New Books for Secondary – November 2012

Reached – ALLY CONDIE

Cassia’s journey began with a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

Cassia has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most – family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution will soon explode into full-scale rebellion.

In this gripping conclusion to the bestselling Matched trilogy, Cassia, Ky and Xander return to the Society to save the one thing denied to them for so long: the power to choose.

Under Wildwood – AUTHOR: COLIN MELOY/ILLUSTRATOR: CARSON ELLIS

Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her, and her new science teacher keeps getting on her case about her dismal test scores and daydreaming in class. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training.

But all is not well in that world. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. A titan of industry employs inmates from his orphanage to work in his machine shop, all the while obsessing over the exploitation of the Impassable Wilderness. And, in what will be their greatest challenge yet, Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood.

In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with the critically acclaimed, bestselling Wildwood.

The Slayer Chronicles: Second Chance – HEATHER BREWER

The Stakes are life or death.

Joss’s future as a Slayer hangs in the balance after his failure to kill the vampire Vladimir Tod. His second chance to prove himself comes when he’s sent to New York City to hunt down a serial killer that the Slayer Society believes is a vampire. but he soon learns there is more than one murderous vamp on the loose. Joss and his Slayer team must use all their skill to save the people of NYC from the evil at work there, but will they be able to stop such a brutal force?

Bitter Blood: The Morganville Vampires Book Thirteen – RACHEL CAINE

The brand-new Morganville Vampires novel from bestselling author Rachel Caine . . .

Now that the threat to the vampires of Morganville has been defeated, the gravest danger to the human residents is the enemy within . . .

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville have managed to coexist in peace. But thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have now been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold onto their lives by taking up arms. College student Claire Danvers, with ties to both humans and vampires, isn’t about to take sides.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville searching for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news . . . or worse.

‘Thrilling, sexy, and funny! These books are addictive. One of my very favourite vampire series.’ Richelle Mead, author of the international bestselling Vampire Academy series

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