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Potential Teen Werewolf Hero Discovers He’s Just Experiencing Late Puberty

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 01, 2014 | PERMALINK

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Eighteen-year-old Oakvale High School junior Xavier Medina clarified yesterday that his sudden growth and increase in body hair was, in fact, not a werewolf transformation after all, but an instance of late puberty.

“I woke up one morning with a ton more hair. My chest and stomach were covered in thick, black fur. I even noticed hairs on my knuckles!” Medina told us. “I was terrified I was turning into a werewolf, you know, like on that TV show? My sister is obsessed with it, I don't watch it. Anyway, it seemed like the only logical explanation. Especially because I’ve been eating a lot of hamburgers. My mom is pissed because she keeps having to buy groceries.”


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The 100 Recap: Episode 1.2 - "Earth Skills"

BY DJ DeSmyter, MARCH 27, 2014 | PERMALINK

We begin the night with Clarke, Finn, Octavia, and Monty racing through the forest, trying to escape whatever speared Jasper. Monty trips and comes face to face with a strange skeleton that is neither human nor animal. Octavia rightly says, “We’re so screwed.” They hear Jasper screaming and run back, but he’s nowhere to be found. His attackers took him. Poor Jasper…

Back on the Ark, Abby — Clarke’s Mom — checks in on how the 100 are doing, but they have to keep it all hush hush because it turns out the Chancellor hasn’t told the rest of his people what’s going on. Speaking of, the Chancellor staggers in and learns about the lack of communication and apparent deaths of some of the delinquents. (Remember, they’ve been cutting off their tracking device wristbands.) Abby tries to reassure him the kids, including his son, are fine, but we’re not sure he buys it.

Meanwhile, Wells finishes burying a couple bodies. He doesn’t look too pleased and we don’t blame him. When he returns to camp, he finds everyone acting like horny monkeys, and gets into a fight with Bellamy, who’s shirtless. (Yay, shirtlessness!). Wells tries desperately to convince Bellamy there’s too much chaos, but Bellamy doesn’t quite get it yet. Instead, he lets Wells and right hand man Murphy get in a knife fight. Clarke and Co. return to find Wells about to slice and dice Murphy’s neck. Clarke isn’t impressed. The gang gets everyone else caught up on the fact that they’re not alone and why they were sent to Earth.


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Inside the Soul: Rachel Vincent Reflects on Her Soul Screamers Series And Giveaway

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 25, 2014 | PERMALINK

With the release of the fourth and final Soul Screamers compilation volume, which graces shelves today, Rachel Vincent is officially finishing this chapter of her writing career. Readers have stuck by Kaylee, the series's fiery heroine, through thick and thin, and we're sure it's just as hard for them to say goodbye as it is for Rachel. We recently asked Rachel to reflect on her time writing the series and what readers can look forward to next. And be sure to stay tuned at the end for a special giveaway! Rachel, take it away!

With the publication of the final Volume 4 compilation next week, the Soul Screamers series will officially be drawing to a close after four and a half years, seven novels and six novellas/short stories. My Soul To Take was my first foray into the young adult side of publishing. Soul Screamers represents the most I’ve ever written in a single series and the longest I’ve ever spent in a fictional world, so for me, this the end of an era. Saying goodbye to the characters is difficult, but I’m feeling both nostalgic and optimistic.

The cover of Soul Screamers: Volume Four


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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Hit By Delilah S. Dawson

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Cover reveal time! You ready? Today we're pleased to reveal the brand spanking new cover of Delilah S. Dawson's upcoming YA novel, Hit. Although the book doesn't hit shelves until 2015, we are super excited to see the face of this killer story of a teen assassin in a bank-owned America. 

First, the book's back cover blurb:

NO ONE READS THE FINE PRINT.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.


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Co-Authors Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam Tell All

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Writing is more often than not a lonely profession, but this isn't the case for YA co-authors Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam, whose recent book, Elusion, has captivated readers with its story of the dangers of virtual realities. We asked Claudia and Cheryl a few questions about their collaboration and today they reveal the inner workings of co-authors!


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The 100 Recap: Episode 1.1 - "Pilot"

BY DJ DeSmyter, MARCH 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

We open on our main girl, Clarke, as she’s busy drawing and delivering a rather poetic voiceover, telling us how a nuclear apocalypse pretty much decimated Earth ninety-seven years ago. But don’t worry, there were twelve space stations, including one known as the Ark, with survivors! Woot woot! Turns out, though, the Ark isn’t exactly Happyville. Any crime is an offense, and Clarke is — you guessed it, a criminal! When guards come to get her, she learns she’s one of the 100 who are going to “the ground” — Earth. And then a guard drugs her and we’re treated to the nifty title logo.

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Clarke wakes and finds herself on a space shuttle with her fellow prisoners. And then Isaiah Washington pops up on screen as the Chancellor and gives the 100 a little explanation of what’s going on. Clarke and her sort of friend Wells, who’s the Chancellor’s son, try to keep everyone in check, but the lack of gravity is too appealing. Outside, the shuttle is nearing Earth and those who aren’t strapped in their seats have a bit of a, well, rough landing. Houston, we have a problem! All communication with the 100 has been cut off.


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Mark Your Calendars: We're Recapping The 100!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

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If you're a CW superfan and never miss episodes of Reign, The Originals and Arrow, you already probably know about The 100, which is premiering tonight at 9PM ET on the network. The show is adaptation of Kass Morgan's YA tale The 100, which means we will absolutely be tuning in!


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Movie Review: Divergent

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last night RT's Elisa and DJ had the pleasure of attending an advanced screening of one of the most anticipated book-to-film adaptations of the year: Divergent! Below are their thoughts and many, many feelings about the film, which releases nationwide this Friday, March 21.

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It's finally here!

DJ: Neil Burger’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s hit novel is a sleek and appropriately violent film that hits the major points of the book and introduces audiences to a surprisingly relatable dystopian world. The film possesses a warm, golden palette that contrasts well with the otherwise grim story. Shailene Woodley’s performance as Tris is a bit stiff in the first half, but Woodley seems to find her footing toward the end. Her and Theo James’s chemistry is palpable, though the cheesy dialogue often hinders their romantic scenes.

Speaking of which, while the script is rather faithful to the source material, it certainly isn’t free of flaws. The most glaring issue is the science and explanation behind the Factions and the oppressed society Kate Winslet’s Jeanine is so desperate to maintain. The screenwriters have stripped the science so bare that it just doesn’t make sense. Author Veronica Roth made it work in the novels, but the screenwriters have tried too hard. Still, Divergent is a pulse-pounding film.


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Call Me Maybe: Kristen Tracy on Hung Up's Unusual Format & Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

What if you fell in love with a person, but the only thing you really knew about them was the sound of their voice? Kristen Tracy tackles this intriguing notion with her latest YA, Hung Up, which hit shelves earlier this month. Told entirely through phone conversations, the book offers an surprising romance through an unexpected format, and we wanted to know more about it! Here's what Kristen had to say — and be sure to stick around at the end for a giveaway.

Midway through writing Hung Up, I felt like I’d taken on an impossible project. A romance? In phone calls? Was I an idiot? Never mind the fact that I’d actually fallen in love with my husband through hours long phone conversations while in a long-distance relationship — he lived in Rhode Island, I was in San Francisco. Every writer knows that doing things in real life is a lot easier than doing things on the page. (I suspect that’s why there are so few novels where people Jazzercise, clog or detail their cars.)

The cover of Hung Up


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Video Interview: Four Questions For Jay Crownover

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

This past weekend, our Assistant Web Editor DJ attended Authors in the City, an all day event that brought over 380 attendees and 80 of their favorite romance authors together for a giant book signing, meet and greets and more! While there, DJ caught up with bestselling author Jay Crownover, one of today's hottest New Adult authors, and asked her about her career so far, her upcoming series and what advice she has for self-published authors looking to move to traditional. Watch the exclusive interview below!


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