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The Ghoul Next Door: A Novel

by Lisi Harrison

This book follows the lives of Melody Carver, Frankie Stein and Cleo De Nile. While they try to save their friends and their family, they must find a way to stop a video that exposes their secret monster identities. If they can't, the whole monster community will be in shambles.

This book was okay to read, the chapters are fairly short, which may make it a little confusing to read, considering that the chapters switch perspectives each time. The book did have a nice level of suspense, and made the ending an interesting one.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes reading about monsters, but without all the gore and horror. The book can be a bit confusing at times, especially to those who don't like switching perspectives.

Natalie, 14


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by Amanda Hocking

TornIn the sequel to Switched, Wendy Everly learns more about her past and her bloodline than she ever knew possible. She finds out that she has a closer connection to the Vittra, the Trylle enemies, and is forced to choose a side and make life-changing decisions.

I did enjoy this book. It was well written and the story-line was very interesting.  I would recommend this series to many young-adult readers. It was a very interesting book set in the world of the trolls.

Chanel, 15


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by Daphne Du Maurier

RebeccaA shy young woman meets the mysterious Maxim de Winter at a hotel in Monte Carlo and gets swept up in a whirlwind romance and speedy marriage. As soon as she arrives at Manderley, the heroine feels the haunting presence of Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, lingering in the hearts and minds of Manderley's inhabitants. The heroine feels like she is always second behind Rebecca, who was beautiful, talented, and brilliant--or so everyone says--but as the story progresses, we realize nothing at Manderley is what it seems and everything leads up to the one last epic confrontation.

I originally wanted to read this book because my name is Rebecca, and I thought it would be funny to see myself as the heroine in a famous romance novel. I was surprised at the quality of du Maurier's writing which crafted a story I just couldn't put down. There was mystery, suspense and classic romance similar to Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. This is a good book and it kept me guessing until the shocking conclusion.

I would recommend this book to people that liked the classic romances such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre since there is a lot of figurative language and detail that slows down the story in some places, but there are other parts that have non-stop suspense and action that make the pace very fast. Also you have to have patience since the beginning is a bit slow.

Rebecca, 17


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The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

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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The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

Lovely Bones coverThe Lovely Bones is told by the main character, Susie, whose murderer is unknown in the
beginning. A mixture of mystery and romance, Susie's knowledge of her murderer gives the reader anxiety because she's dead and telling her story from heaven. Susie learns more about her family when she is dead than if she would of have been alive.

This book was seriously a spine chiller!  You feel sympathy for Susie and her family. This book is filled with a lot of irony and sarcasm. The way this book is told from the beginning is amazing, because the perspective of Susie makes the reader see the whole story of a person who couldn't tell their story. Most homicides and suicides committed only have one or two stories but not the person who died. Those of us left behind usually never get the real story about how the person died or what they were thinking when they died. 

I would certainly recommend this book to older teens as it does contain intense and dramatic scenes. Alice Sebold did an amazing job crafting and writing The Lovely Bones, so I hope you read and enjoy this book.

Lauren, 16


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Peony in Love

by Lisa See

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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The Secret Year

by Jennifer Hubbard

Julia and Colt were together for a year, but nobody knew of their secret love. When Julia dies, Colt's life goes out of control. He is haunted by her memory and things only get worse when her journal falls into his hands. After reading Julia's journal, Colt finds love with a girl from school but can't seem to make it work because of all of his unanswered questions.

This is a really good book. It is a very quick read and hard to put down. The ending is a little bit of a let down, but the rest of the book makes up for it.

Bree, 16


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