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Interview: Arwen Elys Dayton, author of Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

Jan 8, 2019

Arwen Elys Dayton’s latest novel STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL is a science fiction thriller told in six parts and provides a look at the unlimited possibilities of biotech advances and the ethical quandaries they will provoke. Dayton shows us a near and distant future in which we will eradicate disease, extend our lifespans and reshape the human body. The results can be heavenly --- saving the life of your dying child; and horrific --- the ability to modify convicts into robot slaves. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying and action-packed, this novel is groundbreaking in both form and substance. STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL examines how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen, and what it means to be human at all. It should come as no surprise that STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL is one of our Ultimate Reading List titles, and in celebration of the book's release, we talked to Arwen about her new book, genetic modification, research and writing and more! Keep reading to see her answers.

Interview: Jessica Brody, author of The Geography of Lost Things

Nov 6, 2018

A poignant novel about a girl trying to save her home from foreclosure by selling her father's most prized possession, Jessica Brody's latest contemporary romance THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOST THINGS came out in October. When Ali Collins her estranged father passes away and leaves her his 1968 Firebird convertible, Ali knows she won’t keep it.

Interview: Jimmy Cajoleas, author of The Good Demon

Oct 4, 2018

With Halloween just in our rear-view mirror, who doesn't want to curl up with a dark yet hopeful YA novel about demons and romance to make the spooky mood last a little longer? In Jimmy Cajoleas' latest YA horror, THE GOOD DEMON, what they did to Clare wasn't technically an exorcism. When the reverend and his son ripped her demon from her, they called it a “deliverance.” But they didn’t understand that Clare and her demon --- known simply as Her --- were like sisters. She comforted Clare, made her feel brave, helped to ease her loneliness.

Interview: Kristina Pérez, author of Sweet Black Waves

Sep 13, 2018

A retelling of the star-crossed legend of Tristan and Iseult, author Kristina Pérez's debut novel SWEET BLACK WAVES hit shelves in June. Informed by Pérez's own work as a scholar of medieval literature, the novel is a feminist fantastical adventure about Branwen, a lady-in-waiting who becomes the heroine of her own story. We spoke with Kristina about legends and retellings, the best YA "ships" and teasers about the sequel, WILD SAVAGE STARS, out next August. Check out our interview for all the details!

Interview: Courtney Summers, author of Sadie

Sep 4, 2018

Courtney Summers, best known for her dark, gritty stories about tragic female characters, returns this fall with SADIE. SADIE tells the story of two sisters, one murdered far too young and the other hell-bent on revenge. Written half in the form of a podcast, SADIE tracks the journey of the eldest sister, Sadie, as she travels through small, poverty-stricken towns and glittering developments, hunting the man who she believes murdered her little sister. In addition to being hailed as one of 2018's Young Adult Buzz Books by BookExpo America, SADIE has earned a whopping four starred reviews and tons and tons of advance praise. In celebration of the release of SADIE, we spoke with Courtney about the phrase "girls go missing all the time," the concept of found families and what makes Sadie so special. Read on to learn all about this must-read book!