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Desperate Forest follows Roselynn, the Princess of the Kingdom of Tover, on a quest to escape her murderous uncle through an ominous forest– with the help of some unexpected friends! Engaged to Darius, the new King of the Kingdom of Marcsnovia, Roselynn’s life seemed perfect– that is, until her uncle murdered her father with the intent to kill her too. Roselynn escapes Tover with the intent of reaching Darius in Marcsnovia, hoping he can offer her help in reclaiming her kingdom. After a few short days on the run, she is captured by Jay, the cute, rugged and mysterious guy traveling to Galesmore with a group of other travelers fleeing the oppressive rule of Roselynn’s uncle, Abrax.
We created a list of fun reads that will make you immediately grab your passport and head off to Europe with a group of friends. Bring these books with you for long plane rides across the Atlantic. Warning: Claire’s favorite city to visit is London, while Christy’s is Paris.
1. Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna Oliphant is forced to leave Atlanta and spend her senior year of high school at a boarding school, the School of America in Paris (SOAP). At first she hates the idea of leaving her mom and brother, her best friend, and her crush (and hopefully future boyfriend.) Upon arriving at SOAP, she quickly joins a group of friends that helps her explore the City of Lights and get over her fear of living in a foreign country. Almost instantly, Anna develops feelings for a member of the friend group, the charismatic, gorgeous (and very taken) Étienne St. Clair. Their friendship is tested when the two discover if being more than friends is in their future.
Sydney cannot wait to embark on her first European adventure with her best friend, Leela. Leela was supposed to go with her boyfriend, but they broke up right before the end of their freshman year of college. Desperate to still go on an adventure, Leela asks Sydney to use her savings to backpack through Europe. This doesn’t happen without complication though, because she is anxious to leave her younger sister with her anxiety ridden mother for over a month.
This month’s book club pick was Again, but Better by booktuber and fellow YA lover, Christine Riccio!
Again, but Better follows 20 year old Shane Primaveri on her study abroad semester in London, England circa 2011. Her college life had been one word, boring! That’s why Shane’s semester abroad had to be perfect: she was going to have her first kiss, be more outgoing and meet new friends, and kick ass at her writing internship— if only things were that easy!
Serious Moonlight follows Birdie Lindberg on a journey to find herself…and maybe love along the way. Growing up without socialization and under the scrutiny of her overprotective grandparents, Birdie has a lot to learn about life. Since her strict grandmother has passed away, her grandfather gives her more freedom: enter a brand new job at a dazzling hotel in downtown Seattle and adventures with her handsome coworker.
Inspired by the murders committed by Jack the Ripper, Maniscalco has you traveling back in time to 19th century London. Audrey Rose Wadsworth hails from high-society. She’s the daughter of a lord and as such, she should behave like a lady. Audrey has other plans, caring more about forensics than afternoon tea. Under the supervision of her uncle, Audrey gets to examine the dead bodies that are brought in. When gruesome dead bodies of women show up more frequently, Audrey is determined to solve the mystery and end the horrendous killing spree that encompassed London.
We were really excited about this book because Lacey was one of the best characters in Love, Life and the List. She definitely deserved her own story— and her own chance at finding love!
Lacey Barnes finally landed a role in a Hollywood movie—her dream job. She stalls her life and moves to Hollywood with her dad. Everything seems perfect, she has a leading role opposite megastar Grant James and the beginning of a promising career. However, Lacey is still in high school. The one thing she doesn’t want to deal with is school work. So when Lacey keeps blowing off her assignments, her dad hires her a relentless tutor…enter dreamboat, Donavan. Lacey thinks Donavan is the most stiff and boring guy she has ever met and accuses him of being a straight-laced choir boy. “Donovan: Loves homework, haircuts and harmonizing” (64). Donavan believes that Lacey is spoiled, insane and lazy, considering how hard he has to work to get her to do even one assignment.
This post will be updated when West releases new books—but for now, here are our top 11. We left off Pivot Point and Split Second because they are Fantasy/Paranormal YA. Though that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read them!
We have a tie for the number one spot because we just couldn’t decide between two of West’s most dreamy love interests and engaging stories! These two West books really stand out: