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Laina Q.


Laina Q.

Teen Board Member

San Diego, California

Hello, my name is Laina and I am a 16-year-old born and raised in San Diego, California. I am also known as a wanderer and dreamer who loves getting swept up in amazing worlds and stories. That probably explains why I am very, very passionate about books. Reading has always allowed for me to de-stress and temporarily forget about my current challenges by wandering my mind elsewhere. For as long as I can remember, I have always been the type of student who is often found reading during their spare time. Even though I am pretty occupied during the year with extracurricular activities, I can hardly ever be found without carrying at least one book with me wherever I go. When I am not studying for school or reading, I can be found practicing the violin, volunteering my time to watch my two-year-old cousin and helping at my local church thrift-shop. I am very fond of children and people, so I love being able to show compassion and provide a helping hand. I am an extreme nature enthusiast, who really enjoys traveling and exploring beautiful sceneries. In addition to that, I also have a really high interest in learning about other countries cultures and languages. I am open-minded, particularly to trying new things and food from anything like pizza to even fried crickets. Other facts about me are that I have a really unhealthy obsession with addictive Korean dramas, I really enjoy musical theater such as West Side Story, listening to K-pop especially BTS (Proud ARMY), watching anime and binge watching “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” for like the millionth time. What can I say?!  I am a very expressive person who loves sharing her passions with the world!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
3. The Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy by Ransom Riggs
4. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
5. The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Laina Q.

Reviews by Laina Q.

by Sarah Nicole Smetana - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Susannah has never been in the spotlight, but she dreams of following her father, a rock star, onto the stage. As senior year begins, she's certain that if she writes the perfect song, her father might finally really see her. But when he dies unexpectedly, her dreams shatter. While Susannah struggles with grief, her mother uproots them to a new city. There, Susannah realizes she can reinvent herself as a confident singer-songwriter and member of a hip band. But Susannah is not the only one keeping secrets, and soon, harsh revelations threaten to unravel her life once again.

by Lexa Hillyer - Fairy Tale, Family, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king's headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close. And then everything changes with a single drop of Aurora's blood --- and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken. As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

by Ryan Graudin - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a Roman gladiator, Farway Gaius McCarthy's very existence defies the laws of nature. After failing his entrance exam into the government program, Far will have to settle for captaining a time-traveling crew to steal valuables from the past. During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with the knowledge that history is not as steady as it seems, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out.