Welcome back, YA lovers!
This week’s edition of “What’s Up in YA?” is sponsored by The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber.
From award-winning author Mary Weber, comes a story of video gaming, blood, and power. As an online gamer, Sofi Snow battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena. Her brother Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. When, a bomb shatters the arena, Sofi thinks Shilo’s been taken to an ice-planet – Delonese. Charming playboy Miguel is a Delonese Ambassador. He’s built a career on secrets and seduction. When the bomb explodes, the tables turn and he’s the target. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than Earth can afford.
Grab yourself some ice cream, some tea, or any other comfort comestible of choice and let’s catch up with all the YA news that’s fit to post.
- The life-changing bookish habit Sarah Dessen discovered as a teen. I bet a lot of us do this or something similar.
- Lauren Graham snags the rights to adapt Jennifer E. Smith’s latest book Windfall. I’ve liked Smith’s previous books, and it seems like Graham would be a great fit for capturing her voice.
- Rainbow Rowell will be penning the next YA Marvel project, Runaways.
- The rights to the “buzzy YA” title S.T.A.G.S. have been picked up for film. I have literally never heard of this book. I also hope that it’s an author of color behind it, given the comp to Get Out.
- The YA title Under Rose-Tainted Skies has been optioned for potential adaptation.
- Here’s the trailer for season 2B of Shadowhunters on Freeform.
- Five things to know about Still Star Crossed, an adaptation for television from Shondaland. I only vaguely know of the title, but it’s neat to see a book like this — a period drama — getting this kind of treatment.
- What we might expect from the second season of Netflix’s take on 13 Reasons Why. It’s different than my prediction of following Alex, who we last left off with in season one with a Very Unresolved Ending.
- This UK prize-winning book looks like one we should hope crosses the pond. . . and/or that those of you in the UK should scoop up.
- These are the 5 Editor Buzz Panel books from Book Expo America. Expect to see and hear a lot about them in the coming months — I’ve read the new Samantha Mabry and it is, indeed, magical.
- And like I’ve been doing every year since starting these news round-ups, remember you can snag free YA and classic audiobooks all summer long with Audiobook Sync.
Thanks for hanging out and we’ll see you back here next week with a really exciting interview with a long-time Book Riot and YA reader favorite.
— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars