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May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor! Hunger Games (Schwag) Giveaway

BY , AUGUST 13, 2010 | PERMALINK

We're getting awfully excited for Mockingjay, the trilogy ender to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, which comes out August 24 from Scholastic. So when the FedEx delivery man showed up with a giant box with a Hunger Games logo on it, we're not too proud to tell you, we did a happy little jig. And though we had dearly hoped that inside that box was a copy of Mockingjay, instead there was something (nearly) as good, that we'd love to share with you. 

Take a look:

Lots and lots of Hunger Games treats, celebrating a new Facebook game:
The Hunger Games: Training Days.

We've got charm bracelets, brooches, bag clips. 

Bracelets, bookmarks!

T-shirts!


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Author Interview: Lucy Christopher - With GIVEAWAY

BY , AUGUST 09, 2010 | PERMALINK
YA author Lucy Christopher is interviewed by RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus - and don't miss the GIVEAWAY at the end of the interview.

Learn about Christopher's inspiration for Stolen, how writing about a terrifying teen abduction happened "by accident" and what makes these characters ones who will stay with you long after you have finished the novel. Insider Info: Even Christopher is still captivated by her characters and is considering continuing the story with what happens when their paths cross ten years later... Find out why!

Lucy Christopher Discusses Stolen >>

Lucy Christopher On Being Inspired By The Australian Outback >>

Lucy Christopher Shares Details About Her Upcoming Novel Flyaway >>


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Author Interview: Rosemary Graham

BY , AUGUST 06, 2010 | PERMALINK

In the age of social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube and Google, checking up on exes has become a whole lot easier. But what happens when a little harmless cyber-stalking goes too far? Find out in Rosemary Graham's new novel, Stalker Girl. The story follows Carly who, after her breakup with Brian, crosses that line between curious and unhealthy. RT's Morgan Doremus calls the story, "a cautionary tale for anyone who dates in the age of the Internet."

Now, Rosemary Graham stops by to answer Morgan's questions about Stalker Girl, the modern breakup and share her tips for aspiring authors.

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Video Interview: Simone Elkeles

BY , AUGUST 04, 2010 | PERMALINK
Author Simone Elkeles is interviewed by RT's Senior Editor Elissa Petruzzi. The author, who just won a RITA award for Best Young Adult Romance at the 2010 RWA conference, is accompanied by the hunky hero from the book trailer for Rules Of Attraction. Elkeles chats about what fans can expect from her next novel and shares a line of the rap music she's become known for.

Simone Elkeles On Her Next Project >>

More From The RT BOOK REVIEWS Video Channel >>


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Tags: Young Adult
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Win Big When This Multicultural Author Makes Her YA Debut - With Giveaway!

BY , JULY 21, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author A.C. Arthur has won acclaim for her fiction writing skills - in the last five years she’s been an RT Reviewers Choice nominee three times. Now she is wowing fans again, with two wildly different novels set to hit shelves in August. The first novel is a Kimani series romance titled Summer Heat. But it’s Arthur’s other August release that is really making waves. Under the pseudonym Artist Arthur, the author has published her first young adult novel, Manifest. 

Manifest follows city-girl Krystal's struggle to adapt to her new suburban life and new-found ability to see ghosts. RT Reviewer Lauren Becker believes, “Teens will easily relate to the feeling of being out of control, with a splash of the paranormal to keep it really interesting.” Manifest kicks off Arthur’s Mystyx series, and while the content is suitable for readers twelve and older, don’t be surprised if you are an adult fan who can’t get enough of Arthur’s newest novel.


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Sated! Our Hunger Game Contest Winners

BY , JULY 16, 2010 | PERMALINK

Turns out we're not the only ones hungry to find out what happens to Katniss and Co. as The Hunger Games trilogy draws to a close next month with the release of Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay. (No, we could not resist that pun.) Last week we gave you our predictions as to how the book would end, and asked for you to weigh in, or to tell us why you're so ravenous to try these books, here. (We can't stop.) Here are the winning entries, whose appetite will soon be sated with paperback copies of The Hunger Games  ( ... okay we're done).

 

 


Denise
shares our penchant for punning, titling her email entry FAMISHED, endearing her to us forever. Poor Denise only got to page 34 of her library's copy of The Hunger Games before driving 550 miles from New Jersey to North Carolina. She tell us the rest: 


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Young Adult At ThrillerFest

BY , JULY 13, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT Summer Intern Spencer Freeman learns an important lesson at the Thrillerfest panel on the  appeal of YA novels  …

Thanks to bestselling series such as Harry Potter and Twilight, the market for young adult books goes beyond juvenile readers. During this year’s ThrillerFest, the annual convention for thriller authors and fans, there was a panel discussing the ever-popular question, “Are YA Novels for Grownups Too?”

The panel consisted of authors A.J. Hartley, F. Paul Wilson , Jennifer Alison, Ridley Pearson, R.L. Stine and YA publisher Andrew Harwell. F. Paul Wilson, panel moderator and bestselling author in his own right, led the discussion about the diverse readership of Young Adult novels. Other topics they touched on included dark themes in YA books, cross-over characters in series and the fact that many of their readers know their books better than the authors themselves.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Young Adult
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Siren Strikes Again - WITH GIVEAWAY!

BY , JULY 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

It's time for our second installment of Tricia Rayburn's Siren, in stores July 13th. This week RT readers get an exclusive look at the second chapter of Siren and one more chance to win the Super Stuffed Summer Beach Bag Giveaway, which includes some great signed books and a gift card to Sephora! Read on for more …

 

Dear RT BOOK REVIEWS Readers,


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Hungry for The Hunger Games? - With GIVEAWAY!

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JULY 06, 2010 | PERMALINK
 

We're gearing up here at the RT offices for the release of Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy ender, out August 24. And we're not the only ones. In response to the huge buzz the series has garnered, Scholastic has just announced a print run of 1.2 million books!

Since there are no teasers available to let us know what the book entails, and as we only got a little taste of the first few pages at the Mockingjay party, we spent some time hypothesizing what we think will happen as the books draw to a close.

 

If you'd like to join in the fun and get caught up on the series, we have a contest for you! We've got five copies of The Hunger Games' new paperback release to give away, thanks to Scholastic. To enter, e-mail elissa@rtbookreviews.com by July 13th with your own wildest guess as to how the books will end, or why you can't wait to read this trilogy.

Here's what we think is coming ...


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Siren Call of Summer and Sephora

BY admin, JULY 02, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Tricia Rayburn's paranormal YA Siren, out July 13, has a premise that RT's Reviewer Kelly Brennan calls "creepy and unique." To show her love for RT, Tricia Rayburn and her publisher Egmont have teamed up for a special two-week blog blast.  

RT has an exclusive sneak peek at   Siren 's entire first chapter, and a great contest! Read on to enter to win Egmont's Summer Beach Bag Giveaway, which has some extra special surprises!

Be sure to check out the EXCERPT and the GIVEAWAY after Rayburn's message! And don't forget to check back next Friday, when we'll have a peek at chapter two and another great giveaway.


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