Archive | February, 2015

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 →


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.


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.


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.)


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!


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 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.


Cover Love #85


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.



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?


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 (80)

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.


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Review: THE CHOSEN PRINCE by Diane Stanley

From master storyteller Diane Stanley comes a spellbinding tale based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest of two princes–one chosen, one lost–and a mysterious girl on a magical island, all caught in a great web of destiny.

On the day of his birth, Prince Alexos is revealed to be the long-awaited champion of Athene. He grows up lonely, conscious of all that is expected of him. But Alexos discovers that being a champion isn’t about fame and glory–it’s about sacrifice and courage.

Alexos follows the course of his destiny through war and loss and a deadly confrontation with his enemy to its end: shipwreck on a magical, fog-shrouded island. There he meets the unforgettable Aria and faces the greatest challenge of his life.

Oh, book. How shall I discuss you? On the one hand, I enjoyed you, and you did some pretty awesome things. But on the other hand, parts of you were just not good. Let’s discuss. Continue Reading →


Cover Love #84


Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Ha, yeah, like I’d pick a different cover this week.

I am unspeakably excited for this book, you guys. I was hooked long ago, thanks to Ms. Bardugo’s Grisha series and that drool-worthy description. But now? Even if I knew nothing about Six of Crows, I’d still have to have it. LOOK AT IT. The crow itself is gorgeous, with all the intricate feathering. It’s perfect and everything I didn’t know I wanted. The stars/snowflakes/GLIMMERS OF SHAE’S HEART make the wings really pop, and the houses and the moon and the clouds/fog… Ugh, it’s all so mysterious and wonderful and textured. I want this book on my shelf so badly.

Go ahead. Gush. You know you want to.



Review: GEEK GIRL by Holly Smale

Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

I knew I’d be friends with this book when it opened with geek talk. No, literally, our main character Harriet starts the first chapter by talking about the word geek and how it applies to her, along with segues about the proper color pen to use and cheese. Like I said, I knew we’d be good friends. And it’s not just the beginning. Geek Girl is a riot of giggles from start to finish.

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