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The Light of the Fireflies

by Paul Pen

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

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

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

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

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

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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Murder List

by Julie Garwood

In Murder List, Regan Madison, a famous philanthropist, becomes the target of a serial killer. As more and more bodies are found, and Regan receives notes from the killer, she begins to feel responsible for their deaths. With the help of Detective Alec Buchanan, Regan tries to figure out who would do this to her, and why.

I liked Murder List because there were so many suspects that kept you guessing who the perpetrator was. Though the language might not always have been realistic, the plot line always was.

I would recommend Murder List to fans of mystery and romance books. Murder List would be a good read for fans who like to stay up late trying to solve the book's mystery.

Amanda, 16

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All In

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

All In is a continuation of the Naturals series, where five teenagers with exceptional abilities work together to solve FBI cases. In this book, Cassie and the Naturals are working a serial murder case, and stumble upon a cult that may hold the answers to Cassie's mother's disappearance.

I like All In because the mystery was exciting and had several unexpected plot twists. All In's mystery is believable and an awesome addition to the YA mystery collection.

I would recommend All In to fans of CSI type movies, books, etc. And since there is an element of a love triangle in the Naturals series, fans of the Hunger Games might enjoy this book as well.

Amanda, 16

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Submerged

by Dani Pettrey

Submerged is a story about a girl who returns to her hometown in Alaska for her aunt's funeral, only to find out her aunt's death was no accident. She does not want to stay, since her questionable past is remembered in the small town, but she might be the only person who can solve her aunt's murder.

I really enjoyed Submerged. It was a quality read since the writing was believable, not far-fetched. I also enjoyed the character development the author used to make the small-town characters come to life.

I would recommend Submerged to fans of subtle romance and mysteries. Fans of the Dee Henderson would love Submerged.

Amanda, 16

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Stranded

by Dani Pettry

Stranded is a story about a reporter named Darcy St. James, who embarks on an Alaskan cruise at the request of her reporter friend, Abby. When Abby goes missing, and no one else seems to care, it's up to Gage and Darcy to find her. But as Darcy keeps digging, she realizes Abby is not the only one who has disappeared

I enjoyed Stranded because of the mystery it presented. Additionally, the character development and character interaction was more realistic than some of Pettrey's past novels.

I would recommend Stranded to fans of CSI/FBI themed novels. Fans of Dee Henderson would enjoy this novel too.

Amanda, 16

 

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Silenced

by Dani Pettrey

Silenced is a book about a girl named Kayden who finds a murder victim while rock climbing. As she works on the case with Jake, a former detective, they find that the present seems to be repeating Jake's past.

Silenced was a definite page-turner due to the mystery and suspense of the novel. I, however, found that this suspense seems to hide the fact that the first mystery did not feel resolved before you are caught up in this next one. I am generally impressed by the novel, but I wish there had been more resolution.

I would recommend this book to fans of romance and mystery books. Since this book is similar to some of Irene Hannon and Dee Henderson's works, fans of those authors would really enjoy this book.

Amanda, 16

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Shattered

by Dani Pettrey

Shattered is a story about Piper and Landon, two friends that have known each other since childhood. When Piper's brother is arrested for murder, Piper is determined to prove his innocence, and with Landon's help, they just might be able to do it.

I really enjoyed reading Shattered because the mystery was constantly moving forward, giving the book an overall momentum. The mystery leaves you guessing, and keeps you excited in general.

I would recommend Shattered to fans of romance and mysteries. Fans of Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon would also enjoy this novel.

Amanda, 16

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