New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

October 18, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Broken circle

October 17, 2017
Powers, J. L. (Jessica Lynn), 1974- author.
Brooklyn, New York : Black Sheep, [2017]
318 pages ; 21 cm
Adam wants nothing more than to be a normal teen. But: His mother died when he was only four. His father is an assassin, a voodoo god, the reincarnation of Buddha - or something even stranger. And his grandfather insists that people are out to kill the entire family. But maybe Grandpa's not all that nuts. You see, Adam is set to collide with a world that hovers between life and death, where entities charged with shepherding souls of the dead compete to control lucrative territories known as Limbo. Some nightmares are real. Psychopomps walk the earth. So much for normal -- from the back cover.

Haunting the deep

October 17, 2017
Mather, Adriana, author.
©2017
343 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Samantha Mather, fifteen, is having recurring dreams of the Titanic and while awake, receives strange missives and visions of those who went down with the ship.

Devils & thieves

October 16, 2017
Rush, Jennifer (Jennifer Marie), 1983- author.
©2017
328 pages ; 22 cm.
In Jemmie Carmichael's Hawthorne, New York, magic users are called "kindled," and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. And she's been snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf. During an annual festival, a rumor begins spreading that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones. And the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic.

Archangel's viper

October 16, 2017
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
©2017
361 pages ; 17 cm.
"A Jove book" -- title page verso.
"A Berkley Sensation book" -- page 4 of cover.
"Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it's not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman--it's the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite" -- Amazon.com.

Dreaming of a white wolf Christmas

October 16, 2017
Spear, Terry, author.
©2017
311 pages ; 18 cm
"Romance writer Candice Mayfair never missed a deadline in her life--until an accidental bite from a werewolf puppy turns her into an Arctic wolf shifter. She's forced to isolate herself in the wilderness to cope with her unpredictable shifting while she works on her deadlines. After all, for Candice, Christmas is just another day. Enter private investigator Owen Nottingham, a wolf shifter hired to find Candice so she can collect her inheritance. They have a real problem: she must arrive home in human form, and that's not happening during the full moon. Besides, Owen has a new mission: to convince the pretty she-wolf her best move is to join his pack in time for Christmas...and to prove he's the only wolf for her"--Back cover.

Book of shadows

October 16, 2017
Verano, M., author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017.
279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
In a diary, Melanie recounts the strange events that occur in her town--which is dominated by a conservative mega-church--after she and her friends experiment with witchcraft by using a mysterious spell book.

Ghost on the case

October 12, 2017
Hart, Carolyn G., author.
©2017
263 pages ; 24 cm.
"Bailey Ruth Raeburn is back, racing against the Heavenly clock in an all-new mystery from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Hart. Bailey Ruth finds herself comforting a distraught sister when she's sent to Adelaide, Oklahoma, on her latest mission. Susan Gilbert receives a $100,000 ransom demand for her younger sibling. When the caller wants Susan to pay a visit to her wealthy boss and take the cash from his safe, Bailey Ruth follows Susan to the home. But she finds herself in a quandary, knowing that robbery is hardly a Heavenly pursuit. While Susan waits to hear back from the kidnappers, Bailey Ruth attempts to piece together how the criminals targeted Susan and how they know about her boss's money. At a luncheon the previous week, Susan's boss asked her to open the safe so all the attendees knew it was filled with cash. Could one of the rich man's closest confidants be behind the abduction? Bailey Ruth is positive she can use her detective skills to figure out which luncheon guest arranged the kidnapping. But an unexpected twist in the case soon has Bailey Ruth seeking a murderer who has plans to send more victims to the great beyond.."-- Provided by publisher.

What the hell did I just read : a novel of cosmic horror

October 12, 2017
Wong, David, 1975 January 10- author.
©2017
375 pages ; 25 cm
Investigating the activities of a shapeshifting entity that is snatching local kids, the friends from This Book Is Full of Spiders are challenged to navigate an uproariously convoluted maze of illusions, incompetence and lies.

The deepest night

October 11, 2017
Abé, Shana.
New York : Bantam Books, [2013]
298 pages ; 22 cm.
While working for the summer at Tranquility, a heartbroken Lora is persuaded by Armand, son of the mad Duke of Idylling, to use her newfound magical abilities to rescue his brother Aubrey from a German prison.

The hunt

October 4, 2017
Neill, Chloe, author.
New York : Berkley, 2017.
322 pages ; 21 cm.
"When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil's Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it. Now the weight of Liam's own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she'll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out..."--Provided by publisher.

Before the devil breaks you : a Diviners novel

October 3, 2017
Bray, Libba, author.
©2017
552 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward's Island, far from the city's bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten--ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows. With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them face-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they've ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation--a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.--Provided by Publisher.

Iniquitous

October 3, 2017
Scardoni, Bianca, author.
©2017
325 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
"For there to be light, you must first suffer the darkness. The end came at me jagged and skewed like puzzle pieces to a game I didn’t know I was playing. There was a distinct method to the madness, every move propagated to force my hand, to lure me out of hiding with the sweet promise of finality. I took solace in knowing that something better waited for me on the other side, something as pure and deep as the ocean itself. But there was no end in sight. No peace to be found. The end was only the beginning."--Page [4] of cover.

When I cast your shadow

September 21, 2017
Porter, Sarah, 1969- author.
©2017
383 pages ; 22 cm
When their brother Dashiell dies, twins Ruby and Everett must save one another from his hauntings.

Shadowhouse fall

September 15, 2017
Older, Daniel José, author.
New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2017.
358 pages ; 22 cm.
In addition to the ordinary problems of a Puerto Rican teenager in Brooklyn, Sierra Santiago is working on developing her shadowshaping skills, and she is beginning to think she may need all the skill she can summon because it seems that when she channeled hundreds of spirits through herself in order to defeat Wick she woke up something very powerful and very unfriendly and put her family and friends at risk.

Uncanny

September 13, 2017
Gill, David Macinnis, 1963-
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2017.
532 pages ; 22 cm.
"Willow Jane Conning doesn't expect much for her sixteenth birthday. A cake. Maybe some presents. Nothing special. Just a nice quiet celebration with family and friends. But that night a powerful witch rises from her crypt deep beneath Boston's Granary Burying Grounds. The Shadowless has comeback to avenge her death--and she wants something that belongs to Willow Jane. All Willow Jane wants is to help her mother pay the rent, and to win her hockey game, dump her cheating boyfriend, and make sure her little sister gets home safe after school. Turns out that's not so easy when you are a Conning and there is an ancient evil set on making your life a living hell. YOU MUST NOT WAKE THE SHADOWLESS WHEN SHE SLEEPS WITHIN HER BED. KISS THE LIPS OF THE SHADOWLESS AND THE MORNING FINDS YOU DEAD."--Jacket flap.

Iron angels

September 12, 2017
Flint, Eric, author.
©2017
371 pages ; 25 cm
"A Baen Books Original"
"A bizarre kidnapping case leads FBI Special Agent Jasper Wilde into the mysterious world of a strange religious cult and even stranger criminals. At the scene of the kidnapping itself, a frightening apparition is seen. Then a hideously mutilated corpse is found nearby. It doesn't take long before the FBI agents realize something extraordinary is unfolding at the center of Indiana's steel industry. Jasper is joined by Supervisory Special Agent Temple Black who is in charge of the new unit, the Scientific Anomalies Group, which deal with peculiar cases. As the FBI agents race to put a stop to the horrors, they come to understand and accept that something very ancient and very evil has surfaced in the world--or perhaps something very, very alien"-- Provided by publisher.

So I married a sorcerer

September 7, 2017
Sparks, Kerrelyn, author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
viii, 479 pages : map ; 18 cm
"Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knew that she was born with the magical powers of the Embraced--even if she did not know how to wield them. But she has finally learned the truth: Brigitta is the lost princess of the kingdom of Tourin. She was sent into hiding as an infant to escape the wrath of her half-brother, the king. And now he knows just where to find her. . .Rupert is a notorious pirate and sorcerer. He's spent most of his life plotting revenge on the evil king and Rupert believes that Brigitta could be the key to finally destroying his enemy. But what begins as a kidnapping of the innocent beauty escalates into something deeper, and more passionate, than either captor or captive could have imagined. Rupert soon vows to protect Brigitta against the king but will they survive long enough to find their happily-ever-after. . .or does fate have something else in store? "--provided by publisher.

White trash zombie unchained

September 7, 2017
Rowland, Diana, author.
New York : Daw Books, [2017]
354 pages ; 18 cm.
Daw Book Collectors No.1769
When the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, Angel and the remnants of her gang must claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs and undead trafficking to rescue their friends.

Odd & true

September 6, 2017
Winters, Cat, author.
New York : Amulet Books, [2017]
357 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Trudchen grew up hearing Odette's stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician's curse. But now that Tru's older, she's starting to wonder if her older sister's tales were just comforting lies, especially because there's nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio. In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it's Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters' search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that's wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all"--Amazon.com

Norma

September 6, 2017
Oksanen, Sofi, 1977- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
305 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"-- Dust jacket.
"When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood--and the moods of those around her--moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother's funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita's final months--sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files--Norma begins to realize that her mother knew more about her hair's powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma's imagining. As Sofi Oksanen leads us ever more deeply into Norma's world, weaving together past and present, she gives us a dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women's bodies and the extremes to which people will go for the sake of beauty"-- Provided by publisher.

The town built on sorrow

September 6, 2017
Oppegaard, David, author.
Mendota Heights, Minnesota : Flux, 2017.
262 pages ; 21 cm
Alternates in time between nineteenth-century and contemporary Hawthorn, once a pioneer village beset by strange occurrences and now a strange, isolated small town where sixteen-year-old Harper Spurling unknowingly befriends a serial killer.

Ashes reborn

September 6, 2017
Arthur, Keri, author.
©2017
373 pages ; 18 cm.
"The clock is ticking as Emberly -a phoenix capable of taking human form- races to take revenge against the sadistic and mysterious Rinaldo. The elusive rebel leader threatens to keep killing until he is given all of the research about a plaguelike virus derived from vampire blood. Forced to reach out to the Paranormal Investigations Team for help, Emberly and her partner, Jackson, must decide who to trust as they follow the trail of dead bodies. When classified information is leaked and their safe house is ambushed, Emberly's suspicions are confirmed -someone at PIT has betrayed them"--Back cover.

The dire king

August 30, 2017
Ritter, William, 1984- author.
©2017
344 pages ; 22 cm.
In this conclusion to the Jackaby series, the eccentric detective and his assistant Abigail Rook find themselves in the middle of a war between magical worlds.

Love by night : a Black Vampire story

August 30, 2017
Stina, author.
©2017
234 pages ; 21 cm.
"Against all odds, Adirah Messa has been accepted to Billet University, a prestigious institution founded in the 1800s for people of color. Determined to excel, she arrives at the university intent on minimizing distraction and focusing on her studies. That goal is soon interrupted when she is noticed by members of the 'in' crowd, who invite her to the most popular frat party on campus. Adirah finds herself smitten with someone of another race and is taken on a ride she can never return from. Unbeknownst to her, Adirah's newfound love is not only a master seducer; he is also one of the most powerful figures in the underworld of Vampirism. Tangled up in a web of love, Adirah becomes involved in her lover's lifestyle in more ways than one. Before she knows it, Adirah becomes Queen to his tribe. Is she prepared to accept all the responsibility that entails? When a rival clan targets Adirah and her identity is exposed, she must make some quick and serious decisions. Will she react in time, or is it already too late?" --Back cover.

Devil's call

August 16, 2017
Dorn, J. Danielle, author.
©2017
250 pages ; 21 cm.
On a dark night in the summer of 1859, three men enter the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shoot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unbeknownst to them, Li Lian, his wife, hails from a long line of women gifted in ways that scare most folks-the witches of the MacPherson clan-and her need for vengeance is as vast and unforgiving as the Great Plains themselves. Written to the child she carries, Devil's Call traces Li Lian's quest, from the Nebraska Territory, to Louisiana, to the frozen Badlands, to bring to justice the monster responsible for shooting her husband in the back. This long-rifled witch will stop at nothing--and risk everything--in her showdown with evil.

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