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Teen SRC 2021 – Legendary by Stephanie Garber

“Every story has four parts – the beginning, the middle, the almost ending, and the true ending.” 

After reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber, it took me all of two seconds to place an order on the second book in the series, Legendary. Without a doubt, it was magical and breathtaking all the same…but there were a few things I disliked, which I’ll talk about later.

To begin, I just want to say that my expectations for this book were ridiculously high, so any criticism is really more of a comparison to the first book inn the series. Then again, there isn’t much to criticize, not when I was so wrapped up in the story that time flew by without me ever noticing. As usual, Garber includes phenomenal foreshadowing, along with the most mysterious plot line you could ever ask for.

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Teen SRC 2021 – Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men (with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book Three : Ness,  Patrick: Books

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness is the third and final installment to the series, Chaos Walking. This book follows both Todd Hewitt our protagonist, and Viola, a girl he met along the way. In there, it wrapped up the questions of the Ask and the Answer and from The Knife of Never Letting Go. It also showed why Mayor Prentiss acted so insane for some reason and why he kept training his men to say, “I am the circle and the circle is me” as an exercise.

I really liked this book, but the cliffhanger at the end kind of threw me off since I thought that everything would be wrapped up. I would recommend this book to anyone who had read both the Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer because it would be confusing without the previous information.

Teen SRC 2021 – Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

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Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card isn’t exactly a sequel to Ender’s Game. It’s more of a parallel to the book, filling in its gaps from Ender’s friend, Bean’s, point of view. It covers Bean’s backstory and how he got into the space program along with how he eventually got put into Ender’s team. It even covers a lot of coincidences that Ender had been to naïve to realize until too late.

I really enjoyed the book because it had a lot of interesting information that paired well with Ender’s game. I’d recommend this book to whoever who likes Sci-fi with a lot of adventure. Reading Ender’s Game beforehand is optional, since most of the necessary information from Ender’s Game is covered in Ender’s Shadow too.

Teen SRC 2021 – Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Supernova by Marissa Meyer is the very epic conclusion to the Renegades. Although the first two books of Renegades were pretty nicely paced, this one was one action-packed book. Each event happens quickly yet is explained quite thoroughly. I think the most thrilling part was when Adrian uses the branding iron on himself in order to remove his abilities of drawing to get rid of Phobia once and for all. In the book, a lot was covered and it filled up a lot of loose ends such as how Max’s power was removed and also who Phobia actually was.

I would recommend this book to the people who have enjoyed Renegades and Archenemies. The conclusion was truly fascinating since it wasn’t like the other generic hero books where one side just wins and the other side is declared as “right.” Once you pick up this book, I can tell you that you are not putting it down until you finish it.

Teen SRC 2021 – Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

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Archenemies by Marissa Meyer is the second book of the Renegades Trilogy. In here, we meet the Sentinel again and find his real identity as nobody other than Adrian. In here, we still follow Adrian and Nova’s story, with Nova trying to keep her hero identity while helping the Anarchists and Adrian trying to do his work as Sentinel while not being found out.

I enjoyed this book a lot and read it roughly three times. It tackled many of the questions about each of the hero’s powers such as if Donna didn’t get all her butterflies, could she still turn human or can Adrian bring a tattoo to life and still have the tattoo. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Renegades and liked it. It still has the great fight scenes.

Teen SRC 2021 – Renegades by Marissa Meyer


Renegades by Marissa Meyer is a series about a world with powers and heroes that call themselves Renegades. There are also villains called Anarchists and despite their name, their goal isn’t to bring anarchy, it is just to get rid of the Renegade council because they found it corrupt. This story follows a girl called Nova Artino, also known as Nightmare as part of the Anarchists. She is used to infiltrate the Renegades by posing as Nova McLean in order to become a Renegade herself to spy on them and cause havoc. She falls in love with a boy called Adrian, who is known as Sketch as part of the Renegades. The story follows their love and how Nova will manage her split identity.

I enjoyed this story despite the many loop holes such as Adrian never creating a gun to fight with and instead using small gadgets. I would recommend this book to people who like love stories intersecting with cool battle scenes. As I read this, I could feel the excitement of the battles flowing through the pages.

Teen SRC 2021 – Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card

Ender in Exile (2008 edition) | Open Library

In Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card, we follow Ender and his sister, Valentine. Although it says that it’s a direct sequel to Ender’s Game, I would recommend against treating it as so because there are multiple books explaining the events between these two books. It also spoils that will happen in Bean’s story arc, so it’s best read after you read this after Ender’s story arc, Bean’s story arc, and Speaker for the Dead. It is about when news of Ender being known as a ruthless assassin spreads because he had accidentally killed two children. He wasn’t allowed to return to Earth, so he spends his time in space and colonizing other planets.

I really enjoyed reading this book despite not finishing Speaker of the Dead because most of the information was lightly covered in the book. It was nice to have closure to Bean’s story as well as knowing what has happened to Ender. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Ender’s game series so they can have knowledge as to what happens to the characters.

Teen SRC 2021 – The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2) by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness is the second installment of the series Chaos Walking. In the first book, Todd and Viola went to their supposed safe place, but it had already been conquered by their enemy, Mayor Prentiss. In there, they were imprisoned and Todd was forced to learn about the Mayor’s new orders. Bombs also started exploding from another group called the Answer which was made to overthrow the Mayor.

This books showed how easily people are brainwashed by others for a “loyal” cause and also how people can exploit it. The book’s pacing is relatively slow, so I wouldn’t recommend it to people who enjoy fast paced and action filled books. I myself enjoyed it a lot.

Teen SRC 2021 – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars – a psychological thriller by E. Lockhart – is about seventeen-year old Candence and how she is struggling to recover from her injury. Something happened two years ago, during her fifteenth summer, that left her with constant migraines and memory loss. Candence doesn’t remember what happened during her injury, and no one seems to want to talk about it, so it’s up to her to figure it out herself.

Personally, I rather enjoyed Lockhart’s writing style. I know there’s a lot of readers out there who find it a little boring, but I think if you stop to think about some of the quotes, there’s more to it than just the story. That’s why I think this novel is like the classic example of “showing, not telling” the reader, because the author put so many layers to the story and in-depth descriptions.

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