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Daniella R.


Daniella R.

Teen Board Member

Miami, Florida

Hey everyone! My name is Daniella and I am a 16-year-old student attending both high school and college courses at the same time in Miami, Florida. Probably not the most relaxing choice of passage, but it will have to do. Upon higher learning, I would like to study forensic science and criminal investigation in any university that will be best for me (I don’t know which one that is yet). When I’m not stressing over schoolwork (or reading, obviously), you can find me playing the violin, petting cats and dogs, eating way to much pasta, drinking Starbucks, scarfing down even more cookies and cheesecakes, obsessing over Lindsey Stirling, sobbing over Titanic (WHY JACK, WHY), and watching “Voltron,” “MasterChef,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Riverdale” and “Stranger Things” (seriously, watch those shows!). I’ve always wanted to travel the world with my (large) family! I see a lot of pets in my future.

If you thought my side obsessions were bad, wait until you find out about my book obsessions. My favorite books are those written by Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor, Victoria/V.E. Schwab and Marissa Meyer! I am also incredibly obsessed with the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series! On my social media, you will be bombarded with lots of love for all these fandoms. I just love a lot of books, okay! My need for new books never ceases, and my TBR pile is taller than the Eiffel Tower. I have 200+ books in my house, and I’m in desperate need for a new bookshelf. Book-related dreams I have include meeting all my favorite authors, receiving an anticipated ARC and becoming a published author!

Top Five Favoirte Books:
1. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
2. The A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
3. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
4. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

Although I am a science gal in my brain, I’m a writer gal in my heart. I’ve always wanted to be a writer ever since I read my first Dr. Seuss book (childhood favorite, he’s an innovator, really). On the side of my science career, I hope to write about a (bloody) vampire Snow White retelling, a fantasy world of light and shadow and a zombie apocalypse with six teenage meme-lovers. Besides my passion for writing, I wish to create these novels with an entire cast of diverse characters and for good reason. Growing up as a Cuban girl in the United States, I rarely saw people with tan/dark skin represented in movies, cartoons and books; it has gotten to the point where as a child, I would draw myself with blonde hair, blue eyes and pale skin. I don’t want anyone else to feel like they need to fit a certain criteria in order to be a hero or heroine. Everyone deserves the chance to see themselves on the page and screen. I want to show that anyone can be a hero, no matter their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Daniella R.

Reviews by Daniella R.

by Sara Holland - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency. The rich, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ estate, until an accident forced them to flee. When Jules learns that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever. But going back brings more danger than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again.

by Jeff Garvin - Gay & Lesbian, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn't exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure is building up. On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it's really like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley's starting to settle in at school the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley's real identity, threatening exposure.

by Laini Taylor and Jim Di Bartolo - Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her "rabid fairy," her "voodoo eyes" are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or "Violin Boy," her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to make the first move, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It's a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter's night before leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy is not going to know what hit him.