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Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)
"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.
Markus Zusak
Markus Zusak Bridge of Clay
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."
Ibi Zoboi
Ibi Zoboi Pride
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.”
Courtney Summers
Courtney Summers Sadie
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.”
Alexandra Bracken
Alexandra Bracken The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds, #4)
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.
Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson Save the Date
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."
Cynthia Hand
Cynthia Hand My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2)
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
Sandhya Menon From Twinkle, with Love
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."
Claire Legrand
Claire Legrand Furyborn (Empirium, #1)
"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.
Adrienne Young
Adrienne Young Sky in the Deep
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.
Justina Ireland
Justina Ireland Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)
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.
Dhonielle Clayton
Dhonielle Clayton The Belles (The Belles #1)
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.
Holly Black
Holly Black The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)
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.
Michelle Hodkin
Michelle Hodkin The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1)
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.
John Green
John Green Turtles All the Way Down
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.
Marie Lu
Marie Lu Warcross (Warcross, #1)
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.
Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)
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.
Kasie West
Kasie West Lucky in Love
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.
Cora Carmack
Cora Carmack Roar (Stormheart, #1)
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.
Jenny Han
Jenny Han P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)
It began with To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and now it ends with Always and Forever, Lara Jean. Jenny Han answers your questions about farewells, Hogwarts houses, and food.
Alexandra Bracken
Alexandra Bracken Wayfarer (Passenger, #2)
Time-traveling violin prodigy Etta is back and facing new era-leaping action in the Passenger sequel, Wayfarer. The Darkest Minds author talks time travel dreams and writing advice.
Morgan Rhodes
Morgan Rhodes Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms, #5)
The Falling Kingdoms author is still recovering from all the "craziness and epicness" in Crystal Storm, part five of her beloved series. She talks inspiration, writing magic, and Magnus love.
Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer Heartless
The Lunar Chronicles author turned to Alice in Wonderland for her new novel, Heartless, the origin story of the Queen of Hearts. Meyer reveals why she loves villains and what's next.
Lauren Oliver
Lauren Oliver Replica (Replica, #1)
One book, two stories, and a third, larger novel. The Delirium author describes the dazzling format of Replica, the first in a new sci-fi series about humanity, cloning, and identity.
James Dashner
James Dashner The Fever Code (The Maze Runner, #0.6)
Shocks, secrets, and surprises are in store for Maze Runner fans in the latest book in the series, The Fever Code. Dashner tells us how the hotly anticipated prequel will be different.
Sabaa Tahir
Sabaa Tahir A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)
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.
Rachel Caine
Rachel Caine Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2)
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.
Pittacus Lore
Pittacus Lore United as One (Lorien Legacies, #7)
The 10,000-year-old alien answers your questions about United as One, the dramatic finale to the Lorien Legacies, the books that have inspired him, and what's next.
Kiera Cass
Kiera Cass The Crown (The Selection, #5)
Get ready for some emotional good-byes. Kiera Cass's bestselling the Selection series is coming to its romance-packed close with The Crown. Here Kiera answers your questions about finally bidding farewell to her beloved series and the ways her characters have surprised her.
Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern Flawed (Flawed, #1)
Can't get enough of Cecelia Ahern? You're in luck! The bestselling author of P.S. I Love You is making her YA debut with Flawed, part one of a gripping new dystopian series. Learn about the book, plus Cecelia's writing rituals and more!
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