New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

August 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Memoirs of a dragon hunter

August 17, 2018
MacAlister, Katie, author.
New York : Forever, 2018.
372 pages ; 18 cm
"One moment, I was a normal (if somewhat germaphobic) math teacher getting ready for summer vacation. Then my sister died in a pile of black ash, leaving me with a sword... and her destiny as dragon hunter. It turns out there's a whole other world out there filled with demons, dragons, and spirits. Now my job is to protect mortals - and I haven't got a clue what I'm doing. Then there's tattooed hotness Ian Iskander. Part dragon hunter and part demon, Ian's got some seriously creepy business associates and keeps trying to steal my sword. So why do we keep getting lost in hungry, crazy-hot kisses? Ian is the only person who can help me figure out who - and what - I am. But trusting a half-demon is dangerous... because when you play with dragon fire, someone always gets burned."--Back cover.

Wild hunger : an heirs of Chicagoland novel

August 14, 2018
Neill, Chloe, author.
New York : Berkley, [2018]
340 pages ; 21 cm.
"In the first thrilling installment of Chloe Neill's spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, a new vampire will find out just how deep blood ties run. As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she's a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he's prince of the Pack and its future king. When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever"-- Provided by publisher.

The warrior queen

August 13, 2018
King, Emily R., author.
New York, NY : Skyscape, [2018]
301 pages ; 21 cm
"In the final volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, Kalinda will risk everything to save the man she loves. Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah. But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life. Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far--mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn't visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out. She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before..."--provided by publisher.

The deception

August 13, 2018
Hudson, Lauren, author.
©2018
216 pages ; 23 cm
"Second in the Ascension trilogy"--Back cover.
"The triplets Felix, Jinx, and Desdemona Anchor have little time to bask in the glory of their victory over Jane and her army of captive Asterians. What begins as a competition to select the newest member of the Asterian Society quickly becomes a series of adventures that push the Anchors' powers to their limits. Together, the Anchors must cross boundaries of time and space to confront a darkness seeking to ensnare the human race. Can three gifted teens who can see the past, present, and future remain united to ward off evil and fulfill their promise? Or, will a grand deception stand in the way of the Anchors' quest to achieve their destiny?"--Back cover.

Girl at the grave

August 10, 2018
Black, Teri Bailey, author.
©2018
336 pages ; 22 cm
As a child, Valentine saw her mother murder the wealthiest man in their Connecticut town and then hang at the gallows. Neglected by her father, she's learned to fend for herself, living in a crumbling estate that feels haunted by the past. Now a top student at Drake Academy, she's determined to prove herself and overcome her mother's crime. But like all small towns, Feavers Crossing has a stiflingly long memory, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a killer as the most likely suspect. Outcast and isolated, Valentine finds an unlikely ally in Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother murdered all those years ago. Vowing to finally clear her family name, Valentine hunts for the real killer. Her search leads her to dangerously powerful families, the graveyard nestled behind her home, and even her own psyche - where must finally face the dark secrets hidden there.

Neverwake / Amy Plum.

August 6, 2018
Plum, Amy, author.
©2018
288 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Dreamfall (2017)
For most people, nightmares always come to an end. But for Cata, Ant, and the others, there may be no escape from theirs. After an experimental treatment meant to cure their insomnia went horribly wrong, the teens were dragged into a shared dreamworld where their most terrifying fears became reality. The six of them have no way of waking up. And they're beginning to realize that if they die here, they might actually die in the real world. One of the dreamers is already gone, and anyone could be next. The only thing they know for certain is that they have to work together to survive. But as they learn the truth about one another's pasts, they soon discover they are trapped with something far worse than their nightmares....Perfect for fans of Madeleine Roux, Danielle Vega, and Kendare Blake, Neverwake is the final book in this spine-tingling duology full of action, suspense, and horror--and it is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

Serpentine

August 3, 2018
Hamilton, Laurell K., author.
New York : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.
486 pages : color illustration ; 24 cm.
Illustrations on endpages.
A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita's fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it's the first trip she gets to take with just wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it's not all fun and games and bachelor parties... In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes. When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse--her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There's a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that's rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret--if she survives at all, that is...-- Provided by publisher.

Sea witch

August 1, 2018
Henning, Sarah, author.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.
348 pages ; 22 cm
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt. Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn't so powerless after all ... The rise of Hans Christian Andersen's iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits-- to become a monster.--From dust jacket.

Death in D minor

August 1, 2018
Gordon, Alexia, author.
[Frisco, Texas] : Henery Press, 2017.
219 pages ; 22 cm.
An African-American musician and expatriate can't rest easy: her ghost roomie and brother-in-law and cottage are all in trouble.

Killing in C sharp

August 1, 2018
Gordon, Alexia, author.
©2018
247 pages ; 21 cm.
"Gethsemane Brown fought off an attack by a sleazy hotel developer who wanted to turn her Irish cottage into a tourist trap. Now she must face a vengeful ghost determined to exact revenge for her murder centuries ago."--Back cover.

Dreadful company

July 26, 2018
Shaw, Vivian, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.
431 pages ; 21 cm
"Contemporary fantasy in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, whose family has been keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well for generations. When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery and skin disease in bogeymen -- and hopefully at least one uneventful night at the Opera. Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires -- and not the civilized kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the darkest corners of the City of Lights, the maze of ancient catacombs and mine-tunnels underneath the streets, where there is more to find than simply dead men's bones"-- Provided by publisher.

Pale as death

July 25, 2018
Graham, Heather, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : MIRA, [2018]
316 pages ; 24 cm
The crime scene is horrific: the corpse of a young actress, drained of blood and cut in two. LAPD Detective Sophie Manning's new case is high-profile and difficult -there's no evidence to work with. And it's a disturbing echo of the infamous Black Dahlia killing. Sophie is burning the candle at both ends, desperate to catch the murderer before he strikes again, when she starts to experience inexplicable visits...from ghosts. Bruce McFadden has a particular talent that can help Sophie -he can speak with the dead. As a consultant for the FBI's paranormal team, the Krewe of Hunters, he's been tasked with Sophie's case and they're forced to partner up. But Sophie doesn't want his help, and she doesn't want to share his peculiar skill. And she certainly isn't ready for love, despite Bruce's attentions. As the killer taunts the police, Sophie and Bruce will discover that the threat is closer than they'd ever realized. Working side by side is the only way they'll stop this deadly sequel.

Between frost and fury

July 23, 2018
Feener, Chani Lynn, author.
New York, NY : Swoon Reads, 2018.
360 pages ; 22 cm
Delaney finds herself kidnapped by aliens, at the center of a tense political battle between two alien kingdoms, and the attention of Trystan's romantic attentions. Just another day in the life of an ordinary human girl.

The cloven : a novel

July 19, 2018
Catling, B. (Brian), author.
New York : Vintage Books, [2018]
429 pages ; 21 cm
In the stunning conclusion to this endlessly imaginative saga, the young Afrikaner socialite Cyrena Lohr is mourning the death of her lover, the cyclops Ishmael, when she rekindles a relationship with famed naturalist Eugène Marais. Before departing down his own dark path, Marais presents her with a gift: an object of great power that grants her visions of a new world. Meanwhile, the threat of Germany's Blitz looms over London, and only Nicholas the Erstwhile senses the danger to come

Confound it

July 17, 2018
Toussaint, Maggie, author.
Kenmore, WA : Camel Press, [2018]
222 pages ; 23 cm.
Dreamwalker Baxley Powell is called to help investigate a suspicious fire. A meth cook is dead, and when Baxley visits her beyond the Veil of Life, she determines that the woman was murdered. Unconcerned about the death of a criminal, the authorities pursue the drug supply angle, but Baxley vows to find out who killed the single mother of a teenage son. Two suspects have the strongest motive, but Baxley has reason to believe they are pawns in a deeper game.

The night's baby : a Black Vampire story

July 16, 2018
Stina (Writer of paranormal fiction), author.
©2018
234 pages ; 21 cm.
When she entered school at a recently integrated college in North Carolina, Adirah Messa was looking forward to a bright future. Then she met a man of another kind who turned her world upside down. After being turned into a blood-sucking being and then giving birth to a child fathered by the King of Vampires, Adirah thinks that life can't get any stranger. But when her ancient past becomes a part of the present, she learns that her son has a destiny that is out of her control. With the eyes of very powerful and new enemies set on him, the only way to protect him is for old enemies to put their differences behind them. If the opposing vampire clans don't come together as one, it could mean the end of their kind altogether.

Competence

July 13, 2018
Carriger, Gail, author.
©2018
309 pages ; 22 cm.

Lost

July 13, 2018
Cast, P. C., author.
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2018.
viii, 395 pages ; 22 cm.
Zoey worries about her brother using Old Magick while he is in his world, so she and her friends travel to an alternative version of the House of Night, where dangers take the form of friends and allies are found in strange places.

Red waters rising

July 11, 2018
Gilman, Laura Anne, author.
New York : Saga, [2018]
350 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
In the last novel of The Devil's West trilogy, Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, and Gabriel ride through the magical land of the Territory to root out evil by the way of mad magicians, ghosts, and twisted animal spirits. As Isobel and Gabriel travel to the southern edge of the Territory, they arrive in the free city of Red Stick. Tensions are running high as the homesteading population grows, crowding the native lands, and suspicions rise across the river from an American fort. But there is a sickness running through Red Stick and Isobel begins to find her authority challenged. She'll be abandoned, betrayed, and forced to stand her ground as the Devil's left hand in this thrilling conclusion to The Devil's West Trilogy.

The brink of darkness

July 10, 2018
Giles, Jeff, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
341 pages ; 24 cm
"X is determined to break the lords' hold on him once and for all, but being stripped of his power pushes him toward a darkness he's never experienced and a past he's never known. The secrets that surface could be the key to reuniting X and Zoe ... or they could mean the destruction of everything they have been fighting for"--Provided by publisher.

Halcyon

July 10, 2018
Youers, Rio, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2018]
376 pages : 25 cm
"Halcyon is the answer for all Americans who want to escape, but paradise isn't what it seems. A beautiful island in the middle of Lake Ontario--a self-sustaining community made up of people who want to live without fear, crime, or greed. Halcyon is run by Valerie Kemp, aka Mother Moon, benevolent and altruistic on the outside, but hiding an unimaginable darkness inside. She has dedicated her life to the pursuit of Glam Moon, a place of eternal beauty and healing. And she believes the pathway there can only be found at the end of pleasure. On the heels of tragedy, Martin Lovegrove moves his family to Halcyon. A couple of months, he tells himself, to retreat from the chaos and grind. He soon begins to suspect there is something beneath Halcyon's perfect veneer and sets out to discover the truth--however terrible it might be--behind the island and its mysterious founder, Mother Moon"--Provided by publisher.

Awakened

July 5, 2018
Murray, James S., author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
286 pages : map ; 24 cm
After years of waiting, New York's newest subway line is finally ready. Many dignitaries, including the American President, are in attendance for the inaugural run. When the train pulls into the station, they see that all the train cars are empty and the cars' interiors are drenched in blood. As chaos descends, all those in the pavilion scramble to get out. But the horror is only beginning. There's something living beneath New York City, and it's not happy we've woken it up.

The naming of the beasts

July 5, 2018
Carey, Mike, 1959- author.
©2018, ©2009
417 pages ; 21 cm.
Originally published in Great Britain by Orbit in 2009.
"Felix Castor has blood on his hands. An innocent woman lies dead, her daughter comatose, and there's a demon loose on the streets. But not just any demon--this one rides shotgun on Castor's best friend's soul, and can't be expelled without killing him. Looks like Castor's got some tough choices to make, because exorcise the demon he must--or all Hell will break loose"--Page [4] of cover.

Loved

July 5, 2018
Cast, P. C., author.
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2017.
xiv, 336 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes discussion questions and fan Q & A.
"It's Zoey's eighteenth birthmas and the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the country busily adulting for almost a year when Stark calls them back to Tulsa to surprise Z. But all is not well in T-Town. Strange, dark signs are appearing--could it be possible Neferet is stirring? Not willing to chance disaster striking again, Zoey calls on her newly reunited friends to circle with her and add a layer of protection over Neferet's grotto jail. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong. Nothing at the House of Night is ever as it seems. With rabid red vampyres closing in, Zoey and the Nerd Herd must come together again and battle evil. But a year is a long time. Have these old friends grown too far apart? When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those she's loved?"--Jacket flap.

Hocus pocus & the all-new sequel

July 3, 2018
Jantha, A. W., author.
Los Angeles : Freeform Books, 2018.
521 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
At head of title: Disney.
"Based on the screenplay by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert ; story by David Kirschner and Mick Garris."
"Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens. Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches, the Sanderson sisters, from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on earth to torment Salem for all eternity. Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison's seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don't quite go as planned, it's a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches' latest death-defying scheme." -- Amazon.

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