Young Adult Book Reviews (page 7)

TWO DARK REIGNS by Kendare Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Tragic, devastating, horrifying, enthralling. (cast of characters, map) (Fantasy. 14 -adult)"
In the third entry in a pitch-black fantasy quartet, everyone acts with the best of intentions—and everything goes terribly, terribly wrong. Read full book review >
A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE by Sangu Mandanna
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"An incisive story nuanced by dilemmas about love, belonging, and conflicting loyalties. (Space opera. 14-adult)"
A lost princess sets out to forge her own path and reunite with her family. Read full book review >

REBORN by Alex Scarrow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Readers with weak stomachs need not apply, but those who love cinematic, thrill-a-minute apocalyptic horror will be riveted. (Horror. 14-18)"
Two years after a sweeping pandemic decimates the world's population, two teens hope their nightmare has come to an end—but the virus has evolved. Read full book review >
SHARK QUEST by Karen Romano Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Rich information borders on overload, but passion cuts through the density. (guide, notes, glossary, and bibliography) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A remarkably thorough tour of the world of sharks and marine scientists' efforts to educate the public about our ocean's apex predators. Read full book review >
DEFYING THE NAZIS by Hermann Vinke
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Hosenfeld wrote, 'I always see the person in front of me and a boundless compassion overcomes me'; this work is a fitting tribute. (map, glossary, character list, timeline, resources, index) (Biography. 12-18)"
The first biography in English of a conflicted, quietly heroic German officer stationed in Warsaw during World War II who saved dozens of people from the Nazis. Read full book review >

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT WESTMINSTER CEMETERY by Mary Amato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Quoth the Raven, 'Encore.' (Paranormal script/prose hybrid. 13-adult)"
A newcomer arrives at Westminster Cemetery and shakes things up amongst the Dead. Read full book review >
HIDDEN PIECES by Paula Stokes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Read it over a lazy weekend. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Embry Woods keeps things close to her chest. Read full book review >
IN ANOTHER TIME by Caroline Leech
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"An interesting setting and good use of historical details aren't, in the end, enough to hold reader interest.(Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A teen lumbergirl finds wartime romance in the Scottish Highlands. Read full book review >
ACCESS RESTRICTED by Gregory Scott  Katsoulis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A powerful novel with a neatly wrapped-up conclusion. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
A reluctant heroine returns to fight the deeply entrenched corruption and greed of a futuristic society in which proprietary rights have trumped those of its individual citizens in this sequel to All Rights Reserved (2017). Read full book review >
THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED by Kody Keplinger
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A timely page-turner that will resonate with readers. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A school shooting survivor is determined to correct untrue stories about the tragic event. Read full book review >
RESISTANCE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Sensitive subject matter that could have benefited from a subtler, more sober touch. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A Jewish girl joins up with Polish resistance groups to fight for her people against the evils of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
RAW TALENT by Jocelyn Shipley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Appealing, accessible stories for teens interested in the arts that will tempt them to become avid readers. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Paisley McFarland is a freshman in high school who loves to sing but has horrible stage fright in this entry in a performing-arts themed series for reluctant readers. 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 >