Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Night Huntress, Book 7

Synopsis: There’s always one more grave to dig

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war . . .

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death . . . because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear—will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Review: This is the final book in the Night Huntress series and it is true that I was curious to find out the whole story. However, certain points made ​​me a little anxious … Indeed, the latest volume of a series is always very difficult to write to content all readers and I was afraid of being disappointed by it… But that’s not all because the sixth volume was a little less interesting than others and I was afraid that it may be the same with this one. But I can tell you that I was wrong and Jeaniene Frost presents us with a very good final book.

Cat and Bones continue their lives quietly, trying not to attract attention until they learn that Tate and the gang disappeared without a trace. While our couple is determined to understand what is happening, they are at the heart of a story about secret researches for the government. But in order to save her friends, Cat will have to ask for help to all her allies to thwart the plans made for her. But it will not be easy, and even far from that because this adventure will be more explosive and lively than expected.

I loved to follow this new story. Cat and Bones will have to excel here as many surprises await them. I admit that I really enjoyed seeing all the characters that we had the chance to discover throughout the novels. Yes we do! You heard right, ALL the characters are present, Vlad, Spade, Ian, Marie, Tate, Don, Denise and many others … Even if some do not have a great impact on the story, it is always a pleasure to see them again. Together, they will find a way to infiltrate a secret laboratory. They could also find here a new character who could impact on their lives.

Cat has evolved over the novels but nothing could stop her once she has an idea in mind. Yet it also puts her in rather dangerous situations and even if she sometimes acts at odds with Bones, they are always there for each other. There is no dead time in the story and I loved the ending to the novel. Everything was really well done and I am very happy to have discovered this last volume. It was a nice surprise for me and I’m sad to leave the characters behind me now.

4

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Hors de la tombe de Jeaniene Frost

Chasseuse de la Nuit, Tome 7

Résumé : Le dernier tome explosif de la saga !

Ces derniers mois ont été d’un calme inhabituel pour les vampires Cat Crawfield et son mari Bones. Mais ils ont eu tort de baisser leur garde.
Les magouilles écoeurantes d’un ancien agent de la CIA menacent de faire exploser les tensions entre humains et morts-vivants. Cat et Bones doivent reprendre du service pour éviter une guerre sans précédent. Une course contre la montre où la moindre erreur peut les condamner à un sort pire que la mort…

Avis : Voilà le dernier tome de Chasseuse de la Nuit et c’est vrai que j’étais assez curieuse de découvrir toute l’histoire. Certains points me rendaient cependant un peu anxieuse… En effet, les derniers tomes d’une série sont toujours très difficiles à écrire pour contenter tous les lecteurs et j’ai eu peur d’être déçue… Mais il n’y pas que cela car le sixième volume m’avait un peu moins conquise que les autres et j’avais peur qu’il en soit de même avec celui-ci. Pourtant, je peux vous dire que je me trompais et Jeaniene Frost nous présente un très bon dernier tome.

Cat et Bones continuent tranquillement leur vie en essayant de ne pas attirer l’attention jusqu’au jour où ils apprennent que Tate et toute la bande a disparu sans laisser de trace. Alors que notre couple est bien décidé à comprendre ce qu’il se passe, ils se retrouvent au cœur d’une histoire de recherches sécrètes pour le compte du gouvernement. Mais pour arriver à sauver ses amis, Cat va devoir demander de l’aide à tous ses alliés afin de déjouer les plans prévus pour elle. Mais ça ne sera pas de tout repos et même loin de là car cette aventure semble bien plus explosive et animée que prévu.

J’ai adoré suivre cette nouvelle histoire. Cat et Bones vont devoir se surpasser ici et de nombreuses surprises les attendent. J’avoue que j’ai beaucoup apprécié de voir tous les personnages que nous avons eu la chance de découvrir tout au long du roman. Oui ! Vous avez bien entendu, TOUS les personnages sont présents, Vlad, Spade, Ian, Marie, le conseil, Tate, Don, Denise et de nombreux autres… Même si certains n’ont pas un grand impact sur l’histoire c’est toujours un plaisir de les revoir. Ensemble, ils vont trouver un moyen de s’infiltrer dans un laboratoire devenu secret. Ils pourraient d’ailleurs découvrir ici un nouveau personnage pouvant impacter sur leur vie.

Cat a beaucoup évolué au cours des romans mais rien ne pourrait l’arrêter une fois qu’elle a une idée en tête. Pourtant cela la met aussi dans des situations assez dangereuses et même si elle agit parfois en contradiction avec Bones, ils sont toujours là l’un pour l’autre. Il n’y a aucun temps mort au cours de l’histoire et j’ai adoré la conclusion de l’histoire. Le tout était vraiment bien trouvé et je suis très contente d’avoir pu découvrir ce dernier volume. C’était une jolie surprise pour moi et je suis triste de laisser les personnages derrière moi à présent.

4

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Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Night Prince, Book 1

Synopsis: She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

Review : I am a huge fan of the author Jeaniene Frost and her Night Huntress series. So I was very curious about her new series, Night Prince, as it focuses on Vlad, a secondary character from the Night Huntress series who had almost upstage Bones as he was so intriguing.

In the Night Prince series, the story is not narrated by Vlad himself but by Leila , the heroine of this new spin-off series. Since the accident that nearly cost her life, Leila has a power comparable to the greatest superheroes of comics: she can not only see the darkest secrets of people when she touches them (or when she touches an object belonging to them ) but in addition, she can electrocute them. This terrible ability forced her to leave her family and live on the fringe of society. Leila works in a traveling circus, which allows her to never stay long in one place and to not attract attention to herself. She performs trampoline acts with her friend Marty, a vampire dwarf who considers her as his daughter. But her life will be turned upside down the day she is kidnapped by a group of vampires. They want to use her powers in order to locate Vlad to ambush him…

I really enjoyed Once Burned ! Vlad was already one of my favorite characters in the Night Huntress series and I was eager to find out more about him. Well I have to say that concerning this point, this book has been up to my expectations because it was a real pleasure to see him here. Overall we can say that Vlad is true to form compared to what we had glimpsed of him in the other saga.

So he remained roughly the same, that is to say arrogant and overconfident but also very mysterious. All of this does not make him less endearing, on the contrary. Very protective towards the members of his lineage, he is therefore highly respected and even if sometimes his behaviour is quite terrifying, we discover other facets of his personality that make him more appealing to us. He is not like Bram Stoker’s hero at all and hates that people compare him to this character. We already knew some details about him through his appearances in the Night Huntress series but here we learn more : we have subtle glimpses into his past, his enemies, and that has made ​​him one of the creatures the most feared of all. But there is still so much to find out about him… Vlad is a fascinating character and his impressive gift of pyrokinesis makes him even more daunting.

But Leila is not outdone. She is a very intelligent young woman and she has personality. She would do anything to protect her family and friends, without acting impulsively. She is a thoughtful heroine. Her painful past made ​​her stronger. Her first encounter with Vlad is quite unusual because it is done by telepathic contact. Vlad is used to be listened to and obeyed without any discussion. But Leila has none of it and does not hesitate to rebel herself and stand up to him throughout the novel.

I loved the relationship between these two main characters. The romance is well established and evolves in a subtle way. Indeed, our two heroes are attracted, fascinated and intrigued by each other but without the early outpouring of love or feelings. Instead, they try to know better each other and try to stop the danger threating them. We feel that there is something very strong that is being created between them, but Vlad is a very complex man, and we will have to wait the sequel to see how this relationship will evolve.

The plot is well developed. Jeaniene Frost keeps us in suspense from beginning to end with her flowing but effective writing style. The rhythm of the story is good, full of action and suspense. The identity of the villain is slow in coming and I have to admit that I’d like to discover more things about him and his motivations. The end leaves us with new questions and now I can’t wait to read Book 2 to find out what will happen next.

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La Mort dans l’âme de Jeaniene Frost

Le Prince des ténèbres, Tome 1

Résumé : Dans l’univers de Chasseuse de la Nuit…

Leila dispose un pouvoir terrifiant : elle voit les secrets les plus sombres des gens qu’elle touche. Raison pour laquelle des créatures de la nuit l’enlèvent et la forcent à entrer en contact télépathique avec le plus célèbre vampire du monde. Lorsque Vlad et Leila se rencontrent, la passion menace de les consumer… Mais un vieil ennemi du vampire, rôde dans l’ombre, bien déterminé à les voir littéralement brûler.

Avis : Ceux qui me connaissent un peu savent que je suis une grande fan de l’auteure Jeaniene Frost et du couple Cat et Bones. J’étais donc curieuse de découvrir sa nouvelle série, Le Prince des ténèbres, d’autant plus qu’il met en avant Vlad, un personnage secondaire de la série Chasseuse de la Nuit mais qui avait bien failli voler la vedette à ce cher Bones, tellement il était intriguant.

Dans La Mort dans l’âme, l’histoire est racontée non pas par Vlad lui même mais par Leila, l’héroïne de cette nouvelle série spin-off. Depuis son accident qui a failli lui coûter la vie, Leila détient un pouvoir digne des plus grands super-héros de bande dessinée : elle peut non seulement voir les secrets les plus sombres des personnes lorsqu’elle les touche (ou lorsqu’elle touche un objet leur appartenant) mais en plus, elle peut les électrocuter. Cette terrible capacité l’a contrainte à s’éloigner de sa famille et à vivre en marge de la société. Leila travaille dans un cirque ambulant, ce qui lui permet de ne jamais rester bien longtemps au même endroit et ainsi, ne pas attirer l’attention sur elle. Elle effectue des numéros de trampoline en duo avec son ami Marty, un nain vampire, qui la considère comme sa fille. Mais sa vie va être complètement chamboulée le jour où elle est enlevée par un groupe de vampires. Ces derniers veulent se servir de ses pouvoirs dans le but de localiser Vlad, afin de lui tendre une embuscade…

J’ai vraiment adoré ce premier tome ! Vlad était déjà l’un de mes chouchous dans la série Chasseuse de la Nuit et je n’avais qu’une hâte, en savoir plus sur lui. Et bien je dois dire que de ce côté là, ce livre a été à la hauteur de mes espérances car ça a été un véritable bonheur de le retrouver ici. Dans l’ensemble, Vlad reste égal à lui même et assez fidèle à ce qu’on avait entraperçu de lui dans l’autre saga de Jeaniene Frost.

Il est donc resté à peu près le même, à savoir très arrogant et trop sûr de lui même mais aussi très mystérieux. Tout cela ne le rend pas pour autant moins attachant, bien au contraire. Hyper protecteur vis-à-vis des siens et des membres de sa lignée, il est par conséquent très respecté et même s’il se comporte parfois de façon assez effrayante, on découvre d’autres facettes de lui qui le rendent encore plus sympathique à nos yeux. Il ne ressemble en rien au Dracula de Bram Stoker et a horreur qu’on le compare à ce personnage. On connaissait déjà quelques détails le concernant grâce à ses apparitions dans Chasseuse de la Nuit mais ici, on en apprend davantage : on découvre quelques bribes de son passé, ses ennemis, ainsi que ce qui a fait de lui l’une des créatures les plus redoutées de toutes. Mais il reste encore tellement de choses à découvrir à son sujet… C’est un personnage fascinant, on ne peut que tomber sous son charme et son impressionnant don de pyrokinésie le rend encore plus intimidant.

Ceci dit Leila n’est pas en reste. C’est une jeune femme très intelligente, qui a du caractère et qui est prête à tout pour protéger ses proches et ses amis, sans pour autant agir de manière impulsive. C’est une héroïne posée et réfléchie et son passé douloureux l’a rendue plus forte. Sa première rencontre avec Vlad est assez insolite puisqu’elle se fait par contact télépathique. Vlad a l’habitude d’être écouté et obéi sans la moindre discussion. Mais Leila ne l’entend pas de cette oreille et n’hésite pas à se rebeller et à lui tenir tête tout au long du roman.

J’ai beaucoup aimé la relation qui se noue entre nos deux personnages principaux. La romance est bien construite et évolue de manière assez subtile. En effet, nos deux héros sont attirés, fascinés et intrigués l’un par l’autre, sans pour autant qu’il y ait dès le début effusion d’amour ou de sentiments. Au contraire, ils apprennent à se connaître et tentent de mettre un terme à la menace qui pèse sur eux. On sent qu’il y a quelque chose d’assez fort qui est en train de se créer entre eux mais Vlad reste un homme très complexe et il va falloir attendre la suite pour voir comment évoluera cette relation.

L’intrigue quant à elle est très bien ficelée. Jeaniene Frost nous tient en haleine du début jusqu’à la fin avec sa plume fluide mais efficace. L’histoire est bien rythmée, pleine d’action et de suspense. L’identité du méchant tarde à nous être révélée et du coup je dois avouer que j’aimerais bien en savoir davantage sur lui et sur ses motivations. La fin nous laisse sur de nouvelles interrogations et il me tarde maintenant de lire le tome 2 pour découvrir ce qu’il va se passer ensuite.

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Stacking the Shelves #45

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

 Jeux de Fauves (Anita Blake, 17) – Laurell K Hamilton

C’est le cadeau répugnant d’un vampire tueur en série qui m’a incitée à  m’intéresser à Las Vegas. Mais la situation est pire que je ne le pensais : plusieurs officiers de police et un exécuteur ont été assassinés. Épaulée par trois marshals, dont l’impitoyable Edward, je dois mener l’enquête. Heureusement qu’il est là pour couvrir mes arrières, car tout porte à croire que c’est un tigregarou qui a fait le coup. Or, ces derniers sont très puissants dans la Cité du péché, ce qui signifie que je risque bien de prendre quelqu’un de haut placé à rebrousse-poil…
 Thank you Sullivan McPig!
Enemy Within (Enemy, 1) – Marcella Burnard
An intergalactic cold war-and some heated passion- from an inventive new voice in futuristic romance.

After a stint in an alien prison, Captain Ari Rose wonders why she even bothered to survive. Stripped of her command and banished to her father’s scientific expedition to finish a Ph.D. she doesn’t want, Ari never planned to languish quietly behind a desk. She wasn’t built for it, either. But when pirates commandeer her father’s ship, Ari once again becomes a prisoner.

As far as pirate leader Cullin is concerned, Ari’s past imprisonment puts her dead center in Cullin’s sights. If she hasn’t been brainwashed and returned as a spy, then he’s convinced she must be part of a traitorous alliance endangering billions of lives. Cullin can’t afford the desire she fires within him and he’ll stop at nothing, including destroying her, to uncover the truth.

 

Immortal Eclipse: New Adult Immortal Eclipse – Sherry Soule

A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural—until she inherits Summerwind Mansion. . . .

When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house.

Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer—before they strike again.

The problem is . . . whoever it is may not be human.

Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar.

Determined to play detective—instead of the fashion police—and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth.

The Monsters In Your Neighborhood (Monstrosity, 2) – Jesse Petersen

As one of Frankenstein’s Creatures, Natalie Gray knows that unique parts sometimes make up a great whole. Still, leading a diverse support group for monsters-now including Cthulhu!-isn’t an easy task. Especially not since the internet arrived. New York City embraces the different and the bizarre. Still, even for such a fun-loving city, the supernatural and monstrous might be a bit too much. It’s been six months since the members of “Club Monstrosity” overcame the most recent spate of anti-monster violence and they’ve reestablished their routine of meeting in a church basement once a week to (ugh!) talk about their feelings. Still, they also know a war against them is brewing.
Natalie and Alec (the werewolf) have begun dating, and the mummies Kai and Rehu are tighter than a bug in a…well, bandage. But when modern means (YouTube, Twitter, bits and bytes) are used to chilp away at the solidarity of these ancient monsters, it’s up to Natalie to save the day. #MonstersInNewYork may be trending on Twitter, but this girl’s trending toward saving the day…somehow.

No Angel No Angel – Helen Keeble

Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn’t exactly heaven on Earth.

Raffi’s about to learn that St. Mary’s is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he’s no angel-but it’s pretty hard to deny that there’s some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.


A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls, #2) A cursed Embraced (Weird Girls, 2) – Cecy Robson

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird…

After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome.

To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.

The Brokenhearted The Broken Hearted – Amelia Kahaney

A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

The Chaos of Stars The Chaos of Stars – Kirsten White

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

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Cat & Bones (Chasseuse de la nuit, #0.5;Chasseuse de la nuit, #4.5;Chasseuse de la nuit, #6.5) Cat & Bones – Jeaniene Frost

Retrouvez la Chasseuse de la nuit dans trois inédits !
Cat et Bones sont de retour dans trois aventures qui vous feront découvrir vos personnages préférés comme vous ne les avez jamais vus.
Du passé trouble de Bones à ses retrouvailles familiales inattendues, embarquez pour un voyage captivant en compagnie de ce couple explosif qui n’a pas fini de vous faire rêver.

Ce recueil comprend les nouvelles suivantes : Home Sweet Home, La prime et Un plat qui se mange froid. 

Traquée (Waynest, #1) 
 Traquée (Waynest, 1) – Jess Haines

Quand le chasseur devient la proie…

Le job de détective de Shiarra Waynest est déjà dangereux d’ordinaire. Il le devient davantage quand elle doit accepter un contrat susceptible de renflouer ses caisses vides… s’il ne lui coûte pas la vie. Dans une ville où rôdent la magie et les nonmorts et où vampires et loups-garous ne sont pas toujours ce qu’ils semblent être, Shiarra va devenir une arme secrète dans la bataille entre le bien et le mal… que cela lui plaise ou non.

Touch of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #5) 
 Touch of the Demon (Kara Gillian, 5) – Diana Rowland

Kara Gillian is in some seriously deep trouble.

She’s used to summoning supernatural creatures from the demon realm to our world, but now the tables have been turned and she’s the one who’s been summoned. Kara is the prisoner of yet another demonic lord, but she quickly discovers that she’s far more than a mere hostage. Yet waiting for rescue has never been her style, and Kara has no intention of being a pawn in someone else’s game.

There’s intrigue to spare as she digs into the origin of the demonic lords and discovers the machinations of humans and demons alike. Kara is shocked to discover that she has her own history in the demon realm, and that the ties between her and the demonic lords Rhyzkahl and Szerain go back farther than she could have ever imagined. But treachery runs rampant among all the lords, and she’s going to have to stay sharp in order to keep from being used to further their own agendas. The lords have a secret that dates back to earth’s ancient history, and it could have devastating repercussions for both worlds.

Yet more than anything else, Kara’s abilities as a homicide detective will be put to the test—because this time the murder she has to solve is her own. 

The Spellman Files (The Spellmans #1) The Spellman Files (Spellman, 1) – Lisa Lutz

Meet Isabel “Izzy” Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to “Get Smart” reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors — but the upshot is she’s good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family’s firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people’s privacy comes naturally to Izzy. In fact, it comes naturally to all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on, blackmail, and wiretap a Spellman. Part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry, Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. Duties include: completing assignments from the bosses, aka Mom and Dad (preferably without scrutiny); appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother (often under duress); setting an example for her fourteen-year-old sister, Rae (who’s become addicted to “recreational surveillance”); and tracking down her uncle (who randomly disappears on benders dubbed “Lost Weekends”). But when Izzy’s parents hire Rae to follow her (for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy’s new boyfriend), Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business. But there’s a hitch: she must take one last job before they’ll let her go — a fifteen-year-old, ice-cold missing person case. She accepts, only to experience a disappearance far closer to home, which becomes the most important case of her life.

Riveted (Iron Seas, #3) Riveted (Iron Seas, 3) – Meljean Brook

A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magical—and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.

Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on an airship, searching for her sister and longing to return home. But that home is threatened when scientific expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard, looking to expose Annika’s secrets. Then disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, with their very survival depending on keeping the heat rising between them—and generating lots of steam 

 

Cat & Bones de Jeaniene Frost

Chasseuse de la nuit, #0.5; Chasseuse de la nuit, #4.5; Chasseuse de la nuit, #6.5

Résumé : Retrouvez la Chasseuse de la nuit dans trois inédits ! Cat et Bones sont de retour dans trois aventures qui vous feront découvrir vos personnages préférés comme vous ne les avez jamais vus. Du passé trouble de Bones à ses retrouvailles familiales inattendues, embarquez pour un voyage captivant en compagnie de ce couple explosif qui n’a pas fini de vous faire rêver.


Avis : C’est toujours un plaisir de retrouver Cat et Bones dans de nouvelles aventures. Milady nous gâte vraiment en nous offrant ce petit recueil composé de trois nouvelles, d’autant plus que la première, Home Sweet Home se déroule juste après le tome 6.

  • Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home est sans nul doute ma préférée car elle fait office de suite du tome 6. C’est l’anniversaire de Bones et pour l’occasion, Cat a voulu lui faire une surprise en invitant tous leurs amis chez eux. Mais Annette manque à l’appel, ce qui est assez inquiétant, sans parler de Bones qui se comporte de manière étrange. Il n’en faut pas plus à Cat pour intervenir et avec l’aide d’Ian, Denise, Fabian et Elisabeth, elle est bien décidée à comprendre ce qui se passe. 
J’ai vraiment adoré cette nouvelle riche en surprises, rebondissements et révélations. Ici, Cat va donc devoir faire équipe avec Ian, si elle veut sauver Bones et ses amis du nouveau danger qui les guette. Et avec Ian, vous vous en doutez, on aura droit à des scènes assez cocasses. Leurs joutes verbales sont absolument délicieuses. Ian bien sûr reste égal à lui même : égoïste, arrogant et assez pervers mais si drôle. C’était un régal de le voir tenir ici un rôle plus important. On apprend quelques bribes de son passé et j’avoue que ça n’a fait que titiller encore plus ma curiosité à son sujet. J’ai adoré découvrir toutes ces choses sur lui, surtout à la fin, je ne m’y attendais pas du tout. Décidément Jeaniene Frost arrive encore à nous surprendre ! C’est un personnage sympathique malgré tous ses défauts et j’espère vraiment que lui aussi aura droit un jour à son spin-off. 
Les autres, en revanche, sont plutôt effacés. Même Bones est moins présent que de coutume, bien qu’on apprend un peu plus sur son passé à lui aussi. C’était d’ailleurs assez étrange de le voir aussi impuissant et vulnérable face à ce qui lui arrive. Bref, vous l’aurez compris, c’était une très bonne novella et je conseille à tous les fans de la lire.

  • La Prime
La Prime quant à elle se situe entre les tomes 4 et 5 de la série. Ici, Cat et Bones doivent protéger, à la demande de Don, une riche héritière dont la mort profiterait à son cousin, qui hériterait à sa place. C’est une nouvelle assez sympathique bien que très courte, où l’on retrouve nos deux héros en pleine action, comme ils nous avaient habitués au début de la série. C’est aussi l’occasion pour Cat de revoir sa mère, Justina, et ainsi peut être renouer des liens.

  • Un plat qui se mange froid
Enfin, la dernière nouvelle, Un plat qui se mange froid, se focalise uniquement sur Bones car elle se déroule avant les événements du tome 1, c’est-à-dire avant sa rencontre avec Cat dans l’Ohio. On retrouve donc Bones à la Nouvelle Orléans. En effet Jelani, le fidèle serviteur de Marie Laveau, fait appel à ses services afin qu’il élimine un couple de goules qui s’en prend à des touristes sur le territoire de la reine alors que celle-ci est absente. Bones accepte le contrat et compte mener à bien sa mission mais c’était sans compter sur Ralmiel, un autre chasseur de primes qui le pourchasse. C’était intéressant de voir Bones travailler sans Cat. Mais il n’en reste pas moins efficace et très intuitif. J’ai bien aimé aussi Ralmiel ainsi que toute la magie dégagée par La Nouvelle-Orléans avec ses festivités, son Mardi Gras, ses fantômes et le vodoo. 

Conclusion : Ce recueil de nouvelles a été une agréable surprise, j’ai adoré retrouver tous ces personnages auxquels je me suis tant attachée. Un complément indispensable à tous les fans de la série, en attendant la sortie du tome 7.

Cat & Bones by Jeaniene Frost

Night Huntress, #0.5 ; Night Huntress, 4.5 ; Night Huntress 6.5 
Review : It is always a pleasure to see Cat and Bones in new adventures. The French publisher made us a wonderful gift by publishing these three novellas in one book, especially as the first one, Home for the Holidays takes place just after book 6. 

  • Home for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays is without a doubt my favorite novella because it’s a continuation of book 6. It’s Bones’s birthday and for the occasion, Cat wanted to surprise him by inviting all their friends at home. But Annette is missing, which is quite disturbing, not to mention the fact that Bones is behaving strangely. Once again, Cat will have to intervene and with the help of her friends Ian, Denise, Fabian and Elizabeth, she is determined to understand what is going on. 
I really loved this novella full of surprises, twists and revelations. Here Cat will have to team up with Ian, if she wants to save her friends and her husband Bones from the new danger which is threatening them. And with Ian, as you can imagine, we will have some comical scenes. Their verbal sparring are absolutely delicious. Ian of course is equal to himself: selfish, arrogant and a litle bit perverse but so funny. It was delightful to see him take a more important role here. We learn a few fragments of his past and I admit that they had only as result to tickle my curiosity even more about him. I enjoyed discovering all these things about him, especially at the end, I didn’t expect that at all. Definitely, Jeaniene Frost still manages to surprise us! He is a nice character despite all his faults and I really hope that one day he will have his spin-off too. 
The others characters however, are less present, even Bones although we learn a little more about his past too. It was also strange to see him so helpless and vulnerable to what happens to him. So, it was a very good novella and I recommend all the fans of the series to read it.
  • One for the Money
One for the Money is a novella situated between book 4 and 5 of the series. Here, Cat and Bones must protect, at the request of Don, a wealthy heiress whose death would benefit to his cousin who is determined to inherit instead of her. This second novella is pretty nice although very short, and we find our heroes in action, as they had accustomed us to at the beginning of the series. This is also an opportunity for Cat to see her mother, Justina, and maybe to reconnect with her. 
  • Reckoning
Finally, the latest novella Reckoning, focuses only on Bones because it takes place before the events of book 1, that is to say before he met Cat in Ohio. So we find Bones in New Orleans. Indeed, Jelani, the faithful servant of Marie Laveau, asks him to eliminate a couple of ghouls who attacks the tourists in the Queen of vodoo’s territory while she is absent. Bones accepts the contract and expects to achieve his mission but he is hunted by Ralmiel, another bounty hunter. It was interesting to see Bones work without Cat. But he remains efficient and very intuitive. I also liked Ralmiel and the magic of New Orleans with its festivities, Mardi Gras, its ghosts and vodoo. 

Conclusion: This book was a pleasant surprise, I enjoyed to find all the characters because I am so attached to them. It is an essential complement to all fans of the series, until the release of book 7.