Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor

Daughter coverKarou is not your average heroine: she's blue-haired, ethereal, and can perform "magic" through wishes. She was also raised by a pack of unlikely mythical creatures--the chimaera. Tough and strong, she is a skilled messenger for her adoptive chimera father's trade, but after a slip up on a job, she encounters someone who will change her life forever.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a highly acclaimed book, and it is definitely fascinating to read. However, the only downside I saw was that Karou was TOO perfect, and therefore unrelatable as a person. (This point does make sense later on in the book, but is a personal annoyance of mine.)

Fantasy and romance lovers will enjoy this book as well as readers of the supernatural!

Erica, 16

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Mathilda Savitch

by Victor Lodato

Mathilda Savitch coverMathilda Savitch is a story about the troubling time Mathilda goes through after her sister's death. Mathilda sees the world in a different light; she vies for attention, especially her mother's, and the only way to get that attention is by becoming bad. And yet, Mathilda is still trying to find her place in the world; she, like any other teen, is trying to discover who she really is. But she's also going on another quest: to find the guy who pushed her sister in front of the train. As she rummages through her sister's things, she uncovers secrets that her sister has always kept hidden, but that's not the only thing she uncovers: she discovers the truth about herself and the world.

This book was amazing despite some issues with language and a bit of content. The ideas and thoughts explored are ones that plague people today and Lodato does a great job bringing them to the forefront. It really gets you wondering about issues that many times we try to ignore.

I would recommend this book to anyone who find him or herself wondering about the mystery of life. Anyone who likes to wonder and who likes to feel and get his or her heartstrings pulled would love this book, although as a warning there is some very foul language and mature content.

Jana, 16

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Instructions for a Broken Heart

by Kim Culbertson

Instructions coverThis book is about how a performing arts high school student named Jessa weaves her way through a trip to Italy with some unsavory people, unexpected interfering from an America-based friend, and a lot on her mind.

Instructions for a Broken Heart is quite the page turner, because it really signifies how high school students sometimes get caught up in everything around them, yet miss what's right in front of them. Also, aside from that; it's very realistic.

If you enjoy stories with twists and the occasional bit of revenge, I'd definitely recommend it. People who like to explore situations and experiences through books would find a great plot here in Instructions for a Broken Heart.

Tabitha, 14

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Insurgent

by Veronica Roth

Insurgent coverIn the continuation of Divergent, Insurgent follows the adventures of Tris and Four as they escape from the Erudite faction and the Dauntless who have betrayed them. They attempt to hide in Amity, but even the peacemakers can't shield them from the power of their enemies--so they turn for help in the most unexpected places and meet familiar faces.

I loved Insurgent! Although it focused more on Tris and Four's relationship than I would have liked, Insurgent was definitely not a letdown from its groundbreaking predecessor.

Anyone who enjoys the dystopian genre, loves Hunger Games (or anything similar), and is in for fast-paced excitement and a bit of romance would love this book.

Erica, 16

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That Wedding

by Jillian Dodd

Image resultThat Wedding is the sequel to That Boy and was honestly just as fun to read! I absolutely loved reading about JJ plan her dream wedding and have a fun time! She did go through some hard times but just as before her best friend helped her through!

This book was so good about really explaining the wedding planning with precise detail so everyone would know what everything was!

I would most definitely recommend this book to others because, if you read the That Boy, you are going to want to know how her wedding turns out! I hope that Mrs. Dodd will come out with a third book!

Chanel, 13

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Love & Leftovers

by Sarah Tregay

Love and Leftovers coverThis book was about a teenage girl named Marcie who moved for a brief period of time to New Hampshire. She felt lonely and hooked up with a boy from her new school and did not tell her boyfriend back at home.

I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to relate to, fun to read, and had a good storyline.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. People who like realistic fiction, love stories, and novels written in verse would love this book.

Jennifer, 16

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Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire coverCatching Fire is about a violent game called, The Hunger Games, where children fight to the death -- until one person remains standing. It contains romance, action, and drama.

Catching Fire is a brilliantly plotted book, and you won't be able to put it down until you are done. I like how it uses so much detail, and how the story is told from the perspective of Katniss, the main character. If you are a fan of science fiction books with romance mixed in, then you would love to read Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

I recommend reading the first book of this series, The Hunger Games, before reading Catching Fire.

Milla, 12

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The Reader

by Bernhard Schlink

Reader coverThe Reader, written by Bernhard Schlink, is a book that talks about inapprpiate
relationships. The main character, Michael , becomes enthralled by Hanna, a
woman is his neighborhood, who is twice his age. Fifteen year old Michael lies
to his parents, goes back to school, and even sells his prized stamp collection
for his new lover, Hanna. This book has two parts. At the beginning, Michael is fifteen when he firsts meets Hanna, but is later in his twenties when he finally sees Hanna again.  Michael finds out why and where Hanna disappeared.

I would recommend this book to teens who enjoy a good mystery, and if you pay close attention you can solve the mystery. However this book does contain intense scenes. Remember, Michael and Hanna do have a inappropriate relationship. This book was a fast read book because of the awesome mystery - it's a total page turner!  There is also a movie with the same name based on this book.

Lauren, 16

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Twilight

by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight coverTwilight is about a girl who moves to the town of Forks, Washington. On her first day of school, she meets a mysterious boy, Edward Cullen; and for some reason he seems to hate her. She immediately goes through many ups and downs just to be with him.

Twilight was well written and honestly, I loved it. The story line is just like Romeo and Juliet about how love can conquer all the twists and turns of life. The author did an amazing job making the book come to life.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves just a little bit of romance and a little bit of action all mixed together in one of the best books that I have ever read.

Aleck, 14

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Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games cover12 districts offer up 2 tributes to participate in the Hunger Games, a deadly game created as punishment for when the districts rebelled. One girl, Katniss Everdeen, does the most shocking thing anyone has ever seen or heard... she volunteers for the Hunger Games when her sister is chosen at an event called the reaping. Soon after, she and Peeta Mellark, the other tribute from her district, are then taken away to the Capitol to begin their training to fight for their right to live.

The Hunger Games is the most heart-stopping and palm sweating book I have ever read! Suzanne Collins did the most amazing job in writing this book. It makes you rethink your opinions of the underdogs in any competition.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great action, love, and adventure book. It has everything you could ever need in a book.

Aleck, 14

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Anna and the French Kiss

by Stephanie Perkins

Anna coverAnna Oliphant is your typical Southern girl who ends up transferring to a different school for senior year: boarding school, that is. In Paris. Shocked, bewildered, and more than a little angry at the sudden change of events, Anna finds herself unwilling to like Paris and uncomfortable in the polar-opposite environment. However, with the help of her new friends (and handsome Etienne St. Clair), she learns to fall in love with Paris after all.

Anna and the French Kiss was the best comfort read I've read in a long time. It reminds me of pink cupcakes and tutus, sugar cookies and frosting. Sweet, fluffy, and all around very nice, even if the title choice leaves much to be desired. If you're a girly-girl or simply someone who likes to indulge in sweet love stories, you will definitely enjoy this book.

Erica, 16

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The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

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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Cinder

by Marissa Meyer

Cinder coverIn New Beijing, cyborgs and humans live together, not peacefully, but still together. Cinder, a cyborg, is one of New Beijing's finest mechanics. However when her life becomes intertwined with Prince Kai, her world turns upside-down. She must let Prince Kai think of her as a human or she will be punished. She is also the only person immune to the deadly disease that is spreading fast. Soon, New Beijing will count on her to save them from all dying out.

Cinder is similar to Cinderella, but with a new age twist. I like the similarity between both stories, but I also like the huge difference in them. I would recommend Cinder to anyone who needs a refreshing new story of one of the oldest tales in history.

Aleck, 14

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Queen of Hearts

by Martha Brooks

Queen of Hearts coverSet during World War II, Marie-Claire is horrified to discover that she--and her two siblings--have caught the worst disease of them all: tuberculosis. As she struggles through her ups and downs, she meets a boy who shows her that there is hope.

Here starts your atypical tale of boy meets girl. It was interesting to see a love story enfold in, of all places, a sanatorium between two patients--for this originality, I gave the book three stars but was unable to wholly enjoy it because the main character (Marie-Claire) was, put simply, annoying. Although this just makes her more "normal", many of her actions throughout the book irritated me to no end.

If you like some history or unconventional (and subtle) romance, this book is for you. Anyone above 8th grade should find this an enjoyable read.

Erica, 16

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New Moon

by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon coverBella Swan is living the dream with her boyfriend Edward Cullen and his whole family, when suddenly he leaves saying that he cannot be with her. Months later, awaking from her trance, Bella starts to come alive again with her best friend, Jacob Black. He starts to help her by piecing together her broken heart. She soon learns of his heritage and finds that there is more than one mystical creature in the universe.

New Moon is very heart breaking, however, I liked it. I liked how Bella's best friend was always there for her. You can always count on your best friend to be there for you.

If you can handle sad beginnings and happy endings, you would love New Moon. However, be warned that this book is an emotional rollercoaster.

Aleck, 14

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