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Missing Marie Lu’s Legend series? Here are 5 books you should read!


It’s been a hot second since Legend by Marie Lu first hit shelves. (We still can’t believe it came out almost a decade ago…) Who can forget the first time they fell in love with June Iparis and Daniel Wing, better known as “Day”? If you’re looking for another pair of star-crossed-lovers in sci-fi, or even another dystopian read that will get you excited about (and frightened for) the future, we have some book recs for you!


Rebelwing by Andrea Tang


Three words: Sentient cybernetic dragon. That’s the new companion that teen smuggler Prudence “Pru” Wong finds herself with after a smuggling drop gone wrong. Pru is a prep school student in an alternate future version of Washington D.C., one of the last bastions of democracy in North America, which has been overtaken by the United Continental Confederacy, Inc. (Remind you of the Colonies from Legend?) Rather like June, Pru and her dragon, Rebelwing, soon find themselves on the front lines in a fight to protect their friends and family.


The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

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What if June could have revived her late brother, Metias? And what would you sacrifice for 24 more hours with your beloved sibling? That’s the predicament that 17-year-old Tempe finds herself in. On her planet of waves and water, the research facility on the island of Palimdromena will revive the recently departed for a price. But Tempe isn’t seeking a heartfelt reunion with her late sister, Elysea—she wants to know why Elysea caused the death of their parents. When the revived Elysea insists that she was innocent, she and Tempe embark on a dangerous journey to find the truth behind their parents’ death, in a quest that will change their lives forever.


Warcross by Marie Lu


If you liked Legend, then you’ll definitely love Warcross! Not only is Warcross set in the same world as Legend (it’s basically a Legend prequel of sorts), it will also scratch that sci-fi/dystopian itch in the same way as Legend. Also, Emika Chen and Hideo Tanaka are our ride-or-die couple—but just as with June and Day, their love story is more complicated than it seems on the surface.


Matched by Ally Condie


Looking for another O.G. star-crossed dystopian romance? Then Match definitely belongs on your TBR! In the Society, your entire life’s choices are decided for you, including whom you love. But when Cassia Reyes inadvertently finds herself torn between her best friend Xander Carrow and newcomer Ky Markham, Cassia finds herself questioning everything she was raised to believe. We think you should use your power to choose… this love triangle against a dystopian backdrop!


War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi


Times of turmoil can reveal your true self. Just as the Republic and Colonies of America find themselves locked in civil war in Legend, sisters Onyii and Ify are cast on opposite sides of the conflict between their native Biafra and Nigeria. While Onyii becomes a war hero known as the Demon of Biafra, Ify and her technological expertise become an asset for Nigeria. Forces around them are determined to keep Onyii and Ify apart… but they’ll have to fight their way back to each other to learn who they really are.


Rebelwing by Andrea Tang is available on February 25th, so what are you waiting for? Pre-order your copy here!


What to read after watching Netflix’s TIGER KING

The show was wild from beginning to end as we followed the story of Joe Exotic (or as we all know him: The Tiger King). From insane zoo stories to questionable murder mysteries, Penguin Teen’s got the purr-fect reads after you’ve finished watching Netflix’s latest true crime series docuseries.   The Small Crimes of Tiffany … Continued
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We asked readers to send in their favorite quotes from books. Here’s what they said…

We asked readers to send in their favorite quotes from books. Here’s what they said! “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars     “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” – Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility  “Once there was, … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: TIME OF OUR LIVES

In case you are a fan of #Wibbroka (adorable author couple that is Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberley) or just generally a fan of romance books that will absolutely win your heart, stick around. We’re revealing an excerpt for Wibbroka’s upcoming release Time of Our Lives! Scroll down to start reading/falling in love. FITZ When I … Continued
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Hey Netflix, you should probably get started on these 7 books

Already binge-watched basically everything good on Netflix at this point? Same. And it got us thinking…there are some books Netflix really needs to read, because they would be AMAZING on screen. So, here are our top 7!   The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz A blood oath, an assassin, and a kingdom under … Continued
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Do’s and Don’t for encountering a vampire: things YA taught us

Let’s face it: we all have a soft spot for the eternally damned. YA made us love vampires and we aren’t sorry about it. HOWEVER, our favorite books have ALSO taught us that there are certain things to do and not do if you encounter a handsome broody potentially blood-thirsty character. At no. 1…   1. DO … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: THE JEWEL THIEF

Excerpt alert! This week we’re reading The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley, a lush, slow-burn romance set in 17th century France, and based on the history of the Hope Diamond. Scroll down to read an excerpt!   Louvre Palace, April 25, 1673   I kneel, gritting my teeth against the pain of my cracked ribs and blistered hand. … Continued
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7 Books To Read During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and we’re committed to helping keep the conversation going all month long. We find that books can often help us talk about difficult topics – so here are 7 books to help you start a conversation.   SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for … Continued
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8 things you DIDN’T know about Four Dead Queens

Author Astrid Scholte is here to tell you 7 things you didn’t know about Four Dead Queens! Four Dead Queens is an enthralling fast-paced royal murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences. We hope you enjoy these special easter eggs!   7 things you didn’t know about Four Dead Queens  by Astrid Scholte   Initially there … Continued
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Excerpt alert: THE KINGDOM OF BACK

We really need to talk about The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. Because, honestly? It’s not just going to steal your heart, but it’s going to take it into a mythical land that’s so magical you won’t want to take it back. IT’S THAT GOOD. But on with the excerpt. The Kingdom of Back is … Continued
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Try Not to Swoon Challenge: YA’s Steamiest Romances 😍

Alright, folks. Prepare to swoon. We’re counting down some of YA’s absolute swooniest romances of all time. Kicking us off…   Warcross by Marie Lu *cough* hot tub scene *cough*   Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera Juliet falling in love with a cute librarian named Kira was sort of the best. Also? Kira rides … Continued
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