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This Shattered World 

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This book is about two complete opposites. She is the best soldier on the planet of Avon, and He is the leader of the opposing rebellion. When they both find that what they want really isn't that different, they must find a way to work together to stop the fight, and uncover a huge secret that could destroy their planet, all the while battling their inner demons.

This was a good book, because it provides an insight on how opposing characters can become the closest of friends, and how the right thing to do, isn't the easiest. It also introduces a great story about love in the midst of war.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy science fiction and romance stories. The perspective of the novel shifts from chapter to chapter, so it may appeal to some readers.

Natalie, 15

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Fast Track 

by Julie Garwood

Fast Track is a story about Cordie, a teacher in Chicago. After Cordie's father dies, Cordie decides to find her mother who has been absent for most of her life. She and Aiden, her friend since childhood, fly to Australia to track down her mother. Once there, Cordie faces danger as her mother's family is determined to erase Cordie from their family history.

Fast Track, like the name suggests, is a fast-paced and exciting read. There are however, lots of  scenes with more mature content that may appeal to older teens.

I would recommend this book to fans of action and mystery novels.

Amanda, 16

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Their Fractured Light 

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
07/09/2016 Categories: battles romance sci fi survival stories

This book is about two people; Gideon, a galaxy renowned hacker, and Sofia, a brilliant con artist. When their paths collide one day, the pair is forced to work together to survive, all the while struggling to trust each other, and, ultimately, themselves. The two must find a way to overcome their hurdles and find a way to save the universe.

I liked this book because it shows the value of choice, and how people are what they choose to be. It also shows how hard work trust can be, but how wonderful it is when it's achieved. The biggest lesson in this book, is how to still love after enduring so much pain, and how love is found in the most unexpected places.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy science fiction and romance stories. The perspective of the novel changes from chapter to chapter, so it may appeal to some readers.

Natalie, 15

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/09/2016 Categories: action battles sci fi survival stories

Twenty-four teens are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem. Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Awesome book, I couldn't stop reading it. It has a lot of action. What I like about this book is that Katniss never gave up even though she faced some hard situations.

Yes, I would recommended this book others because it shows how hard life could be sometimes, but you never have to give. People who like a lot of action would like this book.

Yessica, 14

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A Clash of Kings 

by George R.R. Martin
04/01/2013 Categories: action battles fantasy war

Clash of KingsClash of Kings is a continuation of the novel Game of Thrones. In this book, the houses of Westros gears up for war as the king in the North attempts to win independence from King Joffrey. Meanwhile, Stannis Bartetheon asserts his rule from the island fortress of Dragonstone and tries to wrench the loyalty of the lords of storm's end from his brother Renly. Across the sea, Daenerys Targaryen guides her people and her dragons with hopes of reclaiming her families throne.

This is an incredible book because it is full to the brim with vivid descriptions of battles, events, and plots from the point of view of the characters across the world. It is full of plot twists and realistic characters that have their own histories and secrets.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fantasy or war stories. Or if you want something that will keep you up all night turning the pages, then look no further.

Liam, 15

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Storm of Swords 

by George R.R. Martin
04/01/2013 Categories: battles fantasy knights older teens

Storm of SwordsIn the third installment of the Game of Thrones series, Storm of Swords heats up the tension between the warring kingdoms of Westros. As King Joffery tries to maintain his hold on the iron throne, an army of Wildlings masses in the north beyond the wall. As the Nights Watch pleads for assistance, the war only heats up as lords become more anxious about the war and how it might end.

I loved this book because it was action packed and kept me guessing until the very last page!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy or historical fiction and does not want to be spared the gory details.

Liam, 15

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Game of Thrones 

by George R.R. Martin
02/19/2013 Categories: action battles fantasy older teens

Game of ThronesThe Game of Thrones is about turmoil in the seven kingdoms of Westria. After decades of peace, King Robert's assistant dies, leaving an open spot at his court. He appoints his loyal friend Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, to fill the post. Meanwhile, tension is brewing among the other lords, who begin making alliances and preparing for war.

I loved this book because it is full of action and twists that keep you guessing. It has lots of detail that makes you feel like you are really there. This book dives into the more brutal, less romantic side of knights in shining armor and princesses in castles.

I would recommend this book to boys around my age who like books with brutal action scenes and deception. Considering this is not your typical fantasy novel, it is not for people who are fans of fairy tale endings and light-hearted stories.

Liam, 15

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The battle of the Labyrinth 

by Rick Riordan
10/22/2012 Categories: adventure battles movie mythology

Battle of the Labyrinth coverThis is book four in the Percy Jackson series. Percy, now 15, hurries to Camp Half-Blood where he is sent on a quest through the Labyrinth to protect his camp from the army of lord Kronos.

This book is interesting because the plot is really good all the way to the climax.

I recommend this book to anybody who is interested in Greek mythology and wants a good book to read.

Alexis, 14

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Orphanage 

by Robert Buettner
08/13/2012 Categories: battles military sci fi war

Image resultIn the novel Orphanage, extraterrestrials fire projectiles at major cities on earth leaving thousands orphaned and alone. The military needs volunteers to fight back and these kids are quick to sign up, having nothing to loose, they are sent to fight back.

I like this book because it has lots of action, humor, and amazing details throughout the story.

If you are a die hard sci-fi fan you will love this book!

Liam, 15

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Eldest 

by Christopher Paolini
07/18/2012 Categories: action battles fantasy suspense

Eldest is the second book in a series in which a teenage farmer named Eragon finds a dragon egg. He then raises the young dragon and becomes a legendary dragon rider. Eragon is sent to the elven city of Ellesmira to train. He experiences many difficulties and hardships during his stay in Ellesmira. Eregon's cousin, Roran, is in his hometown of Carvahall when the Raz'ac bring a large group of soldiers to find Roran. Roran and the villagers fight back, but they are eventually forced to flee Carvahall in pursuit of safety. They sail to Surda to escape the Raz'ac. Eragon and Roran meet in Surda during a war with Galbatorix's army. They eventually cause Galbatorix to momentarily retreat. 

I liked this book because of its thrilling adventure, action-packed scenes, and humorous moments. I would definitely recommend this book to someone interested in a fiction novel.

Nathan, 13

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Blood of the Reich 

by William Dietrich
07/18/2012 Categories: action battles holocaust suspense

Blood coverBlood of the Reich is a book about Nazi fanatics attempting to gain control of a mysterious power called the Vril, which was said to have been gotten by an ancient civilization that lived and died in a secret valley in Tibet. The book alternated between the past, in 1938-1945, and the present. It included mind boggling science, huge Nazi schemes, betrayal, icy mountains, explosions, and more.

I liked this book because of its intriguing plot and characters, along with the action and adventure that occurred throughout the story.

I would recommend this book to devoted readers who can handle some scientific terms and large plot twists. This book was hard to put down and highly entertaining!

Brian, 15

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Fire 

by Kristin Cashore
05/29/2012 Categories: battles fantasy murder

Fire coverFire is a human monster--unearthly in her beauty, she charms everyone around her to the point that it's dangerous. Even though she has the ability to control anyone's mind, her life isn't that great, either. With an infamous monster father and relationship troubles between an old friend and a new unlikely one, she struggles to find herself in a time of war and strife.

Fire was pretty good overall. Like Graceling, its companion novel, it is spun in the same world and has an intricate, complex plot. It's a little darker than the first book (though you don't have to read it to understand it) and it does have some inappropriate moments, so beware.

If you like fantasy or if you've read Graceling, you would definitely enjoy this book. Due to the content, I would rate it for 8th graders and up.

Erica, 16

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Brisingr 

by Christopher Paolini
04/30/2012 Categories: adventure battles fantasy magic

Brisingr coverIn the third installment of the Inheritance Cycle, Eragon encounters old enemies and new as well as some unexpected friends as he seeks to fight for the good and stop Galbatorix once and for all. With the help of his dragon Saphira, he embarks on yet another quest--but this time, his enemy may just be himself.

As an avid follower of the Inheritance Cycle, I was pretty excited when this came out years ago. However, I was let down by the fact that the plot not only seemed to die down, but none of the chapters captured me except the part where the "Brisingr" part of the title comes into play.

If you like fantasy, dragons, magic, and action, this series is for you, but be warned that the books get worse as they go. I can only hope that the last book will rectify everything and restore Eragon's world to its former glory. Also, these are very thick books (Harry Potter size) so if you don't like big books, I'd try with something else.

Erica, 16

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Mockingjay 

by Suzanne Collins
02/06/2012 Categories: battles dystopia romance survival stories

Mockingjay coverMockingjay is the last book in the Hunger Games series and picked up right where it left off in Catching FireMockingjay was all about the rebels and how they are trying to take over Panem and rule the country. Katniss has many decisions to make, including whether she wants Gale or Peeta. She is as determined as ever in this book to kill President Snow, but must decide if she likes President Coin!

Overall, Katniss is amazing and so is this book!! Itwas amazing and overall perfect. It was very interesting because it makes you think how nice our civilization really is. It made me think about my little sister and how much I really care about her, just like Katniss does to Prim. The book had the perfect ending!

Yes, I would recommend this series to everyone, whether you are a boy or girl! Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, has the perfect combination of romance and fighting and is perfect for anyone!!

Chanel, 13

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