Sunday, September 14, 2014


Dear Bookcasers,

It has been the biggest blast running this blog connected to the indie bookstore that I grew up buying and reading books from in the kid's corner while drinking hot chocolate from the Caribou next door. I worked three years at The Bookcase and have learned and grown so much, getting opportunities to work with huge "big name" authors and sales reps and publicists. For a teenager, it was a dream job and has been the coolest experience.

It has also been so much fun rallying together a ragtag group of teens and kids who love to read as much as I do, and who want to share our thoughts with you on the web. It has been a great outlet for us and we sure have had an awesome time getting to know many of you bloggers better! You're the loveliest crowd on the web, if I do say so myself. :)

Unfortunately, due to many unrelated-to-the-blog circumstances, The (YA) Bookcase will now be closing. I'll leave it up as a resource for The Bookcase for the time being and I encourage you to look through our interviews and reviews while you still can. We hope they're still of use to you!

Take care, readers. Never stop picking up books and never stop supporting your indie bookstores!

Rachel and The (YA) Bookcase Team

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

A heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls.
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless girl living in an igloo made of garbage bags in Burlington. Nearly a year ago, a power plant in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont had a meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault—was he drunk when it happened? Thousands of people are forced to leave their homes in the Kingdom; rivers and forests are destroyed; and Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the social workers and her classmates after the meltdown, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer's house, inventing a new identity for herself, and befriending a young homeless kid named Cameron. But Emily can't outrun her past, can't escape her grief, can't hide forever-and so she comes up with the only plan that she can.

Publisher: Doubleday
Pages: 288
Type: Hardcover
*This is an adult title (But a great crossover!)

Reviewed by Ellie, age 17

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GUEST REVIEW: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle. 
Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?
Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Number of Pages: 480
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Alyssa from The Eater of Books! blog, age 19

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Sometimes danger is hard to see...until it’s too late.
Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.
In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

Publisher: Simon and Schuster 
Number of Pages: 392
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Renee Hieber

I'm coming for you.
The whispers haunt her dreams and fill her waking hours with dread. Something odd is happening. Something...unnatural.
Possession of the living. Resurrection of the dead. And Natalie Stewart is caught right in the middle. Jonathon, the one person she thought she could trust, has become a double agent for the dark side. But he plays the part so well, Natalie has to wonder just how much he's really acting.

She can't even see what it is she's fighting. But the cost of losing her heart, her sanity...her soul.

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Number of Pages: 332
Type: Paperback 

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18