New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

January 29, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Casually cursed

January 28, 2015
Frost, Kimberly, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
344 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Would-be witch (pages [335]-344).
"Tammy Jo rarely sets a toe outside Texas, but when she learns her mother is in trouble, Tammy is determined to save her--even if it means going to hell and back... Fresh off her engagement to wizard Bryn Lyons, Tammy Jo is surprised to make another new family connection when she meets the twin sister she never knew she had. After being spirited away to the fae kingdom of Never as an infant, Kismet has finally escaped, and arrived in Duvall, Texas, with some terrible news: their mother, Marlee, is a prisoner of the Seelie fae. Crossing the ocean to battle the fae isn't Tammy Jo's idea of a romantic getaway, but Bryn refuses to let her go alone--as do her aunt Edie and her ex-husband Zach. Unfortunately, their plot to free Marlee is foiled when they are caught by the fae queen. And the only chance the queen gives them to save Marlee's life may be an impossible quest"--Page [4] of cover.

Cherry bomb

January 28, 2015
Kiernan, Caitlín R.
New York : Roc, [2015]
256 pages ; 20 cm.
"A Siobhan Quinn novel" --Cover.
"Meet Siobhan Quinn-Half vampire, half werewolf, and retired monster hunter. Or so she though... Three years have passed since Quinn turned her back on Providence, Rhode Island's seedy supernatural underbelly, walking out on Mr. B. and taking a bus headed anywhere. She hoped her escape would give her some peace from the endless parade of horrors. But a dead girl who quarrels with the moon can't catch a break, and, on the streets of Manhattan, Quinn finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place. Again. What do you do when you're stuck in the middle of a three-million-year-old grudge match between the ghouls and the djinn, accidentally in possession of a hellish artifact that could turn the tide of the war, all the while being hunted by depraved half-ghoul twins intent on taking the object and ushering in a terrifying Dark Age? Especially when you've fallen in love with the woman who got you into this mess-and you ain't nobody's hero..."-- Provided by publisher.

The Rabbit Back Literature Society

January 20, 2015
Jääskeläinen, Pasi Ilmari, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
343 pages ; 22 cm
Translation of: Lumikko ja yhdeksän muuta.
This translation originally published: Great Britain : Pushkin Press, 2013.
"Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children's author Laura White to join 'The Rabbit Back Literature Society,' an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, a young literature teacher. Soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual known as 'The Game'? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura White's winter party? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her?"-- Provided by publisher.

Burned

January 9, 2015
Moning, Karen Marie.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
xxvi, 475 pages ; 25 cm.
"MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons are back and hotter than ever in Burned, the latest novel in the blockbuster Fever series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning. It's easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing. MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she's already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh--an ancient book of terrible evil--yet its hold on her has never been stronger. When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac's former protege and best friend, Dani "Mega" O'Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal. It's a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil is blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth"-- Provided by publisher.

Foxglove summer

January 5, 2015
Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964- author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2015]
325 pages ; 17 cm.

Crouching tiger, forbidden vampire

January 2, 2015
Sparks, Kerrelyn.
New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
372 pages ; 18 cm.
"Love at stake series"--Backcover.
Russell wakes from a coma to find he's become a vampire. Now he has a thirst for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he's used to working alone, until he meets Jia. She is after the same vampire for murdering her parents and insists she can help Russell on this mission. Reluctantly, he agrees, and sets up some ground rules: Their partnership is strictly business. If he holds her a little too close, if she looks at him with those exotic eyes, that has to stop.

The witches of Echo Park

December 30, 2014
Benson, Amber, 1977-
New York : Ace Trade, [2015]
x, 294 pages ; 20 cm.
"From beloved author, director, and actress, Amber Benson... Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated-and we will all pay if their power falls... When Elyse MacAllister's great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets-extraordinary secrets-from her. Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora's Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt's place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril-for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last.. "-- Provided by publisher.

Darkness falls

November 28, 2014
Arthur, Keri, author.
New York, New York : A Signet Book, [2014]
392 pages ; 18 cm.
The search for the last key to the gates of hell has begun, and half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones is in more danger than ever--and one misstep could prove ruinous. It's only a matter of time before Madeleine Hunter, the dangerous head of the vampire council, begins her hunt for complete domination. And for Risa, that comes with an alarming ultimatum: hand over the last key to Hunter or, one by one, her loved ones will die. Now, it's a race against time for Risa to save those she loves, and to stop Hunter's apocalyptic plan to open the very gates of hell.

The lady

November 28, 2014
Johansen, K. V. (Krista V.), 1968-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2014.
443 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"Marakand, volume 2"--Title page.
"Possessed by a ghost who feeds on death, the undying assassin Ahjvar the Leopard has been captured by the Lady of Marakand, enslaved by necromancy to be captain of her Red Masks. His shield-bearer Ghu, a former slave with an uncanny ability to free the captive dead, follows Ahjvar into the war-torn lands of the Duina Catairna to release him, even if that means destroying what is left of Ahj's tormented soul. Deyandara, the last surviving heir of the Catairnan queen, rides into a land ravaged by disease and war, seeking the allies she abandoned months before, though they have no hope of standing against the army led by the invulnerable Red Masks of Marakand and the divine terror of the Lady. In the city of Marakand, former enemies ally and old friends seek one another's deaths as loyalists of the entombed gods Gurhan and Ilbialla raise a revolt, spearheaded by the Grasslander wizard Ivah, the shapeshifting Blackdog, and the bear-demon Mikki. The Lady's defenses are not easily breached, though, and the one enemy who might withstand her, the Northron wanderer Moth, bearer of the sword Lakkariss, has vanished. "-- Provided by publisher.

Sweet damage : a novel

November 20, 2014
James, Rebecca, 1970-
New York : Bantam Books, 2014.
286 pages ; 25 cm
"When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in his dream location, it seems nothing more than a wonderful stroke of luck. Despite the fact that the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn, he takes it. But when strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if renting the room has been a terrible mistake--until his feelings for Anna start to change. But as Tim falls for Anna, her past comes back with a vengeance...and he finds himself caught in the middle of the storm"-- Provided by publisher.

The boy who killed demons : a novel

October 29, 2014
Zeltserman, Dave, 1959-
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014.
288 pages ; 24 cm

Reign of evil : a Seal Team 666 novel

October 27, 2014
Ochse, Weston, author.
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
viii, 323 pages ; 25 cm.
"Reign of Evil, the third installment in Weston Ochse's series starring the Navy SEALs who handle supernatural threats, with film rights optioned by MGM Legend holds that when Britain is in its darkest hour, King Arthur will return to save the country, if not the world. That legend is dead wrong. When a Grove of Druids sacrifice the lives of a group of innocent people, including the fiancee of a member of SEAL Team 666, the ancient king is brought back from the dead and sets his sight on subjugating humanity and cleansing his land of all who are not true Britons. Because of political sensitivities, Triple 6 is ordered to stand down, but that order is ignored by one of them seeking his own vengeance. In a shocking twist, Triple Six is ordered to bring in their own man instead of hunting down what they consider to be the real threat. Now, the members of America's elite supernatural-hunting team must decide what is more important: their orders or their loyalty to their own team member. Film rights to the SEAL Team 666 series were optioned by MGM, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson recently signed on to star in the feature film adaptation!"-- Provided by publisher.

Black dog

October 24, 2014
Kittredge, Caitlin.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
344 pages ; 21 cm
"Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who tracks down errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper's Scythe, Ava lands in hot water with the demon Lilith, her reaper's boss. Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper's ledger, or die trying. But when Ava discovers that Lilith actually sent her after the fallen angel Azrael, she realizes she's being used as a pawn in Lilith's scheme to usurp the throne of Hell. Ava's had enough--after a hundred years of being used and enslaved, it's time for some payback. And Hell's never seen a fury like hers..."-- Provided by publisher.

Seventh grave and no body

October 16, 2014
Jones, Darynda, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 322 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there's that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she's ever known about him"-- Provided by publisher.

The hexed

October 8, 2014
Graham, Heather.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2014.
431 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Devin Lyle moves into an eighteenth century cabin in the woods of Salem, haunted by dead bodies and ghostly apparitions"-- Provided by publisher.

The secrets of life and death

October 6, 2014
Alexander, Rebecca, author.
©2014
373 pages ; 21 cm
Includes Reader's Guide with Topics for Discussion (pages [371]-373).
"In modern day England, Professor Felix Guichard is called in to identify occult symbols found on the corpse of a young girl. His investigation brings him in contact with a mysterious woman, Jackdaw Hammond, who guards a monumental secret--She's Dead. Or she would be, were it not for magic which has artificially extended her life. But someone else knows her secret. Someone very old and very powerful, who won't rest until they've taken the magic that keeps her alive. In Krakow in 1585, Dr John Dee, the Elizabethan Alchemist and Occultist, and his assistant Edward Kelley have been summoned by the King of Poland to save the life of his niece, the infamous Countess Elisabeth Bathory. But they soon realize that the only thing worse than the Countess' malady, is the magic that might be able to save her. As Jackdaw and Felix race to uncover the truth about the person hunting her, it becomes clear that the answers they seek can only be found in the ancient diary of John Dee's assistant, Edward Kelley. Together they must solve a mystery centuries in the making, or die trying."

One potion in the grave

September 30, 2014
Blake, Heather, author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, 2014
325 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes preview of: Some like it witchy (pages [317]-325).
"An Obsidian mystery."
"Carly Bell Hartwell's love potions are always in demand in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South... When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she's not back for a social visit. She's come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son's high-profile wedding. But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she's forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue's family take the term "bad blood" to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception"--Page [4] of cover.

Poison fruit

September 29, 2014
Carey, Jacqueline, 1964-
New York, New York : Roc, [2014]
437 pages ; 24 cm
"A ROC book."
With a new predator on the loose, Daisy Johanssen, liaison to the Norse goddess of the dead, fights harder than usual to keep the paranormal residents of Pemkowet under control.

The queen of zombie hearts

September 17, 2014
Showalter, Gena, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2014].
459 pages ; 22 cm.
"Alice 'Ali' Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers. But Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters... and the worst has only begun. As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies. And she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsble for killing---and turning--Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima--even sacrificing her own life for those she loves"--Jacket.

The Hawley book of the dead : a novel

September 17, 2014
Szarlan, Chrysler, author.
©2014
332 pages ; 25 cm
"Magic is in Revelation "Reve" Dyer's blood. Together, she and her husband Jeremy have three daughters, a beautiful home, and a world-famous Las Vegas magic act. But Reve has many secrets, secrets that have not only shaped her past but now threaten her family. When a mysterious intruder tampers with the weapon used in one of the illusions in Reve's act, igniting a fresh tragedy, Reve fears for the safety of her three daughters--the twins, Fai and Grace, with their passion for horses and music, and little Caleigh, who seems to be able to weave the future in her endless games of cat's cradle. Grief-stricken, Reve flees with the three girls to the only place she's ever felt safe: the forest of Hawley Five Corners in Massachusetts. It's the place where magic reigns, and her oldest friend--and first love--is the chief of police. Once there, she'll discover The Hawley Book of the Dead, the ancient book that may hold the key to her family's mysterious past...and ultimately, to her own future"-- Provided by publisher.

Sanctum

September 12, 2014
Roux, Madeleine, 1985- author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
343 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Asylum.
"Plagued by nightmares from their summer in the Brookline asylum, Dan, Abby, and Jordan return to New Hampshire College for a prosective students weekend, only to find themselves caught in a dark and dangerous mystery"-- Provided by publisher.

The Cottoncrest curse : a novel

September 5, 2014
Rubin, Michael H., 1950-
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2014.
307 pages ; 24 cm
The bodies of an elderly colonel and his comely young wife are discovered on the staircase of their stately plantation home, their blood still dripping down the wooden balustrades. Within the sheltered walls of Cottoncrest, Augustine and Rebecca Chastaine have met their deaths under the same shroud of mystery that befell the former owner, who had committed suicide at the end of the Civil War. Locals whisper about the curse of Cottoncrest Plantation, an otherworldly force that has now taken three lives. But Sheriff Raifer Jackson knows that even a specter needs a mortal accomplice, and after investigating the crime scene, he concludes that the apparent murder/suicide is a double homicide, with local peddler Jake Gold as the prime suspect.

The witch with no name

September 2, 2014
Harrison, Kim, 1966-
New York : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
462 pages ; 24 cm.
"Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more. But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now. To save Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything"-- Provided by publisher.

Grudgebearer

August 27, 2014
Lewis, J. F. (Jeremy F.), author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2014.
415 pages ; 21 cm

Son of no one

August 21, 2014
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
420 pages ; 25 cm
"In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it's not easy being life's own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they're even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement. From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn't quite right. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his age. Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed into an immortal prison by the only person he'd ever trusted. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him. Something he can't seem to fight and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him everything. He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hellbent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?"-- Provided by publisher.

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