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Silverfin: A James Bond Adventure

by Charlie Higson

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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Divergent

by Veronica Roth

Divergent coverDivergent was about a society that was divided into 5 factions. Candor, the honest; Abnegation, those who forget themselves to help others; Amity, the friendly; Dauntless, the brave; and Erudite, the intelligent. This book was about one particular girl, Beatrice, who is from Abnegation, and her story of how she found her own life through the controlling factions!

Divergent was amazing, because just like the Hunger Games, you really feel proud of how we live nowadays. In Divergent, they had to choose one quality to live by, while in our life we get to try all the qualities. 

I would recommend this to those who liked the Hunger Games, and maybe even those who didn't. Compared to the Hunger Games, this book had a bit more romance involved, so for those of you who like action and romance it's perfect!

Chanel, 13

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The Nine Lives of Chloe King

by Liz Braswell

Nine Lives coverThe Nine Lives of Chloe King is about how Chloe discovers what her mysterious heritage came with, and it's a lot more than most.

Liz Braswell's novel was a compelling read where she used an amazing amount of foreshadowing; definitely a page turner.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes novels in the genres of adventure and mystery.

Tabitha, 14

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Blood of the Reich

by William Dietrich

Blood coverBlood of the Reich is a book about Nazi fanatics attempting to gain control of a mysterious power called the Vril, which was said to have been gotten by an ancient civilization that lived and died in a secret valley in Tibet. The book alternated between the past, in 1938-1945, and the present. It included mind boggling science, huge Nazi schemes, betrayal, icy mountains, explosions, and more.

I liked this book because of its intriguing plot and characters, along with the action and adventure that occurred throughout the story.

I would recommend this book to devoted readers who can handle some scientific terms and large plot twists. This book was hard to put down and highly entertaining!

Brian, 15

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The Runelords

by David Farland

Runelords coverThe Runelords was the story of the conflict between Raj Ahten, the man who wanted the world, and the kings of the nations who opposed him. Raj Ahten had taken thousands of endowments, which could magically make him faster, stronger, smarter, etc., than everyone else. But there is one threat to his power. Gaborn Val Orden, who is the next Earth King. He has the power to Choose people, and once he has done this, he can warn them of danger and keep them safe.

For the most part, this was a good book. However, it can get very confusing at times, and if you're not focused, you will have no idea what's going on. It was a clever new use of magic and the different creatures and monsters were thought out well.This is a nice read if you like longer fantasy books. If you like it, you will be forced to read the next seven books as the story never really ends with a final victory.

If you like epic fantasy, beasts, and battles, then you will most likely enjoy this book.

Brian, 15

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor

Daughter coverKarou is not your average heroine: she's blue-haired, ethereal, and can perform "magic" through wishes. She was also raised by a pack of unlikely mythical creatures--the chimaera. Tough and strong, she is a skilled messenger for her adoptive chimera father's trade, but after a slip up on a job, she encounters someone who will change her life forever.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a highly acclaimed book, and it is definitely fascinating to read. However, the only downside I saw was that Karou was TOO perfect, and therefore unrelatable as a person. (This point does make sense later on in the book, but is a personal annoyance of mine.)

Fantasy and romance lovers will enjoy this book as well as readers of the supernatural!

Erica, 16

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Mr. Monk is a Mess

by Lee Goldberg

Monk coverThis book is about the further adventures of Mr. Monk after the T.V. series ended. He and his assistant Natalie help Monk's brother Ambrose to find his missing girlfriend. With the help of some old friends and a few new ones, Mr. Monk solves the case.

If you haven't seen the T.V. series, you might not think anything is wrong with this book. But if you have, then you will notice that while it is a good attempt to put Monk on paper, it just can't be done. There was a sense of falseness about the story, and it didn't feel quite right.

If you've read all the books in your house, feel like a crime/mystery story, and have never watched Monk the show, then maybe you can consider this book. But otherwise, go find something better to read.

Brian, 15

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Outlaw

by Stephen Davies

Outlaw coverIn Outlaw, Jake Knight, the son of the British ambassador, is suspended from his boarding school because his adventurous nature has once again gotten him in trouble. Jake ends up joining his parents in Burkina Faso. He's overjoyed because now, in Africa, he can have the adventure he has always wanted. But Jake never wanted to be kidnapped. In the middle of a banquet, Jake and Kas, his younger sister, are kidnapped by a man with a spiderweb tattoo. They are told that this man is Yakuuba Sor, the most wanted outlaw in the Sahara desert. But as Jake and Kas try to escape, as they rush to get home, they learn that not everything is what it seems and that a modern Robin Hood may actually exist in this world.

Outlaw is an amazing book filled with adventure from the start. Every chapter is filled with some surprise, some sudden event that was never expected. More than anything, Outlaw shows that nothing is impossible and that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything and everything. And it clearly shows that bigger is not always better; in fact, cunning is always better than force. It gives you hope and shows you that even you can make a difference in this world.

I would recommend this book to readers who love a good adventure story that keeps them hooked from the start. If you like James Bond, action, and a little bit of humor than Outlaw is the book for you.

Jana, 16

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The Fox Inheritance

by Mary Pearson

Fox Inheritance coverJenna, Kara, and Locke were great friends who stuck together through everything, but one day an accident happens and as they lay dying, Jenna's father scans and saves their minds in the hopes of saving them. 260 years later Locke and Kara awaken to a new world and learn that Jenna has been alive for the past 260 years and has done nothing to save them from the darkness. After finding out that they are nothing more than floor models for prospective buyers who may want to preserve their minds for the future, Locke and Kara run away and find themselves in a whole new world. The two get separated, but their destination is the same: Jenna. Locke finds himself rushing against the clock because he knows that Kara's mad, he knows she wants revenge. 

This book is fantastic; the sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this book gives you insight as to what happened to the other characters and the lives in store for them. The future world that Pearson creates is realistic. This book will leave you wondering about the importance of friendship, trust, and the human mind and soul.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to wonder about the future and where mankind is headed. It will definitely leave you wondering and questioning. If you loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox, then this book is a must-read.

Jana, 16

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The Demon's Lexicon

by Sarah Rees Brennan

Demon's Lexicon coverNick and Alan have always been on the run from magicians who are hunting them down. The magicians are after a charm that their mother possesses; sure, they can easily give it away and the chase might stop, but the charm is the only thing keeping their mother alive. One day, Jamie and Mae, neighbors from the house next door, arrive asking for help. Jamie had been marked by demons. Alan, the sweet sensitive one, wants to help them. Nick, the one who is always rough, the one who does all the fighting, the one who really doesn't care about anyone other than Alan, wants to get them far away, especially after Alan becomes marked. Now Alan and Nick have to kill two magicians in order to get the marks off and for the very first time, Nick and Alan are going to the magicians instead of running away from them. Nick is about to learn a secret that has been kept from him his entire life, a secret that will rock his world.

This book was amazing! You'll be glued to the book as the story takes you on an adventure filled with action and surprises that you may never see coming. The characters, Nick especially, are well written; they come to life and seem as real as life itself. When you reach the end, you'll find yourself wishing that the characters were real and you'll find yourself yearning for the sequel.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves being surprised and is willing to fall in love with these characters. If you like action, adventure, and a story that drags you in with the characters, then you willl love this book.

Jana, 16

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Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire coverCatching Fire is about a violent game called, The Hunger Games, where children fight to the death -- until one person remains standing. It contains romance, action, and drama.

Catching Fire is a brilliantly plotted book, and you won't be able to put it down until you are done. I like how it uses so much detail, and how the story is told from the perspective of Katniss, the main character. If you are a fan of science fiction books with romance mixed in, then you would love to read Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

I recommend reading the first book of this series, The Hunger Games, before reading Catching Fire.

Milla, 12

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Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games cover12 districts offer up 2 tributes to participate in the Hunger Games, a deadly game created as punishment for when the districts rebelled. One girl, Katniss Everdeen, does the most shocking thing anyone has ever seen or heard... she volunteers for the Hunger Games when her sister is chosen at an event called the reaping. Soon after, she and Peeta Mellark, the other tribute from her district, are then taken away to the Capitol to begin their training to fight for their right to live.

The Hunger Games is the most heart-stopping and palm sweating book I have ever read! Suzanne Collins did the most amazing job in writing this book. It makes you rethink your opinions of the underdogs in any competition.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great action, love, and adventure book. It has everything you could ever need in a book.

Aleck, 14

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games coverTalented and resourceful Katniss Everdeen is the breadwinner of the family--except there hasn't been much bread to go around for her impoverished family. Set in a dystopian society far into the future, The Hunger Games follows Katniss as she is forced to venture into a deadly, gladiator-like battle, solely for the elite's entertainment.

The Hunger Games was one of those books that I just couldn't put down, but at the same time, I felt like it was very depressing, so I couldn't make it on to the next book. Although I can't deny that the plot, characters, and setting were both enthralling and imaginative, I just couldn't find the motivation to pull myself through another bittersweet book.

Honestly, I think that everyone should at least give this book a try, but 7th graders and up would understand it better than younger kids. Also, this book is not for the squeamish! If you're afraid of some gory (but not too elaborate) details, feel free to revisit this book when you're a little older.

Erica, 16

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The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

Time Traveler's Wife coverThis book is about a wife whose beloved is a time traveler, and she must endure every obstacle to maintain and strengthen their love. This book shows how two people, Clare and Henry, that have completely different lives can still love and hold a strong bond.

This novel will reach your heart and reveal hardships of a romantic couple. Time Traveler's Wife will show the reader how through time, all secrets will suddenly be revealed. It is overall an amazing book that will captivate the reader's attention from the first page.  

I recommend this book to teens above fourteen, because the book does contain many intense scenes not suitable for young readers. If you like romantic books with a hint of action and mystery, this book is the one for you!

Lauren, 16

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The Lab

by Jack Heath

The Lab coverAgent Six of Hearts is the best and youngest field agent in the vigilante force, The Deck, fighting against the evil government ChaoSonic that has corrupted the continent. The world is filled with an impenetrable fog, creating pollution and sickness--it's a miracle if one can live to 60. As an old enemy that was supposed to be crushed rises up once again, it's up to Six to stop them from creating a weapon of mass destruction that will allow ChaoSonic to gain complete control of not only their continent, but the world.

I loved this book for the action scenes. What's more exciting than a teenage spy in a dystopian world? Heath caught me by surprise in many of the twists and turns in this book, and every character is both memorable and likeable.

Anyone who likes the Alex Rider series (spies) or even the Hunger Games (dystopia) would enjoy this book.

Erica, 16

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