Book Bytes is a monthly feature I created to share news in the world of YA!
Each month posts can contain anything from new cover/title reveals, book-to-movie news, even the latest book deals!!
I’ve now split up the news into categories, to make it easier to jump to whichever book news you’d like to read about!
If there’s any book news I missed or any you want to discuss, definitely leave a comment!
1.To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Film Release Date
With the recent announcement that the adaptation for Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before would be coming to Netflix this summer, it was recently announced by Jenny Han herself & Collider that the film now has an official release date as of April 10!
The ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ film is set to be released August 17 on Netflix!
Announced in 2017, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy had been picked up to be adapted for film with Jennifer Aniston attached to star. As of April 11, Dolly Parton tweeted + shared a blog post about writing new music for the upcoming film.
Dumplin’ has no released date announced yet.
3. The Prince And The Dressmaker picked up by Universal Pictures
Announced April 16 by Deadline, producer Marc Platt and Universal Pictures picked up the rights to Jen Wang’s graphic novel, The Prince And The Dressmaker.
No release date, etc. was announced.
4.The Hate U Give Release Season + First Look!
Announced April 26, EW shared a First Look at the movie adaptation to Angie Thomas’s novel The Hate U Give!
While no set release date has been announced, it has been confirmed for a 2018 (looking at Fall) release date!
1.Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh 2 Free E-Novellas
As of April 2, through PenguinTeen’s website, Renée Ahdieh announced she would be releasing 2 free e-novellas as a part of her Flame In The Mist duology!
They are set to take place in between the ending of Flame In The Mist and the beginning to Smoke In The Sun.
The 2 e-novells are titled:
Yumi & Okami
Yumi is set to be released April 24, 2018 & Okami is set to be released May 15, 2018!
2.The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess
Set to be released in 2019 by Flux Books, Barthelmess’s debut The Quiet You Carry is about “17-year-old Victoria, who, after she’s kicked out of her toxic family, must contend with a chaotic foster home, dodge prying eyes at school, hang onto her college dreams, and somehow protect the stepsister she left behind” (Announced April 2).
3.Cacophony by Kelly Powell
Set to be released in Fall of 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books, Powell’s debut Cacophony is a “a work of magical realism, following a violinist working with a lighthouse keeper to ‘solve a murder on an island that is also home to deadly sirens who prey on the inhabitants.’ ” (Announced April 10).
4. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
Set to be released in Summer of 2019 by Scholastic, Kuhn’s YA Debut,“I Love You So Mochi, is about a Japanese-American fashionista who journeys to Japan on a quest of self-discovery after her college plans fall apart; along the way, she reconnects with her estranged grandparents and finds romance with a med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot” (Announced April 12)
5.The Candle And The Flame by Nafiza Azad
Set to be released in 2019, Azad’s debut The Candle And The Flame is “Set in a city along the Silk Road that has become a refuge for those of all faiths, the YA fantasy is about a young woman with mysterious origins and two clans of powerful djinn who threaten to destroy her peace, and the unlikely alliances she’ll make to survive” (Announced April 12).
6. Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
Set to be released in Spring of 2019, Fan’s steampunk fantasy, Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon is “In a world inspired by Qing dynasty China, a warrior girl, Anlei, teams up with a young thief to save her village from shadow spirits. But, after arriving at the Courts of Hell, a discovery challenges everything they know about who the real enemy is” (Announced April 12).
7.Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Set to be released in Fall of 2019, Yoon’s debut Frankly In Love, is “a fresh and relatable take on identity and race as seen through the eyes of a Korean-American teen caught between his parents’ traditional expectations and his own Southern California upbringing” (Announced April 12).
8.All Boy’s Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
Set to be released in Winter of 2020, Johnson’s YA Memoir, All Boys Aren’t Blue ” takes stories from his life growing up as a queer black teen to show readers how they can fight for themselves or be allies in the struggle for equity and equality” (Announced April 12).
9.Rebel Seoul Companion by Axie Oh
Axie Oh author of her 2017 debut Rebel Seoul, announced she would be working on a companion novel set to be released in Fall of 2019 (Announced April 13).
10.Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash
Set to be released in spring 2019, Sarvenaz Tash author of The Geek’s Guide To Unrequited Love and Three Day Summer, announced she would be releasing a “futuristic rom-com” titled Virtually Yours, which is “about a college freshman who tries out a virtual reality dating app, only to be matched up with the high school ex she’s still not over” (Announced April 24).
Cover Reveals + Title Reveals
1.Girl Squads by Sam Maggs
As of April 9, Nerdist revealed the cover for Magg’s upcoming novel:
Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History
There’s also a Q&A along with the cover reveal going more in depth to the design of it!
Girl Squads is set to be released October 2, 2018!
2.Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
Happily Ever After revealed the cover to Spooner’s upcoming fairy-tale retelling Sherwood along with a Q&A on April 9.
This Robin Hood retelling is set to be released in March of 2019!
3.Odd One Out by Nic Stone
Revealed on Nic Stone’s twitter as of April 13, was the cover to her upcoming YA Contemporary Odd One Out!
Her book is about “three kids of color trying to navigate the intersections of friendship and romance and figure out who it’s okay to love.”
Odd One Out by Nic Stone is set to be released October 9, 2018! + An excerpt of Stone’s book was also shared on EW as of April 20!
4.Outrun The Wind by Elizabeth Tammi
LGBTQReads revealed the cover for Tammi’s upcoming Queer, Greek-Mythology Fantasy, Outrun The Wind!
There’s also a discussion w/ the author on her inspiration for her novel!
Outrun The Wind is set to be released November 27!
5.A Map Of Days by Ransom Riggs
As of April 25, Penguin Teen and USA Today shared that Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Series will be adding a 4th book! A Map Of Days, according to USA Today, “kicks off a new trilogy in Riggs’ best-selling young-adult saga…”
Both a cover reveal and release date were announced!
A Map Of Days is set to be released October 2, 2018!
6.King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
EW revealed the cover to Leigh Bardugo’s upcoming novel in her Grishaverse, centering around Nikolai, titled King Of Scars as of April 30.
King Of Scars is set to be released January 29, 2019!
1.Epic Reads Bookmojis!
Announced April 3, Epic Reads revealed they launched an app for book-lovers called:
Its a free app that ” includes a selection of YA emojis, GIFs, and stickers for us book nerds to use in all of our texts!!”
According to their blog post, they’ll also be releasing new packs every month based off different book fandoms!
1.Anger Is A Gift Tour
Announced by EW April 4, debut author Mark Oshiro, will be touring for his upcoming book Anger Is A Gift!
“A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro’s Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of a community living within a system of oppression.
Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks.
Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.
When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.”
Anger Is A Gift is set to be released May 22, 2018!
A sneak peek of Oshiro’s upcoming novel was also released as of April 10! You can find links to download it through the publisher’s site Here!
EW announced as of April 18, that author Claire Legrand, will be on tour for her upcoming book, Furyborn!
“Described as an “epic feminist fantasy,” Furyborn is one of the most anticipated new YA fantasy titles of 2018.
According to the publisher, Claire Legrand’s book “follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world… When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood… One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable ― until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined. As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world ― and of each other.”
Furyborn is set to be released May 22, 2018!
And that wraps up the YA Book News for April 2018! ✨📚😄
Thoughts on April’s YA Book News? + Do you have a favorite piece of YA Book News from the month? 📚✨📰💻