June 25

A New Podcast: Blood and Chocolate

Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf? 

Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He’s fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would. 

 Vivian’s divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really—human or beast? Which tastes sweeter—blood or chocolate?

We decided to test to go back in time and re-read a book we’d been happy with as teenagers.  We compared our old view of the book to our current one and then added in the movie.
How did it hold up? Listen and find out!
May 12

A Podcast and A Surprise!

When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

A new podcast has been released upon the world.  This time Ollie, Cyna, Kayla and I discuss The Host. We watched the movie, some of us have read the book. And, like usual, we don’t hold back our opinions. However, instead of posting the podcast at this blog, I thought I’d direct you to:

PAPERCUTS PODCAST

Yes. We now have an official website for all our podcasts. We’re quite proud of the site, though at the moment it is bare bones. You can see all our past podcasts, along with our plans for upcoming ones. We’d love to receive comments on the new site or even on our latest podcast. Don’t be shy.  Check it out. Mark it as a favorite site.

April 3

Podcast: Love Triangles. The good, the bad and the You make me Scream

Cyna, Ollie and I actually did this podcast centuries ago but pushed back publishing it because of the movie-to-book reviews.  Don’t worry.  We haven’t finished with the movie-to-book reviews yet.  In fact, our next podcast should be on The Host.

We’re just wanting to have a new podcast out fairly regularly.  In this podcast we talk about Love Triangles, among other things. You know us, we tend to go on tangents that are semi-related to what our main discussion is about.

Also, we apologize for the echo in the first third of the podcast, IT DOES GET BETTER LATER ON, WE PROMISE.

Posts we reference in the cast: Young Adult Storylines – The Requisite Love TriangleLove Triangles in YA Fiction – Yes or No?Dear YA Authors: I’m Getting Sick and Tired of Love Triangles, and On YA Books that Make Abusive Stalkerish Horrible Relationships 
Seem Like They’re Okay – HERE ME ROAR.

What are your thoughts on love triangles in YA?

March 18

Beautiful Creatures Podcast

A supernatural love story set in the South which tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena, a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. The film is based on the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

After watching Beautiful Creatures in theatres, Cyna, Ollie, and I, plus Kayla again, got together to discuss the positives and negatives of this movie. We had a lot of fun discussing this movie and I hope you enjoy listening to our discussion on it.  Have you seen Beautiful Creatures? Have you read the book?  What do you think of what we had to say on both?

 

December 4

Another book Podcast

The undead can really screw up your senior year … 

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancee. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war – and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

So my friends and I got back together and made another podcast.  This time we did a review on Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. Olivia, Cyna and I also decided to make the podcasts a regular thing. As such, we’ve come up with Papercuts Podcast.”  Stealing from Cyna because she described it so well, i”we’ll regularly discuss YA literature and entertainment. It won’t always be straight book reviews – we’ve also got plans for tropes discussions, trailer snark, book vs. movie chats, guest reviewers, and hopefully some interviews in the future, so we’re really looking forward to getting this off the ground, and we hope you guys are, too.”

Since we’re still new to this, we’re still trying to figure out how to make this all work.  Any suggestions on improvements or topics you want to see us discuss are welcomed.
November 20

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien: A different review

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be “advanced” into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve.

Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

So every month, or so, a few of my friends and I get together on Skype to discuss writing, whether we’re talking about tropes are critiquing a book we’ve all read.  This time Cyna of You’re Killing Me, Ollie of Olivia’s Secret Reading Room and I decided to try recording one of these meetings. The podcast is very rough.  We didn’t even introduce ourselves at the beginning but I think it turned out well for a first attempt and we are talking about doing this on a semi-regular basis. The project may become bigger than that, but right now no guarantees.  In the below podcast you can listen to what we had to say about Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien. Let me know if there are any topics you would like to see discussed whether via podcast or written.