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Video Interview: Jessica Sorensen

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 05, 2013 | PERMALINK

Jessica Sorensen has quickly become one of New Adult's most popular and sought-out authors, earning her legions of fans who love her powerful and gut-wrenching stories. She's been praised for her honest and realistic portrayals of teens transitioning into adulthood, and the romances she cooks up never fail to sizzle. With The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden releasing tomorrow, readers will have yet another emotional read to devour. Sorensen sat down with RT's Morgan to discuss writing raw characters and keeping their voices straight, the story behind the new book's title and how her own teen experiences influenced her characters. Take a look!


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Video Interview: Lucy Connors And Exclusive Chapter Reveal

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 30, 2013 | PERMALINK

We're always thrilled when one of our favorite authors makes the leap into a new genre, which is why we were so excited to ask paranormal romance author Alyssa Day about her debut Young Adult novel releasing in 2014, The Lonesome Young, written under the pseudonym Lucy Connors! In this interview, the author discusses making the switch from not only adult to YA, but also paranormal to contemporary romance. She also talks about why she made this decision and the connection she feels towards her characters that live in a small, rural town. We also get more details on this modern Romeo and Juliet story with heavy themes of death, drugs and crime and the author shares some info about the hero and heroine's "addictive connection," despite their feuding families. Intrigued? You can read the first chapter of The Lonesome Young here!


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Event Recap: Lauren Oliver And Elizabeth Miles Charm Readers At NYC's Books Of Wonder

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 30, 2013 | PERMALINK

Young Adult authors and childhood friends Lauren Oliver and Elizabeth Miles had audience members utterly captivated and laughing hysterically during their event at Books of Wonder in New York City last Friday, where they discussed their mutual interests, their writing processes and what books they’ve recently read and loved. As a fan of both authors, we certainly were not going to miss this event and we're excited to share highlights from the discussion for those unable to attend!

Lauren Oliver and Elizabeth Miles answer reader questions

The discussion kicked off with an introduction from Peter Glassman, author and owner of Books of Wonder, and then Lauren Oliver and Elizabeth Miles began what ended up being a funny and nostalgic evening full of childhood memories and embarrassing anecdotes, including their days in an a cappella group and their mutual love for The Beatles. Oliver brought a journal she and Miles had shared during high school and read a few passages from it, including a story the two had written together. Both authors were cracking up over the “flowery” language and said they wanted to show aspiring authors in the audience that you don’t have to be a great writer from the start. Oliver stressed the importance of writing constantly to improve one’s craft.


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Fast Or Slow? Em Garner Tackles The Great Zombie Debate

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 23, 2013 | PERMALINK

If there's one debate that plagues the zombie fiction community it's whether zombies chase down their prey, or shamble around in hopes of grabbing a meal. Today new Young Adult author Em Garner discusses the difference and gives us a look at the zombie-like creatures in her debut novel Contaminated.

While it might seem like zombies recently exploded out of the grave in popularity, they’ve been around for a long time. Haitian or voodoo zombies, corpses reanimated by witchcraft, entered popular culture in the late twenties, while George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead introduce a whole new wave of zombie fiction in the sixties. Throughout the years, zombies have been featured in movies and books in many different forms, but the most important question I’ve always thought it necessary to ask about zombies is this:

Fast or slow?

See, here’s the thing. Fast zombies, like the ones in 28 Days Later, aren’t risen dead but regular people infected with a rage virus that makes them not only super fast and strong, but insane. And fast, did I mention fast? Those suckers will run you down and gobble your brains before you have time to blink, so if your world’s infested with that sort of zombie, you’d better be a track star.


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Kassy Tayler's Steampunk Heroine Escapes From The Dome

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 22, 2013 | PERMALINK

Kassy Tayler's dystopian steampunk series gives readers a look inside a post-global warming world where society exists inside a protective underground enclosure known as "the dome." When teen heroine Wren's friend successfuly escapes the dome, Wren is curious about what life outside her safe enclosure holds. With series second, the RT Top Pick! rated Shadows of Glass, releasing tomorrow, we asked the author to reflect upon the theme of escape in YA and what getting out of the dome means for Wren.

Even though I have not read the book, I have to admit I am very excited about the new TV series by Stephen King, The Dome because I want to see how they manage to escape it in the end. In my new Young Adult series, escape from a dome is foremost on my heroine’s mind. Especially when she finds out that she’s been lied to her entire life and that her entire society has been lied to for the past 200 years. 


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Forever New Adult: Jessica Sorensen's The Redemption of Callie and Kayden

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2013 | PERMALINK

New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20s angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. We're finishing off the week with Jessica Sorensen's The Redemption of Callie and Kayden, the continuing story of a boy in trouble and the girl desperate to save him. 


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Forever New Adult: Courtney Cole's If You Leave

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2013 | PERMALINK

New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20s angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. Today we bring you Courtney Cole's If You Leave, the story of an ex-Army Ranger burdened by PTSD and a young woman with family troubles who find comfort in each other. 


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Cover Chat: Lauren Oliver's Panic

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 18, 2013 | PERMALINK

She captivated us with Before I Fall and pulled our heartstrings again and again with the Delirium trilogy; her middle grade novels have enchanted young readers, and she has become one of the most powerful and respected writers in the industry. Now with Panic, bestselling author and RT favorite Lauren Oliver is set to take readers on yet another whirlwind adventure, one where a dangerous competition of fear and bravery can lead to a life-changing payoff. While the book won’t be out until next March, HarperCollins gave readers something to tide them over until then — the cover!

But before we take a look, let’s see what this book is all about ...

Heather never thought she’d participate in Panic, the legendary competition graduating seniors in her town play. But when she realizes she has something — someone — to fight for, she’ll find herself in the thick of action. She’s not the only one with a reason to play, though, and everyone, including Dodge, who has never been afraid of the game, has secrets that fuel their desire to win. In the midst of this high-stakes game, Heather and Dodge will discover first love, forge unexpected alliances and learn that sometimes fear can lead to strength.

Alright, onto the cover!


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ThrillerFest Asks If Young Adult Novels Are Meant For Adults

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

The lines between Young Adult and adult literature can be blurry, making it hard to distinguish audiences. But engaging characters and dramatic plots often results in books that everyone — no matter age — can enjoy. Still, the question remains: are teen novels meant for adults? ThillerFest authors tackled this question at this year’s conference. Author of the Goosebumps books R.L. Stine hosted the panel and we’re excited to share some highlights from this rousing conversation. 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Young Adult
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Forever New Adult: Rachel Van Dyken's Elite

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20s angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. Today we bring you Rachel Van Dyken's Elite, the story of a girl who gets into a top tier college, where she must navigate the school's upper crust, known as The Elect, while falling for a completely inappropriate guy named Nixon. 


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