Stephanie Kuehn and the ladies of YA Highway share their stories of that YA book staple: first cars.




We learned how to be Dauntless! (Sort of…)

Team epicreads learns knife-throwing skills, a la Dauntless initiation. Giving Tris - or Peter - a run for their money (a.k.a. initiation rank)?

Love this.

(Also, as an aside: I found out from the stunt coordinators and the actors on the Divergent set that even expert knife-throwers can’t actually achieve the kind of accuracy that Four develops in a few short years, making knife-throwing a relatively useless skill for the Dauntless to try to develop [and making Four some kind of knife-throwing mutant]. It’s interesting what you learn after writing a book— and what it teaches you about how you should approach research, as an author! ANYWAY, Margot and Aubry are totally Dauntless, no matter what they say.)

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Four: A Divergent Collection Info!


Now that Four: A Divergent Collection is FINISHED FINISHED FINISHED, I am here to give you the rundown of what’s actually included in the book, because it’s just a little over 60 days until it comes out!

First, there are the four stories you expect: The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor. Here is the official summary:

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

Then, there are a few things you might not expect. Three “deleted” scenes from THE TRAITOR—scenes that I wrote while drafting the stories but had to cut for length (or because they no longer worked for the timeline). The titles are memorable lines that all happen to end with the same word. They are also all “first moments”. You know, like…

“First jumper—Tris!” – The first time he ever lays eyes on her.

“Careful, Tris.” – And the first time Tris challenges him. (But certainly not the last!)

“You look good, Tris.” – And the first time he lets his guard down.

So. There you have it—everything that will be in the short story collection, released in hardcover on July 8th, 2014, in the US! I’m excited for you guys to read!

Other info:

*The stories will also be available as separate short e-books in July.

**I’m not sure when/if the book will be released in which countries. I’ll put that information on my “foreign editions” page as it becomes available.


This high school in Alabama took their love for DIVERGENT and ran with it. Check out their DIVERGENT-themed yearbook!

More Book Recommendations: THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN and CRESS


I’m on vacation, and I’ve gotten into this really great rhythm of reading all the time and eating and then sometimes reading whileeating, which is trickier but still enjoyable.

These two books are good, good in that way where you feel like you have to tell someone about them or else your brain will actually explode.



This book is for people who like vampire books. This book is also for people who got burned out on vampire books a few years ago and have sworn them off forever. This book is also for people who never liked vampire books all that much in the first place. Basically, if you are a person who likes to read good books, this book is for you, no matter how you feel about vampires or have ever felt about vampires in the past.

Personally, if I had a “ship” for this book, it was Tana and Humanity (you know, as opposed to Vampirism). Yes, I had my heart set on Tanamanity in a pretty intense way, because in a world where so many people are voluntarily trading in life for their idealized notions of eternal death, all Tana, who has a more realistic understanding of that “eternal death”, wants is to stay human…BUT not at the expense of the people she cares about, which is why that fight keeps getting harder and harder for her. And Tana is a great character, imperfect and interesting and someone I passionately rooted for all the way through. This book doesn’t romanticize vampirism or have you rooting for it for Tana OR even villainize all those who choose it for themselves (because: nuance!). It’s also written beautifully, with a really rich setting and complex characters, and basically, I can’t do it justice, so you just have to read it, okay? Great.

Here, a quote:

“‘Haven’t you ever thought about it—being a vampire?’

It would be good-bye, Pearl; good-bye, Pauline; good-bye, dream of Los Angeles and palm trees and bright blue ocean. Good-bye, lying on a towel in the backyard under the summer sun, ants crawling across her foot, slippery cocoa butter gleaming on her skin. Good-bye, beating heart and burgers and having blue-gray eyes.

Kill Aidan or die herself. Die and rise.”

(155 in the e-book)


If you haven’t started this series, I recommend it, and basically all you need to know is: fairytale retellings…in the future! With cyborgs, and spaceships, and aliens! And substantially fewer “damsels in distress” than you might be anticipating when I say the word “fairytale.” In fact, generally the damsels are rescuing other people, or themselves.

I don’t want to say much, because this is the third book in what should be a four-parter, but each subsequent book in the series incorporates the characters that came before and new ones, and their stories continue to grow and intertwine in very interesting ways. Can’t wait for the next one (which is called Winter, out in 2015).

And now, to read more things!



need for divergent muppets



need for divergent muppets



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These are the Entertainment Weekly scans from this week’s issue featuring If I Stay’s first movie still. 

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