Great New Review of So Shelly

The following review of So Shelly was posted on Amazon. It’s written by Kristen of a new book blog called The Book Monsters: http://www.thebookmonsters.com/. The site is very well done and extremely helpful to readers.N
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Literature ,July 25, 2011
By Kristen M. Harvey “The Book Monsters” (IL, USA).
This review is for So Shelly.

Why I read this: Cover lust really. I was like sooo pretty. And I really cannot resist a debut novel, for sure. 🙂

Plot:
So, some of you may not know, but this basically throws the famous poets Keats, Shelley, and Byron into a high school setting and well, it makes for quite the interesting story. This book was exactly what I needed after drudging through
some “typical” paranormal romance. Ty’s writing is like poetry compared to what I’ve been reading lately and I probably am not the first to say this, but I can see Literature teachers teaching this book in the future (most likely High
School or College though..). It’s that good.

Back to the plot, the book is told from the point of view of John Keats, who is in love with Shelly, who is in love with Gordon. Ty does a fantastic job of melding the history of the three with the current situation – which is the two boys stealing Shelly’s ashes (after her ‘accidental’ drowning) to grant her last wishes. Weaving the colorful pasts of Gordon and Shelly into the story, you really get a feel for the characters in this book. That being said, there is a lot of sex in this book.
Younger YA readers beware, Gordon certainly has some infamy with the opposite sex.

Characters: Keats may be the least mentioned character in this book, but you get a feel for his voice, you get enough information about it, but he is definitely shadowed when it comes to Shelly and Gordon. Gordon is such a colorful character, one that you try really hard to hate, but you really can’t – because his character is so warped and so Byron-like you simply understand him and keep watching him for his next insane move.

Shelly reminds me of John Green’s female characters all mixed in one – overdramatic, overloving, and never falling for the right guy. And always with a mission in mind. The clues she leaves also remind me of Paper Towns (a novel I highly suggest if you loved this one). I couldn’t help but love her and her undying love for Gordon, the unattainable male that actually does love Shelly in a way that really cannot be described.

Relatability: Lovers of John Green will fall in love with this novel. I think Gordon will have more fans than us readers would like to admit and is easily the most insanely likable scoundrel I’ve ever read.

Cover Commentary: Gorgeous, like I said, it’s probably the main reason I picked this one up.

Thanks, Kristen!

Purchase So Shelly here: http://www.amazon.com/So-Shelly-Ty-Roth/dp/0385739583/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1289513948&sr=8-1

A Review from “The Reading Shelf”

Here’s a link to a very insightful review of So Shelly. It provides one of the better summaries of the novel I’ve read from a reviewer, and although the review is far from glowing, it is positive and well-written. http://thereadingshelf.livejournal.com/15595.html

So Shelly’s Translation Rights Sold to Mexico!/A New Review

My editor informed me yesterday that the Mexican rights to So Shelly have been sold. Previously, Portuguese rights were sold for Brazilian publication. I’m thrilled to expand Shelly’s presence in Latin America, a trend that I hope continues. I’d also love to see her take root in Europe, where a major chapter of the novel takes place and where I feel the story has a natural appeal, considering the European natures of the three main characters.

Also, Mechele R. Dillard of Atlanta’s Examiner.com has posted a favorable review of So Shelly. Check it out here: http://www.examiner.com/young-adult-literature-in-atlanta/so-shelly-by-ty-roth-ya-book-review-review

A Review by Graffiti Magazine

Amy Phelps of Graffiti Magazine has added to the list of very positive reviews of So Shelly. I’ve included a long description of Graffiti Magazine lifted directly from their web page. I went to their site to check out the review, then spent nearly an hour surfing around and checking out some very cool content. Here’s the link: http://graffitiwv.com/page/content.detail/id/501211/-So-Shelly–brings-classic-lit-characters-to-21st-Century.html?nav=5023

January Magazine Review of So Shelly (the best one yet!)

Last week, Monica Starks review of So Shelly ( linked below) appeared in the online, literary magazine: January Magazine. It’s a very flattering review from a highly-respected publication. I’d recommend that you take a look around at the entire magazine; it offers valuable insight into the worlds of books and authors from across the entire spectrum of literary genres: http://januarymagazine.blogspot.com/

Three Recent Reviews

The first review is from “Layinda’s Blog.” I’m proud to say that one of the first interviews I did for So Shelly was with Linda. To this day, I feel she conducted one of the most thorough and thought-provoking interviews of the many I have since completed. After reading her unsolicited review, I have grown in respect for her talents as a reader. She truly “gets” the book and presents a balanced review. Check it out here: http://layinda.wordpress.com/

The second review is from an online Canadien newspaper. You can read the review here: http://arts.nationalpost.com/2011/03/18/book-review-so-shelly-by-ty-roth/

And a third from the blog I Like Books: http://community.livejournal.com/ilikebooks/98484.html

Review from Kristen of “Bookworming in the 21st Century”

Why I read this: Cover lust really. I was like ooo pretty. And I really cannot resist a debut novel, for sure. 🙂

Plot: So, some of you may not know, but this basically throws the famous poets Keats, Shelley, and Byron into a high school setting and well, it makes for quite the interesting story. This book was exactly what I needed after drudging through some “typical” paranormal romance. Ty’s writing is like poetry compared to what I’ve been reading lately and I probably am not the first to say this, but I can see Literature teachers teaching this book in the future (most likely High School or College though..). It’s that good.

Back to the plot, the book is told from the point of view of John Keats, who is in love with Shelly, who is in love with Gordon. Ty does a fantastic job of melding the history of the three with the current situation – which is the two boys stealing Shelly’s ashes (after her ‘accidental’ drowning) to grant her last wishes. Weaving the colorful pasts of Gordon and Shelly into the story, you really get a feel for the characters in this book. That being said, there is a lot of sex in this book. Younger YA readers beware, Gordon certainly has some infamy with the opposite sex.

Characters: Keats may be the least mentioned character in this book, but you get a feel for his voice, you get enough information about it, but he is definitely shadowed when it comes to Shelly and Gordon. Gordon is such a colorful character, one that you try really hard to hate, but you really can’t – because his character is so warped and so Byron-like you simply understand him and keep watching him for his next insane move.

Shelly reminds me of John Green’s female characters all mixed in one – overdramatic, overloving, and never falling for the right guy. And always with a mission in mind. The clues she leaves also remind me of Paper Towns (a novel I highly suggest if you loved this one). I couldn’t help but love her and her undying love for Gordon, the unattainable male that actually does love Shelly in a way that really cannot be described.

Relatability: Lovers of John Green will fall in love with this novel. I think Gordon will have more fans than us readers would like to admit and is easily the most insanely likable scoundrel I’ve ever read.

Cover Commentary: Gorgeous, like I said, it’s probably the main reason I picked this one up.

Rating: 5/5 Roses

Read more: http://www.bookworminginthe21stcentury.com/#ixzz1DQd02n9p