* A GREAT article in the LA Times this week, about more adults reading YA:
But increasingly, adults are reading YA books with no ulterior motives. Attracted by well-written, fast-paced and engaging stories that span the gamut of genres and subjects, such readers have mainstreamed a niche long derided as just for kids.
* Some great cover reveals this week … first, Lola & the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (which is a companion to Anna & The French Kiss):
For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door.
When the family returns and Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
* Another cover reveal, this time for Crossed by Ally Condie (the sequel to Matched):
In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky— taken by the Society to his certain death—only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.
Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander—who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart—change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.
* Here’s the always lovely Lisa Schroeder’s video for this past week’s Read Aloud Day:
* Author Meg Cabot talks about the inspiration for her new, upcoming book Abandon, which we absolutely LOVE and are planning a super awesome feature week for in April:
* Kaleb Nation announced some exciting news about his “Secret Project” — he’s signed with a new agent to represent the series. Kaleb can’t say much about it yet, but he describes it as:
The book is a paranormal YA and the first in a series […] I do know for sure that this is exactly the type of book Nationeers will enjoy, especially my older readers.
* HBO has released a new, full-length trailer for “Game of Thrones,” the networks’ new upcoming TV series adaptation of the book series by George R.R. Martin:
The books (and based on the trailer, the series, too) aren’t really geared for a younger audience — but we think this series looks AWESOME. Also, our own Joe is a huge fan of the books and is putting together an in-depth post about the books and the new HBO series for closer to its release date!
* Have you seen the book trailer for Huntress by Malinda Lo, the upcoming companion to her novel Ash:
* GORGEOUS cover reveal (and back cover info!) for the ARC of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone:
- April: Wither by Lauren DeStefano
- May: Divergent by Veronica Roth
- June: Hourglass by Myra McIntire
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