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: The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Brightest Night (Origin, #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Brightest Night is the third installment in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Origin series. The book picks up where we left off in The Burning Shadow, with Evie, Luc, and their friends arriving in Zone 3, the secret area home to unregistered Luxen, hybrids, and humans. The gang is on the run from Jason Dasher, who they thought was long dead, and Evie is dealing with her newfound Trojan powers, learning to control the Source. But with her newfound powers comes the realization that Evie is part of a larger plan put forth by the Daedalus. 

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YA Authors: Who Have We Met?

We’ve been lucky! Between the two of us, we’ve met some of our favorite YA authors. We’ll add to this list as soon as we meet more. If you’re a YA author reading this, come visit the D.C. metro area!

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Claire met JLA at her YA/NA event, Apollycon, in 2018! Claire has been a fan of Armentrout’s since 2012, so she fangirled hardcore when she finally got to meet her. Who wouldn’t want to meet the mind behind Aiden St. Delphi. Armentrout is as fabulous as she seems on social media— so fun and charming. Her event was amazing and we’d definitely love to go again post-COVID. She even brought in the actor that plays Seth in her promos. Claire took a pic with him and JLA— ha! 

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Halloween Book Tag

This is Halloween, everybody scream! October is such a fun month. The leaves are changing (at least up north), Halloween decorations start, and people get ready to read and watch something spooky. Last year we came up with a list of 31 YA Books to Read Before Halloween. This year, we created a Halloween book tag.

Get ready for some mysteries, thrillers and horrors. After all, what’s Halloween season without a spooky book. What’s your favorite October read? Let us know in the comments! 

1. Favorite Scary Book

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Samantha wakes up from a horrible accident with amnesia. She has no idea how she came to be involved in the terrible accident that led to the death of her best friend, Cassie. Before the accident, Samantha had the perfect life: the hottest boyfriend, endless wealth, and a posse of friends. After she wakes up, Samantha tries to reinvent herself and grows closer to her brother’s best friend while the two try to piece together the night of Cassie’s death. This book had a very shocking ending full of many twist and turns. It kept us up at night after finishing just thinking about it. The mystery was engaging and left you dying (pun intended) to piece together the night of Cassie’s death. Definitely snag this one if you are looking for an excellent thriller with an equally stellar romance!

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Underrated YA Books

Some of our favorite YA books don’t get enough mentions! We came up with a list of books that you may have never heard of but should definitely check out. Let us know in the comments if you have read any of these!

1. The Blood for Blood series by Catherine Doyle 

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The Blood for Blood series follows rival mafia families in Chicago. When a family of five hot boys moves into her neighborhood, Sophie Gracewell is pulled into a decades-old family feud between warring mafia families. Drawn to Nic and his brother Luca, Sophie comes to realize that their families are connected in more ways than one: her father was convicted of murdering their dad, and it may not be a simple case of self defense. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to unravel, Sophie must piece together her family’s hidden past before she finds herself in danger. 

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Which YA Book You Should Read Based on Your College Major 

We used common college majors to help you pick your next read. Sorry we couldn’t find a book for every college major out there. Let us know you thoughts on these books in the comments. Also, tell us what you are majoring in, will major in or majored in! 

1. Business/Marketing: Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny

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The family business is hurting and Julie Ducharme doesn’t know what to do. The last thing she wants is for her mother to sell the camp ground lake property. Except, with her brother’s recent illness and her mom’s debt, it might be the only option. To make matters worse, her crush Dan returns for the summer with a new girlfriend. 

One night while looking at stars on the dock, Julie runs into Nick Constantine, a cute guy playing guitar. Instant sparks fly between the two and for the first time, the summer looks hopeful. However, Nick’s dad is a developer who wants to turn the lake into a casino resort. Nick doesn’t want to be associated with his dad’s project and tries to help Julie keep the family business. Can she truly ever trust him?

Summer Constellations is really great for family relationships. Julie is very protective of her bother Caleb. Caleb and Nick developed a friendship that made the romance in the story even more genuine. While the romance makes you want to spend the summer at a lake with a hot guy, Julie’s first priority is her family. Julie enlists Nick and her family to come up with marketing ideas to boost the family business to prevent selling to the developers. 

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Review: The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The Burning Shadow picks up after the events of The Darkest Star, with Evie and Luc trying to get back to normal after Mica’s devastating attack. 

After finding out that she is really Nadia, Luc’s childhood friend and the love of his life, Evie must piece together her past…if only she could remember what happened to her in the immediate months after she became Evie Dasher. She has an inkling that her mom is keeping her out-of-the-loop, and with Americans contracting deadly cases of the flu, Evie knows there is more to her story than meets the eye.

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31 YA Books to Read Before Halloween

Do you love all the spookiness of October? So do we! To celebrate our six month anniversary of blogging, we compiled a list of thrillers and mysteries to satisfy your book needs for the entire month. Leave a comment if you’ve read any of these and tell us your favorites. Happy Halloween!

1. The Secret Circle series by L.J Smith

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You can’t have Halloween without witches. The witches from the Secret Circle series live in the eerie town of New Salem, Massachusetts. Cassie Blake moves to  town and suddenly she’s thrown into a world of magic and danger. She always believed she was a normal teenager, until she meets the circle, a group of 11 other witches who need Cassie to complete their group.

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