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InkHeart 

by Cornelia Funke
08/24/2017 Categories: magic

This fantastic book is about two people, Meggie and Mortimer. If you think books are cool, just wait till you read this book, and you'll think the thought of reading aloud differently from now on. Mortimer is called a Silver Tongue. One who has super-cool powers to read stuff out from books. Hold on, bare with me, this evil man, Capricorn wants to destroy the book Inkheart(that was the book he was from) so no one could read him back to his past. One man though, Dustfinger, wants to go back into the book to his family, but soon finds out that if one person goes in, another comes out. That is what happened to Mo's wife. He was reading a book to Meggie when she was younger(Inkheart), and he read out these thugs and Capricorn. Soon to realize, his wife was gone.

It was amazing! I could so write more on what happens, but for now, please read this. You'll love it. Anyone could read it. The author also wrote many other good books, and this one is the start of a three-book series. The first is always my favorite. Pretty please read this book and write a review!

EVERYONE should DEFINITELY read this awesome tale!

Priscilla, 12

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The Darkness of Dragons 

by Tui T. Sutherland
08/24/2017 Categories: adventure fantasy magic

In the next book of the series, Wings of Fire, a two-thousand year old NightWing named Darkstalker has risen from his prison, where he had been buried by his best friend and forever sweetheart. Now he is out and free, rampaging all around Pyrrhia for revenge and world-conquering time. Only six dragonets stand in his way: Kinkajou, Moon, Anemone, Winter, Turtle, and Qibli. This story stars Qibli, a SandWing, while he battles Darkstalker in ways he would never have guessed, face his darkest fears, and battle himself from within.

I was really impressed with this book because the plot is so well thought-out and the characters really well developed. It's also really fascinating to be inside Qibli's brain--he is always thinking at high speeds--because he can read dragons like a scroll and it's interesting to know what he reads off them. Also the book puts fundamental morals into play, and questions the gray areas. Its really cool to read about how Qibli and his friends battle and defeat Darkstalker, because it's a way you would never expect, nor see coming.

I would absolutely recommend this book, The Darkness of Dragons, to anyone who likes a character that's can be related to, has secrets to his past that still need to be found out, and is incredibly, incredibly smart and kind. It's also a good book for people who want to see the bad guy be defeated after several books of him running around unchecked, and who like to think deeply about moral questions such as 'Is it right to take a dark path or murder and oppress when at the end of the road, the world will be a much better, brighter place?'

Keila, 14

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 

by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, returns to Hogwarts now known as the Chosen One. Rumors about his adventure to the Ministry of Magic and his second duel with Voldemort fly like wildfire around the Wizarding world, and even darker rumors encircle the acts of the terrible Dark Lord. Nevertheless school goes on, and Albus Dumbledore believe that it is time for Harry to be educated in the mysterious past of Lord Voldemort. But the more they learn, the more questions appear, and as the school drama heightens, things get strange. But Harry is always sure of one thing: One cannot live while the other survives.

I thought this was a really good book (like all the Harry Potter books). The ending is so full of action and emotion, and so many questions get answered while at the same time making more. Questions like 'Why does Harry feel Voldemort's emotions?' This is one of the biggest questions in the entire series, but you have to read all the books to understand, and I love that about it.

I would recommend Harry Potter in general to anyone who likes a very well-put-together story, a series, magic, and incredible action. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a really good book if you like anything listed above, plus a good mystery coupled with romance and a character that feels real and is someone you can relate to.

Keila, 14

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The Apothecary 

by Maile Meloy
07/19/2017 Categories: adventure magic war

It's 1952 and Janie Scott moved to London from Los Angeles, California. At school, Jane meets Benjamin, the mysterious son of an apothecary. When the apothecary goes missing, Benjamin and Janie must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's Pharmacopoeia, all the while keeping the ancient book out of the hands of his enemies. With the help of the book, Janie and Benjamin discover new potions and spells and embark on a race against time in order to save the world from their enemies, the Russians.

The Apothecary was a good novel. I liked it because it put a magical spin on the seriousness of the Cold War. The adventurous storyline also kept me on the edge of my seat.

I would recommend this book to others because of its adventurous, yet has a serious plot. This book is perfect for those that enjoy fantasy, magic, and history.

Maile, 15

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 

by J.K. Rowling
02/16/2017 Categories: boarding school magic witches & wizards

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter Series. This book reveals some unknown secrets about the Hogwarts school and teachers as well some new information of He Who Must Not Be Named and his plots to destroy Harry Potter.

I enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (The first Harry Potter Book), but Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets blows the first book out of the water. This outstanding book is full of mystery and adventure and is the true beginning of Harry Potter and his friends' journey.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery. This is an action packed and mysterious book full of interesting characters and a wonderful story. 

Sara, 14

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A World Without Heroes 

by Brandon Mull
01/14/2017 Categories: fantasy magic witches & wizards

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
01/12/2017 Categories: fantasy magic witches & wizards

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
01/12/2017 Categories: fantasy magic witches & wizards

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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Firstlife 

by Gena Showalter
12/06/2016 Categories: action afterlife fantasy magic

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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Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire 

J.K Rowling

Harry Potter is back to his fourth year at Hogwarts. This time, he is getting roped into taking part in the Tri-wizard Tournament; the problem is, he didn't enter. The whole school is against him, and he has to ignore that, while also trying to stay alive.

I liked this book because it was very action packed, and was interesting to read. It was very descriptive, and made me almost feel like I was there.

 

I would recommend this book to people who want to continue with the Harry Potter series, or anyone who likes reading about magic.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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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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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the epic conclusion to the Harry Potter series. In this book, Harry and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, embark on a journey to find and destroy the seven “horcruxes”. Each containing a piece of Voldemort's evil, and dark soul. Throughout the journey, the three friends will encounter many obstacles and enemies, which they’ll have to overcome in order to finally defeat Voldemort and bring peace to the wizarding world.

This book was a grand finale to an epic series. J.K. Rowling has created an amazing story, and many things that were kept a mystery throughout the series are now explained in this book. All of the books in the Harry Potter series are great.

If you like exciting and action packed fantasy novels, then Harry Potter is the series for you. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a real page turner and a satisfying conclusion to this great series.

Bryan, 13

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Lord Sunday 

by Garth Nix
10/12/2015 Categories: adventure fantasy magic suspense

Image result for lord sundayLord Sunday is the conclusion to a seven-book series, where Arthur Penhaligon has to save Earth, and the new world he was thrown into. He has defeated most of the people in his way, and Lord Sunday is the last one to remain. He is also the strongest, and Arthur finds him to be the most difficult to defeat. The ending of this book is a major twist from what was expected, and leaves you wondering what happens next.

I liked this book very much, because it was exciting to read, and made you feel like you were actually there. There was also a lot of suspense and surprises throughout, which made it interesting to read.

I would recommend this to others who like to read suspenseful books, and enjoy plot twists near endings. People who like books who leave you thinking would enjoy this as well. The ending is a bit sad, so if sadder endings aren't for you, you might not like this book.

Natalie, 14

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Superior Saturday 

by Garth Nix
10/12/2015 Categories: adventure fantasy magic suspense

Image result for superior saturdaySuperior Saturday is about a boy, Arthur Penhaligon, who is trying to save the parallel universe that he was thrown into. In order to do that, he must defeat Lady Saturday and take a key from her. To find the key, he must use the previous ones he has gathered and attempt to find the "Will," an entity that will assist him. He must also come to terms with transforming away from humanity, and having to become the hero he never wanted to be.

This book was an interesting one to read, because it really goes into the magic of the other world, how things worked and how easy it was to break. The different perspectives also made it interesting, while also adding to the suspense.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy suspenseful books, and/or find it easy to follow multiple perspectives throughout the book. If the sudden changes are hard to follow for you, it might not be the right book for you.

Natalie, 14

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