Dare, truth or promise – Paula Boock

Willa and Louie could not be more different. Louie wants to be a lawyer and is an outstanding student. Willa lives in a pub and just wants to get through the year so she can graduate and become a chef. But  when they first meet at a fast-food restaurant they are immediately attracted to one another. They fall madly in love, and everything the girls are sure of – their plans, their faith, their families, their identities – is called into question.

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The Sniper – James Riordan

Tania was 16 years old when the German army invaded the city of Stalingrad. The Russian people fought back in a battle that was seen as a turning point in the Second World War. Trained as a sniper Tania was recruited to shoot German officers. After witnessing the atrocities of war she became a hardened, highly efficient and ruthless sniper. This story, based on actual events and people, portrays the desperate struggle to survive in a time of horror, and the heroism of the legendary Stalingrad snipers.

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Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick

Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. That is, not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is attracted to Patch against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. When she looks for answers, she finds the truth is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen — and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life. A gripping and intense love story about fallen angels.

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Revolver – Marcus Sedgwick

In 1910 in a cabin north of the Arctic Circle fifteen-year-old Sig Andersson is alone. Alone, except for the corpse of his father, who died earlier that day when he fell through the ice on the lake. His sister and step-mother have gone to town for help. Then there is a knock at the door. It’s a frightening stranger with a gun, who claims to have unfinished business with his father. As the afternoon wears on and Sig learns the awful truth about Wolff’s connection to his father, and Wolff’s behaviour becomes more threatening, Sig’s thoughts turn to a box hidden in the storeroom, in which lies his father’s prized possession – a revolver. When Anna returns alone, and Wolff begins to close in, Sig must decide. Should he use the gun, or not? A tense psychological thriller set in the period of the Arctic gold rush.

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Jimmy Coates: Killer – Joe Craig

Who—or what—is Jimmy Coates? Eleven-year-old Jimmy is on the run. The good news is that he has some amazing new abilities that let him outrun, outjump, and outkick anybody—even adults. The bad news is that mysterious men are chasing Jimmy across the city and he has no idea why. Except that it might have something to do with his new fighting capabilities. And the fact that he might not be entirely human. . . .

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The Phoenix Files: Arrival – Chris Morphew

Luke is having a rough year. When his parents split up, his mum drags him to Phoenix, a brand-new town in the middle of nowhere. But Phoenix is no ordinary town. There are no cars, no phones and no internet. Luke thinks this is as weird as it gets. Then with his new friends, Jordan and Peter, they discover the truth behind the strange happenings in Phoenix. Someone is plotting to wipe out the human race. Phoenix is suddenly the safest and most dangerous place on earth. And the clock is ticking. There are one hundred days until the end of the world. This thriller set in the Australia outback is the first in a series.

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A great and terrible beauty – Libba Bray

It’s 1895 and after the death of her mother in mysterious circumstances, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle leaves India for England to go to an exclusive boarding school for young ladies. Troubled by visions it is only when Gemma discovers a diary, recounting the events leading to a tragedy at the school twenty years earlier, that the way into the realms of her visions is revealed. Thus begins a forbidden and dangerous journey for Gemma and her friends, as they discover that the supernatural delights of the realms are overshadowed by a menace they cannot control. As Gemma’s magical powers develop and her knowledge of a mystical Order grows, so does her awareness of her destiny. A combination of fantasy, light horror and historical fiction, with a dash of romance, this is the first book in a trilogy.  

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