YA, We Read It!

YA, We Read It!

Friendship, adventure, first kisses, first fights, and sometimes supernatural: Young Adult novels are a treasure given to us by authors around the world. Best friends and comedians Laura Petro and Meggie Gates are sitting down for their very own book club to reread the series that shaped their school years in "YA, We Read It!" because yes. Yes, they did actually read it. This is a podcast on Audio Mint Podcast Network.

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August 24, 2022 45 min
Dear Sweet Listener, the time has come for Laura and Meggie to once again sit down and live out their final thoughts and feelings as the sun sets on their fifth season. The Vampire Diaries went through 3 different writers, spanned decades in its publication and most notably inspired the hit CW show. Tune in as your hosts drink some wine, cicadas boom in the background, and unwind with the farewell to YA, We Read It's first vent...
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IT'S THE BIG FINALE! We left off in book 12 with so many questions and pieces that needed to be wrapped up and instead, we're taken in a completely different direction. And the only way to truly find out what's in store? Is to listen to Meggie and Laura dive deep into it and discuss the ins and outs of the last book in the series. Will Elena finally live happily ever after? Will everyone else? Get ready, because we sure...
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Okay book 12 out of 13 lets POP OFF. Laura and Meggie are dying to discuss the tea! What's the tea? Stefan is dead, Elena is mourning but still attracted to Damon. Meredith has been forced into becoming a vampire but is keeping it secret. Bonnie is dealing with Zander being sus AF. And there's a whole new vampire on the loose while the gang is still trying to defeat Jack and all the fake synthetic vampires.
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The final trilogy in the Vampire Diaries series is ON! Meggie & Laura are loving the new writer's sweet hashtags that line the chapters so they can stay in touch with other readers on Twitter circa 2013 (we love the world wide web!). We're picking up 4 years after the last book ended and all has been relatively peaceful since we said RIP to vampire daddy Klaus. Everyone's in relationships and enjoying young adulthoo...
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The Hunters trilogy is coming to a lukewarm close as unfortunately the quest to obliterate Klaus is overshadowed by Elena's Guardian transformation. Her quest to complete her destiny? To kill Damon Salvatore (uh-oh). And Stefen doesn't really seem to care that much (double uh-oh). And Klaus, instead of going on a murdering spree, decides to spend most of the book looking for Elena's deep dark secret (eh.) Who better to ...
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It's the last installment of the Hunter's trilogy: Destiny Rising! Meggie and Laura are in the final 4 books for the Vampire Diaries series and Klaus, the ultimate villain, has been resurrected! That's right, just when we thought the Vitale were getting stopped in their tracks, a much bigger/scarier foe has ARISEN and the only thing that can make this worse? He's building an army! Can our ragtag group of hot teens s...
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Laura and Meggie are BACK from their week-long break and are ready to wrap up the elite Moonsong! The mystery of the Vitale is slowly unraveling in tandem with whatever is going on with Zander and his friends. On top of that? Elena still can't pick between Damon and Stefan, which is unfortunately still a (boring) plot point 9 books in. Can our cast of characters figure out what's causing all the murders on campus and stop t...
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The time has come for our Vampire Diaries teens to FINALLY leave Fell's Church (thank God) and go off to college. Everyone's decided to forgo their dreams and aspirations to all attend college together (which is kind of cute but mostly a bummer). The college vibes in Moonsong have Meggie and Laura living through some sweet nostalgia and they are extra hyped that Bonnie and Matt are leading our main plots this book! Matt'...
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It's Phantom Time BABY! The Phantom we've all been waiting for has finally arrived in this gripping conclusion to Book 8: The Hunters: Phantom. Also Damon is back and looking to kiss on Elena a whole bunch. And our squad is running around trying to find ways to stop the phantom. This phantom's power? Jealousy! That's right, jealousy is raging inside all our Fell's Church teens and the only way to stop it is to b...
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Move over LJ Smith, a ghostwriter has taken over (literally! the next three books and rest of the series are all written by a ghostwriter). Laura and Meggie are absolutely here for the change of pace as this book starts off with a complete reset of the entire series, thanks to Elena and the deal she made with the Guardians at the end of book 7. So, all is well in Fell's Church, or is it? Only time will tell as the gang settles ...
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Vampire Diaries author LJ Smith really goes full throttle with plot points as Meggie and Laura flip through the remaining pages and are once again left piecing it all together. Can the gang save Fell's Church and defeat the fox spirits that have been lurking for the past 3 books? Will Elena finally tell Stefan she's kissing his brother behind his back? Meredith's a vampire hunter now? All this and more as the Return tri...
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What's better than a main plot with some side plots mixed in? Laura and Meggie have no idea! This book has no shortage of major plot elements that are all independent of each other, which has your hosts literally begging the question "why?" Kicking things off: Fells Church is still in chaos-mode, Damon needs to be a vampire again, Bonnie ends up accidentally in the Dark Dimension again, Matt is still being hunted by the...
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It's that time of week for Meggie and Laura to dive back into Young Adult world, and this time we're still in the Dark Dimenstion. From rags to riches (in quite literally 10 pages), we discover that Lady Ulma is the heir to a jewel fortune. Instead of using her money to get Stefan free, instead and our group of rescuers can climb the social ranks as they party it up through the realm and search for the two fox keys. And jus...
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Hoping to move on quickly from the mess that was book #5, Laura and Meggie are relieved that the book #6 vibes are far superior than what they once were. Elena is stuck on the run with Matt and Damon as they race to get to the Demon Gate that will let them into the Dark Dimension to finally rescue her one true love Stefan, but UH OH, Damon's looking extra sexy in Elena's eyes lately. The ultimate love triangle is just gett...
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Wherever Meggie and Laura expected this book to go, they were completely wrong because the latter half is plot points on plot points and not in a concise way. The fox spirits are still wreaking havoc on literally everyone, Mrs. Flowers is now a witch and ready to fight, Stefan is still gone, Dr. Abbot's along for the ride, and our friends are doing their best to get everything under control. Get ready for snow globes, magic key...
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Ten years after the fourth book ended, the fifth book of Vampire Diaries came into the world and picked up right where it left off. Elena is alive! Weirdly she has some baby energy as she's learning to be human again? Something is once again amiss in Fell's Church and Damon is too busy brooding to help at all. He's too busy focusing on how to get Stefan out of the picture so he can make Elena all his. Will he prevail? O...
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April 27, 2022 63 min
Okay, we'll admit it: we didn't expect the main character to die at the end of the third book! Bonnie takes over as our main point of view and she even starts keeping a diary to cope with Elena's death (aw cute!). Just when we thought the people of Fell's Church were destined for some peace and quiet, more trouble is brewing in the shadows and Bonnie's powers might be the only way the gang can get some answers t...
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April 20, 2022 65 min
Rejoice dear listeners! Meggie and Laura are back to talk about the third book in The Vampire Diaries series: The Fury. Elena is a freakin vampire now! And it's finally discovered that all the bad shit that's been going down around town might not be Damon's fault at all? It's the ultimate mystery turned boss battle brawl as Elena, Stefan, and Damon team up to tackle the evil force that's haunting Fells Church.
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April 13, 2022 42 min
This week on YA, We Read It! Laura and Meggie are amped to continue right where the first book left off. Our new favorite protagonist Elena is not having ANY of Damon's bullshit. So what's the struggle here? Literally everything! We've got Elena trying to prove that Stefan didn't murder their history teacher, we've got the intro of creepy new teacher Alaric Saltzman, and we've definitely got jealous ex-frien...
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Awakening from their short break between seasons, Meggie and Laura are flying high into season 5 where they are set to tackle The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith. Originally coming out with the first 4 books in the 1990s before continuing the series in the 2010s and inspiring a hit tv-show, this YA series is anything but ordinary. This episode, your hosts and best friends cover "The Awakening" where we are introduced to popular...
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