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Bryn D.


Bryn D.

Teen Board Member

Coldwater, Ohio

Greetings book folk! My name is Bryn, I am a senior in high school and I recently turned 18, which does not feel different at all. Between school, marching band, my part-time job, drama club and friends, I always make time for reading, writing and eating mac & cheese, which is my one true love. My favorite books tend to be the ones that make me cry uncontrollably or laugh uncontrollably or both at the same time, though I seem like a crazy person when that happens. Since I'm a senior, I am currently thinking and breathing college and scholarship applications, but I cannot wait for this year to be over and for the rest of my life to start. Currently, I want to be a film, journalism, music, English, or fashion merchandising major. Unless I can quintuple major, I have some big decisions ahead of me. One thing about this school year is for certain, though: I'm going to be reading a lot of books, writing a lot of reviews and enjoying my last year on the Teen Board. Happy reading!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
2. FEED by M.T. Anderson
3. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
4. Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

Bryn D.

Reviews by Bryn D.

by M. T. Anderson - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth --- but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents’ jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. 

by Brandy Colbert - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her bipolar stepbrother Lionel before he hurts himself or worse.

by J.C. Geiger - Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 14+
When Lance's '93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he tells himself Don't panic. After all, he's valedictorian of his class. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks. But the locals don't know that. Stuck in a small town, Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.
by Mindy McGinnis - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+
Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine.  Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart. The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march and the rising sea calls for its Given.
by Jennifer Latham - Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past … and the present. Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.

by Corey Ann Haydu - Family, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult 14+

The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told they’re cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessory --- something funky and quaint that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special. They wear their hair long and keys around their necks. People give them a second look and whisper “Devonairre” to their friends. But it’s not real. It won’t affect their futures.

by Natalie C. Anderson - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it. With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang.

by Anna-Marie McLemore - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

by Mindy McGinnis - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best --- the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

by Chris Struyk-Bonn - Coming of Age, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Chelsea Duvay is so many things. Shes an avid musical lover, shes a gifted singer and she has the most perfect, beautiful feet. But no one ever notices that. All they notice is Chelseas weight. Daily, Chelsea endures endless comments about her appearance from well-meaning adults and cruel classmates. So she keeps to herself and just tries to make it through. Dont make waves. Dont draw attention. Thats how life is for Chelsea until a special class project pushes the energetic and incessantly social Melody into Chelseas world. As their unlikely friendship grows, Chelsea emerges from her isolated existence and she begins to find the confidence to enjoy life.