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A Court of Thorns and Roses 

by Sara J. Maas
12/13/2017 Categories: action fantasy romance

This book was kind of like Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, except the fact that the main character is a huntress, and not a normal-poor girl(Feyre is poor, but, you get the point). This book is about Feyre who is a huntress, and she kills a wolf(which turns out to be a faerie) and her fate is to live the rest of her days in Fae. During her stay, her icy attitude towards the High Lord quickly diminishes into flames of passion. War is raging in Fae, and the High Lord wishes to protect Feyre as much as he can before she finds out the truth. The Night Court of Fae overtook Tamlin's Court, imprisoning him Under the Mountain. Feyre heard of Tamlin's imprisonment, and quickly came for his aid. The High Lady of the Night Court put Feyre under three tasks and a riddle in order to win Tamlin back. Feyre had to show the High Lady that her love was strong enough to win Tamlin who was in payment in due of a curse(Talk about #GirlPower). 

I think this book was really good. I could tell that Sarah J. Maas wrote it, and she does a good job of writing the main character as a girl. A pretty great one at that. The only things that alerts me is some of the scenes in the book has a bit 'this-is-for-older-kids' content, and some cursing. Other than those two things, the story itself is amazing.

Like I said earlier, I think that this book was written for young adults, and not for kids(even I am not one). Teens who enjoy awesome stories about unconditional love, and supreme action, would definitely adore this story like I do.

Priscilla, 13

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Jane Eyre 

by Charlotte Bronte
12/13/2017 Categories: classic historical romance social classes

Image result for jane eyre book coverAs an unwanted child and later as a governess restricted by society's expectations, Jane Eyre must find a way to balance her strong emotions and her unwavering morals. In this dark, gothic novel Charlotte Bronte explores the themes of status quo, romance, and religion in the 19th century. 

The best part of this novel was the unexpected, almost cheesy, suspense and plot twists that are emphasized by the gothic style. Jane perceives everything as almost magical or mysterious. Even into adulthood, she seems to continually witness bizarre events. 

I would recommend this book not only because it is good exposure to this style of literature, but because it is often the source of interesting debate. There are a variety of views concerning whether Jane and Rochester's choices were justified. In addition, it is extremely dense with symbolism and metaphor and would thus be a great book for an analysis essay.

Juila, 18

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The Last Star 

by Rick Yancey
12/12/2017 Categories: romance sci fi survival stories war

The last start takes off shortly after what has happened in The Last Star. Cassie must fight between her love for Evan and her fear for his kind.

This book was in my opinion not as captivating as the previous two book in this series. It was in a way confusing with the flash backs it contained. But I did enjoy how it changed perspectives in each chapter.

Never the less I would still recommend this book because of how much I enjoyed the previous two. If you like the previous two book you might like this one.

Emily, 16

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The Infinite Sea 

by Rick Yancey
12/12/2017 Categories: action romance sci fi war

Cassie, her little brother, and squad 53 have all taken refuge in a hotel they call "Walker Hotel". Ringer decides that the hotel won't be safe for much longer and goes off in search of a new place to take refuge. Through this time they grow weaker and must prepare for the challenge of fighting the silencers and the child army.

I really liked this book and how it had different perspectives each chapter. It contains romance, action, and suspense.

If you liked the The Hunger Games or Divergent then you will love this book. Its full of suspense and action. 

Emily, 16

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The Fifth Wave 

by Rick Yancey
12/12/2017 Categories: romance sci fi war

1st Wave: lights out, 2nd Wave: surf's up, 3rd Wave: pestilence, 4th Wave: silencers. Cassie has survived all of them and is now alone, maybe the last human on earth. She was found by a "silencer" and shot in the leg and left for dead until Evan Walker finds her and nourishes her back to health. They must fight together to find Cassie's little brother and survive the 5th wave.

I absolutely loved this book and the other two that follows. It is a twisted survival story unlike any other.

If you like romances and thrillers then you would love this story. This is meant for an older audience though so I recommend this for someone 15 years or older.

Emily, 16

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Boundless 

by Cynthia Hand
12/12/2017 Categories: fantasy romance

BoundlessClara, Christian, and Angela all move to California to start college. They all are having visions again and must work together to understand them and fight the evil that follows.

Boundless, the last book of the Unearthly series, was a gripping tale of family, love, and destiny. It was filled with so many very difficult challenges which never really had a correct answer so it always kept you on your toes.

If you like supernatural stories and romances then you would love this book. It was enchanting and very exciting.

Emily, 16

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Hallowed 

by Cynthia Hand
12/12/2017 Categories: fantasy romance

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)This is the second book in the Unearthly series and follows what happens to Clara after the fire in her vision happens. She must maneuver through the position she put herself in with being with Tucker or Christian.

I really enjoyed this book and how Clara worked through her angelic challenges. It was so interesting to see Clara struggle between love and duty.

If you like romances and mysteries, then you would love this book. It was hard to put down!

Emily, 16

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Unearthly 

by Cynthia Hand
12/11/2017 Categories: fantasy high school drama romance

Image result for unearthly cynthia handClara Gardner was an ordinary teenage girl until she learns she is part angle. She begins to have visions of a fire and of a mysterious boy and its up to her to find out what it means. Her visions lead her to a new school in a new town but they don't give her any instructions of what to do next. 

Unearthly was a very interesting book that was hard to put down. It had drama, mystery, and romance. And the best part is that it is a series.

If you like mysteries and romances you would love this book. It will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Emily, 16

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The Great Gatsby 

by F. Scott Fitzgerald
12/07/2017 Categories: classic romance

Image result for the great gatsby bookThis book takes place during the 1920's in New York. Where there's two sides, the East Egg and West Egg, the rich neighborhood. Wealthy people in 1920's use their money to get out of problems. They didn't take responsibilities over their accidents.

I like this book because it shows how in the 1920's wealthy people believe they could buy off anything because of money. At the end they learn that no matter how much money they have, they can't be happy.

If you are in eleventh grade, then you are going to read this book. I recommend this book to everyone. This book has so many lessons to learn from.

Yessica, 16

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The Romantics 

by Leah Konen
11/06/2017 Categories: family drama romance

Gael Brennan's girlfriend just broke up with him in the most cruel way possible and now, a few days later, he's about to fall for the totally wrong girl. This is a story of love, in the point of view of Love itself. 

When I first heard about the concept of this book I thought it was genius and I knew I had to get my hands on it. I loved this book. I loved the totally new way to tell a story from third-person, by telling it by an emotion. The main character, Gael, was so lovable.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves love or is looking for a quick, fun read. You see him falling for the wrong girl and roll your eyes, but later see him falling for the right one and you'll have hearts in your eyes. There are a lot of family moments and some flashbacks that will have you awing. You will not regret picking up this book!

Katelyn, 14

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda 

by Becky Albertalli
11/06/2017 Categories: friendship high school drama lgbtq romance

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the story about a homosexual sixteen year old boy. Simon Spier, has been emailing with a mysterious boy from school who is the only person that knows of his sexuality. But when he forgets to log out of his email on the school computer, his secret spirals out of hand. 

I absolutely loved this book. I was laughing out loud continuously and taking pictures of lines from the book and sending them to friends. The only thing I didn't like about this book was how annoying some of Simon's friends got at times. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a laugh or anyone who wants an insider look on the struggles of coming out. I would like to state a trigger-warning for swearing, sexually explicit content, and alcohol. If you liked this book, I suggest that you read The Upside of Unrequited where the main character, Simon Spier, even makes a cameo. 

Katelyn, 14

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
09/23/2017 Categories: dystopia romance sci fi

Beatrice Prior is a unique character. She grew up in one of many factions. Abnegation is a value found in her parents and brother, but not her. To be Abnegation is to be selfless. Beatrice finds it difficult to fit into her own family. After taking an an aptitude test, and discovering that she is in fact, different, Beatrice is faced with a new problem: Who is she? What faction will she pick at the Choosing Ceremony?'

I enjoyed this book because it really expresses the beauty of being different, and maybe even helping you find yourself. Imagine yourself as one of the teens at the Choosing Ceremony. What virtues do you most relate to? 

Everyone should read this. Despite some romantic text, this is a truly great story. 

Priscilla, 12

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Sense and Sensibility 

by Jane Austen
09/07/2017 Categories: classic dating drama romance siblings

This book details the trials and tribulations in the love lives of the Dashwood sisters. The eldest sister, Eleanor, is logical, reasonable and levelheaded, while Marianne, the younger sister, is emotional, passionate, and romantic. Eleanor finds herself in love with an engaged man, while Marianne is pining after a local rascal.

I liked this story a lot because it kept me on the edge of my seat. Jane Austen novels are wildy unpredictable, but always possess a happy ending.

I definitely recommend this book to others because of its dynamic plot. If you like classic love stories or other Jane Austen books, Sense and Sensibility is perfect for you.

Bethany, 15

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The Sun Also Rises 

by Ernest Hemingway
09/06/2017 Categories: classic france romance

The Sun Also Rises chronicles the disillusionment of American expatriates in post-World War I Europe. Jake Barnes, Lady Brett Ashley, and their friends travel to Pamplona, Spain to observe the bull-fighting. Hapless Jake continuously pines after the beautiful, charming Brett, though she hops from one man to another.

I liked this book. Hemingway's style of writing is very different from what I have read before, with his short, declarative sentences. His point comes across very promptly, yet poignantly. The story itself is very short, yet full of meaning, which I really enjoyed.

I would recommend this book to others due to its exciting, ever-changing storyline. This novel is a good read for those that like the classics.

Bethany, 15

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Heartless 

by Marissa Meyer
08/12/2017 Categories: fantasy romance

So. Good. This book is about Catherine Pinkerton, the future Queen of Hearts! Why is she so cruel? What made her say "Off with your head" in the first place? Find out in this twisted, gripping tale. . .

It was amazing! You really dip into the dream of a bakery for Catherine. And the real story behind the Jabberwocky! Interesting pumpkins, daring jokers, heartbreaking scenes, and scenario's that make you go "Oh! I remember that!" or "Eureka!"

I would recommend this book to 12-1,000. Why? Well, because this is a bit more mature book. Just because it's mature, doesn't mean it isn't a great book! Be prepared for a tale of roses and thrones...

Priscilla, 12

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