Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

UNIVERSITY OF DOOM by Mario Acevedo
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A zooming grand-slam of sci-fi fun."
Acevedo (Rescue from Planet Pleasure, 2016, etc.) offers a middle-grade sci-fi adventure about talented father-and-son scientists who find themselves banished to the suburbs.Read full book review >
ASH AND QUILL  by Rachel Caine
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2017

"A strong ensemble adventure, grim, gritty, and genuinely enjoyable. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Smuggler's son Jess Brightwell and his band of troublemaking Scholars face danger again in this third installment (Paper and Fire, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

PRETTY by Justin Sayre
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"Coming-of-age never looked so beautiful. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The only time 13-year-old Sophie can relax is when her alcoholic mother, Janet, finally falls into bed asleep. Read full book review >
PAPER HEARTS  by Ali Novak
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 4, 2017

"An undemanding, wish-fulfillment romance. (Romance. 14-16)"
Another fluffy romance between a girl and a boy-band member, following The Heartbreakers (2015). Read full book review >
WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS by Julia Walton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 4, 2017

"Readers will find a refreshingly measured look at schizophrenia, but they won't come away with medical facts. (Fiction. 13-17)"
It's 2012, and a 16-year-old boy with schizophrenia starts fresh, with a new drug trial and at a new high school. Read full book review >

THE REVENGE by Hannah Jayne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 4, 2017

"A decent hook ruined by shoddy characters and limp plotting. (Thriller. 12-16)"
When a local teen celebrity goes missing, her ex-boyfriend becomes the prime suspect. Read full book review >
AMAZON ADVENTURE by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"An adventure that might help protect an ecosystem. (map, selected bibliography, Web resources, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Experienced nature chroniclers visit a tiny Amazon town that celebrates its tropical fish trade. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARANCES by Emily Bain Murphy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 4, 2017

"While there are a few snags in the storytelling, overall, a story bursting with color and originality. (Historical suspense. 12-18)"
At the center of Murphy's debut novel is a small town shrouded in mystery. Read full book review >
A VOID THE SIZE OF THE WORLD by Rachele Alpine
Released: July 4, 2017

"A lukewarm effort. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A small-town teen copes with the disappearance of her sister. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTIFUL LOST by Luanne Rice
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2017

"This novel clearly demonstrates that sometimes it is only in darkness that one can see light. (Fiction. 12-16)"
It's been six years since Maia's mother left and one year since she was hospitalized for attempting suicide. The depression is starting to set in again, but this time she has The Plan. Read full book review >
INTO THE HURRICANE by Neil Connelly
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2017

"A Category 5 drama that's not without flaws but that has plenty of heart. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Haunted by the ghost of his dead older sister, Eli decides to defy the emergency evacuation orders and travel out to the old lighthouse to finally put his sister's spirit to rest—even if it kills him. Read full book review >
IF BIRDS FLY BACK by Carlie Sorosiak
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2017

"This familiar-feeling if slightly overlong debut should resonate with fans of Morgan Matson, John Green, and Rainbow Rowell. (Fiction. 13-18)"
While both are volunteering at a Miami Beach retirement home, an aspiring astrophysicist and a young filmmaker befriend a famous octogenarian who's presumed dead. 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 >