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10 Best Young Adult Books of 2020

With the added diversity and the unique storylines, people of different cultures and backgrounds worldwide feel more included and motivated to achieve greatness in today's literature. Here are ten of the best books of 2020 that readers could not put down.

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Three Great Books to Read during Quarantine

While in quarantine, one of the best things to do is open a book. There are so many great ones out there, and while having this time to stay at home, I’ve managed to cross some books off my TBR list and I even discovered some new ones. Out of all the books I’ve read since this pandemic started, there are three that are simply too good not to pass on to others.

 

1. ‘Dangerous Alliance’ by Jennieke Cohen

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Dangerous Alliance is a historical fiction romance, and it’s such a great story. The novel follows a young woman, Lady Victoria, who has to quickly find a husband to protect her family’s estate from her older sister’s abusive fiancé. What I love most about this book is how much of a book worm Lady Victoria is, and how she uses the characters from Jane Austen novels to help her find a decent husband. There is also a little mystery in this novel with an old friend of Victoria’s that comes back into her life, Tom. The novel is also told from his perspective as he’s trying to open a hotel while protecting Victoria from Mr. Carmichael, who he believes is conspiring with Victoria’s sister’s husband. Even though Victoria is looking for a husband, she has a good head on her shoulders and will do anything to protect her sister, despite the weird occurrences happening around her (like the man attacking her on her estate, or the carriage losing control while on a date with another suitor, Mr. Silby). The mystery is, what does Mr. Carmichael want, and who keeps trying to harm Victoria? This book is bound to keep you invested in these kooky characters and mysterious story!

2. ‘Regretting You’ by Colleen Hoover

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Regretting You is a contemporary fiction novel that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on, as I am a big Colleen Hoover fan. She rarely disappoints. This book features a dual perspective story about a mother, Morgan, and her daughter, Clara, who are dealing with grief and a shocking revelation. Morgan just lost her husband and her sister in a car accident, and she also put the pieces together and discovered a big secret that’s been hidden for years. On top of that, she is fighting with Clara, who is choosing now to rebel. Clara just wants to escape and not think about the death of her dad and aunt, both of whom she was so close to. She wants to make sense of the world and right now the only thing that is helping her deal is the boy her mom won’t let her see because he’s a bad influence. What I love about this novel is the family element, and how much you think you know someone when you don’t. Life is full of surprises, and not always good ones. The characters are going through a lot, a perfect distraction from our own current issues!

3. ‘Chain of Gold’ by Cassandra Clare

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Chain of Gold is a new fantasy novel by Cassandra Clare, need I say more? I am a big Cassandra Clare fan, so of course, I had to read this. If you’ve read The Infernal Devices trilogy, then you will recognize Will, Tessa, and Jem in this novel; now all grown-up with Will and Tessa being married with kids of their own. Their children, James and Lucie, are the focal point of this novel along with their friends. James is in love with Grace Blackthorn, who is kept hidden by her mother because of her hatred towards shadow hunters, specifically the Herondales. Lucie’s best friend Cordelia Castairs is doing her best to save her family name, all while something dark threatens the lives of the shadow hunters and James, Lucie, and the rest of their friends and family try to stop it. I love reading about this world, and how each new book takes us on a journey with great characters and a wild plot. Cassandra Clare never ceases to amaze me when it comes to her books.

Hopefully, these picks will distract you from the chaos of the world right now and bring you into a different kind of chaos, someone else’s!

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5 Fantastic New Fantasy Novels

What a great week it is to escape into an intriguing fantasy world. Get lost in magical realms and fall in love with these majestic characters that will make you want to  jump into the story. A fantasy world is the perfect one to escape to during these times and these novels will give your mind a welcome break from reality.

 

 1. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

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House of Earth and Blood tells the story of Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar. Bryce used to have the perfect life, until her friends were murdered, and now even though the criminals are behind bars, similar crimes begin to happen again. Now, Bryce is doing everything she can to avenge the death of her friends. Hunt is a fallen angel with great strength, but enslaved by the archangels. In order to regain his freedom he has to help Bryce find the demon wrecking havoc. As the two work together they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone. They also find a passion within each other that could set them on fire – if they let it.

 

2. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Chain of Gold follows Tessa and Will’s two children, James and Lucie Herondale. James and Lucie have grown up during a peaceful time for shadowhunters in Edwardian London. They have heard countless tales of good conquering evil, but now things are about to change with the Carstairs and Blackthorns arrival in London. James wants to fall in love and believes his true love is Grace Blackthorn. Meanwhile, Cordelia Carstairs wants to become a hero, and on her journey she falls for James. On Cordelia’s road to become a hero, she and the rest of her friends find themselves on an adventure that will reveal dark powers, and the price of being a hero.

3. The Kingdom of Black by Marie Lu

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The Kingdom of Black tells the story of two siblings, Nanneral Mozart and Wolfgang. Nanneral is a gifted musician and she delights audiences with her music. Unfortunately, her father will only allow her to perform music until she reaches a marriageable age. It is the 18th century and she is a woman, and even though composing music is what she dreams of, it cannot happen. As the years go by, Wolfgang’s musical talent begins to shine brighter than Nanneral’s, until one day a man from a magical land comes to town and makes Nanneral an incredible offer. However, if Nanneral takes the deal, it could cost her everything.

 

4. Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Imagine Me is the final book in the Shatter Me series. Ella now knows the truth about Juliette and what she was created for. Now, Ella struggles with the past and is unsure of what the future holds. Everything between Juliette and Ella, and right and wrong, is a blur. Even her destiny may not be in her control, with old enemies looming, and the day of reckoning with Reestablishment approaching. All things considered, Ella is unsure of what side she stands on.

5. The City We Became by N.K Jemisin

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The City We Became. is about New York City and her five ‘souls’. In the lore of the book, all cities have souls, and with souls come a dark side. Underneath the earth there is an evil stirring that threatens to destroy the city, and now the five souls within the city must band together to destroy it before it destroys them.

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5 Wondrous Reads to Get You Through Being Stuck at Home

Right now things are pretty crazy around the world, we all need a way to get through this. For me, the best way to get through being stuck at home is to read a good book. Below, I have picked a list of five books that I adore and are guaranteed to entertain you in this tough time.

1. Chain of Gold

Cassandra Clare brings us a new and dazzling installment in her series of Shadowhunters. Chain of Gold follows the lives of Shadowhunters Cordelia, James, Lucie, Matthew, and more. This gang works together to navigate their way around London society and protect the mundane world from demons. When demons begin to pop up after years of being gone, the shadowhunters must figure out what is going on and stop it before anyone else gets hurt. If you loved Clare’s previous Shadowhunter series, then you will absolutely love Chain of Gold. For fans of fantasy, adventure, and romance, this is the book for you.

 

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2. Crescent City

Sarah J Maas’s newest series brings us into a brand-new world with angels, fae, and humans. Crescent City follows half-fae Bryce Quinlan, who is struggling to grapple with the loss of her closest friends after they are murdered in a demon attack. Years later, when the demon attacks start up again, Bryce soon realizes that they have arrested the wrong man for her friend’s murders. Bryce is forced to partner up with brooding fallen angel Hunt, and together they work to figure out who is behind these attacks before more people get hurt. Sarah J Maas does not disappoint with the first book in her newest serious. If you need a book that we have you reading for hours and leave you breathless, then I recommend Crescent City.

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3. Caraval

In Stephanie Garber’s Caraval, readers are taken on a wondrous ride through the game of Caraval. Sisters Scarlett and Donatella have always dreamed of participating in the Caraval ever since they were children. When the opportunity finally arises for both of them to go, they seek help from mysterious sailor Julian to take them. When Scarlett and Donatella are separated before the games even begin, Scarlett must navigate her way through the deceptive game of Caraval in order to get her sister back. Things are not what they seem when they are in the game, Scarlett and Julian must work together, even though there are plenty of secrets lurking in the shadows threatening to keep Scarlett from ever seeing her sister again. For fans of magic, deception, mystery, and romance, Caraval is the perfect book to curl up with next to the fire!

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4. Shatter Me

Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi, follows Juliette, a prisoner that hasn’t had human contact in almost a year. The reason of her isolation being that her touch is lethal, she is faced with the constant fear of killing whoever she touches. Once she is finally freed from the clutches of the Reestablishment, she goes on the run. Soon, Juliette realizes that she is not alone, and that there are more like her. With the help of her new friends in the resistance, Juliette learns that she is way more than she thought she was. Shatter Me is the perfect book if you are looking to start a new and thrilling series with magical abilities and romance.

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5. The Stars We Steal

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne takes readers on a journey that is quite literally out of this world. Leonie, “Leo”, is just like any other eighteen-year-old girl, except for the fact that she is a princess that lives in space. Ever since the earth froze, its inhabitants were forced to live in space until it defrosted. Life in space is the only life that Leo has ever known. After losing her mother at a young age, Leo has become the protector of the family and now the provider. This year, Leo will have to participate in the traditional marriage ceremony in hopes of finding a husband to bring her family out of financial ruin. Not only does Leo not want to get married, but things get even messier when her ex-fiancé, Elliot, shows up determined to get back at Leo for breaking his heart. The main problem for Leo is that she is not quite sure her feelings for Elliot are gone, but he is no longer the man she once knew. The Stars We Steal is the perfect book to read because once you start you cannot stop!

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I hope you all love these books as much I have! I hope you all stay safe and inside during these times of uncertainty.

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