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.The Miseducation Of Cameron Post Trailer
With the August 3 release of The Miseducation Of Cameron Post film, the first official trailer was revealed July 5!
2. Sacred Lies Mini Series Trailer
Set to premiere July 27 through Facebook as a mini series (with new episodes each Friday), the trailer for Sacred Lies (based on Stephanie Oakes novel, The Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly) debuted July 16 from Penguin Teen!
3. All The Bright Places Movie News
On July 23, Jennifer Niven, author of All The Bright Places, announced through her twitter that the character of Theodore Finch would be played by Justice Smith!
Additionally Deadline released an article stating that director, Brett Haley is also attached to the project!
4. Legend picked up by BCDF Pictures
Marie Lu author of the Legend Trilogy, announced as of July 26 that Legend was acquired by BCDF Pictures (after having been with CBS Films since 2011).
Through twitter, Lu stated “I want to emphasize that our rights were sold again MAINLY BECAUSE of your continued, steady love for Legend both online and in person. I cannot ever thank you all enough…”
According to The Hollywood Reporter a script has been put together, but no other news as of yet!
1.The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
NOVL announced as of July 9, that Holly Black’s The Folk Of The Air trilogy, would be getting an e-novella, set during The Cruel Prince & before The Wicked King.
According to The NOVL’s blog post, “It’s told in a letter from Taryn to Jude about how she fell in love with Locke.”
This $2.99 e-novella, will be released October 2, 2018!
2.The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
Set to be released June 13, 2019, The Paper & Hearts Society is book 1 in a trilogy, which follows Tabby Brown who is “tired of trying to fit in with her classmates. She doesn’t want to go to parties at the weekend – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.
It’s like she hasn’t found her people …
That is until she moves to a new town where a book club, The Paper & Hearts Society, is recruiting. Tabby might just be in luck. Enough of her old “friends” who only talk to her when they need something. It’s time for Quidditch themed fancy dress parties, games like “shut up and Shakespeare” … and LOTS of chocolate “ (Announced July 17).
3.Woven In Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
Set to be released in Fall of 2019 is Isabel Ibañez’s debut, Woven In Moonlight, through Page Street Books!
This #OwnVoices Bolivian-inspired political fantasy follows “a magically gifted weaver who plays the role of double agent to restore her queen to a troubled throne, but upon confronting a masked vigilante and a warm-hearted princess, she discovers that corruption comes in all forms ” (Announced July 19).
4.American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar
Set to be released in Spring of 2020 with Knopf, Anuradha D. Rajurkar’s Contemporary debut, American Betiya follows “a teenage artist grappling with forbidden love, family boundaries, and her boyfriend’s exoticization of her Indian heritage” (Announced July 24).
5.Color Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna
Set to release Fall 2019 through Soho Teen, is a YA Anthology edited by Sangu Mandanna.
This YA Anthology centers around “interracial relationships and the complicated, rewarding and sometimes hilarious dynamics between friends, family, and first loves.”
The collection will feature authors such as Anna-Marie McLemore, Adam Silvera, Samira Ahmed! (Announced July 26).
1.Internment by Samira Ahmed
On July 2, EW revealed the cover and excerpt to Samira Ahmed’s 2019 Contemporary novel Internment.
“Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.”
Internment by Samira Ahmed is set to be released March 19, 2019!
2.The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee
As of July 6, Paste Magazine revealed the cover, alongside an excerpt of Ormsbee’s upcoming Contemporary The Great Unknowable End!
According to Paste the novel “addresses suicide, complicated families and… cults.”
The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee is set to be released February 19, 2019!
3.Seventh Born by Monica Sanz
Revealed on July 6 through her twitter, was the cover to Monica Sanz’s debut novel, Seventh Born!
“Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.
Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.
The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.”
Seventh Born in set to be released September 4, 2018!
4.Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
Through Barnes & Noble Teen Blog on July 9, a cover and excerpt was revealed to Amy Rose Capetta’s & Cori McCarthy’s genderbent King Arthur retelling: Once & Future!
Once & Future is set to be released March 5, 2019!
5.Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
Revealed through Swoon Reads blog on July 14, was the cover for Jenn P. Nguyen’s contemporary Fake It Till You Break It!
“Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.
After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.
The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…”
Alongside the official cover, Nguyen also shares her thoughts on it and how it came to be!
6. The Weight Of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
On July 18, Barnes & Noble Teen Blog revealed the cover, alongside a Q&A to Hanna Alkaf’s debut novel The Weight Of Our Sky!
This novel is”Set in Kuala Lumpur during the race riots of 1969, it centers on Mel, a Beatles-loving sixteen-year-old dealing with the OCD she believes is caused by the djinn she carries inside of her. When violent rioting breaks out, she must traverse a city in peril to reunite with her mother…”
The Weight Of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf is set to be released February 5, 2019!
7. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
The U.K. cover for Christine Lynn Herman’s debut novel, The Devouring Gray, was revealed through MuggleNet!
The novel follows “four teens who have the power to protect their town from a monster – if their families’ dark secrets don’t devour them first.”
The Devouring Gray is set to be released in 2019! (US release date is set for April 2, 2019!)
8. The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
As of July 18, the cover for Alyssa Wees debut The Waking Forest was revealed through her twitter!
“Pan’s Labyrinth meets The Hazel Wood in this novel about a girl with terrifying visions and a wish-granting witch whose lives collide in the most unexpected of ways.
The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more–until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.
To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.
The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?”
The Waking Forest Alyssa Wees is set to be released March 12, 2019!
9. You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
The cover for Laura Silverman’s upcoming contemporary novel, You Asked For Perfect had its cover reveal + excerpt via Bustle on July 19!
Silverman’s novel centers around Ariel Stone, “the perfect college applicant. But a failed calculus quiz threatens his valedictorian standing and sends him into a tailspin. He reluctantly—secretly—gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in calculus, and Ariel is low on options. Their time together goes better than expected, and soon, their relationship ventures beyond textbooks.
Except throwing himself into calculus and a burgeoning romance detracts Ariel’s attention from his other classes. Ariel could lose everything he’s worked his whole life to achieve. But how much is Ariel willing to sacrifice in the name of academic perfection?”
You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman is set to be released March 1, 2019!
10. The Hate U Give Exclusive Covers
Announced through Angie Thomas’s twitter on July 26, it was revealed that her debut novel The Hate U Give would be getting 2 new editions, set to be released in September of this year!
A movie-tie in cover and an exclusive gold collectors edition! According to the publisher’s website, the gold collectors edition “contains a letter from the author, the meanings behind the names in the book, a map of Garden Heights, fan art, the full, original story that inspired the book, and an excerpt from On the Come Up.”
11. When The Sky Fell On Splendor by Emily Henry
Revealed via Unbound Worlds, as of July 26, was the cover (alongside an interview) to Emily Henry’s upcoming novel, When The Sky Fell On Splendor, which is pitched as “The Serpent King meets Stranger Things in Emily Henry’s gripping novel about a group of friends in a small town who find themselves dealing with unexpected powers after a cosmic event.”
When The Sky Fell On Splendor by Emily Henry is set to be released March 12, 2019!
12. Firestarter by Tara Sim
Released on July 31 via Hypable Books, was the cover (& excerpt) to the final book in Tara Sim’s Timekeeper trilogy, Firestarter!
Firestarter by Tara Sim is set to be released January 1, 2019!
Misc. Book News + Publisher News
1.Six Of Crows UK Collectors Edition
Leigh Bardugo announced through her twitter that there would be a Six Of Crows Collectors Edition coming October of this year, which will have: a new cover, character art, & a letter from Leigh!
For those not in the UK, Aus, & NZ, its also available through The Book Depository
2. King Of Scars UK Pre-Order
With King Of Scars releasing early in 2019, Bardugo also announced a UK Pre-Order for King Of Scars!
From pre-ordering through Waterstones, you could be entered to win 1 of 50 limited edition prints of Nikolai Lanstov (art by Kevin Wada).
3. Penguin Teen 2019 Cover Reveals
Throughout the week of July 23, Penguin Teen revealed 3 covers for their upcoming 2019 YA Releases!
1.Wildcard by Marie Lu
Announced July 31, were the tour dates for Marie Lu’s Wildcard, the sequel/finale to the Warcross duology!
She will be on tour from September 18-24!
Full tour schedule can be found on Penguin Teen’s post Here!