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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Popular Series

Books that form part of a series can be some of the most entertaining books a person reads. A good book keeps the pages turning and the reader intrigued. Even better than a good novel is a book series. When the main character is likable, the plot is suspenseful and the action fast paced, you are often left wanting more when the book is finished. That’s why a series is so great! 

Listed below are some of the great series that once the first book is finished  it’s guaranteed to have you reaching for the next one in the series.

ACTION/ADVENTURE

Jack West – Matthew Reilly

This series follows the adventures of Jack West as he defies death, racing against tie to save the world from the brink of destruction. Seven Ancient Wonders is the first in this epic, action packed novel, Jack West Junior and his team of elite, multinational soldiers must fight against evil to stop the all powerful capstone from being re-united, and destroying the world. The Six Sacred Stones, is the second in this series sees Jack West Jr and his loyal team of heroes must find and rebuild a legendary device known as ‘The Machine’ before the deadline for global destruction arrives. But the only clues to locating this Machine are held within the Six Sacred Stones, long lost to history. Five Greatest Warriors  picks up the story exactly where ‘Six Sacred Stones’ finished and continues the story of the hero, Jack West, and his band of side kicks racing against time and teams of nations who seek ultimate power, searching the world for the remaining sacred Pillars and Vertexes. The aim? To save the planet from annihilation by the Dark Star and from the dictatorship of one.

Conspiracy 365 – Gabrielle Lord

At his father’s funeral, 15-year-old Cal Ormond is warned about the Ormond Singularity, a deadly family mystery that kills those who seek it. Can Cal survive the next 365 days and solve the mystery? After returning from Toms funeral, the Ormond family discovers their home has been burgled. Is it simply bad luck or something more? Cal soon realises nothing is coincidental after his uncle Rafe is shot and his younger sister Gabbi is knocked unconscious in a home attack. What is the Ormond Singularity? Why is it worth killing for? With the police believing Cal assaulted his uncle and sister, he has no choice but to run. He needs to clear his name and find out what the Singularity is. He has 334 days to go.

FANTASY

The Book of Lies – James Moloney

Three children, Marcel, Nicola and Fergus, have been left mysteriously in an orphanage run by the kindly Mrs Timmins, but overseen by the fearsome wizard Lord Alwyn and his creature Termagant.

Marcel learns that the mysterious Book of Lies can tell hood from truth. But can it tell him who he really is? He is not alone in his confusion, either. When the stranger Starkey arrives, Marcel, the haughty Nicola and battle-obsessed Fergus discover that they have a vital part to play in saving the kingdom from evil.

But something′s not right. Is Starkey friend or foe? And is Lord Alwyn the evil wizard the children first thought? And will the truth really be revealed in the pages of the Book of Lies?

The story continues in the second book Master of Lies and concludes with the final book The Book of Baden Dark.  The Book from Baden Dark can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel as well as the climax of the trilogy, however it would be beneficial to have read the previous two episodes. This book is recommended to those who are keen on fantasy adventures and is a must-read for those who enjoyed the previous books in the series.

SPIES/THRILLS

Alex Rider – Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider is a series of spy novels by British author Anthony Horowitz about a 14-15 year old spy named Alex Rider. Alex, the main character, is recruited by the British secret service after discovering his uncle’s assassination. Once recruited, he goes undercover as a scholar winning a prize to explore suspicious rumors of some sort of virus at Herod Sayle’s manufacturing plant in Cornwall. The series is aimed primarily at young adults.

Cherub Series – Robert Muchamore

CHERUB agents are all seventeen and under. They wear skate tees and hemp, and look like regular kids. But they’re not. They are trained professionals who are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists and international drug dealers. CHERUB agents hack into computers, bug entire houses, and download crucial documents. It is a highly dangerous job. For their safety, these agents DO NOT EXIST. James is the latest CHERUB recruit.

Initially, the series follows James Choke, better known as James Adams (his adopted name at CHERUB), as he enters CHERUB and performs various missions. However, the focus later turns to his sister Lauren and several other characters who work along side him, and in separate missions. The initial series of twelve novels runs from the recruitment of Adams to his retirement from CHERUB at age seventeen.  Wikipedia

The Joshua Files – M. G. Harris

The Joshua Files is a thriller book series aimed at teenagers. The mythology of the series includes a  fictional prophecy of the ancient Maya of a catastrophic event that will occur in December 2012 .

It follows the story of young Joshua Garcia (Josh) as he travels in the  Mayan ruins following the work of his archaeologist father Andres Garcia. He is accompanied by his three friends: 15-year-old Tyler Marks, a fellow capoeira  fighter; 14-year-old Ixchel, his forced wife-to-be; and his 18-year-old cousin, Benicio. The first book, Invisible City, was published in February 2008. The second, Ice Shock, was published in March 2009, the third, Zero Moment in Feb 2010, and the fourth, Dark Parallel  in April 2011. The fifth and final book, Apocalyspe Moon was released in April 2012.  Wikipedia

DYSTOPIAN THRILLERS

Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

This series has been described as dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance. Wikipedia

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The thrilling trilogy expertly described by Suzanne Collins. You enter a futureistic dystipian world where every year two tributes from each district are thrown into an arena expected to fight to the death or get knocked out by other means. Only one can survive.

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.  Good Reads

Gone by Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears, GONE!

Gone is a young adult dystopian science fiction book series written by Michael Grant. The series is centered around the fictional Califorinan town of Perdido Beach. Every human 15 and older vanishes, and the town and surrounding areas (later named the FAYZ) are encased within an impenetrable bubble. Many of the people and wildlife develop supernatural powers. The books follow the exploits of various characters, mainly the protagonist Sam Temple and the antagonist, Sam’s fraternal twin Caine Soren.

PARNORMAL

Fallen – Lauren  Kate

FALLEN is intensely addictive 4 book series about fallen angels and forbidden love written by Lauren Kate ideal for fans of Stephenie Meyer.

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?  There are 4 books in this captivating series.

Wolves of Mercy Falls – Maggie Stiefvater

Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.

Halo – Alexandra Adornetto

This series written by Alexandra Adornetto , comes alive in action-packed and unexpected ways, as angels battle demons, and the power of love is put to the test.

The first book in the series is Halo: Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.
Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

The story continues in Hades : Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.

The third book in the series is Heaven: Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.

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