Young Adult Book Reviews (page 5)

THE TRUTH BENEATH THE LIES by Amanda  Searcy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An intricately plotted thriller that's both gritty and engrossing. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Two seemingly unrelated girls struggle to survive in different, dire circumstances. Read full book review >
FOOLISH HEARTS by Emma Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"The course of true love never did run smooth, but in the case of these two lovers, the journey is worth your while. (Fiction. 13-18)"
In Mills' (This Adventure Ends, 2016, etc.) latest, the beginning of senior year leads to new friendships and new love. Read full book review >

EVER THE BRAVE  by Erin Summerill
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A forgettable sequel. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Britta deals with secrets and fallout from the events of Ever the Hunted (2016). Read full book review >
INSTRUCTIONS FOR A SECONDHAND HEART by Tamsyn Murray
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Despite skipped beats, this satisfies as fablelike, destined romance: the metaphorical stuff of hearts. (Fiction. 14-18)"
One teen gets a heart transplant; another teen loses her brother and doesn't know who received his organs. Read full book review >
PLAGUE LAND by Alex Scarrow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For fans of overwhelming and grisly carnage. (Horror. 13-16)"
A New Jersey teen transplanted to London survives a devastating new pandemic—but almost nobody else does. Read full book review >

EVALENE'S NUMBER by Bethany  Atazadeh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 3, 2017

"A rigorous apocalyptic backdrop and versatile characters supply seemingly endless avenues for further volumes to explore."
In this YA sci-fi debut and the start of a series, a teen receives an unexpected ranking in a distant future, leading her to question the system's fairness. Read full book review >
RULES OF RAIN by Leah Scheier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Refreshingly thoughtful character development in a familiar package. (recipes) (Fiction. 14-17)"
As her controlled world begins fraying apart, the brother that Rain has taken care of most of her life becomes the support she needs most. Read full book review >
2018 YOUNG EXPLORER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE by Corie Weaver
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"This stellar collection will appeal to both teens and grown-ups who dream of future worlds. (Science fiction. 12-adult)"
Worlds await young readers…. Read full book review >
R.I.P. ELIZA HART by Alyssa Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A public-service announcement about mental illness wrapped up as a compelling mystery that will keep readers going until the hopeful conclusion. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sometimes mean girls have a reason. Read full book review >
READY TO FALL by Marcella Pixley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Grief becomes something oddly beautiful—and beautifully odd. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Desperate to cling to something of his mother's after her death, 16-year-old Max believes he has invited her tumor into his brain and that it is slowly killing him. Read full book review >
THE CHAOS OF STANDING STILL by Jessica Brody
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Enjoyable light romance with emotional baggage—call it an early winter beach read. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A snowstorm on New Year's Eve closes Denver International Airport, canceling flights and stranding passengers; for Ryn, immobilized by grief since the death of her best friend, Lottie, a year ago, getting stuck might be just what she needs to move on. Read full book review >
FIX ME by Lisa M. Cronkhite
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"The speed and tidiness of the ending may disappoint savvy readers, but this book may find an audience with those who can happily suspend disbelief. (Thriller. 12-16)"
To what lengths would you go to see a good friend who can only be found in a drug-induced haze? One addict is about to find out. 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 >