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Extended Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

BY DJ DeSmyter, OCTOBER 01, 2013 | PERMALINK

Lauren DeStefano's Perfect Ruin is exquisite. With its story of free will, love and the power of dreaming beyond one's boundaries, it's every bit as captivating as it is courageous. Intelligently written and thought provoking, it’s the start of yet another astounding series from DeStefano.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan Stockhour knows better than to dream of life outside the confines of Internment, the floating island she calls home. Life is perfect on Interment — at least that’s what the people have come to believe. But when a girl’s body is found, marking the first murder in years, Internment no longer feels safe. Morgan is hungry for answers and for the possibilities that lie beyond the island. With her best friend and her betrothed at her side, Morgan will dive deeper into Interment’s secrets. But is she prepared for everything she may lose along the way?


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Tags: Futuristic, Science Fiction, Young Adult, RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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SPOILED: Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

BY DJ DeSmyter, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 | PERMALINK

Nobody delivers an emotional punch to the heart quite like YA author Sara Zarr, whose How to Save a Life was an RT Top Pick! and 2012 Best Young Adult Novel Award Nominee. And now, with her newly announced book Gem & Dixie, Zarr is set to take readers on yet another rollercoaster ride of family drama and intrigue.

In Gem & Dixie, two sisters at war with each other wind up on the run. They must decide if they can put aside their issues to work together, or if some troubles are too much to ignore. Set against the picturesque Pacific Northwest, Gem & Dixie sounds awesome.

When asked what inspired her new book, Zarr told us, “The idea for Gem & Dixie came when I'd been playing around with these characters — sisters with a father who pits them against each other as part of how he manipulates the family. I wondered what kind of conflict would have the potential to either force them to become allies or tear them apart further, what would give the initially ‘weaker’ sister more power.”


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Tags: Contemporary Young Adult, Young Adult, Young Adult
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Video Interview: Cora Carmack

BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 | PERMALINK

Cora Carmack was one of the first New Adult success stories to hit the publishing world. Her Losing It, starring insecure theater major Bliss and her new, über-hot British professor Garrick, was an instant hit. Then came Faking It, starring Bliss's guy friend Cade and bad girl Max. RT loved them both! Which means we can't wait for next month's Finding It, where Bliss's wild child friend Kelsey gets her story. So of course, when we saw Cora at the RT Convention this year in Kansas City, we had to sit down to hear the scoop on how her life has changed, her thoughts on New Adult — and all things Garrick. 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Spoiled: Kami Garcia And Margaret Stohl's Dangerous Creatures

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 | PERMALINK

There’s no denying that Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl took the young adult world by storm when Beautiful Creatures first hit shelves in 2009, and as the series grew, so did the fanbase. And ever since the authors ended their Beautiful Creatures series in 2012, fans have been desperate for more — particularly when it comes to Link and Ridley, two side characters who won over as many hearts as main stars Ethan and Lena.

Well, Casters, Kami and Margaret heard your cries. And so they've announced their upcoming Dangerous Creatures, a new spin-off series that will focus on Link and Ridley. To give readers a taste of what’s to come, Little, Brown will release an e-novella, "Dangerous Dream," on December 17, followed by the first book in the series, Dangerous Creatures, which will hit shelves on May 6, 2014.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Holly Black Discusses Paranormal Creatures She'll (Probably) Never Write About

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 | PERMALINK

Werepanthers, selkies, vampires and zombies — sometimes it seems as if there isn't a paranormal creature out there that authors haven't written about. YA fan favorite Holly Black herself has penned novels starring angels, ghouls and ghosts — and this month, she's tackling one of the most written about characters of them all — the vampire — in her awesome new release, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. With such an extensive paranormal repertoire, we had to wonder, what character would she not ever want to write about? To help celebrate the book's release, Holly shared the five creatures we will (probably) never ever see in one of her books:


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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From Newspapers to New Adult: A Q&A with Christina Lee

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 | PERMALINK

When we first heard about Christina Lee's new adult romance, All of You, we were immediately drawn in by the story's unique premise. The way she has taken the usual bad-boy, good girl trope and turned it on its head is refreshing and intriguing. Today, Christina chats about All of You, her transition from newspaper columnist to fiction writer and new adult literature — she even spills some details on the upcoming companion novel, Before You Break!

Your first official foray into writing was as a newspaper columnist. How have your experiences in journalism influenced your novel writing?

Even in newspaper writing, where fact-gathering is essential, every column had a beginning, middle and end, with hopefully a compelling enough story to keep the reader’s interest. But probably the biggest way my experience as a columnist influenced me was that it helped me realize that I truly wanted to write fiction. I wanted to create imaginary worlds with realistic characters, and so I completed my first full-length novel in 2008.


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Tags: New Adult, E/book, Young Adult, RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Author Q&A and Giveaway: Ally Carter On the End of the Gallagher Girls Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

Since 2007, Ally Carter has enthralled us with her fun, action-packed Gallagher Girls series, and we've been wishing we got to attend the Gallagher Academy ever since. Cammie and the girls have enthralled and entertained us for six books, so it's bittersweet that today the series draws to a close with with the final book, United We Spy. We thought we'd chat with Ally about United We Spy, her thoughts on her career so far and how the YA scene has changed since the series began. We're also giving away an entire set of the Gallagher Girls series, as well as some extra goodies. Contest details are at the end of the post.

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This is the last book in the series. Did you find it hard to write knowing it was the last?


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Tags: Contemporary Young Adult, Young Adult, RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Win A Trip To The 2014 RT Convention From Jennifer L. Armentrout

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 | PERMALINK

Bestselling Young Adult and New Adult author Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka J. Lynn) is a pretty big fan of her fans. And now she's ready to prove it! She’s offering a prize that is not only epic, but definitely RT-approved, especially since our very own Elissa Petruzzi is one of the judges!

Just what is the prize, you ask?

One lucky reader will win an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 RT Booklovers Convention, May 13-18, in New Orleans! Exciting, no?

All you have to do to enter is write a piece of fan fiction (1,500 words or less) featuring characters from the following authors’ books:

  1. Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn

  2. Cora Carmack

  3. Laura Kaye

  4. Sophie Jordan

For the full details, head on over to Jennifer’s blog. Good luck to all who enter! Now go forth and write! We can't wait to see YOU in NOLA! 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Young Adult
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A New Voice in New Adult: An Interview with Mila Ferrera

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 | PERMALINK

With a blend of psychological twists, romance and art, Mila Ferrera's Only Between Us had no trouble catching our attention. Neither did Mila herself. With a psychologist day job and a love for authors like Jeaniene Frost, we knew we wanted to pick Mila's brain about her journey as a writer, her thoughts on the New Adult craze and the inspiration behind her book. So sit back and relax with this exclusive interview!

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Is there a specific author or book that inspired you to become a writer?

I had been on an absolute romance binge after reading very little for pleasure while in graduate school. I don't know that there's a specific author or book that got me going, but Jeaniene Frost, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Gena Showalter were certainly my go-to authors for escapist fiction. I think I eventually decided that those novels were so much fun that I wanted to try writing, too. I wrote some speculative fiction before turning to contemporary romance. 

What do you love most about writing New Adult?


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Tags: New Adult, E/book, Young Adult, RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Author Q&A: Robyn Schneider Talks The Beginning of Everything, Gilmore Girls, and Gatsby

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 | PERMALINK

In addition to providing lovable characters and an innovative plot, Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything is sure to entertain readers with its many pop culture references. From Harry Potter to Shakespeare and The Great Gatsby to Ender's Game, the references make the characters relatable and leave the audience eagerly searching for more. RT Books talked with Schneider about her reason for writing in this style, how it adds to her characters' personas, and her inspiration as a writer.

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What kind of audience do you think will enjoy the numerous references you include? Does this group differ from the kind of audience you would expect to enjoy a more traditional coming of age or manic pixie dream girl story?


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