Young Adult Book Reviews

REDEMPTION by Mark Walden
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 24, 2018

"A popcorn-and-explosions finale well befitting the series. (Science fiction. 9-14)"
In the Earthfall Trilogy closer, Sam and his friends face the ultimate threat to humanity. Read full book review >
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 24, 2018

"A rousing saga and moving coming-of-age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles. (Historical fantasy. 14-adult)"
A warrior must ally with her enemies in this vivid debut. Read full book review >

STAY SWEET by Siobhan Vivian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 24, 2018

"Amelia possesses the qualities she needs to achieve her goals but, like many girls, lacks confidence in using them; watching her evolve is empowering. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Meade Creamery opened for business in 1945, and after the owner's unexpected death, Amelia is determined to keep this local institution going—if she can. Read full book review >
FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 24, 2018

"Fans of this fictional world will enjoy seeing more of it—and appreciate that the story's conclusion leaves the door open for more adventures. (glossary) (Fantasy. 13-adult) "
Malin and her allies must stop underworld goddess Ereshkigal's plan to release the dead on Earth in this sequel to Between the Blade and the Heart (2018). Read full book review >
ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 24, 2018

"'Cinderella' but with genocide and rebel plots. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
The daughter of a murdered queen plots to take back what is hers. Read full book review >

YOUR ROBOT DOG WILL DIE by Arin Greenwood
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 17, 2018

"A provocative reflection on humanity's increasingly damaging effects on the natural world. (Dystopian. 14-18)"
In a near-future world of drought and rising seas, a young dog lover learns to question what it means to be humane. Read full book review >
WILDER COUNTRY by Mark Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 17, 2018

"A strong addition to the genre. (Dystopian. 13-adult)"
The few hardy survivors left in post-plague, apocalyptic Australia struggle on in this sequel to The Road to Winter (2017). Read full book review >
LOVE & WAR by Melissa de la Cruz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 17, 2018

"The popularity of the first in this series means a ready audience for this lively volume. (Historical fiction. 12-adult)"
As the American Revolution comes to an end, Alexander Hamilton and his bride, Eliza, forge a new life in their fledgling country. Read full book review >
RELATIVE STRANGERS by Paula Garner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"Despite flaws, Jules' hard-won insights into what families can give us and what we must find and create on our own make for a moving read. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A teen's discovery that she spent 19 months in foster care as an infant sends her searching for answers. Read full book review >
LIZZIE by Dawn Ius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Startling, visceral, and heartbreaking. (author's note) (Fiction. 15-adult)"
The story of Lizzie Borden, creatively reimagined and set in the 21st century. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF BROKEN THINGS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"The trip to Spain you wouldn't wish on anyone, except in the form of this terrific book. (Fiction. 13-18)"
For two American teens, a summer trip to Europe turns out to be far more complicated than they ever expected. Read full book review >
TREE DREAMS by Kristin  Kaye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"A superbly written tale filled with realistic, engaging, and quirky characters."
In Kaye's (Iron Maidens, 2005) YA novel, a teenage girl runs away from her Northern California logger family and sets out on an odyssey that places her at the heart of the anti-logging community. 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 >