Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The Phantom of the Opera is reborn in this supernatural tale of music, passions, and love. Read full book review >
FACTORY GIRL by Josanne La Valley
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thought-provoking look at oppression and the power of words from a viewpoint not often heard. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Roshen, a 16-year-old Uighur girl from northern China, is sent away for a year to work at the Hubei Work Wear Company, a factory in the south, she faces cultural, societal, physical, and psychological challenges far beyond her worst nightmares. Read full book review >

A LIST OF CAGES by Robin Roe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being seen. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In her debut, Roe tells the story of a friendship between two young men who will linger in the thoughts and minds of readers long after the final page is turned. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A solid resource for teens seeking advice on planning their futures. (notes, further resources) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Wooster offers teens too shy or scared to be themselves the stories of others who have embraced their true selves. Read full book review >
BEHELD by Alex Flinn
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"These fizzily undemanding romantic spins on familiar tales go down easy. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
Following Mirrored (2015), Towering (2013), and more, Flinn continues her retellings of folk and fairy tales, this time featuring "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rumpelstiltskin," "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," and "The Ugly Duckling." Read full book review >

THE LAST HARVEST by Kim Liggett
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though the book seems to want to read like a teen version of Stephen King's 'Children of the Corn' with romance, its implausible characters and chaotic plotline will leave readers cold. (Horror. 14-18)"
Clay Tate never believed his dead father's crazed ramblings about devil worshippers in Midland, Oklahoma. Read full book review >
POISON'S KISS by Breeana Shields
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Avoid this curry-house fantasy and try Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's The Conch Bearer (2003) or Roshani Chokshi's The Star-Touched Queen (2016) instead. (author's note) (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A girl raised as an assassin is sent after a cute boy in Sundari, an Indian-inflected fantasyland. Read full book review >
THE LAST MESSAGE RECEIVED by Emily Trunko
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The emotional gravitas on display is not to be denied. (Nonfiction. 13 & up)"
An anthology of final communications. Read full book review >
A TOASTER ON MARS by Darrell Pitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who fans are a natural audience for this story, but it may well build a broader readership once the word gets out. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
This pseudo-science-fiction book provides laughs of all types: readers will progress from snickers to giggles to, finally, belly laughs and shouts of outrage. Read full book review >
ASSASSINS: NEMESIS by Erica Cameron
Released: Jan. 9, 2017

"Readers willing to go with the book's flow should enjoy this logic-free, apocalyptic caper. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Fifteen-year-old intersex, mixed-race (Vietnamese and Dominican) teenager Blake's life with a special-agent dad and a helicopter-pilot mom is anything but "normal"—and it's about to get a lot thriller-ier. Read full book review >
FLICKER AND MIST by Mary G. Thompson
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This tale of mixed heritage and divided loyalties with an engaging heroine will appeal to fans of character-driven fantasy. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Myra has inherited her Leftie mother's Ability to become invisible, called flickering, but using it would endanger her high-profile, mixed-blood family. Read full book review >
LIFE IN A FISHBOWL by Len Vlahos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An unsettling rumination on the spectacle of tragedy. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
The members of a white, all-American family become the reluctant subjects of a reality TV show recording father Jared Stone's rapid decline from a brain tumor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >