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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 up the hype up for forthcoming books through clever and fun cover reveals. Once you get a […]

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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 and fantasy books to devour this month. From mysterious UFOs to bizarre DNA, these thrilling stories will rivet you […]

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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 are endlessly inventive, drawing on the power of the imagination to whip up an enchanting story. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. […]

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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. It’s a good idea to get up and move around, do something different. That’s how I found myself binge-watching […]

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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 Pumpkin Spice Lattes on the menu, and by then, it’s all over: fall is here. For many book lovers, fall is the […]

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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. Autumn is the season of sweaters, beautiful changing leaves, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, of coziness and comfort—and an all-star lineup […]

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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 command of a rogue steam train while evading assassins. Welcome to some of the best YA science fiction subgenres … We’re all […]

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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 a deeply unsettling look at life in a religious extremist patriarchal society that only values women for childbearing. Published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the most famous and earliest dystopian novels […]

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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 landscapes, passport stamps, and the open road, you know it’s summer, and if you don’t have hotel reservations for a nice getaway, it’s easy to feel left […]

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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 you a sticky mess. With these YA science fiction & fantasy novels firmly entrenched in cold settings, your muggy, sweaty summer […]

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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 are all masterpieces, but we do have our favorites we usually turn to first. Here, I’ve attempted the impossible: ranked all seven Harry […]

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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 win a whole bunch of epic prizes! As a reward for all your hard work scavenging so far, I am giving away two Sizzling Summer Young Adult Hardcovers! CLICK HERE […]

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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 some of the toughest years. From surviving school to surviving first love drama, your friends can boost your spirits with unconditional love, comfort, […]

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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 you love a good YA romance novel, you’ll devour these fresh love stories to hit you in the feels. The Names they […]

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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 YA novel, hooks you with phenomenal acting and an engrossing story. But now you’ve run through all the episodes and you’re looking for books like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons […]

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Quiz: Who penned this YA author quote?

So you think you know all there is to know about YA author quotes. You’re a YA author die hard, going to release parties (or throwing one solo), seeing every movie adaption, reading every blog (like this one!), spouting random YA author quotes, following a ton of YA blogs/publishers/authors on social media, getting more excited than you […]

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Best YA New Releases to Devour this Winter

  • January 30, 2017

We are burrowing headfirst into the eye of winter right now, and book nerds like me know that that means maximum reading time in a warm and cozy Hobbit home buried under blankets and sipping some quality hot chocolate! Here are some more of the best winter YA new releases that I am planning to read when […]

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The Best YA Holiday Novels

  • December 21, 2016

As soon as Thanksgiving is done, the Christmas season is in full swing, and I’m not complaining—I love this time of year. And even though I love Christmas shopping (especially if it’s at a bookstore), there’s nothing better than sitting down with some eggnog and a few awesome YA holiday novels to unwind at the end […]

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Win 52 YA Paperbacks & Swag!

  • November 15, 2016

🌟 YA READER GIVEAWAY BLITZ 🌟 Do you devour books at a rate that alarms others? Then don’t miss this ULTIMATE binge reader giveaway. You could win 52 freakin’ YA paperbacks by some amazing authors. That’s enough books to read one a week in 2017. And that’s not all. There’s also swag, Amazon Gift Cards, […]

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Books to Get Excited for this November

  • November 1, 2016

Books to Get Excited For Publishing season is in full force in November, and every day it seems there are more and more hot new YA releases to pick from. November is also one of the best months for reading. The weather has cooled to a chill crisp for many of us, school is in full […]

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Quiz: Which YA Nerd Are You?

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It’s never been a better time to be a YA nerd! From comic cons to books about fandom, to new superhero films and TV released each week, not to mention The Big Bang Theory, nerds are in fashion. You might consider yourself a nerd, bookish reader, but the question the universe is asking is what kind […]

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4 Best YA Books in September

  • September 4, 2016

Fall Publishing September marks back to school and the start of the fall publishing season. Shiny new things! If you are a pre-order addict or typically put a boatload of new releases on hold, you know what I’m talking about. This fall is no exception, with tons of YA novels being published from here until […]

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Four Awesome YA Novels For Fall

  • August 4, 2016

Hot New YA Sci-fi, Dystopian, Romance and Fantasy We’re already the first week into August, and autumn air is right around the corner. Brilliant foliage, back to school and Friday night football games! Fall is also a huge season for publishing, with an unstoppable force of awesome YA novels coming out every Tuesday. It’s easy […]

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Quiz: What YA novel should you read this summer?

  • May 20, 2016

Summer YA Reading Quiz We’ve passed the mid-May mark, and summer is almost upon us. Candy-colored nail polish, cute flip flops and huge beach bags just waiting to be filled with magazines and books. Now’s the time when the young adult novels of the season are released, and this year there are some awesome contenders for your […]

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5 Fierce YA Novels to Watch for in Spring 2016

  • April 7, 2016
Spring reads

Spring is officially here, which means it’s time for us bookworms to crawl out from our cozy reading nooks by the fireplace and start basking in the warm glow of the sun in a hammock somewhere. Because that’s what we do! This spring in particular there is a bouquet of books to choose from with April being the month that kicks […]

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