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Murder List

by Julie Garwood

In Murder List, Regan Madison, a famous philanthropist, becomes the target of a serial killer. As more and more bodies are found, and Regan receives notes from the killer, she begins to feel responsible for their deaths. With the help of Detective Alec Buchanan, Regan tries to figure out who would do this to her, and why.

I liked Murder List because there were so many suspects that kept you guessing who the perpetrator was. Though the language might not always have been realistic, the plot line always was.

I would recommend Murder List to fans of mystery and romance books. Murder List would be a good read for fans who like to stay up late trying to solve the book's mystery.

Amanda, 16

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All In

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

All In is a continuation of the Naturals series, where five teenagers with exceptional abilities work together to solve FBI cases. In this book, Cassie and the Naturals are working a serial murder case, and stumble upon a cult that may hold the answers to Cassie's mother's disappearance.

I like All In because the mystery was exciting and had several unexpected plot twists. All In's mystery is believable and an awesome addition to the YA mystery collection.

I would recommend All In to fans of CSI type movies, books, etc. And since there is an element of a love triangle in the Naturals series, fans of the Hunger Games might enjoy this book as well.

Amanda, 16

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Silenced

by Dani Pettrey

Silenced is a book about a girl named Kayden who finds a murder victim while rock climbing. As she works on the case with Jake, a former detective, they find that the present seems to be repeating Jake's past.

Silenced was a definite page-turner due to the mystery and suspense of the novel. I, however, found that this suspense seems to hide the fact that the first mystery did not feel resolved before you are caught up in this next one. I am generally impressed by the novel, but I wish there had been more resolution.

I would recommend this book to fans of romance and mystery books. Since this book is similar to some of Irene Hannon and Dee Henderson's works, fans of those authors would really enjoy this book.

Amanda, 16

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Shattered

by Dani Pettrey

Shattered is a story about Piper and Landon, two friends that have known each other since childhood. When Piper's brother is arrested for murder, Piper is determined to prove his innocence, and with Landon's help, they just might be able to do it.

I really enjoyed reading Shattered because the mystery was constantly moving forward, giving the book an overall momentum. The mystery leaves you guessing, and keeps you excited in general.

I would recommend Shattered to fans of romance and mysteries. Fans of Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon would also enjoy this novel.

Amanda, 16

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Vicious: A Pretty Little Liar's Novel

by Sara Shepard

This book was about the ending of the Pretty Little Liars Series. It follows the lives of the four girls as they are set to go into trial. The girls must find a way to prove their innocence, before it is too late. Along the way, they learn what they truly want, and who they really are.

This book was interesting because it was full of suspense and really make you second-guess everything you thought you knew about these girls. It also provided a cliffhanger ending that really made you want more.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a bit of mystery, while also enjoying a modern day take. The book is filled with suspense, and the switching perspectives make it very fun to read.

Natalie, 14

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Jacob Portman thinks he's just about as normal as a 16 year old boy could get. However, after his grandfather's strange death, he begins to ask questions about his grandfather's peculiar life. Who really was Grandpa Portman? A trip to the island from his grandfather's childhood answers these questions, and turns Jacob's life upside down.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is slightly scary at first. There are so many unanswered questions, which makes you want to read more. I love the twists that the author puts around every corner, making it an unpredictable story.

If you like creepy or 20th century setting books, then Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children would be perfect for you. Also, if you like unexpected outcomes and monsters, this will be a great read for you.

Alex, 15

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And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

Eight people arrive on Soldier Island, invited by their friends Mr. and Mrs. Owen.

The housekeeper and butler inform them that their hosts are not yet on the island.

Things seem fairly ordinary until, one by one, people start to disappear.

And Then There Were None is basically like the game of Clue. Everyone is trying to figure out who the murderer is. The language; however, is a little old, which may make it boring for some people.

I would recommend this book to people in their teens and over. Anyone younger wouldn't find it interesting, as it is a complex murder mystery.

Alex, 15

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

by Trenton Lee Stewart

This book was about a man named Leopathdra Curtain who invents a machine called the Whisperer. Mr. Benedict, his brother who invented the Reciever, puts together a team of children to go to his school, the Institute, and stop him. The kids names are Constance, Kate, Reynie, and Sticky (George).

It was good because of how it projected the future. I liked it because it was like a science fiction book and mystery in one. It had a few futuristic machines like the Whisperer which can project thoughts into people's minds and make them think certain phrases.

I would recommend this book because it has cliffhangers between chapters, it leaves off at a exciting part. People who like mysteries should enjoy this book. It has parts that science fiction lovers would like. One example is that a machine can do a brain sweep and erase all memories. That type of machine hasn't been invented yet!

Stone, 13

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenOne family tragedy results in a huge secret that may lead to a dark and dangerous turnout. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a story about a boy named Jacob who explores an abandoned orphanage and finds out that the orphans that once lived here are still alive, each with a "special" talent.

In my opinion, I did not like the book very well, but it is interesting. It is filled with mystery and suspicion. The book included pictures of each of the orphans doing their "special" talent that I thought was disturbing. I also did not like the book because of the author's way of painting the scenes. He does not describe the scenes in the book too well, and so it was very difficult to imagine what is going on in your head.

I would recommend this book to readers that are interested in a mysterious plot. I would also recommend this book to readers ages 12 and up because of its disturbing images and confusing text.

Sara, 14  

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Things That Are

by Andrew Clements

Things That AreAlicia is blind, but she still sees the events unfolding around her. She sees her parents who want her to live her own life, but still feel the need to protect her. She sees Bobby, who seems to be edging closer. She sees William, a man who isn't only invisible to her, like everyone else in her life, but also to the whole world. Is he really kind and trustworthy like he seems? Or is Alicia mistaken by her instincts? Things That Are is the third in a series started by the book Things Not Seen.

Things That Are is an interesting book because it's about learning to trust the things we know but can't see.

If you like adventure, romance, and mystery then you will like reading Things That Are.

Julia, 13

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Cinder

by Marissa Meyer

CinderThis book is about a girl who is caught between freedom and loyalty. Cinder, is a cyborg with an unknown past who works for her step mother and is constantly blamed for everything gone wrong in their lives. However, unbeknownst to her, her role in within the world is about to change.

I personally loved the book, it was really interesting to see a retelling of Cinderella set in the future. Plus, it was cool see the different point of views from characters because there was a lot more to the story line than just Cinder's.

I would definitely recommend this because it's filled with adventure, mystery, and some romance. Also, even though there is some romance it's not overpowering in any way.

Audrey, 17

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The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

The Maze RunnerThomas wakes up to a mysterious place known as the Glade, the center of a vast maze. The thing, though, is that there is no way out. Not yet.

I love this book so so much! I heard of the book after I watched the movie, and I bought the trilogy A.S.A.P. I love how the characters are so realistic along with how there are no pictures in the book, helping you imagine what they look like. I also like how there isn't romance between any of the Gladers.

It is a definite page-turner. If you like action, mystery, dystopian environments, and brilliant plot-twists, you will love this book. Even if you are a person who doesn't normally enjoy reading, I'm sure you will love The Maze Runner. Have fun, shanks.

Desiree, 15

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Starcrossed

by Josephine Angelini

StarcrossedStarcrossed follows the journey of Helen Hamilton as she discovers who she is. She always knew that she was out of place, with her tall height, extreme strength, and amazing running skills, but she was never prepared for what she learned when the Delos family moved to town.

It was an amazing book! I loved how she incorporated romance with Greek mythology!

I would recommend this book to any teenager who enjoys reading about romance and action. It was the kind of book where you look forward to the next twist or turn in the plot!!

Chanel, 16

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Switched

by Amanda Hocking

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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Paper Towns

John Green

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green is the third book by the author whose tragic novel The Fault in Our Stars stayed on top of the New York Times Bestseller List for 49 weeks on end. It follows Quentin Jacobsen, a high school senior from Orlando whose life has been spent next door to the mysterious Margo Roth Spiegelman, a girl with a propensity for disappearing and carefully leaving behind clues as to where she’s run off to. One night she climbs in his window and asks him for help on a brilliant escapade of revenge, and he tags along. After their all night campaign of destruction, Quentin (or Q) arrives at school and finds that Margo is no longer there. He enlists the help of his friends Radar and Ben to help him follow her scarce hints and find where Margo Roth Spiegelman might have hid herself- even though as they seem to get closer, she seems to be farther away.

This novel is Green’s under-appreciated masterpiece, raw and gripping at every turn. The characters were far from the average trite, two-dimensional high school kids found in too many young adult books- Q, Ben, Margo, Lacey, and Radar (whose parents hilariously own the world’s largest collection of black Santas) are written with real depth and a surprising realism. They suffer from the same stresses and expectations all teenagers do, and they manage to be funny but very thoughtful, and deeply moving. Green makes you feel Q’s anguish and fear as the reader’s own, he makes you feel the giddy high of the night of revenge and the heartbreak of the concluding pages.

It is a soon to be major motion picture, and it needs to be read by anyone with a love for young adult fiction. It proves to be one of the books you can fall into and not return from until you have flipped closed the back cover, and it deserves easily its five stars.

Jake, 15

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