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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

City of BonesMeet Clary. She's just your average teenage girl, until she meets a group of mysterious people at the nightclub Pandemonium, all heavily tattooed. She finds out that they are Shadowhunters and is sucked into their world, full of demons and things from your worst nightmare.

I liked this book because it's full of suspense. I would recommend it to those who like to read book with lots of romance, cliff-hangers, and just plain goodness

Hieu, 13

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Ashes, Ashes

by Jo Treggiari

Ashes, AshesThe world has ended and Lucy must survive. After some dogs attack her, she meets Aidan and soon finds out that there are other people that have survived. Rampaged by the Sweepers, they must prevail against all odds.

This book is so good! Lots of dangerous and tricky situations. If you like mortal peril then this is the book for you.

Hieu, 13

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City of Ashes

by Cassandra Clare

City of AshesThere's a murderer in New York City. It's not humans that are victims but something much more devastating: a warlock, faerie, vampire, and werewolf. All are 18 years old or younger. Valentine needs these children in order to transform Raziel's Sword into a demonic item. Meanwhile, Jace is kicked out of the Institute by his adopted mom and has gotten on the Clave's Inquistor's bad side. With all this going on, Clary doesn't know what to do. Does she rescue Jace with some help and stop Valentine or fail?

I liked this book because there's a lot of romance and action. This book is so good; you won't want to put it down until you have read the last word. For all you fantasy lovers, you have found the perfect book.

Hieu, 13

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New Moon

by Stephenie Meyer

New MoonPoor Bella. Her Prince Charming is gone. Poofed without a trace. The alternative? Hang out with Jacob Black, son of Billy Black (friends with Bella's father, Charlie Swan) and future werewolf. In Jacob, Bella sees a best friend with whom she can have dangerous adventures with, but Jacob sees a lot more than that. He sees a girlfriend that he can fight for. When Edward comes back, there is a battle against the Volturi and a serious rivalry against Edward and Jacob. Who wins Bella's heart? Read the book and find out. This book stresses the importance of myths, teen love, and excitement. All you myth fans: Read this book ASAP!!

Hieu, 13

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Son of Neptune

by Rick Riordan

Son of NeptunePercy Jackson lost his memory. He finds a Roman camp (Camp Jupiter) in San Francisco and soon embarks on a quest with his new friends Hazel and Frank to save Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood and release the god of death (the actual god of death. Read: Not Hades) Tatanus . Otherwise Gaea will awaken and destroy civilization. Yeah, just another normal day for a demi-god. He meets some allies along the way and soon faces the boss giant that he needs to defeat: the giant that's supposedly the bane of Hades, the one and only Alcyoneus. Call him Al or Golden Boy. Will he prevail or fail?

Yes, I love myths and Percy Jackson stuff so this was a big hurrah for me. Percy Jackson fans can now celebrate cause Percy is BACK!!

Hieu, 13

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Throne of Fire

by Rick Riordan

Throne of FireSadie and Carter Kane are called upon to save the world. Again. Their job? Oh just journey across some lands to collect the pieces of the Book of Ra, awaken Ra, and stop Aphopis, the evil snake that's Lord of Chaos, from breaking out of his prison. Impossible, you say? Well, if you want to find out if they can do it, then read the book.

This is the best sequel to any series that I have ever read! I would recommend this to all you Egypt mythology fans and Kane fans: Wait no longer. This book is so good that it will mesmerize you and pull you so deep into the story, you'll cry when it ends.

Hieu, 13

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J.K. Rowling

Sorcerer's StoneMeet Harry Potter. He's just your average teenage boy staying with some relatives who make it clear that they don't want Harry in their home. That is, until one day when letters flood his house and he meets a giant of a man named Hagrid. Harry finds out that he's a wizard and that his parents were killed by the darkest wizard to ever live: Lord Voldemort. He is swept up in the magical world of Wizarding, finds a home that he's never really had, and meets some friends along the way, including his best friends: Hermione Granger and Ronald "Ron" Weasley. They soon find out that Voldemort is after the Sorcerer's Stone and have to do something before it's too late.

Harry, Hermione, and Ron are just phenominal characters and J.K. Rowling has woven a magical story that's the best of the best. If you like magic, then this is the book for you.

Hieu, 13

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Son

by Lois Lowry

SonThis book is the sequel to The Giver. Son is about Claire, the mother of a young boy named Gabe. Gabe gets taken from Caire at birth, and she starts this big journey to find him.

I did like this book because it has sort of a dystopian setting. I also like this book because it is told by the point of Claire and not Jonas (a boy in the community).

I would recommend this to others because I think this book has a great plot and is not too intense for younger people

Sabrina, 14

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Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hunger GamesThe book is about a girl name Katniss Everdeen. Her sister is picked for the hunger games (where teens fight to the death and there is one winner). Katniss volunteers in the place of her younger sister and fights to the death in the hunger games.

I really liked this book because of the love story and the fight scenes it had.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others of an older age of about 13 because of some the the intense fight scenes and the sort of love triangle that goes on. But over all, I really like this book.

Sabrina, 14

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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

To Kill a MockingbirdThe book is about the Finch family taking on a court case. Supposedly a black man raped a white woman and it caused a big stir because some people believed he was innocent.

I liked it because it was in a way fighting racism. Back in the 30's a white man's word was always right over a black man's word but Atticus did not care and still took on the case.

I would recommend it to others who like sort of old timely books. I would also recommend it to people who like books on fighting racism.

Sabrina, 14

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The Iliad

by Homer

IliadThe Iliad is a classic book that every student must read sometime in his or her life. Although very extensive in length and inclusive of historical details, Homer incorporates parts into his presumed poem that everyone will enjoy. From the runaway love affair of the beautiful Paris and Helen, to the fight for glory between Achilles and Hector, to the battle amongest gods and their patrons. This book is a good excuse to read some ancient history, without being stuck reading an actual history book.

The biggest problem I had with this book, is that it was very long and very hard for me to comprehend. It is definitely a book that calls for a great reader with a lot of determination to complete the book.

I would only recommend this book to those who seek after one of the classics or want to read about ancient Greek history. This is definitely the perfect book if that is the case; if not, and you are not someone who enjoys long books or history, I would not recommend this book. The only reason I read it was for academic purposes in which it was mandatory that I read it. Although I did not necessarily enjoy the book, I am glad that I read for the sake of achievement. I can now say that I have read the Iliad.

Mackenzie, 15

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The Odyssey

by Homer

Odysseus, a Greek veteran from the Trojan war, sets sail, returning to his home of Ithaca after 10 years of fighting in battle. After his ego comes out, however, Poseidon, god of the seas, is determined to keep him from reaching Ithaca. In the 10 years after the war, Odysseus is challenged by cyclops, witches, lotus, sirens, sea monsters, and the temptations of he and his crew that cross their path.

This was my favorite book written by Homer that I have read so far. It is like the sequel to the Iliad, only tremendously more interesting. It is a love story between Odysseus and his wife Penelope and their dedication to each other as he fights his way home. Not only the romance, but the book also includes magical creatures and enchantresses and all sorts of Greeks myths, which I find very interesting.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. It is a great book, especially for those who enjoy adventure, romance, the classics, and or fiction. This a book that combines all three genres. I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did, being that it was a book written by the author of the Iliad, which I absolutely despised. This is a book that I will always have on my bookshelf. 

Mackenzie, 15

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Devil in the White City

by Erik Larson

Devil in the White CityIn 1893, the World's Fair was to be the biggest event of the century, and it was. Numerous exhibitions from across the country and even the world traveled to Chicago to be displayed next to newfangled creations like the Ferris Wheel and the jawdropping shows of Buffalo Bill. Little did anyone know that danger was lurking in the shadows in the form of serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes: the devil in the White City.

I LOVED this book. As an avid reader of murder mysteries, the story of Dr. Holmes was at once intriguing and frightening. Coupled with the story of the World's Fair, I found this book to be a wonderful dose of both true history and an enthralling plot. Even if you don't like history, you'll still enjoy this book because the story is not overwhelmingly filled with data yet is still realistic. The actual events of both the Columbian Expo and Holmes's killing sprees are portrayed in a wonderful narrative format that is a delight to read. However, due to the rather gory aspects of this novel, I'd recommend this book only to strong readers with equally strong stomachs.

Erica, 17

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East of Eden

by John Steinbeck

East of EdenEast of Eden tells the story of the Trasks and the Hamiltons - two families who come together in the rich Salinas Valley in California. Steinbeck's novel follows three generations of these families as they relive the biblical story of Cain who strives for his father's love, and of Abel who receives all of Adam's love and pride.

The novel had a very interesting story line that was often full of plot twists and surprises. Some of the characters were really endearing, and others like Cain and Abel, proved to be dynamic characters as the story progressed. The novel was really dramatic and often kept the reader at the edge of his seat.

I would very much recommend this book to others, due to the fact that it contains a great story line and dynamic characters. I would especially recommend this novel to readers who enjoy classics and who are not afraid of reading a long book.

Daisy, 17

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Divergent

by Veronica Roth

DivergentIn Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both.

I loved this book! The plot line was very interesting and captivating. As you continue reading, you fall in love with the characters.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a dystopian novel filled with romance and action. If you loved The Hunger Games and other similar books you will definitely enjoy Divergent.

Maria, 15

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