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Episode 288

Cinderella is Dead

by Kalynn Bayron
When life gives you a bunch of tyrannical patriarchy lemons.....SMASH THEM IN THE FACE AND TELL THEM YOU PREFER ICED TEA. We all know the fairy tale of Cinderella: abused and treated as a servant by her step-mother and step-sisters, Cinderella was visited by a fairy godmother the night of a big soiree and gifted a beautiful gown, glass slippers, and sick ride to the castle. She met the prince, fell in love immediately, but had to rush home or risk having her identity exposed as the magical gifts of the godmother would disappear. As she ran away, a single, dainty glass slipper was left behind. Prince Charming used the slipper as a way to find his beloved, the evil step-mother and sisters were outcast, and Cinderella and the Prince lived happily ever after, right? WRONG. In Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron, we get this story flipped on it's head. This is a fast paced novel that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. You'll be invested in our main character's journey as she fights to end the centuries old, sexist rules. This is a book you should have already picked up like....last week. Thank you to our Patrons! Eddie Deanna Ann Shawn This is the audio from our latest BookTube video. If you want to see us in action SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel!

July 29, 2020

Episode 287

This is How I Lied

by Heather Gudenkauf
Narrated by Brittany Pressley
We love a thriller with liars...which is basically all thrillers ever. Heather Gundenkauf's This is How I Lied is a suspense that will have you asking the big question of: What the heck is up with this town?! 25 years ago, 16 year old Eve Knox's body was found by her best friend, Maggie, and little sister, Nola. It was a tragic scene and a horrific murder that shook the tiny town to it's core. Maggie's father was the lead investigator at the time, but soon the case ran cold and was closed. In the present, new evidence in Eve's murder is found and Maggie, now a police officer, takes the lead in the reopened case (totally unethical, but, hey, small towns). Secrets are unearthed and old suspects come back into the spotlight in this female detective thrill that will have you blaming EVERYBODY... even the neighbors cat. We listened to the audiobook version on Overdrive, which was narrated by the fabulous Brittany Pressley. She gave us chills, gasps, and some uncomfortable laughs in this 10 hour audio who dunnit. Thank you to our Patrons! Eddie Deanna Ann Shawn This is the audio from our latest BookTube video. If you want to see us in action SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel!

July 22, 2020

Episode 286

How to Save a Life

by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
In Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke's latest collaboration, How to Save a Life, they tackle the magical realism that is groundhog day. No, not the day that we where a rodent pops out of the ground and tells us if we'll have more winter or get spring soon, but the phenomenon of repeating a day over and over again until some sort of change is made by our sufferer. This was a fast and fantastic read. It doesn't waste ANY time at all and you really grow attached to every single character (even if you find a particular one super annoying). We not only had the honor of receiving How to Save a Life as an arc, but we also had the pleasure of chatting with Lisa and Liz over on our Instagram (@audioshelfme). If you're interested in hearing the two best friends talk about their process and some more BTS of the making of this book, go check it out and give us a follow. How to Save a Life comes out July 14th (TODAY) and we encourage you greatly to go grab a copy from your local bookstore, or from Bookshop! (not sponsored, just really like what their doing for the book world). Thank you to our Patrons! Eddie Deanna Ann Shawn This is the audio from our latest BookTube. If you want to see us in action SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel!

July 14, 2020

Episode 285

A Song Below Water

by Bethany C. Morrow
Narrated by Andrea Laing & Jennifer Haralson
Well, sometimes you love the fantasy and some times you wish for more contemporary. That is exactly what happened to us with the audiobook version of A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow. The blend of realism with mythos, and half the narration just did not mesh with us at all. Now, that doesn't mean this book is one to avoid. What didn't work for us, WILL work for many others. The contemporary base of the novel is beautifully written and we think that a younger generation would 1000% benefit from the way it approaches the Black Lives Matter movement and ending police brutality via mythological creatures and fantasy. We, unfortunately, just wanted a little more contemporary and a little less sprites, gargoyles, and serpents. --This is the audio from our latest BookTube. If you want to see us in action, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel.

July 01, 2020

Episode 284

Throne of Glass

by Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by Elizabeth Evans
This is a book that really knows how to kick some GLASS, hahahahaha! Sorry....dad joke from people who aren't dads. In all honesty, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas takes some time to gain momentum, but when it finally does it's a book you cannot stop listening to. We did the audiobook version of this fantasy thriller, and we absolutely fell in love with the narrator, Elizabeth Evans. She gives each character a bigger and bolder personality than what we would have created in our heads. She really takes Sarah J. Maas's words and brings them to life. We had a lot of fun with this novel and cannot wait to continue on with the series. HOWEVER, we are a little nervous...there's a lot of names that all sound remarkably similar, so we're thinking we may need flashcards and the occasional pop-quiz to commit them all to memory. This is the audio from our latest BookTube video. If you want to see us in action, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel!

June 17, 2020

Episode 283

Are Vampire Novels Making a Comeback?

History DOES Repeat Itself
Welp, if 2020 wasn't weird enough, we have a resurrection of the vampire happening. It seems like every day there is a new book announced that focuses on the charming, blood suckers. Whether it's the 3rd time Stephenie Meyer is going to tell the same story with Midnight Sun, a fresh take on vamps in Amish country with Those Who Hunger by Owen Banner, or a retelling from a fan-favorite universe with Slayer by Kiersten White, the start of this decade is thirsty....for BLOOD! --This is the audio from our latest BookTube video. If you want to see us in action SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel.

June 03, 2020

Episode 282

When I was You

by Minka Kent
Narrated by Erin deWard, Will Damron
A thriller that is actually thrilling?! Say it isn't so! Minka Kent delivers a dream come true in When I Was You with early, middle, and late game twists, intelligence, and an unapologetic villain. We listened to the audiobook version of this novel and HOLY HELL were the narrators fantastic. Not only do you have the powerhouse that is Erin deWard, but you also have Will Damron giving us sociopathic realness. Those two together create an audioscape that sets Minka's written atmosphere ablaze. It's a phenomenal read that has us hooked from beginning to satisfying end. Since our community is made up of all different sorts of readers, let us know your experience with this novel, or if you are hoping to pick it up soon! We can't wait to hear your thoughts. --This is the audio from our latest BookTube video. If you want to see us in action SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel

May 27, 2020

We're doing something light and fun this week and making up our own tag called the Bookish Drag Tag! The rules are simple, so if you want to play - please do! 1. Pick out your favorite RuPaul's Drag Race Queen 2. Think of a trait that they displayed on the show (creepy, emotional, full of heart, EVIL) 3. Find a book that expertly matches with that queen! 4. Share your match-ups with us on social media or in the comments! (IG - @audioshelfme, Twitter - @audioshelfme, or Facebook - @audioshelf!) 5. Tag some friends so they can join in on the fun. --This is the audio from our latest BookTube. If you want to see us in action, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube!

May 20, 2020

Episode 280

All Your Twisted Secrets

by Diana Urban
Narrated by Kate Rudd
We are starting to think that maybe the YA thriller genre isn't for us. Between all the inaccurate whiny teens, and the frustrating wrap-ups we just aren't thrilled with these thrillers. This week we tackled the audiobook for All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban, narrated by Kate Rudd. While the narration was superior, we had major issues with the story and the way the characters...just...were. We break it all down for you and we want to know: Have you had a similar experience with some of the recent YA Thriller releases? Let us know in the comments and on our social medias! --This is the audio from our latest BookTube video. If you want to see us in action SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel!

May 13, 2020

Episode 279

How the Young Adult genre has changed

1960s - Present
If we asked you to name a YA book, what's the first one that pops in your head? Is it The Outsiders? Is it Little Women (Brad hopes not)? Is it anything that was assigned reading in your school that you'd have been completely bored with? Those questions are what inspired us to dive into the history of the Young Adult genre, what YA means, and how the changes the genre has seen parallel the changes we see in our society. --This is the audio from our latest BookTube episode. To see us in action SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel!

May 06, 2020