Rewind & Review (97)

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.


Cover Love #100


Wow! 100 Cover Love posts! Whodathunkit. I had no idea I’d keep up with the meme for this long, but I’ve definitely enjoyed it. I couldn’t even remember what my first Cover Love pick was, so I went scrolling back through the archives…

Halo by Alexandra Ardonetto. My, how my tastes have changed. Contrast this with, say…

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder, which is one of my most recent picks that still makes me sigh happily every time I look at it. Absolutely classic.

The nice thing about cover design is that it’s just as subjective as many other aspects of the industry. Often, most of us can agree about the most egregiously awful or stunningly good outliers, but the vast middle ground is open to interpretation. A cover that I love may be one that you hate and vice-versa, and that’s okay.

So whether you’re a fan of any of the covers I’ve chosen over the last 100 posts or none at all, thank you for sticking around and celebrating the creativity of design with me.



Book Tag: How Far Would You Go For Your Favorite Books?

Created by: Christina @ Christina Reads YA

Found at: Great Imaginations

Before we start, let me note that it is only due to my EXTREME SELF-CONTROL that every answer does not relate back to Megan Whalen Turner in some way.

1. I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book:

This was probably the easiest question to answer. Ugh, I can’t even imagine being able to own a SIGNED FIRST EDITION of any of the above books. I love my internet, but I could live without it for a month for a chance to own one of these babies. (I would also accept The Hobbit, please and thank you.)

2. I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plane ride:

I would only agree to this if I could be assured that the author knew I was coming and didn’t mind talking to me the entire flight. Because if I sat down next to Megan Whalen Turner by pure chance, I would spend the entire flight being afraid to even breathe, because what if I disturbed her? I don’t want to be a bother! (Though can you imagine if I did just happen to sit next to her and she saw my KoA phone cover? Oh my.)

But oh man, if it were arranged so I could spend the flight talking to MWT, telling her how much her books mean to me, asking her about details in the books and her upcoming plans… Pizza, I’ll miss you.

Sidenote: I would also accept J.K. Rowling as a backup. I’d prefer to finish reading the books first, but even if I hadn’t, being able to make all my friends jealous with the selfies would be worth it.

3. I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure that Hollywood made this book into a (really good) movie:

I’m sticking close to the question and choosing only a book that I would like as a movie. (If this question were about TV series or miniseries, well, that’s a different story.) But if watching over a month of commercials is the only way to ensure that Hollywood makes the best possible Thief movie series in the entire world, then yes, I would do it. But son, that crap better be PERFECT. You don’t mess with my Eugenides.

I would also accept a bangin’ adaptation of All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, thanks.

4. I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book:

Okay, I don’t think I would give up reading new books for any fictional world, let’s be real. But if I could strike another deal in order to get inside Hogwarts? Sure, I’d do that. Magic, good friends, what’s not to like? I considered picking LOTR again for this one, but Hogwarts has indoor plumbing, so.

5. I would let my Google search history be made public if it meant I could be best friends with this author:

Nope, I’m good. My search history is really benign, actually, but I’m already friends with a bunch of amazing authors. I can’t think of anyone I would be desperate to add.

6. I would donate everything I own to Goodwill if it meant I could date this book character in real life:

Shoot and dadgum. Okay, first, can we agree that I would be donating my stuff before I nab that signed copy of LOTR? Yes? Good. Second, forget date. If I’m going to completely purge my life, I’m not settling for date. I better freaking MARRY this boy. Agreed? Splendid. In that case, I will happily accept either Hector from the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson or Finn from All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. Or both. Both are intelligent, kind, patient, understanding, and funny. Yes, I’ll take both.

Okay, it’s your turn. Tag, you’re it!


Review: JOYRIDE by Anna Banks

A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber’s mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

This book is like Rocky Road ice cream for me. I’m jammin’ out on the sweet, sweet chocolate, tolerating the marshmallows… and then along comes the almonds to throw me into a funk. Do I spit out the almonds but otherwise continue to enjoy the ice cream as a whole, or do I toss it all aside as a lost cause and seek out more chocolatey pastures?

Continue Reading →


Rewind & Review (96)

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!

So… this is what a Bloomsbury Sales Assistant looks like. Apparently. #FYI #playingitcool A photo posted by Shaelit (@shaelit) on


Cover Love #99


High-school radio host Jasmine Torres’s life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health–not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

EEEEEEEEEE SO CUTE! Illustrated covers are almost always an automatic win, but look at that cuteness. The color palette is so fun and relaxing (and modern.) I love all the little details, too. The skyscrapers, the paper airplanes, the fonts, the headphones, the vinyl… It all goes together so well. To me, this cover promises a fun, cute, exciting book with a musical theme. Hopefully, it delivers!

What do you think of this cover?



Top 10 Tuesday – Most Anticipated Releases of the Latter Half of 2015

*looks at TBR* *weeps* Six months is so LONG, you guys. How am I supposed to pick ten books out of the releases in six whole months?! Okay, I’m going to bend the rules, because that’s what you’ve come to expect from this blog, let’s be honest. There are different reasons I anticipate a new release, so I’m going to make a list for each reason. Continue Reading →


Review: MADE YOU UP by Francesca Zappia

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

What a book. What. A. Book. If you’ve paid attention at all online, you’ve seen that this book has gotten some pretty solid press, including an endorsement by John Green. WELL-EARNED, I SAY! Continue Reading →


Rewind & Review (95)

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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