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Wren L.

Biography

Wren L.

Teen Board Member

Dallas, Texas

Hiya, friends and foes. I'm Wren. Your friend who likes anime.

I love reading books and watching anime. Not at the same time, though. Subtitles don't mix well with swashbuckling pirate stories.

I'm a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction. My favorite authors are V.E. Schwab, Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera and Leigh Bardugo. I love their unique writing styles and masterful character development.

I'm a graphic designer who is still learning about graphics. But my favorite color scheme consists of anything and everything pastel. It's so soothing.

I'm a word nerd, a language lover. I want to be a polyglot, but I'll stick to studying Spanish for now.

Nice to meet you.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
2. SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
3. HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera
4. VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab
5. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

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Reviews by Wren L.

by Crystal Chan - Animals , Family, Family Life, Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney --- he’s from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom and the genius kid sister. If having a family like that wasn’t bad enough, the local eccentric at the edge of town decided one night to open up all the cages of his exotic zoo and then kill himself. With his parents checked out, Ronney is left tending to his sister’s mounting fears of roaming lions and stopping his best friend from going on a suburban safari. Can Ronney figure out a way to hold it together as his world falls apart?

by Leila Sales - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Young Adult 13+

When Winter Halperin --- former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer and daughter of a parenting expert --- gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people know what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her. With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Did she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?

by Britta Lundin - Coming of Age, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Humor, Young Adult 14+

Claire is a 16-year-old fangirl obsessed with the show Demon Heart. Forest is an actor on Demon Heart who dreams of bigger roles. When the two meet at a local Comic-Con panel, it's a dream come true for Claire. Until the Q&A, that is, when Forest laughs off Claire's assertion that his character is gay. When the video of the disastrous Q&A goes viral, the producers have a PR nightmare on their hands. In order to help bolster their image within the LGBTQ+ community, they hire Claire to join the cast for the rest of their publicity tour. But how far will Claire go to make her ship canon? To what lengths will Forest go to stop her and protect his career? And will Claire ever get the guts to make a move on Tess, the very cute, extremely cool fanartist she keeps running into?

by Andy Marino - Adventure, Fiction, Humor, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

After winning a contest, William becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. Now he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross-country trip. For William, an adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect last hurrah before graduation. But Autonomous is more than just a car without a steering wheel. It's capable of downloading all of the passengers' digital history. The information is customized into an itinerary that will expose a few well-kept secrets, but it will also force William to face some inner demons of his own. Think you know Autonomous? The real question is, how much does Autonomous know about you?

by Matthew Laurence - Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Young Adult 14+

There's far more to Sara Vanadi than meets the eye. In her prime, she was Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war and death --- though that past hardly seems to matter now. For an ancient goddess in the 21st century, true believers --- and the strength they bring --- are painfully hard to find. But when a new, rising power threatens to remake the world by bending the divine to its will, Sara realizes her days of hiding have ended, and a chance to claw her way out of the history books has arrived. She'll just need new clothes and a manicure before she gets started.

by Cecil Castellucci - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

When Edan Kupferman dresses up like her favorite character, she feels tall and powerful. That's important right now, because her family is a mess, her best friend is gone for the summer, her crush is confusing and Edan's feeling small. When Edan's cosplaying, she can be angry, loud and not the good girl everyone thinks she is. But when her personal life starts to spiral out of control, Edan has to figure out whether she needs a sidekick, or if she has the strength to be the hero of her own story.

by Heather Kaczynski - Family, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Eighteen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this --- the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she is to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe. Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. 

by Cindy Pon - Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost. Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

by Lindsay Ribar - Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural Thriller, Thriller

A paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things --- fears, memories, scars, even love --- and his family's secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing. Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he's affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he'll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is --- and how far they'll go to keep their secrets safe. 

by Maurene Goo - Dating, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and never had a B. But in her charmed school life, there's one thing missing --- she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a known disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet. When the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides it's time to tackle her flirting failures. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has watched obsessively for years.