YA Book Chat

YA Book Chat

Do you enjoy reading YA books? Are you dying to talk about them and hear what others think about your favorite books? Are you outside of the YA age bracket (like myself) but still enjoy them? Then this is the podcast for you! Join me and my friends, as we discuss our favorite YA books and authors! We’ll chat spoiler-free at the start of each episode, just in case you haven’t read the book yet. Then I’ll give a warning before heading into our spoiler zone. I'll also have special episodes where I'll interview YA authors! I’ll be discussing books by Victoria Aveyard, Holly Black, Neal Shusterman, Veronica Roth, Pierce Brown, Marissa Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Stephanie Garber, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more!Have questions on your favorite books? Want to know my thoughts on them? Have a book you love that you want me to discuss? Send me an email at yabookchat@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!


July 14, 2021 69 min

Join my guests and me as we chat about Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard.

Today I am joined by Michael and Barbara from the Badass Literature Society podcast.

Realm Breaker is the first book in Victoria Aveyard's newest YA fantasy series, and is a thrill ride all the way through. If you enjoyed her Red Queen series, you won't want to miss this one either. Fan of Tolkien? This book is for you as well! It's a high fantasy...

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Join my friend Lily and me as we dive into the book Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly!

Poisoned is a creative retelling of the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Sophie is a loving, kind hearted girl who is continually told her kindness makes her weak, and that she could never be a good queen. Her (evil) step mother never lets Sophie forget this fact, and tells Sophie she must marry a prince who can rule for her.

But Sophie isn&#...

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June 13, 2021 78 min

Join my friend Bethanie and me as we chat about the book Renegades by Marissa Meyer.

Renegades is a classic superhero, good vs evil story, with a few twists along the way. It's exciting, surprising, full of adventure and fun loving characters, and so much more!

First 15 minutes are spoiler free!

More about Renegades:
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from the ruins of a cru...

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May 17, 2021 89 min

Join my friend Victoria Koops and me as we chat about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I absolutely adored this book! It brought back so many memories from my college days, introduced me to true fan fiction, and just brought me pure joy!

Come take a listen as Victoria and I chat all about the characters, plot line, college, and more! Yes, we may veer off in a different direction and dive into the world of Marvel vs. DC movies. I promise, ...

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April 19, 2021 67 min

Today I am covering the fantastic tale of Fable by Adrienne Young!

Join my guest Rachel and me as we "dive in" to the story of Fable, a young girl abandoned on an island by her father when she was just 13 years old. If you like pirates, treasure, adventure, and intrigue, you will love the world of Fable!

So join us for a chat!

A little about Fable:

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit f...

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April 13, 2021 26 min

Join me today as I give you a sneak peak of the brand new contemporary YA novel Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean.

This book is a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it! Listen to this 100% spoiler FREE episode to learn what makes it such a wonderful story.

A little about Tokyo Ever After:

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in - it isn't easy being Japanese American in her small northern California town. Raised by...

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April 4, 2021 64 min

Today I am joined by Abby from The Book Life podcast. Abby and I are chatting about a fantastic YA Science Fiction book, Aurora Rising, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann. 

I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book at first, but I ended up LOVING it! I got pulled in so quickly, and my interest never faltered! Take a listen as Abby and I talk about all the reasons we both love this book!

First 15 minutes are spoiler free!

A li...

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March 21, 2021 57 min

Join my guest Abigail and me as we chat about Matched by Ally Condie!

Abigail and I had so much fun chatting about this book! We also talk about Abigail's beautiful Cress cosplay, her love for tigers, and more. Oh, and we may let a small spoiler from book two in this series slip. Whoops! But don't worry, it's in the spoiler section anyway.

First 15 minutes are spoiler free!

A little about Matched:

In the Society, Official...

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March 8, 2021 51 min

Today I have the privilege of interviewing the "Authoress" herself,  YA author Jillian Boehme!

Jillian is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark's First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors. She is the author of a short story in the book When the Hero Comes Home 2, and her first YA novel, Stormrise.

Today Jillian and I are chatting about her brand new book, The Stolen Kingdom!

For a hundre...

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February 22, 2021 67 min

Join my guest Sarah and me as we chat about Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco!

Sarah and I chat all about the book, Jack the Ripper himself, London fog, kidnapping Zachary Levi, and much more! It's a fun episode you don't want to miss.

First 15 minutes are spoiler FREE!

Here's a bit about Stalking Jack the Ripper...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth an...

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February 8, 2021 74 min

Join my guest Rachel (Barely Bookish Podcast) and me as we dive into the prequel for The Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes follows the story of a young Coriolanus Snow, and his experience as a mentor for the 10th Hunger Games. Coryo's experience as a mentor molds and shapes who he grows to become. This fantastic backstory gives you so much insight into President Snow, and how he...

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January 25, 2021 49 min

Today I am joined by special guest Dawn from the Novel Universe Podcast.

Dawn and I sat down to chat about Tomi Adeyemi's fantastic YA fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone. If you have not yet read this book, be sure to take a listen to my spoiler free section. This is a book you don't want to miss!

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zéli...

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January 20, 2021 73 min

Today's special Bonus episode features the book The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern. While this is not a YA book, it's definitely one I wanted to hash out and chat about with a friend.

Author Megan O'Russell joins me on today's episode as we try to figure out just what happened in the Starless Sea. We're a little confused...but have a LOT of fun trying to figure it all out.

A little about The Starless Sea:


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January 11, 2021 69 min

Join my friends Bethanie, Taylor, and me as we dive into Marissa Meyer's newest book, Instant Karma!

Instant Karma is a sweet, contemporary romance about teenager, and chronic overachiever, Prudence Barnett. Prudence is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden abili...

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December 30, 2020 27 min

Today I will be chatting with author Janet Olson about her book, New Beginnings.
Join us!

A little about New Beginnings:

Seventeen year old Ida's life is turned upside down when her best friend dies. Not long after, Ida discovers she is pregnant. As a result, her parents send to her be part of a volunteer program in Africa, hoping it will help Ida out of her funk, and discover who she is. While Ida isn't thrilled about being ...

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December 28, 2020 52 min

Join me today in a conversation with author Derek Alan Siddoway!

I covered Derek's book Djinn Tamer: Starter in Season 1, and today I get to chat with Derek himself! Join us as we chat about Derek's books, our outdoor adventures, what it's like to be a rancher in Utah, and so much more!

Check out Derek on his social media platforms, and be sure to check out all his fantastic books!

Derek's Website
Derek's Instagram

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December 14, 2020 56 min

Join my friend Amanda and me as we discuss the first book in Laura Sebastian's Ash Princess series.  Amanda and I delve into the world of magic and intrigue in this page-turning book.

A little about Ash Princess:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a t...

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November 30, 2020 53 min

I am so very thrilled to bring you this interview I did with NYT Bestselling author, Marissa Meyer!

Join Marissa and me as we chat about her brand new book, Instant Karma.  We talk about where the idea for Instant Karma came from, why Marissa chose to write a romance, all about the main character, and different themes in the book, Marissa's writing process, and more! I'll also be asking Marissa some questions from her fans/m...

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November 16, 2020 46 min

Join me on a journey to 1872 New Orleans, a city ruled by the dead, as we dive into The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh.

My guest today is the delightful Heather Berghaier. Come along as Heather and I explore this dark world of demons and other worldly creatures, hunting and skulking in the city of New Orleans.

A little about The Beautiful:

 In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Or...

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November 2, 2020 60 min

Today I am diving into Pierce Brown's first book in the Red Rising saga.

My special guest today is Amanda from Fictional Hangover podcast.

Amanda and I had so much fun chatting about Darrow of Lykos, and his world on Mars. Join us!

A bit about Red Rising:

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the s...

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