Billabong Book #13
A swiftly-moving story of adventure in the Australia Bush, when gold-mining brings to Billabong Station the dangers and excitements of a gold-rush. Here we will be found new friends as well as the old ones dear to Mary Grant Bruce’s readers.
Boys and girls alike will follow eagerly the experiences, grave and gay, of the two boys who form the central figures of the book.
Monster Blood Tattoo #3
Rossamund has exchanged Winstermill and the dangerous life of a lamplighter for Brandenbrass and an even more dangerous life as factotum to the aristocratic monster-slayer, Europe.
Fear and self-doubt must wait, however, as he plunges headlong into the fulgar’s day-to-day life of political manoeuvring, high-society parties and well-paid monster-hunting.
But whispers and rumours about her new factotum place Europe herself in danger, and now Rossamund and the Branden Rose will face the ultimate battle against their enemies, the black-hearted schemers who would destroy them both.
Meet Viva Cohen: a tennage schoolgirl bombshell. Her bedroom walls are plastered with posters of silver-screen legends, and underneath her school uniform she wears vintage thigh-high stockings. Her best friends are a drugged-out beauty queen and an ageing rock star, and she lives in London with her gay uncle, Manny.
Viva spends her days gatecrashing gigs, skiving her exams and trying to live life as glamorously as her number one icon, Elizabeth Taylor. But then she sets out on a pilgrimage: in search of real love, experience and Jack Nicholson. Wicked-tongued and restless, Viva is like no other girl – and this is no ordinary summer …
So Much To Tell You
By John Marsden
‘I don’t know what I’m doing here. Well, I do really … I have been sent here to learn to talk again. Sent here because my mother can’t stand my silent presence at home. Sent here because of my face …’
She watches; she dreams. She sees more than they realise. She has worries and fears, hopes and desires. She is troubled; she is angry. Above all, she is lonely.
She may may be someone you know. She may be you.
Vampire Diaries #1
Elena Gilbert is used to getting what she wants and she wants mysterious new boy, Stefan. But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret – a secret that will change Elena’s life for ever …
By L. J. Smith
Vampire Diaries #2
Elena is torn between her boyfriend, Stefan, and his brother, Damon. But these brothers hide dark secrets and a tragic past that threatens them all. Damon wants to lead Elena astray – and he’d rather kill Stefan than let him possess her …
By Rebecca James
‘Truth or dare?’ she asks.
I hesitate. ‘Truth,’ I say finally. ‘I can imagine one of your dares, and I don’t fancy running down Oxford Street naked tonight.’
‘Truth,’ Alice says slowly, drawing out the vowel sound as if she’s savouring the word. ‘Are you sure? Are you sure you can be completely honest?’
‘I think so. Try me.’
‘Okay.’ And then she looks at me curiously. ‘So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be ride of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?’
Katherine has moved away from her shattered family to start afresh in Sydney. There she keeps her head down until she is befriended by the charismatic, party-loving Alice, who brings her out of her shell. But there is a dark side to Alice, something seductive yet threatening. And as Katherine learns the truth about Alice, their tangled destinies spiral to an explosive and devastating finale.
She can feel her wings sprouting from her shoulder blades. They itch. Sometimes she even hears them rustling.
And angels don’t need to eat. So Mercy has decided she doesn’t need to either. She is not sick, doesn’t suffer from anorexia, is not trying to kill herself. She is an angel, and angels simply don’t need food.
When her parents sent her to an eating disorder clinic, Mercy is scared and confused. She isn’t like the other girls who are so obviously sick. If people could just see her wings, they would know. But her wings don’t come and Mercy begins to have doubts. What if she isn’t really an angel? What if she’s just a girl? What if she is killing herself? Can she stop?
Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched a birth. Although certain she’s not the monster her mother claims she is – she does feel that she doesn’t quite fit in . . .
She’s bored and frustrated by her small town life – and then there’s the secret that she can’t tell anyone. Her mysterious ability – she can influence people’s decisions, without knowing how, or why . . .
When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night – her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers, and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist: Forening, the home of the Trylle.
Finally everything made sense. Among the Trylle, Wendy is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring – not only to separate them, but to see the downfall of everything Wendy cares about.
The fate of Forening rests in Wendy’s hands, and the decisions she and Finn make could change all their lives forever . . .
The Immortals #2
Things have changed for Ever since she fell in love with Damen. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen seems to be weakening. Panicked at the thought of losing him, Ever finds a path to the in-between world of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past – and accidentally discovers a way to twist time. Now she can save her family from the accident that killed them. It’s all she’s ever wanted – but so is Damen.
And Ever must choose between them . . .
By L. J. Smith
Vampire Diaries #3
Faced with an ancient evil, Stefan and Damon must stop their feuding and join forces with Elena to confront it. But in so doing, they are unwittingly sealing her fate …
By L. J. Smith
Vampire Diaries #4
Elena summons the vampire trio once more to unite and challenge their fate. Together they will be called to face the most terrifying evil Fell’s Church has ever known.
Looking for Alaska
By John Green
“In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla, and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette, but even in the dark, I could see her eyes – fierce emeralds. And not just beautiful, but hot too.”
Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, screwed up – and utterly fascinating. Miles Halter could not be more in love with her. But when tragedy strikes, Miles discovers the value and pain of living and loving unconditionally.
By L. J. Smith
Vampire Diaries: The Return #1
She’s alive – but no longer just human!
When Elena’s beloved, Stefan, is lured away from Fell’s Church, Damon seizes his chance to convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with …
But a darkness is infiltrating the town, and Damon, always the hunter, is now the hunted; he becomes prey to a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires Elena just as much, but for what purposes?
Alice in Zombieland
By Gena Showalter
The White Rabbit Chronicles #1
She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave.
If anyone has told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
Coraline: The Graphic Novel
By Neil Gaiman
Adopted & Illustrated by P. Craig Russell
When Coraline steps through a door in her family’s new home, she finds herself in another house, strangely similar to her own. But also very different!
The food is better, the toybox is full of fascinating things, and Coraline is made very welcome. But then it becomes clear the other mother and father who live there want Coraline to stay, and never go back to her real parents, and she faces a terrible struggle to be free.
By L. J. Smith
The Vampire Diaries: The Return #2
Elena must come to terms with her altered physical state. Even she can barely comprehend what she is now capable of.
Finding herself forced to travel to the Dark Dimension with Damon, Elena is secretly terrified of letting her long-disguised feelings for Damon run wild. For if Damon does lure her into becoming his dark princess, her new power might not be used for good …
If There Be Thorns
By Virginia Andrews
The Dollanganger Series #3
The family were now living as far as possible from the haunting scenes of their part, and in the sunshine and joy of their new life, with the children and their shared love, were trying to forget the anguish of their loveless inheritance.
But the hidden secrets of the past rose up to trouble them.
Their parents’ black heritage began to haunt them once more.
The rage and hatred which they felt returned to torment and twist the next generation.
It was only if they could forgive their mother and forego their final revenge, that peace could at last return to the family.
Seeds of Yesterday
By Virginia Andrews
The Dollanganger Series #4
Cathy and Chris, haunted by the tragedies and sins of the past, return at last to Foxworth Hall where they were hidden so long ago. Despite every endeavour, they find that they are prisoners of a past they cannot escape and with a terrifying certainty, the past comes back to prey upon them once more.
By L. J. Smith
Vampire Diaries: The Return #3
Elena returns from the Dark Dimension, having freed her vampire boyfriend Stefan Salvatore from imprisonment … but not without consequence. His salvation will demand a high price. Whilst still reeling from this latest chock, they are forced to confront the demons that have taken on Fell’s Church.
Elena must make a decision that will cost her dear: Damon or Stefan …?
By Neil Gaiman
Sometimes, a door is closed for a very good reason . . .
There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves.
It’s the other house – the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back . . .
By Anthony Horowitz
The Power of Five #4
Finally, Matt Freeman has found the fifth Gatekeeper: the last of the Five who must stand together against the dark powers of the Old Ones.
But forces of evil are one step ahead, luring Scarlett to Hong Kong and trapping her in a dying city where the very air is poisoned and from which there can be no escape.
The Old Ones have been tricked and defeated before. But this time they have a plan. This time they are in complete control.
Princess The Miss Andretti Story
By John Hunt
This is the true rags-to-riches story of Miss Andretti, the horse from nowhere, bred from nothing, who cost nothing, was originally trained by a nobody and yet conquered the racing world to become the greatest thoroughbred sprinter on earth.
It is the story of David Mueller, a rough-around-the-edges country boy whose mediocre career belied his burgeoning talent. In Miss Andretti he finds his muse and with the help of veteran trainer Lee Freedman and jockey Craig Newitt, the mare soars: five-time Group 1 champion, simultaneous holder of five track records, Australian Horse of the Year 2007 and more.
But as his ‘Princess’ rises to superstardom, Mueller’s marriage becomes strained and his daughter, chronically ill, faces death. Will he win all only to lose all?
By L. J. Smith
The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters #1
Saving Fell’s Church from evil has come at a price: Damon Salvatore’s life.
Now that he’s gone, Elena and Stefan can finally be together. So why can’t Elena stop dreaming of Damon?
As Elena’s feelings for Damon grow, a new darkness is threatening to kill Elena and everyone she loves . . .
By Kiersten White
It’s been six months since Evie fled the International Paranormal Containment Agency with her shapeshift boyfriend, Lend, and she finally has the normal life she’s always dreamed of.
But when her faerie ex-boyfriend shows up hinting of a battle brewing between the faerie courts over Evie herself, she realises that she hasn’t left her not-so-normal past far enough behind…
A Fortunate Life
By A. B. Facey
Born in 1894, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the depression and spent sixty years with his beloved wife, Evelyn.
Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a ‘fortunate’ one.
By Cayla Kluver
In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to marry the man who will be King. But her father’s choice of suitor fills her with despair.
When the palace guard captures an intruder – a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her Kingdom’s greatest enemy – Alera is alarmed…and intrigued. But she could not have guessed that their clandestine meetings would unveil the dark legacy shadowing both their lands.
In this mystical world of court conspiracies and blood magic, loyalties will be tested. Courage won’t be enough. And as the battle begins for everything Alera holds dear, love may be the downfall of a kingdom.
It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.
Even under the brightest sun, the frigid autumn sea is all the colors of the night: dark blue and black and brown. I watch the ever-changing patterns in the sand as it’s pummeled by countless hooves.
They run the horses on the beach, a pale road between the black water and the chalk cliffs. It is never safe, but it’s never so dangerous as today, race day.
Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen
Mr. Darcy finds himself captivated by Elizabeth’s wit and candor, while her reservations about his character slowly vanish.
By L. J. Smith
The Vampire Diaries: Moonsong #2
Life is better than ever, Elena and her friends can’t wait to attend Dalcrest College. But when students start to disappear from campus, suddenly every new acquaintance is a potential enemy
Then Elena uncovers a long-hidden secret, one that shocks her to the core, she realises that darkness has followed her from Fell’s Church. But will it be Stefan or Damon who catches her when she falls?
The Immortal Rules
By Julie Kagawa
Blood of Eden #1
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked – and given the ultimate choice: die…or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long without human blood, and you will go mad. Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend – a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see part the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what – and who – is worth dying for.
By Amanda Sun
On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school’s kendo team, she is intrigued by him…and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they’re near each other, strange things happen. Pens explode, Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings come to life.
Somehow Tomo is connected to the Kami – a powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan – and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask question…and if they discover the truth, one one will be safe.
Generation Dead #3
Karen DeSonne always passed as a normal teenager – and now that she’s dead, she’s still passing – this time, as alive.
But when her dead friends are accused of a high profile murder and forced into hiding, it’s up to Karen to prove their innocence. Which means doing the unthinkable and becoming the girlfriend of bionist zealot Peter Martinsburg, who she suspects of framing them. But if Peter finds out who Karen really is, the consequences for her will be worse than death…
The Battle of Evernight
The Bitterbynde Book #2
With vital fragments of her memory restored, Tahquil-Ashalind also regains the Langothe, a terrible longing for the world of the Faeran, for which there is no cure but to return there. She understands a journey to seek the Bitterbynde Gate, the only remaining way into that world. But when Tahquil’s companions are ruthlessly abducted, she abandons this purpose in spite of the dreadful yearning, and sets out to try to rescue them, venturing into the land of Darke, and the blackness of Evernight…
The sleepy English countryside…
At the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall. Young Tristran Thorn has lost his heard to the beautiful Victoria Forester, but Victoria is as cold and distant as the star she and Tristran see fall from the sky one evening.
For the prize of Victoria’s hand, Tristran vows to retrieve the star for his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the town’s ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining…
P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night #11
There was a terrible shriek, and the Neferet apparition rushed forwards. It surged from our circle, like a black tide. With the sound of a thousand skittering spiders, the spectre fled through the main entrance of the school and then disappeared completely.
Drastically altered after her fall, Neferet is clinging to life with one goal in mind: to regain her strength. But she’s still capable of deadly harm, and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc at the House of Night.
To make matters worse, something’s going on with Zoey. She’s feeling strange and stressed all the time. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, considering a powerful immortal is on the loose and she’s having some boyfriend issues. Again. But is there something bigger at work? Z might not have long to find out. Light and Darkness are out of balance, awakening Old Magick
And Old Magick always demands a sacrifice . . .
Layla is only 14. She cruises online. She catches trains to meet strangers. Her mother, Margot, never suspects. Even when Layla brings a man into their home.
Margot’s caught in her own web: an evangelical church and a charismatic pastor.
Meanwhile, downtown, a man opens a suitcase and tenderly places his young lover inside.
Secrets Of The Tides
Every family has its secrets.
Some are small, like telling a white lie or snooping through a private drawer. Others are more serious, like infidelity and betrayal. And some secrets are so terrible they must be hidden away in a deep, dark place, for if they ever came to light, they would surely tear a family apart…
The Tides are a family full of secrets. Returning to Clifftops, the rambling family house perched high on the Dorset coastline, youngest daughter Dora hopes for a fresh start, for herself and for the new life she carries. But can long-held secrets ever really be forgiven? And even if you can forgive, can you ever really learn to love again?
When a developer asks Peter to assess a prime piece of Queensland real estate – the Pickersgill Peninsula Showgrounds – he jumps at the chance. It will give him time out from having to be with the family he loves. And it will take him back to his childhood home; to his parents, his twin sister, Pearl, and his brother, Gary, the TV weatherman.
Other these few days, he will come to realise that sometimes when you go back to where you came from you find out how much you actually have, and how much you could lose. He just has to make his mind up, and listen to the advice that’s given by, of all people – the King of Hot Dogs.
But will he?
The Twistrose Key
Something is wrong in the house that Lin’s family has rented – Lin is sure of it.
The clocks tick too slowly. Frost covers the flower bed, even in a rain storm. And when a secret key marked ‘Twistrose’ arrives for her, Lin finds a crack in the cellar: a gate to the world of Sylver.
This frozen realm is the home of every dead animal who ever loved a child. Lin is overjoyed to be reunited with Rufus, the pet she buried under the rosebush. Together they must face danger and adventure to find the missing Winter Prince and save Sylver from destruction.
They are not the only ones hunting for the boy. In the dark hides a shadow-lipped man, waiting for this last Winter Prince to be delivered into his hands.
A. G. Howard
Alyssa Gardner hears the thoughts of plants and animals. She hides her delusions for now, but she knows her fate: she will end up like her mother, in an institution. Madness has run in her family ever since her great-great-great-grandmother Alice Liddell told Lewis Carroll her strange dreams, inspiring his classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
But perhaps she’s not mad. And perhaps Carroll’s stories aren’t as whimsical as they first seem.
To break the curse of insanity, Alyssa must go down the rabbit hole and right the wrongs of Wonderland, a place full of strange beings with dark agendas. Alyssa brings her real-world crush-the protective Jeb-with her, but once her journey beings, she’s torn between his solidity and the enchanting, dangerous magic of Morpheus, her guide to Wonderland.
But no one in Wonderland is who they seem to be-not even Alyssa herself . . .
All Our Yesterdays
Yesterday Marnia was safe, privileged, wealthy. She was falling for James – the super brainy youngest son of a very powerful family. Yesterday ended badly.
Today Em is in a cell she may never get out of alive. There’s a flicker of hope when she talks to the boy in the cell next to hers – and when she remembers who she used to be . . . Yesterday
Tomorrow Em has a mission. She must escape and travel back in time. She must kill the boy Marina loved – to save her future.
The Doctor: His Lives And Times
‘I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord. I’m from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. And I’m the man who’s going to save your life.’
He’s made a mark on almost every era of history, and he’s touched millions of lives across space and time. In these pages you’ll find just some of the stories behind those brief encounters, each of them addressing the question that must never, ever be answered: ‘Doctor Who?’
This is the story of an impossible life – of a man who borrowed a spaceship, travelled through time and continually saved the universe – as told by the Doctor’s friends, by his enemies, and by the man himself. Letters, journals, trial records, secret government files and the occasional bit of tabloid journalism reveal the never-before-told story of Gallifrey’s last Time Lord.
The Hearts of Horses
The winter of 1917, eastern Oregon. A young woman shows up on George Bliss’s doorstep. She’s looking for a job breaking horses, and he hires her. Many of his regular hands are off fighting in the war in Europe and, beneath her showy rodeo garb, George glimpses a shy but determined girl with a serious knowledge of horses.
So begins the irresistible tale of Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man’s world. Along the way, Martha helps a German family, ostracized by the community, to save their horses when their wagon falls into a ravine. She gentles another horse for a dying man – a last gift to his young son – and gradually earns the respect and admiration of her new neighbours.
P.S. I Love You
Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry.
They were childhood sweethearts – no one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other.
Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms Holly discovers that Gerry has left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding her into her new life without him, each signed ‘PS, I Love You’.
With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing – and being braver than ever before.
Life is for living, she realises – but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.
Melissa De La Cruz
Vampires of Manhattan #1
Schuyler Van Allen has never fit in a Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers bagging, vintage clothes to the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Once an outcast, Schuyler is thrust into Manhattan’s most exclusive social circle. Its members are the powerful, the wealthy, and – as Schuyler soon discovers – the unhuman. They are Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires, and for centuries they’ve been invincible. Now something is preying on this elite group, and Schuyler wants to find out the truth. But is she the most vulnerable of them all?
Melissa De La Cruz
Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help – her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly under way for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city’s wealthy, powerful, and unhuman – a true Blue Blood affair.
But it’s at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the marks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire’s destiny.
Rich with glamour, attitude, and vampire lore, this second installment in the Blue Bloods saga will leave readers thirsting for more.