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Mikenzie R.

Biography

Mikenzie R.

Teen Board Member

Being the daughter of an avid reader, it stands to reason that my earliest memories are book related, from being read to, library visits and receiving the best gifts of all --- books! I am currently a junior in high school and my love for reading just continues to grow. It has helped me to land feet first in the word of AP academics and biomedical science classes. It is an honor to share my thoughts on the new and exciting books I will have the opportunity to review.    

Mikenzie R.

Reviews by Mikenzie R.

by S. K. Ali - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Culture, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Religion, Religion & Spirituality, Young Adult 12+

Janna Yusuf suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him --- Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tight-knit Muslim community think of her then?

by Cale Dietrich - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult 14+

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad? Both Caden and Dylan are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be --- whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

by Lance Rubin - Family Life, Fiction, Humor, Young Adult 14+
Denton Little lives in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. The good news: Denton has lived through his deathdate. Yay! The bad news: He’s being chased by the DIA (Death Investigation Agency), he can never see his family again, and he may now die anytime. Huh. Cheating death isn’t quite as awesome as Denton would have thought...Lance Rubin’s debut novel, DENTON'S LITTLE DEATHDATE, showed readers just how funny and poignant imminent death could be. 
by Colleen Oakes - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Young Adult 14+

Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her. Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice --- to leave Wonderland forever, or stay and fight her father for the throne.

by Len Vlahos - Family, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

When Jackie discovers that her father has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, her whole world starts to crumble. She can't imagine how she'll live without him. Then, in a desperate act to secure his family's future, Jackie's father does the unthinkable --- he puts his life up for auction on eBay. Jackie can do nothing but watch and wait as an odd assortment of bidders, some with nefarious intentions, drive the price up higher. The fate of her entire family hangs in the balance.

by Yvonne Ventresca - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. Since her mother discourages these beliefs, Ella keeps her cemetery visits secret. But Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died 16 years ago. After a lifetime of just the two of them, Mom suddenly feels like a stranger. When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger as he did once before. If it’s not a warning, could her new too-good-to-be-true boyfriend be responsible for the strange occurrences? Or maybe it’s the grieving building superintendent whose dead daughter strongly resembles Ella? As the unexplained events become more frequent and more sinister, Ella becomes terrified about who --- or what --- might harm her.

by E. M. Kokie - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 11+

Preppers. Survivalists. Bex prefers to think of herself as a realist who plans to survive, but regardless of labels, they’re all sure of the same thing: a crisis is coming. When her older brother discovers Clearview, a group that takes survival just as seriously as she does, Bex is intrigued. But she isn’t prepared for Lucy, who is soft and beautiful and hates guns. As her brother’s involvement with some of the members of Clearview grows increasingly alarming and all the pieces of Bex’s life become more difficult to juggle, Bex has to figure out where her loyalties really lie.