Something New for 2018


Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! There’s a lot to be thankful for, and I’m really grateful that there’s one day in a year where we’re reminded to give thanks and gather all our loved ones together.

Here at YA Insider (YAI), we’re thankful for all the lovely readers, authors and publishers for all your support. In the coming year, we’re planning something for YAI that will benefit everyone with regard to these YA books that we love to read about.

So, stay tuned!

Review: Starr Gone by Kim Briggs


5 stars from Shakera Blakney!

“Please give me a second to compose myself! I was not prepared for this… I’m still trying to process! Holy crap! Sigh… *Deep breath*

This book is quite the page turner! It kept me on the edge of my seat, had me feeling a range of emotions, needing to know what happens next. The character development was outstanding!”

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Review: Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin

From Award Winning Author
Kathleen Baldwin
The stakes in this game of spies are life and death.

5 stars from Ashia!

“Kathleen Baldwin takes us on an amazing journey through an alternate event in history. I really love her take on historical events and the significant part young people play in the fight for freedom and peace. The story is full of adventure, and is both well-written and a delight to read…I enjoyed this story immensely!”

~ Ashia

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The Romance Reviews launches INSIDE ROMANCE, a Romance Bookstore

The Romance Reviews ( launches May 1 a new bookstore catering mainly to romance book lovers. Inside Romance ( carries books from both bestselling and independent authors in all sub-genres of romance, including erotica, erotic romance and LGBTQ. Books are available in different digital formats.

I love this banner…well, technically speaking, I love the apple on top of the books. It’s like saying, “Go on…buy some books!”

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Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces First Book Acquisitions Under Rick Riordan Presents Imprint


New Disney-Hyperion Imprint to Publish Mythology-based Fiction for Middle Grade Readers


New York, NY (Tuesday, April 25, 2017) – Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today the first three titles acquired under the newly created Disney-Hyperion imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, designed to elevate the diversity of mythologies from around the world through the voice of the best storytellers for middle grade readers. Bestselling author Rick Riordan, “the storyteller of the gods” (as dubbed by Publishers Weekly), along with Editorial Director, Stephanie Lurie, are carefully curating a list to feature entertaining, mythology-based, and diverse fiction by debut, emerging, and under-represented authors.

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Most Anticipated YA Books in 2017

So here we are again at the end of year (or nearing it anyway), and already, there are books we absolutely couldn’t wait to be published so we can grab it with our greedy hands. There are too many that I’ve decided to feature books that are in the first quarter of 2017.

Published: February 21

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of the court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone.  As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

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