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This book was amazingly written. As a YA dystopian novel, I think it does a very good job. When the character was scared, I was scared, when the character was happy, I was happy. I felt like I was in the book write next to the character. There are also many twists and turns, it never gets boring. It is almost impossible to see where the book is going from the start. The book was also action-packed. From the start to the end, there is action. There is a little bit of gore in the book, so for those that may not be into this type of action, I would not suggest it. The romance side of it is not the focus so if someone is looking for a dystopian-romance I would not recommend it either. I personally loved this novel. It is very much like Hunger Games, without feeling like a copycat, so I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading the Hunger Games.

This Fantasy Fiction book was a thrill to read. This is one of those books with an anti-hero in it. Her personality was refreshing, unlike many Young Adult fiction characters who is either not sure of herself or too sure of herself. She was also self-sufficient, and there was no "damsel in distress" side of her. This girl knew her limits and had a strong personality but none of it was considered a weakness. This is not very often when it comes to girl heroes in Young Adult fiction. This book did not make the characters flawless either. The characters each had their flaws -making them very balanced. The story had many twists and turns and witty banter, making it hard to put down. The storyline was also very interesting with nothing in the book getting wasted. There are no unnecessary scenes and each thing the character does has a reason. Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone wanting a breath of fresh air in the YA fiction genre with well-developed characters, thrilling plot twists and lots of laughs in between.

I am not much of a nonfiction person, but this book blew me away. Written so much like a spy action thriller, there are twist and turns the readers won't see coming. Many times, I found myself forgetting that these events actually happened. There were excerpts from interviews and books which made seeing things from their eyes all the more interesting. This book also does a good job of looking at both America's and Russia's side of the story. The book also did not end at the end of the Cold War. It looked at the spy agencies in present times, relating what happened then to what is happening now. At the end of the book, there were glossaries, keys, references, research materials and more. These would be very helpful for those that want to dig further into this subject. I had a blast reading this and I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to read about the Cold War and to people who had never even heard about it before.

I thought that this was a pretty good book. I think that the way the author wrote was unique. She varied the points of views, using four very distinctive narrators, Jena, Dakota, Skye and Owen. The format of the story, was comparable to R.J. Palacio's, Wonder. They all meet in a resort named Paradise in the Caribbean. By using different characters, Mackler conveyed different themes, ideas and approaches to certain situations. She used lots of allusions and references, to make the book more understandable. It explored lots of ideas, coming of age and taking risks to even exploring ideas of death. The author also plays with the mood, there are drastic changes between each of the sections (narrator changes). [She] not only brings in many perspectives and raises awareness of the kinds of situations people go through but, really conveys the message of how people affect each other. She shows how people change each other.

One of Us Is Lying is a very suspenseful, exciting book. Right as readers open the book, they are bombarded with a series of events that keep the readers gripping the edge of their seats (or books). As the book goes on, we discover some of the secrets and thoughts of the main characters, and their connection to the events taking place. The [story] is very interesting, as it is told interchangeably from the points of view of the four different characters. This book will have the readers guessing, thinking, and will keep them in suspense until the very end. Readers will see a fiction in which gossip, depression, and violence dominates high school, and can compare this with their everyday lives and schooling experience. A must-read for Middle and High Schoolers, One of Us Is Lying looks into some of the ugly aspects of our lives.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling is a superb book. The first installment of this iconic series has all the necessary elements of an amazing novel. Firstly, the characters in the book are very well represented. With just a few pages each character is described in lots of details and is flushed out. The appearance, motives, ideals, and philosophies of each character are creatively shown through the book with various situations and dialogue. The characters beg the reader’s sympathy and continue to make the reader want to learn more. The numerous exquisite details mixed in with the most creative scenarios results in an amazing read. The remarkable world of magic the book is taken place in opens up the endless possibilities for hooking adventures in the future. In conclusion, this book is very good for readers of all levels, adults and children. It does not take much to get hooked to the story. The book is structured and written amazingly along with amazing character descriptions that are very well developed. I am super excited to read the following books in the series given how great the first one was to me.

Kafka on the Shore by Japanese author Haruki Murakami is a story of prophecy, family, and love that follows the parallel stories of two main characters: the young, angsty Kafka Tamura and the lost, old Nakata whose paths eventually converge as Kafka’s search for his identity meets Nakata’s search for a missing cat. Music is a creative, recurring theme Murakami seamlessly works into the story, serving as a medium through which characters can express themselves and further the plot. Like a movie soundtrack, it subtly conveys the ambiance of the story. Although the book is written in the surrealist style with supernatural events, it can still feel grounded and relatable. The characters are imperfect yet endearing: each showcases a different perspective on the nature of life. Their relationships are real and organic: their lives are riddled with tragedy, shaping the way they think. On the other hand, the surreal aspect of the story showcases Murakami’s talent as a writer. His eloquent writing carries readers to another world of magic and destiny, where nothing is as it seems. The sensation of reading certain moments of the story can only be described as floating. Filled with metaphors and symbolism, the story takes twists and turns that all tie together in the end. The dream-like quality of Murakami’s storytelling, coupled with vibrant imagery and complex characters, make Kafka on the Shore a must-read.

The Blind Side, written by Michael Lewis, is a non-fiction book about football and its effect on Michael Oher. I found this book to be very enjoyable. Although at first I was confused as to why the author was talking about Lawrence Taylor, his goal very quickly became apparent to me. This happened as Michael Lewis showed us Taylor's effect on the very foundation of football. Reading about Michael Oher's life story really puts into perspective the struggle that some people go through in some of Americas less affluent neighborhoods. The portions where Michael Lewis talks about the transformation of the NFL, and strategy in games, is both informative and simple. I am no expert in NFL formations and philosophies, but Michael Lewis explains it in a way that even I could understand the depth of. The use of two main storylines means that whether you read this book for the story, or for the evolution of the offensive lineman, there is something you can enjoy. I would recommend this book to any football fan who wants to gain a better understanding of one of the best offensive line prospects in college football history, or of the changing role of the offensive lineman in the modern era.