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Video Interview: Michele Jaffe Talks Ghost Flower And Beyond!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you're hunting for that perfect beach book, we suggest that readers of all ages take a peek at author Michele Jaffe's summer 2012 release, Ghost Flower. This YA mystery won RT's Seal of Excellence in May and we can't get the compelling tale out of our heads. So for all those readers who haven't checked out this story about a runaway who assumes the identity of a missing rich girl, today we're bringing you an interview with the author! At the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention, Jaffe sat down with RT's Elissa to talk about how stealing someone's identity means changing yourself — sometimes in fundamental ways. But that's not all the pair discuss. Get an insider's look at Ghost Flower and then find out what Jaffe is working on next. (Here's a hint: this adult book will include Nazis, a New York socialite and the cabaret!)


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Young Adult
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Video Interview: Veronica Roth

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 28, 2012 | PERMALINK

YA author Veronica Roth stole our hearts with last year's Divergent series starter. The book, by the same name, won the 2011 RT Reviewers' Choice Award for best Young Adult protagonist. Roth recently released book two, Insurgent and so we're pleased to bring you this RT-exclusive interview with the author to give you a special insider's look at the series. Roth sat down with RT's Elissa during the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention to go in-depth about this popular series. The author talks about the factions (and the factionless) and delivering the same kind of emotional high stakes in book two, or a situation that will put Tris in the middle of what Roth calls, "a big, exploding kablooie of awful." Plus, the author chats about why she'd make a horrible Dauntless faction member and shares which question fans ask her the most. (Hint: It has to do with one very intriguing character we all love!)


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Andrea Cremer On Her New Release Rift And An Exclusive Cover Reveal Of The Sequel Rise

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Andrea Cremer has dazzled YA fans with her Nightshade series, which follows the supernatural adventures of Guardian wolf shifter Calla and her human love interest Shay. But for readers who are curious about the origins of the magic that fills the Nightshade books, Cremer has penned the Nightshade prequel Rift, which takes place hundreds of years before the first Nightshade book. Today the author shares how Rift ties into the Nightshade series, what readers can expect from the prequel and we give you an exclusive first look at the cover of Rift's sequel, Rise!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Five Reasons To Read: Timepiece By Myra McEntire - With Giveaway!

BY Whitney Sullivan, JUNE 22, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no secret that teens aren’t the only people reading Young Adult novels. However, whether or not you consider yourself a teen at heart there are several reasons that you should pick up this Myra McEntire’s new YA, Timepiece. The story — a romance with elements of mystery, science fiction and more — hit stores earlier this month. But in case you missed this novel, today I’m giving three lucky readers a chance to win McEntire's series second and the series starter, Hourglass. But before we get to the giveaway, first I want to share my five reasons every romance fan should read Timepiece.


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Tags: Young Adult
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Richelle Mead Continues The Vampire Academy Universe With Her Second Bloodlines Book The Golden Lily

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Although author Richelle Mead's popular Vampire Academy series has ended, the author has not yet left the world behind, and continues the story with her new Bloodlines series. Book two, The Golden Lily, focuses on alchemist Sydney as she fights to keep the Strigori at bay. For those who may have missed the Vampire Academy books, or simply need a refresher on Jill, Eddie, Sydney, Adrian and their paranormal adventures, Richelle Mead gives us a crash course on the story so far.


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Tags: Young Adult
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Susane Colasanti Discusses Abusive Teen Relationships And Keep Holding On

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

Today author Susane Colasanti talks about the very personal inspiration for her newest contemporary YA novel, Keep Holding On. The story features a heroine who is bullied by her classmates, and her boyfriend. With such an important topic, we wanted to go behind the scenes and ask the author to share some tips for recognizing the signs of an unhealthy relationship and what teens, and adults, can do to foster loving, caring relationships. 

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“I wish I could lock you up in a room and keep you all to myself.”


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Tags: Young Adult
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Debut Young Adult Authors At BEA 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

There’s a new class of YA (and middle grade) authors in town, and they blog over at The Apocalypsies. This group of over 100 debut authors all have their first books coming out in 2012, and during BEA several of these authors hosted a fantastic event with sweets, book treats and more! 

Each author was presented to the crowd with a look at their book

As they are such a large group of bloggers, not everyone was in attendance. But there were a large group of new writers representing the Apocalypsie authors. And each author on hand had a chance to be introduced to the audience and chat about their upcoming book.

This group was as big as it was diverse. These authors' novels feature contemporary issues and fantasy adventures, meanwhile between other covers readers can expect to find mystery and paranormal elements. There's literally something for everyone in this set of books from the Apocalypsies.

These novels are also written for many different types of readers. RT's Whitney shares, "There are middle grades that are good for advanced eight- and nine-year-olds to twelve-year-olds, and on the other end of the reading list, there are stories that will be a good fit for slightly older YA readers, such as Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass."


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Author Interview: Margaret Stohl And Kami Garcia

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

YA fans are no strangers to Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's co-written Beautiful Creatures series. The harrowing Southern Gothic tale filled with magic and intrigue has captured readers hearts and has climbed in popularity, so much so that it's currently being transformed for the big screen! We interviewed Kami Garcia about the Beautiful Creatures film back in August, but since we're so anxious for what's next in the Caster Chronicles, we caught up with the authors at this year's Teen Day at the RT Booklovers Convention! RT's Whitney got the details on what fans can expect from the upcoming film adaptation and what's ahead for each of the authors.


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BEA 2012: The Evolution Of The Young Adult Genre

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

Have you ever wondered why some books are hot the moment they hit and others take time to find their niche? What makes a book popular and how come book trends are changing? These are exactly the questions that moderator Sabrina Rojas Weiss, the Senior Editor of VH1 Celebrity, asked when she led a panel of Young Adult fiction at this week's BookExpo America publishing conference. The six published authors that joined the discussion were: Bethany Griffin, Jenny Han, Tonya Hurley, Melissa Marr, Elizabeth Norris and Siobhan Vivian. If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a look at what you missed.


From left to right: Authors Tonya Hurley, Elizabeth Norris,
Melissa Marr, Bethany Griffin, Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian


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A Visitors Guide To Violet Hill: A Tour Through The Fictional Town Of The Drake Chronicles By Alxyandra Harvey

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 31, 2012 | PERMALINK

Alyxandra Harvey’s Drake Chronicles is one of the best new paranormal series available. "You haven't met vampires until you've met Harvey's Drake family, but expect to fall in love with at least one — if not all of them — by the time you are done reading," warns RT's Whitney, "this series is addictive!"

With four full-length books out so far, a handful of novellas available online and a legion of fans eagerly anticipating the series fifth, which is coming out soon, we asked the author to give us a tour around her vampire-infested town. Lucky for us, the author did one better ... today readers can get a look at Violet Hill through the eyes of Hunter Wild, one of the many vampire hunting (and vampire dating) kick butt heroines of this intriguing series. Take the guided tour of Violet Hill, check out the map of must-see spots and then take a look at the *Web Exclusive Review* of Bleeding Hearts all before Blood Moon hits stores next month!

HUNTER WILD'S VISITORS' GUIDE TO VIOLET HILL


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