Lately, it seems that many people in the producing world are taking more and more interests in making popular books and comics into movies and TV series. These days, I find myself scrolling through Instagram first thing in the morning to see if any of my favorite reads are being made into a show or movie!
Just a few weeks agoNetflix released Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House as a TV series, Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I Loved Before became amovie, and now V.E Schwab’s recently released City of Ghosts will become a CW Networkdrama series!
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Fans of V.E Schwab’s work, including me, are always hoping for a sneak peek of a new book to appear on her social media. Just three days ago, she posted a preview of a new announcement on her Instagram, baffling everyone who laid their eyes on the post. At first, her followers thought it was a joke until they did their research and found out that CW will in fact be producing her novel City of Ghosts!
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While the news is exciting, I recommend reading the book first before watching the series. Although it might be her book she won’t have all the creative rights into making her book baby into a show. This just means that some parts of the show might not be consistent to the originally written work. Nonetheless, authors are slowly making their way up in the world and it’s such a satisfying and happy feeling to be a part of that community.
December is finally here and that means there is less than a month left before New Year’s Eve. With the new year comes anticipated release dates for our favorite books and series. As any normal book lover, we mark those dates down on our phones and calendars and wait for the new year and hype to takeover. Even if all the books you planned to read in 2018 continue to sit quietly in an unkempt pile in the corner of your bedroom (and we all know we have more books in our TBR piles than we should) we still await the day that the new book from Sarah J Maas releases. I know I do. From murder mysteries to psychological thrillers to the overdone tropes of love stories you want to despise, but simply can never get enough of, we know that’s what you truly need. Here are a few books you can look forward to cracking the spine and dog earring after the holiday season ends and the new year begins.
1. The Wicked King by Holly Black
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Jude must keep her younger brother safe and to do so she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her and made herself the power behind the throne.Holly Black’s second book to The Folk of the Air series will be released right in the beginning of 2019! The Wicked King releases in January 8, 2019.
2. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
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A ruthless young assassin’s journey for revenge comes to a stunning end in the conclusion of this acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy. The third in The Nevernight Chronicles will be released September 2019. Although the wait is long it’ll give you a chance to finally pick it up from your TBR pile and catch up on the hype before its release.
3. Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
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Now this one doesn’t even have a blurb yet because it’s still in the first draft stages, but Kerri Maniscalco officially announced the name of the fourth and final installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series on November 26 and I am both sad and excited for it! From where the last book left off, this new book will follow Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell in America, most likely in New York. Being absolutely fascinated with serial killers (creepy, I know) I feel like I have a pretty good hunch on what the story will take place on. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it. The expected release date will be September 26, 2019.
4. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian
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The sequel to Ash Princess, this story is about a tale of a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people. Ash Princess was an instant New York Times Best Seller so no doubt this second book will do just as well as the first one. Lady Smoke will be released February 5, 2019
5. Finale by Stephanie Garber
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The third and final installment to the Caraval series will be released May 7, 2019. In the third and final book, two months after the last Caraval game concluded and the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, Tella is determined to to stop Legend’s coronation. I won’t say much more than that because there are a lot of good details that will spoil the second book, but the third book promises to be the grand finale of the series. Hopefully its name will live up to it!
Books that fall under the category of genre fiction (including fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, horror, and many more) have no restrictions but the limits of the imagination. These five authors decided to take that as a challenge, and it worked out pretty damn well for them.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
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Teens hide in a bunker from the giant mutant grasshoppers destroying Iowa. In Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle, the end of the world is weirder than anyone ever could have imagined it. The giant grasshoppers destroying Iowa mostly want what Smith’s protagonist wants: to mate and destroy. Smith’s bisexual protagonist finds himself in the apocalypse bunker of a mysterious and wealthy town legend with only his girlfriend and his gay best friend- who has a crush on him. With chapter titles like “The Right Kind of Cigarette to Smoke Before You Kill Something,” Smith’s novel is full of wit and eccentricity that give its serious moments all the more impact.
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
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Aliens regularly abduct a teenager, giving him the choice to press a button which will stop the scheduled end of the world. You know Shaun David Hutchinson’s We Are the Ants is one seriously bizarre story when alien abductions aren’t the strangest thing in it. Hutchinson’s world is going to end, and only one bullied teenager can stop it with the press of a button. With his mom’s underemployment, his brother’s immaturity, his sometimes-hookup’s abuse, and his grandmother’s worsening dementia, the choice seems to be a resounding HELL NO. But as the story proceeds, it becomes less and less clear whether this is a story about a boy who doesn’t want to save the world or a story about a boy who might want to save himself.
Rules for Werewolves by Kirk Lynn
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A group of misfits who may or may not turn into werewolves search local driveways for a specific car. Kirk Lynn’s Rules for Werewolves might not be about werewolves at all. This work of literary fiction explores what it means to be wild as it follows a gang of self-described werewolves, a close-knit gaggle of homeless young people running away from their troubled circumstances. As they search for the car of a man who has wronged them (with the intention of getting their dubiously-deserved revenge), it becomes difficult to discern whether their transformations are literal or figurative. Whether or not they are what they call themselves, the story culminates in something truly animal.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
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The grown-up Scooby Gang, now alcoholics and felons, return to the site of their childhood trauma to solve one last mystery. Edgar Cantero’sMeddling Kids mixes childhood nostalgia with Lovecraftian horror to produce this hilarious nightmare of a novel. A group of teen sleuths and a dog famously solved mysteries in their hometown until one deadly case that left them clinically traumatized. Now they’re back and worse off than ever to catch the crook who may be a lot scarier than just a man in a mask. Campy and hilarious, this novel is filled with haunted houses, lake monsters, underground caves, elaborate traps, and characters’ apparently limitless bad decisions. All these elements combine to make this story fresh yet familiar- all the while keeping it weird and wacky.
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A college-age superfan of a children’s book series finds out that the magical realm from his favorite story is real- but spectacularly more messed up than it sounded. Lev Grossman’s The Magicians centers on gifted student-slash-magician Quentin Coldwater, who’s obsessed with the secrets behind the high fantasy series he adored as a child. But those books definitely didn’t include indifferent gods and anthropomorphic bears taking shots of Peach Schapps- and the world Quentin discovers definitely does. Quentin and his cynical, hard-partying friends fight for their lives, explore the world and themselves, and occasionally make out as Grossman expertly juxtaposes the innocence of childhood with the absurdities and hard edges of the real world.
As strange as these books may sound, the authors’ risk-taking paid off. You won’t have read anything like them.