Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

HOW TO BREAK A BOY by Laurie Devore
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Confusing, directionless, and unremarkable. (Fiction. 15-17)"
If the Heathers had had smartphones. Read full book review >
UNFOLDING by Jonathan Friesen
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A flawed but darkly atmospheric read. (Fiction. 13-18)"
An awkward 18-year-old and his enigmatic crush discover that their town hides a terrible secret. Read full book review >

THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING by Jeff Giles
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"In the end, this effort doesn't do anything new for the paranormal-romance genre and falls short of the gripping and heart-stopping supernatural tale it promises. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
Opposite worlds collide in this supernatural tale of forbidden love and good-versus-evil when 17-year-old Zoe, who is still coping with the death of her father, crosses paths with X, a pale boy of the supernatural variety. Read full book review >
THE CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE by Corey Ann Haydu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A carefully layered exploration of the age-old question, 'Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?' (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Smelling of lavender tea and sporting long hair and skeleton keys around their necks, the Devonairre Street Girls have grown accustomed to the stares and whispers that follow them through the streets of New York. Read full book review >
EXO by Fonda Lee
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Believable, suspenseful science fiction. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Sometime in the future, a young soldier working for the extraterrestrials who have conquered Earth fights a rebel group but learns that he has family ties to someone he sees as a criminal. Read full book review >

SILVER STARS by Michael Grant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Exhaustive research, immersive storytelling, and emotional depth make for a superlative tale. (glossary, bibliography) (Alternate history. 14 & up)"
LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A song of love vs. a cacophony of hate—all in a beautiful model of bookmaking. (timeline, bibliography, credits and sources) (Historical verse fiction. 11-18)"
A powerful and riveting account of an American couple in love when that love was ruled illegal in many American states. Read full book review >
BOAT OF DREAMS by Rogério Coelho
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A nuanced physical and emotional landscape aimed to capture experienced readers but likely to snag the occasional neophyte as well. (Picture book. 8 & up)"
An old man on an island and a young child in a city form a connection through messages in bottles and ships on paper in Brazilian Coelho's wordless, dreamlike spectacle. Read full book review >
THE DARK DAYS PACT by Alison Goodman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"The fantasy/Regency/history mashup readers didn't even know they wanted. (Historical fantasy. 13 & up)"
Following the events of The Dark Days Club (2016), Lady Helen is back, still grappling with propriety and power. Read full book review >
OUR OWN PRIVATE UNIVERSE by Robin Talley
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An important and heartfelt contribution to contemporary teen lit about queer women: hopeful, realistic, and romantic, Talley's newest is sure to satisfy. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A diverse story of first times and finding oneself. Read full book review >
HE WHO DREAMS by Melanie Florence
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This novel allows young readers to embrace their own heritages and realize they stand on the shoulders of all their ancestors. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Living on his Cree mother's Aboriginal reserve but looking like his redheaded Irish father, narrator John McCaffrey struggles to discover where he belongs. Read full book review >
THAT BURNING SUMMER by Lydia Syson
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"Rewarding on many levels, but it doesn't deliver all that it seems to promise. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
It's July 1940 on the marshy Kentish coast of England, and the Battle of Britain is being fought overhead. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >