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Ilona K.

Biography

Ilona K.

Teen Board Member

Commack, New York

Hi! My name Ilona, and I'm going to be a senior in high school! I'm an avid bookworm who has had a passion for reading since elementary school. I read mostly young adult books with adult and new adult sprinkled in. I'm also a fangirl when it comes to my OTPs (one true pairings) and my ships, which is why I love books with romance. I also love to run; I'm on both the cross country and track teams at my school. I'm also a martial artist, and I do Latin and ballroom dancing. I'm so excited to be on the Teenreads Teen Board and I can't wait to share my thoughts on the books I review!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
2. The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
3. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
4. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
5. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Ilona K.

Reviews by Ilona K.

Written by Natasha Ngan with a Foreword by James Patterson - Fantasy, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 14+

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. Lei is a member of the Paper caste --- and the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, she does the unthinkable --- she falls in love, and her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life.

by Tochi Onyebuchi - Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. With Arzu's help, Taj and Aliya make it to the village of her ancestors, home of the tastahlik, sin-eaters with Taj's same ability to both battle and call forth sins. As Taj comes to terms with his new magic, he realizes there are two very different groups of tastahlik: one using their powers for good, the other for more selfish ends. Meanwhile, Karima is on his heels, sending dark warnings to the little village where he's hiding. Taj will have to go back and face her before she sends her most deadly weapon --- Taj's former best friend, Bo.

by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret: She has an identical twin sister, Mira. For 18 years Ava and Mira have lived as one, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives. Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.

by Hannah West - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Bristal, a 16-year-old kitchen maid, finds herself in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she has elicromancer magic in her blood. Elicromancers are an ancient breed of immortal people, but only two remain in Nissera after a bloody civil war. Bristal joins their ranks without knowing that one of them, Tamarice, is plotting a quest to overthrow the realm's nobility. Together, Bristal and Brack must guard the three kingdoms of Nissera against Tamarice's black elicromancy. There are princesses to protect, royal alliances to forge and fierce monsters to battle --- all with the hope of preserving peace.

by Miranda Asebedo - Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, Magical Realism, Young Adult 13+

For the past century, every girl in Cottonwood Hollow has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound or Find what is missing. To best friends Rome, Lux and Mercy, their abilities often feel more like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent. Lux’s ability to attract any man with a smile has always meant danger. And although Mercy can make Enough of whatever is needed, even that won’t help when her friendship with Rome and Lux is tested.

written by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani with an afterword by Viviana Mazza - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

A new pair of shoes, a university degree, a husband --- these are the things that a girl dreams of in a Nigerian village. And with a government scholarship right around the corner, everyone can see that these dreams aren’t too far out of reach. But the girl’s dreams turn to nightmares when her village is attacked by Boko Haram, a terrorist group, in the middle of the night. Kidnapped, she is taken with other girls and women into the forest where she is forced to follow her captors’ radical beliefs and watch as her best friend slowly accepts everything she’s been told. Still, the girl defends her existence. As impossible as escape may seem, her life --- her future --- is hers to fight for.

by Somaiya Daud - Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, Amani is a dreamer. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped and taken to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty and her time with the princess’ fiancé. But Amani must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.

by Lana Popovic - Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them.

by Autumn Chiklis - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 16+

Eloise “Lou” Hansen is graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, and she's ready to conquer the world. Just a few minor problems: she has no job, no prospects and she’s moving back into her childhood bedroom. Lou is grimly determined to stick to a rigorous schedule to get a job and get out of her parents’ house. Shelly “Mama Shell” Hansen, on the other hand, is ecstatic, and just as determined to keep her at home. SMOTHERED is a hilarious story told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets and pug pictures, chronicling the year that Lou moves back home after college.

by Lisa Jensen - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Magic, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult 16+

They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier's cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie.