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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 Brittany Cavallaro - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken. Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident. Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her. Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

by Tara Sim - Fantasy, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He'd hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he'd have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks. After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. As Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dangerous path --- one from which they may never return.

by A. G. Howard - Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Rune, who has an angelic voice, has a mysterious sickness that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past. Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he’s ever known.

by Caitlin Sangster - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal, a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead. When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape. Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person --- Howl, the chairman’s son. But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

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.