Category Archives: YA Books

Writing, reading, editing, and reviewing YA Books.

My favorite book covers…

Hi Ya Bookcasers! I hope that May is treating you well! Today, I want to share with you my favorite five book covers! These are from no particular years; they’re just the ones I like. What are your favorites? Continue reading My favorite book covers…

3 reasons you should read these books…

Hi YABookcasers!

First of all, if you’ve not been to my site before, you might have received a popup asking if you’d like to join my newsletter. I hope you do, as there will be lots of goodies and a secret members only forum! If you didn’t receive the popup because you’ve been before, pop me a message and I’ll fix you up.

Okay, with that said, today I’ve picked out three books and given you 3 reasons why I think you should read each… Continue reading 3 reasons you should read these books…

How to stop your TBR pile from stressing you out!

Hi YABookcasers!

So, today, I took a look at my TBR and almost fainted. There are 46 books sitting there, and these are only my “must read asap” books. There are dozens and dozens more that I really want to read after those. The problem is, the minute I finish one great book, another 3 are published, and I simply can’t keep up. Which means reading becomes stressful, as I’m trying to hurry, always chasing my tail! So what to do? Continue reading How to stop your TBR pile from stressing you out!

What does magic bring to our lives?

I was reading the other day (The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye, which I recommend), and it got me thinking about magic. There is some wonderful magic used in this book, as well as others I’ve read recently, such as Stephanie Garber’s Caraval. And of course, we can’t forget the mega-series Harry Potter. But what is it that magic brings to our lives? Continue reading What does magic bring to our lives?

My top 3 creepy stories!

Hi YA Bookcasers!

Halloween might be over, and we might be stuffed full of candy, but that doesn’t mean that ghost stories, the supernatural, and the unexplained disappear into the background. On the contrary. It’s hard to let go of those lingering goosebumps. So, I’ve rounded up a my top three creepy stories that will have you tingling with fear way after the holiday season has rounded up its last devil and angel… Continue reading My top 3 creepy stories!

Book review – I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

Hey YABookcasers!

Audio version: 

Nice to have you back! This week, I wanted to stop for a moment and give you some feedback I have on the buzz book I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson. Continue reading Book review – I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

Book Review (with audio) – How to Hang a Witch

Hello my wonderful YA Bookcasers!

I’ve made an upgrade to our posts: audio versions of the posts! Click on the link to hear if that’s your preference:


Recently, I finished a book called How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, and I must say, it inspired me to start off my first book review post on our new website! This is a *spoiler free* review.

Here’s the blurb: Continue reading Book Review (with audio) – How to Hang a Witch

#PitchWars mentor – Twitter Pitch Advice

Hey YABookcasers!

It’s that time again. In just 8 days, #PitMad is going to strike and I’d like to give you some advice from a Pitch Wars mentor! It’s one of the most exciting times of the year, and everyone is revving up to go. For those of you who know the drill, you know there’s going to be a lot going on, and that you need to really stand out to be noticed. The same goes for people entering for the first time, but don’t let that dissuade you, because a great Twitter pitch is all it takes to get noticed – there’s no preferential treatment as everyone only has 140 characters to pitch their work. Check out the rules here on Brenda Drake’s site (the wonderful creator of all things #PitMad).

As a Pitch Wars mentor (on a year’s sabbatical this year though!), I know Continue reading #PitchWars mentor – Twitter Pitch Advice

Grand opening – new website!

Hey fellow YA Bookcasers!

You might have noticed a change. The YA Bookcase blog has now been switched over to my shiny new website (what do you think of our new place? I think it’s rather spiffy, but I might be be a teeny bit biased!). I felt it was about time we upgraded, because as the famous hair shampoo commercial says, “We’re worth it”!

We’re all grown up, but Continue reading Grand opening – new website!