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Spoiled — With Exclusive Advance Excerpt: Page Morgan On The Lovely And The Lost

BY , FEBRUARY 03, 2014 | PERMALINK

The thing about being a book lover who falls in love with a series is that, just like Tom Petty said, the waiting is the hardest part! So today we’ve got a treat for those of you waiting for Page Morgan’s sequel to The Beautiful and the Cursed, which is called The Lovely and the Lost and won’t be out until May. We know, that’s so far away. So today Page is going to spill some details and share an except. Take it away, Page!

When people ask me what The Beautiful and the Cursed is about, I usually say, “Gargoyles and demon hunters in Paris, and the two sisters who fall in love with them.” With The Lovely and the Lost, the second book in the Dispossessed series, I’m amending that pitch to include Ingrid and Gabby’s brother, Grayson Waverly. He has a much larger presence than he did in the first book in the series and, yes, he too finds a young woman who intrigues him. Only Grayson has a serious problem: the girl is a demon hunter—and Grayson is half-demon.


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ReShonda Tate Billingsley and the Dangers of Teen Drug Abuse

BY , JANUARY 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

Being a teen is not easy, and thanks to peer pressure and more, some can turn to drugs for an escape. ReShonda Tate Billingsley tackles the teen drug scene in her latest book, Real As It Gets, presenting a gritty and truthful story about the dangers of drugs. Today, ReShonda talks about the inspiration behind the book and why she wanted to take on such a tough subject. Take it away, ReShonda!

As a TV news reporter and journalist, I come across all types of stories and it takes a lot to move me emotionally. But the story of 16-year-old Emily Bauer left me speechless. In December 2012, Bauer and her friends were experimenting with synthetic marijuana brands like Kush and Spice that the teens had purchased over the counter at a convenience store near Bauer’s home. It’s a decision that changed the course of the vivacious teen’s life forever.


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Literary Heroine: Anne of Green Gables — with (Awesome) Giveaway!

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JANUARY 30, 2014 | PERMALINK

So, we all love to read, yes? That's what we're doing here on the RT Book Reviews website. And we all have those books from our childhood that turned us into readers. Those books that meant so much to us, they helped shape who we are today. For me, those books were about Anne of Green Gables, and the heroine who turned me into a lifelong bibliophile was Ann-with-an-e Shirley. And I am definitely not alone. We polled our friends and fellow publishing folks and came up with our favorite anne-cdotes. (We had to. Sorry.) How much do we love Anne Shirley? Let us count the ways — one for each book in the amazing Anne of Green Gables series, the series we're giving away below!

6. I once tried to convince my best friend that we needed to go to Prince Edward Island on vacation. "Nova Scotia and these islands are beautiful!" I insisted. "In January?!" (I lost once she found out the truth.) YA Bibliophile Heidi was luckier, she tweeted at us that, "A couple years ago a coworker and I went to Prince Edward Island to do all things Anne ... it was amazing!"

5. I saw Anne of Green Gables the Musical when it came to New York. My friend Emily (a big fan of L.M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon series, naturally) and I were the only twentysomethings in the audience, comprised mainly of moms and tween daughters. We did not care one bit. (Nor would Anne have!)


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It's Here! The Official The Fault In Our Stars Movie Trailer

BY , JANUARY 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated adaptations of 2014, The Fault in Our Stars, based on the bestselling YA novel by John Green, now has an official movie trailer! Grab some tissues and check it out:

What do you think? We are absolutely in love with Shailene Woodley as Hazel, that's for sure! The film is currently planned to release on June 6th.


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2014 RT Convention Preview: Teen Day

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JANUARY 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

Oh, readers. There's so much fun to be had at the RT convention. From the workshops to the parties to the mixers and more, you can't help but have a great time. We mean, we once got to smell Fabio! That was super exciting. But for so many teens across the country, the greatest addition to the schedule these past few years has been Teen Day! 

How to describe Teen Day? There is squealing. A lot of jumping up and down. Some tears. (But mostly when an author runs out of books.) Long-suffering parents. Last year there was a dad who functioned basically as a chauffeur/coat rack, and he couldn't have been happier to hang out with his daughter. We met a mom who drove a gaggle of girls eight hours to meet their favorite authors. Another who shrugged as her daughter bolted toward the gift bags, telling us, "What can I do? She loves books."  We even met an older sister who drove four hours with her younger brother to meet their favorite authors.

It's basically the best way to cap off the convention that we can possibly think off. 

And this year in NOLA on Saturday, May 17th, we're going to have the most fun yet. 

Authors signing in YA Alley at the 2013 bookfair


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Exclusive Excerpt: Michele Jaffe's Minders (and Judy Blume anecdote!)

BY , JANUARY 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

We recently came down with a wicked case of FOMO (fear of missing out, doncha know) when we spied a Tweeted picture of three of our favorite YA authors hanging out together. People: Meg Cabot, Michele Jaffe and JUDY BLUME dined together, and we were not invited. Sob. Once we recovered from our disappointment, we emailed Michele for details (we are not ashamed). Here’s what she had to say:

 

Michele, Judy and Meg

"Judy's son, Larry Blume, and I have been friends for a long time, so it was great to finally meet his mom. She is as smart, funny, enchanting and stunning as you would imagine her to be--times 100. Being seated at a table with her and Meg Cabot is like being in the middle of a Charmnado."

Michele, being the lovely lady that she is, also wanted to share an excerpt of her latest YA, Minders, a trippy, futuristic tale of mind-hopping, privilege and romance. Take a look while you nurse your disappointment, right along with us.


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Lucy Christopher Talks Favorite Mysteries

BY , JANUARY 27, 2014 | PERMALINK

There's something about the unknown that can be utterly irresistible. In The Killing Woods, YA author Lucy Christopher weaves a chilling tale of murder, accusations and family. So who better to talk mysteries than Lucy? We asked her to share her five favorite mysteries, both fictional and real, and here's what she had to say. Take it away, Lucy!

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1). The Famous Five Series by Enid Blyton

I grew up reading the Famous Five and I’m sure that this influenced my writing at least a little bit. Blyton’s trademark series, about four young people (and Timmy the dog!) tackling crime and dark deeds, was published between 1942 and 1961, so they are a little dated now, but at the heart of each one is an intriguing mystery. Reading these novels, I too had dreams of camping and foiling smugglers. They aren’t dark or too serious or grizzly, but they’re full of heart and adventure. 

2). The Starling Murmuration


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1909 vs. 2014: Sharon Biggs Waller On Why Teens Today Have It Easy

BY , JANUARY 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

Kids today! Think they’ve got it so hard. Well, today Sharon Biggs Waller, author of A Mad, Wicked Folly, is here to set them straight. See, things were a lot more stringent for those adolescents coming of age in 1909. School us, Sharon!

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 If you were a teen in the Edwardian era, your social class was unbending. What you did in life depended on how you were born: working class, middle class (lower, middle, and upper), and the aristocracy.

Nick names, nuh uh!

Unless you were in the working class, you could forget about calling your friends by nicknames. In fact, you were forbidden to use first names unless the other girl or boy “proposed,” a close friendship, which meant you could now use first names. Until then, Elizabeth Morris remained Miss Morris to you. Or if she were an aristocrat, you’d address her as Lady Elizabeth.

Sorry for party rocking. (Seriously, you are in so much trouble young lady.)


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Author Q&A: Cate Tiernan Discusses Darkest Fear

BY , JANUARY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Cate Tiernan first bewitched us with her Sweep series and ever since we just can't get enough of her! With Darkest Fear, Cate kicks off her newest YA series, Birthright, and introduces readers to Vivi, who, like most teenagers, is just trying to figure out her place in the world. To make matters even more complicated, she just found out that she and her parents are jaguar shapeshifters. And you thought you had a lot to deal with! Today, Cate sheds some light on the new book and provides exciting insight on her shapeshifters, Vivi and the upcoming sequel.

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Vivi's parents reveal the family's shapeshifting abilities to her on her 13th birthday, which is a popular birthday for big reveals in fantasy and paranormal stories. What is it about the lucky 13th birthday that makes it so magical?


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January Seal Of Excellence

BY , JANUARY 21, 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. January 2014's RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Kathleen Hale's YA mystery No One Else Can Have You.


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