August 2021 Book Club: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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The Book

The Inheritance Games was released on September 1, 2020. The paperback came out in July 2021.

Why did we pick this book?

We’ve been so excited to read The Inheritance Games since last year. It’s pitched a YA version of the movie Knives Out and we love a good mystery. Also, we really enjoyed The Naturals series by Barnes and can’t wait to see if her latest series lives up to the hype. We’re reading book 1 just in time. Book 2, The Hawthorne Legacy, releases in September! Email us at imallbookedupya@gmail.com to join us Sunday August 22nd for book club!

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Review: Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

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After the events of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Pip Fitz-Amobi has decided to give up being a detective. With the help of her boyfriend Ravi Singh, Pip set up a podcast to discuss the mysterious case of Andie Bell. Now everyone knows Pip and what she accomplished in her small Connecticut town.

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Review: Twin River High series by Lynn Rush and Kelly Anne Blount

We loved In The Penalty Box when we read it earlier this year and became excited that Rush and Blount were releasing three companion books around the same time. 

1. Gutter Girl

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McKenna Storm and Jace Rovers couldn’t be more different. In fact, despite knowing each other since Kindergarten, the two haven’t spoken in years. One bump in the hallway changed their whole trajectory, leading to McKenna covering for Jace. Jace writes a fantasy romance book online and is terrified of anyone finding out. 

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Review: That Weekend by Kara Thomas

In case you missed it, earlier this week we interviewed Kara Thomas! Check out the interview and the GIVEAWAY for a signed copy of That Weekend. We’re accepting entries until Monday July 26th. All you need to do is comment on the previous blog post!

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After a devastating breakup, Claire Keough plans to skip the prom and go away with her two best friends Kat Marcotte and Jesse Salpietro. Without telling their parents, the three sneak up to Kat’s parent’s house secluded in the mountains of Upstate New York.

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Giveaway + Author Interview: Kara Thomas

We had the opportunity to interview Kara Thomas, the author of our July book club pick That Weekend. Thomas also wrote The Cheerleaders, Little Monsters, The Darkest Corners and the Prep School Confidential series.

Thomas has also let us a do a GIVEAWAY for a signed copy of That Weekend. To enter: comment on this blog post and provide a way for us to reach you. The giveaway will last one week. We’ll announce the winner on Twitter on Monday July 26th and give the contact information to Kara Thomas.

Kara Thomas

1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?

I knew when I was in elementary school I wanted to be a writer. When I discovered Nancy Drew, I was so obsessed that I began writing my own terrible knock-off novels. I never quite outgrew the habit, because I still write mysteries.

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Books on Our Summer 2021 TBR

There are so many amazing books we can’t wait to read in the next two months. Let us know what you’re excited to read this summer in the comments!

1. Gods & Monsters by by Shelby Mahurin

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Gods & Monsters is the final book in the Serpent & Dove trilogy. After the major cliffhanger at the end of Blood & Honey, we can’t wait to see what happens next for Lou, Reid and the rest of the group. Gods & Monsters releases on July 27th.

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Review: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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Right after the shocking events of The Wicked King, Jude is in the human world living with Vivi and Oak. At this point Jude believes she’ll never go back to faerie or see Cardan again. 

When Taryn shows up with some shocking news, she needs Jude’s help. Jude must go back to faerie and pretend to be Taryn…to save her twin from prison, or worse. Only it’s not safe for Jude to return during exile. Many people would give anything to see her fall. 

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July 2021 Mini-Reviews

There’s a theme for our July mini-reviews: college admissions!

Admission by Julie Buxbaum

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Chloe Wynn Berringer cannot wait to start college in Southern California, close to where she grew up. Everything in her life is perfect: her best friend, hot boyfriend and wealthy lifestyle. 

Then one morning she’s greeted by the FBI, who arrest her mother for allegedly being involved in the college admissions scandal. Everything in her life falls apart overnight. No college, her friends ignore her and her parents spend every day with the best legal team money can buy. 

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4th of July Book Tag

We found this tag on YA Page Turner and wanted to participate. Let us know your answers to these questions in the comments. Even though we’re two days late, Happy 4th of July!

1. Show three books you have already read, one red, one white and one blue:

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Red: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin. The cover of this book is gorgeous! We can’t wait to read the third book in this series, Gods & Monsters, out in July!

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