Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

SEA OF SHADOWS by Kelley Armstrong
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Strong female protagonists make this trilogy opener a standout, if not a stand-alone read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Magic-wielding twins and their romantic interests fight monsters and mercenaries in this overlong but exciting series opener. Read full book review >
GREAT by Sara Benincasa
Released: April 8, 2014

"Read this for Naomi and try to forget The Great Gatsby. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Alas, this debut is anything but the titular great, though it could have been pretty good. Read full book review >

THE KLAATU TERMINUS by Pete Hautman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Stories aren't required to provide answers to the big questions they raise about faith, choice, identity and responsibility, but these deserve better than to be dismissed with an uncaring shrug. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A dazzlingly imaginative science-fiction trilogy, spanning the rise and fall of religions, civilizations and the human race itself, deflates into an oddly pedestrian conclusion. Read full book review >
TOXIC HEART by Theo Lawrence
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"An electric, futuristic fantasy with loads of action, heartbreak and one delicious gold-lamé cat suit. (Urban fantasy/science fiction. 14 & up)"
Averting the vindictive intent of a greedy family while longing for the affection of an absent paramour can give a revolutionary girl heartburn. Read full book review >
BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME by Sarah Combs
Released: April 8, 2014

"In a promising debut, Combs crafts a strong, memorable female character and a broad collection of fully fleshed-out secondary players who share a magical summer. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Gloria is headed for a summer of Geek Camp, an experience that will transform her. Read full book review >

WHAT WE HIDE by Marthe Jocelyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Poignant and often witty, this novel treats its audience to a nuanced look at the era. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
A group of teens alternate narration of this irreverent historical drama set at a Quaker boarding school in England. Read full book review >
A VOLCANO BENEATH THE SNOW by Albert Marrin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"A comprehensive portrait of an ever-fascinating figure. (source notes, further reading, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
John Brown's fight to end slavery in the United States is presented in a broad historical context that reveals an impact far beyond the time it occurred. Read full book review >
THE LONESOME YOUNG by Lucy Connors
ROMANCE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Romance fans will be enthralled by the back-and-forth drama, though general readers may grow impatient with the protagonists. (Romance. 14-17)"
In rural Kentucky, where everyone knows everyone else and grudges run deep, Victoria and Mickey's romance is doomed before it even begins. Read full book review >
FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe
Released: April 8, 2014

"An absorbing story full of depth and emotion. (Mystery. 14-18)"
This beautifully realized debut delves into the emotions of a girl recovering from drug addiction and grief, all wrapped up in a solid mystery. Read full book review >
ACID by Emma Pass
Released: April 8, 2014

"A dutiful dystopia that never delves below its shallow surface. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)"
A teenage fugitive unravels the truth about her past while dismantling a dystopian police state. Read full book review >
THE VIGILANTE POETS OF SELWYN ACADEMY by Kate Hattemer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A sparkling, timely tour of the complicated intersection where life meets art. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Blending Ezra Pound, rhetoric and reality TV, this hilarious, subversive debut about a cadre of friends at an arts high school is a treat from cover to cover. Read full book review >
THE NETHERGRIM by Matthew Jobin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"One hopes that the inevitable sequels will discard tedious infodumps and dismal travelogues for dynamic adventure and satisfying character growth. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A dark fantasy strives for epic grandeur but mostly achieves ponderous squalor. Read full book review >