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Helping everyone who loves young adult fiction find their next favourite book

A Q&A With Brandon Sanderson

From the moment I picked up Brandon Sanderson’s The Rithmatist, I was engrossed. The concept of chalk drawings that come to life to either protect or kill you is unique and exciting. Joel is a young man who wants nothing more than to be a Rithmatist and have the ability to control these chalk creatures. But he cannot. All he can do is to study the teachings and dream of actually using them--at least until fellow students disappear under mysterious circumstances and his curiosity and need to discover the truth pull him into the investigation.I thoroughly enjoyed the fast-paced magical action, as well as Sanderson’s plot twists and turns. I’m sure you will, too. I cannot wait to find out what Book Two will bring. Please welcome bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, who kindly agreed to answer some questions about this fabulous new series. IndigoTeenBlog (ITB): I hate to be cliché, but my first question is where did the idea for The Rithmatist come from? You have created such a unique world I would love to know what inspired it and you. Brandon Sanderson (BS): Any given book for me actually has more than one inception point, which makes it hard for…

A Dream Thieves Interview with Maggie Stiefvater

It is no secret that my favourite Teen book last year was Maggie Stiefvater's incomparable The Raven Boys, book one of The Raven Cycle. Full of male and female friendships, mysteries, magic, and the search for a Dead Welsh King, Stiefvater's characters and story lingered long after the last page. Within its lyrical prose are descriptions so visual that one could paint them and wit so sharp one could be cut on it. In between and beneath, is an exploration of privilege and what an imbalance of it can do to relationships. The Raven Boys is one of the few Teen books that I've read more than once; it's a book that felt perfectly, wholly written Just For Me. That kind of love weighs heavy with expectation for the next book. The Dream Thieves, much like The Raven Boys, is a slower burn than other books in the Teen section. It gathers timber, arranges it strategically, and then the story ignites with a flash that leaves you devouring the second half of the book. Expanding the mythology of The Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves turns the spotlight on the previously inscrutable Ronan Lynch. While Ronan was not my favourite character…

An Interview with Pittacus Lore

Pittacus Lore is a Loric Elder from the Planet Lorien, which is three hundred million miles away. He is approximately ten thousand years old and currently fights with a group of Loric teenagers for Earth’s freedom from the Mogadorians. Indigo Teen Blog was incredibly lucky to catch him between battle planning and strategy training, and have him share some of his reading habits as well as favourite reads of the summer. Indigo Teen Blog (ITB): Do you have a reading ritual? Pittacus Lore (PL): I believe that a man of too many habits is a man who will find himself unprepared for the unexpected. My training as a warrior has taught me to be ready for anything at any moment, and as a result, I find rituals to be limiting. I can just as easily read in the cargo hold of a plane that’s crashing toward the Earth as I can in a charming Parisian café or a bustling Moroccan street market. That said, I do have a special bookmark that was given to me when I first arrived on Earth, and I have managed to keep it in my possession through many years and many battles. It has a…

City of Bones Canadian Premiere

Readers, Natalie Garside of Team Teen here to tell you, it is well documented that the Cassandra Clare fandom is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing and all OTP (One True Pairing) shipping all the time.  This was best illustrated at the recent Canadian premiere of the City of Bones movie where Team Teen was lucky enough to see the film and the cast!  But let’s first rewind to the fandom.  It was early the morning of the premiere that we realized some teens had camped out by the theatre from 5AM onwards in hopes of glimpsing stars Jamie Campbell-Bower (Jace Wayland), Lily Collins (Clary Fray), Kevin Zegers (Alec Lightwood) and Robert Sheehan (Simon Lewis).  Right away it was time to connect with these devoted fans via @indigoteenblog.  Our eyes and ears on the red carpet - as it was being built - we had so much fun talking to these guys we put together some magnificent City of Bones swag bags and headed over to meet them in person!  What items were in these bags you ask?  The Morgenstern ring, angelic rune key chains, charm bracelet, t-shirts…all available right now online and in our stores to help you celebrate your inner Shadowhunter ! Now over…
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