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Strange Angels 

by Lili St. Crow
03/04/2017 Categories: paranormal supernatural vampires werewolves

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

Mines of the Minotaur 

by Julia Golding

This book is about Connie, a 13 year old girl, who has a unique ability with mythical creatures. She is now being called to by a dark force, making her cause storms and disasters to happen. The Society does not believe her when she says she isn't responsible, and they remind her membership.

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

This book is good for those who like reading about mythical creatures, or just animals and nature in general. It is a suspenseful book, with many twists and turns, and will have you guessing until the end.

Natalie, 14

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The Secret of the Sirens 

by Julia Golding
04/22/2016 Categories: environmental mythology paranormal

This book was about Connie Lionheart, an eleven year old girl who is forced to move in with her aunt who lives by the sea. She soon meets a new friend, Col, and discovers that her aunt is part of a society who protects mythical creatures. She also learns of her own unique power, and the danger that accompanies it.

 

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

 

I would recommend this book to those who like reading about mythical creatures, and to people who like animals in general. The book is told mainly from two perspectives, which may be appealing to some readers.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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The Gorgon's Gaze 

by Julia Golding
04/22/2016 Categories: environmental mythology paranormal

This book is about Connie, a 12 year old girl who has a unique power with mythical creatures. She is the most important member of her society, and is in danger from the shape-shifter, Kullervo. Her parents; however, do not believe this, and send her off to live with her aunt and uncle. Col, Connie’s best friend,  has his own set of troubles, mainly centered on his mother and her companion.

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

I would recommend this book to people who like reading about mythical creatures, or animals in general. The book is told from 2 perspectives, so it can be a bit confusing if you don't like that. It is also full of twists and turns, and will keep you guessing throughout.

Natalie, 14

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Fire and Ice 

by Shannon Hale
04/19/2016 Categories: fantasy paranormal supernatural

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 Chimera's Curse 

by Julia Golding
04/09/2016 Categories: friendship paranormal

This book is about Connie, a 14 year old girl, who has a unique power with mythical creatures. The shape-shifter, Kullervo, has an army ready, and is preparing for a war. In the meantime, Connie's brother is becoming a companion, and Col has to learn to handle his conflicted feelings.

 

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

 

I would recommend this book to those who like reading about mythical creatures, or animals and nature in general. This book is a bit of cliffhanger, and keeps you wondering what will happen next, after the book is over.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Sanctum 

by Madeleine Roux

Sequel to bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, author Madeline Roux creates a continuation of the original photo-illustrated novel. The book continues where the last book left off as three friends who had met at the Brookline asylum try to move past their trauma, but are still haunted by the past. Dan, Abby, and Jordan must now return to Camford, where Dan realizes darker secrets than he'd imagined.

Sanctum keeps the thrilling writing style of Asylum that makes the novel hard to put down. Readers frequently realize new secrets the characters discover making it difficult to want to stop reading. The story also has just the right suspenseful tone so it can be creepy even when reading in light of daytime.

I would recommend this book, particularly to people who enjoy mystery, horror, suspense, and psychological. It may be too dark for some and should not be read by the easily frightened, but it does also have its more lighthearted moments such as those revolving around the friendships of the main characters. This book is for people looking for a thrilling, suspenseful read.

Hayley, 17

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Switched 

by Amanda Hocking
03/23/2015 Categories: mystery paranormal supernatural

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
02/05/2015 Categories: paranormal supernatural war

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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Neferet's Curse: A House of Night novella 

by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
12/07/2013 Categories: paranormal vampires
                       

Nefaret's Curse

After the tragedy of her mother's death, Emily must be the lady of the house but has to worry about her father's drunkenness at all times. Emily wants to get away from her home using a boy.

I like it because through the book you can see Emily change from a timid little girl into a strong, independent woman. Emily becomes totally assertive and doesn't let anyone boss her around. The bad thing about that is that it doesn't always work in her favor.

I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates reading about confident, powerful women. Also there's a little bit of love, but the plot is mostly concerns the main character, Emily.

Jacki, 17

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City of Bones 

by Cassandra Clare
09/28/2013 Categories: paranormal vampires werewolves

City of BonesAs Clary made her way to Pandemonium, she did not expect to be engulfed in the supernatural world of the Shadowhunters. Soon after she meets Jace, the arrogant young Shadowhunter, her mother disappears. Clary is left with no choice but to trust the Shadowhunters in order to save her mother. City of Bones follows Clary as she embarks on this journey of the supernatural.

I was really captivated by this book's plot and twists. I fell in love with the characters as I journeyed with them into the supernatural world. I highly recommend City of Bones to anyone who enjoys supernatural worlds with vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and fairies. I believe teens would be most attracted to this book as its plot revolves around teenagers.

Maria, 15

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Nine Lives of Chloe King 

by Tracy Lynn
06/05/2013 Categories: afterlife animals fantasy paranormal suspense

Nine Lives

The Nine Lives of Chloe King follows teenager Chloe King as she experiences weird changes upon her sixteen birthday. She learns that her biological family belongs to a race of cat-like people called the Mai. The book follows Chloe as she discovers more about her past and has to make hard decisions about her future.

I like the book a lot, it was an easy read and only took about a week to read. The story line was really interesting and I found myself getting attached to these characters as the story progressed.

Yes, I would recommend this book to someone else because the story was really fascinating and the characters were too. Especially to those who watched the TV show because you will find that the book is much better and it also provides a different look at Chloe's life.

Daisy, 17

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City of Ashes 

by Cassandra Clare
06/05/2013 Categories: action fantasy murder paranormal romance suspense

City of AshesThere's a murderer in New York City. It's not humans that are victims but something much more devastating: a warlock, faerie, vampire, and werewolf. All are 18 years old or younger. Valentine needs these children in order to transform Raziel's Sword into a demonic item. Meanwhile, Jace is kicked out of the Institute by his adopted mom and has gotten on the Clave's Inquistor's bad side. With all this going on, Clary doesn't know what to do. Does she rescue Jace with some help and stop Valentine or fail?

I liked this book because there's a lot of romance and action. This book is so good; you won't want to put it down until you have read the last word. For all you fantasy lovers, you have found the perfect book.

Hieu, 13

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Reformed Vampire Support Group 

by Catherine Jinks
05/14/2013 Categories: funny mystery paranormal vampires

Reformed VampiresIn this book, vampires are not beautiful, sparkly creatures of the night. Instead, they are sickly and disturbed people who have a terrible addiction to blood. Join Nina and her support group as they try to find purpose in their otherwise dreary and pathetic lives as they try to free an enslaved werewolf from a terrible life of cage fighting.

This book was very fun to read because it presents a different picture of what vampires could be. The eccentric characters were funny, realistic, and easy to like.

Yes, I would recommend this book because not all vampires are sexy, romantic, and powerful. It's a different spin on supernatural stories, and I think many fans such as those of Wicked would like it.

Kristine, 15

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The Raven Boys 

by Maggie Stiefvater
04/25/2013 Categories: magic paranormal romance witches & wizards

Raven BoysBlue lives in a house full of psychics, but she is the only one in the house who does not posses these supernatural powers. Ever since she was little girl she has been told that she will kill her true love with a kiss, something that hadn't mattered until now. She becomes involved in the search for the long dead Welsh king Glendower, with a group of raven boys, boys who attend a private school near by, boys whom she swore to never become involved with because of their reputation as snotty rich kids. The story follows their search for Glendower and the growing relationship between Blue and the boys.

I though this book was amazing. Stiefvater creates really dynamic and compelling characters who develop throughout the book. The plot line is really interesting and you find yourself at the edge of your seat, just waiting to find out what happens next.

Yes, I would highly recommend this book to others, but especially to those who enjoy reading a supernatural story with a hint of romance. Overall if you love books with a supernatural plot you would love Stiefvater's The Raven Boys.

Daisy, 16

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