Review: The Cousins by Karen McManus

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We had so much fun discussing The Cousins at our recent virtual YA book club. Instead of just telling you our thoughts, we’re going to mention a few of our discussion questions and reactions from the group.

Have you read McManus’s latest YA book? Let us know your answers to our questions in the comments!

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Our Top Books of 2020

We had such a tough decision because we’ve read some great books in 2020. We differed a bit, so we both created lists for the top 10 books of 2020. However, we do overlap. 

What were your favorite books of the year? Let us know in the comments!

Christy’s Top 10

1. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Clare wrote the perfect start to her new shadowhunter series. I loved seeing Will, Tessa and Jem as adults. Plus, the next generation is just as exciting. Set in Edwardian London, James, Lucie, Matthew, Cordelia and their friends deal with demon attacks increase around the city. This book had everything: adventure, romance and mystery. Chain of Iron will hopefully be just as amazing in 2021. I need more Matthew Fairchild!

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Review: The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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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Review: They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

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Jill Newman attends an exclusive prep school on Long Island called Gold Coast Prep. On the outside, Jill’s life is perfect, but nothing is as it seems, especially since three years ago Jill’s best friend Shaila Arnold was killed by her boyfriend on the beach. Flash forward to her senior year, and Jill is living her best life as a member of her school’s not-so-secret society, The Players. She’s spent the last three years putting the past behind her. After all, Graham, Shaila’s boyfriend, confessed to the crime. Case closed, right? Wrong. When Jill begins receiving texts proclaiming Graham’s innocence, any chance of a perfect senior year falls through her fingertips. If Shaila’s case isn’t closed and Graham didn’t kill her, then who did? Jill is determined to find out before the killer claims her as their next victim.

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Review: The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

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Marva Sheridan has dreamed of voting in her first election since childhood. So when November 3 comes around, she cannot wait to cast her vote and make a difference. After all, she’s spent the entire summer educating and registering voters in her community. Duke Crenshaw, on the other hand, is ready to get this election over with so that he can vote and make it to his band’s first gig. 

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Review: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

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Blood & Honey picks up where Serpent & Dove left off— with Lou, Reid, Coco, Ansel, and Beau on the run from the Dames Blanches and the chasseurs. Lou’s mother, Morgane, is still trying to kill her, and Reid is struggling to reconcile his newfound witch powers with his religious chasseur upbringing. With Madame LaBelle in tow, the group is on the run in a magical forest with nowhere to turn. They need a plan— and fast. 

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Review: Most Likely by Sarah Watson

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Unfortunately, our September book club was cancelled. However, we still wanted to discuss Most Likely with you! We chose Most Likely because the author, Sarah Watson, is the creator of The Bold Type. Also, we loved the premise of four best friends and one of them is destined to be President. 

FYI, our next virtual book club is on October 26th. For more information, check out the Facebook event page. 

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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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