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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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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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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
09/06/2012 Categories: action dystopia movie murder

Hunger Games coverThe Hunger Games is set in district 12, where a girl named Primrose Everdeen, gets reaped (picked to be a tribute in the Hunger Games). Her sister Katness Everdeen volunteers as a tribute in order to have her sister saved from the fight to the death to entertain the Capitol. As the fight continues, Katniss finds her love, Peeta.

The Hunger Games is an incredibly detailed book that writes with raw power. Suzanne Collins writes this novel is such a realistic way, despite the fact that it is fiction.

I would warmly recommend The Hunger Games to anyone who loves action, suspense, and romance. The book was so good for me that I read it in less than a week!

Francesca, 12

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The Strand Prophecy 

by J.B.B. Winner
08/13/2012 Categories: action sci fi suspense

Image resultIn The Strand Prophecy, a mysterious superhero named Strand discovers that the Earth is going through a rapid evolutionary cycle, which means that monsters of all kinds are threatening and killing humans. Strand has to protect the innocent, such as his niece, from both the monsters and the government, while dealing with his own internal struggles.

The Strand Prophecy is an incredible, well-written novel that is full of action, drama, and surprises. Even though its details and descriptions may go a bit overboard sometimes, it's full of pictures and sketches that help readers visualize the ideas and characters.

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recommend this book to all science-fiction lovers, from teens to adults. This
book is extremely underrated and unknown for how fantastic it is!

Jakob, 15

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Blood Fever 

by Charlie Higson

Blood Fever coverThe novel Blood Fever by Charlie Higson is about the adventures of a young boy named Bond, James Bond. Upon visiting his cousin on the island of Sardinia, he learns of a relative of one of his schoolmates was kidnapped by pirates on the Mediterranean sea. Soon he is caught up in an island-wide war and must save the prisoner and escape with his life.

I like this novel because it has all the elements of the original James Bond books and has all new characters. I recommend this book to all James Bond fans and people who love adventure.

Liam, 15

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Subject Seven 

by James A. Moore
07/24/2012 Categories: action sci fi suspense

Subject Seven coverIn the book Subject Seven, James A. Moore writes about a government project gone awry. Subject Seven, a "sleeper" assassin living inside a teenager, breaks free and searches for others like him to destroy the thing he hates most, the people who created him.

I like this book because it is suspenseful and keeps you guessing. The action is also thrilling and goes into in depth detail of the characters' thoughts.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes action movies and science fiction.

Liam, 15

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Twisted Metal 

by Tony Ballantyne
07/24/2012 Categories: action sci fi war

Twisted Metal coverTwisted Metal is a book about a robot named Karel who lives in Turing City, a city where free thinking, intelligent thought, and individuality is encouraged. On the city's borders are the mechanized army of Artemis that have conquered many a city before and have imposed their philosophy that everyone should be the same to promote equality. As these two societies butt heads, the reader can only guess who will come out on top.

I like this book because it is action packed and has a wide variety of characters who share their point of view along with Karel.

I would recommend this book to people who like science fiction and robots, as well as fans of war stories.

Liam, 15

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Caribbean 

by James A. Michener

Image result for Caribbean by James A. MichenerThe book Caribbean, is actually several stories in one book. It tells the history of the Caribbean islands through the eyes of the people who had a major effect on the archipelago. It contains all points of history from the first tribal conflicts in Cuba to the Revolutionary War to WWII to the reign of Fidel Castro.

I like this book because it has many memorable fictional characters who mingle around with historical events and people. it has detailed accounts of battles fought through letters written by the solders who fought them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and adventure.

Liam, 15

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The Dead 

by Charlie Higson
07/23/2012 Categories: action dystopia funny zombies

The Dead coverThe Dead is a prequel to the book, The Enemy, taking place a year before the action in the previous book. Around the world, everyone over 18 has turned into flesh eating monsters. In London a group of teenagers from a boarding school try to escape to the city to find food and somewhere to live.

I like this book because it is fast-paced, full of action and adventure and has multiple plot twists. Plus,there is a character who has the same name as me which doesn't happen often with me.

I would recommend this book to people who like Zombie action and sarcastic, witty humor.

Liam, 15

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The Enemy 

by Charlie Higson
07/23/2012 Categories: action funny suspense zombies

The Enemy coverThe Enemy, by Charlie Higson, is about a group of kids surviving in a world where all adults have turned into zombies. After one kid by the name of Small Sam is taken by the adults, the rest decide to find a new place to live where there is more food and better defended. When Small Sam escapes, he tries to find his way back home to find it empty.

The Enemy is  a great book that keeps you up wanting to see what happens next!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves witty humor and zombie carnage.

Liam, 15

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Inheritance 

by Christopher Paolini
07/23/2012 Categories: action adventure fantasy suspense

Inheritance coverInheritance is the final book in the series that began with the book Eragon about a young farm boy who finds a dragon's egg while hunting. In this final book, Eragon confronts the evil king Galbitorix who killed off the dragon riders and has ruled Aligaisia ever since. Meanwhile, Eragon's cousin Roran leads the armies of the Varden to defeat Galbitorix's solders.

I like this book because it is fast-paced, in depth, and is full of memorable characters. As a great conclusion to the Eragon series, I would recommend it to anyone who has read the first three books and fans of fantasy epics.

Liam, 15

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The Inner Circle 

by Brad Meltzer
07/23/2012 Categories: action politics suspense

Inner Circle coverThe Inner Circle was a high speed political book about a young archivist in the National Archives who discovers a plot to blackmail the President and a secret intelligence team that has been around since the nation was founded. The archivist has to decide which party he should trust and what the right thing to do is.

This was a gripping book that I found hard to put down. The plot was well thought out and the action was real. The political setting in Washington D.C. also added intrigue to the story.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy plot twists, political schemes, action, and fast paced writing.

Brian, 15

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Eldest 

by Christopher Paolini
07/18/2012 Categories: action battles fantasy suspense

Eldest is the second book in a series in which a teenage farmer named Eragon finds a dragon egg. He then raises the young dragon and becomes a legendary dragon rider. Eragon is sent to the elven city of Ellesmira to train. He experiences many difficulties and hardships during his stay in Ellesmira. Eregon's cousin, Roran, is in his hometown of Carvahall when the Raz'ac bring a large group of soldiers to find Roran. Roran and the villagers fight back, but they are eventually forced to flee Carvahall in pursuit of safety. They sail to Surda to escape the Raz'ac. Eragon and Roran meet in Surda during a war with Galbatorix's army. They eventually cause Galbatorix to momentarily retreat. 

I liked this book because of its thrilling adventure, action-packed scenes, and humorous moments. I would definitely recommend this book to someone interested in a fiction novel.

Nathan, 13

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Venom and Song 

by Wayne Thomas Batson
07/18/2012 Categories: action fantasy suspense

Venom and Song coverVenom and Song is a fantasy novel about seven kids who are actually elven lords. After being captured at birth and brought to earth, the elves are brought to a portal back to the elves' homeland. The lords must learn to master their abilities of mind-reading, enhanced sight, fire, air-walking, future telling, strength and healing, and super human speed. They have to defeat the army of Vesper Crag, evade relentless attacks by the Spider King, and, ultimately, conquer evil.

I enjoyed the suspense and humor in this book! It was also interesting how it tied in with Christian beliefs.

I would recommend Venom and Song to people who are intrigued by exciting fantasy. If you enjoy suspenseful books, this is a great book to read!

Nathan, 13

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Silverfin: A James Bond Adventure 

by Charlie Higson
07/18/2012 Categories: action masterminds mystery spies

Silverfin coverIn Silverfin, a young boy arrives at Eton Academy, a private school for young boys. His name is Bond, James Bond, and this is his beginning. While at the school, he makes friends as well as some enemies, including the Helleborne family. This would seem to be a normal school issue; after all, everyone makes friends and a few enemies in life, but Bond chose the wrong people to anger. James thinks nothing of the Hellbornes' until he goes on vacation in Scotland, where his aunt and grandpa live. He hears of the odd disappearance of Alfie, a small local boy. And then he finds out that the Hellbornes themselves own a top secret area surrounding a giant lake in Scotland. The name of the Hellborne's land? Silverfin...named after the legend of the giant powerful eel that inhabits the lake. Then James learns that Alfie loved to go fishing and what better place to fish than Lake Silverfin? Bonds knows something is going on in Silverfin and he knows that Mr. Hellborne is at the bottom of it. He has made it his mission to find out what it is, even if it costs him his life.

Silverfin is an amazing, gripping page turner. As you learn more about the mysterious enigma famously known as Agent Bond, the world's greatest agent, you find yourself quickly dragged into the action and fast-pace of the story. Higson does a great job creating a young James Bond that lives up to the well-known agent and makes you want to learn more about the great agent.

This is a book that I would definitely recommend to all others, especially if you're a fan of the great James Bond. Even if you've been interested in Bond's life and missions, this book is still a great action and adventure that leaves you wondering till the very end and it may very well be the book that gets you interested in the great James Bond.

Jana, 16

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