Bloodstone by Nancy Holzner

Deadtown, Book 3

Synopsis: 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…

Review: I must say that I’m reading this series at an incredible speed. This is the first time I read all the volumes of a series in a row. I do not really know how after the fourth I’ve started, I would be able to wait for the next release. Yes because now I’ll have to follow the rhythm of the publications, too bad, it was nice to have all the books…

After a colorful end, we find our dear Vicky who must now face some new challenges. Everything comes together without downtime, leaving our heroine with more problems than she would like. Juliet is back, but goes directly into the hands of the goon squad as she wants them to protect her. But the elders want her at any price and will do everything to take her. But this is only the beginning … In fact, the father of Pryce is also ready to do anything he can to wake his son and kill Mab and Vicky; many terrible murders are  committed in the city; Maria has a lot of questions about what she is becoming; Kane is transformed into a wolf with no way to turn back and everyone is trying to kill her. So nothing new? But it’s really not easy to manage all that and each problem takes a lot of time.
I did not think we would have the opportunity to see Mab in this volume and it was a pleasure to have her in Deadtown. I love this character and I wanted to learn more about her. This volume has granted my wish though we still have a lot of questions. We also learn why Gwen has this particular antipathy for their aunt. It’s something Vicky didn’t know and she learns it with us. Maria also changes in this novel and it was interesting to see the other side of this character. I’m curious to see how far she will be able to go and what she will become. My feeling has also evolved about Kane. Starting the first book I was a bit mixed with him, but I find myself appreciating him more and more. We realize that Victory really appreciates him and that he would do anything for her. Tina is also back, trying to make her way to make our slayer of demons change her mind. I love Tina, she is completely crazy but we feel that even if she often changes her mind, her work with Vicky means a lot for her and she would love to try to do the same thing.
Finally you can see that many things happen in this novel, much more than in the previous one and Vicky is always facing something new, complicating each time her life. It was fascinating to follow our heroine in this story and to understand what was happening. This volume is explosive and fun, I think you will not be disappointed if you enjoyed the first two ones.


Hellforged by Nancy Holzner

Deadtown, Book 2

Synopsis: After Vicky banished her demon nemesis to the fiery depths of Hell, she thought life would return to normal. But considering she has a werewolf lawyer boyfriend, a zombie apprentice who’s angling to become a pop star, and an eccentric vampire roommate, what is normal, anyway?
Then the supposedly banished Hellion starts to trespass in Vicky’s dreams—just as several of Deadtown’s zombies are viciously attacked and become really dead. When Vicky realizes she’s the only connection between the victims, she suspects that the demon is somehow working through her dreams to become Deadtown’s living nightmare.
What she doesn’t know is that her old enemy brings with it a force more terrifying—and deadly—than anything she’s battled before.

Review: I immediately read this second volume after finishing the first one. I must say that once we get into the world of Nancy Holzner we always want more. This new novel also begins really fast and like the first one we aren’t bored for a second. 
Having regained an almost normal life, with the hope of having gotten rid of her Hellion demon, our young heroine comes back to work as if nothing had happened. But she is nevertheless very quickly overtaken by some new problems when, after forgetting her watch at the bar, she returns the next morning to find the new bartender, a zombie, dead in a fairly atrocious way. And it seems that death is following her when two others she knew, are found in the same way. I must say I was quite surprised by the death of a character I liked even though we didn’t see him a lot. It’s pretty sad to say that we won’t see him anymore through the pages. But in addition to all this, the banished Hellion she thought gone, returns to her in the less pleasant way possible. Vicky is going to have to face many new challenges and new characters who do not necessarily want her something good.


I was really delighted to meet Mab after hearing so much about her. This is really a fascinating lady and we’re immediately intrigued by what she really is and what she can do. We realize that our heroine does not know her really well as the lady hides many things. In this trip, we will also meet Pryce, her half demon cousin who is convinced that destiny will unite them both. This is also far from the view of our hunter! Kane and Daniel are also here. It is quite difficult to make a choice between the two of them, they both really have a little something more. We would like to see our heroine trying something with both to see where it could lead her to, but it is actually quite complicated. There are a lot of things in this novel and there is no downtime. As soon as we are on an idea, something else occurs, complicating the whole story.

I really enjoyed this novel, it was a very pleasant surprise and I’m glad to have discovered this series. I also will launch in the third book as soon as I get it in hand. The world and the characters are always fascinating and I hope more now.


Hellforged de Nancy Holzner (VO)

Deadtown, Tome 2

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Après que Vicky ait banni son ennemi démon dans les profondeurs des flammes de l’enfer, elle pensait que la vie reviendrait à la normale. Mais étant donné qu’elle a un petit ami avocat loup-garou, une apprentie zombie qui rêve de devenir une pop star, et une colocataire vampire excentrique, qu’est ce qui peut être considéré comme normal de toute façon?

Ensuite, le Hellion soi-disant banni commence à empiéter dans les rêves de Vicky – tout juste quand plusieurs de zombies de Deadtown sont violemment attaqués et sont réellement tués. Quand Vicky se rend compte qu’elle est le seul lien entre les victimes, elle soupçonne que le démon travaille à travers ses rêves pour devenir le cauchemar vivant de Deadtown.

Ce qu’elle ne sait pas, c’est que son vieil ennemi apporte avec lui, une force plus terrifiante et mortelle -que ce qu’elle a combattu auparavant.
Avis : J’ai tout de suite enchainé ce deuxième tome après avoir fini le premier. Il faut dire qu’une fois qu’on rentre dans le monde de Nancy Holzner on en veut toujours plus. Ce nouveau roman commence d’ailleurs sur les chapeaux de roues et comme pour le premier on ne s’ennuie pas une seule seconde.

Après avoir repris une vie à peu près normale pour elle, avec l’espoir de s’être débarrassée de son démon Hellion, notre jeune héroïne reprend le travail comme si de rien était. Mais elle est cependant très vite rattrapée par les problèmes quand, après avoir oublié sa montre au bar elle y revient le lendemain matin pour trouver le nouveau barman, zombie, mort d’une manière assez atroce. Et il semble que les morts la suivent quand deux autres personnes qu’elle connait, sont retrouvées de la même manière. Je dois dire que j’ai été assez surprise de constater la mort d’un des personnages que j’appréciais même si on le voyait peu.  C’est assez triste de se dire qu’on ne le verra plus au travers des pages. Mais en plus de tout cela, le Hellion qu’elle pensait banni reviendra à elle de la manière la moins agréable possible. Vicky va donc devoir faire face à de nombreuses nouvelles difficultés et de nouveaux personnages qui ne lui veulent pas forcément du bien.
J’ai vraiment été enchantée de rencontrer Mab après en avoir entendu tant parler. C’est vraiment une dame fascinante et on est tout de suite intrigué par ce qu’elle est réellement et par ce qu’elle est capable de faire. On se rend compte que notre héroïne ne la connait finalement pas si bien que ça et cette dernière cache bien des choses. Ce voyage nous permettra aussi de rencontrer Pryce, ce demi démon, cousin de Vicky qui est persuadé qu’une destinée va les réunir tous les deux. Ce qui est d’ailleurs loin de l’avis de notre chasseuse ! On retrouve aussi Kane et Daniel. C’est assez difficile de faire un choix entre les deux, ils ont vraiment tous les deux un petit quelque chose en plus. On aimerait que notre héroïne tente véritablement quelque chose avec les deux pour voir où ça la mène mais c’est finalement assez compliqué.  Il se passe vraiment beaucoup de choses dans ce roman et il n’y a aucun temps mort. Aussitôt que l’on se lance sur une idée, autre chose survient compliquant toute l’histoire.
J’ai vraiment adoré ce roman, c’était une très bonne surprise et je suis contente d’avoir pu découvrir cette série. Je me lancerai d’ailleurs dans le troisième tome aussitôt que je l’aurai en main. Le monde et les personnages sont toujours des plus fascinants et j’espère en savoir plus maintenant.


Stacking the Shelves #29


 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…

Deadtown by Nancy Holzner

Deadtown, Book 1

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

Vicky’s demanding job keeping the city safe from all manner of monsters is one reason her relationship with workaholic lawyer (and werewolf) Alexander Kane is in constant limbo. Throw in a foolhardy zombie apprentice, a mysterious demon-plagued client, and a suspicious research facility that’s taken an unwelcome interest in her family, and Vicky’s love life has as much of a pulse as Deadtown’s citizens.
But now Vicky’s got bigger things to worry about. The Hellion who murdered her father ten years ago has somehow broken through Boston’s magical protections. The Hellion is a ruthless force of destruction with a personal grudge against Vicky, and she’s the only one who can stop the demon before it destroys the city and everyone in it.

Review: After reading a very nice review of this book by Mel, I was curious to discover this first volume. I admit that it spent a lot of time in my TBR pile, but I’m glad I was pushed to start it.
Vicky is a young shapeshifter woman who has an outstanding job. In fact, she fights and kills the demons that inhabit people’s dreams, and so they can sleep peacefully. I must say that this is a really addictive work, and as she is the only one who practices this profession, she receives many requests. Her condition of Shapeshifter is also quite unique because despite her sister is one too, she is the only one who accepts that part of herself and who uses it. Our heroine is constantly immersed in the work and the only breaks she takes, allow her to spend some time with her lover, Alexander Kane, werewolf. Well, he is like her, always working, especially now that the elections are soon here and he is fighting against an opponent who wants to wipe the city of all the monsters who live here. I was quite surprised when, starting the book, I discovered that Vicky had a boyfriend, it’s pretty rare to find it in the first book of a urban fantasy series. But this is what adds a little originality to the story at the same time. It is true that we also wonder how our young heroine managed to remain so distant with her lover like that. Because although they are together, they do not see each other a lot and to understand what the other wants.

We can see at the beginning of the novel, the Vicky’s routine until a demon, a hellion, appears in her life, the man who killed her father 10 years ago. This event will totally mess up the life of our heroine, who wants now to revenge his death and then to kill him by any means. Added to this, a research group is determined to have her as a guinea pig to be able to examine her and understand her DNA, something she refuses, although it is not their opinion. They even turn to her sister trying to make her change her mind.

Nancy Holzner has created a very interesting world and I loved to learn more about it. Many creatures live here, including zombies, werewolves, demons, witches or even vampires. I also loved her roommate Juliet and I like the idea of ​​Juliet Capulet, become a vampire, and repeating the story we all know. I had never thought of it and I think it’s a really interesting perspective.
All the characters we meet are really interesting, whether it’s our young Vicky, demons killer; Tina our eccentric zombie; Juliet our little vampire; Kane the werewolf or Daniel the detective. It was a very good novel with a plot that keeps us intrigued throughout the book and I can’t wait to have the second volume to see what Nancy Holzner has concocted.

Deadtown de Nancy Holzner (VO)

Deadtown, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Ils l’appellent Deadtown : la partie de la ville en quarantaine pour les non humains et les résidents morts. La plupart des humains restent à la limite – mais Victory Vaughn, la seule tueuse de démons professionnelle de Boston, n’est pas vraiment humaine…

Le travail de Vicky consiste à  protéger la ville par tous les moyens des monstres. C’est une des raisons pour laquelle sa relation avec l’avocat, fou de travail (et loup garou) Alexander Kane est sur le fil du rasoir.  Ajoutons à cela une apprentie zombie téméraire, un client mystérieux démon-pestiféré, et un centre de recherches très intéressé par sa famille, la vie de Vicky a autant de pulsations que tous les citoyens de Deadtown.

Mais maintenant Vicky a de plus gros problèmes. Le Hellion qui a tué son père 10 ans auparavant, a brisé les barrières magiques de Boston. Le Hellion possède la force pure de la destruction avec une rancune particulière contre Vicky. Et elle est la seule qui peut stopper le démon avant qu’il détruise la ville et tous ceux qui y habitent.

Avis : Après avoir vu un très joli avis de ce livre chroniqué par Mel, j’étais curieuse de pouvoir découvrir ce premier tome. J’avoue qu’il a trainé pas mal de temps dans ma PAL, mais je suis contente d’avoir été poussée à le sortir.

Vicky est une jeune femme shapeshifter qui possède un travail hors du commun. En effet, elle se bat et tue les démons qui habitent les rêves des gens, pour qu’ils puissent ainsi dormir paisiblement. Il faut dire que c’est un travail vraiment prenant, et comme elle est la seule à pratiquer ce métier, elle reçoit beaucoup de demandes. Sa condition de Shapeshifter est elle aussi assez unique, car bien que sa sœur en soit une aussi, elle est la seule à accepter cette part d’elle-même et à l’utiliser. Notre héroïne est constamment plongée dans le travail et les seules pauses qu’elle s’accorde, lui permettent de passer un peu de temps avec son amant, Alexander Kane, loup-garou. Il faut dire qu’il est comme elle, un acharné de travail, notamment maintenant que les élections arrivent et qu’il se bat contre un adversaire qui veut rayer de la ville tous monstres qui y habitent. J’ai été assez surprise en commençant le livre quand j’ai découvert que Vicky avait déjà un compagnon, c’est assez rare de trouver ça dès le début en urban fantasy. Mais c’est ce qui permet d’ajouter un peu d’originalité à l’histoire par la même occasion. C’est vrai qu’on se demande aussi comment notre jeune héroïne arrive à tenir en restant aussi distante avec son amant. Car bien qu’ils soient ensemble, ils ne se voient que très peu et ont du mal à se comprendre l’un et l’autre.
On assiste donc au début du roman à la routine de Vicky jusqu’à ce qu’un démon, un hellion, apparaisse dans sa vie, celui-là même qui a tué son père 10 ans auparavant. Cet événement va totalement chambouler la vie de notre héroïne, qui ne pense à présent qu’à la vengeance et donc à le tuer par n’importe quel moyen que ce soit. Ajouté à cela, un groupe de recherches est déterminé à l’avoir comme cobaye pour pouvoir l’examiner et comprendre son ADN, chose qu’elle refuse catégoriquement, bien que ce ne soit pas de leur avis. Ils vont même jusqu’à se tourner vers sa sœur en essayant de la faire céder.
Nancy Holzner a créé un monde particulièrement intéressant et j’ai adoré en apprendre plus. De nombreuses créatures s’y côtoient dont des zombies, loups garous, démons, sorcières ou même des vampires. J’ai d’ailleurs adoré sa colocataire Juliette et j’ai beaucoup apprécié l’idée d’une Juliet Capulet, devenue vampire, refaisant ainsi l’histoire que nous connaissons tous. Je n’y avais jamais pensé et je trouve que c’est une perspective vraiment intéressante.
Tous les personnages que l’on rencontre sont vraiment intéressants, que ça soit Vicky notre jeune tueuse de démons, Tina notre zombie excentrique, Juliet notre petite vampire, Kane le loup-garou ou encore Daniel le policier. C’était un très bon roman avec une intrigue qui nous tient tout au long du livre et j’ai hâte de découvrir le deuxième tome pour voir ce que Nancy Holzner nous a concocté.

Stacking the Shelves #25


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 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.