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Guest Post on Camilla Lackberg

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Today we’re pleased to have a guest post from one of our regular reviewers Laura Pearle, who is here to discuss Camilla Läckberg’s fantastic series of mysteries.  Take it away Laura: Readers of mysteries know that small towns are deceptive – they’re not the safe places they should be.  Just look at St. Mary’s Mead and […]

Weekly Reviews: Setting

The Fever Tree

We write a lot about genre and the types of books that teens enjoy reading. But what about setting? Do teen readers care about sinking into the setting of a book? This is an element that teens rarely mention when they share what they enjoy reading, or how much they liked a particular book. But […]

Weekly Reviews: Magic

What the Family Needed

Today’s three reviewed novels share elements of the supernatural and magical realism. What teenager doesn’t wish for a superpower, if only to imagine themselves less under the control of the adults in their lives? In a series of connected vignettes, What the Family Needed introduces seven members of one family who grapple with special abilities. […]

Weekly Reviews: Debut Novels

Reconstructing Amelia

Today’s reviews are all notable debut novels by women. I spent part of my spring break tearing through Kimberly McCreight’s Reconstructing Amelia, and let me tell you — teens are going to eat this up. It came out just yesterday, so go order a couple copies now. There are several appeal elements here. First, the […]

Even More Weekly Reviews: Serial Killers

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We have a huge backlog of wonderful reviews right now, so this week we’re giving you even more weekly reviews.  The great film reviewer Jonathan Rosenbaum once commented that “it’s pretty safe to say that there are more serial killers in movies than there are in real life” and puzzled over why so many viewers […]

Weekly Reviews: Speculative Fiction

The Office of Mercy

Today we review three thrillingly original works of speculative fiction. Let’s start with a post-apocalyptic, dystopian debut novel. The Office of Mercy is being marketed as a Hunger Games readalike. (I’ve also seen comparisons to recent Alex Award winner, Pure). However, debut author Djanikian is more concerned with ethical questions than fast-paced action. The Alphas had good intentions […]

Omnibus Mystery Review Post

Among the Bones

Back at the end of last year, I posted a link to VOYA’s top adult mysteries for teens.  Since, as I said at the time, this blog hadn’t gotten to many (read: almost any) of them, I thought I would take a closer look at the books on VOYA’s list.  But since I am somewhat […]

Weekly Reviews: Raiders! and Little Wolves

The Night Birds

I am sharing two very different books today, which I can only tenuously connect thanks to the Alex Awards. (Thus the completely unimaginative title of this post!) Let’s begin on a light-hearted note. First, a review of Raiders!, which won a place on the Booklist Editors Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2012. Our reviewer […]

. . . And We’re Back

Hooray!  We’re back online, and the new site looks great, though please let us know if you’re having any problems with it.  You may notice that there’s a new url for the site, and it will probably work best to update your RSS feeds with the new one: http://blogs.slj.com/adult4teen. While I play around with the new […]

Cold Light

Cold Light

They found a body. I know who it is. Such a great tag line! Three teenage girls and the jealousy-filled triangle of their friendships are at the center of Jenn Ashworth‘s dark, contemporary British murder mystery. The author is currently on a virtual (blog) tour of the U.S. that started Tuesday. ASHWORTH, Jenn. Cold Light. […]