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Books Reviewed by our Teens

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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Chris Colfer

This fantasy series has always been one of my favorite fairytale novels. The series gives a new alternative to classic fairytales that everyone knows. It begins with siblings who are magically transported into a magical place where all the fairytale

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Inherit the Wind

Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee

This is a classic play as it's an interpretation of the Scopes Monkey trial. The novel is in play format with characters having lines and an interactive narrator. The setting is the town of Hillsboro where Cates, a school teacher who taught evol

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Beyond the Break

Heather Buchta

Lovette is a devoted Christian and due to her brother's surfing accident, she forbids herself to surf as well as date. However, since she encountered Jake Evans, she is now breaking her former rules. Throughout the book, she struggles to be the

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The Call of the Wild

Jack London

This is a loving story that contains many life lessons in its pages. Buck, a muscular dog gets dognapped in Canada during the reign of the gold rush. He then faces many troubles even one that can result in his death. However, his strength allows him

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Girl in Pieces

Kathleen Glasgow

This novel can be described as a deep and passionate journey as Charlotte Davis partakes in extreme amounts of suffering that leads to damaging thoughts. Throughout the novel, it is visible that she has clear emotions letting one have a more sincere

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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Holly Jackson

This book is completely intriguing, it has concepts of mystery, romance, and suspense. I felt like a detective piecing together all the clues delivered in the novel as the main characters Pippa and Ravi do as well. The plot provided many twists in th

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The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

The House on mango street follows 12-year-old Esperanza as she experiences events that force her to evolve into a young woman. In Chicago during the 1960s, she undergoes discrimination, sexual harassment, and a desire to become rich like her peers. E

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One of Us Is Lying

Karen M. McManus

This is one of my all time favorite books. It’s full of suspense, a plethora of drama, and covered in mystery. I could not stop reading as the book constantly changes perspectives. McManus provides much detail to each of the characters as they try

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See You at Harry's Jo Knowles Cover
Rated ★★★★★

See You at Harry's

Jo Knowles

This book does a very good job of showing the reader what grief is like, and will resonate very deeply with younger readers. With the main character only being a middle schooler, I highly recommend younger readers to read this book. Every feeling in

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Cinder Marissa Meyer Cover
Rated ★★★★★

Cinder

Marissa Meyer

Think about Cinderella, but with a twist. The author does a really amazing job of making it seem as though you are in the book's universe. It makes you completely forget about everything going around. It is a book that just makes you not want to

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Reverie Ryan La Sala Cover
Rated ★★☆☆☆

Reverie

Ryan La Sala

Truthfully, this isn’t a book that I have enjoyed because the plot was very confusing. In the book there is a lot of visual imagery and descriptions, however although it is amazing at times, it also took away from the story. It felt like there was

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue V. E. Schwab Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

V. E. Schwab

This book was one of my 16 five star reads out of almost 300 books. It follows a woman named Addie LaRue who was taught by her mentor to "never call on the gods that answer after dark". After her parents try to force her into a marriage wit

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The Dragon Republic R. F. Kuang Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Dragon Republic

R. F. Kuang

This book was one that broke my heart but I loved it because of that. If you didn't really like Rin and Nezha's relationship in the first book, you might not enjoy this book that much. I, personally, loved them, especially because of the fa

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These Violent Delights Chloe Gong Cover
Rated ★★★★★

These Violent Delights

Chloe Gong

I am in love with this author's debut novel; the writing style is amazing. I love the fact that we get to have another morally grey woman to fall for. Juliette is an incredibly accurate representation of how it feels to be a part of two cultures

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The Drowning Faith RF Kuang Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Drowning Faith

RF Kuang

I have read this novella 15 times in the past two months. That says a lot about my mental health, but it also means that this novella is amazing. I love how it gives us an insight to Nezha's character. I love watching his heart break and it stom

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Serpent & Dove Shelby Mahurin Cover
Rated ★★★☆☆

Serpent & Dove

Shelby Mahurin

This book isn't necessarily my favorite but I really liked it. It is essentially a marriage of convenience story between a witch and a witchhunter. This book also has the "there was only one bed" trope and I love the way that it was do

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The Wrath & the Dawn Renée Ahdieh Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Wrath & the Dawn

Renée Ahdieh

"What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?" he whispered. "If I'm a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed." The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest. "No

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Paper Princess Erin Watt Cover
Rated ★★☆☆☆

Paper Princess

Erin Watt

Personally, I didn’t really enjoy this book because the writing style had a very “wattpad” like vibe. By that I mean that it was very unprofessional and that isn’t what I like to see in a published novel. The characters weren’t very likable

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Something, Maybe Elizabeth Scott Cover
Rated ★★★★★

Something, Maybe

Elizabeth Scott

As a lightly cliche but well written romance novel, Something Maybe is a pretty nice read. In my opinion, Scott certainly did a good job writing the characters. I personally liked the unique character concepts of the parents in this book; particularl

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The Goddess Test Aimée Carter Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Goddess Test

Aimée Carter

The Goddess Test has an interesting take on greek mythology, with its modernized pieces and intriguing characters. It follows Kate Winters, a girl returning her terminally sick mother to her childhood home, where Kate meets someone who claims to be H

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The Tail of Emily Windsnap Liz Kessler Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Tail of Emily Windsnap

Liz Kessler

The Tail of Emily Windsnap is a cute fantasy fiction read for younger audiences. When I was in middle school I really enjoyed this book and the series. It’s about a girl who learns the truth about herself and her father, while making a special frie

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The Fault in Our Stars John Green Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

The Fault in Our Stars is a bittersweet classic romance novel that tells the story of two terminally ill teenagers who fall in love. I call it a classic as the movie for this book seemed to spark a number of other romance movies with illnesses involv

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Switched Amanda Hocking Cover
Rated ★★★★★

Switched

Amanda Hocking

Switched is about a girl discovering her true identity. It’s the first of the Trylle series, and opens the trilogy pretty well. I particularly like the descriptiveness of the scenes that really helped me visualize the story. Overall, this is a good

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Torn Amanda Hocking Cover
Rated ★★★★★

Torn

Amanda Hocking

While some sequels can happen to be lackluster, Torn does an excellent job on following where the first book left off. I liked the way the character interactions and developments carried out in this book, especially since it didn’t seem like a fill

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Ascend Amanda Hocking Cover
Rated ★★★★★

Ascend

Amanda Hocking

A great ending to the trilogy; Ascend really wrapped up the story in a satisfying way that left me curious about Hocking’s other writings. This book shows incredible character development with the main character as she shows how she’s grown so mu

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Frostfire Amanda Hocking Cover
Rated ★★★★☆

Frostfire

Amanda Hocking

While it can be a little odd on pacing, I enjoyed Frostfire as a follow up to Hocking’s Trylle series. I enjoyed the contrast in society in this tribe as it gave some insight on the troll world. I somewhat wished there was a little more development

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Ice Kissed Amanda Hocking Cover
Rated ★★★★★

Ice Kissed

Amanda Hocking

Ice Kissed is another well written sequel by Hocking. It continues right where Frostfire left off with quality story depth and excitement. Hocking’s writing proceeds to fascinate me with beautiful descriptive properties. It did happen to contain a

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Crystal Kingdom Amanda Hocking Cover
Rated ★★★★★

Crystal Kingdom

Amanda Hocking

A good end to a good trilogy, Crystal Kingdom wraps up the Kanin series pretty well. This series finale seemed to really show lots of shining change in the main character. Along with such, there are many parts and details that truly come full circle.

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A Dog's Life Ann M Martin Cover
Rated ★★★★★

A Dog's Life

Ann M Martin

As a child, I found “A Dog’s Life” to be one of my favorites to check out from my elementary school’s library. It’s sad yet beautiful writing really imprinted on me and has stayed with me for many years. The Book is about a stray dog named

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The Angel Experiment James Patterson Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Angel Experiment

James Patterson

As a classic sci-fi novel to me, Maximum Ride is a special middle school favorite of mine. Patterson really does a good job at creating an elaborate plot that’s pretty believable in terms of details. I really enjoyed the way the characters each hav

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The Iron King Julie Kagawa Cover
Rated ★★★★☆

The Iron King

Julie Kagawa

The Iron King is a captivating romance fantasy with an intricate world. While a bit cliche here and there, I liked it because of its charming take on fey/fae/faerie and the characters that grow on you. Kagawa’s writing really paints a hauntingly en

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The Giver Lois Lowry Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Giver

Lois Lowry

The Giver is an insightful piece of writing that I feel tells that there cannot ever truly be a perfect society. It takes place in a world where in a futuristic world after eliminating all conflict of pain and war, everyone has settled for a set syst

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The Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of Despereaux will always be a book I’ll remember with fondness as it’s one of my childhood all time favorites. It follows a number of characters, the main character being a little mouse with large ears and a large heart on a special que

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The Iron Daughter Julie Kagawa Cover
Rated ★★★★☆

The Iron Daughter

Julie Kagawa

Despite being the second book of the Iron Fey series, it was the first book I had read and remains my favorite of them to this day. As a sucker for star-crossed romance, The Iron Daughter really hits the target for cliche novel lovers. To be honest,

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The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

A great read, in or out of the classroom. The Great Gatsby is a classic tragedy with several themes within. It follows a young man in named Nick Carraway as he witnesses the story of his eccentric neighbor unfold before him. Along with the interestin

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Speak Laurie Halse Anderson Cover
Rated ★★★★☆

Speak

Laurie Halse Anderson

"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson is an insightful story about a girl who suffers the aftermath of sexual assault. Despite being unlikable at times, the characters are pretty well written. Something that stood out to me is how this book conf

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The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein Cover
Rated ★★★★★

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Garth Stein

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein is a heartwarming story about a dog's recollection of his life. As I dog owner myself, I definitely related to this book in a very fond way. While it somewhat follows the well-known puppy

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Where She Went Gayle Forman Cover
Rated ★★★★☆

Where She Went

Gayle Forman

Picking up a couple years after where "If I Stay" left off, "Where She Went" by Gayle Forman tells a realistic answer to the typical question of "what's next?" when finishing a book. It does so in a way that's

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The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien Cover
Rated ★★★☆☆

The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

While I admit it's not really my style, The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien is an overall well written book. To generalize, it's about a recluse going on a quest with several companions and learning the value of friendship and adventure. It has a n

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If I Stay Gayle Forman Cover
Rated ★★★★★

If I Stay

Gayle Forman

If I Stay is a lovely book about a car accident survivor struggling through a coma. I enjoyed it because it was pretty insightful on the value of life and how easily things change. Other than that, the characters are well written and very likable. I&

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