Young Adult Book Reviews (page 8)

SHAKA RISING by Luke Molver
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A worthy introduction that offers a young Anglophone audience entry into a legend of Africa without the annoyance of overtranslation and with refreshingly three-dimensional characters. (Graphic historical fiction. 12-adult)"
Shaka Zulu rises to power amid great regional turmoil to defend his people against the tide of the expanding European-backed slave trade. Read full book review >
THUNDERHEAD by Neal Shusterman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Fear the reaper(s)…but relish this intelligent and entertaining blend of dark humor and high death tolls. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
Death proves impermanent in this sequel to Scythe (2016). Read full book review >

THE BEGINNING WOODS by Malcolm McNeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"McNeill's storytelling skills shine in this witty, delightful story about the power of imagination and dreaming. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
Two worlds collide with dire consequences in McNeill's debut. Read full book review >
DON'T HANG MY FRIEND by John Raffensperger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Despite tackling several serious themes, oversimplification takes the bite out of this historical drama."
A post-Civil War YA drama about a teenager who aspires to become a doctor, and his confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan. Read full book review >
SEVENTEEN AND TRYING TO SURVIVE by Morgan  Gregory
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 4, 2018

"A touching tale with a mature, likable role model for teens who have suffered abuse."
Based on the author's life, this debut novel tells a harrowing story of abuse and neglect. Read full book review >

THE TRUE QUEEN  by Sarah Fine
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Fiery, icy, sad, thrilling. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
It takes two people to make one queen. Read full book review >
SOMEONE TO LOVE by Melissa de la Cruz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Readers will root for Olivia. Well done. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A high school junior struggles with disordered eating and a life in the spotlight in de la Cruz's latest. Read full book review >
LOVE AND OTHER TRAIN WRECKS by Leah Konen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An absurdly charming, funny, and romantic odyssey. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Two teens dissect their issues over the course of an eventful journey. Read full book review >
YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE by Rachel Lynn Solomon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"While the fraught sibling relationship rings true, the narrative is ultimately too detached for the subject matter. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When the genetic lottery strikes a family unevenly, only one twin gets a death sentence. Read full book review >
TURN IT UP! by Jen Calonita
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Although there is lip service to sisterhood, this novel plays right into many of the most insidious negative stereotypes of teenage girls. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Relationship drama among girls dominates this lightweight offering. Read full book review >
GUNSLINGER GIRL by Lyndsay Ely
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A little Into the Badlands, a little Firefly, a whole lot to say about how right and wrong so often borrow from each other. (Dystopian Western. 14-18)"
Debut author Ely brings to life a gritty future American West, shattered by a Second Civil War, in which a sharpshooting teen must reconcile the conflicting pulls of security, justice, and conscience. Read full book review >
EVERLESS by Sara Holland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Utterly absorbing; a must for fans of Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass (2012) and its sequels. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
After banishment as a child, a girl must brave a treacherous estate to save her father and unearth her past. 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 >