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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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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 Darkness of Dragons 

by Tui T. Sutherland
08/24/2017 Categories: adventure fantasy magic

In the next book of the series, Wings of Fire, a two-thousand year old NightWing named Darkstalker has risen from his prison, where he had been buried by his best friend and forever sweetheart. Now he is out and free, rampaging all around Pyrrhia for revenge and world-conquering time. Only six dragonets stand in his way: Kinkajou, Moon, Anemone, Winter, Turtle, and Qibli. This story stars Qibli, a SandWing, while he battles Darkstalker in ways he would never have guessed, face his darkest fears, and battle himself from within.

I was really impressed with this book because the plot is so well thought-out and the characters really well developed. It's also really fascinating to be inside Qibli's brain--he is always thinking at high speeds--because he can read dragons like a scroll and it's interesting to know what he reads off them. Also the book puts fundamental morals into play, and questions the gray areas. Its really cool to read about how Qibli and his friends battle and defeat Darkstalker, because it's a way you would never expect, nor see coming.

I would absolutely recommend this book, The Darkness of Dragons, to anyone who likes a character that's can be related to, has secrets to his past that still need to be found out, and is incredibly, incredibly smart and kind. It's also a good book for people who want to see the bad guy be defeated after several books of him running around unchecked, and who like to think deeply about moral questions such as 'Is it right to take a dark path or murder and oppress when at the end of the road, the world will be a much better, brighter place?'

Keila, 14

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The Hobbit 

by J.R.R Tolkien
08/12/2017 Categories: action adventure fantasy

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The plot of this novel is set before the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This book follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who favors the comfort of his home, and 13 dwarves whom Bilbo accompanies. The group's goal is to pass through the dangerous terrains and creatures of the Misty Mountains, and eventually reclaim their authority of the Lonely Mountains from the dragon Smaug.

The first few chapters of the book is pretty slow, but I've noticed that most of J.R.R Tolkien's books start off like that. You just have to get through those parts because eventually, you get sucked into the story. I really liked how Bilbo Baggins' character developed throughout his journey. At first, he came off as a pretentious creature who had too many fears to be of actual help to the dwarves. However, it was very interesting to see his better qualities such as tenacity, dexterity, and humility show through as he traveled and fought together with his dwarf companions.

I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy novels. Everything in The Hobbit as well as The Lord of the Rings is from Tolkien's imagination. He writes about dwarves, elves, goblins, and other fascinating creatures. I think that the language may be a little hard for some to understand, but I think the way Tolkien used Bilbo's character development to illustrate motifs and themes was great. Even though this may have been just another fiction with a tale of an adventure to others, to me, it was a story that taught me to get out of my comfort zone and enjoy all of the things (good or bad) that life has to offer.

Heejeong, 18

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The Time Traveler's Wife 

by Audrey Niffenegger
08/12/2017 Categories: fantasy older teens time travel

In Niffenegger's novel, a young man named Henry has the ability to time travel involuntarily. His trips into the past as well as the future happens spontaneously, but most of the time, they lead him to his wife. Through these trips, Henry learns more about his love for Clare since she was a young child until her old age.

This book has a complex story line. It may be difficult to understand at first but as you keep reading, it starts making sense. It's a love story but it's not the typical one that one would see on the shelves. I liked the book because of the originality but I was also captivated by Clare. I thought that Clare's unconditional love for Henry despite his sudden absences was the sweetest thing.

This is romantic story of two people so this definitely will appeal more to readers who like love stories. However, it's also a sci-fi novel, so that's an added bonus. Initially, I started reading it because of the "time traveling" description of the book but I was pleasantly surprised with the romantic plotline.

Heejeong, 18

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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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Kingdom Hearts 

by Shiro Amano
08/10/2017 Categories: fantasy friendship manga

There are lots of comics for Kingdom Hearts. The main character is named Sora. His friends, Kairi and Riku were both kidnapped by a mysterious dark magic guy. There are no curse words, or inappropriate content in these books. This is Sora's coming-to-age story of friendship, OMG-moments and Disney characters!

I really liked these books, and it will leave you thirsting to order the second, third, fourth, and so on. You will meet Maleficent, Pete, Belle, Jasmine, Beast, Goofy, Donald, and new characters who live in Traverse Town, like Leon, Yuffie, and many more. When there is light, like Sora, there is darkness, like the Heartless(lol! It rhymes!)

YES! Totally! Anyone can read it! It's all ages, and anyone who loves Disney characters would enjoy this book with Mickey as king, and Minnie as queen. It isn't babyish, fellow teens, it's manga!

Priscilla, 12

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Wintersong 

by S. Jae-Jones
07/01/2017 Categories: adventure fantasy

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Wintersong is about this girl named Liesl. But the Goblin King only knows her by her other name which is Elisabeth. This story is a bit of a coming-of-age story. It has the heat of passion burning in this story.

It was average. She sacrifices herself to save her sisters life, and is trapped in the Underground until she passes away. She is kept with the Goblin King unless he decides to free her into the human world.

I would recommend this book to those who like the feeling of the flames of passion and music, and those who enjoy a simple 'once upon a time' story written for teens.

Priscilla, 12

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Scarlet 

by Marissa Meyer
06/29/2017 Categories: dystopia fairy tale retelling fantasy sci fi

Scarlet Benoit is a young, spit-fire farm girl living in Rieux, France on a farm with her grandmother. . . . Until she goes missing. As Scarlet madly scrambles to find her grandmother, she meets a shy street fighter named Wolf, who might be able to help her in her search. But Wolf seems to have a dark, secret past . . . a past that could put both Scarlet and Wolf in terrible danger.

I really enjoyed this book because it was filled with mystery, danger, a twist of romance, and a hint of horror in some parts. It was really interesting to see two different people--a shy street fighter and a fiery farm girl--slowly fall in love while at the same time trying to battle illusions and the past. I also enjoyed how it didn't have too much romance (some romance in other books is really sappy and bleh).

For those who enjoy a clean, exciting, fast-paced read with spit-fire girls and compelling mysteries, this is a really good book to look in to. If you like a lot of romance, this book isn't for you, but if you like a twist of it, then I suggest you try out Scarlet. The mysteries are really good ones in this book, too. You can tell it is really important as you get more hints and suspicions, but you don't get all the answers until the end.

Keila, 14

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Throne of Glass 

by Sara J. Maas
06/28/2017 Categories: action dystopia fantasy romance royalty

In a world where magic is forbidden, a young assassin named Celaena Sardothien is working a mine as her prison sentence. But, being chosen by the Crown Prince, Celaena will be able to fight to serve as the King's Champion, if she can defeat twenty three other convicts. But as the competitors start dying one by one, it stops being a fight for freedom but a fight for survival. And she's the only person who can stop this evil.

This book is a mystery within itself. The writing style was intricate. The way how the past is explained throughout the book instead of in the beginning was beautiful, and everything came together in the end. It's extremely unpredictable, but in a good way. For me, I found it boring at first but kept reading because I knew something big would happen. But before I knew it, I was hooked. The characters really drew me into it.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a storytelling experience. It does take a bit of time to get into, but after that I think that the writing style just pulls you in. This book would also be good for people who like to come up with theories. It does have a love triangle, which I found a bit awkward, but for fans of dystopias such as The Hunger Games, I think that you'll like it. It's also the first book in the series.

Alexis, 14

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The School for Good and Evil 

by Soman Chainani
06/24/2017 Categories: boarding school fantasy friendship

The School for Good and Evil takes place in the world where fairy tales come from. It's called The Woods. There is a small village in The Woods, where the protagonists come from, Sophie and Agatha. Every year, two children are taken from the village to attend the School. While Agatha is the dark, depressing, reject of the village, Sophie is the bright, popular girl. Agatha's best friend. Yet when the both get taken to the school, Sophie is taken to the School for Evil while Agatha is taken to the School for Good. With princes, rivalry, and a Schoolmaster that no one knows his true intentions, these village opposites need to work together with the children of famous characters to discover how The School for Good and Evil is truly run.

I absolutely love this book, and the entire trilogy. The characters are so easy to fall in love with. Especially how Sophie believes that she should be in the Good school, how she's the nice one. And Agatha just wants her best friend Sophie back. The love triangle is written beautiful and not awkward at all. The way the book concludes leaves enough mystery to make you want to read the rest of the books, yet anwsers enough questions to make you feel like you understand everything.

I would honestly recommend to everyone. It's an epic fantasy and fairy tale story. It talks about the balance between good and evil, friendship, and love. It has action and has a plethora of fairy tale references and children. If you like fantasy trust me, you will love The School for Good and Evil.

Alexis, 14

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Pretties 

by Scott Westerfeld
06/10/2017 Categories: dystopia fantasy sci fi technology

Tally is a pretty now, empty-headed and foolish, and she looks perfect and can't decide what to wear to a party. There at the party, she finds one of her old friends dressed up as one of her oldest nightmares; a Special, a member of Special Circumstances. He tells her that he hid a note and gift somewhere in an old mansion. She then finds something to return her to her older self; well, at least the way her mind thinks, and fights (yet again) against Special Circumstances to get what is right.

I thought it was a pretty good book. It wasn't as good as Uglies, the first book in the trilogy, but it was still very good. Tally goes on an adventure, finding what is right, and learns a little along the way.

I would recommend this book to you if you like romance and adventure. I recommend that you read the first book because, like almost all book series, all the books after the first one won't make sense if you haven't read the first book.

Cailin, 11

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Cinder 

by Marissa Meyer
06/07/2017 Categories: fairy tale retelling fantasy sci fi

A futuristic Cinderella tale, Cinder tells the story of a cyborg mechanic girl named Cinder, who catches the eye of the prince of New Beijing. While getting to know the prince, she learns about her history, another race with the power to control people, and how she is a large key into saving New Beijing- and the world.

I found this story extremely intriguing. A girl who is discriminated against yet still saves the world is inspiring, yet it's still a fictional page turner. As it's the first book in a series, The Lunar Chronicles, it's a really nice beginning that picks up speed and sets the mood for the rest of the series. It's a story that I stayed up late into the night reading.

Every book in the series, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. The only thing I don't like are the small romantic bits, I found them awkward. You can't go wrong with this book, as there is something for everyone.

Alexis, 13

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