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I do have a list of my all-time favorite books that I would like to share with you!  These are books that I so thoroughly enjoyed, I have read them many times!  Now, not all of these books have been reviewed, but if we do have a review for it on our site, there will be a little star next to it!  Without any further ado, and in no particular order, my List:

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters By: Lesley M. M. Blume

The Looking Glass Wars By: Frank Beddor (Series)

The Golden Compass By: Philip Pullman

The Prophecy of the Stones By: Flavia Bujor

Princess Academy By: Shannon Hale

The Westing Game By: Ellen Raskin

Just Ella By: Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Tale of Despereaux By: Kate DiCamillo

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas By: John Boyne

The Phantom Tollbooth By: Norton Juster

Pride and Prejudice By: Jane Austen*

The Sisters Grimm By: Michael Buckley (Series)

Ties that Bind, Ties That Break By: Lensey Namioka

Life as We Knew It By: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Our Town: A Play in Three Acts By: Thorton Wilder

Saving Juliet By: Suzanne Selfors

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie By: Jordan Sonnenblick

The Forest of Hands and Teeth By: Carrie Ryan

The Hunger Games By: Suzanne Collins*

The Giver By: Lois Lowry*

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks By: E. Lockhart

The Da Vinci Code By: Dan Brown

Reincarnation By: Suzanne Weyn*

Enthusiasm By: Polly Shulman*

Palace of Mirrors By: Margaret Peterson Haddix*

The Midnight Twins By: Jacquelyn Mitchard

My Most Excellent Year By: Steve Kluger

Carpe Diem By: Autumn Cornwell

Austenland By: Shannon Hale

Once a Witch By: Carolyn  MacCullough

The Red Queen’s Daughter By: Jacqueline Kolosov

The Minister’s Daughter By: Julie Hearn

The Debutante By: Kathryn Williams

And that is my List so far!  But it will definitely change as I read more books and add more to the list!  Enjoy!

~Austen A.~

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If you read Just Ella by Haddix, then you will most likely enjoy this book, I know I did!  This book is full of palace deception, scandal, and one big secret!  Although a little unbelievable at the beginning, you get used to the whole idea that Cecilia is a princess who has been hidden away for her own protection, under the care of a knightly guardian, Sir Stephen, and old Nanny Gratine.  When she turns 14, though, Cecilia decides that it is simple not enough for her to sit about when she could be doing so much more for her country, so she and her best friend Harper set off for the capital city to confront Cecilia’s decoy, the commoner, Desmia, and take up her rightful position as leader of the country.  When they arrive, they face quite a few bumps in the road that test Cecilia’s character and morale.  I have to say that, at the point when Cecilia and Harper were locked up, she was so very whiny and weepy, all she seemed to care about was that her crown was lost and that Desmia was a horrid girl!  Very annoying!  She does rectify her actions later on in the book, multiple times.  In the end, the book takes a very surprising turn (although, when you think about it, you could kind of see it coming the entire time)  and the ending has a refreshing twist!  If you are thinking about reading this book but have not yet read Just Ella, I recommend that you read that first to become familiar with what is going on politically in the world that these girls live in and to meet a character that makes a cameo appearance in this book.  I loved Cecilia’s character, she was everything that I could want in a heroine; caring, witty, strong, courageous, with a touch of imperfection that makes her real!  I truly enjoyed this book and any fantasy buff will love this book too!  I urge you to give this book a try!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookmarks!

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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I’ll be blunt, I LOVED this book!  I have to add it to my list of ultimate favorites!  This novel was inspired by Jane Austen, it’s about a girl named Julie with a best friend, Ashleigh, who is an enthusiast.  Ashleigh decides that she is now a lover of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Julie’s own enthusiasm.  Ashleigh now dresses, speaks, and acts like she is from Austen’s time.  Julie loyally, but reluctantly follows Ashleigh as she sneaks into an all-boys prep school dance.  Julie doesn’t mind so much, though, when they meet some very likely candidates, but then Ashleigh unconsciously tries to steal Julie’s own Mr. Darcy.  All of this leads to misunderstandings, awkward moments, and mysterious poetry tacked to a tree.  This light romantic comedy is full of laughing, crying, edge-of-your-seat moments!  I found that this book even echoes Jane Austen’s style in a modern way!  The characters have great chemistry, everything is well written and full of just the right amount of drama.  If you are interesting in reading this though, I suggest that you read Pride and Prejudice beforehand though, so that you have some background knowledge when the characters refer to something from the book.  You can find my review for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen on our blog as well.  This eloquent read is one that Jane herself would be proud of!  I can’t wait to read more from this author!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookmarks!

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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The book Reincarnation, was one that I thoroughly enjoyed!  This book explores the idea of soul mates and true love.  I found the story idea very refreshing, it is very creative.  I found it fun to follow the main characters’ stories and the development in their relationships between each other and their own personalities.  These two souls travel from one time to another, crossing paths and realizing that they’d met before.  With each new life they gain a new characteristic and their feelings for each other grow.  Although there are some very close calls, each is ruined with the tragic end of one or the other and a dispute over a mysterious green gem that has forever come between them.  This book is filled with awkward, intense, comedic and tragic moments.  I laughed, cried, held my breath and sat on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading this book.  Once I started reading, I literally, did not stoop until I had finished!  I highly recommend this book for both girls and boys!  It is sappy, sad, and romantic at some points, yet it’s also full of action, historical references, and fascinating coincidences.  This title is definitely going on my list of Best Books!  I urge you to pick up Reincarnation today and start reading!  You will not be disappointed!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookmarks!

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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The book The Giver by Lois Lowry was fascinating! Jonas, a young boy, is about to become a Twelve in his community, which seems ideal. There is no conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, inequality, or hunger. Family values are most important, teenage rebellion is obsolete and good manners are the way of life. But when Jonas becomes a Twelve, he is selected for a rare and extremely special task. He is trained by a man called the Giver who has a special talent and bares a bigger burden than anyone in the community could begin to comprehend, and throughout his training, Jonas finds that there are many dark secrets that are hidden in the depths of this fragile but perfect world. The story of this perfect world was captivating and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The idea was complex but the way it was told was with totally simplicity. It is sort of sci-fi, but it is so fascinating, I think that it’s a book everyone should read! It analyzes our most deeply held beliefs and questions everyone of our values that have been taken for granted. In this world, where everything is literally black and white and there is no such thing as love, color, emotion, difference, the idea of utopia and distopia is explored in an interesting way. It has an abrupt ending, so just be prepared, because there isn’t really any warning that it’s about to be over! I would highly recommend this to everyone, if you read this book, it will change the way you look at the world and you’ll never take the smallest thing for granted again. So, this is a definite addition to your list of must-reads.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookmarks!

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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The book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins captivated me, though I would have to say that this is definitely NOT the book for everyone. Definitely not a book for the faint of heart, The Hunger Games tells the story of a young girl, Katniss Everdeen, who takes the place of her younger sister in the annual Hunger Games. Katniss lives in the nation of Panem in the ruins of North America, and the Capitol, the city in control, holds the annual Hunger Games, a reality show where the participants fight to the death on national television, to remind the rest of the nation what happens when the disobey. When Katniss’ younger sister is chosen as a participant, she steps in for her and unconsciously is thrown into the Games. I think this book is absolutely addicting! You have to know what will Katniss do? Will she survive? Are her second-nature survival skills going to stand a chance against the district 1 trained kids? But, not only is there the classic idea of survival of the fittest, but there is still the underlying coming of age story. A young girl, trying to figure out who she is and what her feelings are, all of this is intricately weaved together to create an enthralling story that will keep you up late reading. I would compare this The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, young kids trapped in the wilderness, trying to survive on their own and not go completely crazy and savage. It forces the characters to make hard choices, choices that way survival against humanity, and life against love. My favorite part of this book is when Katniss is being judged and ranked at the contender training arena and the judges are paying attention to her, so she shoots an arrow at the pig on their table and hits it right in the eye, scares them half to death, bows and leaves! I think it shows not only her skills, but her spunk and fiery spirit! This book is not or everyone though, if you are not a big sci-fi fan, or you aren’t comfortable with all of the savage, gory, fight to the death sort of thing, it’s not for you. But if a story about love, finding yourself, and waking up to imminent death every morning sounds good to you, I say definitely add this to your reading list!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookmarks!

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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I personally thought that this book is a great read for any young girl (or boy) who likes to read about troubles and annoyances at home, embarrassing families, and tricky romances. When I first started, it nearly put me to sleep with extremely long and overly complicated descriptions, but if you find a way to read past that, things quickly pick up. Though many may think of Jane Austen and think it rather boring with out even seeing the book, or even attempt to read it, you may be surprised by how attached you become to the characters and how the author instantly appeals to all of readers no matter who they are. The language, may be hard to understand at first, but if you just keep moving forward, you will begin to understand it a little better. Every teenage girl can relate with Elizabeth and Jane Bennet, because they deal with many of the problems that girls today deal with. They have parents that can be totally embarrassing at times, they have competition with siblings for attention, they deal with extraordinary feelings of love and hate and things that they cannot even begin to comprehend. Their parents do not always approve of who they like and they don’t always approve of who their parents have picked out for them. I think that this book was a definite page turner! Even if you don’t like this book the first time round, you should definitely give it a second go, because, in my opinion, this is a book that all women should read at least once in their lifetime! My favorite part of the whole story would have to be when Elizabeth stays with her friend, Charlotte Collins, and she visits Lady Catherine de Bourgh. I really think that it shows just how witty and real and courageous Elizabeth is by calling Lady Catherine on her outrageously rude behavior! Kudos to her! So, if you have nothing else in mind for your summer reading, try picking up Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I guarantee you will be absolutely captivated!

I give this book  5 out of 5 bookmarks!

Reviewed by: Austen A.

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