Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SUMMERFALL by Claire Legrand; Teaser & Giveaway! #SUMMERFALL #WINTERSPELLIsComing

Happy Release Day to Claire LeGrand's SUMMERFALL! The prequel to her upcoming release, WINTERSPELL. WINTERSPELL is on my list of 2014 most anticipated reads. I'm looking forward to featuring here on Mundie Moms soon! 

Today we're celebrating the release of SUMMERFALL with a teaser and a GIVEAWAY! First, here's a little bit about SUMMERALL.

Rinka is a faery, passionate and powerful, determined to maintain the tenuous peace between faeries and humans.

Alban Somerhart is a human, a reluctant king trapped in an arranged marriage, desperate to prevent war.

Their love could save the kingdom of Cane . . . or shatter it forever.



In this captivating novella, prequel to the upcoming Winterspell, Claire Legrand weaves a story of magic, political intrigue, and forbidden love that sets the stage for the rise of a wicked queen and the journey of a human girl named Clara . . .




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Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 2014 YA Releases

It's hard to believe summer is coming to an end and back to school preparations are in full swing. I have no idea how I let August almost slip by without making a post featuring all the YA releases coming out this month. WOW, talk about some awesome releases! Check out all the YA books (and a few MG books) that have hit and will be hitting shelves this month.

The Week of August 5th (releases on 8/5 unless otherwise noted)

The Week of August 11th (8/14 releases unless other wise noted)

The Week of August 19th

The Week of August 26th (8/26 releases unless other wises noted)

*Don't see a new YA releases you know is out this month? Just leave me a comment with the book's info, and I'll include it on the list. * This list is complied from books I've received from authors/publishers, Epic Reads, Goodreads. Thank you & HAPPY READING!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stephanie Perkins & Kiersten White Are Coming to TX!!!!

Check out who's coming to TX!!! Stephanie Perkins & Kiersten White! Oh my YA fangirl heart. Two of my favorite authors at one stop!! FYI, this is the ONLY Texas stop Stephanie & Kiersten will be making. You definitely don't want to miss seeing them at the fabulous indie book store, Blue Willow (in Houston).

Here's what Blue Willow  said about the event:

What: Kiersten White and Stephanie Perkins will be in conversation with author Jennifer Mathieu to discuss and sign their newest novels for young adults.
When: Saturday, September 13, 2:00 pm
Where: Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas, 77079
Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Kiersten White or Stephanie Perkins, please purchase one of their new books from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, we will issue a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line. Your book and signing line ticket can be picked up at the event.

Please go here to find out more, including how to order if you can't make the event. Please note that Blue Willow does ship internationally!

Texas Teen Book Festival Line Up Has Been Announced!

My favorite time of year is fast approaching, FALL! That means Football and Book Festivals!! As some of you may know I've long been a supporter and have loved helping out each year at the Texas Teen Book Festival (formally known as the Austin Teen Book Festival). Recently the entire author line up and schedule was announced! Check out all the exciting news below: 

Full author lineup, schedule announced for Texas Teen Book Festival, Oct. 18

AUSTIN—The full lineup of 29 authors appearing at the Texas Teen Book Festival this October has been unveiled, and it represents some of the most popular and critically acclaimed authors in the booming Young Adult genre.

Two of the most-anticipated headliners are James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner series; and Lauren Oliver, creator of the bestselling Delirium series and Before I Fall.

Dashner’s latest novel is The Eye of Minds, a novel set in a world of hyper-advanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming. A movie based on Maze Runner debuts next month. Oliver’s YA book Panic has been optioned by Universal Pictures in a major movie deal, and her first novel for adults, Rooms, comes out this fall.

Other headlining authors include Scott Westerfeld, Marie Lu, A.S. King, and Andrew Smith.

The one-day Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the campus of St. Edward’s University, 3001 South Congress Avenue. Organizers believe that the location on the beautiful college campus, along with free parking, will be another big hit of this year’s Festival and its expected 4,000-plus attendees.

Check out this year's schedule: *click each image to enlarge*

The Texas Teen Book Festival is presented by the Texas Book Festival in conjunction with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, in partnership with BookPeople and venue sponsor St. Edward’s University. The program is also made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Texas Teen Book Festival will “bookend” the Texas Book Festival, which features books for all ages and takes place Oct. 25 and 26 in and around the state capitol building. Both Festivals are free and open to the public thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers.

About the Texas Book Festival
The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by first lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival weekend, the one-day Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, youth fiction writing contest, and year-round literary programming. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas capitol each fall and features more than 250 renowned authors, panels, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and nearly 1,000 volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public. www.texasbookfestival.orgwww.facebook.com/TexasBookFestivalwww.twitter.com/texasbookfest, #txbookfest; and www.texasteenbookfestival.orghttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Teen-Book-Festival/279530382062638www.twitter.com/txteenbookfest, #ttbf14.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Enter to Win a SIGNED Copy of The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Happy Friday! I've got a treat for you guys. Are you a fan of Rick Yancey's The Fifth Wave series? I am! I can't wait for The Infinite Sea to hit stores. Do you want to win a SIGNED copy of The Infinite Sea? Thank you to Penguin Teen, I've got one signed copy I'd love to giveaway. Before you enter to win, here's a little bit about the book:

By: Rick Yancey
Published by: Penguin Teen
To Be Released on: 9/16/14
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The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”
How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Check out the trailer for The 5th Wave:

Want to be entered to win a SIGNED copy of The Infinite Sea? 

To enter
All you have to do is answer the question below & leave your email address in the comment section below (US residents only, standard Mundie Moms giveaway rules apply).
  • What 5 items would you like to have in the event of an apocalypse?
I know, that's kind of a tough question. I think I would bring, and in no order

  1. A notebook and pencil, to document and record everything that's going on.
  2. My favorite book
  3. A survival kit
  4. A bag that would contain everything I'd need to protect my family (I'm thinking a Mary Poppins style bag so I could throw everything into it and it would all fit into on small bag).
  5. and a guide about how to survive the apocalypse lol ...... seriously, I have no idea. I know I asked this question, but I stink at asking these questions.

Each response (one per person) will be an entry to win a signed copy of THE INFINITE SEA to be mailed within a week or two after publication from Penguin Teen.

Good luck!

Preorder Your SIGNED Copy of The Iron Trail by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare, and Enter To Win A SIGNED copy of The Bane Chronicles from Books of Wonder #IronTrialPreorder


I am so thrilled to announce that Books of Wonder and Mundie Moms have teamed up for the #IronTrialPreorder campaign!

Are you a fan of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black?
Love Middle Grade books?
Want to support a fabulous Indie Book Store?

If you said yes to any or all of the above, then head over to Books of Wonder and Preorder your SIGNED copy of The Iron Trial (signed by Cassie and Holly), and be entered to win 1 of 3 copies of The Bane Chronicles, signed by Cassie herself.

Who: Books of Wonder is hosting this exciting event.
What: Preorder your SIGNED copy of The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black to automatically be entered to win
Where: Preorders are made online, in person and over the phone. Get more details here.
How: Books of Wonder will randomly select 3 winners from all the preorders they receive. Winners will be notified by them, and will receive a signed copy of The Bane Chronicles! YES, this is open internationally! One of the awesome things about Indie Book Stores, is they ship world wide.

AND, if you're in the NYC area on September 9th, don't miss Books of Wonder's The Iron Trial LAUNCH PARTY!! Get more details here. The event kicks off at 5 pm (EST).

Please feel free to grab the banner, and help spread the word! If you're on Tumblr or Twitter, use #IronTrailPreorder. Thank you!

If you're looking to purchase any other of Cassie and Holly's books, Books of Wonders has them too (though those books won't count towards an entry in The Iron Trial Preorder giveaway).

About the Book:

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.

FanArt Friday: New TMI Artwork

Happy Friday!
Check out the latest TMI fan art Cassandra Clare shared earlier this week on her Tumblr page.
It's our favorite Shadowhunters as we've never seen them before..... 

I love this concept. Here is what the artist said:

So I finished City of Heavenly Fire and was overcome by the urge to draw the TMI teens as members of a band (I think Magnus is their manager, or maybe their fashion consultant?)
Also, I borrowed the idea of Alec with an undercut from assassinandthecaptain so credit to her <3 font="" nbsp="">

If you've seen some awesome YA book fan art that you'd like to see us feature, please leave us a link. 
Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TLH Snippet

Check it out Shadowhunters, Cassandra Clare has shared a new snippet and today it's from The Last Hours!!!!!

about the Dark Artifices, are Jem and Tessa going to play a similar role to Will and Tessa in the Last Hours? I really enjoyed reading about the relationship in the Infernal Devices and the snippet in Heavenly Fire. I know you said in a previous post about how letting go of characters is a part of life, but JESSA. You’re amazing, your books are amazing, and Jem Carstairs is amazing. - Lily — falling-into-rain
I would say they play very different roles because Jem and Tessa are not the parents of anyone in The Dark Artifices.
Yes, Jem is distantly related to Emma through his uncle Elias, but neither he or Tessa are the parents of any of Our Heroes in TDA. They don’t even look old enough to be any of their parents. They have a more, I don’t know, almost Magnus-y role.
By contrast Will and Tessa are James and Lucie’s parents. They are obviously enormously bound up in their lives, love them enormously, and are people who James and Lucie spend their lives comparing themselves to and seeking approval and love from. They are also a generation older than them. Their friends are Jem and Gideon and Cecily and Gabriel and Sophie and Charlotte and Henry. Their kids are their kids, not so much their compatriots.
It’s known that Tatiana Blackthorn (nee lightwood) is the antagonist in TLH. I was just curious, if she still remained close to Gabriel and Gideon, and if she ever even attend their weddings? (Is this also when she started to plot her “revenge”?) — dumbledorelovessherbetlemons
Well, she is an antagonist. She may not be the only one. And she did not remain close to Gabriel or Gideon. She hates them.
Hi Cassie, I can’t wait for TLH and I would like to know what kind of relationship there’s between Lucie and Matthew? :) — warlockintothetardis
Lucie adores Matthew. He’s her brother’s parabatai. Everyone loves Matthew. He’s one of those people. Snippet:
Matthew held out his hands. “Pax,” he said, wheedlingly. “Let it be peace between us. You can pour the rest of the port on my head.”
James’ mouth curved up into a smile. It was impossible to stay angry with Matthew. It was almost impossible to get angry at Matthew. 
I can't wait for this book!

The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan; Waiting on Wednesday #222

By: Page Morgan
Published by: Delacorate Press
To Be Released on: 4/14/15
Series: The Dispossessed #3
Add it to Goodreads

For fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen series comes the exciting conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.

Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia's power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel's Harvest is near-and the timing couldn't be worse.

Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.

Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.

Today's W.O.W. is for a book that isn't out until next year, but it's for the next book in a series that I totally love. I'm just finishing up with book two in the series The Lovely and The Lost, and wish I already had this book in my hands!

What book are you waiting on?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

8 Ghost Stories For Your Summer Campfire from @EpicReads

Looking for that perfect spooky story to read? Epic Reads has you covered!
Check out their list of 8 Ghost Stories For Your Summer Campfire. 
I've shared their list below, which you can find here

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books Friends Have Been Telling Me To Read

It’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish). Today's topic is "10 Books Friends Have Been Telling Me To Read".  

I really wish I had more time to read all the books that are waiting for me to review, the books I have bought that I want to read, and the recommendations from many of you. I swear sometimes time is NOT a readers best friend. haha. Here are some of the books that I have been told numerous times, that I need to read and feature on my Mundie Moms or Mundie Kids. 

1) The Harry Potter series 

- Let's be honest, this one series I'm ashamed to say I've been stuck on book 4 for a couple years now. It's not because I don't like this series, because I do. It's because there are so many other books that have come out since I've started this series that I want to read. Also, I wish I had started reading this series long before the movies came out. Seeing the movies first ruined my wanting to read the books. Hence the reason why I have NOT seen the last 3 Harry Potter movies, even though I already know what happens at the end. 

After years of friends trying to get me to read this series, I finally picked up Outlander (which has been sitting on my shelf for almost 5 yrs now). Surprisingly, I started reading it after I watched the first episode of Outlander. I am not sure why it's taking me so long to pick this book up. I love history, romance, and Scotland. I'm almost done with Outlander, and wow, what a fabulous read! I am totally hooked, and will be getting the second book soon. 

This has been one of the most recommended series from readers whom would like to see this series featured on Mundie Moms. I finally started book 1: Storm, this past week. Now I understand why it's been so recommended. I'll be reviewing the first book soon here on the blog. Thank you for all the recs to read it!

This is another series that for some reason has been on my shelves, but I have yet to pick it up. I've heard nothing but great things about it, and I've been told numerous times that I need to hurry up and read it. I've got the entire series sitting in my library, waiting for me to read it, which I'm hoping to do very soon. 

This is book I purchased because of how many friends have told me I need to read this. From everything I've heard about it, I know I'll totally enjoy it, if not love it, but right now I just need time to read it. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Holly Black & Cassandra Clare Discuss The Magisterium: The Iron Trial

This is Teen shared a great video of authors Holly Black & Cassandra Clare telling fans what they can excerpt from their upcoming series, The Magisterium. Check out what had to say about the first book in that series, The Iron Trial which releases on 9/9/14.

You can preorder it from here. What to find out more about the book? Read an excerpt here. I'll be posting some exciting news about about the book & pre-orders later this week!

Gretchen McNeil's GET EVEN Pre-Order Giveaway

Gretchen McNeil's GET EVEN will be hitting shelves soon (on 9/16/14), and to celebrate, she's having a pre-order GIVEAWAY!!! Before I tell you more about it, here's a little bit about Get Even:

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process. 

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

Get Even is the first book in the Don't Get Mad series. 
It's sequel, Don't Get Dirty will be out in July of 2015. 

Here's what Gretchen says about her pre-order GIVEAWAY:

In order to get the word out about my first-ever series, and as a thank you to you, the amazing fans who have been so supportive over the years, I've gotten special permission from my publisher to release the first two chapters of GET DIRTY on September 16th.

Why two chapters?  Because a huge, massive, game-changing plot twist is dropped in the very last line of Chapter 2.

The chapters will be printed up in a signed, special edition booklet, along some GET EVEN bonus material and a signed Don't Get Mad bookplate.

"Gretchen, how can I get my hands on all this awesomeness?"

Easy!  Pre-order GET EVEN.


(1) Pre-order GET EVEN in paperback, ebook, or audio format from your favorite chain, independent, or online retailer, such as:
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GO HERE to find out the rest of the steps for pre-ordering & how to enter to win, and get a complete list of book stores who are participating in this. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New To My Shelves #179- The Summer Vacation Wrap Up Edition

Happy Sunday! Welcome to this week's edition of New To My Shelves (previously known as In My Mailbox (IMM) / Stacking the Shelves (STS) or My Weekly Round Up in the Stacks. I'm a few weeks behind on sharing some of the newest arrivals to my shelves. This week's posts features just a few of the goodies that have recently arrived. You can check out all the goodies that have arrived via my Instagram account (which sadly I'm also behind on posting on) I blame summer vacation on my slacking off on posting.

 It's the last week of Summer Vacation here, and that means next week is back to school time, more reading time, and getting back onto a schedule. I'm looking forward to reading many of these new arrivals.

For Review
Here are a few of my newest additions to my TBR shelves

Recent Purchases
Here are a few of my recent book purchases:

Thank you 
Thank you to Henry Holt, MacMillan, Simon & Schuster, Bloomsbury, Harper Teen, Source Books, Harlequin Teen, Penguin Teen, Random House, Tor Teen, Disney Hyperion, Egmont USA, and Sophie for the recent book love!

What goodies have you recently received?