Teen Advanced Reader Reviews

 The titles on this list were provided as Advanced Readers or Uncorrected Proofs to the library and have been released recently or will be released later this year.  If you wish to become a reviewer of our selection, please see our Advanced Reader Review Club webpage.

*Beware some of the reviews might contain spoilers. We have more reviews here!


emberintheashes  An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

​  Release Date: April 28, 2015

  Reviewed by Hunter

immersive, complex, stressful

Favorite character is Elias. Always thinking and despite his surroundings he still does what he believes is right.

*Recommended for ages 16/17 and up. Topic of rape present throughout book (though actually doesn't occur.) Mild, infrequent swearing.

Note: Very much like The Hunger Games.


Now That You're Here by Amy K. Nichols  nowthatyourehere

Release Date: December 9  

Reviewed by Gabrianne  

creative, interesting, scientific

Favorite character is Warren. He's funny and geeky. He reminds me of my brother.

*Recommended for ages 13/14 and up. A little language. One character gets abused by his foster parents, and other characters get drunk.


vaultofdreamers  The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O'Brien

  Release Date: September 16

  Reviewed by Ellie

*I would recommend this book to younger teens who can get past the slow and ambiguous beginning.

If you did NOT like the book, why did you not like it? A little confusing and it was slow to start which made it hard to keep reading. Someone with more patience and time might do better. Just wasn't my taste.


Say What You Will by Cammie McGovernsaywhatyouwill  

Release Date: June 3  

Reviewed by Morgan  

intriguing, comical, interesting

Favorite character is Amy because she is intelligent and calm despite the odds.

*Recommended for ages 14 and up. Mild swearing, teen pregnancy, sexual content.


talon  Talon by Julie Kagawa

​  Release Date: October 28

  Reviewed by Gabrianne

dramatic, gripping, romantic

Favorite character is Ember (dragon.)  She's trying to blend in with the humans, and sometimes it's funny because she has no idea what humans do in certain situations.

*Recommended for ages 13 and up. A couple of times there is a language, not much.  At the end there is a big fight with the dragons, and they get descriptive.


As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka asredasblood 

Release Date: August 1  

Reviewed by Natalie  

mysterious, intriguing, dark

I couldn't really pick a character I liked.

*This book should be read by adults, and maybe mature teens.  I didn't think it was very appropriate for people my age (16.) There were scenes of drugs and suggestive interactions between characters. Plus, the language was very profane, right off the bat, which really disappointed me. I couldn't enjoy the book because of the vulgar themes.


  Heap House by Edward Carey heaphouse

  Release Date: October 15

  Reviewed by Aimee

complex, creepy, thrilling

Favorite character is Lucy. Lucy, one of the two narrators, is bold and fiery, determined to keep her true identity even as a servant in a place where that identity is supposed to be wiped.

*I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys twisted, gothic settings and characters with a complex plot.  Recommended for ages 12 and up.  References to alcohol, brief mild language, some mild but distressing violence, a few scenes that may disturb some readers.  Overall, creepy themes.

Note: An odd but good read with a unique writing style and intriguing characters.


The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Claretheirontrial  

Release Date: September 9  

Reviewed by Sariah  

new, unpredictable, fun

Favorite character is Tamara.  Because of the change you see in her from the beginning of the book to the end.

*Recommended for ages 12 and up.


belzhar​  Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

  ​Release Date: September 30

  Reviewed by Serenity

surprising, emotional, entertaining

Favorite character is Griffin. He was mysterious and interesting. I wanted to know more about him.

*Recommended for ages 15 and up. There was a surprising psychological twist at the end but no warning that needs to be given. Every student has gone through some trauma, and the students at 'Belzhar' explain the trauma they experienced.


howtofall  How to Fall by Jane Casey  

  Release Date: August 26  

  Reviewed by Gabrianne  

suspenseful, thrilling, funny

Favorite character is Jess. She was funny and sarcastic, and figured out everything pretty quickly.

*Recommended for ages 14 and up.  There's some language and alcohol.


  The Devil's Intern by Donna Hosiethedevilsintern

​  Release Date: August 1

  Reviewed by Serenity

​interesting, weird, death

Favorite character is Elinor.  She is quiet and seems very innocent/childlike, but she is one of the strongest ones there.  She does not try to change her death because, if so, her brothers would die.  She can be emotional but not in an over-dramatized or annoying way.

*Recommended for ages 16 and up.  It is slow and weird at first but has a pretty good storyline.  This is set in the Underworld so the 'H' word is used a lot along with a few other curse words.  The four friends are watching their deaths and the book describes them.  Abuse is mentioned.


A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chenblindspotforboys  

Release Date: August 12  

Reviewed by Madison  

romantic, emotional, moving

Favorite character is Quartto. So sweet, yet so serious! Adorable, strong and an amazing guy/boyfriend/friend...whatever you need!

*Recommended for ages 12 and up. A little bit of language and drinking.

Note: This is a book that will open your heart and fill it with so many emotions!


anatomyofamisfit  Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

​  Release Date: September 2

  Reviewed by Kelly

witty, sarcastic, funny

Favorite character is Anika. Anika is a very smart girl with a sweet outside complexion. However, on the inside she is "spider soup."  Using her sweet complexion and wits to steal from her evil boss and to undermine the number 1 most popular girl in school.

*Recommended for students entering High School. Language, some drugs (Valium,) sex.

Note: I feel this book gave the absolute worst for how High School could be. This is good and bad. I personally didn't like it because I feel it gives the wrong depiction.


The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan islandsattheendoftheworld 

​Release Date: August 5  

Reviewed by Gabrianne  

intriguing, sci-fi, emotional

Favorite character is Leilani. She's not afraid to do what it takes to get home. She didn't want to leave her Dad in the water when he was hurt.

*Recommended for ages 12 and up. Some profane language used, some violence,  no graphic details.

Note: I am looking forward to reading 'The Girl at the Center of the World,' the sequel.


ritesofpassage  Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

  Release Date: September 9

  Reviewed by Lauren

high-stakes, suspenseful, uplifting

Favorite character is Amos McKenna. He is the driving force behind everything Sam does and is the reason she stays strong throughout the novel.

*Recommended for ages 13 and up. It's a great story, so yes, I would definitely recommend this book. Some language, talks about suicide, drugs/alcohol references.

Note: A great story about determination, staying true to yourself and camaraderie. Great girl power book!


The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelsonprinceofvenicebeach  

Release Date: June 3  

Reviewed by Jacob  

serious, casual, sometimes humorous

Favorite character is Cali.  He's the main character.

*Recommended for ages 14 and up.  There are violent situations.


deathcomingupthehill  Death coming up the Hill by Chris Crowe

  Release Date: October 7

  Reviewed by Hunter

intelligent, eye-opening, touching

Favorite character is Ashe.  He's caught in a crossfire during Vietnam and this highlights the domestic horrors in his story.

*Recommended for ages 16 and up.  Racism, mild language

Note: Very well written.

The Stepsister's Tale by Tracy Barrett stepsisterstale  

Release Date: June 24  

Reviewed by Sariah   

​magical, different, unexpected

Favorite character is Jane.  Because of the way she handles herself in the situations she is in.

*Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Note: If you love the Cinderella tale, then you will enjoy this interesting spin-off.


stonecoveisland  Stone Cove Island by Suzanne Myers

  Release Date: November 11

  Reviewed by Ashley

adventurous, mysterious, exciting

Favorite character is Eliza Elliot.  She was very confident.

*Recommended for any age.


Thunder: Stone Braide Chronicles by Bonnie S. Calhoun  thunder

Release Date: October 7  

Reviewed by Lucas  

delineated, suspenseful, refreshing

Favorite character is Mojica.  Though not playing a large role until towards the end of the book, she was a big part in the apex and conclusion of this novel even if not readily noticed.  She got stuff done and was a total boss.

*Yes, I would recommend this book.  It is very original and a breath of fresh air from all the other wanna-be knock offs of great dystopian novels like Hunger Games, Divergent,etc.  Recommended for ages 14 and up.


afterworlds  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

  ​Release Date: September 23

  Reviewed by Lauren

supernatural, suspenseful, realistic

Favorite character is Imogen Grey.  She is neurotic and crazy but also really supportive, driven and isn't afraid to be exactly who she is.

*Recommended for ages 14 and up. Language, violent situations (terrorist attack in airport,) complex themes such as death/underworlds.  Mild sexual content, murders (old guy killing young girls,) mention of suicide.


Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaidletsgetlost​  

​Release Date: July 29  

Reviewed by Danielle  

moving, touching, suspenseful

Favorite character is Leila.  Even though she didn't have a wonderful life, she managed to be a shoulder to cry on for multiple strangers.

*Recommended for ages 13 and up.


fallingintoplace  Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

​  Release Date: September 9

  Reviewed by Hunter

captivating, insightful, heart-wrenching

Favorite character is Liam.  Despite some hardship, he remains true to himself and is the true, unspoken hero.

*Recommended for ages 17 and up. Frequent profanity, drug usage, suicide, other mature content.


~Falling into Place, also reviewed by Madison~

amazing, emotional, eye-opening

Favorite character is Liam Oliver.  He loved Liz and helped her when she was drunk, but didn't let anyone destroy him.

*Recommended for ages 13 and up.  A lot of drug, alcohol and cursing.  A car crash.


Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson  kissofdeception

Release Date: July 8  

Reviewed by Lesley  

slow, descriptive, dramatic

Favorite character is Berdi.  She took care of everyone, even knowing the risks she was taking. She was ready for anything that came along and didn't complain.

*Recommended for ages 13 and up.  I wouldn't say there was anything in particular that made me want to rate it as 13 and up, just the storylines in general.  They deal with more mature content such as death and murder. I liked this book, but it was a very slow moving story and once it got really interesting, the book ended. :(


~Kiss of Deception, also reviewed by Maggie~

adventurous, romantic, mysterious

Favorite character is Rafe.

*Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Note: This book pulls you in, wants you to keep reading. I look forward to the sequel.


takebacktheskies  Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

  Release Date: June 3

 Reviewed by Hunter

fast, entertaining, descriptive

Favorite character is Fox.  He's adapted well to his new lifestyle, and though he is not perfect, he does his best for the rest of the crew.

*Recommended for any age.  Some descriptive scenes I felt were grotesque, but these scenes were fleeting.


~Take Back the Skies, also reviewed by Duncan~

adventure, deception, fantasy

Favorite character is Cat (Catherine.)  Determined heroine, main character.  Attractive personality while being believable.

*Recommended for ages 14 and up.  Mild language, intense action.

Note: Some dynamics of the planet are slightly vague, but later in the book things clear up.


Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelinitrialbyfire​  

​Release Date: September 2  

Reviewed by Ellie  

thrilling, continuous, unexpected

Favorite character is Rowan.  He started out as an angry person but ended up being a hero and was very interesting.

*Recommended for ages 15 and up (sexual references.)  I loved this book!


hungry  Hungry by H.A. Swain

​  Release Date: June 3

Reviewed by Gabrianne

gripping, futuristic, inclusive (you feel like you are in the story)

Favorite character is Thalia.  Even though she is high up in the 'social ladder' she doesn't care for the One World policies.  She does her own thing.

*Recommended for ages 13 and up.  There is one small part where they explained what one character's mom did as a drug addict. It also has a part where a character slices someone with a knife, but they don't die.

Note: There are some biggish words, and I had to look a couple up.


Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige  dorothymustdie

Release Date: April 1  

Reviewed by Danielle  

enchanting, mysterious, thrilling

Favorite character is Amy.  Even though her whole life was turned upside down, she stayed true to herself and never gave up.

*Recommended for ages 13 and up. Mild cussing, some graphic fight scenes.


whenmrdogbites When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

 Release Date: June 10

 Reviewed by Hunter

funny, heart-warming, gripping

Favorite character is Dylan.  Having such positive traits and mind-set despite having tourettes, and being an all around role model.

*Recommended for ages 17+.  Very frequent, harsh profane language; vulgar at times as well; drugs and alcohol mentioned scarcely. 


The Feral Child by Che Golden  theferalchild

Release Date: June 3  

Reviewed by Hunter  

mythic, descriptive, ...

Favorite character is Granda.  The only character who seems to have wisdom or greater understanding.

*Very minor, infrequent profanity.  Difficult to get in to.  I finished over half and found it hard to really immerse myself in the novel; didn't really enjoy the characters.


unfinishedlifeofaddisonstone The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

 Release Date: August 12

 Reviewed by Danielle

dark, suspenseful, mysterious

Favorite character is Lucy.  She was always there for Addison, even when Addison wasn't all there herself.

*This book can be pretty dark at some parts.  She tries to commit suicide and it's fairly descriptive.  She also is diagnosed with schizophrenia and it talks about her being on prescription drugs.  There are some parts where it talks about partying and drinking and drugs.  Overall, it's a pretty depressing book.  Good, but depressing.


The Young World by Chris Weitz  youngworld

Release Date: July 29  

Reviewed by Hunter   

funny, intense, frightening

Favorite character is Jefferson.  After the world has fallen apart, he still works selflessly for the good of others at his own expense; he's the hero a post-apocalyptic world needs.

*This book casually uses profanity including the 'f-bomb.' There are also lines/scenes that are explicit/inappropriate.  I'd recommend saving this book for older teens or for those who are better able to handle mature content.


mybestfriendmaybe  My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter

  Release Date: June 3

  Reviewed by Danielle

fun, anticipatory, dramatic

Favorite character is Collette.  She was an immature kid at the beginning, but through all the drama she went through she matured and found herself.  

*Recommended for ages 14 and up. There is mild cussing, some sexual content and some religious content.  


~My Best Friend, Maybe, also reviewed by Serenity~

innocent, cute, kinda slow

Favorite character is Rose.  At first you think she's a horrible person, but then you realize why she is acting the way she is.  I can understand why she did and said the things she did.

*Recommended for ages 15 and up. This is a good teen book. Language every so often but nothing alarming.