Adaptation News, Penguin Teen

‘Legend’ To Be Adapted As A TV Series

On November 18, Deadline exclusively reported that Marie Lu’s 2011 NYT Bestselling YA Dystopian novel Legend, has been optioned by Bound Entertainment to bring the novel to television.

Lu is collaborating with Lindsay Sturman (known for projects such as Supergirl and Teen Wolf), alongside Bound Entertainment’s Samuel Yeunju Ha and Jamie Lai who will serve as executive producers.

According to her Instagram post from November 18, she’s been working on the pilot script during “all of this fall” and has been able to get “back in the heads of Day and June, getting to explore their universe from an entirely new angle.”

Lu’s dystopian is set in a futuristic United States where 15-year-old prodigy June has grown up for success in the highest military circles and 15-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. One day when June’s brother Metias is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect, June goes undercover to avenge him. However, when the two race to achieve their own goals and find themselves colliding, they’ll uncover sinister truths about their country.

Legend has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Bound Entertainment, the Korean-based entertainment studio, is focused on sharing stories from and about the Asian diaspora and also optioned Stacy Lee’s ‘The Downstairs Girl‘ earlier this year.

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal.

But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

The Legend Series by Marie Lu is out now!

Cover Reveals, Wednesday Books

Reclaim The Stars YA Anthology Cover Reveal

On May 28, Wednesday Books revealed the cover to an upcoming YA anthology featuring Latine authors titled Reclaim The Stars, which is set to be released in February of 2022!

Edited by Zoraida Córdova, the science fiction fantasy novel will feature 17 short stories from “leading voices in the Latin American diaspora.”

Authors include: Vita Ayala, David Bowles, J.C. Cervantes, Sara Faring, Romina Garber, Isabel Ibañez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Yamile Saied Méndez, Nina Moreno, Circe Moskowitz, Maya Motayne, Linda Raquel Nieves Pérez, Daniel José Older, Claribel A. Ortega, Mark Oshiro and Lilliam Rivera.

Córdova even shared a video to reveal the cover (created by Ortega). Cover designer is Olga Grlic and illustrator is Faye Guanipa. The cover with its dark blue backdrop features foliage down the left and right, space motifs (planets, constellations, rockets), a goat and a whale, even a mermaid.

The full summary reads: Seventeen fantasy and science fiction short stories from leading voices in the Latin American diaspora! Reclaim the Stars is a collection of bestselling and acclaimed YA authors that take the Latin American diaspora to places fantastical and out of this world. From princesses warring in space, to the all too-near devastation of climate change, to haunting ghost stories in Argentina, and mermaids off the coast of the Caribbean. This is science fiction and fantasy that breaks borders and realms, and proves that stories are truly universal.

Reclaim The Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space edited by Zoraida Córdova is set to be released February 15, 2022!

Cover Reveals, Fierce Reads, Roaring Book Press

Steelstriker by Marie Lu Cover Reveal

On March 15, Fierce Reads revealed the cover to Marie Lu’s upcoming Skyhunter sequel titled Steelstriker!

Skyhunter is set in a far future following an elite group of fighters trained to stop mutant war beasts.

Set in the Karensa Federation, Talin alongside her mother found asylum there, and know of the Federation’s brutality.

Striker Talin then learns of a prisoner brought to the front and wonders whether he is a spy or the weapon that will save the one of the last free nations of Mara.

Steelstriker is set to be the finale in the Skyhunter duology, which will be released during Fall 2021!

Cover artists include Aurora Parlagreco and Marnov Studios.

Marie Lu is #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Legend Series, Warcross duology, The Young Elites Series, and The Kingdom Of Back.

In a world broken by war, a team of young warriors is willing to sacrifice everything to save what they love.

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death—transformation into mutant war beasts known as Ghosts, creatures the Federation then sends to attack Mara.

The legendary Strikers, Mara’s elite fighting force, are trained to stop them. But as the number of Ghosts grows and Karensa closes in, defeat seems inevitable.

Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope.

Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows firsthand the brutality of the Federation. Their cruelty forced her and her mother to seek asylum in a country that considers their people repugnant. She finds comfort only with a handful of fellow Strikers who have pledged their lives to one another and who are determined to push Karensa back at all costs.

When a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? Or could he be the weapon that will save them all?

Steelstriker by Marie Lu is set to be released September 28, 2021!

Cover Reveals, Flux Books, Indie Books, Indie Press

City Of Shattered Light Claire Winn Cover Reveal

On February 22, Claire Winn revealed the cover to her upcoming Queer Sci-Fi debut titled City Of Shattered Light through Twitter.

The author has pitched her novel as “a neon-drenched cyberpunk YA” featuring two bisexual female leads. 17-year-old heiress Asa Almeida who saves her sister from an experiment that will leave her brain reprogrammed. Then she crash-lands onto the outlaw city of Requiem with a rogue A.I hunting her. In addition, gunslinger Riven Hawthorne decides pursuing the bounty on Asa’s head is exactly what she needs to claw her way up the ranks of the city’s underworld. As things get tense, the girls must decide whether they continue working on their own or team up.

Cover artist is Sanjay Charlton and designer is Jake Slavik. City Of Shattered Light is being released by Flux Books in October of 2021.

As darkness closes in on the city of shattered light, an heiress and an outlaw must decide whether to fend for themselves or fight for each other.

As heiress to a powerful tech empire, seventeen-year-old Asa Almeida strives to prove she’s more than her manipulative father’s shadow. But when he uploads her rebellious sister’s mind to an experimental brain, Asa will do anything to save her sister from reprogramming—including fleeing her predetermined future with her sister’s digitized mind in tow. With a bounty on her head and a rogue A.I. hunting her, Asa’s getaway ship crash-lands in the worst possible place: the neon-drenched outlaw paradise, Requiem.

Gun-slinging smuggler Riven Hawthorne is determined to claw her way up Requiem’s underworld hierarchy. A runaway rich girl is exactly the bounty Riven needs—until a nasty computer virus spreads in Asa’s wake, causing a citywide blackout and tech quarantine. To get the payout for Asa and save Requiem from the monster in its circuits, Riven must team up with her captive.

Riven breaks skulls the way Asa breaks circuits, but their opponent is unlike anything they’ve ever seen. The A.I. exploits the girls’ darkest memories and deepest secrets, threatening to shatter the fragile alliance they’re both depending on. As one of Requiem’s 154-hour nights grows darker, the girls must decide whether to fend for themselves or fight for each other before Riven’s city and Asa’s sister are snuffed out forever.

City Of Shattered Light by Claire Winn is set to be released October 19, 2021!

Adaptation News, Little Brown Books For Young Readers

The Walled City Adaptation Has A Screenwriter

As of January 19, it was announced the Ryan Graudin’s 2014 novel The Walled City is being adapted by SK Global and now has a screenwriter attached to the project.

According to Deadline, Elliott San will be adapting Graudin’s Contemporary Dystopian novel and executives as part of the team include John Penotti and Xian Li, in addition to the production company Matt Reeves’ 6th and Idaho.

The Walled City follows Jin whose disguised herself as a boy and is searching for her sister Mei Yee whose taken, then there’s Dai and as he’s trying to escape his past while offering the sisters a hand.

All three perspectives intertwine in this adrenaline-filled novel “partly inspired by the now-destroyed Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong” (Publishers Weekly).

SK Global Entertainment is the producer behind 2018’s Crazy Rich Asians.

730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.
18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin is out now!

Book Blitz, Indie Books

The Damned Society: Smoke And Mirrors by L.J. Elliott {Book Blitz}

On The Booked Shelf, is the first ever Book Blitz courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours for ‘The Damned Society: Smoke And Mirrors’ by debut author L.J. Elliot!

This YA Fantasy debut follows a 17-year-old teen named Lexia whose superpower, after causing much harm, causes her to move to Lucida, a youth facility.

However, this youth facility is unlike any other, because its for teens with supernatural abilities where they can learn to harness their powers. However, Lexia Luccen soon learns its not all that it seems.

In addition to spotlighting this debut, there’s also an excerpt and giveaway through Rafflecopter below!



“The smoke built around me with speed, carrying a taste of destruction as it vaped through my senses. The air gushed past my skin, getting heavier in pace with each breath I took. The smell of burnt paper lingering as it flowed around in the destructive zone that I was creating. I had never lost control like this before, yet at the same time, had never felt so happy about it.

My mind was not instantly filled with regret or sadness at the fact I had let my power control me. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I was glad because it was the thing that ultimately helped me out in the end. For once, we had partnered up and were working together. I had never felt such strength from it before. It didn’t hurt, it just felt like it was a part of me now and like my power had momentarily become one with my soul. I closed my eyes and let the solidarity marinate in every moment we bonded together as I knew the feeling would not last forever and so, as I clenched my fists and the energy poured out of my body, for once in my life, I had no regret about harming something or about letting go of control. My mind and soul were finally free.”

The rest of the excerpt can be read via the button below!

Lexia Luccen is a seventeen-year-old girl with a fiery power that is slowly destroying the last fragments of her sanity. Having lost her abusive father, Lexia is left scarred from the way he treated her and by the grief of his death. When she accidentally uses her ability to create a devastating explosion that takes many lives, she is moved from her life of solitude into the hectic youth facility that is Lucida.

Lucida is no ordinary youth facility. It is a secretly run technological agency for supernatural wayward youth, set up to teach them how to control their abilities after they have caused disturbances in society. These youths think that once they have been reformed, they will be freed. However, the truth is a very different story.

Lies, love, and more death await Lexia at Lucida, and she soon realizes that this facility is not quite what it seems. Now she knows she must make a choice: does she finally give up to the darkness that slowly consumes her—like her father did—or does she follow the firestorm that runs through her veins and for once in her life, battle for something?

Time is running out. Lexia needs to make her decision fast, before Lucida makes it for her.

Link to the Rafflecopter e-book giveaway and Goodreads!

AUTHOR BIO: Lotté Jean Elliott is an author from North-Eastern England. She began as an avid reader before she picked up a pen one day and started to use her imagination to create a new universe, just like her favourite fictional ones.

Through literature, she saw a whole new world open up, and she has not stopped diving into the deepest parts of her mind ever since.

When she isn’t writing novels, poetry, or screenplays with her sister Francesca, Lotté loves nothing more than to find inspiration for life through art films, music, exploring museums, and language learning. She loves to explore the deepest meaning behind things and gain new perspectives of the world in which we inhabit.

The Damned Society: Smoke & Mirrors by L.J. Elliott is out now!

Book List

Spanish Young Adult Books Released In 2020!

There’s thousands of books published every year and today I wanted to highlight international or non-English language Young Adult books that released in 2020!

On The Booked Shelf I’m highlighting 4 fantasy and sci-fi titles you should add to your TBR!

1. Sky Rider: El Mar de Nubes by Soleil Bessadie
Publisher: Letrame, S.L.
Release Date:
September 7, 2020

It is said that Sky Riders have the power to write the story of the worlds, but…is it true?

Join the Sky Rider Happy in her journey to Penumbra, a kingdom the Tyrant Dawn Aldo covered with a sea of clouds a hundred years ago.

There, beside her inseparable companion, Feiry the megobari, they must confront Lázarus, descendant of Aldo, to recover the Sun and set the world free from darkness.

2. La conjura de Aramat by Victoria Álvarez (The War Of Gaiatra #1)
Publisher: Nocturna Ediciones
Release Date: October 13, 2020

In a country devoured by the desert, where technology obeys the laws of magic and the wishes of the djinn are more than legend, a sultana marries every night and beheads a new husband every dawn. No one in all of Aramat seems ready to flatter her; no one except her own daughter.

At seventeen, Princess Raisha is desperate to save her mother from a dire fate. That is why she does not hesitate to escape from the palace with her last husband, trusting that the sultana will eventually come to her senses. But Raisha soon realizes that things are not going as expected: the man she has helped is not who she believed, the desert hides more secrets than she could imagine and beyond its borders, where the fog spreads Above a kingdom of rusty gears and clouds envelop a floating archipelago, the machinery of impending war has already been put into motion.

3. Somos Astronautas by Clara Cortés
Publisher: La Galera
Release Date: November 5, 2020

Four friends, a summer full of questions and the vastness of the future ahead.

In a Florida town, four friends are about to finish their last year of high school. They feel lost and put off again and again the moment of considering what they want to do with their lives. Their paths shouldn’t have crossed, yet one day the four of them see something in the sky that will likely change them forever.

Summer begins full of questions that, more than from space, come from within and are not so easy to answer.

4. La Flor Y La Muerte by Iria G. Parente and Selene M. Pascual (Olympus #1)
Publisher: Nocturna Ediciones
Release Date:
November 9, 2020

Mars, 2628. Olympus is a large corporation that spans the galaxy and divides society into thirteen Services based on the ancient Olympian gods.

Asha is a Hades and has been surrounded by death throughout her life. Ianthe is a Demeter and has been rooted in solitude throughout her life. When both enter the Akademeia, they already know what awaits them: three years of confinement and the Odyssey, the group test where the best candidates are chosen to lead the Services. But the competition is though and the stakes are high. Power will be achieved by whoever is willing to do anything for Olympus.

Are there any non-English YA books you’ve read?

Cover Reveals, Feiwel & Friends, Fierce Reads

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta Cover Reveal

As of September 14, Fierce Reads revealed the cover to Zoe Hana Mikuta’s 2021 sci-fi mecha debut novel titled Gearbreakers!

In this cyberpunk novel featuring 200-ft mecha deities and two girls ready to take them down from the inside out, the reader meets Sona and Eris who find themselves teaming up to destroy a tyrannical rule from within.

Hana Mikuta has pitched her novel as “enemies-to-lovers cyberpunk sapphics who like tattooing one another.”

In the blog post, she had this to say about the Gearbreakers cover, “the girls look amazing, and terrifying, and ready to take down a deity or two. Sona’s sword and cyborg eye, Eris’s cryogloves and signature welding goggles…I cannot accurately describe the degree of excitement and love I have for seeing two Asian girls on the cover of a YA science fiction novel.”

She continued to state that seeing her main character Sona on the cover who is half-Korean and half-white just like her “quite literally made [her] burst into tears of joy.”

The cover artist is Taj Francis.

Two girls on opposite sides of a war discover they’re fighting for a common purpose—and falling for each other—in Zoe Hana Mikuta’s high-octane debut Gearbreakers, perfect for fans of Pacific Rim, Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga, and Marie Lu’s Legend series.

We went past praying to deities and started to build them instead...

The shadow of Godolia’s tyrannical rule is spreading, aided by their giant mechanized weapons known as Windups. War and oppression are everyday constants for the people of the Badlands, who live under the thumb of their cruel Godolian overlords.

Eris Shindanai is a Gearbreaker, a brash young rebel who specializes in taking down Windups from the inside. When one of her missions goes awry and she finds herself in a Godolian prison, Eris meets Sona Steelcrest, a cybernetically enhanced Windup pilot. At first Eris sees Sona as her mortal enemy, but Sona has a secret: She has intentionally infiltrated the Windup program to destroy Godolia from within.

As the clock ticks down to their deadliest mission yet, a direct attack to end Godolia’s reign once and for all, Eris and Sona grow closer—as comrades, friends, and perhaps something more…

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta is set to release June 29, 2021!

Adaptation News, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Teen

Marie Lu’s Warcross Optioned As A TV Series!

On September 10, it was announced that Marie Lu’s Warcross was optioned for a television series with Bruna Papandrea’s ‘Made Up Stories’ and producer John Cameron attached.

Warcross follows a young hacker by the name of Emika Chen whose struggling to survive, but does so by making a profit hunting down players who bet on the worldwide phenomenon ‘Warcross.’ After hacking herself into the game’s biggest tournament, she quickly rises to fame catching the attention of the creator Hideo Tanaka who recruits her as a spy to track down an elusive hacker, but in doing so uncovers a mischievous plot along the way.

Through Variety it was mentioned that executive producers have also been confirmed with the project. Steve Hutensky, Casey Haver, alongside Adam Lash and Cori Uchida, the latter two who’ve also been attached to write the series. Janice Park will also be producing and Cameron is set to direct the pilot.

It was also stated that Lu will be an executive producer.

“As a massive fan of so many of the stories that Bruna Papandrea, Made Up Stories, and John Cameron have produced, I am delighted and deeply honored to have ‘Warcross’ in their talented hands. They are masters of their craft in every way; every story they have brought to life has been done with exquisite care. I can’t wait to collaborate and see them work their magic on Emika, Hideo, and the world of ‘Warcross,’” said Lu, according to Variety.

Papandera’s projects include HBO’s Big Little Lies to a 2019 zombie-horror comedy titled Little Monsters. Lash and Uchida have worked on projects such as Altered Carbon and Reprisal. Cameron is an award-winning producer whose known for the FX series Fargo and Legion.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life.

The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Warcross by Marie Lu is out now!

Cover Reveals, Fierce Reads, Roaring Book Press

Skyhunter by Marie Lu Cover Reveal

As of May 28, #1 New York Times Bestselling author Marie Lu, revealed the cover for her anticipated 2020 release Skyhunter through her Twitter.

When asked where Skyhunter is set, Lu mentioned in a following tweet “It’s technically set far in the future, but in a regressed world built on top of the ruins of a long-gone, more advanced society…”

She also stated that she’s still figuring out whether the book will be part of a trilogy or duology.

Skyhunter has been pitched as novel “laced with adrenaline and nonstop action, [Lu] creates an immersive world broken by war where danger waits around every corner and loyalty is life…”

The cover was designed by Aurora Parlagreco.

Marie Lu is the author of the Legend Series, Warcross duology, The Young Elites Series and more recently, The Kingdom Of Back.

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death―transformation into mutant war beasts known as Ghosts, creatures the Federation then sends to attack Mara.

The legendary Strikers, Mara’s elite fighting force, are trained to stop these monsters. But as the number of Ghosts grows and Karensa closes in, defeat seems inevitable.

Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope.

Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows firsthand the brutality of the Federation. Their cruelty forced her and her mother to seek asylum in a country that finds their people repugnant. She finds comfort only with a handful of fellow Strikers who have pledged their lives to one another, soldiers determined to push Karensa back at all costs.

After another devastating battle, Mara seems ready to fall. But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? Or could he be the weapon that will save them all?

Skyhunter by Marie Lu is set to be released September 29, 2020!