Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

Image result for jane eyre book coverAs an unwanted child and later as a governess restricted by society's expectations, Jane Eyre must find a way to balance her strong emotions and her unwavering morals. In this dark, gothic novel Charlotte Bronte explores the themes of status quo, romance, and religion in the 19th century. 

The best part of this novel was the unexpected, almost cheesy, suspense and plot twists that are emphasized by the gothic style. Jane perceives everything as almost magical or mysterious. Even into adulthood, she seems to continually witness bizarre events. 

I would recommend this book not only because it is good exposure to this style of literature, but because it is often the source of interesting debate. There are a variety of views concerning whether Jane and Rochester's choices were justified. In addition, it is extremely dense with symbolism and metaphor and would thus be a great book for an analysis essay.

Juila, 18

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The Last Star

by Rick Yancey

The last start takes off shortly after what has happened in The Last Star. Cassie must fight between her love for Evan and her fear for his kind.

This book was in my opinion not as captivating as the previous two book in this series. It was in a way confusing with the flash backs it contained. But I did enjoy how it changed perspectives in each chapter.

Never the less I would still recommend this book because of how much I enjoyed the previous two. If you like the previous two book you might like this one.

Emily, 16

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The Infinite Sea

by Rick Yancey

Cassie, her little brother, and squad 53 have all taken refuge in a hotel they call "Walker Hotel". Ringer decides that the hotel won't be safe for much longer and goes off in search of a new place to take refuge. Through this time they grow weaker and must prepare for the challenge of fighting the silencers and the child army.

I really liked this book and how it had different perspectives each chapter. It contains romance, action, and suspense.

If you liked the The Hunger Games or Divergent then you will love this book. Its full of suspense and action. 

Emily, 16

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The Fifth Wave

by Rick Yancey

1st Wave: lights out, 2nd Wave: surf's up, 3rd Wave: pestilence, 4th Wave: silencers. Cassie has survived all of them and is now alone, maybe the last human on earth. She was found by a "silencer" and shot in the leg and left for dead until Evan Walker finds her and nourishes her back to health. They must fight together to find Cassie's little brother and survive the 5th wave.

I absolutely loved this book and the other two that follows. It is a twisted survival story unlike any other.

If you like romances and thrillers then you would love this story. This is meant for an older audience though so I recommend this for someone 15 years or older.

Emily, 16

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Boundless

by Cynthia Hand

BoundlessClara, Christian, and Angela all move to California to start college. They all are having visions again and must work together to understand them and fight the evil that follows.

Boundless, the last book of the Unearthly series, was a gripping tale of family, love, and destiny. It was filled with so many very difficult challenges which never really had a correct answer so it always kept you on your toes.

If you like supernatural stories and romances then you would love this book. It was enchanting and very exciting.

Emily, 16

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Hallowed

by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)This is the second book in the Unearthly series and follows what happens to Clara after the fire in her vision happens. She must maneuver through the position she put herself in with being with Tucker or Christian.

I really enjoyed this book and how Clara worked through her angelic challenges. It was so interesting to see Clara struggle between love and duty.

If you like romances and mysteries, then you would love this book. It was hard to put down!

Emily, 16

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Unearthly

by Cynthia Hand

Image result for unearthly cynthia handClara Gardner was an ordinary teenage girl until she learns she is part angle. She begins to have visions of a fire and of a mysterious boy and its up to her to find out what it means. Her visions lead her to a new school in a new town but they don't give her any instructions of what to do next. 

Unearthly was a very interesting book that was hard to put down. It had drama, mystery, and romance. And the best part is that it is a series.

If you like mysteries and romances you would love this book. It will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Emily, 16

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Running Out Of Time

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Image result for Running Out Of TimeJessie, a thirteen year old living in a village in 1840, realizes that the people in her village are dying of diphtheria. Her mother reveals to her that it is actually 1996 and she is living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. Jessie is the only one able to escape into the outside world and get help to save her family.

I really enjoyed this book and have read it about four times. It has adventure and thrills throughout the whole story. It also shows what one might feel to be thrown into the future alone.

I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. It contains drama, corrupt leaders, and thrills.

Emily, 16

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Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

Image result for invisible man ralph ellisonThis novel is based in the 1950's and follows the journey of an African American man, who remains unnamed, trying to succeed in a primarily "white" community. He realizes through many challenges he is "invisible" to society.

In my opinion this book was very bad and the only reason I read it was because of school. This book had a lot of adult content.

I do not recommend this book to anyone under 16 years of age. This book has a lot of sexual content including rape and incest. It also shows how poorly African American's were treated in the early 20th century.

Emily, 16

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The Poisonwood Bible

by Barbara Kingsolver

A father, mother, and four daughters venture off to Africa on a mission to bring God to the people there. This story is based in the 50's and is narrated by all four daughters and the mother.

This was a truly captivating book and I couldn't put it down. But it is made for a more mature audience due to its religious views, death, and poor family unit.

I would recommend this book to an older audience. This is manly for those who enjoy historical fictions and dramas. 

Emly, 16

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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Image result for the great gatsby bookThis book takes place during the 1920's in New York. Where there's two sides, the East Egg and West Egg, the rich neighborhood. Wealthy people in 1920's use their money to get out of problems. They didn't take responsibilities over their accidents.

I like this book because it shows how in the 1920's wealthy people believe they could buy off anything because of money. At the end they learn that no matter how much money they have, they can't be happy.

If you are in eleventh grade, then you are going to read this book. I recommend this book to everyone. This book has so many lessons to learn from.

Yessica, 16

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The Weight of Water

by Anita Shreve

This book took place during the year 1873. Two women lived on the Isles of Shoals, a group of islands off the coast of New Hampshire. One of the women was brutally murdered. The other, survive.

It’s a good book because it took place during the 1873 so it’s a different type of book from ones that i would normally pick up. It’s like a journey that takes you to the farthest extremes of emotion.

I would recommend this book to people that like to read action books with horrific consequences.

Yessica, 16

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This Star Won't Go Out

by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, Wayne Earl, and John Green

This book is Esther Earl's life. Journal entries, notes, everything. Esther Star Earl was diagnosed with cancer at age 12. In 2010 at the sweet age of 16, Esther passed away. Even though it may seem like a sad tale, Esther is a very interesting girl. You get to understand her, and laugh at her journal entries, and you get to know her. How many of you people have read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green? Yeah, well John dedicated that book to Esther. God bless you, Esther Earl;) 

I have to be honest(on a public site, seriously?) with you guys, I cried in the ending because Esther died. I mean, I knew it would happen, but you get so attached. Don't get discouraged, you should still read it. Honor those who have passed. It was a great, touching book. 

Anyone could read this, but those who want to connect with someone you never expected to, should read this book. Esther also has her own YouTube page:cookie4monster4/user/youtube.com(just google it. 'Tis easier) Hope you love it as much as I do!

Priscilla, 12

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Taking Flight

by Michaela DePrince

Everyone has heard of Misty Copeland, the black ballerina, but have they heard of another one? Well, her name is Michaela DePrince, and she has a story to tell. Despite the horror's of her past, Michaela has really taken flight and proven to people that someone who was judged as the lowest of low, can really rise to the top.

This book is yet another war memoir(I know, what is up with all these war books?), and as unique as How Dare The Sun Rise. Michaela DePrince takes you through the journey from becoming the grand ballerina she is seen as today. Fun fact: This book took place at the same destination as A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah(or, 'The Review My Sister Wrote')

I hope everyone reads inspirational bookS like these, because they will see the world at a different angle than when they first begun the book. Even though war memoirs are hard to read, it really explains the hardship that people might not even heard of. This is what people are doing today: helping kids in Africa who has gone through the same things as Michaela. Horrifying scenes from war. It also has it's fun parts!(young black kids have the weirdest images of white people, "Their hair are different colors like Teacher Sarah's crayons. I heard that you could see the sky in their eyes.")

Priscilla, 12

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How Dare The Sun Rise

by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

This book is a war memoir of Sandra Uwiringiyimana. It describes the vivid memories that Sandra endured in Africa. War was raging, and people died along with it. Sandra's story is sure to horrify. Horrify you in the means of presenting to you a different point of view as the victim of war, and to explain what it is like not having the rights we have in the U.S.

It was really good. Some parts were very hard to read through(well, it is a war memoir) because I am reading about someone's real life. It was definitely interesting because I learn what it is like outside of the United States. I think everyone has the potential to learn a different point of view, but only a few try.

Like I said in the earlier paragraph, I think everyone should read this book, and I hope many do. This is a story of people who are not really known, who rise up to become a national beacon of hope.

Priscilla, 12

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