Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

STONES ON A GRAVE by Kathy Kacer
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Part of the interconnected Secrets series, the novel is a quick, easy read about a little-known period. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Secrets can hide painful truths, as a young woman learns in this novel set in 1964. Read full book review >
MY LIFE BEFORE ME by Norah McClintock
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"This entry in the Secrets series embeds a tragic past within an engrossing mystery—masterfully. (Historical mystery. 11-18) "
In the summer of 1964, 16-year-old Cady Andrews is unexpectedly sent out into the world from the Canadian orphanage where she grew up, determined to become a reporter. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Good as a nostalgia trip for the original fans of Fear Street—but it will probably leave their children cold. (Horror. 12-16) "
A tale of revenge on Fear Street—nothing new there. Read full book review >
MADLY by Amy Alward
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Charming and humorous but for the shopworn depictions of exotic foreigners. (Fantasy. 12-14) "
Though her family's come down in the world, one apprentice alchemist must save the princess—and the kingdom. Read full book review >
FACELESS by Alyssa Sheinmel
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A problem novel, yes, but an absorbing one. (Fiction. 12-18) "
When a pretty, athletic girl loses her face in a fire, she gets a face transplant and struggles with the permanent changes in her life. Read full book review >

THE UNQUIET PAST by Kelley Armstrong
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A compelling mystery unevenly executed. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
An orphan with visons seeks her past in a Gothic 1964 Quebec. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A novel that could have hit the high notes but instead falls flat. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
The only memories 16-year-old Toni Royce has of her mother are the scars on her skin and lingering nightmares of a vicious and painful fire. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Best read late at night in a tent with a trusted friend nearby…. (Horror. 14 & up)"
An old-fashioned ghost story plays on primal fears: parents turning on children, the dread of what is out there, and the horror of what might be within. Read full book review >
INNOCENT by Eric Walters
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Lukewarm and unremarkable. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A young woman loses everything and must plumb her past before she can build a new life for herself. Read full book review >
SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Cracking page-turner with a multiethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Adolescent criminals seek the haul of a lifetime in a fantasyland at the beginning of its industrial age. Read full book review >
A BIG DOSE OF LUCKY by Marthe Jocelyn
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A fresh coming-of-age tale with an unconventional twist. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Malou always wondered who her parents were and how she came to be the only colored girl at the small-town orphanage. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Like the work of Diane Arbus, whose photographs play a central role here: bleak yet life-affirming. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A young street photographer with burn scars on his face is terrorized by brutal, manipulative bullies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marie Lu
September 29, 2015

In the second installment of Marie Lu’s Young Elites series, The Rose Society, Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness? “The direction of this trilogy's conclusion is left refreshingly difficult to predict,” our reviewer writes. View video >