Review: This May End Badly by Samantha Markum

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Doe Saltpeter loves The Weston School more than anything. She and her friends have spent the past three years at war with Winfield Academy, the all-boys school in the same town.

But when senior year starts, Doe and her friends learn that The West School and Winfield Academy plan to merge next year, ruining her favorite place in the world. Doe won’t stand for this, especially since Nathaniel Wellborn III’s (Three’s) family is the one behind it. Of course it would come back to her arch nemesis. Three’s wealthy family can do whatever they want, meaning Doe has to go to extreme measures to change the course of history.

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Review: Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber

Summary

Twins Princess Rose Valhart and Wren Greenrock have lived completely different lives. Rose never wanted for anything at the beautiful palace. While Wren trained, always preparing to steal the crown from her sister.

When Rose wakes up one morning in the desert, she’s determined to get back home immediately. She has no idea who Shen Lee is and she doesn’t even realize she has a twin, let alone that Wren is pretending to be her back at the palace.

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Underrated YA Books Part 2

We’ve been wanting to write a follow up post to our first Underrated YA Books post from 2019. We rounded up a list of amazing books that don’t get talked about enough. Check out our recommendations for fans of YA books below!

Can you think of other underrated books? Let us know in the comments!

1. Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch

Dare You to Lie follows Kylene Danners as she moves back to her hometown of Jasperville, Ohio. But everything has changed. Her FBI agent father got sent to prison (he’s innocent) and nobody forgot the incident that made Kylene leave two years ago. Kylene just wants to save her dad and stop the toxic masculinity in this small town. Little does she know that both are connected. This town has a lot of dirty secrets and Kylene is ready to solve this mystery.

Kylene is one of our favorite MCs for her strength and fortitude. Dare You to Lie also has a great cast of supporting characters who are eager to help Kylene takedown the people who wronged her. If you’re looking for a fast-paced YA thriller series, pick these books up now. We’re eagerly anticipating book 4.

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Review: Zodiac Academy 6: Fated Throne by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

A few weeks after the shocking events in Zodiac Academy 5: Cursed Fates, Darcy Vega and the Celestial Heirs are desperate to save Tory Vega from Lionel Acrux. It’s been a tough summer and the group is ready for another year at Zodiac Academy.

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May 2022 Mini-Reviews

Review: Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets by Chelsea Ichaso

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Savannah Sullivan knows her younger sister Piper didn’t try to kill herself. It doesn’t matter what everyone is saying, she knows Piper’s fall was no accident. Desperate to learn the truth, Savannah signs up for survival club. Piper “fell” from a place near where the annual survival camp trip is going.

Nobody can believe that Savannah wants to go camping, but when she tells everyone that it helps her feel close to Piper, nobody argues. It’s hard to fight with Savannah when Piper’s still in a coma.

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Binge-Worthy YA Books

In need of a YA series to binge? We have some awesome recommendations for series to read through immediately. Whether you want something cute and fluffy for summer, or a dark thriller for autumn, we have something for everyone.

1. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars became a cult classic when the TV show released in 2010. But, we think the books are much better. Three years after Alison DeLaurentis disappears, former friends Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily start receiving mysterious text messages from someone named A. Pretty Little Liars is a perfect binge series because there are 16 books and two companion novels. Just get ready, the YA series is full of thrills and is even darker than the show.

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Review: Very Bad People by Kit Frick

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The three Bolan sisters look like they came from a fairy tale. With their freckled-faces and long auburn hair, they could easily come across as illustrations from your favorite stories. Except, their life is no fairy tale. Everyone in the small Upstate New York town knows what their mom did years ago. One day she picked all the girls up from school early and drove into a lake. The girls survived, she didn’t.

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May 2022 Book Club: Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber

The Book

Twin Crowns releases May 17, 2022.

Why did we pick this book?

We’ve been waiting for Catherine Doyle to publish another YA book for years! We loved her Blood for Blood series and couldn’t wait to see how she handled YA fantasy. We knew we wanted to read Twin Crowns with our book club for May when we saw the release date. If you’d like to join us, we’ll be meeting on May 22, 2022 at 5pm EDT. Email imallbookedupya@gmail.com to get the meeting link.

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Review: Don’t Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch

Starting right where Dare You to Lie left off, Kylene Danners and her best friend Garrett Higgins are lucky to be alive. All Kylene wanted was to make the football players who took pictures of her pay, while simultaneously trying to get her dad out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Too bad Kylene stumbled upon something much bigger.

Agent Cedric Dawson is back in town for an FBI Investigation into missing girls, who are officially labeled as runaways. Kylene’s takedown of Donovan, the former Jasperville High defensive lineman, led to much bigger secrets coming out about the town of Jasperville and the corrupt people who live there. Someone is pulling the strings behind the scenes and Kylene is determined to figure out who and why. For some reason, every bad thing happening goes back to the mysterious Advocatus Diaboli, known as the AD.

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YA Books About Prom

It’s prom season now so we’re celebrating by sharing some YA books that feature this important coming of age dance. Prom is such a prominent night for high school students and it’s a big deal to the characters in the books below. So get out your sparkly dresses and fancy tuxes, we’re going back to high school in these stories. Do you know of a prom YA book that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

1. The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller

The Night When No One Sex skipped over the dance and went right to this group of friends getting ready for a crazy night without parental supervision. Prom is so romanticized and Miller chose to turn it into a comedy of errors. Right after the dance, this group of friends goes to a cabin in the woods to all have sex with their prom dates. Unfortunately, nothing goes as planned, making it a night they’ll never forget. This book is completely hilarious and is perfect for people who want to read about an unconventional prom night.

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