Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron is a prison like no other; the prisoners live and die in their own dangerous world. All prisoners dream of an escape to an outside world that may not exist. That is, until prisoner Finn finds a device that gives him a connection to the outside world, and the possibility of escape. The outside world is a world trapped in time. Law requires all citizens to live strictly by the customs of a designated time period. This book had an excellent concept and dynamic characters, but was confusing at time.

–O.M. (15)

Of Witches and Wind by Shelby Bach

Of Witches and Wind is the 2nd book in the Ever After series. It follows the adventures of 12 year old Rory Laden the daughter of two famous movie stars. This book is about her quest to find the Water of Life in order to save everyone at the Ever After School.

–R.D. (12)

Shapeshifter by Holly Bennett

A young woman Sive cannot believe what she can do. In the woods of Ireland, Sive turns into a deer and her father turns into a bird. Although, due to a dark sorcerer, her gift of singing and shapeshifting turns into a curse. With a “Dark Man” in pursuit of her, Sive must hide and survive in the mortal lands. Even though Sive is being hunted, she finds comfort what a man named Finn who protects her…for now. This adventure took me in the forests of ancient Ireland hoping that the sorcerer stays his distance and Sive can finally be in peace. This heart-warming tale was tremendously suspenseful and I am glad to have read this book.

–A.S. (13)

Witch & Wizard Book 2 by James Patterson

Again, James Patterson left me speechless and begging for more! Now, Wisty and Whit are in deeper trouble. Although, it seems like “The One” does not want people to know that Wisty is alive. On a news report, the pronounced her dead. With the “New Order” on their trail, they try to uncover their family secrets and eventually they will get their answers.

–A.S. (13)

Witch & Wizard Book 1 by James Patterson

The graphic novel left me wanting more! It tells the tale of a sister and brother fighting for their rights. The New Order takes over and is capturing and executing all witches and wizards. With their parents missing, Wisty and her brother Whit must battle with “The One” who is responsible for this “Order” and is hungry for power. I couldn’t help but read the next volume of this series and loved it.

–A.S. (13)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by R.L. Stine

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was about 6 teens who are gonna be in a movie that was made 60 years earlier but 3 of the kids from the original died while making it. This is an amazing book if you’re into fantasy or drama.

–A.A. (age 13)

Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

This third novel in the series was much like the first and second books in the series. A new character was introduced. Another teenage vampire has moved into town with her sister set on turning Raven’s childhood nemesis into a vampire like herself.

–N.D. (age 14)

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

I really wanted to like this book. I really did. However, it just fell back into its own patterns. The main character is forever getting herself into dangerous situations and the love interest is forever rescuing her. The love interest is besotted with the main character but there isn’t any reason why. Finally, the main character can’t take things seriously. Amnesia? Kidnapping? Mere annoyances with no major repercussions. Sudden immortality? Bo-ring. I think this is the last book of this series that I will ever read.

–A.L. (age 14)

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

This graphic novel shows Maggie’s first day and many more days in high school. As if high school isn’t hard enough, she has homeschooled, has three brothers, and a ghost following her around. I was very pleased after reading this book, and wanted more.

— A.S. (age 13)

Fruits Basket Volume 21 by Natsuki Takaya

Kyo finishes telling Tohru about his involvement with her mother’s death, and why he began hating Yuki. After Tohru’s confession (finally!) Kyo runs. Akito does something almost unforgivable and amidst all the drama, two characters get together. If you thought the last volume was dramatic, this one is sure to mess with your emotions!

— S.D. (age 14)