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Lauren C.

Biography

Lauren C.

Teen Board Member

Anaheim Hills, CA

My name is Lauren, and I am on-top-of-the-world excited to be on Teen Board. Besides books and writing, I love art, being in nature, learning new things and meeting new people. On an average evening, you can probably find me chatting with my family and friends with a book in one hand and a homework assignment in the other. 

I hope you find your next great read this week!

Top Five Favorite Books
1. THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer
2. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
3. THE BOOK THEIF by Markus Zusak
4. The HARRY POTTER series by J. K. Rowling
5. THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett

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Reviews by Lauren C.

by Jason Walz - Adventure, Dystopian, Family, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+
Three years ago, aliens invaded Earth and abducted everyone they deemed useful. The only ones spared were those too young, too old or too “disabled” to be of value. Living on Earth under the aliens’ harsh authoritarian rule, humanity’s rejects do their best to survive. Twins Sam and Wyatt are ready to chuck their labels and start a revolution. It’s time for the kids last picked to step into the game.
Written by Christelle Dabos and Translated by Hildegarde Serle - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 15+

Ophelia's ability to read the past of objects is unmatched in all of Anima and she also possesses the ability to travel through mirrors, a skill passed down to her from previous generations. Her life is disrupted, however, when she is promised in marriage to a taciturn and influential member of a distant clan. Ophelia must leave all she knows behind and follow her fiancé to Citaceleste, the capital of a cold, icy ark known as the Pole. There, in the presence of her inscrutable future husband, Ophelia slowly realizes that she is a pawn in a political game that will have far-reaching ramifications not only for her but for her entire world.

Written by Christian McKay Heidicker with illustrations by Sam Bosma - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Young Adult 13+

Phoebe Lane is a lightning rod for monsters. She and her mom are forced to flee flesh-eating plants, blobs from outer space and radioactive ants. They survive thanks to Phoebe’s dad --- an invisible titan, whose giant eyes warn them where the next monster attack will take place. All Phoebe wants is to stop running from motel to motel and start living a monster-free life in New York or Paris. But when her mom mysteriously vanishes, Phoebe is left to fend for herself in small-town Pennybrooke. That's when Phoebe starts to transform…

by Scott McEwen and Hof Williams - Fiction, Military, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

When Wyatt is framed for a crime, he thinks his life is over. But then a mysterious stranger visits him in jail with a proposal: spend three months in a secret government camp and have a 10-year prison sentence wiped clean. Wyatt agrees, and finds himself in a world with teenagers flying drones, defusing bombs and jumping out of helicopters. Camp Valor is a secret training ground for  government agents, filled with juvenile offenders. But some enemies of the United States have gotten wind of Camp Valor, and they will do everything in their power to find out its secrets. Suddenly, Wyatt and his friends have to put their training into practice, and find the bravery to protect their country.

by Danielle Banas - Family, Fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero , Young Adult 14+

In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees --- they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind. That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life. After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. 

by Preston Norton - Coming of Age, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 14+

Cliff Hubbard is a huge loser. Literally. His nickname at Happy Valley High School is Neanderthal because he's so enormous --- 6'6" and 250 pounds to be exact. He has nobody at school, and life in his trailer-park home has gone from bad to worse ever since his older brother's suicide. There's no one Cliff hates more than the nauseatingly cool quarterback, Aaron Zimmerman. Then Aaron returns to school after a near-death experience with a bizarre claim: while he was unconscious he saw God, who gave him a list of things to do to make Happy Valley High suck less. And God said there's only one person who can help: Neanderthal.

by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser - Biography, Nonfiction, Science, Technology, Young Adult 12+

Perfect for aspiring coders everywhere, GIRL CODE is the story of two teenage tech phenoms who met at Girls Who Code summer camp, teamed up to create a viral video game and ended up becoming world famous. Through the success of their video game, Andy and Sophie got unprecedented access to some of the biggest start-ups and tech companies, and now they’re sharing what they’ve seen. Get ready for an inside look at the tech industry, the true power of coding and some of the amazing women who are shaping the world.

by Karen Rivers - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Twelve-year-old Natalia loves possibilities: the possibility that she’ll see whales on the beach near her new home, that the boy she just met will be her new best friend, that the photographers chasing her actor father won’t force Nat and her dad to move again. Most of all, Nat dreams of the possibility that her mother misses and loves Nat. The thing is, Nat doesn’t even know who her mother is. She left Nat as a baby, and Nat’s dad refuses to talk about it. Nat knows she shouldn’t need a mom, but she still feels like something is missing.

by Alisa Kwitney - Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

When Elizabeth Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn’t have an easy time.  So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-Mechanical --- one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school --- she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program. Only this Bio-Mechanical isn’t like the others. Soon Elizabeth realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein --- a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly Elizabeth finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that puts her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. 

by E. K. Johnston - Dystopian, Fiction, Friendship, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Young Adult 13+

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendant of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history. The imperial tradition of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage. But before she does her duty, she'll have one summer of freedom in a far corner of empire. Posing as a commoner in Toronto, she meets Helena, daughter of one of the empire's greatest geneticists, and August, the heir to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena and August discover they share an extraordinary bond and maybe a one-in-a-million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process.