MADreads for Teens

A review of Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

In the first book of the upcoming Sky Chasers series, we find ourselves thrust into humanity's attempt to migrate to another habitable planet, New Earth, after our Earth's resources are exploited beyond repair. Waverly, a 15-year old member of the first generation born in deep space, does not know another environment other than the Empyrean, the ship she's been on her entire life. Waverly is caught up in the major decision of who to marry and have children with when the unthinkable happens: the ...read more

Reviewed by Jesse on
September 16, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede

In the first of a new series, Patricia Wrede (known by this reader for her magical regency books starting with Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country) introduces the reader to a ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
September 10, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

We'd have to discuss it quietly, though, so as not to spoil it for others. This also makes it tough for me to review, so I will err on possibly not sharing enough interesting tidbits. Rest assured, though, there are many, many interesting tidbits, like the little girl levitating on the cover, for example.  The holds list for this book in LINKcat is at well over 250 while I am writing this, so word of mouth and positive reviews are already turning this book into a mini phenomenon. I LOVE ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 8, 2011 | 4 comments
A review of Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

“Missing an arm is like wearing a coat, a really big, hot, ugly coat/ that I can’t take off./Ever./ It’s all that people see.” The victim of a shark attack, 15 year-old Jane works to put her life back together after having her arm amputated above the elbow. Once an aspiring artist, now Jane can’t imagine what she will do with her life. And she can’t imagine how she will ever feel comfortable or fit in around people again. Even her friends seem awkward around her. Written in verse, Jane’s story ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
September 2, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

...and that's all you really need to know about the book to want to read it, right? It's the perfect beach read. Libba Bray's new book, Beauty Queens, (you may have read some of her other excellent books - the addictive Gemma Doyle ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 25, 2011 | 2 comments
A review of The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith

According to some, mermaids are going to be the next big thing, now that vampires and werewolves are everywhere. While I love Aquamarine, I'm feeling nostalgic for the days when witches were supernatural enough for most books. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic witch books out there, and the books in L.J. Smith's ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 19, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Earlier this year I referenced a recent School Library Journal article that declared, "vampires are out and books about dead teens and space travel are in."  I have read four books about dead or dying teens this summer, and only one about vampires, so I'll agree (someone else will have to address space travel). The topic of dead or dying teens ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 15, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

I still feel sick to my stomach thinking about this book and it's been several weeks since I read it. It's a truly horrifying "ripped from the headlines" story of an eleven-year-old Chicago gang member. His name is Yummy because he loves candy. He sleeps with a teddy bear. He's been in and out of the child welfare system dozens of times. And he accidentally shoots and kills his fourteen-year-old neighbor while intentionally trying to kill a rival gang member. He is then gunned down by his own ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 8, 2011 | 0 comments
Book cover of My Boyfriend is a Monster
A review of My Boyfriend Is a Monster by Graphic Universe

I could just eat this scrumptious new teen graphic novel series up. It is super cute and easy for summer, and reminds me of my beloved Archie Digests. I spent hours of vacation reading those smartly-sized volumes when I was a kid and these graphic novels are a similar size and equally breezy.  As the series title suggests, each novel presents a different scenario in which the female protagonist falls in love and discovers her new ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Forgotten by Cat Patrick

When I reviewed Before I Go to Sleep a few weeks ago someone mentioned Cat Patrick's young adult novel Forgotten as one with a similar story device. And it is, in broad strokes. Both novels explore what it would be like to forget your life each time you go to sleep at night but they come at the issue in very ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 19, 2011 | 0 comments