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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 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.

by A.V. Geiger - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Music, Mystery, Performing Arts, Popular Culture, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, Tessa Hart's one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast. But Eric's plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world's best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn...

by Cora Carmack - Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people. To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a Stormling prince from another kingdom. But then she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks --- storm magic. When a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option. She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

by Claudia Gray - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Noemi Vidal is 17-years-old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She's willing to risk anything --- including her own life. Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that's begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they're not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they're forced to question everything they'd been taught was true.