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Peeled by Joan Bauer

n244211Reviewed by Olivia

I would give the book Peeled, 5 out of 5 stars. This book was so interesting and I could not put it down! This book was about a girl named Hildy Biddle. She loves writing for her school newspaper, The Core, and she dreams of becoming a reporter, just like her father. When the haunted Ludlow House gets reportings of ghost sightings, and creepy signs appear on the door, Hildy is put on the case. Struggling to find all the real facts, Hildy tries to find out as much information as she can to write good true stories, unlike the other local newspaper, The Bee. This newspaper publishes nothing but lies, and uses fear from the people to make money. When The Bee threatens to put The Core out of business, the students have to go undercover, to get the facts right. This book was amazing, and I recommend it to anyone who likes surprise endings, and supernatural happenings!

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the-great-trouble_cover-imageReviewed by Olivia H

I would give the book, The Great Trouble, 4 out of 5 stars. This book was about a boy named Eel, living in London in the 18th century. Eel is a mudlark, fishing for little tidbits of things from the Thames River to sell so he can make money. In addition to that, he also works for Dr. Snow, a very prestigious doctor who uses the latest medicines and methods. But then Eel’s life is changed as he watches a Cholera epidemic spread through Broad Street, where he lives. Everyone who lives on Broad Street thinks that Cholera is spread by bad air, but Dr. Snow has a different theory. So, he and Eel have to work together to convince people about their new theory, and save more from getting sick. This book was very interesting. It gave a lot of good facts about living through a rough time like that, and action packed too. I recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and mysterious books!

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Black City by Elizabeth Richards

12568505Reviewed by Olivia

Black City, by Elizabeth Richards, takes place in a society run by a dictator named Purian Rose whose goal is to exterminate all Darklings, who are creatures that drink blood, have no beating heart, and have heightened senses, in the aftermath of a war between humans and Darklings. The book focuses on Ash Fisher, a twin-blood, or half Darkling-half human and Natalie Buchanan the daughter of a government official, who is helping President Rose to get rid of all Darklings. When the two characters meet and find out they are bloodmates, they realize they are in danger if anybody finds out their secret love because of all the restricting laws Purian Rose has placed down. On top of that Natalie gets an inside look on just how badly Darklings are being treated and finds out Rose’s plans to kill all of the Darklings behind all the citizens backs. She decides to help the Darklings out, despite her mother’s position. You follow these two people as they struggle to hid their love as well as take part in stopping the government. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5. I loved the book and couldn’t put it down. It was a perfect mix between a romance and action. It kept me thinking along with the characters, and continued to surprise me as the plot thickened. The characters and plot were well developed and thought through. With multiple plot twists and heart stopping moments, it is nearly impossible not to want to keep reading.

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

51kV9KtmyCL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Angela

I absolutely loved this book! It is a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I think Hodge did a VERY good job giving this story a new twist. So this book takes place in a dystopian world where the people can’t see the sky (there is a barrier that covers it) and the land is controlled by the demon king and his “demon friends”. The girl protagonist Nyx is born in an unlucky situation. Her dad desperately wanted his wife to have another child so he goes to “the demon king” Ignifex for help. But in return the eldest child has to marry him when she gets to a proper age. And because of his selfish wish his wife ends up dying as she gives birth to her final child. The author does a good job creating suspense and creates a creepy yet amazing world.

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1442421762.01.TZZZZZZZReviewed by Angela

I loved this book from the very 1st page. It has a very scary feeling to it when you pick up the book; you are pulled into a whole new world. I was completely wowed by this book. I loved it from the beginning to the end. So this book first takes place when Mara, Claire, and Rachel are playing a ghost board game (like any other ghost summoning game they have candles and they all ask questions to the ghost). The question Claire ask is “How am I going to die?” And it will suck you in from there. Later on after that scene, Mara finds herself walking up from the hospital with no memory of what happened in the last few days. And the creepy part is she is the only survivor, her friends Claire and Rachel died when a building collapsed. And so she goes to find out what happened to her and her friends. And this is where the adventure begins…. This book is SUSPENSEFUL and WARNING you won’t be able to put down this book.

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitxpatrick

1416989420.01.MZZZZZZZReviewed by Angela

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars. I really disliked this book and the characters weren’t very appealing to read about. I didn’t connect with the characters at all or felt any sympathy for them. The main girl character Nora Grey wasn’t my favorite. I actually disliked her very strongly she was very confusing and didn’t think deeply about the situations she was in. Most parts of the book I was yelling at her for making such poor choices. And the main guy character Patch wasn’t better either. I was frustrated about his character traits and his choices. This book didn’t suck me into the story and I often found myself having to reread paragraphs because I didn’t understand the scenarios. And the whole concept of angels going to war was completely boring. So I highly do not recommend this book.

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thefaultinourstarsReviewed by Angela

This book has been a very hyped book. Which is why I put off reading this book until now. And did it live up to the hype? My answer is YES. I adored this book so much to the point I am considering about reading it again. Yes, it was that good. And this is one of few books I watched the movie first before actually reading the book. And I thought it would ruin the whole experience but to my surprise it did not. Of course I am going to say the book was a LOT better than the movie. But I did enjoy both the movie and the book and I did cry for both as well. The main character Hazel Grace was awesome. I fell in love with her from the beginning and she is a very likable and relatable character. And I felt the same about Augustus Waters. And the story plot was just unbelievable. This book touches a serious disease known as cancer and from the start I knew it would be sad but I didn’t expect it to be this depressing. This book is a MUST-READ and all I have to say is just read it. And also if you are someone who tends not to cry when reading books after you read this book that will definitely change….

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0525423273.01.MZZZZZZZReviewed by Angela

I really had mixed feelings about this book because Perkins did a great job on some aspects but some parts of the book weren’t my favorite. I loved the story plot. I thought this book was a cute predicable story. It is a fun read but isn’t AMAZING. Some parts of the book were a bit cliche. But if you are a reader who is interested in Paris and the whole concept of first love then this is a great book for you. The girl main character Anna Oilphant is sent off to Paris to boarding school S.O.A.P. (School of America in Paris). And she does not even speak a little of french. So she is feeling homesick but then suddenly she meets Étienne St. Clair. And he makes her stay in Paris not so bad. This book was decent and a good book when you have nothing to read.

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9780099488460Reviewed by Angela

This book is such a thrilling and suspenseful book. I absolutely loved the whole concept and metaphor the author used as referring to strawberries which made the book more suspenseful. The main character Jenna witnesses the death of young girls. She brushes it off until one day, her best friend Caro gets murdered. And at her funeral she vows revenge on whomever did this. Which catches the attention of Nat a handsome and mysterious strawberry picker. Jenna gets distracted with him and Merle decided to solve the murder herself but then another twist appears. This book so intriguing and one thing leads to another.

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The Raft by S.A Bodeen

the raft s a bodeenReviewed by Angela

I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was a very interesting concept. It was very intense and I loved the thrill. It is a great survival book.
The main character, 15 year old Robbie, takes the last minute flight to Midway Atoll, her home near Hawaii. It turns out to be a nightmare when the plane goes down in the shark waters. With Skittles, the only food they have, and fighting for rescue, her life is more terrifying than they thought. Co-pilot Max pulls her and Max onto a raft and that’s when the real horror started.  If you liked the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, you will LOVE this book.

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