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Along Came a Spider 

by James Patterson
08/10/2017 Categories: kidnapping mystery older teens suspense

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After the kidnapping of a young girl, detective Alex Cross undertakes the task of finding her. During his investigation, he comes across the murders of a family as well as a school-teacher. Ultimately, he connects all of these crimes to one psychopath who he must catch before time runs out.

I'm a sucker for mystery books and it had such a thrilling plot. I tried to work out the mystery while reading just like Detective Cross. The book made me very suspicious of pretty much everyone in the book except for the narrator because it's in his perspective, but Patterson placed a few plot twists that was surprising. However, those plot twists were what got me hooked to the book.

This book is a mystery novel, so naturally, I would recommend it people who like reading mystery. However, I don't think it should be just limited to mystery enthusiasts. Even though in the beginning, Patterson doesn't give away the criminal, the last half of the book is focused on catching the killer and finding his motive.

Heejeong, 18

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Fangirl 

by Rainbow Rowell
08/05/2017 Categories: dating drama romance siblings

Cath and Wren have been attached to the hip from the moment they were brought into the world, until now when Wren decides to go out into the world of college by herself. With Cath alone, she struggles to juggle her favorite hobby of writing 'fanfiction' for her favorite series about the wizard, Simon Snow and her new college work load. Cath has to learn to survive as she struggles to get along with her new roommate and deal with her first love.

I've read the same Young Adult novel about the girl with a troubled past who meets the perfect boy quite a few times now and I was pleased to find something different when I came across this book. Fangirl overall felt like a very fun but real read. You could connect to the characters and the troubles they were going through were quite realistic for a freshman in college. This novel is probably one of my favorites that I've read in a while because of easy it was to connect it to my own life.

I recommend Fangirl to anyone who likes witty humor, realistic characters, and a cute, but not overwhelming, love story. Fangirl is the whole package wrapped up in a novel that isn't like every other one in the Young Adults section.

Karley, 14

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The Diabolic 

by S.J. Kincaid
07/20/2017 Categories: action romance sci fi

Nemesis is a word and name that indicates negative influences, just like all the other Diabolic names. Diabolics are soulless, savage creatures, incapable of any human emotion other than love and rage. Or so everyone thought. When Nemesis is sent to the court of her tyrant King, she encounters unexpected situations: a supposedly insane but handsome man, a plot to destroy the king, dark motives, twisted lies, and . . . true love? When it comes down to it, will Nemesis trust what everyone's been telling her, or her heart . . . which tells her she can be something more?

I really enjoyed this book because it was a fantastic story about how a young woman breaks free of what everyone has told her about herself--and what she believed--and chose to be someone SHE wanted to be. Nemesis is also a very interesting character because she's strong and brave, but utterly confused by what her heart is telling her, and her head. But what I didn't like was that there were some sexual references--not a lot, but some.

This is a good book for anyone who likes a cool, strong, karate-chopping girl who finds out who she is only by not listening to the voices she had been listening to her entire life. There is some romance in it too, as an added bonus, which really makes Nemesis's whole world flip upside-down. Also, if you like the victory of a scenario where a tyrant is given his dues and replaced by a better person, this is also a good book. But here's a warning--this book is a little emotionally chaotic, especially at the end (personally, I relish it).

Keila, 14

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The Sky is Everywhere 

by Jandy Nelson
07/20/2017 Categories: death love triangles realistic fiction

The Sky is Everywhere describes how Lennie deals with the aftermath of her sister's death through the company of two boys-Toby, her sister's boyfriend, and Joe, the new kid in town. Toby shares Lennie's grief for her sister and offers her a shoulder to cry on. Joe, however, is bursting with life and gives Lennie the happiness she craves after such a dark time in her life. Both boys offer Lennie something that she seriously needs, but she knows that if the two of them knew about the other, everything would be in ruins. Lennie must navigate through this situation, while also coping with the loss of her beloved sister.

I loved this book. It is a great story, filled with constant twists and turns. Lennie made many mistakes that kept me on the edge of my seat, but these mistakes worked themselves out in the end in order to reach an amazing conclusion. I also really appreciated the raw, real emotion that the novel possesses.

I definitely recommend this book to others because of its fantastic storyline. If you like realistic fiction, you would enjoy The Sky is Everywhere.

Bethany, 15

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Pride and Prejudice 

by Jane Austen
07/20/2017 Categories: classic friendship historical romance

Image result for pride and prejudice bookPride and Prejudice, which takes place in early 1800s England, follows the relationship between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. Upon first meeting, Elizabeth thinks the wealthy Mr. Darcy as arrogant, conceited, and rude. The story describes the many twists and turns in their relationship that ultimately leads to a gratifying conclusion.

This book was very enjoyable because of the many unanticipated dips and turns in the plot. I especially liked the witty dialogue between the characters and the resolution of the story.

I would recommend this book to others because it was very well-written and also possesses a very valuable lesson. If you like the classics, then you will love Pride and Prejudice.

Bethany, 15

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Mosquitoland 

07/19/2017 Categories: adventure cancer realistic fiction

Mim's parents divorced, her dad remarried, and then she found out that her mom is terminally ill in Cleveland. Upon hearing this news, Mim packs her belongings and takes a Greyhound bus to Cleveland to see her mom. Along the way, Mim encounters some unexpected turns and meets two hilarious travel companions. Ultimately, this road trip teaches Mim exactly what she needs to confront her fears at home with her dad and step-mom.

This novel was relatively good. It's not my favorite book, but it was enjoyable to read. The plot kept me on my feet, but it was all over the place. I could barely keep up with the rapid movement and constant changes of the storyline.

I would recommend this book to others because of its entertaining plot. If you like action and adventure, you would enjoy Mosquitoland.

Bethany, 15

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Emma 

by Jane Austen
07/19/2017 Categories: classic friendship funny romance

This book takes place in early 1800's England in a small village named Highbury and follows the story of Emma, a cunning and well-mannered girl. Emma is very clever, and uses this skill to her advantage in order to pair couples together. Ultimately, Emma's mischievous hijinks result in many awkward situations between her and her friend Harriet, whom she tries to match with men of noble birth.

Emma is a fantastic book. However, the beginning is a bit slow and it took me a while to get into it. Near the middle of the story, I couldn't put the book down because it was so interesting. I really enjoyed this book because it takes dozens of unexpected turns and is quite comical at times.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. Although the story starts off slow, I encourage you to keep reading it because it grows increasingly more interesting and fun. For those that like classic literature and other Jane Austen novels, this book is perfect!

Bethany, 15

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Daughter of Fortune 

by Isabel Allende
07/19/2017 Categories: historical wild west

This novel describes the journey of the Chilean-born Eliza Sommers, to California during the gold rush in search of her lover. With the help of her friend, Tao Chi'en, a Chinese doctor, Eliza establishes herself in California and begins to look for her former flame. Her adventure, however, brings her a newfound sense of freedom and her search for her lover evolves into a different kind of journey.

I really liked Daughter of Fortune because it is very descriptive and gives a lot of insight to what life what really like during the California Gold Rush. It also describes the story of Eliza's self-discovery, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This novel, overall, was a very good book due to its thorough description of the characters and the message that it teaches the readers.

I would highly recommend this book to others because of its passionate, yet adventurous plotline and the important lesson that it preaches. This books is perfect for those that enjoy historical fiction.

Bethany, 15

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The Apothecary 

by Maile Meloy
07/19/2017 Categories: adventure magic war

It's 1952 and Janie Scott moved to London from Los Angeles, California. At school, Jane meets Benjamin, the mysterious son of an apothecary. When the apothecary goes missing, Benjamin and Janie must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's Pharmacopoeia, all the while keeping the ancient book out of the hands of his enemies. With the help of the book, Janie and Benjamin discover new potions and spells and embark on a race against time in order to save the world from their enemies, the Russians.

The Apothecary was a good novel. I liked it because it put a magical spin on the seriousness of the Cold War. The adventurous storyline also kept me on the edge of my seat.

I would recommend this book to others because of its adventurous, yet has a serious plot. This book is perfect for those that enjoy fantasy, magic, and history.

Maile, 15

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Diary of Anne Frank 

by Anne Frank
07/13/2017 Categories: historical history written like a diary wwII

One word. Wow. This book caused me to read it like, five times before understanding it, and taking it in. The timeline that Anne Frank wrote it in could still strike terror in people's hearts

I would explain it as a truly inspiring book. This book will make you get a new perspective on our history, and our future.

EVERYONE should read this fantastic diary-written book written by a young girl. If you haven't heard about it, you should definitely read it.!

Priscilla, 12

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The Miniaturist 

by Jessie Butron
07/13/2017 Categories: historical horror mystery

The Miniaturist takes place in 1600's Amsterdam and describes the story of Nella Oortman. Nella, at eighteen years old, marries a distant, yet wealthy merchant trader named Johannes. Johannes gifts Nella a miniature replica of their home. To fully complete the small house, Nella enlists the help of a local miniaturist. However, the miniaturist continues to send Nella packages of figurines that mimic the family and their secrets in sinister ways. The miniaturist, it seems, is the only person to see the oncoming hazards and the perilous fate of the family.

This book was very enjoyable and I liked it very much. It perfectly reflected the sorrow and mystery that life can bring. The author perfectly captured the sullen mood of the story.

I would definitely recommend The Miniaturist to others, especially those that enjoy historical fiction. I encourage others to read it because of its raw emotion and tumultuous plot line.

Bethany, 15

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Code Name Verity 

by Elizabeth Wein
07/13/2017 Categories: france friendship wwII

Code Name Verity is about two British best friends that crash in Nazi-occupied France in World War II. One of the girls is imprisoned by the Gestapo, where she is tortured into releasing British secrets and information-only it is not what one would expect. The story follows both of the girls' backgrounds and struggles for survival during the tumultuous and dangerous war.

I like this book because it gives insight to what the Prisoners of War of the time endured and the inner-workings of the war effort. It touches on many different topics, such as the behind-the-scenes of the British Royal Air Force and the adversity that women faced in the work force. The plot line is also very emotional and takes many unexpected, yet thrilling turns.

I would recommend this book to others because it will always keep you on your toes. People that enjoy history or action would love Code Name Verity.

Bethany, 15

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Althea and Oliver 

by Cristina Moracho
07/13/2017 Categories: friendship high school drama

Althea and Oliver is a story about two best friends, one with a serious illness that causes him to sleep for weeks or months at a time, and the other that can't help falling in love with the other. Due to his illness, Oliver leaves for New York from their sleepy little town for a clinical study. Althea and Oliver go months without seeing each other, until Althea runs away from home and drives to New York to see him.

I didn't like this book because the plot was unrealistic and weird. I also couldn't relate to any of the characters, which made it harder to enjoy the book.

I wouldn't recommend this book to others because the story line is so impractical. I would only encourage you to read this book if you had absolutely nothing else to read.

Bethany, 15

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Wintersong 

by S. Jae-Jones
07/01/2017 Categories: adventure fantasy

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Wintersong is about this girl named Liesl. But the Goblin King only knows her by her other name which is Elisabeth. This story is a bit of a coming-of-age story. It has the heat of passion burning in this story.

It was average. She sacrifices herself to save her sisters life, and is trapped in the Underground until she passes away. She is kept with the Goblin King unless he decides to free her into the human world.

I would recommend this book to those who like the feeling of the flames of passion and music, and those who enjoy a simple 'once upon a time' story written for teens.

Priscilla, 12

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And Then There Were None 

by Agatha Christie
06/29/2017 Categories: movie murder mystery

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This suspenseful book is mainly about ten different people who each gets a letter from the mysterious Rogers, a couple who bought a house on Solider Island. When they arrive, they can't escape. . .

It was a fairly pleasant book. The author, Agatha Christie, is known as the Queen of Mystery. And Then There Were None is a murder and mystery story that grips your fingers on the edge of your seat. And in the end, the murderer reveals himself, explaining why he did what he did.

I would highly recommend this book to people who have a passion for mystery, and those who like the feeling of being freaked. With an old nursery rhyme counting down one by one. . . One by one, the guests begin to die.

Priscilla, 12

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