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February Seal Of Excellence

BY , FEBRUARY 27, 2014 | PERMALINK

Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website. February 2014's RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Rachel Caine's Romeo & Juliet retelling, Prince of Shadows.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance, Young Adult
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Exclusive Advanced Excerpt: Cora Carmack's All Lined Up

BY , FEBRUARY 26, 2014 | PERMALINK

Cora Carmack burst onto the New Adult scene with her sexy, angsty Losing It. After several books in that universe, she's heading back to college with May's All Lined Up, the first in her Rusk University series. It's the story of football-hating Dallas, who's at college with her football star ex and coach dad, and Carson, who's trying to get off the second string. Will these opposites attract, especially once they find out who the other really is? We couldn't wait to find out, so we cajoled (begged?) and got an exclusive excerpt to tide us over until May! Happy reading!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Cover Reveal: Rain by Amanda Sun - With Giveaway!

BY , FEBRUARY 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

With a unique setting, an exciting spin on Japanese mythology and a romance sweet and troubled enough to make us swoon, Ink by Amanda Sun was definitely one of our favorites of 2013. And now that it’s 2014, the wait for the sequel, Rain, is almost over! Today we have an exclusive first look at the cover and a chance to win a signed copy of Ink!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Friday Free For All: Jennifer Estep's Killer Frost

BY , FEBRUARY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

cover of Jennifer Estep's Killer Frost

It's true that all good things must come to an end, but that doesn't mean we have to like it. Alas, we're here to celebrate the end of Jennifer Estep's awesome paranormal series, Mythos Academy, with a Friday Free for All! We've got five copies of Jennifer's finale, Killer Frost, to give away. Read along as Gwen fights her final battle with Vic and Logan by her side. And! One lucky winner will get the entire six-book series. So while we're sad to bid Gwen adieu, at least she's going out on a high note. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Enter by filling out the widget below. Good luck!

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The grad prize winner is Lydia P.! The runners up are Abby M., Karin P., Lammie, Whitney M. and Janet S.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Horror 101: Susan Vaught's Tips for Writing a Great Horror Story

BY , FEBRUARY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Susan Vaught knows a thing or two about making readers shiver in fear and sleep with the lights on — and her latest release, Insanity, pulls out all the stops! With such a knack for writing an eerie and surprising horror story, Susan is the perfect author to share tips with us on how to write a creeptastic tale. So grab your pens and take notes! Take it away, Susan!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Erased or Restored? Kasie West Talks Memories

BY , FEBRUARY 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

Kasie West's Pivot Point series has enthralled readers with its unique paranormal premise and colorful characters. In Kasie's latest, Split Second, Laila steps into the spotlight, sharing narration duties. Since Laila has the power to erase and restore memories, we thought we'd ask Kasie which memories she'd like altered. Here's what she had to say:

Most embarrassing moments I’d like erased:

Hmmmm, I’m kind of known for being a bit…out there. I have no shortage of times where I’ve spoken before thinking, or been loud or crazy or weird in public places. It’s hard for me to narrow it down. But here we go.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Kiersten White: The Heart-Breaking, Unbreakable Bond of Sisters

BY , FEBRUARY 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

Kiersten White knows a thing or two about sisters, which is why the bond between twins Annie and Fia in the Mind Games series is so fantastic and believable. Now that Perfect Lies is out in the wild, we thought we'd ask Kiersten to talk about her own relationships with her sisters and how they've influenced Annie and Fia's. Take it away, Kiersten!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Love And Other Games: Romance at the Winter Olympics

BY , FEBRUARY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Athletes are hot. There, we said it. It's no secret, really, what with their well-toned bodies, confidence and skill on the field or wherever else they display their speed and agility. Sports romances have quickly amassed a devoted following with readers, so when Swoon Romance released their Love and Other Games anthology, featuring New Adult short stories set at the Winter Olympics, we were more than a little excited to read it. Today, Aria Kane, who contributed "The Girl Behind the Gold", which was one of our reviewer's favorites, offers up her view on why athletes and the Olympics make for a potent combination. Take it away, Aria!

The Winter Olympics. The World Stage.

Nearly 3000 of planet Earth's most elite athletes living, eating, sleeping within a few square miles.

A fraction of a second can literally change a person's entire life. A slip of the foot can end a person's career. Dreams live and die on the edge of a blade. Every single day is home to hundreds of make-or-break moments. Most of them break, but we mainly remember the ones that make it.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Young Adult
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Cover Chat: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

BY DJ DeSmyter, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 | PERMALINK

While I shared some of my highly anticipated YA releases in one of our Book Hankerings posts, there's one debut I'm particularly excited about: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper. With a historical backdrop, witches and a hot, tattooed harpoon boy, what's not to love? The bad news is the book doesn't come out until September. Oh, the agony. But the publishing gods must feel sorry for my because Little, Brown recently released the book's cover and it's so pretty it'll help tide me over until the fall. Let's take a look:


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Exclusive Excerpt: Elizabeth Eulberg's Better Off Friends

BY , FEBRUARY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

Young adult is such an exciting genre, full of adventures through the past and into space and the future and more. But sometimes it’s so great to read a YA about a regular girl with regular problems. And that’s where Elizabeth Eulberg’s novels come in. RT reviewer Lauren calls her latest, Better off Friends, “charming,” “comforting” and “true to life.” And today we’ve got an excerpt for you to see for yourself!


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Tags: Contemporary Young Adult, RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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