Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

BRAVE NEW GIRL by Rachel Vincent
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 9, 2017

"Adds nothing new to a crowded genre. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)"
After a chance encounter with a boy, a girl discovers secrets about herself and her society. Read full book review >
BIRDY FLYNN by Helen Donohoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Reminiscent of older lesbian fiction, this novel will satisfy readers with a taste for queer angst—but they really need to want it. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Donohoe's title character is a modern addition to tragic white butches of the past in this bleak debut set in 1980s England. Read full book review >

DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM by Brian Katcher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"A sweet though sometimes obvious lesson on staying true to oneself. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Deacon's decision to take his grandmother to his senior prom results in unexpected fame. Read full book review >
REAPER by Kyra Leigh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"An also-ran in the genre; for a far more nuanced, philosophical examination of life and death, readers interested in reaping should consider Neal Shusterman's erudite Scythe (2016) instead. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A white teenage girl discovers she must reap souls after she dies. Read full book review >
EDGELAND by Jake Halpern
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"As the living help to liberate the dead, intriguing characters roam the pages of a lifeless story. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After being banished from House Aron for stealing, orphan Wren must endure the bleak life of a grayling on the island of Edgeland, living underground and supporting herself through thievery. Read full book review >

UMBERLAND  by Wendy Spinale
Released: May 9, 2017

"An unpredictable page-turner spun with dread, humor, and unexpected alliances. (Urban fantasy. 14-adult)"
While the people who sought refuge behind the walls of Alnwick Castle suffer high casualties from the Horologia virus, Duchess Alyssa holds fast as all await Doc's search for a cure in this sequel to Everland (2016). Read full book review >
THAT THING WE CALL A HEART by Sheba Karim
Released: May 9, 2017

"Populated by complicated characters who are so well described readers will feel they might bump into them on the street, Karim's second novel delivers on its title's promise. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
It's the end of high school, and Shabnam Qureshi has lost her best friend and has no summer job, but the summer quickly becomes unforgettable when she finds herself falling in love. Read full book review >
THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP by Katie A. Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"A satisfying examination of morality and the decisions that change our lives. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Debate is Tanner's talent, but is he good enough to succeed at his new school? Read full book review >
THE GO-BETWEEN by Veronica Chambers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"There's much to appreciate in this teen soap with heart, even if it wraps up a little too neatly. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The daughter of a Mexican telenovela superstar pretends to be a poor scholarship kid at a posh Los Angeles prep school. Read full book review >
RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An exquisite, thoughtful exploration of the ties that bind and the fluidity of relationships, sexuality, and life. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
In Murphy's (Dumplin', 2015, etc.) third novel, a teenage girl navigates the complexities of romance and identity. Read full book review >
THE TRAITOR'S KISS  by Erin  Beaty
Released: May 9, 2017

"Both epic and intimate, a semi-old-fashioned alternative to the wave of inexplicably lethal superheroines and their smoldering love triangles. (Adventure. 14-adult)"
Marital and martial matters collide when brides and spies become ensnared in a treasonous plot. Read full book review >
CITY OF ANGELS by Kristi Belcamino
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"With a strong female protagonist who won't stop fighting, this page-turner is a delightful and gripping read. (Historical thriller. 14-18)"
Belcamino sets a coming-of-age mystery against the backdrop of the Rodney King case. 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 >