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Cat Barra

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Cat Barra

Editorial Intern
catb.bookreporter@gmail.com

Hello! My name is Cat, I am an Editorial Intern at Teenreads, and I am currently a rising junior studying English and Political Science at university. I wish I could say that I have loved reading for as long as I can remember, but the truth is I used to hate it. Then I picked up The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and I haven't been able to put a book down since! My two favorite authors of all time are the aforementioned Cassie Clare and Sarah J. Maas. I also really enjoy Becky Albertalli and Angie Thomas, but the list of authors that I love is by no means exhaustive! When I'm not spending an absurd amount of time reading or posting about books, I can usually be found bingeing Netflix or HBO, baking and cuddling with my adorable dogs. I can be found on Instagram @cat_has_books, where I (no surprise), spend too much time posting pictures of my favorite books and fangirling over them.

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Reviews by Cat Barra

by Jeff Zentner - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Young Adult 13+

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show "Midnite Matinee." But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to chase her dream career in mainstream TV. Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad. If "Midnite Matinee" becomes a hit, maybe he'll see it and want to be a part of her life. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

edited by Sarah Lerner - Anthology, Collection, Essays, Inspirational, Letters, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young Adult 13+

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School share their emotional journeys that began on February 14, 2018. This revealing and unfiltered look at teens living in the wake of tragedy is a poignant representation of grief, anger, determination, healing and hope. The intimate collection includes poetry, eyewitness accounts, letters, speeches, journal entries, drawings and photographs. Full of heartbreaking loss, a rally cry for change and hope for a safe future, these artistic pieces will inspire readers to reflect on their own lives and the importance of valuing and protecting the ones you love.

by Kiersten White - Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Supernatural Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Elizabeth Lavenza's thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets...until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, a boy who has everything --- except a friend. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable, and it works. But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost...as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

by Kim Foster - Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Supernatural, Young Adult 12+

Felicity Cole sells flowers in the streets of Victorian London to feed herself and her young brother. But she has a close-guarded secret --- her brother is a Tainted, born with special abilities that society fears and a shadowy organization called the Hunstsman scours the country to eliminate. When Felicity becomes the target of one of these individuals, she discovers something horrible: she’s Tainted, too. Rescued by a mysterious gentleman on the eve of execution, she's whisked away to a school funded by Queen Victoria, established to train selected Tainted into assassins in service of the crown. 

by Katie Henry - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

When Michael walks through the doors of Catholic school, things can’t get much worse. Michael needs a friend, and when a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow atheist at that. Only this girl, Lucy, isn’t just Catholic...she wants to be a priest. Lucy introduces Michael to a group of outcasts, Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be a feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants and Eden can practice paganism. Michael encourages the Heretics to expose the school’s hypocrisies one stunt at a time. But when Michael takes one mission too far, he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom or rely on faith, his friends or himself.

by Tara Wilson Redd - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Literary, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Sadie loves her rocker boyfriend Henry and her running partner and best friend Lucie, but no one can measure up to her truest love and hero, the dazzling and passionate George. George, her secret. When something goes wrong and Sadie is taken to the hospital calling out for George, her hidden life may be exposed. Now she must confront the truth of the past, and protect a world she is terrified to lose.

by Adele Griffin - Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Friendship, History

Lizzy Swift is a senior in high school, emerging from her nerd chrysalis to take her first gamble on the social scene. She braves a relationship with her longtime crush, Matt Ashley, and befriends the reckless senior transfer, Claire Reynolds. But almost as quickly, these delights are clouded by doubts. Sometimes Lizzy feels that she and Matt are soul mates; other times it seems he’s holding back from her. Claire won’t tell Lizzy the whole story of her heart-wrenching breakup. Lizzy wants Claire to confide in her, even as she keeps her own secrets from her new best friend. When startling revelations come to light, they just might shatter the bonds of love and passion, friendship and loyalty. 

by Megan Bannen - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Enslaved in Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything...until the kingdom is conquered by enemy forces and she finds herself a conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father across the vast Mongol Empire. With adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into love. Jinghua’s prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with the daughter of the Great Khan.