’s most lethal magician soldiers, whose family has centuries of justified hostility to the Endicotts.

Meanwhile, in Istanbul and Tokyo, Endicott’s comrades, Scherie Rezvani and Dale Morton, are caught in their own battles for survival against hired assassins and a ghost-powered doomsday machine. And in Kiev, Roderick Morton, the spider at the center of a global web, plots their destruction and his ultimate apotheosis. After centuries of imprisonment, nothing less than godlike power will satisfy Roderick, whatever the dreadful cost.

Soulbound (Darkest London, 6) – Kristen Callihan

Once two souls are joined…

When Adam’s soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone…

Their hearts will beat together forever…

No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn’t stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted—by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam’s kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken…

The Diabolical Miss Hyde (Electric Empire, 1) – Viola Carr

Magic, mystery, and romance mix in this edgy retelling of the classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll is the daughter of the infamous Henry

In an electric-powered Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with inventive new technological gadgets. Now, a new killer is splattering London with blood, drugging beautiful women and slicing off their limbs. Catching “the Chopper” could make Eliza’s career–or get her burned. Because Eliza has a dark secret. A seductive second self, set free by her father’s forbidden magical elixir: wild, impulsive Lizzie Hyde.

When the Royal Society sends their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she’s a sorceress, Eliza must resist the elixir with all her power. But as the Chopper case draws her into London’s luminous, magical underworld, Eliza will need all the help she can get. Even if it means getting close to Lafayette, who harbors an evil curse of his own.

Even if it means risking everything and setting vengeful Lizzie free . .

L’esprit de Lou (Animae, 1) – Roxanne D’Ambre

Je m’appelle Lou, j’ai 20 ans, et dans quelques heures, je vais m’installer dans les bureaux de la DCRI, les services secrets français. Mon job ? Officiellement, je suis consultante au département de recherche sur l’inexplicable. En réalité, je traque une bizarrerie qui rôde dans la nuit parisienne et qui fait hurler de rage mon instinct de panthère. Oh, je ne vous ai pas dit ? Comme tous ceux de ma race, ma vraie nature est animale, et je me transforme à volonté. Nous, les Daïerwolfs, formons un peuple très puissant, mais contraint de se cacher des faibles humains. Enfin, faibles… L’officier qui m’a recrutée, le capitaine Sylvain Levif, pourrait me vaincre d’un seul regard tant il me plaît ! À cette heure, je n’ai pas encore décidé si cela va rendre ma mission plus agréable ou plus compliquée. Ou les deux. Et zut. Pourquoi ces choses-là n’arrivent-elles qu’à moi ?

The Big Fix (In a Fix, 3) – Linda Grimes

Linda Grimes’s sexy and hilarious urban fantasy series that began with In a Fix and Quick Fix continues in The Big Fix.

Aura adaptor extraordinaire Ciel Halligan, who uses her chameleon-like abilities to fix her clients’ problems—as them—is filling in on set for action superstar Jackson Gunn, whose snake phobia is standing in the way of his completing his latest mega-millions Hollywood blockbuster. There’s only one thing Jack fears more than snakes, and that’s the possibility of his fans finding out he screams at the sight of one. Going from hero to laughing stock isn’t part of his career plan.

Seems like a simple enough job to Ciel, who doesn’t particularly like snakes, but figures she can tolerate an afternoon with them, for the right price—which Jack is offering, and then some. What she doesn’t count on is finding out that while she was busy wrangling snakes for him, his wife was busy getting killed. When Ciel goes to break the sad news to the star, she finds out Jack was AWOL from her client hideaway at the time of the murder.

Ciel begins to suspect Jack’s phobia was phony, and that he only hired her to provide him with an alibi—but if she goes to the police, she’ll have to explain how she knows he wasn’t really on set. Up against a wall, Ciel calls on her best-friend-turned-love-interest Billy, and her not-so-ex-crush Mark, to help her set up the sting of a lifetime.

Karen Memory – Elizabeth Bear

“You ain’t gonna like what I have to tell you, but I’m gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I’m one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. Hôtel has a little hat over the o like that. It’s French, so Beatrice tells me.”

Set in the late 19th century—when the city we now call Seattle Underground was the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, beggin sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions.  And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.

Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper yarn of the old west with a light touch in Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science.

Riker (Vampire Nation, 1) – Larissa Ione

Nicole Martin n’avait que huit ans quand les esclaves vampires se sont rebellés. À présent, elle consacre sa vie à débarrasser la planète de leur engeance maudite. Riker, un vampire renégat, brûle de venger les siens asservis par la famille de Nicole. Pourtant enlever la jeune femme ne tourne pas exactement comme il l’avait prévu. Les deux ennemis jurés se découvrent une attirance mutuelle. La haine devient obsession, désir… peut être même rédemption. Mais Riker pourra t il dompter cette fougueuse jeune femme qui pourrait l’anéantir ainsi que toute son espèce ?

Merci à l’adorable Céline :

Half-Blood (Covenant, 1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.


38 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves #130

  1. Great haul this week, Melliane! I have The Diabolical Ms. Hyde too, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

    The Vampire Nation series is really good, partly because it’s a little different from other vampire stories, and also because there’s a lot of mythology in it – I hope you’ll enjoy it!

    Have a great weekend 🙂 Happy reading.

  2. Ok, je ne sais pas ce que ça vaut, mais The Diabolical Miss Hyde a l’air trop trop trop chouette. Sinon j’ai The Covenant qui attend aussi sagement dans ma liseuse, il faudra que je m’y mette un jour.

  3. Oh my you got such great books this week! I LOVED Karen Memory. And I’m thinking about picking up The Diabolical Miss Hyde. Also, I didn’t know Tom Doyle’s American Craftsmen has a sequel out now, have you read the first book? I’m very curious about the series.

    • Ah in fact I have an ARC from Tom Doyle, it’s released in August but I loved it. Yes I did read book 1, it was good! I didn’t have a lot of memories but the author has added a remind chapter and it was really helpful!

  4. Oooh, I am loving the covers of The Diabolical Miss Hyde and Karen Memory! Everyone seems to love the Convenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I still need to read those. Hope you enjoy your new reads! 🙂

  5. Oh you’ve got a few books I’d like to get. 🙂 And looks like you are trying another science fiction story? Hope you have a great week!

  6. Awesome haul! The book on Riker by Ione is one I will have to get my hands on soon for sure! karen Memory looks interesting as well as a couple others. I think my tbr list will be growing by at least 2 books after this stop. Happy Reading!
    Here’s my STS.

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