Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

GIRL IN THE SHADOWS by Gwenda Bond
Released: July 5, 2016

"The characters are mere flat sketches, but with a magical circus girl who escapes from chains while dangling from a burning rope off a Ferris wheel, does it matter? (Fantasy. 13-16)"
The daughter of a famous Las Vegas magician wants an illusionist career of her own more than she wants to go to college. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"For those approaching or in the scrum of middle school, a positive reminder that the perfect middle school experience does not exist. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With age-appropriate humor and insight, veteran teacher Reynolds offers advice aimed at assisting young people as they trek through the minefield that is middle school. Read full book review >

RESIST by Ilima Todd
Released: July 5, 2016

"Speculative fiction with a 'family values' spin. (Dystopia. 12-18)"
After surviving a harrowing accident with his beloved Nine, Theron has been Remade and is home to recover and begin his chosen Trade as a Healer. But Nine is gone—she isn't coming back, and no amount of cage fighting or buzz drinks can fill the emptiness in his life. Read full book review >
A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT by Kristina McBride
Released: July 5, 2016

"Clever, taut storytelling helps to overcome bland characterization. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Hadley spends the night of her life facing two different but equally dangerous paths. Read full book review >
THE LOST & FOUND by Katrina Leno
Released: July 5, 2016

"The plot's flawed, but it's executed by characters readers can believe in and care about. (Magical realism. 13-16)"
Two teens on opposite coasts who've bonded closely in an anonymous online therapy group for trauma victims embark with companions on cross-country road trips to meet in Austin, Texas. Read full book review >

REMIX by Non Pratt
Released: July 5, 2016

"Entertaining, witty, and often funny—but also oddly old-fashioned. (Fiction. 14-18)"
English best friends Kaz and Ruby, in post-breakup recovery mode (from Tom and Stu, respectively), head to Remix, a three-day music festival, to reboot. Read full book review >
BLACK RIVER FALLS by Jeff Hirsch
Released: July 5, 2016

"While Hirsch has created what could be an exciting concept, the reality is slow-paced and anticlimactic. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Hirsch's latest (The Darkest Path, 2013, etc.) is an epidemic novel with a twist. Read full book review >
MIRAGE by Tracy Clark
Released: July 5, 2016

"A psychological thriller that's not. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Ryan is a 17-year-old adrenaline junkie who thrives on the fear others usually wither beneath and who spends her summer days jumping from planes at her parents' sky-diving center in the Mojave Desert. Read full book review >
THE DRAWING LESSON by Mark Crilley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"An original and accessible way to learn to draw. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-14)"
This 144-page book delivers exactly what it promises: a graphic novel that teaches readers to draw. Read full book review >
THE EXORCISM OF SOFIA FLORES by Danielle Vega
Released: July 5, 2016

"A departure from the Mean Girls aesthetic of the first book but a sequel still meant for only the most unflinching of readers. (Horror. 14 & up)"
Sofia Flores returns, this time to save her own soul, as a relentless demon, Catholic dogma, and a sinfully attractive classmate threaten to tear her apart in Vega's gruesome sequel to Merciless (2014). Read full book review >
LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA by Katie Kennedy
Released: July 5, 2016

"An end-of-the-world romp that will prompt readers to think and to laugh, this novel ultimately teases more suspense and romance than it genuinely delivers. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of an awkward teenage genius in Kennedy's comical debut novel. Read full book review >
FEATHERS by Rose Mannering
Released: July 5, 2016

"Here's hoping the last installment isn't such a quagmire of negative tropes and stereotypes. Disappointing. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A gender-bent Swan Lake retelling and sequel to Roses (2013). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >