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Champion 

by Marie Lu
03/26/2014 Categories: action dystopia plague romance sci fi war

ChampionIn this third and final book of Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, all hell breaks loose. The Republic and its new, young leader Anden doesn't have a clue what to do when the Colonies break the peace treaty between it and the Republic. Meanwhile, the Republic's best and only hope, Day, is slowly dying. It's a race against time as Day, June, and Anden try to find a solution to make peace with the Colonies and bring an end to the long-lasting war.

It. Was. Epic. There was plenty of action and suspense, mixed in with a few unexpected twists to the story. This book captured me in its world and kept me turning its pages day and night.

I would recommend this book to anyone, not just people that like this type of genre. It is another of those books that is just plain awesome.

Hieu, 14

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Bittersweet 

by Sarah Ockler
12/07/2013 Categories: love triangles romance

BittersweetHudson lives in a small town in New York, waitressing at her mom's cafe. Before, she was an up-and-coming ice skater, but now she's known as the Cupcake Queen of her small town. One day, she literally runs into a cute guy from the hockey team, who asks her for ice skating lessons. Can she whip the bad boy hockey team in shape as well as revive her long dead dream of figure skating?

There's a bit too much going in this book. First, Hudson's an ex figure skater,
as well as being a Cake Boss-worthy baker. Then, apparently, she's still reeling from her parents' divorce as well as split from her ex-best friend. Then, she's also caught in between two different guys from the hockey team. So much little stuff is happening, that Hudson seems a bit too fictional. Also, the romance is okay, but slightly forgettable.

I recommend this to girls who are looking for clich├ęd, light romance novels. Be
warned, however, this book contains cupcake descriptions that will create
saliva waterfalls in your mouth.

Kristine, 15

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Eleanor and Park 

by Rainbow Rowell
12/07/2013 Categories: romance

Eleanor and Park

A cute indie book about first love. Eleanor and Park are two somewhat star-crossed lovers trying to navigate through their relationship.

Everybody seems to love this book. I can see why, but I think the hype is way too large. Nevertheless, it is a very charming book about first love, and a lot of the writing seems really genuine..

I think teen girls will definitely like this book, since it has a lot of "squee!!" moments. Plus, Park, the main guy, seems so cute and nice.

Kristine, 15

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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Green
12/07/2013 Categories: movie romance terminal illness

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace is a girl who has stage four thyroid cancer. Hazel finds that she is battling herself and has a hard time living. Once Hazel meets Augustus Waters, everything changes for her.

I really liked it because once you get to know Hazel and Augustus, you begin to love these characters. Right from the beginning, you can tell they are made for each other.

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels like reading about a little romance and a bit of a tragedy. The Fault In Our Stars is life changing and will change the way about how you see the world.

Jacki, 17

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Eve & Adam 

by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
09/30/2013 Categories: romance sci fi

Eve & AdamAfter Evening Spiker's leg was torn off in a car accident - and subsequently re-attached - she's been bored out of her mind while recovering at her family's high-tech pharmaceutical company. To ease her boredom, Evening's mother assigns her the task of designing the perfect boy, using a simulator the company made. But "Adam" isn't just a simple computer simulation, especially when he comes to life. Suddenly, questions about the company's shady background, and even about Evening herself come to light in this thrilling YA novel.

Eve & Adam is very engaging, with many thrilling chase scenes that make it impossible to put down. The main characters are likable enough, though a bit two-dimensional. My only complaint is that the plot was a bit far-fetched, and the background and setting weren't completely solid. There are a few real-life connections, like Apple Inc., and the band, The Pixies, but it still felt as if the book was set in the future.

I think that many people would enjoy Eve & Adam. The book itself is barely 300 pages, and anyone who likes reading romance with a dash of sci-fi would love it.

Kristine, 15

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Angel 

by James Patterson
09/30/2013 Categories: action adventure romance

Angel

In the seventh book in the Maximum Ride Series, Fang starts her own group, called the "Fang's Gang" while Max and the others are at Dr. Martinez's house. Then, without realizing that the other is doing the same, both groups start a mission based on the Doomsday Group, a group of people who alter people's minds and convince them that they need to kill humans to help the planet.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was suspenseful, and ended on an exciting cliffhanger!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the series. Angel would suit anyone who likes action served with a little bit of romance and a lot of suspense!

Chanel, 14

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This World We Live 

by Susan Beth Pfeffer
09/30/2013 Categories: dystopia natural disasters romance

This World We Live InThis World We Live In is a companion novel to both Life As We Knew It and The Dead & The Gone, and continues the story of what happened after a meteor collided with the moon and catastrophically altered the earth's climate. Miranda Evans, the main character from the first book, narrates the hardships of living in a destroyed world where leaving can be forever and where almost everyone you know is dead. Alex, the narrator from the second book shows up at Miranda's door with her father and her stepmother. He and Miranda begin a catastrophic and sad relationship that causes only more heartbreak.

I really enjoyed this book almost as much as the  first two. This World We Live In provided a very interesting storyline. I was very excited to see both of the narrators from the previous books meet and fall in love, but as the story progressed, it became a little predictable and cheesy. Overall, it was a good book filled with many tragic events that often made it hard not to cry.

I would recommend this book to others who have read the previous books and who cannot get enough of this author's work.  I would also recommend it to people who like sad and tragic stories, and for those who can handle death and disturbing parts. This World We Live In is suitable for both guys and girls, because it is not solely based on romance, but the will to survive and help your family through tough times.  

Daisy, 17

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Crossed 

by Ally Condie
07/23/2013 Categories: action dystopia romance

CrossedCondie's Crossed continues to follow Cassia Reyes as she risks everything in order to find Ky the boy she loves, and who the Society wants to keep her away from. In this second book of the Matched Trilogy, Cassia embarks on a journey to find Ky, but along the way she finds out secrets that might change the purpose of her trip. Will she run away with Ky, or will she join the rising in order to destroy the society that has taken away her freedom, and her ability to choose who she loves.

I really liked this book, specially the characters who were all brave and willing to risk everything for their loved ones. Another reason why I loved this book was because we not only got the chance to be in Cassia's mind and feel her emotions but we also got to explore the deeps of Ky's mind as he too looks for the one he loves.

I really enjoyed the new characters that Condie introduces in this book, and I loved the story line from start to finish. I would recommend this book to everyone, it perfectly combines action and romance, so as a reader you are always interested in what's going to happen next. This book would be a good read for those who enjoyed reading The Hunger Games, or other dystopian novels.

Daisy, 17

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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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Tiger Lily 

by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger LilyTiger Lily is a retelling of the Peter Pan story, but this time focusing on the native girl Tiger Lily. The novel describes her strength and her uniqueness, a uniqueness that often keeps her distanced from her tribe, and longing for adventure. Soon she finds herself involved with the tribes most feared enemies Peter Pan and his lost boys. Tiger Lily immediately falls for their fearless leader Peter and is faced with the decision to run away with him to live a life of adventure, or to remain with her tribe and follow what is expected of her as the shaman's daughter.

I loved this book, in every single way, the story was absolutely captivating, and the characters where absolutely endearing and lovable. The story line was absolutely brilliant because it provided a fresh new version of a story that most of us are familiar with. Overall the novel was just amazing and i found myself at the edge of my seat waiting to know what would happened to Peter's and Tiger Lily's love.

Yes, I would very much recommend this book to everyone, the story is not to love-dovey and filled with adventure so both girls and boys would enjoy reading this book. I would probably recommend it to someone whose read or watched the original Peter Pan because this novel provides a whole new different side of him that is not explored in those other previous works.

Daisy, 17

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Confessions of a Serial Kisser 

by Wendelin Van Draanen
07/23/2013 Categories: friendship high school drama romance

Confessions of a Serial Kisser follows Evangeline Logan on her quest to find a crimson kiss, or the perfect kiss. Evangeline has recently been through the divorce of her parents and upon finding a romance novel that describes the perfect kiss she becomes obsessed with finding her own crimson kiss. Through her journey she finds herself and learns how to reconnect with her father.

The book was pretty good, the story line was pretty repetitive but it was still really interesting to follow Evangeline on her quest to find the perfect kiss. The characters were pretty endearing, and it contained a nice ending due to the fact that Evangeline learns about herself through her journey to find the crimson kiss.

Yes, i would recommend this book, especially to girls because it follows Evangeline a sixteen year old girl through the difficult times of high school. It's also a good book for girls because it talks about the quest for the perfect kiss, and tho find a boy who actually likes you for who you are.

Daisy, 17

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Lock and Key 

by Sarah Dressen

Lock and KeyRuby, 17 and abandoned by her mother, is forced to live with her estranged older sister. Ruby is having trouble adjusting to living with her sister, in a mansion, and going to a private school. When she meets Nate, a handsome, popular, sweet, basically her polar opposite, she immediately finds him repulsive. Things change, however, when Ruby learns of Nate's secret.

The book is pretty great. It seems quite realistic therefore many would be able to understand both Ruby and Nate's situations. There are some nifty crossovers from Sarah Dessen's other books that may interest some readers.

I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a solid story. It's enjoyable and hits some heartstrings too. The characters are also very relatable and interesting which will sure draw in some readers.

4 stars

CJ, 17

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The Body Finder 

by Kimberly Derting
06/18/2013 Categories: murder romance serial killer suspense

Body finderThis book details the life of teenager Violet Ambrose, who has had a gift- an ability to sense the bodies of the dead, ever since she was a child. When a serial killer begins to terrorize the town she lives in, Violet has to put this gift to use, while at the same time falling in love with her best friend Jay, and coping with the challenges high school presents.

I really liked this book. The Body Finder is a novel full of both romance and suspense, but they fit well together and enhanced the book. The novel went by at just the right place, and the characters were generally pretty believable. Interestingly, it tells the perspective of not only Violet, but the serial killer as well. The author wrote in a way that made you feel the emotion in the book.

I highly recommend this book for its outstanding writing. Those wanting a solid suspenseful love story will be pleased with The Body Finder. Once you pick it up, it's hard to put down.

Jakob, 15

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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Greene

Fault in our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars tells the story of Hazel, a teenager living with Thyroid cancer. She has accepted her illness and is content with everything. However, her life is given a spark when she meets Augustus, a teenager who beat cancer. John Green's novel is a romantic and humorous story that leaves readers laughing and crying.

The book is absolutely amazing. It is funny, romantic, and realistic. It doesn't fall into the Manic Pixie Dream Trope that is unfortunately in a lot of young adult novels. The story isn't a cliche story of someone with an illness and it's also not a cliche romantic story. It's very unique. I would definitely recommend this novel to everyone who's interested. It's a very pleasurable book that you can read in a couple hours. The characters, the story, and the message make it a page turner.

CJ, 17

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