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The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

The Maze RunnerOne group of friends, one maze, and only one way out. The Maze Runner is a story of a group of kids who are trapped in a maze trying to find their way out. Secrets begin to unravel as they move farther into the maze.

The Maze Runner was one of the best books I have read due to its action, adventure, and drama. It was a good page-turner and I am very glad that I got the opportunity to read this book. I like how the author uses descriptive words and phrases to help imagine the scene better.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who love adventure books, with a touch of romance. Its keeps you at the edge of your seats, waiting to know what happens next. I would recommend this book to readers ages 13 and up due to the violence and slight crude language.

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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Taken

by Erin Bowman

TakenTaken takes place in a society where all boys disappear (The Heist) on their 18th birthday. After his brother's Heist, Gray Weathersby finds a letter addressed to his brother from his deceased mother. This letter opens up doors about Gray and prompts him to discover the secrets beneath his intriguing society. 

I really enjoyed this book. The society was interesting and the story flowed smoothly.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about different kinds of societies embedded with adventure stories. The story is aimed toward a young adult audience, but anyone would enjoy it. 

Chanel, 15

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The day of their eighteenth birthday innocent boys are taken by a mysterious light from the sky. No one questions it, they just accept it. They call this The Heist. Gray Weathersby, a seventeen year old boy, is merely a couple months away from The Heist. His brother was already taken away from him and he did not want to be next. One day, Gray finds a note from his mother. After reading it, Gray starts to question the Council, his society, his family, and himself. In order to discover the truth, Gray will go on a journey that will answer all his questions.

Taken written by Erin Bowman, is an amazing novel filled with action, adventure, and romance. I enjoyed this book very much and I am very happy I gave the book a chance. I hope you do the same.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy action/romance books. I also recommend this book to readers who are 13 and up due to the romantic scenes, violence, and crude language.

Sara, 14

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The City of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau

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

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

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

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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Also Known As

by Robin Benway

Also Known As

Which would you rather do? Be an international spy or go to high school? Maggie Silver gets to be both. Coming back to New York for the first time in years, Maggie gets the chance to go on her first solo assignment at a ritzy private school to befriend a cute son of a potential national security threat, while of course not blowing her cover.

I really wanted to like this book, I read the synopsis and thought "Yes! A spy book!" However, it was really disappointing as the story-line fell flat.

I wouldn't recommend this book because like I said before, the plot was uneventful. Also the the book felt really rushed, if there had been at least another 50 pages, it could have turned out a lot better.

Audrey, 16

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The Savage Fortress

by Sarwat Chadda

The Savage FortressAsh Mistry is a British schoolboy who takes a vacation to India. His uncle, Vik, is an Indian archaeologist who travels around India digging up aritfacts and translating unknown languages. When his uncle gets a one-time job translating a language for a multi-billionare who gives him a 2 million pound check, Ash knows there's something wrong. After a brief accident and plenty of after events to scare him out of his wits, Ash finds out that things are not what they seem to be. 


It was good, with a lot of Indian mythology behind it. There was plenty of action for an action guy like me and it was pretty interesting overall.

I would recommend this book to anybody who likes mythology and action.

Hieu, 14

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The Final Warning

by James Patterson

The Final WarningIn the fourth book of the Maximum Ride series, Max and the Flock head to Antarctica to help scientists research global warming.
While they are there, one of the scientists is revealed to be a spy to the Uber-director. Then the Flock is captured and the Uber-director almost sells them as weapons, but a huge hurricane sweeps everything away. At the end, Max speaks to Congress about the effect of global warming on the Earth.

I liked this book very much because it was very jam-packed with action. It also warned us about the effects of global warming. I would recommend The Final Warning to those who have kept up with the series, or those who enjoy a great story filled with adventure.

Chanel, 14

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Nevermore

by James Patterson

Nevermore

In the final book of the Maximum Ride Series, Max and the Flock go to public school, but leave on a days notice due to some information received about Angel's disappearance. Not only do they have a mission to find Angel, but they also learn about a group called the 99 Percenters. They head home after the rescue, and Dr. Martinez visits and explains that she was brainwashed and that she has a special place ready for them. They follow her and discover a paradise where they fit in with other mutant kids.

I enjoyed the end of the series very much. It tied all of the loose strings together and ended in a magnificent way.

I would recommend this book to anyone who read the entire series. I would also recommend this book to anyone interested in a life lesson dealing with the fate of the world.

Chanel, 14

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Angel

by James Patterson

Angel

In the seventh book in the Maximum Ride Series, Fang starts her own group, called the "Fang's Gang" while Max and the others are at Dr. Martinez's house. Then, without realizing that the other is doing the same, both groups start a mission based on the Doomsday Group, a group of people who alter people's minds and convince them that they need to kill humans to help the planet.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was suspenseful, and ended on an exciting cliffhanger!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the series. Angel would suit anyone who likes action served with a little bit of romance and a lot of suspense!

Chanel, 14

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Max

by James Patterson

MaxIn the exciting fifth novel in the Maximum Ride series, Max and the Flock are at it again, but this time they are performing in
flying acts to help save the Earth with an organization called CSM (Coalition to Stop the Madness). When shooters start messing with with their performances, the Flock decides to stop because of safety issues. Max then meets Mr. Chu, who threatens her because she's working with CSM. Making matters worse, Max's mother is kidnapped. After many adventures, they finally save her, and Max is truly happy that the Flock is all together again. 

I liked reading Max very much. It was an excellent addition to the series, and I would recommend it to those who read the previous books, or anyone who enjoys action-packed stories.

Chanel, 14

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Maximum Ride: the Angel Experiment

by James Patterson

Angel ExperimentMaximum Ride is the leader of her "flock"- 5 other kids who, like her, have wings and can soar above the clouds. They were experiments created by crazy scientists and have hard lives, from battling wolf/human hybrids to rescuing Angel from the School where they were tested and created.

I loved this book, from the action to the love, this book was truly amazing. I really liked how much Max cared for her family and would do anything to help them.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes an exhilarating, fast-paced story with a well thought out story plan. It has the perfect amount of surprise and suspense.

Chanel, 14

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