NYT Bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen Roshani Chokshi, had a new trilogy acquired by St. Martins titled The Gilded Wolves.
With plans for a Fall 2018 release, this trilogy is set in a darkly glamorous Paris and “Follows a charismatic but cursed heir of a massive fortune as he plots to steal one of three ancient and powerful artifacts of fate. He and his crew will navigate the elite gatherings of secret occult societies, traveling through Paris’ catacombs where they must confront their worst secrets as well as a destiny they never imagined”(Source: PW)
3. A Criminal Magic Bought By CW
Lee Kelly’s YA Historical Fiction/Urban Fantasy is set in 1926 Washington D.C. where magic is illegal!
According to Deadline as of November 11, The CW picked up the novel and is set to be an hour-long drama from the team who brought iZombie.
However according to the article the show will be:“Set in present-day Los Angeles, it revolves around two warring street gangs who fight the cops and each other to corner the market on the most lucrative contraband of all: magic. A young woman hiding spectacular magical powers and an undercover cop must try to survive this glamorous world of speakeasies, crime and danger. “
4.Before I Fall Movie Trailer
Lauren Oliver’s 2010 novel Before I Fall movie trailer debut November 17! The movie is set to be released March 3, 2017 and stars Zoey Deutch as the main character Samantha Kingston!
EpicReads also revealed the Movie-Tie in edition cover + cast list which you can check out on their blog!
5.Lin Manuel Miranda set to adapt Patrick Rothfuss’s The Kingkiller Chronicles
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to adapt the trilogy along with Rothfuss for TV w/ Lionsgate!
Miranda is set to compose original music for this project as well!
Flame In The Mist is set to be released May 2, 2017!
2. If Birds Fly Back Cover Reveal
Carlie Sorosiak, 2017 debut author, had a cover reveal for her upcoming YA Contemporary If Birds Fly Back on October 5 over at Pop Goes The Reader
Its set to be released June 27, 2017 from Harper Collins!
Here’s a summary:A sparkling debut about love, family, and the mysteries of the universe.
Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye.
Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.
They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.
3.When Dimple Met Rishi Cover Reveal
Also on October 5 Sandhya Menon had her cover reveal + excerpt for When Dimple Met Rishi, over at Bustle!
Set to be released May 30, 2017 from Simon Pulse, this YA Contemporary is “A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.”
4.Now I Rise by Kiersten White Cover Reveal + Excerpt
On October 12, EW revealed the cover + an excerpt for the sequel to And I Darken.
Some include: Our Dark Duetby Victoria Schwab, Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau, and The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye!
7.Leigh Bardugo 2-Book Deal
Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha Trilogy and recently concluded Six Of Crows Duology, will venture out of YA Fantasy to write Ninth House.
This adult series will center around:
“Alex Stern, a 20-year-old California high school dropout with a criminal past who is mysteriously offered a second chance as a Yale University freshman. Ninth House, the first book, follows Stern’s freshman year, where she is charged with monitoring Yale’s secret societies, who engage in sinister occult activities.”
More info can be found on The Hollywood Reporter announcement Here!
I adore this cover from the color to the details of the background!! ❤ ❤
Its great that it matches This Savage Song perfectly from the somber/mysterious tone the cover gives to the instrument in the background, additionally its interesting to see the background also feature another part of the city of Verity!
Our Dark Duet is set to be released June 13, 2017!
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!!
1.Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Finds A Director!
Becky Allbertali’s debut novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, was optioned to be a movie back in 2015! As of September 6, Greg Berlanti, best known for producing/writing for popular DC shows on The CW/CBS such as Legends Of Tommorow, Supergirl, The Flash & Arrow is now set to direct Simon Vs.
Additional info can be found on The Hollywood Reporter article Here!
2.Everything,Everything Officially Filming
The month of September has been filled with behind the scenes pictures from Everything Everything’s movie set!
No release date has been announced yet, so for those of you who haven’t read Nicola’s novel, what are you waiting for? Now’s the perfect time to read it!!
Ally Carter author of the Gallagher Girls,Heist Society + Embassy Row Series, recently announced that her novel Heist Society, currently under option with Elizabeth Banks & Mark Handleman at Lionsgate to be adapted as a film, will undergo script rewrites.
As of September 22 The Hollywood Reporter stated screenwriter Dylan Meyer will “take a second pass at the script.”
Dylan Meyer is best known for her work as a screenwriter on the Netflix film XOXO.
6.Seeker By Veronica Rossi Cover Reveal
Hypable revealed the cover of Seeker, the sequel to Riders. Announced September 30, the article from Hypable contains not only the cover, but also an official summary+excerpt!
Summary: Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.
My Thoughts: There were so many great elements in this story!
1.The Overall Concept
Maps that can let one navigate to any place/any time?!?
I loved that from page 1!
My favorite character dynamic in TGFE was definitely Nix+Kash ❤ ❤
With each interaction and witty dialogue between the 2 of them, you can really tell they have a strong friendship!
With each and every other character Nix interacted w/, I truly felt I understood them by the end of the novel.
Nix overall was a well-developed character and the most complex relationship in this novel was definitely the relationship between her and her father, Slate.
They both have their own goals that they are set out on achieving and can’t really see eye-to-eye, which brings a lot of issues that develop over the course of the story!
+ I’m all for diversity and almost all the characters are from a variety of cultural backgrounds!
What surprised me the most, which I loved, was the heist in this story!
I did not expect that at all, which really made me even more invested!
With this story being set mostly in 1800’s Hawaii, you definitely get lush and vivid descriptions + history/mythology seamlessly weaved into the plot!
My only minor issues which brought it down from 5-stars were:
At some points I found the plot to be a little slow
2. Not enough traveling
I had only read the summary a few times and the only part of it which really stuck into my head before I started TGFE was “travel” so based on that aspect I expected more places to be explored!
Regardless of those minor issues, overall this was a lovely debut and I can’t wait for the sequel ❤ ❤
In Order By Date, Here Are The Books I’m Looking Forward To This Month!
1.Burning Glass By Kathryn Purdie (Burning Glass #1)
Summary: Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.
2.Dear Emma By Katie Heaney
Summary: Harriet, the author of her college newspaper’s pseudonymous student advice column “Dear Emma,” is great at telling others what to do, dispensing wisdom for the lovelorn and lonely on her Midwestern campus. Somehow, though, she can’t take her own advice, especially after Keith, the guy she’s dating, blows her off completely. When Harriet discovers that Keith has started seeing the beautiful and intimidating Remy, she wants to hate her. But she can’t help warming to Remy, who soon writes to “Dear Emma” asking for romantic advice.
Now Harriet has the perfect opportunity to take revenge on the person who broke her heart. But as she begins to doubt her own motivations and presumably faultless guidance, she’s forced to question how much she really knows about love, friendship and well-meaning advice.
3. A Study In Charlotte By Brittany Cavallaro
(Charlotte Holmes #1)
Summary:The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
4.Rebel Of The Sands By Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel Of The Sands #1)
Summary: She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
5. Iron To Iron By Ryan Graudin (Wolf By Wolf #1.5)
Summary: Once upon a different time, there was a boy who raced through a kingdom of death.
Sixteen-year-old Luka Löwe has one goal in mind: Win the 1955 Axis Tour and become the first Double Cross victor. If he can accomplish that, maybe his father will finally see him as a worthy son. He’s completed the grueling trek from Germania to Tokyo before, but this time is different. Luka never expected to meet Adele Wolfe, another racer posing as her twin brother and with a singular dream—to live life on her own terms.
When Luka and Adele form an alliance, an unlikely bond forms, and even possibly love. But only one person can win the Axis Tour… Can everything Luka and Adele built together survive the race?
6.Hour Of The Bees By Lindsay Eager
Summary: What does it mean to be fully alive? Magic blends with reality in a stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl, a grandfather, wanderlust, and reclaiming your roots.
Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them. . . .
While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots.
7. The First Time She Drowned By Kerry Kletter
Summary: The beautiful struggle of a girl desperate for the one relationship that has caused her the most pain
Cassie O’Malley has spent the past two and a half years in a mental institution—dumped there by her mother, against her will. Now, at 18, Cassie emancipates herself, determined to start over. She attends college, forms new friendships, and even attempts to start fresh with her mother. But before long, their unhealthy relationship threatens to pull Cassie under once again. As Cassie struggles to reclaim her life, childhood memories persist and confuse, and Cassie must consider whose version of history is real, and more important, whose life she must save.
8.Exit, Pursued By A Bear By E.K. Johnston
Summary: Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. Johnston’s latest brave and unforgettable heroine.
Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.
In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.
9. The Winners Kiss By Marie Rutkoski (The Winners Curse #3)
Summary: War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
10. The Great American Whatever By Tim Federle
Summary: Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.
Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.
Overall Thoughts: This was my first Ruta Sepetys novel and it was amazing! While heartbreaking, this story focused on another side to WW2 not usually explored. I really felt for each character and their struggles during the war. The pacing was a little slow at times, so that’s why I took away a star.
Overall Thoughts: By the end, I felt I really knew each and every character. Anne and Teach slowly develop a relationship and through the writing, I really felt I was transported to that time period. With each chapter, I really saw their relationship develop and grow! Definitely a wonderful debut novel!
Overall Thoughts: Glass Sword definitely had a different tone to it than RQ. Maven’s transition to a villain really made this book a blast to read! He is now my fave. character in the series! My issues were mostly with plot direction and world building! But this was definitely a solid sequel! I do plan to continue the series!
Overall Thoughts: Told through multiple, short, POV’s we follow 4 people as they plan to board the Wilhelm Gustloff! The writing style truly creates such emotion and depth within each character! Similar to Between Shades Of Gray, this novel focuses on war from a different angle. This novel was absolutely brilliant! Highly recommend ❤
Overall Thoughts: This was a dark and immersive retelling of Peter Pan. The tone/atmosphere was definitely present all through out the story. The characters and plot were wonderfully developed. However, I did feel the ending was quite rushed!
I am not too sure I will do a “Currently Reading” post on a regular basis, but I will probably post about it if I haven’t posted for a while or just want to share what I’m reading! 🙂
A World Without Princes (School for Good&Evil #2) by Soman Chainani
I will not post a summary for this book to avoid spoiling! But, if you have not read The School for Good&Evil, which is book #1 I highly recommend you do, because this is an amazing Middle Grade series!
Here is a summary of Book 1:
The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?
The School for Good&Evil (The School for Good&Evil #1)
Pages: 488 Released– May 14, 2013
A World without Princes (The School for Good&Evil #2)