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City of Bones
Clare, Cassandra
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

Clary Fray is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. When she goes out to a club, the last thing she expects is to witness a murder, let alone one that only she can see. The next day, her mother disappears and she finds herself thrust into a world that she didn't even know existed. Now, she must find a way to save her mother without jeopardising the fate of the world as well.

I really enjoyed this book. It has the perfect mix of action, romance, and suspense. I found myself completely absorbed in it from start to finish.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Undivided
Shusterman, Neal
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

Proactive Citizenry has been hiding a way to create new body parts that would make unwinding completely unnecessary. If this information can be revealed, unwinding may finally come to an end, but nothing's as easy as it seems.

Starkey and his brigade of storks are growing more powerful every day. Instead of helping anything, the attacks made by the brigade are only convincing people that the new laws that allow teenagers (without parental consent) and convicts to be unwound must be passed. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?

Between people's fear of feral teenagers and their belief that unwinding is the only way to provide them with a substantial amount of body parts, unwinding may never end.

I enjoyed this book. It really goes to show how fear can drive people to do drastic things. The only thing that I didn't like a lot was the ending. While the fate of the future was implied, it didn't feel very concrete. I personally didn't find it satisfying, but that's just my opinion.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
The DUFF
Keplinger, Kody
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

The Duff is a extremely good book. The book is about a girl who is having a good time with her friends at this place called the nest. Overwhelmed by stress she kisses the boy she hates, Wesly Rush. She then half realizes throughout the book she is falling in love with him. But she catches the eye of her crush, Toby Tucker. She is torn between the two, trying to make a decisive pick to stick with one and ditch the other. I don’t want to give the book away, so I'm not going to tell you much more. I chose this book as a last ditch attempt at a book. But this book was a lot better than you think, it’s not a sappy romance, but it’s not one of the romances that is so fast it’s only 100 pages. It is a perfect book for everyone, ages 8 on up. Even if you don’t like love stories, this book must be on your top books to read. I went into the book thinking that “I'm going to hate this.” But came out thinking “Is there a sequel?” That’s how good this book is. So all and all, I recommend this book, everything about it.

Reviewer Grade: 7

Reviewer's Name: Lucas L.
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A Lesson Before Dying
Gaines, Ernest J.
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

Two characters. Grant and Jefferson. Playing the roles of God in Jesus in society, as saviors. Jefferson is on death row for killing a man. Grant is a man who would rather have nothing to do with the sinner, Jefferson. However, Grant is persuaded to help Jefferson. The two men develop a crazy relationship. Grant’s job is to help Jefferson find his humanity again, after Jefferson’s astonishing defense in trial that compared him to a swine who wouldn’t know better than to kill a man, for he is just that dumb. This book teaches so many lessons, but most important how to be a hero for others. Read this book for nothing else than to get to Jefferson’s tragic journal in the end, where you should be prepared with tears and tissues, for your heart will break for these characters.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Madison H.
Shatter Me
Mafi, Tahereh
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

Juliette’s story begins in an insane asylum/prison. She knows why she’s there. She deserves to be there. However, when they bring her an inmate, she doesn’t know how to react. Juliette has so much strength, but she doesn’t know how to find it or control it, yet. She begins as a frangible, scared girl but becomes a daring and powerful woman, thanks to the wonderful villains in this first novel. Because of Juliette’s transformation, any reader will find some strengths within themselves, as well. And unlike some trilogy’s, Juliette’s story just keeps getting better.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Madison H.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Wilde, Oscar
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

A perfect introduction satire, The Importance of Being Earnest has so much irony and humor in it. Anyone who has some judgement on society will love Wilde’s expert ridicule and criticisms, and have a good laugh as well. Being written in the Victorian era, you will see how quests for love are nothing without men having low and ridiculous opinions of women, and the women, who will believe anything in order to get the man of their dreams.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Madison H.
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Hurston, Zora Neale
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

Set in the 1930’s and 40’s, Janie is a woman who just wants love. She was raised by her grandmother, but the two did not agree on what Janie’s perfect life should be like. Janie’s grandmother sets Janie up with a man who will take care of her. This is just the beginning, though. As Janie meets more people, she becomes a different person herself. Eventually, she meets Tea Cake, a mere boy to her womanness that swoons her with the love that she’s been searching for all along. Be prepared, though for the teary ending that was bound to happen from the beginning.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Madison H.
Fahrenheit 451
Bradbury, Ray
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

This book has been given more credit than it probably deserves. However, it is still a great novel. Bradbury has such beautiful writing, it grabs you from the first sentence. The story is about a man, Montag, who lives in the future as a fireman. Unlike today’s firemen, though, Montag is a fire-starter. He burns houses that have a single book in them, since books are illegal in this future. Montag meets a young girl, though, that changes his perspective on his previous perception of why books are so bad. If you are itching to read something quick, good, and that will make you think, this is a book for you!

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Madison H.
Cinder
Meyer, Marissa
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

This is one of my favorite book series of all time. Overall, it is a mix between star wars and princesses, perfect for both genders. Rather than set in the past like Cinderella, though, Cinder lives in the future. International affairs on Earth are not so much a problem as the impending war with the Lunars, ruled by Queen Levana. Cinder and Prince Kai have to squash their feelings for each other for more serious matters such as the epidemic spreading quickly across the world as well as how to keep Levana happy, in order to prevent a war against all of Earth. Read this book for an epic, unique dystopian along with a fantastic, surprising ending.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Madison H.
UnSouled
Shusterman, Neal
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

After discovering the identity of a woman that Proactive Citizenry has attempted to erase from history, Connor and Lev set out on a search to find her, believing that she may have answers that could help them to finally end unwinding.

Meanwhile, Cam tries to find a way to destroy Proactive Citizenry from the inside. He figures that if he can do that, Risa will finally see how he feels about her. After all, she's the only one who makes him feel whole.

Together, the four of them just might be able to change the world and put a stop to unwinding, once and for all.

This book was pretty good. The previous books were about survival and trying to come up with a plan to end unwinding, so it was nice to see the characters actually have one. After so long of just trying to survive, hope is finally in sight. It's funny how some kids that the world considered to be useless have actually impacted it so much.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
UnWholly
Shusterman, Neal
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

After the revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people are starting to question how ethical unwinding is. However, many big companies are making a profit off of it, and refuse to let the business collapse. In fact, they want it to grow.

One of these companies, Proactive Citizenry, has created a being made entirely out of unwinded body parts. Camus Comprix, a futuristic Frankenstein, struggles to find a sense of identity and belonging in a world that sees him as an abomination. In a twist of events, he finds his fate tied with Connor, Risa, and Lev. Together, they struggle to survive and find a way to put a stop to unwinding.

I liked this book. It made me question life a lot. It's sad how some companies will try to do anything to keep making money. Also, I liked how the concept of Cam was explored. It was nice to see inside his mind. It helped to make the reader understand that as terrible as his existence might be, he didn't choose this life and was a victim as well.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
You Were Here
McCarthy, Cori
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

Actual Rating: 4.5

I love the variety in this novel. With the graphics and the writing combined, I felt like this book was more of an experience than simply words on paper. Every character was relatable, with the sarcastic and dark Jaycee, selective mute Ryan Mik, the smart and caring Natalie, her humorous boyfriend Zach, and Bishop who is simply stuck in the world of art. With all these characters, the reader feels a part of their group as they go on daring trespasses to connect with Jaycee’s dead brother, Jake. What they find is that Jake death was not as simple as they thought. As the characters develop in this novel, I developed with the splendid relationships embedded in McCarthy’s witty writing. Highly recommended read!

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Madison H.
Unwind
Shusterman, Neal
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

After a civil war somewhere in the near future is fought over abortion, a compromise is made. Parents could sign an order to "unwind" their children between ages of 13 and 18. 100% of their body parts would be used, so they wouldn't die; their individual body parts would live on.

The book follows three runaways as they travel across the country, trying to stay whole. If they survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed - but when every piece of them is wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

I enjoyed this book. It was fun to watch as the characters grew and fought to survive in a world that didn't want them. It also made me think a lot. I know that it's fiction, but it's still scary to think that anybody would agree to unwinding. This book was a real eye-opener.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Extras
Westerfeld, Scott
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

All Aya Fuse wants to be is famous. She dreams of the day where she'll be one of the top 1000, instead of just some irrelevant extra. When she sees some girls surfing the mag-lev trains, she's sure that she's found her rise to fame. Instead, she discovers a cataclysmic secret that may destroy the world as she knows it.

I liked this book. It was interesting to see how the world had changed after the mind-rain. Usually I'm not huge on spin-off type books, but this one worked out alright.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Awards:
Specials
Westerfeld, Scott
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review:

Tally is now a Cutter, which is part of a new branch of Special Circumstances. It's her job to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid. The Smokies are smuggling in pills that destroy the brain lesions that keep the pretties dumb and mellow. The New Smoke must be taken down, but with Tally's history with them, will she be able to do it?

I didn't like this book a lot. The cutting was a huge turn off for me; I understand why it was being done, but I didn't agree with how the author handled it. I just couldn't get hooked on this book. It was mediocre.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Pretties
Westerfeld, Scott
4 stars = Really Good
Review:

Tally has finally become pretty. As she's waiting to see if she'll be allowed into the "Crim" clique, she runs into somebody from her past, and her whole new perfect life is turned upside down yet again. Now, she has to choose between fighting to forget or fighting for her life.

This book was alright. The plot felt a bit repetitive to me; it was the same basic concept as the first book. It wasn't too bad, though.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: Alex M.
Of Mice and Men
Steinbeck, John
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review:

I am neutral about this book. Most of the people I know hate this book because it is so sad. It is about the story of a man named George and the obstacles he faces while trying to take care of his friend Lennie. The ending of this book drove me crazy and it gives absolutely no closure to its readers. If you are someone who enjoys books with a happy ending do not read this book. For the people brave enough to read it, beware. This book will haunt you for years to come.

Reviewer Grade: 9

Reviewer's Name: Gerilyn M.
Genres:
Night
Wiesel, Elie
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was a heartbreaking story, but it was a work of fiction. This story is just as sad, but is written by a holocaust survivor himself. This story will make you cry so beware. It made me cry, but was a complete eye opener to the history of WWII. This book is a classic and will satisfy all audiences with its moving story.

Reviewer Grade: 9

Reviewer's Name: Gerilyn M.
Awards:
The Breadwinner
Ellis, Deborah
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

If anyone who doesn’t like sad books, I say beware! This is one of the saddest books I have ever read. This book beautifully depicts the struggles that people around the world must overcome to survive. The story of a young middle eastern girl who changes into a courageous woman is a heartbreaking tale that is inspiring to all ages. I truly encourage everyone to read it even if they struggle with sad books. This a beautiful story and it will inspire courage to anyone who reads it.

Reviewer Grade: 9

Reviewer's Name: Gerilyn M.
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One Crazy Summer
Williams-Garcia, Rita
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review:

I honestly don’t have the words to describe how much I loved this book. It has won four national book awards and has left its mark on my heart. I really enjoyed how this book gave a new aspect on the life of other people in our world. This is a story that readers will look back on for years to come. The changes that these three girls go through are remarkable and their love for each other is touching. A phenomenal piece of work that will stick with children, teens, and anyone who appreciates a good story.

Reviewer Grade: 9

Reviewer's Name: Gerilyn M.

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