Stacking the Shelves #45


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 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.

Merci à Zendarstak: 

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 


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 School Spirits (School Spirits, 1) – Rachel Hawkins

Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy’s mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who’s always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt? 

The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion—is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?

And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own.

Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.

 The Last Word (The Spellmans, 6) – Lisa Lutz

Isabel Spellman is used to being followed, extorted, and questioned—all occupational hazards of working at her family’s firm, Spellman Investigations. Her little sister, Rae, once tailed Izzy for weeks on end to discover the identity of her boyfriend. Her mother, Olivia, once blackmailed Izzy with photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994. It seemed that the Spellmans would lay off after Izzy was fired for breaching client confidentiality, but then Izzy avenged her dismissal by staging a hostile takeover of the company. She should have known better than to think she could put such shenanigans behind her.

In The Last Word, Izzy’s troubles are just beginning. After her hostile takeover of Spellman Investigations, Izzy’s parents simply go on strike. Her sister, Rae, comes back into the family business with questionable motivations. Her other employees seem to be coping with anxiety disorders, and she has no idea how to pay the bills. However, her worst threat comes from someone who is no relation. Within months of assuming control of the business, Izzy is accused of embezzling from a former client, the ridiculously wealthy Mr. Slayter, who happens to have Alzheimer’s, which Izzy and he are diligently trying to keep under wraps. Not only is Slayter’s business and reputation on the line, but if Izzy gets indicted for embezzlement, she’ll lose everything—her business, her license, and her family’s livelihood. Is this the end of Izzy Spellman, PI? The answer makes The Last Word, hands down, the most thrilling book in this bestselling, award-nominated series. 

 Crave the Darkness (Shaede Assassin, 3) – Amanda Bonilla

Nothing comes easy for Darian. Her heightened powers make her indispensable to the Shaede Nation, but dangerous missions have driven her lover, Tyler, to his breaking point. Darian must salvage their bond, but a new assignment to protect Anya—a fellow Shaede and the first of their kind to become pregnant in centuries—stands in their way.

It doesn’t help that the two Shaedes are longtime rivals and share nothing besides mutual hatred. But when it becomes clear that someone—or something—is bent on destroying the expectant mother and her unborn child, Darian must put her feelings aside and track down Anya’s would-be assassin.

As she probes into Anya’s past, Darian digs up long-buried secrets—and a connection between Tyler and the mission that could destroy everything between them…

 Sea, sex and Sean de Cathy Yardley

Toute Californienne digne de ce nom sait tenir sur une planche de surf. Sauf moi, Allison Robbins ! Le seul truc sur lequel j’ose tester mon équilibre, ce sont mes stilettos. Normal : mon trip c’est plutôt réunions à rallonge et pause café express. Je ne vous raconte pas le stress ! Jusqu’au jour où j’ai eu une crise d’angoisse en plein milieu d’une présentation. Résultat : mon boss m’a mise au repos forcé et mon médecin m’a prescrit des séances de surf. Rien de tel pour se détendre, a-t-il assuré. Se détendre ? Facile à dire quand le moniteur est un grand blond aux yeux verts et au physique de demi-dieu ! Sean ? c’est le prénom du demi-dieu  a beau être ultra zen, il met en surchauffe tous mes capteurs sensoriels. Pas besoin de vous faire un dessin : je suis amoureuse. A votre avis, est-ce que la reine des plannings serrés et des pronostics de résultats, bref une fille comme moi, a des chances d’intéresser un mec aussi cool que Sean ? En tout cas, je tente ma chance ! 


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 Endgame (Sirantha Jax, 6) – Ann Aguirre

Regret nothing.

Sirantha Jax has the J-gene, which permits her to “jump” faster-than-light ships through grimspace. She loves nothing more than that rush, but the star roads have to wait…

Her final mission takes her to La’heng, a planet subjugated during first contact. Since then, the La’hengrin homeworld has been occupied by foreign conquerors.

All that’s about to change.

Now, as part of a grassroots resistance, Jax means to liberate the La’hengrin. But political intrigue and guerrilla warfare are new to her, and this will be the most dangerous game she’s ever played—spies and conspiracies, a war of weapons and hearts, and not everyone is guaranteed to make it out alive…

 Trail of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, 5) – Lisa Lutz

FOR THE FIRST TIME in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman, PI, might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities—with no apparent motive. Dad has a secret. Izzy’s brother and sister are at war—for no apparent reason. And her niece keeps saying “banana” even though she hates bananas. That’s not to say that Izzy isn’t without her own troubles. Her boyfriend, Henry Stone, keeps wanting “to talk,” a prospect Isabel evades by going out with her new drinking buddy, none other than Gertrude Stone, Henry’s mother.

Things aren’t any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations. First, Rae is hired to follow a girl, only to fake the surveillance reports. Then a math professor hires Izzy to watch his immaculate apartment while he unravels like a bad formula. And as the questions pile up, Izzy won’t stop hunting for the answers—even when they threaten to shatter both the business and the family.

 Bloodstone (Deadtown, 3) – Nancy Holzner

Boston’s diverse South End is known for its architecture and great restaurants, not its body count. So when mutilated human corpses begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice. The killer—dubbed the South End Reaper—uses a curved blade for his grisly work. And even though there’s no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining the already-tense relations between Boston’s human and inhuman residents.

As the bodies pile up, Vicky, her formidable aunt Mab, and her werewolf boyfriend Kane investigate, only to find that the creature behind the carnage is after something much more than blood…

 Kept (Coveted, 2) – Shawntelle Madison

Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she’s now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jersey pack, and has even gotten a handle on her obsessive urge to hoard holiday ornaments. Yet Nat barely has time to revel in her progress before the next crisis comes howling at her door.

Nat’s father has suddenly gone missing, captured by the Russian werewolf mafia. And as Nat steps up to save her dad from a mob boss’s deadly game, two men step in to play another round for her heart: her gorgeous alpha ex-boyfriend, Thorn, and her new flame, the sweetly sensitive wizard Nick. With her life growing more harried by the minute, Nat must stay cool, calm, and collected . . . or else risk losing everything.

 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…

My first Santa gift, thanks Sullivan McPig

Archangel (Samaria, 1) – Sharon Shinn

And so it came to pass…
Through science, faith and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society that they conceived of as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other and the prospect of swift punishment if they disobeyed their laws. Fertile land that embraced a variety of climates and seasons. Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowledge. Jehovah to watch over them all…
But an age of corruption has come to the land, threatening their peace and placing the Samarians in grave danger. Their only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen for this honor the angel named Gabriel, and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel.

It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm, and a devotion to duty equal to his own.

Rachel, however, has other ideas…

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 Heads you lose – Lisa Lutz + David Hayward

Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing twentysomething siblings eking out a living in rural Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can’t exactly dial 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears, a few days riper . . . and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two.

When collaborators Lutz and Hayward (former romantic partners) start to disagree about how the story should unfold, the body count rises, victims and suspects alike develop surprising characteristics (meet Brandy Chester, the stripper with the Mensa IQ), and sibling rivalry reaches homicidal intensity. Think Adaptation crossed with Weeds. Will the authors solve the mystery without killing each other first?

Trickster – Jeff Somers
Lem has ethics in using his magic. Therefore Lem is hungry and broke most of the time.

Ethics in the world of blood magic, however, is a gray area. While Lem will grift his way through life by using small glamours to make $1 bills appear as $20s, enabling him and his none-too-bright pal Mags to eat, he won’t use other people’s blood to cast. Stronger spells require more blood, and hardcore magicians use Bleeders or “volunteers” to this end. Not Lem.

So when these down-and-out boon companions encounter a girl kidnapped and marked with magic rune tattoos, it’s not at all clear that they’re powerful enough to save her…or themselves. Turning to his estranged Master for help, it quickly becomes clear to Lem that not only is this beautiful, strange girl’s life all but forfeit, but that the world’s preeminent mage had big, earth-shattering plans for her—and he and Mags just got in the way.


 Vouée aux Tenèbres (Riley Jensen, 8) – Keri Arthur

Riley Jenson mène l’enquête sur d’horribles meurtres perpétrés dans un club où se rencontrent vampires et humains accros à leur morsure. Le temps lui est compté car la tension entre les deux groupes monte dangereusement. Et pour ne rien arranger, Riley doit jongler avec deux amants jaloux : Kye, le loup-garou, et Quinn, le vampire. Mais son enquête risque bien de revenir au premier plan car l’assassin sait où la trouver depuis un moment…

 D’enfer (Immortality Bites, 4) – Michelle Rowen

Depuis que je suis vampire, ma vie est un vrai chaos. Entre mon histoire d’amour impossible et mes problèmes avec les chasseurs, je touche le fond. Mais j’ai bien l’intention de me reprendre.
D’abord, trouver du travail. Or avec moi, un entretien d’embauche a vite fait de se transformer en cauchemar. Et pour couronner le tout, voilà qu’une sorcière me transforme en nocturne, une espèce de vampire dangereuse et allergique au soleil. Finie, la bronzette. Génial !
Je commence à me demander si quelqu’un là-haut n’a pas une dent contre moi…

 Les vacances d’un Serial Killer – Nadine Monfils

Comme chaque été, Alfonse Destrooper part en villégiature à la mer du Nord. Josette, sa femme, est bien décidée à se la couler douce, entre farniente à la plage et shopping dans la station balnéaire. Les enfants, Steven et Lourdes, emportent leur caméra pour immortaliser ces vacances tant attendues. Quant à la mémé, véritable Calamiry Jane, elle les accompagne dans sa vieille caravane. Mais le voyage commence mal ! Un motard pique le sac de Josette à un carrefour et s’enfuit. Furieux, Alfonse s’arrête dans un snack pour s’enfiler une bière pendant que les deux ados, avec leur manie de tout filmer. s’amusent à planquer leur caméra dans les toilettes, histoire de recueillir quelques images truculentes. La famille Destrooper reprend finalement la route. À l’arrière de la voiture, les ados visionnent tranquillement leur vidéo. Quand, soudain, ils découvrent à l’écran le cadavre du motard gisant sur le sol des toilettes du restoroute ! Et, pour couronner le tout, la magnifique pension dans laquelle les Destrooper ont prévu de séjourner est un rade pourri. Les vacances en enfer ne font que commencer… Une comédie décapante, teintée d’humour noir et d’un zeste de poésie, un hymne à la Belgique.

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Blessed by a Demon’s Mark (Kat Redding, 3) – E.S. Moore

In a job like this, there’s no retirement plan

Kat Redding’s life is dangerous enough when she’s hunting the rogue vampires who prey on Pureblood humans. But now that Kat is thinking of getting out of the killing business, she’s faced with a slew of new problems. Like the demon Beligral, who offers help at an escalating cost, and the werewolf cult with whom she’s entwined professionally and personally. And then there’s Countess Baset—the terrifying vampire who wants Kat to become her personal assassin.

It’s no wonder that Kat has been seeking refuge in the mysterious town known as Delai, a place where she can shed her Lady Death persona and live a life that’s as close to normal as she’s ever known. But even in this haven, something feels askew. Delai is a little too serene. And the more she discovers, the more Kat realizes that the only choice left to her is not whether to do battle, but which side she’ll risk her life to defend…

 Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, 1) – Ann Aguirre

By all accounts, Sirantha Jax should have burned out years ago…

As the carrier of a rare gene, Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace—a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. But then the ship she’s navigating crash-lands, and she’s accused of killing everyone on board. It’s hard for Jax to defend herself: she has no memory of the crash.

Now imprisoned and the subject of a ruthless interrogation, Jax is on the verge of madness. Then a mysterious man breaks into her cell, offering her freedom—for a price. March needs Jax to help his small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel—and establish a new breed of jumper.

Jax is only good at one thing—grimspace—and it will eventually kill her. So she may as well have some fun in the meantime…

 One More Bite (Jar parks, 5) – Jennifer Rardin

It’s Jaz Parks. I’ve already smoked the guy who was the pain in the CIA’s you-know-what for the past few years. But now, in the power vacuum left by the death of Edward “The Raptor”Samos, a struggle for supremacy has begun between his former allies: The Flock, The Valencian Weres and the Coven of Inverness.

The CIA feels the balance must be maintained. So when an agent planted among the Weres discovers a plot to assassinate the Coven’s leader, I and my vampire hottie (and boss), Vayl, are brought in to take out the woman hired to do the deed, a killer who might be as wily and Gifted as ourselves.

So it’s off to the Scottish Highlands for some twisted fun among murderers, demons and half-crazed relatives. Sometimes being a top-secret CIA assassin isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

 The Spellmans Strike Again/Les Spellman contre-attaquent (The Spellmans, 4) – Lisa Lutz

At the ripe old age of 32, former wild child Isabel “Izzy” Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business. Let’s just say the transition won’t be a smooth one. Her first priorities as head of Spellman Investigations are to dig up some dirt on the competition—slippery ex-cop Rick Harkey—and to track down a stolen screenplay called The Snowball Effect. Next, faced with a baffling missing-persons case at the home of an aging millionaire, Izzy hires an actor friend to infiltrate the mansion as an undercover butler. Only he enjoys the role a little too much.

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Sans Honte/Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, 3) – Gail Garriger

Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto.

Lady Alexia Woolsey est indiscutablement le scandale de la saison londonienne.

Après les événements survenus en Écosse, elle est retournée vivre chez ses parents. La reine Victoria l’a exclue du Cabinet fantôme, et la seule personne qui pourrait donner une explication à sa délicate condition actuelle, Lord Akeldama, a inopinément quitté la ville. Pour couronner le tout, Alexia découvre que les vampires de Londres ont juré sa mort.
Tandis que Lord Maccon met toute son énergie à boire, et que le Professeur Lyall tente désespérément de maintenir la cohésion au sein de la meute Woolsey, Alexia s’enfuit en Italie à la recherche des mystérieux Templiers. Ils sont les seuls à pouvoir l’aider. Mais ils pourraient aussi s’avérer pires que les vampires. Surtout armés de pesto.

The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows, 6) – Kim Harrison

When you dance with demons, you lay your soul on the line…

In the Hollows, where the natural and the supernatural co-exist – not always peacefully – desperate times often call for unorthodox measures. But bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan did the absolutely unthinkable to save the lives of her friends: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins have come home to haunt her.

As Rachel hunts for the truth behind a terrifying murder, the discovery of a shocking family secret is about to throw her entire life into question. And the long-lost ancient knowledge she seeks resides in the demonic ever-after. But there are some lines that should never be crossed–like the one Rachel Morgan’s stepping over…again!

Quand vous dansez avec les démons, vous mettez votre âme en jeu…
Dans les Hollows, où le naturel et le surnaturel coexistent – pas toujours en paix – les temps désespérés appellent souvent des mesures peu orthodoxes. Mais la tueuse à gage – la sorcière Rachel Morgan a fait l’impossible afin de sauver la vie de ses amis : elle a volontairement participé à de la magie interdite de démons. Et maintenant ses péchés reviennent pour la hanter.
Tandis que Rachel chasse la vérité d’un meurtre terrifiant, la découverte d’un terrible secret de famille est sur le point de remettre en question toute sa vie. Et les anciens savoirs perdus qu’elle recherche, se trouve dans le royaume des démons. Mais il y a des limites que personne ne devrait transgresser – comme celle que Rachel franchit… encore !
 It takes a Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, 1) – Heather Blake

Darcy Merriweather has just discovered she hails from a long line of Wishcrafters-witches with the power to grant wishes by casting a spell. She’s come to Enchanted Village to learn her trade but finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation…

Darcy Merriweather vient juste de découvrir quelle est issue dune longue lignée de sorcières de faiseurs de souhaits avec le pouvoir daccorder les souhaits en lançant un sort. Elle va se rendre à Enchanted Village afin dapprendre le métier mais se retrouve au milieu dune enquête pour meurtre.

Shaded Vision (Sisters of the Moon, 11) – Yamisne Galenorn
We’re the D’Artigo sisters: sexy, savvy ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But being half-human, half-Fae means our powers could go haywire any time-mostly the wrong times. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch with three sexy husbands. My sister Menolly is a vampire who’s dating a werepuma. And me? I’m Delilah, a two-faced werecat and Death Maiden. I watch over things in the Supe Community, where trouble is about to go down hard…

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re preparing our friend Iris’s wedding. But when we get word that the Supe Community Center has been bombed, things get really ugly. The evil coyote shifters-the Koyanni-are back and Newkirk, their new leader has joined forces with a group of rogue sorcerers. Then, just as we think things can’t get worse, the demon lord Shadow Wing sends in a new front man, and life really goes to hell…

Nous sommes les sœurs D’Artifo: sexys, ex-membres efficaces de l’agence de l’Autre Monde. Mais être à moitié humaine et moitié Fae signifie que nos pouvoirs peuvent devenir incontrôlables à tous moments, surtout les mauvais. Ma sœur Camille est une méchante-bonne sorcière avec trois sexys maris. Ma sœur Menolly est une vampire qui sort avec un puma garou. Et moi ? Je suis Delilah, à la fois chat garou et Servante de la Mort. Je surveille ce qu’il se passe dans la communauté surnaturelle, où un gros problème va bientôt frapper.
C’est la St Valentin et nous préparons le mariage de notre amie Iris. Mais quand on a appris que le centre de la communauté surnaturelle a été l’objet d’une explosion, les choses empirent. Les méchants coyotes change-formes  – les Koyanni – sont de retour et Newbirk, leur nouveau leader a rejoint les forces d’un groupe de sorciers rogues. Ensuite, comme si les choses ne pouvaient pas empirer, le démon Lord Shadow Wing a envoyé un nouvel homme, et la vie se transforme maintenant en enfer…

Revenge of the Spellmans/La revanche des Spellman (Spellman, 3) – Lisa Lutz

Having been ordered into therapy after getting a little too close to her previous subject, former private investigator Izzy Spellman is wisely taking a break from Spellman Inc, having embarked on a less controversial career as a barmaid. But when her boss, Milo, simultaneously cuts her bartending hours and introduces her to a ‘friend’ looking for a private eye, Izzy reluctantly finds herself with a new client. A suspicious husband who wants his wife tailed, it would appear to be a routine case involving nothing more than that most boring of PI rituals: surveillance. But Izzy soon discovers that she’s not the only person keeping a close eye on Mrs Ernie Black and with each passing hour the Case of the Wayward Wife throws up more questions than answers.

La détective privée Izzy Spellman est de retour sur le terrain, mais aussi sur le divan pour une thérapie sous contrôle judiciaire. Entre séances de psy et enquête difficile, elle doit aussi faire face aux « comportements suspects » des membres de sa famille : son frère David, qui revient blessé de prétendues vacances en Italie ; sa jeune soeur Rae, qui ne cesse d’emprunter subrepticement sa voiture ; ses parents qui manigancent leur retraite. Pour corser le tout, Izzy est victime d’un maître chanteur, ce qui la pousse à soupçonner successivement tous ses proches.
Dialogues insolents, situations hilarantes, rythme endiablé font de cette Revanche des Spellman un excellent cru. On retrouve avec plaisir cette famille attachante qui évolue au fil du temps et prend ici une humanité inattendue.
Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, 1) – Seanan McGuire
Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night… The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity-and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she’d rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren’t for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family’s old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone’s spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city…
Ghoules. Fantômes. Bestioles à longues pattes. Choses qui travaillent de nuit… La famille Price a passé de nombreuses générations à étudier le monde des monstres, travaillant à les protéger de l’humanité et inversement. Et voici qu’arrive Verity Price. Malgré un entrainement depuis sa naissance en tant de cryptozoologiste, elle préfèrerait danser un tango plutôt que s’embrouiller avec un démon. Elle a passé un an à Manhattan pour poursuivre sa carrière professionnelle de danseuse de salon. Cela semble plutôt simple, non ? Ce devrait être le cas, s’il n’y avait pas tous ces ragots, les magiciens télépathiques, les top-models asbestosiques, et le chasseur, un monstre entrainé, envoyé par les vieux ennemis de la famille Price, Le Couvent St. George. Quand une fille Price rencontre un garçon du Couvent, des enjeux élevés, des talons hauts et de nombreux dommages collatéraux sont garantis. Et pour compliquer tout cela les cryptids locaux disparaissent, d’étranges hommes lézard font leur apparition dans les égouts et quelqu’un a lancé une rumeur au sujet d’un dragon dormant sous la ville…