This past week was a busy week. I went up to the University of North Texas campus in Denton with my son for the new student and parents orientation for a couple of days. We both feel better about him going to UNT now, especially my son. He was a bit nervous about going to college up there, being away from home for the first time. I'm still nervous about him driving so far away by himself all the time, it's about a 2-1/2 hour drive and a long busy highway. *a mother's shudder & cringe*
Well, without further ado here is my stash for the week.
Night Child By Jes Battis
Book 1, OSI Series
I picked this book up at my local bookstore, the Book Cellar.
Synopsis from Penguin.com
That’s a dead vampire, I thought. My boss dragged me out of bed at two in the morning to see a dead vampire? I might be an Occult Special Investigator for Vancouver’s Mystical Crime Lab, but a dead vampire is routine, and no reason to disturb a person’s sleep! Then I took a closer look at the body…
Tess Corday soon realizes that there is not going to be anything ordinary about this case. Not the lab results on the cause of death. Not Mia Polanski, the teenage girl living at the address found in the vamp’s pocket, who may well be in thrall to a demon. And certainly not Lucian Agrado, the necromancer who is liaison to the vampire community. Agrado is supposed to be part of the solution, but Tess suspects he might be part of the problem.
Under pressure from her boss, Tess is trying to go by the book on this one. But when Mia reaches out to her, she risks her career to help the girl. And finds herself in the middle of a paranormal conspiracy that will change her life forever.
Or possibly end it…
Vampires. They are the most elegant of monsters-ancient, seductive, doomed, deadly. They lurk in the shadows, at your window, in your dreams. They are beautiful as anything you've ever seen, but their flesh is cold as the grave, and their lips taste of blood. From Dracula to Twilight; from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to True Blood, many have fallen under their spell. Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams brings you 33 of the most haunting vampire stories of the past three decades, from some of today's most renowned authors of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
Charming gentlemen with the manners of a prior age. Savage killing machines who surge screaming from hidden vaults. Cute little girls frozen forever in slender bodies. Long-buried loved ones who scratch at the door, begging to be let in. Nowhere is safe, not mist-shrouded Transylvania or the Italian Riviera or even a sleepy town in Maine. This is a hidden world, an eternal world, where nothing is forbidden... as long as you're willing to pay the price.
Authors in this anthology:
L. A. Banks
Catherynne M. Valente
Michael A. Burstein
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Michael Marshall Smith
Caitlin R. Kiernan
Kevin J. Anderson
Eric Van Lustbader