Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

THE STELLOW PROJECT by Shari Becker
Released: June 23, 2015

"Rough spots in the plotting drag down picture-book author Becker's debut for teens. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A pair of teenagers uncovers familial secrets after environmental terrorists wreak havoc on New York City. Read full book review >
THE FIRE CHILDREN by Lauren Roy
Released: June 18, 2015

"This entry in the stuffed paranormal-romance genre refreshingly lacks passive angst. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In a fantasyland desert, one girl's encounter with her gods is both dangerous and romantic. Read full book review >

I Am Titanium by John Patrick Kennedy
Released: June 18, 2015

"The sort of teen horror-fantasy that would play well for high school heshers drawing horror comics in study hall."
Mayhem reigns as a dying boy and an outcast girl are boosted to the level of miraculous superhumans and thrust into violent battle against monstrous forces (or each other). Read full book review >
THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren Gibaldi
Released: June 16, 2015

"In the end, there are few surprises in this coming-of-age novel, but readers looking for a light but meaningful summer romance will engage with it effortlessly. (Romance. 13-18)"
A story of first love lost and possibly found again is told in chapters alternating between the present and a year in the past. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE NOTES by Sharon Huss Roat
Released: June 16, 2015

"This teen-love not-quite-trifle demonstrates that between the lines resides truth about perception, others, and most importantly oneself. (Romance. 14-17)"
Her family's move to the wrong side of the tracks feels like a devastating fall from grace for Ivy. Read full book review >

AFTER HOURS by Claire Kennedy
Released: June 16, 2015

"Featuring short, punchy chapters, engagingly flawed characters, and a plot that churns ever forward, this frothy confection may not nourish, but it will certainly delight. (Fiction. 15-17)"
The stakes of a game of dares grow uncomfortably high for four teens. Read full book review >
THE REVENGE PLAYBOOK by Rachael Allen
Released: June 16, 2015

"A deceptively light look at the dark side of football culture. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When boys on the football team start dumping their girlfriends, the girls team up to get revenge. Read full book review >
BLOOD WILL TELL by April Henry
Released: June 16, 2015

"A sturdy if formulaic mystery. (Mystery. 12-16)"
A teenage sleuth becomes the prime suspect in a heinous murder case in Portland, Oregon. Read full book review >
GET DIRTY by Gretchen McNeil
Released: June 16, 2015

"For committed fans of the first book only. (Suspense. 12-16)"
A secret society faces a threat greater than discovery: death. Read full book review >
EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone
Released: June 16, 2015

"Clueless meets Dead Poets Society with a whopping final twist. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Spa days. VIP concert tickets. The envy of the girls in the lunchroom. Sixteen-year-old Samantha and her friends, the Crazy Eights, have it all—at least, that's what Samantha has always let everyone believe. Read full book review >
MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera
Released: June 16, 2015

"A brilliantly conceived page-turner. (Speculative fiction. 13-17)"
In a Bronx neighborhood of the near future, it's no secret that at least one person has taken advantage of the Leteo Institute's new medical procedure that promises "cutting-edge memory-relief." Read full book review >
THE SAGA OF GUDRID THE FAR-TRAVELER by Nancy Marie Brown
Released: June 15, 2015

"Well-written, thoroughly researched and adventure-filled, this story of a determined and very human young woman is timeless. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A story inspired by medieval Icelandic sagas tells the life of Gudrid, a Viking woman who lived 1,000 years ago and whose life Brown told for adults in The Far Traveler (2007). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >