Archive | January, 2014

Review: THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES by Alan Bradley

On a spring morning in 1951, eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia?

Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test. Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself. Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office—and making spectacular use of Harriet’s beloved Gypsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit—Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer.

This is the end, the last of the Flavia de Luce adventures. I’ve adored her since I first picked up the green-jacketed Sweetness on a lark and fell in love with our irrepressible chemist. This book, to my relief, was classic Flavia, containing all the elements I yearned for save one. Continue Reading →

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My 2nd Blogoversary + Giveaway

2nd birthday

How better to celebrate my 2nd blogoversary than with a picture of me turning 2?
Yes, I was adorable.

Hp hip HOORAY! Today is a magical day for me, a day that my commitment-phobe mind never dreamed would come – my second anniversary of becoming a blogger! Two years ago today, I sat down and wrote my first post at Bookshelvers Anonymous, the little blog that eventually became Shae Has Left The Room. Continue Reading →

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Review: LADY THIEF by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of.

Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

I’m sorry, can I get back to you on this book when I’ve remembered how to breathe? I mean, really, WHAT IS THIS, A.C. Gaughen? I’ll tell you what it is; it’s a heart attack in written form, that’s what it is. Continue Reading →

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Rewind & Review (36)

Rewind and review

Blog Posts I Might Have Missed

This week was clearly a happy Harper week on the blog, and I’m okay with that. It also got me in the mood for another round of #RBWL, which is NOT okay, as I have to wait another 2-3 months! *dies*

Stuff I Received

  • Queen of the Dead (Ghost and the Goth #2) by Stacey Kade (via YABE)
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (from MacMillan)
  • My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal (from MacMillan)
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (from MacMillan via NetGalley)

Stuff-wise, it was a quiet but VERY happy week. I’m just going to sit over here and pet the pretties.

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Review: CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

This review has been sitting in my drafts for weeks at this point. The only reason I’m sitting down to write it now is because it’s due, but I haven’t decided what to say. So let’s break it down. I give you the good, the bad, and the whaaaaaaa? Continue Reading →

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Cover Love #43

Cover Love

In the future, food is no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.

In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that’s what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working. Together they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food.

I AM SO CREEPED OUT RIGHT NOW, YOU GUYS. I put the synopsis there, but it’s incidental. The synopsis isn’t creepy, but THAT COVER. *shivers* It’s like some freaktastic Hannibal Lecter fork. I love how simple the cover is, just a gesturing fork and a blue background. If the designers left off that silly tagline, it would be perfect.

What do you think of this cover?

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Top 10 Tuesday – Things on My RBWL

Yes, I sort of changed the original topic of the week (Top 10 Things On My Reading Wishlist) to fit a theme we already have going here at Shae Has Left The Room. In case you have no idea what RBWL stands for or what it’s about, the short version is that it means the exact same thing as the original title – a reader/blogger’s personal wishlist of what he/she wants to see in books. (More details here.)

There are so many things I want to see in my books, and I had a ridiculously hard time narrowing down my options. In the end, I can’t even say these are my TOP 10, but rather the 10 I thought of first.  Continue Reading →

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Review: INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

Boys and girls, I’m going to jump straight into this one. Don’t hop below that jump-break unless you’ve read the other books in the series? Understood? Okay, let’s do this. Continue Reading →

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Rewind & Review (35)

 Rewind and review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

This week is definitely a case of quality over quantity. I only wrote four posts, but they were such FUN posts to write. Check them out!

Stuff I Bought

  • For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
  • The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
  • Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

I just want y’all to know that I got all four of those books from a book discount website for a total of $22. Be jealous.

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Stuff I Received

  • A whole box of books and swag (from Katelyn @ Kate’s Tales of Books and Bards)
  • The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen (from Scholastic via NetGalley)
  • The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow (from HarlequinTeen via NetGalley)

Thanks to Katelyn, Scholastic, and HarlequinTeen!

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Review: ALIENATED by Melissa Landers

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Prepare yourselves, dear readers! Put on your armor and get ready to duck, for this review is going to be full of FLAAAAAAAAILS! Continue Reading →

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