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Sir Thursday 

by Garth Nix
10/05/2015 Categories: fantasy magic

Image result for sir tuesday garth nixSir Thursday is about a boy, Arthur Penhaligon, who is on a quest to save the world as he knows it. He has to venture into a different dimension (known as the "House") in order to protect his family and the earth, with the help of his new found friends, and find Keys that are the "key" to saving the universe. He has since been drafted into an otherworldly army, and must learn how to survive on his own.

Sir Thurday was an interesting book to read, because it was full of suspense, and kept you guessing throughout the story. I liked how the chapters were all told in third person, but from different vantage points throughout. The main character was also easy to sympathize with, as he started out as a normal person, like ourselves, but changes as the story continues.

I would recommend this book to people who like to read stories with a bit of mystery to them, and when everything isn't revealed to you right away. The books would also be good for anyone who likes suspenseful plots, and an action filled story line. The change in perspectives could be confusing to some people, so if you don't like the shifts, it might not be a good book for you.

Natalie, 14

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Torn 

by Amanda Hocking
03/23/2015 Categories: fantasy ghosts magic

TornIn the sequel to Switched, Wendy Everly learns more about her past and her bloodline than she ever knew possible. She finds out that she has a closer connection to the Vittra, the Trylle enemies, and is forced to choose a side and make life-changing decisions.

I did enjoy this book. It was well written and the story-line was very interesting.  I would recommend this series to many young-adult readers. It was a very interesting book set in the world of the trolls.

Chanel, 15

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Throne of Fire 

by Rick Riordan
06/05/2013 Categories: magic mythology siblings

Throne of FireSadie and Carter Kane are called upon to save the world. Again. Their job? Oh just journey across some lands to collect the pieces of the Book of Ra, awaken Ra, and stop Aphopis, the evil snake that's Lord of Chaos, from breaking out of his prison. Impossible, you say? Well, if you want to find out if they can do it, then read the book.

This is the best sequel to any series that I have ever read! I would recommend this to all you Egypt mythology fans and Kane fans: Wait no longer. This book is so good that it will mesmerize you and pull you so deep into the story, you'll cry when it ends.

Hieu, 13

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 

by J.K. Rowling
06/05/2013 Categories: boarding school magic movie witches & wizards

Sorcerer's StoneMeet Harry Potter. He's just your average teenage boy staying with some relatives who make it clear that they don't want Harry in their home. That is, until one day when letters flood his house and he meets a giant of a man named Hagrid. Harry finds out that he's a wizard and that his parents were killed by the darkest wizard to ever live: Lord Voldemort. He is swept up in the magical world of Wizarding, finds a home that he's never really had, and meets some friends along the way, including his best friends: Hermione Granger and Ronald "Ron" Weasley. They soon find out that Voldemort is after the Sorcerer's Stone and have to do something before it's too late.

Harry, Hermione, and Ron are just phenominal characters and J.K. Rowling has woven a magical story that's the best of the best. If you like magic, then this is the book for you.

Hieu, 13

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The Raven Boys 

by Maggie Stiefvater
04/25/2013 Categories: magic paranormal romance witches & wizards

Raven BoysBlue lives in a house full of psychics, but she is the only one in the house who does not posses these supernatural powers. Ever since she was little girl she has been told that she will kill her true love with a kiss, something that hadn't mattered until now. She becomes involved in the search for the long dead Welsh king Glendower, with a group of raven boys, boys who attend a private school near by, boys whom she swore to never become involved with because of their reputation as snotty rich kids. The story follows their search for Glendower and the growing relationship between Blue and the boys.

I though this book was amazing. Stiefvater creates really dynamic and compelling characters who develop throughout the book. The plot line is really interesting and you find yourself at the edge of your seat, just waiting to find out what happens next.

Yes, I would highly recommend this book to others, but especially to those who enjoy reading a supernatural story with a hint of romance. Overall if you love books with a supernatural plot you would love Stiefvater's The Raven Boys.

Daisy, 16

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Unspoken 

by Sarah Rees Brennam
04/01/2013 Categories: magic paranormal suspense

UnspokenKami has fallen in love with her imaginary friend, a boy who has talked in her head ever since she can remember. Then suddenly, a boy with the same name and personality appears before her. At the same time, brutal animal killings are beginning to surface in her small town, and it's up to Kami and her cohorts to straighten things out.

I liked it! It's like a modern Gothic novel that was both excruciatingly good and sort of disappointing (but I can't tell you why). The characters were well-developed and the surprisingly dark, fantastical story behind the town (Sorry-in-the-Vale) was rather intriguing. I await the sequel with bated breath!

Girls will probably prefer this more due to the romance involved, but due to the surprising twists and turns as well as the darkish flavor of the story, guys may enjoy this book as well. If you get spooked easily, you might want to read this one in the daytime.

Erica, 17

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Kingdom Keepers: Shell Game 

by Ridley Pearson
01/14/2013 Categories: action adventure magic suspense

Shell Game coverDisney Host Interactive by day. Last line of defense against Overtakers at night. What first seemed to be protecting the Disney World parks now adds another battleground for 2 weeks: the Disney Cruise Ship Dream. The Overtakers are planning to obliterate the Kingdom Keepers on the 2-week cruise through the new Panama Canal locks. Will the Keepers be able to thwart the OTs again?

Th=is book was filled with amazing, non-stop action sequences that kept me hanging on the edge of my seat. Yes. If you're looking for action and Disney, this series is for you.

Hieu, 13

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Eragon 

by Christopher Paolini
10/22/2012 Categories: adventure fantasy magic movie

Eragon coverThe book is about a boy who finds a dragon egg and then goes on an adventure to learn how to become a dragon rider and train his dragon. With only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, he is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power.

I do like this book. I think this book was good because it is about a boy and a dragon trying to save an empire. I would definitely recommend this book to others! People who like action and adventure would like this book.

Joshua, 15

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The Runelords 

by David Farland
07/11/2012 Categories: action demonology fantasy magic

Runelords coverThe Runelords was the story of the conflict between Raj Ahten, the man who wanted the world, and the kings of the nations who opposed him. Raj Ahten had taken thousands of endowments, which could magically make him faster, stronger, smarter, etc., than everyone else. But there is one threat to his power. Gaborn Val Orden, who is the next Earth King. He has the power to Choose people, and once he has done this, he can warn them of danger and keep them safe.

For the most part, this was a good book. However, it can get very confusing at times, and if you're not focused, you will have no idea what's going on. It was a clever new use of magic and the different creatures and monsters were thought out well.This is a nice read if you like longer fantasy books. If you like it, you will be forced to read the next seven books as the story never really ends with a final victory.

If you like epic fantasy, beasts, and battles, then you will most likely enjoy this book.

Brian, 15

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The Demon's Lexicon 

by Sarah Rees Brennan
06/28/2012 Categories: action demonology magic suspense

Demon's Lexicon coverNick and Alan have always been on the run from magicians who are hunting them down. The magicians are after a charm that their mother possesses; sure, they can easily give it away and the chase might stop, but the charm is the only thing keeping their mother alive. One day, Jamie and Mae, neighbors from the house next door, arrive asking for help. Jamie had been marked by demons. Alan, the sweet sensitive one, wants to help them. Nick, the one who is always rough, the one who does all the fighting, the one who really doesn't care about anyone other than Alan, wants to get them far away, especially after Alan becomes marked. Now Alan and Nick have to kill two magicians in order to get the marks off and for the very first time, Nick and Alan are going to the magicians instead of running away from them. Nick is about to learn a secret that has been kept from him his entire life, a secret that will rock his world.

This book was amazing! You'll be glued to the book as the story takes you on an adventure filled with action and surprises that you may never see coming. The characters, Nick especially, are well written; they come to life and seem as real as life itself. When you reach the end, you'll find yourself wishing that the characters were real and you'll find yourself yearning for the sequel.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves being surprised and is willing to fall in love with these characters. If you like action, adventure, and a story that drags you in with the characters, then you willl love this book.

Jana, 16

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Brisingr 

by Christopher Paolini
04/30/2012 Categories: adventure battles fantasy magic

Brisingr coverIn the third installment of the Inheritance Cycle, Eragon encounters old enemies and new as well as some unexpected friends as he seeks to fight for the good and stop Galbatorix once and for all. With the help of his dragon Saphira, he embarks on yet another quest--but this time, his enemy may just be himself.

As an avid follower of the Inheritance Cycle, I was pretty excited when this came out years ago. However, I was let down by the fact that the plot not only seemed to die down, but none of the chapters captured me except the part where the "Brisingr" part of the title comes into play.

If you like fantasy, dragons, magic, and action, this series is for you, but be warned that the books get worse as they go. I can only hope that the last book will rectify everything and restore Eragon's world to its former glory. Also, these are very thick books (Harry Potter size) so if you don't like big books, I'd try with something else.

Erica, 16

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City of Bones 

by Cassandra Clare
04/26/2012 Categories: dystopia fantasy magic mystery

City of Bones coverCity of Bones is a story about a girl, Clary Fray, who finds out more about her family than she could have ever imagined. She finds that her mother used to fight evil monsters, that the boy she likes, or might even love, might be her brother who was supposed to be dead, and to top it all off... her father was the most evil and manipulative man in universe. Clary has seriously wished that she never went out that faithful night.

City of Bones is a very magical book. It makes you want to look into your family history and see what is hiding. The story itself has so many interesting parts that it can not be put down. I would recommend City of Bones to anyone who loves a great action and adventure page turner. You have to have a lot of time for this book because you'll never be able to put it down!

Aleck, 14

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The Night Circus 

by Erin Morgenstern
04/26/2012 Categories: fantasy magic romance

Night Circus coverThe Night Circus is always a sight to behold, a legend weaving through the darkness, a surprise that awaits when one opens their eyes in the morning. As its name suggests, it only opens at night, and enthralls its visitors into a land of fantasy, wonder, and excitement. Then, the next day, it's gone, a legend once more. However, there's trouble brewing within the mysterious circus...here is another unconventional tale of boy meets girl.

The Night Circus was a really interesting book, for the reason that I've never read anything like it before. However, this also has some negative aspects to it: I didn't understand much of what was going on a lot of the time. Not only that, but the ending just struck me as unnatural and forced.

Despite its flaws, The Night Circus is a good book to read. Anyone, boy or girl, will enjoy this book. I would suggest this to 6th graders and up.

Erica, 16

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