May 2017 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 7

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan1. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Amnia’s Voice Full Review

Publisher: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release Date: March 14, 2017

Pages: 208

My Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Thoughts: This book was incredible from the writing, to plot & characters! Khan weaves in so many themes such as family, friendship, and identity! Following Amina’s journey through middle school, she begins to question as people and things around her begin to change. This novel has so many different and complex layers, that anyone can find an aspect of Amina’s Voice to relate to! Highly recommend this gem of a novel!

Another Castle Grimoire2.Another Castle: Grimoire by Andrew Wheeler + Paulina Ganucheau

Another Castle: Grimoire Full Review

Publisher: Oni Press

Release Date: February 28, 2017

Pages: 152

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Another Castle: Grimoire is a graphic novel that puts clever twists+spins on classic fairy tale tropes! Following Princess Misty, she sets forth to Grimoire to defeat Badlug and keep her kingdom safe. While the story is a little slow paced, its filled with action and adventure! The art is bright and colorful too! There’s a big emphasis on friendship and its filled with empowering female characters!

Shadow Run  Cover Reveal3.Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland + Michael Miller (Kaitan Chronicles #1)

Shadow Run Full Review

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Pages: 400

My Rating:★★★★☆

Overall Thoughts: Filled with action + adventure and a diverse cast of characters, you’ll be immersed in Shadow Run as you follow Captain Qole and Prince Nev and as they learn more about “Shadow” and how it impacts their world. I adored the characters so much! While I definitely wanted a little faster pacing + more world-building/development, this book is one I recommend if you’re looking to get into Sci-Fi! It’s very character driven and above all, a fun story! Can’t wait for Book 2!

Teenage model in hear shaped glasses laughing4.I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

I Believe In A Thing Called Love Full ARC Review

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (BYR)

Release Date:May 30, 2017

Pages: 336

My Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Thoughts: A delightful YA Contemporary with the perfect blend of humor, romance, and has themes of family and friendship weaved throughout. Told through 1st person POV, you follow Desi Lee as she creates a plan with the help of K-Dramas to help her find love. 

Flying Witch Volume 1 by Chihiro Ishizuka5.Flying Witch Volume 1 by Chihiro Ishizuka {Flying Witch #1}

Flying Witch Volume 1 Full Review

Publisher: Vertical Comics

Release Date: March 8, 2017

Pages: 160

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: A slow paced manga that follows Makato as she continues her training to become a witch. The story is very character driven and the story while it has its quiet magical elements, follows a “slice of life” approach. I did want more plot-wise, but above all this is a lovely manga! Highly recommend!

when-dimple-met-rishi-cover-reveal6.When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi Full ARC Review

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Pages: 380

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Balancing humor with more serious and heartfelt moments, When Dimple Met Rishi is a perfect summer contemporary! Its very character driven, and the magic & spirit of first love is captured through 3rd person POV as you follow Dimple and Rishi who have been set up in an arranged marriage. They have differing views of life and love, but throughout the story their relationship slowly develops and they learn more about themselves and each other along the way!

The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren7.The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren

The Last Thing You Said Full Review

Publisher: Amulet Books

Release Date: April 4, 2017

Pages: 320

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Ben and Lucy have lost Trixie (a dear sister + friend). Told through dual POV, you follow them as almost a year has passed since Trixie’s death and the complex emotions that’s still with them and how they are coping. Biren does a fantastic job with developing the emotional complexity of her characters and its present all throughout the story. Slow pacing and difficult character decisions made this novel a little disappointing. However, with strong elements in terms of character and development, this novel is very unique in its discussion of grief. 

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Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland + Michael Miller Review

Shadow Run  Cover RevealShadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland + Michael Miller (Kaitan Chronicles #1)

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Pages: 400

Summary: Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power–and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

My Rating:★★★★☆

My Thoughts: Shadow Run is a fun, action-packed space adventure, with a diverse cast of characters + twists and turns!

The characters were all phenomenal! They are not who you expect when you’re first introduced to them and there are secrets and unexpected surprises uncovered about them along the way. While told through Nev and Qole’s 1st person POV, you really get attached to these characters and really feel the bonds they have with each other and how they are strengthened as the story progresses!

As always I’m always on the look out for diverse books and loved reading the gender-fluid representation + POC characters!

The inclusion and discussion of Shadow (a dark energy of sorts) that travels freely across space was such a fascinating concept of this novel and it really brought a unique element to the story that I don’t really read much about in science fiction! It was definitely reminiscent to me of fantasy/Sci-Fi video Games!! ❤ ❤

Nev Dracorte (a prince) finds himself on Qole’s ship, the Kaitan as he tries to convince Qole to return to his home planet so they can better study Shadow (which Qole harbor’s within her).

I was not expecting Qole to have a shadow ability and felt it added a great twist to the story!

The banter and interactions between the characters was amazing! I could really feel the connections and bonds they had with each other!

I don’t want to go too much into the plot, b/c there’s so many twists and turns, that I feel its just best for you to read it for yourself!

The writing (1st person POV) really helped me to connect so much to Qole and Nev! Understanding them fully through their POV also helped me to better understand their own worlds and the internal struggles they face!

While there were so many wonderful aspects to Shadow Run,  the pacing did make it difficult to stay in the story every now and again and I wish there was more description for the atmosphere + background of the different planets that are discovered along the way, it would have helped to connect me more to the world!

Regardless, I’m definitely eager to read the 2nd book in the Kaitan Chronicles to see where the story is headed! ❤

Shadow Run is a character-driven story that puts its characters first, delivers a unique world and premise, while also adding tons of twists and turns to keep the reader turning the page!

Highly recommend if your looking to get into more Young Adult Sci-Fi!

Book Bytes I #3

Book Bytes is a feature I created to give quick updates in the book community such as cover reveals,  book adaptation & so much more!

The Sun Is Also A Star.jpg1.Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star Cover Reveal + Excerpt

On April 4th EW posted an article revealing the cover for The Sun Is Also A Star!

From the author of Everything,Everything, Nicola’s newest YA Contemporary will center around “Natasha — a devotee of science and hard facts, whose family is hours from being deported to Jamaica — and Daniel — a well-behaved star student who falls instantly under Natasha’s spell. Will they let themselves fall in love, or choose one of the millions of other paths fate may have in store?

W/ that cover reveal also came an excerpt which you can read Here.

It will be released November 1,2016!

2.Samantha Shannon Book Deal 

Also on April 4th, Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season, announced she sold a new fantasy book titled:

The Priory Of The Orange Tree

It will be a standalone.

You can read the summary from the press release Here.

A Shadow Bright And Burning.jpg3. A Shadow Bright And Burning Cover Reveal

On April 12, Jessica Cluess’s cover for A Shadow Bright And Burning was revealed + an excerpt which you can read Here!

This YA Fantasy will be Book 1 in the Kingdom Of Fire Series, which will be out September 2016!

Summary: Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

4. Tales Of The Peculiar Cover Reveal 

On April 14, the cover for Ransom Riggs’s Tales Of The Peculiar was revealed on USA Today.

You can get more information about the book + read an excerpt Here!

This novel will be a “collection of fairy tales set in the same universe as Miss Peregrine’s.”

It will be released Sep. 3, 2016!

5. Caraval Cover Reveal + Excerpt

On April 15, the cover for the 2017 YA Debut Caraval by Stephanie Garber + an excerpt was revealed!

This novel is a “sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.”

Check out the Cover + Excerpt Here.

A Torch Against The Night6. A Torch Against The Night Cover Reveal

On April 18, the cover for the sequel to An Ember In The Ashes,  A Torch Against The Night was revealed!

+ Ch.1 was also released! You can read it on the EW article Here.

A Torch Against The Night is set to be released August 2016!

 

 

7. Stalking Jack The Ripper Cover + Excerpt

On April 20, the cover for Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco was revealed!

This 2016 YA Debut centers around Audrey Rose Wadsworth who is a lord’s daughter, but behind his back studies forensic science in her uncle’s lab!

It will be released September 2016!

Full article can be read Here.

8. None Of The Above TV Option 

Also on April 20, Deadline announced upcoming projects for Lifetime.

I.W. Gregorio’s None Of The Above, which centers around a girl who figures out she is intersex, was announced to already have Stephen Chbosky attached to direct!

More can be read on the Deadline article Here.

The Midnight Star Cover Reveal9.The Midnight Star Cover Reveal

On April 21, Marie Lu’s third and final book in her Young Elites Trilogy, had the cover revealed on Mashable!

The Young Elites centers around Adelina who discovers, she among others, have superpowers after a blood fever!

Full Article includes a Q&A w/ Marie about the last book!

It can be found Here.

 

 

10. The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Books

On April 22, it was announced that Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles Series would be getting a coloring book!

It is set to be released winter 2017!

Additional Info + a sneak peek can be found on the Bustle Article Here!

11. Windwitch Cover Reveal

On May 3, Susan Dennard’s sequel to Truthwitch had a cover reveal!

Revealed on EW, the article features both the cover + an excerpt!

Full article can be found Here.

Windwitch will be released January 3,2017!

12.Anna Dressed In Blood Optioned For Film

On May 3 Kendare Blake’s 2011 YA Paranormal novel was announced not only to have an actress/actor attached, but also to have a director!

Stephanie Meyer is set to direct w/ principal photography beginning in November!

Additional information can be found on the Deadline article Here!

13. History Is All You Left Me Cover Reveal

On May 9 Adam Silvera, author of More Happy Than Not, revealed the cover for his newest book!

Releasing January 2017, “OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo’s last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he’s hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo’s death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin’s own version of the truth—both in terms of what he’s willing to hide and what true love means.”

You can see the cover  + read a Q&A w/ Adam on the Bustle article Here.

14. Flower by Shea Olsen + Elizabeth Craft Cover Reveal

On May 10 Hypable revealed the cover for this 2017 YA Release!

You can see the cover reveal Here.

+ Here is a summary: These are the things that I’ve always wanted:

To get the top grades in my class.

To make my grandmother proud.

And most of all, proof that I could succeed where the rest of my family had not: a Stanford acceptance letter, early admission.

My mother and my sister were obsessed with boys and love and sex. So obsessed that they lost sight of their futures, of whatthey wanted. And in the end, they lost everything.

I’ll never let a boy distract me. I promised my grandmother that.

But that was before Tate.

Before the biggest pop star on the planet took an interest in me.

Before private planes and secret dates and lyrics meant for me alone.

There’s so much I don’t know. Like why he left music. Where he goes when we’re not together. What dark past he’s hiding. But when we kiss, the future feels far away. And now…I’m not sure what I want.

15. Empire Of Storms Cover Reveal

On May 12, Bloomsbury revealed the cover for the 5th Throne Of Glass book:

Empire Of Storms

You can see the cover on Sarah’s Tumblr Here.

16.To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Book 3

On May 13 Jenny Han announced there would be a 3rd and final book to her To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before titled:

Always And Forever Lara Jean

Set to be released Spring 2017!!

Blacksouls Cover17. Blacksouls Cover Reveal

On May 19 the cover to Blacksouls, the sequel to the 2016 debut by Nicole Castroman Blackhearts, was revealed on USA Today!

Check out the USA Today article Here to get a summary for book 2 and what readers can expect from the sequel!

It will be released 2017!

 

 

A Conjuring Of Light18. A Conjuring Of Light Cover Reveal

On May 23 VE Schwab revealed on twitter the cover to the 3rd and final book in her Shades Of Magic Trilogy!

This novel is set to be released February 21,2017!

You can read more about book 3 + an excerpt on the EW Article Here!

 

 

 

 

19.Between Shades Of Gray Film (Behind The Scenes)

All throughout the month of May, Ruta Sepetys, author of many spectacular YA-Historical Fiction novels, tweeted more photos from the set + locations  for the film adaptation of her novel Between Shades Of Gray!

Take The Key And Lock Her Up20. Embassy Row #3 by Ally Carter Title/Cover Reveal

On May 30, the cover/title for the third and final book in Ally Carter’s Embassy Row Series was revealed on Hypable!

Book 3 will be titled Take The Key And Lock Her Up!

This series follows Grace Blakely, granddaughter of an Ambassador, who finds herself back on Embassy Row & tries to solve the mystery surrounding her mother’s death!

She suspects her mother was murdered, the problem is no one believes her!

It is set to be released January 2017! You can read more about Book 3 from the Hypable article Here!

Shadow Run  Cover Reveal21. Shadow Run by Adirenne Strickland + Michael Miller Cover Reveal

This 2017 debut had its cover reveal on Hypable + an excerpt which you can read Here!

Firefly meets Dune in this YA Sci-fi adventure!

Summary: Qole is the captain of the Kaitan, a starship that uses magnetic nets to “fish” for Shadow, a volatile cosmic energy. Shadow is dangerous, can cause madness and death, but as the last generation of a native fishing family, her DNA and heritage give her a unique connection to it, a power over it. Qole is determined use that “affinity” to protect her small but loyal crew of misfits, orphans, and outlaws. Which is why she’s so suspicious of offworlder Nev, her startlingly handsome new crew member.

What Qole doesn’t know is that Nev is actually Prince Nevarian Dracorte. He’s convinced that Shadow is the key to preserving the royal Dracorte legacy, and that Qole is the key to harnessing its power. When her cooperation proves difficult, Nev resolves to get her back to his home planet by any means necessary, but he’s not the only one. A rival royal family is also after Shadow affinity, and unlike Nev, they’re more interested in gaining Qole’s abilities than keeping her alive. His mission to exploit her becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. The Kaitan’s crew goes from fishermen to prey as they make a death-defying run across the galaxy, and Qole and Nev are forced to revise their ideas of family and loyalty, with the fate of their worlds hanging in the balance.

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