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51 Free YA and NA Books for your Quaranteen

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Hi, guys! All through the last few weeks, the news of the coronavirus are unavoidable, so why not take this time to stay safe and escape to a book instead?

To help in these hard times where the economy is woobly and things are uncertain, I decided to put together a list of Free YA and NA books to keep you all safe, entertained, and busy. Remember you can help authors by leaving a short and honest review in return.

If you want to stay up to date with the latest freebies and YA news, please consider joining my Facebook Group The YA Book Tribe.

Important note: At the time this post was created, all the books listed were free.

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6 Ways of Getting Free and Discounted Books

If you’re a book addict like me, you probably spend countless hours a day surrounded by books—not to mention most of your savings! Today, I want to share with you some of my favorite places to get freebies and great deals. The sites I mention below, are the ones I frequent the most, though I’m aware there are tons more out there.

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Bookbub

I absolutely adore Bookbub! As a reader, Bookbub gives you the opportunity to create a profile and select your favorite genres. Afterwards, you get an email a day with a lot of  freebies and discounted books.

Netgalley

Netgalley is a great place to find ARCs of books that will soon hit the market. In this platform, the deal is easy—you get a book in exchange for an honest review. But first you need to be approved by the publisher or by the author. 

Facebook ARC Groups

Facebook is full of groups gathering readers and authors. You can try my new group, The YA Book Club. Also, one of my favorite ones is YA Book Stop – YABS, which offers authors the opportunity to connect with thousands of readers searching for ARCs in all YA subgenres in exchange of an honest review. If YA isn’t your cup of tea, all you need to do is a quick FB browse on your favorite genres and I’m sure you’ll stumble into some amazing groups! Wish it till it happens.

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Swoonreads

Swoonreads is an imprint of Macmillan where aspiring authors put up their manuscripts and readers get to choose which titles get a publishing deal! How exciting is that? You, as a reader, can be involved in the publishing process! But that’s not all! Their readers’ platform and app also gives you the opportunity to make comments on the manuscripts you read, allowing you an editorial role that helps authors improve their work!

If you’re into YA Contemporary Romance, check out my novel “Since We Were Friends.” I’m always happy to get more feedback!

Sign up to your favorite authors’ newsletters!

Most authors regularly send a NL to their fans telling them all about their latest news and sharing amazing freebies, book fairs and great book deals, too! Personally, I intend to send mine at least once a month, so you can sign up here if you want to get fantastic YA deals.

Second-Hand book stores

I love, love, looooove going to second-hand stores. Especially, second-hand book stores. You never know what you’re going to find while spending hours browsing the shelves and I always get the feeling books are going to find me rather than the other way around.

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Now . . . Let’s discuss!

Where do you find the best book deals? Share your favorite sites in the comments!

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How to Successfully Pitch an ARC to a Book Blogger (illustrated with FRIENDS gifs)

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Are you a new writer struggling to get reviews for your ARCs or your published books? Are you a book blogger tired of getting those spammy “review my book” emails? Personally, both as a writer and as a book reviewer and blogger, I’ve been through both, so I decided to share these three great tips for writers that will get you a long way and one word of advice for reviewers to cope.

As a Writer:

1. Address the blogger properly

Even though this sounds obvious, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve received review requests with the wrong name or no name whatsoever, or request for genres I don’t review. As a reader, it’s annoying and chances are I won’t bother to read your request if you can’t be bothered to know who you’re emailing.

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If you you’re trying to pitch a book to a reviewer (who, let’s face it, has access to sites like Netgalley and is probably approached by hundreds of authors on a monthly basis), the least you can do is get to know him/her. Spend five minutes browsing the blog, find out what his/her name or nickname’s, what genres they review, what are they hobbies . . . I can promise you the time you’ll invest in this process will be very rewarding.

2. Introduce yourself

Even though book bloggers are usually very busy, I can assure you one thing—for us, it’s always exciting to get a new review request. So, when we open it, we don’t want you to go straight to the point. We want to know who you are, how you stumbled into our blog, what genres you write and (you’ll get brownie points if you mention) why you think your book is a good fit for us.

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Of course you don’t need to go on and on about yourself for pages, but take one paragraph to really sell yourself and to show us you spent some time browsing our blog.

3. Tell us ALL about the book

Now that you’ve talked about yourself, take some time to talk about your book. Don’t make us—potential reviewers—search for the info online. We’ll get bored or annoyed and we simply won’t do it.

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Make the information easily available instead. A few things you should always include in a good review request email are: title, genre, blurb, goodreads and Amazon links (and any other links you consider appropiate), deadline, and cover image.

Ready  to start pitching?

Check out the  Book Blogger  Register and find out hundreds of bloggers!

 

As a blogger…

Basically, what you can do as a blogger comes down to one word—teach.

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Most book reviewers have a “Review Policy” page on their blog explaining not only the genres they review, but also the information they expect to receive on a review request email. If  you don’t have one, this is the time to do it. If you do and you notice an annoying trend on the way you’re being approached by authors, you can quickly update your “Review Policy” page and politely forward the link to the author. Trust me, even if you don’t end up working with that author, you’ll have done him/her a great favor!

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Review: “The Will and the Wilds”, by Charlie N. Holmberg

· “What is a soul if not an extension of the heart?” ·

Holmberg-The Will and the Wilds-27131-CV-FL.inddEnna knows to fear the mystings that roam the wildwood near her home. When one tries to kill her to obtain an enchanted stone, Enna takes a huge risk: fighting back with a mysting of her own.
Maekallus’s help isn’t free. His price? A kiss. One with the power to steal her soul. But their deal leaves Maekallus bound to the mortal realm, which begins eating him alive. Only Enna’s kiss, given willingly, can save him from immediate destruction. It’s a temporary salvation for Maekallus and a lingering doom for Enna. Part of her soul now burns bright inside Maekallus, making him feel for the first time.
Enna shares Maekallus’s suffering, but her small sacrifice won’t last long. If she and Maekallus can’t break the spell binding him to the mortal realm, Maekallus will be consumed completely—and Enna’s soul with him.

My Review

Goodreads Rating: 5*

*I got an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Let me just say it’s been a while since I last read a Fantasy YA novel and this one was simply ~A m a z i n g~. The beautiful narrative pulled me right in from the very first line and kept me hooked until the last dot. Having said that, I must also admit that the cover and the blurp were most captivating for me at the time of requesting a review copy. Could a kiss be so dangerous as to stealing your soul? You bet!

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In addition to the author’s talented story-telling skills, the world creation and the character development were exceptional. Charlie’s words create the perfectly shady but yet attractive setting where our protagonists meet and interact and as a reader I found myself wondering through the wildwood with Enna or walking down the medieval-like village market feeling the long, hard stares of the villagers.

Also there’s Maekallus, a soulless mysting unable to feel—that is until until he kisses Enna, causing strange things start to come to life inside of him. As the story unfolds, I found myself swooning over Maekallus, a bad boy with a big heart, and enjoying the conversations and arguments between him and Enna.

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However, what I loved the most about this book was the ending.

(If you’re not up for spoilers, you should seriously consider stop reading now.)

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The thing is, the author remains most loyals to her characters. In this story, love overcomes every obstacle and there’s sacrifice on both parts, of course. But neither Maekallus nor Enna have to quit being who or what they are in order to be together. Without a doubt, that’s the most beautiful message this story has to offer.

 

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The Book Blogger Register

Hi, guys! A couple of months ago, I decided to create a post in my blog gathering  all the book bloggers and bookstagrams out there who’d wish to be part of it. The only requirement to be included on this list is that you have a bookish blog (authors who only share their stories will NOT be included). The two main objectives of this book blogger register are:

  • Helping the blogging community—by spreading the word about new and old blogs, helping bloggers discover other blogs with different content and get inspiration from others, making new contacts, growing their audience, etc.
  • Help authors discover book blogs, find reviewers.

If:

  • you have a blog and wish to be added to this list at any point, send me an email with your name and blog URL.
  • there’s something wrong with your info (name, URL, typos, etc.), please understand that I didn’t mean it and let me know ASAP so that I can fix it.
  • your blog or bookstagram wasn’t listed even though you replied to my Tweet (and you meet the criteria to be on this list), please understand that I got a lot of responses and simply didn’t see yours. Again, send me an email and I’ll add you ASAP.

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*Allison: Small Tomes for Big Minds

*Ally: Ally’s Reading Corner

*Alysa: Paperback Patron

*Amy: Warm Days Will Never Cease

*Amy: Trans-scribe

*Amy Louise: Bursting with Books

*Anjedah: Bookriot

*Anne: Books of my Heart

*Anne: The Lit Bitch

*Anne: Books, Baking & Blogging

*Anika: Chapters of May

 

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*Barbara: Barbs Book Club Blog

*Beth: Books Nest

*Briana & Krysta: Pages Unbound

*Brittany: Bookaholic Brittany

*Bob: Beauty in Ruins

*Books on Gif

 

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*Candyce & Isabel: The Book Dutchesses

*Carol: The Reading Ladies

*Catarina: Pages & Plots

*Cathleen: Woven From Words

*Céline: The Tortoise Life

*Cielo: Bellerose Reads

*Charlie: Charlie Hopkins

*Claire & Christy: I’m All Booked Up

*Courtney Rice: Beauty and the chef

 

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*Diana: Fortunately, the Book

*Donna: Biblioxytocin

 

E

*E.: Local Bee Hunter’s Little Nook

*Eleanor: Not-so-modern Girl

*Elena: Books & Elena

*Elfi Riverdell: Ballet and Books Blog

*Elizabeth: Before We Go Blog

*Elizabeth: Jinxed Reviews

*Elvina: Elvina Writes

*Emily: Emily the Book Nerd

*Emmy: What’s Emy Rreading?

*Erica: Erica Robyn Reads

*Erica: The Prepping Wife

*Esmée: Servillas Speaks

*Evie: Evie Jayne

*Ezza: Ezza Syuhada

 

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*Faith: Geeky Zoo Girl

*Father Reading

*Felicia: Bookishly Slytherclaw

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*Hannah: Words of Hannah Kay

*Hannah: Echoes in an Empty Room

*Harker: The Hermit Librarian

*Hina: Hina Loves to Read

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*Infantina: The Periodical Gazette

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* Jackie: Jackie’s Reading Corner

*Jessica: Jessica Books Blog

*Jessica Marie: Escape to Fiction

*Jim: YA Yeah Yeah

*Jodie: Jodie Reads Books

*Joel: Descendant of Poseidon Reads

*Jorie: Jorie Loves a Story

 

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*K.: Essence of the Pages

*Kait: Girly Paperbacks

*Kaliisha: Bookishaestha

*Karla: Reads & Thoughts

*Kate: Reading Through Infinity

*Kate: Not an Expert in Anything

*Katherine: Smada’s Book Smack

*Kathleen: BookMarkedOne

*Kathryn: Metaphors and Miscellanea

*Kelly-Ann: Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama

*Kerry-Louise: Books Before U Leap

*Kerys: The Everlasting Library

*Kirsty: Books, Snowflakes, and Fairytales

*Kirsty: KBookworm

*Krista: The Bookish HedgeMom

*Kristen: Books. Faith. Love

*Kristin: Lukten av Trykksverte

 

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*Lana: Bibliomedico

*Larkin: Wonderfilled Reads

*Lauren: Readers Enjoy Author’s Dreams

*Lauren: Lala’s Book Reviews

*Lauren: Fiction Tea

*Lauren: Never Anyone Else

*Lauren: Northern Plunder

*Lauren & Orianna: Love yo Shelf

*Leah: Leah’s Books and Cooks

*Leelyn: Sometimes Leelyn Reads

*Lili: Lili’s Blissful Pages

*Lindsay: A Rambling Reviewer

*Lindsay: Lindsay Glenne

*Lisa Marie: Words We Love By

*Lorraine: Geeky Galaxy

*Lost In Bookland

*Lucy: Writing with Wolves

 

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*Maddy: Miss Maddy Chats

*Maria: Varietats

*Marilu: My Bookish Court

*Matthea: Matthea’s Bookshelf

*May: Nanacosis

*MC: Disappear in Ink

*Mehek: The Critiques of a Fangirl

*Mehsi: Twirling Book Princess

*Melanie: Melanie at Home

*Melissa: Melih Youtube

*Michael: The Book Lover’s Sanctuary

*Mina: Stacked Reviews

*Mir: Fangirl Pixie Blog

*Montgomery: Fine Point Scribbles

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*Nikita: Prose & Pancakes

*Nikki: Nikki Swift Reads

*Nikki: Love at First Write

*Nina: The Cozy Pages

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*Paloma: The Countess of Bookton

*Phanie: Phanie the Ginger Bookworm

*Pavini: The Voracious Bibliophile

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*Raji: Words Like Our Own

*Rameela: Star Is All Booked Up

*Ramona: While I Was Reading

*Read It Daddy

*Rissi: Rissi Writes

*Robyn: Books a nd Biscuits

*Rosie Amber: Rosie Amber

*Rosina: Lace and Dagger Books

 

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*Sabrina: The Reader Devotee

*Samantha: Four Moon Reviews

*Sandee: Sandee and her Books

*Sarah: All the Book Blog Names Are Taken

*Sarah: Write Thing Johns

*Sarah: Readers & Teachers

*Satabdi: Book Reviews by Satabdi

*Shaine: Wanderer in Neverland

*Shalini: Book Reviews by Shalini

*Shaz: Shaz Reads

*Shelby: Breakfast at Shelby’s

*Soph: Book Blog and Candle

*Sophie: Love & Literature

*Sophie Elaina: Sophie in Bookland

*Stephanie: Bookishly Slytherclaw

*Stephanie: She’s Probably at the Library

*Sukaina: The Night Reader

 

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* Tressa: Wishful Endings

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*Vi: Inkvotary

 

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*Yona: This Witch Reads