Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

RUNNING FOR WATER AND SKY by Sandra Kring
Released: May 10, 2016

"Inconsistent but with enough romance to satisfy many readers. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A few anxious minutes feel like an eternity as 17-year-old Bless tries to reach her boyfriend after the sound of sirens makes her fear the worst. Read full book review >
HEARTLESS by Leah Rhyne
Released: May 10, 2016

"Not so-bad-it's-good bad—just bad. (Horror. 12 & up)"
A reanimated girl seeks answers. Read full book review >

THE MARK OF CAIN by Lindsey Barraclough
Released: May 10, 2016

"Literary, scary, and made to read with all the lights on. (Historical fantasy/horror. 12 & up)"
Cora, Mimi, and Roger are back—back at Bryers Guerdon and in for another dose of mysterious, creeping horror in Barraclough's follow-up to Long Lankin (2012). Read full book review >
THE INQUISITION by Taran Matharu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A fast-paced, familiar tale with strong echoes of Tolkien, Pullman, and Pokémon. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
An underdog and his unlikely companions go to war in this sequel to The Novice (2015). Read full book review >
RUINED by Amy Tintera
Released: May 3, 2016

"Standard fantasy and warfare featuring a lethal leading lady. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
An undercover operation goes awry in this series-opening political fantasy. Read full book review >

A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY by Tom Ellen
Released: May 3, 2016

"An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with. (Romance. 13-17)"
Two teens on the cusp of adulthood find love in this British import. Read full book review >
THE GIRL I USED TO BE by April Henry
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid thriller. (Mystery. 12-18)"
Olivia's father murdered her mother when Olivia was 3 and then vanished, throwing Olivia into a series of foster homes until she achieves early emancipation at age 17. Read full book review >
SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake
Released: May 3, 2016

"A smart, satisfying romance. (Romance. 12-18)"
Two teens fall for each other, but their love seems star-crossed because of the sins of their parents. Read full book review >
NIGHT SPEED by Chris Howard
Released: May 3, 2016

"Occasionally illogical and often trippy, a 'high' adventure for young adrenaline junkies. (Adventure. 14-18)"
A world-weary teen faces the end of her superpowered-cop career. Read full book review >
SHUFFLE, REPEAT by Jen Klein
Released: May 3, 2016

"It's a predictable romance about two smart white teens, but it's an entertaining and even touching one. (Romance. 12-18)"
June thinks high school is merely a stopgap between childhood and real life until she starts carpooling with the star jock. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A riveting and highly moving dog story that's marred by clumsy design. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Judy, an English pointer caught up in World War II, formed a solid bond with a young British airman, Frank Williams, and exhibited remarkable heroism. Read full book review >
LILY AND DUNKIN by Donna Gephart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Gephart's compassion is noble, but it's not enough to make Lily's story resonate. (resources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Lily is trans and is facing puberty, which will make her look less than herself than she does now, while new kid Dunkin's manic impulsiveness makes him a misfit; though they click immediately, life gets complicated. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >