Young Adult Book Reviews (page 3)

DEADENDIA by Hamish Steele
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A wild ride. (Graphic novel. 13-18)"
Trans teen Barney's new job solves one problem but creates a series of otherworldly challenges he did not see coming. Read full book review >
STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Chokshi (Aru Shah and the End of Time, 2018, etc.) marries sensuous storytelling with kick-ass protagonists in these feminist romances. (Romance. 12-18)"
A collection of three companion romance narratives featuring the spunky heroines of TheStar-Touched Queen (2016) and A Crown of Wishes (2017). Read full book review >

FINDING YVONNE by Brandy Colbert
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Patient readers may appreciate this one. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Privileged teenager Yvonne must decide what to do with her future. Read full book review >
HERETICS ANONYMOUS by Katie Henry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"With a page-ripping plot and realistic character development, Henry's funny, heartwarming tale of unlikely rebels soars: an auspicious debut. (Fiction. 13-adult)"
Teen angst and religious reflection cross paths in this insightful tale of self-discovery. Read full book review >
LET ME LIST THE WAYS by Sarah White
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Another light and summery read for fans of the 'friends-to-lovers' trope. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two best friends try to make the most of the time they have left together before heading off to different colleges. Read full book review >

ILLEGAL by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Action-filled and engaging but considerate of both topic and audience, Ebo's story effectively paints a picture of a child refugee's struggle in a world crisscrossed by hostile borders. (Graphic fiction. 10-15)"
Ebo is known across his village for his beautiful singing voice, but will his voice keep him safe in his journey to the shores of Europe? Read full book review >
THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE by Amelinda Bérubé
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"It's Black Swan meets Carrie and worth the right teen's time. (Horror. 13-18)"
Stress pushes a former ballet dancer near to the breaking point…but her problems could be more paranormal. Read full book review >
RUIN OF STARS by Linsey Miller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Though at times long-winded, this is a fitting conclusion to an inventive fantasy series. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
In this conclusion to a fantasy duology, genderfluid assassin Sal hunts down the five Erlend nobles on their hit list. Read full book review >
SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW by Patty Blount
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Heavy-handed, but there are readers who want this story and some who need it. (resources) (Fiction. 13-18)"
Blount's (The Way It Hurts, 2017, etc.) latest, a loose sequel to Some Boys (2014), again looks at the aftermath of rape, this time with a focus on secondary survivors. Read full book review >
SELF-DRIVING CARS by Michael Fallon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Discerning readers may want to wait for a more comprehensive and compelling book on this subject. (timeline, source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 13-18)"
An abbreviated history of the self-driving car industry from its past to its uncertain future. Read full book review >
THE FIELD TRIP by R.T. Martin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Aliens may be attacking, but teen angst still holds sway in this reluctant reader series. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A high school choir field trip comes to a halt when alien invaders generate an electromagnetic pulse, grounding planes, turning off phones, and shutting down power plants. Read full book review >
ROYAL PAIN by Raelyn Drake
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"High-concept, easy-to-read romances with feel-good messages. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Seventeen-year-old Noah's life is turned upside down when his grandfather dies, forcing his family to move to his mother's home country, where she must assume her duties as part of the royal family. 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 >