Throne of Glass

by Sarah J. Mass

Throne of GlassWhat would you do if you were held in a prison and all it took to gain your freedom was to win a competition? However this isn't a normal competition, you are competing to become the King's Assassin. For Celaena, this should be a breeze considering she is the most famous assassin at the age of 18. But there is so much more to her than just killing and her competitors are about to find out.

This was by far my favorite book of 2014, it was just so action packed and I loved how they didn't just make a love triangle. This author did an amazing job on creating the main character who just didn't take any hate from anyone and would just put them in their place; while maintaining the balance of her being intelligent and well-spoken.

I would recommend this book for anyone who has the read the Hunger Games series or Gracling series. Also if you like the books with a strong heroine character this is definitely for you.

Audrey, 17

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The Scorch Trials

by James Dashner

The Scorch TrialsAfter being led to what appears to be a safe haven, Thomas and the Gladers are stripped of their contentment. They learn that the maze was only part one of the Trials, that they now have to endure part two. They travel across the Scorch, avoiding the Cranks that overpower the place.

Love this book. Unlike the first book, The Scorch Trials is almost 100% action, in the sense that the characters are barely ever sitting around doing nothing. The character developments are brilliant, and I love how confusing it sometimes got with all the plot twists.

I would recommend this book to people who adore young adult stories, like dystopian themes, love plot twists. Readers of the Hunger Games and Divergent series would most likely enjoy this book. Anyone who likes sitting on the edge of their chair, thinking "Oh my gosh what's going to happen??" would love this book. Be sure not to read these books out of order, got that?

Desiree, 14

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger GamesTwenty-four kids, and only one can survive. The Hunger Games is a story about twenty-four kids competing in an arena for their life. Using their skills and talents, these competitors will fend for their life, doing whatever it takes.

The Hunger Games was a very good. It was filled with action, romance, adventure, and more. I love how the author, Suzanne Collins, kept me at the edge of my feet, dying to know what comes next.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who love action and romance themed books. I believe it would be a good book for kids ages 13 and up because of the violence, language, and confusing plot. 

Sara, 14

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Cinder

by Marissa Meyer

CinderThis book is about a girl who is caught between freedom and loyalty. Cinder, is a cyborg with an unknown past who works for her step mother and is constantly blamed for everything gone wrong in their lives. However, unbeknownst to her, her role in within the world is about to change.

I personally loved the book, it was really interesting to see a retelling of Cinderella set in the future. Plus, it was cool see the different point of views from characters because there was a lot more to the story line than just Cinder's.

I would definitely recommend this because it's filled with adventure, mystery, and some romance. Also, even though there is some romance it's not overpowering in any way.

Audrey, 17

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The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

The Maze RunnerThomas wakes up to a mysterious place known as the Glade, the center of a vast maze. The thing, though, is that there is no way out. Not yet.

I love this book so so much! I heard of the book after I watched the movie, and I bought the trilogy A.S.A.P. I love how the characters are so realistic along with how there are no pictures in the book, helping you imagine what they look like. I also like how there isn't romance between any of the Gladers.

It is a definite page-turner. If you like action, mystery, dystopian environments, and brilliant plot-twists, you will love this book. Even if you are a person who doesn't normally enjoy reading, I'm sure you will love The Maze Runner. Have fun, shanks.

Desiree, 15

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Starcrossed

by Josephine Angelini

StarcrossedStarcrossed follows the journey of Helen Hamilton as she discovers who she is. She always knew that she was out of place, with her tall height, extreme strength, and amazing running skills, but she was never prepared for what she learned when the Delos family moved to town.

It was an amazing book! I loved how she incorporated romance with Greek mythology!

I would recommend this book to any teenager who enjoys reading about romance and action. It was the kind of book where you look forward to the next twist or turn in the plot!!

Chanel, 16

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Since You've Been Gone

by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been GoneHave you ever had a best friend who brings you out of your comfort zone and makes you try crazy things? Emily has. But what happens when her best friend, Sloane just randomly disappears leaving nothing behind but a list filled with insane things for Emily that she would never do. It's only the beginning of summer and things are about to get crazy with a lot of unexpected surprises and new friends.

This was one of my favorite books from 2014, because I could relate to it SO much. It displayed all the quirky features I love in books and it just really reminded me of Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen.

I would recommend this book because you can relate to how you depend on your friends, and when that's ripped away you feel a sense of loneliness. Also this book displays how whether you like it or not, you need to put yourself out in the world to experience life. 

Audrey, 17

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The Kill Order

by James Dashner

The Kill OrderThe prequel to the Maze Runner, The Kill Order is the story of how the sun flares ruined society, how the Flare came to be. Taking place before any of the trials, it follows Mark, a survivor, and his tight group of friends as the insanity that is the Flare is unleashed and they search for answers.

At first I was a bit hesitant while reading it, I was being introduced to new characters which is not the most fun. After forcing myself to pour over the first dozen chapters (there are 67 but it goes by fast) I found myself becoming intrigued with the plot. I like how James Dashner is able to use words to form imagery in my mind's eye. With the occasional Dashner plot twist, I loved learning more about the back story with The Kill Order.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian stories such as the Hunger Games or Divergent. If you like a good action story that's laced with romance and mystery, you'll love this amazing prequel. Or if you just like to get away with a good fiction, this is a good choice to do so. Warning though, you should read the other three Maze Runner books before this one; semi-spoiler alert.

Desiree, 14

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Legend

by Marie Lu

Legend“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system”(Metias, p. 245). Legend is the story of two teens living in a dystopian society who team up to stop the madness going on between the Republic and the Colonies and stop a harmful sickness known as the plague.

After reading Legend, by Marie Lu, I thought it was an amazing book. It was filled with action, suspense, drama, and more. It kept you on the edge of your seat, begging to know what happens next. Marie Lu has a way with her description, that allows you to envision the setting, characters, and plot. I admired the way Legend was written because it showed you both of the character's perspectives and how different they are.

I would strongly recommend this book to readers who love books that are filled with suspense, action, and romance. I would also recommend it to people ages 13 and up because of the violence and romantic scenes.

Sarah, 14

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The Giver

by Lois Lowry

The GiverThe Giver is a Newbery Medal winning novel written by the influential children’s and young adult author Lois Lowry. It tells the tale of Jonas, a boy who has lived his life in a world of perfectly crafted monotony, in a community of people who look similar to him, learn the same things as he does, and only know the world in one way- their Community, the small, enclosed city where everyone receives their role and spouse and children. He is chosen, at the age of twelve, to be an apprentice to the man known only as The Receiver- the man chosen to hold all the memories of the past, with all their pain and all of their joy. The Receiver is the one called upon to recall the memories of the past and find the wisest path in the face of a decision, and the current one is growing old and needs an heir to his title. Jonas embarks on a task that completely changes his world- as he starts to receive memories, he starts to experience things like love and colour for the first time. As he learns through tremendous joy and pain, Jonas begins to discover the sickening truths behind his Community- and starts to learn how potent the past can be.

The Giver is one of the most beautiful and moving books I have ever read. It is set in a world profoundly strange to us- there is no colour, no love, and everything is controlled. Everything is alien to our sensibilities, yet Lowry draws her readers into the mind and worldview of Jonas effortlessly. It has a sense of simple grandeur uncommon among the books that typically make it to the top of the Young Adult charts, and its heartbreaking yet ambivalent end sticks in its readers’ minds like a photograph. Jonas is at once a naïve boy and a beacon of hope for the triumph of love and emotion, and the background characters, while understandably bland, still feel real in a way.

Lois Lowry has been called the godmother of YA dystopia, and The Giver is unquestionably a shining example of her skill in telling moving stories about surreal and painful circumstances. Readers of dystopias will love experiencing the genre in its early days and exploring the roots of newer books like Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy. Regardless of usual taste, The Giver is an important read for all young fiction fans.

Jake, 15

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The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

The Things They CarriedThe Things They Carried is a metafictional account of the lives and deaths of various men who fought in the Vietnam War. The book revolves around duty, shame, desire, "humping," memory, moral ambiguity, and the question regarding what "a true war story" consists of and the central protagonist is a fictionalized version of the author Tim O'Brien. 

Although I was required to read it for my English class, the book's unconventional plot progression kept me from getting bored. However, sometimes the author describes grotesque war happenings with such detailed language that the faint of heart may become too disgusted to continue reading - I know I did.

Those who dislike abstraction or philosophy should probably avoid this book. On the other hand, I would recommend this book to people who like to challenge their beliefs and don't mind when others wax poetic about the mundane because The Things They Carried contradicts popular conceptions of war, and because Tim O' Brien takes great liberty in analyzing certain situations from as many angles as possible and in great depth. 

Chimdi, 15

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Taken

by Erin Bowman

TakenTaken takes place in a society where all boys disappear (The Heist) on their 18th birthday. After his brother's Heist, Gray Weathersby finds a letter addressed to his brother from his deceased mother. This letter opens up doors about Gray and prompts him to discover the secrets beneath his intriguing society. 

I really enjoyed this book. The society was interesting and the story flowed smoothly.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about different kinds of societies embedded with adventure stories. The story is aimed toward a young adult audience, but anyone would enjoy it. 

Chanel, 15

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The day of their eighteenth birthday innocent boys are taken by a mysterious light from the sky. No one questions it, they just accept it. They call this The Heist. Gray Weathersby, a seventeen year old boy, is merely a couple months away from The Heist. His brother was already taken away from him and he did not want to be next. One day, Gray finds a note from his mother. After reading it, Gray starts to question the Council, his society, his family, and himself. In order to discover the truth, Gray will go on a journey that will answer all his questions.

Taken written by Erin Bowman, is an amazing novel filled with action, adventure, and romance. I enjoyed this book very much and I am very happy I gave the book a chance. I hope you do the same.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy action/romance books. I also recommend this book to readers who are 13 and up due to the romantic scenes, violence, and crude language.

Sara, 14

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Switched

by Amanda Hocking

SwitchedWendy Everly has always felt like she didn't belong. It might have had to do with the fact that her mother tried to kill her when she was six, screaming that she was a monster. Then, Wendy meets Finn, an attractive boy who seems to know more about Wendy then even she knows. She follows him and starts to discover who she really is and what she is meant to become.

I really enjoyed this book. Personally, when I first started reading it, I couldn't connect to the characters, but as the plot developed and she discovered who she really was, I felt like I could relate to her more.

I would recommend this book to any young-adult reader. It has a very interesting plot, with many twists and turns that you never would've guessed.

 Chanel, 15

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The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe story's general plot went something like this: Two teenagers, both with cancer, meet and find love amidst the trials of their lives.

Being engaging and easy to read makes a big impact on readers, but those redeeming qualities aren't quite enough to bring this book above mediocrity. For starters, the author's portrayal of modern teenagers was completely unrealistic. Take this excerpt of Augustus's monologue: "I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you." Whew. The teenage boy who regularly spouts this kind of stuff on command is hard to find. This is only part of the immense cheesiness and feeling of insincerity that the novel exudes. 

If you are a fan of cheesiness and the cheap emotional roller coaster of most chick flicks, then I recommend staying on top of pop culture and seeing for yourself what the book with the undeserved hype is all about.

Brian, 17

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Torn

by Amanda Hocking

TornIn the sequel to Switched, Wendy Everly learns more about her past and her bloodline than she ever knew possible. She finds out that she has a closer connection to the Vittra, the Trylle enemies, and is forced to choose a side and make life-changing decisions.

I did enjoy this book. It was well written and the story-line was very interesting.  I would recommend this series to many young-adult readers. It was a very interesting book set in the world of the trolls.

Chanel, 15

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