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'Etiquette and Espionage,' a steampunk YA title, garners strong reviews and sales

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As we’ve previously discussed, skillfully written and well-reviewed young adult titles are today winning wider and wider adult audiences. The “Harry Potter” and “Hunger Games” series, of course, won praise from critics as well as appealing to young and adult readers alike. (Stephenie Meyer's “Twilight” series failed to wow the critics and yet  attracted a vociferous, wide-ranging fan base nonetheless.) More recently, books like John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and the “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” series by Laini Taylor have received positive reviews and experienced strong sales among both adolescents and adults.

Carriger's new novel may be the "next big thing" to hit the new crossover category. Emilio Flores, the book buyer for the Redondo Beach, Calif. book store Mysterious Galaxy, told Publishers Weekly that an event in which Carriger came to the store to promote the book was a big success, with many attendees arriving in Victorian costume. He estimated that more than 100 people showed up.

"The author really appeals to both age groups, and she doesn’t talk down to her teenage readers," Flores said of the audience, which he said consisted of about half teenagers and half adults. "For some YA authors, that is hard to pull off, but Gail really gets it right."

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