Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

FELIX YZ by Lisa Bunker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 6, 2017

"Joyful, heartbreaking, completely bonkers, and exuberantly alive. (Science fiction. 10-adult)"
A freak scientific accident leaves an ordinary Maine boy atomically bonded to a fourth-dimensional being in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
FIREBRAND by A.J.  Hartley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 2017

"Readers who come for the tightly plotted mystery will stay for the heroine who does all she can to resist. (Mystery/fantasy. 14-adult)"
Three months after the events of Steeplejack (2016), Anglet Sutonga investigates an elite social club to uncover the identity of a thief and traitor. But as she follows each clue, the Lani girl discovers that wealth, bigotry, and political power intersect to deplorable effect. Read full book review >

SONG OF THE CURRENT by Sarah Tolcser
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Tolcser blends the right amount of epic fantasy, sea voyage, and romance for a rollicking, swashbuckling adventure. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Caroline Oresteia, a wherryman's daughter and granddaughter, knows that she's meant for the river—but at age 17, she has yet to hear the voice of the god at its bottom. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE IN by Jennifer Bradbury
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"A compassionate story of homelessness and friendship, recycled art and community. (glossary) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
In Chandigarh, a town in northern India, is Nek Chand's Rock Garden, a magnificent, 40-acre garden of some 5,000 sculptures made from recycled ceramics, industrial waste, and discarded household scrap—and the real-life inspiration for this historical novel. Read full book review >
LIBERTY by Andrea Portes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 2017

"A fun—and even funnier—thriller. (Thriller. 14-adult)"
If your journalist parents are dead—or "probably dead"—why not become a spy and an assassin? Read full book review >

DIVIDING EDEN by Joelle Charbonneau
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Predictable and offering too little adventure, save for the twist that will propel the sequel. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
After assassins kill the king and his heir, the remaining royal twins compete to earn the throne. Read full book review >
THE MONSTROUS CHILD by Francesca Simon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Seen from below, the Twilight of the Gods is neither tragic nor noble—it's long overdue. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mum's a giantess, Dad's a trickster god, and her brothers are fated to play major roles in ending the world; trapped in her fetid underworld, Hel (aka Goddess of the Dead) has had enough eternity, thanks, and she's about to tell you why. Read full book review >
THE UNLIKELIES by Carrie Firestone
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"This unlikely story is likely to be a hit. (Fiction. 14-18)"
With her best friend headed off to camp and college, Sadie Sullivan knew that the summer before her senior year was bound to be different, but she never could have imagined how different it would be. Read full book review >
THE POSSIBLE by Tara Altebrando
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"A narrative deaf to adoption's difficult complexities: the ties that may no longer bind but never disappear. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Kaylee's birth mother, Crystal, claimed telekinetic powers before she was convicted of murdering Kaylee's little brother, Jack; 13 years later, Liana, a journalist revisiting the story for her podcast, wants to know if Kaylee's inherited Crystal's ability. Read full book review >
ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Romance, humor, kindhearted characters, and a touch of painful reality make this another sure bet for Dessen fans. (Romance. 12-16)"
Louna finds her cynicism about romance challenged when her family's wedding business hires Ambrose. Read full book review >
AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR by Nancy Werlin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Fans of nonstop action will appreciate the breakneck pace, but those hoping for plumbing of character may grow fatigued. (Thriller. 14-18)"
After a roof mysteriously collapses on five students from Rockland Academy, the teens realize their parents wants them dead. Read full book review >
THIS IMPOSSIBLE LIGHT by Lily Myers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Lifted beyond the confines of the problem novel with its lyricism and resonance. (Verse/fiction. 12-16)"
Her life in upheaval, Ivy finds solace in controlling her caloric intake. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >