Site Unseen by Dana Cameron

Emma Fielding Mystery, Book 1

Synopsis: Brilliant, dedicated, and driven, archaeologist Emma Fielding finds things that have been lost for hundreds of years–and she’s very, very good at it. A soon-to-be-tenured professor of archaeology, she has recently unearthed evidence of a 17th century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown, one of the most significant archaeological finds in years. But the dead body that accompanies it–a corpse washed ashore near the site–has embroiled Emma and her students in a different kind of exploration. With her reputation suddenly in jeopardy–due to the ruthless machinations of a disgruntled rival–and a second suspicious death, heartbreakingly close to home, Emma must unearth a killer among the artifacts. But that means digging deep into her past to dark secrets buried in the heart of the archeological community–which, in turn, could bury Emma Fielding.

Review: I love Dana Cameron’s Fangborn series, so I was curious about her earlier Emma Fielding series. The first couple of books are out of print, but I managed to hunt down a second hand copy of Site Unseen. (Yes, I know: I could have gotten the ebook, but I wanted a print copy.)

When the book arrived I was about to start on another book, but decided to have a peek at the beginning of Site Unseen…

Yup: I got hooked right away and read it immediately instead of letting it wait its turn. It’s that good.

I liked Emma from the start, and soon was rooting for her. The archeological dig she’s working on was very interesting to read about (and having Time Team on in the background helped set the mood, I must say), and when the mystery part kicked in I almost couldn’t put the book down. I had to know what was going on.

This isn’t a fast paced mystery. There’s a slow pace at which things progress, but still I was hooked. Both by the developing story, and the way this book is written.

All in all this is a really enjoyable read, and I will most certainly try to get hold of all books in this series, because I want more.

This book is out of print, but available as ebook here


Pack of Strays by Dana Cameron

Fangborn, Book 2

Synopsis: The second exciting novel in the Fangborn series.

Archaeologist Zoe Miller has only recently learned she is Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity. But after she discovered and opened Pandora’s Box, the fabled item has lived up to its myth, and for Zoe and her friends, all hell has broken loose. Now she’s on a double mission: to prevent a politician from revealing the existence of the Fangborn and to foil the diabolical plans of the powerful Order of Nicomedia, a group dedicated to eradicating her kind.

But Zoe is also noticing disturbing changes in herself ? new and unique abilities. Her visions are intensifying too, drawing her to faraway places to find more artifacts like the bejeweled bracelet embedded in her wrist.

In a world of dizzying shifts, who can Zoe trust? For while her former lover wants to turn her in, her former adversary seems dedicated to helping her mission succeed . . .

Review: I liked the first book and I was curious to see how the second one would be. I confess that I do not remember in detail the events but we are left here shortly after the end of the first novel. Taking the course of the young woman quest, some memories came back, and all the characters, as well as new ones, are present once again.

Having escaped from the hands of those who held her, and after leaving behind her the people she considered closest, Zoe continues her journey with the only man she never thought she could trust: Adam. But as her life is not already complicated enough, new events are added, completely upsetting the plans of our heroine. It seems that all her friends were turned against her and the people she flees want her more than anything. But in addition to this, she’ll also cross the path of a group of people chasing Fangborn, and who seem determined to take her as target whatever it might cost. Yes, as you can see, many things are happening here and Zoe won’t be able to get bored.

I was quite surprised to see how the story would evolve here. Zoe is facing the evolution of her powers that fears her increasingly. It must be said that there are many side effects and some more as disadvantages. And the more we progress, the more we realize that her life only gets more complicated, without ever really having any answers or solutions. I was also quite surprised to see that people who were some enemies in the first novel like Adam were changing side. It was interesting to see how their relationship could change and evolve after all that had happened. Of course just like Zoe, I was quite disappointed by the Will’s attitude, but I’m curious to find out what will be her final choice with the events here. Another point to note, I liked the little interludes in scenes where our heroine manages to speak with Sean to solve many problems. I am also curious to learn more about the new character in the story as wel, the Oracle, which I think will take an important place through the books.

I will not go further into the story, but I had again a good time with the novel. A lot of things has begun here and I’m curious to see how Zoe will change and what she will become now that her life is in flux. Story to follow.



Pack of Strays de Dana Cameron (VO)

Fangborn, Tome 2

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Le deuxième roman passionnant de la série Fangborn.

L’archéologue Zoe Miller a récemment appris qu’elle est une Fangborn, une race secrète de loups-garous, vampires, et oracles dédiés à la protection de l’humanité. Mais après avoir découvert et ouvert la boîte de Pandore, l’élément mythique a vécu jusqu’à son mythe, et pour Zoé et ses amis, l’enfer s’est déchaîné. Maintenant, elle est sur ​​une double mission : empêcher un politicien de révéler l’existence des Fangborn et déjouer les plans diaboliques du puissant Ordre de Nicomédia, un groupe dédié à l’éradication de son espèce.

Mais Zoe a également remarqué des changements inquiétants chez elle ! De nouvelles et uniques capacités. Ses visions s’intensifient aussi, l’amenant dans des contrées lointaines pour trouver plus d’artefacts comme le bracelet incrusté dans son poignet.

Dans un monde de changements vertigineux, à qui Zoe peut-elle faire confiance ? Alors que son ancien amant veut la livrer, son ancien adversaire semble voué à l’aider à réussir sa mission. . .

Avis : Après avoir échappé aux mains de ceux qui la détenaient, et après avoir laissé derrière, les personnes qu’elle considérait comme les plus proches, Zoe continue sa route avec le seul homme qu’elle ne pensait jamais pouvoir faire confiance : Adam. Mais sa vie n’est déjà pas assez compliquée, que de nouveaux événements s’ajoutent, bouleversant complètement les plans de notre héroïne. Il semble que tous ses amis se soient retournés contre elle, et que les gens qu’elle fuit, veulent plus que tout la récupérer. Mais en plus de cela, elle se frottera aussi à un groupe de personnes chassant les Fangborn, et qui semble déterminé à la prendre pour cible coûte que coûte. Oui, comme vous pouvez le voir, il se passe de nombreuses choses ici et Zoe ne risque vraiment pas de s’ennuyer.

J’ai été assez surprise de voir comment l’histoire évoluait ici. Zoe doit affronter l’évolution de ses pouvoirs qui lui font de plus en plus peur. Il faut dire qu’il y a de multiples effets secondaires et certains plus qu’inconvénients. Et plus les chapitres avancent, plus on se rend compte que sa vie ne fait que se compliquer davantage, sans jamais avoir vraiment de réponses ou solutions. J’étais aussi assez étonnée de voir que les personnes qui croient en elle sont finalement d’anciens ennemis du premier tome, comme Adam. C’était intéressant de voir comment leur relation pouvait changer et évoluer après tout ce qu’il s’était passé. Bien sûr tout comme Zoe, j’ai été assez déçue par l’attitude de Will, mais je suis assez curieuse de découvrir quel sera son choix final après tout ce qu’il se passe ici. Un autre pont à noter, j’ai bien aimé les petits intermèdes dans les scènes où notre héroïne parvient à parler avec Sean pour régler de nombreux problèmes. Je suis aussi curieuse de pouvoir en savoir plus sur ce nouveau personnage, l’Oracle, qui je pense prendra une grande place à travers les romans.

Je n’irai pas plus loin dans l’histoire, mais j’ai passé une fois de plus un bon moment avec le roman. Un grand nombre de choses est amorcé ici et je suis curieuse de voir comment Zoe va agir et ce qu’elle va devenir maintenant que sa vie est en continuel changement. Histoire à suivre.



Seven Kinds of Hell by Dana Cameron

Fangborn, Book 1

Synopsis: Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil. To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.

Review: I love books about archeology as it is a subject that I always find fascinating. It was therefore natural to be drawn to this book once the synopsis revealed.

Zoe is a young woman who flees a past she does not understand, but her mother has educated her like that, and both tries to escape from those who pursue them. Our young heroine does not really know what that really means, but whatever the questions she could have, the answers are still very vague. But one day, her mother dies after being very sick in a hospital. But now, without any protection against her past, Zoe is forced to confront the events that occur quickly. And when she discovers that many people are hunting her, she realizes that her condition of “non-human” is evolving to the point that she can not really hide it anymore. And when she comes into contact with an artifact that seems to call her, her life is one more time turned upside down. Indeed, Dimitri, a man we know nothing about, kidnaps her cousin, the only family she has left, threatening to kill her if she does not find the other artifacts for him. Her quest will allow her to meet some extraordinary people, even some of her past, which will allow us to better understand the person she has become.

We will therefore follow our heroine in a mad race against time to save Danny, whatever the cost. But she is not alone in wanting to recover these objects and a large number of people want to use her for their own purposes. I really enjoyed the plot, Dana Cameron has introduced many ideas related to archeology and myths that were really fascinating. Everything is connected and now Zoe has to understand what is happening. Of course, she must also understand who she really is and what she can do. We have here so great revelations and I’m really curious to learn more about her capabilities and her parents.

So it was a good first volume, it opens up many possibilities and I’m curious to learn more now.

Seven Kinds of Hell de Dana Cameron (VO)

Fangborn, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : L’archéologue Zoe Miller a fui toute sa vie un secret qui la pourchassait. Mais quand son cousin est enlevé par un kidnappeur russe et vicieux, Zoe n’a plus qu’une seule option: se révéler. Chose que personne ne sait, pas même ses amis les plus proches, Zoe n’est pas tout à fait humaine. C’est un loup-garou et la fille d’un Fangborn, une race secrète de loups-garous, de vampires, et d’oracles mêlés à une guerre ancienne contre le mal. Pour sauver son cousin, Zoe sera obligée de renouveler ses liens familiaux et d’utiliser ses propres capacités surnaturelles contre l’ennemi sombre et infâme. La chasse amène Zoe au bord de ses limites ; et avec le sort de l’humanité et des Fangborn dans la balance, la vie sera décidée par un artefact ayant le pouvoir de détruire le monde.

Avis : J’aime beaucoup les livres portant même de loin à l’archéologie comme c’est un sujet que je trouve passionnant. Il a donc été normal que je sois attirée par ce livre une fois le synopsis dévoilé.

Zoe est une jeune femme qui fuit un passé qu’elle ne comprend pas, mais sa mère l’a éduqué ainsi, et toutes deux essaient d’échapper à ceux qui les pourchassent. Notre jeune héroïne ne sait pas très bien ce que cela signifie vraiment, mais quelles que soient les questions qu’elle pose, les réponses restent toujours très vagues. Mais voilà qu’un jour, sa mère très malade décède à l’hôpital et n’ayant plus de protection contre son passé, Zoe se voit contrainte d’affronter les événements qui arrivent à toute vitesse. En plus de découvrir que de nombreuses personnes la pourchassent, elle se rend compte que sa condition de « non humaine » évolue au point qu’elle ne peut plus vraiment le cacher. Et quand elle entre en contact avec un artéfact qui semble l’appeler, sa vie se retrouve d’autant plus chamboulée. En effet, Dimitri, un homme dont on ne connait rien, kidnappe son cousin, la seule famille qui lui reste, la menaçant de le tuer si elle ne retrouve pas les autres artéfacts pour lui. Sa quête lui fera rencontrer des gens extraordinaires, comme d’autres provenant de son passé, ce qui nous permettra de mieux comprendre la personne qu’elle est devenue.
On suivra donc notre héroïne lors d’une course folle contre la montre pour sauver Danny, quoi qu’il en coûte. Mais elle n’est pas la seule à vouloir récupérer ses objets et un grand nombre de personnes désire l’utiliser à leurs propres fins. J’ai vraiment beaucoup aimé suivre cette intrigue, Dana Cameron a introduit de nombreuses idées en rapport avec l’archéologie et les mythes qui étaient vraiment fascinants. Tout est lié et tout se suit, il ne reste plus qu’à Zoe de comprendre ce qu’il se passe. Bien sûr, elle devra aussi comprendre qui elle est vraiment et ce qu’elle peut faire. De grandes révélations nous sont énoncées et je suis vraiment curieuse d’en apprendre plus sur ses capacités et sur ses parents.
C’était donc un bon premier tome, qui nous ouvre de nombreuses possibilités et je suis curieuse d’en apprendre plus à présent.


Stacking the Shelves #32


The Nightmare Affair – Mindee Arnett
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

 Red (transplanted tales, 1) – Kate Serine

“My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”

Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little—a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood—has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned—she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Red’s new assignment threatens to be short on happily ever afters…

Someone is murdering transplanted Tales in gruesome fashion. The list of fictional characters capable of such grisly acts is short and includes more than one of Red’s old flames. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another complication, in the form of sexy, enigmatic Nate Grimm, the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. Used to following her own rules and living life on the edge, Red has managed to avoid taking on a partner until now. But Nate’s dark side makes him perfect for a case like this. That is, if she can trust him. Because if there’s one thing Red knows for sure, it’s that believing in the wrong person can have big, bad consequences…

Seven Kinds of Hell – Dana Cameron (no cover / aucune couverture)
Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil. To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power. 



Akasha is the winner of a signed copy of Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson

Akasha est la gagante d’un exemplaire signé de Sealed with a Curse de Cecy Robson