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Flawless

by Sara Shepard

Flawless

Flawless is the second book in the Pretty Little Liars series and it continues to follow the four girls Hanna, Spencer, Aria and Emily. In this book A continues to send them messages that threaten to reveal their deepest darkest secrets. Things also get more complicated as Toby Cavanaugh, a boy who was tortured by Alison returns and appears to be A. The girls are faced with the decision to turn him into the police and reveal thier secrets or keep them and risk being exposed later on.

This book was alright. I think that the first book in the series, Pretty Little Liars, was much better. I think the storyline moved a little two slow but overall the actual plot was very interesting and keep you at the edge of your seat waiting to know what happens next.

I think that I would recommend this book. The story itself was pretty interesting and filled with drama and secrets. I would recommend it to those who read the first book or to viewers of the ABC Family show that is based on the books.

Daisy, 17

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Cross My Heart, Hope to Die

by Sara Shepard

Cross my heartThe book continues to follow Emma Paxton as she tries to find her twin's murderer. But things seem to become more complicated as the twin's birth mother shows up in Tucson, and  recognizes Emma as her self, and not Sutton who she is still pretending to be. Throughout the book Emma tries to clear her mother's name because she appears to be a top suspect of Sutton's murder.

Yes, I really enjoyed reading this book, it was full of mystery and dangerous situations. The same old lovable characters continue to appear, and they are faced with even more dangerous situations than in the previous books. Overall the mysterious element of the book continues and you are always kept at the edge of your seat.

Yes, I would very much recommend this book to others, because it is a thrilling mystery novel that keeps the reader thinking. I would especially recommend it to those who are fans of Sara Shepard's previous novels, and to those who enjoy reading mystery novels. 

Daisy, 17

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Confessions of a Murder Suspect

by James Patterson

Confessions of a Murder SuspectThe parents of the perfectionist Angel family, Malcolm and Maud Angel, are mysteriously murdered one night. Being the only ones in the house, their children are noted as suspects. Malcolm and Maud's only daughter, Tandy Angel, begins investigating to find the murderer. As she puts together the pieces of this perilous puzzle, she discovers secrets about her parents, family, and herself.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect is a solid murder mystery. I enjoyed the short breaks between chapters that provided extra exposition and detail. The characters are all interesting and Tandy's narration is both funny and perspicacious. Aside from that, the only fault of the novel is that there isn't much to separate it from other murder mysteries out there.

Nevertheless, if anyone needs a decent murder mystery, Confessions of a Murder Suspect is definitely worth a try. I recommend it for its narration, characters, and an ending that will make you want more.

Jakob, 15

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Hide and Seek: a Lying Game novel

by Sara Shepard

Hide and SeekHide and Seek is the fourth book in the Lying Game series, and continues to follow Emma Paxton's search for her sister's murderer. Emma continues to impersonate Sutton, her dead twin sister, in the hopes that she will find her killer and be able to return to her normal life. But her search becomes more complicated as Sutton's secret boyfriend arrives. Now Emma needs to lie to the boy who loved her sister.

I really liked this book. It had some really crazy plot twists and major cliff hangers that would not let me put the book down. The characters are really endearing and you find yourself rooting for Emma who desperately wants to find her sister's murderer, and return to being herself.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others but most likely to girls who like a good mystery book. It would be a good read to those who like the Pretty Little Liars series also written by Sara Shepard. Girls would love this book because it has love triangles and really crazy plot twists.

Daisy, 17

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Looking for Alaska

by John Green

Looking for AlaskaA teen boy named Miles starts to attend Culver Creek Boarding School in search for the great perhaps. He enjoys memorizing famous last words. He meets Alaska Young, the most gorgeous girl he has ever seen. Throughout the book, they have many great adventures.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was very surprised and shocked by the tragic event at the end. One of the reasons I liked this book was because the author used many influential sayings and quotes which makes readers really think about it.

I would recommend this book to teens who love reading teen fiction. This book also has mysteries in it. Readers will not be able to put this book down. This is another John Green book that will make you cry.

Alissa, 14

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Reformed Vampire Support Group

by Catherine Jinks

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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Out of the Easy

by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the EasySet in 1950's New Orleans, Josie Moraine, the bright daughter of a prostitute, wants to escape the Big Apple and reach for an exceptional college. However, a mysterious death involving her mother disrupts her plans. Josie sets off to find the truth, escape New Orleans, and still get accepted to the college of her dreams.

I was hooked with this book from the first few chapters. The vivid characterization makes the wide number of characters alive and believable, and the plot is quite a roller coaster. There's also a lot of research put into the setting of 1950, but not extensively, just subtly. The author's writing style is very simple and her writing doesn't disappoint.

I'd definitely give it a recommendation to mature teens and adults. Those wanting a fantastic romance mystery will get a thrill from Out of the Easy.

Jakob, 15

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I Am the Messenger

by Marcus Zusak

I am the messengerDeadbeat Ed Kennedy stops a bank robbery in his small town. Afterwards, he gets suspicious playing cards in the mail, instructing him to go to certain people to change their lives forever.

I Am a Messenger is a great book because it shows how anyone can change other people's lives for the better. Ed is likable character that most people can relate to. This author also wrote The Book Thief, which is in my opinion better, but fans won't be disappointed.

I Am the Messenger is still a good book that anyone can enjoy. Read at your own risk, however, since Ed's town has a lot of iffy people that do iffy things.

Kristine, 15

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Rebecca

by Daphne Du Maurier

RebeccaA shy young woman meets the mysterious Maxim de Winter at a hotel in Monte Carlo and gets swept up in a whirlwind romance and speedy marriage. As soon as she arrives at Manderley, the heroine feels the haunting presence of Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, lingering in the hearts and minds of Manderley's inhabitants. The heroine feels like she is always second behind Rebecca, who was beautiful, talented, and brilliant--or so everyone says--but as the story progresses, we realize nothing at Manderley is what it seems and everything leads up to the one last epic confrontation.

I originally wanted to read this book because my name is Rebecca, and I thought it would be funny to see myself as the heroine in a famous romance novel. I was surprised at the quality of du Maurier's writing which crafted a story I just couldn't put down. There was mystery, suspense and classic romance similar to Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. This is a good book and it kept me guessing until the shocking conclusion.

I would recommend this book to people that liked the classic romances such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre since there is a lot of figurative language and detail that slows down the story in some places, but there are other parts that have non-stop suspense and action that make the pace very fast. Also you have to have patience since the beginning is a bit slow.

Rebecca, 17

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson

Girl with the Dragon TattooJournalist Mikhail Blomkvist is asked by a millionaire to investigate the 40 year old murder of his beloved niece. He gets help from the peculiar and frightening expert hacker Lisbeth Salander in solving the case. Set in snowy Sweden, they go off on a journey full of terror and surprises.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an excellent novel. It is a very enticing story and one of the best murder mystery stories. The book definitely keeps the readers on their toes and guessing.

This book would be recommended for older teens who can handle violence and nudity. The characters and the story are very interesting and will be enjoyed by many who love a good murder mystery.

CJ, 17

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The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

Lovely Bones coverA teenage girl, Susie Salmon, gets raped and killed by her own neighbor. She tried calling out for help but nobody heard her. Throughout the entire book, the only one who suspects that the neighbor did it is her sister, Lindsay. Susie's parents' marriage falls apart because of Susie's death and they get divorced and end up together in the end again.

I really enjoyed this book because it's full of mystery. It makes you think about who you can and can't trust. It's a perfect example of the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" because she thought he was a nice guy but he turned out to be a rapist.

I would recommend it to those who like mystery, crime, and love affairs. There isn't a single page in this book that doesn't have one of the three.

Safiro, 16

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Variant

by Robison Wells

Variant coverVariant is about a teen named Benson Fisher, who is enrolled in a school where there are no adults, internet, telephones, communication with the outside world, and ultimately, no escape. However, escape is Benson's only option for himself, even though no one has ever escaped before without vanishing or being killed. Benson is trying to figure a way out, as well as who he can and cannot trust.

Variant is an extremely interesting book because there are twist and turns at every chapter that make you want to reach the end. I literally read the novel in one night. As soon as you think the book might start to get boring, something pops up that is beyond your imagination.

If you like science fiction, survival, or coming of age genres, I would recommend Variant because of its action-packed, fast-paced content.

Taylor, 14

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Pretty Little Liars

by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little LiarsPretty Little Liars is about a group of girls that lost their friend. Now that summer break is over they are back in school and there is someone who is threatening their lives. They must find out who it is before someone gets hurt. 

I think that this book was amazing! I read this book three times because it was that awesome. 

I would recommend this book to others because I think they would enjoy it - especially if they are interested in mystery series.

Rebecka, 14

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Pretty Little Liars

by Sara Shepard

Liars coverPretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard is about 5 best friends, Alison, Emily, Hanna, Spencer, and Aria. Ali, the head of the clique, made the four girls do terrible things and taunted them with their secrets. When Ali went missing, they began receiving messages from someone who knew everything from their past and the deepest secrets that only Ali knew.

Pretty Little Liars is a mysterious book because you don't know what's going to happen next which makes you want to keep reading.

I would definitely recommend this book to others who love high school secrecy and friendship.

Janelle, 15

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Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories

by Agatha Christie

Image result for miss marple short storiesIn Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories, the scatter-brained Miss Marple has yet again solved 13 mysteries that prove her uncanny ability of seeing through lies and seeking the truth!  From a serial wife killer to a fortune teller predicting someone's death, this elderly detective is the only one who can clearly see the person at fault, the motive, and the means of committing the crime.

I find mysteries thrilling, so 13 of these treats in one book was like paradise! I really enjoy Christie's portrayal of Miss Marple as a dear old lady who actually has an acute sense of evil.

For those who like flipping to the end of a mystery book to find the solution, this book is perfect since it only takes 15 pages to find out who the criminal is!  If you enjoy reading mysteries as much as I do, I'm sure these short stories will entertain you for a couple of days!

Julie, 14

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