Podcast Episode #6: The Darkness of YA and Giveaway

May 17, 2014 Giveaways, Podcast 22


Welcome to the 6th episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.

In this episode we discuss whether YA literature is too dark, chat about the books we’re reading, and various other events that are happening. We also introduce the giveaway that you can enter below!

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear your feedback – anything you would like us to talk about in particular? Just let us know!

You can listen to past episodes of the podcast, as well as the various ways to subscribe on the main podcast page.

Our title music is titled Sea of Dreams and has been used with the kind permission of the composer, Bart Stoop. You can hear more of Bart’s beautiful music at facebook.com/BartStoop.


To thank you, our readers and listeners for helping us to spread the word about our podcast, we’d love to give away a book or two! You can enter using the form below to win a book of your choice worth up to Aus$20 from the Book Depository. Extra entries are available for sharing and also for giving us any suggestions for topics to discuss in future episodes.

The winner will be chosen on Wednesday May 28 and emailed. This giveaway is open to residents of any country The Book Depository ships to. If you’re not sure, check here.

Please note, we will only accept entries via the rafflecopter form!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



The Murder Complex Series by Lindsay Cummings (Greenwillow Books)
Book 1: The Murder Complex coming out 10th June 2014

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy (Philippa’s Review | Natasha’s Review)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Natasha’s Review)

Pushing the Limits Series by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Teen Australia)
Book 4: Take Me On coming out 27th May 2014

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple (HarperTeen)

Alex Wayfare Series by M.G. Buehrlen (Strange Chemistry)
Book 1: The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare


The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey (Orbit) coming out 10th June 2014 (originally Jan 2014)
Real-life zombie ant fungus mentioned – Ophiocordyceps unilateralis

Dark Eden Series by Chris Beckett (Broadway Books)
Book 1: Dark Eden

Children of the Black Sun series by Jo Spurrier (HarperVoyager)
Book 3: North Star Guide Me Home

DISCUSSION TOPIC: Are YA Books too dark?

Articles mentioned:

Cain, S 2014,’YA books on death: is young adult fiction becoming too dark?’, The Guardian, 11 May

Gurdon, M 2011, ‘Darkness Too Visible: Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?’, Wall Street Journal, 4 June

Johnson, M 2011, ‘Yes, teen fiction can be dark – but it shows teenagers they aren’t alone‘, The Guardian, 8 June

Other topics:

Armchair BEA, May 26-31 2014, armchairbea.com

Bout of Books Read-a-thon


Email | Goodreads | Amazon.com | Twitter | Instagram Philippa lives in Brisbane, Australia with her partner and two daughters. She is an avid reader and reviewer of Young Adult literature as well as being a student midwife, closet geek, procrastibaker and coffee addict.

22 Responses to “Podcast Episode #6: The Darkness of YA and Giveaway”

  1. celeste

    I suggest a discussion on those books that marked us, that when I read it we are different and left a mark on us : ) Thanks you for the giveaway 🙂

  2. Holly Anne

    Maybe the topic of point of views? Do you prefer multiple point of views? Or dual? Or maybe just one?

  3. Anj Garcia

    Maybe book to movie adaptation or book buying bans. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  4. Ashfa

    How about a discussion on why stand-alones and duologies are better than trilogies?

  5. Karin Shaim

    I would love a discussion about books that had an impact on our life!

  6. Bea T.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to hear about your thoughts on books adapted for film or television 🙂

  7. Christina T

    Books that have not such great reviews but thrive as tv series or film series.

  8. Jaime Lynn

    Hmmm, there are many topics, but the one thing that I would like to discuss is why authors use the absentee or passed away parent trope so often. I get why they do it for the MC’s characterization, but I wonder why they can’t give them the same type of characterization WITH their parents alive and a support system. Yep! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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