Cinder

by Marissa Meyer

A futuristic Cinderella tale, Cinder tells the story of a cyborg mechanic girl named Cinder, who catches the eye of the prince of New Beijing. While getting to know the prince, she learns about her history, another race with the power to control people, and how she is a large key into saving New Beijing- and the world.

I found this story extremely intriguing. A girl who is discriminated against yet still saves the world is inspiring, yet it's still a fictional page turner. As it's the first book in a series, The Lunar Chronicles, it's a really nice beginning that picks up speed and sets the mood for the rest of the series. It's a story that I stayed up late into the night reading.

Every book in the series, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. The only thing I don't like are the small romantic bits, I found them awkward. You can't go wrong with this book, as there is something for everyone.

Alexis, 13

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Cinder

by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a cyborg who lives with her stepmother and stepsisters. One day, Cinder's stepsister Peony gets a deadly virus, and Adri (Cinder's stepmother) gets extremely upset at Cinder and signs her up for testing cures on people who are willing to volunteer. There, Cinder learns a lot about who she really is, and how she has to save the world from the Lunar people from the moon.

I really enjoyed Cinder! It was a great book, with lots of action and romance and cliff-hangers.

I would recommend this book to other girls who like romance and action with a touch of mystery.

Cailin, 11

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Dealing with Dragons

by Patricia C. Wrede

Cimorene should be happy she's a princess of a prosperous kingdom set to marry a handsome prince. There's just one little problem; it's all incredibly boring. Cimorene is not interested in what is proper behavior for a princess. She wants to have adventure and excitement so on the advice of a unlikely adviser she sets off to get one.

Dealing with Dragons is an amazing book with interesting characters who defy the stereotypes and challenge the normal fairy tale in almost every way. The book is eloquently written full of magic fantasy and adventure.

I read this book a long time ago and just decided to reread it and was surprised by how much I still love it. Dealing with dragons has interesting characters and plot and is probably one of my top 15 favorite book series. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure.

Isabella, 14

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A World Without Heroes

by Brandon Mull

This book follows Jason Walker, a boy who finds himself inexplicably transported from Earth to a strange kingdom called Lyrian. He accidentally finds himself on a quest searching for a strange word that would undo the power of the emperor, Maldor. Along the way, he encounters Rachel, who also came from Earth, and is now trapped here. Together, they must find a way to overcome the obstacles in their path, and defeat the emperor, risking their lives in the process.

I liked this book because it was full of adventure, and was rarely, if ever, boring. The book takes you along with it's heros and through it's many twists that leave you guessing and wanting more. The story was fascinating, and very vivid.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action filled books or fantasy books. The book is also good for people who enjoy suspense and plot twists, but if cliffhangers and suspense aren't for you, then this isn't the best book for you.

Natalie, 15

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Seeds of Rebellion

by Brandon Mull

This book is about Jason Walker, a boy on earth who needs to find a way back into the kingdom of Lyrian. He needs to go back, and deliver important news about the quest to defeat the wicked emperor. Meanwhile, Rachel is discovering her unique powers in magic, and is working on learning as much as she can. When they reunite, a new quest begins, and they must use all their skill to succeed.

I liked this book because it was full of suspense and mystery, which kept you guessing until the very end. The book was filled with action, and made it interesting to read, with very few lapses in eventfulness. The plot twists in the book made it unpredictable and never boring.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action filled books or fantasy books. The book is also good for people who enjoy suspense and plot twists, but if cliffhangers and suspense aren't for you, then this isn't for you.

Natalie, 15

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Chasing the Prophecy

by Brandon Mull

This book is about Jason and Rachel, two people who came to the Lyrian kingdom by chance, and now must help to save it from the wicked emperor, Maldor. In the prophecy issued to them, they must each lead their own group of allies in separate directions, and complete their own quest. Success is needed, and if anything fails, doom with befall them. They have to learn their own strengths, while also learning how harsh the process to victory really is.

I liked this book because it was filled with twists and turns that kept you guessing until the very end of the book. The book was never dull, and continued to excite and amaze throughout. It was full of suspense, making you want to keep reading until the end.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action filled books or fantasy books. This book is also good for people who enjoy suspense and plot twists, but if cliffhangers and open-ended conclusions aren't for you, then you probably won't enjoy this book.

Natalie, 15

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Carry On

by Rainbow Rowell

Simon finally returns from his latest foster home to his favorite place on earth, Watford School of Magicks, but something is seriously wrong. The magical families are fighting for power, a monster with Simon's face is stealing magic, the Mage is avoiding him, and Simon's roommate/nemesis is missing....

I first decided to read this book because I liked the other books I had read by Rainbow Rowell and I was not disappointed. Carry On has interesting characters that you'll fall in love with and a great plot that keeps you entertained and immersed.

Carry On is a great book for anyone who likes fantasy and romance novels. It keeps you entertained and reading until the last page. You will fall in love with the characters and their world.

Isabella, 14

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Firstlife

by Gena Showalter

Ten, a 17 year old girl, has been locked away inside Prynne Asylum for 13 months. Ten has been pressured her whole life into choosing between Troika and Myriad, two polar opposite afterlife realms who are fighting for her soul. She manages to escape the asylum and has to remain on the run to stay alive. She must then decide where to spend the rest of eternity in Troika of Myriad. 

I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat with excitement. This book has action, adventure, and romance. This book has a shock around every corner.

If you like adventure and a thrill then you would fall in love with this book. You will not be able to put this book down.

Emily, 15

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The Isle of the Lost

by Melissa de la Cruz

The Isle of the Lost is about Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay going on an adventure looking for Maleficent's scepter. In their adventure, each of the characters have to go through a puzzle based on their life. Also, the book talks about how Mal, Maleficent's daughter, feels about her mother and her own future.

I liked this book because it talks about each of the characters emotions and how I can relate to them. Also, it was great to see Mal standing up to her mother, even though her mom has always put her down and compared her to her "weak" father.

I would recommend this book because I think that many people enjoy dramatic and powerful books, such as this one. If you like fantasy with drama, you"ll like The Isle of the Lost! Lastly, I would recommend it to others because if you enjoy going deeper into the characters lives and getting more details, you'll like this book!

Michelle, 11

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Once Upon A Prince

by Rachel Hauck

Once Upon A Prince, is a novel about a character named, Susanna Truitt. As readers we witness her life as it is falling apart. She looses her boyfriend, her job, and her home all at once. But then she meets Nate Kenneth. When Susanna finally realizes he is the Crown Prince of Brighton, and he has fallen in love with her; the question is, is she in love with him?

I enjoyed reading Once Upon a Prince for its blatant belief in fairy tale endings. I also loved the voice the author employed, which made you read the book in such a way that you could hear Susanna speak.
I would recommend this book to fans of The Heir series. If you're a fan of fairy tale romances, you'd love Once Upon A Prince.

Amanda, 16

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Kill Me Softly

by Sarah Cross

Kill Me Softly is about Mirabelle, a girl days away from her sixteenth birthday. She runs away to the town where her parents died, only to discover a town stuck in a fairytale. Mira discovers her own fairytale destiny, but she may be too late to save herself.

I liked Kill Me Softly because the storyline was really creative, incorporating classic fairy tales but spinning them in a new way. The book was funny too, and I found myself laughing a lot.

I would recommend Kill Me Softly to fans of the TV series “Once Upon a Time”. Readers who enjoy stories branching from the original Grimm Brother's stories would love this book.

Amanda, 16

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Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K Rowling

Harry Potter is back at Hogwarts for his third year, and is having a rough time. His “Quidditch” games are on, but the new additions to the school are making it hard to concentrate. To make things worse a dangerous murderer is on the loose and appears to be hunting him down.

I liked this book because it kept me guessing, and had many different twists that made it impossible to guess the ending. It was full of surprises and made me want to keep reading.

I would recommend this book to people who want to continue with the Harry Potter series or to those who want to read about magic and suspense.

Natalie, 14

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and his friends are back at Hogwarts after the summer break. After an incident with a flying car, they are now under pressure to live it down. Sadly for Harry, a mysterious problem is spreading around the school, and he is being blamed for it. Harry and his friends must find out what is causing it before it is too late.

I liked this book because it was full of action, and kept me guessing throughout the book. It was very suspenseful, and made me want to keep reading it.

I would recommend this book to people who want to continue on with the Harry Potter series, or to those who love action and magic.

Natalie,14

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Fire and Ice

by Shannon Hale

In this fourth installment of the series Spirit Animals, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan must travel to the Artic lands in the northern parts of Erdas to track down Suka, the Great Polar Bear, and acquire her talisman. The Conquerors are right behind them, ready to take the talisman by force and plunge the land of Erdas into chaos. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan must overcome the odds and try to keep the talisman out of the evil Conqueror's hands.

This book was very well-written. There were a few instances that I found myself starting to lose interest, but overall I still enjoyed reading this book.

I would recommend this book to those who love animals or distant lands.

Hieu, 16

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Blood Ties

by Garth Nix

In this third installment of the series: Spirit Animals; Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan find themselves in danger once again. They must travel to the Lake of the Elephant, to find the talisman of Dinesh, the great elephant. To save their land, all of the great animals talismans must be united.

This book was very well-written. There was plenty of action and side stories, all tied together to the plot. As the book went along, my interest in the book waned a little, but it is very good overall.

This book is perfect for anyone who likes animals or distant lands.

Hieu, 16

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