Casting The Ivy by Lauren Kunze

One of our favorite book series is The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur. They became friends at Harvard and started this series while they were students. This amazing YA contemporary series deserves to be made into a TV series. So Netflix, Hulu, Prime, if you’re reading this, here are our casting suggestions! Check out our review of the first book here.

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August 2020 Reads

Here’s a list of books we plan to read during the month of August! 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. Entwined by AJ Rosen

Amazon.com: Entwined (9781989365120): Rosen, A.J.: Books

In this fantasy book, all characters are descendants of Greek Gods and Goddesses. Avery is about to turn 18, which means it’s time for the Gathering, where she is supposed to find her soulmate. One problem: Avery doesn’t want a soulmate, she wants to escape.

We requested an ARC of Entwined on Netgallery because of the Greek mythology aspect! We can’t wait to finish this one.

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Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Amazon.com: A Very Large Expanse of Sea (9780062866561): Mafi, Tahereh:  Books

We enjoyed our first virtual book club with Bards Alley! It was so much fun talking about A Very Large Expanse of Sea with fellow YA readers. So, we’re going to do our review a bit differently this time. Instead of just telling you our thoughts, we’re going to mention a few of our discussion questions and the reactions.

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YA Books For Sports Fans 

Do you love watching sports? Are cozy Sundays watching football your thing? Or, do you dream of summer days where baseball is the norm? Maybe you prefer the Olympics and cheering on your country. It doesn’t matter which sports you love because we’ve got a story for you. Let us know if you have other sports books that you recommend!

1. Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning

Amazon.com: Throw Like a Girl (9780316529501): Henning, Sarah: Books

The description of this book hooked us immediately. Liv Rodinsky made one mistake and it cost her the scholarship from her private school and her softball team. As she tries to navigate public school, Grey Worthington, son of the softball coach who doesn’t think she’s a team player, offers her an opportunity. Liv can play Quarterback for the football team and prove she can be a team player. Only, it’s not easy being the first female on the team and some of the guys can’t accept it.  If you like football, badass female characters and a sweet romance, Throw Like A Girl is for you!

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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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Review: Majesty by Katharine McGee

Majesty (American Royals, #2) by Katharine McGee

*We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

Picking up a few weeks after American Royals left off, Beatrice is now the Queen of the United States of America…and she’s only in her early 20s. As she returns to D.C. after the family drama, she’s expected to get married right away– and not to the guy she wants to be with.

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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 Book Club: Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

Amazon.com: Break the Fall (9780593114179): Iacopelli, Jennifer: Books

The Book

Break the Fall was released on February 18, 2020. It’s been on our radar for months!

Why did we pick this book?

This book is about the competitive world of Gymnastics, our favorite Olympic sport. The description gave us Make it Or Break it vibes, but more mature. We’ve had so many other books to read so far in 2020 and we thought it was time to finally give this book a shot. Plus, it has great reviews!

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Review: The Jabberwocky Princess by Cece Louise

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The Jabberwocky Princess is the companion novel to Desperate Forest and the second book in The Forest Tales series.

We’re back to the same world as Desperate Forest, but focused on different kingdoms in the relm. Kainda is a chambermaid in the royal place of Galesmore. In the kingdom of Fernshire, a beast is slaying people and nobody can defeat. The King of Fernshire has asked for help. Any prince who can slay the beast will get to marry his daughter, Princess Opal.

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