MADreads for Teens

A review of Between Two Ends by David Ward

Sure, it's fun to get lost in a good book for a few hours, but what if you had to stay there forever? Could you survive the blistering sands, talking tigers and the armed palace guards of The Arabian Nights? Yeats knows that something unsettling happened in his Gran's old house years ago, even if no one else will talk about it. But when his very presence puts events in motion, Yeats must rely on his wits and his heart to lead him through an adventure that will redeem or destroy his ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The explosion of dystopian/post-apocalyptic young adult fiction has been well documented. In fact if you want to see something really cool take a look at this Hunger Games readalike pathfinder from Lawrence Public Library in Kansas. But all these apocalyptic worlds can get a little depressing and wearying. Which is what drew me to Rachel Hartmen's high-fantasy Seraphina. Seraphina ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 31, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

There has been a recent influx of teen series that are steeped in science fiction or fantasy elements: Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Leviathan, and of course, ...read more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Selection by Keira Cass

This book has been hyped as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.*  I'll say this:  not so much, for good or bad; I really enjoyed this book as a standard YA fairy tale romance.  It's more like an extended version of the ball that Cinderella attends along with all the ladies of the land in order for the prince to find a wife, with a few television ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 12, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks

The shy girl who secretly has a beautiful singing voice isn't that unusual in kids/teen literature. In fact I just read another such book, Zip by Ellie Rollins (very good btw - though not out yet). It's a trope I don't mind, but what I appreciated in Ms. Fredericks mystery is that her protagonist, Rain, has good reason to feel insecure. Rain was born with a cleft palate and though her physical appearance has long since been changed and speech therapy has helped, Rain has learned the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Bradley

Kimberly Bradley, along with almost everyone else who has researched the topic, believe that Thomas Jefferson, former president of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence, fathered seven children with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, after his wife Martha past away. The names, ages, and the work that the children did are historically documented, but their feelings and conversations are not. With painstaking detail, Bradley writes the story of what it might have ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
June 8, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of One Moment by Kristina McBride

We all have those thoughts; if only I had left five minutes earlier, if only I'd decided not to go to that concert, if only...For Maggie Reynolds all of her 'if only' regrets focus on the moment her boyfriend Joey was killed in a tragic accident. And in the first days after the death her biggest 'if only' relates to her ability to remember exactly what happened on the top of that cliff. Maggie and her friends have gathered at their favorite secluded swimming spot to celebrate the end of the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 30, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Tempest by Julie Cross

When 19-year-old Jackson Meyer discovers that he can travel through time, he's excited - but not really that excited, because he can't go back in time that far, and whatever he does in the past seems to have no bearing on the present. Since he can't use it to stop wars or even win the lottery, his new talent is really more of a parlor trick, though it's one that he keeps secret from everyone except his best friend Adam, a young genius who is determined to discover the limits of Jackson ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
May 9, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

I love graphic novels like this. The main character, Maggie, is an excellent protagonist. She's starting high school after being homeschooled and is nervous about fitting in. She's independent and smart and a bit of a wreck because her mom just took off. Her dad is the Chief of Police and she's a little self-conscious about that. And, oh yeah, she can see ghosts. The story is set in what is described as a small city on the East Coast. It seems kind of big and cool, though. There are museums and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 3, 2012 | 0 comments
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A review of Pure by Julianna Baggott

Yes, dystopian fiction is everywhere. From teen fiction like The Hunger Games and Divergent to more literary fare like Super Sad True Love Story and ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 23, 2012 | 0 comments