Unbreakable by Kami Garcia, (The Legion #1)


Kennedy Waters is just a normal seventeen-year-old girl until a ghost tries to kill her. Luckily, she is saved by identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart. Not only do they save her, but they explain that her mother was part of a secret organization, now known as “The Legion”, that protects humanity from evil.

Kennedy joins them and two other members, Priest and Alara, as they try to find out who killed the previous members. It’s a race against time to figure out the various puzzles left by the previous group on their way to finding the one weapon that can destroy the demons forever.

Originally I picked this up because I enjoyed her book, Beautiful Creatures. It also helped that they claimed it was Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code. The twins reminded me somewhat of the Winchester brothers from Supernatural, without me being able to make obvious comparisons. I love Garcia’s writing style and I loved this book even more than her last series. I really can’t wait to see what comes next.

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-Natalie Martinez

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Blythewood by Carol Goodman



Aveline Hall’s adventure begins with the death of her beloved mother. From there, things go from bad to worse. She is involved in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, hunted by a man who breathes smoke, and escapes from an insane asylum. Next, she journeys to Blythewood Academy, a boarding school that her mother once attended. As she begins to discover the secrets of Blythewood, and of the dashing young man who saved her from the fire, she may find that the most dangerous secrets regard her family history.

Why I picked it up: To be honest, at first I wanted to read this because I saw she had been through so very much. Could the author pull this off without the character becoming a “Mary Sue”? I think she did a great job on this.

Why I finished it: I think the author has wonderful world building skills. I liked this concept of weaving old world ideas with her own special brand of magic.

I’d give it to: Teens who don’t mind more historical settings, teens who enjoy paranormal romance or teens who enjoy paranormal action novels.

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-Natalie Martinez

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More Than This by Patrick Ness


Has Seth awakened in hell? He regains consciousness partially bandaged, lying on the sidewalk in front of the English row house his family moved from years before. What is he doing here? Last thing he remembers he was being battered to death on the rocks off the Pacific coast, near his home in Washington state. The story takes us back and forth between a tragic past and a stark present. Seth’s past includes a younger brother damaged at the hands of an escaped convict (an incident that Seth feels responsible for), being outed by a “friend” and being cut off from his boyfriend. In his mystifying “present” he shows up in a hushed, desolate town–hiding out with two other teens who’ve suffered similar traumas, hunted by a mysterious van and driver from a nearby prison.

What’s behind the prison walls and how are they connected to it? Which is the real world– their past or the present? Seth finds some answers and peace with his past but, the book’s ending leaves some dangling questions, possibly to be answered in a sequel…? 


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—Mary Burns

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Antigoddess by Kendare Blake


The Greek gods are living unknown among the humans. They have starting dying and must find a way to survive. Athena and Hermes have discovered from Goddess Demeter that a prophet can become a weapon against those seeking to destroy them. Meanwhile in Kincaid, New York, the woman once known as Cassandra of Troy begins having horrifying visions filled with death and violence. Can Athena and Hermes reach Cassandra before the dark images haunting her disrupt her peaceful life?

Why I picked it up: I thought the plot sounded intriguing. Also, Greek gods! Yea!

Why I finished it: I really enjoyed the book. It moved quickly and didn’t lag in any spots. The action pushed the plot forward at just the right pace. I really had to find out if Athena and Hermes would get cured.

I’d give it to: Anyone who likes strong female leads (especially for Athena), anyone who liked the Percy Jackson series, or anyone who likes mythology.

-Natalie Martinez

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Season of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks

I picked up “Season of the Witch” by Mariah Fredericks totally at random. The title sounded interesting and I was looking for something to get me in the Halloween mood. This book turned out to be so much more than that.

Reading this book was like taking all the best “junk food” plots (revenge, mean girls, murder?, witchcraft?!), mixing them all together, and somehow ending up with a gourmet meal. It sounds like it should be cheesy, but it’s just wicked awesome. Teen girl, Toni, is coming back to school after a rough summer of breakups, makeouts and heartbreak. Things get real right away when  Queen of Mean, Chloe vows revenge. Once the action starts you cannot look away. Every page I read made me want to read the next one even more. The only help Toni is going to get seems to come from a strange source–her best friend’s cousin, the suddenly goth Cassandra. But what kind of help is she offering , exactly?

I love that many things are left ambiguous at times without it feeling like a cop-out.

Is witchcraft real? Why did *spoilers* die? Who really is to blame?

It doesn’t feel to this reader that the author didn’t bother to come up with answers to these questions, but instead you feel the struggles as Toni tries to comes to terms with all these questions and more in her own way.

If you love real-life high school stories full of over-the-top reality TV drama I’m pretty sure you will like this book, but if you love well-written emotional books about realistic characters and the adversity they overcome (or fail to) then I *know* you will definitely love this book.

Pick up a copy of this worthy Halloween Read, right away!

–Aramis Troche

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“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer


Cinder is a re-imagined Cinderella set in a futuristic China. Cinder, our heroine, is a mechanic cyborg working hard to earn a living to help her stepmother and sisters. While Cinder is at her job, Prince Kai brings her a malfunctioning android to fix. The two develop a relationship which blossoms into a forbidden attraction. Unfortunately the kingdom is not living in an easy time. There is a sickness killing off members of the population, and there is no known cure. Along with this is the looming possibility of war if Prince Kai does not marry Levana, Queen of the Lunars.

Why I picked it up: I’m a sucker for a remake of a fairy tale story. Also I loved the front cover design.

Why I finished it: This book pulled me in from the beginning. I had to know what was going to happen to all of the characters. Meyers even made the stepmother sympathetic.

I’d give it to: Anyone who likes fairy tales, cyborgs, or strong female main characters.

–Natalie Martinez

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


John Green is one of my favorite YA authors, hands down. When I found out his newest title, “The Fault In Our Stars” had main characters with cancer, I regrettably decided to pass. After all, I cry over commercials on tv. How could I possibly get through a book like this? Fast forward a year and a half, a gifted Kindle and a free sample and I was HOOKED!

The Fault In Our Stars is one of the most beautifully written glimpses into teenage love I have ever read. Green mesmerizes his audience with the heartbreaking tale of sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, a Stage 4 Thyroid cancer patient that is being kept alive by an experimental drug Phalanxifor. She is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she ends up meeting her true love, Augustus “Gus” Waters, through a mutual friend Isaac. Gus, a former basketball star, is missing his right leg from osteosarcoma, in remission, and full of life. As Gus and Hazel Grace start spending time together and bonding over her favorite novel, An Imperial Affliction, a beautiful friendship and potential relationship start to bloom. Hazel is very apprehensive about her feelings for Gus and the pain she will cause him when she loses her ongoing battle to cancer. Gus loves Hazel and doesn’t want their time together to end. As they both take a chance on each other, Gus’s circumstances change and the lovers are split up far earlier than expected.

Through Gus and Hazel’s adventures, an amazingly honest and touching love affair is born. I recommend this to any fan of romance, realistic fiction or John Green. Although I wanted more time with Hazel Grace and Gus, the lasting impression that both characters make is unforgettable.

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—Kelly Handy

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