Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

THE HIDDEN MEMORY OF OBJECTS by Danielle Mages Amato
Released: March 21, 2017

"Overstuffed and requires more patience than the payoff really delivers. (Paranormal mystery. 14-18)"
Skeptical about toxicology reports showing that her brother, Tyler, died of a heroin overdose, Megan investigates. Read full book review >
PYROMANTIC by Lish McBride
Released: March 21, 2017

"Gruesome, snarky high jinks, with just the right amount of feels. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
Giant snails, terrified kelpies, and supernatural knitting: this is life for the teenagers running supernatural law enforcement in small-town Maine. Read full book review >

BLOOD FAMILY by Anne Fine
Released: March 21, 2017

"A powerhouse of a story about a boy who survives. (Fiction. 14-18)"
By the time he's 7, Eddie and his mother have been locked in an apartment in the north of England by abusive drunk Bryce Harris for four years. Read full book review >
BLOOD ON THE BEACH by Sarah N. Harvey
Released: March 21, 2017

"This fast-paced adventure misses the mark with a bland narrative and equally bland characters. (Adventure. 12-16)"
What is supposed to be an intervention program for troubled teens goes awry. Read full book review >
HUNTED by Meagan Spooner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2017

"An elegant, classic, and vivid fairy tale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A rich, Russian-influenced retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." Read full book review >

THE WHITE ROAD OF THE MOON by Rachel Neumeier
Released: March 14, 2017

"A richly rewarding stand-alone story evoking far more color than its titular tint might suggest.(Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Meridy Turiyn's black eyes and dark skin tell every small, fair-skinned mind in Tikiy-by-the-Water what they need to know—she's inherited the eyes of a witch from her late mother and dark complexion from an unnamed Southern father. In short: outcast. Read full book review >
IN DARKLING WOOD by Emma Carroll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Carroll is becoming well-known in her native England; this book should win her American fans. (Fiction. 10-16)"
A modern Gothic tale of fairies, fractured families, and healing. Read full book review >
THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jennifer Park
Released: March 14, 2017

"An appealing debut for romance fans and readers willing to suspend disbelief. (Romantic fantasy. 12-16)"
For years, Leah has stolen out at night to the forest abutting her East Texas home to set out apples on a tree stump, then hide and watch three giant, hairy Bigfoot lumber out and consume her offering; this time, the visitors include a human boy. Read full book review >
FREYA by Matthew Laurence
Released: March 14, 2017

"Like a Rick Riordan-Terry Pratchett mashup, this series debut blends philosophy (free will, destiny, faith), humor, multidimensional characters, and a fast-moving, well-constructed plot into a compulsively entertaining read. (Fantasy. 15-18)"
The sinister Finemdi Corp. accumulates deities, securing their cooperation by promising them worshipers; the Norse goddess of love, war, and magic wants to know why. Read full book review >
THE HEARTBEATS OF WING JONES by Katherine Webber
Released: March 14, 2017

"Overall, a solid debut. (Historical fiction. 14-16)"
In 1995 Atlanta, a mixed-race girl finds a way to stand out on her own terms. Read full book review >
WAER by Meg Caddy
Released: March 14, 2017

"A familiar paranormal fantasy energized by head wounds and plot twists. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
A new world of shape-shifters and a time-honored battle between good and evil come alive in Caddy's debut fantasy for teens. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD by Demitria Lunetta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2017

"A thoroughly enjoyable contemporary Gothic. (Paranormal suspense. 13 & up)"
Grappling with self-harm, a white teen confronts connections to a dark and distant past, family secrets, and magic. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >