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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Hushed by Kelly York
Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Illuminated by Erica Orloff
Q&A WITH VERONICA ROSSI AUTHOR OF UNDER THE NEVER SKY
What was your initial inspiration to write Under the Never Sky?There are several sources of inspiration that came up around the same time. I was consciously searching for a way to pit two very different societies together. I noticed how different I felt after an hour in front of the computer compared to an hour outside. I noticed how attached I am to devices. At some point, the images began to appear in my mind: a boy huddled in front of a screen in the safety of his room, tuned into a synthetic world, versus a boy huddled in front of a fire at night, with the scent of smoke clinging to his clothes. From there, it was fun to develop both a primitive and an advanced society, and then explore their differences through two characters.
FULL INTERVIEW HERE
8. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr.
7. The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan.
6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth.
4. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan.
3. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake.
1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.
There were a several big changes that were made between the first draft of DIE FOR ME and the final result. This is one of the BIGGIES, which I have never revealed before.
In this draft, when Kate finds Vincent dead she faints. And then something happens that I call “The Possessed Hugging Scene.” (Which my editor mercifully found too weird and suggested that I change.) During the scene, Vincent’s volant spirit possesses Jules in order to comfort Kate. Here is how it went:
I have only a vague memory of the next few hours, because though I was semi-conscious, I couldn’t see anything. Either my eyes were shut too tightly or I had blacked out, I honestly don’t know.
I felt someone, a male someone, scoop me up in his arms and prop me up into a sitting position. My head lolled backwards. My body had no strength. Holding me steady with strong hands, he settled himself behind me, wrapping his arms around me so that my head rested gently back against his chest.
It was Vincent. Even though the world was pitch black, I could sense that it was him. But how? I had just seen him lying lifeless on his bed.
My bewildered mind grasped for an explanation, but I was too tired to think. If this was just a dream, I didn’t care. I let go and faded into the boy wrapped around me, letting him carry the burden of my fear and confusion. Everything dropped away, and I was floating a few feet above the floor, responsible for nothing but my own breathing. In and out. Softly. Shallowly. I felt my chest move minutely with each breath, and I was at peace.
I felt him lean forward and touch his face to my own, his rough, warm skin rubbing against my cheek’s porcelain chill. And his lips brushed my cheekbone and my body was filled with a fire that ignited every inch of my shock-frozen spirit. I was instantly submerged into a deep, dreamless sleep.
AND THEN…a few chapters later during the Revenant Revelation, Vincent is still volant, so the revenants have to explain what they are to Kate without him:
Charlotte looked at me and said, “You know how I explained that while we’re dormant, our bodies are dead but our minds are alive? Well, during that time our consciousness is kind of…detached from our bodies. We can travel. We can talk to each other.”
“So it wasn’t a dream,” I said, feeling warmth flood to my face. “I thought I felt Vincent…” I began to blush, “I thought I felt his arms around me earlier tonight.”
“Impossible,” interrupted Gaspard. “Physical interaction between the revenant mind and the human body is quite out of the question.” He stood up and began nervously smoothing down his clothes with his hands.
“Then how…” I looked at Jules and noticed he had turned beet red, and was staring intently at the floor.
“Must have been a dream, Katie-Lou,” Ambrose said, smirking as he clapped me on the shoulder before turning and pacing away. “Time to hit the gym,” he said as he walked through the doorway.
Since Jules feels what Vincent does for Kate during the Possessed Hugging Scene, I used that as the reason he develops an instant soft-spot for Kate. But besides the fact that a possessed hug is bit stalker-creepy, my editor made the very good point that maybe Jules could crush on Kate purely because of who she is. And I agreed!
In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader (ECAR), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2011. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2012 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Once the five finalists have been determined, we will tell you where you can go vote for them. The winner will be announced in May 2012.
Favorite Book of 2011
Divergent by Veronica Roth
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Best Paranormal Fantasy
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward
Best Young Adult Fiction
Where She Wen by Gayle Forman
Best Middle Grade & Children’s
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Best Goodreads Author
Congratulations to the winners! Full list of winners here
Veronica Roth’s message to the fans
See the cover and an exclusive excerpt here plus a giveaway of Haven!
I slowly opened my eyes. The sun speared its first bright rays of golden orange into the sky and I leapt from the cliff, with the sorrowful knowledge that no matter what the outcome, at least part of me would die that day…
Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend?
After he gives her the world’s most incredible kiss – and then abandons her on her front doorstep – Violet is determined to get some answers. But nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori – part angel and part human – and Violet is his eternal partner.
Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels. But there’s no denying the strange changes in her body … and her feelings for Lincoln. Suddenly, she can’t stand to be around him. Luckily, Phoenix, an exiled angel, has come into her life. He’s intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her.
As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity…
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Ed Westwick introduces Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince, the second book in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series hit shelves Tuesday. She graciously took time out of her busy schedule to sit down with us and answer a few burning questions about Prince and her popular YA series, Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments. If you haven’t had a chance to read the newest installment, there are a few minor plot spoilers ahead. Here, Clare talks about the heart-breaking ending of Clockwork Prince, and gives fans a few clues about what to expect for her next books.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I know it’s still early, but what kind of response have you received for Clockwork Prince?
CASSANDRA CLARE: I’ve gotten a great response so far. You always worry because every book is different. People are like, “After your sixth book in print you must be used to it.” But you never get used to it. It’s kind of like having a baby. Every emergence into the world is different and going to be met with a different response. I knew that I put a lot of my heart and soul into this book. I loved writing it, but it has parts of it that are very sad. When you tug on your reader’s heartstrings, sometimes they can get a little upset.
Speaking of, that was a pretty sad ending! How have people reacted to the Jem/Tessa/Will storyline?
Heartbreak. There have been a lot of sensitive and thoughtful responses that have been very interesting to read…. You must subsist on the tears of your readers! It was interesting because I knew that this is where these characters were going. That was always the conception for this book. I really wanted to write a love triangle that was a perfect triangle. Most love triangles are really sort of a love “V.” Point A and point B and a girl or boy who’s beloved by those two people. But I wanted to do something that was a real triangle where every point has a relationship. So, you know, Will and Jem’s blood brother relationship was as important as their love for Tessa and her love for them. So no part of this triangle could be broken without heartbreak. And that is what I think makes it difficult to read because you can’t conceive of how you could get out of this situation without smashing one point of that triangle. And smashing any point is going to bring pain to everybody else.