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Smart Chicks Kick It Tour: Day One

BY admin, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 | PERMALINK

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What's On The Web: The Contemps - Author Interviews

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 | PERMALINK

Yesterday RT spotlighted a newly launched YA website, The Contemps, which is run by a group of twenty-one authors who love contemporary YA fiction. (Learn more here.) Today we go in-depth with some of these authors to get their take on what’s going on in the YA sub-genre that they love so much. Authors April Henry, Denise Jordan, Mindi Scott, Courtney Summers, Melissa Walker and Sara Bennett Wealer share why they write YA novels, which titles introduced them to the genre (ahem, Judy Blume, ahem) and they list their favorite recent contemporary YA reads!

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Why are contemporary YA stories so important? What do they offer that readers may not get from other genres?


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What's On The Web: The Contemps

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT loves The Contemps, a new website that brings authors and readers together to discuss what’s going on in contemporary YA fiction. The site launched on August 17th and already has 21 authors who have gathered together to "celebrate books that feature true-to-life settings, characters and situations." These authors are are blogging, tweeting and sharing their experiences as teens. The Contemps is more than just a gathering place for contemporary YA fans, it also shows publishers that readers are interested in a reading about a wide range of YA tales. So be sure to join in the discussion at The Contemps — you can expect these authors' reflections to be honest and their passion for contemporary YA fiction to be contagious!

The Website Breakdown


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Video Interview: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 | PERMALINK
Young Adult author Jennifer Lynn Barnes is interviewed by RT's Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan. The pair chat about the author's popular paranormal series starter, Raised By Wolves. Barnes takes readers behind the scenes to share what animal behavior research her werewolves are based on, which character was an unexpected addition to the story and much more!

Jennifer Lynn Barnes on Raised By Wolves >>


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YA Theme Focus: Sisters

BY Whitney Sullivan, SEPTEMBER 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

One of my favorite aspects of YA fiction is the special touch authors use when writing sisters. Teen sisters have a built-in audience for their paths of self-discovery. Big sisters have someone to look out for and little sisters have someone to look up to. And whether a heroine loves her sisters or hates them, part of her character is always defined in relation to them. The relationship between sisters also shapes how they deal with their parents, their friends and even strangers. It is always interesting to watch the complex relationships between sisters unfold over the course of a YA novel.

After finishing Mockingjay, the last of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy — in which heroine Katniss’ actions are all motivated by her desire to protect her little sister — I wanted to continue my “sisters story” reading theme. I was pleasantly surprised when I took a chance on Zen & Xander Undone by Amy Kathleen Ryan (you can read the *Web Exclusive Review* of the novel here). Ryan’s latest novel was a deft exploration of the changes that Zen and Xander’s relationship undergoes as they grieve for their mother.


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Video Interview: Lucienne Diver

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 08, 2010 | PERMALINK
Young Adult author Lucienne Diver is interviewed by RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus. The pair chat about how Gina, the teen vampire heroine of Diver's Vamped series, evolves in this month's ReVamped. Get the insider details about Gina's unusual way of kicking butt, the unexpected love triangle in this novel and what is coming next!

Diver On ReVamped And Where The Series Is Headed! >>

Read The *Web Exclusive Review* of ReVamped >>


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TWO MAG-NIFICENT YA GIVEAWAYS!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 08, 2010 | PERMALINK

Check out two YA-friendly giveaways from RT magazine! 

It's a simple question: Zombies or Unicorns? And our "Zombies Vs. Unicorns" contest has the answer! Well, kinda. At the very least, our contest gives you a chance to win a copy of the new anthology Zombies Vs. Unicorns, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, out September 21st from Margaret K. McElderry.

Want to play? E-mail Elissa@RTBookReviews.com with a haiku — in the traditional format of five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables — rhapsodizing about your preferred creature. The winning verses will be posted online on Sept. 21, and will receive a copy of the book.


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Suzanne Collins Inspires Mockingjay Madness

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 03, 2010 | PERMALINK

The entire RT office was waiting with bated breath for the release of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy ender, Mockingjay. We got ready for Mockingjay's August 24 release date with giveaways (of the series starter and series schwag) and reports back from the official pre-release party. We were so excited about Mockingjay that four of the six RT editors already had their copies in hand by 10:00 on the morning of the book's release.

And the RT editors aren't the only ones who rushed out to get their copies ...


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A Supernatural Soiree

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 02, 2010 | PERMALINK

Last night, authors Lucienne Diver and Michele Lang hosted a book release party for their newest stories. 

Diver's newest release Revamped, the second in her Young Adult Vamped series was released yesterday, while earlier this week Lang's Historical Urban Fantasy Lady Lazarus hit bookstores.


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Smart Chicks Kick It - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 01, 2010 | PERMALINK

We told you we are psyched to celebrate YA all month long. And now the seventeen authors taking part in September's Smart Chicks Kick It book tour have given us another reason to cheer. This month some of the most popular YA authors will participate in a two-week book tour that's not just cross-country but cross continent! And the authors headlining the tour have put together an AWESOME giveaway for RT readers at the end of the post.


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