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Teen Book Review

Fantasy

Of Poseidon (by Anna Banks)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Carolyn, Corporate Parkway TAB

Emma, soon to be high school senior, goes on her last summer vacation with her best friend to Florida, for fun in the sun and swimming in the ocean, which she is dreading. Emma has been distant from the water ever since a near death experience when she was a child, but she is trying not to make a big deal of being in the water. They go for a swim and something terrible happens, Emma's' best friend gets attacked by a shark, and some one strange rescues her, but how is she even alive? She was under the water for a very long time, and she even fought the the shark back!

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Super Human (by Michael Carroll)

Rating 5

Reviewed by JC, Middendorf-Kredell TAB

Super Human is the first book in Carroll's series Super Human. This series is a prequel to New Heroes.

For fans of superheroes who wish that the heroes were younger and more relatable this is the series for you.

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Pawn (by Aimee Carter)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Brooke, Spencer TAB

Pawn is a great book! When I started to read it I was thinking it would be too much like The Hunger Games, but it really wasn’t.

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Of Poseidon (by Anna Banks)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Elizabeth, Corporate Parkway TAB

Emma thought that she was just a normal teenager until she met Galen. Galen is a Syrena, or a mermaid, as the humans call them. He is convinced that Emma is a Galen, even if she doesn't believe it herself! This book is fun, dramatic, and action-packed. The characters are so real, believable, and lovable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can read! :)

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The Demon King (by Cinda Williams Chima)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Maggie, Spencer Staff

Han Alister, former street gang leader, and Princess Raisa, future queen, have very little in common on the surface.  Except for the fact that they both seem to be battling the same magical family, the Bayars.  Brutal murders of street gang members and a kidnapping of the princess all ensue as Raisa and Han collide in this great high fantasy novel.

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The Raven Boys (by Maggie Stiefvater)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Maggie, Spencer staff

Even though her entire family is filled with psychics, Blue has no special power. Well, she does, but her power is only in the ability to make her family's psychic powers stronger. So Blue's participation in the annual practice of hearing voices of those who will die in the upcoming year is purely supportive... Until this year when Blue is surprised to actually hear a name. "Gansey."

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The False Prince (by Jennifer Nielsen)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Arely, Spencer TAB

The False Prince is a stunning start to a captivating trilogy. It stars Sage a witty individual who is one of four orphans taken by Connor, a nobleman. All the boys are taken to Connor’s home to train and become the perfect pawn in Connors plot. They learn everything from reading to sword fighting and table manners. Meanwhile Connor keeps a close eye on them and rates their every move. At the end only one of them will be selected for a grand mission—to pretend to be the king’s long lost son.

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Mark of Athena (by Rick Riordan)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Graceson, Spencer TAB

Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan is a Adventure filled story about Percy and friends Anabeth, Piper, Jason, Leo, and Nico.
In this story Percy and his friends have to save Nico and the world while Anabeth has to find the Mark of Athena.
You can read this book at your library any time, just remember its the third book in the series The Heroes of Olympus.

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Cloaked (by Alex Flinn)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Debbie, McClay Staff

Alex Flinn is a master of retelling fairy tales and Cloaked is like a fairy tale "mash up"!  The Frog Prince, The Six Swans and The Elves and the Shoemaker, just to name a few. Johnny is just an average guy working at a hotel shoe repair counter when a famous party princess comes to town. Add a talking fox, hungry giants, six enchanted swans and a magical best friend that has loved him forever and you have a  fun "once upon a time" novel.

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The Hobbit (by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Connor, grade 9

This is a really well-written book. You've probably ready 2 billion reviews about it, not to mention having read it yourself, but I read it for the first time. Bear with me.

First, only remember Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins. The dwarves are mysteriosly numerous - there's like, 14, no lie. Also, it takes a LOT of determination to finish. But, it's still a good book, and you're glad you read it. Then you learn there's another 3.

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