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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

Animated gif from the show

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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What To Wear After The End: Amy Plum's Post-Apocalypse Outfits

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 06, 2014 | PERMALINK

We love fashion. Come on, who doesn't? But when you're living in a post-apocalyptic world, your outfit choices might be a bit limited. Yet a dystopian YA character's gotta wear something. In Amy Plum's latest YA release, After the End, her heroine winds up on the run from two dangerous factions, in search of her friends and family. Today, Amy shares which outfits Juneau and Miles, the novel's two protagonists, would be seen wearing and why. Take a look:


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The 100 Recap: 1.7 - "Contents Under Pressure"

BY DJ DeSmyter, MAY 01, 2014 | PERMALINK

With the storm raging, Raven desperately tries to make contact with the Ark as Clarke tries to stabilize Finn. She’s not looking too confident about his outcome, though.

A photo of Clarke tending to Finn's wounds

Clarke sure has been through a lot.

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On the Ark, the council has spared Abby’s life regarding her rebellious actions last week, but she’s been booted from the council. They then argue about the signal flares the 100 sent from Earth. Suddenly, Raven’s messages come through. Kane does not look happy that Raven and the others are alive, but Abby is more than thrilled to hear Clarke’s voice.

As Clarke informs them that Earth is survivable and that they’re not alone, she pleads with Abby for help in saving Finn. She also has to tell the Chancellor that his son – Wells – is dead. Just as Abby starts walking Clarke through the procedure, the storm breaks up their connection. Bellamy and his gang return…with a tied up and beaten Grounder he intends to interrogate.


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2014 Reading Challenge: Young Adult - The Verdict

BY Elissa Petruzzi, APRIL 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

Well we're done with our latest reading challenge, where RT Web Team's DJ dared Elissa and Elisa to read Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a title a bit outside their comfort zone. (Here's part one and two.) Today, we weigh in with the results. What is DJ's fate? Will we mock him forever? Or high five him (more than usual)? 


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Exclusive Excerpt: Push by Claire Wallis

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

Listen, we get a lot of pitches for book coverage here at RT, so it can be hard to really snag our attention. But when this email came in, proclaiming Claire Wallis's New Adult Push to be "Gone Girl meets Beautiful Disaster" well, we had to know more. (This is why our TBR piles are always out of control.) We thought you might be similarly intrigued, so we asked the nice folks at Harlequin to provide you with a sneak peek. 

The cover of Push

I open the rest of the boxes in the living room and finish filling the bookcase with my favorite novels and some college textbooks I can't bear to part with. David is still working in the kitchen when the door buzzer rings.

"Ah," he says. "That'll be the cupboards then. Would you mind letting them in? I've got my hands full of spackle in here."


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Bam! Pow! Ouch!: Shea Berkley Discusses Violence in YA

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 28, 2014 | PERMALINK

It's no secret that many of today's books, TV shows and films contain significant amounts of violence, oftentimes in media geared towards teens. Which has experts asking, "is violence necessary?" Today, YA fantasy author Shea Berkley tackles this question and shares her goals, views and opinions regarding violence in YA.

I don’t glorify violence. It’s evil. It’s horrific on an unimaginable scale. I wish no one would ever have to worry about their safety. But that’s not reality.

And so when I wrote The Marked Son, the first book in my Keepers of Life trilogy, I was very aware that violence would play a pivotal role in the story. My main character, Dylan, struggled with his feelings of displacement and abandonment. He’d learned to shut out people to protect himself. He’d become numb, disengaged, until he came face-to-face with a violent world that made him choose between being a spectator or taking action. I used violence as a catalyst to tell the story, to bring him to a point where he had to care or give up.


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