I'm participating in the Matched & Crossed read-along! The last book in the series, Reached, comes out November 13th, and I want to make sure I'm totally ready for it. Luckily there's a big read-along happening just for that purpose!

This is a great chance to get caught up on the first two books, and win some awesome prizes! You can even enter to win just by signing up! Check out the host blogs (Squeaky Books and The Non Reluctant Reader) to find out more!

Come read with me!
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I don't have time to take care of this community anymore, and Penguin is still interested in working with us, so I thought it was only fair to ask to the members to see if someone is interested in running the community for me.

Please PM me or leave a comment here.

Thank you!

Matched Book 3 Cover & Title Revealed! (+ Interview with Ally Condie)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There was a huge, huge bomb dropped about Xander in Crossed. Any chance at redemption in the final book?
ALLY CONDIE: Absolutely. There is always a chance at redemption until the last page…and sometimes even after that!

Whose point of view will we be getting this time? Are you switching it up again?
I am switching it up again, because it’s time for Xander to get to share his story as well. So there are three points of view — Cassia’s, Ky’s, and Xander’s — telling this final installment of the trilogy.

Read the rest of the interview here at Entertainment Weekly.

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So excited! Thoughts?!!!

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"Crossed" In the MTV Fave YA Novel of 2011 Poll!

More often than not, my desk resembles a teen's lending library rather than an adult's workspace. And I'm totally cool with that because I wouldn't want to miss out on even one of the amazing reads that came out this year. As another 365 days of vampire romances, dystopian thrillers and murder mysteries comes to a close, it seems the opportune time to reflect on the year in YA.

And what a year it was. We were introduced to a handful of debut authors who are bound to leave their mark on the literary scene (we're looking at you, Veronica Roth, Marie Lu and Tahereh Mafi!). We dove into new series from old favorites (Richelle Mead's "Bloodlines"). And we continued our adventures with the usual suspects (Cassandra Clare, Ally Condie and Melissa de la Cruz). We stayed up late, reading just one more chapter until it was dawn, shuffling into school or the office like so many brain-hungry zombies. And we adored every second of it. And now it's time for you, Crushers, to declare your undying love and devotion for the book that made your year. What was your favorite YA novel of 2011? Vote in our poll after the jump!

(The poll closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on December 25. We'll announce the winner on December 26.)
Vote Here!
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Introducing the yalit100!

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Love YA lit? Love writing fic?  Love writing fic for YA lit and wondering why there doesn’t seem to be very much for most books?

Join the YAlit100 challenge!

  • You MAY claim more than one table at a time.
  • You MAY do crossovers, fusions, and AU fic! If you intend to write crossovers and/or fusions, claim the table for the MAIN WORK (so, for example, if you want to write 100 godly-parent-fusion fics, your claim would be “Percy Jackson,” unless all 100 fics would star characters from Anna and the French Kiss or something. SOME ASPECT of all 100 fics must be constant for the book/table you choose!)
  • Fics can be ANY LENGTH. You may write 3-sentence fics, drabbles, one-shots, six-word-ficfests, whatever. The whole point is just to encourage more YA lit fic! :)

So far, there are just the first few tables up, but I will be adding my usual amount of ALL THE YA BOOKS.  :P  Join and/or Watch the
comm on LJ for updates, and make sure to suggest any book(s) that you may think I’ll miss or that you want to see sooner!

Misc → This soul it is all fired up
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Crossed Blog Tour

We are thrilled to announce Penguin gave us the opportunity to participate in the Crossed Blog Tour!! This means Ally herself wrote a blog entry to share with our community! We are deeply grateful for this and we want to thank her!!

Ally Condie is the author of the international bestseller Matched, and its newly-released sequel, Crossed. Matched was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten, named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010, selected as the #1 Pick on the Winter Kid’s Indie Next List, and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. In a starred review for the sequel, Crossed, Kirkus called the Matched series an “addictive, layered dystopic trilogy.”

A former English teacher (who still keeps her license current, just in case!), she lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.

Blog Post: What’s in a Name (Ky and Xander)

It took me some time to come up with the perfect name for Cassia (Read this blog entry here at the Matched Department). The boys in the story were a little bit easier for some reason. Maybe it’s because I have three sons so I have experience choosing boy names!

I came up with Ky’s name first, and it was so easy and automatic that I can’t even remember how I first decided on it. He was just always Ky. The spelling is my own variation on the name (though I’m sure others have spelled it this way too). When it is spelled Kai, it’s Polynesian for ocean. When it is spelled Cai, it’s an abbreviation of Caius (which, according to some sources, means person of earth).

I like this dichotomy, because it reflects the dual nature of Ky himself. He’s very connected to the earth and grounded in that aspect of the natural world, but he’s also the kind of person who has a lot of depth to him (still waters run deep). I also like that the changeable nature of the sea is reflected in his eyes.

It was a bit trickier to name Xander. I wanted something a little futuristic-sounding but still classical. It was my sister (the same one who helped me name Cassia!) who pointed me in the direction of the name Xander. I’ve never watched the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I know, I’m horrible!) and so I hadn’t encountered the name before. I loved the name immediately and the meaning—defender of the people—fits him very well too, although you might have to wait a bit longer in the series to fully understand why. ;)

One last bit of information on the two male leads and their names—in earlier drafts of the book, the boys’ last names were switched, which is why you can sometimes catch me mixing them up now when I’m speaking.

In the final version of Matched, their names are Ky Markham and Xander Carrow. But earlier on it was Ky Carrow and Xander Markham. I had picked the last name Carrow because it means “a strolling gamester,” which I loved for Ky because he’s been on the move and because he could win at the games if he wanted to—and even by losing, he’s playing his own games.

Then my husband pointed out that “Ky Carrow” had a lot of hard c sounds together and so I switched them up. While I am very visual and always think of how a name looks on paper, my husband always thinks of the sound because he is more of a musician. So, I switched them. Because Xander is a bit of a gamester too. And because, since I had based both Ky and Xander partly on my husband, it seemed only fair that he should have a say in what they were named. :)

We have one (1) prize pack for you to give away to a winner in the US. The prize pack includes:

• 1 signed, finished copy of CROSSED
• 1 double sided CROSSED/Book 3 poster
• 3 MATCHED buttons

All you have to do is comment on this post to participate. We will use to pick a winner November 16th.

Thanks again to Ally and the awesome staff at Penguin for making this experience possible!

CROSSED chapter Sampler
Official MATCHED website
Get MATCHED Facebook App

*Wed 16th Nov: Comments are officially closed. We will be announcing the winner tonight. :)
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CROSSED discussion post!

Crossed discusson post

Hey everyone! Here's a Crossed discussion post for everyone who needs to talk about ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED in this book. So, so many things... Anyway, talk about Crossed here, and of course, SPOILER ALERT for people who haven't read it yet!

Also, I felt like making a poll because I am very curious about this. Only vote ONCE please!

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Who should Cassia end up with: Ky or Xander?