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The Gorgon's Gaze 

by Julia Golding
04/22/2016 Categories: environmental mythology paranormal

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’s 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
04/19/2016 Categories: identity materialism social classes

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
04/19/2016 Categories: romance suspense vampires

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
04/19/2016 Categories: fantasy paranormal supernatural

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
04/19/2016 Categories: murder mystery older teens suspense

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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The Perfectionists 

by Sara Shepard

This book was about five girls who all share a hatred of one common person. They pretend to plan out his murder, but only meant to prank him, not murder him. The night of their prank, their victim dies, exactly the way they planned. They now have to find the killer before it's too late.

The book was an interesting one to read, because it was suspenseful and kept you guessing throughout the entire book. It was good to read from all the switching perspectives throughout the book, showing you how each person thought.

 

I would recommend this book to others who like to read from different perspectives in a story. I would also recommend this book too people who like a suspenseful story. However, if you don't like switching perspectives, then this book might not be for you.

Natalie, 14

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Blood Ties  

by Garth Nix
04/09/2016 Categories: adventure animals fantasy

In this third installment of the series: Spirit Animals; Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan find themselves in danger once again. They must travel to the Lake of the Elephant, to find the talisman of Dinesh, the great elephant. To save their land, all of the great animals talismans must be united.

This book was very well-written. There was plenty of action and side stories, all tied together to the plot. As the book went along, my interest in the book waned a little, but it is very good overall.

This book is perfect for anyone who likes animals or distant lands.

Hieu, 16

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And Then There Were None  

by Agatha Christie
04/09/2016 Categories: murder mystery older teens

Eight people arrive on Soldier Island, invited by their friends Mr. and Mrs. Owen.

The housekeeper and butler inform them that their hosts are not yet on the island.

Things seem fairly ordinary until, one by one, people start to disappear.

And Then There Were None is basically like the game of Clue. Everyone is trying to figure out who the murderer is. The language; however, is a little old, which may make it boring for some people.

I would recommend this book to people in their teens and over. Anyone younger wouldn't find it interesting, as it is a complex murder mystery.

Alex, 15

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/09/2016 Categories: action battles sci fi survival stories

Twenty-four teens are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem. Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Awesome book, I couldn't stop reading it. It has a lot of action. What I like about this book is that Katniss never gave up even though she faced some hard situations.

Yes, I would recommended this book others because it shows how hard life could be sometimes, but you never have to give. People who like a lot of action would like this book.

Yessica, 14

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Speak 

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda Sordino, busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone. Inside her own head, but even that’s not safe. There’s something she’s trying not to think about. Something about the night of the party that, if she let’s it in, it would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak.

Speak is a book about depression. Depression is the unspoken theme that defines Melinda's behavior. I like how the book was well written.

I would recommend this book to everyone. This is such an important book for the he content and message it presents.

Yessica, 14

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Tracked 

by Jenny Martin
04/09/2016 Categories: action sci fi suspense

Earth as we know it has changed. The climate has become unstable, unsafe (in most areas) for human life. Major corporates now rule the land and oppress the people. Welcome to the world of Tracked. Phoebe Van Zant is a 17-year-old rally racer, the best on the streets. Her many victories catch the attention of Charles Benroyal, an owner of the most powerful corporation. She and her best friend, Bear, are blackmailed into joining Benroyal to race for him. When Phoebe finds out the Benroyal is playing a more dire game than she figures, it's up to Phoebe and her rebel friends to dethrone Benroyal and restore Earth to its former glory.

This book was amazing. There was plenty of action in the book along with adrenaline-pumping details of races. This book is something to die for.

The world in Tracked is almost exactly the same as the world in Hunger Games. Substitute the Games for rally racing, President Snow for Charles Benroyal, Gale for Bear, Peeta for Prince Cash, Katniss Everdeen for Phoebe Van Zant, and you've got the general idea of its similarities. For those who love Hunger Games, this is the book for you.

Hieu, 16

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The Chimera's Curse 

by Julia Golding
04/09/2016 Categories: friendship paranormal

This book is about Connie, a 14 year old girl, who has a unique power with mythical creatures. The shape-shifter, Kullervo, has an army ready, and is preparing for a war. In the meantime, Connie's brother is becoming a companion, and Col has to learn to handle his conflicted feelings.

 

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, or animals and nature in general. This book is a bit of cliffhanger, and keeps you wondering what will happen next, after the book is over.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the epic conclusion to the Harry Potter series. In this book, Harry and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, embark on a journey to find and destroy the seven “horcruxes”. Each containing a piece of Voldemort's evil, and dark soul. Throughout the journey, the three friends will encounter many obstacles and enemies, which they’ll have to overcome in order to finally defeat Voldemort and bring peace to the wizarding world.

This book was a grand finale to an epic series. J.K. Rowling has created an amazing story, and many things that were kept a mystery throughout the series are now explained in this book. All of the books in the Harry Potter series are great.

If you like exciting and action packed fantasy novels, then Harry Potter is the series for you. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a real page turner and a satisfying conclusion to this great series.

Bryan, 13

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Thirteen Reasons Why 

by Jay Asher
03/29/2016 Categories: dating drama high school drama suicide

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it laying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate, and crush; who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his their town with Hannah's voice as his guide. He becomes a first -hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

I liked this book it was very interesting. I also liked the way it was written. The bad thing about it is I can't get it out of my head I just feel sorry for Hannah and it made me see that even the most littlest thing can really affect someone, it was sad.

Yes, I would recommend this books others because it teaches you how a couple of rumors could ruin someone’s life. I think it's a very good book and everyone would like it.

Yessica, 14

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