In a young-adult literature landscape that can sometimes feel generically dystopian, author Andrew Smith has always delivered something wildly different. Smith’s The Marbury Lens followed a boy whose magic glasses allowed him to see an almost unbearably grotesque other-world; his most recent, Winger, gave us an uncommonly funny, envelope-pushing teen narrator. His seventh YA novel, Grasshopper Jungle (out Feb. 20, 2014), goes far into the absurd but promises to run as deep as this other novels. Seriously, check out the official plot description: READ FULL STORY
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2013 is about half over, and the books editors at Amazon have already chosen their top 10 books of the year so far, just in time for you to make a few additions to your beach bag. Unlike the film industry, there isn’t a clearly defined “prestige” season for book releases, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a lot of these titles popped up on year-end best lists as well — although there are still many highly touted titles yet to come in the fall, including ones from Donna Tartt, Amy Tan, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Marisha Pessl. Check out Amazon’s picks and snippets from EW reviews below: READ FULL STORY
For Divergent fans that can’t get enough of Tris’s hunky love interest Four (real name, Tobias), readers won’t have to wait until the release of the third series installment or the movie to satisfy the itch. Author of the dystopian saga Veronica Roth plans to release four e-stories told from Four’s point-of-view. READ FULL STORY
Looking for an awesome YA summer read? Look no further than Alex London’s Proxy. In London’s futuristic novel (out now) kids born into poverty (a.k.a. Proxies) pay off their debt by serving the criminal sentences for wealthy children (a.k.a. Patrons). Enter Sydney Carton, a Proxy who, after a series of strange events, meets his Patron, Knox. Here, London talks about the interesting concept for Proxy, shares the literary inspiration behind his character’s names, and explains why his main character happens to be gay. Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY
The final installment of Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky trilogy hits shelves Jan. 28, 2014. And while there’s a long wait for the conclusion to Rossi’s much-loved YA series—it has already sold into 25 countries and been optioned for a film by Warner Brothers—we can at least reveal the cover of Into the Still Blue in an effort to hold you over. Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Megan McCafferty still can’t believe it took her as long as it did to come up with a Jessica Darling prequel. “As soon as I figured it out it seemed like, ‘Duh, I should have done this three years ago,’” she tells EW. But it didn’t seem obvious to this writer. Perfect Fifths, the final installment in the series that began with Sloppy Firsts, ended, well, perfectly (in my opinion, anyhow). Do we really need to know what Marcus Flutie looked like in junior high? Turns out the answer to that would be an unequivocal yes.
Instead of exploring the cringe-worthy moments of young and new adulthood, Jessica Darling’s It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness and Perfection turns back the clock in favor of junior high. Yes, the book is the first in a new series for middle-graders, but have no fear, older readers: It’s been called “a gift for Jessica Darling fans.” All of your favorite (and not-so favorite) characters are there, albeit younger and perhaps a tad less jaded (but just a tad — this is Jessica Darling, after all). It List starts on the day before seventh grade when Jessica’s older sister Bethany presents her with the “It List,” a list of instructions to continue “Darling Domination of Popularity.” Jessica tries to stick to the list, to hilarious (and often painful) effect.
There are still a few months to go before the book’s release date, but you can check out the brand-new cover below, then read our full interview with McCafferty afterwards. READ FULL STORY
Where Things Come Back author John Corey Whaley, who won the Michael L. Printz Prize for Excellence in Young-Adult Literature in 2012, will come back in April 2014 with his completely different follow-up novel, Noggin. Here’s the official, very intriguing plot summary of Noggin; plus, read a quick Q&A with Whaley: READ FULL STORY
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale, the third installment of The Bane Chronicles (co-written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan) debuts next week. But today, we can exclusively reveal the cover. In fact, EW will be revealing the all the covers for the remaining stories in the-serialization—one a month until January 2014. Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Davey Wexler is not a witch. She’s not a skilled huntress, fighting for her life as a rapacious crowd watches her every move. She’s not even a clumsy, moody wallflower inadvertently drawn into a sexy world of immortal bloodsuckers.
Instead, Davey’s just, well… Davey, an average 15-year-old dealing with average teenage problems: the sudden death of a loved one, a big move to a new town and a new school, a best friend who drinks just a little too much. Nothing about her life is sensationalized, not even the bloody holdup that abruptly robs her of her father — which is probably why Davey resonated so deeply with me when I first met her in the late ’90s. (Her cool, androgynous name and relationship with a mysterious dude named Wolf didn’t hurt, either.)
And when Davey re-entered my life a few weeks ago — via Lawrence and Judy Blume’s new film adaptation of Tiger Eyes — I realized something else about her essential ordinariness: In a modern YA landscape glutted with fantastical dystopias, supernatural romances, brand-name-soaked glamoramas, and hyperbolic tragedy, what makes this heroine remarkable is the fact that she’s not very remarkable at all.
It’s still months before we hear from Bloodlines‘ Sydney or Adrian again, but Richelle Mead has a new novel to keep you occupied in the meantime. It’s called Gameboard of the Gods and it’s the first in her Age of X series. That’s right: After years of YA, the author has finally returned to her adult roots with an ambitious (and sexy!) sci-fi outing.
In Gameboard of the Gods, the world as we know it was nearly destroyed by religious extremists and faith has been outlawed. Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of the supernatural and the divine. But when a series of ritualistic murders bear a disturbingly paranormal quality, Justin is the only man for the job. Together with Mae Koskinen, a technologically-enhanced super soldier, he’s assigned to solve the cases, but their discoveries put them in untold danger. Something’s preparing to make its move on the world — and the human race is merely its pawn. EW spoke to Mead about the inspiration behind Gameboard, a possible Bloodlines spinoff, and the importance of hair dye in the Vampire Academy movie.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What inspired you to write Gameboard of the Gods?
RICHELLE MEAD: It came from this whole different assortment of things that I kind of put together. My background is in religion and mythology, so this whole idea of a futuristic world that turns its back on religion and then gets plagued by the supernatural had always kind of been kicking around in my head. I actually first thought of it before Succubus Blues, my first published novel, but it took a long time for me to write it. It’s more detailed and complex. READ FULL STORY
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