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Alyssa L.

Biography

Alyssa L.

Teen Board Member

I'm a 16-year-old girl born and raised in Southern California. I am also a wanderer. I enjoy getting lost in things and dreaming about the future. I guess that's why I love reading so much. Reading has always managed to help my mind wander elsewhere and allows me to temporarily forget about my current issues. For as long as I can remember, I've always been the type of student to read during any spare time I had. Although I no longer do the same, I still read a hefty amount of books during the year. When I'm not studying for school or reading, you'll find me volunteering my time at the local animal shelter, hospital and library. Children and animals are absolutely adorable and I love spending time with them and learning every individual's story. I'm also a huge fan of traveling during the summer with my family and am very interested in other cultures and languages. I have a very open mind, especially when it comes to food, but can be stubborn at moments. Other little facts about me are that I'm a big K-pop fan --- I'm currently obsessed with watching Korean dramas and I tend to write/talk a lot about my passions!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
2. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
3. The Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini
4. The Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill
5. The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Alyssa L.

Reviews by Alyssa L.

by Peternelle van Arsdale - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village. These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared --- and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters --- and of the Beast they believe guides them --- rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys.

by Ryan Gattis - Prejudice , Racism, Sports, Young Adult 11+

After 17-year-old Grey witnesses the tragic death of his mother in Colorado, he is shipped off to live with his aunt in inner-city Baltimore, where he struggles to fit in to a new school and community. His new friend Akil introduces him to the enigmatic Kurtis, the leader of a group that uses high-octane sports as a form of social activism. By challenging the police with death-defying stunts and posting videos of them online, Kurtis, Grey and their group become unlikely heroes in the fight against the prejudice that surrounds them.

by Alex Flinn - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Young Adult 14+

Being a powerful witch, Kendra has survived it all. Since she first beheld James over three hundred years ago, Kendra has tangled with witch hunters and wolves, helped a miller’s daughter spin straw into gold, cowered in London as German bombs fell, and lived through who knows how many shipwrecks. But her powers have limits, and immortality can be lonely. Kendra isn’t ready to stop searching for the warlock she had met centuries ago.

by E. K. Johnston - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron. But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life. But the web of power is dangerously tangled --- and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.

by Aurelia Wills - Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 12+

Leah Lobermier dreams of becoming a doctor, but it’s hard to stay focused on getting good grades when boys make oinking sounds at her in school. Leah’s skinny and popular "friends," Kristy and Corinne, aren’t much better. When the girls convince a handsome older man to buy them beer, Leah takes his phone number and calls him, pretending to be Kristy --- coy and confident --- and they develop a relationship, talking and texting day after day. But as the lie she created grows beyond her control, can Leah put a stop to things before she --- or Kristy --- is seriously hurt?

by Alice Pung - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she’s ambitious and smart and she has just received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to a prestigious school. Though she’s worried she will stick out like badly cut bangs among the razor-straight students --- she is soon welcomed into the Cabinet --- the supremely popular trio who wield influence over classmates and teachers alike. Linh is blunt, strong-willed and fearless. She is also Lucy’s last solid link to her life before private school, but she is growing tired of being eclipsed by the glamour of the Cabinet.
 

by Paula Stokes - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+
Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be. Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose's ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences. Whether it's bungee jumping or grinding up against celebrities at the hottest clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price. When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. When the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn't sure what to believe.
by Lara Avery - Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+
Sammie McCoy is a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as possible. Nothing will stand in her way --- not even the rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly steal her memories and then her health. So the memory book is born: a journal written to Sammie’s future self, so she can remember everything from where she stashed her study guides to just how great it feels to have a best friend again. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime-crush Stuart, and where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood friend Cooper and the ridiculous lengths he will go to make her laugh.
by Jenn P. Nguyen - Dating, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Taylor Simmons is screwed. Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip. Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they're in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it's better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

by Louise Hawes - Family, Fiction, Young Adult 12+
Sarah’s had her happy ending: she’s at the party of the year with the most popular boy in school. But when that boy turns out to be a troublemaker who decided to throw a party at a cottage museum dedicated to renowned poet Rufus Baylor, everything changes. By the end of the party, the whole cottage is trashed --- and when the partygoers are caught, they’re all sentenced to take a summer class studying Rufus Baylor’s poetry...with Baylor as their teacher. Through his classes, Sarah starts to see her relationships and the world in a new light --- and finds that maybe her happy ending is really only part of a much more interesting beginning.