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Karen McManus’s YA Books Ranked

If you read our blog, you know we love Karen McManus’s YA books and have read all of them. She is one of our auto-buy authors and we can’t wait to read more of her mysteries/thrillers. We plan on updating this post when McManus releases her next book! Are you a McManus fan? Let us know your rankings in the comments!

1. The Cousins

Milly, Aubrey and Jonah Story have never met their grandmother. Years ago, she disinherited their parents and cut off all contact. Out of the blue, she sends them letters inviting them to stay at her resort on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Only, it’s a lot more complicated than that. When they arrive on the island, nobody seems to expect them. Their grandmother keeps them at arms length, but the more time the cousins spend on the island, the more they learn about their family secrets. 

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Book Club

January 2022 Book Club: You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen McManus

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The Book

You’ll Be the Death of Me released November 30th, 2021.

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Book vs TV Show: One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

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Karen McManus is one of the biggest names in YA. Her debut book, One of Us is Lying, turned into an over-night bestseller. We were so excited when we heard that Peacock was turning it into a TV show. However, we’re always nervous that the TV show won’t stay true to the book. Below, check out the biggest differences between the book and the TV show.

Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t read or watched One of Us is Lying.

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Lists

Summer Book Tag 2021

We found this fun summer book tag from Sweet & Sunny Living and decided to participate.
Last year our Summer Book Tag featured books with the word summer in the title. This year it’s books that make us think about summer.

1. Iced Drink: A Refreshing Book

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Glimpsed by G.F. Miller was fun, sweet and such a refreshing book because we’ve never read anything like it. If you’re looking for a creative and quirky YA romance, this book is for you! Charity is fairy godmother and the disgruntled ex of one of her Cindies (clients), is determined to expose Charity for destroying people’s lives (or so he thinks). In exchange for helping the adorkable Noah win back his ex, he will keep his mouth shut about Charity’s fairy godmother status.

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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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The ABCs of YA

Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub inspired this post. We picked a favorite YA book for every letter of the alphabet. Look through your read shelf on Goodreads and write your own list. Let us know which of these book you’ve read! This is also the perfect list to build up your TBR if you’re currently staying indoors. Happy reading!

A: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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As one of our favorite YA contemporaries ever, Alex, Approximately will make you swoon the entire time. This book has romance, humor and complex family dynamics. Plus, who wouldn’t love Porter Roth?

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Reviews

Review: One of Us is Next by Karen McManus

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One of Us is Next is the highly anticipated sequel to one of our fave YA murder mysteries, One of Us Is Lying. It’s eighteen months after Simon’s death and the students of Bayview High are finally getting back to normal. Students have tried and failed to re-create Simon’s gossip app, but none have had quite the same wow-factor as About That. That is, until students get texts from Unknown announcing a new game, Truth or Dare. 

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Book Club

January 2020 Book Club: One of Us is Next by Karen McManus

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The Book

One of Us is Next by Karen McManus will be released January 7, 2020.

Why did we pick this book?

We absolutely loved One of Us is Lying and can’t wait to get back to Bayview High School in California. 

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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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Holiday Gift Ideas: YA Books for Every Friend in Your Life

Books make great presents! No matter which holiday you celebrate, everyone could use a new book in their lives. 

1. The Murder Mystery Lover: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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McManus emerged in 2017 as the Queen of Mysteries. Plus, she’s super nice IRL! One of Us is Lying has a twist ending that will surprise the most well-read YA lovers. The companion novel to this book, One of Us is Next, will be released January 2020. 

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