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EW asks: What's the best YA novel of all time?

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Starting Monday, EW is running a bracket game that asks the question: “What is the best young adult novel of all time.” Here is an introduction for our book editor Tina Jordan.

As the book editor for EW, I read a lot. I mean, a lot—at least a book a day. (It helps that I have a long commute—at least an hour each way on the train.) And what I’ve been finding of late is that I read more YA than anything else. Not because the books’ plot-propelled arcs makes them satisfyingly swift reads (though I find that’s true), or because I don’t have the attention span or chops for “adult” books (please: can we dispense with the belief, once and for all, that YA is meant just for the under-21 set?). No, I’m reading a lot of YA because I’m finding that some of the best, most innovative work in fiction these days is being done in the genre: gutsy topics, imaginative storylines, utterly fearless writing styles (like blank verse). READ FULL STORY

See the cover of 'We Were Liars' by E. Lockhart -- EXCLUSIVE

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Now that fall is in full swing, it’s probably not the best time to discuss your next go-to summer read. And yet, here we are. We Were Liars, a new YA novel by E. Lockhart, doesn’t hit shelves until May 13, 2014. But you’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending. From the official description:

“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.”

EW has the exclusive first look at the cover of We Were Liars, which has the John Green stamp of approval. What do you think, Shelf Lifers? Will you add Liars to your to-read list?

Read three chapters from Alex London's 'Proxy' sequel -- EXCLUSIVE

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Alex London made waves earlier this year with Proxy, a futuristic thriller about kids who pay off their debt by serving the criminal sentences for wealthy children. Think a modern-day Whipping Boy. The sequel, Guardian, picks up where Proxy left off. “Syd has taken down the corrupt system of and left the world in various states of ruin. In the new world, Syd is the figurehead of the revolution and his bodyguard, Liam, will stop at nothing to save him. When people begin falling ill with a mysterious virus, Syd must travel back to his abandoned home to reverse the revolution he began.” Guardian doesn’t hit shelves until May 29, but we’ve got an exclusive look at the first three chapters today. Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Kresley Cole talks 'Endless Knight': love triangles, cliff hangers and super powers

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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

'Twilight' star Peter Facinelli talks co-writing new YA novel -- EXCLUSIVE

Actor Peter Facinelli — better known to Twihards as vampire patriarch Dr. Carlisle Cullen — is joining the YA craze.

Facinelli has teamed up with author Barry Lyga and producer Rob DeFranco to pen After the Red Rain, a young adult novel set in a dystopian future about a boy named Rose (more on that below) who discovers inhuman powers. Those inhuman powers don’t make Rose a glittering vampire who battles wolves, but he does battle to save a ruined planet with his only friend Deirdre.

In an exclusive email interview with EW, Facinelli talked the trio’s collaborative writing process, his take on the genre, and why they chose the name “Rose” for their hero. READ FULL STORY

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor talks finishing the 'Alice' series -- a 28-book, 28-year-long opus

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If you’re a woman of a certain age, you’re probably familiar with Alice McKinley — the strawberry-blond everygirl first introduced in 1985’s The Agony of Alice.

Though Newbery Medal-winning author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor originally envisioned the novel as a standalone story, she followed it with a sequel, Alice in Rapture, Sort of, in 1989. Fans still wanted more — so in 1991, Naylor began releasing one Alice book every year, following her creation from middle school to the summer after her high school graduation. In the early aughts, she also released a series of prequels about Alice’s life in elementary school — the perfect solution for girls not yet ready to read their older sisters’ favorite books. Over nearly three decades, the books have won legions of fans for their colorful depiction of a regular girl’s trials and tribulations, as well as their frank discussions of topics like sex — passages that frequently landed Alice among the ALA’s list of most frequently challenged books.

28 years later, Naylor is finally wrapping the series with an ambitious, 523-page volume that follows Alice from ages 18 to 60. The book, which hits shelves today, is called Now I’ll Tell You Everything – a title that’s both evocative and refreshingly straightforward, much like the Alice series as a whole.

Naylor is happy with the way her magnum opus turned out, though naturally, saying goodbye is bittersweet. “I suppose it’s like having a child go off to college,” she told EW in an interview last month. “For the last 28 years, six months of every year was dedicated to an Alice book. And suddenly, I have six whole months more to do whatever I want! So that’s exciting, but there’s still times I wish she were home.”

Read on to learn more about the series’ long-awaited conclusion. Spoiler alert: We discuss the contents of Now I’ll Tell You Everything, so read on only if you’ve already read the book… or if you’ve always wanted to know how everything turns out for Alice.

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See the cover of 'Bane Chronicles' No. 7 -- EXCLUSIVE

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The rise comes before the fall. (I know it’s technically “pride,” but I think Magnus Bane would still approve.) The fifth installment of The Bane Chronicles was titled The Rise of the Hotel Dumort. And the seventh installment, which debuts Oct. 15, is aptly titled The Fall of the Hotel Dumort. From the official description: “Magnus Bane watches the once-glamorous Hotel Dumort become something else altogether in 1970s New York City. Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don’t mind…” Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson teamed up for Fall. Make sure you check back next month for cover reveal No. 8.

Read an excerpt from Amelia Kahaney's 'The Brokenhearted' -- EXCLUSIVE

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“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

Laini Taylor to release new 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' novella -- EXCLUSIVE

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Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the final installment of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, doesn’t hit shelves until April. But we’ve got good news for fans of the popular series. And better news if you’re a fan of Zuzana and Mik. On Nov. 26, Taylor will release a never-before-seen digital novella titled Night of Cake & Puppets about Zuzana and Mik’s first date. READ FULL STORY

See the trailer for Jessica Shirvington's 'Endless' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Endless, the fourth and penultimate book in Jessica Shirvington’s Embrace series, hits U.S. shelves Oct. 1. It’s a fun, action-packed series that hasn’t received a ton of attention, but it’s highly addictive and perfect for YA fans. (Hence my slight obsession.) Here, we’ve got the exclusive first look at the trailer: “I have been a huge fan of all of the trailers that have been produced in the U.S, but this one especially sends a shiver up my spine,” says Shirvington. “I think it captures so much of the feeling of the book—not an easy thing to do in under a minute!” Check out the video after the jump, and then read on for a chat with Shirvington about the book and the conclusion of her Embrace series. Warning: minor spoilers ahead! READ FULL STORY

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