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Jessica K.

Biography

Jessica K.

Teen Board Member

Naperville, Illinois

Hello everyone! I'm a 15-year-old teen, about to start my freshman year at high school. I spend an unhealthy amount of time reading, and I love immersing myself in any imaginary world or story. Besides reading, I binge-watch shows like "The Vampire Diaries," "Arrow," and "Castle," and I play soccer. My bookshelf is more sacred to me than most other things in my life, and I spend an overwhelming amount of my time fangirling. Anything Marvel is an immediate obsession of mine, and I can't wait for the new movies.

Young adult books are my favorite kind, and I love writing anything about books. I hope you enjoy my reviews, and have fun reading!!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
3. The Shadowhunter Chronicles series by Cassandra Clare
4. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
5. The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flannagan

Jessica K.

Reviews by Jessica K.

by Margaret Rogerson - Architecture, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Young Adult 14+

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron --- Rook, the autumn prince --- she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes --- a weakness that could cost him his life.

by Gregory Scott Katsoulis - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Futuristic, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns 15, Speth must pay for every word she speaks ("Sorry" is a flat $10 and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. But when Speth's friend commits suicide rather than work off his family's debt, she can't express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole and her unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

by Skye Melki-Wegner - Fantasy, Music, Western, Young Adult 12+

Chester has taken to the road, desperately searching for his father, who has disappeared. One night he accidentally connects to the Song --- the music that fuels every aspect of the world, and that it’s illegal for him to interact with. He’s caught and sentenced to death for his crime. But someone in the crowd stages a daring rescue and whisks Chester into the Hush. Susanna, the Captain of the Nightfall Gang, needs him to pull off an elaborate plan that will take down the governing body that keeps her an outlaw and made her the fragment she is. Susanna needs him to exact her revenge, even if he dies doing it. 

by Julia Walton - Dating, Family Life, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

by Joelle Charbonneau - Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option --- to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.
by Cassandra Clare - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult 14+
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again? And the faerie courts are not silent. 
by Sarah J. Maas - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

by Jessica Park - Coming of Age, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds. Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. She finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome. The intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing.

by L.E. DeLano - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all cupcakes, pirates, and fantasy lifestyles --- Jessa is dying over and over again in every reality and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it….This Jessa is going to live.

by Tara Sim - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors. And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny's new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower's clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield's time.