Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by William Kamkwamba
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Compelling and informative for a broad readership and a good addition to STEM collections. (map, prologue, photographs, epilogue, acknowledgments) (Memoir. 11-16)"
The author and his collaborator have condensed the original memoir of the same name, a story of an innovative and compassionate boy coming of age during an era of extreme hardship in Malawi. Read full book review >
SCRIPTED by Maya Rock
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"An effective, suspenseful dystopia for a wide audience. (Dystopian romance. 12-18)"
Not all is blissful on Bliss Island, where a whole community lives in a reality show dystopia decades after a world war. Read full book review >

SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A page-turner for thriller fans. (Horror. 13-18)"
Horror grips San Francisco when a murderous ghost eludes the Helsing Corps, a famed band of monster hunters. Read full book review >
I'LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A heady, page-flipping romance. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Skylar's post-graduation mission to get out of tiny Creek View, California, is sidetracked by her mom's downward spiral into alcohol abuse and by hot hunk Josh Mitchell's return from a tour in Afghanistan minus a leg. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE WAR MACHINE by Kristin Bailey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Clever machines, well-drawn relationships of varying constellations, literal death traps and world-threatening intrigue, headlined by an aspirational heroine, make this a winner. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
The high-stakes conclusion of Meg's quest to become an Amusementist and find her missing grandfather. Read full book review >

COVENANT'S END by Ari Marmell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Smart fantasy with heart and enough bad puns to last a lifetime. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Widdershins is back, in her last and most dangerous adventure. Read full book review >
DEAREST by Alethea Kontis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Perhaps not the best in the series; but it's hard to resist the Woodcutters' fluffy, eager-to-please charm. Monday's story next, please? (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
The Woodcutter sister with "a heart as big as the moon" meets her destiny in the third of the frothy fairy-tale series (Hero, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF HOME by Renée Watson
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Here's hoping Watson's teen debut will be followed by many more. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The summer before Maya and Nikki's senior year of high school brings new challenges as their previously all-black neighborhood becomes attractive to other ethnic groups. Read full book review >
BET YOUR LIFE by Jane Casey
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A perfectly serviceable potboiler. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Teen gumshoe Jess Tennant investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding a local boy's "accident." Read full book review >
DOUBLEBORN by Toby Forward
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Nevertheless, with its gorgeous language and thoughtful themes, this is a book to be savored rather than devoured. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Mirrors and magic collide in this third volume of a lyrical fantasy quartet. Read full book review >
GEEK GIRL by Holly Smale
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Choppy writing and stereotyped characters combine for a fluffy mess. (Chick lit. 12-16)"
A transformation comedy from a debut author who seems to be aiming to become the next Louise Rennison. Read full book review >
CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Gripping stuff."
Two sisters try to survive in the ruins of New York City not quite two decades after a world war destroyed civilization. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >