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Alanna B.


Alanna B.

Teen Board Member

Forestville, California

Hello! My name is Alanna. I'll be 14 in two weeks, I'm going into the eighth grade and I live in Northern California. I spend way too much time reading but when I'm not I enjoy playing basket ball and eating frozen peas. I love all reptiles, especially snakes. I have one and am planning on getting more. I also like horseback riding (even though I'm painfully mediocre at it) and kayaking, which is awesome because I live across the road from the Russian River. 

I inherited my love of reading (and a plethora of books) from my mother and two older sisters. I am thrilled to have been accepted to the Teen Board and can't wait to start writing reviews.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
2. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
3. THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
4. UPROOTED by Naomi Novik
5. THE GIVER by Lois Lowry

Alanna B.

Reviews by Alanna B.

by Ananda Braxton-Smith - Fiction, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

The people of Carrick Island have been whispering behind Neen’s back ever since her father drowned and her mother disappeared. The townspeople say her mother was a merrow and has returned to the ocean. Neen, caught in her hazy new in-between self --- not a child, but not quite grown up --- can’t help but wonder if the villagers are right. But if her mother was a merrow, then what does that make Neen?

by Dawn Kurtagich - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too --- the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?