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Makayla H.


Makayla H.

Teen Board Member

Winter Garden, Florida

Hi there! My name is Makayla, and I am a 17-year-old book-loving Floridian. Reading has always been one of my greatest passions in life, and you can often find me fangirling over my latest read. I am a huge lover of all things fantasy and sci-fi, although I am willing to read practically any genre as long as it is super interesting and intense! When my head is not stuffed into a book, I’m usually playing the piano, baking cookies and obsessing over the latest season of “Big Brother”!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
2. The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
3. The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
4. STOLEN by Lucy Christopher
5. WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley

Makayla H.

Reviews by Makayla H.

by Lauren Baratz-Logsted - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

In 1920s England, the three teenage Clarke sisters thought what they'd wear to dinner was their biggest problem. Lady Kate, the entitled eldest. Lady Grace, lost in the middle and wishing she were braver. Lady Lizzy, so endlessly sunny, it's easy to underestimate her. Then there's Will Harvey, the proud, to-die-for stable boy; Daniel Murray, the resourceful second footman with a secret; Raymond Allen, the unfortunate-looking young duke; and Fanny Rogers, the unsinkable kitchen maid. None of them ever expected to work together for any reason, but none of them had ever seen anything like this.

by Claudia Gray - Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Young Adult 13+

Shunned after a trip through the galaxy with Abel, the most advanced cybernetic ever created, Noemi dreams of traveling through the stars again. When a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. It will be up to her to save its people...if only she wasn't flying straight into a trap. On the run to avoid his creator's clutches, Abel believes he's said goodbye to Noemi for the last time. When word reaches him of Noemi's capture by the very person he's trying to escape, Abel knows he must go to her, no matter the cost. In a race against time, Abel and Noemi will come together once more to discover a secret that could save the known worlds, or destroy them all.

by Kristen Simmons - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

For too long our people have suffered, plagued by overcrowding, disease and lack of work. Now we must take the next step and thrive. Pacifica. An island paradise like the ones that existed before the Melt. A lucky five hundred lottery winners will be the first to go, the first to leave their dilapidated homes behind and start a new life. The only problem? Marin spent her childhood on those seas and knows there’s no island paradise out there. She’s a pirate like her father and his father before him, and she knows a con when she sees one. So where are the First Five Hundred really going?

by S. J. Kincaid - Adventure, Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Futuristic, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward --- one where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries --- and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis. Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost, but she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?

by Sara Shepard - Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

It was the perfect night for a party. That is, until twenty-one-year-old Chelsea Dawson disappeared. The social media star was last seen enjoying a beautiful summer night at the Jersey Shore with her friends. But after an explosive fight with her ex-boyfriend, she vanished without a trace. When Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison hear about the suspected kidnapping, they notice a jarring detail about the victim: she looks exactly like Aerin's sister, Helena, who was killed five years earlier. Seneca is convinced she knows who killed Helena, and she can't shake the feeling that the same person has taken Chelsea.

by Marie Lu - Adventure, Fiction, Futuristic, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

For millions, Warcross isn’t just a game --- it’s a way of life. Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. To make some cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championship --- only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Emika is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem...and he wants Emika for the job. But her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

by Romina Russell - Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

The master has been unmasked. Rho's world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no limits?

by F. C. Yee - Adventure, Fiction

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie’s every waking thought. But when she discovers she’s a celestial spirit who’s powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered. Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. Quentin nurtures Genie’s outrageous transformation --- sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively --- as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn. 

by Paula Stokes - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Loss, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

After waking up from a coma, Genevieve Grace can’t remember the car crash that killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTuber turned teen music idol. Genevieve knows she was driving, but because of what's been reported in the media, everyone assumes the other driver, Brad Freeman, is guilty. As she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread --- what if she's the one at fault?

by Lisa Maxwell - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Historical Romance, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink, a dark energy barrier surrounding Manhattan. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order before the Magician can destroy it and doom all with magic to a hopeless future. But in Old New York, nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself.