Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
Released: April 14, 2015

"Unflinching and powerful. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In a small town, one girl is raped, and another girl disappears. Read full book review >
HIT by Delilah S. Dawson
Released: April 14, 2015

"Practically movie ready, this novel will satisfy fans of thrillers and dystopias alike. (Thriller. 14-18)"
To pay off her mother's massive debt, Patsy Klein becomes a government assassin. Read full book review >

I WILL ALWAYS WRITE BACK by Caitlin Alifirenka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A feel-good, message-driven book that may appeal to adults more than teens. (photographs) (Memoir. 12 & up)"
A pen-pal correspondence between an American girl and a Zimbabwean boy blossoms into a lifelong friendship. Read full book review >
THE REVELATION OF LOUISA MAY by Michaela MacColl
Released: April 14, 2015

"An intriguing introduction to young Louisa May Alcott as a spunky heroine. (author's note, further reading) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Fifteen-year-old Louisa Alcott cares for her family while protecting a fugitive slave, coping with a budding romance and solving a puzzling murder. Read full book review >
THE FEARLESS by Emma Pass
Released: April 14, 2015

"Post-apocalyptic paint-by-numbers. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 12-17)"
Society falls after an attempted cure for PTSD manifests terrible side effects. Read full book review >

THE WORLD FORGOT by Martin Leicht
Released: April 14, 2015

"A worthy conclusion to an enjoyable sci-fi romp. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
This conclusion to the Ever-Expanding Universe trilogy takes Elvie and her friends out to a junkyard in space. Read full book review >
STRANGLED SILENCE by Oisín McGann
THRILLERS
Released: April 14, 2015

"A good crossover thriller for conspiracy-theory lovers. (Science fiction. 17 & up)"
A university student, a vet and a conspiracy theorist unravel a dangerous government plot in a near-future England. Read full book review >
THE PRETTY APP by Katie Sise
Released: April 14, 2015

"A clichéd, unrealistic look at teen lives in the mobile age. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The classic tale of how a beauty finds inner loveliness gets a modern take. Read full book review >
THE PROM GOER'S INTERSTELLAR EXCURSION by Chris McCoy
Released: April 14, 2015

"Not particularly meaningful but entertaining nonetheless. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
A sad sack has just secured his first date—to the senior prom, no less—when she's kidnapped by extraterrestrials. Read full book review >
THE WONDROUS AND THE WICKED by Page Morgan
Released: April 14, 2015

"Standard-issue paranormal romance with lots of descriptions of dresses. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
This book concludes the trilogy that began with The Beautiful and the Cursed (2013) and continued with The Lovely and the Lost (2014).Read full book review >
THE SECOND GUARD by J.D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In the matrilineal monarchy of Tequende, when second-born children reach the tender age of 15, their families must surrender them to be trained as the mightiest soldiers in the land, known as the Second Guard. Read full book review >
ANDREO'S RACE by Pam Withers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"The issues-driven plotline is superimposed rather forcibly on the athletic one—but both feature suspenseful, character-changing incidents. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A challenging endurance event provides an adopted teen with the perfect opportunity to track down his birth mother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >