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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 creative writing and social media management 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,” “Teen Titans.” “Avatar: The Last Airbender" 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. Currently in desperate need of many new bookshelves.

Top Five Favorite 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

Daniella R.

Reviews by Daniella R.

by Natalie C. Parker - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his army of Bullets, Caledonia is left to chart her own course on the deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet. But when Caledonia's second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

by Erin Bowman - Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project --- including its members’ dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried --- and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

by Claire Legrand - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first. One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter, Eliana believes herself untouchable --- until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

by Emily X.R. Pan - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Magical Realism, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Leigh is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

by Rebecca Ross - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions --- art, music, dramatics, wit and knowledge --- Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true --- she is left without a patron. Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. But there is much more to his story. And now, with war brewing, Brienna must choose which side she will remain loyal to: passion or blood.

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 Anna-Marie McLemore - Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a secret: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. After generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss and family.

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.