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Rachel R.


Rachel R.

Teen Board Member

Basking Ridge, NJ

Hi! My name is Rachel, and I'm a senior in high school in New Jersey. I've enjoyed reading ever since I was young (it's hard not to when you grow up a block from the library), and that passion led me to Teenreads. As a curious person, books give me the chance to learn more about the world around me, so I enjoy reading books of all kinds of genres and writing styles! I love books (of course), the beach, “Downton Abbey" and, as a huge science fiction fan, "Star Trek,” Star Wars and all the Marvel movies (like most, I'm still recovering from Infinity War). If I'm not reading, I'm usually playing the violin, spending time with friends, driving my family crazy with my incessant talking or trying to figure out how many books I can carry home from my local library at once.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
3. MY LADY JANE by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows
4. SHADOW DIVERS by Robert Kurson
5. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon

Rachel R.

Reviews by Rachel R.

by Julie Berry - Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult 13+

They are Hazel, James, Aubrey and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.

by Kathryn Ormsbee - Dystopian, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+

After Stella’s mom dies by suicide and her brother runs off to Red Sun, the local hippie commune, Stella is forced to care for her sister, Jill. Galliard has only ever known life inside Red Sun. When he’s denied Red Sun’s resident artist role, he starts to imagine a life beyond the gates of the compound. The day Stella and Galliard meet, there is something in the air. Literally. So begin weeks of pink lightning, bloodred rain, unexplained storms...And a countdown clock appears mysteriously above the town hall. With time ticking down to some great unknowable end they’ll each have to make a choice.

by Evelyn Skye - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas, marked by the gods to be trained in magic and fighting to protect their kingdom. Sora and Daemon long to prove themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group, but it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when they encounter a camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever --- and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

by Marissa Meyer - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero , Young Adult 13+

As Insomnia, Nova is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist, a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most. But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her enemies. In the second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova and Adrian are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have them questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for each other.

by Livia Blackburne - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult 12+

Even though Zivah and Dineas discovered a secret that could bring down the empire, their information is useless without proof. Now, their only remaining hope is to get home before Ampara brings the full might of its armies against their peoples. As Shidadi and Dara alike prepare for war, Zivah and Dineas grapple with the toll of their time in the capital. Time is running out for all of them, but especially Zivah whose plague symptoms surface once again. Now, she must decide how she'll define the life she has left. Together, healer and warrior must find the courage to save their people, expose the truth and face the devastating consequences headed their way.

by Laini Taylor - Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship, Paranormal, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected. Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

by Nancy Richardson Fischer - Fiction

T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a 12-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend to make sure she’s not developing schizophrenia. When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily’s odds are even worse than she thought. But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can’t abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything --- including her sanity and a first love --- on a desperate road trip to save the calf’s life.

by Tom Pollock - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a math genius. He also suffers from devastating panic attacks. Pete gets through each day with the help of his mother --- a famous scientist --- and his beloved twin sister, Bel. But when his mom is nearly assassinated in front of his eyes and Bel disappears, Pete finds himself on the run. Dragged into a world where state and family secrets intertwine, Pete must use his extraordinary analytical skills to find his missing sister and track down the people who attacked his mother. But his greatest battle will be with the enemy inside: the constant terror that threatens to overwhelm him.

by Lauren Spieller - Coming of Age, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Dessa Rhodes is a modern day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance. Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t been accepted…anywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like she’s going to be stuck traveling forever.

by Meg Leder - Fiction, Romance

Parker struggles to reconnect with her twin brother, Charlie --- who’s recovering from cancer --- as she tries to deal with her anxiety about the future. Now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She has landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology. Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time --- that she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself.