Literary Listens: Podcast Recommendations Based On YA Books

literary-listens-podcast-recommendations-based-on-ya-booksSo happy to bring you today’s blog post, I had so much fun making it!

Literary Listens is the working title for this new series I’m planning on doing which will feature podcasts + books!

To start off, I’ll mostly be recommending books/podcasts based on different topics, but I’m hoping to expand this series beyond just that and integrate discussions on storytelling between the two and so much more!

I’m excited for where this feature will be going and would love to hear your feedback! 

Now on to today’s post 😄✨🎙📚

I’ve been wanting to talk more about podcasts on the blog and was unsure of what kind of post to make, then I got the idea of recommending/pairing some ~AMAZING~ podcasts with Young Adult Books!

✨🎙 *Podcasts featured are On-Going Audio Dramas*

the diviners1.If you’ve read: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Or are planning to read: Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Coming Jan. 2017)

Listen To: Audio Dime Museum 

Why: History comes alive! Both The Diviners + Audio Dime Museum are magical/captivating and have the perfect amount of mystery and suspense! 

From the excerpt I’ve read, both  Caraval + Audio Dime Museum have gorgeous writing that transports you and makes the magic, mysteries, and oddities of their worlds come alive!

audio-dime-museumSummary: From the Just A Story team, comes a weekly, serialized experimental storytelling podcast which explores historical legends through the artifacts on display in the Audio Dime Museum. Part guided tour, part radio drama; each episode presents the curious story of one object from the collection. Meet your guide on this journey, The Curator, and learn her secrets as you delve into the world of possibility, magic and the unknown. Merging the suspenseful style of mystery with the conventions of ghost stories and the peculiarity that only historical fact can provide, this podcast is not for the faint of heart.

the-raven-boys2. If you’ve read: The Raven Boys (Or The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater

Listen To: Return Home (created by Jeff Heimbuch)

Why: Both have central themes of mystery + the supernatural with peculiar happenings in their respective towns.

return-home-podcastSummary: Return Home is the story of Jonathan Barker, who returns to his home of Melancholy Falls, NJ, after five years away. An unknown entity beckons him back East, in order to unravel the mystery of what his home town has become…or has always been. Reunited with his best friend, Buddy, Jonathan must discover the secrets of Melancholy Falls, and why he was told to return home.

vicious-ve-schwab3.If You’ve Read: Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Categorized as Adult but does have YA/Crossover Appeal)

Listen To: The Bright Sessions (created by Lauren Shippen)

Why: Both not only heavily feature people with superpowers/abilities, but show the shades of gray that come with it + the lines between good and evil!

the-bright-sessionsSummary: Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes. The show documents these patients’ struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright. 

From characters with anxiety to different sexualities, The Bright Sessions has a lot of great+diverse representation! Highly recommend it!

If you’ve listened to any of the podcasts mentioned or have recommendations definitely leave a comment! 🙂

YA Books I’d Love As Graphic Novels

YA Books I'd love As Graphic NovelsOn my blog you may have noticed I’ve been reading+reviewing more comics/graphic novels which got me wondering… which of my favorite YA novels would I love to see as graphic novels?

I’ve put together a list below of books that I feel would make great graphic novels!

Thoughts On My List? + Any books you would love to see as graphic novels?

Lets discuss in the comments below 🙂

Eleanor And Park And Fangirl Rainbow Rowell1. Eleanor & Park/Fangirl 

With the 80’s background of Eleanor&Park it would give great visuals as a graphic novel! + ever since the announcement of it being optioned for film (back in 2014) I would just love to see some sort of adaptation!

As for Fangirl, Rowell’s writing-style creates such a relatable coming-of-age story surrounding socially-anxious  Cath, who finds solace in writing/reading everything Simon Snow (especially fan fiction) and what she experiences during her first year of college!

The delightful story and realistic characters would make Fangirl a truly incredible graphic novel!

It’d be a dream of mine to see both of these fantastic YA novels adapted into a graphic novel!

Heist-SOCIETY-final2.Heist Society

Ally Carter’s Heist Society Series centers around Katarina Bishop, a 15 yr. old who grew up in a family of thieves who wants out, but gets thrust back into the world she’s tried so hard to escape when her father needs her help!

Carter’s fun & fast-paced novel takes the reader to Italy, Las Vegas, even France as Kat gathers intel w/ her crew to steal back a mobster’s artwork!

The visuals would be absolutely stunning, the planning,theivery,cons & heists that ensue  would definitely keep the reader turning the page!

463. An Ember In The Ashes 

Just imagine the colorful visuals of the Empire , dark shadow creatures/monsters + the intricate details of the Masks, even Blackcliff !!

Laia & Elias undergo their own perilous journeys where they not only learn more about who they are and how their fates become intertwined, but the deep darkness and brutality that lurks within the Martial Empire!

Sabaa Tahir’s debut YA-Fantasy is packed with such dynamic characters and rich world-building and an engaging plot that would make a truly unforgettable graphic novel!

img_87694.Air Awakens Series

Elise Kova’s Air Awakens Series centers around Vhalla Yarl, a library apprentice turned sorcerer!

Through Kova’s writing-style she weaves together such a rich and vivid world/world-building with elemental magic, prince’s, libraries…everything that makes a YA Fantasy absolutely magnificent!! ❤ ❤

The cover alone, further proves this would make a magical, colorful and epic graphic novel series!

Don’t you agree?? 😀

725. 5 to 1

Holly Bodger’s feminist-dystopia takes place in 2054 where “India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity.”

Enter the main protagonists, Sudasa and Kiran who are desperate to escape!

Told in dual POV w/ prose and free-verse, Bodger’s novel could make a captivating and exquisitely  written/illustrated story!

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-cover6. Six Of Crows

Expanding on the world she created in her Grisha Trilogy, Bardugo’s Six Of Crows introduces a group of misfits a sharpshooter, thief, spy, Grisha, convict, and a runaway!

Together they takes their chances in a heist that could bring them riches beyond their wildest dreams! But the stakes are high! Can they pull it off?

Bardugo’s writing-style not only captures the complex characters and the bustling city of Ketterdam,the Ice Court+ other vividly described locations, but also is packed with humor, a little romance, and non-stop action!

From the numerous edits/fanart I’ve seen, I am absolutely certain this fast-paced, dark Ocean 11 fantasy would be phenomenal as a graphic novel!

graudin_wolfbywolf7.Wolf By Wolf

Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf, an alternate WW2 Sci-Fi centers around Yael, a former death camp prisoner who underwent experiments giving her the ability to shape-shift!

With the Axis Tour (motorcycle race) coming up, she is given a task to impersonate a motorcycle racer, with the winner getting a chance to meet Hitler!

But Yael and the resistance she joined have only 1 task: Kill Hitler!

Graudin’s writing-style not only immerses you in the era of WW2/the wonderful characters, but really shows whats at stake for Yael in this  cross-continent motorcycle-race!

The Diviners Cover8.The Diviners

Libba Bray’s YA Historical Fiction takes the main character Evie O’Neill  1920’s New York! Evie is forced to stay with her uncle in his occult museum and when her uncle is called to the scene of a murder, she wants to use her supernatural gift to catch the killer!

Speakeasies, Flappers, Jazz, murder-mysteries??+ The large/diverse cast of characters!

All of these make great elements for a graphic novel!

97804514775388.Rebel Of The Sands

Alwyn Hamilton’s Arabian-Nights/Western Mash-Up would be a spectacular graphic novel!

Because the novel is written in Amani’s POV, elements of Miraji from fouza (the currency) to the outfits, and locations are wonderfully described and from page one you are fully immersed in her world!  Alwyn’s descriptions/dialogue really bring Rebel to life!

 

Here are other YA Novels that I feel would make great graphic novels as well:

the raven boys63The Star-Touched Queen9780062380753

 

 

Halloween Reads

superior-cute-halloween-pumpkins-2-transparent-cute-pumpkins-560-x-507Today I will share with you a list of books you can read to go with the month of October/Halloween!

  1. The Diviners by Libba Bray (The Diviners Book #1)

the divinersSet in the 1920’s, this historical fiction follows Evie O’Niell who is sent from her home in Ohio to New York to stay with her uncle. But when a murder takes place Evie’s uncle is called to the scene and Evie, using her own supernatural ability, wants to try and figure out what happened and catch the killer.

***My Full Review for Book 2 Lair of Dreams***

2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #1)

the raven boysBlue Sargent lives with her aunts and mother who are psychics, while Blue herself is not a psychic. In this story, she meets a group of boys called The Raven Boys. They meet, become friends and go an adventure to find Glendower, an ancient king. There is a lot more that goes on in the story, but that is all I can say without spoiling more. If you are looking for a YA Mystery/Adventure it is perfect for Halloween.

3. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

92Cara and her family becomes accident-prone during October each and every year. But this Accident Season may bring more danger and questions. Similar to the Raven Boys, this book is filled with mystery and adventure.

***Short Review of The Accident Season*** 

4. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (Jasper Dent #1)

7766027Being the son of a serial-killer brings trouble for Jasper. Jasper “Jazz” Dent tries to clear his name when bodies start piling up in his hometown. Can he clear his name and step out of the shadow he has been cast under?

Hope you enjoy these Halloween/October Recommendations 🙂

If you have read any of them or are planning to, tell me in the comments below 🙂

If you have any other Halloween/October Reads please leave a comment 🙂

September 2015 Wrap Up

# of Books Read: 8

911. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard (RQ 0.5)

Publisher: HarperTeen– Released September 1, 2015

Pages: 55 (100 for Glass Sword Preview)

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: I love short stories/novellas and Queen Song was no exception. It was great to understand Queen Coriane more b/c in RQ she gets mentioned and we have an idea of who she is, but with the novella we understand her a little more! It was great to see Julian again and understand how Queen Coriane met the King.  After reading this novella I’m even more excited for Glass Sword & the next RQ Novella.

922. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books– Released August 18, 2015

Pages: 304

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. They know what they need to do—stock up on bandages and painkillers, cover sharp table edges with padding, banish knives to locked drawers, switch off electrical items. They buckle up, they batten down.

But this accident season—when Cara; her ex-stepbrother, Sam; and her best friend, Bea, are seventeen—none of that will make a difference.

Because Cara is starting to ask questions. And the answers were never meant to be found.

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts: This book was very unique! The overall idea of what the Accident Season was very interesting to read about and element of mystery kept me reading. The characters were all unique and from this book, my favorite character was Cara. She is trying to figure out where Elsie has gone and very weird things begin to happen during this Accident Season. When it is revealed who Elsie really is, I was surprised! I did not see that coming! I am very happy with how the ending turned out and that everything was figured out and wrapped up by the end. However, it gets 4.5 b/c I felt the ending was a little rushed. Other than that I absolutely loved this book. It is a perfect Halloween/Fall read. I also recommend this book if you love The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, b/c of the elements paranormal and mystery of The Accident Season.

933. Reawakened by Colleen Houck (Reawakened #1)

Publisher: Delacorte Press– Released August 11, 2015

Pages: 400

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: I really wanted to like this book but there were some aspects of the book that made me like it a lot less. First is the fact that its basically Colleen’s Tiger’s Curse series all over again but with Egyptian Mythology instead. This book felt like a lot of “been there done that.” What I did like was Amon as a character. He was very interesting to read about. However, I had an issue with Lily as a character, she felt quite “mary-sue” to me and there really wasn’t much to her character. She felt like a cardboard cutout of the typical YA girl who gets thrown into a new world and her character felt quite dull. I really liked the setting and mythology Colleen was able to weave into this story. Sad to say this story just seemed like a repeat of Tiger’s Curse.

lair-of-dreams4. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray ( The Diviners #2)

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers– Released August 25, 2015

Pages: 624

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Full Review for Lair of Dreams

My Thoughts: This was an amazing sequel. The aspect of dreams was very interesting to read about. The overall plot was fantastic and Libba Bray writing really captures the atmosphere of the 1920’s and she is able to write multiple POV’s seamlessly. Ling, our new addition to the story, really shines in this book and was an amazing character to read about. Overall, each and every character grows and it was great to see them team up in the end to save Henry in the dream world. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 3!

95b5. Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Publisher: Marvel– Released: June 23, 2015

Pages: 112

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of — by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with…a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan? Prepare for drama! Intrigue! Romance! Suspense! Punching things! All this and more!

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Just like the previous volumes, I loved this one too. I loved how in this volume, we focused on Kamala’s family life and how her powers are effecting her even more. It was great to see how strong Bruno and Kamala’s friendship really is. What I honestly wasn’t expecting, was Kamran to be evil! Also it was revealed in the end that another one of Kamala’s family members may also have powers! Cant wait to see where that leads the series!! This graphic novel series is so amazing I cant wait to read the next Volume.

237192706. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers– Released September 1, 2015

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

***Full Review of Vengeance Road***     ***Vengeance Road Wallpapers***

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts:  This book was awesome! I was hesitant to read it in the beginning because, I am not usually a fan of Westerns, but with a plot like that, I knew I had to read it. I really loved Kate as the main character. She is strong and independent, something I really admired about her. The setting was so detailed at times, I felt at times I was actually there. What I also liked about this book, was how raw it was. There were moments in this book, that were heartbreaking to me. Erin does a great job at portraying just how dangerous it was during that time, when people are obsessed with gold, to the point where they would kill for it! Overall this book was fantastic. If your looking for a strong female lead, little romance, and great character development, this is definitely the book for you.

967. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Publisher: Simon Pulse– Released August 25, 2015

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Wow! I really loved this book! I was weary at first b/c I don’t usually reach for YA contemporaries that deal with serious issues like this book had. But I really did love it. Maggie, the main character was so complex. She doesn’t talk to anyone anymore b/c of a traumatic event that happened 2 years prior. I really felt for her and was able to understand why she was the way she was. I also really loved West! They both form this connection that really allows them to heal and move on from their tough issues. My only complaint is that, West was rather controlling/possessive at times! Which bothered me! However, Both Maggie and West were able to talk about it and resolve the issue! They were always honest with each other and became each others confidants, which is what they both truly needed. Overall I really loved this book and cant wait for the next one! ❤

978. Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle (Famous In Love #1)

Publisher: Poppy– Released October 21, 2014

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life begins to resemble her character’s.
In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is–and who she wants–as the whole world watches.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Overall I really loved this book. Getting an insight into Hollywood and the movie making process was very interesting. However, I felt that at times the book’s pacing was rather slow and the 2 guys that Paige was introduced to, weren’t given much character development away from the Hollywood drama. But, the ending has me excited to read the next one ❤ !

***Famous In Love Full Review Here***

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray Review

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (The Diviners Book #2)

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers – Released August 25, 2015

Pages: 624

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

lair-of-dreamsSummary: After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts: I read the first book back in 2013, and absolutely loved it. Now that I have read the sequel, after waiting almost 2 years, I need book 3 already! Being that this series takes place in an era I personally find fascinating, I was impressed with Libba Bray’s writing and how it really captured the atmosphere of the 1920’s. Libba Bray, just as in Book #1, is also seamlessly able to change POV and have the story all come together.

Evie, our main character really grows in this book. Now that people know her as a Diviner, she is constantly in the spotlight. With her new-found fame, I saw how much she changed from book 1 to now. We also figure out the pain she still feels from losing her brother and how it still hurts her. And what I really loved was how Evie & Sam became closer! ❤ Not only that, but both Sam and Evie learned so much about each other by the end of this book!

We also get introduced to a new character, Ling,(who is 1/2 Chinese & 1/2 Irish) who was an amazing addition to the story. We learn that she can no longer walk without leg braces, and feels she is being judged, which was heart-breaking to read. But, she is able to stay strong and figure out what is causing the “sleeping Sickness.”  I also loved how Ling and Henry teamed up and to  figure out what was going on.

With so much that happened, I don’t think I could fit it all in this review! What really surprised me though, was the ending. When we figure out that Sam’s mom is alive and that Wai-Mae was responsible for the “sleeping sickness”!! Overall, I loved the plot, the aspect of dreams, the character growth and the all the new info we figure out by the end. Now that all the Diviners have finally come together, I can’t wait to see what happens in book 3!