Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

TROUBLE MAKES A COMEBACK by Stephanie Tromly
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An effective and largely entertaining romp. (Mystery. 14-17)"
Trouble returns to Zoe's world. Read full book review >
FATE OF FLAMES by Sarah Raughley
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"This series opener has it all: strong females, intrigue, a dash of romance, monsters, and a sequel in the wings. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Girl power reigns in this debut fantasy series. Read full book review >

Secret Heart by Danielle Dreger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A well-constructed but generic foray into the world of high school dating."
A high school musician embarks on a rocky relationship in this debut YA romance. Read full book review >
CATALYST by Kristin Smith
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"Conceptually interesting but too heavily reliant on convenience to succeed. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Investigating her recently deceased father's secret identity leads 17-year-old white, redheaded Sienna into the criminal underworld, a network of rebels, and uncharted romantic territory. Read full book review >
The Pendant Saga by J.A. Knighted
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 16, 2016

"A complex but promising start to a colorful time-bending adventure."
The Pemberton siblings fall into a portal on their grandfather's property, leading to adventures involving pirates and a mystical world in this first installment of a debut children's fantasy series. Read full book review >

FLASHFALL by Jenny Moyer
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A distinctive post-apocalyptic world stunted by clumsy writing and ambiguous worldbuilding. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Generations have passed since the cosmic event that formed the flash curtain, a toxic wall of deadly radiation. The remaining humans are scratching out a desperate survival in the hellish aftermath. Read full book review >
THE NERDY AND THE DIRTY by B.T. Gottfred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A truly beautiful story about passionately falling in love with another and learning to love and share your true self. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Benedict Pendleton and Penelope Lupo are the unlikeliest of unlikely high school couples. Read full book review >
MY SISTER ROSA by Justine Larbalestier
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"This dark thriller is the 1956 film The Bad Seed meets 2016; readers will be simultaneously terrified when Rosa's present and afraid to let her out of their sight. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
"Do you think I'm the devil?" Read full book review >
HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE NORTH by Luke Healy
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Two parts historical, one part invention, a quiet contemplation and celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit. (afterword, author's note) (Graphic novel. 14 & up)"
Two early-20th-century expeditions intertwine with a 21st-century story in Healy's debut graphic novel. Read full book review >
THIS IS OUR STORY by Ashley Elston
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Chilling and suspenseful, with just the right number of twists. (Mystery. 13-17)"
If your friend's dead body falls in the woods and nobody is around to see which of you pulled the trigger, what will your story be? Read full book review >
THE GOBLIN CROWN by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A flawed but compelling series beginning. (appendices) (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Transported into an underground world of goblins, war, magic, and hybrid beasts, a trio of reluctant human heroes must brave the strange in this morally complex, action-packed fantasy epic. Read full book review >
TRISH TRASH ROLLERGIRL OF MARS by Jessica Abel
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"It's a bit too ambitious, but readers should find it intriguing enough to be hopeful about subsequent volumes. (Graphic science fiction. 12 & up)"
Living on Mars, an adolescent girl dreams of leaving her farm and joining the hoverderby. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >