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Friday Free for All: Jay Crownover's Nash

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 25, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Nash by Jay Crownover

Real talk, folks: every week when we write these posts, Rebecca Black's mess of a song "Friday" plays in our head. That's how much we love Fridays. And how much we love our weekly Friday Free for All! This week's a good one, for all you New Adult fans out there: Jay Crownover's Nash. An RT Top Pick! it's the story of nurse Saint (yes, that's her name, man do we love New Adult romances), whose world is rocked when her first love crashes into the ER, his world in shambles. You know you want to try it, so enter below to win one of three ebook copies. This contest is open to everyone, just the way Rebecca Black would want it. (We think. We probably shouldn't speak for Rebecca.)

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Have a wonderful weekend, dear readers, thanks so for hanging out with us this week, as we continue our feverish countdown to the RT convention!


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The 100 Recap: 1.6 - "His Sister's Keeper"

BY DJ DeSmyter, APRIL 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Seventeen years ago, a young Bellamy tries to comfort his mother, who’s in labor. As most TV births turn out, it’s a relatively easy ordeal and Bellamy decides to name his new sister after emperor Augustus’s sister Octavia.

Gee, Mom, no pressure or anything.
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Present day, Octavia wakes up, injured and alone, in a dark cavern of sorts. The Grounder who took her comes in and lunges at her with a white-hot metal stake. She blacks out.

After looking for his sister with Clarke’s help, Bellamy organizes a search party. Raven’s giving Finn a haircut and he wants to tell her what happened between him and Clarke. Naturally, he doesn’t and instead catches up with Clarke and tells her he likes her slightly more. Before the gang sets out, they see the bodies of the people they killed on the Ark falling in the sky like meteors. Determined now more than ever to make contact with the Ark, Clarke and Raven set out to find a new transmitter.

When Octavia wakes up — again — she discovers the Grounder fixed her wound. Now that she’s all patched up, she manages to escape the cave. But as her brother and the others get closer to finding her, they come across a bunch of skeletons, a warning sign from the Grounders.


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Cover Trend: Hair-y YA Heroines

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Did your grandmother always tell you to "get your hair out of your face"? Well these YA heroines, starring on recent covers, are obviously not listening to their grams! Someone get these ladies (and one gentleman) a barrette! Check out the latest cover trend in YA we've spotted: Heroines with outta control hair.


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Trailer Chat: If I Stay

BY DJ DeSmyter, APRIL 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Let’s talk about the recently released trailer for If I Stay, shall we? This big screen adaptation of Gayle Forman’s stunning YA novel of the same name doesn’t land in theatres until August 22 (yes, this August! squee!), but this trailer sure gives eager readers plenty to ease the wait. Though, in my case, the wait has just gotten infinitely more unbearable! Let’s take a look at some of my favorite moments:

Music -  Right off the bat, the trailer establishes the importance of music in the story. Mia’s a gifted cellist and Adam’s the lead singer/guitarist in a rising rock band. As a pianist/songwriter, I immediately connected with the music aspects of the story when I first read the book. I’m glad to see they’re placing sufficient emphasis on Mia and Adam’s talents. Yay for music!

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Adam - I’m usually so picky about which actors get to play my book boyfriends, but this time around I was pleased with Jamie Blackley’s casting from the start. I mean, look at him! His Adam is confident, charming and utterly adorable. And look, he has swagger.

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The 100 Recap: Episode 1.5 - "Twilight's Last Gleaming"

BY DJ DeSmyter, APRIL 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Canoodling!

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Clarke and Finn are canoodling after their little love session in the bomb shelter. Clarke reassures Finn that their night together was special while he jokes about wanting his first Earth sex. Is it a joke, though? After all, his girlfriend is hurtling through space right now to reunite with him.

On the Ark, the Chancellor visits Abby in her cell. She wants to know if Raven made it to Earth, but he wants to talk about how the Ark is dying faster than they predicted and Kane’s population reduction plan has been approved. Abby’s not too pleased, but the Chancellor’s not in the mood to listen to reason.

Meanwhile, Raven enters Earth’s atmosphere and so far hasn’t blown up. Yay!

As Clarke and Finn get all kissy again, Clarke spots a shooting star and Finn tells her all about how you make wishes on them. They quickly realize it’s not a star — and so do the others, including a shirtless Bellamy. Again, shirtless Bellamy.

Abby’s been given temporary freedom in order to attend to the dying people’s needs. She’s still determined to find out if Raven made it or not. Speaking of, we cut to Raven, who’s landed on Earth and is unconscious and bleeding. In the background, we hear the Ark trying to make contact.


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Dear T: A Love Letter from Jenny Han

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

There's nothing as embarrassing as having your secret love letters to your crushes mailed to them. Well, we imagine it would be rather traumatizing. Thankfully, we haven't had this happen to us, but Lara Jean, the protagonist in Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, has! Today, to celebrate the book's recent release, Jenny shares a letter of her own and it's sure to make you think once or twice about your old unrequited loves. Take a look:

The cover of To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Dear T,

You were in my dream the other night. I was in a cafe in Paris, and there you were sitting at the counter, 17 with skinny legs. We spoke, and I don’t remember what we said, but in the dream I felt really good about myself. I was an adult, a writer living in New York, and you were still teenaged you. You hadn’t changed at all. When I woke up, I tried to fall back asleep so I could step back into the dream, say all the things I never got to say to you back in high school.


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Friday Free for All: Kelley Armstrong's Sea of Shadows

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 11, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

You probably already know and love Kelley Armstrong's awesome paranormal books. Maybe you're in mourning, like RT's Mala, about the season finale of the TV show based on Kelley's books, Bitten? Never fear, your RT Web Team is here for you, as always. Because today we've got a giveaway of Kelley's latest series starter, the YA Sea of Shadows. The first in the Age of Legends series stars twin sisters Ashyn and Maria, the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. The sisters make their annual pilgrimage to the Forest of the Dead, to pay homage to spirits who have passed. Until it all goes terribly wrong. 

Want to find out what happens? Enter below to win one of five copies of the book RT reviewer Meera calls, "amazing," "heart-wrenching" and "exciting." U.S. residents only, please. 

Thanks so much for hanging out with us all week, we wish you the best and most book-filled of weekends!

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Laini Taylor's Dreams of Final Books and Writing Advice

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

Well, folks, the end is here. No, not The End, but the end of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, which, for us, is still pretty upsetting. With Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the third and final installment, Laini takes readers on one last wondrous ride with Karou and her friends and enemies. Today, Laini shares her thoughts on concluding her epic series and offers some sage advice for writers everywhere.

Once upon a time, I was trying to write a book about ballerinas on another planet being kidnapped by the military and turned into mutant flying soldiers, and for some reason it wasn’t going well.

I’m not sure why. Maybe I just didn’t know enough about ballet to make it ring true?


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The 100 Recap: Episode 1.4 - "Murphy's Law"

BY DJ DeSmyter, APRIL 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last night’s episode opens on Clarke kneeling beside Wells’s grave. Finn shows up and tries cheering her up by giving her a pencil. It’s rather cute how excited she gets over the idea of being able to draw again. She tells Finn about how Wells used to trade his possessions to get her art supplies back on the Ark. She then circles back to the topic of her mom betraying her father and how she wishes she could do something to make her mom feel her pain. Suddenly, she gets an idea: cut off her wristband so her mother thinks she’s dead.

Meanwhile, in camp, Bellamy and Murphy oversee the others setting up an official base. Murphy’s still being a d-bag. Octavia tries to reassure Jasper that he’s safe and healthy. Jasper falls and they see two of Wells’s fingers lying next to Murphy’s knife. Yikes.

On the Ark, Abby runs into Wannabe Chancellor Kane and he basically tells her he’s stalking her and everyone else. He wants to accompany her to the lab, but when she tells him there’s a case of strep going around, he changes his mind and gets all scheme-y and suspicious. Abby goes on and meets up with Raven, who’s busy working on the ship. Abby’s itching to take flight, but the ship’s not ready.


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Going Home Again: Lucy Connors on The Lonesome Young

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 09, 2014 | PERMALINK

Best known for her adult paranormal romances, Alyssa Day has turned to the YA world for her latest release, The Lonesome Young, written under the pen name Lucy Connors. The book stars two star-crossed teens whose lives are ruled by family feuds, drugs and dangerous business deals. Writing the book proved to be a highly personal endeavor for the author, and today she talks about how her own story influenced the book. Take a look:

The cover of The Lonesome Young

The Lonesome Young is very personal for me, because I know this town. I know these people. I used to live in a place just like fictional Whitfield, Kentucky, and I have more than a little in common with both Victoria and Mickey.


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