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Ansley K.

Biography

Ansley K.

Teen Board Member

Hartford, Connecticut

Hello! My name is Ansley, I am 16-years-old and I live in Connecticut. Books are definitely my life! I love reading and talking about the books I've read on my BookTube channel and on my Bookstagram. My all-time favorite series would probably be a tie between Harry Potter and the Legend trilogy. In addition to reading, I love writing and hope to become a published author someday. I also play the flute and piccolo and am on my high school's girls' golf team. I am so excited to be a member of the Teen Board this year! (However, I'm not so excited for my junior year of high school.)

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu
2. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
3. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
4. SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
5. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Ansley K.

Reviews by Ansley K.

by CJ Lyons - Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses --- her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read. Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out --- he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths.

by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Simon would have done anything to save his best friend after a mysterious accident almost killed her --- including follow her into a virtual world. Unwitting hospital patients are being forced to test a device that lets VR be experienced with all five senses. The technology is so advanced that it's deadly. Now the world's biggest tech corporation is hunting Simon and Kat while war rages in OTHERWORLD the virtual world it created. Determined to destroy the Company Simon and Kat must join forces with a hacker a gangster and a digital entity. But as they battle to save two worlds they uncover an all new threat to our world: the Company's latest creation an augmented-reality game called OtherEarth. 

by Jennifer Mathieu - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Social Issues, Women’s Issues, Young Adult 14+

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv's mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond.

by Jessica Blank - Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Ever since her older brother died, Alison's mom is in perpetual mourning, her father ran out on them and after hanging out with her brother's hard-partying friends for a year, Alison's reputation is trashed. Then, a fight with her mother pushes her over the edge, and she runs away. At first, joining a group of radical environmentalists who are occupying a Washington State forest is just about having a place to crash. But the ancient woods prove to be vibrant and welcoming, and for the first time, Alison realizes that she might be more powerful than she thought. As tensions in the forest mount and confrontations with authorities get physical, Alison has to decide whether she's willing to put her own life on the line to fight for what she believes in.

by Cindy Anstey - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Shy artist Imogene has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the young gentleman's brother. Charming Ben has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is smitten by the young lady who is his brother's intended. But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows --- despite their efforts to remain just friends --- so does the danger...

by Catherine Barter - Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

When she was three, Alena's activist mother died. She's been raised by her half-brother and his boyfriend in East London, which is being targeted by a lone bomber. Alena desperately wants to know about her mother, but her brother won't tell her anything. When she starts digging up information herself and does something that costs her brother his job and puts the family in jeopardy, Alena discovers she can be a troublemaker --- just like her mother. Now she must figure out what sort of trouble she's willing to get into to find out the truth.

by An Na - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Sixteen-year-old Grace's mother struggled with schizophrenia for years until, one day, she simply disappeared. Ever since, Grace’s father has worked as a recruiter at one of the leading labs dedicated to the disease, trying to find a cure in time to help his wife if she is ever found. Grace does her part, interning at the lab in the gene sequencing department…and one day they make a breakthrough. Grace stumbles upon a string of code that could be the key. But something inside of Grace has started to unravel. Could her discovery just be a cruel side effect of the disease that might be taking hold of her? And can she even tell the difference?

by Brigid Kemmerer - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

With loving adoptive parents by his side, Rev has managed to keep the demons of his past at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father. Emma's parents are constantly fighting, and her only escape is the computer game she built. But when an online troll's harassment escalates, she starts to fear for her safety. When Rev and Emma meet, they're both longing to lift the burden of their secrets. They connect instantly, promising to help each other no matter what. But soon Rev and Emma's secrets threaten to crush them, and they'll need more than a promise to find their way out.

by TE Carter - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper. But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her. The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

by Jasmine Warga - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Taliah Sahar Abdallat's mother, born in Jordan and very secretive about her past, won’t say a word about who her dad really was. But when Tal finds a box full of old letters from Julian Oliver --- yes, the indie rock star --- she begins to piece the story together. She writes to Julian, but after years of radio silence, she’s given up hope. Then one day, Julian shows up at her doorstep and asks her to go on a trip with him to meet her long-estranged family and to say good-bye to her grandfather, who is dying. But as Tal spends more time with Julian and his family, she begins to untangle her parents’ secret past, and discovers a part of herself she never recognized before.