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Teen Dream: Hanging Out At The Teen Day Party!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

There was good food, awesome music and amazing giveaways at the second annual Teen Day party. All over the room teens were trading the new reads that were tucked in their goody bags, snagging authors to sign books and of course, making new friends. At the party in addition to the giveaway bags that were stuffed to overflowing, there were also several scavenger hunts, a makeup station and, of course, authors.  If you weren’t able to join us at the event, here’s a snapshot of what went on!

Everywhere you looked fans were chatting about the books we all love. Teens came from miles away to celebrate our second annual teen day. One young reader and her mother took an 11-hour train trip to join us in Chicago. And locals were out in full force too.

The room was high-energy as readers and authors mixed. YA fan Chelsea summed up the mood in the room perfectly when she said that her favorite part of the event was getting to talk to authors because, as she said it, “They are like rockstars!”

And what did some lucky readers learn about the books that they love (and what’s ahead for some of their favorite authors)? Well, there’s no predicting what a YA author will say next, that’s for sure!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Young Adult
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What It Is Like To Write For Adult And Teen Audiences ...

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no secret that the YA genre is exploding, and teenage heroes and heroines make up more than a handful of the characters that readers are looking forward to spending time with. So it’s no surprise that many established authors are double dipping, crafting both adult and teen tales are a few of our favorite names in fiction. On Wednesday at the RT Booklovers Convention, authors Ann Aguirre, Jenna Black, Sophie Jordan, Jeri Smith-Ready and Rachel Vincent’s conversation was moderated by Kelley Armstrong during the afternoon’s “The Kids are ‘Alright’ Adult to YA Fiction” panel. The topic was what it takes to transition back and forth across the line and these authors certainly  provided an insiders’ look at  some of the perks — and pitfalls — of “going both ways.”

The authors all agreed that when it comes to “genre-jumping” and moving to writing YA, that’s a little bit misleading.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention, Young Adult
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Syrie James And Son Ryan M. James On Their YA Forbidden

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 04, 2012 | PERMALINK

Paranormal author Syrie James wowed us with last year's stunning Nocturne, and we were absoloutely giddy when we learned she would be releasing her YA debut, Forbidden, co-written with son Ryan M. James. RT reviewer Maria Planansky interviewed the writing team to learn more about this supernatural tale of young love and the duo's method for crafting stories together. 

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You guys are a dynamite mother-son writing team. What was it like working together?


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Spoiled: Diana Peterfreund Talks Her Austen-Inspired YA For Darkness Shows The Stars

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 30, 2012 | PERMALINK

Spoiled shares a look at the books you can't wait to read, long before they hit stores. Today author Diana Peterfreund answers RT's questions about this upcoming futuristic YA tale that is inspired by a Jane Austen novel. Get an idea of what you can expect to see in For Darkness Shows the Stars before it is released in June!

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For Darkness Shows the Stars is inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Why did you decide to retell such a famous tale?

Persuasion has long been my favorite Austen story. I love Mr. Darcy as much as the next gal, but when I’m looking for a good, cathartic cry, it’s always Persuasion I turn to. I adore those characters, their constancy and mistakes and eventual reconciliation. I also love other Austen retellings like Bridget Jones’s Diary (Pride & Prejudice) and Clueless (Emma), but there isn’t a definitive one for Persuasion.


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Spoiled: Jennifer Lynn Barnes Talks About Her New Series The Naturals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

Spoiled shares a look at the books you can't wait to read, long before they hit stores. Today Young Adult author Jennifer Lynn Barnes gives RT readers a peek inside her just-announced series The Naturals. Discover what inspired these books, get an early look at a few of the characters you'll meet and find out how this new series compares to The Squad, Barnes' tales about a cheerleading team that also worked as spies!

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The Naturals is about an FBI think-tank that uses gifted teenagers to profile and catch serial killers. Each of the teens in the program has an incredible natural aptitude of some kind. The main character is a Natural profiler: when she interacts with people, she automatically takes in little details that help her understand their personalities in a big way. She intuitively understands people and is really good at reading behavior and predicting how someone will behave in the future. This is just the way her brain works, but over the course of the book, the FBI trains her to use those skills to get into the minds of serial killers.


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RT Reviews: The First Hunger Games Movie

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 21, 2012 | PERMALINK

The RT web team has just returned from seeing The Hunger Games, the film adaptation of the first of Suzanne Collins' wildly popular dystopian YA series.

In case you've been living under a rock, Hunger Games was released in 2008, with Catching Fire and Mockingjay released in the subsequent years. The books follow the adventures of Katniss Everdeen who steps up to take her sister's place in the titular Hunger Games, a televised competition where 24 teens fight to the death. However, Katniss' act of love for her sister Prim, sets flame to the embers of rebellion that have been in the hearts and minds of the downtrodden society. But will they be able to throw off the oppressive rule of the Capitol — and can Katniss survive the "game"?

The complete series won the September 2010 RT Seal of Excellence and it's undeniable that part of the books' appeal is that the story is about so many different things: the power of love (both romantic and between family members), determination, perseverance in the face of insurmountable difficulty, control of one's image in the public eye and of course, the way that one person can make a huge difference.


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Exclusive Excerpt: The Savage Grace By Bree Despain — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Today author Bree Despain gives readers a peek between the covers of The Savage Grace the final novel in her popular paranormal series Dark Divine. Read on to discover the author's favorite part of the story to write and then download a complete exclusive excerpt from the story. And don't forget to leave a comment below to enter to win a special gift from the author!

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One of the themes I wanted to explore in The Savage Grace was the idea of Grace having to balance the safety and well-being of her family with her desire to use her burgeoning superpowers in order to make the world a better place.  Unfortunately, it is Grace’s involvement in the paranormal world of werewolves, demons, and psychic vampires that ends up putting her family in danger—but the only way she can be strong enough to protect them is to embrace her paranormal “destiny.”

Chapter six of The Savage Grace is one of my favorite chapters because I was able to explore what happens when Grace’s two greatest desires converge and she must use her powers in order to try to save her father’s life, while battling the guilt of knowing that it’s her fault that her father was placed in danger in the first place.  This is the chapter in which the consequences of Grace’s new life start to get very, very real.


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Spoiled: Maggie Stiefvater On Her New Raven Cycle Series Starter The Raven Boys

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

Spoiled shares a look at the books you can't wait to read, long before they hit stores. Today Young Adult author Maggie Stiefvater gives RT readers a peek inside her new Raven Cycle series before the first book, The Raven Boys, releases in September. Find out how heroine, Blue, evolved and what role the dire prophesy, “if she kisses her true love, he will die” plays in her life!

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As someone who has spent the last five years painstakingly building a reputation of writing love stories, it seems a little insane that my new series revolves around a girl who can’t kiss her true love — or anyone else, really. But in The Raven Boys, the first book in the four-book Raven Cycle, that’s what Blue Sargent has grown up knowing about herself. As the daughter of a small-town psychic, she has grown up surrounded by clairvoyants. In several different ways — tarot cards, palm reading, scrying — they’ve read her fortune, and all have come to the same conclusion: if Blue kisses her true love, he’ll die.


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Exclusive Excerpt: The Queen's Lady By Eve Edwards

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Eve Edwards gives us a peek between the covers of The Queen's Lady, the second novel in her historical YA series. Check out the first page of the story below and don’t miss the special treat at the end of this post!

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Want the rest of the first chapter of Eve Edward's The Queen's Lady? Click Here! You can read the entire story when the book hits stores on April 10, 2012. For more fantastic Young Adult reads check out our Everything Young Adult Page!


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Cover Chat: Ally Condie's Reached

BY Whitney Sullivan, MARCH 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

There’s something incredibly satisfying about coming to the end of a trilogy; sad, but deliciously satisfying. This is why I’m glad that Ally Condie doesn’t plan to take her fantastic YA series beyond the final book that will hit shelves next November. Readers will get definitive answers to the numerous problems that the books’ main character, Cassia, faces.

Cassia is in the rare class of heroines that follow in the fearless footsteps of Katnis Everdeen (Hunger Games series, holla!), like Divergents Beatrice Prior and Across the Universes Amy. Similarly, Cassia is someone who you do not want working against you — as the government of her dystopian society soon discovers ...

Cassia’s tale started in December 2010 with Matched. In her society, the government decides everything about citizens’ lives, including marriages. But when two faces flash on Cassia’s matching screen — her best friend, Xander, and the class loner, Ky — what unfolds is an adventure the likes of which readers will not soon forget. In the series second, 2011’s November novel Crossed, Cassia and Ky have both been exiled to the outer provinces, but they can’t fight the tide of revolution that is sweeping them (and their repressive society) toward an unexpected discovery. Add this to some surprising revelations about Xander, and Cassia is really in a confusing place. Which is why readers, myself included, cannot wait for the trilogy’s final tale, the upcoming novel Reached.


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