Introducing…Papercuts Podcast! (Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side)

Jessica's Guide coverThe 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 that experiment that we conducted with the review of Birthmarked a couple of weeks ago has turned into a full-blown project. Ollie, of Olivia’s Secret Reading Room, Robin, and I (Cyna) have decided to make our podcasting a regular thing. Thus, we’re proud to introduce the brand-spanking new Papercuts Podcast, in which 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.

We’re kicking off Papercuts with a review of Beth Fantasky’s paranormal YA Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, which, if you happened to follow my Goodreads meltdowns, was not the best of reading experiences.

Episode 1 – Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

So please give it a listen, and as I said with the last cast, we’re still working this out and making adjustments, so please feel free to comment with thoughts and suggestions, or maybe just topics that you’d like to hear us discuss.

One Star

And don’t worry (y’know, if you were), Kayla and I haven’t given up written reviews. I’ll be back with a review of Kelley Thompson’s The Girl Who Would Be King in a week or so, and Kayla and I should be continuing our House of Night shitfests not long after.


9 Responses

  1. nadine a.

    December 4, 2012 7:04 pm, Reply

    hey hey, just found this podcast post and thought i would listen to it while at work today since i really like reading your guys’ blog posts 🙂 i really enjoyed the podcast too! i liked listening to your insights on female sexuality and its correlation with vampires, etc., and especially how the book could have been made more interesting (with faith cross not as Cheerleader Bitch as she ultimately ended up being). LOL at that one character who was letting go of math and how “rationality” was just a phase.

    with regards to how girls never seem to go “oh paranormal love interest, your world is way to weird for me and i’m just gonna live a happy human life” — i couldn’t really think of any examples either — the novel “blood and chocolate” kind of comes close, with a werewolf female protag who chases after a human and then decides on her werewolf life at the end…? meh.

    oh wait actually now that i think about it, “companions of the night” by vivian vande velde does have a girl who meets a vampire and kind of makes her own decision about stuff at the end. that book in particular is pretty interesting and short and written in the pre-twilight era 🙂 “dragon’s bait” by that same author is also a short book about a girl meeting Paranormal Dragon Love Interest, and interacting with him in a not-queasy and teenage-drama way. shrug!

    with regards to improvements — i don’t listen to podcasts often, so i don’t know if it’s standard — and i don’t know what your limitations are — but i think it would be a good idea to make it so that your voices aren’t split up between headphones. my left earbud is weaker than the right so i had to turn up the volume kind of painfully for my right ear in order for the left one to be audible. robin (sorry if i spelled that wrong) was also very hard to hear and understand; i can’t remember if you explained that she was dialing in through skype or something. at the end of the podcast in particular i had a really hard time understanding her 🙁 the end of the podcast also got cut off mid-sentence. in general though you guys spoke really clearly.

    anyway, i really enjoyed it and am looking forward to future ones 🙂 thanks!

    • Kayla + Cyna

      December 6, 2012 4:01 am, Reply

      Wow! THanks so much for listening, and leaving such a detailed comment. :DDD It means a lot!

      The dual-channel thing is a result of the software I use to record our Skype conversations, but I will defintely look into seeing what I can do to merge the finished product 🙂 Robin is a little quieter and more broken up because she’s on a wireless connection, but we’re looking into ways to fix that, too.

      And thanks for the suggestion! We’ll think about transcribing the podcast.

      Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve read Companions, but you’re right, it was one of the few vampire stories of that era that didn’t end with the heroine hooking up with the vampire. Very good book though 😀

      And yes, Blood and Chocolate! That’s a good one, and an interesting inversion of the trope. IIRC, The Silver Kiss also ended w/o the heroine joining the vampire, but that had more to do with his decisions than hers…

  2. nadine a.

    December 4, 2012 7:20 pm, Reply

    oh, one last suggestion — it would probably take time — but it would be nice if you could also put transcripts of your podcasts in your posts!

  3. Barbara W.

    December 7, 2012 10:28 pm, Reply

    I love this! Poor Robin, she had to try to stand up for the book. 😀

    I do have one complaint though – It took way too long to start with the random swearing. You should lead with cursing, get your audience warmed up!

  4. Molly

    December 29, 2012 12:44 pm, Reply

    I own a copy of this book but gave up on it after the first 20 pages. I guess I might just go and give it to someone who likes stuff like this.

    I loved the podcast, by the way. I really like the different opinions. 🙂

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