First it was Ron and Hermione, now Aragorn and Arwen?? A previously unpublished letter reveals the tricksy W.H. Auden tried to convince J.R.R. Tolkien to axe the romance between Aragorn and Arwen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The illuminating letter is from 1955 and penned by Tolkien, who is complaining to his publisher about the struggle to complete The Return of the King. Tolkien laments that Auden views the star-crossed subplot between the mortal king and his immortal lover as “unnecessary and perfunctory.” Wow. Shoot me straight, Auden. How do you really feel? Apparently the poet was on Team Éowyn-Faramir. Considering the level of minutia that Tolkien weaves into the historical fabric of Middle Earth, you would think LOTR could support a number of love stories. If I know the second cousin, twice-removed of every dwarf in the Shire, I think I can follow two romantic subplots. I guess Auden was a purist though. One story of true love per series. It’s good to have standards. Thank God Tolkien didn’t take his advice. [The Guardian] READ FULL STORY
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The Sochi Olympics are underway, so we thought it’d be perfect timing to chat with author Lauren Morrill about her contemporary YA novel Being Sloane Jacobs (out now). The book follows figure skater Sloane Emily Jacobs and hockey player Sloane Devon Jacobs. After a chance meeting, the girls decide to switch places for the summer: Sloane Emily tries to fit in at hockey camp, and Sloane Devon trades in her aggressive hip checks for sequins and axels. Think The Cutting Edge meets The Parent Trap. Morrill didn’t plan the Olympic tie in, “I think it was a happy accident,” she told us, but it’s quite fitting that her witty novel about two badass female athletes is available now. Read on for our chat with Morrill who has her own interesting sports background. READ FULL STORY
Brandon Mull, author of the New York Times best-selling fantasy series Fablehaven and Beyonders, has released the art for the newest book in his Five Kingdoms series — and EW has your first exclusive look at the cover. Though The Rogue Knight isn’t due out until October, and though Mull has been tight-lipped about information surrounding its plot, readers can get a glimpse at what they might be able to expect: our heroes facing off against a formidable force, possibly the Rogue Knight himself. And it’s safe to say that it looks like their journey home might get a little harder.
Sky Raiders, the first book in Mull’s Five Kingdom series, will debut on March 11. The novel introduces the character of Cole Randolph, an unsuspecting kid just trying to have fun with his friends on Halloween. Instead, after watching his friends disappear through a portal in a Haunted House, he himself gets transported to a place called The Outskirts. The Outskirts house five kingdoms, all of which are in-between places between life and death. With the help of his new friend Mira, Cole must figure out how to rescue his friends and get himself home – before it’s too late.
Do you like the cover for The Rogue Knight? Are you excited for the debut of Mull’s new series? Whet your appetite by checking out a trailer, also exclusive, for Sky Raiders below — and let us know what you think!
Like Dan Brown’s Inferno, The Ninth Circle finds inspiration in Dante’s classic work. This novel, though, follows young man’s coming-of-age as he travels with a circus through nine states, falls in love with the Bearded Lady, and encounters performers who possess magical abilities along the way.
While The Ninth Circle is film-exec-turned-editor Brendan Deneen’s first prose novel, he’s already an established graphic novelist and playwright, having written Scatterbrain and contributed to Flash Gordon and Casper the Friendly Ghost. At Macmillan Publisher’s, Deneen edits The Walking Dead novels by Robert Kirkman and the novelized sequel to the Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All.
Kat Rosenfield, author of 2012′s Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, is back with a new YA novel, Inland. The book (due June 12) follows Callie Morgan as she and her estranged father move to the sea from the Midwest. We’ve got an exclusive first look at the cover (above) and check out an exclusive excerpt after the jump. READ FULL STORY
As Tahereh Mafi would say, it’s allliiiivvvee!! Ignite Me, the much-anticipated finale to Mafi’s Shatter Me series, hits shelves today. And, guys, it’s really good. Trilogies have the tendency to peter out over the course of the series, but the opposite is true for the Shatter Me trilogy. It just keeps getting better, and Ignite Me stays true to form. It’s Mafi’s strongest work to date, and longtime fans of the series won’t be disappointed. Here, Mafi answered some of our spoiler-free questions about the book—we know it hasn’t been out long. Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Timestorm, the final installment in Julie Cross’ Tempest series, hit shelves earlier this week. As promised, the time-traveling saga answers all the burning questions posed throughout the series and the battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a head. It’s an epic end to such a fun series. Here, Cross answers some of our questions about the book and then teases some of her upcoming projects. READ FULL STORY
There are only five more days until Tahereh Mafi’s Ignite Me hits shelves. (Not that we’re counting or anything. But go ahead and mark your calendars for Feb. 4.) In the final installment, Juliette has to team up with Warner in an effort to stop the Reestablishment. But it doesn’t matter if you’re Team Adam or Team Warner. You just have to be a fan of the series to enjoy the book trailer for Ignite Me, and we’ve got an exclusive first look. READ FULL STORY
It’s time to fangirl because Fangirl author Rainbow Rowell has signed a two-book deal with First Second. She’ll be writing two as-yet-untitled graphic novels which will be YA prose fiction, in the same vein as the aforementioned Fangirl and Printz Honor winner Eleanor & Park. The books were acquired for First Second by Senior Editor Calista Brill. Are you fangirling yet? Because we are.
Alice Franklin is a huge slut. At least that’s what the small town of Healy, Texas, believes. In Jennifer Mathieu’s The Truth About Alice (out June 3), the point of view alternates between four of Alice’s high school classmates. Word on the street is that Alice slept with two guys at one party. And when one of the boys dies in a car accident, things spiral when Alice is blamed for his death. Only at the very end of the book do you hear Alice’s perspective. Says author Mathieu of her debut novel: “When I was a teenager in the early ’90s, I read an article in Seventeen magazine about a teenage girl in Minnesota who sued her school after tons of sexual graffiti calling her a slut and other awful stuff was written about her in a bathroom stall and the school never removed it. I remember thinking how isolated and scared she must have felt. That story just stuck in my mind and was a seed for The Truth About Alice.
I’m not a high school student anymore, but I am a high school English teacher, and it’s like nothing’s really changed. Guys with reputations are still considered cool but slut shaming girls is more common and accepted than ever, it seems. I wish it would change.”
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