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We Dare You To Win This Awesome Katie McGarry Giveaway

BY Elissa Petruzzi, APRIL 01, 2013 | PERMALINK

We at RT are HUGE fans of Katie McGarry (if you've read her drama-filled, angsty, dark YA, you'll know why the all caps was necessary). And not to rub it in, but one of the (biggest and best) perks of working at RT is that we get to read books early — books like McGarry's upcoming Dare You To, out May 28 from Harlequin Teen. Oh boy, is it so good and steamy and ... well, you'll have to wait and see. 

Well, all but one of you. One lucky reader will get an advanced copy of Dare You To, so we can all tweet about how amazing it is way before May 28th. Find out how to enter at the end of this post!

For all you other McGarry fans, there's still good news. McGarry wrote a novella, "Crossing the Line," set in her same universe, filled with swoon-worthy, troubled, romantic characters, and it's out today! "Crossing the Line" tells the story of Lincoln and Lila, who only met once — at a funeral — but who forged an amazing connection despite their difficult lives. 


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Video Interview: Elizabeth Eulberg

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 27, 2013 | PERMALINK

When Elizabeth Eulberg was told by her crush that she had a "great personality" the author did not take this as a compliment. After all, we all know this is a code for "I'm not interested." It was then and there that Eulberg decided to take back the label and write a book about a teen with a truly wonderful personality, smart and funny and just the type of girl that we all want to hang out with. But Lexi, Elizabeth's heroine, is tired of guys just noticing her sense of humor. So with the help of some friends, Lexi slowly undergoes a makeover that gets kicked into overdrive and has her juggling two awesome boys. Find out more about the Young Adult novel Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality from the author in this interview filmed during the NYC Teen Author Festival.


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NYC Teen Author Festival 2013: Party Like It's 1899

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 26, 2013 | PERMALINK

Every year, Young Adult authors from the Northeast and around the country meet up in New York City for the NYC Teen Author Festival. Created by David Levithan, Sarah Mlynowski and Daniel Ehrenhaft, the festival has been going strong for a decade. Made up of school visits, panels and a mega booksigning, the festival is always packed with teens, parents and booklovers. The RT editors attended several events and this week will report back what we learned to keep you up-to-date in teen lit. 

 

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THAT'S SO NINETEENTH CENTURY: HOW YA AUTHORS PLAY WITH HISTORICAL ARCHETYPES

Authors Leanna Renee Hieber, Stephanie Kate Strohm,  Suzanne Weyn and Sharon Cameron with moderator Sarah Beth Durst


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Tags: Young Adult
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Rachel Vincent Looks Back At Her Soul Screamers Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 26, 2013 | PERMALINK

Today author Rachel Vincent releases the seventh and final book in her young adult Soul Screamers series, With All My Soul. Readers will finally see how teen heroine Kaylee Cavanaugh deals with the evil hellions — once and for all. But even as we are thrilled with the series finale, there is always that bittersweet moment when we say goodbye to characters we have grown to love. In this post, we ask the author to take a look back and describe the series' most unforgettable moments. 


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NYC Teen Author Festival 2013: Making Bad Decisions

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

Every year, Young Adult authors from the Northeast and around the country meet up in New York City for the NYC Teen Author Festival. Created by David Levithan, Sarah Mlynowski and Daniel Ehrenhaft, the festival has been going strong for a decade. Made up of school visits, panels and a mega booksigning, the festival is always packed with teens, parents and booklovers. The RT editors attended several events and this week will report back what we learned to keep you up-to-date in teen lit. 

 

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YA CHARACTERS DEALING WITH BAD AND UNEXPECTED CHOICES

Authors K.M. Walton, Eireann Corrigan, Terra Elan McVoy, Caela Carter, Alissa Grosso, Jacquelyn Mitchard with moderator Aaron Hartzler

The decisions that we make as teens can have long lasting effects, and nobody knows this better than the panel of Young Adult authors speaking on the dubious choices their characters make.


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Jessica Brody On Missing Memories And Unremembered

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 20, 2013 | PERMALINK

Teenager Violet may have survived a plane crash, but she has not walked away unscathed. A serious case of amnesia has left her without memories. When she discovers she has some remarkable abilities, Violet questions her super strength and super intelligence. In Unremembered author Jessica Brody asks readers to follow Violet on her journey to find out why she is so different from everyone around her. In return, we ask the author about what it was like crafting a character whose entire life is a mystery.  

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At the beginning of Unremembered Violet doesn’t remember anything. But it is not only her past, she has to relearn everything from the type of food she likes to how to use a cell phone. Violet’s mind is like a clean slate. How did you put yourself in her position while you were writing her story?


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Heather Anastasiu On The Trouble With Superpowers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 18, 2013 | PERMALINK

Superpowers are just that — super. But the teen heroine of Heather Anastasiu's Override, quickly realizes that it's easy being different. In the Sophomore novel in the author's Glitch trilogy, Zoe finds herself part of a team of young superhuman fighters who battle to save humans and other gifted "glitchers" from an oppressive ruler. Zoe's telekinesis certainly comes in handy during the fight, but that doesn't mean it isn't without some serious drawbacks. Today the author shares 5 reasons why you would want to say "no thanks" to having superpowers. 

As the characters in my Glitch trilogy realize, having superpowers can be both a blessing and a curse. Because after all, it’s hard to root for a character who is perfect and can solve any problem with a mere flick of their hand. Without flaws, there’s no tension or conflict, and it makes the character unrelatable. It’s why Superman has to have kryptonite.


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Video Interview: Maureen Johnson

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 14, 2013 | PERMALINK

Fan favorite Young Adult author Maureen Johnson writes compelling teen fiction. For years Maureen focused on contemporary YA, but she's recently started writing spooky paranormals with her latest series, Shades of London. To celebrate the release of Book 2 in the series, The Madness Underneath, RT's Morgan sat down with the author. During this interview, they discuss Maureen's new ghost story, the inspiration behind the series and the surprising personal connections that the author has to her heroine Rory.


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Adaptation News: Young Adult Novels Head To Hollywood

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 08, 2013 | PERMALINK

Earlier this week, author Lauren Oliver visited the RT blog to tell us a bit about the TV show based on her dystopian YA novel Delirium. We promised to return with news about the project and here it is: Daren Kagasoff has been cast as the heroine's love interest. Kagasoff, who most recently starred in The Secret Life of the American Teenager will be playing Alex, an undercover, uncured member of the resistance who finds himself in the middle of a forbidden romance with Lena, a teen scheduled to be "cured" of Amor Deliria Nervosa — aka love.

Daren Kagasoff

This show, which reveals the dark underside of a futuristic society that has outlawed love, will mark the television debut of actress Emma Roberts who will play Lena. And in a surprise casting move, Fox looked to its reality show So You Think You Can Dance for the actress to play Lena's friend. As Hana, Jeanine Mason, the winner of season 5 of SYTYCD will be making the same decision that Lena faces — will these teens choose to undergo the treatment that will "cure" them from feeling love.


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The Ancients Of Melissa West's Gravity

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 06, 2013 | PERMALINK

Melissa West's debut novel, Gravity, is a futuristic science fiction tale that has aliens and humans co-existing in harmony. This peace is possible because the aliens are able to hide their true identities. But when Ari accidentally sees one of the secret aliens — who turns out to be a cute boy from her school — she finds herself caught up in dangerous situation that could start a war. Today the author shares her extraterrestrial inspiration for her first Young Adult novel.

Some years ago, I watched a documentary about aliens that detailed a theory known as the ancient astronaut theory. Now, the theory has developed a celebrity status thanks to the show Ancient Aliens, but back then it was fascinating to me — and if I’m honest, a little scary.


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