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June 16: book stack

||a rainbow of beauty||

It’s the season of romance so we think it’s time to celebrate the YA couples who remind us what a love story should be <3

Learn more about our favorite books to read, swoon, and repeat here!

Book Shopping Adventures

So I went book shopping yesterday and got four new books which will have reviews coming up in the near future. The first book was hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, The Jewel by Amy Ewing, The School for Good and Evil Book 1 by Soman Chainani, and last, but not least, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. The last being the book series that everyone is raving about I decided to finally take the plunge on. So tell me have you read any of these books? Got any recommendations?

First day outfit? Check. Pencils? Check. New book boyfriend to gush to your friends about? Double check. Open up your backpack and read on for the most crushable fictional bachelors we met this summer!

1. Elias from An Ember in the Ashes

First date: sneaking out under the cover of darkness to a festival where you dance under the stars. 

*Warning: you may want to reconsider once you meet your future mother-in-law.

2. Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn

First date: a flirtatious archery competition followed by telling endless stories until dawn.

*Note: make sure your story is really, really good. Otherwise he may have to have you executed.

3. Farrell from A Book of Spirits and Thieves

First date: lattes at a cafe in Toronto followed by an afternoon dodging evil-doers in ancient Mytica.

4. Mac from Saint Anything

First date: he teaches you how to make homemade pizza at his family’s restaurant then presents you with a mega-sized bag of root beer lollipops…and doesn’t judge when you eat all of them. 

5. Tiny Cooper from Hold Me Closer

First date: spontaneously joining a flag football game, and then spontaneously joining a musical in the park – both of which he’s probably better than you at.

6. Digby from Trouble is a Friend of Mine

First date: will be a surprise, but you can assume it will involve breaking and entering and potentially a giant bear suit.

7. Tim Mason from The Boy Most Likely To

First date: might involve dealing with some of his baggage, and your family might be hanging around…but he’ll still charm your socks off.

Who are your favorite new book crushes?

7 Books To Give To The Romantic In Your Life

We all have a friend in our lives who swoons over tales of true love. But what do you give them for the holidays? We used our holiday gift guide to make a list of 7 perfect reads for the romantic in YOUR life. 

Get more recommendations and make your OWN wish lists with our holiday gift guide here!

1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

What does it feel like to fall for the right guy…finally? Sydney has always felt invisible – until she meets Mac, who makes her feel truly seen for the first time.

2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

When a free-spirited actor asks you join him for one day in Paris on the last day of your European tour, do you say yes? Allyson did, and those 24 hours of freedom, risk, and romance will transform her life forever.

3. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Tim’s the most likely to avoid the “right” decision, and Alice knows falling for her younger brother’s best friend isn’t a smart choice…but when they collide, sparks will fly.

4. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The story of two teens with cancer falling in love in spite of the odds will bring on a new level of feels – you just bring on the tissues.

5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This coming of age story about the people who live in our hearts will leave you breathless and teary and laughing – often all at once.

6. Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Set on the gorgeous beaches of Hawaii, the story of Lea Lane’s junior year is one of identity, transformation, and how unexpected first love can be. 

7. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Two cities, one love story: the tale of Isla and Josh spans from NYC to Paris and will have you wondering if a romantic getaway is in store for this holiday season…

Want more recommendations? Check out our holiday gift guide and make your own wish lists for everyone you know right here!

9 YA Romances To Seduce You This Summer

Everyone deserves the summer love story they desire…whether IRL or in a book. That’s why we’ve rounded up 9 YA romances that will give your heart what it wants…evaluated by exactly how the book will woo you.

1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

The love you need is the kind where you feel seen, even if for the first time. Pro tip: start by looking in a pizza parlor. 

Woo tactic: reserve a private garden room at the pizzeria you’ve been wanting to try, reveal a piano is hidden in the shadows, and proceed to serenade you about the depths of your radiance. *The feels are strong in this one.

2. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour 

Finding love on the L.A. film scene is tricky even when you’re a talented set designer just out of high school. 

Woo tactic: catch your gaze across the cafe and hand you a single daisy before leaving when the sun goes down behind the Hollywood hills. Just. Like. In a movie.

3. Landry Park series by Bethany Hagen

Falling in love just adds more adrenaline when you leave your privileged estate to join a class rebellion.

Woo tactic: intercept various suitors at a society banquet to share a dance and tell you you’re the most captivating person in the room…and also that there’s a rebellion starting outside. 

4. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Beach town girl meets city boy the summer before college: a surefire recipe for feels. 

Woo tactic: fan you with a palm frond, hold your ice cream, and turn the pages of your book while you read on the beach. (i.e. heaven.)

5. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 

Next door neighbors breaking down the fence between their houses and their hearts.

Woo tactic: knock on your door and offer to wash your car, then offer to bake you fresh artisan donuts, then offer to babysit your siblings while you head to the bookstore. A PERFECT 10.0!

6. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

It’s hard to believe love’s a universal language when you have no idea what’s the status on your relationships with your boyfriend, your sister, AND your best friend at the same time.

Woo tactic: notice you are having a mini freak-out in the library, disappear for a second and then hand you a French textbook. Upon opening, you find a handwritten poem, IN FRENCH, equating your ability to power through to Beyonce’s. Unrealistic, but appreciated.

7. Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins

Somehow it’s less surprising when you fall for your enemy since grade school after you acquire powers and join a line of ancient guardians.

Woo tactic: tap you on the shoulder to give you the lip gloss that you dropped…as well as the dagger that fell out of your clutch. Without skipping a beat.

8. Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Sometimes it takes getting stuck in an elevator together during a hurricane to really get to know the person you’ve lived across from your entire life.

Woo tactic: show up at your doorstep with a chocolate stash, first aid kit, and stack of books because there’s an impending storm. You are impressed by the gesture as well as the items selected for survival.

9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

There’s something to be said when you live until sunrise after marrying a Caliph who weds a new bride every night only to have her executed the next morning.

Woo tactic: propose. You live until many dawns together. 

Start reading our #YaSummerLove books!

What type of romance are you looking for this summer?

The Emoji Guide to Falling in Love

How DOES one meet meet that special someone these days? Fear not: we broke down exactly how the characters in some of our favorite YA romances fell in love…using emojis.

Translation: after your family’s world is turned upside down, stumble upon a scrumptious-smelling pizzeria where you will find the best pizza, a best friend, and a boy who’s the best at seeing you for the first time. 

Translation: the summer before college, break up with your perfect boyfriend and open your heart to the city boy working on a documentary about a reclusive artist in your beach hometown.

Translation: when trying to reconcile your dreams of going to university with your family’s intention for you to run the estate, look to the boy who has many secrets – especially when rumors of a rebellion start to spread.

Translation: get stuck in an elevator and finally get to know the boy who’s lived across from you and your strict parents forever when the power goes out at a hospital.

Translation: move past your history of heartbreak after you get an amazing set designing job in L.A. where, when a famous actor dies, you’ll uncover an inheritance letter that will lead you to love. 

Translation: when you can’t understand what’s going on with your relationships with pretty much everyone in your life and your sister gets engaged to the worst guy ever, open your eyes, look around, and rewrite your definition of love.

Translation: after getting special powers that turn you into a guardian-debutante hybrid, reevaluate your current relationship and put a fresh pair of eyes on your nemesis since grade school.

Translation: after admiring the extremely large and super fun family next door for years, finally break down the fence and get to know what’s been there all along.

Translation: if the young Caliph in your land weds a new girl and has her executed each morning, volunteer to marry him for the sake of revenge and make it until dawn…you may find that things are not as they seem.

What love story are you looking for this summer?

Read the first few chapters of each of these #YaSummerLove books! 

All that space you made spring cleaning? You know what it’s for. Fill it with fresh new YA books that came out in April! 

1. The Edge of the Water by Elizabeth George#2 in a paranormal mystery series that will seriously up the suspense factor on your bookshelf.

2. The Truth Commission by Susan JubyThis hilarious contemporary wins your heart over in the first paragraph, and then again and again in the footnotes. 

3. Still Waters by Ash ParsonA triple shot of raw, gritty feels that will remind you of the first time you read The Outsiders.

4. As Simple as Snow by Gregory GallowayPrepare to be hooked as you follow the unanswered questions about Anna’s disappearance at a frozen river.

5. Scan by Walter Jury and Sarah FineA sci-fi with the heart of a thriller, meaning that you won’t even think about putting it dwn – the action won’t let you.

6. What I Thought Was True by Huntley FitzpatrickA complex, thoughtful love story set by the beach that will add much more depth to your summer reading. 

7. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen: Sixteen-year-old Maya’s memoir shows that she learned more than how to wear pearls properly when she followed a 1950′s popularity guide.

8. Just One Day Collection by Gayle Forman: Gayle Forman’s heart wrenchingly beautiful saga of love and self-discovery in one great box set, with steamy sequel novella Just One Night in print for the very first time!

9. Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me by Meredith ZeitlinZona’s trip to Greece makes you laugh out loud and squeezes your heart at the same time.

10. Legend Graphic Novel by Marie LuMarie Lu’s bestselling LEGEND come to life in a vividly-illustrated graphic novel!

11. First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano: This debut about evolving friendships and first love will soak you in bittersweet feels.

12. Miss Mayhem by Rachel HawkinsThe sequel to Rebel Belle delivers another excellent dose of hilarity and kicking butt in heels.

13. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirAn epic high fantasy about fighting for what you want most that leaves you with one thought: I NEED MORE.

14. I Am Her Revenge by Meredith MooreBoarding school is pretty stressful when you’re there to seek revenge on behalf of your controlling mother.

15. Shattered by Teri TerryThe conclusion to the Slated trilogy doesn’t let up on terrifying suspense as Kyla fills the blank spaces of who she is. 

Which of these are you excited to read? 

You have the gift cards. You want the books. But how do you choose? Start with these 12 reads guaranteed to spice up your e-reader:

1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: Cassie’s search for her little brother in the post-invasion ruins of humanity is headed for the big screen! Download here!

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: An instant bestseller and the hottest book of the summer. Download here!

3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: A lush retelling of 1001 Nights that will give your shelf the romance it’s been missing. Download here!

4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu: The first in #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s latest fantasy series. Download here!

5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes: The first in a fantasy series set in the ancient kingdoms of Mytica perfect for fans of Game of Thrones. Download here!

6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: A bestselling romance about family, identity, and first love. Download here!

7. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick: A contemporary romance starring characters from Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door. Download here!

8. Soundless by Richelle Mead: The newest bestseller from Vampire Academy author Richelle Mead is a standalone fantasy inspired by Chinese myth. Download here!

9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: This gorgeous Printz award winner is about family, art, love, and the way our lives intertwineDownload here!

10. Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski: A New York Times bestseller about an island where sunlight doesn’t come every 24 hours…it comes every 28 years. Download here!

11. I Was Here by Gayle Forman: A heartwrenchingly beautiful story about what we hide in our hearts from the author of If I Stay and Just One Day. Download here!

12. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle: An atmospheric debut about a girl whose family becomes inexplicably accident-prone every October. Download here! 


Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, The Wrong Side of Right is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of Aaron Sorkin.  Penguin Teen Author Spotlight proudly introduces Jenn Marie Thorne, the author behind this debut novel. Stick around to get to know more about her!

Name: Jenn Marie Thorne 

Novel: The Wrong Side of Right 

Available: 3/17/2015 

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? It’s so hard for me to play favorites, but I’ll go with Shakespeare, for the inventiveness of his language and the sheer volume of his work. 

What’s your favorite thing about your book? I had a lot of fun mixing grounded character moments that hit home for me personally with high-flying campaign strategy—the sound bites, the policies, the speeches. I really enjoyed pretending to be a politico. 

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Tropical island? Robinson Crusoe. I have very few practical skills. I’m gonna need somebody there with prior experience or there’s no way I’ll last the year. Cold island, like, say, off the coast of Scotland? Jamie Fraser. (Don’t tell my present-day husband.) 

Where do you write? All over the place. I have a lovely office workspace that I hardly ever use. I stow my laptop in random places throughout the house and type “a quick note” as I walk by, and then I look up and an hour has passed. 

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Okay, so he probably didn’t exist, but since I suspect all historical figures are largely fictionalized anyway, I’ll go with King Arthur. What he accomplished in a short lifetime is astonishing, uniting a motley collection of feuding warlords, bringing peace and culture and a code of ethics—civilization itself—to an island ruled by chaos. The fact that it all fell to the Saxons as soon as he died is just a testament to how monumental his achievement was. (Confession: I’m sort of obsessed with Arthurian legend.) 

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I don’t just tweet—I hang out on Twitter. It’s like the employee lounge for an imaginary office building full of authors. I’m sure I’ve tweeted funny things, but whenever I’m particularly pleased with something I’ve posted, it’s met with crickets. And then I’ll tweet, like, “Man, I love cookies,” and get fourteen favorites and twenty RTs. 

What is your favorite season? Summer. Long days, heat, shimmery insect sounds, splashing around in various bodies of water? Love it. 

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Necker Island, BVI, because I think my fancy teleportation abilities would be enough to convince Richard Branson that I’m a delightful and fascinating party guest, rather than a pleb trespasser. Plus, I’m not seeing anything here about teleporting back, so maybe Richard Branson could help me with my airfare. 

Do you have any writing rituals? More of a habit than a ritual, but I always start by futzing with words and punctuation from whatever I’ve last written. They’re completely useless edits, but they ease me into working while the creative side of my brain wakes up for the day. It usually only takes a few minutes. 

What is your idea of earthly happiness? Idle time. Oh man, I miss having nothing to do but daydream—preferably someplace warm, with a cool beverage at hand and a view of light shining on water. 

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? This is the hardest question in this entire interview. I remember being blown away by Rodrigo y Gabriela at a big festival concert in LA with a bunch of other bands. I was mostly there to see Lily Allen and Travis, but they were the act that made my jaw drop. 

What are you currently working on? I’m between drafts of a companion novel to The Wrong Side of Right and playing with two other projects, another contemporary and a high fantasy.


Thank you, Jenn Marie! We are looking forward to the companion novel!

You can find Jenn Marie Thorne on her website and Twitter!

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