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"Aelin decided to follow the path I'd laid out for her in Kingdom of Ash," says bestselling author, Sarah J. Maas. "Right to the very last line." As Throne of Glass fans prepare themselves to follow their favorite characters "to whatever end," Maas reflects on her journey with the series and relationship with her beloved main character.
It's been over a decade since Markus Zusak published The Book Thief, but his latest novel Bridge of Clay is a story that the internationally acclaimed author has been dreaming of since he was 19. "It's the book I always wanted to write," Zusak says. "And always had the most hopes for."
National Book Award Finalist and American Street author Ibi Zoiboi introduces readers to a modern-day re-imagining of a beloved Jane Austen classic. “Retelling Pride and Prejudice came up during a conversation about smart love stories. Elizabeth Bennet was the hero and love interest I didn't know I needed. I wanted to update her so she could be relatable to teens.”
What happens to girls who go missing? Courtney Summers gives her gritty take on this question and more in her latest YA mystery thriller, Sadie. “There are a lot of missing-girl stories; I wanted to remind people that at the heart of them is a girl, and the moment we deny her that humanity, we lose some of our own.”
As the first book in Alexandra Bracken's dystopian trilogy gets ready to hit the big screen, she answered all our questions about the latest installment in her bestselling series, The Darkest Minds. "You get to see what the original cast has been up to, and how their world has—and hasn’t—changed," she says.
The Unexpected Everything author answers all our questions about her latest YA romance. Here, Charlie Grant wants her sister to have a dream wedding. However, it's anything but. "It's so important to Charlie that everything go perfectly," says Matson, "because I think she can feel that everything is about to change."
As Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows prepare for the release of My Plain Jane, we asked what inspired the author team to write this "Jane Eyre meets Ghostbusters" historical remix and include a list of their favorite YA historical must-reads.
Sandhya Menon's From Twinkle, With Love tells the story of a young, aspiring filmmaker whose big dreams and romantic mishaps are guaranteed to win our hearts. "Twinkle, like so many introverts, is a brilliant observer. She loves the idea of melting into the background, camera in hand...until, of course, things change."
"Rielle and Eliana are, in many ways, two sides of the same coin," says Claire Legrand of the two young heroines in her latest young adult series. Here, Legrand answers all our questions about the series' first installment, Furyborn and how her protagonists are bound by fate, even though they live centuries apart.
Sky in the Deep is a Viking-inspired fantasy that introduces readers to Eelyn, a young warrior whose life changes the moment she sees her brother fighting alongside an enemy—a brother who died five years before. Here, debut author Adrienne Young shares what drew her to Viking culture as well as her book recommendations for fans of fierce females.
In the wake of the Civil War, the United States is plagued by political upheaval...and zombies. The post-apocalyptic world of Dread Nation is filled with tough choices, especially for women of color like Jane McKeene. We asked author Justina Ireland to delve into this alternate history as well as what drives her "fearless and contrary" heroine.
In a world where magic can be used to transform your appearance, what price would you pay to change the way you look? Author Dhonielle Clayton tackles this question and more as we ask her to unpack the meaning and value of beauty within the sweeping and opulent world of her young adult fantasy novel, The Belles.
How does Holly Black love the faeries? Let her count the ways. "I love that they're a bit like nature itself," she says, "with the wildness and pitilessness of a storm…but also with the warmth of a lazy summer day." Black gives us a peek at the deadly, enchanting court in her new book, The Cruel Prince.
What happens after the heroes ride off into the sunset? Michelle Hodkin continues Mara and Noah's story in The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the first book in a companion series to her Mara Dyer trilogy. "Noah has always surprised me the most, and I think readers are going to be surprised by him, too," she says.
Five years after the publication of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green is back with his most personal book yet. "The story is also about a lot of other things—friendship, the presence of the past, parenthood, and so on—but I most wanted to explore what it's like to feel that your self might not actually be yours," he says.
A young hacker enters a spectacular virtual reality tournament as a contestant and as a spy in Marie Lu's highly anticipated sci-fi thriller, Warcross. The author of Legend and The Young Elites answers your questions about embracing her inner heroine and being inspired by her experience in the video game industry.
From the Grishaverse to the DC Universe, Bardugo delivers pulse-pounding thrills grounded by unforgettable characters. Her Wonder Woman: Warbringer mixes a powerful story of female friendship into the superhero origin story. "I wanted to show readers a vulnerable Diana—a girl learning how to be a hero," she says.
What would you do if you won the lottery? Lucky in Love author Kasie West answers your questions about spending millions and handling rejection with ice cream.
Carmack answers your questions about wildly ambitious childhood dreams, favorite book quotes, and the best friend brainstorm session that helped her create the magic system of Roar.
Given her choice of superpowers, she'd be an airport line-skipping dragon. Tahir also reveals the music she listens to while working and what hooked her on Ancient Rome.
Thanks to your questions, we now know she's a rapier-fencing, pot-throwing, book lover extraordinaire. The Paper and Fire author also talks favorite libraries and writing role models.