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Episode 136 – The Initiation (The Secret Circle)

It must be the season of the witch, since we read The Initiation, the first book in L. J. Smith’s Secret Circle series. The new school year in New Salem marks the start of some beautiful friendships whose homoerotic subtext is only barely concealed beneath a thin layer of herbs. Plus also, some valuable lessons about urban planning!

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Footnotes: Forever Young Adult: Recap of The Secret Circle Pilot

Candy Pairing:  Kait says a caramel apple, Katie says saltwater taffy, Renata says feverfew.

Coming up next: The Mister by E. L. James.

 

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Episode 135 – Dark Angel

Dark Angel by V. C. Andrews

 

We revisited the world of V. C. Andrews and read Dark Angel, the second book in the Casteel family saga with V. C. Andrews apologist Arielle. It’s a grim story of a girl who escapes her impoverished hometown but can’t get away from the fact that men are trash everywhere. Keep your wits about you if you listen to this episode in a hedge maze!

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Footnotes: Episode 108 – My Sweet Audrina

Episode 17 – Flowers in the Attic

Guest Post: Flowers In the Attic (The Appeal Thereof)

The True Story of How V.C. Andrews’ Casteel Family Saga Came to Be by Amanda Garrity

Comedy Bang! Bang! – This Is Your Boy Troy

Candy Pairing:  Arielle says blackstrap molasses, Kait says circus peanuts, Renata says spiked punch.

Coming up next: The Initiation (Secret Circle series) by L. J. Smith.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 135 – Dark Angel

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Episode 134 – The Rock Says

The Rock Says... by The Rock and Joe Leyden

 

As listeners to the podcast may know, we’re big fans of Dwayne Johnson, but slightly less knowledgable about his pro wrestling alter ego, The Rock. So we invited Tres Dean, author of For Your Consideration: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, to read the 2000 memoir The Rock Says… by The Rock and Joe Leyden. We learned a lot about both Dwayne Johnson and The Rock. Arguably, more than we wanted to know? Put your MP3 player in your fanny pack to listen to this episode on the go!

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Footnotes: Gennifer Flowers Interviews The Rock

“Meet the Woman Who Built Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Media Empire” by 

“The Wrestler and the Cornflake Girl: Ring legend Mick Foley explains how Tori Amos changed his life” by Mick Foley

Wrestlesplania podcast

I Don’t Even Own A Television #140 –  No Regrets by Ace Frehley and Joe Leyden

Candy Pairing:  Kait says WWE Superstars Ice Cream bars, Renata says margarita Jelly Bellies.

Coming up next: Dark Angel by V. C. Andrews.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 134 – The Rock Says

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Episode 133 – The Host

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

 

Unlike vampires, we keep aging, so this is our 5th podcastversary! Tragically, we’ve completed our run on the Twilight saga, but the show must go on. We brought back returning guest Caroline to discuss Stephenie Meyer’s awkward alien follow-up to the Twilight saga, The Host. Bad news: it’s not as entertaining as Twilight. Good news: she never followed through on making this a trilogy. As you listen to this episode, please join us in using The Secret to compel Stephenie Meyer to write another vampire book for next year!

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Footnotes: Remembering The Host, a Scifi Book That Barely Wanted to be Scifi by Beth Elderkin

Stephenie Meyer Hopes The Host Will Be A Trilogy, Is That A Good Thing? by Kelly West

Candy Pairing:  Carrie says Blow Pops, Kait says a giant lollipop, Renata says giant gummy worms.

Coming up next: The Rock Says… by The Rock and Joe Leyden.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 133 – The Host

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Episode 132 – Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth, a dystopian society controlled by Buzzfeed quizzes, has been one of most frequently-requested episodes. In an effort to bring peace to the five factions, we invited Annie, author of The Chance You Won’t Return and cohost of the Crossover Appeal podcast to read this flash-in-the-pan dystopian novel with us. Listen to this episode on your next trip to Chicago–just make sure to be careful when jumping off the El train!

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Footnotes: GoodReads Interview with Veronica Roth

Official Divergent Faction Quiz

Bean cleaned: Workers quickly remove graffiti from Chicago’s beloved sculpture

Candy Pairing:  Annie says Pop Rocks and Coke, Kait says chocolate with a razor blade in it, Renata says abandoned chocolate.

Coming up next: The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 132 – Divergent

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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