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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 Tracy Banghart - Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison. Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace --- someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her sister, Nomi, catches the heir's eye, it's Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding. Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done.

by Amy A. Bartol - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go. Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor. But Roselle finds an ally --- and more --- in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. Can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for --- even love?

Written by Sami Main with illustrations by Marisa de la Pena - Education, Nonfiction, Reference, Young Adult 14+

Sometimes you just need the universe to tell you whether your crush likes you or how to handle that awkward family situation or which life path is the best one for you. Sami Main breaks down how the cards relate to one another, explaining spreads for future readings and questions to ask the cards. And she takes you through all the Major and Minor Arcana, with colorful illustrations of the cards and detailed descriptions of what they mean. As Sami will teach you: The cards are here to guide you through life’s ups and downs --- you just have to understand what they’re trying to say.

by Amy A. Bartol - Adventure, Audiobook, Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Family, Fiction, Love & Romance, Politics, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 16+, Youth Fiction

Secondborn Roselle was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic’s armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother’s command. Meanwhile, a soldier for the rebellion has drawn her into a rogue army’s plot to overthrow the Republic. Roselle will have her loyalty, love and honor tested in the greatest battle of --- and for --- her life.

by Natasha Friend - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Milo has two great moms, but he's never known what it's like to have a dad. When Milo's doctor suggests asking his biological father to undergo genetic testing to shed some light on Milo's extreme allergies, he realizes this is a golden opportunity to find the man he's always wondered about. Hollis's mom Leigh hasn't been the same since her other mom, Pam, passed away seven years ago. But suddenly, Leigh seems happy by the thought of reconnecting with Hollis's half-brother Milo. Hollis and Milo were conceived using the same sperm donor. They met once, years ago, before Pam died.

by Amy A. Bartol - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go. Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor. But Roselle finds an ally --- and more --- in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. Can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for --- even love?

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?