Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

FLASHFALL by Jenny Moyer
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A distinctive post-apocalyptic world stunted by clumsy writing and ambiguous worldbuilding. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Generations have passed since the cosmic event that formed the flash curtain, a toxic wall of deadly radiation. The remaining humans are scratching out a desperate survival in the hellish aftermath. Read full book review >
THE NERDY AND THE DIRTY by B.T. Gottfred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A truly beautiful story about passionately falling in love with another and learning to love and share your true self. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Benedict Pendleton and Penelope Lupo are the unlikeliest of unlikely high school couples. Read full book review >

MY SISTER ROSA by Justine Larbalestier
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"This dark thriller is the 1956 film The Bad Seed meets 2016; readers will be simultaneously terrified when Rosa's present and afraid to let her out of their sight. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
"Do you think I'm the devil?" Read full book review >
HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE NORTH by Luke Healy
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Two parts historical, one part invention, a quiet contemplation and celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit. (afterword, author's note) (Graphic novel. 14 & up)"
Two early-20th-century expeditions intertwine with a 21st-century story in Healy's debut graphic novel. Read full book review >
THIS IS OUR STORY by Ashley Elston
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Chilling and suspenseful, with just the right number of twists. (Mystery. 13-17)"
If your friend's dead body falls in the woods and nobody is around to see which of you pulled the trigger, what will your story be? Read full book review >

THE GOBLIN CROWN by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A flawed but compelling series beginning. (appendices) (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Transported into an underground world of goblins, war, magic, and hybrid beasts, a trio of reluctant human heroes must brave the strange in this morally complex, action-packed fantasy epic. Read full book review >
TRISH TRASH ROLLERGIRL OF MARS by Jessica Abel
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"It's a bit too ambitious, but readers should find it intriguing enough to be hopeful about subsequent volumes. (Graphic science fiction. 12 & up)"
Living on Mars, an adolescent girl dreams of leaving her farm and joining the hoverderby. Read full book review >
THE TURNCOAT'S GAMBIT by Andrea Cremer
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A fast read and a satisfying conclusion to an authentic steampunk trilogy. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
The sequel to The Conjuror's Riddle (2015) and the final novel in the Inventor's Secret trilogy brings to a conclusion the story of the attempts of the Resistance to overcome the evil Empire that controlled the American continent following a war loosely modeled on the U.S. Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
AND THEN THE SKY EXPLODED by David A. Poulsen
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Yuko's story and her meeting with Christian are worth reading and can start the conversation with young readers about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Thirteen-year-old Christian's first funeral is his great-grandfather Will's, and he's already bewildered when he and his family are leaving the church and run into protesters who call GG Will a murderer because of his involvement in the Manhattan project. Read full book review >
SAFE HARBOR by C. Taylor-Butler
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A great choice for reluctant readers as well as fans of Rick Riordan and the Artemis Fowl books. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Ben, his sister, April, and their friends Grace, Carlos, and Serise return in this sequel to The Lost Tribes (2015). Read full book review >
TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Stuffed with cameos from nearly every character of note from the Shadowhunter universe, there's not even enough room here for fan service. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Ten previously published short stories take Simon from amnesia to Ascension. Read full book review >
Rightful Heir by Becca Ketelsleger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2016

"Will appeal to fans of classic sword-and-king fantasy, especially with its likable lead, but needs additional editing."
A female warrior, who is a natural leader, stars in this retelling of the King Arthur myth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >