Reviews by Category: Teens

Teen Review

Riders

By Veronica Rossi
3
Rated by Dawna O.
Mar 19, 2018

After recovering from an accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself  with strange new powers and a strange cuff he can’t take off. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse. Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen are brought together by an annoyingly secretive girl. Their goal: to help save humanity from an ancient evil that has just awoken.

Teen Review

Dorothy Must Die

By Danielle Paige
3
Rated by Dawna O.
Mar 15, 2018

Amy Gumm is just a normal girl living in trailer park in Kansas. She never expected anything interesting to happen in her life, until she is swept up in a tornado and lands in Oz. But this is not the same Oz from the movies. Dorothy found a way back and became queen. And that power went to her head. Now she is a ruthless dictator and no one is safe. In this new Oz, good witches can’t be trusted, wicked witches might even be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. Dorothy is the reason the once beautiful Oz has fallen.

Teen Review

Wish You Were Dead

By Todd Strasser
5
Rated by Dawna O.
Mar 13, 2018

The day after an anonymous blogger wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. Everyone at Soundview High School is scared and worried, but not as much as Madison, the last person to see Lucy before she disappeared. When two more students disappear after their names are mentioned on the blog, the residents of Soundview become panicked. Madison also begins to receive notes warning she is next. Madison is desperate to stop anyone else from vanishing, so she turns to a mysterious new student at her school, but can she trust him when it becomes clear he isn’t sharing everything he knows?

Teen Review

Tales of the Peculiar

By Ransom Riggs
4
Rated by Dawna O.
Mar 9, 2018

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the limbs of peculiars. A princess with a forked tongue. The story of the first ymbryne. These are a few of the stories told in the Tales of the Peculiar, a book known to hide information about the peculiar world that was introduced in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. This book invites you to read this collection of original stories and learn some of the secrets of the history of peculiars.

Teen Review

If I Grow Up

By Todd Strasser
4
Rated by Dawna O.
Mar 7, 2018

In the inner city project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Gun shots ring out on a daily basis, and the cops never do anything about it. Most teenagers he knows drop out of school and join gangs. And everybody knows someone who has died because of it. DeShawn is smart, he knows he should stay in school and keep away from gangs. But while his friends have drug money to buy expensive shoes and flat-screen TVs, DeShawn’s family can barely afford food. How he stick to his morals when his family is hungry?

Staff Review

Railhead

By Philip Reeve
4
Rated by Chris K.
Mar 2, 2018

Wonderfully exciting action that maintains just the right amount of suspense and energy from start to finish. At heart, this is a heist story; it just happens to be set in a universe of wonder: under the adrenaline are fascinating world-building and intriguing characters--of all shapes and sizes, far beyond human. And lurking somewhere in the background are enthralling science fiction considerations that keep simmering into awareness. It's not just action, but intelligent action. With excellently adept, unobtrusive writing. This is a universe I hope to visit again soon.

Teen Review

Origin

By Jessica Khoury
5
Rated by Dawna O.
Jul 29, 2016

Pia grew up in a secret laboratory hidden in the rainforest, completely cut off from the outside world. She was raised by scientists to be the first of a new immortal race. But one night, she discovers a hole in the fence separating her from freedom, and sneaks out. She meets Eio, a boy from a local village, and together try to discover the dark and sinister story of her origin.

Teen Review

Hundred Percent

By Karen Romano Young
4
Rated by Dawna O.
Feb 26, 2018

Tink is heading into sixth grade, her last year in elementary school and she must deal with everything from her body suddenly changing to the ever increasing strain between her and her best friend, Jackie's, friendship. Hundred Percent is an authentic and true look into the mind and life of a girl transitioning from a child to a young adult.

Teen Review

The Storyspinner

By Becky Wallace
5
Rated by Dawna O.
Mar 13, 2017

Johanna lives in a world where nobles plot their way to the throne, willing to do anything to become ruler. They are fighting over the throne of the princess who is supposed to be dead. Nevertheless, there is a quest to find her by a race of people with magical abilities, and they are not the only ones looking for her. Bodies of dead girls are turning up at every corner, and they all look exactly like Johanna.

Teen Review

Boot Camp

By Todd Strasser
5
Rated by Dawna O.
Jul 3, 2017

Taken in the middle of the night, Garrett is taken to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for child delinquents. But Garrett knows he doesn’t deserve to be there. He doesn’t think he did anything wrong. He endures harsh physical and psychological abuse from both the campers and the staff. There is no way to fight back because the battle is futile. He can’t leave until he has admitted his “mistakes” and conformed to the standard of behavior. He has slowly been beaten, humiliated, and stripped of what little pride he has left, he feels he will never be able to escape.