Lists

Casting The Ivy by Lauren Kunze

One of our favorite book series is The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur. They became friends at Harvard and started this series while they were students. This amazing YA contemporary series deserves to be made into a TV series. So Netflix, Hulu, Prime, if you’re reading this, here are our casting suggestions! Check out our review of the first book here.

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August 2020 Reads

Here’s a list of the books we plan to read during the month of August! Let us know in the comments below which books are on your TBR list for next month. We’re always looking for new recommendations. 

1. Entwined by AJ Rosen

Amazon.com: Entwined (9781989365120): Rosen, A.J.: Books

In this fantasy book, all characters are descendants of Greek Gods and Goddesses. Avery is about to turn 18, which means it’s time for the Gathering, where she is supposed to find her soulmate. One problem: Avery doesn’t want a soulmate, she wants to escape.

We requested an ARC of Entwined on Netgallery because of the Greek mythology aspect! We can’t wait to finish this one.

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Reviews

Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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We enjoyed our first virtual book club with Bards Alley! It was so much fun talking about A Very Large Expanse of Sea with fellow YA readers. So, we’re going to do our review a bit differently this time. Instead of just telling you our thoughts, we’re going to mention a few of our discussion questions and the reactions.

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YA Books For Sports Fans 

Do you love watching sports? Are cozy Sundays watching football your thing? Or, do you dream of summer days where baseball is the norm? Maybe you prefer the Olympics and cheering on your country. It doesn’t matter which sports you love because we’ve got a story for you. Let us know if you have other sports books that you recommend!

1. Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning

Amazon.com: Throw Like a Girl (9780316529501): Henning, Sarah: Books

The description of this book hooked us immediately. Liv Rodinsky made one mistake and it cost her the scholarship from her private school and her softball team. As she tries to navigate public school, Grey Worthington, son of the softball coach who doesn’t think she’s a team player, offers her an opportunity. Liv can play Quarterback for the football team and prove she can be a team player. Only, it’s not easy being the first female on the team and some of the guys can’t accept it. If you like football, badass female characters and a sweet romance, Throw Like A Girl is for you!

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YA City Guide: Paris, France

One thing we miss right now is travel. We’re both travel addicts and can’t wait to explore the world. Do you want to travel right now but can’t? We can help with book recommendations. The YA City Guide is a new feature on our blog to recommend books set in a certain city. First up is Paris, France! Paris is Christy’s favorite city in the world. It has everything: history, culture, shopping and the best food! If you’re dreaming of Paris, read these awesome books and daydream of your next adventure. Claire studied abroad there and followed Christy’s Paris guide. Though her heart will always lie with London, she may need to reevaluate her list and make it a tie 😉 

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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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Book Club

June 2020 Book Club: Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

Amazon.com: Break the Fall (9780593114179): Iacopelli, Jennifer: Books

The Book

Break the Fall was released on February 18, 2020. It’s been on our radar for months!

Why did we pick this book?

This book is about the competitive world of Gymnastics, our favorite Olympic sport. The description gave us Make it Or Break it vibes, but more mature. We’ve had so many other books to read so far in 2020 and we thought it was time to finally give this book a shot. Plus, it has great reviews!

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Review: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

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Jamie Goldberg is excited to volunteer for his local state senate candidate…as long as it’s behind the scenes. With his mom, sister, and grandma in deep planning mode for his sister’s upcoming bat mitzvah, the campaign becomes Jamie’s escape. Too bad he has a fear of speaking to strangers. Maya Rehman is having the worst Ramadan ever. She’s struggling with both family (her parents sprung their divorce one her) and friend (her one and only bestie is off for college soon) drama. Her mother thinks Maya’s summer blues can easily be fixed by canvassing for a local politician. If Maya shows a little initiative, her parents will buy her a car. Piece of cake, right?

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Around the World with YA Books

Want to travel the world? Us too! Unfortunately, we don’t always have the time or money. Reading can be the best escape to travel to far away lands. To help inspire your wanderlust, we came up with a list of YA books set in countries around the world. Did we miss any countries that you can think of a YA book for? We’ll update this list if we find others. Let us know your favorites in the comments and happy travels!

Afghanistan: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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Set in the site of modern-day northwest Afghanistan known as Khorasan, The Wrath & the Dawn is a reimagining of the classic Middle Eastern folk tales, Arabian Nights. Every night that Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a bride, they die. When Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride, she realizes that Khalid is not the monster she imagined him to be.

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Book Club

November 2019 Book Club: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

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The Book

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston was released on October 1, 2019. 

Why did we pick this book?

This YA contemporary has been on our TBR and we did a Twitter poll to pick which book out of four recent releases we would read this month. 

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