Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES by Patrice Kindl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"This airy soufflé of a tale, garnished with quirky charm, is an unmitigated delight from start to finish. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Several years after the events of Keeping the Castle (2012), the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy has opened in the rainy hamlet of Lesser Hoo. The school's mission: to ready eight young ladies, ages 12 to 19, for the marriage market. Read full book review >
ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
Released: July 14, 2015

"Fluid and aching, with a diverse cast and rich worldbuilding. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)"
Tally, the scientist daughter of now-vanished Aurora from All Our Pretty Songs (2013), leaves her cozy New York home in search of blood family.Read full book review >

THE KEY by Sara B. Elfgren
Released: July 14, 2015

"Epic in length if not scale, the closer puts its small-town teen ensemble through the wringer. (castlist) (Fantasy/horror. 13-18)"
The rise of a rival coven spells both complications and loyalty conflicts for the young witches charged with saving the world from a demon invasion. Read full book review >
REBEL MECHANICS by Shanna Swendson
Released: July 14, 2015

"Despite lackluster worldbuilding, steampunk fans will enjoy this gadget-filled costume drama. (Steampunk. 12-14)"
Plucky Miss Verity Newton intends to become a governess in the British colony of New York, circa 1888. Read full book review >
FANTASY SPORTS by Sam Bosma
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015

"Whether sports fans, fantasy enthusiasts, or just comics lovers, readers will be eager for more adventures with this unlikely duo.(Graphic fantasy. 12-18)"
A young wizard apprentice and a brutish tomb raider rebound from a deadly pickup game. Read full book review >

SHOW AND PROVE by Sofia Quintero
Released: July 14, 2015

"A must-read for fans of Walter Dean Myers' All the Right Stuff and other lovers of proud urban realism. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Academic ambition and hip-hop intersect in the South Bronx, where two friends spend a summer growing up and, unwillingly, apart. Read full book review >
STONE RIDER by David Hofmeyr
Released: July 14, 2015

"An exciting, action-packed romp that hits a few bumps along the way. (Dystopian adventure. 12-16)"
A dangerous race is run with everything on the line in this gritty dystopian thrill ride. Read full book review >
MANIA by J.R. Johansson
Released: July 8, 2015

"Less mystery but more action finishes the trilogy. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
This conclusion to the Night Walkers trilogy turns into a shoot-'em-up without abandoning its original paranormal premise. Read full book review >
SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Danielle Vega
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both scary and gory, tailor-made for fans of the genre. (Horror. 12-18)"
A girl gets out of rehab but can't stop herself from hanging with her wild friend. Read full book review >
THE SIX by Mark Alpert
Released: July 7, 2015

"A thought-provoking clash between humanity and machinery, not without a few bugs. (author's note) (Science fiction. 12-16)"
"That's what I love about VR programs—how you can use them to build a virtual world that's way better than ordinary reality," says Adam, whose muscular dystrophy gives him a good reason to escape his body. Read full book review >
DON'T EVER CHANGE by M. Beth Bloom
Released: July 7, 2015

"In Eva's case, the book's title cuts a little too close to home. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Socially aloof aspiring writer Eva spends her last summer before college following her new motto to "Walk Through Every Open Door" to gather experiences for writing fodder. Read full book review >
FOULSHAM by Edward Carey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A story wondrous fine, full of terrors and marvels. (Horror. 11 & up)"
The middle volume of the Iremonger trilogy escalates in both suspense and strangeness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >