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Melissa McShane

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in Portland, Oregon, The United States



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July 2008


Melissa grew up a nomad, following her family all over the United States, and ended up living in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains with her husband, four kids, and three very needy cats. Her love of reading was always a constant during those uncertain years, and her love of writing grew out of that. She wrote reviews and critical essays for many years before turning to fiction, and was surprised at how much she liked it. She loves the fantasy genre and how it stretches the imagination.

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Melissa McShane When I'm blocked on one book, I move on and write another. I once wrote an entire novel because I wasn't making progress on a different book.
Melissa McShane There are eight talents, so I anticipate there being eight books in total. Unless I get ambitious and plan a ninth featuring all the main characters.…moreThere are eight talents, so I anticipate there being eight books in total. Unless I get ambitious and plan a ninth featuring all the main characters. :)(less)
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Servant of the Crown (The C...

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Burning Bright (The Extraor...

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Rider of the Crown (The Cro...

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Wondering Sight (The Extrao...

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Exile of the Crown (The Cro...

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Agent of the Crown (The Cro...

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The Smoke-Scented Girl (Dal...

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I’m taking part in a FABULOUS fantasy book tour for the first 12 days of December! Each day features a different author, so this is your chance to find new books and win a great prize. See the schedule below, and happy reading!

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Servant of the Crown Rider of the Crown Agent of the Crown
(3 books)
3.80 avg rating — 3,607 ratings

Burning Bright Wondering Sight Abounding Might
(3 books)
4.02 avg rating — 2,457 ratings

The Summoned Mage The Wandering Mage The Unconquered Mage
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3.92 avg rating — 302 ratings

The Smoke-Scented Girl The God-Touched Man
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3.81 avg rating — 240 ratings

Pretender to the Crown Guardian of the Crown
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4.19 avg rating — 118 ratings

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
"3.25ish stars.

All of the doomed romance and deeply profound teenage philosophy one can expect from a John Green novel, if not quite as doomedly romantic or profoundly deep as his previous offerings (at least based on the movie versions, all cards..." Read more of this review »
On the Highway by Francesca Forrest
"Wow, this vivid, exquisitely written short story packs more of an emotional wallop than many novels.

It opens with Jolene's crash crashing into a ditch on New Year's Eve. She's drunk and angry, having just caught her spouse with his tongue down an..." Read more of this review »
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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
"This is good. (What a relief.) This is more of historical-fantasy Hardinge, but being set in 1640s England makes all the difference. Here's a setting that's integral without being weighed down by its own implications.

Some of the writing is a litt..." Read more of this review »
Camera Wars by Chelsea Hale
"This is second in a series and events there play a huge role in this one. You probably don't need to read it before this one, but I highly recommend that you do.

While the pace and plot of this story are much better than the first, and the characte..." Read more of this review »
How to Tame Your Duke by Juliana  Gray
" the rest of the plot had holes that could accommodate the birth of a new universe

Good one, dear.
" Three, one of which is so far back I may need to re-read the book to do it justice. "
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
" I still have not read this despite owning it in two formats and having it highly recommended by my daughter. My TBR pile is too big. "
The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones
" Jaz wrote: "Great review! Its been a long time since I've read this and you've made me want to read it again"

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Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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I read this to help my daughter, who was assigned it for her high school English lit class. She needed someone to discuss theme and character with. This YA story about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911 is harrowing to read if you know anyt ...more
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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
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I've had this sitting around for years and decided to give it a try once I got all three books, just in case I loved it enough to want to dive into the rest immediately. I didn't love it, but I enjoyed it immensely. I like school stories, which this ...more
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“it’s because you’re a different person, every time you re-read a book, and you learn things your earlier self wouldn’t have noticed or wouldn’t have cared about. Or sometimes it’s just because the story is an old favorite, and it’s a comforting reminder of good things.”
Melissa McShane, Servant of the Crown

“It gives me pleasure to walk through a room full of books and know that one of them might be the next story I fall in love with.”
Melissa McShane, Servant of the Crown

“My people believe bathing weakens you,” Gerrard said. “But my people are well known to be uncivilized.” “Your people don’t believe in drinking coffee. That’s a fair definition of uncivilized.”
Melissa McShane, Emissary

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“It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It's like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting "Cathy" and banging your head against a tree.”
Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

“Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.”
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“It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.”
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“The truth is that the world is full of dragons, and none of us are as powerful or cool as we’d like to be. And that sucks. But when you’re confronted with that fact, you can either crawl into a hole and quit, or you can get out there, take off your shoes, and Bilbo it up.”
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“I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
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CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.”
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Cathy Thanks for adding me Melissa. Happy reading to you :)

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