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A Peek Inside Lunch With Author Jasper Fforde - With Giveaway!

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining other media professionals, booksellers, bloggers, librarians and publishing professionals from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to celebrate the release of author Jasper Fforde's first YA release, The Last Dragonslayer. Set in the magical land of Kazam, the story follows 15-year-old Jennifer Strange, who runs an employment agency for magicians. But magic is becoming scarce, which means bad business for Jennifer. And when she discovers the world's last dragon is destined to die, Jennifer must do whatever she can to save it — or it means big changes for Kazam.

Attendees had the pleasure of enjoying a lovely, intimate lunch in Manhattan with the charming author, who shared his thoughts about YA, his next release in the Chronicles of Kazam series, some film adaptation news, as well as what he thinks about Fifty Shades of Grey.

Ready to dig in to The Last Dragonslayer


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YA Film And TV Adaptations In The Works

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

The blockbuster success of the Twilight saga and The Hunger Games films have proven that YA literature isn’t just for the page anymore! Books from this hot genre are being snatched up left and right for both movie and TV adaptations. From the ever-popular paranormal stories of teen angst to sci fi and contemporary coming of age stories, YA tales of all shapes and sizes are headed to screens big and small. Today we bring you the latest in Young Adult film and TV adaptation news.

HEADED TO THE SILVER SCREEN

Erin McCahan’s novel Cool, Sweet, Hot, Love isn’t scheduled to hit shelves until Fall 2014, but Warner Brothers has already bought the screen rights to the book, which means this must be one hot read! The novel follows a female teen genius that has a way with words as a linguistics wordsmith. McCahan also wrote I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, and we have a feeling that her 2014 release will solidify her name in the YA genre!


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Cover Chat: Jennifer L. Armentrout's Apollyon

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 22, 2012 | PERMALINK

Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout's heart-stopping YA tales of love and adventure have been creating a buzz, and YA fans are eating up her books faster than she can put them out! The author releases the fourth in her Covenant series, Elixir, at the end of November, but fans of the series are already pining for the series' fifth book, Apollyon, which is slotted to hit shelves in April 2013.


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Young Adult Mystery Must Reads

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 04, 2012 | PERMALINK

Earlier we posted some of our favorite recently released Young Adult tales that deal with compelling modern day issues. But, this fall readers will also find some great YA reads that deliver compelling, and sometimes creepy, tales of mystery. Today we round out five new must-reads and RT’s editors’ suggestions for YA favorites to fill-out your TBR pile.

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MODERN MYSTERY READS

 

The story: Based on the riveting Amanda Knox case, Betrayal by Gregg Olsen presents the tragic murder of a British student studying in the small town of Port Gamble. Twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan tackle the mystery and attempt to flush out the killer from all the many suspects. But the deeper they dig, the more secrets they uncover — secrets that involve not only the murder, but their town and even their own family.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Young Adult
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Jessica Shirvington Hits The Road On Her First American Tour

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 | PERMALINK

In celebration of her latest release Entice about the adventures of Violet, a hunter of exiled angels — Australian author Jessica Shirvington is embarking on her first U.S. tour this week with stops all over the country. But her Embrace series second isn't the only thing Jessica is celebrating. The author's hot YA series is currently being developed for a TV show on The CW! Today the author shares what she's most excited about and what she hopes to experience during her U.S. tour.

I’m counting down the days to my fast approaching tour in America and whilst my dominant emotion is excitement, I am also a touch anxious and nervous. As a writer I spend a lot of time behind closed doors, my main source of company being fictional characters and the sound of a tapping keyboard. It is a quietly comforting environment, but also, as the time nears for a new book release I become overwhelmingly keen to share it with the readers I’ve always intended the stories for.


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Tags: Young Adult
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Ten Things To Love About Ten

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

When RT's Elissa raved about Ten, the thrilling new YA horror story from Gretchen McNeil about a group of teens who escape to an island for a weekend-long house party — only to find their weekend ruined by a raging storm and a deadly serial killer, we knew it was special. So much so that the book was nominated for September's Seal of Excellence! Today Elissa shares why Ten is a book not to be missed. 

How much do I love Gretchen McNeil’s Ten? Let me count the ways. (Spoiler, there are 10 ways.)

1. The setting, a beautiful house on a nearly deserted island off of Seattle, is both drool-worthy (gorgeous mansion on the water) and terrifying (remote as all get out).


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Meet The Hero Of C.J. Redwine's Defiance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

New author C.J. Redwine debuts this month with Defiance, a futuristic tale set in a dystopian world where young women must obey their male protectors. When Rachel Adams' father dies, she is assigned a new protector, Logan McEntire. However, just as Rachel is no proper lady, Logan proves himself to be equally defiant. Logan is dead-set on escaping and he is determined to work with Rachel to fight their city's oppressive ruler for freedom. Today, the author tells us about Logan's background and why readers will find him so appealing. 

Logan McEntire is many things—orphan, inventor, outcast. He’s a brilliant, self-taught inventor who can discuss the laws of physics for hours but can’t figure out how to have a non-awkward conversation with a girl. He’s an opinionated boy who doesn’t speak up unless he’s sure he has something important to say. And he approaches every problem with logic and careful planning.

Basically, if MacGuyver and Sherlock Holmes had a baby, it would be Logan.


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Tags: Young Adult
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Read An Excerpt: Tiger's Destiny By Colleen Houck

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Breakout author Colleen Houck has taken the Young Adult world by storm with her Tiger's Curse series. Beginning last year with Tiger's Curse, the series introduced readers to recent high school graduate Kelsey who is ready to enjoy a typical summer after she takes a new job at a circus. However, there is nothing typical about her discovering that the circus' white tiger is actually a cursed Indian prince who is almost entirely trapped in animal form.

Adventures abound in the series starter as well as the follow up books Tiger's Quest and Tiger's Voyage. Journeying to India and beyond, Kelsey attempts to break the curse while meeting new friends and navigating relationships with two love interests.


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Extended Review: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 29, 2012 | PERMALINK

Feeling overwhelmed by the abundance of recently released young adult novels and looking for a relatable young protagonist? RT reviewer Ellen Parsons believes she has found the character for you in the pages of S.A. Bodeen’s The Raft. Heroine Robie Mitchell is an everyday sort of girl who finds herself in the most challenging of predicaments - and that’s putting it lightly. When Robie's plane goes down, she is forced to cling to the one thing keeping from a watery grave: a raft. But as the days drift on with no hope of rescue in sight, it isn’t only her life she fears losing. It’s her mind. Read on to discover why Parsons found this character and story so compelling.


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Sarah J. Maas On Her Teen Assassin Heroine And Throne Of Glass

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 22, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Sarah J. Maas' debut, Throne of Glass, is a stunning fantasy YA tale that not only earned a Top Pick!, but was also earned a nomination for our August Seal of Excellence Award. The story follows the adventures of young Celaena, a deadly assassin who has been imprisoned but is given a chance at freedom by her nation's prince as the king's royal assassin. She must battle 23 other people for the job, and the other competitors are just as dangerous as Celaena. Today the author reveals her inspiration behind her extraordinary heroine and the rest of the Throne of Glass universe.


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