Have You Seen This?

Image and meme courtesy of Book Addict’s Guide and Andi’s ABCs

Last month, Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide and Andi @ Andi’s ABCs did a wonderful/horrible thing. They started a new blog feature called Have You Seen This?, where readers can list book editions and old ARC titles that they need and hopefully have the holes on their shelves filled. The point of the feature is NOT for people to find unreleased ARCs or “in the wild” copies of new books. Instead, it’s for connoisseurs and collectors looking to fill gaps. It’s a horrible feature because it only fuels my bibliophilia, but it’s also wonderful because there are certain old ARCs I’ve been looking for for years, as well as international editions I would die to have. They are as follows:

Code Name Verity – ARC and certain foreign editions

First and foremost, I NEED an ARC. NEEEEEEED. I have my Rose Under Fire ARC and my Black Dove, White Raven ARC, so a CNV ARC would complete my ARC set. CNV came out while I was a baby blogger, so I don’t even know what the ARCs look like.

Secondly, there are some foreign editions I need to get my hands on. Specifically, the UK hardcover with the girl and the rose, the Netherlands hardcover with the planes, the Swedish version with Verity and Maddie, the Spanish paperback… pretty much any edition that isn’t American or Canadian or looks exactly like them but with a different title.

Rose Under Fire – foreign editions

The same goes for RUF, except I’m focusing on non USA/CA foreign editions, since I already have an ARC. Goodreads only lists the Netherlands edition, but I’m sure there are more.

Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, and Mortal Heart – ARCs

I shall be the fangirl to rule them all with my pretty ARCs. I actually have a GM ARC, but it’s the old, old one with the wolf, so I still need a “regular” ARC to go with my eventual DT and MH ARCs.

Megan Whalen Turner – ALL

This is the one that’s going to hurt me, just because there are SO MANY. I want every version that’s different, be they old American versions or new foreign ones. The American ones seem like they would be easier to find, but I mostly find them in old library sales with those awful plastic protectors glued on, and that just won’t work. Right now, I own the 1998 American paperback version of The Thief and the newest American redesigns of all four books. Below are just a few examples of what I would like to find (totally not an exhaustive list):

That’s my wishlist. I gave away most of my older ARCs before I moved, but I’m slowly building my supplies back up. Also, I think I miiiiight be able to convince myself that acquiring these beauties shouldn’t necessarily fall under my book-buying ban. So if you have any of the books I listed in your possession, give me a shout!

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Top 10 Tuesday – Life-Changing Books In The Last Three Years

Once again, I call foul. The topic was TOO HARD. And honestly, if you’ve been paying attention at all, you could probably name most of my favorites anyways. Three years covers the entire length of my blogging experience. So instead, I decided to get a little more personal. I give you BOOKS FROM THE LAST THREE YEARS THAT LITERALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. (Not in chronological order. Also not ten.)

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

I did not get along with this book, but that’s okay. It will forever hold a special spot in my heart, because TINaT was my very first review copy. I sent St. Martin’s Griffin my first ARC request email when I was but a wee baby blogger, and they sent me a finished copy. Do you have any idea how big of a deal that was to me? Huge deal. HUGE. And look at me, still blogging three years later.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Simply put, Seraphina turned me back into a geeky middle-schooler in love with dragons. EVERYONE knows dragons are awesome, but sometime after the first Eragon book, I fell out of love with the creatures. No one seemed to be doing anything new or exciting. And then came Seraphina. Now I am back on the dragon train and fangirling harder than ever. Of course, dragon books have higher standards to live up to than ever, but that’s okay. :)

Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas

There may have been others before, but this is the first book I remember really lighting into for moral reasons. Before Quarantine, I tried to keep my criticisms focused on objective issues with pacing, sentence structure, etc. But this one really ticked me off with the way it treated its female characters. So I let loose, and the sky didn’t fall, so I never really stopped. Now, if I see something that ticks me off, I say something, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I picked up Grave Mercy because it had a girl in a red dress holding a crossbow. I was interested. I read it and enjoyed it. In fact, I enjoyed it enough that I contacted the author and set up my first ever author interview for the blog, despite the fact that I was scared silly. Because of that interview, I kept in touch with the author. Because I kept in touch with the author, she later offered me a position as her virtual assistant. And because of that position?

Gosh.

I’ve learned so much about the behind-the-scenes goings on of the publishing industry. I’ve gotten to coordinate some really cool events. I got to be in the know. (I LOVE being in the know.) I’m pretty sure having that position on my resume helped land the internship I have now. And best of all, I got to know Ms. Robin even better, and it’s been an absolute joy.

Not a Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

I owe my relatively new but fervent love of post-apocalyptic fiction to this book. I rode the dystopian wave and eventually felt the ebb along with everyone else. Post-apoc provides all the action and grit of dystopian while reframing the fight away from Big Bad Government so that the protagonist is fighting against Earth itself. I love this genre so much. Other books have stoked the fire (lookin’ at you, H2O), but this is the book that started it all.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This is another ripple effect change. First, CNV changed me by being CNV. It’s excellence incarnate, from the prose itself to the emotion it causes. Also, because I loved CNV so much, I got hooked on Ms. Wein’s other books, and what a sad life I would have without them. Liking her books is like a shortcut to bonding when I meet other bookish people. “You like CNV? Me too!” “MY HEART!” “I KNOW!” Also, through fangirling, I got to know her agent, Ginger Clark, and Elizabeth Wein herself, for which I am most grateful. So I guess CNV is less of a ripple in a pond and more like a bomb in a pond. Maximum impact!

Bruised by Sarah Skilton

I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for Bruised. It is, to my memory, the first straight contemporary (no thriller, paranormal, magical realism elements) that I read as a blogger and enjoyed. Straight contemporary is not my cup of tea, but I continue to dabble in the genre in hope that I’ll find stories I love as much as Bruised.

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

My love for Cavendish know no bounds. It wasn’t the first MG I ever read, but it showed me what kind of potential the age category had. It has a fantastic friendship, a pre-ship, straight up freaky horror scenes… pretty much everything I could ever ask for. Like BruisedCavendish sent me off on a hunt for similar awesomeness, and I haven’t stopped.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

No Monstrous Beauty = no Elizabeth Fama in my life, and that would just be dang sad. I like having her around. :) Also, no Elizabeth Fama = no Quinn, which means I would be down one MWT-loving friend and future roommate. No bueno!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Specifically, the audiobook version changed my life by being freaking excellent and breaking down my distaste for audiobooks. At this point, there are so many books I’ve read SOLELY in audiobook format, and I’d be missing out if The Raven Boys hadn’t been so excellent. Not to mention that my Twitter feed would be far too staid without Stiefvater.

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

This is the book by which I judge all other time travel books. If a book can balance time travel quantum physics, shifting storylines, fantastic romance, powerful friendships, and staggering heartbreak even close to the same level as All Our Yesterdays, then and only then will I allow myself to fangirl. Also, a life without AOY is a life without Cristin Terrill, and that’s just sad.

The 100 by Kass Morgan

HA! Like this one wasn’t going to show up on my list. Technically, the book’s impact on my life is pretty indirect, since I DNF’d the book itself and never looked back. But no book means no TV show, and do you all have any idea how many friends I’ve made while squealing over Bellarke? Do you? Also, I am forever indebted to The 100 for bringing my Murder Puppy into my life.

So what about you? Staying within the last three years, what books have radically changed YOUR life?

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Review: THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord

Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamicsThe Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

Dun da da dun! I have officially read my first Emery Lord novel. Gosh, you wouldn’t know this is only her second book by the way everyone’s been talking. I heard so many things about her debut, so I was eager to see how I liked Start, despite my typical inability to gel with contemporary romance. Happily, Start was both different from what I expected and wholly wonderful. Continue Reading →

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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Stuff I Bought

  • Soulprint by Megan Miranda
  • In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
  • All Fall Down: The Landslide Diary of Abby Roberts (A Dear Canada diary) by Jean Little
  • That Fatal Night: The Titanic Diary of Dorothy Wilton (A Dear Canada diary) by Sarah Ellis
  • Flame and Ashes: The Great Fire Diary of Triffie Winsor (A Dear Canada diary) by Janet McNaughton

I broke my book buying ban. Uh-oh. But my mom gave me permission!

Stuff I Received

  • Mania by J.R. Johansson (from Flux via NetGalley)

Thanks, Flux!

What I Read

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas – DNF. Bored silly.

The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu – Not sure. Review to come.

2 internship MSs

How To Win at High School by Owen Matthews – So conflicted on this one. Lots of not-Shae elements, but great psychologically speaking. Review to come.

Endangered by Lamar Giles – Just started this one, but am loving it so far!

Event of the Week

Ermmmm… I don’t even know. It’s been a long week. Ooh! I got to hang out with Alexa and eat pizza and buy books, so that was fun. And my agent, Hanna, took me to City Bakery and gave me a delicious hot chocolate with the biggest marshmallow I’ve ever seen in my LIFE. AND my pal Quinn and I did some tentatively grownup things like apartment hunting! So, like I said, a long week but a good week.

On today’s NYC adventures, it’s: SHAE and THE WORLD’S LARGEST MALLOW. #hotchocolate #marshmallow

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March 2015 New Releases

 

Below are just some of the new releases coming out this month! Readers, authors, agents, and publishers are welcome to send information about upcoming releases for future months by commenting below or emailing me at shaelitblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Continue Reading →

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Blog Tour: FINDING MR. BRIGHTSIDE by Jay Clark

Hi guys! I signed up a few month back for the blog tour of Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark, and today’s my turn. I’m doing a spotlight post, which is basically a breakdown of everything you need to know.

THE WHAT:

Abram and Juliette know each other. They’ve lived down the street from each other their whole lives. But they don’t really know each other—at least, not until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad have a torrid affair that culminates in a deadly car crash. Sharing the same subdivision is uncomfortable, to say the least. They don’t speak.

Fast-forward to the neighborhood pharmacy, a few months later. Abram decides to say hello. Then he decides to invite her to Taco Bell. To her surprise as well as his, she agrees. And the real love story begins.

 

You can also read my review here.

THE WHO:

Jay Clark is the author of The Edumacation of Jay Baker, which was named a Bank Street College Best Book. He’s also a random blogger. Surprisingly popular entries like “How to stop hating people in 21 minutes” and “8 tips for posting your best selfie yet!” can be found on his website. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. – Finding Mr. Brightside promotional copy

According to his website, he is also a fan of whale documentaries, peanut butter, and Shark Tank. (Really, the entire factoid list is pretty much gold.)

THE WHEN:

Finding Mr. Brightside comes out March 24, 2015.

That’s 25 days from now. For reference, “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers is 3 minutes and 48 seconds long. If you start listening the moment this post goes live (at midnight, 2/27), you could listen to this song 9,474 times before pausing to wish Jay Clark a happy book birthday, collapsing into a delirious sleep filled with whiny emo boys, and then rushing to the bookstore to snag a copy. Plenty of time to prepare!

THE WHERE (and HOW):

So you can totally grab Finding Mr. Brightside at a physical bookstore, be it Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, or an indie near you. However, if you’d rather your sleep not be filled with emo boys whining over some chick named Josie, you can preorder your copy NOW at any of the following sites:

Books-A-Million |Barnes & Noble |Amazon |Book Depository |Indigo

THE WIN:

The lovely people at Macmillan are giving away a finished copy of Finding Mr. Brightside! Unfortunately, the giveaway is US only, but that’s why the links above are so important.

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You can also follow the rest of the blog tour for more about the book and more chances to win.

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Cover Love #85

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This remarkable novel from Thanhha Lại, New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning and Newbery Honor Book Inside Out & Back Again, follows a young girl as she learns the true meaning of family.

A California girl born and raised, Mai can’t wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, though, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai’s parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own. Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place she wants to be. Besides barely speaking the language, she doesn’t know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds.

Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia and Linda Sue Park, Listen, Slowly is an irresistibly charming and emotionally poignant tale about a girl who discovers that home and culture, family and friends, can all mean different things.

I first spotted this cover over on Brandy’s blog and still can’t get enough of it. This is some next-level cover work. I’m not even going to break it down like I normally do. I can’t. I’m too busy soaking in the colors. Y’all leave your thoughts below. I just need to sit in silence and enjoy the magic.

 

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Top 10 Tuesday – Who Run The World?

WOW, this week was hard. It’s such a broad but fun topic, and there were too many ways to narrow down the list. I ended up compiling a list of heroines I would want to have on my world-domination crew, BUT they all had to be from books I read 2014-2015 (so no Katniss). Also, they had to be heroines, i.e. POV protagonists, not secondary characters (so no Vieve or Hermoine or Joi).

Kestrel from The Winner’s Crime

In every crew, there has to be one who’s the brains of the outfit. I mean, that’s me, clearly, but I need to be able to delegate, right? For that, I can’t pick anyone better than Kestrel. Kestrel has a labyrinthian mind. Her grasp of diplomatic and military strategy is unparalleled. She is smart, cunning, loyal (but not blinded by it), not afraid to take risks, and (most importantly) genuinely wants to do what’s best for all in the end.

Backups: Goewin from Coalition of Lions and Miri from The Forgotten Sisters.

Julie from Code Name Verity

Every commander needs a good spy, someone to infiltrate the opposing side and both retrieve valuable intel and spread misinformation. Of course I’m going to pick Julie for this one, and it totally counts because I reread Code Name Verity in 2014. Yay, loopholes! Julie is capable in every way. The LIES this girl can make up!

Backups: Sophronia from Waistcoats & Weaponry, Beatrice from Maid of Secrets, and Meg from Maid of Deception.

Lynn from Not a Drop To Drink and Alanna from the Lioness Rampant series

Maybe at first glance, you wouldn’t think of Lynn as a warrior type, but she is. Not only is Lynn a survivalist, but she’s probably the most even-keeled character in this group. What she lacks in military and/or hand-to-hand combat she makes up for in steady-handed, no-nonsense guts, balancing out the more temperamental natures in the group.

Like Alanna. Whew, what a temper that girl has. But as much as I wanted to pick other people, I couldn’t pass up what Alanna has to offer—magical abilities, a stubborn streak deep as the Marianas Trench, superb fighting skills, an enchanted sword, a talking cat, and the blessings of a goddess. Ooh, girl, you be sittin’ by me.

Backups: Annith from Mortal Heart, Aileana from The Falconer, Beka Cooper from the Provost Dog series, Lucy from In a Handful of Dust, Ror from Princess of Thorns.

Iolanthe from The Perilous Sea and Cassie from Killer Instinct

Iolanthe was pretty much a given. The girl is an elemental age who can control all of the elements PLUS summon bolts of lightning. Who wouldn’t want her on their team? To balance out Iolanthe, I picked Cassie. While Iolanthe would be a great asset to the Warriors, Cassie would be a boon to the Spy and the Mastermind. Her natural ability to profile and classify those around her would be helpful in peace and in war, both with allies and enemies.

Backups: Alina from Ruin & Rising (almost part of the team, but I thought she might be too weary of war), Isra from Of Beast and Beauty, Mare from Red Queen.

Essie from Stitching Snow

It was really, really close between Cinder and Essie, but ultimately, Essie won. I’m more familiar with Essie’s programming abilities, and I’d need someone comfortable with both hardware and software, someone who can both create and fix.

Backup: Cinder from Cinder

Rose from Rose Under Fire

Ha! I totally reread this one in 2014, too. I win.

Every crew needs someone to schlep them around, and planes are totally the way to go. Rose has both civilian and military experience, so she’d be comfortable with a peaceful jaunt to a meeting miles away and a daring, war-time escapade. This girl is tough! (Also, she’d bring excellent in-flight snacks.)

Rachel Watts from Every Breath

These girls aren’t exactly the easiest crew to take care of, nor are they known for their self-care. Someone has to be around to remind them to eat, sleep, and take a moment for silly cat videos. With her practice taking care of Mycroft, Watts is the girl for the job. She has a thick skin, making her unlikely to be wounded by cross words or gruff attitudes, and she’s both stubborn and smart, so she can keep up with her charges in intellect and willpower.

Kit from Dear Killer

Dun dun dunnnn. So everyone I’ve picked so far is a good person. They scheme, lie, cheat, steal, and sometimes even kill, but they’re goodhearted characters with strong moral codes. They also tend to be stubborn, free-thinking, and argumentative. Not to sound like an evil overlord, but I need a black hat team member who will get the job done, no matter what the job is. If I need someone incapacitated or taken out, Kit will get the job done. She’s not immoral, exactly, just amoral. Honestly, who better than a serial killer to be my assassin-at-large?

Who would be on your team?

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Review: THE IMAGINARY by A.F. Harrold

Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn’t exist, but nobody’s perfect.

Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend – until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he’s sniffed out Rudger. Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up?

A brilliantly funny, scary and moving read from the unique imagination of A.F. Harrold, this beautiful book is astoundingly illustrated with integrated art and colour spreads by the award-winning Emily Gravett.

Aw, a book about imaginary friends! How cute, right? It’s all about the power of imagination and creativity, right? It’s being told from the point of view from the imaginary friend, so it’s all about the power of friendship, right? What twee little fluff, right? Spoonfuls of sugar and chalk drawings, la dee da!


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Rewind & Review

 

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Stuff I Received

  • Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (from Bloomsbury)

Thanks, Bloomsbury!

What I Read

2 internship MSs

1 secret MS

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – Not as bad as I thought or as good as I’d heard. Review to come.

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas – Just started so no opinion yet.

Event of the Week

I’m still in New York, still interning, still learning how not to freeze or get lost while traveling in this crazy city. I’ve had my first falafel and my first New York cupcake, walked past the Westminster Dog Show on my way to church, seen subway posters for The 5th Wave and Bloodlines and Insurgent, and wandered into many, many bookstores.

The picture below is actually from the week before, but I forgot to share it during the last R&R. THREE-STORY AMERICAN GIRL STORE.

AMERICAN GIRL STORE NBD NBD #AmericanGirl

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