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Review: I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt

Christmas is Noelle Partridge’s favorite holiday. Every year, she makes a schedule for her friends and her dad to make sure the holiday season is perfect. Too bad this year her friends are too busy and her dad is constantly working.

When Noelle’s favorite babysitting clients, the Kahale family, invite her to spend the holidays at a ski resort, Noelle decides to take a leap and goes. Besides, she’s going to need the money if she wants to attend Beacon Academy, an elite ballet academy in DC.

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Holiday Gift Guide: 2022 YA Edition 

Looking for some book gift ideas for the people in your life? We love to give and receive books. Check out the list of our recommended YA books. Some of these are even on our personal wish list this year.

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas: YA Book Edition

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We’re definitely seasonal readers, which means we love reading Christmas books in December. Bring us all the fluffy romance and holiday cheer. We compiled a list of the YA Christmas books guaranteed to get you ready to deck the halls. Let us know your favorite holiday reads in the comments!

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December 2022 Book Club: Christmas After All by Cece Louise

Happy December everyone! We can’t believe how fast 2022 has gone by, especially the past few months. While Bards Alley doesn’t hold December book club meetings because of the busy holiday season, we decided to share our most anticipated holiday read with all of you. Cece Louise is one of our favorite indie authors and we’re ecstatic to read her first contemporary romance.

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Review: So, This is Christmas by Tracy Andreen

Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma for the holidays. Too bad everything has changed since she left for boarding school in Connecticut. First, her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend. Second, her parents separated, causing her mom to spend the holidays in Missouri. Finally, her former nemesis now works at her grandmother’s inn.

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November 2022 Mini-Reviews 

Review: Talk Santa to Me by Linda Urban

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

Talk Santa to Me is basically Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer meets a Hallmark movie.

Frankincense “Francie” was born in a stable. Well, a stable at the Hollydale Holiday Shop, her family’s Christmas store. Francie loves her family’s store more than anything. But this year is annoying. Her Aunt Carol is back and trying to make the store more corporate feeling, a la cousin Mel from Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer.

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November 2022 Book Club: So, This is Christmas by Tracy Andreen

The Book

So, This is Christmas released on October 12, 2021.

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Books on Our NetGalley Shelf Part 2

So much to do, so much to read. We’ve been trying not to request too many books on NetGalley so we can have a more reasonable TBR pile and a strong reading percentage. This fall, we have some great books on our NetGalley line up.

We’ve read books by Lynn Painter and Emma Lord before, but were also excited to read books from three new authors. Have you read any of these ARCs yet? Let us know in the comments.

1. Talk Santa to Me by Linda Urban

Talk Santa to Me promises to be a hilarious and adorable romcom full of Christmas cheer. The description gave us Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer meets a Hallmark movie vibes. All Francie wants is to have the perfect holiday season, stop her aunt from making the family store too corporate and kiss the cute boy next door.

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August 2022 Mini-Reviews

Review: The Charmed List by Julie Abe

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

Ellie Kobata is tired of being the quiet girl. She’s ready to take risks, go on adventures and have an unforgettable summer. That starts with creating her Anti-Wallflower List — 13 items to complete before school starts in the fall. But number four on her list, get revenge on her nemesis Jack Yasuda, goes wrong, Ellie has to spend her epic summer road trip with him instead of her best friend Lia.

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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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