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First Look: Jennifer Estep's Touch Of Frost

BY , APRIL 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

The new YA series by Jennifer Estep follows teenage gypsy Gwen whose unusual psychic powers have resulted in her being, in Jennifer Estep’s own words, “shipped off to Mythos Academy” where she is surrounded by the offspring of ancient warriors. However, when a fellow student is killed and an ancient artifact disappears, Gwen can’t help but get involved. The first novel in the Mythos Academy series, Touch of Frost, doesn't hit stores for another three months but you can get a taste of it today!

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I was almost clear of Valhalla Hall when a window on the second floor opened and a backpack sailed outside and plummeted to the ground in front of me. Somehow, I stifled the surprised scream in my throat. Especially since the backpack was followed a second later by a guy who landed in a low, perfect crouch. He got to his feet with ease, like the twenty-foot fall was nothing to him, and I saw who he was.

Logan freaking Quinn.


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Melissa Marr On Ending Her Wicked Lovely Series

BY , APRIL 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

YA author Melissa Marr shares her thoughts on concluding her Wicked Lovely series with Darkest Mercy, and what Marr thinks may play out next on what the author calls “The Stage in My Head.”

The release of Darkest Mercy has lead to a lot of people asking “How does it feel to be done with the series?” I suppose it’s the inevitable question: Darkest Mercy is the fifth novel in the series that also has three volumes of manga and a few short stories. The answer is a little more complicated than I’d like. The books have been well received. Every novel was greeted with kind accolades and has been a New York Times bestseller. The story I was telling is over though, so writing more books in the series isn’t logical. Unfortunately, we are not merely logical. It feels good to have the sense of completion, but not-so-good to realize that I’ll miss my characters.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Teen Day

BY , APRIL 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

This year was RT Booklovers Convention inaugural Young Adult reader event - Teen Day! All Saturday, teen and adult fans celebrated the genre with group chats, special book readings, workshops and a fabulous party. Readers met Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Lynn BarnesRichelle Mead, Holly Black, Melissa de la Cruz, YA program captain Melissa Marr along with over thirty other authors.

The first event, author "speed dating", was a huge hit. The room was packed with grinning teenage girls (and a few boys) as they got to talk with some of their very favorite authors. The locals came out in force to support the genre they loved and discuss stories and characters. 

A few doors down, the author speed-reading was full of teens but absolutely silent as YA authors did a session of readings from their recent releases and upcoming works. Readers were hanging on the authors' every word.


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Author Interview: Gayle Forman - With Giveaway!

BY , MARCH 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Gayle Forman tugged our heartstrings with her popular 2009 contemporary YA, If I Stay, when teens Mia and Adam's world was devestated by a car accident that left Mia fighting to survive. Now Forman is bringing readers the next chapter in Mia and Adam's story with Where She Went, which is told through Adam's eyes. Today the author chats with RT's Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan about revisiting Mia and Adam's love, the role of music in their relationship and much more. And then don't miss your chance to win a signed copy of Where She Went below!

Gayle Forman on If I Stay and Where She Went >>

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Read the *Web Exclusive Review* of Where She Went >>


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Ruta Sepetys On Between Shades Of Gray

BY , MARCH 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

YA author Ruta Sepetys takes us behind the scenes of her new novel, Shades of Gray, which is based on the true story of the Baltic refugees that survived the ethnic cleansing that was carried out on Stalin’s orders. Learn about the genocide that inspired this story, discover why this atrocity is rarely spoken of in the US and find out about the moments that came together for this tale both heartbreaking and hopeful.

“I will tell you what happened to me, but only if you promise not to use my name.”

That is what I heard while conducting research for my novel, Between Shades of Gray.

Fifty years had passed, yet their hands still shook when they spoke of their experience. Fifty years had passed, but the tears and grief were still raw. Secrets are painful and through my research I learned that secrecy can swallow the voice of an entire generation.


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Find Out Who Will Play Katniss In The Hunger Games Movie

BY MORGAN, MARCH 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

It's official, Katniss Everdeen has been cast in the film version of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. So who is the lucky girl? Not a girl at all, but the 20-year-old actress Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence first came to attention in last year's breakout Indie movie Winter's Bone, and was nominated for an Oscar for her note-worthy performance. For more information about the casting announcement check out EW's post here.


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Ellen Booraem On Her Middle-Grade Novel Small Persons With Wings - With Giveaway!

BY , MARCH 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Ellen Booraem keeps things fresh with Small Persons With Wings. Her society of fairies, excuse us, "small persons with wings" will thrill readers. RT Reviewer Kate Girard was enchanted by Booraem’s take on fairies, calling this tale “a middle-grade for every grade!” Now the author shares how the magical elements of the tale evolved.

Like most fantasies, Small Persons With Wings perches atop a massive underwater iceberg of back-story. The part you see is a simple enough coming-into-your-own story for a modern thirteen-year-old and her supernatural sidekick. The underwater part is more complicated. Fortunately, you’ll never see it.


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Ask YA Author Lauren Oliver Your Questions In Tonight's Livestream Chat E-vent!

BY Whitney Sullivan, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

It's a pretty poorly kept secret around RT BOOK REVIEWS that one of my favorite new names in YA is Lauren Oliver. I was impressed with the way that Lauren Oliver uses detail to reinforce the chilling realities in both her debut, Before I Fall, and this month's Delirium, two RT Top Picks!. After I finished each book, the premises remained on my mind for weeks.

So I jumped at the chance to talk to the author about the world of Delirium in this look at two dystopias that deal with teen love. One of my favorite things that Oliver said was about what surprised her the most about her dystopian world. She said it was, " ... how much damage can be inflicted by people who pretend to want the best for you. Nothing is more dangerous than someone who feels morally superior, because he/she will also never feel guilty." 


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Lauren Oliver's Delirium and Megan McCafferty's Bumped - With Excerpts!

BY Whitney Sullivan, FEBRUARY 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

I am really enjoying the influx of dystopian societies in YA fiction. I love seeing how authors like Suzanne Collins, Ally Condie, and Cameron Stracher re-imagine society in response to a challenge.

The latest dystopian tale to leave me awestruck was this month's Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This RT Top Pick! takes place in a society where love is considered a disease; one which teens must have an operation done to protect them from. Even after I finished Delirium, I was unable to forget Oliver's unusual look at teen love.

So, I was intrigued to hear about another new dystopian novel dealing with teen love in an unexpected way. While Oliver puts a spin on the emotional side of love, this May Megan McCafferty's Bumped revolves around the physical side of love. In Bumped teens are encouraged to be sexually active in hopes of getting pregnant.


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WIN Melissa Marr’s Darkest Mercy – With Excerpt!

BY , FEBRUARY 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Bestselling author Melissa Marr wraps up her Wicked Lovely series with Darkest Mercy, a March RT Top Pick! Now take a peek between the covers of Darkest Mercy with this excerpt and then find out how you can win your own ADVANCED READER COPY of the paranormal YA that has RT’s Kelly Brennan saying, “Fans will not want to miss this shocking, heart-stoping finale!”

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Aislinn couldn’t keep her eyes open. She might not love Keenan, but there was no denying the way her body responded to him. She slid her hand from his side onto his bare stomach and felt the muscles under his skin tense.

He had his arm around her lower back and started to pull her onto his lap.

With more effort than she wished it took, she stopped him. “Keenan.”


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