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6 Books to Hold You Over Until the Hunger Games Prequel!


With news breaking that Suzanne Collins is going back to the Hunger Games and releasing a prequel set 64 years before the first book in Katniss Everdeen’s journey, we’re suddenly full of “volunteer as tribute” nostalgia! But with May 2020 so far away, these reads are the perfect warm up to a dystopian future. So, here are some recs to warm you up for the prequel that will undoubtably break all of our hearts and make us fall in love with dystopia all over again.


Legend by Marie Lu

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This saga could be pre-revolution or even post-revolution Hunger Games. With a United States divided and at war with itself (and others), a class system built on fear and intolerance and secrets in the government that show just how hardline their agenda is, Legend is a world in turmoil. But the question is, does it happen before a Hunger Games style world exists…or after?


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


The world is Sabaa Tahir’s series is not a safe one. Between the political alliances and revolutions rapidly occurring in every sector, not to mention so much shady business going on, fairness, mercy, and justice are an after thought. If this world crumbles, it could very well be the begin of brutal regime of control that punishes the young.


Seafire by Natalie C. Parker


If you loved the aquatic nature of Catching Fire and you were all about the Finnick life, then Seafire will help hold you over until the prequel gets here. A world dosed in destruction and violence, with a powerful woman rising to avenge her sibling. Oh boy, does it sound wonderfully familiar. Just be prepared for Natalie C. Parker to play with your expectations and YOUR EMOTIONS.


The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie


Speaking of fierce ladies, imagine Katniss if someone murdered both Gale and Peeta. That’s Poe. Revenge is her dish and she’s serving lots of it in a brutal, resources-fueled landscape.


The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

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A sibling doing anything possible to protect their sister?! The Grief Keeper is heartbreakingly closer to our current political climate than Panem, but still unsettlingly similar. Alexandra Villasante explores issues of race, wealth, status with devastating nuance, important topics we love The Hunger Games for.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte


A world divided into quadrants in a futuristic landscape? Welcome to Quadara…well, until someone started murdering all the queens. Katniss knows a thing or two about conspiracy, and Keralie has long since joined her on that boat.






Did you hear? An Ember in the Ashes is getting a collector’s edition! Check out the details here!



Four YA Characters Who Pulled a Steve Trevor from Wonder Woman

If you’re a fan of the 2017 Wonder Woman movie like us, then you were left pretty devastated by the ending that – SPOILER ALERT – left Steve Trevor (Chris Pine at his most-Chris-tastic) sacrificing himself to save …well everyone. But with the EPIC new trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 having just been released, you … Continued
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5 books to read while waiting for Children of Virtue and Vengeance

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Penguin Teen Cover Reveal Bonanza!

Summer, 2020 is packed full of amazing reads…and you’re about to get an exclusive sneak peek. IT’S TIME FOR THE SUMMER 2020 COVER REVEAL BONANZA. Today, we are revealing not one, not two, but SIX covers, from debut authors to the beloved return of our favorite witchy characters! We may have even snatched an excerpt for each … Continued
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Holiday Gift Tags for the Book Lover in Your Life

Have a booklover in your life? Holiday shopping stressing you out? We’ve got recommendations that might help. Namely, adorable pre-order gift tags!   The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine fans REJOICE! The fifth installment of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children is coming January 14th!    “Do you trust me?” Now, with … Continued
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2020 YA Sneak Peek!

Hello and WELCOME to the 2020 YA sneak peek! We’re talking all early info on upcoming 2020 books we cannot WAIT for!   All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor – January 7, 2020 The saga of the Logan family–made famous in the Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My … Continued
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Seriously, you should read Rules for Vanishing

Hey, friends! Joy from Penguin Teen here. We’ve been venturing into Booktube over at Penguin Teen to share monthly book hauls with you, so in case you missed September’s you can find it below! Okay, so if you couldn’t tell from the above, I’m just a lil obsessed with Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall. I … Continued
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5 Reasons You Need to Read LET IT SNOW. Like…now

HEY. Joy from Penguin Teen here, about to be waaaaay enthusiastic about why you need to read Let It Snow this December. But first, JUST IN CASE you missed our James & Joy Book Club this month (which, psh, why would you??), I’ll leave that here: ONWARD. Here is why you need to read Let It Snow. … Continued
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People who could not handle the ending of The Beautiful

The Beautiful had some…moments in it. If you know, you know. Things happened. Hearts broke. Mainly ours. Long story short, people on the internet are having some FEELINGS about it.   To put it simply:   You might say The Beautiful was…beautiful And emotions? You’ll have lots of them. Those emotions won’t go away for … Continued
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5 reasons why James recommends A River of Royal Blood

Hey there, YA lovers! it’s James from Penguin Teen. Somehow November sneaked up on all of us, so it’s time for another Book Haul for our James & Joy Book Club! Check out our November Book Haul video: I’ve selected A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy as my November Book Club Pick, and … Continued
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5 Reasons FIREBORNE is the book your heart desperately desires

Welcome back to Joy (me, hi) Rants About Why You MUST Read Fireborne by Rosaria Munda. Like asap. Like what are you WAITING for. In case you missed our October Book Haul here’s a picture of me judging James for not reading it yet: Fireborne is the Game of Thrones meets Harry Potter fantasy you’re going to … Continued
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