Reviews

Review: Rivals by Katharine McGee

The long awaited third book in the American Royals series released in 2022, almost two years after the last book. A lot is changing for Beatrice, Samantha, Nina and Daphne and the four of them are facing new challenges.

Beatrice is Queen and getting ready for a conference with most of the world’s monarchs, which will take place in California. This is first time attending a major world event as the Queen of the United States and she’s not sure if she’s ready.

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Lists

Books on Our Autumn 2022 TBR

It’s finally autumn, which means it’s time to go over our TBR list for the season. This list doesn’t include the YA books on our NetGalley shelf, that we shared with all of you last week. There are so many recent and upcoming releases that we can’t wait to start reading. Spoiler alert: our October and November book club picks might be on this list.

Have you read any of our autumn book picks? Let us know in the comments and happy reading!

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YA City Guide: Washington, D.C.

Our regular readers know that we absolutely love doing travel guides based on books. Our previous guides include London, Paris, New York City and New England!

Today’s post is extra special because we’re from the Washington D.C. area. We love when we find a book set in our hometown because it’s fun to recognize where the characters go. If you plan on visiting our amazing city or just want some book recommendations, we hope you find a book that stands out to you.  

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Reviews

Review: Majesty by Katharine McGee

Majesty (American Royals, #2) by Katharine McGee

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

Picking up a few weeks after American Royals left off, Beatrice is now the Queen of the United States of America…and she’s only in her early 20s. As she returns to D.C. after the family drama, she’s expected to get married right away– and not to the guy she wants to be with.

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Lists

If You Liked That, Read This

If you’re like us, you’re always looking for book recommendations! We created a list of recommendations based on some popular YA books. Let us know if you’ve read any of these and if you have some recommendations for us!

1. If you liked The Hunger Games, read The Testing

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The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau is an underrated YA series, and is basically a more intellectual version of The Hunger Games. Cia and three other students in her region get chosen to compete for spots at University. In this dystopian future United States, a massive world war left most of the world in shambles. Only the brightest can help bring back the country.

Cia believes that if she doesn’t pass her tests, then she’ll go back to her normal life. However, once students start disappearing, she realizes the price for failure is a lot higher than she ever imagined. 

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Lists

July 2020 Reads

We created a list of the YA books we plan to read in July. Let us know in the comments if you plan on reading any of them. We can’t wait to start these amazing new books and enjoy the July sunshine!

We’re always looking for recommendations, so tell us what you plan to read in July.

1. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi 

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This book, about a 16-year old Muslim girl navigating life post-9/11, has been on our to-read list for a while! Mafi is one of Claire’s favorite authors, and we can’t wait to read this book. Exciting news readers: we have partnered with Bards Alley, our local bookstore in Vienna, VA , for a virtual YA book club on Monday, July 20 at 7 pm! We will be discussing this book. We hope to see you there 🙂 

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Our Most Anticipated Books of 2020

Here are the YA books we can’t wait to read in 2020! Did we miss any amazing YA books? Let us know in the comments which books of 2020 you are most looking forward to reading! We’re always open to add more to our TBR pile. 

1. Chain of Gold (the Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare

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As we’ve said before, we read every Shadowhunter book the moment it is released. Chain of Gold is set in Edwardian London and follows James Herondale, son of fan favorites Tessa and Will! The book will be released on March 3, 2020— so mark your calendars! 

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Our Top Ten Favorite YA Releases of 2019

We’ve read some great (and not so great!) books in 2019. Here’s a greatest hits list of some of our faves. We can’t wait to see which books make our list in 2020! Tell us if you’ve read any of these in the comments. Also, tell us your best books of 2019 books!

1. Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin 

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We’ve raved about this book since we read it for our monthly book club. For more info, check out our full review here. Serpent and Dove has it all: romance, action, magic, and witty banter. Lou is a witch who has fled her coven, forced to become a thief to survive. After a run in with a witch hunter named Reid, Lou’s life changes forever. As the two grow closer, she has to deal with the demons from her past before they ruin her relationship.

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Book Club, Reviews

Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee

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Imagine an alternate world in which the United States established a monarchy after the American Revolution, with King George Washington I at the helm. American Royals re-imagines U.S. history, telling the story of America’s royal (read: scandalous) family. 

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Book Club

September 2019 Book Club: American Royals by Katharine McGee

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The Book

Our September book club pick is American Royals by Katharine McGee. It was released yesterday, September 3, 2019.

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