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Isla and the Happily Ever After 

by Stephanie Perkins
04/27/2015 Categories: dating drama high school drama romance

Isla and the Happily Ever AfterHave you ever had that crush where you just think "will he never notice me"? Isla definitely has. She is a hopeless romantic and when she returns to school in Paris, Josh and Isla become closer than she could have ever imagined. But not all relationships are smooth sailing.

I genuinely wanted to like this book, but I thought it moved by way too fast. Also the main character went out of her way to find things wrong with her relationship which really annoyed me.

I would only recommend it if you have read the other books in the series, because they make cameos and you get to see what is up with them.

Audrey, 17

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The Death Cure 

by James Dashner
04/20/2015 Categories: dystopia survival stories

The final piece of the series, The Death Cure is about W.I.C.K.E.D's efforts to find an antidote to the epidemic that has plagued the world. The Gladers, as well as Group B, are cooped up in the organization's headquarters. After escaping, they travel to Denver, where they begin to see the true wrath of the Flare. Friends are lost in the chaos.

I love this book even though endings are always bittersweet to me. With events that come out of nowhere, I couldn't put down my book. I found myself haunted somewhat by the drudging finality of the story near the end. I didn't really like how Thomas has Brenda as a love interest, but the memorandum message from Chancellor Paige was a good last word.

This book would be great for anyone who likes having their heart thrown around with all of the surprising outcomes there are. Anyone who likes a good death will appreciate this novel, and anyone who likes a good mystery will pour over it like I have. And remember, W.I.C.K.E.D. is good.

Desiree, 14

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Dreamless : a Starcrossed novel 

by Josephine Angelini
04/20/2015 Categories: mythology romance

In the sequel to Starcrossed, Helen faces many challenges and has to overcome obstacles in the Underworld. Being the Descender, she has to find a way to rid the world of the Furies, while also maintaining a normal life, for her father's sake. To top it off, she meets a new boy, Orion, and has trouble depicting her feelings for both him and Lucas.

I loved this book. It was a little slow at first, but then the action kicked in and the ball started rolling. It was an amazing sequel.

I would recommend this book to anyone who read the first book. I would recommend the entire series to any young adult reader who enjoys action, romance, and some Greek mythology.

Chanel, 16

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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France 

by Leonie Frieda
04/20/2015 Categories: biography history royalty

This biography captures Catherine de Medici's lifetime from a unique and well-researched perspective. This queen is often remembered for the murder of thousands in the massacre of many on St. Bartholomew's Day, however she made many positive contributions to France and the surrounding countries. The book gives a positive perspective of her during her reign and the reigns of her children.

The biography was interesting because it did not display prejudice against her even though she is primarily known today as a murderer. I enjoyed this because history classes do not have the time to go in depth the way this biography does, so it offers a new point of view.

I would recommend this book to someone who finds history a fascinating subject and to someone who enjoys reading biographies. This book tells a woman's entire life story and gives an elegant window into her time period.

Tabitha, 16

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The Bone Clocks 

by David Mitchell
04/06/2015 Categories: sci fi time travel war

The Bone ClocksThis book centers around the life of Holly Sykes, a seemingly normal girl from England. More importantly, it focuses on the lives that become wrapped up not only in Holly's, but the invisible struggle for power between two immortal, superhuman forces.

This carefully crafted book amalgamates the lives of mortals with those to whom immortality is simply a way of life. In doing so, Mitchell creates a book that both questions and answers how valuable our time on earth is. While some parts may prove to be a bit slow, the overall intrigue of the story is not lost.

The Bone Clocks is yet another title in David Mitchell's impressive repertoire of visionary novels. Enthralling story-telling, true to his style, pairs well with his cunning ability to leave you questioning even the simplest of motives. This newest novel of his is sure to capture those with a love of science fiction and honest realism alike.

Melina, 15

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Things That Are 

by Andrew Clements
04/06/2015 Categories: adventure mystery romance

Things That AreAlicia is blind, but she still sees the events unfolding around her. She sees her parents who want her to live her own life, but still feel the need to protect her. She sees Bobby, who seems to be edging closer. She sees William, a man who isn't only invisible to her, like everyone else in her life, but also to the whole world. Is he really kind and trustworthy like he seems? Or is Alicia mistaken by her instincts? Things That Are is the third in a series started by the book Things Not Seen.

Things That Are is an interesting book because it's about learning to trust the things we know but can't see.

If you like adventure, romance, and mystery then you will like reading Things That Are.

Julia, 13

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Throne of Glass 

by Sarah J. Mass
04/06/2015 Categories: action fantasy

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
04/06/2015 Categories: action dystopia sci fi survival stories

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
03/27/2015 Categories: action dystopia fantasy

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
03/27/2015 Categories: adventure mystery sci fi

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
03/27/2015 Categories: action dystopia friendship mystery

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
03/27/2015 Categories: fantasy mystery mythology

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
03/24/2015 Categories: action romance suspense war

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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