Princess Academy

by Shannon Hale
This book is about a young girl, Miri, who lives in the small village of Mt. Eskel. Her town is picked to attend Princess Academy, where the prince will pick a bride, and Miri and the girls must all attend. At the academy, Miri must contend with fierce competition, new learning styles, and her own inner desires to see what she really wants.
I liked this book, because it was interesting to read about princesses, but with a much more modern twist. The book was unpredictable, and always kept me guessing, which made it fun to read.
I would recommend this book to people who like reading about princess stories, but it a much less fairytale-like way. The book is suspenseful, so if that is what appeals to you, this book is good.
Natalie, 14
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Monster High: A Novel

by Lisi Harrison

This book follows the lives of Melody Carver and Frankie Stein. Two very different individuals who have less than nothing in common. Melody and Frankie at the end find themselves joining together to help save everything that they love. Along the way, the girls find romance, although it comes in many unexpected forms.

This book was an okay read. It was an interesting storyline.

I would recommend this book to people who like reading about monsters. I would also recommend this book for those who may not like all the gore and horror aspects of traditional monster stories. The book does have switching perspectives, which could appeal to some readers.

Natalie, 14

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Mines of the Minotaur

by Julia Golding

This book is about Connie, a 13 year old girl, who has a unique ability with mythical creatures. She is now being called to by a dark force, making her cause storms and disasters to happen. The Society does not believe her when she says she isn't responsible, and they remind her membership.

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

This book is good for those who like reading about mythical creatures, or just animals and nature in general. It is a suspenseful book, with many twists and turns, and will have you guessing until the end.

Natalie, 14

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Cress : The Lunar Chronicles

by Marissa Meyer

Cress follows the journey of several people throughout their journey to save Earth from the lunar planet. The main focus throughout the book is on characters Cress and Thorne, who crashed on earth from a satellite, and they now must find their way through the desert. Cress has never been on Earth, so she must learn to adapt, and handle what she came to do.

I liked this book because it was never boring, and was interesting to read. The book mixes both action and romance to form a very well written book that keeps you guessing after every chapter, which is fun to read.

I would recommend this book to others if they like a bit of a futuristic aspect, and those who like love stories. The perspectives switch around after every chapter, so it may be appealing to some readers.

Natalie, 14

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Geek Girl

by Holly Smale

This book is about a high school girl, Harriet Manners, who is considered a "geek" by her fellow classmates. She wants to change her life for the better, so when she gets scouted for a modeling program, she thinks that this could be it. She soon discovers that modeling, and keeping it a secret, is not as easy as she thought.

 

I liked this book because it was set in a realistic place and situation, which makes it very relatable to people. The girl in the book is also rather humorous, which makes the book very fun to read.

 

I would recommend this book to those who like reading about the not-so-perfect models. This book might also appeal to those who can relate to being the "geek" in their school.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl follows the life of a college freshman, Cath, who has to learn to live on her own, while simultaneously worrying about her twin sister, and her father. She meets new people, but her fixation on finishing her fanfiction keeps her from being too outgoing. She does make friends, but not in the way she imagined.

I liked this book because of the realistic setting, and relatable vibe it sent to people. The book also had a good love story, which made it interesting, and worthwhile to read. It also shines a realistic light on how difficult life can really be, and how we have to handle it.

I would recommend this book to those who have a love for realistic books.  The novel might also appeal to those who like to read fanfiction, and can understand the obsession that Cath has.

Natalie, 14

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Vicious: A Pretty Little Liar's Novel

by Sara Shepard

This book was about the ending of the Pretty Little Liars Series. It follows the lives of the four girls as they are set to go into trial. The girls must find a way to prove their innocence, before it is too late. Along the way, they learn what they truly want, and who they really are.

This book was interesting because it was full of suspense and really make you second-guess everything you thought you knew about these girls. It also provided a cliffhanger ending that really made you want more.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a bit of mystery, while also enjoying a modern day take. The book is filled with suspense, and the switching perspectives make it very fun to read.

Natalie, 14

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The Secret of the Sirens

by Julia Golding

This book was about Connie Lionheart, an eleven year old girl who is forced to move in with her aunt who lives by the sea. She soon meets a new friend, Col, and discovers that her aunt is part of a society who protects mythical creatures. She also learns of her own unique power, and the danger that accompanies it.

 

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

 

I would recommend this book to those who like reading about mythical creatures, and to people who like animals in general. The book is told mainly from two perspectives, which may be appealing to some readers.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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The Ghoul Next Door: A Novel

by Lisi Harrison

This book follows the lives of Melody Carver, Frankie Stein and Cleo De Nile. While they try to save their friends and their family, they must find a way to stop a video that exposes their secret monster identities. If they can't, the whole monster community will be in shambles.

This book was okay to read, the chapters are fairly short, which may make it a little confusing to read, considering that the chapters switch perspectives each time. The book did have a nice level of suspense, and made the ending an interesting one.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes reading about monsters, but without all the gore and horror. The book can be a bit confusing at times, especially to those who don't like switching perspectives.

Natalie, 14

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The Gorgon's Gaze

by Julia Golding

This book is about Connie, a 12 year old girl who has a unique power with mythical creatures. She is the most important member of her society, and is in danger from the shape-shifter, Kullervo. Her parents; however, do not believe this, and send her off to live with her aunt and uncle. Col, Connie‚Äôs best friend,  has his own set of troubles, mainly centered on his mother and her companion.

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

I would recommend this book to people who like reading about mythical creatures, or animals in general. The book is told from 2 perspectives, so it can be a bit confusing if you don't like that. It is also full of twists and turns, and will keep you guessing throughout.

Natalie, 14

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Princess for Hire

by Lindsey Leavitt

This book follows the everyday life of a girl named Desi, She wishes that her life could turn extraordinary, and wishes for excitement. Her wishes do come true, but not in the ways that she thought they would. She becomes a filler princess; someone who would fill in for princesses in their break times.

This book was a decent book to read, because it had a very interesting plot line, and the story idea was fun to read. However, there wasn't much action in the book, which I found to be a little boring.

This book is a good fit for people who like girly books, and who enjoy a bit of a shorter read. The lack of action could; however, turn away readers who enjoy that in books.

Natalie, 14

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The Ruby Circle: a Bloodlines novel

by Richelle Mead

This book followed the paths of Sydney and Adrian in their attempts to find and rescue their friend Jill. They must find her in time, both to ensure her safety, and to make sure that the current queen remains queen. The newly married couple must also learn how to manage their own inner demons to succeed in their quest.

This book is a good book to read because it incorporates action and romance into a wonderful storyline. The ending is also entirely unexpected, and the story was full of suspense, which kept me thinking.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action filled stories, or to people who enjoy reading about love. The book can get very descriptive about the fight scenes, which could make some people not want to read it.

Natalie, 14

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and his friends are back at Hogwarts after the summer break. After an incident with a flying car, they are now under pressure to live it down. Sadly for Harry, a mysterious problem is spreading around the school, and he is being blamed for it. Harry and his friends must find out what is causing it before it is too late.

I liked this book because it was full of action, and kept me guessing throughout the book. It was very suspenseful, and made me want to keep reading it.

I would recommend this book to people who want to continue on with the Harry Potter series, or to those who love action and magic.

Natalie,14

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Fire and Ice

by Shannon Hale

In this fourth installment of the series Spirit Animals, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan must travel to the Artic lands in the northern parts of Erdas to track down Suka, the Great Polar Bear, and acquire her talisman. The Conquerors are right behind them, ready to take the talisman by force and plunge the land of Erdas into chaos. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan must overcome the odds and try to keep the talisman out of the evil Conqueror's hands.

This book was very well-written. There were a few instances that I found myself starting to lose interest, but overall I still enjoyed reading this book.

I would recommend this book to those who love animals or distant lands.

Hieu, 16

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Jacob Portman thinks he's just about as normal as a 16 year old boy could get. However, after his grandfather's strange death, he begins to ask questions about his grandfather's peculiar life. Who really was Grandpa Portman? A trip to the island from his grandfather's childhood answers these questions, and turns Jacob's life upside down.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is slightly scary at first. There are so many unanswered questions, which makes you want to read more. I love the twists that the author puts around every corner, making it an unpredictable story.

If you like creepy or 20th century setting books, then Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children would be perfect for you. Also, if you like unexpected outcomes and monsters, this will be a great read for you.

Alex, 15

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