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26. Catching Fire Soundtrack Includes Patti Smith & Christina Aguilera

The full track listing for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack has been released.

The CD includes songs by Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and Patti Smith, according to Yahoo! Music.

The video embedded above contains a 90-second snippet from Christina Aguilera’s song, “We Remain.” The announcement on the Grammy Award-winning diva’s facebook page has already drawn almost 24,000 “likes.”


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27. 7 Actors Join the ‘Hunger Games’ Film Franchise

Mockingjaycover-330Several actors have joined the cast of The Hunger Games film franchise. Their characters will be introduced in the two-part Mockingjay movies.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Golden Globe-winning actress Julianne Moore has been confirmed as District 13 president Alma Coin.

Tony Award winner Patina Miller has been hired for the role of rebel leader Commander Paylor. Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer will step into the shoes of a filmmaker named Cressida.


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28. Agent at JABberwocky Building List

literary-agent-lisa-rodgersAbout Lisa Rodgers: Lisa grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from California State University, Sacramento, in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in German literature-in-translation, history, and culture (sadly, she doesn’t speak German, although it’s on her bucket list).

She moved to New York City in 2012 to attend NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute and joined the JABberwocky team a few months later. She’s previously worked at San Francisco/Sacramento Book Reviews and Barnes & Noble, interned at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency, and read submissions for Lightspeed Magazine.

She is seeking: science fiction, fantasy, YA and middle grade of all genres, and romance.

Below are a few (but by no means all!) of her favorite books by non-client authors, in no particular order:

BLACK SUN RISING (C.S. Friedman), SPIN STATE (Chris Moriarty), THE COMPANY (K.J. Parker), MAGIC’S PAWN (Mercedes Lackey), INNOCENT TRAITOR (Allison Weir), THE BLACK PRISM (Brent Weeks), THE WHITE DRAGON (Anne McCaffrey),  THE DUKE AND I (Julia Quinn), THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (Rae Carson), LOST GIRLS (Ann Kelly), ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE (Robin Hobb), HAMMERED (Elizabeth Bear), HEX HALL (Rachel Hawkins), WINTERGIRLS (Laurie Halse Anderson), THE GIVER (Lois Lowry), PERSUASION (Jane Austen), and FOREIGNER (C.J. Cherryh)

How to submit: e-mail her at querylisa [at] awfulagent [dot] com. In the body of the email, please include your query letter and the first 25 pages of your manuscript. A synopsis is also helpful, but by no means required. Please paste everything into the body of the e-mail; attachments won’t be opened.

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29. Register Now for the 7th Annual KIDLITCON!

Kidlitosphere_buttonIt's official. Here is the announcement from MotherReader at the KidLitosphere Central website:

The seventh annual KidLitCon on November 9th in Austin, Texas is officially accepting registrations!

While we would love to be ahead of schedule with well, a schedule, we invite you to register now to help your organizers plan for attendence. Registering early will also give you a chance to suggest topics that YOU would like to see at KidLitCon 2013. Register before October 11th for $10 off the registration fee and a chance to win a prize package of books and goodies!

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for sending your check or money order. Hotel information will also be available, hopefully with a discount for our group. 

We are still accepting proposals for workshops and panel discussions. Past KidLitCon sessions have included topics such as ethics of reviewing, diversity in children/teen literature, effective marketing, kidlit social media, and online community building. If you are interested in presenting at KidLitCon, please submit a proposal soon. 

Look to this website for updates to the schedule, including our Friday evening event. 

Lots more info to come. For now, start spreading the word! Be a fan on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! And best of all register to attend KidLitCon 2013.

And now back to me. Why should you sign up now to attend KidLitCon 2013, when there isn't even a schedule posted yet? Because attending KidLitCon is one of the most rewarding things you can do as a children's and/or young adult book blogger. KidLitCon is not like other big, monetization-focused, swag-focused conferences that you may have heard about. KidLitCon is a small conference (between 50 and 100 attendees), populated by children's book bloggers and authors. KidLitCon is:

  • A chance to meet face to face people you have interacted with only online, and confirm that yes, you are really friends. 
  • A chance to be surrounded by people who share your passion for children's literacy and literature. 
  • A chance to learn more about blogging if you are new, and to recharge your energies if you've been doing this for a long time. 
  • A chance to talk about things like the ethics of blogging, the relationship between authors and blog reviewers, blogging new releases vs. backlist titles, and much more. (If you register now, you can give your input into which specific topics should be discussed this year). 

I wasn't able to attend last year's KidLitCon due to illness, though I had attended the prior five. I missed it terribly. KidLitCon is where I connect, face-to-face, with my peeps. It's a place where everyone around me knows what the Cybils are, and when the next Divergent book comes out, and who the National Ambassador for Children's Literature is. KidLitCon is home. 

The registration fee is $65, plus $20 for the Friday precon. This is a very reasonable conference fee indeed. If you can at all swing travel to Austin in early November, and you love blogging about children's books and encouraging kids to be readers, you should come. You won't be disappointed. Submit a proposal if you like, but no pressure on that front. The important thing is to come. Register now! The dealine to register is October 24th. 

I hope to see you all there. 

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30. Writing Advice From a 23-Year-Old Published Author


Kara Taylor is not your typical 23-year-old. While many young adults are struggling to find a job, Taylor has had the kind of early success most young writers only dream of. At 23, she has already released her debut novel, Prep School Confidential and is currently the co-executive producer and writer for the new CW show, The Revengers, created by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

Taylor recently spoke to Mediabistro about the pressure to churn out books, what her typical day is like (spoiler alert — she writes morning, noon and night) and how she broke into the world of TV writing:

What tips do you have for other writers who want to break into TV?
I think the most important thing — and this is hard advice because it’s not something that you can really learn — [is to] just have a voice and a point of view and focus on branding yourself, whether it’s [with] humor or whatever. Just be unique and be yourself, and write as much as you can. I obviously broke into it in a strange way because it was actually the novel writing that helped me break into TV. So I think it’s good to keep in mind that there’s not one clear path or way to break into the industry. You have to put yourself out there in all mediums and all aspects and not write anything off, and [don't] get discouraged, obviously. I was writing books for two years before I found an agent, and I heard a lot of nos. I must have been rejected by over a hundred literary agents with my first book. So if you’re expecting instant results, it’s not going to be the career for you. You just have to be patient and be in it for the long run.

To hear more about her incredible rise to success, read Hey, How’d You Become a Published Author and TV Writer at 23, Kara Taylor?

Aneya Fernando

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31. Book Review: Conjured


by Sarah Beth Durst

Synopsis: Eve remembers nothing. No past, and not even any recent memories. Eve isn't even her real name – she has no idea who she really is. All she knows is that she's in the witness protection program, and that she can do magic. Any use of magic, though, causes incapacitating visions of a strange carnival, and a Magician and a Storyteller. Eve begins to suspect that the visions are actually memories, but who are the Magician and the Storyteller? And more important, who is Eve?

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and Eve may be the key to finding him, if only she can remember in time. As Eve tries to unravel the mystery of her life, it becomes increasingly difficult to know who she can trust. The Witsec agents? Patti, the library manager? Zach, the boy in the library that she wants to kiss? Or handsome, cocky Aidan, who has magic of his own? It seems that everyone has their own idea of what Eve should be doing. But in order to decide what to do, Eve must first figure out who she is.

Review: Conjured is an exquisitely crafted book that stands out for its tight writing, unique story, and intriguing character arc. Durst obviously spent time and care on the writing: every word is carefully chosen and rich with meaning, from smells, sounds and colors, to the use of point of view.

It must have been exceptionally difficult to write a character who is essentially a tabula rasa at the beginning, and do it in an engaging way, but Durst succeeded admirably. Eve is engaging, and the reader becomes her as her character journey unfolds. An important theme of this book is defining who you are for yourself, rather than allowing your past or other people to define who you are.

Conjured is mysterious, suspenseful, and oh so creepy. The descriptions are evocative and convey a strong sense of atmosphere, whether the deliciously comforting atmosphere in the library where Eve works, (obviously written by a book lover!) or the bizarre and creepy atmosphere in her visions.

Put this in the hands of anyone who enjoys the creepy, mysterious, and atmospheric books, or someone who is just looking for something a little bit different.

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32. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl to Launch New Series Set in the ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Universe

Authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will reunite as collaborators on a new young adult series.

The new Dangerous Creatures series stars Link and Ridley, two characters who were originally introduced in the Beautiful Creatures series.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will launch the series on December 17, 2013 with the publication of a digital novella titled Dangerous Dream. The project will bridge the two series.


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33. YA Book Blogger Roundup

We're debuting a new monthly roundup featuring YA Book Bloggers. Thanks so much to the lovely ladies who participated! This month, we asked the bloggers:

Recently, we asked literary agents to tell us what they wish for when they open their query inbox. Now, we want to know what's on your reading wishlist? What do you want to see more of in future YA releases?

Candace, Candace's Book Blog

I'm an eclectic reader, I read about everything there is, but one thing I really have found I love is epic fantasy in YA. They are becoming more popular, but it's still not what I would like it to be. I want epic fantasy to be big like paranormal and contemporary. Big, big. Another thing I want more of is LGBT lit for teens. It's also become more popular and you can often find it in the background of books, but it's not focused on as much as I'd like. I think it's something that we definitely could use more of. The last thing I would say is international travel books. Books where teens get to explore more of our world. This is becoming more and more popular all the time, but I just eat it up, I want MORE!

Jennifer, YA Sisterhood

I have always loved gothic classics like Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights, so to see a new trend of gothic romance and gothic horror in the YA genre has been a dream come true for me. Unfortunately, the trend is very new so there are not many of them out there. I love the dreamlike settings, that seem to be straight out of a 1950s film noir classic. The settings are so intense that it's like I can truly see the dilapidated mansions, smell the crisp air, and sense the danger lurking around the next corner. But the setting isn't the only thing that I love about gothic novels; I also love the duplicitous and mysterious characters. There is always a secret to be kept, always a mind to unravel, and always a heart to break. The characters always have a realness to them, but at the same time, there is something to lifts them up, keeping them straddling the world of reality and the world of illusion. Three gothic books I have read recently are Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke, The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd, and Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey. I highly recommend all of these to those looking to indulge themselves in this new sub-genre. Now, I am anxiously awaiting more books that are gothic romance or gothic horror.

Stacee, Adventures of a Book Junkie

What I would like to see more of in YA is a trend of girl MCs who don't have to have a boy swoop in and save them.

I'll admit to being a HUGE Twilight fan. I devoured the books [multiple times]. At the time I read them, I didn't see the indifference that Bella had. It wasn't until I stepped away from the fandom that I realized that she just stood there and took whatever Edward [or anyone else] doled out.

I want snarky, sassy, impertinent girls like Elizabeth Bennet, Maggie Silver [Also Known As by Robin Benway], Caymen Meyers [The Distance Between Us by Kasie West] and Elyse Morgan [Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett].

I want smart girls who aren't portrayed as nerds and don't hide just how smart they are. I want strong girls who go after what they want without being called bitches by other girls. I want girls who hang out with the boys and aren't tomboys.

Sure, there are Bella Swans out there, but there's an entire world of girls who are the exact opposite. I want more of those opposites.

Katy, YA Confidential

I'd love to see more bittersweet conclusions in YA stories, like the endings of ELEANOR & PARK, NOBODY BUT US, and TIGER LILY. I love that Rainbow Rowell, Kristin Halbrook, and Jodi Lynn Anderson didn't tie their stories up with pretty bows, but instead left it up to their readers to absorb and interpret the happy AND the sad bits of their characters' lives.

Talynn, Ink in the Book

As a teen, I enjoyed reading about girls my age involved in activities similar to me. I loved reading about the heartaches, problems, and relationships that I experienced. And romance, too. Not just sex, but the emotional connection I craved as a teen. Friendship ranked high on my list of must reads, as well as reading about teens who succeeded in accomplishments they struggled with and wanted to give up, but kept pushing and striving to win. Last, strong family bonds, where mom and dad are a part of the children's lives more than just a pass by and say hi. These are what I'd like to read more about today in YA.

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34. More Than This by Patrick Ness

With his "Chaos Walking" series, Patrick Ness earned a spot on my favorite authors shelf. Then came A Monster Calls and I loved that almost as much as the series. Now, with More Than This, Ness has really solidified his place and is one of the YA authors I recommend the most to both adults and teens looking for awesome reads. 

I loved the mystery of this latest book and how the reader isn't quite sure where Seth is, just as he isn't. He believes he's dead, remembering himself drowning, and quite possibly in hell, but when he finds two others in the same place he is, a place that appears to be the same town he grew up in, after days and days alone, he's unsure if hell is really where they are. Until the Driver shows up. He's crazy-pants.

As Seth starts making discoveries of his surroundings -- it looks just like a decimated version of the town he grew up in and oh yeah, the fact that he woke up in a coffin in his old bedroom -- I needed to turn the pages faster and faster. The writing is beautiful and lovely to read, which almost makes it seem a little cruel to make such a heart-pounding story, but that's exactly what it was. 

There are so many layers to both Seth and his back story that it was a great experience to uncover those, while being totally riveted by Seth's current circumstances. Another absolute winner from Patrick Ness!

Thank you to Candlewick to the review copy!

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35. Book Review: SYLO

by D.J. MacHale

Synopsis: When tailback Marty Wiggins suddenly drops dead in the middle of a high school football game, it's the beginning of a strange series of events that will disrupt quiet Pemberwick Island just at the end of the tourist season. The backup tailback, freshman Tucker Pierce, and his best friend Quinn are among the only witnesses to a strange shadow that explodes off the coast of the island. Then the island is invaded by a mysterious U.S. military unit known only as SYLO, who take control of the island and quarantine it from the mainland, to stop the spread of the mysterious virus.

But Tucker and Quinn, whose parents are doctors at the island's hospital, suspect that SYLO isn't telling the whole story. Before long the two friends, along with another island teen, Tori Sleeper, are caught up in events. As the situation on the island spirals from bad to worse, the three teens find themselves on the run, carriers of information that they can't share with anyone. But what can three teens hope to do against the might of an occupying military force?


  • Tucker Pierce. Tucker is not native to Pemberwick, having moved there several years earlier.  Tucker is an average guy: his grades are not exceptional, and neither is his football playing. He likes life on Pemberwick Island, and has no plans to leave it when he grows up, unlike his friend Quinn. Sometimes he acts too old to be a high school freshman, although that's not completely unbelievable for an only child who is close to his parents.
  • Quinn Carr. Quinn is smart and inquisitive. He and Tucker are opposites in many ways. Quinn can't wait to leave the island and do something important.
  • Tori Sleeper. Tori is badass. She's the daughter of a lobsterman, and helps her father on his boat. She's fearless and competent, whether she's piloting a boat or defending her home. She's also a bit standoffish, and doesn't suffer fools gladly, but as she and Tucker get to know each other, they become friends.


  • Pemberwick Island is a fictional place, but it's based on Martha's Vinyard. Island life and the island residents are portrayed vividly, giving the book a strong sense of place. 


  • SYLO is a good read: well-paced and exciting without being frenetic. It builds slowly; MacHale takes time to develop the characters and setting as the suspense and mystery grows, but by halfway through the book you'll be turning pages at a rapid rate.
  • Tucker is a likeable character, and it's refreshing that he's pretty average. When he has the chance to take over as the team's tailback after Marty dies, it could have been a wish fulfillment situation, where Tucker saves the day, but instead his playing is bad enough that he gets considerable ridicule from the town.
  • Tori is awesome, and easily the most interesting character in the book.
  • The book ends on a cliffhanger; not only are not all questions answered, but more are raised. Some people will enjoy the cliffhanger ending, but others may be annoyed by it.
Who would like this book:
  • With a first person male narrator and a story that drives along pretty well, this is a book that should have strong appeal to many boys. However, it also has a strong female secondary character and other elements that give it plenty of girl appeal as well. 
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36. Edyth Bulbring

<!DOCTYPE html> Edyth Bulbring will be a speaker at an SCBWI event to be held at the Sandton Public Library on 2 July 2013. Edyth comes from the Eastern Cape where she attended Collegiate High. She completed a BA at UCT and an MBA at Wits Business School. She has worked as a journalist and political correspondent. She lives in Johannesburg with her partner, three children and dog. To date

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37. Neil Malherbe

Neil Malherbe will be a speaker at an SCBWI event to be held at the Sandton Public Library on 2 July 2013. He is the 2013 Winner of the Crystal Kite Award for the Africa Region for The Magyar Conspiracy which also won the Sanlam Silver Prize for Youth Literature in 2011. The book is published by Tafelberg and is Neil's first novel for young adults. Neil Malherbe grew up in Pretoria, where he

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38. Debut Novelist Leah Konen: ‘Write YA because want to write YA’

Do you spend too much time worrying about publishing trends and not enough time writing?

On today’s edition of the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with Leah Konen, the author of The After Girls. She shared writing advice for aspiring YA novelists. She also explained how a Mediabistro writing course helped her get published. Here’s an important tip:

My first piece of advice would be to really write YA because want to write YA. It’s become very popular now and sometimes people think commercially it will do the best. You have to have a passion for the voice and the tone and this idea of going back to childhood and your teenage years. You should pursue it, if that’s why you’re doing it. Not just because it happens to be the genre with the most movie deals.


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39. ‘Catching Fire’ First Official Trailer Released

During last night’s Movie Awards show, MTV revealed the first teaser trailer for Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games film franchise.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? The trailer has already drawn more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.

The trailer offers the fans glimpses of several major events in the story and a first look at Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman as Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. This adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ young-adult novel won’t be released until November 22, 2013.

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40. Ellen Hopkins: ‘Experiment with all types of poetry’

Happy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

Hopkins (pictured, via) has been writing poetry throughout her entire life. She first established her professional writing career by penning nonfiction children’s books.

After Simon & Schuster Children’s Books published Crank in 2004, she became well-known for writing novels in verse. Many of her hit titles focus on dark topics including addiction, mental illness, and prostitution. Check out the highlights from our interview below…


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41. New YA Reads: Stories of Guilt

I recently read both of these books and realized they had a common theme: guilt. Both of the main characters in these YA novels have had a horrible situation placed on their shoulders -- of which neither are truly at fault -- and they have to work through the guilt they ultimately end up feeling. I recommend both!

In Bruised by Sarah Skilton, Imogen is an incredibly successful Tae Kwon Do black belt. It's rare for someone her age to have already reached black belt status, but she has and is very proud of herself. She really wishes to be a role model for kids and show them they can do whatever they put their mind to and work really hard for. 

When she witness the robbery of a diner -- and the eventual death of the man holding the place up -- Imogen becomes filled with guilt. She didn't do anything. Imogen, strong and capable of taking down any man, hid under a table in the diner, while the man robbed the cashier at gunpoint. She blames herself for his death and won't listen to anyone's reason as to why she's not at fault. 

Bruised is really the story of healing. Imogen shouldn't feel guilty for protecting herself by staying quiet, but she does. She feels so guilty that she begins making choices that begin to harm herself further and through the book we are able to watch her finally turn it around for the better. 

Skilton's writing pulled me right into the story and I found myself wanting to both cheer for Imogen and smack her. In order for the plot to progress as it did, she needed to be a difficult, hard-headed character, and she definitely was -- but, I ended up loving her for it. 

I also really loved the inclusion of Tae Kwon Do as a major plot aspect. Never seen that before. 

Operation Oleander by Valerie O. Patterson focuses on ninth-grader Jess, a girl who has spent every minute of her free time over the summer raising money for children in Afghanistan. Her father, along with many of her friends' parents, is deployed to Kabul and she feels like she's helping him while helping the kids at the orphanage. Raising money is her mission, despite her friends wanting her to also spend some time having fun. She knows that she can't rest. 

When an explosion in Afghanistan near the orphanage kills her friend's parent, Jessica is taken over by guilt. She knows that her desire to help those kids is a good one and it makes her feel closer to her dad. But, her friend blames her for her mom's death. That's a hard one to swallow. Jess feels terrible.

Books about military kids and their families always tug at my heartstrings. I miss living on a base and having the community of people around that know exactly what it means to be in the military and everyone being in one place for the same reason. It's an important community to have. Books like this one are important for kids who have parents serving and I think Patterson did a really nice job expressing the emotions that so many of us go through when our family is overseas. 

Jessica came off very young sounding to me -- not like a 14-year-old -- but other than that, I really thought the book did a solid job at getting a great message across, while still being fictional. 

Thanks to both Abrams and Clarion Books for the review copies.

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42. Kids Can Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards

The 2013 finalists for the Children’s Choice Book Awards have been revealed. Kids can vote from March 19th to May 9th.

The winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala on May 13th. Nominees have been divided into four groups classified by different school grades.

In the Author of the Year category, middle-grade fiction writers and young-adult novelists dominate. The nominees include The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, The Heroes of Olympus 3: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.


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43. Stuart Beattie to Script the ‘Daughter of Smoke & Bone’ Film Adaptation

Hollywood screenwriter Stuart Beattie will write the script for the Daughter of Smoke & Bone film adaptation.

In the past, Beattie wrote the screenplays for Collateral (2004), 30 Days of Night (2007), and the forthcoming I, Frankenstein (2013). As we previously noted, Palak Patel and Joe Roth will produce.

Author Laini Taylor endorsed Beattie and the entire film-making team with this statement: “It’s been fantastic to delve into the world of the book with a screenwriter of such insight and experience. Between Stuart, Joe Roth and Universal Pictures, we’ve got a team with massive epic flair, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds as we move toward bringing Karou, Akiva, Brimstone and the world of Daughter of Smoke & Bone to the screen.”

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44. The Madman's Daughter

Juliet has believed her father has been dead for years. After his scandal rocked London and her father disappeared (presumed dead), Juliet and her mother were left without anything. Then Juliet's mother died of consumption and the poor girl was orphaned and penniless. She began working as a maid and managed to survive on her own, though always wondering if she were meant for the life she was living. 

After a crazy series of events, Juliet ended up on a boat (with a very handsome man from her past) headed to an island where her father is living -- indeed alive and apparently still up to the deeds that brought scandal upon his family. When she arrived, Juliet is thrust into the world her father created on the island, whether she wants to be or not. Though she wants to love her father and know him, she doesn't understand him, his reasoning for what he does, and quickly realized that he cannot be trusted. 

Gothic mystery, love triangle, super scary scenes. I loved it!

Though I've never read H.G. Wells' "The Island of Dr. Moreau," -- the book this story was based on -- I can only imagine that the creep factor is incredibly high. Shepherd's story gave me goosebumps more than once and was perfect reading for these cold winter days. Sometimes I just need a creepy, dark story to pass the time at night and this one hit the spot. 

I'm really looking forward to reading more from Shepherd. Her writing style is beautiful and engrossing and though I did feel the plot dragged a tad bit at the end, I truly felt like I was on the island with Juliet, experiencing events as she experienced them. The setting was amazing and both gorgeous and horrifying at the same time. 

I was able to see Megan Shepherd speak on a YA panel at Hooray for Books! a couple of weeks ago and she shared that the two other books in this trilogy will also be based on gothic classics. Fun! Or creepy, whatever. 

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45. Josh Boone to Direct ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Fox 2000 has brought on filmmaker Josh Boone to direct The Fault in Our Stars movie adaptation. Last year, Boone wrote and directed an original film called Stuck in Love.

According to The Hollywood ReporterScott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the screenwriting duo behind (500) Days of Summer, will write the script. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, the producers of The Twilight Saga film franchisewill produce this project.

As of this writing, John Green‘s popular young-adult novel has spent eleven weeks on the New York Times young-adult bestsellers list.


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46. ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2′ Wins Seven Razzie Awards

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has “won” seven Golden Raspberry Awards (a.k.a. the Razzies). The film “emerged victorious” in the following categories:

Worst Picture – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Actress – Kristen Stewart for Snow White & the Huntsman and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Supporting Actor – Taylor Lautner for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Screen Ensemble – the entire cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Director – Bill Condon for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Prequel, Ripoff, or Sequel – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Screen Couple – Mackenzie Foy & Taylor Lautner for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2


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47. What Does It Take to Sell Your First Book?

Figment will host a live chat with three YA authors, finding out how they managed to land a book deal for their first books.

Scheduled for February 28th at 7:00 p.m. EST, the chat will focus on the following question: “What does it take to sell your first book to the biggest book publisher in the world?”

Knopf Books for Young Readers editor Erin Clarke and three young-adult novelists will participate in this event. The trio of writers include Timekeeper author Alexandra Monir, Seraphina author Rachel Hartman and The Tragedy Paper author Elizabeth Laban. All three authors published their first book with Random House Children’s Books.

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48. The Canticle Prelude Kickoff Contest

How would you like to read the complete compilation of The Canticle Prelude? It includes all the serial chapters from the series "Canticle of Night", "Canticle of Dawn" and "Canticle of Twilight". It is a great read to start before you read "The Canticle Kingdom" or even after you have. This compilation includes a bonus chapter linking the serial stories and the novel previously unreleased, as well as the sheet music for piano of the song that the music box plays, which I also wrote.

Head over to the BigWorldNetwork.com site for more details:

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49. Young Adult – New Adult

woman reading bookI have been saying for years that teen books provide great reads and fit into my life style so much better, because they are a quick literary fix. They remind me of buying a delicious gourmet frozen dinner – Pop it in the Microwave and voila you are happy and fed.  They are shorter, faster-paced, and designed to appeal to discriminating readers.

Apparently, I am not the only one who feels this way, because many of the readers buying books aimed at the teen market are no longer teenagers. But the numbers are more dramatic than we may have guessed. According to the Bowker study, 55 percent of customers who buy young adult books are 18 or older. In fact, the largest group of readers purchasing titles labeled “young adult” are actually 30 to 44 years old – not the target demographic for the books.

The teen readers genre, which is officially slated for readers 12 to 17, has crossed age lines over the past decade as series like “Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling,” “Twilight by Stephenie Meyer,” and Suzanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy “Hunger Game”s have appealed to adults as well as the younger readers at which they were aimed.

Just look at the first 9 months of Amazon’s “best of the month” picks. It included a young adult title in its “Top 10 list” four times – not on a separate “young readers” list but as part of its overall survey of best titles available. “Every Day” by David Levithan was selected in September, while “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Burdago made the June list. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green cracked the January list and “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor made it to the September roll call.

This leads us to publishers who now have coined the phrase “New Adult”. The School Library Journal has a good article with links to a number of sites that discuss how they see “New Adult” fitting into the market. http://blogs.slj.com/teacozy/2012/12/28/what-is-new-adult

New market research shows that 55 percent of those buying books labeled ‘young adult’ are in fact 18 and over, a trend that’s increasing, so it is something you definitely should be aware of if you write for teens. Five years ago, editors wouldn’t even look at a book that had an eighteen year old on their way to college or making their way out in the adult world – more proof that things are changing and with that more opportunities for writers.

10 books to read after the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy

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50. Have Young Adult Books Uplifted the Popularity of Short Fiction?

In recent years, young adult books have driven a surge in sales for publishers. Besides increasing the revenue streams of these companies, it also seems to have uplifted the popularity of short fiction. The YA authors who have contributed to this trend tend to set their short fiction pieces within the universe of a popular book series.

For instance, Beth Revis recently concluded the Across the Universe trilogy and celebrated by inviting her fans to download a free novella called “As They Slip Away.” Ally Carter incorporated characters from two teen series, Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls, for “Double-Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Novella.”

As we previously reported, HarperCollins established HarperTeen Impulse as a digital imprint dedicated to solely publishing short fiction. But, even before this venture came along, Divergent series author Veronica Roth penned a short story called “Free Four” and Delirium trilogy author Lauren Oliver wrote a piece called “Hana.” What do you think?

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