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The Ultimate Summer Bookworm Bucket List

by Julie Jarema

Recreate your favorite book cover (and tag us!) Visit an independent bookstore Practice bibliomancy with the book nearest to you Write a short story about summer camp Create book spine poetry See how many books you can balance in the book stacking challenge Compete against your friends in The Unexpected Everything scavenger hunt Make a […]

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Reasons to Visit Italy

by Katy Hershberger

At the time of this posting, I am in Italy on a vacation I’ve been thinking about for years. So of course, I’ve been thinking about Jenna Evans Welch’s Love & Gelato, which says that people come to Italy for love and gelato. And while that may be true (I mean, gelato is a huge […]

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5 Love Stories That Defy Time

by Jill Hacking

There’s something so wonderfully hopeful about time-travel stories—there’s someone for everyone, whether it’s in the past or present. In Summer of Yesterday, Haley expects a boring summer vacation in Disney’s Fort Wilderness, a renovated long-abandoned water park. Instead she spends her summer not only 3 decades in the past but in the water park’s heyday as […]

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10 Super Smart STEM Ladies in YA

by Julie Jarema

Dimple Shah from When Dimple Met Rishi is thrilled when her parents agree to let her attend a summer program for aspirating web developers. Dimple is as incredibly caring as she is intelligent, which is why she’s intent on developing a game that will help her father keep better track of his health and monitor his […]

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7 Fictional Would-Be Parabatai

by The Riveted Team

I’ve been reading (or really rereading) Lord of Shadows and thinking a LOT about parabatai. Emma and Jules’ relationship in Lord of Shadows takes some complicated turns, but at the end they’re always going to be parabatai, and that’s a bond that lasts forever. Honestly, parabatai are one of my favorite things about the world […]

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Do You Like Zoo by James Patterson? Try This!

by Sarah Jane Abbott

Prepare for the perfect storm! If you like:   Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge or Storm of the Century by Stephen King Try: Savage by Thomas E. Sniegoski Why? In Savage, a small New England island is hit by a devastating storm that has a violent effect on its animals. If James Patterson’s Zoo and Stephen King’s […]

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Lord of Shadows Dream Cast!

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by The Riveted Team

Guys. I cannot even begin to express how totally, and completely in love I am with Lord of Shadows. I mean, check out this book description: Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire […]

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Merfolk Walk Among Us!

by Diego Molano Rodriguez

As the world continues to spiral into weirdness and Twilight Zone territory, I’ve become increasingly suspicious of everyone around me. In The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (currently a featured free read until May 29th), Sebastian believes Elyse is a legendary mermaid come to life and I think he might be on to something. […]

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5 Things NOT to Do in a Relationship

by Sam Benson

In How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, the main character, Rosie, is going through a tough breakup. A really tough breakup. As in, a series of bad decisions leads her to a temporary restraining order from her ex kind of bad. Rosie grows and changes throughout the book, but the beginning […]

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