Archive | March, 2015

Top 10 Tuesday – Books Recently Added To My TBR

I try to write and queue my posts at least a week in advance, so this post is being written on March 20th. As of this date, I have 1,472 books on my TBR on Goodreads. This number will have increased by the time this post goes live. I need help.

In order to keep myself from going insane, I chose to interpret “recently” as books added to the list within the last month. I also allowed myself 12 books instead of 10, because I can! You cna check out my entire Goodreads TBR here. Continue Reading →


Review: ENDANGERED by Lamar Giles

The one secret she cares about keeping—her identity—is about to be exposed. Unless Lauren “Panda” Daniels—an anonymous photoblogger who specializes in busting classmates and teachers in compromising positions—plays along with her blackmailer’s little game of Dare or . . . Dare.

But when the game turns deadly, Panda doesn’t know what to do. And she may need to step out of the shadows to save herself . . . and everyone else on the Admirer’s hit list.

Some of you may remember that I read Mr. Giles’s Fake ID a year or two ago and wasn’t too pleased. There were a good number of things I liked, which is why I picked up Endangered, but I was still wary over my disappointment in the female characters. Hooooo-ly cow, does Mr. Giles take care of that concern in Endangered. Continue Reading →


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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Stuff I Bought

  • The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Bwahaha, my MWT collection is expanding!

Stuff I Won

Thanks, Anya, for hosting the giveaway, and thanks, Macmillan, for the pretty copy!

Stuff I Received

Yaaaay! One ARC down, two more to go! Thanks, Alexa!

What I Read

Omega City by Diana Peterfreund – SO FUN. I’m not done, because ramped up internship reading has prevented my return, but oh, I’m loving it.

How To Ride a Dragon’s Storm by Cressida Cowell audiobook – Also loving it! Hooray Hiccup!

4 to 5 internship manuscripts (it’s been a very busy week)

Event of the Week

It hit the high 50s in New York this week. That was exciting. I watched Stardust for the first time. Also exciting, though I’m ticked off at all of you for not telling me there were sky pirates. SKY PIRATES! Always tell me about sky pirates.

Probably the biggest news at this second, however, was the East Village fire on Thursday. A building five blocks from work exploded. We could see and smell the smoke from the office, which was a little surreal, since we were watching everything unfold via Twitter. (Scott Westerfeld’s feed had the play by play.) They’re thinking gas leak, but it injured a bunch of people and three buildings collapsed. (At least that was the count as of when I’m writing this.) Craziness.



Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

I usually steer clear of suicide books because they’re just not for me. However, this one had black holes in the title, so I was sucked in against my will. (Ha! Black hole. Sucked in.) My verdict? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Continue Reading →


Cover Love #89


Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.

There’s a ginger. There’s a tiger. There’s cool typography. And there’s a short but enticing tagline. Yep, that’s about all I need. This book is going to look gorgeous on my shelf. Also, for some reason, it looks like an Australian cover to me (it isn’t) and makes me hum “Paper Tigers” by Jaci Velasquez, so it’s a multi-sensory experience!

What do you think of this cover?



What I Think Of When I Think Of… Macmillan

What I Think Of When I Think Of… here to demystify the YA/MG publishing industry one company at a time! Houses, imprints, publicity contacts, and all the other bits of information every blogger (baby or not) should know, collected together in one post.

It’s been forever since my inaugural post with Bloomsbury, but I’m back and ready to take on another one of my favorite publishing houses, Macmillan!

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Top 10 Tuesday – Childhood/Teenhood Books to Revisit

This is where moving to NYC completely bit me in the rear. I read so indiscriminately and voraciously as a kid that there’s literally no way for me to compile an accurate list without seeing the books. I can remember covers like nobody’s business, because that’s how I picked the books out as a kid, but reversing the process to remember titles and authors? No way. I need my shelves, man. Even better, I need my shelves AND the shelves at my local library. I need to see what Little Shae saw.

Sigh. Whatever. I gave it a shot. Continue Reading →


Review: SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

Thanks to the events at the end of Seraphina, Seraphina’s country, Goredd, is at war with a faction of dragons from Tantamoot. Her fugitive Uncle Orma passes along word that, with enough half-dragons, Seraphina and her kin might be able to construct a kind of mind forcefield strong enough to keep the dragons from incinerating the entire country, so Seraphina and Abdo set out to find the other grotesques from her mind garden. If none of that sounds familiar to you, don’t worry. The book starts with an in-plot recap.

Shadow Scale has left me feeling all mixed up. After three years of waiting, it’s finally in my hands, the ending to Seraphina’s adventure downloaded into my brain. Wow, what an ending it was. The thing about Ms. Hartman’s style of writing is that it’s so deep and intricate that I have a hard time adequately discussing it. Overviews don’t really cut the mustard, but if I talk too much, you might as well skip my review and read the book instead. Lists! I need lists. The big question is did Shadow Scale give me the things I wanted? Continue Reading →


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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Stuff I Received

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  • Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen (from Angry Robot via NG)
  • The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook ed. Katie White (from Quirk)
  • The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
  • The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (both from Bloomsbury)
  • A whole box o’ Elizabeth Wein goodness (from Ginger Clark)

A whole heaping spoonful of thanks to Angry Robot, Quirk Books, Bloomsbury, and the FANTASTIC Ginger Clark!

What I Read

1.5 internship manuscripts

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – HHHNNNNGH. Holy jab to the solar plexus, Batman. My review is a long way off, since the book doesn’t come out until August, but wow.

How To Ride a Dragon’s Storm by Cressida Cowell audiobook – Finally got back into the HTTYD audio swing of things, and I can’t stop grinning.

Lies I Told by Michelle Zink – Surprisingly tense. Review to come.

Omega City by Diana Peterfreund – Just started so no opinion yet.

Event of the Week

It’s just been a generally happy week. I’ve eaten good food and met with cool people and read fun things. I guess the one wonker of a goof is that it’s officially spring and yet also snowing. Uncool. I’m also displeased that my iPhone can’t seem to master snowfall shots.



Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and songwriting legend Cynthia Weil’s extraordinary YA debut opens the secretive doors of the Brill Building-the hit factory that changed history. Part Mad Men, part Grace of my Heart, part murder mystery, I’m Glad I Did is a coming-of-age story at an unforgettable cultural tipping point: the summer of 1963.

JJ Greene, a gifted 16-year-old songwriter, defies her lawyer parents by secretly applying for a job in the famed Brill Building-the epicenter of songwriting for a new genre called rock-n-roll. But their warnings about the evils of the music industry prove far darker than she imagined when she finds herself at the heart of a cover-up that involves hidden identity, theft, and possibly murder. 

This book is such a sad trombone. It started beautifully, packed to the gills with 60s flavor and music business lingo. I felt like I had legitimately traveled back in time! But oh, how this book dragged. The writing really needed a couple more edits, the pacing was really wonky, the love interest liked the heroine because she wasn’t “like other girls,” and the plot… Let’s just say the plot wasn’t much of a surprise, and it certainly didn’t deliver what the cover copy promised. If you’re going to hype a book set in the “cultural tipping point” of America, give me some culture that’s tipping! The consequences in this book were at next to nothing, both on a societal and an individual level. I wanted something with bite and instead felt like I was being gummed to death.

Note: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher for review consideration.

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Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.

I’m torn on this one. On the one hand, it’s a thriller, and I have a hard time with thrillers because I guess EVERYTHING in advance. It’s a blessing and a curse. Also, I had a hard time getting engaged because Alicia and Lexi are pretty awful people for much of the book. “Oh dear, you might die? Sorry, dearie.” I also think the plot would have been much cooler as a New Adult novel.

On the other hand, once the plot really ramps up, I was feeling sufficiently tense. The consequences of this book stretch far beyond death. Death is a one and done type of threat, but Lexi faced being jailed for horrific crimes that she didn’t commit. Her life would have been RUINED. Honestly, there was a point where I was convinced she’d never be able to clear her name, so points to you, Ms. Omololu!

Note: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher for review consideration.

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