Young Adult Book Reviews (page 2)

BOOTS ON THE GROUND by Elizabeth Partridge
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"A valuable complement to existing nonfiction about the Vietnam War for young people, adding an intimate dimension to the larger history. (bibliography, source notes, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A personal, moving foray into the Vietnam War and its impact on the country and individuals whose lives it forever changed. Read full book review >
DEVILS UNTO DUST by Emma Berquist
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"A refreshing genre-bender. (Western/horror. 14-18)"
After her father gambles the family into debt, Willie traverses a desert crawling with the undead to find him. Read full book review >

LIFE INSIDE MY MIND by Jessica Burkhart
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"Teens may be unlikely to seek out this collection on their own, but it is a valuable read to put in the hands of those who need it. (Memoir/essay. 14-18)"
Thirty-one authors write about the impact of living with mental illness—their own or a loved one's. Read full book review >
ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE by Makiia Lucier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"A romantic maritime epic and a charming tribute to mapmakers, calligraphers, and explorers. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Mysterious maps from opposite ends of the sea cast doubt on the whereabouts of two princes, long presumed dead. Read full book review >
REWIND by Carolyn O'Doherty
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"A twisty and satisfying page-turner. (Thriller. 14-adult)"
A girl with the ability to freeze and rewind time finds herself at the center of a web of conspiracies. Read full book review >

SAM & ILSA'S LAST HURRAH by Rachel Cohn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"This sweet treat of a story is akin to a croquembouche—light, rich, and delicious but nutritionally lacking. (Fiction. 14-18)"
This farcical dramedy takes you from appetizers to dessert—but may not leave you feeling sated. Read full book review >
WINTER GLASS by Lexa Hillyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"There is closure here but little satisfaction. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
Half sisters Aurora and Isabelle must face all that threatens them as their individual paths of peril converge in the conclusion to Hillyer's (Spindle Fire, 2017, etc.) fantasy duology. Read full book review >
BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE by Jessica Leake
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"Epic historical fantasy filled with deadly creatures, simmering romance, and nonstop action. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
As heir to the throne and a skilled warrior, 17-year-old Ciara wields considerable power, but when a deadly enemy threatens her home, she must call upon her supernatural talents to protect those she loves. Read full book review >
PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT by Kelly Loy Gilbert
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"Exquisite, heartbreaking, unforgettable—and, ultimately, uplifting. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Family, art, love, duty, and longing collide in this painfully beautiful paean to the universal human need for connection. Read full book review >
GIVEN TO THE EARTH by Mindy McGinnis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"The distinct perspectives shine, and the harsh-yet-hopeful conclusion ensures this duology doesn't succumb to the tired trope of happily-ever-after, making this a worthwhile read. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
The end of the world is nigh, and the characters from Given to the Sea (2017) must decide how to meet it. Read full book review >
THE LOST KIDS by Sara Saedi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"An overly ambitious use of Neverland to explore feminism, love, and the heartache inherent in growing up. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Love, betrayal, and teenage angst return to Neverland in this brooding sequel to Never Ever (2016). Read full book review >
CRASH by Marc Favreau
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A dynamic read deserving of a wide audience. (source notes, bibliography, selected primary sources, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Spanning the 1930s, this narrative follows the downturn of the U.S. stock market—which pivoted the country into the Great Depression—and accounts for the leaders (women and men) and historic events that contributed to its crash. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >