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.
Richelle Mead Continues The Vampire Academy Universe With Her Second Bloodlines Book The Golden LilyBY 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.
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.
“I wish I could lock you up in a room and keep you all to myself.”
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."
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.
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
A Visitors Guide To Violet Hill: A Tour Through The Fictional Town Of The Drake Chronicles By Alxyandra HarveyBY 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
German author Kerstin Gier made her US debut last summer with the first book in the fast-paced paranormal YA adventure series with Ruby Red. But don't expect vampires or werewolves between these pages. Instead, the series starter follows Gwyneth Shepherd, a girl who discovers that she and her family are part of a timetravel society called the Circle of Twelve.
The paperback edition of Ruby Red was released early this week (giving readers a way enjoy it on the cheap) before book two, Sapphire Blue, comes out in October. In Gier's upcoming series second, Gwen's life has changed drastically since learning that she is part of the Circle, but her unexpected ability to timetravel may be putting Gwen and her loved ones in peril. However, you don't have to wait until Fall 2012 to get the first taste of this adventure, bon appetit!
One of the best things about the young adult genre is the pure amount of diversity available in the books published each month. Authors can really push the envelope, anything goes when young readers are your target audience. Sure, there's still a lot of vampire romance (and that's not a bad thing! We at RT are super into Team Human right now), and we're loving all the teens in space as of late, but now even contemporary titles are mixing it up. If you're up for something different, check out these upcoming titles of modern-day teens in extraordinary situations.
The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin (August, Putnam): Teen storm chasers! Oh yes. This books starts out with a set up we've seen before — girl dealing with an alcoholic mother — but then veers into new territory when Jane heads off to spend the summer with her older brother and his friends (including a cute bad boy, hello), all of whom are tornado chasers!
YA author Suzanne Selfors is no novice to writing enchanting stories for young readers, but this year marked the author's first RT Booklovers Convention. Today the author shares her experiences meeting fans at Teen Day, singing books in YA Alley and enjoying a whirlwind weekend in Chicago.
I wasn’t sure it would be worth it. I’d never been to a romance convention before. I’d never even thought of my books as “romantic.” But other writers told me, “You gotta go. The RT convention is crazy. Crazy in a good way.” So there I sat, on the tarmac in Seattle, while the pilot explained that the tow bar had broken and we’d have to wait for another tow bar. Wait, and wait and WAIT. The passenger next to me was a nervous wreck, wringing his hands and talking incessantly. Turned out he was on his way to jail to serve a three-year term for drug possession. All in all, it wasn’t the most uplifting beginning to my journey.
But my mood changed the second I stepped into the hotel, where three women greeted me. Goggles perched on their foreheads, ample bosoms spilling out of their blouses, they were laughing. “What are the costumes for?” I asked, dazed after the five-hour flight, plus two-hour tarmac delay. “We’re going to a steampunk party,” was the reply. Steampunk party?
Things were looking up.