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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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All In 

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
07/26/2016 Categories: action detective stories murder mystery

All In is a continuation of the Naturals series, where five teenagers with exceptional abilities work together to solve FBI cases. In this book, Cassie and the Naturals are working a serial murder case, and stumble upon a cult that may hold the answers to Cassie's mother's disappearance.

I like All In because the mystery was exciting and had several unexpected plot twists. All In's mystery is believable and an awesome addition to the YA mystery collection.

I would recommend All In to fans of CSI type movies, books, etc. And since there is an element of a love triangle in the Naturals series, fans of the Hunger Games might enjoy this book as well.

Amanda, 16

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Submerged 

by Dani Pettrey
07/12/2016 Categories: family drama murder suspense

Submerged is a story about a girl who returns to her hometown in Alaska for her aunt's funeral, only to find out her aunt's death was no accident. She does not want to stay, since her questionable past is remembered in the small town, but she might be the only person who can solve her aunt's murder.

I really enjoyed Submerged. It was a quality read since the writing was believable, not far-fetched. I also enjoyed the character development the author used to make the small-town characters come to life.

I would recommend Submerged to fans of subtle romance and mysteries. Fans of the Dee Henderson would love Submerged.

Amanda, 16

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Stranded 

by Dani Pettry
07/12/2016 Categories: family drama romance suspense

Stranded is a story about a reporter named Darcy St. James, who embarks on an Alaskan cruise at the request of her reporter friend, Abby. When Abby goes missing, and no one else seems to care, it's up to Gage and Darcy to find her. But as Darcy keeps digging, she realizes Abby is not the only one who has disappeared

I enjoyed Stranded because of the mystery it presented. Additionally, the character development and character interaction was more realistic than some of Pettrey's past novels.

I would recommend Stranded to fans of CSI/FBI themed novels. Fans of Dee Henderson would enjoy this novel too.

Amanda, 16

 

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Silenced 

by Dani Pettrey

Silenced is a book about a girl named Kayden who finds a murder victim while rock climbing. As she works on the case with Jake, a former detective, they find that the present seems to be repeating Jake's past.

Silenced was a definite page-turner due to the mystery and suspense of the novel. I, however, found that this suspense seems to hide the fact that the first mystery did not feel resolved before you are caught up in this next one. I am generally impressed by the novel, but I wish there had been more resolution.

I would recommend this book to fans of romance and mystery books. Since this book is similar to some of Irene Hannon and Dee Henderson's works, fans of those authors would really enjoy this book.

Amanda, 16

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Shattered 

by Dani Pettrey

Shattered is a story about Piper and Landon, two friends that have known each other since childhood. When Piper's brother is arrested for murder, Piper is determined to prove his innocence, and with Landon's help, they just might be able to do it.

I really enjoyed reading Shattered because the mystery was constantly moving forward, giving the book an overall momentum. The mystery leaves you guessing, and keeps you excited in general.

I would recommend Shattered to fans of romance and mysteries. Fans of Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon would also enjoy this novel.

Amanda, 16

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This Shattered World 

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This book is about two complete opposites. She is the best soldier on the planet of Avon, and He is the leader of the opposing rebellion. When they both find that what they want really isn't that different, they must find a way to work together to stop the fight, and uncover a huge secret that could destroy their planet, all the while battling their inner demons.

This was a good book, because it provides an insight on how opposing characters can become the closest of friends, and how the right thing to do, isn't the easiest. It also introduces a great story about love in the midst of war.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy science fiction and romance stories. The perspective of the novel shifts from chapter to chapter, so it may appeal to some readers.

Natalie, 15

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Me Before You 

by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You is about two people who are nothing alike but fall in love anyway. He is a disabled man who misses his fast-paced life and she is a quirky girl stuck in a boring town. She teaches him that life does not have to be perfect to be good and he teaches her that life is an adventure.

I loved this book, it was thought-provoking and funny at the same time. I laughed and I cried. Any book that can make you feel emotions like that must have been written in such a way as to make you feel like you are part of the story.

If you like tear jerkers and stories about life's imperfections, you would love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I highly recommend this book to fans of Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl and The Fault in Our Stars.

Amanda, 16

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These Broken Stars 

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars is a story about two very different people; a soldier who came from nothing, and a girl who was born into one of the richest families in the galaxy. Together they must find a way to survive after they crash landed on a deserted planet. They encounter an eerie discovery on their way back home.

I really did like this book, because it provides an interesting view of the future through Science Fiction. The story’s location not only includes planet Earth, but the entire galaxy. The combination of Science Fiction mixed with a love story provides a good book, and excellent story line.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy Science Fiction and romance stories with shifting perspectives.

Natalie, 15

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Kill Me Softly 

by Sarah Cross
07/09/2016 Categories: fairy tale retelling fantasy romance

Kill Me Softly is about Mirabelle, a girl days away from her sixteenth birthday. She runs away to the town where her parents died, only to discover a town stuck in a fairytale. Mira discovers her own fairytale destiny, but she may be too late to save herself.

I liked Kill Me Softly because the storyline was really creative, incorporating classic fairy tales but spinning them in a new way. The book was funny too, and I found myself laughing a lot.

I would recommend Kill Me Softly to fans of the TV series “Once Upon a Time”. Readers who enjoy stories branching from the original Grimm Brother's stories would love this book.

Amanda, 16

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Fast Track 

by Julie Garwood

Fast Track is a story about Cordie, a teacher in Chicago. After Cordie's father dies, Cordie decides to find her mother who has been absent for most of her life. She and Aiden, her friend since childhood, fly to Australia to track down her mother. Once there, Cordie faces danger as her mother's family is determined to erase Cordie from their family history.

Fast Track, like the name suggests, is a fast-paced and exciting read. There are however, lots of  scenes with more mature content that may appeal to older teens.

I would recommend this book to fans of action and mystery novels.

Amanda, 16

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Their Fractured Light 

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
07/09/2016 Categories: battles romance sci fi survival stories

This book is about two people; Gideon, a galaxy renowned hacker, and Sofia, a brilliant con artist. When their paths collide one day, the pair is forced to work together to survive, all the while struggling to trust each other, and, ultimately, themselves. The two must find a way to overcome their hurdles and find a way to save the universe.

I liked this book because it shows the value of choice, and how people are what they choose to be. It also shows how hard work trust can be, but how wonderful it is when it's achieved. The biggest lesson in this book, is how to still love after enduring so much pain, and how love is found in the most unexpected places.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy science fiction and romance stories. The perspective of the novel changes from chapter to chapter, so it may appeal to some readers.

Natalie, 15

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Where The Stars Still Shine 

by Trish Doller
05/27/2016 Categories: family drama identity kidnapping older teens

Where the Stars Still Shine is a book about Callie, a seventeen-year-old girl who was abducted by her mom at a young age. Callie is found by the police, and brought home to her dad, but she struggles to adjust to living a normal life.
 

I am a tough critic, but this book was not my favorite. Even if you can handle the adult content scenes, there's a lot of sad moments, and the ending with the love interest left me dissatisfied.

Where the Stars Still Shine ends in a cliffhanger fashion where you get to decide what happens without the author explicitly telling you which may be appealing to some readers.

Amanda, 16

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A Girl Called Fearless 

by Catherine Linka

A Girl Called Fearless is about a dystopian society where the majority of child bearing age women have died, so the men control everything that the older women and younger girls do. One teenage girl, called Avie, has been promised in marriage by her own father to a much older man that she hates. Avie decides to run away, and this is the story of her journey.

The first half of the book is incredible, with a dynamic character, Avie, and problems for her to face. The second half was also good, but it had a slightly different tone that was not quite as adventure-filled.

This book would be a great read for fans of the Matched series or The Heir series.

Amanda, 16

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All The Light We Cannot See 

by Anthony Doerr
05/20/2016 Categories: handicaps holocaust survival stories war

This book is an incredible story that follows the lives of a teen age girl and boy during WWII. All they have in common is the war, until their paths cross one day. The boy who is an orphaned is convinced to join the Nazi Party, but feels like he is not doing what's right. The girl who is blind, struggles as she is forced to leave her home in Paris, and live with her Great-Uncle.

All the Light We Cannot See is an amazing book because it shows an angle of the Holocaust not normally covered: the German's side. The characters are well developed, leaving you hopeful they'll do the right things.

If you love historical fiction, and a challenging read with incredible language, you'll love All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Amanda, 16

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