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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

Wren L.

Reviews by Wren L.

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.

by Erin Gough - Fiction, Friendship, Gay & Lesbian, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green wouldn't have chosen to do her last year of school this way, but she figures it's working fine. While her dad goes on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, Del manages the family cafe. Easy, she thinks. But what about homework? Or the nasty posse of mean girls making her life hell? Or her best friend who won't stop guilt-tripping her? Or her other best friend who might go to jail for love if Del doesn't do something? But really, who cares about any of that when all Del can think about is beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street...

by Jen Wilde - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Love & Romance, Mental Health, Romance, Young Adult 14+
Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie --- no matter how much she may secretly want it to.
by Pamela L. Laskin - Family, Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+
Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict --- much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred. The teenage lovers fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. 
by Stephanie Garber - Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult 14+

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful and cruel father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

by Audrey Coulthurst - Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Relationships, Romance, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire --- a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden. When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought --- and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more. But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly.

by Lindsay Smith - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

No one knows how to handle Reiko. After a failed suicide attempt at her home in Seattle, Reiko's parents send her to spend the summer with family in Japan, hoping she will learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping backward in time into the nineteenth-century life of Miyu, a young woman even more vengeful than Reiko herself. Reiko loves escaping into Miyu's life...until she discovers Kuramagi's dark secret and must face down Miyu's demons as well as her own.

by Sarah Porter - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Magic, Paranormal, Retelling, Young Adult 13+

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters ---and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.