Summary: Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us. Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav. Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found. Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.
My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: Another delightful book of poetry from Lang Leav!
Having read Love & Misadventure from her earlier this year, I was eager to read her latest book & I was not disappointed!
While themes remain the same from her previous work, she effortlessly weaves together such gorgeous celestial imagery.
I’ve always adored quotes involving stars + the universe and reading these poems reminded me how they can be used to paint such a moving picture of love and loss with each and every word.
I tabbed many of the poems b/c they were just written so beautifully! I can definitely see myself re-reading these poems again & again in the future!
My only issue was that some poems don’t have a celestial/space theme which is what I expecting for all of them.
Regardless, they were all written beautifully, really capture such emotions and tell a story with each and every line.
Lovely and captivating imagery of the stars and universe help to tell tales of love and loss in Leav’s latest novel.
Highly recommend! Its a rather quick and overall enjoyable read. ❤
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!
At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
My Thoughts:4/4.5!! Still deciding on a rating!
A raw & powerful read about a girl who undergoes a journey to put herself back together.
Charlotte “Charlie” Davis has been through a lot. She’s lost her father, her best friend and suffered from a difficult home life with her mother.
She finds that the only way she can be free of her pain is to self-harm.
Glasgow delivers a raw and powerful debut novel that taught me more about what people who self-harm go through and the struggles/obstacles they can face mentally, etc. when trying to recover.
She doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects/topics and in turn, it really evokes emotion and delivers such a realistic story.
The story starts off with Charlie in a psychiatric clinic where she, along with other women, are being treated due to self-harm. After spending quite some time there, she is able to leave and hopes to heal and begin a new chapter in her life.
This novel shows Charlie’s road to recovery and the obstacles she must face to get there.
The novel is told in a unique first person POV. I will admit the writing took me a while to get used to. It took around 50+ pages or so to get into the writing style and really immerse myself into the story and there were small moments here and there where I felt the plot could have moved a little faster. (Hence the 4/4.5).
Regardless the writing style flows well with the story being told and as the the novel progressed I found myself rereading sentences/passages b/c they beautifully written & evoked such emotion!
There were moments where I felt the topics were too much for me to read personally and had to take breaks while reading the book. But overall it showed me just how powerful Glasgow’s writing was!
The characters themselves are all very well written and have such depth that I could really see these characters through Charlie’s eyes.
The relationship Charlie develops with Riley one of the main characters was done well. I will admit over the course of the story I struggled to connect with Riley’s character and found moments when they faced issues/struggles in their relationship was difficult to read at times.
This novel was Charlie’s journey to find herself and create a new and better life. While I don’t usually read novels with subjects such as this one, I found many underlying messages that people could relate to who not only self-harm, but also may feel alone or unsure of who they are in the world.
2 important message I found throughout this novel were: You are not alone and can always find people who understand & help you. + No matter what difficulties/obstacles you face you can find the strength to keep moving forward.
I also found elements of feminism which was very inspiring! There are moments when Charlie struggles to find her voice + feels powerless but finds a way to speak her mind!
Overall this was a powerful read that deals with a number of tough topics and handles them in a realistic way. It also provides deep and moving messages about hope and putting yourself back together when all seems lost.
Maurene Goo, author of Since You Asked, had a cover reveal for her upcoming YA Contemporary as of September 7,
I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Releasing May 30, 2017 from Farrar Straus Giroux (BYR) this novel centers around Desi Lee who“believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.”
Now For The Cover:
Such a wonderful cover ❤ ❤
It screams “YA Contemporary.”
Its beautiful from the cover model to fonts + contrasting colors! (Its always great to see POC’s/Diversity on book covers) 👏🎉🎉👏
You can read more about Maurene’s thoughts on the cover + take a fun “Which K Drama Are You” Quiz Here!
Can’t wait to read this YA Contemporary! It sounds like it’ll be a great read 📚💖💕
September is an amazing month for YA! So today I will be sharing with you the books coming out this month, I can’t wait to read!
1.The Cat King Of Havana by Tom Crosshill
Summary: Rick Gutierrez is . . . the Cat King of Havana! A cat-video tycoon turned salsa-dancer extraordinaire, he’ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his dreams, and ignite a lolcat revolution!
At least that’s the plan.
It all starts when his girlfriend dumps Rick on his sixteenth birthday for uploading cat videos from his bedroom when he should be out experiencing the real world. Known as “That Cat Guy” at school, Rick isn’t cool and he knows it. He realizes it’s time for a change.
Rick decides joining a salsa class is the answer . . . because of a girl, of course. Ana Cabrera is smart, friendly, and smooth on the dance floor. Rick might be half-Cuban, but he dances like a drunk hippo. Desperate to impress Ana, he invites her to spend the summer in Havana. The official reason: learning to dance. The hidden agenda: romance under the palm trees.
Except Cuba isn’t all sun, salsa, and music. There’s a darker side to the island. As Rick and Ana meet his family and investigate the reason why his mother left Cuba decades ago, they learn that politics isn’t just something that happens to other people. And when they find romance, it’s got sharp edges.
2.Kingdom Of Ash & Briars by Hannah West
ARC Review Coming Next Week!
Summary: Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two – now three – after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince’s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.
3.Kids Of Appetite by David Arnold
Summary: Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.
This is a story about:
1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who doesnot talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.
4.Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #1)
Summary: Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
5.Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (SJTR #1)
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
6.Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch (SLA #3)
Summary: Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.
Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.
Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.
Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.
As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.
7.Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six Of Crows #2)
Summary: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
What September Book Releases Are You Looking Forward To? 🙂
Book Bytesis a monthly feature I created to share news in the world of YA!
Each month posts can contain anything from title reveals, book to movie news, even the latest book deals!!
1.The Young Elites Finds A Screenwriter
On August 2 it was announced that Jessica Sharzer, screenwriter for American Horror Story and the latest YA Adaptation Nerve will be in charge of the script for The Young Elites, Marie Lu’s latest trilogy (which will have its final book released this Fall).
Full article from Tracking-Board can be found Here.
2.Unscripted Joss Byrd Finds A Director/Screenwriter
Lygia Day Peñaflor, author of Unscripted Joss Byrd which will be released August 23, announced on August 3 that Joseph Greco was attached to both direct and adapt her upcoming novel.
Bustle revealed on August 9 Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath And The Dawn dualogy, would be releasing a new dualogy titled:
Flame In The Mist
This novel is set to be released May 2017 and has been pitched as Mulan meets 47 Ronin following heroine Mariko, whom Ahdieh calls “an inventor and an innovator,” and it is set in feudal Japan, using legends, myths, and history to tell a unique story.
As of August 24, EpicReads shared the cover for Kasie West’s new novel.
By Your Side, her upcoming 2017 YA Contemporary: “When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?”
9.Gemina Illustrated by Marie Lu
Announced August 30, author-duo behind The Illuminae Files, a new sci-fi trilogy, revealed that Legend Trilogy/Young Elites author Marie Lu will have illustrations in Gemina, the sequel to Illuminae.
Summary: Signed, sealed, delivered…
While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!
Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…
My Thoughts: A perfect YA Contemporary for fans of the 90’s classic You’ve Got Mail!
I absolutely loved my first Kasie West book!
This novel centers around Lily, an aspiring singer/songwriter, who begins writing on her desk in chem. class & begins getting responses from a mysterious pen pal. Soon, the two begin exchanging letters back and forth.
I loved reading the letters/messages exchanged back and forth + how they instantly connected over their love of music.
It was interesting to see how Lily was with words in her letters vs. how shy/witty she could be in person. Overall I really related to Lily b/c similar to her love of music yet being nervous/scared to share her songs, I love writing & reading + can find it quite nerve-wracking sharing my stories/ideas!
Every character is written so well. Lily was quirky/awkward (in the best way possible!!)+ her wit/sarcasm seriously had me laughing throughout this whole book (+ I related to her so much b/c we have a similar sense of humor :’))
I loved all the side/supporting characters like David, Lucas, Isabels boyfriend Gabriel + Isabel ❤ ❤
It was fun trying to solve the mystery with her of who the pen pal was! With each guy she would casually mention I would try to figure out if it was him! But when its revealed who it really is I was so surprised! Didn’t see that coming!!
Then it becomes a mystery for Lily figuring out whether he knows or not.
Lily then begins to know her pen pal in real life & realizes she may be falling for him!
+ I loved how Lily’s family was such a big part of this story. Similar to Lily, my family can be pretty crazy but it was great reading about just how connected they are + the traditions that make them such a unique/quirky, but overall supportive & loving family!!
The way the plot unfolds is very realistic & the elements of mystery keep the story fun & interesting!
The ending left me wanting more from these characters!!
Overall a YA Contemporary with humor, song lyrics galore + the perfect amount of mystery to keep you wondering who Lily’s mysterious pen pal is.
The Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles #3)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Summary: Lia has survived Venda-but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.
With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier-as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.
In this heart-stopping conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.
My Thoughts: A Solid Conclusion To The Remnant Chronicles!
As with the sequel, Beauty Of Darkness character development and world building are definitely the highlights of this novel!
The historical texts weaved throughout the trilogy, come full circle and even more backstory is given on the three kingdoms, which really ties together the trilogy as a whole.
Lia undertakes her role as a queen and in doing so, becomes immersed in the politics of not only her kingdom (Morrighan) but also the strategies of war to prepare for the final battle between the Komizar.
I loved that Lia was able to return to her Kingdom and make things right with her people + show her parents what a powerful leader she could be!
Kaden continues to reveal more about his past (especially his father) and becomes unsure of where his relationship with Lia is headed.
Sadly there were some issues I had with this final novel: Pacing/Length:Withthe wonderful pacing of book 2, Beauty Of Darkness really dragged and the story suffered for me because of it.
Along the lines of pacing, there were many moments in terms of plot that I felt really didn’t add much to the novel + felt quite forced. Such as: -The extended lengths of time prepping for the battle. When they first get to an outpost, it of course makes sense with the plot + perfectly fine when Lia returns to her kingdom! However, the rest of the novel (up until the final/ending) just felt like it was them in the palace & I personally felt there wasn’t much going on plot-wise, besides character development + Lia/Rafe development.
I’m still not sure how I feel about Kaden+Pauline 😥 Towards the end I was liking their relationship a lot more, but the way their relationship started felt a little forced to me considering all the Lia+Kaden development from Heart Of Betrayal!
Regardless of those issues:
Continuing with the plot, the final battle between the Komizar & Lia was fast-paced & I honestly had no clue how it would end!
Considering Lia/Rafe’s uncertainty’s about their relationship I loved how he came to visit her in Venda with Kaden & the others at the end!
I really loved the ending and joining Lia on her adventure to not only find her voice but also where she belongs+ finding her happy ending!