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The Isle of the Lost 

by Melissa de la Cruz
11/25/2016 Categories: adventure family drama fantasy middle grade

The Isle of the Lost is about Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay going on an adventure looking for Maleficent's scepter. In their adventure, each of the characters have to go through a puzzle based on their life. Also, the book talks about how Mal, Maleficent's daughter, feels about her mother and her own future.

I liked this book because it talks about each of the characters emotions and how I can relate to them. Also, it was great to see Mal standing up to her mother, even though her mom has always put her down and compared her to her "weak" father.

I would recommend this book because I think that many people enjoy dramatic and powerful books, such as this one. If you like fantasy with drama, you"ll like The Isle of the Lost! Lastly, I would recommend it to others because if you enjoy going deeper into the characters lives and getting more details, you'll like this book!

Michelle, 11

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The Devil You Know 

by Trish Doller
11/25/2016 Categories: murder older teens road trip romance suspense

This book was about a girl named Cadie, who has been raising her baby brother since her mother died. Cadie has just turned 18 and wants to get out of the house and go to a party. There she meets a pair of cousins and decides she is going to go on an adventure with them. She is finally enjoying her life, until something tragically goes wrong. 

The Devil You Know is a book full of twists and turns. It will leave you thinking until the last page. The book is full of deception, romance, and it will draw you in until you can not put it down. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes excitement because it is fun and will keep you on your toes. This book is exactly what you want to read if you are looking for adventure. 

Mackenzie, 15

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Blood Ninja 

by Nick Lake
11/25/2016 Categories: action japan ninjas vampires

This story is a gripping tale of adventure and some romance with killer ninjas. Taro, a peasant boy, but who is actually the son of the shogun, has the dream and desire to become a ninja. Only, later on, he is attacked and stabbed by a ninja and is saved by the ninja Shuzaku. The only twist is that they are vampires, and once bitten by a ninja you become one of them. This is why you don't see ninjas in the day. 

I loved the book and the series that goes along with it. The character development within this book for the main character and side character is really amazing. Both characters learn to see the world in a different way and learn the way of the ninja. 

I would recommend this book to others because this book made me realize that even though you are pushed down, you need to get up and go on. This I can see with the main character, when his peasant father is killed and he is being hunted down by samurai. Taro is frightened, but with the help of Shuzaku, he gets back up so he can reach his dream. 

Liliana, 16

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 

by Mark Twain
11/25/2016 Categories: adventure classic historical racism

A young boy named Huck Finn ventures out with his best friend Tom Sawyer. They encounter the world of discrimination and racism during their trip. In this coming of age novel, these two characters experience intellectual growth as well. 

I did really enjoy this novel. It dealt with racism and showed how society was back then. As the characters learned, the reader learned alongside them. 

Yes, I would recommended it. For adolescents, it's good to read a coming of age novel since they can relate to it better. If one enjoys learning about the deep racial issues back then and reading how a young boy reacts and learns from it; this is a novel you would enjoy. 

Johanna, 16

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The Crucible 

by Arthur Miller
11/25/2016 Categories: classic historical human behavior play

In 1692 Salem, Massachusetts there's tension rising in the town. Talk of witchcraft was the rumor people were gossiping about. Eventually many girls were accused of practicing witchcraft. This sent the town into a frenzy. Trials were conducted, people lied, and people questioned the situation. 

As a person interested in the history regarding the Salem Witch Trials, I definitely enjoyed this book. It gave me an insight on how people reacted and what they decided to do about this practice of witchcraft. With such little evidence, it was interesting to see how people jumped to conclusions. 

Yes, I would recommend it. It's a coming of age story and it teaches the consequences of lying. If anyone is interested in the Salem Witch Trials, this novel is for you. 

Johanna, 16

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Star Sand 

by Roger Pulvers
11/25/2016 Categories: historical japan mystery wwII

Hiromi, a sixteen-year-old Japanese American girl, lives on a small Japanese island during World War II. Hiromi, not knowing which side of the war to be on, finds a cave that conceals an American and a Japanese soldier who have both fled from the war. Neither able to communicate with one another, Hiromi decides to be their translator while also providing them with food. Hiromi wrote her story in her diary, which is later found in the twenty-first century. Not knowing what happened to the three, one college student travels to the island to answer the mystery of what happened to Hiromi.

Star Sand is an amazing book that shows humans as kind and loving individuals who look past the race of a person and see the good inside one another. It also has an air of mystery to it.

I would strongly recommend this book to those who like to read historical fiction and mysteries. This book will keep you sitting on the end of your seat.

Emily, 15

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The Light of the Fireflies 

by Paul Pen
11/24/2016 Categories: child abuse mystery suspense

This haunting tale is of a little boy and his family that remain unnamed throughout the story. The main character who is referred to as Boy lives with his parents, brother, sister, and grandmother in a basement which is locked from the inside. Everyone in his family except him are disfigured due to a fire before his birth leaving Sister doomed to wear a white mask to cover her burns. After the birth of his sister's baby everyone begins to act secretive and leaving Boy with the question of where it could have come from. Boy is given a secret mission by his sister to find a way out of the basement and escape their Father who she swears is the father of her child. Boy sets out to find who is the real monster in his family and save his little nephew from them all.

The Light of the Fireflies is a very attention grabbing story that shows the lengths a family would go to for the safety of their loved ones. I liked how none of the characters had names because it added a sense of mystery.

I would recommend this book to older teens who want to read about mystery, suspense, and slight child abuse.

Emily, 15

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Perfect Chemistry 

by Simone Elkeles
11/24/2016 Categories: dating drama gangs romance social classes

Perfect Chemistry is about a high school girl that is popular. She is the Pom Pom captain and is from a wealthy family. The boy is Mexican and from a poor family. He is in a gang, but doesn't deal drugs. They both go to the same high school and end up falling in love because they are partners in the same chemistry class.

I found this book amazing, so yes I liked it! What was good in this story is that It shows the struggles of life and two different sides coming together. It's also a very romantic book, loved it!

I would definitely recommend this book to others. My sister recommended this book to me because she had read it and fell in love with it, so I decided to give it a go. I would recommend it to others because who doesn't like a romantic book.

Anahi, 14

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
11/24/2016 Categories: action dystopia movie

In the book Divergent, Veronica Roth explains how Tris's world changes in a matter of days. Responsible for choosing her own future, she becomes part of the Dauntless group and discovers that she is divergent.

I loved this story a lot and also the movies. Although I like the book better because it has more details about what she's feeling. Her emotions and her hardships are expressed and show the action and romance better.

I would totally recommend this book to others. I believe everyone would enjoy it because, like duh, its amazing.

Anahi, 14

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Nowhere But Here 

by Katie McGarry
11/24/2016 Categories: family drama family secrets gangs romance

Nowhere But Here is about Emily, who gets swept up in her biological father's motorcycle gang and their rivalries. Oz, a prospective member of The Reign of Terror motorcycle club is told to look after Emily. As both of them try to learn more about the club's past, they discover what a great team they are.

I enjoyed Nowhere But Here because of the amazing character development that went into Emily and Oz's characters. I also enjoyed the plot that kept me guessing.

I'd recommend this book to readers 16 and older who enjoy stories with action and danger. This read is unique and unlike anything I've ever read before, but could appeal to readers who enjoyed the antics of the Dauntless in the Divergent series.

Amanda, 16

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How To Catch A Prince 

by Rachel Hauck

How to Catch a Prince is story about Stephen, the prince of Brighton, who doubles as a war veteran and a rugby player. As the media dubs him the most eligible bachelor in Brighton and attempts to set him up, Stephen recalls the one girl he'd like to be with, and the reasons why he cannot.

I liked How to Catch a Prince because it was not the typical romance story. With subplots about war and survivor's guilt, How to Catch a Prince kept me engaged in the story.

I would recommend this book to fans of Dee Henderson's O'Malley series. Fans of war, politics, and romance all in one would enjoy this book.

Amanda, 16

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The Probability of Miracles 

by Wendy Wunder

The Probability of Miracles is about Campbell, a girl who's days are numbered. Her mom, refusing to accept this inevitability, moves Campbell and her sister to a town in Maine where miracles have been known to happen. As Campell resigns herself to a quiet life and quieter death, her sister and mom encourage her to live her life to the fullest.

I loved The Probability of Miracles. It was hilarious and devastating at the same time. Probably one of the most honest portrayals of the human experience I've read.

I would recommend this book to older teens who love film references and sarcastic characters who are brutally honest. Fans of John Green's The Fault In Our Stars and Looking for Alaska would enjoy this book.

Amanda, 16

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I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies  

by Pittacus Lore
08/06/2016 Categories: action adventure masterminds sci fi

This book was a companion novel to the I Am Number Four series going into the backstory of several main characters. There are two stories about the Gaurde who are aliens that have come to earth to stop an evil race of aliens called the Mogadorians from destroying the planet. The Gaurde fled their own planet when Mogadorians destroyed it. The third story is about one of the Mogadorians and his experiences as the son of an important general.

This was a great book that showed the backstory of several characters from the series and went more in depth about the Mogadorians race as well. It's action packed and a great read. The whole idea behind the aliens in the book was really fascinating and fun to read.

I would definitely recommend this book but it would make more sense and be more enjoyable if you read the first book in the I Am Number Four series before you read this one. I started the series because of a recommendation. The whole series is action packed and great for anyone who likes a good fantasy novel.

Isabella, 14

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The Wrong Side of Right 

by Jenn Marie Thorne
08/06/2016 Categories: family drama politics romance

The Wrong Side of Right is about Kate, who returns home from school to find her house surrounded by reporters. She learns that her long-lost father is running for President and wants her to join him on the campaign trail.

I enjoyed The Wrong Side of Right because of its thorough character development. I also enjoyed the novel's unexpected ending.

I would recommend The Wrong Side of Right to fans of political fiction. Readers who enjoy books with strong female leads, like Divergent, would enjoy this novel.

Amanda, 16

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Once Upon A Prince 

by Rachel Hauck

Once Upon A Prince, is a novel about a character named, Susanna Truitt. As readers we witness her life as it is falling apart. She looses her boyfriend, her job, and her home all at once. But then she meets Nate Kenneth. When Susanna finally realizes he is the Crown Prince of Brighton, and he has fallen in love with her; the question is, is she in love with him?

I enjoyed reading Once Upon a Prince for its blatant belief in fairy tale endings. I also loved the voice the author employed, which made you read the book in such a way that you could hear Susanna speak.
I would recommend this book to fans of The Heir series. If you're a fan of fairy tale romances, you'd love Once Upon A Prince.

Amanda, 16

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