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Legend  

by Marie Lu
03/24/2015 Categories: action romance suspense war

Legend“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system”(Metias, p. 245). Legend is the story of two teens living in a dystopian society who team up to stop the madness going on between the Republic and the Colonies and stop a harmful sickness known as the plague.

After reading Legend, by Marie Lu, I thought it was an amazing book. It was filled with action, suspense, drama, and more. It kept you on the edge of your seat, begging to know what happens next. Marie Lu has a way with her description, that allows you to envision the setting, characters, and plot. I admired the way Legend was written because it showed you both of the character's perspectives and how different they are.

I would strongly recommend this book to readers who love books that are filled with suspense, action, and romance. I would also recommend it to people ages 13 and up because of the violence and romantic scenes.

Sarah, 14

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The Things They Carried 

by Tim O'Brien
03/24/2015 Categories: military war

The Things They CarriedThe Things They Carried is a metafictional account of the lives and deaths of various men who fought in the Vietnam War. The book revolves around duty, shame, desire, "humping," memory, moral ambiguity, and the question regarding what "a true war story" consists of and the central protagonist is a fictionalized version of the author Tim O'Brien. 

Although I was required to read it for my English class, the book's unconventional plot progression kept me from getting bored. However, sometimes the author describes grotesque war happenings with such detailed language that the faint of heart may become too disgusted to continue reading - I know I did.

Those who dislike abstraction or philosophy should probably avoid this book. On the other hand, I would recommend this book to people who like to challenge their beliefs and don't mind when others wax poetic about the mundane because The Things They Carried contradicts popular conceptions of war, and because Tim O' Brien takes great liberty in analyzing certain situations from as many angles as possible and in great depth. 

Chimdi, 15

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Hollow City 

by Ransom Riggs
02/05/2015 Categories: paranormal supernatural war

The sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City is the continuance of the journey of Jacob and his newly found peculiar friends. After leaving the island of Cairnholm, Miss Peregrine's wards search for escape from the wights and hollowgasts that seem to be everywhere. They learn that their headmistress can only be helped by a fellow ymbryne, so they devote themselves to finding the one yet to be captured.

I like this book a lot, it was exciting to learn that there will be another coming afterwards. I love how Ransom Riggs uses real, vintage photographs to tie together the intricate story. I can really visualize what he writes, which is very fun. Another thing I loved was that it took place in 1940 primarily, which is an era I'm interested in.

I would recommend this book to people who like strange stories, facts, old things, or the first book in the series. Anyone who is interested in the 1940's, strange phenomena, or just an exciting, cute story will likely adore this novel.

Desiree, 14

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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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A Feast for Crows 

by George R.R. Martin
05/13/2013 Categories: fantasy older teens politics war

A Feast for CrowsThis fourth installment in the Game of Thrones series chronicles the story of the characters readers have come to love. With the war in Westros changing tides, alliances are made, friendships broken, and many, many lives are lost. Everywhere there is chaos and scheming, and secrets never stay that way for long.

I liked this book because the believable characters keep the story rolling at a fast pace. The plot never stops twisting in ways you never expect, and the author goes in depth with every detail so I felt like I was standing alongside my favorite characters.

I would recommend this book to someone who wants to know all of the gritty details of the fights and enjoys seeing things play out from multiple viewpoints.

Liam, 15

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A Clash of Kings 

by George R.R. Martin
04/01/2013 Categories: action battles fantasy war

Clash of KingsClash of Kings is a continuation of the novel Game of Thrones. In this book, the houses of Westros gears up for war as the king in the North attempts to win independence from King Joffrey. Meanwhile, Stannis Bartetheon asserts his rule from the island fortress of Dragonstone and tries to wrench the loyalty of the lords of storm's end from his brother Renly. Across the sea, Daenerys Targaryen guides her people and her dragons with hopes of reclaiming her families throne.

This is an incredible book because it is full to the brim with vivid descriptions of battles, events, and plots from the point of view of the characters across the world. It is full of plot twists and realistic characters that have their own histories and secrets.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fantasy or war stories. Or if you want something that will keep you up all night turning the pages, then look no further.

Liam, 15

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Diary of a Young Girl 

by Anne Frank
04/01/2013 Categories: history holocaust true stories war

Anne Frank is a thirteen year old Jewish girl who hides in an attic called "the Secret Annexe" for two years with multiple other families. She writes about all of her experiences in a journal, which is this book. Anne details her relationships, conflicts, and thoughts about her, the people she's with, and the troubles of 1942.

This book is an amazing look into life during the Holocaust. Anne has a very wide vocabulary for her age, and has very deep opinions about the world around her. Her interesting personality makes it very entertaining to read, and it is very easy to relate to her (more so if the reader is female).

If you'd like a book detailing what life was like during the Holocaust, The Diary of a Young Girl is definitely a story you should consider reading. I recommend it. It's simple to read, but lasts long enough to produce an evident impact.

Jakob, 15

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The Lucky One 

by Nicholas Sparks
12/18/2012 Categories: dating drama realistic fiction romance war

Lucky One coverFormer U.S Marine, Logan Thibault, became lucky when he found a photograph of a young woman while serving in Iraq. This photograph has been claimed to have saved his life through many battles in which his friends did not survive. This mysterious woman has been in his thoughts daily, and he wants to find her so that he can somehow repay her.

I really enjoyed this book! I read it because I had seen the previews of the movie, and I was dying to see the movie but I liked the book way better than the movie.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy romance. It will make you wonder why something is happening in some chapters and sometimes you even want to scream at characters for being so cruel and uncaring.

Safiro, 16

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The Things They Carried 

by Tim O'Brien

This book is about a soldier and his experiences in the Vietnam war. He elaborates on the emotional and traumatizing experiences and demonstrates the difficulties of war.

I loved this book because it gave you a perspective on what occurs in war. It allows the reader to see the effects that war, especially Nam, had on the solders.

I would recommend this book to people who like history! This book will speak to all and make you realize the different aspects of war.

Melissa, 17

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The Lucky One 

by Nicholas Sparks
12/06/2012 Categories: movie realistic fiction romance war

Lucky One coverFormer U.S Marine, Logan Thibault, became lucky when he found a photograph of a beautiful young woman while serving in Iraq. This photograph has been claimed to have saved his life through many horrible battles. This mysterious woman has been in his thoughts daily, and he wants to find her. He thinks that if he finds her, he would have to find a way to repay her.

I picked up this book because I adored the author, Nicholas Sparks. I liked this book because it was full of romance. I was clearly not surprised of my enjoyment of this book because every book I have read from Nicholas Sparks has never failed me. I was though surprised by what happens in the end.

I would recommend this book to teens and young adults who simply enjoy romance. This book will make you twist in some chapters and sometimes you might even want to scream at characters.

Alissa, 14

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Orphanage 

by Robert Buettner
08/13/2012 Categories: battles military sci fi war

Image resultIn the novel Orphanage, extraterrestrials fire projectiles at major cities on earth leaving thousands orphaned and alone. The military needs volunteers to fight back and these kids are quick to sign up, having nothing to loose, they are sent to fight back.

I like this book because it has lots of action, humor, and amazing details throughout the story.

If you are a die hard sci-fi fan you will love this book!

Liam, 15

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Bunker 10 

by J.A. Henderson

Bunker 10 coverIn Bunker 10, several children living in a military outpost are left alone with nothing but their wits to figure out what happened. When a team of heavily armed killers arrives at the base things go from bad to all out warfare.

I liked this book because it is exciting and suspenseful. People who would like this book would be people who enjoy sci fi novels or video games.

Liam, 15

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Twisted Metal 

by Tony Ballantyne
07/24/2012 Categories: action sci fi war

Twisted Metal coverTwisted Metal is a book about a robot named Karel who lives in Turing City, a city where free thinking, intelligent thought, and individuality is encouraged. On the city's borders are the mechanized army of Artemis that have conquered many a city before and have imposed their philosophy that everyone should be the same to promote equality. As these two societies butt heads, the reader can only guess who will come out on top.

I like this book because it is action packed and has a wide variety of characters who share their point of view along with Karel.

I would recommend this book to people who like science fiction and robots, as well as fans of war stories.

Liam, 15

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