Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: April 28, 2015

"Though it has an undeniably thought-provoking concept, this debut doesn't reach its potential. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
High school senior Jonathan Aubrey has a secret: He is a world-maker. Read full book review >
EDEN WEST by Pete Hautman
Released: April 28, 2015

"Ultimately, this is no more than a surface-level exploration of nontraditional religious faith. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jacob's faith and commitment to his cult's restrictive lifestyle waver when he meets two outsider teens who introduce ideas from the outside world. Read full book review >

MAGONIA by Maria Dahvana Headley
Released: April 28, 2015

"Striking an uneven balance between gorgeous realism and banal fantasy, this requires readers tolerant of books with split personalities. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
A girl with a rare fatal disease discovers a magical secret about herself. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough
Released: April 28, 2015

"Race, class, fate and choice—they join Love and Death to play their parts in Brockenbrough's haunting and masterfully orchestrated narrative. (Magical realism. 12 & up)"
A lovingly realized Depression-era Seattle becomes the field of play for the latest round in the titular, age-old game. Read full book review >
TRUE SON by Lana Krumwiede
Released: April 28, 2015

"It would behoove those new to the series to begin with the first book, but those anticipating the conclusion of the trilogy will not be disappointed by the ever-so-slightly-tidy ending. (Dystopian adventure. 10-14)"
The third and final installment in the dystopian Psi Chronicles. Read full book review >

Released: April 28, 2015

"Offering a provocative spin on the typical teen-with-cancer plotline, Reed risks her protagonist's likability to explore the aftermath of life-altering second chances. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Evie, 17, bravely faces terminal illness along with her fellow teen sufferers, until fate intervenes; unlike Stella and Caleb, Evie miraculously recovers: "There has been a mistake. Or a miracle." Read full book review >
THE REPLACED by Kimberly Derting
Released: April 28, 2015

"The book suffers somewhat from middle-book syndrome, but it is still solid enough to keep fans reading. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
The second entry in the Taking trilogy finds Kyra mixing it up with a group of fellow Returned and searching for her lost love. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Trisha Leaver
Released: April 28, 2015

"For lovers of melodrama only. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A fatal accident leaves one twin sister dead and the other trying to figure out her identity. Read full book review >
LIFE UNAWARE by Cole Gibsen
Released: April 28, 2015

"This well-intentioned story would have profited from a more delicate touch. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The persecutor becomes the persecuted when personal texts and emails are leaked, outing Regan Flay as the scheming mean girl she really is. Read full book review >
ROOK by Sharon Cameron
Released: April 28, 2015

"Full of derring-do and double crosses, this romantic adventure is thoroughly engrossing. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
A clever homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel, set in a post-apocalyptic future Europe. Read full book review >
LYING OUT LOUD by Kody Keplinger
Released: April 28, 2015

"Fierce, fresh, total fun. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Keplinger breathes new life into what it means to LOL. Read full book review >
STRANGE SKIES by Kristi Helvig
Released: April 28, 2015

"A tepid, disappointing sequel. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
After a hasty exodus from a sun-ravaged Earth, a girl finds herself on a beautiful, lush planet only to discover she's still fighting the same old fight. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >