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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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The People of Sparks 

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

People of SparksIn the the second book of the City of Ember series, after Lina and Doon save their people from their dying city, they have to figure out how to survive in a world unlike their own. They get some help from a small town called Sparks, but they must first work out their differences if they will ever be able to work and live together.

I did not really enjoy this book. I was expecting more from the sequel to the City of Ember series.

I would recommend this book to a younger audience if they have already read the first book in the series and they enjoyed it. I would not recommend it to anyone who is expecting the second book to be as great as the first one.

Chanel, 15

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The Prophet of Yonwood 

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

Prophet of YonwoodIn the prequel to the City of Ember series, Nickie, an eleven year-old tries her best to complete her three goals. One of her goals is to help save her almost destroyed world. The story follows her ups and downs in the town of Yonwood, where the Prophet was said to see into the future of the world.

This was not my favorite book. I did not really enjoy the plot and I did not find the prequel to why the City of Ember was built very interesting. I did enjoy how at the end, all of these loose ties and unknown facts came together, but the whole book was not as interesting.

I would recommend this to a younger audience. I think that they would enjoy the plot and characters more than I did. If you enjoyed the City of Ember, then I cannot guarantee that you will enjoy this book because it is not the same characters or story. I would recommend it to anyone who is curious to know why the City of Ember was built.

Chanel, 15

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Diamond of Darkhold 

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

Diamond of DarkholdIn the fourth book of The City Ember, Lina and Doon go on an adventure to find hidden treasures from their old city to help sustain their new city during the Winter. Some complications occur, such as Doon being captured, and Lina having to get help alone, but they their pursue their journey because they want to help their people.

This was not the best book in the series. I enjoyed the first book, The City of Ember, way more than the rest of the series because after three books, I was already tired of the plot and the characters.

I would recommend this book to a younger audience. They would probably not get too tired of the characters, as I did. Hopefully, they enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one in the series.

Chanel, 15

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Tiger Lily 

by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger LilyTiger Lily is a retelling of the Peter Pan story, but this time focusing on the native girl Tiger Lily. The novel describes her strength and her uniqueness, a uniqueness that often keeps her distanced from her tribe, and longing for adventure. Soon she finds herself involved with the tribes most feared enemies Peter Pan and his lost boys. Tiger Lily immediately falls for their fearless leader Peter and is faced with the decision to run away with him to live a life of adventure, or to remain with her tribe and follow what is expected of her as the shaman's daughter.

I loved this book, in every single way, the story was absolutely captivating, and the characters where absolutely endearing and lovable. The story line was absolutely brilliant because it provided a fresh new version of a story that most of us are familiar with. Overall the novel was just amazing and i found myself at the edge of my seat waiting to know what would happened to Peter's and Tiger Lily's love.

Yes, I would very much recommend this book to everyone, the story is not to love-dovey and filled with adventure so both girls and boys would enjoy reading this book. I would probably recommend it to someone whose read or watched the original Peter Pan because this novel provides a whole new different side of him that is not explored in those other previous works.

Daisy, 17

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Nine Lives of Chloe King 

by Tracy Lynn
06/05/2013 Categories: afterlife animals fantasy paranormal suspense

Nine Lives

The Nine Lives of Chloe King follows teenager Chloe King as she experiences weird changes upon her sixteen birthday. She learns that her biological family belongs to a race of cat-like people called the Mai. The book follows Chloe as she discovers more about her past and has to make hard decisions about her future.

I like the book a lot, it was an easy read and only took about a week to read. The story line was really interesting and I found myself getting attached to these characters as the story progressed.

Yes, I would recommend this book to someone else because the story was really fascinating and the characters were too. Especially to those who watched the TV show because you will find that the book is much better and it also provides a different look at Chloe's life.

Daisy, 17

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City of Bones 

by Cassandra Clare
06/05/2013 Categories: action fantasy romance suspense

City of BonesMeet Clary. She's just your average teenage girl, until she meets a group of mysterious people at the nightclub Pandemonium, all heavily tattooed. She finds out that they are Shadowhunters and is sucked into their world, full of demons and things from your worst nightmare.

I liked this book because it's full of suspense. I would recommend it to those who like to read book with lots of romance, cliff-hangers, and just plain goodness

Hieu, 13

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City of Ashes 

by Cassandra Clare
06/05/2013 Categories: action fantasy murder paranormal romance suspense

City of AshesThere's a murderer in New York City. It's not humans that are victims but something much more devastating: a warlock, faerie, vampire, and werewolf. All are 18 years old or younger. Valentine needs these children in order to transform Raziel's Sword into a demonic item. Meanwhile, Jace is kicked out of the Institute by his adopted mom and has gotten on the Clave's Inquistor's bad side. With all this going on, Clary doesn't know what to do. Does she rescue Jace with some help and stop Valentine or fail?

I liked this book because there's a lot of romance and action. This book is so good; you won't want to put it down until you have read the last word. For all you fantasy lovers, you have found the perfect book.

Hieu, 13

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New Moon 

by Stephenie Meyer
06/05/2013 Categories: fantasy love triangles romance werewolves

New MoonPoor Bella. Her Prince Charming is gone. Poofed without a trace. The alternative? Hang out with Jacob Black, son of Billy Black (friends with Bella's father, Charlie Swan) and future werewolf. In Jacob, Bella sees a best friend with whom she can have dangerous adventures with, but Jacob sees a lot more than that. He sees a girlfriend that he can fight for. When Edward comes back, there is a battle against the Volturi and a serious rivalry against Edward and Jacob. Who wins Bella's heart? Read the book and find out. This book stresses the importance of myths, teen love, and excitement. All you myth fans: Read this book ASAP!!

Hieu, 13

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The Odyssey 

by Homer
05/22/2013 Categories: classic fantasy mythology romance

Odysseus, a Greek veteran from the Trojan war, sets sail, returning to his home of Ithaca after 10 years of fighting in battle. After his ego comes out, however, Poseidon, god of the seas, is determined to keep him from reaching Ithaca. In the 10 years after the war, Odysseus is challenged by cyclops, witches, lotus, sirens, sea monsters, and the temptations of he and his crew that cross their path.

This was my favorite book written by Homer that I have read so far. It is like the sequel to the Iliad, only tremendously more interesting. It is a love story between Odysseus and his wife Penelope and their dedication to each other as he fights his way home. Not only the romance, but the book also includes magical creatures and enchantresses and all sorts of Greeks myths, which I find very interesting.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. It is a great book, especially for those who enjoy adventure, romance, the classics, and or fiction. This a book that combines all three genres. I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did, being that it was a book written by the author of the Iliad, which I absolutely despised. This is a book that I will always have on my bookshelf. 

Mackenzie, 15

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A Feast for Crows 

by George R.R. Martin
05/13/2013 Categories: fantasy older teens politics war

A Feast for CrowsThis fourth installment in the Game of Thrones series chronicles the story of the characters readers have come to love. With the war in Westros changing tides, alliances are made, friendships broken, and many, many lives are lost. Everywhere there is chaos and scheming, and secrets never stay that way for long.

I liked this book because the believable characters keep the story rolling at a fast pace. The plot never stops twisting in ways you never expect, and the author goes in depth with every detail so I felt like I was standing alongside my favorite characters.

I would recommend this book to someone who wants to know all of the gritty details of the fights and enjoys seeing things play out from multiple viewpoints.

Liam, 15

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Sea of Monsters 

by Rick Riordan
04/25/2013 Categories: adventure fantasy movie mythology

Sea of MonstersPercy Jackson and his friends must go to the Sea of Monsters in order to save Grover and Camp Half Blood. There's a monster guarding what they need, making it the hardest quest they have ever received. 

I really liked it because Percy and his friends are brave. They take risks for each other; even Clarisse gets to be part of the team. The mythological gods help their children even though they may not see. The Gods are greatly involved trying to defeat Kronos.

If anyone doesn't understand mythology gods they can read the Percy Jackson series. Percy Jackson makes it fun and easier to remember the myths.

Jacki, 16

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The Time Fetch 

by Amy Herrick
04/24/2013 Categories: adventure fantasy sci fi

Edward picked up a rock. Simple, right? Wrong. That rock was a Time Fetch, a mysterious rock that is home to some Time Foragers, little beings that eat time. Normally, it only eats the little time that won't be missed, but now that they are awoken from their deep slumber and escaped, they unravel the very fabric of time and space. The whole world will be unraveled... or will it? 

This book has a really good sci-fi concept. Sci-fi lovers will love the action and suspense.

Hieu, 13

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Gulliver's Travels 

by Jonathan Swift
04/23/2013 Categories: action classic fantasy suspense

Gulliver's TravelsGulliver's Travels is a fantasy book detailing the narration of Lemuel Gulliver. He travels across the sea and discovers interesting and vast countries very different from his own. Gulliver encounters a country where he is a giant, and another featuring a civilization of giants.

The book wasn't that bad. At face level, this story is a fantasy that explores random ideas of a country. There are some parts in the book where the ideas go over one's head, and/or parody something one wouldn't normally know about. One can get the best out of this elderly book once they know the background behind it, but otherwise it's an ok book nonetheless. I recommend this book, not only because it's a classic that everyone has to read, but it's very interesting and has ideas that are uncommon to hear about these days. Like most literary classics, it's a tad difficult to read, but don't let that be an excuse for not reading this classic.

Jakob, 15

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Princess Academy 

by Shannon Hale
04/23/2013 Categories: family drama fantasy friendship romance

Princess AcademyIn Princess Academy, Miri, a young, weak Lowlander who so desperately wants to help the rest of town working in the quarry, is chosen to be one of the girls sent to the top of Mount Ekenl. Her job is to attend the Princess Academy, run by the harsh and sometimes cruel Olana, and train in order to compete for the Prince's heart. Throughout her training, Miri makes both friends and enemies and she becomes torn. Where does her heart lie: with the Prince who can offer her and her family a better future or in the village with Peder? Yet, what Miri does not realize is that she and the rest of girls are living on a deserted mountain top where they can easily be taken hostage without anyone realizing. Can Miri prove her strength to everyone and will her Prince save her?

Princess Academy is a beautifully written book filled with both adventure and romance. Miri is a character that all girls can relate to in one way or another, and her story forms a lesson to all: true strength comes from within and true love is stronger than any storm. Hale does an amazing job of portraying a beautiful and unique tale and connecting with the reader.

This book is perfect for all female readers, especially preteens. Every girl who reads this will come away with a very important lesson whether it be about true love, friendship, strength, or family. This story was written to show every girl what it means to be a princess and how every girl is a princess inside.

Jana, 17

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