Sisterhood of the World Book Blogging Tag

I was tagged by Lili from Lili’s Reflections. Thanks, Lili. :) These tags are a bit chain-email-in-middle-school-esque, but that’s part of the fun! I like talking about myself and learning about you all.


1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their website.
2. Post the award’s logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions you have been asked.
4. Nominator ten other bloggers and ask them ten other questions.


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Cover Love #81



The story of Medraut – strong, skilled, daring, and never to be king…

Medraut is the eldest son of Artos, high king of Britain; and, but for an accident of birth, would-be heir to the throne. Instead, his younger half-brother, Lleu, is chosen to be prince of Britain. Lleu is fragile, often ill, unskilled in weaponry and statesmanship, and childishly afraid of the dark. Even Lleu’s twin sister, Goewin, seems more suited to rule the kingdom.

Medraut cannot bear to be commanded and contradicted by this weakling brother who he feels has usurped his birthright and his father’s favor. Torn and bitter, haunted by jealousy, self-doubt, and thwarted ambition, he joins Morgause, the high king’s treacherous sister, in a plot to force Artos to forfeit his power and kingdom in exchange for Lleu’s life. But this plot soon proves to be much more – a battlefield on which Medraut is forced to decide, for good or evil, where his own allegiance truly lies…

I love this cover, you guys. The longer I stare at it, the more I love it. Before I read this book, I thought it was a cool cover. Two people of indeterminate gender staring each other down over a sword. Cool beans. I can dig it. But NOW I stare at this cover and my heart twists. On the left we have Lleu, heir to the throne of Britain with his circlet and finery. On the right is Medraut, our narrator, with his white hair and robes. He’s clearly the older of the two. He and Lleu stand eye to eye but are separated by the naked blade, which Medraut grasps with his bare hand. OH OH OH. The things I could read into that. My heart, it shrivels in pain. That the entire cover is done in the style of a medieval painting is even better.

Have you read this book? If you haven’t, what do you think? And if you have, does knowing the story change how you see the cover?


The Blogging Unicorn and the Goblet of Fire: A Harry Potter Newbie Visits Hogwarts

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For those that don’t know, I am one of the rare YA/MG aficionados who has never read the Harry Potter series. We do exist, but like unicorns, we are elusive and almost extinct. Last year, I started reading the series and chronicling my thoughts here on the blog. You can catch the entire post series thus far here:

I Am A Blogging Unicorn |What I Already Know (Thanks, Tumblr) |The Sorcerer’s Stone |The Chamber of Secrets |The Prisoner of Azkaban 

I read PoA in April, and ever since then, certain people have been pushing me to continue my reading. Being the slightly diabolical person that I am, I did, but kept it a secret! Bwahahaha. I don’t dare review such a widely beloved series, but I can provide a sort of stream-of-consciousness monologue of what I thought as I read. This book is HUGE, which means this post is going to be rather lengthy. Brace yourselves.

You are about to enter my stream of consciousness in three… two… one…

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Review: DANGEROUS DECEPTIONS by Sarah Zettel

As a lady in waiting in King George’s London court, Peggy has survived a forced betrothal, royal scandals, and an attempt or two on her life. And now she has a new problem: her horrible fiancé has returned to claim her! To save her neck, or at least her hand in marriage, Peggy joins forces with her cousin Olivia and her sweetheart, Matthew. But if she doesn’t play her cards right, her career as courtier and spy might come to an end at the bottom of the river Thames . . .

2014 has been SLAYING it when it comes to sequels, and I’m happy to say that Dangerous Deceptions continues the trend. Our daring Peggy is back in the court of King George, now only as herself, her charade as the slain Francesca having been laid to rest in the last book. Now Peggy seems to have more trouble than she can handle with friends who feel betrayed, another possible Jacobite plot, an insistent betrothed, trouble in the royal marriage, and her Uncle Pierpont’s mysterious behavior. Continue Reading →


Rewind & Review (71)

Rewind & Review


Ooooops. I was so tired after work last Saturday that I forgot to get that week’s R&R ready, so this week is a double feature. My bad!

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Happy reviews! Book birthdays! Giveaways! Yaaaaay!

Stuff I Bought

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  • Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
  • Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
  • Pivot Point by Kasie West

Stuff I Received

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  • Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel
  • Con Academy by Joe Schreiber (both from HMH via EW)
  • Princess Academy: Forgotten Sister by Shannon Hale (from Bloomsbury)
  • Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers (from Bloomsbury via NG)
  • The ENTIRE Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima (from Gillian)
  • Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis audiobook (from LibraryThing)

Thanks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Thanks, Bloomsbury! Thanks, LibraryThing! And THANK YOOOOOOU, DEAREST GILLIAN! <3

What I Read

  • An internship MS
  • Alanna by Tamora Pierce audiobook – I’ve read this book before, but I remembered next to nothing about it. And the narrator is FANTASTIC.
  • Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel – Reread in order to prep for the sequel.
  • Dangerous Deceptions by Sarah Zettel – Even better than the last book, in my opinion! Review to come.
  • Every Breath by Ellie Marney – HOLY SWOONMANIA. Review to come.
  • The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott – DNF. Not a Shae book despite best efforts. Review to come.
  • The Perfect Place by Teresa S. Harris – What a hidden gem! Perfect old MG/young YA dealing with some pretty deep stuff.
  • In the Hands of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce audiobook – Still working this audiobook but loving it. The romance is rearing its head!
  • A secret thing


Event of the Week

This week, my dear mama turned… well, it rhymes with “nifty.” :) We had a bunch of surprises for her, but one of the big ones was stealing her away for a weekend at the beach! It was wonderful. The first day, the beach was 77 degrees with blue skies and a lovely breeze. It got colder after that, but we spent our time playing games, going shopping, and watching Big Hero 6 in theaters! I wish we didn’t have to come home, but the weekend away was worth it.

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The family that YouTubes together, stays together.

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Getting To Know You Blog Hop

Happy Saturday, everyone! To celebrate the end of their hiatus, the ladies at Cuddlebuggery have put together a blog hop wherein those participating can find new friends and followers. I LOVE making new friends, so of course I jumped on the opportunity.

Hi! My name is Shae. I started blogging in January 2012 under the pseudonym Shelver at Bookshelvers Anonymous so I could talk about my job in a bookstore. In 2013, I quit working at the bookstore, deanonymized myself, and moved the blog here to Shae Has Left the Room.

Things You Should Know About Me

1. Spec fic is my jam. I’ve found contemporary novels I like, but they’re pretty rare. Give me fantasy, sci-fi, post-apoc, magical realism, or even paranormal. I also really like crime thrillers (the more serial killers the better) and lush historical novels.

2. When I talk about books, there’s a 99% chance I’m talking about YA or MG. I read a lot of adult lit in middle school and high school, but it’s unusual for me to venture outside of the MG/YA age categories now.

3. I’m really picky about the content in my books. Violence doesn’t really bother me (see: love of serial killer books), but I can only stand a certain amount of profanity, sex, or other squickiness before I decide a book isn’t worth my time. It’s gotten to the point that my friends (and even authors!) will warn me if they think a certain title isn’t “a Shae book.”

4. I have some odd gaps in my reading and I am not ashamed of them. I don’t particularly like Shakespeare. I’ve only read the first three Harry Potter books (but I’m trying to fix that!) I’ve never read The Babysitters’ Club. Or Judy Blume. Usually, pressure makes me dig in and rebel, so I figure I’ll get to these if and when I feel like it, and not a moment sooner.

5. Some of my favorite story elements/tropes include: slow-burn romances, DRAGONS, hate-to-love romances, bromances (hardcore platonic love between two people of any gender), tricksy people (thieves, con artists, spies, etc.), girls disguised as boys, powerful people disguising their powers (a la Clark Kent/Superman, Merlin, etc.), psychological twistiness, and so much more.

6. I am not at all shy in my book pushing. When I fall head-over-heels for a book, you will likely hear about it for many months/years/decades. It is my not-so-secret life goal to make sure every person on the planet reads The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, for instance. (More on that later.)

7. I AM shy in person. Should we ever meet in real life, be gentle. I’m pretty good at pretending to be extroverted when I must, but I am introverted to my core.

8. I will likely be found buried under my books one day. Seriously, one day I’ll disappear and my corpse will be found rotting under an avalanche of books. I own over 700 books, and I really don’t see myself slowing down any time soon. I LOVE BOOKS.

9. In addition to running this blog and working like a normal adult (bleh), I also have two internships. I intern for a literary agency (reading manuscripts, writing reports, etc.) and I assist an author (Robin LaFevers) with whatever she needs. See? It pays to be a fangirl.

10. I want to work in publishing. I didn’t really figure that out until my senior year of college, which really cramped my progress, but that’s the point of the blog and internships, really. I love books, and I love getting good books into the hands of others, and I love working with new books (that could’ve been #11, my love of beta reading), so working in the publishing industry will be a dream come true.

A Series That’s Special To Me

I love this series to the point that sometimes it hurts to talk about it. It’s one of those rare series where the books get BETTER with each installment. The Thief is a little younger in tone but with amazing characters and a cool twist, and then the books get progressively more complex and tricky and dark and fantastic each time. And THEN, once you finish them all, you can go back and reread a million times, because I have literally read these books over and over and I find something new every single time. MWT doesn’t just write words on a page. Her words have subtext. Heck, her subtext has subtext and her subtext’s subtext sometimes has subtext! Oh my heart.

Giveaway Time!

I bet you thought I would be giving away MWT books. You wish. I wish. Unfortunately, my wallet says no. What I am going to do is open up my giveaway box. The winner can pick as many of the books below as they want. The books on the left are ARCs, while the books on the right are finished copies. (US only, unfortunately, but I’ll have an international giveaway next month, so be sure to check back.)


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Review: CHASING POWER by Sarah Beth Durst

Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla’s life.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.

But her summer plans change when she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive… or survive.

Rrrgh. I hate these kinds of reviews. I went into Chasing Power half-expecting to hate it. I was lured in by superpowers, but none of my friends seemed to like it. And yet I actually had a load of fun. The dialogue made me laugh, the one character I expected to be bored by was surprisingly complex, and yay! Ancient ruins! The only problem is that it was all surface fun, and now I’m left with little to say. Continue Reading →


Cover Love #80



In the tradition of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, one girl chooses to change her fortune and her fate by falling in love.

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

I always say illustrated covers are the cutest, because it’s true. I enjoy them so much, regardless of how much information they give me. Take this one, for example. It doesn’t actually tell me anything about the story, but that’s okay. Look at the wee duckies! The bridge! The trees and smoke shaped like hearts! I’m not sure how I feel about that specific shade of teal or whatever it is, but I like the way the white pops.

What do you think of this cover?


Top 10 Tuesday – Characters That Need Their Own Book

Oh, this question is my jam! I have a not-so-secret fondness for secondary characters and often spend much of my reading time wanting to follow the other people off on their own adventures, no matter how much I’m enjoying the main story. However, this question was harder to answer than I thought, because I truly wanted to pick only people that I thought deserved their own story rather than a retelling of the original story from a different point of view. Continue Reading →


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