Tidbit Tuesday #9: 5 YA Retellings to Look For in 2017

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

With the live action Beauty and the Beast moving opening soon, I figured it is only fitting to feature some retellings that are getting me just as excited! If I were to pick one genre that is my absolute most favourite of them all, it is a retelling. There is something exciting to me about reading a timeless tale that has been completely reinvented. Sometimes I will admit there can be disappointment with this genre, but most of the time I am totally swept away.

Here are a few YA Retellings that have yet to be released, but are already piquing my interest:

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer releases on April 11th. This is one Sleeping Beauty story that sounds as though it is going to be creepy and darker than the original tale. I can’t wait to read it!

Hunted by Meagan Spooner releases on March 14th. This Beauty and the Beast retelling is coming out just a few days before the film. So, I suggest that this is one book you try to tide you over if you are a fan of the Beauty and the Beast story.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao releases on October 17th. This fantasy is a reimagined Evil Queen from Snow White story that is based on Asian folklore. How amazing does that sound?

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen releases on September 12th. This fantasy is said to be a Beauty and the Beast origin tale. I am not sure that I have read anything that gives insight to how the story might have begun. I am really looking forward to reading it. There is no cover for this book yet, but Jensen’s Pinterest board does give some hints about the content of the story.

Piper by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg  releases on October 31st. I stumbled across this new graphic novel that reimagines the story of the Pied Piper when looking up information about Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why. The fact that it is a love story that has a main character who has a disability is really intriguing to me. We are still waiting on a cover for this one as well.

Tidbit Tuesday #8: KCP Loft a New YA Imprint to Get Excited About!

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

You may be aware of the new YA imprint coming to us this spring from Kids Can Press, KCP Loft, but did you know how many amazing titles they are publishing soon? I was very fortunate to receive a few of them for review and let me tell you, they are going to be ones that you will want to add to your TBRs if you haven’t already.

Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi sounds like a gripping story that deals with mental illness and suicide. Releases May 2nd.

Keeping the Beat by Marie Powell seems like a perfect summer read that contains a murder mystery and takes place in Hollywood. Releases April 4th.

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant is about a math genius who has psychic powers. The whole concept and the paranormal aspect has me really intrigued! Releases April 4th.

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers is a YA contemporary that looks to have an interesting protagonist and a love story. Releases May 2nd.

 

There has also been some exciting news recently about some future publications as well!

 

I am super excited to read these titles and I think that this imprint is going to give us some inspirational and entertaining books. Check out the trailer below for more details!

Tidbit Tuesday #7: Before I Fall Special Screening at TIFF Next Wave Festival

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

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I was very fortunate last week to have stumbled upon this really amazing Film Festival that has been happening at the Toronto International Film Festival for the past few years, the Next Wave Film Festival. Essentially, this is a teen film festival entirely put on and curated by teens. There are workshops, challenges and a ton of exciting films to watch that are mostly free of charge to anyone under 25 years of age. How cool is that?

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As part of the festival, one of the special screenings was for the adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. I have been so excited about this movie ever since I listened to the audiobook this past summer. When I found out about the festival and the screening, I jumped at the opportunity to attend. The film is beautifully adapted and is sure to be enjoyed by all of Oliver’s fans. A full review will be available closer to the release date!

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What was even more incredible was the discovery that the main character, Sam, portrayed by Zoey Deutch and the film’s director, Ry Russo-Young, were to attend the screening and host a Q & A after the film. Both Deutch and Russo-Young were delightful and quite insightful in regards to how the film was adapted and the challenges to producing an indie film. It was truly incredible to learn that the movie was filmed in Vancouver in less than a month because it is such a fantastic and perfect adaptation of the novel. Before I Fall releases in Canada and the U.S. on March 3rd and I highly suggest heading out to see it if you can because it is a very moving and beautiful film.

💝 Tidbit Tuesday #7: Have a Bookish Valentine’s Day!

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

Happy Valentine’s Day! It really is the one day of the year that I enjoy only for the chocolate and time spent with certain bookish boyfriends. However, there are ways to spice up your day using a few used books and some creativity!

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Bookish Valentines

 

 

How cute are these cards made from old library cards? Such a simple and fun way to make quick valentines for friends.

 

 

 

Bookish Gifts to Make and Give

 

 

Bookmarks are always easy and appreciated gifts for any book lover. You can whip up oodles of these with a few paint chips!

 

 

 

 

What about a bouquet of roses made entirely from recycled book pages? I love this idea and although fresh flowers will always win my heart, these roses will last forever!

 

 

 

Bookish Valentine’s Day Decorations

If you want to kick it up a notch and go with a completely book themed Valentine’s Day, here are a few decorating ideas to spark your creative side!

A Bookish Date for Valentine’s Day

If you are more adventurous than me and you aren’t snuggled up with your favourite book today, maybe a literary date crafted by Bookish will excite you! A bookstore or library date followed by a cozy book to movie adaptation sounds perfect to me.

Whatever your plans are today, I hope that they are filled with books, friends and love! 💕

 

 

Tidbit Tuesday #6: To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough Blitz

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For this week’s tidbit, I am sharing with you something a little bit different! I have an exciting release day post that revolves around Sheryl Scarborough’s TO CATCH A KILLER published by Tor Teen! I really love the murder mystery genre and I have been impatiently waiting for this book to release.

Title: To Catch a Killer
Author: Sheryl Scarborough
Publication Date: February 7, 2017

9780765381910_fcIn this contemporary mystery by debut author Sheryl Scarborough, a teenage girl uses forensic science to solve the cold-case murder of her mother
Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father’s identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother’s best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.
Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother’s killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she’s secretly doing on her own. 
Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she’s close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it’s too late.

sheryl-scarboroughSheryl Scarborough worked as a story writer and series developer in children’s television before receiving her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College, where she studied under Rita Williams-Garcia, Tom Birdseye, and Susan Fletcher, among others. She currently lives and works in Kalama, Washington. To Catch a Killer is her debut.

Tidbit Tuesday #5: Bookish TV Shows

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

Books have been adapted quite often for film, but it seems that more than ever lately there are entire TV series and mini-series that are being developed around some of our much beloved books. While I have not had the pleasure of watching some of these or even reading their bookish inspirations, I am really excited about quite a few of these!

A Series of Unfortunate Events 

From IMDb: After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.

I have only watched a few episodes of this Netflix Original, but I can tell you that it is really  quite incredible and the acting is superb. There are so many fantastic actors in this series that it is hard to imagine that it would be anything short of amazing. If you are hoping for this adaptation to be just like the book, you will discover that there are a few changes, additions and omissions to bring the books to life. I am not disappointed with the changes and the show is so well done that it is easy to accept and embrace this show.

Riverdale

From IMDb: A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Depending on where you live, this series is aired on The CW or Netflix. There has only been  one episode available to watch so far, so it is hard to give a full review on Riverdale at this point. I haven’t read any Archie comics in a very long time, but from what I have seen, this series is a spin-off that has taken the characters into a very dark place. It is definitely a typical teen drama that you will see coming from The CW and I think that it is going to be appealing to some. I have definitely enjoyed the first episode and look forward to seeing more of this series.

13 Reasons Why

From IMDbThirteen Reasons Why, based on the best-selling series by Jay Asher, follows teenager Clay Jensen in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush Hannah’s decision to end her own life.

This show doesn’t come out until March 31st and I couldn’t be more excited for it to hurry up and get here already! Admittedly, I haven’t read Jay Asher’s book yet, but I have enjoyed his other novels and this whole story just sounds amazing. I love a great mystery and I think that the story also tells a deeper message to its audience along the way. This is definitely one book that I will be reading soon to prepare for this new show.

Big Little Lies

From HBO CanadaBased on the bestselling novel of the same name, and featuring tour de force performances by several top Hollywood actors, Big Little Lies is a darkly comic drama set in Monterey, CA that begins with a suspicious homicide at an elementary-school fundraiser. Though the victim and the perpetrator initially remain a mystery, it seems likely that the murder was spawned by rivalries and secrets surrounding three mothers.

I have seen lots of great reviews for Lynne Moriarty’s Big Little Lies on Goodreads and I am super excited to read this book before the series comes out in a few weeks. I have always enjoyed Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley and I have a pretty good feeling that this is going to be one HBO series that is going to be amazing. I am not sure how much of the original story will remain, but the whole murder mystery aspect has me intrigued.

The Handmaid’s Tale

From HuluAdapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values’.

It has been a while since I have read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and I hope that I will have the opportunity to re-read it before this series comes out in April. I cannot wait to see both Alexis Bledel and Elizabeth Moss in this one. Written more than 20 years ago, it is definitely an interesting concept that still gives me the chills. I haven’t seen any other place to watch the series other than Hulu, however Atwood has indicated that it will be available to watch in Canada at some point.

Tidbit Tuesday #4: Duologies and Cover Reveals

 

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

I don’t know about you, but I get really excited about announcements for duologies because they are my favourite type of series. It is exciting to know that there will be more to come in a well-loved series, yet the commitment to read the next part is just one more book.

If you are a fan of Marie Lu, you will be thrilled to know that there is now a release date for Warcross and we now have a summary! Although the cover is still to come for this one, the excitement that I have for this series is growing daily.


Julie C. Dao took to Twitter last week and shared 3 amazing announcements  about her duology, Rise of the Empress. I love this title and I think that this series sounds incredibly epic with its ties to the Evil Queen legend in an East Asian fantasy. How awesome does that sound?


There were also a few cover reveals last week and I must say that all of them are stunning! First of all, Elly Blake revealed the US and UK covers for the second book in The Frostblood Saga. I have yet to read the first book, Frostblood, but it is receiving some wonderful reviews and I think that this book is going to be similar to Aveyard’s Red Queen series.


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Another gorgeous and intriguing cover was revealed over on YA Books Central for Gray Wolf Island  by debut author Tracey Neithercott. This book has a theme of friendship and searching for treasure. We will have to wait until October 2017 for it to be released, but if you head over to YA Books Central, there is a giveaway running for a signed ARC!

Tidbit Tuesday #3: YA Bookish Announcements

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

So many exciting new Young Adult books are coming our way! Some of these books were hinted at a while ago and others are completely new to me. It’s amazing how many thrilling events happen in the book world over the course of a week.

First of all, Tahereh Mafi revealed the title of her new YA novel that is a dark Persian fantasy about a girl who washes dead bodies for a living. WHICHWOOD definitely sounds intriguing and I am really looking forward to finding out what the cover will look like. Tahereh always has the most beautiful book covers.

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Also, E. Lockhart fans will be thrilled to know that her new book, GENUINE FRAUD, was announced on Mashable last Thursday. This new psychological thriller sounds just as intense as We Were Liars and I am so excited to read it in September.

 

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It seems that so many YA novels are being optioned for film, even before publication. Jennifer Mathieu’s book, MOXIE, is going to make for a really interesting and most likely enlightening story and movie. It is about a girl who starts a modern day feminist revolution. The Hollywood Reporter announced the movie deal last Friday.

 

As well, watch for an intriguing YA debut novel from Tehlor Ky Meija. WHEN WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE is bound to be an epic and diverse book that we will have to wait until 2019 to read!

What books are you excited to know more about? Do you have any bookish news to share that I have missed?

Tidbit Tuesday #2: YA Cover Reveals

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

I have seen quite a few gorgeous covers fly through my Twitter feed this past week and I thought that they would make a perfect post for this week’s Tidbit Tuesday. I don’t know about you, but there is something about a cover that really draws me into the real excitement over upcoming books and these covers are definitely ones to flail over!

33158561Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore is expected to be published  by Feiwel & Friends on September 26, 2017. Both the synopsis and the cover are absolutely magical!

Love grows such strange things.

Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut novel The Weight of Feathersgarnered fabulous reviews and was a finalist for the prestigious YALSA Morris Award, and her second novel, When the Moon was Ours, was longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Now, in Wild Beauty, McLemore introduces a spellbinding setting and two characters who are drawn together by fate—and pulled apart by reality.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

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The whimsical cover for 16 Ways to Break a Heart by Lauren Strasnick was revealed over at YA Highway last week and it is such an interesting sounding contemporary. This book is set to come out on July 25th, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books.

Natalie and Dan were electric from the moment they met. Witty banter and sizzling chemistry made falling in love easy—even inevitable. He was in awe of her subversive art and contagious zest for life; she was drawn to his good-guy charm and drive to succeed as a documentary filmmaker.

But that was before. Before hot tempers turned to blowout fights. Before a few little lies turned to broken trust. Before a hundred tiny slights broke them open and exposed the ugly truth of their relationship.

And now Natalie wants Dan to know just how much he broke her.

Over the course of one fateful day, Dan reads sixteen letters that Natalie has secretly, brilliantly hidden in places only he will find. And as he pieces together her version of their love story, he realizes that she has one final message for him. One that might just send his carefully constructed life tumbling down.

Unfolding through letters, texts, and chats, Lauren Strasnick’s smart, sexy, page-turning new novel is the ultimate he said/she said breakdown of a relationship gone wrong.

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The cover for The Black Witch is just as stunning as the synopsis. I am so intrigued by the fact that it is about a prophecy involving witches and magic. I am looking forward to reading this debut from Laurie Forest.

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining.

So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War. Now a new evil is on the horizon, and her granddaughter, Elloren, is believed to be Carnissa’s heir—but while she is the absolute image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above nearly all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren is eager to join her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University and finally embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the University, which admits all manner of peoples—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of her people—is an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

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The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller is a science fiction novel coming out from Tor Teen in November and the cover was just revealed over at YA Books Central on Friday. This is one cover that is so incredibly detailed. If you pop over to YA Books Central, there is a giveaway  for an ARC that you can win!

The Dark Intercept is the first novel in a thrilling science fiction series for teens by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Julia Keller.

In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he’s hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she’s ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.

“A rare, literary feat.” —Gennifer Albin, New York Times bestselling author of the Crewel World trilogy

Which of these gorgeous covers has caught your eye?

Tidbit Tuesday #1: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

 

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Tidbit Tuesday is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing bookish events, news and bits of books.

Happy New Year! I have been racking my brain for a new feature on the blog to start off the new year. There are so many things that are whizzing past us online that sometimes we don’t always catch bookish news items or happenings in the book world. If I discover a newsworthy item, I will try to share it with you here. Sometimes I might even share a tidbit from the latest book that I am reading. This feature will be a little potpourri of book related posts that I hope you will enjoy!

There are actually quite a few exciting things happening in the next few months if you are excited about meeting YA authors. The only event that is happening near me so far is Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark Tour!

I am so stoked for this event! If you have not had the chance to attend a signing and you are a fan of Veronica Roth and the Divergent series, I highly suggest trying to go to this. Veronica Roth is so witty and insightful. The last time that I met her in Toronto was such a whirlwind and exciting experience that I will never forget.

Carve the Mark is bound to be epic! A science fiction novel that is set in space is so intriguing to me. I have such high hopes for this series and I have a pretty good feeling that it won’t disappoint. Incidentally, there is a preorder campaign where you can receive a copy of We Can’t Be Mended (the epilogue to Divergent)!

On Twitter and the Epic Reads blog, there are also daily celebration posts leading up to the book’s release! So far, there are some pretty spaced out recipes and an awesome post that details all that you need to know about Carve the Mark! Follow along with #CarvetheMarkCountdown to learn more.

What bookish tidbits have you discovered lately?