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!


September 4, 2023 67 mins

Today I am chatting with Tiktoker and debut author Hannah Nicole Maehrer about her brand new book, Assistant to the Villain!

Join Hannah and I as we chat all about how she turned her viral TikTok videos into a hilarious debut YA novel! Hannah and I also chat about her characters, world building, Grumpy vs. Sunshine trope, Villain gets the girl trope, and so much more.

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Today I am chatting with NY Times Bestselling author and NAACP Image Award Nominee J. Elle about her brand new YA Fantasy, House of Marionne!

Take a listen as we chat about this spellbinding story, J. Elle's worldbuilding, her extensive magic system, representation in YA novels, how power corrupts, the amazing characters and plot, enemies to lovers, the world of social elites, how the idea for this story started with ...

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Today I am chatting with debut author Jamison Shea about their brand new book, I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast is Me.

Join Jamison and me as we chat about this thrilling dark horror story about a girl who  knows what she wants, and has to decide how far she will go to get it. Jamison and I dive into their writing style, research, character and world building, and more! If you love creepy horror stories, this is the ...

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August 7, 2023 89 mins

Today my friend Morgan and I are chatting about Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray.

Take a listen as Morgan and I rehash this fantastic YA fantasy filled with magic, secrets and lies, enemies to lovers, a dangerous forest filled with mythical creatures, the poor tragic life of one of our main characters, the celebration of Black excellence, and more!

First 15 minutes are spoiler free!

A little about Beasts of...

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Today I am chatting with author Julie Wright about her brand new book, Swimming in a Sea of Stars.

In this episode, Julie and I chat about her writing style, what it's like writing romance novels vs. a contemporary novel, why focusing on teen mental health is important, how one small act of kindness can change someone's life, and the hope that lies within us all.

Entire episode is spoiler free!

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June 26, 2023 66 mins

Today I am chatting about the book City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn.

Joining me today is my friend and Patreon member, Dani.

Take a listen as Dani and I dive into this fast paced sci-fi novel! We discuss the fun storyline, fantastic characters, futuristic world building, love triangle and enemies to lovers tropes (Yes! Two love tropes!), our thoughts on what happens in the sequel, our fear of AI taking over...

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June 5, 2023 77 mins

Today I am chatting with my friends Abby and Mo from The Book Life Podcast about Made of Stars by Jenna Voris.

Take a listen as we chat about this fantastic Bonnie and Clyde inspired sci-fi story! We chat all about the plotline, Bonnie and Clyde, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, and more!

First 15 minutes are spoiler free!

A little about Made of Stars:
Shane and Ava are a team. He steals the aircraft, she c...

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Today I am thrilled to be chatting with author Rebecca Mahoney about her new book, The Memory Eater.

Take a listen as Rebecca and I chat all about The Memory Eater, Rebecca's first book, The Valley and the Flood, Rebecca's writing process (find out if she's a plotter or a pantser), Japanese ghost stories, horror movies, and so much more!

Entire episode is spoiler free!

A little about The ...

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Today I am chatting with NYT Bestselling Author, Angeline Boulley. We will be talking about both her debut novel, Firekeeper's Daughter, and her brand new novel, Warrior Girl Unearthed. Also joining me today is my friend Victoria, who serves as my co-host for this special episode.

Take a listen as we chat spoiler free about both books, the importance of representation in YA books for Native Americans, Native American ...

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April 24, 2023 97 mins

Join me and my friend Victoria as we dive into The Luminaries, by Susan Dennard.

If you enjoy books involving the forest, creepy monsters, redemption stories, trials involving surviving in a forest filled with nightmarish creatures, and friends to lovers, you will enjoy this book. Take a listen as Victoria and I talk all about it. You'll also hear why the teacher side of me really appreciated one particular line in t...

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April 10, 2023 71 mins

Today I am chatting about Gloria Chao's brand new book When You Wish Upon A Lantern. Joining me is my friend Morgan.

When You Wish Upon A Lantern is my favorite read of 2023 so far! It is the most adorable YA Contemporary Romance I have ever read! I couldn't stop gushing over it. The whole time I was reading this book I kept thinking, "Awww...that's so cute!" 

So, join Morgan and me as ...

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March 6, 2023 71 mins

Today I am chatting about Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. Joining me is my friend Amanda from Fictional Hangover podcast.

Take a listen as Amanda and I chat about the characters, plot line, crazy weird man-eating centipedes, hear Leah mispronounce pretty much every Japanese name and word in the story, and more!

First 15 minutes are spoiler free!

A little about Shadow of the Fox:
Every millennium...

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February 20, 2023 60 mins

Today I am chatting about the book Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Joining me today is one of my fabulous Patreon members, Dani!

Beautiful Creatures is the story of two star-crossed lovers, who meet and fall in love in a small southern town, where nothing exciting ever happens. But Lena Duchennes is about to change all of that...

Join Dani and I as we chat all about the plot, the fun charact...

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Today I am chatting with NY Times Bestselling author Lauren Blackwood. Lauren is the author of Within These Wicked Walls, a Reese's Book Club Fall 2021 YA pick, and her newest book, Wildblood.

Join us as we chat about what it was like for Lauren, hitting the bestseller list as a debut author, her writing process for Wildblood, the research she did, the magic system in the book, how Lauren weaved her Jamaican heritage...

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Join NY Times Bestselling Author Maureen Johnson and me as we chat about her brand new book, Nine Liars. Nine Liars follows Johnson's teen sleuth, Stevie Bell, as she tries to solve a cold case murder from 1995.

In this episode, Maureen and I chat all about Maureen's writing process, what it was like bringing Stevie in for another book, life in college theatre, what it's like having an English husband who h...

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January 16, 2023 78 mins

Today I am chatting about the final book in Holly Black's The Folk of the Air series, The Queen of Nothing. Joining me today is Elise from the Novel Feelings podcast.

The Queen of Nothing wraps up Jude Duarte's story. We finally find out how her and Cardan truly feel about each other, discover if those rumors about him being nursed by a cat are true or not, find out what Jude's been up to in the human world,...

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Today I am chatting with NY Times Bestselling author Ellie Marney about her latest crime thriller, The Killing Code.

Ellie is multi-award-winning crime author who has gone behind the scenes at the Westminster Mortuary in London and interviewed forensic and technical specialists around the world in pursuit of just the right details for her brand of pulse-pounding thrillers. Her titles include The Killing Code, None Shall S...

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Today I am chatting with NY Times Bestselling author, Karen M. McManus about her latest YA thriller, Nothing More To Tell.

Karen is the author of the highly acclaimed One of Us is Lying series, which is also now a television series on Peacock and Netflix. She is also the author of the standalone novels Two Can Keep a Secret, The Cousins, and You’ll Be the Death of Me.

Nothing More To Tell follows the story of te...

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December 5, 2022 76 mins

Today I am chatting with my friend Rachel from the Barely Bookish podcast about the book Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

What could be better than a book about magical books? I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book! Take a listen as Rachel and I chat about the magic system, magical grimoires with their own personalities, what happens when a sorcerer has nightmares, the fantastic enemies to lovers trope, our ...

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Today I am joined by author M.T. Zimny to chat about her series The Apex Cycle!

Join us as we chat about books one and two in the series, and give you a sneak peek at book three (coming December 2022!). If you are a fan of the Renegades trilogy by Marissa Meyer, enjoy reading about superheroes and anti-heroes, these books are for you!

A little about Beta (Book 1):

Samantha Havardson is not an Apex.


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