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Book Reviews and Recommendations:

Teen and Young Adult, Ages 12+


Is it true that teens would read more if they knew where to discover good young adult books? Surveys say it is true. The Children’s Book Review is a solution. We cover books for teens and we have plenty of excellent young adult book recommendations.


Kids Books for teens and young adults

Many adults wonder if teens actually read for fun anymore, others say, thanks to smartphones, they are reading more than ever … just not books. Between homework and social lives, sports and activities, maybe even a job, time is certainly beginning to get stretched thinly for teens (or young adults, if you prefer). Here at The Children’s Book Review, even if, statistically speaking, it’s true, we are not giving in to the idea that teens don’t like to read for pleasure. So … calling all young adults! We’re ready to dazzle you with the young adult book picks that we carefully select to feature from the 4,800+ books published for teens each year. You’ll find books in the following subjects: Fantasy: Supernatural Fiction, and .

Here are a few young adult book reviews and lists to get you started:

A Thousand Nights, by E.K. Johnston | Book Review

Best Young Adult Books with Rachel Caine, Author of Midnight Bites

Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon | Book Review

If you’re an expert on young adult books and feel that we must know about one of your favorite books for teens, then you can send us suggestions on books for preteens and tweens through our Twitter handle or with #thechildrensbookreview.  And we certainly hope you’ll chat with us and share your faves on Instagram or Facebook with #teensread. We’re looking forward to connecting with you!

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Books for Ages 12+

Ten of the Best Books and Why You Should Read Them, as selected by Natalie C. Anderson (City of Saints & Thieves).

The Radius of Us blends a heart-wrenching portrayal of real teen relationships with striking social commentary.

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal is unconventional, crazy, and lovely. It beats any self-motivational or meditative text I have before encountered.

The ever-popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

Just over a year ago, we reviewed Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This month it is the best selling YA book from our affiliate bookstore.

The Rat Prince, by Bridget Hodder, is our best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store this month.

Life in a Fishbowl, by Len Vlahos, is a rollercoaster ride through human nature. Mixing pathos and humor, it is both enjoyable and inspirational to read.

From the middle grade books that release during January, we’ve picked 13 that we think you're going to love.

Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 7 new releases to share with you.

A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas, is for fans of fantasy, romance and anything faerie. Highly recommended.

For teens and older readers, this book is a charming representation of Icelandic culture.

How to Hang a Witch transforms the rich history of Salem into a story which is not only a gripping ghost thriller, but also an insightful exploration of family, history, and relationships.

The Best Man, by Richard Peck, is pitch perfect, full of love and humor, and an absolute delight to read.

The entertaining 101 SERIES FOR KIDS, a group of books that covers interests for all, remains as the best selling kids series from The Children’s Book Review’s affiliate store.

In September, The Memory of Things was one of our selections for the best new young adult novels to release that month. This month, it was our best selling YA book from our affiliate bookstore.

Are you looking for the next best new young adult novels? We have 3 new releases to share with you.

How important is it to make sure that the dialogue in the books we recommend to children and young adults sings with originality and freshness?

Die Young With Me is a raw, honest account of a brave teen’s fight with cancer and the many ways music helped him cope through his recovery.

For lovers of young adult dystopia, The Rains: A Novel, by Greg Hurwitz, is a must-read.

Told from the perspective of the dead Viking Devil Alfarin, this latest offering in the series mixes Viking history and culture with a literary and mythological history of Hell, all rolled up in a gripping adventure story.