A Court of Fandoms and Exploration - A Podcast.

A Court of Fandoms and Exploration - A Podcast.

Hello there! We are your hosts, Laura Marie and Jessica Marie and this is A Court of Fandoms and Exploration: A Podcast Where we will discuss the epic highs and lows of YA literature, fantasy/sci- fi, and the tv shows (old and new) that made us the slightly- damaged young millennials we are today. Experience the life-altering realizations and unresolved trauma that only YA and sci-fi/fantasy can soothe as we explore Prythian, Crescent City, Sunnydale, Elfhame and more. *Thank you for listening to us! Please subscribe and leave a 5 star review and follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/acofaepodcast/) and on our TikToks! TikTok: ACOFAELaura : Laura Marie (https://www.tiktok.com/@acofaelaura?) ACOFAEJessica : Jessica Marie (https://www.tiktok.com/@acofaejessica?)

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June 26, 2022 64 min

Hades is a busy man. He's either drinking, not communicating with Persephone, trying to manage the underworld/various clubs/torturing people/not sleeping/plotting, or brooding. Usually all of those things at once. Hades is in charge in A Game of Retribution and wastes no time showing the reader exactly what is going on. While Persephone deals with being in the public eye, Hades has his own issues that will determine their futur...

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If you were fascinated to see the human breast might, kind of, sort of look like a flower, then you will LOVE this book. Really. That is the vibe.

The Emperor is new and fervently religious. The Princess is rebellious and loves her country. Men are in power. Men make decisions. Men have decided the Princess is to be exiled. Men cannot tame the power of the land and its people, even though they are trying. Princess Malini is out o...

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Are you ready to jump back into the Dark Olympus series? Are you ready to love Helen? Do you love logical conflicted men? What about men that are doers and not thinkers? Perfect. Achilles and Patroclus are working as a team to win the title of Ares for Achilles but Helen isn't a prize to be won, and soon everyone will know it. Helen, with battles public and private, is determined to win Ares and take charge of her life. But a c...

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ACOFAE welcomes USA Today bestselling author, avid gamer, and all-round amazing person Carly Spade to the podcast! Carly is the author of 10 (soon to be 11) Contemporary Mythos books that introduce us to the Greek Gods in a new and exciting way. Don't call it a retelling, more of a reimagining (or even an extension!) If you thought that you were passed the age of being the FMC you are in luck. No teenagers here, just grown wome...

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"The Beginning is the End is the Beginning." - Smashing Pumpkins.

ACOFAE has saved the first film in the Red Curtain Trilogy for the last: Strictly Ballroom. Have you seen this absolute gem of a film? Probably not. Most people haven't. But that is why ACOFAE is here! Do you love Baz? Dancing? Color? Drama? The 90's? No really, the 90's. In Australia. Now add in stage makeup and costumes, a Dirty Dancing appre...

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Are you tired of female main characters losing their powers? Do you love it when there are plots within schemes within plots? How do you feel about backstabbing? Love it? Excellent. Sprinkle in gods and monsters with an extra helping of banter and a brooding male mc and we have The Book of Azrael by Amber Nicole! Laura Marie and Jessica Marie are ready to discuss Amber's debut novel with 8 pages of notes and vibes for days. Wh...

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Laura Marie has a confession: this recording is the first time she had ever seen Mean Girls all the way through AND not edited for tv. She's ashamed. Jessica Marie saw this movie in the theater and, rightly so, has been obsessed ever since. While the entire movie is a meme, is quotable, and unforgettable, you might be surprised how much was taken out for TV and how much ick there is. There's a bit more homophobia, fat shami...

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Do you know that feeling of being excited and nervous at the same time? This book is that feeling. Excited because this is a new direction for Holly Black and nervous because this is a new direction for Holly Black! What isn't new is that the twist got Laura Marie and Jessica Marie good. Jaw hanging open good. Which is excellent because this book is full of world building and flashbacks to really drive home the setup. Charlie j...

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If you wanted a bit more enemies to lovers, a bit more politics, a bit more scheming, and a bit more betrayal than what was in These Violent Delights then you are in luck! Monsters take the back seat in this conclusion to Chloe Gong's duology, while family dynamics and the future of Shanghai take center stage. The gangsters are floundering, the Communists and Nationalists will be heard, blackmail is afoot, and only Roma and Jul...

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Aliens. Let's get that out of the way. This book is about aliens. Are you surprised? Jessica Marie was! But don’t worry, they are hot. This book series has all the tropes, really so many, and an ending that will surprise you. It's a unique one in the world of YA. Really it surprised everyone so much that the author has a special section on her website dedicated to it. Join Laura Marie and Jessica Marie as they wade through...

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If you know the pod then you know that Jessica Marie has her background in the Romance genre and Laura Marie has her background in Historical Fiction. These two genres, both alike in dignity, are front and center in this Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920's Shanghai. Rival gangs and the enduring blood feud have put Roma and Juliette on different sides but leave it to children to become friends anyway. Growing up is hard, bu...

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Isn't it incredible that after 15+ years Laura Marie and Jessica Marie are still learning things about each other!? Like, how Laura Marie found out Jessica Marie hadn't seen A Knight's Tale and the world stopped turning, birds stopped singing, and the sky was purple until this great wrong was righted. And righted it was! Hello Vision, Hello Joker, Hello Robert Baratheon, Hello to all because Alan Tudyk has played ev...

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ACOFAE and Samantha are back with MORE. More discussions about books, about social media, about writing, about movies, and about how scary it can be to put your work out there. Especially when you've been working on it since you were a child. Samantha is an author yes, but she's also a director! Did you know that?! Samantha graciously discusses making movies and all the magic that goes on in front of and behind the camera a...

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Worry, travel, fight, repeat.
There is a lot that happens in The War of Two Queens but worry, travel, fight, repeat sums it up in broad strokes. The book community had A LOT to say about this release and Laura Marie ended up being spoiled, again. SIGH

Poppy is in charge and letting everyone know it as the war chugs onward. Casteel is still in captivity and at the edge. Kieran is keeping Poppy safe. Knowledge of ASITE is helpful h...

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ACOFAE welcomes author, director, tiktok personality, and all-around wonderful person Samantha (LiteraryLibra) to the pod. Join Laura Marie and Jessica Marie in fangirling as Samantha shares about the book she is writing, experiences with Booktok and social media, and her love for The Cruel Prince. There may or may not be a couple book recommendations sprinkled throughout the episode as well. Truly the episode is kind of all over t...

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Your ears are correct!

You wanted it, you voted for it, so Laura Marie and Jessica Marie did it. This is book 1 of Shatter Me and Jessica Marie is leading the way into this YA dystopian situation and taking Laura Marie along for the ride. Join them as Laura Marie tries to figure out what is going on in this book and why Adam is giving such creep, while also having a working knowledge of who Warner is and why his use of "love...

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Welcome back to Erthia. There is a lot happening.

If you've ever had frustrations with Elloren, her love triangle, her ability to fight, or her grasp of the bigger picture than you are in luck. The bigger picture is front and center as the battle for Erthia ramps up and it will leave you in chills. The Demon Tide is filled with reunions, found family, hard choices, and the overwhelming frustrations of not fitting in anywhere....

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Well. That was unexpected. And exhausting.

There is so much to say that Laura Marie and Jessica Marie cannot possibly say it all in one episode, so no speculation about where the plot could go and why just yet (otherwise we'd be here for hours.) Laura Marie and Jessica Marie are discussing what's on page and there is a lot. New characters, storylines, confirmations, reveals, and a major major shift in focus from HOEAB that...

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February 21, 2022 63 min

Have you missed hearing Jessica Marie squeak with delight over a book? Are you looking for a retelling that has CW drama as well as smarts? Well the wait is over with Electric Idol! Laura Marie and Jessica Marie jump back into the Dark Olympus series by Katee Robert and love every second of it. Plots within plots and tropes upon tropes; Psyche and Eros's whirlwind romance and mommy issues are front and center as the consequence...

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Light it up Danika! Light it up! Light it up! Light it up!

Have you forgotten everything about Crescent City (House of Earth and Blood) except the pain and intense ugly crying? Worry not because Laura Marie and Jessica Marie have nailed down the (probably not all of them, the book is thicc) details and are ready to discuss why a DC villain is the only way that Hunt can be seen from now on. No really. There are also discussions abo...

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