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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Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

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If you haven’t read Scythe yet, read our review! 10 months after Rowan escaped gleaning, the world around him has changed. The divisions within the scythedom have grown more apparent. To rid the world of the new order, Rowan wears a black robe and goes by Scythe Lucifer. His goal: to glean any unworthy Scythes that followed in that path of Robert Goddard.

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Review: A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

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

Instead of going to college like her peers, Sophie Spark leaves Germany to work as an intern in Switzerland. Welcome to the Castle in the Clouds, a magical hotel in the Swiss Alps.  

It’s the holiday season, the first one that Sophie is away from her family. She prepares for a hotel full of wealthy guests from around the world, all eagerly anticipating the New Year’s Eve ball. 

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February 2020 Book Club: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

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The Book

Yes No Maybe So will be released February 4, 2020.

Why did we pick this book?

We were immediately hooked by the premise. We’re both politically active and love that this book is about volunteering for your local candidate. We hope this book inspires political activism from our fellow Millennials and for the newly coming of age Gen Z.

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Author Interview: Lisa Maxwell

We had the chance to interview the fabulous Lisa Maxwell. She is the New York Times Best-Selling author of The Last Magician series. If you haven’t read this series, we highly recommend it. It’s full of both magic and history. Thanks, Lisa! We can’t wait to read more of your books!

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1.) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

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Review: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

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Loveboat, Taipei is marketed for “fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land.” 

Eighteen-year old Ever Wong wants to dance. After being taken off the waitlist at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Ever finally thinks this is her shot. Too bad her ultra-strict parents already have another plan in store for her: attend Northwestern University and become a doctor (never mind that Ever has an intense fear of blood). When her parents find her acceptance letter to Tisch, they ship Ever off to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer. While there, Ever finds herself thrown into a world full over-achieving kids— those exactly like her parents always hoped she would be. She meets Rick Woo, her childhood nemesis, and his enigmatic cousin Sophie, who shows Ever that life outside of Ohio is full of freedom and endless possibility. 

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Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

Thou Shalt Kill

Welcome to the future. At a certain point in time, everyone will be immortal. No more diseases or tragedies because everyone can be brought back. Sound perfect?

Except, over-population leads to the creation of the Scythedom. Scythes are in charge of “gleaning” a certain amount of people to keep the population size in check. 

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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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December 2019 Book Club: The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

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The Book

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White was released on November 5, 2019.  

Why did we pick this book?

We enjoy a good fantasy from time to time, and the plot line drew us in. A re-imagination of the Arthurian legend? Um, yes please! Plus, we love a good forbidden romance trope so this is up our alley.  The book’s synopsis features the words “forbidden romance,” “deadly josts,” and “duplicitous knights.” What more could you ask for? 

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