New books for Secondary – November, 2011

The Sending: Obernewtyn Chronicles V6 by Isobelle Carmody


It came to me then, like a chilly draught from an unseen gap, that I had always known in my deepest heart that it would be like this, a slipping away from a life full of people I had come to love, in a place I had helped to shape, in a land I had helped to free.

The time has come at last for Elspeth Gordie to leave the Land on her quest to find and stop the computermachine Sentinel from unleashing the deadly Balance of Terror arsenal.  But before she can embark on her journey, she must find a lost key.  And although she has long prepared for this day, nothing is as she anticipated.

Elspeth’s search will take her where she never thought to go, and bestow upon her stranger companions than any she ever imagined.  It will lead her far from her destination to those she believed lost forever.

And it will test her, as she has never been tested before . . .

Last Breath: Morganville Vampires V11 by Rachel Caine

Claire Danvers is concerned when three vampires vanish from Morganville without a trace.  The last person seen with them is someone new to town – a mysterious individual named Magnus.  Claire is convinced creepy Magnus isn’t human . . . but is he a vampire, or something else entirely?

Claire’s hunt for answers leads her to solving another mystery that’s long been puzzling her: why do vampires live so far out in a sunny desert when they’re sensitive to sunlight?  The answer has nothing to do with sunlight, but with water – and an ancient enemy who has finally found a way to invade the vampires’ landlocked community.  Vampires aren’t the top predator on earth.  There’s something worse that preys on them . . . something much worse.  Which means if Claire, and Morganville, want to live, they will have to fight on to the last breath . . .

Reckoning: Strange Angels V5 by Lili St Crow

This is it.

Sixteen-year-old orphan Dru Anderson has faced down suckers, zombies, and wulfen with flinching.  And now that she’s bloomed into a full-fledged svetocha, she doesn’t even need a gun.  But the Real World is still a frightening place . . . and things are about to get ugly.  Really ugly.

Dru Anderson has escaped with her life, but she’s not out of the woods yet.  She’s on the lam in a stolen car with her best friend Graves riding shotgun and a Broken wulf named Ash curled up in the backseat.  Desperate, Dru heads deep into the Appalachian Mountains to the one place she thinks they’ll be safe.  But her grandmother’s wards and enchantments can’t keep Dru’s scent from the suckers fro long – especially when Dru is betrayed by the one person she trusts most.

It’s all come down to this.

ONE battle.  ONE choice  ONE final sacrifice.


Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

What would you give up for your dream?

Dare I tell them that since I came here to dance

I have been giving pieces of my body away

To ridiculous diets,
To repeated injuries,
To Remington?

And that maybe

I think

With each bit of my body

I lose a little piece of my soul.

Beautiful Chaos: Caster Chronicles V3 by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl


But Ethan is mortal, and on her seventeenth birthday Lena made a choice that changed everything. The girl Ethan loves has broken the world with the supernatural powers she is struggling to control . . .

Now, if they are to fix the chaos Lena has caused, one of them must make a terrible sacrifice. Sometimes there isn’t just one answer. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

Third instalment of the spellbinding love story that began with Beautiful Creatures.

Crossed by Ally Condie

Rules are different outside the Society.

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky-taken by the Society to his certain death-only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.

Narrated from both Cassia’s and Ky’s points of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever…

Incredible sequel to acclamied international bestseller, Matched.

Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess

Everyone says fourteen-year-old BILLIE is nothing but trouble.  A fighter.  A danger to her family and friends.  But her care worker sees someone different.

Her classmate ROB is big, strong; he can take care of himself and his brother.
But his violent stepdad sees someone to humiliate.

And CHRIS is struggling at school; he just doesn’t want to be there.
But his dad sees a useless no-hoper.

Billie, Rob and Chris each have a story to tell. But there are two sides to every story, and the question is . . . who do you believe?

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