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romance

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Author: Arikawa Hiro

My friend had been bothering me to read this manga for the longest time. I didn't really want to read it because the way she described it to me made it sound boreing, not my kind of book. But one day when I was board I grabbed it off the shelf and didn't put it down till I was finished. I sat in the library and read it right there, didn't even get to check it out. I continued on to read the second and third book in that sitting, but had to check out the rest for lack of time. Honestly one of my top five manga's I've read in my life! So much action, tons of laughs, and drama to tie it all together. The perfect amount of romance puts the bow on this manga series. I would recomend this to anyone and everyone, with a well thought out background and wonderful character development, there is a twist right around every turn. I am in love with this manga, cannot wait for the next chapter~!

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Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass

  First, I'd like to say that this book series has become one of my favorites. I saw the first book in my local library and I decided to give it a shot and I loved it, so naturally I had to pick this one up as well. I feel like it wasn't as good as the first book; the love triangle got on my nerves a bit in this book, but it was good and it ended very well. I'm just sad that now I have to wait for The One, the final book in the series.. I'm something like number 49 on the hold list, here's hoping that people read it quickly!   

  Anyway, the series is about a girl that get's accepted into a sort of competition, called The Selection, to become the new princess of Illea, similar to the show The Bachelor. In this book the 35 girls that started in The Selection have been dwindled down 6 girls, which is called The Elite. America, the girl we come to know and love, is stuck between Maxon, the prince, and her old boyfriend from back home, Aspen. While trying to figure out who she wants to be with, she is also trying to figure out what the rebels want and why they're trying to overthrow the monarchy.. All in all, this dystopian novel is very good for anyone who likes romance as well as action and mystery. This book is good for anyone who enjoys chick-lit or young adult genres. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Author: Jane Feather

You won't be able to put it down!

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Author: Edmond Rostand

SPOILERS: First, I have to say that I indeed read this play for school, but it was really wonderful, so just deal with it. Ha, ha. It's about this guy, Cyrano. Cyrano has a big nose, a huge nose, and he believes that no one will ever love him because he isn't gorgeous and through his whole life he believes this. He is in love with his cousin and he thinks that maybe she could love him if she looked past his looks, so he teams up with her soon to be and then is her husband. Christian uses Cyrano's words to make Roxane fall in love with him, but eventually she tells Christian she is only in love with his words, so then Christian tells Cyrano that he can go ahead and tell Roxane it was him all along. That would've been okay, but then Christian dies and Cyrano doesn't feel right about telling Roxane, so she doesn't find out until Cyrano is about to die. It's really tradgic, romantic, and funny. I really love the baker, he's a hoot! I gave this play 5/5 stars and you probably don't even have to read the play, because I've just explained the whole thing.. I think you should still read it anyway.

Easy Read

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Author: Sarah Dessen

The book Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen is about a girl who lost her father and is now trying to find herself and who she really is. She starts out to be meticulous and careful in life but by the end lives life with more of a free spirit. The book was well written. The story was smooth and easy to follow along; the organization was on point. However, for someone looking for a plot twist or something surprising to happen, this is not the book for you. Although I thought that it was a nice, relaxing read, I found myself guessing at what was going to happen next and to my dissapointment, was right. In other words, it was predictable. Overall, it was well written but a bit predictable.

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Title: Betrayed
Author: P.C., Kristin Cast

After reading the second book of the House of Night series, I was a little dissapointed. It had so much foreshadowing that the book became somewhat predictable. Also, I noticed that there were multiple spelling errors. The book overall was average and okay to read, but did not leave the reader wanting more. However, it did deliver in creativity and people who are into vampire books may enjoy this book. It just didn't do it for me and I would not recommend reading it. I enjoyed the vampire series Vampire Academy a lot more and was hooked right away.

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Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie

This dystopian society has taken control to a new level.  Our main character is more than willing to let the government guide her life from her meal regimine to whom she is expected to marry and even knows that she will die at 80, because no one in this society lives past that age.  With interference from an unknown source we follow a story that leads to emerging free though and an unusual teenage love triangle twist.  I am cheering for the main character to step out of her role the government has set up for her, as she presses into a word of free thinking and free choice.  I can't wait to read the second book in the series.

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Author: Kiera Cass

Many girls dream about marrying a prince, but sixteen-year-old America Singer is not happy about her chance to do so. She lives in a futuristic America, now named Illea, that has become caste-divided after the United States was destroyed by war and is now headed by a royal family. She loves Aspen, who is a caste below her, but now she is part of the Selection--a Bachelor-style competition of thirty-five girls to see who can win the heart of Prince Maxon. America enters as a way to help her family and soon finds herself among friendly and spiteful girls in a fierce competition that is often interrupted by violent rebel attacks on the castle.

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Author: Lisa Schroeder

"Ava can't see or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here. Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds"
5/5 Stars. My 2nd favorite book!!!

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Title: The Host
Author: Stephenie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

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