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Superior Saturday 

by Garth Nix
10/12/2015 Categories: adventure fantasy magic suspense

Image result for superior saturdaySuperior Saturday is about a boy, Arthur Penhaligon, who is trying to save the parallel universe that he was thrown into. In order to do that, he must defeat Lady Saturday and take a key from her. To find the key, he must use the previous ones he has gathered and attempt to find the "Will," an entity that will assist him. He must also come to terms with transforming away from humanity, and having to become the hero he never wanted to be.

This book was an interesting one to read, because it really goes into the magic of the other world, how things worked and how easy it was to break. The different perspectives also made it interesting, while also adding to the suspense.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy suspenseful books, and/or find it easy to follow multiple perspectives throughout the book. If the sudden changes are hard to follow for you, it might not be the right book for you.

Natalie, 14

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Sir Thursday 

by Garth Nix
10/05/2015 Categories: fantasy magic

Image result for sir tuesday garth nixSir Thursday is about a boy, Arthur Penhaligon, who is on a quest to save the world as he knows it. He has to venture into a different dimension (known as the "House") in order to protect his family and the earth, with the help of his new found friends, and find Keys that are the "key" to saving the universe. He has since been drafted into an otherworldly army, and must learn how to survive on his own.

Sir Thurday was an interesting book to read, because it was full of suspense, and kept you guessing throughout the story. I liked how the chapters were all told in third person, but from different vantage points throughout. The main character was also easy to sympathize with, as he started out as a normal person, like ourselves, but changes as the story continues.

I would recommend this book to people who like to read stories with a bit of mystery to them, and when everything isn't revealed to you right away. The books would also be good for anyone who likes suspenseful plots, and an action filled story line. The change in perspectives could be confusing to some people, so if you don't like the shifts, it might not be a good book for you.

Natalie, 14

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The Princess Academy 

by Shannon Hale

In the kingdom of Danland, a prince comes of age and the chief official selects a province that the princess will be selected from. This time, the territory of Mount Eskel is chosen, which is filled with rough mountain girls, so a princess academy is organized to prepare the girls. Miri, the main character, is one of these girls who attends the academy and learns about what it takes to be a princess, from reading to poise and conversation.

I love this book because Shannon Hale whips up a great story that is original but still incorporates the best qualities of popular books- romance, courage, and adventure. This is my favorite of Shannon Hale's books!

I would recommend this book to girls who like princess type books, though just about anyone would like it because it isn't your typical princess story. I have personally recommended it to many people and all have loved it.

Emma, 18

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The Forgotten Sisters 

by Shannon Hale
09/26/2015 Categories: adventure boarding school fantasy royalty

Miri had spent a year in Asland but is just about to return home to her family on Mount Eskel when King Bjorn asks a favor. He agrees to give her the rights to the land of Mount Eskel if she travels to the swamp in Lesser Alva to be a tutor to the King's cousins. Miri learns the tricks to the swamp and becomes best friends with the three sisters- Astrid, Felissa, and Sus. Miri manages to save the kingdom once again from war, knits the royal family back together, and returns to her home of Mount Eskel.

I loved this book because there were so many twists and turns I had not seen coming. This book has a different feel then the other two in the series, but the adventure and romance is definitely consistent.

This book is mostly intended for girls. Be sure to read the other two in the trilogy before reading this one.

Emma, 18

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The Time Traveler's Wife 

by Audrey Niffenegger
09/25/2015 Categories: fantasy romance time travel

The Time Traveler's Wife, is a story about an art student named Clare and a librarian named Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. This happens only because Henry is diagnosed with Chronic Displacement Disorder in which he finds himself in unusual time frames. The story is about their love for each other and is told from both their points of view.

The Time Traveler's Wife was an interesting story; a little confusing at first, but once I got into it, it became a fairly emotional story. It is a classic love story, but unique on its own. I thought this book was clever and different from the usual romantic novels I have read.

If you enjoy classic love stories, but with a twist, you most likely will enjoy this book. I was instantly hooked from the beginning and it makes it more enjoyable by the fact that it is told by both the character's point of view. I am sure a fair amount of people will love this novel.

Analyss, 17

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City of Ashes 

by Cassandra Clare
09/25/2015 Categories: action fantasy vampires werewolves

Four friends and one mission that will end in a way that you will never anticipate. The second book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Ashes, is a fast-paced book that will cause many mixed emotions.

I enjoyed City of Ashes very much. I was very excited for the second book in the Mortal Instruments series. It was everything that I was anticipating for; the action, romance, and adventure. I loved the secrets that were hidden in the book. I would have never expected them, but was very happy when I did. City of Ashes kept me on the edge of my seat, reading vigorously.

I would highly recommend this book to readers that love novels filled with adventure and supernatural creatures. This book has many life messages such as the importance as family. Cassandra interprets this message in this novel better than any other author could. I would recommend this book to readers fourteen and up due to the violence and the harsh language.

Sara, 14

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City of Bones 

by Cassandra Clare
09/25/2015 Categories: action fantasy vampires

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From supernatural creatures to a romantic adventure filled with thrills, City of Bones will be leaving you begging for more. City of Bones is a story about a teenage girl, Clare, finding out she is a Shadowhunter, a human born with angelic blood. Join Clare as she begins to realize that she isn't your average teenage girl.

I absolutely loved City of Bones. The book teaches many lessons such as the power of love and the meaning of family. I loved the way Cassandra Clare's has a way of captivating her audience and leaving them in complete awe. I also enjoyed the descriptive words the author puts in her writing. You are able to picture the scenes very clearly.

I would highly recommend this book to others that love the supernatural. It includes many creatures such as vampires, demons, and werewolves. I would also recommend it to readers that love novels filled with adventure and romance. I believe it would be appropriate to readers ages fourteen and up due to its crude language and violence.

Sara, 14

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
09/23/2015 Categories: dystopia fantasy love triangles romance sci fi

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, Capitol forces the districts all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen is chosen for her district. if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games is a splendid book because it tells about a possibility for the near future. I like how it is so descriptive throughout the whole story o whats going on, while reading it you can almost feel as if that person in the book was you.

I would absolutely recommend this book. If you like action and determination type stories this definitely is the book for you.

Melissa, 13

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Tuck Everlasting 

by Natalie Babbitt
09/21/2015 Categories: family secrets fantasy friendship movie

Tuck Everlasting revolves around a 10-year-old girl named Winnie who stumbles upon a spring that bestows eternal life. The spring is kept secret by the Tuck family, who have been blessed (or cursed) with this everlasting state of undying. When Winnie stays and bonds with the Tucks for a few days, she gains insight into the implications and meanings of such a secret. However, a stranger also knows of the spring and wants to market it to make a fortune.

I liked Tuck Everlasting; the novel was a simple, yet beautiful, read. Thought-provoking themes such as mortality, life and death, and morality are woven into the story and looked at from Winnie's point of view. And above all, these themes make the reader think. For instance, many in our society today look at death with fear, but SHOULD it be seen that way? Or should it be taken as a natural component of the wheel of life, as the Tucks see it?

I recommend this book to children who are old enough and ready to contemplate these themes, as these play a big role in making the book so magical. I would also recommend Tuck Everlasting to adults and anybody who enjoys fantasy.

Giabao, 15

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The Revenge of Seven 

by Pittacus Lore
09/21/2015 Categories: action fantasy sci fi

The fifth in the series, this book continues the adventures of aliens from Lorien battling the Mogadorians on planet Earth. The Lorien Garde try to defend themselves as well as the planet as the Mogadorians begin their invasion.

I love this book because it is packed full with action, romance, and fantasy. I also think that the book is well written and Pittacus Lore is successful in getting the reader to give up the willing suspension of disbelief.

I would recommend this book to people who liked books such as the HostHunger Games, Fablehaven, and Divergent. It has the same action and romance feel but with a bit of an alien twist.

Emma, 18

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Throne of Glass 

by Sarah J. Mass
04/06/2015 Categories: action fantasy

Throne of GlassWhat would you do if you were held in a prison and all it took to gain your freedom was to win a competition? However this isn't a normal competition, you are competing to become the King's Assassin. For Celaena, this should be a breeze considering she is the most famous assassin at the age of 18. But there is so much more to her than just killing and her competitors are about to find out.

This was by far my favorite book of 2014, it was just so action packed and I loved how they didn't just make a love triangle. This author did an amazing job on creating the main character who just didn't take any hate from anyone and would just put them in their place; while maintaining the balance of her being intelligent and well-spoken.

I would recommend this book for anyone who has the read the Hunger Games series or Gracling series. Also if you like the books with a strong heroine character this is definitely for you.

Audrey, 17

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
03/27/2015 Categories: action dystopia fantasy

The Hunger GamesTwenty-four kids, and only one can survive. The Hunger Games is a story about twenty-four kids competing in an arena for their life. Using their skills and talents, these competitors will fend for their life, doing whatever it takes.

The Hunger Games was a very good. It was filled with action, romance, adventure, and more. I love how the author, Suzanne Collins, kept me at the edge of my feet, dying to know what comes next.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who love action and romance themed books. I believe it would be a good book for kids ages 13 and up because of the violence, language, and confusing plot. 

Sara, 14

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Starcrossed 

by Josephine Angelini
03/27/2015 Categories: fantasy mystery mythology

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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Torn 

by Amanda Hocking
03/23/2015 Categories: fantasy ghosts magic

TornIn the sequel to Switched, Wendy Everly learns more about her past and her bloodline than she ever knew possible. She finds out that she has a closer connection to the Vittra, the Trylle enemies, and is forced to choose a side and make life-changing decisions.

I did enjoy this book. It was well written and the story-line was very interesting.  I would recommend this series to many young-adult readers. It was a very interesting book set in the world of the trolls.

Chanel, 15

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The City of Ember 

by Jeanne DuPrau
05/13/2014 Categories: action adventure fantasy

City of EmberIn the underground City of Ember, the only source of light comes from the street lamps, and beyond the city is the unknown territory. When the lamps start flickering, everyone starts to suspect that eventually the entire city will go dark. Lina and Doon, two little heroes, work together to save their people from their dying city.

I enjoyed this book. It was an intriguing idea, a city underground lit only by street lamps. I enjoyed reading about the mystery of their city and how they were trying to save their people.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about interesting and different societies.

Chanel, 15

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