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Rush  

by Eve Silver
02/23/2017 Categories: action time travel virtual reality

Eve Silver's Rush is an intriguing book about people who have died (well almost), but before they are gone, get resurrected into a game. In this "game", they fight aliens in order to protect Earth. They are placed in teams, and periodically get transported to The Game when they are needed. Rush, the first book in Eve Silver's series, is very interesting and a great start to the rest of the fascinating series.

I liked reading Rush, because it is a great story of a girl that struggles with her own emotions, her hard life at home, and yet still manages to push through and defend the world when it is necessary.

I would recommend Rush to anyone who likes action books, but don't be surprised when there is a mysterious plot twist at the end!

Sara, 14

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The Giver 

by Lois Lowry
02/23/2017 Categories: dystopia ethics movie

The Giver, a well praised and well written book, is about a boy named Jonas who realizes that his world may not be as perfect as it seems. In this supposedly idyllic society, Jonas trains with the giver, or all knower in his town. When he, and only he, is exposed to the knowledge of the past, he realizes that everything that is happening in his once called home. In an effort to protect his loved ones, and live life the way it should be, Jonas realizes that he must successfully escape this fake world and leave behind the wrong world he use to love.

I loved reading The Giver, because it has a lot of deeper meaning and hidden messages underneath the interesting plot. This book has quite a bit of social commentary as well as an interesting plot that will leave you wondering why in the end.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, because of the well written messages laced in the outstanding plot. If you like books with depth, and interesting stories, I recommend The Giver.

Sara, 14

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Little Women 

by Louisa May Alcott
02/16/2017 Categories: classic friendship romance siblings

This novel follows the lives of four sisters living in New England around the time of the Civil War. Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth all face their own personal trials in growing up. They struggle to find happiness and independence while facing heartbreak and lost dreams.

This is an all time favorite of mine. Although the book mainly focuses on the lessons that the girls learn, none of the lessons or situations come off as cheesy or unrealistic. The book emphasizes the importance of finding contentment even when things do not turn out as you expect. The girls find comfort in their loving family when things become difficult.

Anyone who appreciates a heartwarming novel, or who is looking for something with classic themes of love and family, would like this novel. Little Women is a great book for all ages. I first read it in sixth grade, but still enjoy rereading it.

Julia, 17

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A Tale of Two Cities 

by Charles Dickens
02/16/2017 Categories: classic france history revolution

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This book is set in both London and Paris during the French Revolution and shows how the escalation of violence affected both the innocent and the guilty. Themes addressed in the book include loyalty and self-sacrifice. Although it is an older book, Dickens approaches these topics in a way that still seems applicable to today.

I enjoyed this novel because of the wide variety of characters. I felt like it provided insight to all types of people and relationships that everyone faces in their lives. Since the book is set over a period of a few years, the reader is able to watch the development of these characters and becomes attached to them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in historical fiction or in unique, complex characters. It is also a good choice for anyone who wants to start reading some of Dickens' works. 

Julia, 17

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Legend 

by Marie Lu
02/16/2017 Categories: plague romance siblings

Set in the ruins of the United States, there lives a fifteen-year-old boy who's the most wanted criminal and a fifteen-year-old girl who is from an elite class. Their lives become intertwined when June goes on a mission to hunt down Day. As the chase continues, June and Day learn that their world may not be so small after all as they come across the secrets that make up their home, the Republic.

I liked it a lot and I thought it was a good book, because it is full of suspense, action, and romance. I love how Marie Lu depicts the characters and is able to intrigue the readers to keep on reading.

Legend is an interesting book because it shows how people can overcome their differences to come together and the theme of carpe diem comes up throughout the story. If you like stories set in dystopian socieities, then you will love this book.

Kirsten, 15

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 

by J.K. Rowling
02/16/2017 Categories: boarding school magic witches & wizards

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter Series. This book reveals some unknown secrets about the Hogwarts school and teachers as well some new information of He Who Must Not Be Named and his plots to destroy Harry Potter.

I enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (The first Harry Potter Book), but Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets blows the first book out of the water. This outstanding book is full of mystery and adventure and is the true beginning of Harry Potter and his friends' journey.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery. This is an action packed and mysterious book full of interesting characters and a wonderful story. 

Sara, 14

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To Kill a Mockingbird 

by Harper Lee
02/15/2017 Categories: classic deep south racism

To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic American literature book about two white children who have to overcome obstacles and deal with a prejudice society in the South during the 1930s. In this book, both children must learn to understand society when they are exposed to a case where their father, a lawyer, is defending a black man against a white man. During the case, the children learn not to prejudge others when they discover more about their neighbor (and outcast), Boo Radely.

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorites, because you not only get an interesting and mysterious story from a child's perspective, but also a book full of commentary on racism and prejudice

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery, and an interesting story about racism in the South. If you like American literature, you will love To Kill a Mockingbird, as Harper Lee does a great job of depicting the South and the issues that are taking place.

Sara, 14

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Nineteen eighty-four 

by George Orwell
01/28/2017 Categories: dystopia ethics politics

The main character Winston Smith lives in London, Oceania. There is a ruling party known as Big Brother; they watch everyone's actions and they control everything. In this dystopian society, you don't have basic human rights. Winston realized this and started to rebel, first by purchasing a diary on the black market. It was against the law to have freedom of thoughts. People feared what would happen to them if caught, since those that have, disappeared. Throughout the novel, Winston battles against the inhuman society he lives in.

I enjoyed this novel, it was amazing. It deals with a society that is much different than ours. Also, it's quite interesting to witness the extremes one would go to simply enjoy life as a human being.

I would definitely recommend this novel to others. If you like reading how one goes against society's laws to stand up for their beliefs and how twisted a government could be to their people, then this is for you.

Johanna, 16

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Burned 

by Ellen Hopkins
01/18/2017 Categories: child abuse family drama religion romance

With six sisters, an absent mother, abusive father, and a church who thinks she's a sinner what else can Pattyn do, but act like a perfect Mormon girl. When she just can't take it anymore, she acts out and gets sent to live with her Aunt Jeanette in Nevada. While there she learns how to be herself and how to live her life the way she wants with the guy she didn't know she wanted.

Burned is an amazing book because of the brilliant writing techniques, but also because it makes you think about how you never know what some bodies life is like until you step into their shoes. The main character's perspective on life was a new refreshing one that added a layer of depth to the storyline. Overall this book was amazing.

This book is for those who enjoy stepping out of their shoes into someone else's. Anyone can enjoy this book because the author sets a realistic, beautiful story line and main character.

Mackenzie, 15

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A World Without Heroes 

by Brandon Mull
01/14/2017 Categories: fantasy magic witches & wizards

This book follows Jason Walker, a boy who finds himself inexplicably transported from Earth to a strange kingdom called Lyrian. He accidentally finds himself on a quest searching for a strange word that would undo the power of the emperor, Maldor. Along the way, he encounters Rachel, who also came from Earth, and is now trapped here. Together, they must find a way to overcome the obstacles in their path, and defeat the emperor, risking their lives in the process.

I liked this book because it was full of adventure, and was rarely, if ever, boring. The book takes you along with it's heros and through it's many twists that leave you guessing and wanting more. The story was fascinating, and very vivid.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action filled books or fantasy books. The book is also good for people who enjoy suspense and plot twists, but if cliffhangers and suspense aren't for you, then this isn't the best book for you.

Natalie, 15

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Seeds of Rebellion 

by Brandon Mull
01/12/2017 Categories: fantasy magic witches & wizards

This book is about Jason Walker, a boy on earth who needs to find a way back into the kingdom of Lyrian. He needs to go back, and deliver important news about the quest to defeat the wicked emperor. Meanwhile, Rachel is discovering her unique powers in magic, and is working on learning as much as she can. When they reunite, a new quest begins, and they must use all their skill to succeed.

I liked this book because it was full of suspense and mystery, which kept you guessing until the very end. The book was filled with action, and made it interesting to read, with very few lapses in eventfulness. The plot twists in the book made it unpredictable and never boring.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action filled books or fantasy books. The book is also good for people who enjoy suspense and plot twists, but if cliffhangers and suspense aren't for you, then this isn't for you.

Natalie, 15

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Chasing the Prophecy  

by Brandon Mull
01/12/2017 Categories: fantasy magic witches & wizards

This book is about Jason and Rachel, two people who came to the Lyrian kingdom by chance, and now must help to save it from the wicked emperor, Maldor. In the prophecy issued to them, they must each lead their own group of allies in separate directions, and complete their own quest. Success is needed, and if anything fails, doom with befall them. They have to learn their own strengths, while also learning how harsh the process to victory really is.

I liked this book because it was filled with twists and turns that kept you guessing until the very end of the book. The book was never dull, and continued to excite and amaze throughout. It was full of suspense, making you want to keep reading until the end.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action filled books or fantasy books. This book is also good for people who enjoy suspense and plot twists, but if cliffhangers and open-ended conclusions aren't for you, then you probably won't enjoy this book.

Natalie, 15

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Carry On 

by Rainbow Rowell
01/12/2017 Categories: fantasy lgbtq witches & wizards

Simon finally returns from his latest foster home to his favorite place on earth, Watford School of Magicks, but something is seriously wrong. The magical families are fighting for power, a monster with Simon's face is stealing magic, the Mage is avoiding him, and Simon's roommate/nemesis is missing....

I first decided to read this book because I liked the other books I had read by Rainbow Rowell and I was not disappointed. Carry On has interesting characters that you'll fall in love with and a great plot that keeps you entertained and immersed.

Carry On is a great book for anyone who likes fantasy and romance novels. It keeps you entertained and reading until the last page. You will fall in love with the characters and their world.

Isabella, 14

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Firstlife 

by Gena Showalter
12/06/2016 Categories: action afterlife fantasy magic

Ten, a 17 year old girl, has been locked away inside Prynne Asylum for 13 months. Ten has been pressured her whole life into choosing between Troika and Myriad, two polar opposite afterlife realms who are fighting for her soul. She manages to escape the asylum and has to remain on the run to stay alive. She must then decide where to spend the rest of eternity in Troika of Myriad. 

I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat with excitement. This book has action, adventure, and romance. This book has a shock around every corner.

If you like adventure and a thrill then you would fall in love with this book. You will not be able to put this book down.

Emily, 15

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Strobe Edge 

by Io Sakisaka
12/01/2016 Categories: high school drama manga romance

One day a girl named Ninako Kinoshita encounters Ren Ichinose, a popular classmate in her high school. She really falls for him despite Ren having a girlfriend already. Events unfold and throughout the manga Ninako and Ren are put into situations where they cannot deny their feelings for each other anymore.

I enjoyed it because it was a coming of age manga. It deals with a strong topic... love. This emotion creates drama for these high school kids because each character reacts differently. Also Ren Ichinose is a character that you, the reader, might even swoon over.

I would definitely recommend this series because it's a great coming of age manga. If you are into high school romantic manga, this is for you. Every volume will leave you wanting Ninako and Ren to overcome their obstacles and finally be together.

Johanna, 16

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