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Rachel R.

Biography

Rachel R.

Teen Board Member

Basking Ridge, NJ

Hi! My name is Rachel, and I'm a 16-year-old from New Jersey. I've enjoyed reading ever since I was young, and that passion led me to Teenreads. I love books (of course), pizza, the beach, Star Wars (yes, I've always wanted a lightsaber) and Star Trek. If I'm not reading, I'm usually playing the violin, spending time outside or trying to figure out how many books I can carry home from my local library at once.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
2. PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG by Anne Blankman
3. CRESS (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
4. A DEATH STRUCK YEAR by Makiia Lucier
5. SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch

Rachel R.

Reviews by Rachel R.

by Emily Bain Murphy - Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together vanish every seven years. No one knows what caused these “Disappearances” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible --- and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she tries to solve the mysteries around her.

by Sandhya Menon - Culture, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

by Carrie Firestone - Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie's summer changes for the better when she's introduced to other "hometown heroes." These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying "no good deed goes unpunished." Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships --- and anonymity --- intact?

by Sarah Tolcser - Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction
Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at 17, Caro may be too late. So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport mysterious cargo in exchange for his release. With much more than her father's life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she could have never imagined.
by Evelyn Skye - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult than she ever expected. Pasha is grappling with his own problems --- his legitimacy is in doubt and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom. For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. But when he’s given a second chance at life Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world. With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai and Pasha must fight --- or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

by Bethany Wiggins - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+
When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon. Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast --- everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying. As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. 
by Michael Grant - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 14+

The summer of 1943, World War II. With heavy memories of combat, Frangie, Rainy, Rio and the rest of the American army are moving on to their next target: the Italian island of Sicily. The women won’t conquer Italy alone. They are not heroes for fighting alongside their brothers --- they are soldiers. But Frangie, Rainy, Rio and the millions of brave females fighting for their country have become a symbol in the fight for equality. They will brave terrible conditions in an endless siege; they will fight to find themselves on the front lines of WWII; and they will come face-to-face with the brutality of war until they win or die.

by Liza Ketchum - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

In Brattleboro, Vermont, 15-year-old Teresa LeClair --- who has a "voice like a nightingale" --- remembers the thrill of singing onstage as a child. Determined to escape the life her father wants for her, Teresa wins an amateur singing contest in Brattleboro's opera house and steals away on the night train to New York. There she runs into Pietro Jones and his father, talented African American dancers. At a time when young black men could be lynched for simply looking at a white girl, Pietro understands, better than Teresa, the danger of their relationship.

by Kenneth Oppel - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Western, Young Adult 12+

Somewhere in the Badlands lies the skeleton of a dinosaur larger than anything the late nineteenth century world has ever seen. To 17-year-old Samuel it’s the “rex," the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling archaeologist father in the history books (and make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out. For Rachel this find could be her ticket to a life where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books. As their paths cross, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. But as danger looms on the other side of the hills, they are forced to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?

by Brendan Kiely - Family, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Corrina's a musician, itching for any chance to escape, become the person she really wants to be. And Hendrix, he’s cool. Kind of a poet. Gpa is his only real family, but he’s fading fast from Alzheimer’s. Hendrix has made Gpa an impossible promise --- that he’ll get him back east to the hill where he first kissed his wife, before he forgets all about her. One hot July night, Hendrix and Corrina decide to risk everything. They steal a car, spring Gpa from his assisted living facility, stuff Old Humper the dog into the back seat and take off on a cross-country odyssey from LA to NY.