Young adult books reviewed by real young(ish) adults! Pine Reads Review (formerly Tucson Tales) is a publication run by undergraduates at the University of Arizona. For this show, our interns (and special guest hosts) review some of the best, newest, and hottest YA fiction on the market. Tune in every week for our new episodes, featuring pre-read and post-read discussions of new releases, or go back and listen to our archive episodes for longer reviews of some older favorites.
Episode Thirty-Seven: Review of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
"With millions of dollars at stake, walking away isn't an option."
Do you crave an adventure beyond Earth or do want to solve a good mystery? Well, in this episode of Pine Reads Pod Review, Nick and Noah sit down and put on their space monocles and try to crack open the mystery of a mind bending substance and the shady company, Babel Communications, in Scott Reintgen's novel, Nyxia.
Episode Thirty-Six: Review of Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera
“…not to critique the American Dream or anything, BUT…”
Teens, authors, and a last goodbye! Tune into this very special episode to hear author Matt Mendez and three teen reading ambassadors from World of Words join us as we review Dealing in Dreams! Christy tries to radicalize some teenagers! Matt talks about allegory! Our teen cohosts weigh in on the age question! All that and more in this episode of Pine Reads Pod Reviews!
Episode Thirty-Five: Review of Once and Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta
“You cannot joust without stirrups, you idiots!”
Sci-Fi Jeff Bezos and King Arthur!
Sapphic King Arthur retelling in space!
Christy gets heated about medieval Europe! Jen gets roasted! We get a lot of the Arthur myths totally wrong! All that and more in this episode of Pine Reads Pod Reviews!
Episode Thirty-Four: Review of The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
"Humans are the problem.”
Disaster teens face off against angst.
The real monster was their trauma.
Creepy lullabies, Stranger Things, hat semantics, and a good good cat! Christy wants to stab a boy! Jen says a bad word! We’re here for girls with swords! All that and more in this episode of Pine Reads Pod Reviews!
Episode Thirty-Three: Review of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
“Listen, just because you majored in three things, doesn’t mean you get to make fun of us!”
Is this book really YA? Are our hosts really grownups? Will we ever figure out what episode number we're up to?
Vivisection, mountainous callouts, Penny Dreadful, and compulsive heterosexuality! Jen went to corpse camp! Chris doesn’t know what color muscle is! Christy says some cursed things! All that and more on this episode of Pine Reads Pod Reviews!
Episode Thirty-Two: Review of The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
“I could punch an owl, is what I’m saying.”
Gender fluid Italian adventures with magic!
Alanna, but actually becoming a boy!
Flap copy, life-or-death makeouts, fantasy Franco-Italian relations, and the relative merits of queer allegory! Christy has some serious revelations about her gender! Michelle claims geese kill people! We discover a typo and commit some book sins!
All that and more in our review of The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta!
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Fun content, sound quality issues
I love the content and banter, but the sound levels are SO quiet. I thought it was an issue with my headphones, but it was just how quiet the mics must have been set for, because other podcasts were fine.