Young Adult Book Reviews (page 2)

THE TRAITOR PRINCE by C.J. Redwine
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"An exciting, entertaining series companion. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
A prince replaced by a double must reclaim his identity. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE LINES by Nikki Grimes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Although it may not satisfy as a novel, its characters will no doubt resonate with teen readers who share their struggles and aspirations. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A new group of students join Mr. Ward's poetry class in the companion novel to Bronx Masquerade (2003). Read full book review >

THE DEFIANT by Lesley Livingston
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Girl-power fights make up for less-successful elements. (Historical fantasy. 12-16)"
Princess-turned-gladiatrix Fallon must defend Ludus Achillea from treachery in Livingston's ancient Rome. Read full book review >
PRETTYBOY MUST DIE by Kimberly Reid
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Die Hard with Bond villains and teen spies—explosive. (Thriller. 14-17)"
A disgraced teen CIA operative must race to thwart a terrorist plot after his cover is blown in Reid's (Perfect Liars, 2016, etc.) latest action thriller. Read full book review >
DARK GODDESS by Amalie Howard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Although this outing may not be a literary masterpiece, it is an expertly plotted, skillfully executed modern take on Hindu cosmology that will leave readers eager for the next installment of this girl-positive series. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
When demon lords threaten to destroy the mortal realm, only two half-demon, half-divine teens can stop them. Read full book review >

WHEN MY HEART JOINS THE THOUSAND by A.J. Steiger
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A gorgeous love story of depth and raw emotion that beautifully dismantles the ugly perceptions of autism. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
"Nutjob." "Robo-tard." "Weirdo." All of her life, 17-year-old orphan Alvie Fitz has dealt with name-calling and cruelty. Read full book review >
YOUR ONE & ONLY by Adrianne Finlay
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Like the works of Ursula K. LeGuin, inside this lyrically written, suspenseful tale is a deeply humane thematic core. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
Humans, now extinct, used their DNA to create Vispera's nine clone models, and subsequent generations eliminated human diseases and defects; the choice to create Jack, 17, genetically human, gray-eyed, with asthma, is a troubling and intriguing mystery to Althea-310. Read full book review >
THE LAST TO LET GO by Amber Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Ultimately unsatisfying despite its explosive opening. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
A white teenage girl tries to keep her family together after her mother murders her abusive father in this sophomore effort by Smith. Read full book review >
WINTERFOLK by Janel Kolby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A thoughtful dive into a far-too-often-overlooked part of society. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young girl living in a homeless encampment ventures into the city for the first time in years. Read full book review >
TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER by Tamora Pierce
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Anyone can jump into the Numair Chronicles, but the novel will especially appeal to fans of the Tortall books. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
Pierce's new prequel series chronicles the beginnings of one of Tortall's greatest mages. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF PEARL by Timothée de Fombelle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A luminous, haunting, intriguingly intricate modern fairy tale. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Exiled from the "land of fairy tales," a melancholy youth seeks to find his way back. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S RISING by Rebecca Ross
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"There's some originality here, though it's hard to unearth amid all the melodrama. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
An illegitimate girl who hopes to find her creative passion may be connected to another kingdom's magical history. 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 >