MADreads for Teens

A review of Keeping the Castle by Patricia Kindl

Seventeen-year-old Althea Crawley needs to marry well. And by well, I mean rich. Her family home, Crawley Castle is falling apart and her family's only hope is that Althea's good looks will nab her a wealthy husband. The problem is that the men of Lesser Hoo (in Yorkshire) are not living up to their end of the bargain. And her sometimes outspoken behaivor doesn't help. After accidentally revealing her true feelings to her latest beau, that she loves him because he's rich, Althea laments "There more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 19, 2013 | 0 comments
Book cover of Boxers and Saints
A review of Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang

The companion graphic novels Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang are making many of the "best of" lists for 2013 and just topped the more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 16, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Witches of East End by Melissa De la Cruz

I was watching the series pilot of more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 21, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is the ongoing saga of a teen cyborg and Lunar royal named Princess Celine (Cinder) and her band of fairytale warriors. This second installment in the series introduces us to Scarlet Benoit, a Little Red Riding Hood character whose grand-mère was integral in saving the young Princess Celine from certain death and aided in her cyborg conversion.  The novel starts out with Cinder breaking out of prison and aiding and abetting the escape of a convicted thief more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 14, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Counting By Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Willow Chance isn't like most twelve-year-olds. She is a genius who prefers to wear her gardening gear everywhere, spends copious amounts of time amongst her plants, and counts by sevens to calm herself down. Still, despite her eccentricities, Willow is happy. That is, until her parents are killed in an accident, and Willow must find a new place for herself in the world. With tenderness and humor, Holly Goldberg Sloan crafts a truly beautiful story about friendship, love, grief, and the more

Reviewed by Krissy on
October 11, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Zits: Chillax by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

Oh, the joy and insanity of being a teenager. This novel follows the teenage hero Jeremy and his best amigo Hector (from the comic strip Zits) as they plan and attend their first ever rock concert. Surrounding this once-in-a-lifetime trip are some pretty angsty circumstances: their other friend’s mom has cancer. Their trip becomes a mission FOR TIM. Since their friend can’t go to the concert because he’s donating bone marrow for his mom, Jeremy and Hector are prepared to do anything to more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
September 30, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Day of Tears by Julius Lester

Based on the largest slave auction in American history, Day of Tears is steeled in the realities of slavery. Through the quiet reflections of the slaves sold and unsold, the masters and mistresses encountered, and the bystanders who watch and react, Julius Lester spins a heart-wrenching tale of families torn and the urge to find solace in a world shattered by one simple word: "sold." Written in the format of a play, this book is easy to read but also conveys emotion that draws upon the more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
August 23, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

I hate the phrase, "Pretty is as pretty does."  It's dangerous territory when looks and behavior are correlated, right? I am a big fan of the Golden Rule in terms of ideology; that just seems like a better way to conduct oneself. But life's not fair. I know this. And I understand that there are certain perks that go along with how one looks, dresses, and behaves above and beyond how you treat others. Paul Rudnick's modern day fairytale Gorgeous takes on "The Ugly Duckling" AND " more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 21, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A lot of years I'd be hard pressed to pick my "best" read. Though I can talk about books until the cows come home and I will rave about this one or that one if you ask, I always have a hard time with ranking them. Which is ironic given the fact that I love to peruse "best" lists and pass them on to all of you. This year I actually have an answer if anyone asks. Sort of. There are actually three books vying for the top spot. more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 14, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

I quite liked this book. A lot of it, I think, has to do with how the author does things in the book, rather than what she does. This book uses plenty of classic fantasy tropes -- the long-lost prince, the plucky orphan thief, evil scheming noblemen -- but uses them creatively and pulls them off with style. I guessed the main plot twist early on, but rather than annoy me, I think it added to the fun to look for supporting evidence as I read along. The smaller schemes and plots more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
August 2, 2013 | 0 comments