Our Favorite YA Books of 2021

It’s almost the end of the year, which means it’s time to go through our books for the year and name the top 10! Remember, these are books that were released in 2021. While technically The Cousins released in December 2020, it was our January 2021 book club pick and Goodreads included in its 2021 reader’s choice awards. 

Do you do a top books of the year list? Let us know in the comments! Maybe some of our favorites made your list too.

1. The Cousins by Karen McManus

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As one of our first reads of 2021, The Cousins did not disappoint. Karen McManus has become one of our automatic buy authors since her mysteries always keep us on the edge of our seats. Everyone in out book club enjoyed McManus’s writing style, character development and twisty plot. The Cousins follows Aubrey, Jonah and Milly Story as they meet their grandmother for the first time on a mysterious island off the coast of Massachusetts. If you like complex family dynamics and dark plot twists, this book is for you.

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Review: Blame It on the Mistletoe by Beth Garrod

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*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Elle is a social media influencer in New Jersey and wants nothing more than to build her following. Holly is a Christmas lover, but after an embarrassing run in with her ex-boyfriend, she’ll do anything to escape her small town outside of London for the holidays.

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Review: Love from Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill

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*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Reese Camden can’t wait to start her dream marketing internship at a cooking channel in Seattle, Washington. She loved watching the channel Friends of Flavor back home in Kentucky and now she gets to spend her summer before college doing the behind the scenes work.

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2021 YA Book Holiday Gift Guide

Need to finish (or start) your holiday shopping? We’ve got you covered. Books are the best gifts in our opinion. We’re sharing with you some of our favorite YA books and the perfect audience for them.

Do you have any books on your holiday list this year? Let us know which ones in the comments.

1. The Hopeless Romantic: Better Than the Movie by Lynn Painter

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Better Than the Movies follows hopeless romantic Liz as she tries to impress her former crush. Enter Wes: the guy next door and a serious pain in the ass. But if Liz can get Wes’s help, she can definitely succeed. But as they spend more time plotting, the more Liz realizes she actually more-than-tolerates Wes—she likes him. Painter’s debut book is perfect for fans of romcoms and those you just want something fun for the holiday season.

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December 2021 Book Club: All I Want for Christmas is the Girl Who Can’t Love by Chelsea Bobulski

Happy December everyone! We can’t believe how fast 2021 has gone by. While Bards Alley doesn’t have December book clubs because of the busy holiday season, we decided to share something we’ll be reading this month anyway.

At our last book club meeting of the year, we asked everyone which of our book picks did they enjoy the most. The top three were The Cousins by Karen McManus, The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard.

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The Book

All I Want For Christmas is the Girl Who Can’t Love will be released December 22, 2021. However, we received an ARC from NetGalley.

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YA Books to Read During the 2021 Holiday Season

‘Tis the season! We love this time of a year and we’re also a sucker for a cute holiday romance. Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. We put together a list of 15 books to help you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, the Winter Solstice and New Year’s Eve. 

Whatever you celebrate, have a great holiday season filled with fun, family, friends and books! Now excuse us while we go grab a cozy blanket, get a cup of hot chocolate and dive into some holiday reads. 

1. Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard

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Pretty Little Secrets is a companion book to Pretty Little Liars. It’s Winter in Rosewood, Pennsylvania and each girl has a crazy holiday season. Hanna’s Hanukkah isn’t off to a good start, Aria’s Winter Solstice leads to a shocking discovery, Emily’s Christmas plans lead to an arrest and Spencer gets into a New Year’s Eve competition. We love this hilarious and dramatic addition to one of our favorite series.

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Book Review: The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo

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Book Summary

Lila Castro loves her small town in Upstate New York that is obsessed with everything Christmas. One of the most famous holiday movies was filmed there and now every year tourists flock to the beautiful town. Lila also works at the Bookworm Inn, where scenes of the movie were filmed. Everything about this holiday season seemed perfect, until Lila’s boss tells her that she can’t work more hours over winter break because there’s a new seasonal worker joining the team.

Enter Teddy Veracruz: the owner’s nephew and a complete pain in the ass. He doesn’t follow directions and refuses to follow Lila’s checklist. One afternoon, Lila and Teddy switch phones, forcing them to get to know the other person instead of making rash judgements. These two will have to see if they can get along and maybe, just maybe, find love along the way.

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Review: Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

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*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

These Violent Delights was our April 2021 book club pick and we absolutely loved it. We jumped at the chance to review Our Violent Ends and do a post on Chloe Gong’s Pinterest boards that inspired the books.

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Thanksgiving Book Tag 2021

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We recently found an awesome Thanksgiving Book Tag courtesy of Anna’s Book Nook. Feel free to participate too and don’t forget to mention the creator.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year? Let us know in the comments! Like every year, this year we’re looking forward to cooking, eating and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

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Book vs TV Show: One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

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Karen McManus is one of the biggest names in YA. Her debut book, One of Us is Lying, turned into an over-night bestseller. We were so excited when we heard that Peacock was turning it into a TV show. However, we’re always nervous that the TV show won’t stay true to the book. Below, check out the biggest differences between the book and the TV show.

Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t read or watched One of Us is Lying.

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