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Reviews by Angelina
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

This book is by far my least favourite book of the series. Harry finally starts realizing all the things Dumbledore never told him, and how he put Harry on to the task of finding horcruxes while purposely keeping information from him. I feel that Dumbledore was the real villain in this story; he had so many opportunities to stop Voldemort during his rise to power, but decided against it. The way he needed Harry to die all along was sinister, and that is before the realization that he sent Harry on a quest right before, and leading, to his death.

The redemption of Snape was completely unwarranted, and was undeserved. Snape terrorized children so badly that Neville’s Boggart, the creature that shows a person their worst fear, was Severus Snape. He was completely unfair to Harry due to unresolved issues from his childhood. Snape constantly threw the behaviour of Harry’s dead father in his face. I don’t care if he loved Lily and turned into a spy for Dumbledore for her. If he truly loved her then he never would have joined the Death Eaters, who’s main goal was to punish muggle-borns, which was what Lily was. If Lily never died, Snape would have remained one of the most loyal Death Eaters. It is because of these reasons that I believe Snape was not in love with Lily, but infatuated. There are many other reasons that I dislike this book, but these are the main ones.

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Reviews by Ava
Elena Vanishing : a Memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

With a great plot, accurately reflecting mental illnesses in a real image, no sugar coats here. Ever wondered what life looks like through an anorexics eye? This by heart is an influential book for you. I personally couldn’t place this beloved novel down, the remarkable way the authors included every raw detail, it puts shivers down your spine.

Elena is in her late teens, battling fiercely a lose-lose war with anorexia. She goes inpatient in her second home (Germany) the summer before her senior year.Swapping from three hospital institutions she becomes stubborn and the book leads on. Similar to her older sister Valerie, as she struggled as well. She frequently has ups and downs with her anorexia. You can see Elena is stubborn even from the first few chapters, it is one of her most distinct traits but it wears down over time definitely.

In the novel it is understandable to the eye that Elena is a strong girl, even when at war with herself. She is passionate about many things and has the perfectionist view of life, as that is common with the disorder. Despite what Elena had gone through, she still stayed optimistic which I value. I think Elena taught me that no matter what happens, you can indeed get through it. On top of that, she has also enlightened me that even if someone seems to be doing well, they might not be. You can choose to be kind to everyone, support them and present the little things to make their day because you never truly know what's going on in their life.

There are 100% not enough books on mental illness, and most don’t portray it realistically. As Elena Vanishing is a non-fiction novel based on what she had been through, displaying her story how she perceives it, this is the book that portrays it well. Elena and Clare B. Dunkle’s writing has touched me in so many ways and presented to me that anything is possible.

I would recommend this novel to anyone wanting to learn about the sorts of mental illnesses, and looking for good storylines. I naturally have to dispute a trigger warning on the book though, as it is easily triggered to those who are struggling.

Elena shows different struggles someone could genuinely have around you, revolving around mental illness. This influential book definitely uncovered my eyes as it could yours as well. Everyone occupies a different story, and Elena accurately displayed it well 10/10.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Four teens ( the liars ), every summer they have gone to the island owned by their grandfather. A suspense packed book. The liars don’t talk much to each other unless it is one of their summers spent on the island. 

We Were Liars isn’t high on my favourite books list, I found it very slow. Throughout the book I was questioning where it went, but then the biggest plot twist happened. This is a coming of age book. A lot of people enjoy it. I enjoyed it, just not as much as I thought I would. Although it is a well crafted book !! 

I adored the character Gat, I perceive him as the one who made the book great. Gat is a great person, with more realistic views on life, than the rich Sinclair family. 

I personally liked the writing style, I have pulled a chunk to display it. 

I plunge down,

down to rocky rocky bottom, and

I can see the base of Beechwood Island and

my arms and legs feel numb but my fingers are cold. Slices

of seaweed go past as I fall.

And then I am up again, and breathing.

I’m okay,

my head is okay,

no one needs to cry for me or worry about me.

I am fine,

I am alive.

I swim to shore.

I rate We Were Liars with a 7.5/10, as it was well crafted but I do now have a raging hate towards the main character, Cadence.

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Reviews by Cate
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Seventeen–year–old Jamie Goldberg is no natural at talking to people, never mind going door–to–door canvassing for his district’s special election.  Unluckily for Jamie, his little sister Sophie’s bat mitzvah is coming up, and his mom is convinced it’ll be good practice for his toast.  Of course, it does help that Maya Rehman is canvassing with him.  Her parents have separated and canceled their family vacation, and her best friend Sara is going off to university in the fall, and Maya is absolutely sure that this is going to be the worst summer.  She hasn’t seen Jamie since they were kids, and they barely know eachother.  When her mom tells her that canvassing with Jamie might be a good way to spend the summer, she isn’t complaining – not when a car is involved in the deal.  But as they begin spending more time canvassing together, they realize that it’s not so difficult to make a change – and they also realize that they might be falling for each other.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was sweet, light, and laugh-out-loud funny (typical of Becky Albertalli).  I would recommend this for ages 13-17. Rating – 7/10.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Closeted sixteen-year-old Simon Spier has been emailing with a boy who goes by the name Blue for quite some time.  They don’t know each other’s identities – all they know is that they are both juniors at Creekwood High.  But when the emails fall into the hands of Martin, the awkward jokester, Martin blackmails Simon: if Simon doesn’t help him get together with Simon’s friend Abby, Martin will expose Simon’s sexual identity – and the emails with Blue – to the entire school.  Meanwhile, Simon is starting to fall for Blue, and is desperate to figure out who he is.  As Simon was failing to guess who Blue could be, I was failing to guess how Becky Albertalli does it – this coming-of-age novel was comforting, hilarious, and heartwarming.  I absolutely adored this book. 

Age recommendation: 14-17. 

Rating: 7.5/10.

My favourite quote: "'What’s a dementor?' she asks.

I mean, I can’t even. 'Nora, you are no longer my sister.'

‘So it’s some Harry Potter thing.'"

*There is a movie based off of this book; it’s called Love, Simon.  I watched it with my little sister and we were laughing so hard we could barely hear the movie.  It’s pretty different from the book, but if you liked the book, you’d definitely enjoy Love, Simon.

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Content warnings: Violence, drug abuse, sexual abuse

Five years ago, popular eighteen-year-old Andie Bell was murdered.  The entire town of Fairview is convinced that the murderer was her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who committed suicide shortly after Andie’s death.  Everyone is convinced.  Except for Pip Fitz-Amobi, that is.  She’s sure that Sal couldn’t have been the killer.  So for her senior year capstone project, Pip decides to look into Andie’s murder.  As she digs deeper and begins to realize that maybe her suspicion was correct, her research grows darker and more dangerous until Pip herself is at risk.  She has to decide which is more important to her: solving the mystery of Andie Bell’s death, or her life?  This book was told between Pip’s perspective; and her capstone project notes, interviews, and research.   A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was perfect for fans of thrilling, dark murder mysteries. There are two more books in this series and I loved them as well.

Age recommendation: 14-18

Rating: 8/10

My favourite quote: “Sometimes remembering isn’t just for yourself; sometimes you do it just to make someone else smile.”

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Four stereotypical teenagers: Addy, the popular cheerleader; Nate, the troublemaker; Cooper, the jock; and Bronwyn, the nerd.  Each of them has a horrible secret they’d do anything to protect.  But would they even murder a fellow student? Simon, the creator of Simon Says, a gossip app all about the kids from Bayview High, knows each of their secrets.  He dies right before he is about to post all of their secrets on his app.  Police suspect that it was murder. But who was it?  Told in all four perspectives, this book is one of those thrillers where you keep guessing and guessing wrong.  I could not stop reading it.  It was very addictive, but not very well-written in my opinion.  I would still definitely recommend it if you’re looking for an entertaining read.  I find that this author, Karen M. McManus, is not a particularly good writer but she does have the skill of making sure the book stays glued to your hands and your eyes stay glued to the pages.

Age recommendation: 14-18

Rating – 7/10

*There is a show based off of this book, also called One of Us is Lying.  I only watched one episode but I thought it was pretty well done, just a bit stretched thin.  I think it would have been better off as a movie.

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One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus

It’s been over a year since Simon died, and the games aren’t over at Bayview High.  In fact, they’ve only just begun.  This time, it’s an anonymous texter.  Truth or Dare?  If you chose not to text back, your deepest, darkest secret is revealed to all of Bayview High.  And the dares are becoming deadly.  Maeve (Bronwyn’s younger sister), Knox, and Phoebe are caught in the middle of the web.  When the game goes a little bit too far, they have to race to figure out the anonymous texter before they are targeted.  I thought this book was even better than the first one and I can’t WAIT for book 3 (I’m pretty sure it's coming out next year).  And the ending – WOW.  Like I said last time, not the best quality writing, but it still gets your mind racing.

Age recommendation: 14-17

Rating: 7.5/10

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You’ll be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

Ivy, Cal, and Mateo were best frends in middle school, but they’ve barely talked in years.  When they all decide to ditch school together just for old times’ sake they end up seeing another Carlton High student (Brian “Boney” Mahoney) ditching and follow him to what turns out to be his own murder scene.  Of course.  They are all somehow tied to Boney, and they have to figure out who murdered him before the police begin to suspect the three of them.  What was cool about this book was that it was told over the course of only one day.  I always find it incredibly impressing when authors do that – it is so hard to tell a whole story in such a small period of time and still have the readers invested in the characters.  What was not cool about this book was that I didn’t like it one bit.  I don’t normally feel that reading books are a waste of time, but I just wished I had been reading a different, better book instead.  I actually had it all figured out and I was thinking, “man, this is gonna be such a sick ending,” but then it wasn’t at all what I thought.  But it wasn’t one of those good twists where you have the rug pulled out from beneath your feet.  It was one of those twists where you wonder why the author even did it at all.

Age recommendation: 14-17

Rating: 3/10

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The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Content warnings: Racism

It’s 1992 and L.A. is on fire after four white LAPD officers were acquitted after beating Rodney King to death.  Seventeen-year-old Ashley Bennett is trying to ignore it all as best she can, but it’s hard when protests are everywhere.  It’s hard when her mentally unstable older sister is taking part in the protests.  It’s hard when her family is shattering.  It’s hard when she realizes that maybe she doesn’t love her best friends as much as she used to.  That maybe they’re a little racist, and she’s been compartmentalizing it.  And it’s hard when she accidentally starts a rumour that could potentially ruin the future of one of her fellow Black students.  As Ashley navigated friendships, relationships, senior year ending, and being a Black girl in the 1990s, I was enamoured.  I loved this book so much I got it for one of my best friends for her birthday just so that I could have someone to talk to about it!

 

Age recommendation: 14-18

Rating: 9.5/10

My favourite quote: “Sometimes being different means hiding pieces of yourself away so other people can’t find them.”

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Content warnings: Pedophilia, violence, sexual abuse, drug abuse

Nineteen-year-old Sadie Hunter has taken care of her thirteen-year-old sister, Mattie, on her own since her addict mother abandoned them several years ago.  They barely had any money and food, but Sadie made it work. When Mattie is murdered, Sadie sets off to find the man who she is convinced murdered her sister, and kill him.  It is told between Sadie’s perspective, following her as she traces the clues to find the man and a podcast called The Girls as it follows two steps behind her.  This book was incredible.  I could not put it down.  It’s haunting and thrilling and heart-pounding and mesmerizing.  I loved the way it was written as well.  I thought the ending was very interesting because it was open to the reader’s interpretation.

Age recommendation: 14-18

Rating: 9/10

My favourite quote: “Sometimes I don’t know what I miss more; everything I’ve lost or everything I never had.”

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

“My full name is Cadence Sinclair Eastman.

I used to be blond, but now my hair is black.

I used to be strong, but now I am weak.

I used to be pretty, but now I look sick.

It is true I suffer migraines since my accident

It is true I do not suffer fools.

The rich, beautiful Sinclair family seems perfect.  But is that all a lie?  Seventeen-year-old Cadence Sinclair Eastman has spent every summer since she was seven at the Sinclair family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins Johnny and Mirren and their friend Gat – known as the Liars - but she missed Summer Sixteen (as she refers to her summers) on a trip around Europe with her father, and she can’t remember anything that happened during Summer Fifteen.  All she knows is that something bad happened, and this summer she is determined to find out what it was.  I could go on for pages about the writing in this book.  It was beautiful, almost poetic.  And the ending!  The most unexpected twist I have ever read.  This book is one of my absolute favourites. 

Age recommendation: 13-18

Rating: 9.5/10

My favourite quote: “Always do what you’re afraid to do.”

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Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My parents and I have books in common, whether it’s my dad borrowing my YA novels or me practically joining my mom’s book club, so when they recommended Daisy Jones and the Six for me I was all in.  They were right. There are no other words except that this book is just SO GOOD.  Daisy Jones & the Six is a fictional rock band from the late sixties, so real and believable that after my mom read it she looked up their music only to be disappointed when it was nowhere to be found.  Daisy Jones is a young woman growing up sneaking into clubs and getting into trouble, and her gorgeous voice is beginning to get noticed around the same time Billy Dunne’s rock band is getting famous.  When the two forces are combined, magic happens.  But will Daisy and Billy change history or ruin eachother? Daisy Jones was written in oral history which I absolutely adored and found to be an impressive and interesting writing style.  I would recommend this beautiful and unputdownable historical fiction novel to almost anyone.  My one complaint is that it isn’t true, because now all I want is to listen to their music!

Age recommendation: 14-18

Rating: 9/10

My favourite quote: “When you have everything, someone else getting a little something feels like they’re stealing from you.”

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The first thing I have to say about The Perks of Being a Wallflower is DON’T WATCH THE MOVIE BEFORE YOU READ THE BOOK! Don’t get me wrong, the movie is amazing and I would definitely recommend it (after you read the book). I’ll admit something to you - I committed a reader’s crime and watched the movie before reading the book and I’m still mad at myself for spoiling it for myself.  I hope you don’t make the same mistake. Of course, after I watched the movie, I just HAD to read the book. 

After the horrible incident in middle school that left Charlie with no friends, he’s beginning high school feeling lost and alone.  Perks is written in letter format and it feels like Charlie’s writing them to you. Charlie writes about everything, and it’s an experience unto itself to see the world through Charlie’s eyes.  This book is also one of the saddest books I’ve ever read - when you think it just couldn’t possibly get worse, it does - so keep tissues and a pet to cuddle handy.  Sometimes I wonder why I torture myself with these terribly distressing novels, and then I remember - it’s because they are SO good:)

 

Age recommendation: 14-16

 

Rating: 8/10

 

My favourite quote: “We accept the love we think we deserve.”

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Reviews by Ella
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is a truly perplexing mystery. When the last of the four sovereign of the brethren is found murdered a chain of events is set into place...the only problem; only the sovereign knew the secret, which had been passed down for over 2,000 years. When an unknowing granddaughter (Sophie) discovers her grandfather's death she finds that he has left her a trail of clues to discover the truth, along with a symbologist who happened to uncover the truth in a manuscript he sent for a pre release review.

I loved everything about this novel; filled with bemuse puzzles and complex multiplex riddles; and with plot twists and unexpected reveals that honestly left me astonished and untrusting...questioning all the characters.
I absolutely give this book a 10/10, and I look forward to reading the sequel The Lost Symbol.

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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

I found the Lost Symbol to be a truly perplexing book; although I found it followed the same plot as its predecessor “the Da Vinci Code”. The puzzles and mysteries in this book were not nearly as mind-bending to solve and were honestly fairly predictable (the unpredictability and plot twists being my favourite feature of The Da Vinci Code.) I was terribly disappointed to find out that Sophie was not a character but rather Katherine, I am not fond of change and this was really an obstacle in my determination to read the series (I have decided that they are no longer worth my time after reading two). I suggest you choose 1 of the five books to read as one you’ve read 1 you've read them all. This book has mature content and I would not suggest it to anyone under grade 9.

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Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

I found this book to be so at first I wasn’t really sure what to expect but as I began reading it I found that I couldn’t set it down as I was dying to know what was going to happen. I was completely shocked by the turn of events at the end. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who’s interested in a not so cheesy romance book. I for one hate the hallmark endings but this book is nothing like that really honestly give it a chance you will be surprised by the twists and turns. And the dialect, so many amazing words that you just don’t see in YA books anymore. - Ella

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A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

This book is honestly my new favourite book by far. It’s amazing in this modern take on beauty and the beast is not what you’d expect the beast is… well, the beast is desperate and giving up on the chance that he will find a girl to love him and the beauty is not what you'd expect either in the best way possible. There is so much more detail that any of the previous takes on beauty and the beast. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves warfare strategy kingdoms magic fantasy and an unforeseen romance that isn’t at all cheesy this book has an amazing story line plot and a small chance event that could actually save a kingdom. - Ella

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Reviews by Joanne

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini is a captivating story set in Afghanistan as it spans 30 of the country’s eruptive events. We follow two generations of Afghan women along with those around them as they try to raise a family, get by surviving, and find a semblance of peace as history unfolds around them.

Mariam starts the story as a quiet child who resents her mother and her decisions, not realizing the amount of shame and misfortune she had to deal with to become a strict figure. For the first part of her life, she had to endure being an illegitimate child that was only allowed to see her father once a week. Then she is plagued by guilt after her mother commits suicide after running away towards a real relationship with her half family. Due to this event, she does not overly protest against her marriage to Rasheed. It was jarring to see Miriam turn bitter, resentful, and fearful, almost like her mother was throughout her marriage to Rasheed.

Laila also goes through massive hardships that make her more submissive than she had been before to survive her situation. Throughout her marriage to Rasheed, Laila’s independence is challenged. Yet she endures it because she is willing to take on limitations for the sake of her children's security. You see how her mindset is far from the one she held earlier on in the story as she used to pity her friend and other women being forced into and making compromises in marriage.

By providing two different stories about an Afghan woman’s experience, Hosseini has provided insight into their unrepresented struggles and experiences. Even though their stories are riddled with heartbreak and loss, Miriam and Laila’s mother-daughter love for each other and the family they created under their abusive husband is in my opinion, the driving force behind the climax of this story. I truly loved this book and would give it a 9/10.

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 Reviews by Kate
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

"The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo is the story of Xiomara Batista, a teenage girl living in Harlem who keeps a journal of her life in the form of poems. Throughout the novel, she discovers her love of slam poetry and uses art to find her voice.

This book was powerful and vulnerable all at once. Xiomara's struggle to find her own identity while others in her life push their narratives onto her is both familiar and authentic. Her struggles with being a first-generation American, a girl, Dominican and having a very religious family are all met with her relentless passion for poetry, making the story deeply personal.

Acevedo's writing cuts out all the unnecessary chatter and takes you to the heart of each character instantly. This was a story about love, forgiveness, voice and poetry, and it is impossible to put it down”

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Reviews by Shanna
I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I Was Here by Gayle Forman is a young adult fiction novel about a girl, Cody, who’s best friend, Meg, suddenly commits suicide and blindsides Cody with this decision. Cody decides to research her friend’s background to find out more about her. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and its characters and plot. I found the style of writing interesting, because the narrator, Cody, discovered information about Meg at the same time readers did, so readers go on a journey with the narrator as they are reading. The plot was interesting as well, because there were many unique characters who assisted Cody in different ways. I liked how this book was a wonderful combination of different genres, including mystery, adventure and romance. I also enjoyed how the main character, Cody, was very personable and explained her feelings to make the readers feel included. However, the novel was slow in the beginning, taking many chapters to introduce its characters. Overall, I would definitely recommend I Was Here by Gayle Forman to mystery, adventure or romance novel lovers and I look forward to reading more of her books.

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Four: A Divergent Collection by Victoria Roth

Four: A Divergent Collection by Victoria Roth is the fourth novel in the Divergent series. This novel is a prequel to the other three books: Divergent, Allegiant and Insurgent and is told from the perspective of the supporting main character, named Four. This novel is a dystopian, fantasy story about Four’s life before he met Tris, the main character in the other Divergent novels. I really enjoyed this novel because it provided a window into the past life of four, an integral character in the previous novels. It was also very interesting to hear from another narrator and to have another perspective on the story. I wished this book continued past the point it did, to include other parts of the series from a different perspective. Overall, I would definitely recommend Four: A Divergent Collection to any readers who have finished reading the Divergent series because it was an interesting addition to the series that is worth reading.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a young adult fantasy novel about a world which is separated by blood colours: the silver-blooded are rich, powerful and have special abilities and the red-blooded are poor and weak. However, one girl, Mare, is red-blooded, but has special abilities. Using her power, she joins a group to bridge the gap between the Silvers and the Reds. I enjoyed this novel because it was exciting and encouraged me to continue reading. The characters were interesting because readers were unsure whether they were going to betray Mare and the good cause. I liked how there were many plot twists and readers never knew what was going to come next in the novel. I also enjoyed how the main character, Mare, was not afraid to speak the truth and fight against the leaders, even if it would get her in trouble and put her in danger. Overall, I would definitely recommend Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard to fantasy and adventure lovers and I look forward to reading the remaining books in this series.

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica Roth is the third novel in the Divergent series. This novel is a dystopian, fantasy story about Tris and her friends, Christina and Tobias, who escape the world that they are in to explore the outside world. I enjoyed this novel because it was the completion to the Divergent series, following Divergent and Insurgent. It was interesting because it differed from the other novels, which both took place inside the city. Readers were able to learn about new characters and plot lines, which was exciting. However, the novel was quite slow at the beginning and took a long time for the action to begin. Once the action began, the novel was very suspenseful and exciting and kept me wanting to read more. Overall, I would recommend Allegiant to anyone who has already read Divergent and Insurgent, and I would recommend the entire Divergent series to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy and dystopian novels.

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Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong is a mystery novel about a girl, Skye, and her friend, Jesse, who investigate a shooting from three years ago, in which Skye’s brother was one of the shooters. Together, Skye and Jesse try to prove Skye’s brother innocent. I enjoyed this novel because it was suspenseful and exciting and I never knew what would happen next. There were also many interesting characters, some of which had unexpected personalities. I thought it was interesting how, even three years after the shooting, people still treated Skye like she was to blame for the shooting even if she was not involved. This novel, however, was quite sad, because multiple kids were shot, and it was scary, because Skye and Jesse solved a mystery with many consequences. Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes horror or mystery novels and it is one of my favourite mystery novels I have read.

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The Big Four by Agatha Christie

The Big Four by Agatha Christie is a mystery novel in which the famous detective Hercule Poirot and his assistant Captain Hastings, solve a mystery of four millionaires trying to achieve world domination. Poirot and Hastings have to try to stop them before too much destruction occurs. I really enjoyed this novel because the characters are funny and smart, and the plot and mystery were very interesting and unique. This mystery is unlike any other that I’ve read, and it was very suspenseful and surprising at many points. The only negative aspect of this novel is that it was quite slow at the beginning and through the middle until the end, when most of the action occurred. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves mystery and action packed novels. Also, Agatha Christie has many other excellent mystery novels and also a few movies.

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Good Girl Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Good Girl Bad Blood by Holly Jackson is the second novel in the Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series. In this novel, the two main characters, Pip and Ravi, start a podcast about the crime case they solved in the last novel. However, one of their close friends goes missing and they have to find him before it’s too late. I enjoyed this novel because it was very exciting and mystery is one of my favourite genres. Also, the characters are relatable and kind. It was a great continuation to the first novel, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. I liked that the characters were already familiar and that they progressed from the first novel. However, this novel had a long introduction and took a long time for the mystery part to start. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and this is a great novel if you enjoyed reading A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder or if you are a mystery fan.

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Off the Record by Camryn Garrett

Off the Record by Camryn Garrett is a novel about a high school girl who was chosen to write a profile of an actor in a new movie for a famous magazine. I enjoyed this novel because it was quite informative and interesting and near the end, I never knew what would happen next. There were also many interesting characters, some of which had unexpected personalities. I enjoyed how I learned so much about how journalism works. This novel, however, was very slow in the beginning and in the middle, which made me not want to continue reading. However, near the end, the book became much more exciting and eventful. Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in journalism and writing.

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 Reviews by Sienna

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

I watched the movie Dumplin about a year ago and discovered that it was based on a book so I had to pick it up and it was not a disappointment. All the characters were unique and easy to root for and the message about body positivity was very uplifting. The only critique I have of this book is that I wish that it focused on the pageant a bit more. As much as I enjoyed the progression of the protagonist and her love interest’s relationship I think it should have been more of a side plot compared to the preparations for the beauty pageant which I found far more interesting. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It is perfect for anyone who needs a fun and heartwarming read in the summer.

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A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

I absolutely loved this book! It is a definite five stars. My favorite part about the story was it’s atmosphere. While reading you will immediately transported to the hotel in the Swiss Alps where the story takes place. The details about the hotel that are mentioned throughout the story such as the activities for the guests and the meticulous way the people in charge run everything really helped to show the hotel’s grandeur. The book can best be described as a mix of a Disney movie and Wes Andersen’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. The protagonist, Sophie was a great protagonist. Her wit and appreciation for the small things in life makes it very enjoyable to read her inner dialogue and she actually acted like a 17 year old which is refreshing since I’ve found that a lot of books make teenagers behave like adults. Sometimes in stories with large casts of characters such as this book, I sometimes find it hard to keep track of who’s who. I had no trouble with this while reading A Castle In The Clouds because of how distinct every character was. From the 9 year old son of a billionaire who’s favorite hobby is taunting Sophie to a Russian oligarch in disguise, this book will even make you want to know more about everyone in the story no matter how small their role in the book is. I honestly could have just read a book on the day to day business of the hotel and I would never be bored. Overall, this is one of the best books I’ve read all year and I envy anyone reading it for the first time.

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She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick is about two girls named Molly and Alex. Molly is painfully awkward around everyone exept her mom and she’s been crushing on her classmate, Cora for four years but they’ve barely spoken. Alex is Molly’s polar opposite, she’s a huge flirt and has the charisma to befriend or date anyone she wants. Before Alex’s fist day of college she and her girlfriend break up. Her girlfriend says she can’t trust Alex. Molly and Alex meet at a party and Alex decides to try to help Molly get the confidence to ask Cora out to prove to her ex that she’s trustworthy but both Molly and Alex slowly realise that they might be falling for each other. Molly and Alex were both really different characters who go through different struggles throughout the story but the authors did a great job finding common ground between the two which gave them a cool dynamic. I also really liked how although Cora isn’t the main love interest of the book we still get to know her throughout the story so she feels more like a fully fleshed out character instead of just an obstacle in the way of Molly and Alex getting together. Anyone who were fans of books like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Heartstopper would love this book.

Sidenote: Apparently the authors of this book are married which is really sweet :)

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Reviews by Tryaksha
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me was a really good book! I loved it! The Aaron Warner action I got in this book was amazing, and the Aaron in this book is just chef's kiss! If you haven't read the first two books please go read those!! Ignite me is basically continuing what happens in Unravel Me. Juliette is a new person who wants to face her fears and to destroy Anderson. Now in this book you get Aaron and Juliette action, which are cute little scenes together! Also quick warning for all the Adam Kent lovers (which I really hope you are on Warners side) but he does some things that are very not it, and you will hate him for it:) You might think that this is going to be a nice kind of happy book but you're wrong. There are sad scenes in this book that will make you feel very sad for a specific character.. Overall this book had me blushing, sobbing, warm, and wanted to make me sleep on the highway!! Anyways I give this book a 4.8 stars out of five! 

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