EP 08: Tithe by Holly Black

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EP 07: A Very Potter Episode (!!!)

THAT’S RIGHT NERDS, we made an episode about the holy grail of YA fantasy series. BUT instead of just talking about the Harry Potter series (booooriiiiinnnngggg) we decided to wax nostalgic about some of our favorite creations that have sprung from the potterverse and its amazing and vast fandom. We’re talking Puppet Pals, Wizard People Dear Reader, Wizard Rock, and A Very Potter Musical. Like lots of you, HP was our first serious relationship with a fandom so we are feeling like GOLDEN GODS in this ep. Thanks for sharing it with us! 

As always: SPOILERS FOR EVERYTHING. Please note that while we cover YA books this is in actual fact a podcast intended for adults. There will be adult language used while we discuss adult themes. We recommend a minimum listener age of 16, but what the heck do we know?! Use your judgement.

https://soundcloud.com/youngdultaf/ep-07-a-very-potter-episode

Here we are on our way to the Chestertown, MD Harry Potter festival a few years ago dressed as Tonks and Draco!

Here are the fan phenomenons we talked about in the show:

Potter Puppet Pals  

CORRECTION: As you can see here, Neville is in fact played by a butternut squash. 

Wizard People Dear Reader  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u981JhkK46o 

Harry and the Potters  http://harryandthepotters.com 

Now, please enjoy these photos of teenage Shelby hanging out with Harry and the Potters:

 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Here’s Darcy on a recent visit! 

A Very Potter Musical 

FEATURED FAN ART:

UptheHill’s amazing outside canon fan art makes us cry with joy:

Check her out and follow her on Tumblr and Instagram.

JUST A HEADS UP: Leaky Con is sold out, so we’ll just go pick mandrakes I guess!! If any of you are going and want to come on the pod and tell us all about it, please contact us at youngadultaf@gmail.com.

And here are the other podcasts, etc. that we shouted out in the ep:

Thanks again for listening! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (in the right hand sidebar of this page). 

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher so check us out on your favorite app, subscribe, rate, and review. It’s a huge help to DIY podcasters like us. You can also help by telling a friend who loves young adult fiction to listen in! 

You can email us at youngadultaf@gmail.com with comments or questions, OR if you want to be featured in a blog post or be a guest! We’d love to hear your suggestions on what to read or discuss.

You guys are the ship!!!

EP 06: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Today we talk about Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, a duology set in her very popular Grishaverse. We talk about strong ships (relation as well as friend!) and representation in young adult fiction. 

As always: SPOILERS FOR EVERYTHING. Please note that while we cover YA books this is in actual fact a podcast intended for adults. We recommend a minimum listener age of 16, but what the heck do we know?! Use your judgement.

FEATURED FAN ART:

Look at these gorgeous images of our favorite ships from monolime!

Please check out monolime on Tumblr and Instagram! (And look out for some other great illustrations of other fandoms we love too.)

And for a hearty chuckle, take a look at Incorrect Six of Crows on Tumblr as well!

Now for the links:

Here are books one and two on amazon. 

Leigh Bardugo, the author of the book.   

Here are the articles we read from: 

The Gathering Dark Blog Tour: Leigh Bardugo on the Appeal of the Badboy

Writing YA: My Response to Slate by Leigh Bardugo 

I refuse to link the Slate article because it’s trash. (JK she links to it in the response.) 

Here are the two fanfics Shelby mentioned: 

Waffle Heaven  

Waffles 

And here’s a good search to start with if you want to see some of the tattoos we mentioned. 

And here’s the amazing photographer whose photo we mentioned (used in our cover photo) on unsplash: Jeremy Thomas. 

Thanks again for listening! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (in the right hand sidebar of this page). 

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher so check us out on your favorite app, subscribe, rate, and review. It’s a huge help to DIY podcasters like us. You can also help by telling a friend who loves young adult fiction to listen in! 

You can email us at youngadultaf@gmail.com with comments or questions, OR if you want to be featured in a blog post or be a guest! We’d love to hear your suggestions on what to read or discuss.

You guys are the ship!!!

EPISODE 5: Passenger & Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Today we get all timey-wimey with it and talk about Passenger and Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken. It’s a time travel duology, so we talk about when we would time travel to, why human history is bad and terrible, and whether bi-weekly means twice a week or every other week. It’s thrilling stuff, y’all!!

As always: SPOILERS FOR EVERYTHING. Please note that while we cover YA books this is in actual fact a podcast intended for adults. We recommend a minimum listener age of 16, but what the heck do we know?! Use your judgement.

Here’s Alexandra’s tumblr (it rules).

Here’s Passenger on Amazon aaaaand Wayfarer. They’re both BEAUTIFUL by the way, definitely go hard copy on these.

Matt Smith is going to play Charles Manson, sorry to break it to ya.

The book trailer! Shelby is right! Nicholas is hot af! Also, Etta looks like bizarro J-law.

Thanks again for listening! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (in the right hand sidebar of this page).

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher so check us out on your favorite app, subscribe, rate, and review. It’s a huge help to DIY podcasters like us. You can also help by telling a friend who loves young adult fiction to listen in!

You can email us at youngadultaf@gmail.com with comments or questions, OR if you want to be featured in a blog post or be a guest! We’d love to hear your suggestions on what to read or discuss.

You guys are the ship!!!

Darcy & Shelby

EPISODE 4: Virtual Reality Stories: Ready Player One/Warcross/Otherworld

Today we talk about not one, not two, but THREE young adult books dealing with virtual reality! We’ve got (in chronological order) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Warcross by Marie Lu, and Otherworld by Jason Siegel and Kirsten Miller. Darcy spoils a whole bunch of things for Shelby! We get into evil corporations, futuristic tech, and how nostalgia ended up the most interesting elements of a genre that mostly takes place in the future.

SPOILER ALERT: This episode includes spoilers for everything as usual, including all three of these books. We do not reveal the twist in Warcross (because it’s too good) but would still recommend reading it before listening (because it’s too good).

Amazon links for the books:

Ready Player One

Warcross

Otherworld

Ready Player One Movie Trailer

Yet again, Marie Lu’s amazing Tumblr

And the house tour article that Shelby mentioned

We mentioned HQ Trivia. It’s our very own personal version of the lottery from 1984 meant to sedate us in mass and keep us docile, but feel free to use Darcy’s referral code which is DarbyElbird 🙂

Here’s Mike Pfeiffer’s Twitter, he’s extremely funny

And Bill Gates’ Wikipedia Page

Aaaaand the NPR article Shelby mentioned about Marie Lu

Thanks again for listening! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (in the right hand sidebar of this page).

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher so check us out on your favorite app, subscribe, rate, and review. It’s a huge help to DIY podcasters like us. You can also help by telling a friend who loves young adult fiction to listen in!

You can email us at youngadultaf@gmail.com with comments or questions, OR if you want to be featured in a blog post or be a guest! We’d love to hear your suggestions on what to read or discuss.

You guys are the ship!!!

EPISODE 3: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Hecate all to Heck!! It’s our first heavy-hitter! Today we talk about Percy Jackson and his creator, woke dad and ruler of many fantastical worlds, Rick Riordan. Darcy explains the plot of Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief one and a half times and Shelby makes some fan fiction reading recommendations. We work through two articles (linked below) debating the merits of YA as a genre. Consider this our mission statement.

As always, spoilers for everything (including Borat).

Please Note: This episode was recorded while Shelby was still living in Portland (OR) so the sound is not the best! Please forgive us! And again, if you have sound editing experience and love YA please reach out to us at youngadultaf@gmail.com.

Get the book on Amazon here. 

Check out Rick’s site here. 

Here’s the insidious New Yorker article we discussed. 

And here’s the rebuttal from The Atlantic. 

AND HERE is the link to Portable North Pole (consider this our correction for calling it Virtual North Pole). 

NEW SEGMENT: Fan Fic Her? I Hardly Know Her features a fanfiction synopsis we love. No Featured Fan Art this week because we were down a rabbit hole trying to find a link to the fanfic we talked about (unsuccessfully, contact us if that’s you, boo!). If you want to see your art featured here, send it on over to youngadultaf.com!

If you like our theme song, check out more from Spumoni here.

Thanks again for listening! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (in the right hand sidebar of this page).

EXCITING UPDATE: We’re now on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher so check us out on your favorite app, subscribe, rate, and review. It’s a huge help to DIY podcasters like us.

You can email us at youngadultaf@gmail.com with comments or questions, OR if you want to be featured in a blog post or be a guest! We’d love to hear your suggestions on what to read or discuss.

You guys are the ship!!!