Monday, July 6, 2015

Cassandra Clare Shares a 'Sexy' THE DARK ARTIFICES Snippet



Cassandra Clare has been tremendously gracious to fans this weekend, as well as today, with all of the AWESOME snippets she's been sharing from TLH and TDA. This morning on Tumblr she shared this sexy TDA snippet

Do I have to sacrifice my firstborn in order for you to give us a sexy Lady Midnight snippet? Because I don’t want to sacrifice my firstborn but I do want that snippet, Cassie!!!! — emmacordeliacarstairs
The problem with SEXY BUSINESS is that it is spoilery. So since I don’t want any firstborn children turning up on my doorstep I racked my brains for a bit and decided to share a snippet with no names or descriptions. Could be any girl/boy couple, and there are a bunch. There are non girl/boy couples too, but those are dead spoilery.
She clutched at him, at his shoulders, his sides, her fingers digging into his skin, dragging him harder against him. He gasped into her mouth when she reached down to grab his soaking wet shirt and tore it up over his head. Her knees came up to clasp his hips and he shuddered, once, as if he were going to break.

Read the one line snippets from TDA here. I think these book snippets are even more exciting than the Shadowhunters TV show pictures we've been getting. There, I said it. I love these books, and I can not wait to read more of the Shadowhunter stories. 

Speaking of TDA and TLH, Cassie confirmed the TDA and TLH publishing wasn't set, but she shared what it most likely will be. 
When asked why the schedule may be like this, she had this to say:

Character Lines from THE LAST HOURS


Cassandra Clare treated Shadowhunter fans to characters lines from THE LAST HOURS this weekend on Twitter (really in the early AM hours earlier today).





These lines, along with the ones she previously shared from TDA here, are making the wait to get more of the Shadowhunters book in our hands, almost unbearable. 

THE LAST HOURS Snippet Featuring James & Cordelia / Mundane Monday #248


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Cassandra Clare is spoiling fans with TLH snippets. Check out this one she shared yesterday on Tumblr, featuring Cordelia and James;

A Jordelia bit, by request…I had to search a great deal to find something unspoilery!
James and Matthew separated, Matthew to dance with Lucie, and James to speak to his parents. Cordelia saw them glance over toward her and looked away quickly; still, she was not at all surprised when James appeared a moment later in front of her, flashing a smile at his aunt and uncle.
“Miss Carstairs,” he said, with a slight bow in Cordelia’s direction. “Would you favor me with this dance?”
“It’s a waltz,” said Cordelia’s mother, before Cordelia could speak. “My daughter does not know how to waltz.”
Cordelia bit her lip. She certainly knew how to dance: her mother had engaged an expert instructor to teach her the quadrille and the lancer, the stately minuet and the cotilion. But the waltz was a seductive dance, one where you could feel your partner’s body against yours, scandalous when it had first become popular.
She very much wanted to waltz with James.

Check out the character lines from TLH she shared on Twitter here.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

NOT FOR HUMANS by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black



Cassandra Clare and Holly Black shared a short piece they wrote together a few years ago titled NOT FOR HUMANS, today on Tumblr. Check out a snippet from it below:

This is a short piece Holly and I wrote for John Green’s Project for Awesome a few years ago. I recently mentioned it and enough people asked to see it that I thought we ought to put it up! It’s a crossover between Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tale series and Shadowhunter Chronicles. Kaye, Roiben, Corny and Luis are all from Holly’s books. You may well know the others. :) This is set before the beginning of City of Bones. Remember when Jace talked about eating faerie food and running naked down Fifth Avenue…?
Happy 4th!
 Kaye really wasn’t expecting Shadowhunters to come to Moon in a Cup, especially on opening day.
 She wasn’t even really sure what Shadowhunters did. They appeared to believe that the world was menaced by demons, wore a lot of weapons, tattooed one another, and didn’t trust anyone who wasn’t one of them. Kaye had once pointed out that she’d never seen a demon and, really, she’d seen plenty of odd things. The Shadowhunter she’d been talking with had claimed her not seeing any demons only proved that the Shadowhunters were doing their job. She’d stopped arguing after that. You can’t prove a negative, Corny had said. 
It annoyed her, though, because not only did they believe in demons, but they thought faeries like her were part demon too. That made all the weapon carrying and weirdness a little more nervous-making than it might have been otherwise. But Luis liked them and, besides, Kaye needed customers. She just hoped they didn’t eat the scones. Moon in a Cup was her dream and now that it was nally happening, she was incredibly nervous. She loved the smell of the espresso in the air, the clouds of steam and the sound of frothing milk. She loved all the things that she and her friends had scavenged from thrift sales and from the side of the road. Ratty little wooden tables that she and Valerie and Ruth had decoupaged with postcards and sheets of music and pages from encyclopedias. Gold-painted chairs. Outsider art and weird antlers and a few landscapes with sea serpents painted on top of them. Mismatched cups that ranged from bone china to chipped bowls with pictures of ducks on them to mugs with slogans for businesses long closed. Every single one felt like a treasure to her, but she’d never owned anything before or been very responsible. She’s worried over whether she could handle it – whether she’d even like it once it was real – for months. 
 And now, finally, finally, finally, the place was open.
Ravus and Luis had painted a big sign announcing their GRAND OPENING, which hung above the register. There, in somewhat organized canisters, were the makings for many things, both mortal and less so. In addition to various coffee drinks, including the terrifying Red Eye, and the Dirty Chai, they were serving herbal teas made from nettle, milk thistle and dandelion, rosehip and sticklewort, bluecap and coltsfoot. Then one of the Unseelie knights, Dulcamara, had sent Kaye a large basket of pastries – scones, muns, all tarts – all baked with faerie fruit, none of which Kaye could picture the knight making herself. Corny had put them out, but marked them NOT FOR HUMANS, which Kaye worried might confuse people who came in off the street. Still, she’d been too busy to do more than promise herself that she was going to keep an eye on them. 
 The place was already half full by the time the Shadowhunters arrived. There were a ton of faerie folk that Kaye didn’t know — denizens of Roiben’s court, looking curiously around at the décor. Corny was helping Kaye behind the bar, mixing up a pot of seaweed tea for a sharp-dressed kelpie who winked at him. Corny didn’t wink back, probably because Luis was watching him from across the room with an amused expression, flanked by Val, her short red hair growing out in curls, Ravus, and Val’s best friend Ruth with her new girlfriend whose hair was dyed the color of a blueberry. 

Read the entire story HERE.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!


(Image source: via Google)

We want to wish all of our fellow Americans a wonderful 4th of July! 
Here's to celebrating our nation's Independence / birthday surrounded by family and friends. We hope everyone has a fabulous, and safe holiday! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

JULY 2015 YA RELEASES


Happy July! Also known as Summer is almost half over *cries* Thankfully we've still got plenty of time to do some summer reading. Weather you're enjoying the great out doors, or hiding from the heat indoors, check out some of this month's YA releases that keep you company. Click the book's title to be taken to it's Goodreads page.



Week of July 7th


Week of July 14th



Week of July 21st


Week of July 28th

Wow, there are a lot of great releases this month. This list is made up from books/arcs I've received from publishers to review, Goodreads, and Epic Read's July Most Anticipated Reads lists. If you don't see a book that's being released this month above, please leave me a comment below letting me know the book's title, who's it's by, and which publishing house is releasing it. 

Ki Hong Lee (from The Maze Runner and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) To Narrate PALE KINGS AND PRINCES


We've got more exciting Shadowhunters news to share with you. Cassandra Clare shared on Tumblr yesterday that Ki Hong Lee will be narrating Pale Kings & Princes. Fans will recnogize Lee from The Maze Runner movie, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 


More Cute Dark Haired Boys Read To You! Ki Hong Lee (from The Maze Runner and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will be narrating PALE KINGS AND PRINCES, the newest installment of Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy. Can’t wait to hear it!

Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games Being Released This Month!


The final installment of the hugely anticipated film series THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 is coming to a theater near you this fall, and we’re celebrating in a BIG way. Assouline is debuting a gorgeous compilation of photos that bring you behind-the-scenes into the making of this big-screen adaptation. Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games is a special volume of exclusive photographs from all four films, which is available to preorder online now.

  

Visit Assouline.com for more information and to order the Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games book today.

* (above) Post content was provided by Mammoth on behalf of Lionsgate 

You can pre-order the book, which will be available on July 29th from Amazon. From Amazon, here's a sneak peak of a couple of the book's pages:





This looks like it's going to be a must have for The Hunger Game fans. Priced at $75 (US) dollars, the book is currently available for pre-order from Amazon for $50 (US) dollars. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Shadowhunters TV Series: This Week's Set Pictures



I think we should declare today Shadowhunter catch up day, on Mundie Moms. I love that there's so much going on in the TMI world, that today we've got three different posts for fans. Here's a recap of Tweets, and Instagram pictures from the Shadowhunters TV cast & crew from the set.








In celebration of Canada day yesterday, Rimac79 (on Instagram) shared this picture of the cast with the message, HAPPY CANADA DAY!

The Official #SHADOWHUNTERS TV Website Has Launched @ShadowhuntersTV



The official ShadowHunters TV website has launched! Shadowhunters TV tweeted out the exciting news yesterday on Twitter. If you've not yet checked out the new website, you're missing out! Fans will love the exclusives featured on the site. ShadowhuntersTV tweeted an invite out to fans to visit the new site and check out the exclusives that are being posted each day. Check out some of the tweets about the site below:



Check out these stills from the video of the set (click each of the pictures to enlarge them):




We can't wait to see the series when it airs next year on ABC Family!

Cassandra Clare Treats Fans To Lines from The Dark Artifices


Earlier this week Cassandra Clare took to Twitter to share some character lines from her upcoming series, The Dark Artifices. Each line she tweeted is from a different character from the series. Some of these lines are hilarious. I can't wait to read this series! Check out her tweets below:













Which character are you looking forward to "meeting" / reading about in TDA?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman / Waiting on Wednesday #253




By: Nicole Castroman
Published by: Simon Pulse
To Be Released on: 2.9.16
Pre-Order it from: Amazon 
Add it to Goodreads

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. This is their story.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England? 

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

From the moment I was first asked to reveal this book's beautiful cover (here), I have been anxiously waiting to get my hands on it. This book has pirates! Especially a telling of Blackbeard! What is not to love about that. Now mix in some romance, and I'm now beyond the patiently waiting to get this book in my hands stage. From the sounds of it, I think this is one debut that will really popular in 2016.

What book are you waiting to get your hands on?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TMI Series | NEW UK COVERS Spotlight | CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare | + A GIVEAWAY! #TMIblogtour


Hello and Welcome to the next stop in the TMI Blog Tour, hosted by Walker Books UK! I'm so thrilled to be apart of today's celebration for the re-release of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series in the UK. This week the series was re-released with the new stunning cover designs. Each day this week one Shadowhunter fansite will be featuring a newly designed cover from the TMI series. Yesterday the cover for City of Bones was featured here, and today I'm thrilled to be spotlighting the new design for City of Ashes


TMI NEW UK COVERS SPOTLIGHT: CITY OF ASHES 

To celebrate the publication of these stunning new editions of TMI, out in the UK this week, we’ve teamed up with Walker Books for a blog tour to show the amazing artwork created for these covers.



Here’s the piece of art used for City of Ashes, and the cover – click on the art to see the intricate detail of it!


The artwork was created by Míla Fürstová, an award-winning internationally exhibited artist, who has shown in 20 solo shows in many countries, including Britain, USA, France and the Czech Republic over the last decade. During this time she has won 14 prestigious awards. Her work has become part of important private and public collections, including that of Queen Elizabeth II and the V&A Museum in London and has featured in numerous publications. She also designed the illustration for the CD cover of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, a big reason why Walker Books commissioned her for these new covers.


Míla uses a print-making medium from the Middle Ages called etching:

- She uses a metal plate coated with wax
- She draws the illustration with a metal needle, exposing the bare metal
- The plate is then immersed in acid and the acid bites into the metal, where it’s exposed, resulting in lines on the plate
- The plate is inked all over, and the ink goes into the lines
- The plate is put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper and the paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print

Using this method, she made an intricate etching for each book, drawing on a metal plate. This was then used to produce the print featured above, which we then digitally coloured to use on the cover.

The choice of illustration for each cover was the result of a conversation between the Walker Books designer, Maria, and Míla. Everything had to be approved at sketch stage, because once the illustration is drawn onto the plate it’s very difficult to modify.

So for each piece of art, Maria sent Míla a full cover briefing of 5/6 pages per book with a synopsis, symbols, objects and extracts from the books with descriptions of characters, scenes and locations.

The briefing also suggested a few ways that Míla could go with the piece for the book. 
Below is a snippet of the illustration briefing for City of Ashes

We could have Clary and Jace as central characters in this illustration. They are both fighting to stop Valentine from getting the Mortal Instruments and destroying the world. 

Valentine is hidden in a ship and the climax of the story is a fight in it. The ship could be illustrated in the background.

There could be one of Clary's sketchbooks on the illustration. Clary discovers she has the power to create new runes, and she will use the opening rune to escape from Valentine.



Míla first sent in sketches with her initial thoughts. Then there would be a bit of conversation about the sketch, before she produced the final etching on the metal plate to make the print with. Below is an example that shows the process.  
  


Below is the final etched plate for City of Ashes.


Tomorrow, visit The Mortal Institute to see the artwork from City of Glass!

The new editions are available in the UK this week.



Cover Illustration © 2015 Walker Books Ltd.

If you are in the UK, you can order them from AmazonWaterstones and find them in your local bookshop.

 In Australia, you can order them from Booktopia and Bookworld.

These are UK English Language editions, but they are going to be available in a number of other territories. If you’re based in any of these, you should be able to ask your bookseller to order them in for you.

Singapore, India, South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Switzerland, Malta, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Jordan, Denmark


ENTER TO WIN

Thank you to Walker Books (UK), I've got an awesome giveaway! 1 winner will win the newly redesigned set of The Mortal Instruments. I personally think the new covers will look stunning on a bookshelf. If you'd like to enter to win, please fill out the form below. Please note this is for residents of the UK only. 

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Good luck!

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015 / Top Ten Tuesday #31



Hello & welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is, Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015. My last Top Ten Tuesday post was, Top Ten (Middle Grade) Books On My Summer Reading List

In no particular order, here are my Top Ten Books I've read this year so far. Really I should say that I've reviewed. I've read more than I've reviewed on the blog (hangs head in shame). 





  1. Snow Likes Ashes by Sarah Raasch
  2. The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdeih
  3. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
  4. Ignite by Sara B. Larson
  5. Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
  6. The Story Spinner by Becky Wallace
  7. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
  8. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
  9. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  10. The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey
These are my top ten, 5 star reviewed books from 2015 so far. I guess I should be thankful I'm a little behind on posting reviews, or else I would have had a much harder time picking my top ten. I love the mix of urban/urban fantasy and contemporary books that I've read so far this year, and that made it to on my list here. I'm finally branching out more, and discovering my love of contemporaries. 

These are Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015, what are some of your top ten reads from this year so far?