Teen Readers Council YA Reviews

The Teen Readers Council is a volunteer program at Children’s Book World that gives teens the opportunity to participate in and influence the teen programming at the bookstore. Members have the opportunity to read advance reader copies of yet-to-be released books, write book reviews for the council’s blog and this website, and can interact with their peers in helping to make Children’s Book World a great resource for teens.

Blood Countess (A Lady Slayers Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419738869
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 28th, 2020

Blood Countess
by Lana Popović

Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: January 28th, 2020

Blood Countess, by Lana Popovic, is an excellent book. Full of interesting and creative characters, this book tells the story of love and madness. Anna must provide for her family after her father dies, and when she gets an invitation from the countess to work for her, Anna jumps at the opportunity. As they get close, however, Anna starts to realize that Elizabeth Báthory might not be as perfect as she seems. Dark and fascinating, this book will draw you in and hold you tight. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and has a stomach for a little bit of creepiness, however, for readers that are not into horror, it might be hard to read.

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ISBN: 9781338540659
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Published: David Fickling Books - January 7th, 2020

Furious Thing
by Jenny Downham

Publisher: David Fickling Books
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020

Furious Thing by Jenny Downham is a story about growing, loving, and most of all- anger management. Fifteen-year-old Lexi has a complicated life- she’s in love with her stepbrother, not getting along with her stepfather, and not doing too well in school. But most of all- Lexi is angry- really really angry. Follow her as she navigates life and learns how to harness her anger.Through her use of vivid imagery, Downham makes the city of London appear before the reader’s eyes. Downham also conveys strong underlying themes of feminism, helping women find their inner power, and most of all, showing that humans are allowed to be angry.  I highly recommend this book to an older teen who is comfortable with curse words and scenes with sexuality.


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ISBN: 9780062908025
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Published: HarperTeen - January 7th, 2020

Three Things I Know to Be True
by Betty Culley

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date : January 7, 2020

In Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley, everything changes after Liv’s brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his friend Clay’s father’s gun. Now he requires 24/7 care to stay alive. When their mother decides to sue Clay’s family, Liv becomes torn between her love for her brother and her friendship with Clay. Written in verse, Three Things I Know Are True is a poetic gem. It grippingly displays the aftermath and misery of a gun accident. Liv’s character is beautifully developed throughout the novel, encouraging the reader to root for her through every step. Three Things I Know Are True is truly unique and highly recommended.



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ISBN: 9781534439412
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Published: Simon Pulse - November 5th, 2019

by Shea Earnshaw

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw, is an intoxicating, fantastical thriller and murder mystery. This book is an absolute page turner and will entice readers from beginning to end. For people who enjoyed books such as Wildwoodthe Witch’s BoySummer & Bird and The Apothecary, this novel is perfect for you. 

The protagonist Nora, is a young woman struggling with her identity as “normal” in a family filled with witches. Nora’s situation is further complicated when she finds a boy named Oliver, half frozen, lying in the woods. With his help, Nora begins to unravel her own past, as well as the mystery to how Oliver ended up stranded in the forest. This book thrills the reader from beginning to end; not one page is uninteresting. I highly recommend this book to readers of all different ages, genres, and authors; Winterwood is enjoyable for all.



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ISBN: 9780062349194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 21st, 2020

Not So Pure And Simple
by Lamar Giles

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 21th, 2020

This book is so compelling, natural, and accurate that I literally couldn’t put it down; it’s definitely a good-sized book, but it’s a quick read. The characters are so fully real and relatable that there was no question in my mind that they are real people whose world I was allowed to enter. Excellently written, extremely relevant, and non-forcibly dealing with some very important subjects, I would highly recommend this book to any teenager or young adult.


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ISBN: 9780553537710
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

What I Carry
by Jennifer Longo

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 21th, 2020

Growing up in foster care, Muiriel has two unbreakable rules: 1) When packing, only bring what is absolutely necessary, and 2) avoid attachment. Unlike socks and toothpaste, the people you care about can’t be packed into a suitcase. They get left behind. Everything changes when Muiriel meets Kira, Sean, and Francine, three people who just might be worth breaking the rules for. Jennifer Longo’s What I Carry is an enduring tale of friendship and love. It’s witty, thoughtful, and tear-jerking all at once. Foster care is a topic not often addressed in young adult novels, and rarely is it addressed with such sincerity. The writing is vivid; the characters jump off the page. Ultimately, the novel speaks to the courage it takes to fall in love. Friendship, for Muriel, has always been a dangerous, delicate thing. What I Carry makes the message clear: the hairbrush and floss in your suitcase are not the true essentials. Infinitely more important are the relationships you build. 


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By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062685100
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

Almost American Girl
by Robin Ha

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 28th, 2020

Are you looking for a graphic novel to read? Or perhaps, a new nonfiction story that is interesting, heartfelt, and moving? Well, I know the right book for you. Almost American Girl is an illustrated memoir by Robin Ha, who uses drawings to tell the inspiring story of her unexpected move from Korea to America. Robin’s whole life is uprooted, and she suddenly finds herself in an unfamiliar environment, where she doesn’t understand the language or customs, and struggles to make friends. I haven’t read many stories like this in the past, but I will definitely seek them out in the future. I strongly urge you to pick this up off the shelf- you won’t be disappointed!