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The Split: A Young Adult Book Review Podcast for Readers and Writers

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The Split: A Young Adult Book Review Podcast for Readers and Writers

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Young adult fiction authors Bryan Cohen and Robert Scanlon read and review a book each week from the reader and writer perspective. Readers can find new books to check out. Writers can learn more about the craft from two accomplished authors!

Latest Episodes

Episode 60 - Vicious (by V.E. Schwab) and I'll Give You the Sun (by Jandy Nelson)

Two reviews for the price of one and a big announcement! Listen up! Vicious Victor and Eli were college best friends. “Were” being the operative word. What was the horrible supernatural discovery that got in the way of their friendship and turned them into lifelong deadly enemies? And why did they both have to die to discover it? Vicious tells the story of two once-inseparable friends who became sworn-to-the-death enemies, and the growth of the “EO” or ExtraOrdinary: humans with extra powers. I'll Give You the Sun Jude and Noah, 13 when the story begins, are twins, and like most twins, share a secret language and an-almost telepathic mutual understanding of their desires, frustrations and deepest fears. But it all goes horribly wrong when the totally cool Brian shows up, the twins’ mother is killed in a horrible car accident, and Noah and Jude are forced to confront the fact that not everything in their history is accurate; not everything that they both wish for will be possibl...

44 MIN2015 DEC 22
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Episode 60 - Vicious (by V.E. Schwab) and I'll Give You the Sun (by Jandy Nelson)

Episode 59 - Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Will Golden Son (by Pierce Brown) live up to its predecessor, our favorite book of 2015? Robert and Bryan may be a little SPLIT on that... In the Training Institute, Darrow vanquished his opponents using his street-smart tactics and by being the compassionate leader that no Gold would even dream of becoming ... but now, as the Golden Son, he is in the Academy, and this is no student battleground. It’s training for war. With the balance of power delicately held, and backstabbing among the ruling classes a daily occurrence, Darrow must also walk a thin line: between building his growing band of supporters; playing the Gold politics (of which he has zero experience), and never for one moment, giving away the fact that he is not – and has never been – a Gold. For underneath all the genetic surgery and bio-implants, unbeknownst to almost all, Darrow is the Gold’s most despised creature ... a Red. A Red hell-bent on vengeance.

32 MIN2015 DEC 10
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Episode 59 - Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Episode 58 - Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Let's light a fire under Bryan and Robert's behinds as they talk about the sequel to Steelheart! Check out their thoughts on Brandon Sanderson's superhero sequel: Firefight. David Charleston returns in Firefight, this time as the point man in Prof’s top Reckoner team, along with a new mission: to stop Regalia recruiting more high epics and taking over the world ... at the expense of every human being. Although David has already avenged his father's death and dispatched Steelheart, it's left him with a dilemma. Is his job with the Reckoners over, or has it only just begun? But it seems he won't have to make that decision, as Prof has made it for him. Join the clan and head to Babylon Restored with the team to take down the high epic, Regalia, or clear out and don't bother the Reckoners again. David, of course, is not a quitter.

27 MIN2015 DEC 3
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Episode 58 - Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Episode 57 - Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where did she go? Bryan and Robert have the answer with their review of Gayle Forman's sequel Where She Went. Bryan’s quick summary: Mia Hall only woke from a coma because Adam Wilde – her fast-becoming-rock-star-boyfriend – told her he’d do anything as long as she “stayed.” So Mia did what Adam asked, and used one of his offered options: Leave him. And go to Juillard. And break his heart. Following on from three years after If I Stay ended, Where She Went follows Adam’s descent into depression and drug-dependency, in parallel with the megasuccess of his band, Shooting Star and his relationship with one of Hollywood’s rising stars. He’s never been unhappier.

21 MIN2015 NOV 26
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Episode 57 - Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Episode 56 - Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Bryan is back and so isCelaena Sardothien! The first in our four sequel episodes, check out Sarah J. Maas' second book in the Throne of Glass series. Celaena is now the King’s Champion ... or in other words: his top assassin. Having been pulled from the salt mines and pitted against all the others in a cruel contest, when Celaena won, she knew she’d be required to do the King’s bidding. Which really means killing all his potential opponents. While the work is distasteful, Celaena carries it out with cold precision, raising the eyebrows of her two previous suitors, Chaol, the Captain of the Royal Guard, and Dorian, the King’s son. But unbeknown to anyone, Celaena is playing a deadly game. One that would be fatal for her if the King were to know. And now the King has given her a killing spree task that will prove to be her undoing unless she can stay one step ahead of the intense political posturing and the hidden power the King seems to command.

23 MIN2015 NOV 19
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Episode 56 - Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Episode 55 - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Hayley Lawson is once again filling in for Bryan. Will this be the ember in the ashes of another fiery episode? You betcha! An Ember in the Ashes is by Sabaa Tahir. Laia, 17, discovers her brother, Darin is working for The Resistance, when a raid of Martials - the Scholar's enemy and oppressor - sees her grandmother and grandfather brutally slaughtered in front of her and her brother. Scared for her life, she runs at her brother's insistence, only to be caught by a dreaded Mask, one of Blackcliff's elite trained warriors. But the Mask lets her go, leaving his chilling words etched in her mind: "Run, little girl." With Darin her only family, Laia resolves to find him and free him. But how can she do that when everything and everyone is against her?

37 MIN2015 NOV 12
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Episode 55 - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Episode 54 - The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Fly into our latest review with The Angel Experiment by James Patterson. Featuring guest co-host Trudi Jaye! Max (full name: Maximum Ride) is 14 and can fly. Part of a secret group of six kids bred to be genetically altered, complete with avian DNA and big wings. Max is the oldest, and after their surrogate “dad,” Jeb, smuggled them out of the horrible cages they were forced to endure; taught them how to fight and look after themselves, then left them a couple of years ago (presumed dead), Max has had to look after the “Flock” as best as she could. But the “School” that created them wants them back, and keeps sending other genetic mutations (“Erasers”), horrible human kids who morph into wolves, to try to capture them. When Angel, the youngest of the Flock, is taken by Erasers, Max vows to find her and to finally find out the truth about why the School made them in the first place ... and discover the answer to everyone’s bringing questions: do they have real parents? If so...

40 MIN2015 NOV 5
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Episode 54 - The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Episode 53 - The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

With Bryan off on his walkabout, author Hayley Lawson visited the show today to chat with Robert about bloodsuckers! Check out their review of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa! Robert's Quick Summary: Allison Sekemoto hates Vampires. Unfortunately, she lives in a post-apocalyptic world, where after a virus killed most of humanity, or turned them into “rabids” – a sort of vampire gone wrong – the vampires, or bloodsuckers as she calls them, have become the ruling class. To avoid becoming a source of food for the vampires who rule her city, New Covington, Allison chose not to be registered. Unfortunately for Allison, that means scavenging an existence with the other Unregistered in small gangs inhabiting the Fringe. Most of the time, hunger is the main driving force, and Allie has become quite the streetfighter. Until one day, her hunger, and the lack of food available at her usual scavenging haunts, drive her to explore outside the city. A trip regarded by many as foolish ... o...

30 MIN2015 OCT 28
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Episode 53 - The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Episode 52 - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Bryan took the week off, because he hates rainbows. In his stead,Trudi Jaye visited the show as a guest co-host with Robert! Check out their take on Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Park Sheridan is sitting on the school bus when he first meets Eleanor, the new girl. She's not just any old new sixteen-year-old though, Eleanor is .... quirky. Red haired, stockily-built ("fat" according to Eleanor), wearing eclectic men's clothing ... and very self-conscious ... Eleanor is a perfect target for all the school bullies, in fact maybe everyone in The Flats. Out of pity, Park - the nerdy Asian kid who no one touches - makes room for Eleanor to sit next to him, when everyone else on the bus makes it clear she's unwanted.Little does he realize how much that one action will change his life. Eleanor & Park is by Rainbow Rowell

29 MIN2015 OCT 23
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Episode 52 - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Episode 51 - The Year in Review!

Bryan and Robert have been podcasting for nearly a year together! Time to recap what we've read and learned! So What Have We Learned In One Year Of Reviewing YA (Young Adult) Books? We'll lead with our top 3 books, then various thoughts and prompts (it's better if you watch or listen to the show below!): Bryan's top books and notes 1. Red Rising - Pierce Brown2. Steelhart - Brandon Sanderson3. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver Books we can learn a lot from: 1. Shatter Me- We need a protagonist with consistency, redeeming traits, and some like ability2. The Prince- A story needs a purpose, it can't just skirt around the edges of another tale, there needs to be a conflict and there needs to be something new readers can sink their teeth into3. Never Let Me Go- Bring readers closer, don't push them away. Pace for young readers. Give your main character something to do that doesn't require a romantic entanglement or another relationship. What's their deal? Top 3 things a YA book needs 1. Mys...

50 MIN2015 OCT 14
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Episode 51 - The Year in Review!

Latest Episodes

Episode 60 - Vicious (by V.E. Schwab) and I'll Give You the Sun (by Jandy Nelson)

Two reviews for the price of one and a big announcement! Listen up! Vicious Victor and Eli were college best friends. “Were” being the operative word. What was the horrible supernatural discovery that got in the way of their friendship and turned them into lifelong deadly enemies? And why did they both have to die to discover it? Vicious tells the story of two once-inseparable friends who became sworn-to-the-death enemies, and the growth of the “EO” or ExtraOrdinary: humans with extra powers. I'll Give You the Sun Jude and Noah, 13 when the story begins, are twins, and like most twins, share a secret language and an-almost telepathic mutual understanding of their desires, frustrations and deepest fears. But it all goes horribly wrong when the totally cool Brian shows up, the twins’ mother is killed in a horrible car accident, and Noah and Jude are forced to confront the fact that not everything in their history is accurate; not everything that they both wish for will be possibl...

44 MIN2015 DEC 22
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Episode 60 - Vicious (by V.E. Schwab) and I'll Give You the Sun (by Jandy Nelson)

Episode 59 - Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Will Golden Son (by Pierce Brown) live up to its predecessor, our favorite book of 2015? Robert and Bryan may be a little SPLIT on that... In the Training Institute, Darrow vanquished his opponents using his street-smart tactics and by being the compassionate leader that no Gold would even dream of becoming ... but now, as the Golden Son, he is in the Academy, and this is no student battleground. It’s training for war. With the balance of power delicately held, and backstabbing among the ruling classes a daily occurrence, Darrow must also walk a thin line: between building his growing band of supporters; playing the Gold politics (of which he has zero experience), and never for one moment, giving away the fact that he is not – and has never been – a Gold. For underneath all the genetic surgery and bio-implants, unbeknownst to almost all, Darrow is the Gold’s most despised creature ... a Red. A Red hell-bent on vengeance.

32 MIN2015 DEC 10
Comments
Episode 59 - Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Episode 58 - Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Let's light a fire under Bryan and Robert's behinds as they talk about the sequel to Steelheart! Check out their thoughts on Brandon Sanderson's superhero sequel: Firefight. David Charleston returns in Firefight, this time as the point man in Prof’s top Reckoner team, along with a new mission: to stop Regalia recruiting more high epics and taking over the world ... at the expense of every human being. Although David has already avenged his father's death and dispatched Steelheart, it's left him with a dilemma. Is his job with the Reckoners over, or has it only just begun? But it seems he won't have to make that decision, as Prof has made it for him. Join the clan and head to Babylon Restored with the team to take down the high epic, Regalia, or clear out and don't bother the Reckoners again. David, of course, is not a quitter.

27 MIN2015 DEC 3
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Episode 58 - Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Episode 57 - Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where did she go? Bryan and Robert have the answer with their review of Gayle Forman's sequel Where She Went. Bryan’s quick summary: Mia Hall only woke from a coma because Adam Wilde – her fast-becoming-rock-star-boyfriend – told her he’d do anything as long as she “stayed.” So Mia did what Adam asked, and used one of his offered options: Leave him. And go to Juillard. And break his heart. Following on from three years after If I Stay ended, Where She Went follows Adam’s descent into depression and drug-dependency, in parallel with the megasuccess of his band, Shooting Star and his relationship with one of Hollywood’s rising stars. He’s never been unhappier.

21 MIN2015 NOV 26
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Episode 57 - Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Episode 56 - Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Bryan is back and so isCelaena Sardothien! The first in our four sequel episodes, check out Sarah J. Maas' second book in the Throne of Glass series. Celaena is now the King’s Champion ... or in other words: his top assassin. Having been pulled from the salt mines and pitted against all the others in a cruel contest, when Celaena won, she knew she’d be required to do the King’s bidding. Which really means killing all his potential opponents. While the work is distasteful, Celaena carries it out with cold precision, raising the eyebrows of her two previous suitors, Chaol, the Captain of the Royal Guard, and Dorian, the King’s son. But unbeknown to anyone, Celaena is playing a deadly game. One that would be fatal for her if the King were to know. And now the King has given her a killing spree task that will prove to be her undoing unless she can stay one step ahead of the intense political posturing and the hidden power the King seems to command.

23 MIN2015 NOV 19
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Episode 56 - Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Episode 55 - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Hayley Lawson is once again filling in for Bryan. Will this be the ember in the ashes of another fiery episode? You betcha! An Ember in the Ashes is by Sabaa Tahir. Laia, 17, discovers her brother, Darin is working for The Resistance, when a raid of Martials - the Scholar's enemy and oppressor - sees her grandmother and grandfather brutally slaughtered in front of her and her brother. Scared for her life, she runs at her brother's insistence, only to be caught by a dreaded Mask, one of Blackcliff's elite trained warriors. But the Mask lets her go, leaving his chilling words etched in her mind: "Run, little girl." With Darin her only family, Laia resolves to find him and free him. But how can she do that when everything and everyone is against her?

37 MIN2015 NOV 12
Comments
Episode 55 - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Episode 54 - The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Fly into our latest review with The Angel Experiment by James Patterson. Featuring guest co-host Trudi Jaye! Max (full name: Maximum Ride) is 14 and can fly. Part of a secret group of six kids bred to be genetically altered, complete with avian DNA and big wings. Max is the oldest, and after their surrogate “dad,” Jeb, smuggled them out of the horrible cages they were forced to endure; taught them how to fight and look after themselves, then left them a couple of years ago (presumed dead), Max has had to look after the “Flock” as best as she could. But the “School” that created them wants them back, and keeps sending other genetic mutations (“Erasers”), horrible human kids who morph into wolves, to try to capture them. When Angel, the youngest of the Flock, is taken by Erasers, Max vows to find her and to finally find out the truth about why the School made them in the first place ... and discover the answer to everyone’s bringing questions: do they have real parents? If so...

40 MIN2015 NOV 5
Comments
Episode 54 - The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Episode 53 - The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

With Bryan off on his walkabout, author Hayley Lawson visited the show today to chat with Robert about bloodsuckers! Check out their review of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa! Robert's Quick Summary: Allison Sekemoto hates Vampires. Unfortunately, she lives in a post-apocalyptic world, where after a virus killed most of humanity, or turned them into “rabids” – a sort of vampire gone wrong – the vampires, or bloodsuckers as she calls them, have become the ruling class. To avoid becoming a source of food for the vampires who rule her city, New Covington, Allison chose not to be registered. Unfortunately for Allison, that means scavenging an existence with the other Unregistered in small gangs inhabiting the Fringe. Most of the time, hunger is the main driving force, and Allie has become quite the streetfighter. Until one day, her hunger, and the lack of food available at her usual scavenging haunts, drive her to explore outside the city. A trip regarded by many as foolish ... o...

30 MIN2015 OCT 28
Comments
Episode 53 - The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Episode 52 - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Bryan took the week off, because he hates rainbows. In his stead,Trudi Jaye visited the show as a guest co-host with Robert! Check out their take on Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Park Sheridan is sitting on the school bus when he first meets Eleanor, the new girl. She's not just any old new sixteen-year-old though, Eleanor is .... quirky. Red haired, stockily-built ("fat" according to Eleanor), wearing eclectic men's clothing ... and very self-conscious ... Eleanor is a perfect target for all the school bullies, in fact maybe everyone in The Flats. Out of pity, Park - the nerdy Asian kid who no one touches - makes room for Eleanor to sit next to him, when everyone else on the bus makes it clear she's unwanted.Little does he realize how much that one action will change his life. Eleanor & Park is by Rainbow Rowell

29 MIN2015 OCT 23
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Episode 52 - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Episode 51 - The Year in Review!

Bryan and Robert have been podcasting for nearly a year together! Time to recap what we've read and learned! So What Have We Learned In One Year Of Reviewing YA (Young Adult) Books? We'll lead with our top 3 books, then various thoughts and prompts (it's better if you watch or listen to the show below!): Bryan's top books and notes 1. Red Rising - Pierce Brown2. Steelhart - Brandon Sanderson3. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver Books we can learn a lot from: 1. Shatter Me- We need a protagonist with consistency, redeeming traits, and some like ability2. The Prince- A story needs a purpose, it can't just skirt around the edges of another tale, there needs to be a conflict and there needs to be something new readers can sink their teeth into3. Never Let Me Go- Bring readers closer, don't push them away. Pace for young readers. Give your main character something to do that doesn't require a romantic entanglement or another relationship. What's their deal? Top 3 things a YA book needs 1. Mys...

50 MIN2015 OCT 14
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Episode 51 - The Year in Review!