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!
Book Bytes #16 is wrapping up all the YA Book news from September!
Sorry last month’s Book Bytes is coming a bit late! I had college work + books/blog posts to catch up on! 😭✨
September’s biggest amount of YA Book News focused on cover reveals!
1.The Witchlands Series Optioned by the Jim Henson Company For TV
According to Deadline, as of September 2 Susan Dennard’s Witchlands Series was optioned to be developed as a live-tv series.
No other news was announced!
2. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy Is Coming To Netflix
Announced September 12 through Julie Murphy’s twitter, was that the adaptation for her 2015 novel Dumplin’ is set to be released on Netflix this year!
1.A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Set to be released in spring of 2020 through Balzer + Bray, is Roseanna A. Brown’s debut, A Song Of Wraith And Ruins.
Its a dual-POV YA fantasy steeped in West and North African folklore. “17-year-old refugee, Malik, encounters a vengeful spirit that demands the death of Crown Princess Karina in exchange for the release of his captive sister. He disguises himself as a nobleman and enters a competition where he will be rewarded with Karina’s hand in marriage. Meanwhile, after the assassination of her mother, Karina uncovers a forbidden resurrection spell, but it has a steep cost” (Announced September 6).
2.Slay by Brittney Morris
Set to be released Fall 2019 with Simon Pulse, Brittney Morris’s debut, Slay centers around “17-year-old Kiera Johnson, a black teen game developer battling a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther-inspired online role-playing card game she has created and that has become especially popular among black gamers worldwide. But when an African-American teen, Jamal Rice, is murdered during a dispute over the in-game currency (“Slay Coins”), Slay is widely disparaged in the mainstream media and elsewhere as a racist, exclusionist, and violent hub for thugs and criminals.
Faced with the threat of an anti-white discrimination lawsuit, Kiera suspects that a rich, white, male classmate at the private school that she attends, Wyatt, is behind it. Desperate to maintain her secret identity as Slay’s developer, Kiera proposes a virtual duel to resolve the dispute: if she wins, Wyatt drops the idea of litigation. If Wyatt wins, Kiera hands over to him complete control of the game” (Announced September 18).
1.The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
Revealed on Bustle September 6, was the cover to Clayton’s The Everlasting Rose, the sequel to The Belles!
Alongside the cover reveal was also an excerpt!
The Everlasting Rose is set to be released March 5, 2019!
2.The Revolution Of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
As of September 13, The NOVL blog revealed the cover to Brandy Colbert’s upcoming YA Contemporary, The Revolution Of Birdie Randolph!
“Dove “Birdie” Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she’s on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past…whom she knows her parents will never approve of.
When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family’s apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded–she’s also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she’s known to be true is turned upside down.”
The Revolution Of Birdie Randolph is set to be released August 20, 2019!
3.Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson
As of September 14, Bustle revealed the cover alongside an excerpt to Renée Watson’s upcoming YA Contemporary novel, Watch Us Rise!
Watson’s novel centers around Jasmine & Chelsea who “are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine’s response to the racial macroaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard. “
Watch Us Rise is set to be released February 12 2019!
4.Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Revealed through Happily Ever After as of September 17, was the cover to McQuiston’s upcoming 2019 Contemporary debut, Red, White & Royal Blue!
Its pitched as”A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…”
Red, White, & Royal Blue is set to be released June 4, 2019!
5.Shatter The Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
Revealed through Paste Magazine on September 17, was the cover to Rebecca Kim Wells’s 2019 fantasy debut, Shatter The Sky!
Shatter The Sky is set to be released July 30, 2019!
6.The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
As of September 26 through EW revealed the cover alongside an excerpt to Acevedo’s sophomore contemporary novel, The Fire On High!
Acevedo’s upcoming novel centers on “teen mom Emoni Santiago, who lives in Philadelphia and traces dreams of turning her talent for cooking into a career.”
The Fire On High is set to be released May 7, 2019!
Misc. Book News + Publisher News
1.The NOVL Cover Reveal Round-Up
Through The NOVL’s blog as of September 19, the site shared a cover reveal round-up for their upcoming Spring + Summer 2019 books!
1.Girls Of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan
Revealed through Natasha Ngan’s twitter, were the tour dates for her upcoming debut, Girls Of Paper And Fire, which will take place starting November 7!
Girls Of Paper And Fire is set to be released November 6, 2018!
And That’s The YA Book News For September! 😄✨📚
Thoughts on last months YA Book News? What was your favorite piece of Book News from September? 📚✨📰