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Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History released in 1992, but it’s been popular recently. We stumbled upon this book online, which has high praise and a dedicated following. In fact, with the dark academia trend, The Secret History has become an important text. People are enthralled by the New England college setting, the group of classics students and the dark murder mystery plot.

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Review: The Counselors by Jessica Goodman

Goldie Easton can’t wait to spend her summer as a counselor at Camp Alpine Lake in Vermont. Every year since she was eight, Goldie and her two best friends Ava Cantor and Imogen spend two months together at elite summer destination. While Ava and Imogen are part of the elite clientele of Stu and Mellie, owners of Camp Alpine Lake, Goldie gets to attend/work there because her parents are camp employees. Goldie is a townie, living in Roxwood, Vermont, the town a few miles away.

It’s been a tough year for Goldie without her friends. Goldie had legal trouble and won’t be going to college in the fall. She just wants to forget and enjoy her summer, until her ex-boyfriend Heller McConnell winds up dead in the camp’s lake.

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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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December 2021 Mini-Reviews

Review: How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

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Moon Fuentez spent her whole life feeling like the ugly duckling compared to her sister Star’s Disney Princess aesthetic Then Star is chosen to go on a tour for Fotogram influencers and Moon is forced to go along and sell merchandise.

Everything about this tour is a disaster. Star is a total bitch after arrival and will do anything to humiliate Moon. Moon’s fellow merchandise seller Santiago is the absolute worst. Plus, Moon is still dealing with the trauma of having an emotionally and physically abusive mother.

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Review: These Deadly Games by Diana Urban

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

Crystal Donovan and her five best friends are all preparing for a tournament for MortalDusk, a videogame that could win them all a lot of money. But the Friday before the weekend tournament, Crystal gets a message from an anonymous person from a messenger app stating that they have her sister Caelyn and if Crystal doesn’t do exactly what they say, Caelyn will get killed.

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YA Books Set in New England

So many of our favorite books are set in New England. The six states (Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire) are the perfect setting for a murder mystery or a contemporary romance. What are your favorite books set in New England? Let us know in the comments. 

1. Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

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Two Can Keep A Secret is a spooky YA mystery set in Vermont. When Ellery and Ezra move from LA to a small town in Vermont, unsolved murders seem to be the norm…some of which have to do with the amusement park they started working at. This mystery will give you major fall vibes and the full small town New England experience. 

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