Review: Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

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

Liv Varanakis pretends to be something she’s not. She wants people to like her without knowing much about her life. After all, she pretends that her life in Seattle is perfect. She has her boyfriend Dax, his friends and a loving family.

Except, she hasn’t seen her dad since she was eight. He left to go back to his home country of Greece and find the lost city of Atlantis. When Liv was little, her dad loved to teach her about Greek mythology and how together they would use Plato’s clues to find Atlantis. 

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Get Out the Vote: YA Edition

Besides reading and traveling, we’re super passionate about politics. That’s why we’re using YA books to encourage everyone to VOTE! 

If you’re an American, the 2020 election is on Tuesday, November 3rd. Not only are we voting for the next U.S. president, all of the House of Representatives and 1/3 of the Senate are up. You may also have additional candidates, depending on your state and locality. One of our goals is to get out the millennial vote, because guess what?! We outnumber boomers. Also, this is the first presidential election cycle that some of gen-Z can vote in. 

If you’re not registered to vote, you can do so easily through TurboVote. Do it now! Also, check out all U.S. state voting deadlines here

Below you’ll find our YA book recommendations that inspire political participation and efficacy. And remember, if you can, request to vote by mail ASAP! Your vote matters. 

Let’s surprise the country with an unprecedented amount of election participation by those under 35!

Are you registered? Let us know in the comments!

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Then and Now: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy (1)): Gier, Kerstin, Bell, Anthea:  9780312551513: Amazon.com: Books

Ruby Red is the first installment in the three-book Ruby Red series by German author, Kerstin Gier. The series was such a success in Germany that it was immediately translated to English, becoming an international hit in the mid-2000’s. Fun fact: there was also a German movie adaption! We’ve been meaning to get our hands on it (with English dubbing or subtitles). If you’ve read the series or seen the movie, let us know down below. 

Claire first read the series in high school circa 2013 and Christy read them around then too! We were immediately intrigued by the time travel concept. The series follows British teen, Gwyneth, who (unexpectedly) has the gene for time travel. 

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Blog Tour: Sing Like No One’s Listening by Vanessa Jones

Welcome to the Sing Like No One’s Listening Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of Sing Like No One’s Listening by Vanessa Jones on September 1st, blogs across the web are featuring original content from Vanessa, as well as 10 chances to win a finished copy plus a grand prize giveaway!

Below is a guest post by the author, Vanessa Jones! At the bottom, we’ve also included our mini-review of the book. Spoiler alert: we really enjoyed it!

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Blog Tour: Recommended For You by Laura Silverman

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

Shoshana Greenburg loves three things more than anything: her family, her friends and books!  Over winter break, she spends all her free time working at an independent bookstore, Once Upon.  

But when Jake Kaplan starts working there, Shoshana and him clash immediately. He doesn’t read, yet he works at a bookstore and he’s totally obnoxious. To top it all off, her mom’s have been fighting more than usual and her car, Barbra Streisand, broke down. Shoshana needs to come up with the money for repairs. 

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September 2020 Reads

Here’s a list of books we plan to read during the month of September! 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. Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

Amazon.com: Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove Book 2) eBook: Mahurin, Shelby:  Kindle Store

Serpent & Dove was our favorite book of 2019! We’ve been dying to get our hands on the sequel. Good news friends: this book is out TOMORROW, September 1. Be sure to get your hands on it to catch up with Lou, Reid, and the rest of the crew as they’re on the run from the Dames Blanches and the chasseurs! We can’t wait to see what our favorite witch and witch hunter are up to in this installment. Fingers crossed for more swoon-worthy romance! 

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Review: Stealing Home by Becky Wallace

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Seventeen-year-old Ryan Russell dreams of taking over the family business: owning the minor league baseball team, the Buckley Beavers, and making history as one of few female general managers in baseball. But when child-phenom Sawyer Campbell arrives at training, he threatens to throw a major curveball in her plans. 

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Review: A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Amazon.com: A Song Below Water: A Novel (9781250315328): Morrow, Bethany  C.: Books

Our August 2020 book club pick! We discussed A Song Below Water last night at our virtual YA book club that we co-host with Bards Alley, an independent bookstore.

It was chosen because of the timely discussion of protests, but with a touch of fantasy. Like last month, we will give a brief summary of the plot and then go over some of our discussion questions.

Our next book club meeting is September 21! We hope to see you there.   

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