Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

UNDERTOW by Michael Buckley
Released: May 5, 2015

"Odd but nevertheless exciting. (Dystopic fantasy. 13-16)"
The Alpha arrive on the shores of Coney Island. Read full book review >
MATERIAL GIRLS by Elaine Dimopoulos
Released: May 5, 2015

"Sly, subversive fun. (bibliography) (Fiction. 12-18)"
Fashion judge Marla Klein and pop superstar Ivy Wilde have achieved success their teen peers only dream of, but in a world where clothing trends come and go so fast that only high-tech trendcheckers can detect their passing and "stay young" has replaced "goodbye," no one rides high for long. Read full book review >

THE NOVICE by Taran Matharu
Released: May 5, 2015

"Fantasy readers should enjoy this entertaining, comfortably familiar-feeling adventure featuring an earnest soldier-schoolboy and his demonic sidekick. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A young orphan makes friends (and enemies) at a magic school in this solid series opener. Read full book review >
UNTIL THE BEGINNING by Amy Plum
Released: May 5, 2015

"Different enough from all the rest to keep genre fans reading. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
Picking up right where it left off, the story that started with After the End (2014) continues.Read full book review >
WILD HEARTS by Jessica Burkhart
Released: May 5, 2015

"This inspiring look at the plight of undomesticated landscape and wildlife nestled in a tender romance is a surprisingly sweet and resonant story. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Brie is used to constant travel; she's not accustomed to caring passionately about a cause—or a young man. Read full book review >

ELENA VANISHING by Elena Dunkle
Released: May 5, 2015

"This memoir contains moving snapshots of a young woman's struggles with anorexia nervosa, but readers may be frustrated by omissions of key moments in the recovery process. (Memoir. 14 & up)"
This co-authored, mother-daughter memoir recounts daughter Elena's five-year struggle to overcome anorexia nervosa after her diagnosis at 17. Read full book review >
HALFWAY PERFECT by Julie Cross
Released: May 5, 2015

"Engagingly and intelligently written, this absorbing novel should work as catnip to fashion-obsessed readers. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Romance and scandal dominate the lives of two young fashion models. Read full book review >
LOLA CARLYLE'S 12-STEP ROMANCE by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Released: May 5, 2015

"A marginal beach read only for die-hard chick-lit fans who can overlook its multiple stumbles. (Chick-lit. 13-16)"
A spoiled celebu-spawn fakes addiction to worm her way into rehab and follow her crush, but she finds that it isn't as she expected (gasp!). Read full book review >
HEXED by Michael Alan Nelson
Released: May 5, 2015

"A bit stilted and ambitious, but an action-packed page-turner nonetheless. (Paranormal thriller. 13-17)"
In this prose adaptation of a comic-book series, when a harmless game goes horribly wrong, a cursed young thief must risk everything to help a policeman rescue his daughter from the land of the dead. Read full book review >
OVERTAKEN by Mark H. Kruger
Released: May 5, 2015

"Strictly for techno-thriller fans. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Teens with superpowers battle an evil corporation and one another in this sequel to Overpowered (2014). Read full book review >
ATLANTIS IN PERIL by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015

"Relative inaction and deus ex machina solutions mark this installment as a typical middle volume; here's hoping the conclusion makes up for at least some of the failings of the first two books. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The evil spirit Narkazan, supposedly vanquished in Atlantis Rising (2013), is back. Read full book review >
SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen
Released: May 5, 2015

"A many-layered story told with a light touch. (Fiction. 14-18)"
After her ne'er-do-well older brother, Peyton, is sent to prison, demure, obedient Sydney leaves her sheltered private school for a new start. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >