Young Adult Book Reviews (page 4)

THE DRAGON'S CURSE by Bethany Wiggins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Strictly for fans. (cast of characters, glossary not seen) (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Picking up shortly after The Dragon's Prince (2017) concluded, slightly improved more of the same. Read full book review >
ALL WE CAN DO IS WAIT by Richard Lawson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Patient readers will fall for the characters; others will wonder if it's worth the wait—even with lives on the line. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A lot can happen in the hospital waiting room in the wake of a tragedy. Read full book review >

FADE TO US by Julia Day
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A book for readers who like romance that flourishes against the odds and characters who learn and grow. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Brooke Byers is a white 17-year-old who had planned to spend the summer raking in the cash at her new job. But that all changes when her stepsister, Natalie, comes to stay for the summer. Read full book review >
YOU WILL BE MINE by Natasha Preston
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An unconvincing attempt at a holiday-themed thriller. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A serial killer terrorizes a group of university friends in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day. Read full book review >
THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA by Shaun David Hutchinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A creative and original tale shot through with quirky humor that entertains while encouraging readers to ponder questions of free will and social responsibility. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A coffee chain is the unlikely setting of a miracle healing that sets in motion events that herald a coming apocalypse. Read full book review >

AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A worthy story that stumbles. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-17)"
A Taiwanese-American girl finally starts to experience life beyond her overbearing parents. Read full book review >
SHADOWSONG by S. Jae-Jones
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A harrowing, surreal catharsis of mental illness framed as a steamy fairy tale. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Even when der Erlkönig lets you go, the old laws still demand a sacrifice. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A solid account of women's contributions as aviators during World War II. (bibliography, notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Pearson zooms in on the leaders, pioneers, and supporters of the Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPs—a group of over 1,000 young women who contributed to the war effort by ferrying bombers, pursuit planes, and trainer planes where they needed to go, freeing up male pilots to head across the Atlantic. Read full book review >
THE IMMUNDUS by Christina  Enquist
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Despite a few flaws, a well-paced sci-fi story with excitement, emotion, and character testing."
In this YA dystopian debut, a teenager must make hard decisions when she learns the truth behind a mysterious disease. Read full book review >
THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"With a refreshingly original concept, this substantial fantasy, the first in a duology, is an undeniable page-turner. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
In Tiny Pretty Things co-author Clayton's solo debut, beauty comes at a price. Read full book review >
SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Powerful, necessary, and essential. (Graphic novel. 13-adult)"
Anderson's timeless and important tale of high-school sexual assault and its aftermath undergoes a masterful graphic novel transformation. Read full book review >
BY A CHARM & A CURSE by Jaime  Questell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A dark idea for a YA story, executed deftly and with feeling."
In Questell's debut YA novel, a teenage girl has her first kiss and becomes trapped by a traveling carnival's magical spell. 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 >