Teen Book Review Blog

PREPUBLICATION REVIEW of Advanced Reader Copy by Sweksha

Review Date: June 23, 2021 - Publish Date: July 6, 2021

Summer in the City of Roses

4 stars of 5

Summer in the City of Roses by Michelle Ruiz Keil

Summer in the City of Roses is a young adult fiction novel written by Michelle Ruiz Keil. This story is inspired by a famous greek myth about Iphigenia and a grimm fairytale about her younger brother, Orestes. This novel follows the events after the two siblings are torn apart, plus their struggle to find each other again in early 1990’s Portland. 

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Read more: Sweksha’s Review of “Summer in the City of Roses” by Michelle Ruiz Keil

PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by Samyukta

Review Date: June 16, 2021 - Publish Date: August 3, 2021

Mercury Boys Chandra Prasad

5 stars of 5

Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad

Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad was an enthralling read. This book was filled with twists and turns that kept the reader hooked throughout the story. Mercury Boys combined high school life with a little bit of magic and history, creating a thrilling book. It features the main character, Saskia Brown, who moved across the country to Coventon, Connecticut. One night, she accidentally discovered something that could change her life. She found that a daguerreotype, one of the oldest forms of pictures, when mixed with mercury, could create a way to travel to the past. 

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Read more: Samyukta's Review of "Mercury Boys" by Chandra Prasad

PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by William

Review Date: June 10, 2021 - Publish Date: June 15, 2021

Indestructible Object Mary McCoy

4 and a half stars of 5

Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy

Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy is a heartfelt story about love, relationships, and self-reflection. The book is narrated by Lee Swan, a recent High School graduate who has a podcast with her boyfriend, Vincent. After a break-up, however, Lee goes her own way, starting another podcast in which she explores her parents’ marriage. Throughout this exploration, Lee not only discovers hidden secrets about her family, but also forms new relationships along the way and learns more about herself. 

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Read more: William's Review of "Indestructible Object" by Mary McCoy

Review by Alanna

June 1, 2021

Historically Inaccurate

4 stars of 5

Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo

In Historically Inaccurate, Shay Bravo weaves a dramatic story around a present day, culturally relevant theme. Following her mother’s deportation, everything in Soledad “Sol” Gutierrez’s life changes in an instant. The novel follows Sol, a new student at Westray Community College as she tries to fit in. Forced to navigate through a new set of family dynamics and a drastically different home environment, Sol shares with the reader a heartfelt story as she faces many struggles and learns the importance of being herself. 

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Read more: Alanna's Review of "Historically Inaccurate" by Shay Bravo

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