New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

April 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Sisters of salt and iron

April 29, 2016
Cross, Kady, 1971- author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Teen, [2016]
345 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Sisters of blood and spirit.
The spirit of Wren Noble is lonely even though she talks with her living twin sister Lark. Then Wren meets Noah, the spirit of a young man who died a century ago. But Noah has a dark influence on Wren and Lark's distrust of him drives the sisters apart for the first time in their lives. As Halloween approaches, Lark must find a way to stop whatever deadly act Noah is planning, even if it means going through her sister to do so.

Nettle king : a night and nothing novel

April 28, 2016
Harbour, Katherine, 1967- author.
New Yorker : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
301 pages ; 23 cm.
The mesmerizing conclusion to the Night and Nothing series; part Buffy the Vampire Slayer and part Alice in Wonderland; finds Finn fighting against the land of the dead. When her beloved Jack disappears, Finn vows to find him; even if it means a daring odyssey into the land of the dead. But saving Jack comes at a terrible price: a dangerous fissure has opened, giving the dead access to the true world. The lines between worlds are more blurred than ever. Finn's sister, Lily, recently returned from the Ghostlands, seems to bear no scars from her time there. But then their friend Moth returns from Sombrus, the magical house once owned by Seth Lot, bearing shocking news. Something evil, a fearsome creature bearing a striking resemblance to Jack has escaped Sombrus and is now stalking Fair Hollow, killing everyone it encounters, transforming them into terrifying Jacks and Jills and recruiting the Unseelie. It will not stop until it gets what it wants... Finn.

Grim tidings

April 28, 2016
Kittredge, Caitlin, author.
©2016
259 pages ; 21 cm.
"In this thrilling sequel to Black Dog the first volume of award-winning Caitlin Kittredge's dark urban fantasy series, Hellhound Chronicles a soul catcher must stop demonic monsters from her past from infecting the world. After winning her freedom from a reaper and facing off against a fearsome demon boss, Ava is now a masterless hellhound. Her friend, Leo, has found a new life after death: He's returned as the Grim Reaper the first in centuries. As both try to adjust to their new circumstances, Ava's dark past comes back to wreak havoc on her. and the entire world. A breed of monsters as smart as vampires but who behave like zombies has been sighted in Kansas. Ava can't believe these "zompires" are back. She thought she'd kicked their asses for good when she first battled them in a Nazi death camp. Now, they're spreading their infection across America's heartland thanks to a nasty piece of business named Cain. Free at last after being locked up in Hell for millennia, Cain has some scores to settle. To stop him, Ava must form an unholy alliance with some old foes. a bargain that will lead her to uncover deeply buried truths about her past and Leo's future."-- Provided by publisher.

Holding Smoke

April 25, 2016
Cosimano, Elle, author.
Los Angeles : Hyperion, 2016.
322 pages ; 22 cm
John "Smoke" Conlan uses his supernatural ability to travel outside the walls of a juvenile detention center to try to clear his name and help his fellow inmates find redemption.

The everything box

April 25, 2016
Kadrey, Richard, author.
©2016
352 pages ; 24 cm
"2000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He's going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn't get to do field work, and if he does well, he's certain he'll get a big promotion. And now it's time.The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity's doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word."Crap." 2015. A thief named Coop--a specialist in purloining magic objects--steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn't know that his latest job could be the end of him--and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn't just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him. It's a doomsday device. They think.And suddenly, everyone is out to get it"--Provided by publisher.

I dream of dragons

April 21, 2016
Chase, Ashlyn.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
339 pages ; 17 cm

In shining armor

April 19, 2016
James, Elliott, author.
New York : Orbit, 2016.
454 pages ; 21 cm
"This fairy godmother's got claws. When someone kidnaps the last surviving descendant of the Grandmaster of the Knights Templar, it's bad news. When the baby is the key to the tenuous alliance between a large werewolf pack and the knights, it's even worse news. They're at each other's throats before they've even begun to look for baby Constance. But whoever kidnapped Constance didn't count on one thing: she's also the goddaughter of John Charming. Modern-day descendant of a long line of famous dragon slayers, witch finders, and wrong righters. John may not have any experience being a parent, but someone is about to find out that he can be one mean mother."-- Provided by publisher.

Jericho : a novel

April 11, 2016
Gordon, Alex (Suspense fiction writer), author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, [2016]
385 pages ; 21 cm
"In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil. In unearthing her father's secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the "thin places" areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate. Locals had long whispered about an abandoned logging camp known as Jericho of the strange disappearances and eerie sounds heard in the woods deep in the night. But these ghost stories only hint at the true evil lurking within the camp's dilapidated buildings, a primeval malevolence far more terrifying than Lauren's darkest imaginings. And now, Lauren must face this evil, even if it takes her life. even if it costs her soul"-- Provided by publisher.

Forest of ruin

April 8, 2016
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
©2016
436 pages ; 22 cm.
Desperate to outmaneuver the evil Alvar Kitsune, Moria allies with Gavril, while Ashyn discovers that she is the key to a ritual that could reawaken an ancient dragon and turn the tide of the coming battle in their favor.

A fierce and subtle poison

April 8, 2016
Mabry, Samantha. author.
©2016
279 pages ; 22 cm
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl--Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill. Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers--and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

Awakening

April 8, 2016
Wynter, Katherine.
Albuquerque, NM : Geminid Press, ©2014.
303 pages ; 23 cm.
Rebekah Lorek, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper and manger of a bed and breakfast, is only vaguely aware of her extraordinary powers. When the brutal murder of her father brings a previously hidden world to her doorstep, she finds herself surrounded by new realities, old loves and unsolved mysteries. Her awakening talents will soon become a matter of life and death as demons continue their infiltration into the human realm in search of easy prey. Will Rebekah become the next victim? Or will she finally move beyond her preconceptions and embrace her destiny?

Deadly flowers : a ninja's tale

April 7, 2016
Thomson, Sarah L., author.
©2016
270 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Ophaned at a young age, fifteen-year-old Kata is a trained ninja who works alone and can take care of herself. She is fully prepared for her first solo assignment, that is until she learns she is to be an assassin and she flees with her target and his sister, fighting to survive against skilled samurai warriors, deceptive ninjas, and supernatural beings in order to protect a powerful family secret.

Magnetic shift

April 6, 2016
Briand, Lucy D., author.
[Marlborough, Connecticut] : Spencer Hill Press, [2016]
267 pages ; 21 cm

Shadow rites : a Jane Yellowrock novel

April 5, 2016
Hunter, Faith, author.
New York : Roc, [2016]
356 pages ; 18 cm
Slaying vampires is child's play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans' supernatural players is another story... Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep. A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit... undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it's up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.

The ballad of Black Tom

April 4, 2016
LaValle, Victor D., 1972- author.
New York : A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2016.
151 pages ; 21 cm
"A Tor.com book"--Title page verso.
"People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping. A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?"--Provided from Amazon.com.

Nightstruck

April 4, 2016
Black, Jenna, author.
New York : Tor Teen, a Tom Doherty Associates book, 2016.
302 pages ; 21 cm
Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents' divorce. A studious high school senior, her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents' ambitious expectations for her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend. But that all changes on the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong. Unbeknownst to her, Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds, allowing a dark magic into the mortal world. As the magic trickles in, the city begins to change at night. Strange creatures roam the streets, and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises in the morning, and no one can capture the strange changes--such as potholes turning into toothy mouths and wires turning into strangling vines--on film, which prompts the government to declare that the city has been infected with some kind of madness and must be quarantined. Meanwhile, venturing out of one's house at night has become a dangerous proposition, and the moment the sun sets, most of the citizens of the city shut themselves up in their houses and stay there even in the case of dire emergencies. The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some individuals it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off all her responsibilities and join them. Joining the night world means being free of not just responsibility, but conscience, and it means no longer caring about the fate of others.

Harmony House

March 29, 2016
Sheff, Nic, author.
New York : HarperTeen, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
296 pages ; 22 cm
Jen Noonan's father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn't know was haunting her--and the mysterious and terrible power she didn't realize she had.

Bonesy

March 25, 2016
Rigney, Mark, author.
Cincinnati, OH : Samhain Publishing, Ltd., 2015.
255 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Renner & Quist adventure"--Cover.
Bones on the run! When Reverend Renner's mentor gives him a brass rubbing of a skeleton, nick-named Bonesy, a chain of calamity ensues. Bonesy breaks free from its frame and begins a violent, chaotic search for--what? It's up to Renner and his investigative partner, ex-linebacker Dale Quist, to uncover Bonesy's spectral motives. Bonesy takes Renner & Quist on their most treacherous, rollicking supernatural adventure yet, a journey that will lead them from the ghost of Carole Lombard to the fens of Tudor England. And the books they find along the way are not the sort you can judge by their cover.

Mercury retrograde : a dark alchemy novel

March 24, 2016
Bickle, Laura, author.
©2015
354 pages ; 18 cm.
"Voyager impulse contemporary fantasy" --spine.
"It's been two months since Petra Dee and her coyote sidekick Sig faced off against Temperance's resident alchemist, but things are far from quiet. When an Internet video of a massive snake in the backcountry of Yellowstone goes viral, a chase for the mythical basilisk is on. Monster hunters swarm into the area, and never one to pass up the promise of discovery, Petra joins in the search. Among the newcomers is a snake cult on wheels--the biker gang Sisters of Serpens. Unlike some, the Sisters don't want to kill the basilisk--they want to worship it. But things get complicated when the basilisk develops a taste for human flesh that rivals the Sisters' own murderous skills. Meanwhile, the alchemical tree of life is dying, and the undead Hanged Men of Temperance who depend on it know the basilisk may be their last chance for survival. With time running out for everyone around her, Petra will be forced to decide who survives and who she must leave behind in this action-packed sequel to Dark Alchemy." --Provided by publisher.

Charming the professor

March 24, 2016
MacMeans, Donna, author.
©2015
193 pages ; 23 cm
"The Charm Gates have stood at The Court of Two Sisters for more than a century with no one guessing the secret they hold. A jealous vindictive queen and a blackmailed alchemist have encased French 'charm teacher' Madeline Charlebois's essence, until a grieving professor touches them during a storm and Madeline tumbles out, not in her own 19th century Spain, but in 21st century New Orleans. Quantum physics Professor Grant Stewart has mourned his wife's death for the last three years. He must move on for his young daughter's sake, the child who delights in terrorizing babysitters. Grant needs adequate childcare to pursue tenure at Tulane. What he doesn't need is a French beauty believing nonsense like time-travel and voodoo, and whose very being is melting his heart. Maddie may be without resources but she's good at making new friends, even if they are on the quirky side. She believes Professor Stewart can return her to her own time, but first she must earn his trust to win his cooperation. Babysitting his daughter gives her both proximity and love for the child. Will Grant be the key to returning her home? Or will she, in turn, unlock his frozen heart? All they need is time and maybe a little voodoo."--Page 4 of cover.

Power tools in the sacred grove : a Camp Arcanum novel

March 24, 2016
Matulich, Josef, author.
Cincinnati, OH : Post Mortem Press, [2015]
254 pages ; 22 cm
"Book Two in the Arcanum Faire series."--Page [4] of cover.
"The comedy of sex, magick and power tools continues. After only a few weeks in Arcanum Ohio, Marc Sindri finds himself in love with Brenwyn the witch; hospitalized by Jeremiah Stone's sex-conjured demon; and woefully behind in his construction deadlines to open the new renaissance faire by May first. Moving in with Brenwyn for protection from further supernatural attacks during his rehabilitation, Marc delegates the work on Arcanum Faire to his minions, Eleazar the ren faire libertine and Michael the overwrought artisan. The path to the faire’s opening day is not smooth, obstructed by invisible tentacle demons, undead skinless bunnies, interference from OSHA and even the Vatican, but Marc slowly recovers. With luck, he will soon be healthy enough to lift a chainsaw or survive sex. Through a vegan Thanksgiving, a tool-bedecked Christmas, and lovers’ spats with a woman that can throw lightning bolts, Marc makes his way mostly unscathed. If only his semi-erotic dream about hedgetrimmers and a sacred grove didn't end up leaking into Brenwyn's sleeping mind."--Page [4] of cover.

Call forth the waves

March 15, 2016
Hatton, L. J., author.
New York : Skyscape, [2016]
336 pages ; 21 cm
"Earth, not so very long from now: the silent, inscrutable alien visitors who bathed the planet in transforming rains have moved on, leaving behind a world much changed. Penn Roma, age sixteen, is blessed--or cursed--with supernatural talents she has always concealed. Her sisters, likewise afflicted, are prisoners of the Commission, the government agency tasked with controlling these strange children. Penn's determination to save them only gains urgency when she learns of the horrifying plans the twisted Warden Dodge has for the peculiar charges. But Penn herself must remain hidden, navigating a series of fantastical havens with her embattled allies, similarly enhanced teens also in the Commission's crosshairs. Worse, her vast, half-understood powers have become unpredictable, failing at critical moments and activating outside of her control. Can Penn trust a rogue warden, supposedly opposed to Dodge's schemes, to help free her family...or has the Commission set its most nefarious trap yet?"--Page [4] of cover.

Blood plantation

March 15, 2016
Sandz, Deno, author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2013]
274 pages ; 22 cm
"The novel, zBlood Plantationy is a historical fiction set at a Bed and Breakfast owned by the great, great, great, granddaughter of Captain Rollins the 3rd once known as the big house on a plantation in Virginian. The antagonist, the SOTO (The Soul of the Ocean) is a captured slave from the southern tip of Africa, thrown overboard near the shores of Shonway, Virginian where the Shonwaayians now call, zThe Shores of the Evil Souly in 1810 after a mutiny he spearheaded leading to the murder of crew members, slaves, and his wife by the evil hands of Captain Rollins the 3rd who owned the plantation. It's now 2010 and another fifty years has dawned and the SOTO has awakened again to seek his vengeance against the last of Rollins' blood line for the death of his wife."--Page [4] of cover.

Dark promises

March 10, 2016
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Berkley Books, [2016]
366 pages : genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Despairing of seeing the once-gentle man she loves repeatedly risk his life for a cause not his own, Gabrielle longs for a life she believes she was promised far from the conflicts, monsters and secrets of her Carpathian mountain monastery.

Shades of darkness

March 9, 2016
Kahler, A. R.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2016.
294 pages ; 22 cm.
As she discovers the truth about her past, Kaira, a senior at a boarding school for aspiring musicians and artists, discovers that vengeful gods are threatening humanity.

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