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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Stuff I Received

Nothing, thank goodness. I love getting things, but a break is always nice, too. (But I did buy stuff that will come in the mail [and a later R&R] soon. Oops.)

What I Read

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley – I finished. I had such strong feelings that I immediately went to binge rewatch BBC’s Sherlock. I will gladly talk about this book with any and all of you, so hit me up!

How To Seize a Dragon’s Jewel audiobook by Cressida Cowell – Paused for the week. My life has been so crazy and my head has been full of so many good print stories that I didn’t think it wise to overload my brain any further.

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – SO GOOD. Like nnnnnnnnnnngh, devoured in less than a day good. Can’t wait to write this review.

Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimée Carter – Another work book! I definitely see the Rick Riordan comparisons.

How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul Tobin – Work book! Ridiculously cute. And I like that I got to read about an awkward genius character who isn’t rude or condescending.

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George – Work book! Just started, so no thoughts yet.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – Yesssssss! Trying to start and finish this one quickly, but I have to fit it in among the work books, so I have no opinions yet as I’m not far enough into it.

I really like having a job where reading counts as work.

Added To My TBR

Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore – I have a feeling this one is going to make me uncomfortable, but I’m intrigued by the premise.

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace – Sounds like a YA iZombie. I’m in.

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw – Fanfic writer starts shipping IRL OTPs and BROTPs. Yes pls.

The New Guy by Amy Spalding – They had me at “passive-aggressive dog walking.”

Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski – I have a feeling the content will be too much, but again, I’m intrigued by the premise. Also, the title is clever.

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn – Finally she gets a song-title title that doesn’t get stuck in my head for days! Also, the plot sounds FABULOUSLY twisted-magical realism-y, which she does so well.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley Beaulieu – Desert fantasy. Girl from the slums. Blade Maidens. All of my tropey yes buttons are being pushed.

My Second Life by Faye Bird – OOOOH. It’s like Soulprint AND murder. Yay!

Winter’s Bullet by William Osbourne –  WWII thief-turned-spy = happy Shae.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – Could be good, could be bad, but I’m intrigued enough to stick it on my list.

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit – I honestly didn’t understand the synopsis, but it sounds cool and it’s WWII, so okay.

Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis – White kid gets placed in black foster home. Huh. Am trying this somewhat because I’m comfortable with the fact that a black writer is handling this rather than a white one.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker – GET THE TEARS READY.

The Last Boy at St. Edith’s by Lee Gjersten Malone – Makes me think of that lone boy camper from the Lindsay Lohan Parent Trap.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – First in a duology about a girl whose dad can sail literally anywhere, even if it’s not real. So cool!

Ravenous by MaryKate Connolly – *pinches the cover’s cheeks*

My Name’s Not Friday by Jon Walter Oh yay, another book to hurt my heart.

Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark – I was feeling the Monster comp even before the synopsis said so. Highly interested.

Shade Me by Jennifer Brown – Sigh. I’m a horrible sucker for synesthesia. And mysteries. And pretty covers.

In Real Life by Jessica Love – Ooooh, he’s a dirty, lyin’ dog. Can’t wait to see how the story actually plays out.

Curse you, cover reveals week. And curse you, Christina, for being so organized with Cover Snark! You have killed me!

Event Of The Week

I don’t even know. I mean, it’s been a great week. I completed my second week on the job, got a dinosaur nameplate and an existentially distressed penguin, Facetimed into family dinner for Father’s Day… It was a great week, but busy. I’ll be so happy when I’m settled in the job and the apartment.

 

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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

This was a pretty chill week as I try to get a handle on all the changes in my life. Still, marking 100 Cover Love posts was pretty cool.

Stuff I Received

  • Every Word by Ellie Marney (from Tundra via NG)
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (from work)

SO excited to read the next Wattscroft book. Thanks, Tundra! And thank you to my wonderful boss for letting me borrow a copy of Watchmaker, one of Bloomsbury’s adult titles. I’m devouring it so far.

What I Read

Hidden Huntress by Danielle Jensen – The angst-monster in me is pleased. Review to come.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley – I sometimes have a hard time connecting with adult books but this one is just… mmmmm yes. Hoping it stays strong all the way through.

How To Seize a Dragon’s Jewel audiobook by Cressida Cowell – I’ve been putting off returning to this series because I only have three audiobooks left, and the story is getting progressively more harrowing. But oh, how nice it is to have David Tennant coming out of my earbuds again.

Honestly, this week was a blur. I’m preeeetty sure this is all I read?

Added To My TBR

Ha. Haha. HAHAHAHAHA. I’m strictly limiting this to books I added to my Goodreads TBR shelf this week, because (if you recall) I started a new job this week. I want to make sure I know about the books I’ll be representing, so my mental TBR EXPLODED. Honestly, I’m more than a little terrified (in the best, I’ll-never-run-out-of-things-to-read sort of way.) So yes, Goodreads TBR additions below.

The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner – Magical Romani meets heiress in the early days of the French Revolution. Okie dokie.

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King – TEENAGE PIRATE.

Event Of The Week

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This week was aaaaaaaall about the new job. First weeks are always disorienting and stressful, but literally everyone I’ve met has been very friendly and helpful. I’m looking forward to learning all that I can and settling into my role.

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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Sparse week this week as I ease back into life after BEA.

Stuff I Received

  • Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown
  • Da Vinci’s Tiger by Laura Malone Elliott (both from HarperCollins via EW)

Thanks, Harper!

What I Read

2 internship MSs

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Hoooooly cow. Incoherent review to come.

Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen – Reread in order to prep for the sequel. Lots of fun!

Added To My TBR

Hit Man by Rex Feral – From what I’ve heard, this is an absolute joke of a book, but I’m still curious.

The Stars Turned Away by Lisa Maxwell – This sounds like a Peter Pan spinoff, one that includes Neverland but not Wendy and the original story. I’m intrigued. Also, the cover is sure to be on Cover Love soon.

A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken – Illustrated Star Wars retelling. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssss.

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman – Honestly, the synopsis is a bit suspect, but I can’t turn down a YA Blackbeard tale. PIRATES!

Event of the Week

Wow, what a week. Well, first, this Thursday marked the end of my internship at Greenburger Scouting. After almost four months, I had to bid my lovely scouting team goodbye. I learned so much about the publishing industry as a whole and the role scouts play within the industry. What a ride!

Even more changes are headed my way, though, because the end of my internship dovetailed with

*~ MY NEW JOB! ~*

Starting tomorrow, I will officially be Shae McDaniel, Sales Assistant at Bloomsbury Publishing! I’m, so excited, I can barely stand it. After three years of blogging, studying, saving, and interning, I was have arrived, as they say. What that means for this blog, I’m not sure yet, but y’all will be the first to know. In any case, fun times are ahead!

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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

No review this week while I got back into the swing of things after BEA, but we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming this upcoming week.

Stuff I Received

AAAAAAALL THE THIIIIIIIINGS! But they were all BEA-related, so be sure to check out my recap.

ETA: WAIT! There has been a last-minute book-mail addition from HMH!

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Need by Joelle Charbonneau

We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

What I Read

3 internship MSs

Joyride by Anna Banks – Mixed bag. Review to come.

Added To My TBR

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys I’m being promised a little-known WWII tragedy. I hope this delivers.

Until Beth by Lisa Amowitz Female rock guitarist goes to a school for gifted kids. And by gifted, I mean ~Gifted~.

Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth – Grrrr, I read a description somewhere, but I don’t remember where, and it sounded really good!

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins – Singing Bone retelling! Yaaaaaay!

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins – One of the lovely Sourcebooks ladies pitched this to me at BEA. It sounds like a YA Somewhere in Time. I’m so game.

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban – I’ve read so few books about the Japanese internment camps of WWII, and this one has a cute illustrated cover!

Event of the Week

Oh boy, this was the week of the Braindead Shae. BEA and everything it entailed completely wiped me. But it was all fun things. My sister and I got to see our first Broadway play on Monday (Phantom of the Opera), which was especially fun when the Phantom started crawling across the stage like an upset Carlton and we couldn’t stop giggling.

 

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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

That’s it. That’s literally all. Because I was on break. (GOOD CALL on my part, by the way.)

Books I Bought/Received

  • Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • Omega City by Diana Peterfreund
  • Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
  • Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

On Wednesday, I’ll show off all the pretties I got at BEA, but these I got BEFORE BEA… which may have been a bad idea, but hey. They were on sale. Yay, Housing Works! Also, totally didn’t register that I grabbed two Peterfreund books. My brain went “I LOVE THESE MUST HAVE” rather than “Ooooh, Diana’s books.”

ETA: I was also just approved for Tangled Webs, and since that wasn’t BEA-related, I stuck it in.

What I Read

3 internship MSs

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Hetzel – I think I’ve stalled on this one. Will someone please spoil it for me?

The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst – DNF. Not feeling it.

Hello, I Love You by Katie Stout – Review to come.

think I read three manuscripts? Honestly, it’s all a blur at this point. I don’t even know.

Added To My TBR

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – I don’t even know how this got on my list. But there’s an illegitimate princeling who apprentices to an assassin. I can get behind that.

Honestly, I use my GR TBR to keep track of what I need to hunt down, so while BEA did add a lot of books to my mental to-read stack, they’re not going on my TBR on Goodreads, because I have them.

Event Of The Week

BEA BEA BEA all day err’day. Well, I only went one actual day, but the entire week was filled with periphery events, SO. But I’ll tell y’all more about that on Wednesday. 🙂

 

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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Stuff I Received

Again, nothing! Yay me! Not that I don’t love new things (I do), but with BEA coming up, simplicity is my byword.

What I Read

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – Nnngh. So pretty. So wonderful. So stressful. Review to come.

Emancipated by M.G. Reyes – DNF because I wasn’t in the right mood. Hope to try again later.

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Hetzel – Weird. Very weird. This could either end stunningly or laughably. Only time shall tell.

3 full internship MSs

Added To My TBR

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie – Girl can feel and absorb the emotions of the people around her, so she’s forced into the service of the emperor to sniff out assassins. I am here for this.

Terra by A.C. Gaughen – A.C. writing a fantasy about a girl with Elemental powers that kiiiinda sounds like it could have Esther flavors? I want. Gimme.

The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow – Ooooh. I do love disappearing friends and hidden identities. I’m thinking Witness Protection, but I’ll have to read to find out.

Event Of The Week

BEA is literally just around the corner, but the people are starting to trickle in! I got to hang out with Gillian, Christina, and Gaby this weekend, and it was excellent.

 

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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Stuff I Received

Nothing! I wouldn’t have been opposed to surprise packages, but I’m pleased that I didn’t request or buy anything this week. Baby steps.

What I Read

2 partial internship MSs

3 full internship MSs

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas – I started rereading this series so that I could be bad and dive straight into the final book rather than read actual May/June books that I should be reading. No shame.

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas – I hope to have this one finished by the time this post goes live on Sunday, but I’m having tons of fun with my beautiful ship.

Added To My TBR

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, The Words Behind World-Building by David Peterson – A book about constructed language from the guy who created Trigedasleng for The 100. YES PLEASE.

Aaaaaand that’s the only book I’ve added this week. The lack of Cover Snark in my inbox is really killing me.

Event of the Week

This week has been boringly busy. Nothing major has happened. My future roommate and I have started apartment hunting while I’m job hunting, so that’s stressful. I’m more a strolling gatherer than a hunter. Oh, and it was time for all the TV finales, so all the lovely shows that usually bring me great joy instead brought great pain. (LOOKING AT YOU, AGENTS OF SHIELD AND IZOMBIE!)

 

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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Stuff I Received

  • The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn (from S&S via EW)

Thanks, Simon & Schuster! Can’t wait to start!

What I Read

2 partial internship manuscripts

1 full internship manuscript

1 secret manuscript (still working on this one)

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt – Review to come.

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius – DNF. Review to come.

Added To My TBR

Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger – Girl goes undercover on her school’s hotline to catch a bomber. Could be epically good or epically bad. We shall see.

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan – Speaking of stories that could go either way, unreliable narrator revenge stories are so tricky to pull off, but when they’re done right, they’re one of my favorite things.

Event Of The Week

Two things this week. First, I found out that I DO get to go to BEA after all, thanks to my internship. Yay! I won’t be there Thursday, most likely, but I’ll get to go on the other days. That means I’ll get to see all of you AND if any of you love me and want to snag a couple specific books I know are dropping on Thursday, I shall be forever in your debt. 😀

Second, I got to go with friends and see Age of Ultron! Hooray!

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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Stuff I Received

Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon (from Bloomsbury)

Duplicity by N.K. Traver (from St. Martin’s Press)

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (from Disney Hyperion via NG)

Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers (all from HarperCollins via EW)

What I Read

How To Steal a Dragon’s Sword by Cressida Cowell – OH MY HEART. I finished. It was breath-taking.

Twist by Karen Akins – Again, OH MY HEART. And my head. Review to come.

1 internship MS

This looks like a slow week for me, and in terms of reading, it was. In terms of everything else, it definitely was not.

Added To My TBR

How To Seize a Dragon’s Jewel by Cressida Cowell

How To Betray a Dragon’s Hero by Cressida Cowell

How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell – I’m in the home stretch of this series. Ten books down, three to go.

Unearthed by Amy Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – Tomb-raiding space archaeologists written by the same team that gave me These Broken Stars. In what universe would I NOT make grabby hands at this?

Event Of The Week

Again, not much happened this week to me personally, though it was a big week elsewhere, especially in Nepal and Baltimore.

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Rewind & Review

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed

Stuff I Received

  • The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer (from S&S via EW)
  • One by Sarah Crossan (HarperCollins via EW)

Thanks, Simon & Schuster! Thanks, HarperCollins!

What I Read

How To Steal a Dragon’s Sword by Cressida Cowell – Am still reading, am still dreading. Bad times are coming. I can feel it.

2 internship manuscripts

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger – So surprisingly wonderful. Review to come.

Loop by Karen Akins – Rereading so I can dive straight into Twist next. Hooray!

Added To My TBR

Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor – Thief gets roped back into his family of grifters. Yes.

The Book of Kindly Deaths by Eldritch Black – Monsters! Creepy books! I wish I could remember which of my friends reviewed this book, because they’re how I know about it.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – I can’t know what this is about because I haven’t read the first book yet, but that doesn’t prevent me from putting it on my TBR!

Untitled book by Marissa Meyer – Marissa Meyer is writing a trilogy about superheroes. Sold.

Event of the Week

Nothing too special this week. The weather was wonderful, then awful, then wonderful again. I went back to the Met and cracked a bunch of Queen’s Thief jokes. I bought an unnamed begonia. That’s my week. Not too bad.

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