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by Louis L'Amour
10/11/2017 Categories: action historical wild west

Image result for Louis L'Amour FlintJim Flint is a man known by many names: James T. Kettleman, Jim Flint, and the legendary kid at The Crossings, known for being so fast with his gun he killed five men in as many seconds. But now it seems his life has come to a tragic end--he has cancer. Flint is a powerful, cunning, and cold man, a man who has never known a family and has never needed one. But his life has seemingly come to an end, and Flint has chosen to go down fighting. When he unexpectedly starts to fall in love with a beautiful and strong woman, he finds himself fighting for her, risking his life in gun battles, escaping trained assassins, and neatly outwitting his wife and her father, who tried to kill him. But Flint won't live long enough to save them anyway . . . or will he?

This was a fantastic book because Flint is basically a nameless man, and a lonesome one. It's interesting to read about how he views the world from the viewpoint of someone dying. He is a very admirable character for his now-disregard for life, and his determination to go down fighting no matter what the cost. Flint also has many enemies, and it's impressive on how he deals with them.

I would recommend this book to all Western fans who like a good showdown gun battle with a strong and brave main character up against impossible odds. This is a good book to read even if you don't like reading Western novels (like me), and it's good for people who like books about a main character who fights until the end, not just for himself, but for others. And in doing so, finds that he is actually a better man than he ever thought himself to be.

Keila, 14


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The Lonesome Gods 

by Louis L'Amour
10/11/2017 Categories: action historical survival stories wild west

Image result for The Lonesome GodsThe Lonesome Gods is about a man named Johannes Verne. His mother and father were on the run from his mother's father, Don Isidro, who wanted to kill them both for disgracing the family name. But they escape and have Johannes, but when his parents die, Johannes is left in the desert to die alone by his grandfather. Johannes is forced to grow up mostly alone, but always he prepares himself for that day when he meets the men who had killed his father and who wanted to kill him, because on the day Johannes was left in the desert, he never forgave . . . and he never forgot.

The Lonesome Gods was an excellent book because it's a very inspiring growing-up story. Johannes is a inspiring and relatable character, and very admirable because of his quiet strength, wits, courage, and talent with the gun. Louis L'Amour also writes the story in such a way you can't help but think, 'Dang. That guy's awesome.'

I would definitely recommend this book to others because it's suspenseful, daring, adventurous, and has romance, but it's really subtle. For those who enjoy reading tales of the Old West and gun battles, and who don't really want to focus on the romance, than this is the book for you. Johannes is also a very great, complete character, and anyone who gets to know him can't help but be in awe.

Keila, 14


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The Death Cure 

by James Dashner
08/12/2017 Categories: action survival stories suspense

Hey, guys! So The Death Cure is the second-to-last book(The last one is the prequel, Kill Order.), following Thomas and his gang on the journey throughout the Maze Runner series, with this book, in the beginning, you learn who is immune to the Flare, and who isn't. Yes, some of our beloved characters must get picked off. Sadly. Gally comes in again. He made another appearance in Scorch Trials as well.

I really enjoyed this book, but not as much as I liked Scorch Trials. This book really wraps things up for Wicked and Maze Runner fans. Thomas is left with a few of his friends behind, because they died. Newt, he had the Flare, and asked Tommy to kill him. (Everyone loved Newt!) and Teresa has her last say in this book. In the earlier book, she betrays Thomas, and he never forgives her. So, in The Death Cure, Teresa pays back her debt, and saves Thomas from a crushing ice wall. She literally gets squished.

I would recommend this book to people who have already read the other Maze Runner books, and are ready for the finale. No one really knows what happens after The Death Cure, but you can read what happened before the first book, The Maze Runner. Like I have mentioned before, the "last" book and very first book is the prequel, Kill Order. Read all of them and do a review!

Priscilla, 12


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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 Diabolic 

by S.J. Kincaid
07/20/2017 Categories: action romance sci fi

Nemesis is a word and name that indicates negative influences, just like all the other Diabolic names. Diabolics are soulless, savage creatures, incapable of any human emotion other than love and rage. Or so everyone thought. When Nemesis is sent to the court of her tyrant King, she encounters unexpected situations: a supposedly insane but handsome man, a plot to destroy the king, dark motives, twisted lies, and . . . true love? When it comes down to it, will Nemesis trust what everyone's been telling her, or her heart . . . which tells her she can be something more?

I really enjoyed this book because it was a fantastic story about how a young woman breaks free of what everyone has told her about herself--and what she believed--and chose to be someone SHE wanted to be. Nemesis is also a very interesting character because she's strong and brave, but utterly confused by what her heart is telling her, and her head. But what I didn't like was that there were some sexual references--not a lot, but some.

This is a good book for anyone who likes a cool, strong, karate-chopping girl who finds out who she is only by not listening to the voices she had been listening to her entire life. There is some romance in it too, as an added bonus, which really makes Nemesis's whole world flip upside-down. Also, if you like the victory of a scenario where a tyrant is given his dues and replaced by a better person, this is also a good book. But here's a warning--this book is a little emotionally chaotic, especially at the end (personally, I relish it).

Keila, 14


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The Lost World 

by Michael Crichton
06/29/2017 Categories: action adventure historical

Jurassic Park is gone, never to be seen or heard from again. But as time goes on, people start to find strange, warped carcasses . . . the bodies of dinosaurs? Richard Levine--friend of Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park survivor--thinks so. But when his expedition goes wrong, Malcolm and his friends take the trek across the sea and into dinosaur territory to save their friend . . . before the jaws of a T-Rex close around them.

The Lost World is almost completely fast-paced, but it does have certain parts where scientific debates start, which I actually find interesting. It's a great thriller if you don't mind a little blood, and there are a few funny parts. The only thing I didn't like was the bad language, like 'hell' and 'shit' and the F-word (which I won't even dare to type).

This is a good book for people who don't mind blood and bad language (or who can at least skip over them), who enjoy good chase scenes, and who like being so anxious and scared by the image you see in your head you can't breathe.

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 Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/20/2017 Categories: action dystopia movie romance

Katniss Everdeen is a 16-year old girl who's job is to keep her mother, and her little sister Prim, and herself, alive. Then her whole life is changed when she volunteers to be tribute in the Hunger Games. She must fight to stay alive and play along with her fellow tribute to keep themselves alive, and be crowned victors of the games.

I thought this was a very amazing book. It shows you just how unfair things can be in life, and how diverse every person, culture, and country is different. You can also relate this book to the world, and how different and diverse everything and one is different. 

I would recommend this book to people who like action, romance, and surprises.

Cailin, 11


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Catching Fire 

by Suzanne Collins
04/20/2017 Categories: action movie romance survival stories

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are victors of the Hunger Games, and are going on their victory tour of the 11 districts. Things don't go very well, and a few districts rebel against the Capitol. Then, for the Quarter Quell Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta (along with one male and female victor from the other 11 districts) go back into the Hunger Games. Katniss is then part of a bigger rebellion than she thought she was in and had already made.

Catching Fire was an excellent book that made the movie in my head really interesting. I like how it is told from Katniss's point of view, so you know what she is thinking and feeling about the things that are going on.

I would recommend this book to people who like action, suspense, and war. But I recommend that you read the first book, The Hunger Games, or else most parts in the book will not make sense.

Cailin, 11


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by Eve Silver
02/23/2017 Categories: action time travel virtual reality

Eve Silver's Rush is an intriguing book about people who have died (well almost), but before they are gone, get resurrected into a game. In this "game", they fight aliens in order to protect Earth. They are placed in teams, and periodically get transported to The Game when they are needed. Rush, the first book in Eve Silver's series, is very interesting and a great start to the rest of the fascinating series.

I liked reading Rush, because it is a great story of a girl that struggles with her own emotions, her hard life at home, and yet still manages to push through and defend the world when it is necessary.

I would recommend Rush to anyone who likes action books, but don't be surprised when there is a mysterious plot twist at the end!

Sara, 14


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by Gena Showalter
12/06/2016 Categories: action afterlife fantasy magic

Ten, a 17 year old girl, has been locked away inside Prynne Asylum for 13 months. Ten has been pressured her whole life into choosing between Troika and Myriad, two polar opposite afterlife realms who are fighting for her soul. She manages to escape the asylum and has to remain on the run to stay alive. She must then decide where to spend the rest of eternity in Troika of Myriad. 

I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat with excitement. This book has action, adventure, and romance. This book has a shock around every corner.

If you like adventure and a thrill then you would fall in love with this book. You will not be able to put this book down.

Emily, 15


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Blood Ninja 

by Nick Lake
11/25/2016 Categories: action japan ninjas vampires

This story is a gripping tale of adventure and some romance with killer ninjas. Taro, a peasant boy, but who is actually the son of the shogun, has the dream and desire to become a ninja. Only, later on, he is attacked and stabbed by a ninja and is saved by the ninja Shuzaku. The only twist is that they are vampires, and once bitten by a ninja you become one of them. This is why you don't see ninjas in the day. 

I loved the book and the series that goes along with it. The character development within this book for the main character and side character is really amazing. Both characters learn to see the world in a different way and learn the way of the ninja. 

I would recommend this book to others because this book made me realize that even though you are pushed down, you need to get up and go on. This I can see with the main character, when his peasant father is killed and he is being hunted down by samurai. Taro is frightened, but with the help of Shuzaku, he gets back up so he can reach his dream. 

Liliana, 16


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by Veronica Roth
11/24/2016 Categories: action dystopia movie

In the book Divergent, Veronica Roth explains how Tris's world changes in a matter of days. Responsible for choosing her own future, she becomes part of the Dauntless group and discovers that she is divergent.

I loved this story a lot and also the movies. Although I like the book better because it has more details about what she's feeling. Her emotions and her hardships are expressed and show the action and romance better.

I would totally recommend this book to others. I believe everyone would enjoy it because, like duh, its amazing.

Anahi, 14


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I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies  

by Pittacus Lore
08/06/2016 Categories: action adventure masterminds sci fi

This book was a companion novel to the I Am Number Four series going into the backstory of several main characters. There are two stories about the Gaurde who are aliens that have come to earth to stop an evil race of aliens called the Mogadorians from destroying the planet. The Gaurde fled their own planet when Mogadorians destroyed it. The third story is about one of the Mogadorians and his experiences as the son of an important general.

This was a great book that showed the backstory of several characters from the series and went more in depth about the Mogadorians race as well. It's action packed and a great read. The whole idea behind the aliens in the book was really fascinating and fun to read.

I would definitely recommend this book but it would make more sense and be more enjoyable if you read the first book in the I Am Number Four series before you read this one. I started the series because of a recommendation. The whole series is action packed and great for anyone who likes a good fantasy novel.

Isabella, 14


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Murder List 

by Julie Garwood
08/05/2016 Categories: action murder mystery

In Murder List, Regan Madison, a famous philanthropist, becomes the target of a serial killer. As more and more bodies are found, and Regan receives notes from the killer, she begins to feel responsible for their deaths. With the help of Detective Alec Buchanan, Regan tries to figure out who would do this to her, and why.

I liked Murder List because there were so many suspects that kept you guessing who the perpetrator was. Though the language might not always have been realistic, the plot line always was.

I would recommend Murder List to fans of mystery and romance books. Murder List would be a good read for fans who like to stay up late trying to solve the book's mystery.

Amanda, 16


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