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Reformed Vampire Support Group

by Catherine Jinks

Reformed VampiresIn this book, vampires are not beautiful, sparkly creatures of the night. Instead, they are sickly and disturbed people who have a terrible addiction to blood. Join Nina and her support group as they try to find purpose in their otherwise dreary and pathetic lives as they try to free an enslaved werewolf from a terrible life of cage fighting.

This book was very fun to read because it presents a different picture of what vampires could be. The eccentric characters were funny, realistic, and easy to like.

Yes, I would recommend this book because not all vampires are sexy, romantic, and powerful. It's a different spin on supernatural stories, and I think many fans such as those of Wicked would like it.

Kristine, 15

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Hush, Hush

by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush HushA fallen angel, Patch, doesn't know whether or not to kill the human he has fallen in love with. Meanwhile the human, Nora, is being stalked by an an unknown person who is also trying to kill her.

I loved this book because the more Patch tried to be apart of Nora's life, the more mysterious Patch became. You slowly find out about Patch's past and how he got to where he is now.

I would recommend this book for any girl who likes mysterious men who are really hot. If you love romance it will be an epic love story for you.

Jacki, 16

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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

A plane crash leaves several young boys stranded on an island. Two of the boys, Ralph and Piggy, give rules to the rest to gather food, make shelters, and create signal fires. A third boy named Jack takes a different path and through the actions of these children. Lord of the Flies reveals the animal nature of humans that the author believes is true.

The novel is middle of the road for me. It contains several themes and ideas in a dangerous atmosphere. Being stranded on an island is dangerous enough but once you recall that all the characters in the book are young boys, the book becomes a lot darker and more suspenseful. Personally, I disliked that all of the characters are male, whereas if the story was told with females, I believe it would have been more interesting.

Chances are, the average teenager has read this novel. If not, I would be hesitant on a recommendation unless the reader wants a thought provoking novel with ideological sandboxes to dig into.

Jakob, 15

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Out of the Easy

by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the EasySet in 1950's New Orleans, Josie Moraine, the bright daughter of a prostitute, wants to escape the Big Apple and reach for an exceptional college. However, a mysterious death involving her mother disrupts her plans. Josie sets off to find the truth, escape New Orleans, and still get accepted to the college of her dreams.

I was hooked with this book from the first few chapters. The vivid characterization makes the wide number of characters alive and believable, and the plot is quite a roller coaster. There's also a lot of research put into the setting of 1950, but not extensively, just subtly. The author's writing style is very simple and her writing doesn't disappoint.

I'd definitely give it a recommendation to mature teens and adults. Those wanting a fantastic romance mystery will get a thrill from Out of the Easy.

Jakob, 15

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A Feast for Crows

by George R.R. Martin

A Feast for CrowsThis fourth installment in the Game of Thrones series chronicles the story of the characters readers have come to love. With the war in Westros changing tides, alliances are made, friendships broken, and many, many lives are lost. Everywhere there is chaos and scheming, and secrets never stay that way for long.

I liked this book because the believable characters keep the story rolling at a fast pace. The plot never stops twisting in ways you never expect, and the author goes in depth with every detail so I felt like I was standing alongside my favorite characters.

I would recommend this book to someone who wants to know all of the gritty details of the fights and enjoys seeing things play out from multiple viewpoints.

Liam, 15

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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of Regency Era England. Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy.  But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice as well as outside opposition to be together?

I love this book!  While I wasn't able to appreciate it when I was younger (I hated any subtle witticisms and interactions whose meanings weren't completely obvious and there's no sword fights over a girl's honor) but now that I'm older and got to read it with my class, I understand it a lot better. The characters are delightful and there is a lot of humor and wit to provide comic relief. Of course the romance between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth is one of the main reasons I love the book, since their relationship grows and blossoms despite a bad first impression, miscommunication, social disapproval, familial opposition and their own faults which get in the way from the beginning.

I recommend this book for book-lovers that can appreciate classical literature and subtle details. Be ready to re-read this book many times because it gets better each time I read it.  Anyone that can appreciate a good romance will love this amazing novel.

Rebecca, 17

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The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

Susie Salmon is a normal, 14-year-old girl with a happy family and looks forward to going to high school and maybe dating her crush, Ray Singh.  That all changes when she is brutally raped and murdered on her way home from school and she, and her family, have to deal with the aftermath. Susie narrates to story from her personal Heaven as she comes to terms with her death and watches her loved ones move on and live in a world without her.

It was an interesting read and very touching. Expect an emotional rollercoaster, I was crying by the end, but there is a happy ending so hang in there.  I wanted to read this book because it sounded very original and I wanted to see how Sebold handeled  the whole Heaven issue and having a narrator who was dead.  I thought she handled it well overall and really shows how Susie and her family mature and move past her death.

I would recommend this book for someone that wants something different and is open to unorthodox and sometimes difficult-to-swallow subject matter.  This is not a book for someone very sensitive; there is teenage sex, rape, character death, adultery and some other subjects readers may be uncomfortable with. Read with an open mind and be ready to cry.

Rebecca, 17

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I Am the Messenger

by Marcus Zusak

I am the messengerDeadbeat Ed Kennedy stops a bank robbery in his small town. Afterwards, he gets suspicious playing cards in the mail, instructing him to go to certain people to change their lives forever.

I Am a Messenger is a great book because it shows how anyone can change other people's lives for the better. Ed is likable character that most people can relate to. This author also wrote The Book Thief, which is in my opinion better, but fans won't be disappointed.

I Am the Messenger is still a good book that anyone can enjoy. Read at your own risk, however, since Ed's town has a lot of iffy people that do iffy things.

Kristine, 15

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1984

by George Orwell

This story is about Winston Smith, who lives in a dystopian society called Oceania, which used to be the former Americas and British Isles. In Oceania, pretty much all of life is controlled by the government, simply called the Party.

1984 tells of Winston's rebellion against the Party and his struggle to remain himself.1984 is an amazing book. It really gets you thinking about how humans can survive in a society such as this one. Winston's narration is great also, very funny and thought-provoking.

Obviously, sci-fi fans would like this book, but really I'd recommend it to anyone, since it tells such a great story about human nature. It's not that hard to read, and one of those stories that can stay with you for a lifetime.

Kristine, 15

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Bless Me, Ultima

by Rudolfo Anaya

Bless Me UltimaThe novel Bless Me, Ultima is about a young boy who struggled to find his own beliefs and path in life. His parents couldn't be more different: his dad being a free spirit, while his mom is completely religious. Antonio is introduced to several beliefs by other characters who are alienated from society based on their own personal beliefs.

I loved this book because it demonstrates how a young child is forced to chose his/her own path and not what people want him/her to. I love how Ultima, a curandera or healer bonds with Antonio and helps him overcome his fear of losing faith in Society's beliefs. I also loved how Rudolfo Anaya introduces the Hispanic language into the novel, so the reader can be pulled into the language of the people.

I would certainly recommend this book to people who have a background of the Spanish language; however, anybody can still enjoy this book without knowing Spanish. This novel is a classic of the Hispanic novels, because of how the author uses the language to untie the reader with the society in the novel. This novel was perfectly bonded so anyone can read and know what is happening, and the book has some mystery and magic.

Lauren, 17

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The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The novel begins with the town gossiping about resident Hester Prynne. The reader wonders what Hester Prynne did that was so bad. The novel is mostly about how Hester raises her child and why the father won't confront that he is the father.

I loved this book because of its romantic quality, and that even though is was written like two centuries ago, love still exists. I love the part when Hester and the father first meet each other after so long and they still feel love for each other. I hated how the father was such a coward to face the town and say that he was the father.

I would recommend this book to people who can read books with difficult language, and love romantic novels. People who love a suspense love story will love this book, and I loved this book even though everyone in my class disliked this book. This book has a deeper meaning and moral of you read it carefully, and do not treat it as homework.

Lauren, 17

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The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway

This novel takes place after WWI, where most of the main characters, such as Jake, were soldiers in war and therefore received war trauma. The novel is mostly about how these soldiers self-medicate with alcohol, and how they can never fully be themselves again.

I enjoyed this book, due to the fact that the novel talked about the soldiers after a war, and how the war changed these men. The war also affects a woman named Brett who seems to be a modern woman during that time period and has a relationship with Jake. My least favorite part was when Brett used Jake to get to Romero, and I felt disgusted towards Brett.

I would gladly recommend this book to everyone. This book does contain some mature content, such as self-medicating with alcohol, and the effects of war on soldiers. This novel explores the minds of once stable men and woman who become anger-filled and depressed people.

Lauren, 17

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The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

Joy Luck ClubFour Chinese mothers start the "Joy Luck Club" where they meet to play mahjong, eat and talk.  Each woman has a Chinese American daughter counterpart they struggle to connect with while also dealing with their painful memories in China. Each woman has a story, some sad, others heart-wrenching and all deal with their struggles to bridge the gap between Chinese and American culture and the relationships between the mothers and daughters.

I liked how the author tied all the stories together into one coheisive whole and used the lives of 7 women to tell the story of all immigrant families. Each vignette is powerful and meaningful while also relating to the novel's meaning as a whole.

I would recommend it because it provides a new perspective on the difficulties of communicating between two very different cultures and really gets into the minds of each narrator instead of letting them be just vessels for the author's story.

Rebecca, 17

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Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde

Image resultThe novel is about a handsome young man named Dorian Gray, whose beauty inspired his friend Basil Hallward to create his masterpiece, a portrait of Dorian. Basil becomes infatuated with his youthful appearance and purity of thought, worshipping Dorian to be his muse. Everything changes when Dorian meets the charismatic Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil's, who suggests that the only things worth pursuing are beauty and fulfilment of the senses. Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian bitterly wishes the portrait Basil has painted would age rather than he, even at the cost of his own soul. Dorian's wish is fulfilled, so when he pursues a life of crime and debauchery, the portrait reflects his soul, with each sin manifested as a disfigurement or hideous sign of aging.

This book was truly a delightful experience that targets all the senses through detailed imagery and follows Dorian's deterioration, from cruelty to cold-blooded murder, until he is too far gone to save. The book includes universal themes that are especially applicable in an age obsessed with appearances.

I would recommend this book to book-lovers that love plenty of figurative language and a slow pace, but also some fast-paced action every once in a while. While the beginning may be a little slow, Lord Henry Wotton is always a fun character to read and the second half of the book moves very quickly.

Rebecca, 17

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Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

Lightning ThiefPercy Jackson is a troubled boy who finds out that he is the son of the Greek God Poseidon. He then moves to Camp Half-Blood. In the midst of this, he is blamed for stealing another god's weapons, and he sets off on a journey around the world to find it while encountering friends and enemies along the way.

The Lightning Thief is an excellent beginning to the Percy Jackson series. This book definitely shows its research on Greek mythology (it might get a touch out of hand when describing things though), as it gives all of its elements a more modern look to it. The characters are all easy to get attached too (whether you love some or hate some) and the story is quite compelling.

Overall, it's definitely worth a try. This is a must for Greek mythology fans.

Jakob, 15

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