The Teen Review

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JULY 23, 2014
"Four" by Veronica Roth

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Four  by  Veronica Roth

This novel tells the significant events from the Divergent series from the perspective of Tobias Eaton, Tris's initiation instructor and boyfriend. Although it kept my attention, I feel as though I didn't learn anything new about the series from reading this book. Instead, I thought it just repeated the original books in a faster, less detailed way.

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Categories: TeenZoneBooks to MoviesDystopian Novels

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JULY 15, 2014
"The Last Summer (Of You And Me)" by Ann Brashares

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Last Summer (Of You And Me)  by  Ann Brashares

After being away for three years, Paul finally visits Riley and Alice at the beach where they used to live every summer as children. Life isn't just fun and games anymore, however, since the three have split up and grown their separate ways. Can Paul, Riley, and Alice get through their ever-growing differences and repair their broken bond of friendship?

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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction

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JULY 15, 2014
"The Infinite Moment Of Us" by Lauren Myracle

Rating: Good (4)

The Infinite Moment Of Us  by  Lauren Myracle

Wren Gray is a parent-pleasing high school student who should be preparing to go to Emory in the fall. Charlie Parker is working at his foster father's shop while trying to get over his painful past. When their paths collide, the two teenagers fall head over heels for one another. But Wren has decided to make her own decisions about her future for once, and Charlie's ex-girlfriend threatens to reveal his darkest secrets. Will Wren and Charlie find a way to be together through it all?

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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction Character Driven

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JUNE 24, 2014
"Dorothy Must Die" by Danielle Paige

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Dorothy Must Die  by  Danielle Paige

The world of Oz is much different than the world you read about in the books or saw in the movies. In "Dorothy Must Die," another girl from Kansas is swept away to the land of Oz, where magic is a natural resource, much like oil, and the evil queen Dorothy needs to be stopped before she takes all the magic and becomes invincible. Amy must become an assassin for an underground organization to stop Dorothy from completely wrecking Oz.
Featuring cliche characters that are neither likable nor memorable, mediocre world building, and a slightly dull plot line, "Dorothy Must Die" is an average story at best. Good to read when you have nothing better go do, but not recommended under any other circumstance.

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy Classics

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JUNE 12, 2014
"The Treatment" by Suzanne Young

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Treatment  by  Suzanne Young

After Sloane and James have escaped the Program, they are on the run from those who want to make sure no one finds out that the Program isn't perfect. The suicide epidemic is escalating, but when Sloane and James realize they hold the power to shut down the program, will they risk their lives to do so? This book was just as riveting as the first novel in the series!

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Categories: TeenZoneDystopian NovelsSci-Fi

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APRIL 30, 2014
"Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Catching Fire  by  Suzanne Collins

The second book in Collin's The Hunger Games trilogy is just as good, if not better, than its predecessor.
Even though Katniss Everdeen survived the 74th Hunger Games, she's still in danger. The Capitol lies on shaky ground. Any sign of rebellion can lead to a full-blown uprising. To keep herself and those she cares about out of danger, she needs to pose as a love-struck girl, infatuated with Peeta Mellark, a fellow survivor. But the Quarter Quells are coming, and the Capitol can't afford any rebels.
Will Katniss survive? Will the country be liberated? Find out in this thrilling novel.

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Categories: TeenZoneDystopian NovelsSci-Fi

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APRIL 25, 2014
"The Tyrants" by Clive Foss

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Tyrants  by  Clive Foss

From some of the most brutal and corrupt to weirdest and ones with plans to help that would cost lives with no remorse, this book goes through some of histories mistakes and blunders to reveal what happens when we make mistakes and what will happen if we don't learn from them. 5 out of 5 for being incredibly informative, interesting and gripping.

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Categories: TeenZoneNon Fiction

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APRIL 22, 2014
"The Book Thief " by Markus Zusak

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Book Thief   by  Markus Zusak

"Here's an interesting fact: You are going to die."
It's when Death is collecting her brother, he sees the Book Thief for the first time. Being busy (as you can imagine), he would've normally just dismissed the girl and moved onto his work. But Liesel Meminger does something that demands his attention. At least for a moment. She steals a book, even though she is unable to read or write.
Set in Nazi Germany, The Book Thief spins a story that made me cry on a populated bus. If you haven't read it, it's time to hit the library. If you have, it's time to pick it up and read it again!

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy

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APRIL 9, 2014
"Torn" by David Massey

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Torn  by  David Massey

Elinor, a British medic, is overwhelmed by her first week in Afghanistan. She's already seen too many deaths to last a lifetime, but she must stay and find out why American SEALS have joined their mission, why a mysterious girl always appears before death occurs, and why she can't seem to calm her racing heart whenever she sees Lieutenant Jackson.
A great book that I couldn't put down!

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Categories: TeenZoneCharacter DrivenRealistic Fiction

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MARCH 31, 2014
"Stolen" by Lucy Christopher

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Stolen  by  Lucy Christopher

Gemma, a teenage girl living in London, is abducted in an airport in Thailand. Her kidnapper takes her to the middle of a desert in Australia, where she begins to have feelings for him.
An interesting idea for a book, but it didn't keep my interest.

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Categories: TeenZoneSuspenseful Reads

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MARCH 31, 2014
"Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel" by Original Story By Eoin Colfer

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel  by  Original Story By Eoin Colfer

While the story is intriguing and well-written, for some the art can be rather painful to look at. Even though the original book is superior, however, the graphic novel version deserves a look.
Artemis Fowl is a child prodigy and a criminal mastermind. He also happens to have a dysfunctional family, a need for funds, and a firm belief in fairies. As it turns out, fairies are real and very technologically advanced. To acquire gold, Artemis kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the fairy police and holds her ransom. Yet, the fairies won't go down without a fight. Artemis knows this and is sure to stay one step ahead of his adversaries.
What will happen? And how different is the GN from the book anyway? And what happened to Mr. Butler's neck? The thought process of whomever designed these characters eludes me.
I recommend fans of the series take a peek at the adaptation, and non-fans to read the original first.

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Categories: TeenZoneSuspenseful Reads

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MARCH 31, 2014
"The House Of Hades" by Rick Riordan

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The House Of Hades  by  Rick Riordan

The penultimate book of the Heroes of Olympus series delivers readers an exciting story that combines Greek and Roman mythology into a modern lifestyle. Now our seven heroes are hard pressed to make it the the Doors of Death, to stop the constant reincarnation of monsters. However, to do so one group must travel through the Ancient Lands, dangerous and forbidden to demigods. The other two demigods have to travel through Tartarus, the place no demigod has ever explored and survived.
Their missions require wit, skill, courage, and trust. If the groups fall apart or fail, then the world is doomed.
Action, suspense, humor, and adventure are plentiful in Riordan's tale of modern heroes.

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Categories: TeenZonemythology Fantasy

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MARCH 31, 2014
"Scorpia Rising" by Anthony Horowitz

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Scorpia Rising  by  Anthony Horowitz

The final book in the Alex Rider series is an exciting conclusion to the story of a teen spy.
Alex Rider was recruited for his first mission years ago, and now the higher-ups of M16, the British Intelligence Service, are (almost) unwilling to use him again. But Scorpia, a nearly defeated terrorist organization wants revenge for the shame forced upon them by our protagonist. Now, in an elaborate plan to return something back to its original country and put an end to British power, Scorpia creates a scenario where the only agent M16 can use in a certain mission is Alex Rider.
And so, Alex is again thrust into a world of spies, treachery, and danger.

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Categories: Teen Zone Suspenseful Reads

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MARCH 12, 2014
"Eleanor And Park" by Rainbow Rowell

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Eleanor And Park  by  Rainbow Rowell

Park sits on the bus, trying to stay out of the way of the school bullies, when a new girl steps on the bus, looking for a place to sit. He grudgingly shares his seat, wondering why he let the weird girl sit down.
Eleanor has just been allowed back into her alcoholic stepdad's house after being kicked out for a year. She dreads going to school and all the bullying that comes with. By then she meets Park, who begins to see her for her intelligence and humor, not for her Goodwill clothes.
Will Park ever give Eleanor the chance she deserves? Will Eleanor ever escape her rough home life?

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Categories: TeenZoneAward winners Realistic Fiction

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MARCH 12, 2014
"Paper Towns" by John Green

Rating: Good (4)

Paper Towns  by  John Green

Q has been fascinated by Margo and her mysterious ways ever since they were young. Years later, Margo surprisingly invites Q on a middle-of-the-night adventure that will change his life forever. But when Q arrives at school the next day and finds out that Margo has run away, he believes it's his job to find her.

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014
"The Goddess Test" by Aimee Carter

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Goddess Test  by  Aimee Carter

Kate just moved to a new town, and her mother is dying. Worse than that, she has to go to a new school. After Ava, a girl she met at school, plays a trick on her, Ava cracks her head. Kate faces her biggest fears to save Ava, but it is to late. Then a stranger comes and makes a promise, but now Kate doesn't want to keep it.

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy mythology

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014
"Warriors: Thunder Rising" by Erin Hunter

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Warriors: Thunder Rising  by  Erin Hunter

Young Thunder was raised by his uncle, Gray Wing, after being rejected by his father. He has dreams of his father coming back and claiming him. When Thunder acts extraordinarily in a natural disaster, his father wants him back. But as Thunder realizes how evil his father's clan is, he questions if he made the right choice.

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy animals

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014
"Looking For Alaska" by John Green

Rating: Good (4)

Looking For Alaska  by  John Green

Miles ("Pudge") transfers schools in hopes of finding the "Great Perhaps." He soon meets the Colonel and Alaska, who give him the adventure he craves. When Alaska is found dead one day, Colonel and Pudge pledge to find out what happened. Will the boys figure out the mystery of Alaska's death? If so, will they be able to handle the truth?

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014
"Warriors: The Sun Trail" by Erin Hunter

Rating: Good (4)

Warriors: The Sun Trail  by  Erin Hunter

The time of the clans begins. The mountain cats may have to leave their beloved home behind, all because of starvation. Even elders are found fighting with kits for a small bone, and rivalries break up between families. Will the tribe have to seperate, or will they just die out?

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy animals

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014
"Lily B. On The Brink Of Cool" by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Rating: Good (4)

Lily B. On The Brink Of Cool  by  Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Lily B. is a boring girl, with a boring life, and boring parents. Her best friend is at a summer camp, and she is utterly bored. But when she goes to her (boring) aunt.'s wedding, she finally meets someone interesting. Then the "cool" people do something unforgivable, and Lily believes her life will never be the same.


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FEBRUARY 1, 2014
"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Book Thief  by  Markus Zusak

Narrated by Death himself, this book tells a heart-wrenching story of a girl in Germany during World War II. She learns what it means to keep a secret from Hitler and his followers during the Holocaust, and she realizes that love is the greatest gift, and hardship, of all. One of my favorite books; it literally had me it tears!

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