Daniel X : Watch The Skies, by James Patterson (251 pages) – Further adventures of teenage alien hunter, Daniel X. This time the alien menace threatens humanity via television.
First line: ‘It was a pretty regular early-summer night at 72 Little Lane.‘
Girls Against Girls, by Bonnie Burton (128 pages) – This non-fiction book looks at the reasons why girls are sometimes mean to one another, what to do if one is being bullied, and why it is better to treat others with respect.
Girl Meets Cake, by Susie Day (215 pages) – Heidi has invented a boyfriend (she had to – it was an emergency). Now, because he’s so perfect, Heidi’s friends are messaging him all kinds of secrets.
First lines: ‘“Poop on a fork, Heidi. What part of ‘I don’t want to see your face in here Saturday’ did you not follow?” Betsy yells before I’m even halfway through the door of the Little Leaf cafe.‘
The Road of the Dead, by Kevin Brooks (292 pages) – Brother Ruben and Cole learn that their sister has been found, murdered, many miles from home. Determined to find out what happened, the brothers retrace her steps.
First line: ‘When the Dead Man got Rachel I was sitting in the back of a wrecked Mercedes wondering if the rain was going to stop.‘
Nicholas Dane, by Melvin Burgess (408 pages) – Fourteen-year-old Nick is sent to a boys’ home after his mother’s death, and things get much, much worse. Much worse.
First line: ‘Nick Dane lifted his head and stared blearily at the doorway.‘
Devil’s Kiss, by Sarwat Chadda (278 pages) – Billi SanGreal’s father belongs to The Order, who protect the world from the Unholy. She’s about to go through her Ordeal, which is he chance to join the Order. Look, an official website!
First line: ‘Killing him should be easy; he’s only six.‘
The Witching Hour, by Elizabeth Laird (417 pages) – 17th century Scotland; a bad time to be accused of witchcraft. Maggie’s grandmother is accused and so Maggie must flee to her uncle’s holdings, where he’s defying the English King. Historic thrills!
First line: ‘I was the first one to see the whale lying dead on the san at Scalpsie Bay.‘
Here’s some books that are the latest in continuing series:
Carpe Corpus : Book Six of The Morganville Vampires, by Rachel Caine (243 pages)
The Diamond Secret : Once Upon a Time, by Suzanne Weyn (209 pages)
Burned : A Year in Girl Hell 3, by Meredith Costain (139 pages)
Death by Denim : Death By 3, by Linda Gerber (211 pages)
My (Dating Disasters) Diary by Kelly Ann, by Liz Rettig (355 pages)
Get Your Paws Off!, by Rachel Wright (145 pages)