Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Sequels galore

Plots develop and characters grow as trilogies and more-logies continue, with one beloved 28-year-old series coming to an end.

Nowhere to Run (The 39 Clues: Unstoppable #1)

Author: Jude Watson

Publisher: Scholastic Inc, 272 pages, fiction

THE 39 Clues series is about the Cahill family that has been guarding an earth-shaking secret for the past 500 years: the 39 ingredients of a serum that transforms whoever takes it into the most powerful person on earth.


In this latest spinoff from the original series, the secret has been handed down to 13-year-old Dan and his older sister, Amy.

But disaster strikes when they discover that the serum is missing. And it looks like the thief is already influencing the world, as Dan and Amy find themselves being framed and their lives being dismantled around them. They need to get that serum back yesterday!

The Fall Of Five (Lorien Legacies #4)

Author: Pittacus Lore

Publisher: HarperCollins, 416 pages, fiction

AFTER their planet, Lorien, is conquered, nine alien children who make up the Garde are sent to Earth to grow into their powers so that they can return someday to liberate their homeland from the Mogadorians.

The series begins after three of the Garde – now teenagers – have been killed by Mogadorian hunters.

The Fall Of Five

In this fourth and second last instalment, Number Four, John Smith, learns that reuniting the Garde does not change things when they go up against the Mogadorian leader with disastrous results. They need to find the remaining Garde and learn to act as a team. Then they receive a sign from Number Five: a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol. But could it be a trap?

Now I’ll Tell You Everything

Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 528 pages, fiction

FANS of this series have grown up with Alice McKinley over 28 books, beginning with The Agony Of Alice in 1985, which was about the problems that arise from being the new girl at school.


Now, Newbery Medal-winning author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is bringing the series to a close with Alice, now 18, “stepping into the rest of her life” as she begins college and finds everything changing around her. Will her best friends from secondary school remain her best friends? Will she and boyfriend Patrick survive a long-distance relationship?

These and many other questions are answered as the novel tracks Alice’s life until she turns 80.

The Private School Murders (Confessions #2)

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 448 pages, fiction

TEENAGE investigator Tandy Angel is back in this sequel to Confessions Of A Murder Suspect.

With her brother Matthew still facing a trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Tandy doesn’t need any more complications in her life, but then one of the rich young girls who attends Tandy’s elite school is murdered.


And that’s not the only death: there’s a trail of dead, rich young women in Manhattan’s swanky Upper West Side, all of them very much like Tandy – will she be next?

With no one uttering the words “serial killer”, it’s up to Tandy to get on the case, if only to protect herself.

Touching The Surface

Author: Kimberly Sabatini

Publisher: Simon Pulse, 352 pages, fiction

DYING is surely the worst thing that can befall a person. Elliot has died not once but three times.


In author Kimberly Sabatini’s world, souls get three chances to “get it right”, so for Eliiot, this is her last chance to make amends and get things right. And to do that, she has to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried.

She must now find a way to seek the forgiveness of the person she has hurt the most, and finally reveal the truth about herself to the two people she loves the most, at the risk of losing them both ... forever.

Revealed (House Of Night #11)

Authors: P.C. & Kristin Cast

Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin, 320 pages, fiction

HELL hath no fury like a woman scorned, they say. After her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet now has a thirst for vengeance that is insatiable.


Vowing to wreak havoc, Neferet has her eyes on all humanity, a situation for which the House of Night, the boarding school for new “vampyres”, is blamed.

Now, it is up to Zoey to quench Neferet’s fiery rage before matters escalate to a full-on war.

Written by a mother and daughter team, the House Of Night series is slated to end with the next volume, No.12. 

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