Teen Book Reviews

THE CHRONICLES OF THE VIRAGO by Michael Korry  Bialys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2018

"This zany adventure flaunts a heart of gold and a plucky heroine."
In this debut middle-grade fantasy, a girl must protect her newborn twin siblings from evil forces. Read full book review >
CAN YOUR OUTFIT CHANGE THE WORLD? by Erinne Paisley
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A good introduction to issues within the fashion industry, but activist readers might need some encouragement to pick it up. (glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Not all activism starts with fundraising or marching. You can begin in small ways, like with your clothes. Read full book review >

SPIRITS COLLIDE by J.M.  LeDuc
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2018

"An exciting, well-written supernatural thriller with a cliffhanger ending."
A teenage girl with a grand destiny fights to save her people from an army of demons. Read full book review >
WOLVES AND ROSES by Christina Bauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An entertaining foray into lifestyles of the rich and magical."
A teenage girl, slated for a fairy-tale life, yearns for normality in this contemporary YA fantasy novel. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A 6TH GRADE SLEEPWALKING WARRIOR by A.M. Shah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"Comic adventures and serious courage mix well in this middle-grade novel."
In this comedy/horror chapter book, a boy sleepwalks into another world where he must fight a demon. Read full book review >

DEMON FREAKS by J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A funny supernatural tale with spooky scenes, sincere emotions, and a solidly satisfying ending."
Plans to study for the SAT go horribly wrong when they are interrupted by a golfer cult's demon-summoning plot in this comic YA horror novel. Read full book review >
SEIZE TODAY by Pintip Dunn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Savvy writing begets effervescent characters in this futuristic saga, with a gratifying conclusion in every respect."
In this final chapter of a YA sci-fi trilogy, a precognitive teen fights to prevent a genocide—at her mother's hands—and falls for a boy destined to be her murderer. Read full book review >
WHERE THE MONSTERS CAME FROM by Scott D. Brillon
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A fun, competent teen thriller."
This present-day tale offers the grotesque, the depressing, the violent…and then there's the monster. Read full book review >
THE RAVEN GOD by Alane Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A fast-paced, satisfying capper to a trilogy that's sure to enchant fans of adventure-driven fantasy."
Sam and his brave friends must rally to defend Orkney in the final installment of Adams' (The Red Sun, 2015, etc.) YAfantasy series.Read full book review >
BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS by Meg Kassel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A pleasingly original contribution to the paranormal-romance genre."
A teenage girl discovers what happens when the new boy next door is literally a harbinger of doom in this supernatural YA novel. Read full book review >
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED  by Gregory Scott  Katsoulis
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A fresh and detailed dystopian tale that will capture and make demands upon the attention of its readers, as the genre should, with a conclusion that sets readers up for the sequel. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
A nightmarish future is imagined in this science-fiction offering from a debut author. Read full book review >
STARSWEPT by Mary Fan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"The beginning of an elegant, spirited rebellion saga."
Fan (The Adventures of the Silicon Beeches, 2017, etc.) begins a new YA sci-fi series in which an alien civilization patronizes performing arts prodigies on Earth.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >