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YA City Guide: Los Angeles

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 đź‘‡.

1. The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

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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!

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Reviews

Review: Moment of Truth by Kasie West

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Moment of Truth is the companion book to Love, Life and the List and FameFate and the First Kiss. If you’re a fan of West’s, you know this book has been in the works for years. Its previous titles were The Sun, the Moon and the Truth and Hearts, Heroes and Heath Hall

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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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Which YA Book You Should Read Based on Your College Major 

We used common college majors to help you pick your next read. Sorry we couldn’t find a book for every college major out there. Let us know you thoughts on these books in the comments. Also, tell us what you are majoring in, will major in or majored in! 

1. Business/Marketing: Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny

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The family business is hurting and Julie Ducharme doesn’t know what to do. The last thing she wants is for her mother to sell the camp ground lake property. Except, with her brother’s recent illness and her mom’s debt, it might be the only option. To make matters worse, her crush Dan returns for the summer with a new girlfriend. 

One night while looking at stars on the dock, Julie runs into Nick Constantine, a cute guy playing guitar. Instant sparks fly between the two and for the first time, the summer looks hopeful. However, Nick’s dad is a developer who wants to turn the lake into a casino resort. Nick doesn’t want to be associated with his dad’s project and tries to help Julie keep the family business. Can she truly ever trust him?

Summer Constellations is really great for family relationships. Julie is very protective of her bother Caleb. Caleb and Nick developed a friendship that made the romance in the story even more genuine. While the romance makes you want to spend the summer at a lake with a hot guy, Julie’s first priority is her family. Julie enlists Nick and her family to come up with marketing ideas to boost the family business to prevent selling to the developers. 

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Review: Fame, Fate and the First Kiss By Kasie West

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We were really excited about Fame, Fate and the First Kiss 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.

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Kasie West’s Contemporary Books Ranked

As you can probably tell, we’re huge Kasie West fans and have been for many years. We eagerly anticipate all of her new releases and love almost everything that she writes. However, there are some books we definitely prefer over others. That’s why we ranked Kasie West’s books—to help readers know where to start.

This post will be updated when West releases new books—but for now, here are her current YA contemporary books. We left off Pivot Point and Split Second because they are fantasy/paranormal YA. Though that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read them though. We’re huge fans of her paranormal duology, it’s just hard to compare it to the rest of her books because they are so different.

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. Let us know your favorite YA books from West in the comments.


T1. The Fill-In Boyfriend

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