Six Impossible Things

Fiona Wood

Dan Cereill (pronounced “surreal” not “cereal”) has his world turned upside down in an instant with a new house, new school, a newly out of the closet father, a family who has just declared bankruptcy, a mother with a failing business, and the most amazing girl right next door. Despite all this, Dan tries his hardest to fit in, make new friends, and repeatedly reminds people of the proper pronunciation of his last name. In efforts to try to cope with the situation that Dan has found himself in, he creates a list of six things he deems impossible to happen. Narrated by a nerdy, funny, and smart teenager who is just trying to get through the rest of high school undetected and without being a total loser.

I thought this was refreshing to read a romance novel written entirely from a male perspective. Not to mention the amazingly funny and nerdy writing done by the writer. I found it nearly impossible to peel my eyes from the pages due to the suspense and the always changing plot. Never a dull moment when reading this book and is a great young adult romance novel about the struggles of family, high school, and finding love. -Melanie G.

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The Duff

Kody Keplinger

A cute, fun read. I really enjoyed this story. What is a “Duff”? Heck, many of us notice them all the time. The one girl/guy who is a bit less attractive in their crowd, the one that tends to fade into the background. Well, when known manwhore, Wesley informs Bianca that she is, in fact, the Duff of her group, she is left spinning. This revelation comes at the same time Bianca’s home life is taking a nosedive. So, guess where she ends up taking refuge… the last place she ever imagined, with Wesley. Bianca is now confused, and alone, she doesn’t know how to handle her emotions and realizes that she may be falling for the last person that she would have wanted to.

This story was cute, realistic and emotional. This was a funny and light book that is super sweet. I enjoyed how both Bianca and Wesley became friends through their own pain and helped each other grow. I also enjoyed how Bianca realized that labels have no meanings and you don’t always have to be the most attractive in a group to be deserving of love. This book was a book of growth, friendship and love. -Khadeeja F.

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Insurgent

Veronica Roth

Insurgent is the second book the action-packed Divergent series by Veronica Roth. After the events of the Divergent, Tris is struggling to cope with all that she has lost. As the aftermath of the war is cooling down, Tris is on the run from Erudite extremists, and she must hide for her life while still trying to uncover the war’s purpose. A fight this grand doesn’t happen without purpose, and Tris and Tobias are determined to find out what is hidden from the eyes of the public. They both frantically search all they can to discover what lies behind the walls which cage their city. But that won’t be easy because whatever it is, Erudite is willing to kill to protect it. In this never-ending chase, Tris must resist the urge to join her parents, and truly learn the meaning of sacrifice and how much she means, which is not easy when you have the guilt of your past mistakes haunting over you. Will Tris be able to complete her mission or will the torment of the past envelop her soul?

Veronica Roth does a fantastic job presenting this story to the reader, and she has you engaged by page one. Tris’s story is captivating and still relatable at the same time. When we see Tris faced with guilt and loneliness, it is easy to relate and cheer her on. The Divergent series is a must read, especially if you enjoy dystopian novels and strong female protagonists. While hunting for answers, you’ll discover her messed up world may be more than what there were looking for and Roth will keep you on the edge of your seat while reading this extraordinary tale. – Ananya M.

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Divergent

Veronica Roth

Beatrice Prior, a 16-year-old girl, is no different from other teenagers in her city, except that she is hiding a terrible secret. In her world, all who turn 16 must undergo the choosing ceremony to settle on one of five factions. Bravery, selflessness, honesty, kindness, and knowledge are what each value and whatever you chose you must defend before your blood and family. Beatrice’s deadly secret that she is divergent could destroy her and her family, she doesn’t fit in one faction, but multiple! Her choices are what is keeping her alive, and she must adjust to the new life she chooses. But this can be difficult when evil is being planned right behind your back. Everything has changed in this new life of hers, even her name. Tris, her new set of friends, and a mysterious instructor named Four must join together before all they know and love is lost.

When you start reading you will be swept away into this new world. Veronica Roth has done a great job captivating her readers and truly enveloping them into the text. This extraordinary YA novel has it all, from an intriguing dystopian plot, thrilling action, intense suspense, and touching love. You’ll have no trouble forming a connection with Tris as she battles for the truth of her divergence and unlocks the secrets that have caged them all. Unravel the true meaning of family, sacrifice, bravery, and love through this phenomenal dystopian novel and the mysterious world created by Veronica Roth. – Ananya M.

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Rook

Sharon Cameron

In the Sunken City, which was once Paris, things have a way of repeating themselves. The new revolution means hundreds of opposing citizens are being executed, except for the ones who disappear. Countless prison cells are left empty, and in place of prisoners is a single red-tipped rook feather. The citizens of the city love the Red Rook’s work, but those in the government see them as a traitor. On the other side in the Commonwealth, a young Sophia Bellamy is preparing for her arranged marriage to Rene Hasard, the only way in which she can save her family from complete financial ruin. When the search for the Red Rook ends up right at her house, she discovers her fiancé has hidden information, but what her fiancé doesn’t know is that she hasn’t been completely honest herself. As tension in the Sunken City grows, Sophia and Rene are enveloped in never-ending chases, but all is not lost as Miss Bellamy has quite a few secrets of her own.

 

This daring novel will have you on the edge of your seat, with a suspenseful plot line and a new twist around every corner. Gripping action, heartwarming love, darings sacrifices, and killing suspense complete this outstanding novel. It will make you question the true meaning of heroism. Criminal? Spirit? Or last hope? Who is the Red Rook really? What dark secrets are the walls of the Bellamy house hiding? Sharon Cameron will keep you thirsty for answers as the mystery unfolds along the streets which were once Paris. -Ananya M.

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Tales of the Peculiar

Ransom Riggs

Tales of the Peculiar is a selection of short, and strange stories set before the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. In this collection, Ransom Riggs has created a number of enchanting tales that take you through a wild journey from a land of law-abiding cannibals, a kingdom with a princess who’s a half-snake, and far away to ancient China where a young man has seaweed growing out of his armpits. In a magical, fun-loving way, Riggs tells tales with themes of discrimination, racism, and empowerment that are sure to send you right into each story!

Personally, I loved the book. I thought each story was fresh and inviting, and I read them to my younger siblings who loved it as well. I love Riggs’ main series, and this spin-off is something anyone could read with or without reading the main series and still feel the magical thrill of a tall tale without any sense of confusion. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves the fantastical! – Jacqueline S.

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The Circus

Olivia Levez

To others, it might seem like Willow has all she could ever need, from a pony to a big house and even her own maid. Although, what others don’t realize is that since she was little the only thing Willow’s ever wanted, and never had, was a loving family that she could spend time with, ask advice from, a family that genuinely cares about her. On the verge of getting married to a woman half his age, Willow’s father never spent much time with her, opting to spend his hours working and having the maid play with/occupy Willow instead. Her mother left, joining the circus when Willow was young, leaving her and her father.

In this book, Olivia Levez tells the not-so-classic story of a girl (Willow) who runs away from home to join the circus. The book is filled with twists and turns as it follows Willow as she tries to survive on her own with nothing more than a bit of money and a few of her belongings. On the streets, Willow meets people who help her stay alive and follow her dream of joining the circus and others who will try to slow her down.

From the moment I started reading this book, I didn’t want to put it down. It will bring you through a rollercoaster of emotions, and you’ll just want to keep reading to figure out if Willow makes it. “The Circus” is a realistic fiction book, but it’s filled with adventure, humour and friendship. – Yara M.

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Black Panther

Reginald Hudlin

The Black Panther novel by Reginald Hudlin is an adventurous book, filled with comedy, romance and non-stop action. In the story, there is a civil war with all the Marvel Characters and civilians because of their arch enemies from outer space. There are many more books in this series by Reginald Hudlin, each with different superheroes and enemies from Marvel. This series of Marvel has more than one volume. So there are other novels based on various superheroes and supervillains.

This action-filled book that I have been reading is filled with amazing content as it is about a person with superpowers and amazing abilities because of his high tech suit. With all of his abilities there are villains in his city that are creating war and disturbing the peace in the city. Black Panther uses his abilities for good, like stopping the villains and criminals in the novel. Because of the war with Black Panther and the supervillains, it is creating a civil war with the people that live in the city. What also creates the civil war is when Black Panther fights the enemies and criminals by himself which is a hazard for the pedestrians, and the police can’t do anything about it. -Ali H.

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Stained

Cheryl Rainfield

“Stained” by Cheryl Rainfield is an astonishing yet dark book based on the experience of being abducted Rainfield had gone through, just like the main character in the book.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows wants nothing but to be an average teenager-despite the fact that she has a port wine stain splattered across half her face. Because of her birthmark, she gets many unwanted stares and gets bullied by peers quite regularly.

One day, on her way home from school, she is abducted but not by any random person – but by someone very close to her family. She is held captive with the very minimum to eat and abused both physically and mentally. She thinks she will stay here forever, especially since no one will ever suspect this person to abduct her.

Sarah knows her will to live is up to her, and that she must fight hard and try to escape. This spectacular book has you asking many questions like, “will Sarah make it out?”, “how long will Sarah be kidnapped?”, and many more.

The book is in both Sarah and her friend’s Nick point of views – one to show how Sarah is coping, and the other to show how everyone else is. Personally, I liked the fact that you could see what was happening in the outside world and how Sarah’s parents were dealing with her abduction along with what Sarah was doing, which doesn’t always happen in books like this very often.

This book is a must read for every young adult, that will definitely keep them up all night reading the book! -Khadeeja F.

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Dead Girls Society

Michelle Krys

‘Dead Girls Society’ is a book that will appeal to any reader at any age, due to it being a variety of genres rolled into one and its very interesting storyline. This riveting ‘Hunger Games’ meets ‘Everything, Everything’ debut novel by Michelle Krys will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

Hope Callahan will do anything to be a normal teenager, but she knows very well that this cannot happen because of her cystic fibrosis. Because of her illness, she misses months of schools, and cannot always go outside and do regular things a teenager can. However, one day, she mysteriously gets sent an email invitation, inviting her to come to a sketchy, abandoned area and complete dares along with a few other girls, and the winner gets $100,000.

But, there are rules.

If you “[f]ail the dare, you will be eliminated. Tell anyone about the game, you will be punished. Cheat in the game, you will be punished” (Krys, 2016).

Hope couldn’t care less about the money – this is finally her time to be normal! When she goes to the place, she sees a few other girls from her school – all very different from each other. There is the smart one, the rich one, the sporty one, the goth one, and the sick one, Hope. As they play the game, the girls instantly realize that this is more than just a game. Some of the girls disappear, and they are all frightened, but they know too well that they cannot give up. The creator of the game knows a secret about each one of these girls that they threaten to expose. Also, as soon as Hope joined the game, the popular guy in school started hanging out with her, she starts getting packages in the mail for her, and she gets more popular in school. But, is it worth it? Who is behind the game? Who is threatening the girls? Because now this is more than just a game, and not doing well in it is the difference between life and death.

I really enjoyed this book, and I believe that others will too. The only thing I don’t like is that the adventure part of the book happens instantly, without really describing the characters and who they are. Other than that, this book is great and a must-read. -Khadeeja F.

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