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Several years ago, I read SHADOW AND BONE --- a YA high fantasy with some Russian flavor --- and fell in love with the world, but for some reason I never continued on with the series until recently, when I reread SHADOW AND BONE and binge-read the rest of the series this summer. When I saw that Leigh Bardugo was coming to The Strand in NYC for the launch of CROOKED KINGDOM, I knew that I had to buy tickets, despite not having read SIX OF CROWS yet --- I know, I am a shameful booknerd.
In the original Seven series, the seven grandsons of David McLean are tasked with completing seven unusual adventures, taking them from the top of Kilimanjaro to the bottom of the Mediterranean. Their stories are now continued with the Seven Prequels --- seven action-packed stories by seven different authors. To celebrate, we're taking part in a blog tour with author John Wilson. Read below to learn more and click here to follow the blog tour and see the rest of the posts. Have you ever tried writing a mystery novel with twists and turns that cohesively must come together in a dramatic and thrilling ending? It is definitely not an easy task. With THE MISSING SKULL, author John Wilson decided to see how he would handle the mystery of writing a mystery novel. Wilson jumped into his writing without an outline and faced some trouble in creating a cohesive and consistent story. However, he prevailed in his struggles and was rewarded with an unpredictable and complex novel. Read below to find out what Wilson learned about the mystery writing process and even himself!
Ever since February, I've been hearing a ton about a very special book called LABYRINTH LOST by author Zoraida Cordova. While fantasy and magic and common themes in YA books, LABYRINTH LOST immediately stood out to me because of its Latina heroine, Alex, a bruja who doesn't want anything to do with her amazing powers. But when she tries to rid herself of them, something goes terribly long and her family disappears. Alex joins forces with a mysterious boy and her best friend to journey to Los Lagos a dangerous in-between world to save her family --- and learn about herself along the way. Since hearing about this book for the first time, I've run into Zoraida at several book events, so I was beyond excited to finally attend her own book launch at Books of Wonder.  Read more about the event below!
A few weeks ago Teenreads.com’s Rebecca Munro and I attended the launch event for Tahereh Mafi’s new middle grade FURTHERMORE, which was held at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street. The event was free to attend --- except the signing required a purchase of the book.   
Here at Teenreads, we often find ourselves amazed by the stories, characters and worlds authors are able to invent, expand upon and share with us. Don't get us wrong --- we have tons of ideas (some better than others), but the idea of actually putting them on paper can often sound next to impossible. In this post, author Aurelia Wills explains how the image of a woman she knew in high school stuck with her for years after and inspired her to finally put pen to paper and write SOMEONE I WANTED TO BE, a story about an insecure girl whose life spirals out of control when she begins to impersonate someone else and lose focus on herself.
Many of our readers are just entering high school, starting college, or somewhere in between. For those of you in-betweeners, you've probably heard a lot about the summer after high school, the one where everything has the potential to change. In author Jane Ozkowski’s novel, WATCHING TRAFFIC, 18-year-old Emily has just finished high school, but has no idea what she should do next. As she tries to figure out who she is, her story is accompanied by witty, sharp descriptions of small-town life, dealing with tragedy and coming of age. In this post, Jane Ozkowski describes the potential of the summer after high school graduation and why it makes for such compelling stories.
Most people wake up in the morning and think about their first cup of Joe or what they’re going to wear. Not me. I roll over and grab my iPhone from my night table and immediately dive into Instagram to find my next great read. And BTW, I do this, at least seven more times a day.
It should come as no surprise that Gaby Triana, author of WAKE THE HOLLOW --- a modern-day retelling of the beloved classic short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"--- has an affinity for all things paranormal. But how did she actually turn that love into becoming a real, published author? In this post, Triana shares not only what inspired her novel, but also the journey it took from first draft to publication. If you're an aspiring writer yourself --- or just a fan of a great ghost story --- you'll love reading about her storied background and the perseverence it took.
Teen Board Member, Cat S., attended a midnight release party for HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD and shared her fun experience with Teenreads. Relive the magic of the night and Harry Potter by reading her post.
There are all sorts of different readers out there, from voracious bookworms to more reluctant readers who need a bit more time to find the book that really speaks to them. Although he is now a book publicist and book reviews editor, author Michael J. Seidlinger fell into the latter category. As a teen, Seidlinger was much more likely to be found jamming out to to heavy metal or playing videogames than reading, but then he found a book that made him broaden his horizons. Today, Michael is the author of a few adult novels and FALTER KINGDOM, his first foray into YA. He has written the blog post below to describe how books changed his life and how reluctant readers can learn to really love books.