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2014 Reading Challenge: Young Adult - We Check In

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 03, 2014 | PERMALINK


We're well into our 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.) Today, we're checking in to see how the quest is going thus far. DJ knows that if he picked a dud, his coworkers will never, ever let him live it down. For at least two weeks.


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The 100 Recap: Episode 1.3 - "Earth Kills"

BY DJ DeSmyter, APRIL 03, 2014 | PERMALINK

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The night begins with a flashback to the early days on the Ark. Clarke and her parents — doctor Abby and Jake — are watching an old soccer game with Wells and his father. Abby tells Jake she received some lab results he was waiting on. He immediately leaves and we’re left wondering what he’s up to.

Present day, Clarke tries to reassure Jasper he’s going to be okay, but we’re not so sure. After all, he’s been through a lot. Outside, Clarke hears a girl screaming and finds Charlotte, a young girl, who was having a nightmare about her parents’ deaths. Turns out Charlotte had assaulted a guard when her parents were “floated” (execution by way of being sucked out into space), earning her a spot amongst the 100. Clarke comforts her and tells her maybe everyone can have a fresh start.

Meanwhile, two members of Bellamy’s gang, Trina and Pascal, are lost in the woods when a strange orange fog envelops them, seemingly killing them. The next morning, Bellamy’s minions report back on Trina and Pascal’s disappearance, and he tries to reassure them everything’s fine. Atom’s not his biggest fan right now, though, and neither is Octavia, who just learned her lovely brother punished Atom for making out with her.


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Teen Girl Eschews Love Triangle, Chooses Herself

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 01, 2014 | PERMALINK

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Sixteen-year-old Oakvale High School junior Madyson Morrow instagrammed a picture of her toes poolside with the caption, “Alone at last!” The teen told us she’s completely over the back-and-forth between soccer star and class president James Leader and Link Masterson, who eschews all extra curricular activities except for drag racing and fist fights.

“Seriously, I couldn’t deal anymore,” Madyson told us as she painted her toe nails while reclining by the pool. “It was like, James needed me so he could win state, and then Link had all this family drama that he couldn’t handle and was like, throwing rocks at my window at 2 a.m. so we could make out to help him over his angst.” She rolled her eyes. “I mean, it was hot at first, but, like, hello? I had to take the SATs twice because that guy had no respect for my sleep schedule.”


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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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