Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

THE TURNCOAT'S GAMBIT by Andrea Cremer
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A fast read and a satisfying conclusion to an authentic steampunk trilogy. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
The sequel to The Conjuror's Riddle (2015) and the final novel in the Inventor's Secret trilogy brings to a conclusion the story of the attempts of the Resistance to overcome the evil Empire that controlled the American continent following a war loosely modeled on the U.S. Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
AND THEN THE SKY EXPLODED by David A. Poulsen
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Yuko's story and her meeting with Christian are worth reading and can start the conversation with young readers about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Thirteen-year-old Christian's first funeral is his great-grandfather Will's, and he's already bewildered when he and his family are leaving the church and run into protesters who call GG Will a murderer because of his involvement in the Manhattan project. Read full book review >

SAFE HARBOR by C. Taylor-Butler
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A great choice for reluctant readers as well as fans of Rick Riordan and the Artemis Fowl books. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Ben, his sister, April, and their friends Grace, Carlos, and Serise return in this sequel to The Lost Tribes (2015). Read full book review >
TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Stuffed with cameos from nearly every character of note from the Shadowhunter universe, there's not even enough room here for fan service. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Ten previously published short stories take Simon from amnesia to Ascension. Read full book review >
Rightful Heir by Becca Ketelsleger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2016

"Will appeal to fans of classic sword-and-king fantasy, especially with its likable lead, but needs additional editing."
A female warrior, who is a natural leader, stars in this retelling of the King Arthur myth. Read full book review >

JESS, CHUNK, AND THE ROAD TRIP TO INFINITY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Well-meaning and timely but not as strong as Meredith Russo's If I Was Your Girl and Brie Spangler's Beast (both 2016). (Fiction. 12-16)"
A trans girl artist goes on a road trip with her fat best friend and publicly dresses as her true self for the first time. Read full book review >
AVENGED by E.E. Cooper
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A taut thriller about a psychopath loose in the halls of a suburban high school. (Mystery. 14-18)"
There are mean girls and queen bees—and then there's Britney Matson, who makes the rest look like hopeless amateurs. Read full book review >
MERROW by Ananda Braxton-Smith
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A sparkling paean to the stories we tell—plain and embroidered, fantastical, amazing, true—that get us through the night. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Neen was almost 3 when her mother, Ven, disappeared, but a decade later she still has more questions than answers; grim Auntie Ushag's tight-lipped, but some say Ven had merrow blood and returned to the sea. Read full book review >
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE by Catherine Reef
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A vividly written, richly layered portrait of a fascinating woman whose life and work influenced and inspired many. (photos, source notes, bibliography) (Biography. 12-18)"
This complex portrait of the "Lady with the Lamp" offers an insightful look into the remarkable life and work of Florence Nightingale and the times in which she lived. Read full book review >
THE DOOR THAT LED TO WHERE by Sally Gardner
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Liberally peppered with both swears (from both times) and Dickens references, this gritty coming-of-age story is best suited to readers as fundamentally romantic as AJ. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
In Printz honoree Gardner's (Maggot Moon, 2014) time-travel historical mystery, 17-year-old white Londoner AJ Flynn, having passed only one of his qualifying exams, faces a bleak future until he discovers a door to the 1830s and the possibility of a different life in another century. Read full book review >
THE BOOMERANG EFFECT by Gordon Jack
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"The upbeat ending that resolves many of Lawrence's struggles is unsurprising and fits well, but there are major flaws here that will turn readers off. (Fiction. 14-18) "
A stoner in the process of reforming is pressured to act as a mentor for a new, younger student at his high school in this comedic novel. Read full book review >
DIE FOR YOU by Amy Fellner Dominy
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A perceptive portrait of relationship abuse. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Teenage relationships are intense to begin with—but what happens when your boyfriend becomes too intense? 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 >