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The Lucky One

by Nicholas Sparks

Lucky One coverFormer U.S Marine, Logan Thibault, became lucky when he found a photograph of a beautiful young woman while serving in Iraq. This photograph has been claimed to have saved his life through many horrible battles. This mysterious woman has been in his thoughts daily, and he wants to find her. He thinks that if he finds her, he would have to find a way to repay her.

I picked up this book because I adored the author, Nicholas Sparks. I liked this book because it was full of romance. I was clearly not surprised of my enjoyment of this book because every book I have read from Nicholas Sparks has never failed me. I was though surprised by what happens in the end.

I would recommend this book to teens and young adults who simply enjoy romance. This book will make you twist in some chapters and sometimes you might even want to scream at characters.

Alissa, 14

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Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

Catching FireKatniss is rebelling against the Capitol, while deciding who she loves most, Gale or Peeta. The Capitol does not like Katniss ever since she thought about the berries that would kill her and Peeta. Now Katniss has to find ways to get President Snow to leave her alone without getting her family and loved ones killed.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Catching Fire is a "hang on the edge of your seat" type of book. Katniss will keep you guessing what she will do next. On top of that there is the forever looming Capital that wants her dead. Katniss is great character, she is brave and loyal to her loved ones.

This book would be great for girls who like strong feminine characters that know how to kick butt. Catching Fire is also an action thriller and will keep you guessing.

Jacki, 16

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Eldest

by Christopher Paolini

Eldest coverEragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship.

I think this was a good book and would recommend it to people who like action and adventure.

Joshua, 15

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Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

Eragon coverThe book is about a boy who finds a dragon egg and then goes on an adventure to learn how to become a dragon rider and train his dragon. With only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, he is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power.

I do like this book. I think this book was good because it is about a boy and a dragon trying to save an empire. I would definitely recommend this book to others! People who like action and adventure would like this book.

Joshua, 15

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The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This book was about the life of a "harlot". While she only did what any other human being would, the world around Hester Prynne judges her to an extreme.

This book was a bit of a challenge, but had a very strong message and conveyed a very interesting tone.

This book would probably only be best for teens, or adults, with higher reading levels, but just because it is a challenge.

Khrystina, 17

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The battle of the Labyrinth

by Rick Riordan

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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Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 coverFahrenheit 451 takes place in a worst-case scenario future, where the brilliant are censored for their knowledge, creativity is demolished, and books are burned by firemen. The story follows Guy Montag, a fireman, who meets a seventeen-year-old girl who talks about a past where people could think.

Fahrenheit 451 is a bit difficult to read at first, but once you begin to understand its meaning, it becomes a spectacular read. It details how censorship can ruin and degrade a society.

I recommend this book to not only Science Fiction lovers, but also to any big thinkers out there. Fahrenheit 451 details a topic that is rarely touched upon in our society- censorship.

Jakob, 15

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games coverThe Hunger Games is set in district 12, where a girl named Primrose Everdeen, gets reaped (picked to be a tribute in the Hunger Games). Her sister Katness Everdeen volunteers as a tribute in order to have her sister saved from the fight to the death to entertain the Capitol. As the fight continues, Katniss finds her love, Peeta.

The Hunger Games is an incredibly detailed book that writes with raw power. Suzanne Collins writes this novel is such a realistic way, despite the fact that it is fiction.

I would warmly recommend The Hunger Games to anyone who loves action, suspense, and romance. The book was so good for me that I read it in less than a week!

Francesca, 12

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games coverTalented and resourceful Katniss Everdeen is the breadwinner of the family--except there hasn't been much bread to go around for her impoverished family. Set in a dystopian society far into the future, The Hunger Games follows Katniss as she is forced to venture into a deadly, gladiator-like battle, solely for the elite's entertainment.

The Hunger Games was one of those books that I just couldn't put down, but at the same time, I felt like it was very depressing, so I couldn't make it on to the next book. Although I can't deny that the plot, characters, and setting were both enthralling and imaginative, I just couldn't find the motivation to pull myself through another bittersweet book.

Honestly, I think that everyone should at least give this book a try, but 7th graders and up would understand it better than younger kids. Also, this book is not for the squeamish! If you're afraid of some gory (but not too elaborate) details, feel free to revisit this book when you're a little older.

Erica, 16

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Girl with a Pearl Earring

by Tracey Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring coverThe novel ,Girl with a Pearl Earring is actually inspired and was named after a real painting. The novel is based on a servant girl, Griet, who becomes an assistant to a painter, Johannes Vermeer, whom she greatly admires and secretly loves.

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a stellar novel that takes the reader into the world of art and its amazing history. Griet behaves and looks like a shy and modest girl but, when threatened and severely angered, she can become a fierce animal. This novel proves that you should not judge a book by its cover. 

I hghly recommend this book to others because even though you might not be into art history, you will love it after you read this book. The author, Tracey Chevalier, makes art history fun and interesting. So, If you like books that not only contain romance, but are also educational, read this book!

Lauren, 16

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