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Ilona K.


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.

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. 

by M. T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, and Deborah Hopkinson - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 14+

He was King Henry VIII, a charismatic and extravagant ruler obsessed with both his power as king and with siring a male heir. They were his queens --- six ill-fated women, each bound for divorce, or beheading, or death. Watch spellbound as each of Henry's wives attempts to survive her unpredictable king and his power-hungry court. See the sword flash as fiery Anne Boleyn is beheaded for adultery. Follow Jane Seymour as she rises from bullied court maiden to beloved queen, only to die after giving birth. Feel Catherine Howard's terror as old lovers resurface and whisper vicious rumors to Henry's influential advisors. Experience the heartache of mothers as they lose son after son, heir after heir.

by Amanda Foody - Fantasy, Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city. Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is a street lord and con man. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a Mafia donna. As Enne unearths a secret about her past, Levi’s enemies ensnare him in an execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…And she’ll need to play.

by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson - Memoir, Nonfiction, Young Adult 14+

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul’s School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of unexpected backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice. This memoir is more than an account of a horrific event. It takes a magnifying glass to the institutions that turn a blind eye to such behavior and a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators.

Edited by Jessica Spotswood - Anthology, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's History, Women’s Issues, Young Adult 13+

To respect yourself, to love yourself, should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It’s a decision that must be faced when you’re balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism. In THE RADICAL ELEMENT, 12 of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs — and they’re asking you to join them.

Edited by Jessica Spotswood - Anthology, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Women's History, Young Adult 13+

Join 15 of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

by Lindsey Smith - Cookbooks, Cooking, Diet, Health, Health/Fitness, Mind & Body, Nonfiction, Recipes, Self-Help

Busy young professionals wrestle with long hours and the stress of the modern world. As days whiz by, it’s normal to gravitate toward food --- a slice of pizza, a chocolate bar, or chips --- that fulfills a craving of the moment or gives a quick energy boost. But Lindsey Smith shows how simple it is to make those same meals and snacks with mood-boosting ingredients that will nourish. In EAT YOUR FEELINGS, Smith, the Food Mood Girl, will look at ways to eat healthy food based on what people tend to crave the most during heightened emotional states, introducing recipes with crunchy, cheesy, creamy, sweet and salty themes and drink alternatives for those who tend to chug soda or coffee when all worked up.

by Gina Ciocca - Contemporary Fiction, Dating, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the queen of busting two-timing boys. And her next case? It's for ex-frenemy Kendall. She's convinced her boyfriend, TJ, is cheating and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation --- then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take "cheater" to a whole new level....

by Winifred Conkling - Biography, History, Nonfiction, Women's History, Women's Studies, Women’s Issues, Young Adult 12+

On August 18, 1920, American women finally won the right to vote. Ratification of the 19th Amendment was the culmination of an almost 80-year fight in which some of the fiercest, most passionate women in history marched, protested and sometimes broke the law to achieve this huge leap toward equal rights. In this expansive yet personal volume, author Winifred Conkling covers not only the suffragists’ achievements and politics but also the private journeys that fueled their passion and led them to become women’s champions.

by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Known across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what mercenary work they can find to stay alive. When a routine job goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew find themselves placed at the mercy of a dangerous bounty hunter from Andi’s past. Coerced into a life-threatening mission, and straight into the path of a shadowy ruler bent on revenge, Andi and her crew will either restore order to the ship --- or start a war that will devour worlds.