Reviews

Review: Picture-Perfect Boyfriend by Becky Dean

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

Kenzie Reed is excited for her first family vacation in years. She can’t wait to visit Hawaii and see everything that the island of Maui has to offer. Too bad she can’t be like her old self and photograph everything on the island and wander by herself. Nope, the new and resposible Kenzie didn’t bring her camera and is sticking to the family schedule.

But when Kenzie arrives in Hawaii, a big surprise is waiting for her. Months ago, Kenzie made up a fake boyfriend named Jacob Miller, who she met at a conference. Jacob is perfect in every way, well perfect for her parents.

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Spring Book Tag

Since it’s finally spring and we’ve enjoyed reading outside again recently, we though it was time to create a seasonal book tag. We decided it would be fun to come up with our own spring book tag and ask fellow book bloggers to participate.

We’re not going to tag anyone right now. But we do encourage everyone to participate because we would love to read your answers. Check out our prompts and answers below. And if you decide to participate, don’t forget to tag us.

This blog post is all about our spring book tag!

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The Most Anticipated YA Books of 2023

Happy almost New Year, everyone! We can’t believe that it’s almost 2023!

There are so many amazing YA books releasing in 2023. Below, you can find the top 20 books we’re most excited to read this upcoming year. We have high hopes for our picks. Let us know your most anticipated books for 2023 in the comments.

Did you miss our favorite books of 2022? Click here to check our recent favorites for some reading inspiration!

Again, happy almost 2023 to all of our readers. Thank you to everyone who has read our blog this past year. It means a lot to us that our blog has grown so much over the course of 2022.

FYI: Not all covers have been revealed yet. We plan to update this post as soon as they become available.

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The Summer Bucket List Book Tag

Happy Labor Day everyone! With summer season coming to an end, we thought we would participate in one last fun book tag before we switch over to spooky season. We have to admit, this is our favorite time of year. September and October always bring beautiful weather and fun activities.

We saw this tag on Read and Review It and Her Digital Coffee. Their answers convinced us to participate. The tag was originally created by Read by Tiffany.

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Reviews

Review: Love & Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean

For our July book club, we choose to read Love & Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean. We’ve had this book on our TBR for months and we’re excited to finally be able to go on an adventure across Britain through the eyes of an American teenager. 

If you didn’t already know, London is an amazing city. Check out our YA City Guide for more recommendations for YA books set in London. 

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Book Club

July 2022 Book Club: Love & Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean

The Book

Love & Other Great Expectations released June 14, 2022.

Why did we pick this book?

The weather is warm, the sun is shining and travel has returned. We wanted to discuss a fun contemporary set in Europe and Love & Other Great Expectations sounded like the perfect read. There’s romance, adventure and the scavenger hunt clues are perfect to talk about with a group. If you’d like to join us, book club is on July 17, 2022. Email imallbookedupya@gmail.com for the link.

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Books on Our Summer 2022 TBR

We’re so excited for all the amazing YA books releasing this summer. We came up with a list of the seven book we want to read ASAP. From twisty thrillers to sweet romances, we think there’s a book for everyone. Grab some iced coffee, a pair of cute sunglasses and get ready to read this summer.

What are you reading this summer and which releases are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments!

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Our Most Anticipated YA Books of 2022

It’s almost 2022, which means it’s almost time to read some of our most anticipated books. 2021 was an amazing reading year for us and we have a feeling 2022 will only get better. Check out the books that we can’t wait for this year and let us know in the comments if any are on your TBR. 

Note: We already read two 2022 books, Love from Scratch and These Deadly Games. We rated both five stars and recommend everyone add them to their 2022 TBR!

1. Nothing More to Tell by Karen McManus

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We’ll read anything that Karen McManus writes at this point! Nothing More to Tell follows Brynn, who left an elite school after her favorite teacher was murdered. Four years later, Brynn is determined to find exactly what happened. She knows someone at that school got away with murder, but who? McManus mysteries always keep us guessing and we can’t wait to pick this one up on August 30th.

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YA City Guide: London

Anyone else have major wanderlust or is it just us? We’re travel addicts and we’re always looking at ways to travel through reading.

We may also be guilty of scrolling through too many travel tags on Instagram… (sorry, not sorry)! If you’re like us and love to travel, then here are some of our favorite books set in Claire’s favorite city: London! Let your imagination take you on a trip across the pond through these amazing books. For more travel inspiration, check out our previous city guide for Paris.

This blog post is all about the YA Books that are set in London.

1. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Our readers know that we love The Infernal Devices— we’ve gushed about it numerous times on our blog…but that won’t stop us from fangirling again with you all right now. This Shadowhunter series takes place in Victorian London. The year is 1878 and Tessa Gray enters London’s seedy supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother.

Along the way, she stumbles upon two Shadowhunters, Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs, who may be the key to finding her brother and unlocking the secret behind her strange supernatural ability. 

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YA Books That Will Give You European Wanderlust

Do you love traveling? So do we. In fact, since we don’t get to travel as much as we’d like, we find ourselves traveling through books.

We came up with a list of our 15 favorite young adult books set in Europe. We promise, reading these books will give you major wanderlust. Get inspired to visit some of our favorite cities, which include Paris and London.

Did we miss any of your favorite books set in Europe? Let us know in the comments.

This blog post is all about the best YA books set in Europe.

1. Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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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. 

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