Aujourd’hui je vais te parler des livres que j’ai achetés/reçus durant le mois de février 🙂
Dead to her
« When Marcie met Jason Maddox, she couldn’t believe her luck. Becoming Jason’s second wife catapulted her into the elite world of high society. But underneath the polite, old money manners, she knows she’ll always be an outsider, and her hard-won life hangs by a thread. Something new… Then Jason’s widowed boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London. Young, beautiful, reckless – nobody can take their eyes off Keisha. Including Jason. Something you can never, ever undo… Marcie refuses to be replaced so easily. People would kill for her life of luxury. What will Marcie do to keep it? »
Behind her eyes / Mon amie Adèle
Mère célibataire, elle est coincée dans un quotidien minuté. Un soir pourtant elle embrasse un homme dans un bar… sans savoir qu’il est son nouveau patron.
Psychiatre renommé et dévoué à sa femme, il regrette ce baiser mais ne peut s’empêcher de tomber amoureux de son assistante.
L’épouse de David semble n’avoir aucun défaut. Si ce n’est de vouloir à tout prix devenir l’amie de Louise…
Fascinée par ce couple modèle, Louise se retrouve malgré elle piégée au cœur de leur mariage. Et peu à peu, elle commence à entrevoir des failles.
David est-il l’homme qu’il prétend être ?
Adèle, aussi vulnérable qu’elle y paraît ?
Et par quel secret inavouable sont-ils liés l’un à l’autre ? »
The queen’s assassin
Melissa de la Cruz
« Caledon Holt is the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in speed, strength, or brains, which is why he’s the Hearthstone Guild’s most dangerous member. Cal is also the Queen’s Assassin, bound to her by magic and unable to leave her service until the task she’s set for him is fulfilled.
Shadow of the Honey Glade has been training all her life to join the Guild, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Cal. But Shadow’s mother and aunts expect her to serve the crown as a lady of the Renovian Court.
When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice. Even though Shadow’s life belongs to the court and Cal’s belongs to the queen, they cannot deny their attraction to each other. But now, with war on the horizon and true love at risk, Shadow and Cal will uncover a shocking web of lies that will change their paths forever. »
A spark of light / Une étincelle de vie
C’est une copie signée de chez Waterstones.
« Quand une prise d’otages a lieu dans la dernière clinique du Mississipi à pratiquer l’avortement, c’est à Hugh McElroy, un négociateur de crise expérimenté, que l’on fait appel. Avec plusieurs blessés nécessitant des soins et un forcené dont les revendications restent floues, la situation s’avère délicate à gérer. Elle le devient encore davantage quand Hugh apprend que sa fille adolescente se trouve à l’intérieur du bâtiment. »
A sprinkle of sorcery
« A missing sister, a secret island and … a sprinkle of sorcery.
The family curse has been lifted and the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie are free to leave the misty prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at the Poacher’s Pocket with a pocketful of hagstones and accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, it seems another adventure has landed on their doorstep. And when Charlie goes missing, it’s up to Betty and Fliss to journey through misty marches, past wisp catchers and on to a secret island that doesn’t exist on any map… »
« Derrière tous les assassinats qui ont marqué l’Histoire, il y a toujours eu des planificateurs.
Adopté par le directeur d’une organisation criminelle sud-coréenne, Laesaeng, jeune tueur à gages indolent, grandit au milieu des planificateurs, des exécuteurs, et des assassins. Son unique principe : n’en avoir aucun. Hanja, le frère adoptif de Laesaeng, flaire le business lucratif et monte sa propre société. Mais sur le marché de l’assassinat, il ne peut y avoir qu’un seul leader. L’affrontement entre les deux entités commence… »
Seven deadly shadows
Courtney Alameda & Valynne E Maetani
« Seventeen-year-old Kira Fujikawa has never had it easy. She’s bullied by the popular girls in school. Her parents ignore her. And she’s also plagued with a secret: She can see yokai, the ghosts and demons that haunt the streets of Kyoto.
But things accelerate from bad to worse when she learns that Shuten-doji, the demon king, will rise at the next blood moon to hunt down an ancient relic and bring the world to a catastrophic end.
Not exactly skilled at fighting anything, much less the dead, Kira enlists the aid of seven powerful death gods to help her slay Shuten-doji. They include Shiro, a kitsune with boy-band looks who is more flirtatious than helpful, and O-bei, a regal demon courtier with reasons of her own for getting involved.
As the confrontation with Shuten-doji draws nearer, the fate of Japan hangs in the balance. Can Kira save humankind? Or will the demon king succeed in bringing eternal darkness upon the world? »
Child of a mad god
R A Salvatore
« When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home.
The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe’s coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven’s power, and Aoleyn’s talent has made her a beacon in the night. »
« Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.
What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888.
Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women.
Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories. »
The other Bennet sister
« It is a sad fact of life that if a young woman is unlucky enough to come into the world without expectations, she had better do all she can to ensure she is born beautiful. To be handsome and poor is misfortune enough; but to be both plain and penniless is a hard fate indeed.
In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mary is the middle of the five Bennet girls and the plainest of them all, so what hope does she have? Prim and pious, with no redeeming features, she is unloved and seemingly unlovable.
The Other Bennet Sister, though, shows another side to Mary. An introvert in a family of extroverts; a constant disappointment to her mother who values beauty above all else; fearful of her father’s sharp tongue; with little in common with her siblings – is it any wonder she turns to books for both company and guidance? And, if she finds her life lonely or lacking, that she determines to try harder at the one thing she can be: right.
One by one, her sisters marry – Jane and Lizzy for love; Lydia for some semblance of respectability – but Mary, it seems, is destined to remain single and live out her life at Longbourn, at least until her father dies and the house is bequeathed to the reviled Mr Collins.
But when that fateful day finally comes, she slowly discovers that perhaps there is hope for her, after all.
Simultaneously a wonderfully warm homage to Jane Austen and a delightful new story in its own right, Janice Hadlow’s The Other Bennet Sister is, at its heart, a life-affirming tale of a young woman finding her place in the world. Witty and uplifting, it will make you feel – and cheer – for Mary as you never have before. »
C’est la version signée de chez Waterstones.
« As a specialist in palliative medicine, Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit a place many people would find too tragic to contemplate. Every day she tries to bring care and comfort to those reaching the end of their lives and to help make dying more bearable.
Rachel’s training was put to the test in 2017 when her beloved GP father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She learned that nothing – even the best palliative care – can sugar-coat the pain of losing someone you love.
And yet, she argues, in a hospice there is more of what matters in life – more love, more strength, more kindness, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion – than you could ever imagine. For if there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world.
Dear Life is a book about the vital importance of human connection, by the doctor we would all want by our sides at a time of crisis. It is a love letter – to a father, to a profession, to life itself. »
« They call Verity ‘the app-whisperer,’ and she’s just been hired by a shadowy start-up to evaluate a pair-of-glasses-cum-digital-assistant called Eunice. Only Eunice has other ideas.
Pretty soon, Verity knows that Eunice is smarter than anyone she’s ever met, conceals some serious capabilities and is profoundly paranoid – which is just as well since suddenly some bad people are after Verity.
Meanwhile, in a post-apocalyptic London a century from now, PR fixer Wilf Netherton is tasked by all-seeing policewoman Ainsley Lowbeer with interfering in the alternative past in which Verity and Eunice exist. It appears something nasty is about to happen there – and fixing it will require not only Eunice’s unique human-AI skillset but also a little help from the future.
A future which Verity soon fears may never be . . . »
The other people
C J Tudor
« Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’ It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again. Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead. Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . . »
The near witch
V E Schwab
C’est la version exlusive Waterstones qui est signée par l’auteure.
« The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
There are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget. »
Kim Jiyoung, née en 1982
Sorti le: 2 janvier
« Kim Jiyoung est une femme ordinaire, affublée d’un prénom commun – le plus donné en Corée du Sud en 1982, l’année de sa naissance. Elle vit à Séoul avec son mari, de trois ans son aîné, et leur petite fille. Elle a un travail qu’elle aime mais qu’il lui faut quitter pour élever son enfant. Et puis, un jour, elle commence à parler avec la voix d’autres femmes. Que peut-il bien lui être arrivé ?
En six parties, qui correspondent à autant de périodes de la vie de son personnage, d’une écriture précise et cinglante, Cho Nam-joo livre une photographie de la femme coréenne piégée dans une société traditionaliste contre laquelle elle ne parvient pas à lutter. Mais qu’on ne s’y trompe pas : Kim Jiyoung est bien plus que le miroir de la condition féminine en Corée – elle est le miroir de la condition féminine tout court. »
Deal with the devil
Sortie le: 12 mai
What lies between us
Sortie le: 15 mai
« Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.
They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.
Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.
But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.
Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies. »
Les disparus de Pukatapu
Sortie le: 13 février
« Pukatapu, c’est un paradis de sable blanc, de corail et de cocotiers perdu dans le Pacifique, à des milliers de kilomètres de Tahiti. Le long de ses eaux turquoise, une poignée de maisons colorées abritent quinze hommes, neuf femmes et, étrangement, pas un seul enfant.
Lilith, photographe, et Maema, journaliste à La Dépêche de Papeete, y effectuent un reportage sur les conséquences du réchauffement climatique. Elles croient avoir trouvé l’éden, jusqu’au jour où, sur la plage, Lilith découvre une petite main coupée.
Mais sur l’îlot, nulle trace d’un cadavre et personne ne manque à l’appel… »
Sortie le: 23 juin
« Akiko « Jane » Thompson, a half Japanese, half Caucasian woman in her midthirties, is attempting to forge a quietly happy life in the Bay Area with her fiancé, Shiro. But after a bizarre car accident, things begin to unravel. An intruder ransacks their apartment but takes nothing, leaving behind only cryptic traces of his or her presence. Shiro, obsessed with government surveillance, risks their security in a plot to expose the misdeeds of his employer, the TSA. Jane’s mother has seemingly disappeared, her existence only apparent online. Jane wants to ignore these worrisome disturbances until a cry from the past robs her of all peace, forcing her to uncover a long-buried family secret.
As Jane searches for her mother, she confronts her family’s fraught history in America. She learns how they survived the internment of Japanese Americans, and how fear and humiliation can drive a person to commit desperate acts.
In melodic and suspenseful prose, Guthrie leads the reader to and from the past, through an unreliable present, and, inescapably, toward a shocking revelation. Block Seventeen, at times charming and light, at others disturbing and disorienting, explores how fear of the « other » continues to shape our supposedly more enlightened times. »
Sortie le: 7 avril
« Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. He was known as the Dark One, and his weapon of choice – catastrophic events known as Drains – leveled cities and claimed thousands of lives. The Chosen Ones, as the teens were known, gave everything they had to defeat him.
After the Dark One fell, the world went back to normal . . . for everyone but them. After all, what do you do when you’re the most famous people on Earth, your only education was in magical destruction, and your purpose in life is now fulfilled?
Of all the five, Sloane has had the hardest time adjusting. Everyone else blames the PTSD – and her huge attitude problem – but really, she’s hiding secrets from everyone . . . secrets that keep her tied to the past and alienate her from the only four people in the world who understand her.
On the tenth anniversary of the Dark One’s defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold – bigger than the world itself.
And this time, fighting back might take more than Sloane has to give. »
Voilà pour mon haul livres de février 🙂