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Teen Day Extravaganza - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Teen Day is one of the most highly anticipated events at the RT Convention and this year's YA extravaganza was no exception! With a host of exciting events like Author Speed Reading, Stump the Author and, of course, the megafun Teen Day Party, we had tons of fun from morning til night! The day began with the Giant Book Fair, which featured YA Alley — basically a YA booklover's dream. Authors like Kelley Armstrong, Kiera Cass and Gayle Forman signed book after book and met with their most devoted fans. This year, we added New Adult Lane, which bridged the YA and adult sections of the book fair.

Following the book fair, YA authors took off for their various panels. This year, we hosted Author Speed Reading, where authors read short excerpts from their books. There were even official time keepers to ensure they didn't go over the time limit! There was also the Interactive YA Writing Panel, where authors shared their writing processes and divulged their secret writing tips! The Stump the Author event was also a fun event where audience members tried to stump the panel of authors with questions about their own books.


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Siren in the City: A Dangerous Creatures New York Style Guide

BY Tricia Carr, MAY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Today authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are giving pompous Siren Ridley Duchannes, from the awesome YA series Beautiful Creatures, her own spinoff series with co-star Link, her on-again-off-again hybrid Incubus boyfriend. Ridley may not play well with others, but she knows fashion, and she takes dressing provocatively to a whole new level. We’d expect nothing less from the Caster who drops every man’s jaw in Gatlin, S.C. 


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Capturing the New Adult Voice - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 16, 2014 | PERMALINK

New Adult has quickly blossomed into a full-blown, uber-popular genre, and many authors are turning to it for new ideas and projects. But capturing that college-age voice can be rather tricky. Sophie Jordan, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Cora Carmack, Kristin Cast, Jamie McGuire, Veronica Rossi and Tammara Webber gathered at this year’s RT Convention to share their thoughts on the genre and provide valuable insight on how to tap into this audience and mindset.

photo of the panelists

The lovely panelists!

Sophie started the discussion by asking the authors to discuss voice and whether it’s organic or not. Cora immediately said that it is in fact organic and “that’s my voice.” Jennifer added that because she writes both YA and adult romance as well, it is easier to “hold that middle ground” that New Adult is built on.


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A Chat With Veronica Roth - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

With her bestselling Divergent trilogy still wowing readers and a hit movie adaptation of the first book in the series blowing up the box office, Veronica Roth is doing rather well for herself — and readers are eager to see what she does next. Today, Melissa Marr sat down with Veronica at the RT Convention in NOLA to discuss everything from the books to the movies to future projects. 

Melissa Marr and Veronica Roth

Let’s dive into what you missed if you weren’t able to attend the lively discussion. Melissa guided the discussion with ease and began the event by asking Veronica to talk about what it was like writing Divergent while still in college. Veronica mentioned she wasn’t a big partier and instead stayed in her room to write, and that it was a psychology course that inspired the novel and series. She also talked about how aspiring authors shouldn’t feel confined to any one style or genre by the creative writing courses they may be taking. Though, she still believes creative writing classes are important because they “give you a toolbox to pull from.”


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Anna Banks Dishes on #SyrenaWorldProblems

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 13, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Everybody has problems, some more than others, and teens today have taken up the term "First World Problems" to describe the more eye-roll inducing, less complicated issues they face. But if you think you have it bad, try being a Syrena! With Of Neptunethe third and final book in Anna Banks's Syrena Legacy trilogy, hitting shelves today, we thought we'd check in with Anna and see what #SyrenaWorldProblems we mere humans luckily don't have to worry about. Take a look:

Trying to figure out if it's seaweed or a bugger...#SyrenaWorldProblems

Galen: “Stop calling me a mer-man. Seriously.” #SyrenaWorldProblems

Whoever said sea salt is good for the skin doesn’t live in the ocean. #SyrenaWorldProblems

Victoria's Secret doesn't carry my shell size. #SyrenaWorldProblems

Waterproof mascara is not, in fact, waterproof. #SyrenaWorldProblems

Humans will steal your swimming shorts no matter where you hide them. #SyrenaWorldProblems

You can only move Amelia Earhart's plane so many times before it gets boring. #SyrenaWorldProblems

Go ahead. Try to conceal your fart. #bubbles #SyrenaWorldProblems


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Friday Free For All: A Gigantic Stack Of Awesome YA (Including Talon!)

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 09, 2014 | PERMALINK

It's Friday! We did it! We're exhausted, how about you? To celebrate our very favorite day of the week, today we've got a mega YA giveaway for you, full of fantastic titles, even a few advanced copies! That's how much we love ya. (Seriously, we're so glad you hang out with us each week, we love your company!) Below check out the list of titles you can win in this megapack, and then enter to win! 

A stack of some of the YA books we're giving away!

A stack of some of the YA books we're giving away!

Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Everything Leads to You by Mina LaCour

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (ARC)

Talon by Julie Kagawa (ARC)

The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter (ARC)

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (ARC)

Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto (ARC)

The One by Kiera Cass


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Killer Instinct: S.E. Green On Her Favorite Serial Killers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

Everybody has a little morbid curiosity in them — and, after all, curiosity did kill the cat, so to speak. But what is it about dark, twisted things that fascinates us? YA author S.E. Green took her love of murderous television shows like Hannibal and Dexter and crafted her latest novel, Killer Instinct, in which a teen fascinated by serial killers. Today, S.E. shares her favorite fictional and real life killers, so you better leave the lights on for this. Take a look:

I’m a big fan of shows like Hannibal, The Following and Dexter. So when I was ready to write a new series, Killer Instinct and the serial killer theme was a natural fit.

Everyone has a dark side, and this theme is prevalent in both Dexter and Hannibal. The main characters live two lives. Dexter is a blood splatter analyst by day and a serial killer by night. His redeeming quality is that he only targets violent offenders. This “moral code” of his makes him a likeable protagonist that we the viewer root for.


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The 100 Recap: Episode 1.8 - "Day Trip"

BY DJ DeSmyter, MAY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

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Remorseful Bellamy. Maybe he needs a hug...

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The night begins with Octavia’s Grounder still tied up and in need of some serious medical care. Bellamy’s in the room, possibly contemplating his actions, and tells Miller, one of his minions, that they aren’t going to kill the Grounder. When Mr. Minion Miller taunts their prisoner, the Grounder headbutts him. Shows him right!

Meanwhile, the Council video chats with Clarke, and the Chancellor tries to get her to forgive her mom, but she refuses and then sets out to arrange delinquents to talk to their parents. She gets a guy named Dax, but when he goes to say hi to his mom, an Ark guard – the same guard who convinced Bellamy to shoot the Chancellor – convinces Dax to kill Bellamy.

Bellamy’s not letting Octavia near the Grounder, despite her protests. Tension’s still running high between these siblings, but luckily Clarke comes in and breaks up the unease by asking Bellamy to join her in finding a supply depot the Ark says is nearby. After he agrees, Clarke checks in on Finn and awkwardness ensues as Raven hovers behind her.


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Diverse YA For the Win

BY DJ DeSmyter, MAY 07, 2014 | PERMALINK

Diversity in literature has been a hot topic for quite some time now, especially in the world of children’s literature. And recently it’s been heating up even more! Perhaps you’ve heard about the BookCon controversy or participated in last week’s #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. While there are differing opinions as to what causes the sad lack of diversity, we can all agree that we love diverse lit. So today, I’m going to share my favorite diverse YA reads and highlight ones I can’t wait to read! Take a look:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before I recently read  Jenny Han's latest and it is now one of my favorite books. Lara Jean, the book’s protagonist, is half-Korean and as a Korean myself, I connected with her on a cultural and emotional level. Jenny weaves in Korean traditions and food in a seamless manner that enables these elements to blend in and be a part of the story, rather than plot devices.


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Excerpt and Giveaway: Finally, Forever by Katie Kacvinsky

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 06, 2014 | PERMALINK

The last time we checked in with YA author Katie Kacvinsky, she was gearing up for the release of the final book in her Awaken trilogy. Now she's celebrating the close of her First Comes Love NA series with the final installment, Finally, Forever, which releases on May 9th. But if you haven't read the first two books yet, there's no need to fear because Finally, Forever can be read as a standalone. Today, we have an exclusive excerpt from the book as well as a giveaway. So enjoy this exciting sneak peek and enter for a chance to win a digital copy of the book below!

I pace back and forth. The world is spinning. My mind is screaming with all the words I want to say but they’re trapped in my throat. YOU’RE PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL AND ADDICTIVE AND AMAZING AND I CAN’T TURN THIS OFF. I CAN’T ESCAPE YOU. I CAN’T GET OVER YOU. I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU. But I can’t say this out loud so I shout the frustrated abridged version instead.

“You’re insane!”   

Dylan watches me. Her face is calm and there’s a trace of a smile on her lips. “I love you too, Gray,” she says. “I’ll never stop.”

My heart starts jabbing against my chest. “That’s not what I said.”


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