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Flor H.

Biography

Flor H.

Teen Board Member

Los Angeles, California

Like most teenagers, my favorite things to do are sleep and eat. I love to write up whatever comes to mind. I think most of my time is spent brainstorming, actually. Brainstorming for what, you may ask? Well, nothing in particular. I LOVE to read. Throw a book at me and I'll throw it back --- just as soon as I read it. Unlike most teens (but probably like other bookworms) I'd rather curl up with a book than anything else. That's it.

P.S. My hair isn't as awesome as my Avatar's.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
2. LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
3. HOUSE OF HADES by Rick Riordan
4. LEGEND by Marie Lu
5. THE ONE by Kiera Cass

Flor H.

Reviews by Flor H.

by Alanna Okun - Art, Nonfiction, Young Adult 13+

Alanna Okun knows that crafting keeps her anxiety at bay. She knows that no one will ever be as good a knitting teacher as her beloved grandmother. And she knows that even when we can’t control anything else, we can at least control the sticks, string and fabric right in front of us. In this memoir, Okun lays herself bare and takes readers into the parts of themselves they often keep hidden. Yet at the same time she finds humor in the daily indignities all crafters must face. Okun has written a book that will speak to anyone who has said to themselves, or to everyone within earshot, “I made that.”

by Crystal Cestari - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Amber Sand, legendary matchmaker, couldn't be more surprised when her nemesis, Ivy, comes asking for her help. Ivy's sister, Iris, is getting married, and Ivy wants to prove she is making a huge mistake. As Amber looks into Iris's eyes, there doesn't seem to be a problem, but when Iris seeks out a dangerous spell, it's up to Amber and Ivy to set aside their rivalry and save the day. Meanwhile, Amber continues to wrestle with her own romantic future. Because the Fates are never wrong --- right?

by Crystal Cestari - Contemporary Fiction, Dating, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Amber Sand is not a witch. But she did get one highly specific magical talent. She can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber's pretty far down the sorcery food chain, but after five seconds of eye contact she can envision anyone's soul mate. Amber works at her mother's magic shop --- Windy City Magic --- in downtown Chicago, and she's confident she's seen every kind of happy ending there is, except for one--her own. So when Charlie Blitzman, comes to her for help finding his father's missing girlfriend, she's distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can't see her own match, she can see his --- and it's not Amber.

by Melissa de la Cruz - Fiction, Holiday

The beautiful and successful Darcy Fitzwilliam dates hedge funders and basketball stars. She has never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family. Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one-night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? Can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?

by Kim Zarins - Classics, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Retelling, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Jeff boards the bus for the Civics class trip to Washington, DC, dreading the trip entirely. But Mr. Bailey has an idea to keep everyone in line: each person on the bus is going to have the chance to tell a story. Each person gets a story, and whoever tells the best one will get an automatic A in the class. But in the middle of all the storytelling, with secrets and confessions coming out, Jeff only has one thing on his mind: can he live up to the super successful story published in the school newspaper that convinced everyone that he was someone smart, someone special and someone with something to say?

by Serena Valentino - Children's 10+, Fairy Tale, Fiction, Retelling, Young Adult 10+, Youth Fiction

For anyone who’s seen Walt Disney’s Snow White, you’ll know that the Wicked Queen is one evil woman! After all, it’s not everyone who wants to cut out their teenage step-daughter’s heart and have it delivered back in a locked keepsake box. Now, for the first time, we’ll examine the life of the Wicked Queen and find out just what it is that makes her so nasty. Here’s a hint: the creepy-looking man in the magic mirror is not just some random spooky visage --- and he just might have something to do with the Queen’s wicked ways!

by Alexandra Sirowy - Fiction, Friendship, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Izzie loves nothing more than her three best friends and the bond the four of them share and she’s terrified of their friendship falling apart when they go off to college. To bind them together, she decides to create something that will belong only to them. And so they dream up the Order of IV, a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts. At first, it works like a charm, but when the Order of IV’s escapades get recognition beyond their wildest expectations, other people start wanting in. And soon, what started as a game of friendship is spiraling into something dangerous and beyond their control.

by Danielle Rollins - Thriller

Charlotte has always been content in the shadow of her two best friends at the prestigious Weston Preparatory Institute. When Ariel and Devon suddenly commit suicide within a month of each other, Charlotte refuses to accept it as a coincidence. But as the clues point to a dangerous secret about Weston Prep, Charlotte is suddenly in over her head. There's a reason the students of Weston are so exceptional, and the people responsible are willing to kill to protect the truth...

by Riley Redgate - Dating, Family Life, Fiction, Music, Performing Arts

It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight. But then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped...revered...all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

by Stacey Lee - Dystopian, Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking --- all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.