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The Maze Runner 

by James Dashner
04/27/2015 Categories: action adventure

The Maze RunnerOne group of friends, one maze, and only one way out. The Maze Runner is a story of a group of kids who are trapped in a maze trying to find their way out. Secrets begin to unravel as they move farther into the maze.

The Maze Runner was one of the best books I have read due to its action, adventure, and drama. It was a good page-turner and I am very glad that I got the opportunity to read this book. I like how the author uses descriptive words and phrases to help imagine the scene better.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who love adventure books, with a touch of romance. Its keeps you at the edge of your seats, waiting to know what happens next. I would recommend this book to readers ages 13 and up due to the violence and slight crude language.

Sara, 14

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Throne of Glass 

by Sarah J. Mass
04/06/2015 Categories: action fantasy

Throne of GlassWhat would you do if you were held in a prison and all it took to gain your freedom was to win a competition? However this isn't a normal competition, you are competing to become the King's Assassin. For Celaena, this should be a breeze considering she is the most famous assassin at the age of 18. But there is so much more to her than just killing and her competitors are about to find out.

This was by far my favorite book of 2014, it was just so action packed and I loved how they didn't just make a love triangle. This author did an amazing job on creating the main character who just didn't take any hate from anyone and would just put them in their place; while maintaining the balance of her being intelligent and well-spoken.

I would recommend this book for anyone who has the read the Hunger Games series or Gracling series. Also if you like the books with a strong heroine character this is definitely for you.

Audrey, 17

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The Scorch Trials 

by James Dashner
04/06/2015 Categories: action dystopia sci fi survival stories

The Scorch TrialsAfter being led to what appears to be a safe haven, Thomas and the Gladers are stripped of their contentment. They learn that the maze was only part one of the Trials, that they now have to endure part two. They travel across the Scorch, avoiding the Cranks that overpower the place.

Love this book. Unlike the first book, The Scorch Trials is almost 100% action, in the sense that the characters are barely ever sitting around doing nothing. The character developments are brilliant, and I love how confusing it sometimes got with all the plot twists.

I would recommend this book to people who adore young adult stories, like dystopian themes, love plot twists. Readers of the Hunger Games and Divergent series would most likely enjoy this book. Anyone who likes sitting on the edge of their chair, thinking "Oh my gosh what's going to happen??" would love this book. Be sure not to read these books out of order, got that?

Desiree, 14

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
03/27/2015 Categories: action dystopia fantasy

The Hunger GamesTwenty-four kids, and only one can survive. The Hunger Games is a story about twenty-four kids competing in an arena for their life. Using their skills and talents, these competitors will fend for their life, doing whatever it takes.

The Hunger Games was a very good. It was filled with action, romance, adventure, and more. I love how the author, Suzanne Collins, kept me at the edge of my feet, dying to know what comes next.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who love action and romance themed books. I believe it would be a good book for kids ages 13 and up because of the violence, language, and confusing plot. 

Sara, 14

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The Maze Runner 

by James Dashner
03/27/2015 Categories: action dystopia friendship mystery

The Maze RunnerThomas wakes up to a mysterious place known as the Glade, the center of a vast maze. The thing, though, is that there is no way out. Not yet.

I love this book so so much! I heard of the book after I watched the movie, and I bought the trilogy A.S.A.P. I love how the characters are so realistic along with how there are no pictures in the book, helping you imagine what they look like. I also like how there isn't romance between any of the Gladers.

It is a definite page-turner. If you like action, mystery, dystopian environments, and brilliant plot-twists, you will love this book. Even if you are a person who doesn't normally enjoy reading, I'm sure you will love The Maze Runner. Have fun, shanks.

Desiree, 15

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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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Taken 

by Erin Bowman
03/24/2015 Categories: action adventure dystopia siblings

TakenTaken takes place in a society where all boys disappear (The Heist) on their 18th birthday. After his brother's Heist, Gray Weathersby finds a letter addressed to his brother from his deceased mother. This letter opens up doors about Gray and prompts him to discover the secrets beneath his intriguing society. 

I really enjoyed this book. The society was interesting and the story flowed smoothly.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about different kinds of societies embedded with adventure stories. The story is aimed toward a young adult audience, but anyone would enjoy it. 

Chanel, 15

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The day of their eighteenth birthday innocent boys are taken by a mysterious light from the sky. No one questions it, they just accept it. They call this The Heist. Gray Weathersby, a seventeen year old boy, is merely a couple months away from The Heist. His brother was already taken away from him and he did not want to be next. One day, Gray finds a note from his mother. After reading it, Gray starts to question the Council, his society, his family, and himself. In order to discover the truth, Gray will go on a journey that will answer all his questions.

Taken written by Erin Bowman, is an amazing novel filled with action, adventure, and romance. I enjoyed this book very much and I am very happy I gave the book a chance. I hope you do the same.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy action/romance books. I also recommend this book to readers who are 13 and up due to the romantic scenes, violence, and crude language.

Sara, 14

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The Treatment 

by Suzanne Young
03/17/2015 Categories: action dystopia romance suicide

The world rests in the hands of two rebels facing a problem that might end life as we know it. The Treatment is a story of two lovers who struggle to stay alive, as they face a suicide epidemic.  

The Treatment is an amazing book because it helps motivate you to not give up, no matter how bad the situation is. I loved the way the author depicted the scenes. The well thought-out descriptions allowed me to imagine what is going on in my head.

I would recommend this book to people ages 14 and older because of its romance. Its uses a lot of sexual content that I believe would be inappropriate to readers less than 14 years old. It also uses inappropriate language.

Sara, 14

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The City of Ember 

by Jeanne DuPrau
05/13/2014 Categories: action adventure fantasy

City of EmberIn the underground City of Ember, the only source of light comes from the street lamps, and beyond the city is the unknown territory. When the lamps start flickering, everyone starts to suspect that eventually the entire city will go dark. Lina and Doon, two little heroes, work together to save their people from their dying city.

I enjoyed this book. It was an intriguing idea, a city underground lit only by street lamps. I enjoyed reading about the mystery of their city and how they were trying to save their people.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about interesting and different societies.

Chanel, 15

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The People of Sparks 

by Jeanne DuPrau
05/13/2014 Categories: action adventure fantasy

People of SparksIn the the second book of the City of Ember series, after Lina and Doon save their people from their dying city, they have to figure out how to survive in a world unlike their own. They get some help from a small town called Sparks, but they must first work out their differences if they will ever be able to work and live together.

I did not really enjoy this book. I was expecting more from the sequel to the City of Ember series.

I would recommend this book to a younger audience if they have already read the first book in the series and they enjoyed it. I would not recommend it to anyone who is expecting the second book to be as great as the first one.

Chanel, 15

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The Prophet of Yonwood 

by Jeanne DuPrau
05/13/2014 Categories: action adventure fantasy

Prophet of YonwoodIn the prequel to the City of Ember series, Nickie, an eleven year-old tries her best to complete her three goals. One of her goals is to help save her almost destroyed world. The story follows her ups and downs in the town of Yonwood, where the Prophet was said to see into the future of the world.

This was not my favorite book. I did not really enjoy the plot and I did not find the prequel to why the City of Ember was built very interesting. I did enjoy how at the end, all of these loose ties and unknown facts came together, but the whole book was not as interesting.

I would recommend this to a younger audience. I think that they would enjoy the plot and characters more than I did. If you enjoyed the City of Ember, then I cannot guarantee that you will enjoy this book because it is not the same characters or story. I would recommend it to anyone who is curious to know why the City of Ember was built.

Chanel, 15

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Diamond of Darkhold 

by Jeanne DuPrau
05/13/2014 Categories: action adventure fantasy

Diamond of DarkholdIn the fourth book of The City Ember, Lina and Doon go on an adventure to find hidden treasures from their old city to help sustain their new city during the Winter. Some complications occur, such as Doon being captured, and Lina having to get help alone, but they their pursue their journey because they want to help their people.

This was not the best book in the series. I enjoyed the first book, The City of Ember, way more than the rest of the series because after three books, I was already tired of the plot and the characters.

I would recommend this book to a younger audience. They would probably not get too tired of the characters, as I did. Hopefully, they enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one in the series.

Chanel, 15

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
03/29/2014 Categories: action dystopia identity sci fi social classes

DivergentThis book is about a girl who has to choose what faction she wants to go to. The factions are Abnegation, Amity, Euriodite, Candor, and Dauntless. Before she has to choose, she has to figure out is she is selfless enough.

This book was amazing. Tris turned out to be one of the best characters in this book for me because of the way she acts. I also figured out that I would want to be dauntless out of all of the factions because you have to be brave in order to be in that faction

I would recommend this book to others because it was such a great book. This book is very suspenseful. Make sure you grab the other books in this series. You will be disappointed if you can't complete this series after you finish this awesome book!

Rebecka, 15

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Also Known As 

by Robin Benway
03/26/2014 Categories: action adventure high school drama spies

Also Known As

Which would you rather do? Be an international spy or go to high school? Maggie Silver gets to be both. Coming back to New York for the first time in years, Maggie gets the chance to go on her first solo assignment at a ritzy private school to befriend a cute son of a potential national security threat, while of course not blowing her cover.

I really wanted to like this book, I read the synopsis and thought "Yes! A spy book!" However, it was really disappointing as the story-line fell flat.

I wouldn't recommend this book because like I said before, the plot was uneventful. Also the the book felt really rushed, if there had been at least another 50 pages, it could have turned out a lot better.

Audrey, 16

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Trackers 

by Patrick Carman
03/26/2014 Categories: action masterminds sci fi technology

TrackersAdam Henderson is a total technology whiz. He spent most of his early life creating software and gadgets. Then later, he meets some friends who are admitted to his secret world of technology. When he stumbles across some codes that turns out to be messages regarding his personal life, information that he's never told anyone, he decides to tell his friends what's going on. In this high-tech game of cat and mouse, the Trackers find out that they are in a deep mess, more than what they bargained for, and there's no way out.

It was a good book, with lots of high-tech software, gadgets, and suspense to keep me entertained

I would recommend this to anyone who likes technology and government-related books.

Hieu, 14

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