Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

by Kasie West

Image result for fame fate and the first kiss book coverLacey Barnes: Actress. Drama-queen. Female lead. Lacey Barnes has just gotten her first lead role in Dancing Graves. She gets to work with handsome, but slightly selfish Grant James. But, she has a hard-time with her homework. So her father hires a tutor for her.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss is a romantic-comedy and a very interesting book. Kasie West continues to impress her readers with her imaginative and creative writing.

If you like funny, romantic, and realistic books then this is the book for you. It is a touching story and readers will relate to the characters.

Mia, 14

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Carry On

by Rainbow Rowell

Image result for carry on book coverOne boy is the "Chosen One", but horrible at magic. The other boy is amazing at magic, but a vampire. Baz and Simon are roommates at a magic school, but have huge differences. They hate and do not trust each other. But, they have to work together (with the help of Simon's friends) to figure out who murdered Baz's mother.

Carry On is a great book full of fun, magic, romance, and conflict between characters. Though, before you read it, you should read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell to understand where the characters began their journey.

I would recommend this book for teens. It is a #1 New York Times Best Selling book, and I see why.  It is similar to Harry Potter in some ways, so if you liked it then I COMPLETELY recommend this book.

Mia, 14

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The Selection

by Kiera Cass

Image result for the selection book coverThirty-five girls, one prize. The Selection is the story of America Singer, chosen
to be one of thirty-five girls to go to the castle. But for her, being selected would
be a nightmare because it would mean turning her back on her secret love,
Aspen. Prince Maxon must choose from these girls to be his queen. (This book
is one of three).

The Selection was a magnificent book to read. It's full of surprising twists,
romantic moments, and drama! America is an inspirational girl and an incredible
role model.

If you like stories with princes or romantic comedies then you will love The
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by Kiera Cass. And if you have a little brother or sister then you will
relate to how America Singer feels about hers. I hope you read it!!

Mia, 14

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Tell Me Three Things

by Julie Buxbaum

Image result for tell me three things book coverJessie Holmes is starting her junior year at a new prep school in LA where
the only person she knows is her new stepmother's jerky son. One day she
suddenly receives an anonymous email from a person who calls themselves
Somebody/Nobody, S/N for short. S/N gives her advice on school and life. She
begins to rely on S/N to keep her from falling apart and vice versa.

I really liked this book and I completely recommend it!! I liked it because it was
funny, romantic, and a page-turner! I like how even though many of us think we
cannot relate to Jessie since her experiences are different (her mother died, her father eloped, she moved from
Chicago to LA, and going to prep school), during the story you find that you
can relate to her on some level.

I would recommend this book to people that love romantic comedies, sibling
rivalry, and fancy prep school people. I hope you read this book and enjoy it as
much as I did! ;)

Mia, 14

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Geekerella

by Ashley Poston

Geekerella : a novelThis book is about a fangirl whose father created a convention for their favorite show before he passed, leaving her with a step-mom and two step-sisters. Darien Freeman just got cast in the reboot of the show and is getting a lot of hate from behind the screen. Geekerella is a twist on the Cinderella fairy-tale with lovable characters and destiny-like situations.

At times I felt that the similarities between her and Cinderella were just too obvious. I get that it's a retelling, but I feel like hitting every single detail from the original story wasn't really necessary.

I would recommend this book to fanboys and fangirls. It's a good read it you're looking for a story about how important fandoms are in today's society.

Katelyn, 14

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

by Sara J. Maas

This book was kind of like Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, except the fact that the main character is a huntress, and not a normal-poor girl(Feyre is poor, but, you get the point). This book is about Feyre who is a huntress, and she kills a wolf(which turns out to be a faerie) and her fate is to live the rest of her days in Fae. During her stay, her icy attitude towards the High Lord quickly diminishes into flames of passion. War is raging in Fae, and the High Lord wishes to protect Feyre as much as he can before she finds out the truth. The Night Court of Fae overtook Tamlin's Court, imprisoning him Under the Mountain. Feyre heard of Tamlin's imprisonment, and quickly came for his aid. The High Lady of the Night Court put Feyre under three tasks and a riddle in order to win Tamlin back. Feyre had to show the High Lady that her love was strong enough to win Tamlin who was in payment in due of a curse(Talk about #GirlPower). 

I think this book was really good. I could tell that Sarah J. Maas wrote it, and she does a good job of writing the main character as a girl. A pretty great one at that. The only things that alerts me is some of the scenes in the book has a bit 'this-is-for-older-kids' content, and some cursing. Other than those two things, the story itself is amazing.

Like I said earlier, I think that this book was written for young adults, and not for kids(even I am not one). Teens who enjoy awesome stories about unconditional love, and supreme action, would definitely adore this story like I do.

Priscilla, 13

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Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

Image result for jane eyre book coverAs an unwanted child and later as a governess restricted by society's expectations, Jane Eyre must find a way to balance her strong emotions and her unwavering morals. In this dark, gothic novel Charlotte Bronte explores the themes of status quo, romance, and religion in the 19th century. 

The best part of this novel was the unexpected, almost cheesy, suspense and plot twists that are emphasized by the gothic style. Jane perceives everything as almost magical or mysterious. Even into adulthood, she seems to continually witness bizarre events. 

I would recommend this book not only because it is good exposure to this style of literature, but because it is often the source of interesting debate. There are a variety of views concerning whether Jane and Rochester's choices were justified. In addition, it is extremely dense with symbolism and metaphor and would thus be a great book for an analysis essay.

Juila, 18

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The Last Star

by Rick Yancey

The last start takes off shortly after what has happened in The Last Star. Cassie must fight between her love for Evan and her fear for his kind.

This book was in my opinion not as captivating as the previous two book in this series. It was in a way confusing with the flash backs it contained. But I did enjoy how it changed perspectives in each chapter.

Never the less I would still recommend this book because of how much I enjoyed the previous two. If you like the previous two book you might like this one.

Emily, 16

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The Infinite Sea

by Rick Yancey

Cassie, her little brother, and squad 53 have all taken refuge in a hotel they call "Walker Hotel". Ringer decides that the hotel won't be safe for much longer and goes off in search of a new place to take refuge. Through this time they grow weaker and must prepare for the challenge of fighting the silencers and the child army.

I really liked this book and how it had different perspectives each chapter. It contains romance, action, and suspense.

If you liked the The Hunger Games or Divergent then you will love this book. Its full of suspense and action. 

Emily, 16

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The Fifth Wave

by Rick Yancey

1st Wave: lights out, 2nd Wave: surf's up, 3rd Wave: pestilence, 4th Wave: silencers. Cassie has survived all of them and is now alone, maybe the last human on earth. She was found by a "silencer" and shot in the leg and left for dead until Evan Walker finds her and nourishes her back to health. They must fight together to find Cassie's little brother and survive the 5th wave.

I absolutely loved this book and the other two that follows. It is a twisted survival story unlike any other.

If you like romances and thrillers then you would love this story. This is meant for an older audience though so I recommend this for someone 15 years or older.

Emily, 16

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Boundless

by Cynthia Hand

BoundlessClara, Christian, and Angela all move to California to start college. They all are having visions again and must work together to understand them and fight the evil that follows.

Boundless, the last book of the Unearthly series, was a gripping tale of family, love, and destiny. It was filled with so many very difficult challenges which never really had a correct answer so it always kept you on your toes.

If you like supernatural stories and romances then you would love this book. It was enchanting and very exciting.

Emily, 16

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Hallowed

by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)This is the second book in the Unearthly series and follows what happens to Clara after the fire in her vision happens. She must maneuver through the position she put herself in with being with Tucker or Christian.

I really enjoyed this book and how Clara worked through her angelic challenges. It was so interesting to see Clara struggle between love and duty.

If you like romances and mysteries, then you would love this book. It was hard to put down!

Emily, 16

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Unearthly

by Cynthia Hand

Image result for unearthly cynthia handClara Gardner was an ordinary teenage girl until she learns she is part angle. She begins to have visions of a fire and of a mysterious boy and its up to her to find out what it means. Her visions lead her to a new school in a new town but they don't give her any instructions of what to do next. 

Unearthly was a very interesting book that was hard to put down. It had drama, mystery, and romance. And the best part is that it is a series.

If you like mysteries and romances you would love this book. It will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Emily, 16

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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Image result for the great gatsby bookThis book takes place during the 1920's in New York. Where there's two sides, the East Egg and West Egg, the rich neighborhood. Wealthy people in 1920's use their money to get out of problems. They didn't take responsibilities over their accidents.

I like this book because it shows how in the 1920's wealthy people believe they could buy off anything because of money. At the end they learn that no matter how much money they have, they can't be happy.

If you are in eleventh grade, then you are going to read this book. I recommend this book to everyone. This book has so many lessons to learn from.

Yessica, 16

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The Romantics

by Leah Konen

Gael Brennan's girlfriend just broke up with him in the most cruel way possible and now, a few days later, he's about to fall for the totally wrong girl. This is a story of love, in the point of view of Love itself. 

When I first heard about the concept of this book I thought it was genius and I knew I had to get my hands on it. I loved this book. I loved the totally new way to tell a story from third-person, by telling it by an emotion. The main character, Gael, was so lovable.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves love or is looking for a quick, fun read. You see him falling for the wrong girl and roll your eyes, but later see him falling for the right one and you'll have hearts in your eyes. There are a lot of family moments and some flashbacks that will have you awing. You will not regret picking up this book!

Katelyn, 14

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