Best-selling author CJ Lyons has joined the YA fray with Broken (out now). The fast-paced thriller follows 15-year-old Scarlet Killian, who suffers from a rare and untreatable heart condition. But in an effort to live a (somewhat) normal life, she tries to prove to her parents that she can survive high school. She’s given one week to show that she can make it work, but things take a complicated turn when she starts to uncover the truth about her illness. Without spoiling the I-totally-didn’t-see-it-coming ending, Lyons answers some of our questions about the novel and talks about her inspiration for the standalone. READ FULL STORY
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Clarissa explained it all in the early ’90s on Nickelodeon. And thank goodness she did. Because it was Clarissa that put Melissa Joan Hart on the map. (Hey, cool!) And along with the other children of the ’90s, my life would not be the same without Clarissa or Sabrina the Teenage Witch. (And I’m not overselling here. Those shows are synonymous with my formative years.) Anyway, the television staple—who currently stars on ABC Family’s Melissa and Joey—now has her own memoir, Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life (out Oct. 29). “I know everyone’s calling it a tell-all, and that sounds like it’s me telling secrets,” says Hart. “But really, it’s just me telling stories that I thought were funny or heartwarming about my life. It’s not written eloquently—it’s written in my voice. It’s very much a conversation with a friend.” Here, Hart answers some of our burning questions, and then later, read on for some of the books more interesting details. READ FULL STORY
Kresley Cole used to be best known for her paranormal romance novels for adults, but since beginning The Arcana Chronicles series in 2012, she’s been able to add “best-selling young adult author” to her title.
The Arcana Chronicles follow 16-year-old Evie, who discovers powers she didn’t know existed after her Louisiana hometown is decimated by an apocalyptic event. As she searches for answers, she uncovers other teenagers with similar gifts. After the success of her first novel, Poison Princess last year, Cole takes readers deeper into the dark world of Arcana in the second book of the series, Endless Knight, which debuted at #5 on The New York Times best seller list this month.
Cole opened up to EW about the Evie’s development in Endless Knight, the fun of a good YA love triangle and what to expect from the rest of her series. READ FULL STORY
“Bionic ballerina breaks baddies’ faces, takes names.” That’s how author Amelia Kahaney describes her YA novel, The Brokenhearted, and it’s a pretty accurate description. Here, we’ve got an exclusive chapter excerpt from The Brokenhearted (out Oct. 8), and then read on for our chat with Kahaney about creating a bad-ass female vigilante and her inspiration for the novel. READ FULL STORY
Robin Wasserman’s YA thriller, The Waking Dark, hit shelves earlier this week. And as the title suggests, this novel is seriously dark. Here’s the official description: “Twelve people dead, in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand…except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn’t even know why she killed—or whether she’ll do it again.”
It’s the kind of page-turner that you’ll probably want to read while it’s still light outside. (Or maybe that’s just me who was totally creeped out—in a good way—by the haunting story that unfolds.) Here, Wasserman answers some of my (spoiler free!) burning questions and talks about her inspiration for the novel (hint: Stephen King). READ FULL STORY
'Boxers & Saints': Gene Luen Yang talks East-West culture clash, plus a hidden gem of comic's Golden Age
American Born Chinese writer and artist Gene Luen Yang is no stranger to adolescents grappling with big questions. But now he’s taking his insight for the humor, drama, and pain of young adulthood from history. His latest graphic novel Boxers & Saints follows the parallel tales of two Chinese teens who grow up through the Boxer Rebellion. The two-book collection, which hits shelves Sept. 10, views the early 20th century rebellion on both sides of the struggle, from the perspective of the Boxers and the Christian converts.
Yang, who also writes the Avatar: The Last Airbender series of graphic novels, spoke to EW about his latest ventures and how he needed a superhero-sized breather while tackling such a devastating and defining event.
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Looking for dark and eerie read to cap off the end of the summer season? Look no further than April Genevieve Tucholke’s YA debut, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (out today). From the official description: “Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.” Here, Tucholke talks the inspiration for her debut, and teases what’s to come in the second and final book of the series.
Author Sarah Bruni’s debut novel The Night Gwen Stacy Died isn’t a novelization of the 1973 classic Spider-Man comics arc of the same name. It’s not even a Spider-Man story, well, not in a conventional sense. The book is a coming-of-age story that features an off-beat love story between an Iowan girl who dreams of escaping to Paris and a young man who calls himself Peter Parker. Bruni talked to EW about renegotiating the role of Spider-Man’s first love, and those real coyotes taking over Chicago. READ FULL STORY
Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey talks about her first year, her reappointment, and her new partnership with 'NewsHour'
Earlier this week, the Library of Congress announced it was reappointing Natasha Trethewey as the nation’s poet laureate. That mostly means one thing: more work.
But that work — discussing poetry and, soon, traveling around the country with PBS Newshour — is the whole point. We spoke with Trethewey about her recent reappointment, her upcoming national project with PBS (expect more details by the end of the summer), and more.
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Jack Gray on 'Pigeon in a Crosswalk', his boss Anderson Cooper, and downing donuts with Kathy Griffin
Jack Gray went from local news guy to hotshot producer for Anderson Cooper 360. Now he hangs out with the likes of Larry King and Kathy Griffin and has more than a million followers on Twitter. He chronicles all of that and much more in his hilarious and poignant collection of essays Pigeon in a Crosswalk: Tales of Anxiety and Accidental Glamour (out now), which calls to mind other humor essayists like David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley. He took the time to talk to EW about his famous silver-haired boss, his love for the Olive Garden, and his coming out story. READ FULL STORY
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