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This World We Live 

by Susan Beth Pfeffer
09/30/2013 Categories: dystopia natural disasters romance

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
09/30/2013 Categories: classic movie religion

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
09/30/2013 Categories: dystopia love triangles

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
09/28/2013 Categories: funny high school drama realistic fiction

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
09/28/2013 Categories: funny realistic fiction

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
09/28/2013

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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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Green
09/28/2013 Categories: realistic fiction terminal illness

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars, tells the story of Hazel Grace a sixteen-year old who is fighting against terminal thyroid cancer. When joining a support group for cancer teens, she meats, the charismatic and charming Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor and amputee. The novel follows their beautiful yet tragic relationship.

I really enjoyed this book, it was beautifully written, and the plot was very captivating. Another thing that I loved about this book were the characters - they were all very complex and "real". Augustus was one of my favorites, because even though he went through so much, he was still willing to love, and try his chance at love again. Hazel was a really strong female character who was able to come to terms with the tragedies of her life.

I would recommend this book to everyone - it is not strictly a girl novel. Since the author is male, I believe that guys would also find this book interesting. Even though it is sad and you will find yourself crying at certain parts, people will like The Fault in Our Stars. Overall it's a lovely story that teaches you to appreciate what you have and make the most of it.

Daisy, 17

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Attack on Titan 

by Hajime Isayama
09/28/2013 Categories: dystopia manga

Attack on TitanSet in a dystopian world thousands of years into the future, humans have been forced to hide within the walls of their cities to avoid being eaten by the gigantic, grotesque Titans. After a century of peace, humans are just beginning to get settled in their daily routines, until the fateful day when the Titans break a hole in the outermost wall. With thousands dead and their homes wrecked, the villagers are forced to escape within the second wall for safety; but one boy, Eren Yaeger, is determined to get his revenge.

Attack on Titan is one of the only manga series that I read nowadays, for the specific reason that it's thrilling and chock-full of both action and emotion. Isayama is famous for writing in symbols and metaphors, and he delivers each twist and turn
with remarkable skill. I could analyze the series for hours.

Anyone who isn't afraid of gruesome pictures or horror, and appreciates a fantastically complex plot, would fall head over heels for this series. The story is marvelously written and I recommend it highly to teens in high school and above.

Erica, 17

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City of Bones 

by Cassandra Clare
09/28/2013 Categories: paranormal vampires werewolves

City of BonesAs Clary made her way to Pandemonium, she did not expect to be engulfed in the supernatural world of the Shadowhunters. Soon after she meets Jace, the arrogant young Shadowhunter, her mother disappears. Clary is left with no choice but to trust the Shadowhunters in order to save her mother. City of Bones follows Clary as she embarks on this journey of the supernatural.

I was really captivated by this book's plot and twists. I fell in love with the characters as I journeyed with them into the supernatural world. I highly recommend City of Bones to anyone who enjoys supernatural worlds with vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and fairies. I believe teens would be most attracted to this book as its plot revolves around teenagers.

Maria, 15

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Delirium 

by Lauren Oliver
09/28/2013 Categories: dystopia

DeliriumThis book was set in a dystopian society and was very good. I loved the plot and the characters. Lena lives in a society where love is considered a disease and a cure was developed for those 18 years and older. A 17-year old rule follower, Lena is convinced that love is a disease and can't wait for her procedure up until the day she meets Alex. Alex is supposedly cured but later in the novel it is revealed that he is an Invalid, a person who comes from outside of the city boundaries. Both teens try to be with each other as much as they can, but it can be very difficult given the amount of influence the government has on everyday living. If they were ever caught together, they would most likely be killed or taken away. Throughout the novel, Alex and Lena struggle for their love with one another

I would recommend this to anyone who likes reading about dystopian societies. I would also recommend this to anyone who enjoyed reading Matched by Ally Condie.

Chanel, 14

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The Help 

by Kathryn Stockett
08/27/2013 Categories: deep south

The HelpThe Help is mainly about a white woman named Skeeter helping African-American maids get their voice heard. This book is set in the early 1960's, where the risk of Africans speaking out is extremely dangerous.

I liked this book, because it gave insight on what it was like to be both a white, and an African person during this time, instead of just one group's perspective. I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially to those who like reading about historical and inspirational books.

Alexis, 15

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Selection 

by Kiera Cass
08/22/2013 Categories: dystopia royalty social classes

SelectionThe book starts off with a dystopian society where the prince is coming of age and is holding a contest to find a bride. America, class 5, enters with pressure from family members, and her secret boyfriend.

The book was very good and had me reading to the wee hours of the morning. It is well written and has a some-what advanced vocabulary. The ending was very abrupt and is a cliffhanger to the second book, with no resolution of the main conflict and no true decisions made by the main character. Even so, the book was very entertaining and the sequel quickly justifies the first book. You will be engrossed in the lives of the characters and feel as though you are in the selection yourself.

Kiera Cass does very well. I would suggest these books teen girls.

Emily, 15

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Crossed 

by Ally Condie
07/23/2013 Categories: action dystopia romance

CrossedCondie's Crossed continues to follow Cassia Reyes as she risks everything in order to find Ky the boy she loves, and who the Society wants to keep her away from. In this second book of the Matched Trilogy, Cassia embarks on a journey to find Ky, but along the way she finds out secrets that might change the purpose of her trip. Will she run away with Ky, or will she join the rising in order to destroy the society that has taken away her freedom, and her ability to choose who she loves.

I really liked this book, specially the characters who were all brave and willing to risk everything for their loved ones. Another reason why I loved this book was because we not only got the chance to be in Cassia's mind and feel her emotions but we also got to explore the deeps of Ky's mind as he too looks for the one he loves.

I really enjoyed the new characters that Condie introduces in this book, and I loved the story line from start to finish. I would recommend this book to everyone, it perfectly combines action and romance, so as a reader you are always interested in what's going to happen next. This book would be a good read for those who enjoyed reading The Hunger Games, or other dystopian novels.

Daisy, 17

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City of Glass 

by Cassandra Clare
07/23/2013 Categories: demonology dystopia movie vampires

City of GlassCity of Glass is the third installment of Clare's The Mortal Instruments series, and follows Clary the heroin of the story as she travels to the City of Glass, the home of the Shawdowhunters, in order to find an antidote that will bring her mother back. Things become complicated as Valentine takes his plan into action, and invades the glass city with his demon army. Now the Downworlders and the Shadowhunters have to unite in order to survive, but will they be able to put their differences aside and fight among each other?

I really liked this book, I have been fascinated by this whole series and this installment did not disappoint. Clare's characters continue develop, especially Jace who continues to struggle with himself but at the end of the book is able to find some peace within himself. Like the previous books, Clare is able to capture both romance and action in a way that is captivating and keeps the reader at the edge of their set.

Overall the book is every well written and is full of the awesome characters and plot twists that readers have begun to expect from Clare. Like the previous two books, I would really recommend this book to people who are into the supernatural, action books that are still able to include some romance. I would also recommend this book to those that are thinking about watching the new movie for the City of Bones the first book in this series, because like they say " The book is always better than the movie."

Daisy, 17

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David 

by Mary Hoffman
07/23/2013 Categories: artists romance siblings

DavidSet in the Florence of 1501, David follows the life of Gabriele the young man who would portray the biblical character of David, in Michelangelo's sculpture. The novel follows Gabriele's romantic life, while also heavily focusing on the political instability of Florence under the new republic, and Gabriele's involvement in it.

I did not necessarily like this book. At times the story line was good, but most of the time it was slightly confusing when describing the politics of the period. I enjoyed Gabriele's dramatic love life, and his brotherly relationship with Michelangelo, but I did not really like all the historical details about the politics of the time.

I would recommend this book to those who like historical novels or who are into politics. I don't think that this is a book for everyone because of the fact that it heavily focuses on the subject of politics that can seem boring to most teens.

Daisy, 17

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