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I’m rattled by the turn in the conversation. The implications that I could so readily dispose of Peeta, that I’m in love with Gale, that the whole thing has been an act. My cheeks begin to burn. The very notion that I’m devoting any thought to who I want presented as my lover, given our current circumstances, is demeaning. I let my anger propel me into my greatest demand. “When the war is over, if we’ve won, Peeta will be pardoned.”

-p. 40, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Q&A with Salt & Storm Character Tane

Q&A with @Kendall_Kulper’s SALT & STORM Character Tane -

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Today, we have another character interview from Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper — this time with our leading male character, Tane. (Pronounced Taah-neh.) Check out our interview with character & narrator Avery here, and our Q&A with author Kendall here.

Kulper_Salt&Storm_HCThanks for joining us today, Tane. Can you tell us a bit about what brought you to Prince Island?

I’m a harpooner on the whale ship Modena. I’ve…

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Book Review: Firebug by Lish McBride

Book Review: FIREBUG by @TeamDamnation, “everything I ever look for in a YA novel” @FierceReads -

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Dear Lish McBride,

firebugThank you. Thank for hearing my repeated pleas for more magical mafia stories in YA literature.

Thank you for writing Ava, a strong female character who breaks the mold of what a “strong female character” has come to represent. For writing a character who has weaknesses as much as she has strength. Who possesses a power she’d rather not. Who loves deeply and truthfully,…

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Book Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld - “a twisty ride through the world of publishing & the underworld of imagination” -

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A YA novel, about a YA author publishing her first novel, featuring a book-within-a-book — written by a YA author. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld is so meta – and maybe those unfamiliar with the YA industry will miss some of the subtle nuances he has crafted, but it’s easily one of the most unique novels to hit bookstore shelves in a long time.

afterworldsDarcy Patel has put college and everything else on…

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Q&A with The Young Elites author Marie Lu

Q&A with THE YOUNG ELITES author @Marie_Lu about writing a book from the villain’s POV + more -

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Today, I am so pleased to share a recent interview I did, along with a handful of other bloggers, with Legend series author Marie Lu, about her new book, The Young Elites. Check out our question for Marie, and some other highlights from our chat below, then keep reading to learn more about the book!

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young elitesNovel Novice: Part of what I thought made The Young Elites really fun to…

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Q&A with Salt & Storm Character Avery Roe

Q&A with Avery Roe, character from @Kendall_Kulper’s SALT & STORM -

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Today we have a fun interview with “Avery” — the narrator and main character in Kendall Kulper’s Salt & Storm, our September Book of the Month title, which hits stores September 23rd. You can also check out our Q&A with Kendall here.

Kulper_Salt&Storm_HCThanks for joining us today, Avery. Tell us why you want so much to become the witch of Prince Island?

It’s what I was born to be. Everyone on this island knows it…

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Book Birthday Blog Tour: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Book Birthday Blog Tour: I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by @jandynelson - Book Birthday Cupcakes! @penguinteen -

Today is the release day for I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson — and we’re celebrating with our book birthday stop on the official blog tour! Plus, be sure to scroll down for more goodies & a chance to win a copy of Jandy’s first book, The Sky is Everywhere.

The theme of today’s post is a BOOK BIRTHDAY! So to celebrate, we whipped up some I’ll Give You the Sun-themed CUPCAKES! But first,…

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New YA Releases: September 16, 2014

Happy Book Bday @RickYancey @alexbracken @Willothewords @melissa_marr @AnnaCareyBooks @KatZhang @GretchenMcNeil -

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Here’s a look at some of today’s new YA releases:

infinite seaThe Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world…

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