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Author: Kevin Sylvester

When was the last time you read a hilarious thriller that prepared you for your quiz on Italian explorers, while making you immensely hungry? Neil Flambé is fourteen, a culinary prodigy, and a stuck up brat. Sure, he's the cockiest of the braggarts ("I can cook better than anyone in the world!"), but he may actually be right. He's got a hippie cousin, who's much older than him, that knows more than you'd think. And Neil's got his nose. His marvelous, brilliant nose, the nose that allowed him his status as (possibly) the best chef ever. His nose has even solved mysteries! (Beat that!) But what happens when some of the best chefs in town turn of dead of a poison Neil can't identify? And...wait! Are those mysterious notes actually linked to Marco Polo? We're not sure...yet. Isabella is another story. Or is she? "Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders" is a book well worth anyone's time. It is a mystery, a history, cook book (well, not actually) and a grand old time! Check it out as soon as you can!

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Title: Numbers
Author: Rachel Ward

10/10/2001. That's Jem's mother's number. Jem saw it whenever she looked into her mother's eyes, but it wasn't until four years after the woman's fatal heroin overdose when Jem was 11 that she realized that the number was the date her mother would die. And it's not just that number that the teen sees—she knows when everyone will die by looking into their eyes. Isolating herself from the rest of humanity seems to be the only solution until Spider, a freakishly tall, twitchy mess of a boy, refuses to leave her alone. In spite of the fact that she knows his death date is only months away, she can't resist his overtures of friendship. One afternoon, while ditching school, they head for the London Eye tourist attraction. When Jem realizes that several people standing in line are fated to die that very day, she panics and takes off. Newspapers and television pick up the story, and Jem and Spider, targeted as the terrorists responsible for destroying the Eye, or at least witnesses, are on the run in a stolen car. Ward's debut novel is gritty, bold, and utterly unique. Jem's isolation and pain, hidden beneath a veneer of toughness, are palpable, and the ending was a bit of a shock.

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Author: Rachel Caine

The "Morganville Vampires" series continues with this book. In it, Claire has her share of challenges. Like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains; homicidal girls in her dorm, and finding out that her college town is overrun with the living dead. On the up side, she has a new boyfriend with a vampire-hunting dad. But when a local fraternity throws the Dead Girls' Dance, hell is really going to break loose. I liked the developing relationships between Claire & Shane, and Eve & Michael. I will definitely read the next book in this series.

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Author: Rachel Caine

Welcome to Morganville, Texas and the series "Morganville Vampires". College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. I liked the developing friendships in this book. Claire made some friends who are loyal and brave and really care about her. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next installment.

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Author: Melissa De la Cruz

Select teenagers from some of New York City's wealthiest and most socially prominent families learn startling secrets about their bloodlines. The book started out a little slow but got better towards the end. I would have liked the characters and locations to be described more in depth so that I could feel more drawn into the story. Even though I was fairly disappointed with this book, I may read the next book in this series to see if it gets better.

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Title: Evernight
Author: Claudia Gray

Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Lucas, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca's entire world. I found the relationship between Bianca and Lucus interesting. I could just imagine the ways in which they were being pulled apart, yet they couldn't resist the magnetic pull they felt. I expected it to be just another vampire book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I will definitely read the next book in this series.

If I Stay

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Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman

Two other reviews were done on this book however none of them really went into detail. If your totally a romantic, think punk rock is cool to read about, are intrested in musical differant relationship and hard choices maybe this book is for you. I found it a horribaly boring book - I didn't bother even reading it all. I was disgusted with it, read the last page and thought "What's the point?" I would not recommend it at all!!! I see there are a lot of hold's on it. I think it's pointless. I would not get it and waste my time.

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Author: Alexandra Bracken

I haven't read many books worth reviewing, lately. I was at the library, trying to find something worth while, and I pulled out 'Brightly Woven' from the new books shelf. I read the summary, opened it, appraised it, and ultimately checked it out. It seemed to fit my favorite genre, fantasy/adventure, with dabbles of magic. A summary: Sydelle lives in a desert village with a drought. They haven't had rain in years! When rain finally comes, a wizard (Wayland North) shows up with a bunch of soldiers following him. He said he's come to search for more evidence about the king's murder. Murder? Sydelle thought he had died from an illness. But her father, the village elder, doesn't mind about that much. The stranger brought a long awaited rain! He says he will give North anything he asks for. And he chose Sydelle.

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