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Aspen R.


Aspen R.

Aspen R.

Sebastian, FL


Five favorite books:



3. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

4. The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

5. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck


My name is Aspen, and I read books morning, noon and night. I am going to be a senior in high school this coming year, and although I am currently 16, I will be 17 this September.  Reading is my top hobby. I am passionate about reading, and sharing my love of literacy with others.  Talking about books is one of my favorite pastimes, and discussing how movies are alike and different from the books is another one of my favorite things to do. When I graduate high school, I plan on attending college and then pursuing a career in the book industry, in either publishing or editing. In my free time, I scout for the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and volunteer with other environmental organizations, as well as contribute to a few book clubs.  It is such an honor to be a part of the Teen Board, and I can’t wait to share my literary thoughts with you!

Aspen R.

Reviews by Aspen R.

by Anne Heltzel - Fiction, Mystery

In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price --- young, handsome, charming a world-traveler --- who is presumed dead after an explosion. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: They have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds as the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own.  

by Tina Connolly - Supernatural, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction
Camellia's adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom's a seriously wicked witch. Cam's used to stopping the witch's crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose --- and into Devon, the cute new boy at school. To stop the demon before he destroys Devon's soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she's willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she's wicked too?
by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski - Fiction

For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn't just the perfect summer escape, it is home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists, because they leave Labor Day with their empty promises. Still, she can't help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper. So when Superstorm Sandy happens, it brings Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy's summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

by Katie Cotugno - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Molly Barlow is facing one long, hot summer --- 99 days --- with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for...his brother.

by Sarah Darer Littman - Young Adult 12+

Lara just got told off on Facebook. She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. It's been a long time since Lara's felt this bad, this depressed. She's worked really hard since starting high school to be happy and make new friends. But no one realized just how far Christian's harsh comments would push Lara. As online life collides with real life, the truth starts to come together and the backlash is even more devastating than than anyone could have imagined.

by Mary McCoy - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

"Don't believe anything they say." Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her --- and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.  When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly.

by Melissa Kantor - Family, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Juliet Newman has it all. A perfect family; a loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard, and live happily ever after. But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning everything. And to make matters even more complicated there's Declan, the boy who makes her feel alive --- and who's totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn't all it's cracked up to be?

by Zoë Marriott - Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult 12+

When Mio sneaks the family’s katana — a priceless ancestral sword —from her parents’ attic, she just wants to spice up a costume. But the katana is much more than a dusty antique. Awakening the power within the sword unleashes a terrible, ancient evil onto the streets of unsuspecting London. But it also releases Shinobu, a fearless warrior boy, from the depths of time. He helps to protect Mio — and steals her heart. With creatures straight out of Japanese myths stalking her and her friends, Mio realizes that if she cannot keep the sword safe and learn to control its legendary powers, she will lose not only her own life . . . but the love of a lifetime.

by Neal Shusterman - Dystopian, Young Adult 12+

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

by Elissa Sussman - Fantasy, Young Adult 12+

Stray tells the story of Aislynn, a princess who misbehaves and must give up her royal trappings and enter a life of service as a fairy godmother. Will Aislynn remain true to her vows and her royal family, and turn away from everything she longs for? Or will she stray from The Path and discover her own way? Epic, rewarding, and provocative, Stray will appeal to readers of Entwined, by Heather Dixon; to those who grew up watching the Disney princess movies; and to fans of the acclaimed musicals Into the Woods and Wicked.