Here are the latest reviews on Books Teens and Magazines – posted since 20th March:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – This book is for fantasy lovers and dreamers, for readers who enjoy escaping into their dreams but who also like their fantasy embedded in reality with real characters and true emotions. 13+
Half Wild by Sally Green – A gritty tale, full of adventure and action but also a tale of friendship and love. An engrossing and enjoyable read. 13+
Seed by Lisa Heathfield – A shocking and sad tale that haunts you for a long time after you shut the book. Suitable for mature readers.15+
Golden Son by Pierce Brown – Exciting and full of adrenaline, this is a book for readers who enjoy adventure. Avoid it if you are squeamish! 14+
The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith – The book is a mixture of whacky, absurdity, horror, grossness and humour. The characters vary from normal, but slightly unusual, to downright disgusting whilst the events range from ordinary to futuristic. This book is a challenge to read – readers who commit to the book will have plenty to think about and to discuss. However, given its complexity and unusualness, this book would best suit confident and mature readers. 15+
The Boy Next Door by Kate van Ark – A straightforward and easy-to-read high school romance story. However, it does lack some depth and the characters are weak and are not helped by a rather roving storyline. 14+
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill – This is not just a dystopian novel – the book shines a spotlight on how girls can be obsessed with their looks, their age, their weight, their clothes – in effect their image. This book was different; it intrigued me and I found myself enjoying it and was completely invested in it – enough to still be thinking over the ending as I write this. 14+
How to be Bad by E Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski – This is a light, funny and easy read; yet there is more to this book than just fun. The girls go on a literal and figurative journey and there is plenty to think about. 14+
The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean – This book is not an easy read, it requires concentration and commitment, but those readers who put the time and effort in will learn a lot – not just about the Outback and its inhabitants but about tolerance, kindness and understanding.12+
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – The book explores the themes of loss, grief, betrayal and all consuming love. This is a feel god book which will leave the reader feeling happy. 14+
Magazines: A collection of magazines deal for sports loving teens. This might be a good way of encouraging a teen who is rugby mad but also reluctant reader to read non fiction style texts. They need to do this ahead of their English language GCSE. 12+
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella – This book manages to convey the far reaching consequences of bullying, the difficulty of coping with an anxiety disorder, the impact this has not just on the person suffering but on the family as a whole and the seriousness of such an illness. Best of all, it does this whilst also making the reader laugh out loud. 12+ – full review will be available late May.
Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry – There is a lot going on is this book – there is the motorcycle club and the way it is run, there is Emily’s relationship with her parents and biological family, there is the secret of Emily’s early life, there is the love interest with Oz and there is the issue of Emily being in danger.The book and the characters didn’t sizzle in my hands but it was an enjoyable read and is a good starting point in this new series. 14+ – full review will be available late May.