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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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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Greene

The Fault in Our StarsIn the book, a girl named Hazel Grace has cancer. She starts going to teen groups with other cancer teens. Hazel loves reading poetry.  She meets a boy named Augustus Waters. Ausgustus Waters is a handsome 16 year old. They eventually fall in love, but something tragic happens.

I loved this book. I consider this book one of the best books I've ever read. It had me hooked from the beginning to the end. I could not put this book down. The Fault in Our Stars is a definite page turner! This book is also one of the saddest books I've ever read. John Green knows how to make readers cry oceans. 

I would recommend this book to all teens, both boys and girls. It is a good read. Be prepared to cry your eyes out in this one!

Alissa, 14

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Looking for Alaska 

by John Green

Looking for AlaskaA teen boy named Miles starts to attend Culver Creek Boarding School in search for the great perhaps. He enjoys memorizing famous last words. He meets Alaska Young, the most gorgeous girl he has ever seen. Throughout the book, they have many great adventures.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was very surprised and shocked by the tragic event at the end. One of the reasons I liked this book was because the author used many influential sayings and quotes which makes readers really think about it.

I would recommend this book to teens who love reading teen fiction. This book also has mysteries in it. Readers will not be able to put this book down. This is another John Green book that will make you cry.

Alissa, 14

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City of Bones 

by Cassandra Clare
06/05/2013 Categories: action fantasy romance suspense

City of BonesMeet Clary. She's just your average teenage girl, until she meets a group of mysterious people at the nightclub Pandemonium, all heavily tattooed. She finds out that they are Shadowhunters and is sucked into their world, full of demons and things from your worst nightmare.

I liked this book because it's full of suspense. I would recommend it to those who like to read book with lots of romance, cliff-hangers, and just plain goodness

Hieu, 13

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City of Ashes 

by Cassandra Clare
06/05/2013 Categories: action fantasy murder paranormal romance suspense

City of AshesThere's a murderer in New York City. It's not humans that are victims but something much more devastating: a warlock, faerie, vampire, and werewolf. All are 18 years old or younger. Valentine needs these children in order to transform Raziel's Sword into a demonic item. Meanwhile, Jace is kicked out of the Institute by his adopted mom and has gotten on the Clave's Inquistor's bad side. With all this going on, Clary doesn't know what to do. Does she rescue Jace with some help and stop Valentine or fail?

I liked this book because there's a lot of romance and action. This book is so good; you won't want to put it down until you have read the last word. For all you fantasy lovers, you have found the perfect book.

Hieu, 13

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New Moon 

by Stephenie Meyer
06/05/2013 Categories: fantasy love triangles romance werewolves

New MoonPoor Bella. Her Prince Charming is gone. Poofed without a trace. The alternative? Hang out with Jacob Black, son of Billy Black (friends with Bella's father, Charlie Swan) and future werewolf. In Jacob, Bella sees a best friend with whom she can have dangerous adventures with, but Jacob sees a lot more than that. He sees a girlfriend that he can fight for. When Edward comes back, there is a battle against the Volturi and a serious rivalry against Edward and Jacob. Who wins Bella's heart? Read the book and find out. This book stresses the importance of myths, teen love, and excitement. All you myth fans: Read this book ASAP!!

Hieu, 13

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The Iliad 

by Homer
05/22/2013 Categories: adventure classic mythology romance

IliadThe Iliad is a classic book that every student must read sometime in his or her life. Although very extensive in length and inclusive of historical details, Homer incorporates parts into his presumed poem that everyone will enjoy. From the runaway love affair of the beautiful Paris and Helen, to the fight for glory between Achilles and Hector, to the battle amongest gods and their patrons. This book is a good excuse to read some ancient history, without being stuck reading an actual history book.

The biggest problem I had with this book, is that it was very long and very hard for me to comprehend. It is definitely a book that calls for a great reader with a lot of determination to complete the book.

I would only recommend this book to those who seek after one of the classics or want to read about ancient Greek history. This is definitely the perfect book if that is the case; if not, and you are not someone who enjoys long books or history, I would not recommend this book. The only reason I read it was for academic purposes in which it was mandatory that I read it. Although I did not necessarily enjoy the book, I am glad that I read for the sake of achievement. I can now say that I have read the Iliad.

Mackenzie, 15

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The Odyssey 

by Homer
05/22/2013 Categories: classic fantasy mythology romance

Odysseus, a Greek veteran from the Trojan war, sets sail, returning to his home of Ithaca after 10 years of fighting in battle. After his ego comes out, however, Poseidon, god of the seas, is determined to keep him from reaching Ithaca. In the 10 years after the war, Odysseus is challenged by cyclops, witches, lotus, sirens, sea monsters, and the temptations of he and his crew that cross their path.

This was my favorite book written by Homer that I have read so far. It is like the sequel to the Iliad, only tremendously more interesting. It is a love story between Odysseus and his wife Penelope and their dedication to each other as he fights his way home. Not only the romance, but the book also includes magical creatures and enchantresses and all sorts of Greeks myths, which I find very interesting.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. It is a great book, especially for those who enjoy adventure, romance, the classics, and or fiction. This a book that combines all three genres. I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did, being that it was a book written by the author of the Iliad, which I absolutely despised. This is a book that I will always have on my bookshelf. 

Mackenzie, 15

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Hush, Hush 

by Becca Fitzpatrick
05/13/2013 Categories: angels murder romance

Hush HushA fallen angel, Patch, doesn't know whether or not to kill the human he has fallen in love with. Meanwhile the human, Nora, is being stalked by an an unknown person who is also trying to kill her.

I loved this book because the more Patch tried to be apart of Nora's life, the more mysterious Patch became. You slowly find out about Patch's past and how he got to where he is now.

I would recommend this book for any girl who likes mysterious men who are really hot. If you love romance it will be an epic love story for you.

Jacki, 16

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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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The Scarlet Letter 

by Nathaniel Hawthorne
04/29/2013 Categories: classic movie older teens romance

The novel begins with the town gossiping about resident Hester Prynne. The reader wonders what Hester Prynne did that was so bad. The novel is mostly about how Hester raises her child and why the father won't confront that he is the father.

I loved this book because of its romantic quality, and that even though is was written like two centuries ago, love still exists. I love the part when Hester and the father first meet each other after so long and they still feel love for each other. I hated how the father was such a coward to face the town and say that he was the father.

I would recommend this book to people who can read books with difficult language, and love romantic novels. People who love a suspense love story will love this book, and I loved this book even though everyone in my class disliked this book. This book has a deeper meaning and moral of you read it carefully, and do not treat it as homework.

Lauren, 17

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The Sun Also Rises 

by Ernest Hemingway
04/29/2013 Categories: classic older teens romance world war I

This novel takes place after WWI, where most of the main characters, such as Jake, were soldiers in war and therefore received war trauma. The novel is mostly about how these soldiers self-medicate with alcohol, and how they can never fully be themselves again.

I enjoyed this book, due to the fact that the novel talked about the soldiers after a war, and how the war changed these men. The war also affects a woman named Brett who seems to be a modern woman during that time period and has a relationship with Jake. My least favorite part was when Brett used Jake to get to Romero, and I felt disgusted towards Brett.

I would gladly recommend this book to everyone. This book does contain some mature content, such as self-medicating with alcohol, and the effects of war on soldiers. This novel explores the minds of once stable men and woman who become anger-filled and depressed people.

Lauren, 17

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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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Les Miserables 

by Victor Hugo
04/23/2013 Categories: classic historical movie play romance

Les MiserablesJean Valjean is a convict who has experienced great despair while in jail for 20 years, causing him to be spiteful. However, when a single act of kindness is shown, he pledges to be a better human being, but is halted by many obstacles that cause great despair.

Les Miserables is an incredible book. It has multiple powerful themes that connect to many people. The characters are very endearing. The overall story is very influential and captivating. Victor Hugo's masterpiece is very touching and leaves people speechless and crying.

This book is recommended to people of all ages. Jean Valjean and the other characters' journey will surely captivate readers.

CJ, 17

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Princess Academy 

by Shannon Hale
04/23/2013 Categories: family drama fantasy friendship romance

Princess AcademyIn Princess Academy, Miri, a young, weak Lowlander who so desperately wants to help the rest of town working in the quarry, is chosen to be one of the girls sent to the top of Mount Ekenl. Her job is to attend the Princess Academy, run by the harsh and sometimes cruel Olana, and train in order to compete for the Prince's heart. Throughout her training, Miri makes both friends and enemies and she becomes torn. Where does her heart lie: with the Prince who can offer her and her family a better future or in the village with Peder? Yet, what Miri does not realize is that she and the rest of girls are living on a deserted mountain top where they can easily be taken hostage without anyone realizing. Can Miri prove her strength to everyone and will her Prince save her?

Princess Academy is a beautifully written book filled with both adventure and romance. Miri is a character that all girls can relate to in one way or another, and her story forms a lesson to all: true strength comes from within and true love is stronger than any storm. Hale does an amazing job of portraying a beautiful and unique tale and connecting with the reader.

This book is perfect for all female readers, especially preteens. Every girl who reads this will come away with a very important lesson whether it be about true love, friendship, strength, or family. This story was written to show every girl what it means to be a princess and how every girl is a princess inside.

Jana, 17

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