Monday, June 29, 2009

LitPodcast: Books off the Hook

Episode 2: Graceling

In our second episode of TLYDF's podcasting venture, Amelia, Shannon and Caitlin sit down to discuss Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

Show Notes:

-why we wanted to do a YA lit podcast
-Our favourite line or passage
-what is a Grace?
-Why do we love Katsa?
-How many of the males in this book are idiots.
-How the two main Graces evolve throughout the book.
-speculation about the sequels

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On our next episode we will be discussin The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins


  1. So excited for the Hunger Games podcast! Oh how I love that book in all sorts of ways! I could talk about it for hours and hours. :-D

  2. The Hunger Games is so amazing, and I'm so glad y'all are giving it the attention it definitely deserves. That book sucked me in like nobody's business, and when I found out I had to wait for more I wanted to spork something.

  3. Graceling was one of my favorite new YA books of this year and is perfect for someone who likes a heroine who kicks butt (Katsa isn't one to wring her hands in the corner while her man saves the day). While, yes, some of the men in the book were idiots, I found the male lead to be quite endearing and I was eager to learn more about his character (Of course, it did help that I got this vision of Gerard Butler in my head every time Po came on to the scene). Overall, great book and I can't wait to read Cashore's next contribution, though I have heard that it is to be a prequel of sorts in which we get to see where the baddy originated.

  4. If you ever run out of ideas for book recs, I would highly recommend The Gemma Doyle Trilogy: A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing.

    Here's a summary from

    A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

    Gemma, 16, has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true.

    Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique.

    Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order.

    PS: I really love the podcast so far and am looking forward to the Hunger Games. Read this last year after seeing it rec'd on SM's site. REALLY great book. Can't wait for the sequel.


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