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Reviews written by Marathon County teens about books and graphic novels for young adults! Feel free to add comments and contribute to any of the reviews posted below.

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JANUARY 29, 2013
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Rating: Excellent! (5)

If you like paranormal fiction and angels, or the Hush Hush series, you'll like Embrace. It's about seventeen-year-old Violet Eden, who finds out her hot crush is a guardian angel- and she's one too! She has the choice to embrace her heritage and fight for the safety of the human race against the exile angels out to enslave them all, or remain as she is. Either way, her life is in peril. What will she choose? Find out in Embrace!

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Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Madison M.

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JANUARY 26, 2013
Son by Lois Lowry

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Son by Lois Lowry is the final book in The Giver series. I thought it was a wonderful end to a wonderful story. This book first goes back in time, to when Gabe was born. It then tells the story of Claire, Gabe's birthmother, and her journey to find him. This book is a must read for anyone who has read The Giver.

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Son by Lois Lowry

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JANUARY 23, 2013
The Extraordinary Education Of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Nicholas Benedict isn't like other nine-year-old children. He has an extraordinary gift! He is a genuis! After the brilliant orphan is put in a dreary orphanage, Rothschild End (more commonly called Childs End) he discovers a mystery that needs to be solved! Finding friends (and enemies) in unlikeyly places, Nicholas is surely to remember these months at the orphanage for the rest of his life!

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The Extraordinary Education Of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Amanda K.

Categories: Book Review Mystery

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JANUARY 23, 2013
Take Me Home by One Direction

Rating: Excellent! (5)

One Direction has done it again! Releasing the "Take Me Home" album, these boys have reach superstar status. Making young girls fall in love with them, and their lyrics, these boys really know how to make an album. "Take Me Home" is full of songs that will stick in your head! Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne will surely make you feel the love with their songs "Truly, Madly, Deeply", "Summer Love" and "Change My Mind". Also the new hit single "Live While We're Young" will surely make you want to sing along! Find out what everyone is talking about!

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Take Me Home by One Direction

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Amanda K.

Category: Music Review

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JANUARY 23, 2013
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Rating: Good (4)

Ever wondered what it was like to ride a mystical polar bear? To have the North Wind for your grandfather? Or to have to save your love from non-living trolls? Experience those things firsthand through the eyes of Cassie, a fire-headed, determined lass who wins the heart of a powerful being, and then loses him when she needs him the most. Become a loyal fan of Cassandra and this smooth read as you travel with it in the land of ice.

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Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Abigail H.

Categories: Fantasy Fairytale Book Review

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JANUARY 23, 2013
UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

Rating: Excellent! (5)

This book is the sequel to the popular novel, Unwind. Thanks to the events at the end of Unwind, the medical act of unwinding has now come under the light of morality but now unwinding is not a big business that corporations want to see continue. But now, there is a perhaps far more disturbing process called rewinding that involves creating a human purely from unwound parts. With all the main characters from Unwind plus several new ones, there is a journey that questions the meaning life, souls, and what it means to be truly alive. 

Along with Unwind, UnWholly is a must read for anyone.

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UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

 

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Categories: Sci-FiBook Review

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JANUARY 23, 2013
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Ethan Wate has been waiting his whole life to get out of Gatlin, the town that is in the middle of nowhere, where everyone knows everybody. His thoughts about leaving vanish, though, when he starts having mysterious dreams about a girl he never met, and dreams turn into reality as she appears in his life. This book is full of romance, mystery, and the supernatural. Highly recommended; you have to read it!

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Alex S.

Categories: Fantasy RomanceParanormal

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JANUARY 5, 2013
Looking For Alaska by John Green

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Looking For Alaska  by  John Green

When Miles Halter leaves his average life to seek a "great perhaps" at Culver Creek Boarding School, he gets a little more than he bargained for. New friends and great adventure await Miles, along with the daring and beautiful, Alaska Young. Alaska shows Miles how to take risks and enjoy his new life while still moving towards a new "great perhaps". I really enjoyed this book and it contained very thought provoking ideas about stepping outside of your comfort zone and making a name for yourself. I would highly recommend.

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Looking For Alaska by John Green

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Danielle D.

Categories: Book ReviewRoad Trip

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JANUARY 5, 2013
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Angel Experiment  by  James Patterson

The Angel Experiment, the first book in the thrilling Maximum Ride series, follows a girl named Max and her family who call themselves "the flock." Max is not a normal 14 year-old by any means. She's 98% hman, 2% aian. She has wings and can fly. So can the rest of her flock. Only four years ago, they escaped the terrifying science laboratory called the School with the help of a whitecoat named Jeb. But now, their past is catching up to them. The youngest of the flock, Angel, is kidnapped by Erasers (human/lupine hybrids-think werewolves). And now, Max and the flock have to fly back to the place of their nightmares-the School to rescue their friend. 
Filled with humor, sarcasm, action, adventure, mystery suspense, and a lot more, this epic science fiction novel will leave you breathless. Will Angel be rescued? Will Max find the best chocolate chip cookie ever? Will she find (gasp) love? Hey, Max, while you're at it, why don't you find out why you and the flock were made? Or, hey, maybe even save the world? Read this book to find out what happens!

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The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ann S.

Categories: Sci-FiAction & AdventureBook Review

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JANUARY 5, 2013
The Lunch Lady Series by Jarret Krosoczka

 

Rating: Excellent! (5)

 Lunch Lady   by  Krosoczka

This series is epic awesomeness! In an ordinary elementary school, there is no ordinary Lunch Lady...I won't say any more except... READ THE SERIES!!!

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Lunch Lady series by Jarrett Krosoczka

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Alex J.

Categories: Graphic Novel ReviewFunny Reads

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JANUARY 5, 2013
A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler

Rating: Good (4)

A Year Without Autumn  by  Liz Kessler

This book gets really interesting really fast. Jenni, the main character, over the summer, goes to a place over the summer and gets to see her friend Autumn and her family. But when Jenni goes on an elevator to see Autumn, something strange happens.

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A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Alex J.

Categories: Sci-FiBook Review

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JANUARY 5, 2013
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Rating: Good (4)

Persuasion  by  Jane Austen

While the older English wording may at first act as a drag to your ability to gobble this wonderful story, by the end you will have been persuaded that it was worth the read. Jane Austen writes of Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth. They'd fallen in love when young, but because Anne was persuaded that marrying Frederick would only bring ill to him, she broke the engagement. Eight years pass, and quite suddenly, the monotony of Anne's years without Frederick take a strange twist. Amidst the romance, you also find humor and pain. A marvelous read for anyone brave enough to attempt it.

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

 

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Categories: ClassicsRomanceBook Review

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JANUARY 5, 2013
The Secret Of The Skeleton Key by Penny Warner

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Secret Of The Skeleton Key  by  Penny Warner

This is another great mystery book! It tells the tale of four friends who live in the same neighborhood. There is this creepy old guy that lives near them, too. One day, something odd happens to him, and they help him out. There is a little romance in it, too.

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The Secret Of The Skeleton Key by Penny Warner

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Alex J.

Category: Mystery

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JANUARY 5, 2013
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Last Olympian  by  Rick Riordan

Kronos, the evil Titan, is quickly becoming more powerful. Percy Jackson and all the other demigods from Camp Half-Blood know that they're hopelessly outnumbered by Kronos' minions. When the prophecy about Percy's sixteenth birthday is revealed, Percy is shocked. He's always known that he would make a choice that would either save Olympus or destroy it, but he never imagined the consequences. Now, he must fight along with all the other demigods to save Olympus, and in the process battle greek monsters, face betrayal from his own friends, blow up a very nasty cruise ship, while the Lord of Time is advancing.

The Last Olympian is packed with humor, action, greek myths, romance, adventure, mystery, and epicness. I could NOT put it down. 

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The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ann S.

Categories: Action & AdventureFantasy Book Review

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JANUARY 5, 2013
The Squish Series by Jennifer & Matthew Holm

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Squish  by  Jennifer

This series is awesomeness! Its about an amoeba, Squish, who is trying to lead a normal life. (I know, it sounds weird, right)? This series has the same authors as the Babymouse series, which is also awesome and funny.

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Squish by Jennifer & Matthew Holm

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Alex J.

Categories: Graphic Novel ReviewFunny Reads

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JANUARY 5, 2013
After Summer by Hailey Abbott

Rating: Excellent! (5)

After Summer  by  Hailey Abbott

If you are looking for an enticing fiction teen book, give this a chance. It was a page turner for me. It's mostly about teenage relationships and it puts some love but yet alot of lessons to be learned into this fictional masterpeice. Way to go Hailey Abbott!

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After Summer by Hailey Abbott

 

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Categories: Beach ReadsRomance

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JANUARY 5, 2013
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: magic, mystery, and a very strange adventure by Lissa Evans

Rating: Good (4)

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms  by  Lissa Evans

This is a good book for mystery lovers out there! When Stuart and his family move to England over the summer, he is bored. He also gets into some mischief. An excellent book about a boy who finds out stuff from his mysterious uncle.

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Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans

 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Alex J.

Categories: Mystery Book Review

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