Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

LEGALIZING MARIJUANA by Margaret J. Goldstein
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Almost any substance can be abused; Goldstein convincingly argues that the illegalization of marijuana is increasingly looking like what happened to the baby in the bathwater. (Nonfiction. 10-16) "
A well-tempered examination of the current standing of marijuana in the United States, with important forays into its medicinal use. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Will please fans of the first. (Science fiction. 12-17)"
Following The 13th Continuum (2016), Myra and Aero (and friends) journey in search of the First Continuum. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Science-fiction fans will say 'You had me at ‘multiverse,' ' while those seeking an alternative to near-future dystopias will find plenty to entertain them here. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
A teen's hallucinations signal the dawning of a genetically inherited, critically important gift for navigating the multiverse. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Accomplished plotting teams up with a winsome narrator to give readers a bewitching story. (appendix) (Fantasy. 13-16)"
An inexperienced 15-year-old witch struggles to establish her ethics as she fights to save fellow high school students from the predations of older wicked witches. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An accessible, informative introduction to the topic. (photos, source notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
The complicated history and issues surrounding the punishment of teenage offenders is concisely and thoughtfully discussed in this examination of the juvenile-justice system outside and inside prison walls. Read full book review >

YOU IN FIVE ACTS by Una LaMarche
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Given the current political climate, the characters' struggles with the white establishment create a poignant and timely socially conscious narrative. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Five teenagers live for their art in this coming-of-age story of achievement, ambition, and heartache. Read full book review >
THE CASTRATO by Joyce Poole
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A compelling and unusual slice of European history that will be new to many young adults. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Angelo Montegne unwittingly pays a high price to study at a music conservatory in 1698 Florence in this Dutch import. Read full book review >
CHANGERS by T Cooper
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The identity and marginalization issues loom large, but instead of being shoehorned into side characters, they're scooped up and taken into a deeper, entertaining, fantastic narrative. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Ethan woke up his freshman year as a white girl, sophomore year as a black boy, and now junior year as a fat Asian girl named Kim. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The numerous mysteries left unsolved point to potential sequels; here's hoping that their craftsmanship lives up to the concept. (Steampunk. 14-18)"
"Two o'clock was missing." Read full book review >
HELLFIGHTERS by Alexander Gordon Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Nevertheless, this brings the same fear, fire, and comic relief as its predecessor, and readers will be happy enough with this sequel to the first Faustian tale to look forward to the next one. (Horror. 14 & up)"
The Hellraisers have been betrayed, and all hell is threatening to break loose, quite literally. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"For romantics and skeptics alike, this fresh dose of optimism will warm the cockles of the heart. (Romance. 12-18)"
Little does Gael know, as he stumbles into and out of romance, that here and there his life is being tweaked by Love. Read full book review >
WILDINGS by Eleanor Glewwe
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Bittersweet but hopeful. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
After the revolution, the hard work begins. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >