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The Weight of Water 

by Anita Shreve
12/07/2017 Categories: death horror murder older teens

This book took place during the year 1873. Two women lived on the Isles of Shoals, a group of islands off the coast of New Hampshire. One of the women was brutally murdered. The other, survive.

It’s a good book because it took place during the 1873 so it’s a different type of book from ones that i would normally pick up. It’s like a journey that takes you to the farthest extremes of emotion.

I would recommend this book to people that like to read action books with horrific consequences.

Yessica, 16

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Girl Stolen 

by April Henry
09/27/2017 Categories: horror kidnapping true stories

Girl Stolen is about a girl name Cheyenne who, when she was younger, contracted pneumonia and became blind. Her life takes a dangerous twist one day when waiting for her mother in the car, a random guy hijacks the car!

I really liked this book because it was creepy! Knowing that this happens sometimes in real life is scary!

Yessica, 15

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 

by Ransom Riggs
09/23/2017 Categories: horror mystery

This book is about a troubled sixteen year old boy named Jacob who goes to an island because he is drawn to the land of Wales. There, is where he finds out the crumbling abandoned mansion that was once a place of peace for peculiar children. Miss Peregrine sends a couple of kids to get Jacob, and help him explore the odd past of the mansion, and the story of Miss Peregrine's home(mansion) for peculiar children will unwind. . .

I think this book was a great coming-to-age story like Harry Potter. This book is frighteningly good. With pictures throughout, and each have a unique story behind it. The author did a really good job of explaining Jacob's story. The only thing that bothers me is that there is excessive cursing in it. Or in other words, 'This world isn't perfect. Nor are the books.'

I recommend this book to those who enjoy looking at pictures, and reading text that makes you think about what you think the word 'peculiar' means. Unique children with different abilities. 

Priscilla, 12

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Ten 

by Gretchen McNeil
08/24/2017 Categories: horror murder mystery

This book is about ten teens are invited to Henry Island vacation home for a three-day party. The popular girl in school invites a mix of teenagers to her little party. Little did they know, of the consequences of their past. Meg and her friend Minnie are the main highlights of the story. The very night they are at the house, one of the boys, Ben, almost dies of allergies. Someone sprinkled nuts on his salad, and he was soon suffocating. Meg helps him get back to normal, but little do they know, what comes next. Confusion with a CD, red paint smeared on the wall, one by one, the teens begin to die in a specific, and orderly(With the help of a creepy diary from a dead girl.). . .

Gretchen McNeil's Ten is a gripping tale that is somewhat related to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, except teen version. Despite the lack of proper language, this story is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat from chapter one, to the end. Once you find out who the killer is, and his/her purpose, you are sure to unconsciously look at your 6 and 12, after anticipating this terrifying tale.

I would personally recommend this book to those who yearn for a great thriller, and those who understand the troubled teenager's problems: boy confusion, who-dates-who, the terrible I-Think-Your-My-Boyfriend-Even-Though-In-Reality-Your-Not, and the typical triangle of love. This book has some bad words just to let you know. Read this if you have a chance, and tell me what you think!
 

Priscilla, 12

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The Miniaturist 

by Jessie Butron
07/13/2017 Categories: historical horror mystery

The Miniaturist takes place in 1600's Amsterdam and describes the story of Nella Oortman. Nella, at eighteen years old, marries a distant, yet wealthy merchant trader named Johannes. Johannes gifts Nella a miniature replica of their home. To fully complete the small house, Nella enlists the help of a local miniaturist. However, the miniaturist continues to send Nella packages of figurines that mimic the family and their secrets in sinister ways. The miniaturist, it seems, is the only person to see the oncoming hazards and the perilous fate of the family.

This book was very enjoyable and I liked it very much. It perfectly reflected the sorrow and mystery that life can bring. The author perfectly captured the sullen mood of the story.

I would definitely recommend The Miniaturist to others, especially those that enjoy historical fiction. I encourage others to read it because of its raw emotion and tumultuous plot line.

Bethany, 15

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Sanctum 

by Madeleine Roux

Sequel to bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, author Madeline Roux creates a continuation of the original photo-illustrated novel. The book continues where the last book left off as three friends who had met at the Brookline asylum try to move past their trauma, but are still haunted by the past. Dan, Abby, and Jordan must now return to Camford, where Dan realizes darker secrets than he'd imagined.

Sanctum keeps the thrilling writing style of Asylum that makes the novel hard to put down. Readers frequently realize new secrets the characters discover making it difficult to want to stop reading. The story also has just the right suspenseful tone so it can be creepy even when reading in light of daytime.

I would recommend this book, particularly to people who enjoy mystery, horror, suspense, and psychological. It may be too dark for some and should not be read by the easily frightened, but it does also have its more lighthearted moments such as those revolving around the friendships of the main characters. This book is for people looking for a thrilling, suspenseful read.

Hayley, 17

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 

by Ransom Riggs
05/12/2015 Categories: horror mystery war

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenOne family tragedy results in a huge secret that may lead to a dark and dangerous turnout. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a story about a boy named Jacob who explores an abandoned orphanage and finds out that the orphans that once lived here are still alive, each with a "special" talent.

In my opinion, I did not like the book very well, but it is interesting. It is filled with mystery and suspicion. The book included pictures of each of the orphans doing their "special" talent that I thought was disturbing. I also did not like the book because of the author's way of painting the scenes. He does not describe the scenes in the book too well, and so it was very difficult to imagine what is going on in your head.

I would recommend this book to readers that are interested in a mysterious plot. I would also recommend this book to readers ages 12 and up because of its disturbing images and confusing text.

Sara, 14  

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Dead City 

by James Ponti
04/24/2013 Categories: family drama horror zombies

Dead cityThis book by James Ponti is about a young girl who has a connection to the under belly of New York City. Molly’s mother is an expert on zombies - not as a hobby but as her night job.

I really enjoyed this book because of the suspenseful scenes that make you keep reading. But I also liked how the story was written and how the writer told the inside thoughts of the characters such as how Molly felt after she found out that her mom never told her about her night job.

I think most kids would like reading this book, boys and girls alike. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

Lindsy, 11

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 

by Stieg Larsson

Girl with the Dragon TattooJournalist Mikhail Blomkvist is asked by a millionaire to investigate the 40 year old murder of his beloved niece. He gets help from the peculiar and frightening expert hacker Lisbeth Salander in solving the case. Set in snowy Sweden, they go off on a journey full of terror and surprises.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an excellent novel. It is a very enticing story and one of the best murder mystery stories. The book definitely keeps the readers on their toes and guessing.

This book would be recommended for older teens who can handle violence and nudity. The characters and the story are very interesting and will be enjoyed by many who love a good murder mystery.

CJ, 17

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Warm Bodies 

by Isaac Marion
03/16/2013 Categories: horror movie romance zombies

Warm Bodies

A plague has turned people into zombies. Nobody knows how or why it started, but now everywhere you turn you see gray skin. R, a zombie who can't remember his own name, is the one who must change the zombies' fate.

I liked this book a lot because R, the main character, is trying his hardest to regain his ability to care. With Julie, R can care again and tries his hardest to keep his humanity out for others to see.

This book has romance AND zombies for anyone who needs a little thrill. There is also some supernatural bits with R as he gets closer to saving human kind.

Jacki, 16

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Demon Thief 

by Darren Shan
10/22/2012 Categories: demonology horror siblings

Demon Thief coverWith the opening of a window into the demon world, Kernel discovers his powers as a Disciple and his mission to hunt the viciously powerful Demonata to the death.

It is a good book because the protagonist is changed from the first book and it explains how far a kid would go for his brother.

I recommend this book to anybody with a strong relationship with their family.

Alexis, 13

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Lord Loss 

by Darren Shan
10/22/2012 Categories: demonology horror murder

Lord Loss coverGrubitsch Grady has problems in school but he soon realizes that those are the least of his problems as he witnesses his family being murdered by a demon lord.

It was amazing because it introduces the Demonata series and you could visualize the story as you are reading it.

I recommend this book to anybody who can sleep late because once you pick up this book, you won't want to put it down.

Alexis, 13

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The Graveyard Book 

by Neil Gaiman
08/13/2012 Categories: art ghosts horror paranormal

Graveyard book coverThe Graveyard Book is about a boy named Nobody Owens (often shortened to Bod) who was adopted by the ghosts in a graveyard after his family was killed. He has to learn the secret abilities of the dead, but once he leaves the graveyard, he has to confront the man who killed his family. 

The Graveyard Book was very thrilling and ominous, but still had humor and was hard to put down once I started. I personally liked its compelling and well-done artwork, which really matched the atmosphere of the book. 

It is definitely one of the more creepy books, but anyone who can accept that will be satisfied. I highly recommend it.

Jakob, 15

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Infinity 

by Sherrilyn Kenyon
04/26/2012 Categories: horror paranormal vampires zombies

Infinity coverNick Gautier, age 14, is the smartest kid in school, even if he only has his mother and is living on scholarship. Nick soon finds himself learning that things that go bump in the night... are actually real! He befriends Kyrian, a man who gives him a job and apparently fights demons. He has new enemies and they make his old ones look like wimps compared to them. He needs to save the world and he needs help doing so. Nothing can go wrong, right?

Infinity is a great story of how a boy can go from a normal outcast to the most wanted person in the universe. This is the most gripping book I have ever read, and I never put it down!

I recommend this book to anyone who loves scary fiction and can relate to being a social outcast.

Aleck, 14

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Peony in Love 

by Lisa See
03/22/2012 Categories: ghosts horror romance

coverThis novel is beautifully bound by the author who wrote, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See. The story starts with Peony, a fourteen year old girl, who is insecure and desires love from a man. She sees a man behind a curtain and unconditionally falls in love. Peony's love for the volume " Peony in Pavilion", a book written of a woman's passion, enthralls and lives within her. This book however, also takes her life.

I loved this book, because Peony sees how the world lives without her. She learns more of her family secrets in the after world than she would have alive. This novel shows the reader how the heart does go on after death. Peony's problems don't die after her death but live on.

If you loathe books with a tragic ending, I recommend choosing another book. Despite the ending and tragic scenes, this book is filled with romance. Lisa See amazingly weaves romance with tragedy and a bit of horror. I greatly recommend this book to older teens and teens who love a romance  novel with a little something extra.

Lauren, 16

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