Review: The Cousins by Karen McManus

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We had so much fun discussing The Cousins at our recent virtual YA book club. Instead of just telling you our thoughts, we’re going to mention a few of our discussion questions and reactions from the group.

Have you read McManus’s latest YA book? Let us know your answers to our questions in the comments!

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Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch

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Kylene Danners never thought she’d return to Jasperville, Ohio. After a scandal two years ago, Kylene and her dad moved to Columbus and never looked back. Now that her dad is in prison (wrongfully accused) she has to move back and live with her Gramps and return to the school that ruined her life.

Determined to prove what really happened two years ago, Kylene pisses off the most powerful students: the football team. At least she has her old best friend Garrett and the new girl Tabby to help prove her case. 

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January 2021 Book Haul

Welcome to a new series on our blog, where we spill all of our recent book purchases. Claire is going to start us off with her latest purchases since Christy is in the midst of reading her Christmas presents and has been on a no-buy. 

Let’s get started!

I should start off by saying that a new year brings a new Goodreads goal, and I am determined to get to 50 books. I had to start off 2021 with a bang (sorry bank account!). So, what books have I bought so far this year? Keep on reading to gather some *bookspo* (book + inspo…ha..get it?). Moving on…

1. Killing November by Adriana Mather

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Christy read Killing November and has been trying to get me to pull the trigger for months. Well, friends, January was the month I finally succumbed to the peer pressure. Here’s our full review of the book. I freaking LOVED it— the romance, the plot, the characters. EVERYTHING! The hype was real and I cannot wait to read book 2, which leads me to my next purchase…

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2020 Blog and Reading Summary

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Thank you to everyone who read our blog in 2020. It grew tremendously from 2019 and we couldn’t have done it without the amazing support from fellow bloggers, readers and writers. We hope to continue to grow in 2021 and someday self-host and monetize.

We can’t wait to continue sharing our favorite books with everyone in the new year! In the comments, let us know your favorite post of ours from 2020. It helps us know what content our readers enjoy. Stay safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Review: You Have a Match by Emma Lord

You Have a Match | Emma Lord | Macmillan

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

Abby only signed up for the DNA service to support her friend Leo, who has always wondered about his birth parents. Little did she expect that her results would be more shocking than his. Her life has been normal: two parents and three younger brothers. Then how can her parents explain that she has an older sister?

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Our Top Books of 2020

We had such a tough decision because we’ve read some great books in 2020. We differed a bit, so we both created lists for the top 10 books of 2020. However, we do overlap. 

What were your favorite books of the year? Let us know in the comments!

Christy’s Top 10

1. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Clare wrote the perfect start to her new shadowhunter series. I loved seeing Will, Tessa and Jem as adults. Plus, the next generation is just as exciting. Set in Edwardian London, James, Lucie, Matthew, Cordelia and their friends deal with demon attacks increase around the city. This book had everything: adventure, romance and mystery. Chain of Iron will hopefully be just as amazing in 2021. I need more Matthew Fairchild!

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Review: My True Love Gave to Me by various authors

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 12 YA authors came together and wrote short stories on Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve and the Winter Solstice. Since this is a collection of short holiday stories, we are going to rate them. Overall, most of these stories are sweet and get you into the holiday spirit. 

Have you read this book? If you have, let us know your favorite stories in the comments.

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