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)

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

(9.5/10)
I enjoyed this book immensely and cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel. It was the perfect mix of romance, action, and a forbidden love.

–N.D. (age 14)

Hold Fast by Blue Balliet

Hold Fast is a wonderful, hopeful book, that everyone should read. It tells the tale of how a girl named Early saves her father and uncovers more than anyone could of ever imagined an eleven-year old to figure out. With the help of friends and people in the shelter Early stay at, Early and her family go on a huge adventure.

–A.S. (age 13)

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

This book was a perfect balance. It was original, and in many cases I related to Andi, the main character. It is realistic with the exception of one part, which is suggested to be a hallucination. Overall, though, the novel managed to keep the fantastic setting of Paris in touch with realistic issues, and I found myself likening it to “The Fault in Our Stars.” A must-read.

–A.L. (age 14)

Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

When Greg finds himself stuck home, there is nothing to do when the power goes out. Rowley, Greg’s best friend, brings cookies and they wonder why there is no power for them. Come to find out, his little brother Manny had shut all the power off except for his room!

–S.F. (age 11)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

You’ve never seen a Cinderella story like this. Cinder is a cyborg, part robot and not welcome in society. However, she’s the best mechanic in New Beijing which is how she gets the honor of fixing the prince’s broken android. Everything goes downhill from there when Cinder’s younger stepsister is infected by the deadly plague. Her evil stepmother donates her body to plague research and Cinder ends up finding more about herself than she ever wished. This thrilling sci-fi spin of the Disney princess will leave you dying for the next book.

— S.D. (age 14)

Also Known As by Robin Benway

I loved the spy part and how she beings to actually like Jesse. It was entertaining to read about them and Roux. Also the ending where she gets the help of Jesse and Roux is really good.

— T.M. (age 12)

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans

A simple note takes ten year-old Stuart Horten on an amazing adventure. With the help of neighbors and friends, Stuart unearths mystery and wonder that has not been present for ages. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and loved how the author concluded the story. I really could not put the book down. It left me wanting more, and I hope Lissa Evans continues to write.

– A. S. (age 13)

Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

The story itself was interesting by the way the author wrote it was a bit confusing. This book scores a 4 1/2 out of 10 because it was hard to keep up with the author’s thought process.

— N.D. (age 14)

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

I liked it because it was about a boy named Brian who survived a plane crash in the wilderness. His parents got divorced, and he was going to see his dad, but the plane driver had a heart attack and died.

— S.H. (age 11)