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Taylor Friedlander


Taylor Friedlander


Hello! My name is Taylor and I am an 18-year-old freshman at UNC Asheville with a huge passion for all things book-related. When I’m not reading, obsessing over fictional guys or posting on my blog, taylortalksbooks, I am most likely jamming out to my favorite tunes from the '70s and watching some classic films (my favorites include Roman HolidayCasablanca and The Philadelphia Story). I am so thrilled to fangirl over some amazing books and share all of my feels with everyone in the Teenreads community!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
2. ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett
4. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
5.The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Taylor Friedlander

Reviews by Taylor Friedlander

by Susan Dennard - Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Young Adult 13+

Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling, young adult epic fantasy Witchlands series continues with the story of the Bloodwitch Aeduan. Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders preparing to destroy a monastery that holds more than just faith. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.

by Scott Reintgen - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Young Adult 12+

Emmett Atwater thought Babel's game sounded easy. But it didn't take long for him to learn that Babel's competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one. Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis spaceship survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population. But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces ---- Babel and the Adamites --- with clashing desires.

by Rebecca Phillips - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

No one looking at Morgan Kemper would think she had a secret --- at least not one that she’s deeply ashamed of. For over a year, she’s shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. Each time, she tells herself it will be the last, and each time, it never is. But when she’s caught and sentenced to 30 hours of community service, the image Morgan has carefully constructed starts to crumble. Soon Morgan is faced with an impossible decision: continue to conceal the truth or admit that she’s lied to everyone in her life, including the boy she’s falling for.

by Scott Reintgen - Adventure, Fiction, Friendship, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family. Forever. Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden --- a planet that Babel has kept hidden --- where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

by Erin Watt - Dating, Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, so when Beth sneaks out to a party and meets Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is. Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but now Beth has a choice to make --- follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

by Ashley Poston - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Love & Romance, Young Adult 13+

Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield. So when she sees a cosplay contest for new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor playing Federation Prince Carmindor. Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.Darien Freeman used to live for cons --- before he was famous.Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. Darien feels more like a fake --- until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

by Rachel Hawkins - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Daisy Winters is a 16-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair, a job at a bootleg Walmart and a perfect older sister who's nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Soon the relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the seclusion of the castle. While the dashing Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes, the prince's younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes. The crown --- and the intriguing Miles --- might be trying to make Daisy into a lady...but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

by Adrienne Young - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Raised to be a warrior, 17-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki. But one day she sees the impossible on the battlefield: her brother, who she watched die five years ago. Faced with her his betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, where every neighbor is an enemy. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

by Matt Killeen - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, 15-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment and a lockbox full of weapons. He's part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she'd ever imagined.

by Ashley Poston - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09 --- one of the last remaining illegal Metals --- has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him. Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers.Now their entire kingdom is after them --- and the coordinates --- and not everyone wants them captured alive.