Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

OBLIVION by Kelly Creagh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 28, 2015

"A romantic, hard-fought conclusion that should please fans. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
The conclusion to the gothic paranormal-romance trilogy started in Nevermore (2010).Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF GLITTER AND BLOOD by Hannah Moskowitz
Released: July 28, 2015

"In spite of its narrative unevenness, this novel of friendship, love, and fighting for one's beliefs should find a place among fans of the modern fairy story. (Fantasy. 15-18)"
When war broke out a year ago in the fairy city of Ferrum, its inhabitants, except for four young rebellious fairies, fled in search of a safer home. Read full book review >

The Midnight Spy by Kiki Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2015

"Compelling characters, riveting tension, and rich, complex worldbuilding make this a must-read for fantasy fans."
Hamilton (The Faerie Queen, 2014) launches a planned YA historical fantasy series driven by a strong heroine, intrigue, mystery, and a little bit of romance.Read full book review >
NOBLE WARRIOR by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Released: July 21, 2015

"A sequel that destroys the goodwill established by its predecessor. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A teenage mixed martial arts genius works covert ops for the U.S. government. Read full book review >
MODEL MISFIT by Holly Smale
Released: July 21, 2015

"Fluffy but funny for readers who can overlook the cultural cluelessness. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl entranced by physics, mathematics, history, and literature also works as a model for an innovative international fashion designer, but she's so inept she's likely to lose her job in this comic sequel to the original Geek Girl (2015).Read full book review >

PRETENDING TO BE ERICA by Michelle Painchaud
Released: July 21, 2015

"A thriller premise with a satisfying shades-of-gray resolution. (Suspense. 14-17)"
Raised up by her foster father to become the world's best con artist, Violet's disguised as a girl who's both very rich and very dead. Read full book review >
TORN by Avery Hastings
Released: July 21, 2015

"The setting never comes to life, and the characters never inspire real caring in this paint-by-numbers second volume. (Dystopian romance. 12-15)"
Star-crossed lovers Cole and Davis may be miles apart, but their goals for the future still follow a similar trajectory—toward each other. Read full book review >
RESONANCE by Erica  O'Rourke
Released: July 21, 2015

"Standard rebels-against-impossible-odds plot with a mild twist. (Dystopian romance. 12-18)"
This sequel to Dissonance (2014) continues Del's adventures in a musical version of parallel universes.Read full book review >
THE FALCONER'S APPRENTICE by Malve von Hassell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 15, 2015

"This well-researched and carefully plotted novel features a likable protagonist and a setting straight from the Newbery canon. (notes, suggested reading, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
Andreas, 14 and lowborn, cannot bear to allow the death of a peregrine falcon, unfairly condemned by a count's son, and so escapes with it, introducing readers to European life in the early 13th century. Read full book review >
CHEATING FOR THE CHICKEN MAN by Priscilla Cummings
Released: July 15, 2015

"Realistically presenting the situational rather than absolute nature of some difficult choices, this engrossing novel provides lots to ponder and discuss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kate Tyler compromises her own values to protect her brother from bullying in this follow-up to Cummings' The Red Kayak (2004).Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN SPECIFIC by S.E. Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Brilliantly imagined and full of wonder. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
In the second installment of the Mapmakers trilogy, Sophia Tims goes on a journey in search of her parents in a world broken apart by the Great Disruption of 1799. Read full book review >
NO SUCH PERSON by Caroline B. Cooney
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015

"Haunting, harrowing, and hard to put down. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
Slowly and methodically, the tale unfolds of how two sisters spending the summer at their family cottage on the shore of the Connecticut River find themselves at the center of a murder investigation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >