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

An Indigo Exclusive! A Conversation with Sarah J. Maas

One of the books we've been excited about this year was Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass. We received this exclusive Q&A from Mass's publisher, Penguin Canada, where the author discusses her new novel and her love of fairy tales.  *** A Conversation with Sarah J. Maas 1. What inspired you to write Throne of Glass? I actually got the idea when I was sixteen (way back in 2002). I’m a huge Disney fan and movie soundtrack geek, and one night, I found myself listening to the Cinderella score. The music that accompanies Cinderella fleeing the ball is pretty dark and intense, and I wound up thinking that the music would be better suited if Cinderella had done something truly bad…like steal from the Prince. Or, worse: what if she was an assassin who had just tried to kill the Prince? And from there, all the other questions arose—who was this Cinderella-assassin and where had she come from? Who sent her to kill the prince? Why did they send her? And what would happen to her now? Thus, Celaena Sardothien and Throne of Glass were born. Asking those questions made me realize there was a massive story to be told…

21 Books to Read before Dec 21

If the Mayans are correct, then this world is not long for us. In the spirit of "what if?" we asked on @IndigoTeenBlog which one book best prepared you for the apocalypse, and the majority answered Suzanne Collins'sThe Hunger Games. We dug deeper, thought hard, and we've come up with a few other titles that may help. Here are 21 books you should read before the world ends on Dec 21st. (A couple of these are found in adult fiction, but they're teen reader appropriate.) Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts Poison Princess by Kresley Cole Blood Red Road by Moira Young The Diviners by Libba Bray Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brenna (Note: We felt like the world ended on the last page of this one.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Note: In case we need to find Glendower to fix things for us.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green The Chrysalids by John Wyndham How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Beauty Queens by Libba Bray Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer Gone by Michael Grant The Maze Runner by James Dashner The Way We Fall…

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Ladies and Gentleman, readers of discerning tastes who seek the finest of entertainments, may we interest you in a fabulous new tale from Toronto resident, Lady Adrienne Kress? Kress describes The Friday Society, her Teen debut, as "Steampunk Charlie's Angels—without the Charlie." It's an incredibly accurate description: imagine the fun, adventure, action, and female-friendships of Charlies Angels set in the Edwardian period—and then add the utter coolness of steampunk to the mix. Are you a fan of Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices or Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy? Then you're going to adore The Friday Society. This is a book of three bright, bold young ladies who band together to thwart crimes and save their city. Kress balances the multiple POVs of the girls, giving each character her own distinct personality while maintaining a unifying tongue-in-cheek style of narration, and resolves the interweaving plots in a satisfying way. I admire how Kress emphasizes the camaraderie of Cora, Nellie, and Michiko—a trio of go-to "Girl Fridays" who assist three powerful men of London. While I like each of the girls, Michiko might be my favourite; Kress writes an English as second language character in a way that's both respectful and realistic. In…

A Q and A with John Green

As we head into the holiday season and become nostalgic for the year that was, it seems only fitting that I end the year the way it began, talking about my one of my favourite reads this year, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (the other one was Libba Bray’s The Diviners.)  Last January, I had the opportunity to read the manuscript and review the book for the release date.  Not only does this book top Indigo’s Best of 2012 list, but we also have this exclusive Q&A with John Green. Indigo Teen Blog (ITB): Can you please tell our readers about The Fault in Our Stars? Do you remember how the story developed for you? John Green (JG): I started the story that became The Fault in Our Stars more than ten years ago. I’d worked as a student chaplain at a children’s hospital for a few months after graduating from college, and the sick teenagers I met at the hospital were very different from the sick kids I’d read about in novels: The people I met were not sad-eyed creatures with some secret wisdom conferred upon them by illness. They were not creatures who existed so that…
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