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Strange Angels

by Lili St. Crow

Strange Angels is about a sixteen-year-old girl who has lived most of her life hunting down monsters with her father. On the outside, people see Dru Anderson as another normal antisocial teenager with attitude problems but what others don't know is that she's doing them all a solid by keeping her distance from them. Dru's the opposite of normal, for as long as she can remember, Dru has been traveling from town to town with her father to hunt down the paranormal or anything that captures their attention. Dru's special ability makes her a magnet to things from The Real World but it has also helps her and her father find their location. Until it all hits the fan when in a frozen town in Dakota, Dru's father goes missing after going monster hunting by himself and to add to that, a hungry zombie breaks into Dru's kitchen door. Dru is forced to take matters into her own hands and try to survive from werewolves and flaming dogs. Now the tables have turned and Dru is now the one running from monsters. The monsters are focused on one thing. Killing Dru.

Strange Angels was a pretty good book because it kind of gave me that "Supernatural" vibe and I like to read about teen fiction and fantasy because it helps me forget all the problems that I have to deal with and escape my world and jumping into Dru's, helping me see things from her perspective like the feeling of not having a mother and having a father who is rarely home. In a way we are alike but we both deal with different problems of our own. Books like these are what keep me motivated.

I didn't find out about this book until my friend told me about it and I was so into it that ti read it twice! If you like Supernatural - the show - and a little bit of Twilight and Vampire Academy then here you go

The Host

by Stephenie Meyer

The Host is an interesting story about "souls" who get placed in humans (erasing the original human), in order to take over their bodies and eventually the dying Earth. When Melanie, the main character, refuses to leave her body, her and the new soul placed inside of her must learn to compromise and work together to achieve what they want. At first Wanderer, the new soul, treats Melanie as an enemy, and wishes for nothing but Melanie to leave. However, when she begins to share thoughts and feelings with Melanie, Wanderer realizes that what the souls are doing is wrong as she begins to fall in love with Melanie's lover. The two souls go on an amazing story of love and hope to save the world and get back to the one they love.

I enjoyed The Host, because it is not only an interesting story of two conflicting souls, but also a lovers journey during the end of the world. This book is an interesting tale of human empowerment and the strength in their emotions when the world is being threatened.

I would recommend The Host to anyone who enjoys books about love, and the strength of human emotions. If you like love stories filled with action and passion, I highly suggest readind it!

Sara, 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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The Wonder of All Things

by Jason Mott

The people of Stone Temple, North Carolina have only a matter of seconds to cope with a tragic plane crash before they are faced with an even more earth-shattering realization; Ava, the sheriff's daughter, has healed someone with nothing more than the touch of her hands. This book centers around the life of thirteen year-old Ava and those of the people close to her in Stone Temple as they deal with not only the tragedy of the crash, but the international spotlight brought on by the girl deemed a Miracle Child. Jason Mott's The Wonder of All Things is a book that deals with more than just the miracles that surround us.

This book includes a discussion on a wide variety of topics that most books fall short on even covering. Similar to all of those dystopian YA novels publishers are intent on mass producing, this book features a young, average girl that no one seems to think much of; until of course everyone makes her out to be a miracle-maker. Mott, however, does not make out his young protagonist to be the only readable character in this tale; her friends and family face many struggles that are deeply rooted in the past and surface in light of the more recent dilemma. Through all of this, we see a picture of people who face the same trials we all do; whether it's the lack of autonomy in youth, grief, or mental illness, this novel displays them in a way that many can relate to.

The Wonder of All Things is a book that begs to be read in one sitting; the story is intriguing, the relationships are realistic (even if the characters occasionally lack depth), and the message has an impact. For those who are interested in books that subtly question that meaning of humanity, this book is for you. 

Melina, 16


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by Amanda Hocking

SwitchedWendy Everly has always felt like she didn't belong. It might have had to do with the fact that her mother tried to kill her when she was six, screaming that she was a monster. Then, Wendy meets Finn, an attractive boy who seems to know more about Wendy then even she knows. She follows him and starts to discover who she really is and what she is meant to become.

I really enjoyed this book. Personally, when I first started reading it, I couldn't connect to the characters, but as the plot developed and she discovered who she really was, I felt like I could relate to her more.

I would recommend this book to any young-adult reader. It has a very interesting plot, with many twists and turns that you never would've guessed.

 Chanel, 15


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Hollow City

by Ransom Riggs

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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The Savage Fortress

by Sarwat Chadda

The Savage FortressAsh Mistry is a British schoolboy who takes a vacation to India. His uncle, Vik, is an Indian archaeologist who travels around India digging up aritfacts and translating unknown languages. When his uncle gets a one-time job translating a language for a multi-billionare who gives him a 2 million pound check, Ash knows there's something wrong. After a brief accident and plenty of after events to scare him out of his wits, Ash finds out that things are not what they seem to be. 

It was good, with a lot of Indian mythology behind it. There was plenty of action for an action guy like me and it was pretty interesting overall.

I would recommend this book to anybody who likes mythology and action.

Hieu, 14


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Angel Burn

by L.A. Weatherly

Angel Burn is one of an angel's worst powers: it gives its victim the illusion of happiness but, like a sunburn but a million times worse, completely rips them of their energy and even their sanity. In this book, angels are now the enemies, and it is up to young but seasoned assassin Alex and strange, different Willow to defeat their incoming onslaught.

Angel Burn was an altogether confusing book. It didn't exactly focus as much on "Angel Burn" as I would have liked it to, and I wondered at times what was the focus of the book: defeating the angels or the relationship between the two main characters? The ending was unsatisfactory, and although it could be considered a "cliffhanger" for the sequel, I'm not going to be finishing the trilogy anytime soon.

7th grade-high school girls would probably like it if you liked books like Twilight. However, if you're not a fan of the supernatural or romance (I want to add in that there is rarely, if no mention of God in this book, though it deals with angels) check out something else.

Erica, 16


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