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The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace is a girl who has stage four thyroid cancer. Hazel finds that she is battling herself and has a hard time living. Once Hazel meets Augustus Waters, everything changes for her.

I really liked it because once you get to know Hazel and Augustus, you begin to love these characters. Right from the beginning, you can tell they are made for each other.

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels like reading about a little romance and a bit of a tragedy. The Fault In Our Stars is life changing and will change the way about how you see the world.

Jacki, 17

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I am Number Four

by Pittacus Lore

I am Number Four

People from the planet Lorien get invaded by the Mogadorians and desperately try to escape to Earth. Nine of the saviors of the planet are being hunted down by Mogadorians and can't see each other for fear of breaking a charm that keeps them alive. Three are killed, and now Number Four is next.

I really liked it because the main character showed himself as someone who could kick butt. John Smith also had incredible powers that allowed him to protect his loved ones and himself. John's meeting with Number Six was the best part, because he was reminded of his planet and regained hope.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes aliens and people who have special gifts. This is a story about love and also the power of a group of people can prevail over evil.

Jacki, 17

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Neferet's Curse: A House of Night novella

by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
                       

Nefaret's Curse

After the tragedy of her mother's death, Emily must be the lady of the house but has to worry about her father's drunkenness at all times. Emily wants to get away from her home using a boy.

I like it because through the book you can see Emily change from a timid little girl into a strong, independent woman. Emily becomes totally assertive and doesn't let anyone boss her around. The bad thing about that is that it doesn't always work in her favor.

I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates reading about confident, powerful women. Also there's a little bit of love, but the plot is mostly concerns the main character, Emily.

Jacki, 17

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The Final Warning

by James Patterson

The Final WarningIn the fourth book of the Maximum Ride series, Max and the Flock head to Antarctica to help scientists research global warming.
While they are there, one of the scientists is revealed to be a spy to the Uber-director. Then the Flock is captured and the Uber-director almost sells them as weapons, but a huge hurricane sweeps everything away. At the end, Max speaks to Congress about the effect of global warming on the Earth.

I liked this book very much because it was very jam-packed with action. It also warned us about the effects of global warming. I would recommend The Final Warning to those who have kept up with the series, or those who enjoy a great story filled with adventure.

Chanel, 14

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Nevermore

by James Patterson

Nevermore

In the final book of the Maximum Ride Series, Max and the Flock go to public school, but leave on a days notice due to some information received about Angel's disappearance. Not only do they have a mission to find Angel, but they also learn about a group called the 99 Percenters. They head home after the rescue, and Dr. Martinez visits and explains that she was brainwashed and that she has a special place ready for them. They follow her and discover a paradise where they fit in with other mutant kids.

I enjoyed the end of the series very much. It tied all of the loose strings together and ended in a magnificent way.

I would recommend this book to anyone who read the entire series. I would also recommend this book to anyone interested in a life lesson dealing with the fate of the world.

Chanel, 14

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City of Ashes

by Cassandra Clare

City of AshesIn the second installment to The Mortal Instruments, Clary's mother is in a coma and her father has threatened war against the Shadowhunters. The teen must find a way to save the family she has known, and the new family she has made with the Shadowhunters. Clary is also caught in a love triangle which includes her brother, Simon, and her newly discovered brother, Jace.

City of Ashes is an exceptional sequel to City of Bones. The new characters introduced in City of Ashes brought fresh questions that remained unanswered at novel's end, leaving readers with a cliffhanger!

I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those who have read the first installment of The Mortal Instruments and are debating whether or not to continue with the series. I believe that if you enjoy reading books set in supernatural worlds, you will love City of Ashes.

Maria, 15

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Eve & Adam

by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Eve & AdamAfter Evening Spiker's leg was torn off in a car accident - and subsequently re-attached - she's been bored out of her mind while recovering at her family's high-tech pharmaceutical company. To ease her boredom, Evening's mother assigns her the task of designing the perfect boy, using a simulator the company made. But "Adam" isn't just a simple computer simulation, especially when he comes to life. Suddenly, questions about the company's shady background, and even about Evening herself come to light in this thrilling YA novel.

Eve & Adam is very engaging, with many thrilling chase scenes that make it impossible to put down. The main characters are likable enough, though a bit two-dimensional. My only complaint is that the plot was a bit far-fetched, and the background and setting weren't completely solid. There are a few real-life connections, like Apple Inc., and the band, The Pixies, but it still felt as if the book was set in the future.

I think that many people would enjoy Eve & Adam. The book itself is barely 300 pages, and anyone who likes reading romance with a dash of sci-fi would love it.

Kristine, 15

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Angel

by James Patterson

Angel

In the seventh book in the Maximum Ride Series, Fang starts her own group, called the "Fang's Gang" while Max and the others are at Dr. Martinez's house. Then, without realizing that the other is doing the same, both groups start a mission based on the Doomsday Group, a group of people who alter people's minds and convince them that they need to kill humans to help the planet.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was suspenseful, and ended on an exciting cliffhanger!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the series. Angel would suit anyone who likes action served with a little bit of romance and a lot of suspense!

Chanel, 14

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Max

by James Patterson

MaxIn the exciting fifth novel in the Maximum Ride series, Max and the Flock are at it again, but this time they are performing in
flying acts to help save the Earth with an organization called CSM (Coalition to Stop the Madness). When shooters start messing with with their performances, the Flock decides to stop because of safety issues. Max then meets Mr. Chu, who threatens her because she's working with CSM. Making matters worse, Max's mother is kidnapped. After many adventures, they finally save her, and Max is truly happy that the Flock is all together again. 

I liked reading Max very much. It was an excellent addition to the series, and I would recommend it to those who read the previous books, or anyone who enjoys action-packed stories.

Chanel, 14

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This World We Live

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This World We Live InThis World We Live In is a companion novel to both Life As We Knew It and The Dead & The Gone, and continues the story of what happened after a meteor collided with the moon and catastrophically altered the earth's climate. Miranda Evans, the main character from the first book, narrates the hardships of living in a destroyed world where leaving can be forever and where almost everyone you know is dead. Alex, the narrator from the second book shows up at Miranda's door with her father and her stepmother. He and Miranda begin a catastrophic and sad relationship that causes only more heartbreak.

I really enjoyed this book almost as much as the  first two. This World We Live In provided a very interesting storyline. I was very excited to see both of the narrators from the previous books meet and fall in love, but as the story progressed, it became a little predictable and cheesy. Overall, it was a good book filled with many tragic events that often made it hard not to cry.

I would recommend this book to others who have read the previous books and who cannot get enough of this author's work.  I would also recommend it to people who like sad and tragic stories, and for those who can handle death and disturbing parts. This World We Live In is suitable for both guys and girls, because it is not solely based on romance, but the will to survive and help your family through tough times.  

Daisy, 17

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The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter tells the story of Hester Prynne, a sinner in Puritan New England. At the beginning of the novel, Hester is punished by her community for having committed adultery. She is forced to wear a scarlet letter A for the rest of her
life. Even more intriguing is the fact that her lover's identity is unknown, making for a story filled with mystery and secrets.

I had to read this book as part of my summer reading assignment, and was not initially thrilled about it. But as I read more, I realized that the story was actually pretty good. However, the language was very hard to understand since the novel was written in the 1800's.

I don't think that I would recommend this book to others unless you're searching for a challenge to stimulate your brain. While I understand its literary value, I wouldn't suggest this book to someone just for fun.

Daisy, 17

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Reached

by Ally Condie

ReachedReached, the third and final installment of Ally Condie's Matched trilogy, follows Cassia, Ky and Xander as they get closer to toppling down the society that has taken their choices away from them. Cassia and Ky have officially joined the Rising and believe they can be together, but they soon find themselves separated once again. Xander, also a member of the Rising, finds himself completely trusting of the rebellion that plans to take over the Society. The three of them must rely on themselves in order to survive in this world that both the Rising and the Society have created. Can they thrust the Rising? And will they even live through this horrible world that has been created out of manipulation and lies?

I really enjoyed Xander's narration in this book. His voice brought a fresh, new perspective that changed how the reader looked at the story. I think it also provided a great ending to this amazing trilogy, because it explained all the mysteries surrounding the characters, the Society, and the Rising. The storyline was fantastic and Condie was able to end the trilogy in a way that did not seem forced or unnatural.

I would recommend Reached to people who have read the two previous books. Also, this would also be a good read for those who enjoy dystopian novels that contain both romance and action.

Daisy, 17

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Winger

by Andrew Smith

WingerRyan Dean West, a 14-year old junior and rugby player has landed in "O Hall" due to some trouble-making. There, he meets some interesting characters, best friends, and participates in unusual activities that make his junior year unforgettable.

I absolutely loved Winger. Andrew Smith writes so well that the reader feels as if they personally know the character, Ryan Dean. His thoughts, feelings, and actions are very relatable. I would definitely recommend this book! It's filled with so much laughter, unexpected moments, and a lovable character who will resonate with readers.

CJ, 17

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Paper Towns

by John Green

Paper TownsQuentin Jacobsen has always crushed on Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. One night, she appears at his window, and Quentin helps her on an extraordinary revenge-filled quest. She disappears the next day, leaving a trail of clues for him to find her.

This book was super funny and light-warming. Quentin and Margo are amazing in the first half, and then I think the side characters really shine through in the second half. I personally thought the ending was rather blah, but in a whole, the book is very fun and will have you chuckling.

Kristine, 15

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The Book Thief

by Marcus Zusak

Liesel's brother dies, and when the grave digger drops a book, the girl picks it up and starts a line of of thievery... of books.

I would recommend this book to anyone who can read, because it is life-changing. In order to truly see things through another's eyes, you must read this book

Timothy, 12

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