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Reanna H.


Reanna H.

Teen Board Member

Eugene, Oregon

Hi! My name is Reanna and I am a junior in high school. I usually try to wear matching socks, but sometimes that doesn't work out. For as long as I can remember, I've been obsessed with books. The library is possibly my favorite place in the world, but a close second is the bookstore. In the past year I've started reviewing books, and I started Reanna's Book Realm (on blogger). When I am not reading, I love learning about the world around me. I am very passionate about social justice, specifically in disability rights and women's rights. I also really like exploring my town and finding secret gems. But honestly, I don't have a lot of time to do that, because let's face it: I'm always reading.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Winger series by Andrew Smith
2. The Tweak duology by Nic Sheff
3. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
5. The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

Reanna H.

Reviews by Reanna H.

by Ron Bahar - Fiction, Humor, Young Adult 13+

Ron Bahar is an insecure, self-deprecating, 17-year-old Nebraskan striving to please his Israeli immigrant parents, Ophira and Ezekiel, while remaining true to his own dreams. During his senior year of high school, he begins to date longtime crush and non-Jewish girl Amy Andrews --- a forbidden relationship he hides from his parents. But that’s not the only complicated part of Ron’s life: he’s also struggling to choose between his two passions, medicine and music. As time goes on, he becomes entangled in a compelling world of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Will he do the right thing?

by A. B. Rutledge - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Loss, Love & Romance, Sexuality

It's been three years since Miles fell for Vivian, a dazzling transgender girl. Eighteen months since a suicide attempt left Vivian on life support. Now Miles isn't sure who he is without her, but knows it’s time to figure out how to say goodbye. He books a solo trip to Iceland but has a hard time leaving his hotel room. After a little push from Oskar, an endearing local, Miles decides to honor Vivian's life by photographing her treasured Doc Martens against the surreal landscapes. With each step he takes, Miles finds his heart healing --- even as he must accept that Vivian, still in a coma, will never recover.

by Morgan Rhodes - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Romance, Young Adult 14+

In the epic conclusion to the Falling Kingdoms series, sworn enemies must become allies as they fight to save Mytica. Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone. Amara is called back home to Kraeshia where Grandma Cortas promises her power, revenge and dominance. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land.

by Melissa Albert - Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the author of a cult-classic book of dark fairy tales, dies on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away --- by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began --- and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

by Martin Wilson - Fiction, Friendship, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 14+

Sam Walsh had been missing for three years. His older sister, Beth, thought he was dead. His childhood friend, Josh, thought it was all his fault. They were the last two people to see him alive. Until now. Because Sam has been found, and he’s coming home. Beth desperately wants to understand what happened to her brother, but her family refuses to talk about it --- even though Sam is clearly still affected by the abuse he faced at the hands of his captor. And as Sam starts to confide in Josh about his past, Josh can’t admit the truths he’s hidden deep within himself.

by Ameriie - Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Young Adult 14+

Leave it to the heroes to save the world --- villains just want to rule the world. In this unique YA anthology, 13 acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with 13 influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view. These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage --- and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

by JJ Flowers - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Juan Pablo lives in El Rosario, Mexico’s butterfly sanctuary, where millions of winged creatures gather together in one magical place. He loves his music, the butterflies, and his grandmother, who has fallen fatally ill --- which is why he can’t leave, even when a nefarious drug cartel overtakes the town. But the threat of the cartel becomes ever more menacing, finally endangering the life of his best friend Rocio, the girl he loves. In a heroic act of desperation to save her, Juan Pablo poisons eight members of the cartel. Together, Juan Pablo and Rocio flee, following the instructions his grandmother gave before she passed away: Follow the migration of the butterflies, where someone will be waiting for you.

by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life via someone else’s transplanted heart, he tried to embrace it. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again. Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon --- where death with dignity is legal --- is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn. And she’s not giving up so easily.

by Nina LaCour - Fiction, Friendship, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 14+

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. 

by Angie Thomas - Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does --- or does not --- say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.