Archive | August, 2013

September 2013 New Releases

Hi all! I’ve heard that many of you like knowing what’s coming out ahead of time so as to plan your budget and the like. Given the memes and things I already do, I’m not prepared to hunt down new releases every week. What I’m going to try to do, however, is make a list of all the books coming out in a particular month that I’m looking forward to, I know you all are probably looking forward to, or that I’ve read already and plan to review. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it should help you know how to plan your budget for the month!

I’ve separated the titles by week, and clicking on the title will send you to The Book Depository so you can learn more about the book and preorder a copy. Continue Reading →

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Celebration for A WOUNDED NAME by Dot Hutchison + GIVEAWAY

Dot Hutchison and I at BEA

I have such an exciting post for you all today. Way back before the dawn of time, back when Baby Shae was still in college (so, about three years ago), I was just starting to read blogs. I don’t know what sequence of steps led me there, but at some point I came across a quiet but well-written blog named “Scattered Pages” run by a lovely lady named Dot. I liked what I read, so I became a devoted follower and even talked to Dot through the comments section on occasion. When I got a blog of my own, we became Twitter friends.

It may not have been a “real-life” friendship, but I couldn’t have been more thrilled when my friend Dot announced that her book, a modern-day retelling of Hamlet from Ophelia’s point of view, was going to be published by Carolrhoda Lab! Since then, we’ve exchanged personal details (she’s from my old college town! who knew!) and have even met in person a few times.

I have a strict policy about reviewing friends’ books (regardless of how much I love the book itself), but I have zero compunction against promoting them. And oh my gosh, you guys, I’m flailing BECAUSE MY FRIEND DOT HUTCHISON HAS AN HONEST-TO-GOODNESS BOOK BEING HONEST-TO-GOODNESS PUBLISHED AND IT COMES OUT AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER AAAAAAAAAH!!!

The deets:

There’s a girl who could throw herself head first into life and forge an unbreakable name, an identity that stands on its own without fathers or brothers or lovers who devour and shatter.

I’VE NEVER BEEN THAT GIRL.

Sixteen-year-old Ophelia Castellan will never be just another girl at Elsinore Academy. Seeing ghosts is not a skill prized in future society wives. Even when she takes her pills, the bean sidhe beckon, reminding her of a promise to her dead mother.

Now, in the wake of the Headmaster’s sudden death, the whole academy is in turmoil, and Ophelia can no longer ignore the fae. Especially once she starts seeing the Headmaster’s ghosts- two of them- on the school grounds.

At the center of her crumbling world is Dane, the Headmaster’s grieving son. He, too, understands the power of a promise to a parent- even a dead one. To him, Ophelia is the only person not tainted by deceit and hypocrisy, a mirror of his own broken soul. And to Ophelia, Dane quickly becomes everything. Yet even as she gives more of herself to him, Dane slips away. Consumed by suspicion, rage, and madness, he spirals towards his tragic fate- dragging Ophelia, and the rest of Elsinore, with him.

YOU KNOW HOW THIS STORY ENDS.

Yet even in the face of certain death, Ophelia has a choice to make- and a promise to keep. She is not the girl others want her to be. But in Dot Hutchison’s dark and sensuous debut novel, the name “Ophelia” is as deeply, painfully, tragically real as “Hamlet”.

You know you want to check this out. Since I can’t let a good opportunity go to waste, I also held an impromptu interview with Dot. Check it out below, and then scroll to the very bottom for a giveaway! Continue Reading →

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Cover Love #36

Cover Love

Sherry’s dad is infected with the rabies mutation and his only chance at survival lies beyond the deadly fence separating the country: the antidote produced in the labs on the other side. And Sherry isn’t the only one who hopes to save a loved one; Joshua wants nothing more than to have his sister back, but after years as a Weeper she might already be beyond saving. Together with Tyler and Rachel, they set out on what might very well be a suicide mission.

Soon they realize that life beyond the fence is nothing like they had hoped it would be.

As they struggle to survive against brutal military forces, their strength won’t be the only thing put to test. Can love survive in a hopeless world?

On its own, this cover is lovely. The desolate wasteland, the color of the font, the way the title becomes semi-translucent and weaves in among the powerlines are all beautiful. But you know what makes this cover AMAZING? It’s self-published. Yes, that’s right, self-published. There is no monstrous professional design team behind this cover. A fellow BLOGGER made this cover. Granted, Hafsah of Icey Books sells her design services, so she technically is a professional, but still. She MADE this all by herself.

I personally get a very HarperCollins-y vibe from this cover, and I love it.

What do you think of this cover? Could you guess it was self-pubbed?

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A-To-Z Survey

Property of Perpetual Page-Turner

I don’t know if you all know, but I’m blogger friends with this really cool chick named Jamie. Jamie is fun and clever and has great taste in books, but most pertinent to this post is that she puts together really awesome surveys. I am such a survey fanatic, even though I have the sneaking suspicion that all that means is that I’m narcissistic and boring you all to tears. But still! Surveys! Jamie is the brains behind the End of the Year survey I did last year (and plan to repeat this year), and now she’s back with this fun and bookish A to Z survey. Whee!

As there are (necessarily) 26 questions, I’m going to shove them all below a jump break to avoid slowing down my homepage. Hop on down!

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Review: ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill

“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

I can’t… I can’t even… I am so emotionally traumatized right now, you guys don’t even know. I’m horrified and overwhelmed and… Okay, let me just say right now, if you’re one of those nutjob masochists who loved Code Name Verity (aka, the suckers who are my people), you’ll love this book.

Ow. My feels. Continue Reading →

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Rewind & Review (21)

Rewind and review
Welcome to the first Rewind & Review hosted at Shae Has Left The Room! I’m so exited to settle in with all my familiar posts. Setting up memes is like positioning the knick-knacks. It makes everything feel homier.
Blog Posts You Might Have Missed
Be sure to pay special attention to that last link, for there be giveaways!

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Welcome To My New Blog!

Welcome to my blog

Welcome one and all to Shae Has Left The Room, the new home of the blog formerly known as Bookshelvers Anonymous! I’m so excited to be here in my spacious new WordPress digs, and I’m even more excited that you all were willing to follow me over here.

In case some of you are confused, I’ve prepared a little Q&A. I’ve also prepared a rockin’ giveaway at the bottom of this post, so be sure to hold on until the end!

Q: Why aren’t you running Bookshelvers Anonymous anymore?

A: I quit my job as a shelver this summer and showed my face for the first time at BEA in May. Since I’m no longer a bookshelver nor anonymous, it didn’t make any sense to be running a blog called Bookshelvers Anonymous.

Q: What happens to the old blog now?

A: It’s all still there, lurking in the cobwebbed corner of Blogspot. But I transferred all my posts and comments and things here, so the old blog still lives on, just under a different name.

Q: Why did you move to WordPress?

A: I’ve heard great things about WordPress, and I knew it would give me more flexibility. Also, while I didn’t have a bad experience at Blogger, it was beginning to annoy me.

Q: What kind of a name is “Shae Has Left The Room?”

A: A cool one, that’s what kind. In my family, I’m notorious for zoning out mid-conversation while reading. My family jokes that I’ve “left the room,” because I’m completely oblivious to what’s going on around me. It also takes me a few minutes to “reenter a room” when addressed while reading.

Q: So this is still a book blog, then?

A: YES! Absolutely! I’ll still write reviews and discussion posts and have fun with memes and giveaways. And yes, it’s still a YA-heavy blog, though I’ll likely read a lot more MG and maybe even some adult lit (but only in very special cases.)

Q: So what am I supposed to call you, Shae or Shelver?

A: I’ll answer to either. I’ve grown very fond of my pseudonym, so I certainly won’t mind if you’re more comfortable addressing me that way. But if you call me Shae, be sure to spell it right. I am neither a stadium nor a type of butter.

Q: Is that your real face?

A: Yup.

If you have any more questions, burning or trivial (or both), drop me a line in the comments or contact me via any of the various ways listed in my Contact tab up at the top.

Now it’s time for the giveaway! The point of this giveaway is to celebrate the official start of Shae Has Left The Room and to reward any and all followers willing to make the trek over from the old Blogger blog, so this giveaway is for followers only. However, all followers old and new are welcome!

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All other normal giveaway rules apply (must be 13 years old or older, no cheaters, etc.) The main part of this giveaway is USA only, due to shipping costs, but I am offering a small prize to international followers. I wish I could do more for you, my far-flung friends. :-/

So what are the prizes? I’m glad you asked. In the corner of my room, I have a massive giveaway box. The USA winner may pick as many of the books shown as she or he wants. That’s right, if you want them all, you may have them ALL (even though I will likely cry the entire way to the post office.) Here are the prizes you may choose from:

Giveaway ARCs

ARCs

  • Soldier Dog by Sam Angus
  • Level Two by Lenore Appelhans
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  • United We Spy by Ally Carter (Limited Edition Excerpt)
  • The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
  • City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
  • The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick (SIGNED)
  • Origin by Jessica Khoury
  • Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
  • The Loop by Shandy Lawson
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Skin by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (SIGNED)
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (SIGNED or unsigned – I have 2 copies)
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
  • Poison by Bridget Zinn
  • Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  • Dead Letter Office by Kira Snyder (not shown)
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (not shown)
  • The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward (not shown)
  • Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange (not shown)
  • Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz (not shown)
  • The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (not shown)
  • All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry (not shown)

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Finished Copies

  • The Culling by Steven Dos Santos
  • The Thief’s Queen Daughter by Elizabeth Haydon
  • Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted
  • Wheels by Lorijo Metz
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • Silver by Talia Vance (SIGNED)

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If the main winner has bankrupted me, I may scroll through the comments and dole out the remaining books to a few lucky commenters. We shall see, but be sure to comment just in case. For my international followers, I have a $5 Amazon virtual gift card. Like I said, I honestly wish I could do more. Since I can’t, this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL ONLY. No USA entries, please.

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A Totally Selfish Post (Happy Birthday To MEEE!)

WARNING: The following post is entirely and unapologetically self-centered with absolutely zero connection to books, reading, or the publishing industry whatsoever. And that’s okay, because…

It’s my biiiiiiirthday, it’s my biiiiiiirthday!

I love birthdays, mainly because it means that people will give me pretty clothes and books for FREE.

Also, dessert! Birthdays are awesome.

This year, instead of having a birthDAY, I’m going to have more of an extended birthWEEKEND. As you read this, I’m actually at work pulling a twelve-hour shift (boo). But once I clock out for the day, I’ll be off for four whole days.

I usually like to do a giveaway on my birthday, but I can’t this time. Sorry. (See, I told you this post was going to be entirely self-centered. I can’t even give things away to balance it out.) However, the reason I can’t is that there’s a MUCH BETTER giveaway coming your way as soon as I get my blog settled at its new domain.

I’ll be back with (only slightly) less self-centered posts tomorrow. But until then…

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Wishlist Wednesday #34

Hosted by Pen To Paper

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.

The more I reread this synopsis, the more I hunger for this book. At first I only paid attention because of the weird cover and the author. I really enjoyed Mindee Arnett’s Nightmare Affair book, so while I wasn’t sure about her switch from paranormal to sci-fi, I was intrigued.

But guys, this is SCI-FI, legit outer space SCIENCE FICTION. Even better, it’s sci-fi in space with mercenaries. I love mercenaries! *cuddles Han Solo* Also, it appears crime lords are involved, which can only be a good thing. I even approve of the name Jeth.

O Avalon, why are you not in my hands?

Are you looking forward to this book? Why or why not? And what book are you wishing for this Wednesday?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Things That Make My Reading/Blogging Life Easier

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

The following things are written down in the order I thought of them. If I tried to do them in order of importance, I would drive myself nuts. I take rankings very seriously.

Goodreads – Oh my word. Goodreads can be such a mess, to be sure. Its search engine stinks, the details for each book are often wrong, and there seems to be a new drama every week, but I value Goodreads for one specific thing: my TBR list. I mourn for all those wasted years when I would get excited about a book and then forget its title. Such wasted potential! Now I just hop on Goodreads and add a book to my virtual pile.

Twitter – I also don’t know how I lived before Twitter. It is overflowing with my people, my lovely, bookish people. I learn about the news through Twitter, discover new books through Twitter, enter giveaways through Twitter, and make new friends through Twitter. It’s wonderful.

Notes app – My Notes app on my iPad is a lifesaver. Not only is that where I keep my list of Agatha Christie books (for thrift store trips), but it’s also how I organize my ARCs. I have two lists, a “Read By” list and a “Review By” list. The dates may differ between lists, as publishers sometimes archive a digital ARC before the release date. By keeping both lists up to date, I make sure I don’t forget my digital ARCs and then all ARCs, both digital and physical, are read and reviewed on time.

iCal – I think I may have written about my scheduling before, but my entire blogging life is planned through iCal. All my memes, discussion posts, blog tours, reviews, etc. are all carefully planned and dated at least a week before go-live. iCal keeps me sane.

Edelweiss/NetGalley – Hooray for e-ARCs! I must admit, I wasn’t sold at first, because e-ARCs are often wonkily formatted, but then I realized that publishers are more likely to part with e-ARCs than physical ARCs. Win!

Fellow bloggers – I LOVE YOU ALL! Seriously, you are my people, and I love you.

My dad – When I first started my blog, I didn’t tell my parents for three months. Three months is a long time when I’m used to telling them pretty much everything, but I kept my mouth shut because I wanted to see if I could do it without any help. And I did. I set it up, gave it a name, designed it, and even did some (very rudimentary) coding. But now my parents know, and all I can say is THANK GOD. Both my parents are great, but my dad is the Tech Guy of the house. He seems to know a little bit of everything (which makes sense, since he has multiple blogs and podcasts of his own), and I feel like I’m constantly going to him for help/advice. CONSTANTLY.

The library – Free books and audiobooks! Wheeeeeee!

Book Closeouts/Better World Books – Cheap used books with free shipping! Wheeeee!

Amazon Prime/Book Depository – Cheap new books with free shipping! Wheeeeee!

What about you? Please share your tips with me. I need all the help I can get.

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