Young Adult Book Reviews (page 4)

RULE by Ellen Goodlett
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Goodlett's debut is a refreshing break from fantasy novels in which the plot hinges on a seemingly inevitable heterosexual romance. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Set in a fantastical world in which almost all humans have the power to harness extraordinary physical prowess by tithing their blood (referred to as the Blood Arts), Rule traces the adventures of three sisters in their quest for the crown. Read full book review >
INFINITE BLUE by Darren Groth
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Of limited interest. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An Australian swimming sensation and her graphic artist boyfriend are entwined by fate. Read full book review >

THE LANTERN'S EMBER by Colleen Houck
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A bit overstuffed but fun nonetheless, with some genuine surprises in store. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
Houck's (Tiger's Dream, 2018, etc.) new adventure offers a fresh spin on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"…and a few more tales besides. Read full book review >
I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A flawed but entertaining novel. (Speculative fiction. 13-18)"
When 18-year-old Memphis Engle finds out her archaeologist father is in danger, she'll do anything to save him. Read full book review >
ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WALLFLOWER by Christian McKay Heidicker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A fluffy romp with heart and action. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
In a world where 1950s matinee horror films are as real as Wonder bread, Phoebe Lane and her mother have a trick for avoiding the monsters. Read full book review >

THE THIRD ACT by John Wilson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Read it for the history lesson. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Three Chinese international students discern their destinies as they navigate living and studying abroad. Read full book review >
IMPOSTORS by Scott Westerfeld
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Impressive, immaculately plotted sci fi chock full of twists but lacking heart. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A twin raised as a body double for her famous sister is sent on her first solo mission. Read full book review >
THE ECHO ROOM by Parker Peevyhouse
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Make sure you don't have to be up early the morning after you start this book. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
Rett wakes up with a scar on his head, not knowing where he is or why he's there. Read full book review >
SUMMER BIRD BLUE by Akemi Dawn Bowman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A strikingly moving book about teenage grief. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Music helps a Washington state teenager overcome guilt and grief after the death of her beloved younger sister. Read full book review >
BORN SCARED by Kevin Brooks
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"At times frustratingly elliptical, the narrative inexorably draws characters toward one another—and into a surprising, explosive climax. (Psychological thriller. 12-18)"
Elliot, who suffers from severe anxiety, must face his fear of the outside world when his mother goes missing in a Christmas Eve snowstorm in Yorkshire. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Fascinating and accomplished. (author's notes, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Fourteen authors, including Omar Figueras, Lenore Look, and editors Aronson and Bartoletti, write about the tumultuous events of 1968. Read full book review >
WHERE HAS THE TIGER GONE? by Dhavat Singh Uikey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A rare and distinctive perspective on the relationship between people and tigers, though with specialized appeal. (Picture book. 10-adult)"
Tiger stories from the Gond people, one of the largest Indigenous groups in South Asia. 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 >