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Alyssa L.


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 Rebecca Phillips - Dating, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 14+

BEFORE: Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable since they became best friends in sixth grade. Dara is the fearless one, Aubrey the prodigy, yet despite their differences, they support each other unconditionally. However, as they begin their sophomore year of high school, cracks in their friendship begin to form, testing the bond they always thought was unbreakable. AFTER: It's been fifteen months since the accident that killed Aubrey, and not a day goes by that Dara isn't racked with guilt over her role in her best friend's death.

by Cecelia Ahern - Family Life, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+
In this thrilling sequel to FLAWED, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or risk her own life to save all Flawed people. Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured --- all her freedoms gone. But Celestine has a secret --- one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. With tensions building, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?
by Chris Wooding - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Sports, Young Adult 14+
Cassica and Shiara are best friends. They couldn't be more different, but their differences work to their advantage --- especially when they're drag racing. Cassica is fearless and determined, making her the perfect driver for daring, photo-finish victories. Shiara is intelligent and creative, able to build cars out of scrap and formulate daring strategies from the passenger's seat. Now they've set their sights on the Widowmaker --- the biggest, most anticipated and most dangerous race of the year. The winners get a pass to a life of luxury and fame. 
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.