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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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Jessica Shirvington On The Love Triangle In Her Paranormal YA Embrace — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month Jessica Shirvington’s paranormal YA Embrace captivated our imaginations (and was rated an RT Top Pick!). We were spellbound by the story’s tough heroine, Violet, who has just learned that she is a fallen angel hunter. But two amazing guys are making Violet question her new job. There’s Lincoln, who she’s loved forever and is supposed to be her partner. And then there’s Phoenix, an exiled angel who is defying all of Violet’s expectations. Between two guys and two futures — which will she pick? We certainly couldn’t decide which guy we preferred, so we asked author Jessica to weigh in on Violet’s tough decision. And after her message find out how you can win your own copy of Embrace!


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Tags: Young Adult
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Critiquing The Newly Released Richelle Mead App

BY Morgan Doremus, MARCH 02, 2012 | PERMALINK

Love author Richelle Mead? Now there’s an app for that! Fans of the author’s incredibly popular Young Adult series Vampire Academy and Bloodlines will be excited to hear that this morning the author’s publisher, Penguin, launched The World of Richelle Mead, available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Penguin promises that the app will provide a free, easy way for fans to discuss Mead’s stories and characters. It will also allow to connect directly with the author via social networking tools. So does The World of Richelle Mead live up to the hype? Earlier this morning, I downloaded the new program onto my iPod to check what works — and what doesn’t. 

 

THE FEATURES

Your Books

This section contains a bookshelf that houses all six Vampire Academy novels and the two Bloodlines books that are part of the series thus far. When a specific title is selected, readers can read an excerpt from the story or buy an e-version of the book. This section is incredibly easy to navigate, so even tech challenged users will have no problem finding exactly what they want.

Character Map


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Caitlin Kittredge On Her Iron Codex Series Heroine — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 01, 2012 | PERMALINK

The second book in author Caitlin Kittredge’s dystopian Young Adult Iron Codex series has just hit shelves. And in order to help readers get ready for The Nightmare Garden, the author is sharing a look at her heroine Aoife — and giving three lucky readers a chance to win the first two books in the series!

Many readers ask me how I was inspired to write the character of Aoife Grayson, who is the heroine of my Iron Codex trilogy. Before I published The Iron Thorn, I was known mostly for tough chick heroines, the type who'd rush into battle without a second thought and knew how to handle themselves in a fight.


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Spoiled: WIN Alyson Noël's New YA Series Starter Fated — Before It Hits Stores In May!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Spoiled shares a look at the books you can't wait to read, long before they hit stores. Today author Alyson Noël shares a look at her new Soul Seekers series starter, Fated, before the book hits stores in May. Find out what inspired the author to include elements of Shamanism in these new books. And then find out how you can win an Advance Reader Copy of Fated!

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When The Immortals series ended with the publication of Everlasting last June, as much as I loved and missed Ever and Damen (and Jude, Miles, Haven, and Roman — even Drina!) I was eager to delve into a new supernatural world with a brand new cast of characters.


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TV Thoughts: Reasons Romance Readers Should Watch The Vampire Diaries

BY Whitney Sullivan, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

The recent EW cover series for The Vampire Diaries really got me thinking. The magazine covers look like they could have been lifted from romance novels. And while considering just how much I adore this television series, it occurred to me that these fantastic shots of Elena, Stefan and Damon aren’t the only thing that this television show has in common with a good romance novel. So, today I am going to break down exactly why all romance fans should check out The CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

Okay, first let me set the stage. It’s the Civil War-era in Mystic Falls, VA, and Stefan and Damon — aka the two next-to-naked men on the EW cover — are brothers who have just been turned into vampires by the beautiful, duplicitous vamp named Katherine (think Scarlet O’Hara, but with less remorse). Fast forward to present day Mystic Falls, where Stefan has returned to get to know orphaned high school student Elena, who just happens to look exactly like Katherine. They promptly fall in lurv and everything looks like smooth sailing, except for the fact that Stefan is, you know, a vampire. And he’s not telling Elena that she could basically be Katherine’s twin sister. However, those aren’t the only things rocking the S.S. Stefan & Elena 4 Eva. Stefan's big brother, Damon, who is incredibly bad news, has also come back Mystic Falls. He believes can free Katherine from a tomb where she was imprisoned after a complicated chain of events back in the (Civil War-era) day. And if that is not enough drama, the situation gets even more complicated because it's not long before Damon also develops feelings for Elena. Oh, and Elena’s best friend, Bonnie, has just discovered she’s a witch and she hates all vampires. And that's just the set-up that's revealed in the first few episodes.


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Spoiled: Tera Lynn Childs On Her Upcoming Fins Series Third Just For Fins

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 | PERMALINK

Spoiled shares a look at the books you can't wait to read, long before they hit stores. Today author Tera Lynn Childs gives RT readers a peek inside the third novel in her popular Fins series before the book hits stores in July. Get her take on what it's been like to watch heroine Lily grow up — and what readers can expect from Just For Fins!

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I first met Lily Sanderson (aka Princess Waterlily of the mer kingdom of Thalassinia) on a beach in Naples, Florida, back in the summer of 2006. She was born of the idea that mermaids have the ability to bestow magical powers with a single kiss and wondering what would happen if a particular mermaid accidentally bestowed her magical first kiss on the wrong boy. Enter biker bad boy Quince Fletcher.

Right from the start, Lily and Quince had chemistry. Mostly because Lily was single-mindedly focus on her All Encompassing One True Love, Brody (who, coincidentally, barely knew she existed) and Quince loved to tease her about her crush … and just about any other topic he could. Of course we all know that he secretly had feelings for her, but couldn’t seem to get her attention away from Brody any other way.


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Hunger Games Movie Guide Books Giveaway

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

Waiting for The Hunger Games movie has been hard, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve been anxiously counting down the days until the film’s release (only 33 more days …). However, yesterday we got something in the mail to tide us over until the March 23rd release date. We received three books from publisher Scholastic: The Hunger Games Tribute Guide, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion and the original The Hunger Games novel by Suzanne Collins, redesigned with an official movie cover.


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Trend Watch: Teens In Space

BY Elissa Petruzzi, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

Make no mistake, when I think of the latest out-of-this-world YA trend, I hear the phrase TEENS IN SPACE in my head, a la the Muppet's Pigs in Space sketch when Miss Piggy heads for the outer reaches of the universe (along with Dr. Strangepork). I surely can't be the only one. 

I think one of the best things about YA fiction today is that there are no boundaries. Authors have a great freedom to write almost any kind of book. The young adult fiction scene doesn't have the same strict parameters that authors often bemoan in other genres, like romance, where sometimes it's harder to get a publisher to take a chance on something new. In YA anything goes. In part I think this is because all the YA books are shelved in the same place in the bookstore, and online. So if you write a book that's a little off-the-wall, it doesn't get shelved or tagged somewhere random where readers might never happen upon it. 

Case and point: the latest trend I've noticed in YA: Teens in Sppppppace! (I can't stop.) 

We first happened upon some teens in space last January, with Beth Revis' most excellent Across the Universe trilogy starter. As cryogenically frozen Amy awakens upon a ship — instead of at the promised planet she and her parents were supposed to help populate — she uncovers a murder mystery with the help of Elder, who is beginning to suspect that their journey isn't exactly going as planned. 


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