Author Sophie Littlefield hit the scene in 2009 with her mystery, A Bad Day for Sorry, which won that year's RT Reviewers' Choice Award for best first mystery. Since that time Littlefield has made a name for herself with her mystery, young adult and paranormal series. Earlier this year, the author's post-apocalyptic novel Aftertime captured March's Seal of Excellence award. Today the author gives readers an insider look at her writing process, continuing series and more in this video interview with RT's Senior Editor and RT Reviews Coordinator Stephanie Klose.
Young Adult authors and readers have banded together to combat last weekend’s article by Meghan Cox Gurdon in The Wall Street Journal. She asserted that recent tales have skewed the genre to a place that is too dark.
The article skewers the language and content that young readers can find in many popular books, even going so far as to say the genre is “[s]o dark that kidnapping and pederasty and incest and brutal beatings are now just part of the run of things…” Gurdon’s sentiment is that although the novels don’t necessarily make teens reenact what they read about, these topics can have a serious effect on readers. She says, “Entertainment doesn’t not merely gratify taste, after all, but creates it.”
However, it was not long before the YA community responded to this attack. In the wake of this article, author Maureen Johnson began the Twitter hashtag #YAsaves which has generated well over 15,000 re-tweets in the first few hours as people tell their own stories about the positive effects of the genre. Since the conversation has taken on a life of it’s own as authors and readers react to the original article and the stories that are being shared.
There are so many new book deals being made in the Young Adult market that we’ve decided to devote a new special column to them. Here are five of this new Young Adult book deals that we can't wait for — just after the deals have been announced!
Pivot Point by Kasie West, will start a two-book series about a girl who must choose which alternate future is the one she wants to live through.
Horror fans get ready for Gretchen McNeil’s Ten, which strands that many teens on a remote island with a deadly foe.
The heroine of Sarah Cross’ Kill Me Softly lives out a Sleeping Beauty story when she stumbles into a Grimm fairytale world that is eerily similar to our own.
Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston team up for a dystopian series set long after the fall of humanity in the time of a second ice age. Science and magic war in Frozen the first in The Otherland Chronicles.
Author Colleen Houck has made waves in the YA community with her paranormal series that follows a teen who learns that the tiger she is caring for is actually an enchanted Indian prince. The story of Dhiren and Kelsey's love began with January's Tiger's Curse which received a Top Pick! from RT's Meera Patel and the rave reviews, "this is a book J.K. Rowling wishes she wrote..." This month their saga continues with another RT Top Pick, Tiger's Quest, and today the author chats with me about the inspiration for her hero, the Indian mythology that runs through the series and a hint about what fans can expect in the the series third, Tiger's Voyage!
Bestselling authors Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong are beloved by fans for the intricate paranormal worlds of their YA series, Wicked Lovely and The Summoning, respectively. However never let it be said that these authors rest on their laurels, they have just announced that Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will be publishing their newest foray into uncharted territory: a co-written middle grade series called The Blackwell Pages.
Although the new series is aimed at readers between the ages of 8 and 12, although don't be surprised if you find yourself intrigued by the concept. The story follows three young teens, two boys and a girl, who learn that they are distantly related to the Norse gods and that it is up to them to avert the apocalypse, or Ragnarok, as it is known in Norse mythology.
Loki's Wolves, which starts the series, is scheduled to hit bookshelves in the spring of 2013.
RT Exclusive: Bestselling author Kim Harrison makes a virtual stop at the RT Daily Blog for the Dark Days of Supernatural book tour. Today the author chats about what it was like to move from her paranormal adult roots into the YA genre with her Madison Avery series. The author is also giving away signed copies of her new YA, Something Deadly This Way Comes and a very special grand prize — get all the details at the end of the post!
One of the most frequent questions I get asked is where the characters come from, and to a great extent, I really can’t give the reader a satisfying answer. Characters come from everywhere, just like story ideas. Usually my characters are a conglomeration of people I’ve met, bits and pieces from here and there combined into someone totally new. Madison, however, was a bit different.
During the Dark Days of Supernatural Giveaway readers get a chance to enter to win a bag full of new paranormal YA tales. Today two of the Dark Days of Supernatural debut authors, Veronica Roth and Tara Hudson, give you an inside look at their new tales, Divergent and Hereafter as the authors interview each other.
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Veronica Roth: What about going on book tour are you most excited about?
Tara Hudson: I’m probably most excited to meet people at the signing – I can’t wait to talk with folks about Hereafter! I’m also excited to meet the other Dark Days authors in person, and do some of my own fan-girl squealing over your awesome books. I can’t think of a better group of gals with whom to share Hereafter’s release day, during our June 7th signing in Chicago!
Today marks the final round of the Dark Days of Supernatural giveaway: your last chance to win seven new paranormal YA novels — and one very cute tote bag that carries them all. This week you can get your hands on the new releases from Aprilynne Pike, Ellen Schreiber, Kim Harrison, Veronica Roth, Amy Plum, Josephine Angelini and Tara Hudson. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with the five items that are in your bag when you head out on your supernatural quest.
We spent the past week at BEA meeting authors, publishers and fellow book enthusiasts. And each day we braved the long lines in the Autographing Area in order to give readers a chance to win signed books from fan favorite authors.
Today is the day you've all been waiting for, because we are giving away not one, not two, but five bags full of signed books and ARCs from across genres! And with much thanks to all of the authors who contributed and publicists who made this giveaway possible, you can check out the lists below to see which books are in each bag.
To enter to win one or any of the bags, simply leave a comment below telling us what new book you can't wait to read and which bags you are hoping to win:
Mystery, Suspense and Thriller: