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The Iliad 

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

IliadThe Iliad is a classic book that every student must read sometime in his or her life. Although very extensive in length and inclusive of historical details, Homer incorporates parts into his presumed poem that everyone will enjoy. From the runaway love affair of the beautiful Paris and Helen, to the fight for glory between Achilles and Hector, to the battle amongest gods and their patrons. This book is a good excuse to read some ancient history, without being stuck reading an actual history book.

The biggest problem I had with this book, is that it was very long and very hard for me to comprehend. It is definitely a book that calls for a great reader with a lot of determination to complete the book.

I would only recommend this book to those who seek after one of the classics or want to read about ancient Greek history. This is definitely the perfect book if that is the case; if not, and you are not someone who enjoys long books or history, I would not recommend this book. The only reason I read it was for academic purposes in which it was mandatory that I read it. Although I did not necessarily enjoy the book, I am glad that I read for the sake of achievement. I can now say that I have read the Iliad.

Mackenzie, 15

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Out of the Easy 

by Ruta Sepetys
05/13/2013 Categories: adventure murder mystery realistic fiction

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
04/29/2013 Categories: adventure mystery realistic fiction suspense

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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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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The Necromancer 

by Michael Scott
02/19/2013 Categories: adventure family drama mythology siblings

NecromancerThe world is ending. Soon. With Josh and Sophie Newman, two 15 year olds as the world's only hope, every side is battling for the twins to join them. Who will win? Read The Necromancer to find out.

This book was really good. I loved the cliff-hangar endings and mythological references. Anyone who loves action-packed books like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series will like this one.

Hieu, 13

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Mockingjay 

by Suzanne Collins
01/31/2013 Categories: action adventure dystopia movie romance

Mockingjay coverKatniss is finally at District 13, which she thought didn't exist! Now she has to fight in the war against the Capitol in order for all the people of each district to get their freedom back. But there's a catch! President Snow has Peeta and the closer Katniss gets to her goal the more she hurts Peeta. Katniss has to decide if she really wants to go save all of Panem or risk losing Peeta.

I thought it was exceptionally well written. I really like how all the districts fit into the story line. Also there is a love triangle thing going on, and what teenage girl doesn't enjoy that?

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone to read. I absolutely love it because you can connect to Katniss! Also you don't know what Katniss will do next! There's so many surprises and plot twists this book will leave you at the edge of your seat.

Jacki, 16

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Kingdom Keepers: Shell Game 

by Ridley Pearson
01/14/2013 Categories: action adventure magic suspense

Shell Game coverDisney Host Interactive by day. Last line of defense against Overtakers at night. What first seemed to be protecting the Disney World parks now adds another battleground for 2 weeks: the Disney Cruise Ship Dream. The Overtakers are planning to obliterate the Kingdom Keepers on the 2-week cruise through the new Panama Canal locks. Will the Keepers be able to thwart the OTs again?

Th=is book was filled with amazing, non-stop action sequences that kept me hanging on the edge of my seat. Yes. If you're looking for action and Disney, this series is for you.

Hieu, 13

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Top of the Feud Chain 

by Lisi Harrison

Image result for Top of the Feud ChainThis is the last book of the Alphas series. Charlie, Allie, and Skye are some of the few Alphas left on Alpha Island, where they have been having competitions. Whoever loses gets sent home. In a competition gone wrong, the girls have been challenged to a place race and decide to bring along the Darwin boys. Unfortunately, the plane crashes in a desert and they are left to find a way out.

I thought it was a good ending to the series. The ending totally surprised me and I never saw it coming.

I would totally recommend this book to other people who have read this series along with the Clique book.

Audrey, 15

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Eldest 

by Christopher Paolini
10/22/2012 Categories: action adventure fantasy movie

Eldest coverEragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship.

I think this was a good book and would recommend it to people who like action and adventure.

Joshua, 15

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Eragon 

by Christopher Paolini
10/22/2012 Categories: adventure fantasy magic movie

Eragon coverThe book is about a boy who finds a dragon egg and then goes on an adventure to learn how to become a dragon rider and train his dragon. With only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, he is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power.

I do like this book. I think this book was good because it is about a boy and a dragon trying to save an empire. I would definitely recommend this book to others! People who like action and adventure would like this book.

Joshua, 15

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The Lost Hero 

by Rick Riordan
10/22/2012 Categories: action adventure mythology suspense

Lost Hero coverJason, a teen who has no idea who he is or where he came from, finds himself at Camp Half-Blood with two other teens, Piper and Leo, who find out they are demi-gods sent to rescue a Greek goddess who was imprisoned.

It is a good book because it is told from three different points of view.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading books in a series.

Alexis, 13

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Throne of Fire 

by Rick Riordan
10/22/2012 Categories: action adventure mythology siblings

Throne coverCarter and Sadie Kane must prevent the rise of the chaos snake Apophis but to do this, they must revive the sun god Ra.

This is a good book because it is told in first person and lets you visualize the story.

I would recommend this book to kids of all ages especially if you like the Percy Jackson series and books about mythology.

Alexis, 13

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The battle of the Labyrinth 

by Rick Riordan
10/22/2012 Categories: adventure battles movie mythology

Battle of the Labyrinth coverThis is book four in the Percy Jackson series. Percy, now 15, hurries to Camp Half-Blood where he is sent on a quest through the Labyrinth to protect his camp from the army of lord Kronos.

This book is interesting because the plot is really good all the way to the climax.

I recommend this book to anybody who is interested in Greek mythology and wants a good book to read.

Alexis, 14

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Fang: A Maximum Ride novel 

by James Patterson
09/06/2012 Categories: action adventure genetic engineering siblings

Fang coverIn book 6 of the Maximum Ride series, Max and the flock face their biggest challenge yet as Angel, on a CMS mission to Chad, predicts that Fang will be the first to die. Max becomes worried about this prediction especially since she and Fang had just finally started hitting it off. Tensions rise in the group itself as Fang and Max become a couple and the rest of the flock feels left out. They feel especially in danger when they're attacked and neither Max nor Fang are there to save them. And to add more to Max's list of troubles, she now has to deal with another crazy evil scientist, Dr G-H, who wants to use the bird kids as test subjects. What makes this time worse is that Dr. G-H has created a bird kid of his own, Dylan, and Max finds him to be perfect...is it possible that he's to replace Fang?

I truly did like the idea behind Fang. The story, and the entire series as well, is one that keeps you hooked and interested. There are quite a few twists and turns and you'll always find yourself on the edge of your seat and the balls of your feet as Patterson throws surprise after surprise at you with every new page. The only thing that was a bit troublesome was the writing style. It was a bit too childish at times and seemed to wander from the topic at hand at some parts.

I would recommend this book to all others, especially those of you who love a great adventure. Fang gets you thinking about the possibilities with human genetics, but also brings up the ethical and moral responsibilities behind it all. 

Jana, 17

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