Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

SEEKER by Veronica Rossi
Released: May 16, 2017

"For readers who want a military twist to their apocalyptic adventure/romance. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Three apocalyptic horsemen and one former Seeker search for their fourth rider in this sequel. Read full book review >
THE CROWN'S FATE by Evelyn Skye
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Readers may well prefer the bittersweet, ambiguous ending of the first volume to this overly pat conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
The 1825 Decembrist rebellion is co-opted for the second half of a lavish, Tolstoy-tinged fantasy duology, the sequel to The Crown's Game (2016). Read full book review >

ROUGH PATCH by Nicole Markotic
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Bisexual teen protagonists are rare enough to give some value to a middling entry like this one, but it's best for completists who've already read better choices, such as Hannah Moskowitz's landmark Not Otherwise Specified (2015). (Fiction. 12-15)"
A closeted aspiring figure skater struggles with friends, family, and relationships. Read full book review >
THICK AS THIEVES by Megan Whalen Turner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2017

"A series stand-alone that won't disappoint Turner aficionados. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A slave escapes across the wilderness and cities of the Mede empire with an enemy soldier. Read full book review >
HOW DARE THE SUN RISE by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"This hard-hitting autobiography will have readers reeling as it shows one young woman's challenging path to healing. (Memoir. 13-adult)"
At the age of 10, author Uwiringiyimana went through horrors no one, let alone a child, should ever have to go through. Read full book review >

GRIT by Gillian French
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Gorgeously written and helmed by a protagonist with an indelibly fierce heart. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A girl with a reputation grapples with the secrets of last summer. Read full book review >
A MILLION JUNES by Emily Henry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A potential treat for readers who enjoy magical realism, but there are stronger examples of the genre, such as Laura Ruby's Printz-winning Bone Gap. (Magical realism. 12-16)"
In a town where magic is alive and cherries taste like the sun, the children of two rival families must break a curse that's haunted them for generations and learn what it means to live with loss. Read full book review >
SEEKING MANSFIELD by Kate Watson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A commendable adaptation of a 200-year-old tale made fresh for a 21st-century audience. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In a modern spin on Mansfield Park, Watson's debut blends Austen with a dash of Shakespeare, all in contemporary Chicago. Read full book review >
THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC by Crystal Cestari
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Somewhat enjoyable provided it's not examined too closely. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A magical matchmaker searches for her own true love in this magic-infused Chicago. Read full book review >
THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"An affecting portrayal of living with amnesia and discovering one's own agency. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A white British girl with anterograde amnesia travels to the Arctic to chase after a boy whose kiss has stayed in her memory when nothing else has. Read full book review >
ANTISOCIAL by Jillian Blake
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"In an age of adult anxieties over digital privacy, this book is #relevant. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Blake's debut tackles the perils of privacy in the digital age. Read full book review >
MY FAIRY GODMOTHER IS A DRAG QUEEN by David Clawson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A fresh, funny, new twist on a classic fairy tale. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Prince Charming meets his beau…. 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 >