Saturday, October 10, 2015

Cassandra Clare Treats Fans To A Snippet from Lady Midnight

To celebrate yesterday's cover reveal of Lady Midnight at NYC Comic Con, Cassie shared a snippet from the book with fans, here. I've also shared the snippet below. 

I hope you guys have seen the cover and you love it like I do. If not, just scroll down my tumblr.
As requested, a snippet from LM to go with the cover reveal. Brotherly love is not such a simple thing..
Ty lifted his face. He’d always had delicate features, more elfin than Helen or Mark’s. His father had said he was a throwback to earlier generations of Blackthorns, and he looked not unlike some of the family portraits in the dining room they rarely used, slender Victorian men in tailored clothes with porcelain faces and black, curling hair and names like Jesse and Rupert. “Then what is it?”
Julian hesitated. The whole house was still. He could hear the faint crackle of the computer on the other side of the door. 
He had thought about asking Ty to look into the poison. But that would require him to say,  I should be dead. The words wouldn’t come. They were like a dam, and behind them were so many other words: I’m not sure about anything. I hate being in charge. I hate making the decisions. I’m terrified you’ll all learn to hate me. I’m terrified of losing you. I’m terrified of losing Mark. I’m terrified of losing Emma. I want someone to take over. I’m not as strong as you think. The things I want are wrong and broken things to want.
He knew he could say none of this. The fa├žade he showed them, his children, had to be perfect: a crack in him would be like a crack in the world to them. 
“You know I love you,” he said, instead, and Ty looked up at him, startled, meeting his gaze for a flicker of a moment.

I can not wait to read this book in it's entirety! 

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han: Book Review

By: Jenny Han
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Released On: May 26, 2015
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2
Rating: 3 stars - I liked it.
Source: Purchased
P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

Buy: IndieBoundamazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? 

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

Oh boy, second books. Remember how much I loved To All the Boys I Loved Before? I gave it a solid 5 stars. Well, for me, something was lacking in P.S. I Still Love You, and I think I can sum it up in one word -- tension. This happens in second books sometimes, even in a duology although it's much more common in a trilogy. For a duology, there has to be a reason for the continuation to exist. In this case, it's what happens to Lara Jean after she and Peter get together.

And that's where the lack of tension comes in. To All the Boys I Loved Before had that great tension ---  finding out who sent the letters, what will happen Lara Jean and Josh, what will happen with Lara Jean and Peter. There was tension galore. But in this story, we know Lara Jean is with Peter and that's where things begin to become uneven. Lara Jean is very emotional -- jealous at times and confident in others. Perhaps it's just a reflection of how a teen matures, and the fact that life is messy and there are no clear answers. The plot itself suffers from an unevenness, too. The stakes were high in the first one -- what would happen when the boys got the letters?  The sequel's stakes are much lower - will Lara Jean sleep with Peter? Will she find love with a boy whose letter was delayed? Will she and Genevieve ever come to an understanding? Honestly for more than half the book, I didn't care at all what happened to any of them.

But, when the friends (including Genevieve) start playing a game of Survivor-style tag, the stakes improved and the plot became much, much more interesting. Also, there's a nice plot twist involving one of the residents in the home where Lara Jean works. I didn't expect that twist, and when it occurred it was both satisfying and it just plain made sense.

Why the three stars and not less? Because of the characters. Jenny writes incredible characters. And because I want Kitty's story. The littlest sister is full of spunk and I think her story will be the best one, yet.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Lady Midnight Cover Revealed at #NYCC #ShadowhuntersNYCC

IT'S HERE! The cover for Lady Midnight was revealed today at Comic Con by non other than our very own Shadowhunters TV Magnus, Harry Shum Jr! 

This cover is stunning!! WOW! Seriously, Cassie's covers are so of the most stunning YA covers. I love this one! Lady Midnight is book one of Cassie's upcoming The Dark Artifices series.The book is set to be released on March 8th, 2016. 


Per Amazon

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

Per Cassie's site

Cassie & Harry both tweeted about the cover earlier today on Twitter.

I can't wait for this book to be released!

Shadowhunters TV Series: Trailer Reveal #NYCC #ShadowhuntersNYCC

It's here!!! The ShadowhuntersTV series trailer has been revealed!

Things are really heating up at Comic Con in NYC this weekend! Shadowhunter fans have been treated to a slew of awesomeness, including THIS! The ShadowhuntersTV trailer premiere! Check it out here!

 Just in cased you missed it, here's the promotional trailer that was shared prior to the big trailer reveal

Check out these tweets about the trailer reveal:

Shadowhunters TV Series: Day 1 #NYCC Recap / Shadowhunters Snapchat #ShadowhutnersNYCC

NYCC / Shadowhunters NYCC Day 1 Re-cap for October 8th, 2015!

It's a great week to be a Shadowhunters fan! Unfortunately for me, I've missed all the fun live, as I've been substitute teaching this week. Thankfully the Cassie, ShadowhuntersTV, the cast, crew and fans have been tweeting like crazy, which means I didn't miss out on too much. 

Shadowhunters officially launched it's Snapchat this week, so that fans wouldn't miss all the fun at NYCC this week. Find out more about it here

Check out some of yesterday's tweets from NYCC #ShadowhuntersNYCC and the Shadowhunters Snapchat that took place. 

Click HERE to keep reading more.

A THOUSAND NIGHTS by E.K. Johnston | Blog Tour: Book Review / Enter To Win!

Hello and welcome to today's A THOUSAND NIGHTS blog tour. I'm thrilled to spotlight E.K.'s newest release. Don't forget to enter to WIN below!


By: E.K. Johnston
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: 10.6.15
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
Add it: Goodreads
Source: ARC to review from publisher in exchange for my honest review

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster. 


E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.
You can follow Kate on Twitter (@ek_johnston) to learn more about Alderaanian political theory than you really need to know, or on Tumblr (ekjohnston) if you're just here for pretty pictures.
E.K. Johnston is represented by Adams Literary

Find E.K.: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Tumblr

3 winners will receive a finished copy of A THOUSAND NIGHTS. US Only.


Week One:
9/28/2015- The Bibliophile ChroniclesInterview
9/29/2015- Love is not a triangleReview
9/30/2015- Wishful EndingsGuest Post
10/1/2015- Such a Novel IdeaReview
10/2/2015- Once Upon a TwilightInterview

Week Two:
10/5/2015- Curling Up With A Good BookReview
10/6/2015- Bookhounds yaGuest Post
10/7/2015- NerdophilesReview
10/8/2015- The Book Cellar- Interview
10/9/2015- Mundie MomsReview

Thursday, October 8, 2015

@ShadowhuntersTV Snap Chat is TODAY at 11 am EST / 10 am CST #Shadowhunters

Shadowhunters, TODAY at 11 EST @ShadowhuntersTV will be kicking off of their Snapchat!

I unfortunately will be teaching during that time, but you can get more information HERE, at and be sure to follow them on Twitter for all the latest news about today's chat. Also check out the info above about more exciting news happening this weekend (thank you to Shadowhunters Base for creating this image and sharing it with the fandom).

Shadowhunters TV has been treating fans to some new pictures! While we wait for the snapchat to begin, check out some of the new pictures:

SPINNING STARLIGHT by R.C. Lewis / Blog Tour: Author Interview / Giveaway

Hello and welcome to today's SPINNING STARLIGHT blog tour stop! I'm so thrilled to have author R.C. Lewis on MMs today! Before I share our interview, here's a little bit about the book. Oh, and don't forget to ENTER TO WIN below!


By: R.C. Lewis
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released Date: October 6, 2015
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
Add it to: Goodreads 
Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.
Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen'sThe Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow


Hi R.C! Welcome to Mundie Moms! We're huge fans of fairy tale retellings. What is one of your all time favorite fairytales or fairytale retellings?
I’m not sure if it’s more of a fairy tale or more of a folktale retelling, but when I was little, I loved the picture book Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. It has all those classic elements of someone meddling with things they don’t understand and suffering the consequences.

For YA readers whom may not know, SPINNING STARLIGHT is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans. What was it about this particular fairytale that inspired you to do your own retelling of it?
Part of it was that I was looking through fairy tale collections to find one that stood out as something I could put a sci-fi twist on and make a novel out of. But more importantly, I asked some friends for tales they’d like to see retold, and a couple mentioned “The Wild Swans.” The main reason they liked it (and something I came to love about it as well) is how it’s focused on a girl saving her family—not on finding her prince.

How would you describe your main character, Liddi?
Liddi has a lot of opinions and tries to be savvy about how she presents herself, but she’s also got plenty of insecurity. She’s unsure of her abilities and how she fits in both with her family and society at large, but she also has a strong feeling of being on the cusp of something.

What was one of your favorite elements to create?
I enjoyed coming up with the various aliens and thinking about their differing cultures. Though they come from different worlds, we mainly see the ones that have come to mingle and live on one particular planet. So I also tried to think about how the interactions would affect each species.

Are you able to give us a little teaser, or share one of your favorite lines from the book?
As I walk closer, I feel it. Not like the hair-raising tingle of an electric field. This is so much more, so much "other." It's like walking on a laserbeam, like if this massive spark weren't twisted so tight, holding itself together, it'd tear the entire world apart. More than the world. Tear space and time and thought and everything until there was nothing left whole.
My cells writhe in its presence.

Can you tell us what you're working on next?
I have another YA sci-fi (non-fairytale) that I’m crossing my fingers for, and a YA contemporary that I’m working on, but nothing set it stone yet!

About The Author:
R.C. Lewis teaches math to teenagers—sometimes in sign language, sometimes not—so whether she’s a science geek or a bookworm depends on when you look. That may explain why her characters don’t like to be pigeonholed. Coincidentally, R.C. enjoys reading about quantum physics and the identity issues of photons.

Enter To Win
1 winner will receive a signed finished copies of STITCHING SNOW & SPINNING STARLIGHT. US Only.

Follow the Tour:

Week One:
9/28/2015- FangirlishInterview
9/29/2015- A Backwards StoryReview
9/30/2015- Supernatural SnarkGuest Post
10/1/2015- YaReads- Review
10/2/2015- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
10/5/2015- Pandora's BooksReview
10/6/2015- Bookhounds yaGuest Post
10/7/2015- Just CommonlyReview
10/8/2015- Mundie MomsInterview
10/9/2015- Please Feed The BookwormReview

Celebrate Twilight's 10th Anniversary and ENTER TO WIN! #Twilight10

It's hard to believe that this past Tuesday was the 10th anniversary of Twilight! A book that changed many of our lives for the better. No I'm not saying that to be cheesy, though it may sound that way. It's amazing at how the love of one book can change your life, and bring your friendships you never thought possible. Whether you love the book or don't, it can't be denied that Twilight inspired many of us, and gave us something we never thought possible. Through Stephenie's inspiration some became writers, others fulfilled dreams doing other things, and many of us formed lasting friendships thanks to a love of a book. I know of many friends who were inspired to write after reading Twilight, and their books grace my bookshelves today. 

Without Twilight or Stephenie Meyer's recommendation to pick up City of Bones, Mundie Moms wouldn't be here, and I wouldn't be blessed with the numerous friendships I've formed because of it. Thank you to Twilight and a site called TwilightMOMS, I started this, I have had the opportunity to do some pretty incredible things I never imagined possible over the last 10 years, and most importantly I have formed lasting friendships. Many of whom I'm still in contact with. It's not just celebrating the 10th anniversary of a book, these last 10 years of been a celebration of life with all the wonderful friendships I've made because of a book. I couldn't imagine my life without all things that have happened during this time. 

As many of you already know, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Twilight was released on Tuesday includes some very exciting bonus content: a complete reimagining of Stephenie Meyer's classic tale through new eyes called Life and Death. Stephenie made the announcement and presented the book to some surprised fans Tuesday morning while on Good Morning America! You can find the video and details here.

To help celebrate, Little Brown Books for Young Readers has offered us 2 copies of the 10th Anniversary Edition to giveaway! To enter, please fill out the form below. US only.

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Don't forget, follow the hashtag #Twilight10 to celebrate the anniversary online! 

Stephenie Meyer Panel / Signing TODAY at NYCC!! #NYCC15 #Twilight10

We’re excited to celebrate Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death dual edition with fans TODAY at New York Comic Con! Stephenie will be on a panel with MTV's Josh Horowitz discussion the 10 year Anniversary of Twilight and the new "reimagining" of Twilight LIFE and DEATH!

We're thrilled to share this exiting news about today's events:

Please join us for a Q&A between Stephenie Meyer and Josh Horowitz of MTV from1:45-2:45 p.m. in the Javits Center, Room 1A10. The line for the Q&A will be first come/first served so please arrive early to secure your spot.

The signing afterward will be at Table 25 in the Autographing Area and a wristband will be required. To get a wristband to the signing, fans can go to the WORD bookstore booth on the floor of NYCC at any time prior to the event today.

Fans may bring books from home OR purchase a book from WORD at NYCC to attend the signing. Copies of Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death will be personalized and signed. Other books by Stephenie Meyer will be signature only.

Who's attending today's events with Stephenie? We'd love to see your tweets and pictures from today's panel and signing.