MADreads for Teens

A review of Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann

Wow. This is one of the most unsettling books I've read. Take a good look at the cover of this book and you'll notice that there is something not quite right about the fairy landscape. Right there, on the front cover, in a green, leafy setting is a tiny fairy creature snuggled up to a human hand. A dead, decomposing human hand. Shiver. What's going on here? In a nutshell, this book is about a crisis. What happens in a crisis? Who takes charge in a crisis and who takes advantage? How do you ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 16, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Good Sister by Jamie Kain

The lives of the three Kinsey sisters have been shaped primarily by the knowledge that the oldest of them will die young.  However, it is not the life-long battle with cancer that does her in, but a fall off a cliff.  A fall which may or may not have been an accident.  As the younger Kinsey’s try to forge their own identities, independent of their sister and her illness, they must come to terms with the fact that their oldest sister may not have been what they thought. ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
December 5, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached

This graphic novel depicts the author's memories of growing up in Beirut in the 1980s during the Lebanese Civil War and is a follow-up to A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return.  A Game for Swallows is about one particular event: an evening when young Zeina and her brother are left in the care of neighbors while their parents venture to the other side of Beirut to visit family. The kids are ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 13, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

When a story begins with a handful of eager, attractive teenagers preparing for a trip to an isolated cabin halfway up the side of a mountain, it doesn’t take a lot of guesswork to figure out how things are going to end. In her newest book, Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the Hush, Hush series, ups the ante by including a terrifying prologue, giving us a chilling glimpse at what the girls are going to face up on that mountain.Britt and Korbie have been planning their spring break backpacking ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
November 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Through the Woods: Stories by Emily Carroll

This is a collection of five elegant and horrifying graphic short stories that take place in or around the woods. The stories included are "Our Neighbor's House," a chilling tale of three girls left all alone in a house; "A Lady's Hands Are Cold," about a young woman sent to live on an isolated estate with a husband she has not yet met; "My Friend Janna," featuring a girl who may or may not communicate with the spirit world; "The Nesting Place," a shocking twist on the ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 30, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Your day is not going well. Things happen that you wish you could change. What would you do if you were given the opportunity for a do-over? This is the focus of the new graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley, author of the popular Scott Pilgrim series.   Katie is a hot shot chef training her replacement at her flagship restaurant while preparing to open a new venture. She's stressed out and insecure about the new ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Sway by Katarina M. Spears

Sway (aka Jesse Alderman) is a high school senior with a lot of power. As I was reading this book I could not believe what he was involved in. When the principal asks Sway to get rid of a student (by setting him up for expulsion) Sway stashes drugs in the kid’s locker and the kid is gone. Sway buys drugs from some scary characters; saying he will do anything for cash. Sway and his accomplices beat a man to a pulp after the man rubs up against Sway’s close friend Joey (Josephine ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
October 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Scavengers by Michael Perry

When I went to a recent Michael Perry event I wasn’t planning to buy his new book, The Scavengers, because it’s a kids’ book. But after a few passages read aloud in Perry’s signature down-home-wisdom style, I was hooked. So I bought the book and devoured it in about two sittings, forgetting very quickly that it was even supposed to be a kids’ book (don’t worry, it’s ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
October 15, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from October 13–28, 2014.  The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 13, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Here comes Raina in a new young adult graphic novel that explores her complicated relationship with her younger sister, Amara. The family is headed on a cross-country trip through the mountains from California to Colorado for a family reunion. The home environment is tense, the travelling is fraught with chaos and the final destination is disappointing. Raina and Amara have been at odds since day one, but must band together to face certain crises on this trip. The girls are not exactly best ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 1, 2014 | 0 comments