Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jennifer Park
Released: March 14, 2017

"An appealing debut for romance fans and readers willing to suspend disbelief. (Romantic fantasy. 12-16)"
For years, Leah has stolen out at night to the forest abutting her East Texas home to set out apples on a tree stump, then hide and watch three giant, hairy Bigfoot lumber out and consume her offering; this time, the visitors include a human boy. Read full book review >
FREYA by Matthew Laurence
Released: March 14, 2017

"Like a Rick Riordan-Terry Pratchett mashup, this series debut blends philosophy (free will, destiny, faith), humor, multidimensional characters, and a fast-moving, well-constructed plot into a compulsively entertaining read. (Fantasy. 15-18)"
The sinister Finemdi Corp. accumulates deities, securing their cooperation by promising them worshipers; the Norse goddess of love, war, and magic wants to know why. Read full book review >

THE HEARTBEATS OF WING JONES by Katherine Webber
Released: March 14, 2017

"Overall, a solid debut. (Historical fiction. 14-16)"
In 1995 Atlanta, a mixed-race girl finds a way to stand out on her own terms. Read full book review >
WAER by Meg Caddy
Released: March 14, 2017

"A familiar paranormal fantasy energized by head wounds and plot twists. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
A new world of shape-shifters and a time-honored battle between good and evil come alive in Caddy's debut fantasy for teens. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD by Demitria Lunetta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2017

"A thoroughly enjoyable contemporary Gothic. (Paranormal suspense. 13 & up)"
Grappling with self-harm, a white teen confronts connections to a dark and distant past, family secrets, and magic. Read full book review >

A SINGLE STONE by Meg McKinlay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"A beautiful, sparkling gem. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In an isolated mountain village, seven girls tunnel deep into the earth in order to provide for the well-being of all. Read full book review >
ENEMY EXPOSURE by Meghan Rogers
Released: March 14, 2017

"High-octane espionage that's heavy on thrills but light on character growth. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Teen spy Jocelyn recruits double agents from KATO to gain intelligence, but can she trust them? Read full book review >
A DOG IN THE CAVE by Kay Frydenborg
Released: March 14, 2017

"This lively blend of science and history is an outstanding example of narrative nonfiction. (Nonfiction 12 & up)"
A compelling look at the origins of and the ongoing unique relationship between humans and dogs. Read full book review >
THE GUY, THE GIRL, THE ARTIST AND HIS EX by Gabrielle Williams
Released: March 14, 2017

"A winning, offbeat romp for all ages. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
The lives of four young people intersect in unexpected ways as the result of a spectacular art heist in Melbourne. Read full book review >
WHO KILLED CHRISTOPHER GOODMAN? by Allan Wolf
Released: March 14, 2017

"A heartfelt, intricate examination of what underlies human behavior. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
The day after a summer festival, two teenagers find the body of a schoolmate by the side of a road. Read full book review >
MAID OF THE KING'S COURT by Lucy Worsley
Released: March 14, 2017

"Exhilarating, romantic, and illuminating; has the potential to turn casual readers into Tudor history buffs. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 15 & up)"
Hampton Court curator Worsley's debut novel for teens digs into the danger that lies just beneath the glamour of Henry VIII's court. Read full book review >
EYES & SPIES by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though there are plenty of issues worthy of attention not addressed here, this lively effort serves well as a revealing, thoughtful, and provocative introduction to a complex subject and alarming realities. (further reading, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The word "Orwellian" is oddly absent in this chilling look at how we now live in a world of near-constant surveillance and data collection. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >