Episodes

Episode 87 - Valiant by Holly Black

Have you ever wanted to hear us talk a lot about having a troll boyfriend and a sword? You're in luck, because this week we're chatting about Holly Black's Valiant, in which those two basic human desires are satisfied. Also, how much is too much to show, why do we love monster romance, and finding ourselves in a story about finding yourself.

To get right to the Valiant talk, skip to 00:25:00.

Warnings: This one's marked explicit for a reason, folks. Alongside a bunch of cussing, you also have graphic discussions (by us and in the book) of drug use and some discussion of sexual assault.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:
Y the Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn, Pia Guerra, Jose Marzen Jr., Pamela Rambo, and Clem Robins

Watching:
Dirty Computer
Emo the Musical

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:
Infinity War
The Shannara Chronicles

Reading:
We Could Plant a House, We Could Build a Tree by Like_a_Dove

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
Stupid sexy monsters: why we like beastly romances by Kayleigh Robinson
Why Is Monster Erotica So Popular Anyway? By Lauren Davis

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Episode 86 - Tithe by Holly Black

Join us as we venture deep under the earth into a wild, fae bacchanal of excess and indulgence - or don't, because we're talking about Holly Black's Tithe in episode 86! As one of our favorite YA books when we were young adults, how did this shape the people we became? How did we handle the creepy parts? And what would we do if we found ourselves with an invitation to a faerie party?

To get right to the Tithe talk, skip to 00:15:00.

Warnings: A teensy bit of cussing, but some pretty frank discussions of sex and masturbation.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:
Delicious in Dungeon Vol. 3 & 4 - Ryoko Kui

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:
The Shannara Chronicles

Reading:
Play to Win by enterprisingly

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
Preorder Missy's book!
Let Me Tell You About My OC Series at Sidequest
Holly Black: An exclusive SCBWI Team Blog Interview!
Holly Black’s TITHE: Fine Teen Guilty Pleasure But Why Give It Children’s Awards? by Hammering Shield
The Moral of the Story: Young Adult Authors Speak on Morality, Obligation, and Age Appropriateness Michael DiCicco and Paula Taylor-Greathouse
The Reader Speaks Out: Adolescent Reflections about Controversial Young Adult Literature by Grace Enriquez

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