The Bookanistas

An eclectic group of YA and MG authors reviewing an eclectic assortment of YA and MG books.

Nothing but Love Policy:

  • We only recommend and review children's book including young adult, middle grade, and picture books. 
  • The Bookanistas ONLY recommend and review the books we truly love!
  • We post our Bookanista reviews on Thursdays.

If you have a book for us to read, feel free to submit a request to us via email at or contact one of our reviewers directly.

My Personal Reviewing Policy

Our videos celebrating our NYT Best Sellers:

Celebrating Beth Revis' NYT bestseller ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Celebrating Veronica Roth's NYT Bestseller DIVERGENT

Active Members:

Shari Arnold

Tracy Banghart

Rebecca Behrens

Debra Driza

Christine Fonseca

Carrie Harris

Corrine Jackson

Shelli Johannes-Wells

Elana Johnson

Nikki Katz

Stasia Ward Kehoe

Jessica Love

Gretchen McNeil

Shannon Messenger

Carolina Valdez Miller

Tracey Neithercott

Kimberly Sabatini

Katy Upperman
My Bookanista Reviews

17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma (YA Contemporary/Supernatural)

SKYLARK by Meagan Spooner (YA SF/F)

WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard (YA Contemporary)

UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi (YA Dystopian)

FRACTURE by Megan Miranda (YA Supernatural Thriller)

HERE by Denise Grover Swank (YA SF Romance)

AUDITION by Stasia Kehoe (YA Contemp in verse)

THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (YA Contemp with a hint of SF)

ASHFALL by Mike Mullin (YA Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian)

THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson (YA Supernatural Thriller)

GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan (YA space opera/SF Romance)

SHIFTING by Beth Wiggins (YA Paranormal Romance)

Video Review of POSSESS by Gretchen McNeil (YA Thriller)

Print Review of POSSESS by Gretchen McNeil (YA Thriller)

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin (YA Paranormal Romance)

THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE by Jeff Hirsch (YA Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian)

FURY by Elizabeth Miles (YA Paranormal Romance)--Condensed Review

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater (YA Paranormal)--Condensed Review

NOCTURNE by Christine Johnson (YA Paranormal Romance)--Condensed Review

SHELTER by Harlan Coben (YA Thriller)--Condensed Review

THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson (YA Fantasy)

THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab (YA Paranormal Romance)

AFTER OBSESSION by Carrie Jones and Steven E Wedel (YA Dark Paranormal Romance)--Condensed Review

PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES by Jonathan Auxier (Middle Grade Adventure)--Condensed Review

THE BEGINNING OF AFTER by Jennifer Castle (YA Contemporary)--Condensed Review

BETWEEN by Jessica Warman (YA Magical Realism/Supernatural)

BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris (YA Paranormal)

TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore (YA Supernatural Romance)

WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight (YA Urban Fantasy)

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys (YA Historical)

MOONGLASS by Jessi Kirby (YA Contemporary)

DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth (YA Dystopian Thriller)

POSSESSION by Elana Johnson (YA Dystopain)

WITHER by Lauren DeStefano (YA Dystopian)

WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan (YA Contemporary)

IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma (YA Magical Realism)

ONE by Kathryn Otoshi (Picture Book)

LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard (YA Contemporary)

SCRAWL by Mark Shulman (YA Contemporary)

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