Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t read the book series or watched the TV show.
The year is 2010. The two of us sat on a bed with ABC Family turned on, eagerly waiting for the premiere of Pretty Little Liars. We’d seen the show previews for weeks and couldn’t wait to watch this teen thriller. At the time, we hadn’t read the books.
The first book came out in 2006 and the last one released 2014. There are 18 books total, 16 are part of the regular series and two are companions.
The TV show lasted for seven seasons, from 2010-2017. We loved the first few seasons, but as time went on, it got more and more ridiculous. Eventually, we had to read the source material to see the differences.
Cassie Hobbes never thought her ability to read people was that special. Sure, she can look at someone and piece together who they are and what they want. But when the FBI takes an interest in Cassie for their Naturals program, she can’t help wondering what she is capable of doing.
We are so excited to be part of the blog tour for YOU WERE MADE FOR ME by Jenna Guillaume! We’re currently reading it, so check back for a review soon. We’re loving the concept of a girl accidentally creating the perfect teenage boy. It’s gives us major Pixel Perfect vibes from the OG Disney Channel days. Anyone else know which movie we’re talking about?!
We’re so excited that we had the opportunity to interview Lynn Painter before the release of her debut YA book Better Than the Movies. If you love rom-coms, pick this one up when it releases on May 4, 2021.
1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
Growing up, I was a voracious reader who constantly had a book in my hand. Spelling and reading came naturally to me in school, and I always enjoyed writing assignments. Lit was always my favorite subject.
So how didn’t I know? Why did it never occur to me? Pick up a pen, past Lynn! It wasn’t until after I was married and had a baby that my sister said, “I saw an author on Oprah. You read all the time – maybe you should write a book.”
It was an absurd statement, but I actually started writing my first (awful) book that very week. I guess I owe Oprah Winfrey a huge thank you!
Before we dive into today’s post, we have an exciting announcement. Today is our two year blogging anniversary! We love the community we’ve created here, so thank you for reading and following along with us. We’re excited to see our community continue for years to come! Two years ago we started this blog for fun and we’re so happy with what we’ve accomplished since.
Okay, on with our regular scheduled programming.
It’s the finale of her exchange in London, and Mallory’s last day at Kensington School didn’t go as planned. Instead of saying goodbye to her friends and planning to go long-distance with Harry, she gets dumped and ends up sharing a revenge kiss with Noah in the lunch room. All Mallory wants to do is get out of London, but her parents have other plans.
Los Angeles: The California Dream. While it’s not our goal to be a celeb, it’s always a fun plot point. We listed our favorite books set in LA and can’t wait to share! Let us know if you’ve read any in the comments .
1. The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
Set five years after The Mortal Instruments, we see Emma Cartiars and Julian Blackthorn at age 17. The Dark Artifices follows a group of shadowhunters at the Los Angeles Institute. Emma and Julian investigate a demonic plot, which takes through the city and around the amazing beaches. The Dark Artifices features old favorite characters, but has a completely different vibe from Clare’s other books. LA is a lot different from NYC and London. If you’re looking for a fantasy with California sunshine, look no further!
*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Liz Buxbaum is obsessed with romantic comedies. She used to watch them with her mom and, after her mom’s death, uses them as a way to feel close to her. When her childhood crush, Michael, moves back to town, she thinks this is her shot at a happily ever after— and a prom date— straight from a rom-com. Except Michael still views her as the odd-ball Little Liz from elementary school. She is strictly in the friend zone.
Wren Sutherland is a healer— and the illegitimate niece of the Queen of Danu. As a member of the Queen’s Guard, she is assigned to the unit of her best friend (and the object of her unrequited affection), Una. When Danubian soldiers go missing, Wren and Una are tasked with finding out if Danu’s rival, Vesria, is behind the disappearances. Except, when they finally do catch a boy— believed to be a Vesrian spy— Wren heals him and he escapes. With the Queen rescinding her spot on the Guard, Wren has lost all hope of finding the missing soldiers.
Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t started The Last Hours series.
Picking up a few months after Chain of Gold, it’s time for James Herondale and Cordelia Carstairs to get married. Except, they are both dreading it. Cordelia always hoped she’d marry James…just not under these circumstances.