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Grace P.


Grace P.

Teen Board Member

Woodstock, Georgia

My to-be-read list has been growing steadily for as long as I can remember. This is my fourth year on the Teen Board, and I will happily read any genre or book that is recommended to me. I am a senior in high school and most often found reading contemporary and fantasy novels. I am so excited to continue reviewing and helping other readers find their next favorite book. Happy reading!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. A REAPER AT THE GATES by Sabaa Tahir
2, A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
3. CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
4. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
5. REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

Grace P.

Reviews by Grace P.

by Brigid Kemmerer - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Cursed by an enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, Prince Rhen knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast. Meanwhile, with Harper's mother dying and her brother underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. Then Harper is somehow sucked into Rhen's world. As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what's at stake. As Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against them...and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen and his people from utter ruin.

by A. G. Howard - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

After Lyra --- a princess incapable of speech or sound --- is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories and raises her in an enchanted forest...disguised as a boy known as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight. To win back her kingdom, save the prince and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass dangerous tests --- proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

by Lurlene McDaniel - Animals , Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

When Kenzie lands a summer job caring for abused horses, she is over-the-moon happy. One place she does not want to be is at home with her parents. Since the tragic death of Kenzie's younger sister, her mother has unraveled and her father has lost Kenzie's trust. But a serious heart condition limits her ability to complete the more physical aspects of the job, so her employers have tasked the charming Austin Boyd with helping her. But Austin has secrets. And as Kenzie and Austin become closer, those secrets threaten to harm their relationship, as well as reveal other startling truths.

by Wendy Higgins - Contemporary Fiction, Dating, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+

Zae is over relationships. Between getting cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved and watching her parents' marriage crumble, she decides to turn the tables and go after what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral of drama. Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race...or at least some of them.

by Ashley Elston - Fiction, Mystery

When Owen Foster's mother shows up at his elite boarding school, he learns that his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. After using the family business to embezzle millions and drain his employees' retirement accounts, Owen's father vanished without a trace. Owen returns to his small hometown to finish his senior year, where people he hardly remembers despise him for his father's crimes. His only refuge is the sprawling orchard he works at after school, owned by a man named Gus, who seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. As Owen uncovers a terrible injustice, he must face a shocking truth about his past --- and write a better future.

by Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, Nic Stone, and Kasie West - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Short Stories, Young Adult 13+

What's better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story? Four of them, from some of today's bestselling authors. From KASIE WEST, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed. From AIMEE FRIEDMAN, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love. From MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents. From NIC STONE, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic.

by Emily Suvada - Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. The group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.

by Susan Orlean - History, Literature, Nonfiction, Young Adult 14+

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. By the time the fire was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. More than 30 years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library? In THE LIBRARY BOOK, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger role that libraries play in our lives and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than 30 years ago.

by Emily Suvada - Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Catarina can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius. That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is a legendary geneticist. Two years ago, he was kidnapped during a plague outbreak by an organization called Cartaxus. When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, he also brings a message: before her father died, he managed to create a vaccine. Now Cat must decide who she can trust.

by Kristen Ciccarelli - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Sisters Roa and Essie were born with a magic they cherished --- until the day a terrible accident took Essie’s life. Dax, the heir to Firgaard’s throne, was responsible, and Roa swore to hate him forever, but eight years later he returned, begging for help. He was determined to dethrone his cruel father, and Roa made him a deal: she’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Then a chance arises for Roa to right every wrong. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa discovers she can reclaim her sister for good. All she has to do is kill the king.