June 6, 2017

Top YA Releases: June 6

Another Tuesday means another week of new YA releases and while this week doesn't have that many I'm interested in, there are still a few that sound really intriguing. One features a rich fantasy world reminiscent of SJ Maas' books (which as I've said multiple times before, are some of my favorite books of all time) and the other features an interesting river-based adventure (reminds me of Riverkeep just from the description alone). I don't own either of the two yet but I definitely plan on picking them up and (hopefully) loving them!

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.
But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.
As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.
With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

 Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.
Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.
From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

June 4, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #61

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!

Here are the books I've received the past week:

It's the end of May/beginning of June again which means it's time for my yearly BEA Stacking the Shelves post! Thankfully BEA 2017 was in NYC (compared to Chicago last year) which made it much easier for me to bring books back home since I didn't have to fly back. I definitely tried to get fewer books than the past two years but all the books I wanted + random interesting ones + some for my sisters all added up.

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.