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
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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.”
The final installment of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series doesn’t hit shelves until May 27. The good news? That’s only a few months away. The bad news? City of Heavenly Fire is veiled in all kinds of secrecy. I can only assume the manuscript is being guarded by lock and key somewhere in Idris. Fortunately, Cassandra Clare was nice enough to share a few non-spoilery details about the much-anticipated sixth book. (The cover was revealed earlier this month.) To sweeten the pot, she gave us an exclusive excerpt from City of Heavenly Fire. So, by the angel, read on!
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The Invisible, Amelia Kahaney’s follow-up to The Brokenhearted, doesn’t hit shelves until Oct. 17, but we’ve got a first look at the cover today along with an exclusive excerpt. The book jacket features an illustration of a mechanical hummingbird, created by Nathan Collins of Bose Collins. “I love, love, love this steampunk hummingbird soaring across the city sky. It’s as if the designers reached inside my dreamscape and plucked out exactly the right pieces of the story, then made something beautiful out of them,” said Kahaney. “The bird is so strong and constructed with such amazing precision, but there’s also a sense of fragility and delicacy in the way the parts come together. I can’t imagine a better image to represent Anthem Fleet, the girl with the hummingbird heart who, though she’s fast and powerful, isn’t always as unbreakable as she appears to be. The Invisible finds her fighting to save her city while trying to protect her heart as she unearths long-buried family secrets that will change everything about who she thought she was. I’m so excited to bring this story to readers, now more than ever.”
Excerpted from The Invisible by Amelia Kahaney with permission from HarperTeen/HarperCollins. Copyright © 2014 by Alloy Entertainment and Amelia Kahaney. All rights reserved.
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Laurie Halse Anderson shares her personal connection to PTSD and teenage love in 'The Impossible Knife of Memory'
Laurie Halse Anderson is most well known for her debut YA novel, Speak. Published in 1999, at a time when sexual assault, the focus of the central narrative, was truly beginning to become a part of the social consciousness, Speak is still considered one of the best YA novels of its time, and has even been incorporated into high school curricula all over the country. In the year of Speaks‘s 15th anniversary. Anderson is releasing her fifth, and perhaps most personal, YA novel yet, The Impossible Knife of Memory, which approaches the question many young people encounter when their parents go into active military duty: What happens when they come home?
The Impossible Knife of Memory is in stores now, and Anderson sat down with EW to talk about her own experience with veterans, Secondary PTSD, and finally writing a love story.
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Passionaries, the second book in Tonya Hurley’s Blessed series hits shelves today. In honor of the novel’s release, we’ve got an exclusive look at the trailer! Here’s the official description, then check out the video after the jump. “In Precious Blood, Agnes, Cecelia, and Lucy watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in, and now they have choices to make of their own. Will the girls trust in their destinies as saints and martyrs and perform the miracles as Sebastian instructed? Or will they lose faith in themselves and each other in his absence? Time is running out for them to make a decision, and the fate of the world lies in the balance.” READ FULL STORY
‘Twas the day before Christmas, so Shelf Life has decided to give you the greatest present of all: an exclusive cover reveal! How gorgeous is the cover for Melissa de la Cruz’s newest novel, The Ring and the Crown? The book doesn’t hit shelves until April 1, but judging by the cover—which I realize is not what I’m supposed to do—Crown looks really promising. READ FULL STORY
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