Friday, March 13, 2009

Sensational Sequels

This year I am anxiously awaiting the sequels of several fantasy/science fiction novels and as luck would have it, Publisher's Weekly has interviews or information on three of them!

Melissa Marr became a bestselling author on her first try with Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007), a debut novel that intertwines the realm of Faerie with a contemporary, urban landscape. This spring sees the release of a sequel, Fragile Eternity, a story that begins where Ink Exchange—Marr’s second novel set in the same world—leaves off. Fans will be happy to know that Wicked Lovely is 100% free right now on HarperTeen’s Web site, and that a fourth book, Skin Starved, is on the way. Read the interview with Melissa Marr here!

One of the most heavily buzzed-about titles of 2008 was Suzanne Collins’s dystopian novel The Hunger Games, and there’s already plenty of anticipation—and news—ahead of the second book, Catching Fire, due this fall from Scholastic Press. Here’s a roundup of the latest, including an earlier release date for Catching Fire, as well as a new contest, which is being announced for the first time here in Children’s Bookshelf.

Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, City of Ashes, and most recently, City of Glass (McElderry, March), the final installment in her Mortal Instruments trilogy. Clare spoke with Bookshelf about playing character favorites, making promises to fans, the ups and downs of saying goodbye to a big story, and working on a new series.

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