Thursday, May 28, 2015

Shadowhunters TV News: Cassandra Clare Shares Her Thoughts on Jon Cor's Audition for Hodge



Cassandra Clare shared a sneak peak into her thoughts on the audition for Hodge. Jon Cor was just announced as the newest cast member to join The Shadowhunters TV Series. He has been cast as Hodge. Read the announcement here.

In talking to Cassie about his casting, she had this to say:

John Cor's audition really worked for me. It brought home a different aspect of Hodge than the movie. I really saw the man who had been in school with Jocelyn and Valentine. One of his lines was that Jocelyn was one of his best friends in high school, and I could believe it. I loved Jared but I think this is going to illuminate the Hodge who was once a young man with promise that went terribly wrong.

Yep, I can definitely see how Jon will illuminate the younger Hodge. I can't wait to see Jon bring Hodge to life on TV. Read the official press release from ABC FAMILY here

Shadowhunters TV Series News: Jon Cor Has Been Cast As Hodge Starkweather

Shadowhunters, we've got more exciting cast news! ABC Family announced this afternoon that Jon Cor has been cast as Hodge Starkweather!


Say hello to Hodge! What do you guys think? I've not seen anything Jon has been in, but I'm looking forward to seeing how he brings our TV series Hodge to life. Check out their official announcement below.

ABC FAMILY HAS CAST JON COR AS HODGE STARKWEATHER
FOR THE SAGA SERIES “SHADOWHUNTERS”

Burbank, CA (May 28, 2015) – ABC Family has cast Jon Cor (“Dark Matter”) as Hodge Starkweather. It was announced today by the network. Cor will be a recurring guest star on the series.

Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother, Jocelyn, is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

Hodge Starkweather is the weapons trainer at the Shadowhunters New York Institute and a former Circle member.

“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Ed Decter and McG. McG will also direct the first episode. The network has previously announced Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood for the role of Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane and Alan Van Sprang in the recurring guest star role of Valentine.    

The Artisans by Julie Reece | Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway


Welcome to today's THE ARTISANS blog tour! Today I'm thrilled to share my review for this brand new release from Julie Reece. Be sure you enter to win below!


ABOUT THE ARTISANS:

By: Julie Reece
Published by: Month9Books,LLC
Released on: May 12, 2015
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | kobo | TBD
Add it to Goodreads 
Source: ebook from publisher to review
Rating: 5 Stars - I Loved It

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the ninth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

An electrifying retelling of Beauty and Beast with a hauntingly good twist. Julie Reece's new release was addicting, to say the least. It has the right amount of intrigue, romance, suspense, and great character chemistry that made it impossible to put down. I ended up reading it in one sitting. 

I love fairytale retellings. Julie Reece's retelling is fantastic! It's unlike anything I've read before. She blends together so many elements to create unique story that is one part mystery, one part romance, and one part suspense. I'll admit, at the beginning I almost lost interest, but it didn't take long for the story to really pick up and hook me. I ended up liking that Reece gives readers a brief history into Raven's current predicament, which how the story begins. It allows readers to understand what's going on and why. 

I love how Reece mixed the romantic element and the paranormal element into the story. It worked well with the two main characters, Raven and Gideon. Can we talk about the friction, and that chemistry these two had?! There is a lot going on behind the scenes with Gideon that we only start to understand towards the end of the book. I loved it. Raven on the other hand, this girl is an open book. I loved her strength, and her not taking crap. She's fiercely loyal, and will do anything for those she loves, which is what got her in her predicament with Gideon in the first place. I love her fashion sense. 

One of the things I loved about Gideon and Raven's relationship is the fact that these two could push each other's buttons. They don't have a love at first site relationship, though they definitely have an attraction at first site. Raven's inner monologue during some of her moments with Gideon is hilarious. There's more to the story than Gideon and Raven's relationship. I liked the history, and the deadly twist that comes with getting to know more about Gideon, and his family. Mixed into that history is magic, paranormal elements, and a dangerous secret. That twist in the story is one I didn't see coming. Though looking back at the beginning of the story, Reece did a great job at setting up her twist. 

There's some great secondary characters, whom added a lot to the story. I enjoyed getting to know them. Especially Raven's closet friends, and Cole. Another thing I liked about the story is the realistic elements Reece included in her story, and the different struggles her characters had. They each come from different walks of life, and the things they each deal with have made them into some pretty amazing characters. Though reading about what they have dwelt with is a little heartbreaking. 

I really enjoyed Reece's writing, so much so that I am totally buying this book.  I read this as an e-book, a format I rarely read from. While reading it I kept thinking 1) I need this book on my bookshelves 2) This would make a great movie. While I loved the book over all, there were a few minor things that I may have cringed at while reading the book. This comes from reviewing numerous books over the past few years. I've noticed I knit pick a lot more, but luckily this story was written in a way that it was extremely easy for me to over look those things. There are a lot of other things going on in this book, that kept me reading. I was hooked. Over all this was a fantastic read, and one I would most likely read again.


ABOUT JULIE REECE:


Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.
Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.
Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook Goodreads

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes | Waiting on Wednesday #248



By: Morgan Rhodes
Published by: Razorbill
To Be Released on: June 23rd, 2015
Pre-Order from: Amazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads

Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her father’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspeare Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.
 


I LOVE Morgan's Falling Kingdoms series, and I am really looking forward to reading this book! I really like the new cover for it. The ARC cover is different. I plan on starting it this coming weekend. Later this week I'll be hosting a giveaway for an additional arc I received. Be sure to visit MMs later this week. What book are you waiting on? 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach/Pool Bag This Summer | Top Ten Tuesday #29



Hello & welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is, Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach/Pool Bag This Summer. My last Top Ten Tuesday post was, Ten of My All Time Favorite YA Authors. It's been awhile since I've made a Top Ten Tuesday post. 

This year's Summer reads are going to be epic. There are so many fantastic books coming out, and books that have recently been released, making it the perfect time to grab your beach/pool bag, and start filling it up with books. Here are some of this Summer's reads that will be filling my pool/beach bags.





  1. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
  2. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
  3. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson
  4. Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
  5. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
  6. Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
  7. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  8. Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
  9. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  10. Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
  11. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
  12. Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel
I had to go with twelve, because 1) I've got a huge list of summer reads I want to read and 2) I couldn't have just one book cover on this last row, and all the rows had to have the same amount of covers. I know, that's ridiculous, but my OCD is getting the better of me today. lol 

What books are planning on putting into your pool/beach bags this summer? 

Out Today! New YA Releases for May 26th

There are some fabulous YA books being released today. Happy Book Birthday to the following releases:


P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, 5/26/15, Simon & Schuster 
NoWhere But Here by Katie McGarry, 5/26/15, Harlequin Teen
The Cage by Megan Shepherd, 5/26/15, Balzer & Bray
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan, 5/26/15, Dutton Books
Extraordinary Means by Holly Schneider, 5/26/15, Katherine Tegen Books
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, 5/26/15, Harper Teen
The Eternal City by Paula Morris, 5/26/15, Point/Scholastic
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest5/26/15, Arthur A. Levine Books
Rusty Summer by Mary McKinley, 5/26/15. Kinsington
Emancipated by M.G. Reyes, 5/26/15, Katherine Tegen Books

To find out more about each book, select the book's title and be taking to it's Goodreads page. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

In Observance of Memorial Day



It's Memorial Day, and today we're taking a moment to pay our respects to those who have given their all in serving our country, in fighting for our freedoms, and way of life. THANK YOU to those who have served our country and have given their all for us. THANK YOU to those who continue to serve and sacrifice so much!

The Shadowhunters TV Series News: Episode 1001 Starts Filming TODAY!


TODAY is the day! Martin Moszkowicz announced a few days on Twitter that TODAY is the day that filming for the Shadowhunters TV series starts filming in Toronto! 


We're wishing the cast and crew best wishes for their first day of filming the series. 

My Parabatai | Mundane Monday #243

Happy Mundane Monday!
 Today filming starts for the Shadowhunters TV series! Oh how I wish I was in Toronto right now for a sneak peak into filming. I'm wishing the cast and crew the best of luck today.


“I know. I can feel it. I don’t feel like I’m missing a part of me anymore.” “I felt it too.” Jace took a ragged breath. “Something missing. I felt it, even with Sebastian, but I didn’t know what it was I was missing. But it was you. My parabatai.” 

Image and quote source: Cassandra Clare's Tumblr page.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

‘Shadowhunters’ Fans: Help Welcome The Shadowhunters Cast & Crew to the Family!


Calling all Shadowhunter fans! If you've been a fan since production began on the film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones then you might be familiar with a fan video that you helped TMI Source create called "A Very TMI Thank You," where the fandom thanked everyone involved as they began production on the film.

 The fansite behind that video is at it again, and they've asked us to help spread the word about it. We need YOUR help in welcoming the new cast, crew, producers and network to our Shadowhunter family as they begin production on the Shadowhunters television show!

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The main theme of this video will be “Welcome to the Family!” This is your opportunity to welcome our new cast, crew, producers and network to the Shadowhunter family and tell them how much you love and appreciate them!
Here's what you need to do:
  • Record a 15-second video message on Instagram and post using the hashtag #WelcomeShadowhunterFamily or tag us @tmisource, @fangirlishness and @mundiemoms.
  • Your message should begin with you saying, "Welcome to the family!" (You'll see why)
  • If you would like to record a message for a specific cast or crew member or producer or the network itself, you can do so after your "Welcome to the family!" introduction.
  • DISCLAIMER: Please know that not all parts of your video will be used which could be for time constraints or other technical issues. We will work our hardest to include each and every one of you in this video.
  • ALL VIDEO SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MADE BY TUESDAY, MAY 26!
Here are some people you might want to submit a message for:
  • Cast (Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Isaiah Mustafa, Maxim Roy and Alan Van Sprang)
  • Casting Director Jonathan Clay Harris (and Anthony Kraus)
  • Producers (McG, Ed Decter)
  • Network: ABC Family
  • Writers
  • Crew members
We hope you'll join us in welcoming our new Shadowhunters to the family!
DEADLINE FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS IS TUESDAY, MAY 26!

The Mortal Instruments Repackaged Cover Art Without Typeface



A couple of days ago, Cassandra Clare took to Tumblr to share the beautiful new repackaged covers for both her The Mortal Instruments, and The Infernal Devices series. She shared the cover art without typeface. The art is stunning! Check out the images below, which are placed in cover order for each book in the series i.e.: City of Bones, City of Ashes etc. 







I will always love the original covers for both series, but WOW, I am in love with the new covers as well. This change was a good one. Featured on each cover:

City of Bones - Jace
City of Ashes - Clary
City of Glass - Simon
City of Fallen Angels - Isabelle
City of Lost Souls - Alec
City of Heavenly Fire - Sebastian/Jonathan

Along with the stunning cover art, each of the book spines have artwork as well. When the series is together the spines will make up this image:


If you're headed to BEA/BookCon this week, be sure to stop by the Simon & Schuster booth #2620 @11 am each day to get your limited-edition poster featuring the new spine art from the TMI packages (image seen above). 

The newly repackaged TMI and TID series will be out on September 1st, 2015. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Infernal Devices New Cover Art Without Typeface



Yesterday Cassandra Clare shared her beautiful cover art for the repackaged covers for The Infernal Devices (out 9.1.15). Check out the stunning cover art without typeface.



I will always love the original covers, but wow, I really LOVE these covers as well! 

15 of The Most Anticipated YA June Reads Compiled by @EpicReads



Summer is just around the corner. Thank you to Epic Reads, you won't have to spend too much time trying to figure out which books you take with you to do some pool side reading. They've complied a list of some of the hottest YA titles being released in June. Check out Epic Reads's list for the 15 Most Anticipated June Reads


(Click on the book's title to be taken to it's Goodreads page)
  1. Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker, on sale 6.2.15 from Little Brown
  2. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi, on sale 6.16.15 from Harper Teen
  3. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent, on sale 6.9.15 from Delacorte Press
  4. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone, on sale 6.16.15 from Disney Hyperion
  5. The Devil You Know by Trish Dollar, on sale 6.2.15 from Bloomsbury
  6. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway, on sale 6.23.15 from Harper Teen
  7. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler, on sale 6.2.15 from Simon Pulse
  8. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes, on sale 6.9.15, from Dial
  9. Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca, on sale 6.9.15 from Simon Pulse
  10. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, on sale 6.2.15 from Soho Teen
  11. The Leveler by Julia Durango, on sale 6.23.15 from Harper Teen
  12. Joyride by Anna Banks, on sale 6.2.15 from Feiwel & Friends
  13. Even When You Lie To Me by Jessica Alcott, on sale 6.9.15 from Crown Books
  14. Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel, on sale 6.30.15 from Harper Teen
  15. Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer, on sale 6.2.15 from Harper Teen
Other Upcoming June Releases:
  1. The Good Girls by Sara Shepard, on sale 6.2.15 from Harper Teen 
  2. Talker 25: Invisible Monsters by Joshua McCune, on sale 6.2.15 from Greenwillow Books
  3. Crash by Eve Silver, on sale 6.9.15 from Katherine Tegen Books
  4. To Hold The Bridge by Garth Nix, on sale 6.9.15 from Harper Collins
  5. Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil, on sale 6.16.15 from Balzer+Bray
  6. Deadfall by Anna Carey, on sale 6.16.15 from Harper Teen
  7. The Revenge Playbook by Rachel Allen, on sale 6.16.15 from Harper Teen 
  8. Between The Notes by Sharon Huss Roat, on sale 6.16.15 from Harper Teen
  9. One Moment In Time by Lauren Barnholdt, on sale 6.16.15 from Harper Teen
There are fantastic YA books being released this next month. Which books are you looking forward to picking up?


Friday, May 22, 2015

Recent Tweets from the @ShadowhuntersTV Cast & Crew


Check out the latest tweets, and pictures from the Shadowhunters TV cast and crew. If you're not already, be sure you're following them on Twitter. They're all doing an amazing job at keeping fans int he loop on what's going on. Be to follow the cast and crew via the Twitter links included in this post. Especially @ShadowhuntersTV, @McGswonderland, @EDecter and @ShadowhuntersWR for the latest series news.

Check out our CLACE!





Why did put a camera crane in this pond and what lurks beneath the surface?


We visited the set this week! Stay tuned for more photos and videos!

The High Warlock of Brooklyn-Magnus Bane-I mean -stopped by the office today w fab gifts!

Love this fan made "who's who" for the Shadowhunters TV series. that Shadowhunters UK shared this past week on Twitter.