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

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

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

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

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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Girl Online : The First Novel By Zoella

by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online follows an anonymous teenage blogger, who is known as “Penny” – a clumsy, anxious, and sweet girl who has struggled a long time with panic attacks. When in New York for her mom's job, she meets Noah. She slowly begins to fall in love with him, unaware of his secret identity of a famous musician.

This book was a really good book to read, because it was exciting throughout, and was not entirely predictable. It also has a great romance storyline, and is very relatable to teenagers.

This book would be good for someone who likes reading about romance with a more realistic storyline. It isn't much of an action filled book, and has a particularly English tone.

Natalie, 14

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Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

J.K Rowling

Harry Potter is back to his fourth year at Hogwarts. This time, he is getting roped into taking part in the Tri-wizard Tournament; the problem is, he didn't enter. The whole school is against him, and he has to ignore that, while also trying to stay alive.

I liked this book because it was very action packed, and was interesting to read. It was very descriptive, and made me almost feel like I was there.

 

I would recommend this book to people who want to continue with the Harry Potter series, or anyone who likes reading about magic.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Princess Academy : Palace of Stone

by Shannon Hale

This book was about a young girl, Miri, who was invited to her best friend's wedding. Her best friend happens to be a princess, and Miri soon discovers a plot to assassinate her. Miri must use her skills to find the killer, while also making sure it never happens again.

It was an interesting read, but can also be a bit slow at times. The overall plot was interesting and unpredictable.

I would recommend this book to people who like reading about medieval times with modern twists. In my opinion, the book would appeal more toward girls.

Natalie, 14

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The Anti-Prom

by Abby McDonald

This book follows the lives of three high school girls on prom night. Bliss has just found out her boyfriend has cheated on her, and wants revenge. She pulls Jolene into the act, and together, they convince Meg to help them. The three unlikely friends work together throughout the night, getting revenge, and ultimately finding themselves.

 

This book was interesting to read, because it follows three different perspectives, so that you could see what all three characters were thinking. It was interesting, but the main characters could be frustrating to read about at times.

 

This book would be good for people who enjoy reading about the darker sides of happy events, and for people who enjoy reading about how the people who are your friends, are not always who you think they are.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Don't Even Think About It

by Sarah Mlynowski

This book follows the lives of one high school class, which develops telepathy by the administering of a faulty batch of flu shots. The class now has the ability to hear each other's thoughts, as well as the thoughts of everyone around them. They have to learn to work together, and learn how to handle their new powers.

This book was an interesting read, because I was able to follow all the points of view in one fluid perspective. The twists and turns throughout the book kept me guessing, and it was never boring to read.

 

This book is good for people who like interesting and quirky plot lines, as well as those readers who like reading about special powers. The book doesn't involve much action, as its focus is mostly on everyday settings.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K Rowling

Harry Potter is back at Hogwarts for his third year, and is having a rough time. His “Quidditch” games are on, but the new additions to the school are making it hard to concentrate. To make things worse a dangerous murderer is on the loose and appears to be hunting him down.

I liked this book because it kept me guessing, and had many different twists that made it impossible to guess the ending. It was full of surprises and made me want to keep reading.

I would recommend this book to people who want to continue with the Harry Potter series or to those who want to read about magic and suspense.

Natalie, 14

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