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Blood of the Reich 

by William Dietrich
07/18/2012 Categories: action battles holocaust suspense

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
07/11/2012 Categories: action demonology fantasy magic

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
07/11/2012 Categories: action fantasy romance suspense

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
07/11/2012 Categories: action mystery tv show

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
07/03/2012 Categories: action adventure kidnapping masterminds

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
07/03/2012 Categories: action dystopia sci fi suspense

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
06/28/2012 Categories: action demonology magic suspense

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
06/18/2012 Categories: action dystopia romance survival stories

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
04/26/2012 Categories: action adventure dystopia romance

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
04/09/2012 Categories: action dystopia movie suspense

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
02/29/2012 Categories: action romance time travel

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
02/29/2012 Categories: action dystopia spies suspense

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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True Grit 

by Charles Portis
12/06/2011 Categories: action family drama wild west

Image result for true grit by charles portisMattie Ross is a plucky 14 year old girl who goes out in search of Tom Chaney, the murderer of her father. She ventures out to the wild Choctow Nation with the help of two rangers to avenge her father's death.

True Grit is the story of a young girl's persistence, strength, and love for her father. This book was great because Mattie never lets her age stop her from avenging her father. The book was definitely enjoyable, but it can drag on towards the middle and be a bit difficult for younger readers to understand. 

I would recommend this book to older readers ages 13 and up. It's a great read for people who enjoy reading about adventure, the Wild West, and a spunky main character. 

Gillyn, 15

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