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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If You Liked That, Read This

If you’re like, 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

The Testing Trilogy (3 book series) Kindle Edition

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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June 2020 Mini-Reviews

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

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Anna wanted to get away from Brooklyn, so the summer before she starts college, she goes to the Hamptons to work as a nanny for a rich family. Herron Mills is nothing like Bay Ridge. Everyone has large estates and the town is so clean and picture perfect. However, as soon as Anna arrives to spend the summer taking care of Paisley, strange things start happening.

People stare at Anna on the street. For some reason, she feels she has been here before. But, that’s impossible. Her mom never had the money to bring Anna to a place so upscale. 

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Then and Now: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

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We are so excited to introduce a new series on the blog called Then and Now! For this series, we will re-read our old favorites to see if they still live up to our expectations. Every review will include a blurb on our recollections from when we first read the book as well as our reactions now after re-reading. We can’t wait to revisit our old favorites to see if they live up to the hype! 

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Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Camilla Beauregard is a Belle. Belles are elite because they control beauty in the land of Orleans. Everyone here is born with gray skin and red eyes. Only Belles can change their appearance. Camilla spent years working to become the favorite, the Belle of the royal family. But once she ends up in the royal palace, the politics of the kingdom changes her perception on everything. Her life is not about the carefree beautification of the royals, it’s dangerous. Camilla must choose to risk her own life or maintain the status quo…but neither choice is easy when she has to consider the consequences of her actions. Desperate to save Orleans from a tyrant and her sisters from a more horrible future, Camilla takes the fate of the land in her own hands.

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Around the World with YA

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, this story 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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Our Most Anticipated Books of 2020

Here are the 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. Note: not all covers have been revealed yet

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 was 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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Review: Desperate Forest by Cece Louise

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*We received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Desperate Forest follows Roselynn, the Princess of the Kingdom of Tover, on a quest to escape her murderous uncle through an ominous forest– with the help of some unexpected friends! Engaged to Darius, the new King of the Kingdom of Marcsnovia, Roselynn’s life seemed perfect– that is, until her uncle murdered her father with the intent to kill her too. Roselynn escapes Tover with the intent of reaching Darius in Marcsnovia, hoping he can offer her help in reclaiming her kingdom. After a few short days on the run, she is captured by Jay, the cute, rugged and mysterious guy traveling to Galesmore with a group of other travelers fleeing the oppressive rule of Roselynn’s uncle, Abrax. 

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