Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

REGINA RISING by Wendy Toliver
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 25, 2017

"Reasonably enjoyable as a tie-in, this can also stand alone, although the stumbling-toward-darkness conclusion might seem odd to readers who don't know Regina's ultimate destiny. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A tie-in novel for ABC's Once Upon a Time explores an incident in the adolescence of Regina, the future Evil Queen from Snow White. Read full book review >
THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING by Erin Chack
Released: April 25, 2017

"Amusing stories to share late at night. (Memoir. 14-adult)"
Chack cut her teeth as a writer for BuzzFeed, crafting articles like "29 Things You Should Never Do When Banging a Dude," and now offers this episodic memoir. Read full book review >

EYE OF THE STORM by Amy Cherrix
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 25, 2017

"Suggest to able teen readers who already have the appropriate background knowledge. (hurricane preparedness, glossary, chapter notes, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
A high-altitude drone built for the Air Force is repurposed to investigate hurricane behavior in a NASA-sponsored project headquartered at Wallops Island, Virginia. Read full book review >
THE GRAY HOUSE by Mariam Petrosyan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"An impressive—and impressively massive—feat of imagination and translation. (Magical realism. 14-adult)"
Petrosyan's award-winning debut novel, translated from Russian, is a vividly imagined tale of epic proportions. Read full book review >
FIREWORKS by Katie Cotugno
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"A compelling portrait of the intimacies of close girl friendships and young love. (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
Dana—poor, white, and from a troubled home—knows she has no real prospects for a life outside of her small Georgia town. Read full book review >

HIGHER, STEEPER, FASTER by Lawrence Goldstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"For those who love history, aviation, or stories of great daring, this is pure pleasure. (timeline, glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
The author's passion for his subject infuses this richly detailed history of the daredevil years in flying. Read full book review >
MISSING by Kelley Armstrong
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Thrills and mystery from a pro. (Suspense. 14-18)"
A girl living in a depressed coal mining town finds a wealthy boy in the woods who has been savagely beaten, then searches for him when he disappears. Read full book review >
BENEATH THE SHINE by Sarah Fine
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"As a retelling of Baroness Orczy's classic, an enjoyable romantic adventure. As an early entry in what will presumably be a long string of dark futures inspired by the 2016 presidential campaign, lacking in depth and clarity. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
The Scarlet Pimpernel relocated to a dystopian United States. Read full book review >
THE ADJUSTMENT by Suzanne Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"An intensely dark teen romance set within a tale of communal identity crisis. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)"
Tatum will risk everything for the sake of Weston's memories. Read full book review >
VINCENT AND THEO by Deborah Heiligman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"A remarkably insightful, profoundly moving story of fraternal interdependence and unconditional love. (timeline, author's note, biography, source notes, index) (Biography. 14-18)"
As she did in Charles and Emma (2009), her biography of the Darwins, Heiligman renders a nuanced portrait of the complex, devoted, and enduring relationship between the Van Gogh brothers. Read full book review >
GRENDEL'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND WAR by A.E. Kaplan
Released: April 18, 2017

"A clever spin on a weighty classic. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Tom Grendel battles unruly neighbors and honors family history, all with an eye on the girl next door, in this witty debut novel and homage to Beowulf. Read full book review >
BANG by Barry Lyga
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Heartbreaking and brutally compelling. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Ten years ago, when he was just 4, Sebastian accidentally killed his infant sister with his father's unattended handgun. Now a teen, he struggles to cope with the far-reaching effects of this horrific experience. 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 >