Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
YOU AND ME AND HIM by Kris Dinnison
Released: July 7, 2015

"The (mostly) fat-positive message is important, but its delivery falters. (Fiction. 12-18)"
The arrival of crushworthy new student Tom drives a wedge between Maggie, who is straight, and her best friend, Nash, who is gay. Read full book review >
SILVER IN THE BLOOD by Jessica Day George
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2015

"Thoroughly researched historical details and bright if naïve protagonists conjure a winning period adventure. (author's note) (Historical fiction/paranormal fantasy. 12-17)"
Turn-of-the-last-century socialites discover the bloody secrets of their Old World family in this lush historical fantasy. Read full book review >

THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson
Released: July 7, 2015

"Despite flaws, solid and absorbing high fantasy, with a sudden breathless hook to the next installment. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
Held captive in an enemy land, a princess ricochets among an assassin, a prince, and a barbaric ruler. Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Released: July 7, 2015

"Intriguing despite its unevenness. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl from a ranch in Montana must quickly adjust to life in Washington, D.C., when her older sister puts their ailing grandfather into a facility. Read full book review >
PAPERWEIGHT by Meg Haston
Released: July 7, 2015

"A diligent problem novel if not a gripping one. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Struggles with self-image and grief fill this novel. Read full book review >
A MILLION MILES AWAY by Lara  Avery
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though it reaches for emotional moments, the novel isn't especially memorable. (Romance. 14-18)"
Kelsey begins impersonating her deceased identical twin sister, Michelle, in a misguided attempt to protect Michelle's boyfriend, who has recently been deployed overseas, but her lies lead to heartache when she finds herself falling for Peter. Read full book review >
FOREVER FOR A YEAR by B.T. Gottfred
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both emotionally satisfying and sure to be much discussed. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Two teens experience an intense year of first love. Read full book review >
SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Lynn Weingarten
Released: July 7, 2015

"Provides some tense moments but ultimately disappoints. (Suspense. 14-18)"
Quiet but tough June investigates the apparent suicide by fire of her wild former best friend, Delia. Read full book review >
JESSE'S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally
Released: July 7, 2015

"Highly enjoyable. (Romance. 12-18)"
Maya lives for rock music, so when she gets the chance to shadow a country music star for career day, she isn't impressed. 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 >