The Revenge of Seven

by Pittacus Lore

The fifth in the series, this book continues the adventures of aliens from Lorien battling the Mogadorians on planet Earth. The Lorien Garde try to defend themselves as well as the planet as the Mogadorians begin their invasion.

I love this book because it is packed full with action, romance, and fantasy. I also think that the book is well written and Pittacus Lore is successful in getting the reader to give up the willing suspension of disbelief.

I would recommend this book to people who liked books such as the HostHunger Games, Fablehaven, and Divergent. It has the same action and romance feel but with a bit of an alien twist.

Emma, 18

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Things Hoped For

by Andrew Clements

Gwen is a violinist in Manhattan competing for entry to one of Manhattan's top music schools. She doesn't need more stress, but her grandfather disappears with only a phone message addressed to her as a clue to where he is. Then she meets Robert, who's also auditioning, and things suddenly don't seem so bad. But when a dead body is found in her home and an invisible man shows up inside her house, Gwen and Robert are suddenly brought together in a way they could never have imagined. Things Hoped For is the second in the series started by the book Things Not Seen.

Things Hoped For is a great book because it makes you think through different perspectives. I like how the characters from the first book of the series tie in with the setting and people of this book.

If you like science-fiction or suspense stories, you will very much enjoy reading Things Hoped For.

Julia, 13

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenOne family tragedy results in a huge secret that may lead to a dark and dangerous turnout. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a story about a boy named Jacob who explores an abandoned orphanage and finds out that the orphans that once lived here are still alive, each with a "special" talent.

In my opinion, I did not like the book very well, but it is interesting. It is filled with mystery and suspicion. The book included pictures of each of the orphans doing their "special" talent that I thought was disturbing. I also did not like the book because of the author's way of painting the scenes. He does not describe the scenes in the book too well, and so it was very difficult to imagine what is going on in your head.

I would recommend this book to readers that are interested in a mysterious plot. I would also recommend this book to readers ages 12 and up because of its disturbing images and confusing text.

Sara, 14  

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeImagine if you wrote a letter to every crush you ever had, but they were just for your eyes only? Now imagine what would you do if you found out they somehow got mailed out? Lara Song is just quiet girl who lives in the shadow of her best friend and older sister. When she finds out the letters have been mailed, she goes on a crazy adventure to find out who mailed the letters and to prevent them from being received.

Suprisingly I really liked this book, I thought it would be very cliche from the title of the book. I liked how it showed a different side of Lara when she is in the spotlight and not being criticized by her sister.

I would recommend this book if you like contemporary novels. The problems within this novel are very realistic as they deal with family and friends.

Audrey, 17

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Sweetly

by Jackson Pearce

SweetlySweetly by Jackson Pearce, is a twist on an old, but popular, fairy tale known as Hansel and Gretel. The main characters Ansel and Gretchen, had their sister taken by a witch in the woods when they were young. Approximately, five years later, their stepmother kicks Ansel and Gretchen out of the house, and into the woods. That is when they stumble upon a bakery and are invited to stay by a beautiful candy maker. But the longer they stay, the more secrets they uncover, and there is no turning back.

I loved this book because of the way the author creatively changes the story. She makes it more interesting and entertaining. Once you start the book, you can not put it down. It is a real page-turner and I am very glad I got to read this story.

I highly recommend this book to readers who love fantasy and action books. It is a good read for all ages and I believe it also teaches good lessons, or morals. One lesson is to never talk to strangers or enter their home, no matter how nice they seem to be. 

Sara, 14

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The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders written by S.E. Hinton, is an all-time classic filled with action, excitement, and more. In the novel, there are two rival gangs, the Socs and the Greasers. They cannot stand each other and always cause trouble. The main character, Ponyboy Curtis, is a part of the Greasers with his two brothers. Throughout the story, Ponyboy goes through many things that cause him to realize that the Greasers and the Socs are not so different from each other.

Not only is The Outsiders an all-time classic, it is also my all-time favorite. I am very grateful S.E. Hinton took the time to write this novel because it taught me that all the decisions you make come with a sacrifice, and you have to realize that. It also taught me that you create your own destiny with the choices you make. You should not let anyone tell you who to be or what to do. It'll make you burst into tears in some parts, laugh until your side hurts in others, and it'll sometimes make you just plain happy. I hope you take into consideration into reading this book. This book changed my life, and I know it will do the same for you.

I would recommend this novel to readers who are interested in action and dramatic novels. I would also recommend it to readers ages 13 and up because of its violence and inappropriate language. The Outsiders is a real page turner and life-changing book.

Sara, 14

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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

by Maya Van Wagenen

Popular : Vintage Wisdom for a Modern GeekWhen Maya is given a popularity guide from the 1950's, she laughs at it. But then she has the idea to implement the strategies from the book for her last year of middle school. Follow Maya as she works her way through the social ladder using strategies that may just make her popular.

Personally, this book amazed me because it was written by a teenager and was very genuine. It really showed how expanding beyond your comfort zone can be a good thing.

I would recommend this book because it was extremely well written and will make you laugh. Also any teenager can relate to being self conscious about yourself and your actions.

Audrey, 17

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The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

The Maze RunnerOne group of friends, one maze, and only one way out. The Maze Runner is a story of a group of kids who are trapped in a maze trying to find their way out. Secrets begin to unravel as they move farther into the maze.

The Maze Runner was one of the best books I have read due to its action, adventure, and drama. It was a good page-turner and I am very glad that I got the opportunity to read this book. I like how the author uses descriptive words and phrases to help imagine the scene better.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who love adventure books, with a touch of romance. Its keeps you at the edge of your seats, waiting to know what happens next. I would recommend this book to readers ages 13 and up due to the violence and slight crude language.

Sara, 14

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Things Not Seen

by Andrew Clements

Things Not SeenThings Not Seen is about a teenage boy named Bobby who wakes up one day and discovers that he's invisible. When the police get involved with his unique (or is it unique?) situation he has to learn how to survive in a world where people are frightened by the unusual. Will Bobby ever become visible again? Or will he have to stay this way forever, lonely and isolated from everyone but the ones closest to him?

I like this book because it shows how people view things differently. When Alicia meets Bobby she thinks he's just a normal person because she's blind. Everyone else, on the other hand, freaked out when they heard or felt Bobby, but didn't see him.

I would recommend this book because it's good and interesting to think about things from different perspectives. People who like science fiction with a little bit of suspense would probably like this book. 

Julia, 13

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Isla and the Happily Ever After

by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever AfterHave you ever had that crush where you just think "will he never notice me"? Isla definitely has. She is a hopeless romantic and when she returns to school in Paris, Josh and Isla become closer than she could have ever imagined. But not all relationships are smooth sailing.

I genuinely wanted to like this book, but I thought it moved by way too fast. Also the main character went out of her way to find things wrong with her relationship which really annoyed me.

I would only recommend it if you have read the other books in the series, because they make cameos and you get to see what is up with them.

Audrey, 17

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The Death Cure

by James Dashner

The final piece of the series, The Death Cure is about W.I.C.K.E.D's efforts to find an antidote to the epidemic that has plagued the world. The Gladers, as well as Group B, are cooped up in the organization's headquarters. After escaping, they travel to Denver, where they begin to see the true wrath of the Flare. Friends are lost in the chaos.

I love this book even though endings are always bittersweet to me. With events that come out of nowhere, I couldn't put down my book. I found myself haunted somewhat by the drudging finality of the story near the end. I didn't really like how Thomas has Brenda as a love interest, but the memorandum message from Chancellor Paige was a good last word.

This book would be great for anyone who likes having their heart thrown around with all of the surprising outcomes there are. Anyone who likes a good death will appreciate this novel, and anyone who likes a good mystery will pour over it like I have. And remember, W.I.C.K.E.D. is good.

Desiree, 14

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Dreamless : a Starcrossed novel

by Josephine Angelini

In the sequel to Starcrossed, Helen faces many challenges and has to overcome obstacles in the Underworld. Being the Descender, she has to find a way to rid the world of the Furies, while also maintaining a normal life, for her father's sake. To top it off, she meets a new boy, Orion, and has trouble depicting her feelings for both him and Lucas.

I loved this book. It was a little slow at first, but then the action kicked in and the ball started rolling. It was an amazing sequel.

I would recommend this book to anyone who read the first book. I would recommend the entire series to any young adult reader who enjoys action, romance, and some Greek mythology.

Chanel, 16

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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France

by Leonie Frieda

This biography captures Catherine de Medici's lifetime from a unique and well-researched perspective. This queen is often remembered for the murder of thousands in the massacre of many on St. Bartholomew's Day, however she made many positive contributions to France and the surrounding countries. The book gives a positive perspective of her during her reign and the reigns of her children.

The biography was interesting because it did not display prejudice against her even though she is primarily known today as a murderer. I enjoyed this because history classes do not have the time to go in depth the way this biography does, so it offers a new point of view.

I would recommend this book to someone who finds history a fascinating subject and to someone who enjoys reading biographies. This book tells a woman's entire life story and gives an elegant window into her time period.

Tabitha, 16

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The Bone Clocks

by David Mitchell

The Bone ClocksThis book centers around the life of Holly Sykes, a seemingly normal girl from England. More importantly, it focuses on the lives that become wrapped up not only in Holly's, but the invisible struggle for power between two immortal, superhuman forces.

This carefully crafted book amalgamates the lives of mortals with those to whom immortality is simply a way of life. In doing so, Mitchell creates a book that both questions and answers how valuable our time on earth is. While some parts may prove to be a bit slow, the overall intrigue of the story is not lost.

The Bone Clocks is yet another title in David Mitchell's impressive repertoire of visionary novels. Enthralling story-telling, true to his style, pairs well with his cunning ability to leave you questioning even the simplest of motives. This newest novel of his is sure to capture those with a love of science fiction and honest realism alike.

Melina, 15

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Things That Are

by Andrew Clements

Things That AreAlicia is blind, but she still sees the events unfolding around her. She sees her parents who want her to live her own life, but still feel the need to protect her. She sees Bobby, who seems to be edging closer. She sees William, a man who isn't only invisible to her, like everyone else in her life, but also to the whole world. Is he really kind and trustworthy like he seems? Or is Alicia mistaken by her instincts? Things That Are is the third in a series started by the book Things Not Seen.

Things That Are is an interesting book because it's about learning to trust the things we know but can't see.

If you like adventure, romance, and mystery then you will like reading Things That Are.

Julia, 13

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