Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A compelling true-crime story with a can't-lose hook. (photos, timeline, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 13 & up)"
A young Canadian man spends 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Read full book review >
WHEN KACEY LEFT by Dawn Green
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An honest and heartbreaking journey toward healing. (Fiction. 12-16) "
When Kacey left—by committing suicide—she abandoned her best friend, Sara. Read full book review >

VIOLENT ENDS by Shaun David Hutchinson
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Engaging and heart-wrenching but spread a bit too thin. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A variety of characters affected by a school shooting offer their perspectives in this work of realistic fiction penned by 17 different authors and coordinated by Hutchinson. Read full book review >
JILLIAN CADE by Jen Klein
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not a meal but an entertainingly tasty snack on the light side of the genre. (Paranormal romance. 12-15) "
With well-earned cynicism, high school junior Jillian is trying to carry on Umbra Investigations, her absent father's business and area of "expertise": he's a paranormal researcher, or, in Jillian's words, a trafficker "in bullshit." Read full book review >
YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR by Leah Scheier
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Well-meaning but ultimately unsuccessful. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-15) "
A high school sophomore discovers that her dreamy new artist boyfriend is suffering from mental illness. Read full book review >

MIDNIGHT DOLLS by Kiki Sullivan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans of The Dolls will be quite satisfied with this installment and eager to see what's next. (Supernatural thriller. 12 & up) "
Sullivan's sequel to The Dolls (2014) finds fledgling voodoo queen Eveny Cheval fighting to save the lives of those she loves. Read full book review >
HUNTER by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Captivating, dynamic, well-paced, and thrilling. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Joyeaux Charmand is a young Hunter, chosen from her village to join the Hunter corps of Apex, protecting its Cits from the Othersiders—fantastical, menacing creatures—and also protecting the secrets and people of her village back home. Read full book review >
SMOKED by Mari Mancusi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Where there's smoke, there's fire. And dragons. And the end of the world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
No one is immune to sacrifice and revenge, and sometimes even a vegetarian dragon can have a taste for blood. Read full book review >
CUT BOTH WAYS by Carrie Mesrobian
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Pitch perfect, raw, and moving. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A high school senior struggles to understand himself after he falls for Brandy, a sophomore girl, while at the same time he and his friend Angus, who is openly gay, make out one night while stoned and drunk and then are continually drawn back to one another. Read full book review >
THE WANDERERS by Kate Ormand
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Despite the potential whimsy of a circus adventure narrated by a shape-shifting mare, this more closely resembles a brutal, angst-drenched dystopia à la Veronica Roth's Divergent (2011) than anything else. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
Flo and her friends are but poor, lost circus performers—who shape-shift into animals and try to evade governmental capture. Read full book review >
HAS TO BE LOVE by Jolene Perry
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Breathtakingly earnest emotions packaged in a contrived narration. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A Mormon high school senior in small-town Alaska struggles with scars—both internal and external. Read full book review >
THE FIX by Natasha Sinel
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A powerful story of healing undermined by its central symbol. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A friendship with a troubled classmate helps Macy confront the childhood sexual trauma she's kept secret for years. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >