Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Kara Gillian, Book 3

Synopsis: Homicide detective Kara Gillian has a special talent: she can sense the “arcane” in our world, and there’s quite a bit of it, even in Beaulac, Louisiana. She’s also a summoner of demons, and works on a task force that deals with supernatural crimes. Her partners are attractive and smart FBI agents, but they’re not summoners, and they’re not telling Kara why they are on this special force with her.

TO make things worse, Kara has pledged herself to one of the most powerful of demons-a Demon Lord-who helped save her partner’s life, but now expects things in return. Meanwhile, she’s trying to solve a string of murders that are somehow tied together by money, sex, rock music and…mud. But how can she concentrate on the case when she’s not even sure who-or what-her partners are?

Review: Kara Gillian is a series that I really enjoy with the strong presence of the police investigations combining with many paranormal elements. It’s true, I admit, I am also very curious whenever about her personal relationships with Ryan or Rhyzkahl. Yes, because these two men have both something more despite my heart always balances for the demon. Why is that? I have no idea, maybe because he seems more dangerous and much more honest in his choice than Ryan? It’s possible.

What about the story? At the concert of a new famous singer, a golem made of mud attacks our young celebrity who is still alive thanks to the speed of our heroine who rescues her as fast as she can. As she has never been confronted to such a creature, it is difficult for her to understand what is happening or how to get rid of it. But now that she is part of a new paranormal team, she knows that there are always people who can help her. But if it was only that, someone apparently seeks to invoke her in the plain of the demons and she doesn’t even know the reason. We have here a big investigation and many new information we expected since the first volume.

Yes, this book is full of revelations and I was completely surprised by some of them. No … we still do not know what Rhyzkahl wants from our heroine and I must say that I am becoming increasingly curious about the reasons. I would like to know if he really appreciates her and the reason of all the things he hides. But this demon is enigmatic and it is also what makes him what he is. I think it’s unfortunate that we don’t see him a lot in the story because I appreciate each of his meetings. Regarding Ryan, we learn a lot of things about him as well, although some are only deductions from Kara, but what a surprise! The novel ends up on a very apotheosis and I was so happy to know who he really was just like Zack. We were introduced to a new character who I think will be present in the future novels. I really enjoyed this protagonist and I look forward to learning more now.

I didn’t expect the outcome of the story, nor the plot and as always Diana Rowland had many very good ideas here, we’re completely lost throughout the novel to have the truth at the end of the story. To conclude, it’s a new very good book although I sometimes had some problems with the turns of some sentences and I’m curious to see how the original version (in English) is to see the differences with the French translations.

Les Secrets du Démon de Diana Rowland

Kara Gillian, Tome 3

Résumé : Kara Gillian, flic et invocatrice de démons, fait désormais partie d’une unité spéciale chargée d’enquêter sur les crimes surnaturels ou paranormaux. Comme si enquêter sur une série de meurtres ayant pour points communs l’argent, le sexe, le rock et la boue, n’était pas déjà assez compliqué, elle doit gérer le pacte qu’elle a conclu avec le Seigneur démon Rhyzkahl, qui la poursuit de ses ardeurs, et ses deux coéquipiers du FBI qui ne comprennent rien à son pouvoir occulte.

Avis : Kara Gillian est une série que j’apprécie beaucoup de par la forte présence des enquêtes policières mêlant toujours de nombreux éléments paranormaux. Bon c’est vrai, je l’avoue, je suis aussi des plus curieuses à chaque fois du suivi de ses relations personnelles que ça soit avec Ryan ou Rhyzkahl. Oui parce que ces deux hommes ont tous les deux quelque chose de plus bien que mon cœur balance toujours vers le démon. Pourquoi ? Je n’en ai pas la moindre idée, peut-être parce qu’il semble plus dangereux et beaucoup plus honnête dans ses choix que Ryan ? C’est possible. Mais revenons à l’histoire…
Lors du concert d’une nouvelle chanteuse en vogue, un golem fait de boue attaque notre jeune célébrité qui ne reste en vie que grâce à la rapidité de notre héroïne qui la secoure aussi vite qu’elle le peut. N’ayant jamais été confrontée à ce type de créature, il est difficile pour elle de comprendre ce qu’il se passe ou de savoir comment s’en débarrasser. Mais à présent qu’elle fait partie d’une nouvelle équipe paranormale, elle sait qu’il y a toujours des personnes sur qui elle peut compter. Mais si seulement il n’y avait que ça, quelqu’un cherche apparemment à l’invoquer dans la plaine des démons alors qu’elle n’a aucune idée de la raison. Une grosse enquête et de nombreuses nouvelles informations qu’on attendait depuis le premier tome.

Oui ce livre est plein de révélations et j’ai été complètement surprise par certaines. Non… on ne sait toujours pas ce que cherche Rhyzkahl de notre héroïne et je dois dire que je suis de plus en plus en plus curieuse de connaître les raisons. Savoir s’il l’apprécie vraiment et quel est le motif qu’il lui cache par la même occasion. Mais ce démon est énigmatique et c’est aussi ce qui fait de lui ce qu’il est. Je trouve seulement dommage qu’on ne le voie si peu au cours de l’histoire car j’apprécie chacune de ses rencontres. Pour ce qui est de Ryan, on apprend énormément de choses à son sujet bien que certains ne soient que des déductions de Kara, mais quelle surprise ! Le roman se termine même sur une apothéose et j’étais vraiment contente de savoir qui il était vraiment tout comme Zack. Nous avons l’introduction d’un nouveau personnage qui il me semble sera présent dans les prochains romans. J’ai vraiment beaucoup apprécié celui-ci et j’ai hâte d’en apprendre plus.
Je ne m’attendais pas non plus au dénouement de l’histoire, de l’intrigue et comme à chaque fois Diana Rowland a eu de très bonnes idées, nous perdant totalement tout au long du roman pour nous donner la vérité à la fin de l’histoire. Enfin vous l’aurez compris, un nouveau très bon roman bien que j’ai parfois quelques soucis avec la tournure des phrases et je suis assez curieuse de voir ce que donne la version originale pour observer les différences de traduction.

Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Kara Gillian, Book 2


Welcome to the world of Kara Gillian, a cop with a gift. Not only does she have the power of “othersight” to see what most people can’t even imagine, but she’s become the exclusive summoner of a demon lord. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The fact is, with two troublesome cases on her docket and a handsome FBI agent under her skin, Kara needs the help of sexy, insatiable Lord Rhyzkahl more than he needs her. Because these two victims, linked by suspicious coincidence, haven’t just been murdered. Something has eaten their souls.

It’s a case with roots in the arcane, but whose evil has flowered among the rich, powerful, and corrupt in Beaulac, Louisiana. And as the killings continue, Kara soon realizes how much there’s still to learn about demons, men, and things that kill in the night—and how little time she has to learn it.

Review: What a pleasure to find Kara in this new book! The Read was indeed very pleasant, and as we had the presentation of the characters and the world in the first novel, we can get faster into the middle of the action this time, and therefore quickly immerse ourselves in the book.
All the characters of the previous volume are here, for our greatest pleasure, and we start the story exactly where we left it. I think it’s always interesting to have a investigation on the foreground of a story, because it is ultimately not often the case. A good mystery is always so interesting to understand. We follow the new Kara’s case, and of course, this implies that this time too we have the arcanic magic. Our young investigator will have to deal with a series of murders, each more terrible than the others and with no real logic. The more we advance in the chapters, the more we understand that this whole story is more complicated than we had originally planned. And I confess that I was very surprised by the identity of the culprit, it didn’t even cross my mind. This provides a good mystery and a good plot that keeps us in suspense all along the story.
We feel the tension between Ryan and Kara throughout the book, but the two characters don’t seem to be able to accept what they feel for each other. On one hand, we keep the suspense about their future relationship but on another it’s quite annoying to see that they don’t understand what is happening. What about Rhyzkahl? I still think he isn’t enough present for my taste and I looked forward each of his appearances in the story. I think this is one of the reasons why I read the book so quickly. I also hope that we can learn more about him in the next novel, but I think it will eventually be possible. I still don’t know which one to choose between him and Ryan. Indeed, it is true that the two of them are very intriguing and more than mysterious. And as always we know that they want something from our heroine but it’s more difficult to know what it is. I also think that I’ll need more to really confirm my choice.
As soon as we enter in the story we ask ourselves many questions to understand what is happening and Diana Rowland perfectly manages to get us lost among all the frames of the novel. It is therefore a pleasure to think and to understand the truth.
To conclude, I must say that this second volume is as good as the first one, but once finished we’re very curious to see where the author will lead us in the third volume. I can’t wait to read it to have my answers.

Le Sang du Démon de Diana Rowland

Kara Gillian, Tome 2

Kara aimerait remettre sa vie sur les rails. Mais enquêter sur l’assassinat de plusieurs personnes dont l’essence a été dévorée n’est pas le meilleur moyen d’y parvenir. D’autant que les démons lui conseillent de se méfier de Ryan, son collègue sexy, pour une raison qu’elle ignore. Et pour finir, elle ne pense pas pouvoir résoudre ces meurtres et ce mystère sans l’aide du séduisant et insatiable Rhyzkahl. Entre paradis et enfer, homme et démon, elle est sur le point de faire l’ultime sacrifice…

Avis : Quel plaisir de retrouver Kara dans ce nouveau tome ! La lecture était d’ailleurs plus agréable, la présentation des personnages et du monde dans lequel ils évoluent ayant été mise en place dans le premier roman, on se retrouve plus vite en plein milieu de l’action, et ainsi très vite immergé dans le livre.

Les personnages du tome précédent sont tous retrouvés ici, pour notre plus grand plaisir, et on reprend l’histoire exactement où on l’avait laissée. Je trouve toujours intéressant d’avoir une enquête de la sorte au premier plan dans ce type de livre, car ce n’est finalement pas souvent le cas. Un bon mystère est toujours des plus intéressants à percer. On suit ainsi la nouvelle affaire de Kara, et bien sûr, cela implique, cette fois-ci aussi, la magie arcanique (comment ne pas être le cas). Notre jeune enquêtrice va devoir s’occuper d’une série de meurtres, plus effroyables les uns que les autres et sans véritable logique. Plus on avancera dans les chapitres, plus on comprendra que toute cette histoire est plus compliquée que ce que l’on avait prévu au départ. Et je dois d’ailleurs dire que l’identité du coupable ne m’avait même pas effleuré l’esprit. On a ainsi une bonne enquête et une bonne intrigue qui nous garde en haleine tout au long de l’histoire.
On sent la tension entre Ryan et Kara durant toute la lecture, mais les deux personnages ne semblent pas vraiment encore être sur le point d’accepter ce qu’il se passe réellement entre eux. D’un côté on garde ainsi le suspens quant à leur relation à venir mais d’un autre c’est assez énervant de ne pas les voir comprendre ce qu’il arrive. Pour ce qui est de Rhyzkahl, je pense toujours qu’il est trop peu présent à mon goût. J’attendais avec impatience chacune de ses apparitions dans l’histoire. Je crois que c’est une des raisons pour lesquelles le livre se lit aussi vite, on en veut toujours plus. J’espère d’ailleurs encore une fois que l’on pourra en apprendre plus dans le prochain, mais je pense que ça sera finalement possible. Je ne sais toujours pas qui choisir d’ailleurs entre lui et Ryan. Car il est vrai que les deux sont très intrigants et plus que mystérieux. Et comme toujours, on sait qu’ils ont une idée derrière la tête et qu’ils ne disent pas la vérité. Je pense qu’il faudra que nous en sachions plus pour que mon choix puisse être plus appuyé.
Dès que l’on rentre dans l’histoire on se pose de nombreuses questions pour comprendre ce qu’il se passe et Diana Rowland arrive parfaitement à nous perdre entre toutes les trames du roman. C’est donc un plaisir de réfléchir de la sorte afin de découvrir la vérité.
Pour conclure je dois dire que ce deuxième tome est à la hauteur du premier, mais une fois fini on est très curieux de voir où l’auteure va nous mener dans le troisième volume. J’espère pouvoir m’y lancer bientôt afin d’avoir les réponses à mes questions.

Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Kara Gillian, Book 1

Synopsis: Cop and conjurer of demons, she’s a woman in danger of losing control—to a power that could kill….

Why me? Why now? That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives—and souls—of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.

Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head…

Review: I was really intrigued by this novel, and I was curious to see how it was. Well when two people push you to read a book, there are no other choices. (Yes, yes, Zendastark and Angie, I’m talking about you). But they were quite right because I finally enjoyed this first volume. I haven’t read a lot of books featuring demons since Jenna Black and it was a true pleasure to immerse myself in this new world.

I think the story is very original as it’s actually very different from other books of the same kind. Indeed, the Kara’s investigation has an important part in the book compared to the paranormal side of the story. I love a good mystery and I had one there! Kara is a young conjurer who loves more than anything to summon demons as they can serve her. But it is also a life that separates her from others and prevents any social relationship. She is however an unusual woman who happens to have a double life, something that is pretty amazing considering all she has to face.

The world that Diana Rowland has invented is very interesting. I admit that I was fascinated by all the hierarchies of the demons. For once we have real demons, different from humans for some, it’s really nice to be able to imagine them. Moreover Rhyzkahl immediately intrigued me, it’s so hard to not have more information about him. I think I would have liked him to be more present throughout the story, but I also understand why the author chose to do that. Hey, how could Ryan have a chance otherwise? They are both so difficult to understand, we can’t know what they really want or what side they are on. There is little doubt that they both have something behind their head and we think throughout the chapters to understand what is happening. But I am always intrigued now that I’ve finished the book and I hope to learn more next time.

Regarding the investigation it’s true that it was a bit long and we wonder when Kara will manage to discover the culprit. But it also allows us to lay the foundations of the story and it helps us to understand the environment in which our heroine lives. Something that is also quite complicated for a young woman in the middle of all these men. I liked to evolve in this terrible investigation, we suspect a lot of people and I admit that even if the culprit was one of the person I wondered about, I did not expect one second to have this revelation, nor the reason for it. Everything comes together very quickly at the end of the novel, and it is true that we do not have the time to really think about it that we finally discover what is really happening.

To conclude, this book was a nice discovery and I’m even more curious now to get into Volume Two, which looks really promising. So thank you girls for having encouraged me to read it! A new series to follow.

La Marque du Démon de Diana Rowland

Kara Gillian, Tome 1

Résumé : Son métier : flic. Son hobby : invoquer des démons.

Kara espérait utiliser ses pouvoirs pour arrêter un tueur en série. Mais son invocation n’a pas eu l’effet escompté : Rhyzkahl, un seigneur démon à la beauté surnaturelle, est apparu dans sa cave. La jeune femme est partagée entre la peur et le désir que cet être éveille en elle. Peut-elle lui demander son aide pour arrêter un meurtrier qui a déjà pris la vie et l’âme de treize personnes ? Kara est la seule à pouvoir résoudre cette énigme, mais avec Rhyzkahl qui hante ses rêves et un charmant agent du FBI qui surveille ses moindres faits et gestes, elle risque d’être complètement dépassée…
Avis : J’étais vraiment intriguée par ce tome et j’étais curieuse de voir ce qu’il en était. Bon il faut dire que quand deux personnes vous poussent à le lire, il n’y a plus de choix. (Si, si, Angie et Zendastark, je parle bien de vous !). Mais elles ont eu tout à fait raison parce que j’ai finalement beaucoup apprécié ce premier opus. Je n’avais pas lu de tomes mettant vraiment en scène des démons depuis Jenna Black et c’était vrai un plaisir de me plonger dans ce nouvel univers.
J’ai trouvé très intéressant la mise en forme de l’histoire qui est finalement très différente des autres livres du même type. En effet, l’enquête de Kara a une place aussi importante que le coté surnaturel du livre. Moi qui adore un bon mystère j’ai été servie ! Kara est une toute jeune invocatrice qui aime plus que tout sommer des démons pour qu’ils lui rendent de petits services.  Mais c’est aussi une vie qui la met à l’écart des autres et l’empêche toute relation sociale. C’est cependant une femme hors du commun qui arrive à cumuler une double vie, chose qui est assez incroyable étant donné tout ce à quoi elle doit s’occuper.
Le monde que Diana Rowland a inventé est des plus intéressants. J’avoue que j’ai été fascinée par toutes les hiérarchies de démons. Pour une fois qu’on a de vrais démons, différents des humains pour certains, c’est vraiment agréable de pouvoir les imaginer. D’ailleurs Rhyzkahl m’a tout de suite intrigué, c’est si difficile de ne pas avoir plus d’informations sur lui. Je crois que j’aurais aimé qu’il soit plus présent tout au long de l’histoire mais je comprends aussi le fait qu’il reste en retrait de cette manière. Hé il faut bien aussi une chance pour Ryan non ? Ils sont tous les deux difficile à cerner, on ne parvient pas à comprendre ce qu’ils veulent vraiment ou de quel côté ils sont. On se doute qu’ils ont tous les deux quelque chose derrière la tête et on réfléchit tout au long des chapitres pour comprendre ce qu’il se passe. Mais je dois dire que je suis toujours intriguée maintenant que le livre et fini et j’espère en apprendre plus.
Pour ce qui est de l’enquête c’est vrai que c’était un peu long et on se demande quand Kara arrivera à découvrir le coupable. Mais ça nous permet aussi de poser les bases de l’histoire et de nous faire comprendre l’environnement dans lequel notre héroïne vit. Quelque chose qui d’ailleurs est assez compliqué pour une jeune femme au milieu de tous ces hommes. J’ai beaucoup aimé évoluer dans cette enquête si terrible, on suspecte un grand nombre de personnes et j’avoue que finalement même si le coupable était passé dans les personnes pour lesquelles j’avais un doute, je ne m’attendais pas une seule seconde à cette révélation, ni la raison de tout cela. Tout s’enchaine très vite à la fin du roman et c’est vrai qu’on n’a pas le temps de vraiment réfléchir qu’on découvre finalement ce qu’il se passe réellement.
Enfin tout ça pour dire que ce livre était une jolie découverte et je suis d’autant plus curieuse maintenant de me lancer dans le tome deux qui s’annonce vraiment prometteur. Donc merci les filles pour m’avoir incité à le lire ! Une nouvelle série à suivre.

Stacking the Shelves #25


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

 Mr. Real (Code Shadow, 1) – Carolyn Crane

He finds the girl of his dreams…with the secret agent of his nightmares.

Alix Gordon is a woman who doesn’t take life too seriously. What’s the fun in that? So when she stumbles across occult software that can bring any computer image to life, she conjures up lots of awesome outfits and accessories. And then, on one drunken, horny night, she conjures up Sir Kendall, the sexy TV ad spy . . . who looks exactly like Paul Reinhardt, the super-sexy martial arts teacher who kicked her out of class three years ago.

Fighter Paul Reinhardt has good reason to hate Sir Kendall, the character he brought to life to land a part in a TV ad; he’d do anything to forget him. A cross country road trip seems just the thing . . . until Paul finds himself inexplicably drawn to Minnesota and is shocked to discover Sir Kendall – in the flesh – with the girl he’d once loved from afar. He barges into Alix and Sir Kendall’s love nest, determined to stop the madness – somehow.

But is superspy Sir Kendall transforming into something more dangerous anyone can imagine? And what will Sir Kendall do when Paul and Alix finally give into their mad lust for each other?

 The Wish List (Time of Transition, 1) – Gabi Stevens

Kristin Montgomery is more than a little shocked when her aunts inform her they’re fairy godmothers. Worse, after dropping that bombshell they hand her a wand and head off on a world cruise. Now Kristin’s uncomplicated life as a CPA in San Diego has disappeared like magic and she not only has to deal with her burgeoning magical powers, but also a reluctant and distractingly sexy magical arbiter.

Tennyson Ritter is a historian. A scholar by choice, he is yanked from his studies to act as arbiter for the newly chosen fairy godmother. He doesn’t want to waste his time with a woman who doesn’t know anything about magic or the magical world, but soon the beguiling Kristin draws him away from his books and into her life.
But before Kristin can hone her skills and pass the tests necessary to fully claim her powers, she and Tennyson must work together to defend the world – both magical and human – against those that would claim her powers for their own.

 Les péchés du Démon (Kara Gillian, 4) – Diana Rowland

The homicide beat in Louisiana isn’t just terrifying, it’s demonic. Detective Kara Gilligan of the supernatural task force has the ability to summon demons to her aid, but she herself is pledged to serve a demonic lord. And now, people who’ve hurt Kara in the past are dropping dead for no apparent reason. To clear her name and save both the demon and human worlds, she’s in a race against the clock and in a battle for her life that just may take her to hell and back.

Les gens tombent comme des mouches autour de Kara. Les victimes ont un point commun : elles lui ont toutes fait du mal par le passé. La jeune femme cherche désespérément à comprendre le mobile des crimes pour éviter d’en être accusée. Lorsqu’elle découvre que la magie des arcanes et le royaume des démons sont impliqués dans ces décès, c’est la sécurité des deux mondes qui est mise à mal. L’enquête prend alors une toute nouvelle dimension.
Une course contre la montre qui pourrait bien mener Kara droit en enfer.

 Belladone (Nightshade, 1) – Michelle Rowen

Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires-until she was unwillingly injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to them. Now, tormented half-vampire Declan Reese wants her blood to destroy the undead kingdom. Unfortunately, the serum has also made her blood irresistible to all vampires-including Declan, whose desire for Jillian is more than mere hunger.

Pour Jillian Conrad, l’expression « être au mauvais endroit au mauvais moment » prend tout son sens. En effet, kidnappée par un assassin, elle se retrouve au beau milieu d’une guerre sans merci qui oppose les vampires à une organisation gouvernementale tentant de protéger l’humanité de ces monstres sanguinaires. Mais les apparences peuvent être trompeuses et son ravisseur, Declan, pourrait bien être son seul espoir.

 Larguée et Recyclée (Ex Trophy Wives, 1) – Dakota Cassidy

She was the perfect party-planning, haute-to-the max trophy wife. Now Maxine Cambridge is broke, unemployable and living with her mother and teenage son in a retirement village, with her self-esteem kicked to the curb.

Until her geeky former classmate Campbell Barker returns, all grown-up- and off-the-scale smokin’ hot. Campbell refuses to believe Max isn’t that smart, funny girl he’s crushed on since high school. The more Max tries to show him he’s wrong, the more she rediscovers her long-retired mojo. Now, she’s ready to throw down some payback on her ex-life and fight for what she deserves…

C’est la débâcle pour Maxine Cambridge : cette future-ex-femme au foyer richissime, toujours tirée à quatre épingles, doit retourner vivre chez sa mère avec son adolescent de fils. Impossible de dégoter un emploi : même le fast-food du coin ne veut pas d’elle. Réduite à ramasser des déjections canines pour se faire un peu d’argent, elle est au fond du gouffre…
Et si un petit coup de pouce du destin, en la personne de son ancien copain de classe, le magnifique Campbell Barker, était justement ce qu’il lui fallait pour remonter la pente ?

Blood Bath & Beyond (Immortality Bites Mysteries, 1) – Michelle Rowen

Sarah Dearly is adjusting to life as a fledgling vampire, satisfying her cravings at vampire-friendly blood banks. But when her fiancé Thierry takes a job with the Ring—the secret council in charge of keeping vampires in line—Sarah’s about to get more than a taste of danger…

Being engaged to a centuries-old master vampire can be challenging—especially when he takes a job with the Ring. Thierry’s in for fifty years of nonstop travel and deadly risk. It’s enough to make any woman reconsider the wedding…any woman except Sarah, that is.

Traveling to Las Vegas for his first assignment, they encounter a child beauty pageant contestant from hell, as well as a vampire serial killer leaving victims drained of blood, potentially exposing the existence of vampires to the whole world. But when Thierry’s truly ancient history comes back to haunt him, and he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, it’s up to Sarah to clear his name before their immortal lives come to an end. 

 Darklands (Deadtown, 4) – Nancy Holzner

They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its border—but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…

Boston’s demons have been disappearing, and Vicky’s clients are canceling left and right. While fewer demons might seem like a good thing, Vicky suspects foul play. A missing Celtic cauldron from Harvard’s Peabody museum leads her to an unwelcome conclusion: Pryce, her demi-demon cousin and bitter enemy, is trying to regain his full powers.

But Pryce isn’t alone. He’s conjured another, darker villain from Vicky’s past. To stop them from destroying everything she loves, she’ll have to face her own worst fear—in the realm of the dead itself.

Divergent (Divergent, 1) – Veronica Roth
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series–dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Cinq destins. Un seul choix.

Tris vit dans un monde post-apocalyptique où la société est divisée en cinq factions. À 16 ans, elle doit choisir sa nouvelle appartenance pour le reste de sa vie. Cas rarissime, son test d’aptitudes n’est pas concluant. Elle est divergente, elle est en danger de mort ! 

 Iron Duke (Iron Seas, 1) – Meljean Brooks

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

Angleterre, 1901. Les invasions de la Horde ont ruiné le pays. Nombreux sont ceux qui ont fui devant ce peuple barbare. D’autres restent et se battent. Comme Rhys Trahaearn, surnommé le duc de Fer, devenu un héros depuis qu’il a vaincu les forces ennemies. Alors que le pays se relève lentement, les ténèbres demeurent. Au côté de la sublime détective Mina Wentworth, le hors-la-loi enquête sur un meurtre des plus obscurs.

From Notting Hill with Love… Actually (Actually, 1) – Ali McNamara

Scarlett O’Brien is in love . . . with the movies. Utterly hooked on Hugh Grant, crazy about Richard Curtis, dying with lust for Johnny Depp, Scarlett spends her days with her head in the clouds and her nights with her hand in a huge tub of popcorn. Which is not exactly what her sensible, DIY-obsessed fiancé David has in mind for their future. So when Scarlett has the chance to house-sit an impossibly grand mansion in Notting Hill ? the setting of one of her all-time favourite movies ? she jumps at the chance to live out her film fantasies one last time. It’s just a shame that her new neighbour Sean is so irritating ? and so irritatingly handsome, too. As a chaotic comedy of her very own erupts around Scarlett, she begins to realise there’s more to life than seating plans and putting up shelves. What sort of happy ending does she really want? Will it be a case of Runaway Bride or Happily Ever After? The big white wedding looms, and Scarlett is running out of time to decide. 

 Moonshifted (Edie Spence, 2) – Cassie Alexander

After surviving a brutal vampire attack, Nurse Edie Spence is ready to get back to work—attending to supernatural creatures in need of medical help. But her nursing skills are put to the test when she witnesses a hit-and-run on her lunch break. The injured pedestrian is not only a werewolf, he’s the pack leader. And now Edie’s stuck in the middle of an all-out were-war…

With two rival packs fighting tooth and nail, Edie has no intention of crossing enemy lines. But when she meets her patient’s nephew—a tattooed werewolf named Lucas with a predatory gleam in his eye that’s hard to resist—Edie can’t help but choose sides. The question is: can she trust this dangerous new ally? And can she trust her own instincts when she’s near him? Either way, Edie can’t seem to pull away—even if getting involved makes her easy prey… 

 Sealed with the Curse (Weird Girls, 1) – Cecy Robson

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they’re products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren’t aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha’s family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough. 

 Tempting is Hell – Cathy Yardley

When the temp agency sent free spirit Kate O’Hara to Fiendish Enterprises, a ginormous, soul-sucking conglomerate, she didn’t realize just how appropriate the term soul-sucking would be. On the plus side, she does get to meet the sexy, devil-may-care playboy CEO, Thomas Kestrel. She’s just not sure if he’s a good guy or a bad guy or just a hot guy.
Thomas Kestrel has a problem. Nine years ago, he signed over his soul to save the woman he loved…only to realize he’d been set up. Now, to save himself from damnation, he must find and kill the thirteen key signatories who signed their souls over to the same man he did. Which would be a lot easier if the cute redhead he has nothing in common with wasn’t distributing Ho-Ho’s to the demons wading through soul contracts, creating a riot with talk of labor codes and unionization. He’d fire her if not for the fact that Kate’s irresistibly attractive—or that she’s created a program that makes finding signatories easier.
In fact, it’s so successful, she’s already found one.