May 4, 2017

YA Takes Broadway

Hey everyone! Today I have Liv from Curlyhairbibliophile over on the blog and since we both love Broadway shows we decided to do a post on YA books we think should become musicals!

The fact that Cinder is a loose retelling of Cinderella based in a sci-fi setting makes it a perfect candidate to be made into a show! It probably wouldn’t be the easiest because of all the sci-fi elements but I feel like it’s possible and it would be amazing.

Last year, I saw a post on Epic Reads talking about what YA books they think should be turned into musicals. Simon was one of the ones listed. The book already contains theatre kids, so why shouldn’t it be a broadway show already?

Russia, magic, and folklore. Does this not sound like it would be a really good Broadway show? There’s already shows based in Russia like Fiddler on the Roof and The Great Comet of 1812 so The Crown’s Game would be a natural complement.

This answer is a bit of an odd one, but I feel like it would work. I think a show that’s sung-through would be such a powerful adaption. It’s hard to articulate how I think the show would be, but I think it would be really cool.

Splintered is another one of those YA retellings, this one is of Alice in Wonderland though. The version of Alice in Wonderland that is Splintered + music would work really good for a show. Everyone already likes Alice in Wonderland and they also like Broadway so merging the two would definitely work.

Like The Book Thief, I really can’t explain how I think this would be adapted into a show.

Just like Cinder this is another book that’s sci-fi based, but unlike Cinder it is told after the plot has happened through an interview of sorts with the characters. That style of telling the story is what would make a good show, you could have the interview happening in the front while it’s acted out in the back or something like that. I’m no Broadway show designer but I know it would work.

About a year ago, it was announced that Ready Player One would have a movie adaption. Although, I think a musical might be just as good. The book is very focused on Video Games and 80’s references; I think a musical adaption would be so cool.

April 17, 2017

Review of Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer/Doug Holgate

Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Page Count: 240
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA/Sci-Fi
In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure -- with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.
In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

*a finished copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Wires and Nerve marks my first ever YA graphic novel review (and it's also one of the very few I've read)! Back when I heard Marissa Meyer was making a graphic novel I was beyond excited since I had LOVED her normal books and knew it would be amazing. After I received a copy to review which I finished in one sitting because I couldn't put it down, I knew with certainty that this is the best graphic novel I've ever read (YA or not).

Since Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel rather than a normal YA book I looked at and viewed its art style/images as the most important aspect of it. The art style was based on hues of blue, white, and black for the most part and I don't think I saw any other colors. The drawings themselves were interesting as some of the characters looked differently than I had imagined in my mind but obviously Doug Holgate wasn't going for a 100% realistic portrayal of the characters (as in making them look like people in real life) and instead drew in his own style. Despite the focus on only a few colors and unique art style I feel like Doug Holgate was really able to bring the Lunar Chronicles world to life. It was really really cool to see a series I was so used to seeing in words become images and I can't wait for there (hopefully) to be more in the future.

The characters in Wires and Nerve are mostly the same from the previous books (with a few new ones) since the graphic novel is a sequel to the series. We get to see what happened after the previous book ended and the problems the gang has to face now. Whenever a series I love ends I always want more and the Lunar Chronicles is one of the few times that I've actually gotten more. Like I mentioned before it's kind of weird at first to see the story continued in graphic novel form but it's so good that within a few pages you get used to it. I definitely wish Wires and Nerve was longer than 240 pages but I suppose graphic novels are harder to make longer since you also need the art and everything so I can't complain much. Either way Wires and Nerve was amazing and something I thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to rereading again.

If Wires and Nerve is picked up by itself with no prior knowledge of The Lunar Chronicles it won't make that much sense but if you've read the Lunar Chronicles before you will absolutely love it. It's a quicker read than the other books since it's a graphic novel but it's still a sequel to the series that didn't exist before. Even if you're not a graphic novel reader I would still recommend this to all fans of Marissa Meyer's books, you won't regret it.

5/5 - AMAZING book

April 15, 2017

ARC Review of Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Page Count: 407
Format: ARC
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

*an ARC of this book was given to me during BEA 2016 from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Caraval by Stephanie Garber was one of my top goals at BEA 2016 (and thankfully I did end up getting it), I had found out about it while working on my schedule prior to BEA and was instantly interested by the cover and description. I didn't have a chance to read it until the start of this year but I ended up really enjoying it and I can say that I was right in making it one of my top goals last year.

The most striking part of the book was definitely Caraval itself, after all the whole book is centered around it. Stephanie Garber strings word and descriptions together to create the enchanting world of Caraval that we get to experience and see through the pages of her book. However, despite the great descriptions of Caraval I wanted to see more. It's a minor detail but I feel like with just a bit more "exploration" of Caraval the book would've gone to an even higher level. Other than that though the book was very well-written with fully fleshed settings and world-building that weren't boring for a second.

No book is complete without great characters to accompany it and Caraval was no different. Everyone from Scarlett to Tella  to Legend and everyone else were all very complex and interesting people. Witnessing them change from the start of the book to the end was another very cool part of reading Caraval. However, I think the plot of this book was my favorite part of it. So. many. plot. twists. So many things changing and becoming different than what I thought it actually was. Even without the plot twists the plot was interesting and had me on the edge of my seat with every page. Stephanie Garber seriously knocked this one out of the park, Caraval was probably one of the best books out of all the ones I got at BEA. 

I know that a few bloggers in the book community have said that they disliked Caraval but I am of the opinion that it's a really good book. Even if you aren't sure about it I would recommend that every YA fan pick it up and give it a shot because I'm pretty sure you'll like it. After all, why wouldn't you want to read about a magical carnival/show?

4.5/5 - Really good book