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5 Cozy YA Book / Beverage Pairings to Snuggle Up With

Whether the weather outside is frightful OR delightful, you can never go wrong with the perfect combination of book and beverage. So I've curated a list of five excellent YA novel to snuggle up with and a warm drink to enjoy alongside them.

Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey

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1817. The happy chaos of the Yuletide season has descended upon the country estate of Shackleford Park in full force, but lady's maid Kate Darby barely has the time to notice. Between her household duties, caring for her ailing mother, and saving up money to someday own a dress shop, her hands are quite full.

Matt Harlow is also rather busy. He's performing double-duty, acting as valet for both of the Steeple brothers, two of the estate's holiday guests. Falling in love would be a disaster for either of them. But staving off their feelings for each other becomes the least of their problems when a devious counterfeiting scheme reaches the gates of Shackleford Park, and Kate and Matt are unwittingly swept up in the intrigue.

This would go perfectly with: A perfectly brewed cup of tea. I’m not talking about just dunking a nondescript tea bag into some water you boiled in the microwave. I’m talking picking out the perfect variety of tea for you and brewing it to its perfect temperature to truly get the most out it. You deserve this luxury. Bonus points if it’s out of a delicate, ornate tea cup. Do these nobles proud!

My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

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Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a member of the National Honor Society, invited to every party, and a contributor to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor). Basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: Rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with five perfect gifts. Enter J.D. Ortiz—Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, unorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet the more time Charlie spends with J.D. the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

This would go perfectly with: A warm cup of hot apple cider. Hot apple cider is sweet, a little tart. You always think you want it straight up but have you tried adding some salted caramel? Sometimes the unexpected option can be better than the original. It’s also the perfect beverage to drink out of a paper cup at the school sponsored events you’re trying to catch your crush’s eye at.

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

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Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she's also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls.

Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he's determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he's never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy's been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?

This would go perfectly with: A creamy Matcha latte. You’ve had regular lattes before, tons of 'em. They’re great. Now it’s time to step outside of your comfort zone and give something new a try. Matcha has been around forever, but maybe you’ve never given it a chance. Take the plunge!

Velvet by Temple West

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First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian-who might have just saved her life-is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

This would go perfectly with: A giant mug of deeply rich hot chocolate. Again, I’m not talking about a packet and some water. This hot chocolate has to be created by melting down dark, intense, chocolate and mixing it with steamy delicious milk. It feels sinful and comforting all at the same time. If you’re 21 or over, go ahead and mix some red wine in there...

The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista

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Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother's best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she's always dreamed of—starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend, Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.

Or it seems like the perfect plan . . . right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have?

This would go perfectly with: A variety of flavored espresso drinks. Sometimes you feel like pumpkin spice, sometimes you feel like a peppermint mocha, maybe a chestnut macchiato? The caffeine world is your oyster, you can have infinite combinations to please however you’re feeling that day, the options are endless. Although sometimes you can’t beat old trusty, the hot black coffee that’s been there for you all along.

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Liz O.

Brooklyn resident, sarcasm connoisseur, pop culture junkie, food obsessed. I am on the editorial board for Swoon, binge reading manuscripts ...

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