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    96. I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me by Jamison Shea

    Show announcement: several months ago we decided that it’s time for The Library Coven to come to an end, so this will be our final season. Over the past nearly 6 years we’ve loved making the show and forging connections with folks we never would have met otherwise. But it’s time for our HEAs*. Whether you’re a new listener or someone who’s been with us since early days, thank you for giving us your attention <3 Links for ways to keep in touch included below ūüôā *happily-ever-afters Onto the penultimate episode! We were both captivated by the debut horror novel¬†I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me…

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    95. House of Marionne by J. Elle

    Today we‚Äôre talking about House of Marionne by J. Elle, which introduces us to 17-year-old Quell who has lived an itinerant life with her mother for *reasons* (namely, the forbidden power Quell wields), but is then forced to go directly into the belly of the beast‚Ķthe magic boarding school at a lavish estate near New Orleans. Will Quell be able to fit into the debutante society and hide her secret from the hot mentor slash assassin Jordan and domineering Grandma slash Headmistress?! Y‚Äôall can probably surmise the answer is yes‚Ķuntil it’s no. Chaos ensues! Recommend if you like… Magical boarding school stories (e.g., the series that shall not be named,…

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    90. Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong

    In this episode we discuss¬†Foul Lady Fortune¬†by Chloe Gong, a novel in her “Secret Shanghai” series. While technically preceded by¬†These Violent Delights¬†and¬†These Violent Ends, we didn’t start with those and still very much enjoyed¬†Foul¬†Lady Fortune.¬†The sequel,¬†Foul Heart Huntsman, is out now. Thanks to the publisher for sending us some of Chloe’s books! Recommend if you like‚Ķ Dread Nation duology by Justina Ireland – another badass duo in historical fiction setting any Captain America¬†slash other comic super-spy content “The Journey” by Mary Oliver (from her 1986 book¬†Dream Work) As always, we‚Äôd love to be in discussion with you, magical people. Reach out to us on¬†Instagram¬†(@thelibrarycoven) or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). Access complete…

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    88. A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney

    In this episode about A Crown so Cursed, we‚Äôre back in the world of the Nightmare-verse in the final (we think?) installment of the series that we started reading all the way back in the show’s first season. Alice is facing a new types of nightmares, learning new histories about her family, and trying to protect both our world and wonderland. Chaos obviously ensues! Recommend if you like‚Ķ Previous Nightmareverse books ‚Äď A Blade So Black (Episode 13) and A Dream So Dark (Episode 31) Legendborn by Tracey Deonn (Episode 51) I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast is Me by Jamison Shea (coming later this season) House…

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    2023 year in review

    it’s that time again! see below for a massive link round up (some of the books link to our bookshop affiliate page) Fiction we couldn’t put down (Jessie) The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree Wildfire by Hannah Grace The Golden Frog Games by Claribel A Ortega Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood School Trip by Jerry Craft (kelly) Babel by RF Kuang Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman Beloved by Toni Morrison¬† Everything by Andrea Gibson Fav re-reads (J)¬†The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (and ACOTAR)¬† (k) The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang New-to-us Authors…

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    87. Brooms by Jasmine Walls and Teo Duvall

    ¬†This week we are discussing¬†the graphic novel Brooms by Jasmine Walls and Teo DuVall (with additional contributions by Bex Glendining and Ariana Maher). This story follows a wide cast of characters in 1930s Mississippi, where magic is restricted based on race and class. Broom racing is outlawed by the state, but clandestine competitions offer much needed prize money. Mattie and Emma are two Chocktaw youth trying to evade detection by the authorities so they don‚Äôt get sent to government boarding school. So they learn to race and make connections with some queer and trans role models along the way.¬† Many thanks to Lee & Low Books for reaching out to…

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    86. Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo

    ¬†This week we are discussing Family Lore¬†by Elizabeth Acevedo, which was¬†suggested by patron and friend-of-the-show Deanna. Both of us loved Acevedo’s novel-in-verse¬†The Poet X, but we had some differing opinions about this newly released adult novel. ¬† Recommend if you like‚Ķ magical realism, generally Isabel Allende Cien a√Īos de soledad by Gabriel Garc√≠a M√°rquez and/or The Inheritance of Orquidia Divina by Zoraida C√≥rdova (winding, multigenerational narratives) The book k mentions about the Mirabal sisters is called En el tiempo de las mariposas (In the Time of the Butterflies) by Julia √Ālvarez. Trujillo regime information The Dictator Next Door: the Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic…

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    Season 6 begins! 85. The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas

    Season 6 has officially begun! We’re back with a historical fiction novel suggested by our beloved patron Grey (@grey_reads on insta):¬†The Magnolia Sword¬†by Sherry Thomas. This is a retelling of the legend of Mulan from Chinese folklore.¬† Recommend if you like‚Ķ Mulan retellings, generally (Disney films included) Hafsah Faisal’s novels (We Hunt the¬†Flame¬†and¬†We Free the Stars) Beneath the Moon by Yoshi Yoshitani Classic martial arts texts/films like¬†Legend of the Condor Heroes¬†and¬†Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon re: writing systems, oral traditions, and grappling with “civilization” Further reading on the development of writing systems in China The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity¬†by David Graeber and David Wenigrow really is mind…

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    84. Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen (and the end of Season 5!)

    We’re finishing out Season 5 strong with this discussion of¬†Skin of the Sea¬†by Natasha Bowen.¬†Simidele has been transformed into a Mami Wata (aka mer-person) by the orisa Yemoja, tasked with gathering souls of Africans who fall, jump, or are thrown into the sea from enslavers’ ships. Chaos ensues when Simidele strays from the brief and rescues Adekola (or Kola for short) from drowning. There‚Äôs a quest, a trickster figure, cool side characters, and the book is bursting with magic inspired by various African folklores, mythologies, and cultures.¬† We both loved this book, from the unique premise and character development to the expansive world building that completely immersed us (no water…

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    83. A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

    In this penultimate (!) episode of season 5, we’re discussing A Magic Steeped in Poison¬†by Judy I. Lin. The novel tells the story of Ning, a young girl who is headed to the capital to compete to become the empire’s new master in the magic and art of tea making. Ning has an ulterior motive, hoping to gain the princess’s favorite to potentially save Ning’s older (and currently poisoned) sister. There are lovely gardens and amazing sensory descriptions that captivated both of us. Not to mention it has one of the most BEAUTIFUL covers!¬† Please consider supporting this work on Patreon for early episodes and a direct line to J…

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    82. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

    Episode 82 is dedicated to Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, which follows Tarisai, a half-ehru half-human, girl who is bound by choices her mysterious and mostly absent mother has made. We discuss empire and the imperative to assimilate, fantasy parenting fails, and ofc we have thoughts about magical travel technologies!¬† We LOVE a duology (yay brevity!), and the sequel,¬†Redemptor, is already out. Have you read it? Should we read it in a future season? let us know! Drop us a line in the comments or reach out to us onInstagram¬†(@thelibrarycoven) or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). Please consider supporting this work on Patreon for early episodes and a direct line to J &…

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    80. Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray

    It‚Äôs episode 80!! That means we’ve done 80 of these long-form book reviews and discussions over the past 5+ years. Whether you’re just finding the show or have been here since the early days, we’re glad to be in your orbit.¬† In this episode, we discuss¬†Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray. Koffi, an indentured beastkeeper with hidden powers, and Ekon, a warrior-in-training with an empathetic side, decide to work together to find the shetani, a dangerous and powerful beast living in the jungle. Of course, what they‚Äôve been told by society is complete BS, and the two teens have to choose between old dreams and their new understandings/relationships. Recommend if…

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    79. The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon

    hiya, everyone! We‚Äôre discussing The Witch King by H E Edgmon in today’s episode. Both of us listened to (and enjoyed!) the audiobook, which is narrated by Dani Martineck.¬† Trans masc witch Wyatt has run away from his magical home and commitments, being taken in by Briar and becoming besties‚Ķbut those of us who read fantasy know that it‚Äôs not that easy to get out of a faerie bargain. When Emyr, Wyatt‚Äôs super hot, capable, and royal fianc√©e shows up in the human world, running isn‚Äôt an option any more. CW transphobia and homophobia¬† Recommend if you like‚Ķ¬†all brought to you by Jessie today! The Sunbearer Trails by Aidan Thomas…

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    78. Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi

    Hey, book lovers! It’s been busy over here in our respective worlds ‚Äď hence the episode delay ūüôā We hope you enjoy this conversation about¬†Bitter¬†by Akwaeke Emezi, one of our fav contemporary authors. Better late than never, right?! In the novel, we follow our MC, Bitter (who we know as Jam’s mother from the first book¬†Pet), as she learns the various ways to be part of a social movement, falls in love, and tries to help the city of Lucille.¬† Both of us listened to the audiobook, which is narrated FABULOUSLY by Bahni Turpin. Recommend if you like‚Ķ ¬† Pet¬†by Akwaeke Emezi ¬†‚Äď it is the prequel after all (episode…

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    ARCHIVE: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

    In anticipation of our upcoming show about¬†Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi, we’re re-releasing our 47th episode about Emezi’s earlier novel¬†Pet. The following conversation originally aired in February 2021. ¬†Stay magical, bbs!! Greetings, coven! In this episode we discuss Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, their debut young adult novel.¬†It’s a pretty quick read that deals with some heavy issues in ways that are accessible to younger audiences (i.e., middle grade) as well as teen and adult readers.¬†Pet¬†was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature ¬†‚Äď after¬†reading it, we understand why! Content warning for discussions child physical and sexual abuse.¬† On to some (brief) notes! Kelly highly recommends Emezi’s…

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    77. A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

    Y’all, we’re excited to bring you this episode about A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger, a (relatively) newly minted Newberry Award honor winner!! Worlds collide when a group of animal spirits (including a cottonmouth snake, a pair of coyote twins, a Cooper‚Äôs hawk, and a magpie) crosses over to the human world in order to save their wee toad friend from death/extinction. Young human Nina and her family based in South Texas are inextricably tied up in this multi-species adventure.¬† No show notes, so go pick up this book from your library instead! As Jessie notes in the episode, since it’s a Newberry honor, many libraries will…

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    76. The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

    Our winter podcast hibernation is over, and we’re back with fortnightly episodes starting with a discussion of¬†The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake, an adult fantasy novel about¬†six magical adults who join a secret(ish) society.¬†Again this is a book for adults, but it could be an ok fit for a mature teen as the story does deal with some pretty heavy topics at times. We chose this book because it was making the rounds on social media, and we wanted to see for ourselves what all this hype was about.¬† Notes for this ep are short and sweet. Did you read¬†The Atlas Six? Let us know what you think! Recommend if…

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    75. Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn

    It’s finally here, y’all! Our discussion of Bloodmarked by Tracey Deonn, the eagerly anticipated and long awaited sequel to Legendborn. This book picks up right where we left off in Legendborn. There are lots of weird politics, tons of racism, and so much tension between Sel and Bree that it made J’s cold, dead heart very happy. So let‚Äôs get into it! A note on scheduling: we’re taking a wee winter break! That means after our year-in-review episode, you can expect new, fortnightly shows beginning on February 7th. Content Warning for anti-Black racism. Recommend if you like… The Kaz/Inej tension of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom¬†by Leigh Bardugo** Arthurian…

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    74. The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta

    Our conversation today is about The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta, a transportive fantasy novel that weaves together two perspectives ‚Äď Indir and Saya ‚Äď both powerful Dreamers who can access the Dreaming dimension and gain knowledge there. Change is coming to the city of Alcanzeh following the death of an elderly king and the ascent of his violent heir. Indir has a pivotal role to play, while Saya travels and keeps her gifts hidden. There is a whole LOT of talk about chaos in this book, and my notes are a bit chaotic tbh, so let‚Äôs do this! Recommend if you like… ¬†Chosen one stories: Black Sun by Rebecca…

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    73. Sia Martínez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vázquez Gilliland

    Today we‚Äôll be discussing Sia Martinez and the Moonlit beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, which follows Sia on a wild adventure as she deals with the murder of her mother, friendship woes, and falling in love. Oh and aliens! Chaos does indeed ensure, and there is so much to talk about (though very few show notes)¬† Content warning before we get into this book: the book makes mention and so our conversation will touch on topics of sexual assault, child abuse, ICE, police, racism, bullying, PTSD, and Harry Potter Recommend if you like… Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung for a middle grade rec Dear America by Jose…

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    ARCHIVE: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

    In honor of Bloodmarked‘s¬†publication day, The Library Coven re-presents you with this episode from our archive! Originally aired in June 2021, here is our take on¬†Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. Content warning for discussions of racism, slavery, and parental death interested in reading along with us?¬†Check out the upcoming books for Season 5 on our¬†future episodes page. behold, (the original) show notes! Shoutout to our new patron, Veronica! we <3 u ¬† Recommend if you like (RIYL): Arthurian legend stuff; any of L.L. McKinney’s Nightmare-verse books (A Blade so Black, A Dream so Dark,¬†A Crown so Cursed) J mentions the John Oliver episode about the confederacy (and why we have white…

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    72. The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros

    Today we‚Äôre discussing an historical fantasy novel, The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros. Set in Chicago in the late 1800s, Romanian Jewish immigrant Alter Rosen is swept up in a city-wide mystery after his bestie and crush Yakov is killed (spoiler! Sorry not sorry but if you didn‚Äôt guess it was queer then what show do you even think you‚Äôre listening to?!). There‚Äôs an anarchist side kick, some possession, and lots of chaos! This book was suggested by the wonderful roro_suri on instagram, who always has really strong book recs. Many thanks to them and our Patrons for these book recommendations to start us off for Season 5.¬† Content warning…

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    71. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor

    This week we‚Äôre discussing Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor. This story follows Zahrah, a 13 year old girl who is born with special hair called dadalocks. When her best friend falls into a coma after a snake bite, Zahrah, who is scared of pretty much everything, has to take a journey through the jungle to find a cure. This is¬†Okorafor‚Äôs debut from back in 2005 if you can believe it. The world building is NEXT LEVEL, our MC is feisty and relatable, and there‚Äôs a beautiful friendship at the core of the story. What‚Äôs not to love? This was the book choice of our wonderful Patreon patron Grey from@grey_reads.…

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    70. Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

    You aren’t ready for the cute puns and shenanigans of the Spare Coven! In Episode 70 we discuss Witchlings¬†by Claribel A. Ortega, a middle grade novel full of friendship, magic, and toads. Jessie and kelly reveal the shape their familiars would take and think about what their names might be prophecies for. Recommend if you like… Pet* by Akwaeke Emezi – which deals with some more overt societal issues, but I think they both have strong young girls at their core who are fighting for a more just society The Halloweentown movies New Kid by Jerry Craft Brooklyn Brujas* These books all skew towards younger readers and are overflowing with…

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    69. The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

    AND WE’RE BACK! Season 5 begins with our discussion of The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri, the first book in the Burning Kingdoms series. This book is a multi-POV tale that mostly follows Priya, a young adult with magical powers who‚Äôs entire adopted family has been killed, and Malini, an exiled princess who is trying to steal the throne from her evil brother.¬† The books for this first series of episodes were will be releasing were all chosen by our wonderful patrons! If you need some bookish camaraderie, join our Patreon! It’s a pay-what-you-can model starting at $1/month. In other news: Dr k uses they/them/their pronouns and has for a…

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    68. Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

    It’s our final episode of season 4 of the podcast, y’all! We read Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas, a Peter Pan redux with plenty of twists. We’ll be back with more episodes in summer of 2022. If you want to pick one of the books we read for next season, join our Patreon! It’s a pay-what-you-can model starting at $1/month. content warning for discussions of child death Recommend if you like… Peter Pan, any iteration Cemetery Boys¬†by Aiden Thomas* Folk of the Air series by Holly Black* Brooklyn Brujas¬†series by Zoraida C√≥rdova* also, if you appreciate YA that is light on the romance aspect, then this book…

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    67. A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

    Welcome back, coven! In this episode we are discussing A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown, the sequel to A Song of Wraths and Ruin which we talked about all the way back in episode 39! This book picks up right were the last one left off with Karina on the run and Malik living in the palace with Hanan who was brought back from the dead, and Fareed basically in control of everything. Chaos does indeed ensue! Content warning for discussions of self-harm, suicidal ideation, and miscarriage. Take care of yourself folks, and if you don‚Äôt feel up to listening to this episode at the moment,…

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    66. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson

    We’re back for what might be the most chaotic episode yet! join us for our discussion of¬†Son of A Trickster¬†by Eden Robinson. Attempting to summarize this book is an exercise in futility (you’ll understand when you hear k try to give an on-the-fly synopsis…). While this book can get categorized as YA (the protagonist, Jared, is 15-16), there is a lot of explicit violence, so it would be better for a mature teen reader or adults. Content warning for discussions of self-harm, suicide attempt, familial abuse, drug use, and alcoholism. This book was chosen by our wonderful Patreon patron Grey! They are fantastic and wonderful. AND Grey posts amazing book…

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    65. Oculta by Maya Motayne

    We’re finally going back to Castellan and reuniting with Finn and Alfie! In this episode we discuss Oculta¬†by¬†Maya Motayne,¬†the second installment of the A Forgery of Magic series.¬†This book is the sequel to Nocturna, which we discussed in episode 41, so go check that out if you haven’t yet!¬† In Oculta,¬†we‚Äôre back in San Cristobal, with Finn and Alfie trying to figure out a murderous plot at the center of a v dramatic peace summit. Of course, chaos ensues!¬† onto the short and sweet show notes… Recommend if you like… Six of Crows¬†and/or Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo ‚Äď there’s a heist-y feeling with all of the shenanigans and plotting.…

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    64. Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy

    Ahoy there, coven! Today we‚Äôre discussing Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy, a book about a nerdy suburban teen who can fly. After Faith‚Äôs all-time favorite show The Grove moves filming to her small town, a spate of human and other-than-human disappearances starts, and Faith is determined to get to the bottom of things. Chaos does indeed ensue!¬† This book was recommended to us by someone on Instagram a while back. So if that was you, let us know so we can give you credit ūüôā If memory serves, this person mentioned wanting to see more books with fat representation.¬† Just so you know, around 27:30 we talk briefly about…

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    63. Circe by Madeline Miller

    Dearest coven, this episode comes on the recommendation of J’s good friend and podcast Patron, Deanna! We dig into the novel¬†Circe by Madeline Miller, which is a retelling of the Greek Circe‚Äôs story from being born half-nymph half god… are nymphs also gods?‚Ķidk‚Ķto her exile on Aiaiya, her love life and lots of other things. Normally we’d say chaos ensues, but there‚Äôs not too much in this novel. Also, this book is a book for adults, although a mature young adult might enjoy it as well. Content warning for this episode and the book for discussions of sexual¬†assault We will be preparing for our next season soon! If you want…

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    62. Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

    Greetings, coven! In this episode we‚Äôre discussing Fireborne by Rosaria Munda, Book 1 of the Aurelian Cycle.¬†Kelly calls this book¬†Game of Thrones¬†meets¬†How to Train Your Dragon¬†(there are some GOT spoilers ahead, but it’s an old show at this point so….)¬†Please excuse our faulty memories on this one ‚ÄĒ there’s a lot going on in the world and we read the book a few weeks ago. And with that rousing¬†captatio benavolentae, on to the show notes!¬† Thank you to the person on social media who suggested that we read¬†Fireborne. We don’t remember you’re name, so if this was you, get in touch ūüôā And let it never be said that we…

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    61. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

    Hello, coven! We’re back with a conversation about Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. There’s some debate as to whether or not the book is young adult, but we enjoyed it regardless. Show notes below! Content warning: brief mention of sexual assault (24:55-25:40)¬† Why did we pick this book? J read Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse¬† when it came out with her book club. (patron/friend-of-the-show) Deanna said Trail of Lightning was also really good, and we‚Äôre always looking to add more diverse voices to the podcast! Should we make merch with J’s tagline “Chaos Ensues”? Recommend if you like‚Ķ [read-alikes mostly, but also other media, film, tv, etc.]¬† The Marrow…

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    57. Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

    hey, coven! we’re excited to bring you this discussion of Elatsoe¬†by Darcie Little Badger. ¬†J & K both loved this book and are gonna recommend it widely going forward. *ALERTA* Darcie has a new book coming out November 9th, A Snake Falls to Earth. We’re definitely pre-ordering and/or requesting from the library!! Please take our¬†survey if you haven’t already! We’ve already implemented some of your suggestions, so we’d love to know what else you’re looking for in the show. Recommend if you like… RL Stine, Goosebumps, etc.¬† Paranormal investigator/mystery stuff (X-files, Fringe, Lovecraft Country)¬† DOGGOS¬† What We Do in the Shadows¬†(tv show or movie)¬† Reservation Dogs¬†(tv series, FX on Hulu)…

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    56. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

    Welcome back! In this episode, we chat about¬†A Heart So Fierce and Broken¬†by Brigid Kemmerer. We share thoughts on such topics as special editions, disability as a disguise, the trope of naming dudes “Hawk,” and whether “Iisak” is pronounced “eye-sack.” And be ye warned, there are some ACOTAR and Star Wars spoilers ahead. Check out our episode on the first book,¬†A Curse So Dark and Lonely! a warm “hello <3” to our newest patron, Emily! We still have a survey going on, and we’d really appreciate if you took it! We’ve already implemented some of your suggestions, so we’d love to know what else you’re looking for in the show!…

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    55. Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho

    Hello, beautiful ones! This fortnight we’re discussing Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho, the second book in the Gumiho series. Join us to find out how Somin, Junu, Miyoung and Jihoon deal with grief and magical/inter-dimensional disruption. There’s romance. There’s banter. What’s not to love? Check out Episode 40 for our discussion of Wicked Fox¬†(Gumiho #1) Stay magical, bbs! We still have a survey going on, and we’d really appreciate if you took it! We’ve already implemented some of your suggestions, so we’d love to know what else you’re looking for in the show! Recommend if you like… Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas Legendborn by Tracy Deonn Almost American Girl: An…

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    54. We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

    Hello, wonderful Coven! This week we’re bringing you a discussion of¬†We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal, the second and final (maybe?) book in the Sands of Arawiya series (Check out episode 32, where we discuss the first book,¬†We Hunt the Flame). We had a great time reading this one, and we will read anything Hafsah writes in the future (really looking forward to her new upcoming book, Tempest of Tea). Stay magical, friends! Content warning for discussions of child abuse at 49 minutes – 51:14¬† We still have a survey going on, and we’d really appreciate if you took it! We’ve already implemented some of your suggestions, so we’d…

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    52. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

    Hello, Coven! This week we’re coming at you with a discussion of¬†The Gilded Ones¬†by Namina Forna. We had such an amazing time reading this debut novel, and we can’t wait to see what happens with the future of the series! On to the notes! Content warning for discussions of rape, sexual assault, violence,¬† parental death, and mentions of Harry Potter. Survey link if you want to help shape how the direction of the podcast Recommend if you like… Legendborn¬†by Tracy Deonn (which we discussed in Episode 51) Derry Girls (Netflix) Daughters of Nri¬†by Reni K. Amayo (we interviewed Reni in this episode) Dream Country¬†by Ashaye Brown (we interviewed Ashaye in…

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    50. A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

    Hello, beautiful coven! We’re back for season 4 with all new episodes, and we’re starting out strong with¬†A Sky Beyond the Storm¬†by Sabaa Tahir, the final book in An Ember in the Ashes¬†series. If you want to check out the other books’ discussions you can find them here:¬†An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, & A Reaper at the Gates. A quick reminder: we still have a survey going on, and it is helping to shape the future of the show! Please take it if you have a chance. You can also support the show by becoming a member on Patreon, tipping us on Ko-Fi, or purchasing…

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    48. Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

    Hello, Coven! How is your winter going? We’re excited to bring you a new episode discussing¬†Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland and finishing up the Dread Nation series. If you need a recap of what in the first book, you can check out our episode about Dread Nation! Please consider taking our supporter survey! It should require only 5-10 minutes and it will help us get to know our audience and get your feedback about the content we create. http://bit.ly/LibraryCovenSurvey This episode features some animals trying to make themselves heard in the episode. Sorry not sorry. Now on to the notes! Racist history of gynecology from Wear Your Voice¬† Anti-Blackness in…

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    47. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

    Please consider taking our supporter survey! It should require only 5-10 minutes and it will help us get to know our audience and get your feedback about the content we create. http://bit.ly/LibraryCovenSurvey Greetings, coven! In this episode we discuss Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, their debut young adult novel.¬†It’s a pretty quick read that deals with some heavy issues in ways that are accessible to younger audiences (i.e., middle grade) as well as teen and adult readers.¬†Pet¬†was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature ¬†‚Äď after¬†reading it, we understand why! Content warning for discussions child physical and sexual abuse.¬† On to some (brief) notes! Kelly highly…

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    46. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

    Hold on to your hats, folks! This fortnight we’re reading¬†The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, the first book in The Broken Earth Trilogy. And no matter how many people talk about their love for this book, it was not our cup of tea! We spent a lot of time being confused, and maybe had more questions than answers in this episode. What are your thoughts on this book? Content Warning for discussions of murder, torture, child abuse, and cannibalism On to the notes, which are quite short this week! The Witcher¬†season 1 – slight spoilers about the timeline in that show K brings up¬†Avatar: The Last Airbender (as she is…

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    45. Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

    In this episode we‚Äôre discussing Queen of the Conquered Kacen Callender (they/them), the first book in the Islands of Blood and Storm series. The book takes place in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world and follows our main character, Sigourney, as she makes a bid for power as the only Black person in contention to rule the islands that have been colonized by the white Fjern. When all those in line to the throne are gathered for the storm season and start to be killed off one by one, chaos ensues. As it does. Content warning for discussions of rape and white supremacist violence.¬† Callender also wrote¬†Felix Ever After.¬†It’s on our TBR!…

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    44. Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

    Hello, coven! And welcome to one of the last episodes of the shit show that has been 2020! This week we’re discussing Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore¬†(they/them). Let’s talk about some swans! What is magical realism? We talked a bit about being Latinx and white. There have been lots of great discussions about this, and here are 2 videos that explain it better than K or I did What is White Latinx and White Passing Privilege? Can Latinos Benefit from White Privilege? K mentioned Arrested Development TV show J recommended the movie Practical Magic for people who want stories about sisters, magic, and curses Transcript below or access the…

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    43. The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

    Hello everyone, and most especially to Saidah, who emailed us in December 2019 asking about when we were going to record an episode about R.F. Kuang’s The Dragon Republic. Saidah, we’re only a year late, but that time is now!¬†If y’all need to recap the first book in the series, you can check out Episode 15 of the podcast in which we discussThe Poppy War.¬† Full disclosure: this series is not YA and Kelly uses verbal air quotes an embarrassing number of times in the episode. You’ve been warned. Enjoy! Content¬†Warning for discussions of genocide, sexual assault, drug use and other instances of extreme violence.¬† This isn’t the first time…

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    42. Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova

    Hello, coven! This week we’re discussing¬†Wayward Witch,¬†the third and final (?) book in the Brooklyn Brujas series by Zoraida C√≥rdova. You can check out our episodes about¬†Labyrinth¬†Lost and Bruja Born if you need a refresher about what happened in the earlier books! Which was your favorite of the series? What would be your sinmago power be? Full episode transcript below or access the transcript PDF And now, onward to the notes (of which there are very few this week)! The audiobook was narrated by Almarie Guerra “When people show you who they are” quote is from Dr. Maya Angelou The Body Keeps the Score [gif of Thor looking intense and…

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    41. Nocturna by Maya Motayne

    hiya, coven! This week we’re coming at you with a discussion of¬†Nocturna¬†by Maya Motayne. We both loved this book and didn’t realize how complex the world building and magical system were until we came together in conversation (aka we’re both a little befuddled, and that’s fine!).¬†Motayne’s debut novel is full of relatable characters and exquisite writing. Oh, and there’s magical texting and pining. Have we convinced you to put this on your TBR yet?! Content Warning:¬†this book deals with some heavy topics like emotional and physical abuse, which we discuss at length (although in general terms). Please take this into account when deciding whether to dive into this episode. Call…

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    39. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

    hey, magical beings! This fortnight we’re bringing you a conversation about¬†A Song of Wraiths and Ruin¬†by Roseanne A. Brown, the first in a planned duology. The second/final installment,¬†A Psalm of Storms and Silence¬†is due out in early 2021. Content Warning¬†for discussions of parent death, panic attacks, and child abuse. ChildHelp ¬†Call 1-800-422-4453 for assistance Call to Action: take care of yourselves! The interactive “you feel like shit self care guide flowchart” is a good resource. here is the source K used when researching the meaning of different day names. Various fact-based news sources have documented widespread evidence that the United States’s carceral immigration system (including deportation flights) is spreading COVID-19.…

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    38. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

    Hello, coven! This is one of the last few episodes where we refer to ourselves as JK, It’s Magic. We hope you like our new name, and that you feel like you’re part of the coven. This week we’re talking about¬†Bruja Born by Zoraida C√≥rdova, were we get to know a lot more about Lula! If you need a recap about what happened in the last book, check out our Labyrinth Lost episode. Call to Action:¬†This week, we’re asking that people learn more about ways they can lend a hand to those experiencing homelessness. One place you can start is The National Alliance to End Homelessness. Full Transcript Below (or…

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    37. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

    Greetings to all you magical beings out there! This fortnight, we’re discussing A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.¬†We immensely enjoyed Kemmerer’s spin on the whole Beauty and the Beast tradition, and we found Harper to be one of the most relatable and badass protagonists! There’s so much about this novel that we found relevant to our pandemic times‚Äď especially re: disability, medical debt, . Also, J & K happen to be on different ships this time! Hope you enjoy and learn things and teach us things! Content warning: terminal illness and¬†parental death, rape and sexual assault (mins 20-22). Call to action:¬†This week we’re encouraging y’all to “crip”…

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    36. Crier’s War by Nina Varela

    Hello, magical folx! This fortnight we’re discussing¬†Crier’s War by Nina Varela! This book is fantasy adjacent, and leans a bit more toward science fiction, but we have lots of world building and robot things to talk about! Call to action:¬†This week we’re educating ourselves on how the various technologies we use impact BIPOC and disabled people. Here are two books that can help with our collective education: Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble This is just the start of our education. Please let us know any other sources you found helpful!…

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    34. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

    Hello, magical friends! This fortnight we’re coming at you with a discussion of¬†Children of Virtue and Vengeance¬†by Tomi Adeyemi, the second book in the Legacy of Or√Įsha series. If you need a recap of the story or what we talked about in the first book, check out episode 2 (so long ago!!!) about Children of Blood and Bone. First up, let me say there is a bit of a sound issue on my part (J), that I apologize for. I accidentally recorded from my webcam instead of my microphone, but hopefully, I wont let that happen again in the future! Call to action: this week we asked that you take…

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    33. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    Hey, magical folx! In this episode we discuss Gods of Jade and Shadow¬†by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, which is¬†*NOT* YA. We gotta say this at the top because its some sexist bs that women/femme adult fantasy writers get miscategorized as YA (read about how sexism impacts genre categorization). *Call to action*¬†This fortnight, we‚Äôre urging our magical community to¬†learn more about abolishing borders, abolishing ICE and migrant justice as well as to support organizations doing this work. Watch/listen to the final plenary from this year’s Allied Media Conference, “From Dreams to Practice: Abolition in Our Lifetimes”. The panel features a TON of rad ppl doing abolitionist work, including Miski Noor, Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty,…

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    30. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

    Hey, magical folx! This fortnight we discuss¬†The Marrow Thieves¬†by Cherie Dimaline,¬†a prolific author who is a member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community. Hope you enjoy and learn something(s). BLACK LIVES MATTER. Content warning for discussions of sexual violence and addiction. RAINN ‚Äď Anti-sex violence assistance. Call 800-856-4619 or visit their website for assistance.¬† Calls to Action Follow, support, and learn from Indigenous peoples now and always! In the words of Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, “Decolonization is not a metaphor,” but rather requires return of stolen lands. If you have the resources to make financial contributions, here are some places to contribute: Indigenous Environmental Network‘s Mutual Aid fund…

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    29. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

    Hello, magical folx! This week we’re discussing¬†Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, the second book in the Six of Crows series. Check out our¬†Six of Crows episode for a refresher on what happened in the last book! Side Note & Content Warning: We know we’ve been gone for a bit, and we appreciate you patience as we get back in the swing of things. We recorded this episode in November, and a lot has changed in the world since then. This could be a difficult episode to listen to if the current pandemic is taking a toll on your mental health. Obviously, we had no idea where the world would be…

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    23. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

    Magical listeners! We’re taking a break from YA this fortnight to bring you an episode about the incredible fantasy novel The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. The show notes happen to be long this time ‚ÄĒ why not research-it-up and check out the links to learn some stuff? About magic, fiction, history, religion, language: The author has curated a reading list of narrative sources, primary sources, and folktales about the “early Islamic world” (a very broad term) for those who are interested in learning more. Book 2 of the Daevabad trilogy, The Kingdom of Copper, came out in January 2019 (we can’t wait to read it!). The Empire of…

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    13. A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

    This fortnight we’re discussing A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney, and there were a ton of Alice in Wonderland puns from K, as this is a modern retelling of the story. Don’t expect to get any hints about this story because you read the original. This is a whole new take! As always, there were a ton of outside sources mentioned, and hopefully we caught them all to add to the show notes. If you have any questions or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Sweet potato pie or pumpkin pie? Which do you prefer? For many African Americans sweet potato pie wins every time, but where did…

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    12. A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

    Hello esteemed listeners! We adored A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue¬†by Mackenzi Lee*!! What a delightful romp of a book*. Below you’ll find plenty of links and resources to complement our discussion. **We want to recognize that Mackenzi Lee has been pretty problematic as a person and author, and we while we did enjoy this book at the time, we will not be reading or podcasting about her books in the future.¬† Content Warning: In this episode we discuss emotional and physical abuse as well as addiction.¬† If you or someone you know are the victim of sexual assault and would like assistance, please call RAINN (Call 800-856-4619 or…

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    11. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

    Happy New Year, Listeners! We are excited to read and discuss new (and old) book with this year. Any suggestions for books you’d like to read with us? This fortnight we’re discussing Girls of Paper and Fire¬†by¬†Natasha Ngan¬†. J & K have some mixed feeling about this book. We loved the elaborate back story and well fleshed out setting, but had some difficulty with the pacing. And obvi, we were excited to have many different kinds of representation in this book. What were your thoughts about this story? Content Warning: In this episode we discuss sexual assault and rape¬† If you or someone you know are the victim of sexual…

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    1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

    Hey, listeners! We are so excited to share our first ever episode with you, where we discuss Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. We scrapped the original idea of an hour-long podcast because our conversation just kept going, and well, we do what we want. After banishing official podcat Lainey to the other room.¬†we sat together for 3 hours¬†to record this episode (probably too close to our microphones, but it’s our first one sooooo yeah, we’re kinda winging it). Growth mindset, amirite?! Episode breakdown for easier listening: 2:40 .¬† ¬† ¬† Through the Wardrobe: talking about worldbuilding, like Imperial Russia as the touchstone and Grisha Hogwarts 14:13 .¬† ¬†¬†“Wands Out!”:…