Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

SILENCE IS GOLDFISH by Annabel Pitcher
Released: May 17, 2016

"An unflinchingly honest portrayal of anguish. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Unable to face a devastating secret, 15-year-old Tess tries unsuccessfully to run away to London. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
Released: May 17, 2016

"A memorable story of good kids transcending rough lives. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
It's one tough summer in Eugene, Oregon, for Travis and his friends, "good kids with rough lives," as Travis' basketball coach calls them. Read full book review >

Released: May 17, 2016

"A modern Tuck Everlasting with a thriller twist: fun, in spite of its improbabilities. (Paranormal mystery. 12-16)"
Nearly 100 years after accidentally drinking from the Fountain of Youth, perpetually 17-year-old Emma investigates a series of murders. Read full book review >
Released: May 17, 2016

"Stokes' engaging prose and sympathetic characters serve up great lessons in acceptance for teens dealing with trauma. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A seemingly cursed teen tests her luck. Read full book review >
MARKED by Jenny Martin
Released: May 17, 2016

"Derivative, fast-paced brain candy. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)"
Fugitive Phee and the rebellion face off against villainous tyrant King Charlie in this duology closer. Read full book review >

DRAW THE LINE by Laurent Linn
Released: May 17, 2016

"More defiant than its superhero's diaphanous costume portends. Bravo. (Fiction. 12-18)"
At the risk of revealing his closeted sexuality and artistic talent, a Texas wallflower combats small minds. Read full book review >
THE CROWN'S GAME by Evelyn Skye
Released: May 17, 2016

"Wildly romantic, wholly immersive, and gloriously over-the-top. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A star-crossed pair is magically compelled to duel to the death in this sumptuous, Tolstoy-flavored fantasy debut. Read full book review >
SPARK by Holly Schindler
Released: May 17, 2016

"A tale of love, family, and friendship, tailor-made for readers who believe in the mystery and magic of the theater. (Paranormal thriller. 13-18)"
Quin hopes her drama-class senior project can save a local theater and change the course of history. Read full book review >
WITHIN REACH by Jessica Stevens
Released: May 17, 2016

"An intense, at-times overwrought romance for genre fans. (Paranormal romance. 13-17)"
True soul mates can't be separated, even by death. Read full book review >
THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: May 17, 2016

"A mainstream romance that covers well-trod territory. (Romance. 13 & up)"
After surviving a horrific foster home together, a girl is reunited with the boy who always sought to protect her. Read full book review >
PLACES NO ONE KNOWS by Brenna Yovanoff
Released: May 17, 2016

"A brilliant romance that forces its protagonists to explore and accept themselves as they discover one another. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Complicated romance blooms between the perfect student and a sensitive burnout. Read full book review >
DEVIL AND THE BLUEBIRD by Jennifer Mason-Black
Released: May 17, 2016

"A magical-realist adventure laced with folk guitar and outcast drifters unpacks the bonds of family—those we are born into and those we choose. (Magical realism. 14-17)"
Cass and Blue made a deal after their mother died of cancer: they would always talk on Mama's birthday. Last year there was only a voicemail from Cass, and this year the call didn't come at all. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >