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Taken 

by Erin Bowman
03/24/2015 Categories: action adventure dystopia siblings

TakenTaken takes place in a society where all boys disappear (The Heist) on their 18th birthday. After his brother's Heist, Gray Weathersby finds a letter addressed to his brother from his deceased mother. This letter opens up doors about Gray and prompts him to discover the secrets beneath his intriguing society. 

I really enjoyed this book. The society was interesting and the story flowed smoothly.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about different kinds of societies embedded with adventure stories. The story is aimed toward a young adult audience, but anyone would enjoy it. 

Chanel, 15

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The day of their eighteenth birthday innocent boys are taken by a mysterious light from the sky. No one questions it, they just accept it. They call this The Heist. Gray Weathersby, a seventeen year old boy, is merely a couple months away from The Heist. His brother was already taken away from him and he did not want to be next. One day, Gray finds a note from his mother. After reading it, Gray starts to question the Council, his society, his family, and himself. In order to discover the truth, Gray will go on a journey that will answer all his questions.

Taken written by Erin Bowman, is an amazing novel filled with action, adventure, and romance. I enjoyed this book very much and I am very happy I gave the book a chance. I hope you do the same.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy action/romance books. I also recommend this book to readers who are 13 and up due to the romantic scenes, violence, and crude language.

Sara, 14

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Fangirl 

by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlCather and Wren are twins who are about to go off to college for their freshman year. They are total opposites, however both write fanfiction the popular Simon Snow series. As they go off to college, Cather realizes that Wren and her want two different college experiences, making her feel abandoned. In comes Levi and Regan, the two people who actually make her feel happy and wanted. With these two friends and her computer of course, Cather just might have an exceptionally great year.

I thought this book was okay, there was nothing exceptional that made it amazing. Although I personally liked the hardships she faced/realized, that everything is not always as it seems.

I might, but I felt as if this book dragged on for awhile. Also, there was a lot of hype about this book and it didn't live up to the expectations.

Audrey, 16

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Going Vintage 

by Lindsey Leavitt

Going VintageMallory has just been cheated on by an online girlfriend. Yes an online girlfriend. She comes to terms with her situation by de-modernizing her life, which means no computer, cell phone, or even an alarm clock. She gets inspired when she finds her grandmother's list from 1962 of new school year resolutions. With the help of her friends, sister, and surprisingly cute cousin of her ex, she figures out that in any generation being a teenage is always complicated.

I honestly really liked this book, because it was very refreshing (and comical) to read a story about getting rid of the one thing the teenage generation views as a necessity for life. I loved the humor and awkwardness that came with this book and often thought "What would I do in this situation?"

I think any teenager could relate to this book and the complications we would all have if someone suddenly yanked our iPhones out of our hands. It's one of those books that has a resolution/happy ending and this book makes it work, so therefore you should read it.

Audrey, 16

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Along for the Ride 

by Sarah Dessen

Along for the RideIn Along for the Ride, Auden is a very serious and driven teenager who is about to go off to college, after she spends the summer with her dad, his new wife, and her new half sister. What she expects is a very long and uneventful summer, however instead what happens is she meets a group of people who change her perception on all of the choices she has ever made.

This is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books, just because I can relate to it. The characters all have their own unique traits to them and when put together it creates this jumble of personalities that all around fit well together.

I would most definitely recommend this book because of it's outlook that you should not judge people based on their appearance and how you should maintain a healthy balance between school and your social life. I know some might think Sarah Dessen books are overrated, but honestly this book deserves to be read.

Audrey, 16

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David 

by Mary Hoffman
07/23/2013 Categories: artists romance siblings

DavidSet in the Florence of 1501, David follows the life of Gabriele the young man who would portray the biblical character of David, in Michelangelo's sculpture. The novel follows Gabriele's romantic life, while also heavily focusing on the political instability of Florence under the new republic, and Gabriele's involvement in it.

I did not necessarily like this book. At times the story line was good, but most of the time it was slightly confusing when describing the politics of the period. I enjoyed Gabriele's dramatic love life, and his brotherly relationship with Michelangelo, but I did not really like all the historical details about the politics of the time.

I would recommend this book to those who like historical novels or who are into politics. I don't think that this is a book for everyone because of the fact that it heavily focuses on the subject of politics that can seem boring to most teens.

Daisy, 17

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Maximum Ride: the Angel Experiment 

by James Patterson

Angel ExperimentMaximum Ride is the leader of her "flock"- 5 other kids who, like her, have wings and can soar above the clouds. They were experiments created by crazy scientists and have hard lives, from battling wolf/human hybrids to rescuing Angel from the School where they were tested and created.

I loved this book, from the action to the love, this book was truly amazing. I really liked how much Max cared for her family and would do anything to help them.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes an exhilarating, fast-paced story with a well thought out story plan. It has the perfect amount of surprise and suspense.

Chanel, 14

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Cross My Heart, Hope to Die 

by Sara Shepard
06/05/2013 Categories: detective stories murder mystery siblings

Cross my heartThe book continues to follow Emma Paxton as she tries to find her twin's murderer. But things seem to become more complicated as the twin's birth mother shows up in Tucson, and  recognizes Emma as her self, and not Sutton who she is still pretending to be. Throughout the book Emma tries to clear her mother's name because she appears to be a top suspect of Sutton's murder.

Yes, I really enjoyed reading this book, it was full of mystery and dangerous situations. The same old lovable characters continue to appear, and they are faced with even more dangerous situations than in the previous books. Overall the mysterious element of the book continues and you are always kept at the edge of your seat.

Yes, I would very much recommend this book to others, because it is a thrilling mystery novel that keeps the reader thinking. I would especially recommend it to those who are fans of Sara Shepard's previous novels, and to those who enjoy reading mystery novels. 

Daisy, 17

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Hide and Seek: a Lying Game novel 

by Sara Shepard
06/05/2013 Categories: love triangles murder mystery romance siblings

Hide and SeekHide and Seek is the fourth book in the Lying Game series, and continues to follow Emma Paxton's search for her sister's murderer. Emma continues to impersonate Sutton, her dead twin sister, in the hopes that she will find her killer and be able to return to her normal life. But her search becomes more complicated as Sutton's secret boyfriend arrives. Now Emma needs to lie to the boy who loved her sister.

I really liked this book. It had some really crazy plot twists and major cliff hangers that would not let me put the book down. The characters are really endearing and you find yourself rooting for Emma who desperately wants to find her sister's murderer, and return to being herself.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others but most likely to girls who like a good mystery book. It would be a good read to those who like the Pretty Little Liars series also written by Sara Shepard. Girls would love this book because it has love triangles and really crazy plot twists.

Daisy, 17

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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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East of Eden 

by John Steinbeck
05/21/2013 Categories: classic family drama siblings

East of EdenEast of Eden tells the story of the Trasks and the Hamiltons - two families who come together in the rich Salinas Valley in California. Steinbeck's novel follows three generations of these families as they relive the biblical story of Cain who strives for his father's love, and of Abel who receives all of Adam's love and pride.

The novel had a very interesting story line that was often full of plot twists and surprises. Some of the characters were really endearing, and others like Cain and Abel, proved to be dynamic characters as the story progressed. The novel was really dramatic and often kept the reader at the edge of his seat.

I would very much recommend this book to others, due to the fact that it contains a great story line and dynamic characters. I would especially recommend this novel to readers who enjoy classics and who are not afraid of reading a long book.

Daisy, 17

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Pride and Prejudice 

by Jane Austen
04/30/2013 Categories: classic family drama romance siblings

The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of Regency Era England. Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy.  But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice as well as outside opposition to be together?

I love this book!  While I wasn't able to appreciate it when I was younger (I hated any subtle witticisms and interactions whose meanings weren't completely obvious and there's no sword fights over a girl's honor) but now that I'm older and got to read it with my class, I understand it a lot better. The characters are delightful and there is a lot of humor and wit to provide comic relief. Of course the romance between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth is one of the main reasons I love the book, since their relationship grows and blossoms despite a bad first impression, miscommunication, social disapproval, familial opposition and their own faults which get in the way from the beginning.

I recommend this book for book-lovers that can appreciate classical literature and subtle details. Be ready to re-read this book many times because it gets better each time I read it.  Anyone that can appreciate a good romance will love this amazing novel.

Rebecca, 17

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That Summer 

by Sarah Dessen

That SummerHaven is tall and feels awkward with herself. Her parents are divorced, her dad remarries, and her sister is getting married at the end of summer. Her whole life is changing, and she feels as if she has no control. Then, one of her sister's old boyfriends comes back to town and she feels happy again. She remembers only good memories about when he and her sister were dating, back when their family was in one piece. It seems that every time something terrible goes wrong, he is there and it always cheers her up.

While reading, I felt indifferent about whether or not I liked it. I mean, it wasn't a waste of time, but it wasn't the best book every. Until I got to the end. I have a sister of my own, so I know how it feels to have a connection with someone so close. After reading the end, I loved the book and the relationship between Haven and Ashley.

I would recommend this book to any teenager. It's a quick book but it holds a lot of messages.

Chanel, 14

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The Necromancer 

by Michael Scott
02/19/2013 Categories: adventure family drama mythology siblings

NecromancerThe world is ending. Soon. With Josh and Sophie Newman, two 15 year olds as the world's only hope, every side is battling for the twins to join them. Who will win? Read The Necromancer to find out.

This book was really good. I loved the cliff-hangar endings and mythological references. Anyone who loves action-packed books like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series will like this one.

Hieu, 13

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Sense and Sensibility 

by Jane Austen
12/27/2012 Categories: classic family drama romance siblings

Sense and Sensibility is mainly about two girls, Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, who have moved into a small cottage after the recent death of their father. Elinor and Edward Ferrars are thought to be in love with each other, but Elinor is unaware of the secret Edward has. Marianne meets John Willoughby while nearly injuring herself, but is all of it just a game?

I thought it was pretty good because it explained how most women in that time period basically had nothing to look forward to except to get married.

I would definitely recommend this book if you have read other Jane Austen books. If you like Pride and Prejudice then try this one!

Audrey, 15

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My Sister's Keeper 

by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper coverThis book is about a thirteen year old girl, Anna who likes independence. She doesn't want to be only known because of her sick sister. She doesn't have a normal teenage life because her sister has cancer. Anna's entire family depends on her to keep her sister alive. Anna has a very close relationship with her sister.

This book became boring in the middle. I was surprised by the tragic ending which I strongly disliked. I kept thinking to myself that this cannot happen. But what I liked about this book is that it shows many things that are actually happening in people's lives right now. For example, this book shows how a family faces many troubles going through living with their sick daughter with cancer.

I would recommend this book to others because it shows you how it feels like to be part of a family with someone going through cancer. If you are someone who knows a person going through cancer, you might enjoy this book.

Alissa, 14

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