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Harleen K.

Biography

Harleen K.

Teen Board Member

East Amherst, New York

Hi! My name is Harleen K. and I am so happy to once again be a part of the Teen Board! I have loved reading ever since the second grade, when I read the Harry Potter series, and I now love a good YA contemporary or historical fiction book. I am a co-blogger on Little Bookworm Reviews opposite my sister Harman. I am a senior in high school and involved in many clubs, including Book Club and Newspaper Club, and I play the clarinet in my school's wind ensemble.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
2. Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry
3. READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
4. THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab
5. I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

Harleen K.

Reviews by Harleen K.

by Abbi Glines - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa --- she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now. Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star who loves his life and doesn’t care about anyone except himself...and Willa. As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

by Kiersten White - Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. She storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself --- but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

by Stephanie Morrill - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery, Young Adult 14+

When her best friend vanishes without so much as a good-bye, 18-year-old Piper Sail takes on the role of amateur sleuth in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. Given that Piper’s tendency has always been to butt heads with high-society’s expectations of her, it’s no surprise that she doesn’t give a second thought to searching for answers to Lydia’s abduction from their privileged neighborhood. As Piper discovers that those answers might stem from the corruption strangling 1924 Chicago --- and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood --- she must decide if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

by Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland - Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 14+

In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.

by Jessica Cluess - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers. Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients. But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city --- and the one she loves?

by Kerri Maniscalco - Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter with a life of wealth and privileges. But between the social teas and dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

by Lygia Day Peñaflor - Fiction, Young Adult 13+
Joss Byrd is America's most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss's life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother's expectations, a crush on her movie brother and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.
by Albert Marrin - Biography, Education, History, Young Adult 13+

Albert Marrin explores the life of a fascinating, complex man, who is lionized by some and villainized by others. FDR guided his country through a crippling depression and a horrendous world war. He understood Adolf Hitler, and what it would take to stop him, before almost any other world leader did. But to accomplish his greater goals, he made difficult choices that sometimes compromised the ideals of fairness and justice.

by Kasie West - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue! Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters --- sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she's kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can't always be spelled out...

by Kiersten White - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Ever since she and her younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and taken to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada Dragwlya has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend --- and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.