Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

EVERYDAY MAGIC by Emily Albright
Released: Dec. 2, 2016

"It's telling that the most-uttered word is filler: 'um.' Skip it. (Romance. 13-17)"
The daughter of a Hollywood director juggles her real feelings for a charming English aristocrat and a forced publicity-stunt romance with a movie star. Read full book review >
RAISING ARCADIA by Simon Chesterman
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Though overstuffed with obscure allusions and unnecessary infodumps, this series opener is pleasurably packed with clever, solvable, well-explained puzzles; hits the spot for a mystery lover. (Mystery. 12-14)"
A 16-year-old girl detective stars in a mystery paying tribute to Sherlock Holmes. Read full book review >

MALINI by Robert Hillman
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A well-plotted, harrowing journey and an engaging, worthwhile read. (author's note, glossary, historical timeline, map) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A young Tamil teen flees into the forest near her home in Satham, Sri Lanka, in this entry in UNICEF's Through My Eyes series, which explores through fiction the lives of young people in flash points around the world. Read full book review >
IN THE SKIN OF A MONSTER by Kathryn Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A highly original, richly layered debut that will reward patient readers. (Paranormal fiction. 14 & up)"
A white teenage girl finds herself caught in a nightmare version of her own world in this affecting Australian debut. Read full book review >
2017 YOUNG EXPLORER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE by Corie Weaver
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Offering just the right amount of imagination, humor, and contemporary nuances to engage young readers, this is a must-have in science-fiction collections serving middle graders and teens. (Science fiction/short stories. 10-16)"
A diverse collection of futuristic stories set within contemporary emotional landscapes, tailor-made for millennials. Read full book review >

Lord of the Fallen by John Forrester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A resilient female protagonist braves the perils of wizardry, ancient cults, and college life."
A teen girl who dabbles in magic finds herself immersed in a war between kingdoms and the gradual rise of a potentially dangerous cult in Forrester's (Death Mage, 2015, etc.) YA fantasy novel.Read full book review >
SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Two teens train to be society-sanctioned killers in an otherwise immortal world. Read full book review >
GIRLS IN THE MOON by Janet McNally
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Understated but astute narration makes this family snapshot a worthy read. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
During a week in New York City, a white teen explores family secrets and a forbidden romance. Read full book review >
FROZEN CHARLOTTE by Alex Bell
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Gothic ghosts combine with crime for a fast read. (Horror. 12-18)"
After Sophie's best friend dies in a tragic accident, she travels to the isle of Skye in Scotland to visit her relatives, who live there in an old, possibly haunted mansion. Read full book review >
AVALANCHE by Melinda Braun
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Just the ticket for readers who like hearty doses of suspenseful adventure. (Adventure. 12-15)"
Seven friends head out to the backcountry to do some skiing and hiking. How many are going to make it home? Read full book review >
STAY WITH ME by Mila Gray
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Pure wish fulfillment for readers seeking steamy escapism. (Fiction. 16 & up)"
Forbidden love cures all in Gray's latest, following Come Back to Me (2015). Read full book review >
OF FIRE AND STARS by Audrey Coulthurst
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A romantic fantasy that will appeal to those who appreciate character-driven novels. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Murder, mayhem, magic, romance—and horses, lots of horses! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >