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The Runelords 

by David Farland
07/11/2012 Categories: action demonology fantasy magic

Runelords coverThe Runelords was the story of the conflict between Raj Ahten, the man who wanted the world, and the kings of the nations who opposed him. Raj Ahten had taken thousands of endowments, which could magically make him faster, stronger, smarter, etc., than everyone else. But there is one threat to his power. Gaborn Val Orden, who is the next Earth King. He has the power to Choose people, and once he has done this, he can warn them of danger and keep them safe.

For the most part, this was a good book. However, it can get very confusing at times, and if you're not focused, you will have no idea what's going on. It was a clever new use of magic and the different creatures and monsters were thought out well.This is a nice read if you like longer fantasy books. If you like it, you will be forced to read the next seven books as the story never really ends with a final victory.

If you like epic fantasy, beasts, and battles, then you will most likely enjoy this book.

Brian, 15

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Never Fall Down 

by Patricia McCormick

Never Fall Down coverNever Fall Down is based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, a survivor of the brutal life in the Khmer Rouge, a communist party that had taken over Cambodia. Arn is a normal, if impoverished, boy who suddenly gets thrust into the violent life of the Khmer Rouge, and is made to commit to many things just to stay alive. Learning music is one. Handling a gun is another.

Never Fall Down was an amazing book. Powerful and poignant, it bound my heart and tugged at its strings to make a significant impact. Arn's story is memorable and something that I will read again and again.

I definitely recommend everyone to read this book. History junkies will especially like Never Fall Down. However, there are definitely some graphic aspects to this book, so read at your own discretion.

Erica, 16

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Good Girls 

by Laura Ruby
07/11/2012 Categories: funny high school drama realistic fiction

Good Girls coverGood Girls by Laura Ruby is about how a straight-A student in high school suddenly gets caught doing something she shouldn't, and everyone knows what.

Laura Ruby's novel is an almost frighteningly accurate portrayal of how fast things spread by word of mouth and the internet.

I greatly enjoyed this book because of its realism. Good Girls by Laura Ruby is strongly recommended to anyone in middle or high school who has a pointed sense of humor.

Tabitha, 14

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone 

by Laini Taylor
07/11/2012 Categories: action fantasy romance suspense

Daughter coverKarou is not your average heroine: she's blue-haired, ethereal, and can perform "magic" through wishes. She was also raised by a pack of unlikely mythical creatures--the chimaera. Tough and strong, she is a skilled messenger for her adoptive chimera father's trade, but after a slip up on a job, she encounters someone who will change her life forever.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a highly acclaimed book, and it is definitely fascinating to read. However, the only downside I saw was that Karou was TOO perfect, and therefore unrelatable as a person. (This point does make sense later on in the book, but is a personal annoyance of mine.)

Fantasy and romance lovers will enjoy this book as well as readers of the supernatural!

Erica, 16

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What If...Everyone Was Doing It 

by Liz Ruckdeschel

What if coverWhat If... Everyone Was Doing It is a story about the cliche twists and turns of making choices in high school, but has a very juvenile approach to be set in high school.

Ruckdeschel and Jame's novel has an unrealistic and rushed plot, with so many meanings it loses the story aspect.

I do not recommend this novel to people who are very easily tired of authors who over analyze everything in the book.

Tabitha, 14

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A Dance of Sisters 

by Tracey Porter

Dance of Sisters coverA Dance of Sisters is about a young aspiring ballerina who has to find her way in order to cope with her sister's wild streak, her ballet instructor's constant remarks that she's not good enough, and the teenage feeling of abandonment.

Tracey Porter's novel really portrays what a teenage girl with a desire to conquer something will do. I liked it for its realism and how the author was very upfront about harsh topics like anorexia.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in dance or who enjoys stories with lots of different side plots.

Tabitha, 14

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Mr. Monk is a Mess 

by Lee Goldberg
07/11/2012 Categories: action mystery tv show

Monk coverThis book is about the further adventures of Mr. Monk after the T.V. series ended. He and his assistant Natalie help Monk's brother Ambrose to find his missing girlfriend. With the help of some old friends and a few new ones, Mr. Monk solves the case.

If you haven't seen the T.V. series, you might not think anything is wrong with this book. But if you have, then you will notice that while it is a good attempt to put Monk on paper, it just can't be done. There was a sense of falseness about the story, and it didn't feel quite right.

If you've read all the books in your house, feel like a crime/mystery story, and have never watched Monk the show, then maybe you can consider this book. But otherwise, go find something better to read.

Brian, 15

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Mathilda Savitch 

by Victor Lodato
07/11/2012 Categories: mystery realistic fiction romance suspense

Mathilda Savitch coverMathilda Savitch is a story about the troubling time Mathilda goes through after her sister's death. Mathilda sees the world in a different light; she vies for attention, especially her mother's, and the only way to get that attention is by becoming bad. And yet, Mathilda is still trying to find her place in the world; she, like any other teen, is trying to discover who she really is. But she's also going on another quest: to find the guy who pushed her sister in front of the train. As she rummages through her sister's things, she uncovers secrets that her sister has always kept hidden, but that's not the only thing she uncovers: she discovers the truth about herself and the world.

This book was amazing despite some issues with language and a bit of content. The ideas and thoughts explored are ones that plague people today and Lodato does a great job bringing them to the forefront. It really gets you wondering about issues that many times we try to ignore.

I would recommend this book to anyone who find him or herself wondering about the mystery of life. Anyone who likes to wonder and who likes to feel and get his or her heartstrings pulled would love this book, although as a warning there is some very foul language and mature content.

Jana, 16

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Instructions for a Broken Heart 

by Kim Culbertson

Instructions coverThis book is about how a performing arts high school student named Jessa weaves her way through a trip to Italy with some unsavory people, unexpected interfering from an America-based friend, and a lot on her mind.

Instructions for a Broken Heart is quite the page turner, because it really signifies how high school students sometimes get caught up in everything around them, yet miss what's right in front of them. Also, aside from that; it's very realistic.

If you enjoy stories with twists and the occasional bit of revenge, I'd definitely recommend it. People who like to explore situations and experiences through books would find a great plot here in Instructions for a Broken Heart.

Tabitha, 14

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Insurgent 

by Veronica Roth
07/11/2012 Categories: adventure dystopia romance

Insurgent coverIn the continuation of Divergent, Insurgent follows the adventures of Tris and Four as they escape from the Erudite faction and the Dauntless who have betrayed them. They attempt to hide in Amity, but even the peacemakers can't shield them from the power of their enemies--so they turn for help in the most unexpected places and meet familiar faces.

I loved Insurgent! Although it focused more on Tris and Four's relationship than I would have liked, Insurgent was definitely not a letdown from its groundbreaking predecessor.

Anyone who enjoys the dystopian genre, loves Hunger Games (or anything similar), and is in for fast-paced excitement and a bit of romance would love this book.

Erica, 16

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Outlaw 

by Stephen Davies
07/03/2012 Categories: action adventure kidnapping masterminds

Outlaw coverIn Outlaw, Jake Knight, the son of the British ambassador, is suspended from his boarding school because his adventurous nature has once again gotten him in trouble. Jake ends up joining his parents in Burkina Faso. He's overjoyed because now, in Africa, he can have the adventure he has always wanted. But Jake never wanted to be kidnapped. In the middle of a banquet, Jake and Kas, his younger sister, are kidnapped by a man with a spiderweb tattoo. They are told that this man is Yakuuba Sor, the most wanted outlaw in the Sahara desert. But as Jake and Kas try to escape, as they rush to get home, they learn that not everything is what it seems and that a modern Robin Hood may actually exist in this world.

Outlaw is an amazing book filled with adventure from the start. Every chapter is filled with some surprise, some sudden event that was never expected. More than anything, Outlaw shows that nothing is impossible and that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything and everything. And it clearly shows that bigger is not always better; in fact, cunning is always better than force. It gives you hope and shows you that even you can make a difference in this world.

I would recommend this book to readers who love a good adventure story that keeps them hooked from the start. If you like James Bond, action, and a little bit of humor than Outlaw is the book for you.

Jana, 16

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That Wedding 

by Jillian Dodd
07/03/2012 Categories: funny realistic fiction romance

Image resultThat Wedding is the sequel to That Boy and was honestly just as fun to read! I absolutely loved reading about JJ plan her dream wedding and have a fun time! She did go through some hard times but just as before her best friend helped her through!

This book was so good about really explaining the wedding planning with precise detail so everyone would know what everything was!

I would most definitely recommend this book to others because, if you read the That Boy, you are going to want to know how her wedding turns out! I hope that Mrs. Dodd will come out with a third book!

Chanel, 13

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That Boy 

by Jillian Dodd

Image result for that boyThat Boy follows the life of JJ Reynolds and her relationship (BFFs) with Phillip and Danny. One of them will kiss her, one will  make-out with her, one will ask her to prom, and eventually, one will ask her to marry him! 

I loved this book! It's is a fun and lively story that had me hooked from the first page! I read it in one day, and the sequel had the same affect on me!

I would definitely recommend this book to others who love romance as much as I do! It was a very fun book, and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do!

Chanel, 13

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Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius 

by Janice Repka
07/03/2012 Categories: friendship funny high school drama

Clueless coverA Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius is about two different girls and how they teach other lessons that the other did not know about. One is a genius, while the other is a fashionista. It is all about their lives when they meet each other and became friends. 

This is a cute, easy-to-read book that wasn't at all hard to understand so reading it was fun and enjoyable.

I would recommend this book to those who want to just sit back and read a fun and short book!

Chanel, 13

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The Fox Inheritance 

by Mary Pearson
07/03/2012 Categories: action dystopia sci fi suspense

Fox Inheritance coverJenna, Kara, and Locke were great friends who stuck together through everything, but one day an accident happens and as they lay dying, Jenna's father scans and saves their minds in the hopes of saving them. 260 years later Locke and Kara awaken to a new world and learn that Jenna has been alive for the past 260 years and has done nothing to save them from the darkness. After finding out that they are nothing more than floor models for prospective buyers who may want to preserve their minds for the future, Locke and Kara run away and find themselves in a whole new world. The two get separated, but their destination is the same: Jenna. Locke finds himself rushing against the clock because he knows that Kara's mad, he knows she wants revenge. 

This book is fantastic; the sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this book gives you insight as to what happened to the other characters and the lives in store for them. The future world that Pearson creates is realistic. This book will leave you wondering about the importance of friendship, trust, and the human mind and soul.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to wonder about the future and where mankind is headed. It will definitely leave you wondering and questioning. If you loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox, then this book is a must-read.

Jana, 16

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