Book Reviews: Teen Fiction
Caraval – Stephanie Garber
Scarlett and Tella dream of visiting Caraval, the elusive once a year week-long performance where the audience participates.
Their invitation arrives in the mail but no sooner have they arrived that the games begin. Tella vanishes leaving Scarlett to find her way through the game alone. But Legend, the creator of the game, has other plans. Tella’s time is ticking away. Scarlett needs to find her before the end of the fame or she risks losing her forever.
A brilliant read for those fantasy loving teens who like a bit of romance with their magic.
Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy
Dolly Parton loving Willowdean Dickson has always been at home in her own skin. She hasn’t got a model figure, quite the opposite, but it’s never mattered to her.
But as all teens experience at one point or another, the self-doubt sets in and Willow is unsure of herself. She decides there’s only one way to get her groove back, by entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant.
This book will have you laughing and singing Jolene throughout with the most amazing message of loving yourself and the person you are.
Valentine – Jodi McAlister
Four teenagers who all grew up in the same small town share the same birthday – Valentines Day. They also share something else, they’re being water by the Unseelie court.
The fairies want their changling child back, the Valentine, except they don’t know who it is!
They will kill them all until they find the one so it’s up to Pearl and Finn to save them – but these two have their own problems to deal with, mainly the building chemistry they didn’t know existing between them.
Can they put their feelings aside to save the others? Fantastic YA series with a fairytale twist.
Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E Lockhart
Frankie Landau-Banks – possibly a criminal mastermind at age 16. This is the story of how she got away.
Funny, intelligent and boasting a female protagonist who memorably outsmarts the all-male secret society of Alabaster Preparatory Academy. Empowering and fun.