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5 Fittest Heroines in Young Adult Fiction

  • December 31, 2017

It’s that time of the year again when everyone is dashing off to the gym and working it. While it’s only a fad for most of us and eighty percent of us won’t last into February, some

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YA Foodie Fiction For The Holidays

  • November 26, 2017

With a turkey dinner under our belts, the holiday season is officially in full swing! Here in the United States, Thanksgiving dinner is widely acknowledged to be the biggest meal of the year. For those

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My Most Anticipated YA Novels of Winter 2018

  • November 14, 2017

Yes, it is technically still 2017, but it’s not too early to think about what awesome books are coming our way in 2018. I follow the YA lit site Epic Reads on social media, and they definitely amp

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5 New November YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

  • November 10, 2017

November means shorter days and longer nights, perfect to fit more reading into your life. If you are a YA speculative fiction fan, meaning science fiction and fantasy, there are a ton of new YA sci-fi

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Harry Potter Literary Pet Names for Every Creature

Pets make the world a better place, and in today’s world, they are needed more than ever. They give us comfort, love, and loyalty in the midst of our daily chaos. Literary pet names are simply the

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Witchy YA Reads to Put a Spell on You

  • October 24, 2017

Stories about witches have captivated literature for hundreds of years, and today YA novels about witches are as popular as ever. In this list of witchy YA books, you’ll find magical stories that

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Top 5 Best Friends in YA Literature

  • October 9, 2017

I am so excited to read John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All the Way Down, and a big reason is Green writes such memorable best friends in YA. No one will ever know you as well as your closest

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Book Recommendations for YA Fans of “Stranger Things”

  • September 25, 2017

At some point, every writer gets stuck. For some authors, that’s staring down a blank page for hours, or struggling to write a difficult scene, or you realize you have a potential plot hole to handle.

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Cozy YA Books for Fall Reading

  • September 11, 2017

I mark the official start of fall as September 1, aka the annual departure of the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross Station for another year at Hogwarts. Starbucks has usually already started putting

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5 Favorite Epistolary Young Adult Novels

  • September 4, 2017

Though the traditional definition of an epistolary is a novel defined as “a novel written in the form of a series of letters,” contemporary epistolary ya novels cleverly incorporate all

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Girl of Fire Takes Kindle Book Award!

  • September 2, 2017

What a day this has been! Just found out that Girl of Fire is a semi-finalist in the 2017 Kindle Book Awards and the Gold Medalist in the Reader’s Favorite Young Adult Sci-fi category! The Kindle

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Hot New YA Releases to Read in September

Are you ready to charge into the fall reading season? Everyone loves a light-hearted summer beach read, but the cooler months also bring hot new YA releases every week, and September 2017 is no exception.

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Quiz: Find Your Ideal Bookish Career!

Every avid reader fantasizes at some point about what their life would be like if their job revolved around books. Even from a young age, many readers daydream about how books can be a part of their everyday

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The 5 Best YA Podcasts for Fiction Fans

  • August 12, 2017

The explosion of podcasts in recent years means there is programming for everyone, and that includes some of the best YA podcasts for young adult fiction fans. Fans of YA literature can find ample book

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New Favorite YA Science Fiction Subgenres

  • August 4, 2017

Imagine yourself keeping intergallactic peace in outer space or hacking into a government database to bring down a conspiracy. Picture yourself going back in time to change just one little thing, or taking

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YA Recommendations for Handmaid’s Tale Fans

  • July 26, 2017

Have you binge watched Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic Handmaid’s Tale yet? This startling TV miniseries, starring Elisabeth Moss as the heroine Offred, is

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Quiz: Which “Game of Thrones” Character Are You?

  • July 13, 2017

Game of Thrones season 7 returns on Sunday, July 16th, and I am pumped! Aside from the pressing questions we are all dying to know the answers to, I will be especially excited to get reunited with some

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Five Challenges for a Bookish Staycation

  • July 8, 2017

Sometimes you just need a vacation even if you can’t go anywhere. Introducing the bookish staycation! When your Instagram feed is continually refreshing with pictures from your friends of exotic

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Only Harry Potter Die-Hards Can Answer these 20 Questions

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series turned 20 on June 26th, the anniversary of the 1997 publication of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Rowling’s series went

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Feeling the Heat? YA Science Fiction & Fantasy to Cool You Down

  • June 23, 2017

The Summer Solstice on June 20 marks the beginning of the summer season and, for many readers, long, hot and humid days lie ahead. Fortunately, YA science fiction & fantasy doesn’t have to leave

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How do you rank the Harry Potter Series?

At this point, who hasn’t reread the seven books in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series so many times, it seems like you can just jump in and read any one of the novels out of order. They

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YA Scavenger Hunt Lucky #67

ADVENTURE, EXPLOITS, PERIL “Welcome to Port #67 of the YA Scavenger Hunt!” I hope you’ve already discovered a new favorite author, scored a boatload of free books, and signed up to

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Girl of Fire Takes Two Awards!

  • May 22, 2017

I’m really thrilled to report that the first book in my second series is also being well-received by the critics. Girl of Fire has notched up two impressive wins. Thank you to my readers for all

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Quiz: Which YA Besties Are Most Like Your Friends?

  • May 22, 2017

If you have a best friend or a close-knit pack of BFFs, you can get through anything. Young Adult literature about friends and friendships perfectly captures best friends’ loyalty and love during

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The Young Adult Summer Scavenger Hunt

  • May 15, 2017

In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch

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YA Romance to Get You Ready for Summer Loving

  • May 15, 2017

It may just be mid-May, but for me, summer cannot come soon enough. With its laid-back vibe, warm, sultry evenings, and sense of possibility, summer is a time of new beginnings—and summer love. If

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How to Win a Readathon

  • April 28, 2017

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is almost here! Dewey’s runs twice a year, in April and October, and the challenge is pretty straightforward: read as many pages and/or books as you can within 24-hours. (Reading

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Spring 2017 Science Fiction YA to Put on Your Radar

  • April 24, 2017

With the coming of spring, it’s easy to leave reading aside for a stroll outside to smell the fresh flowers in bloom and hear the buzzing bees. Yet spring 2017 holds many exciting science fiction

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What to Read after You Binge Watch “Thirteen Reasons Why”

  • April 16, 2017

Did you just lose a weekend binge watching the Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why? You are not alone. This powerful miniseries, based on the equally compelling contemporary

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The Best Villain Stories in YA Fairy Tale Retellings

Villains have always had a bad reputation. They’re the evil laughs, the sinister smiles, and the mischief makers who stalk your nightmares and make you think twice about sleeping with the lights

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