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'The Dream Thieves': Read an excerpt from Maggie Stiefvater's sequel to 'The Raven Boys' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Maggie Stiefvater shattered no small amount of dreams when she ended The Raven Boys on a somewhat torturous cliffhanger (don’t worry, no spoilers here). Book 2 in the Raven Cycle is still a very long summer away, but today we can offer you the first look at The Dream Thieves, as well as an interview with Stiefvater herself.

The ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken and nothing will ever be the same for Blue, Gansey, Ronan, and Adam. Ronan’s dreams are intensifying, and some shady figures have come to town seeking to solve the same puzzle that Gansey is obsessed with. Check out an exclusive excerpt from the Dream Thieves prologue below, then read on to find out more about Book 2 and why Stiefvater’s got a grudge against Beyoncé.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It’s been almost a year since The Raven Boys hit shelves. What’s the reaction been like?
MAGGIE STIEFVATER: It’s actually really fascinating. Because I thought I had a really solid fan base with the Shiver trilogy — and I do, I love my Shiver readers — but the readers for Raven Boys have responded in a very different way in that there’s a lot of fan fiction and fan art. They really get this idea of them as this gang that has adventures. It’s really cool to see them take ownership of the characters.

The Raven Boys ended in quite the cliffhanger. I’ve seen many angry gifs on Goodreads. Have you gotten lots of angry fan email?
I haven’t gotten much of a backlash because it was so clearly pitched as a series. The only ones I can think of are the ones that said, “I cannot believe you ended it this way, please write another one.” I’m like, “Good news for you.” [Laughs] Most of the people come in knowing that it’ll be a series and they were totally fine with the ending. It’s funny because I didn’t really think of it as a cliffhanger, I just cackled at that line. I have to warn you, that might happen again. It might possibly be worse [laughs]. I’m actually very neurotic about this book coming out.

How so?
It is my favorite of all of the books that I’ve written. It’s a Maggie sort of book. I started writing this book way back when I was 19. So, it has very, very old roots.

What can you tell us about The Dream Thieves? The synopsis is disturbingly short…
It is very, very evil for a synopsis [laughs]. I don’t even think it’s because the copy writers are trying to be coy. It’s just because, like The Raven Boys, each of my books gets more and more difficult to describe. I will say that as much as there are boys behaving badly in Book 1, they behave much worse in Book 2. There is 100% more kissing in Book 2 [laughs] and it all revolves around that last line in Raven Boys.

Speaking of boys behaving badly, I remember reading a blog post from you a while back where you spoke about a “black-hearted” character. Can you tell us a little about that? It must be tricky to write a character with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
It is interesting because this book took me longer to write than any of my others. And that’s not even counting going back to when I was 19. It took me 14 months to actually draft this because I was very painstaking. I had a very clear idea in my head of what I wanted it to be. So I lived with this black-hearted character for 14 months. I had such a blast writing him, but it was a really different experience than any other character I’ve ever done. I do so enjoy writing the bad boy with the heart of gold or the angry girl with the heart of gold. However, I do still think there are certain redeeming qualities… That’s all I’ll say.

Your characters have some of the strangest names I’ve ever heard. Where do you get them?
First of all, I have to tell you I’m very angry with Beyoncé because she named her baby Blue. And Blue [Sargent] has been named Blue ever since that first draft all that time ago. I was very pleased with that name — it came from a plot line that was lost, but basically Blue’s mother originally said that Blue’s aura was blue and that was how she got the name. So I persisted with this name and I thought it was so quirky and then Beyoncé named her child Blue [laughs]. Gansey was because when I was growing up I was a competition bagpiper and the boys never referred to each other by first name, ever. They always had some reason why they would refer to themselves by their last names, so I knew that had to go in there. Barrington Whelk… I feel very badly about naming my villain Barrington Whelk. He is named after a realtor who showed us a nice house during our house hunt and I just thought, Barrington, that sounds like an evil name. So I apologize to the real Barrington out there.

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Read the first 8 chapters of DJ MacHale's 'SYLO' — EXCLUSIVE

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If you’re a fan of The Maze Runner and Alex Rider, you might want to pick up SYLO by best-selling author DJ MacHale. The new young-adult series-starter from the author of the Pendragon books follows 14-year-old Tucker Pierce, whose small town is invaded by a secret branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. The book promises a fast-paced read and a huge cliff-hanger. We have to wait until July 2 for all those big twists, but luckily, we have an exclusive first look inside the novel — and it’s a big chunk! Get cozy this long weekend with the first eight chapters of SYLO. READ FULL STORY

'The Darkest Minds': See the cover for Alexandra Bracken's YA sequel -- EXCLUSIVE

I hate it when great YA reads fly under my radar. And that’s exactly what happened with Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds. Minds—the first in a planned trilogy—debuted last December and follows Ruby, one of the few kids to survive a mysterious disease killing American children. Ruby’s sent to a government rehabilitation camp at the age of 10, and now at 16, she’s dealing with powerful abilities she’s can’t control. I was admittedly late to the Darkest Minds party, but now I’m totally hooked on the series and even pestering Bracken on Twitter to send me an early copy of the second book, Never Fade. While my online fandom hasn’t yet produced a copy of book 2, I did manage to get an exclusive first look at the cover. Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Read an exclusive excerpt from 'Beautiful Stranger,' the follow-up to the steamy 'Twilight' fanfic 'Beautiful Bastard'

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“I have a strong urge to devour you.”

That’s one of the tamer lines from the prologue to Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Stranger, a companion novel to the deliciously steamy Beautiful Bastard. For those of you who can stand the heat (and trust me, it gets hot!), we’ve got an exclusive first look at the follow-up below.

Beautiful Stranger centers on Sara Dillon, a finance whiz who ditches her philandering boyfriend and moves to New York for a new start. There, she meets Max Stella, the ravishing British playboy with big hands and a fetish for naughty photographs, and what was supposed to be a one-night stand develops into a full-fledged fling (translation: they have a lot of sex). Oh, and just in case you were wondering about Miss Mills and Mr. Ryan, they put in an appearance too (but not in that way!). So if you like your hook-ups early and plentiful (as opposed to 40% of the way in, like another popular erotic fanfic), check out the prologue to Beautiful Stranger: READ FULL STORY

Jessica Shirvington talks 'Embrace' series, plus an exclusive excerpt of 'Emblaze' -- EXCLUSIVE

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The downside to a trilogy you love is that after book 3, it’s all over. I tore through Emblaze (out March 5), the third book in Jessica Shirvington’s Embrace series, thinking that the end was right around the corner. But you have to love life’s little surprises: There are two more books in the series. If you’ve managed to miss out on this must-read, now’s the time to catch up. Especially before the TV version hits the air. (The CW is developing an hourlong drama based on the books.) Check out this interview with author Shirvington, and then click through for an exclusive excerpt from Emblaze. READ FULL STORY

DC Pierson talks his YA debut, 'Crap Kingdom' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Does anyone really need more crap in their lives? Probably not. But perhaps you can make an exception for DC Pierson’s Crap Kingdom (out March 7). In Kingdom, Pierson tells the tale of Tom, whose fate is sealed with a mysterious, yet oddly ordinary-looking prophecy. Tom finds himself in a magical kingdom to be its Chosen One. Unfortunately, things don’t quite meet his expectations: The kingdom is mostly made of garbage from Earth. READ FULL STORY

Read an excerpt from Kiera Cass' new novella 'The Prince' -- EXCLUSIVE

THE-PRINCE-CASS_510x510The Elite, the sequel to last year’s The Selection doesn’t hit shelves until April 23. But until then, whet your appetite with some Kiera Cass novella goodness: The Prince (available exclusively in e-format March 5) is a short story that takes place within the timeline of The Selection. On her blog, author Cass explained that the novella came about after her editor raised many questions during the editing process of The Selection. “Some of [the questions] led me to start looking at things the way other people in the stories would see them,” Cass wrote. “In the end, I wrote two scenes from different POVs, one from Aspen’s and one from Maxon’s.” READ FULL STORY

See the cover and read an excerpt from Alexandra Coutts' 'Tumble & Fall' -- EXCLUSIVE

Bucking the trend of the many post-apocalyptic series that are all the rage right now, Alexandra Coutts’ new YA novel Tumble & Fall is a standalone novel set in the present day, not the future. So think pre-apocalyptic drama. Here’s the official description: “The world is spinning in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world — the question is, What to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three teens are swept up into intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.”

Is your interest piqued? We can exclusively reveal the cover and share an excerpt after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Read an excerpt from Lauren Oliver's new 'Delirium' novella, 'Raven' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Requiem, the final installment of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series hits shelves March 5. That same day, the Delirium Stories, which features the novellas Hanna, Annabel, and Raven will be released in paperback. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until March to read the first two chapters of Raven, which is told from—you guessed it—Raven’s point of view. Check it out after the jump.  READ FULL STORY

Read an excerpt of Rainbow Rowell's YA debut, 'Eleanor & Park' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Fans of Attachments author Rainbow Rowell, rejoice! Rowell makes her YA debut with Eleanor & Park (out today), which Rowell describes as a combination of Juno, Romeo and Juliet, and a few choice episodes of Dawson’s Creek. (“Minus pregnancy, poison, and Dawson” natch.) Here, Rowell answers some of our burning questions about the novel. After that, click through to read an exclusive excerpt of Eleanor & ParkREAD FULL STORY

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