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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 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.

by Alex London - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Nothing in Uztar is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists. Brysen strives to be a great falconer, while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home, and no bird or falconer will be safe. Together the twins must journey into the mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he's long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother's future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power.

by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera - Comedy, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them...?

by Mackenzi Lee - Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Young Adult 13+

Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind: avoid the proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the guardians of science. But then a window of opportunity opens --- a doctor she idolizes is marrying a friend of hers in Germany. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

by McCall Hoyle - Adventure, Coming of Age, Fiction, Love & Romance, Young Adult 13+

It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all. With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control. After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island withthe reckless and wild Finn Sanders. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.