Sunday, February 14, 2016

Mundie Moms 7th Birthday Bash Celebration

Hello and welcome to our 7th Mundie Moms Birthday Bash Celebration! I can't believe today marks our 7th year of blogging. What an incredible 7 years it's been. Over the last 7 years we have met so many incredible people, have been able to do some incredible things, attended and have moderated a lot of fabulous author/book events, been invited to be apart of really cool events like visit the movie set for The Mortal Instruments, as well as attend the red carpet premiere, have helped with some really awesome book events, have read so many fabulous books, been apart of some pretty awesome bookish events/cover reveals/blog tours, and have met so many life long friends. We have been really blessed to be able to do all we have, while sharing our passion for books. 

THANK YOU to the publicists, and authors who took a chance on us when I reached out to you over 7 years ago. I feel so blessed to call so many of you friends. Thank you for support of Mundie Moms / Mundie Kids. Especially Cassandra Clare, whom took the time to visit with me when I reached out to her in 2008 and told her that I wanted to start up a fansite for her books (back then there were only a few of us fansites). Thank you to the numerous authors and publicists I've worked with since then. We've loved being apart of the blog tours, cover reveals, book promotional posts, and sharing our love, and sometimes disappoints of the books you've shared with us. I love that you get the all caps, and my over use of explanation points when I email you my reviews for books I loved, and you understand my disappointments when I share my reviews for books that I didn't love. 

Thank you to all the authors who have written books that have fueled our love of reading even more so. You have made us laugh, cry, swoon, and occasionally want to throw your book across the room. You've given us characters we have loved, and ones we have loved to hate. We have loved the stories you've shared with us, the adventures you've taken us on, and the longing you've made us feel long after we finished reading your book. You have given us stories that have made us feel every range of emotion, and while we may think you're evil for the cliff hanger endings you write, we love the stories we've connected us with, and the connections and friendships we've made because of your books. 

THANK YOU to all of our readers. We love you guys! We have loved connecting with you online, and meeting you in person at book events and author signings. We love that you get our love our reading, and we've loved fangirling/fanboying with you over our favorite fictional characters. We love that through a love of reading, we've been able to not only chat about books, but about life and everything in between. THANK YOU for all the time you've taken to visit our blogs, to leave us comments, to read our thoughts on books, movies, the Shadowhunters show, and anything else we post about. Thank you for sharing our love of what we promote here on Mundie Moms. We appreciate each of you!

Our past 7 years wouldn't be possible with out each of you. As a small token of our appreciation for each of you, we have a few giveaways. What's a party without presents, right? Since books make the best gifts, we have a few of those to giveaway. I'm really excited about each of these gifts, especially the first one!

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We have a few prize packs we're giving away. Please be sure to read which giveaways are open to US residents only, and which are open internationally. International readers are welcome to enter US only, as long as they have a US address the prize can be mailed to. I wish I could make all the prizes open internationally, but shipping internationally isn't in my budget. Sorry guys! International readers are more than welcome to enter to win a box of the arcs, as long as they cover the shipping costs.

1) THANK YOU to our lovely friends at Simon & Schuster, we have an arc of LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare to giveaway! This prize will be sent out by the publisher, and is open to residents in the *US only

2) A box of ARCS featuring some of my favorite February releases, like Riders by Veronica Rossi, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys, The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig and more, like a recently published book, and some signed author swag. International readers are more than welcome to enter to win a box of the arcs, as long as they cover the shipping costs.

3) A box of 2016 arcs and books. These will be random, and a total surprise. ARCs will be for upcoming releases. International readers are more than welcome to enter to win a box of the arcs, as long as they cover the shipping costs.

4) A pre-order/purchase of (1) 2016 YA release. Like a copy of Lady Midnight, *coughs* This can be from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Depository, any site that ships world wide. This is *open Internationally. It is the responsibility of the winner to make sure one of these sites ships to their country.

To enter, please fill out the form below! Prizes will be given to winners in the order they're randomly drawn in. i.e. first winner drawn, will receive the arc of Lady Midnight, etc. It is the responsibility of those entering the giveaways to read the terms and conditions on the giveaway form, before entering. 

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

CASSANDRA CLARE Is Coming to AUSTIN, TX on March 16th, 2016! #LadyMidnight


The news has broken! Cassandra Clare will be coming to Austin, TX on March 16th, as part of her Lady Midnight book tour! I'm so thrilled she's coming back to Texas. I'll be there to live tweet her signing! Check out the details about her tour stop below.


CASSANDRA CLARE @ St. Edward's University - LADY MIDNIGHT

Wednesday, March 16 at 7PM

BookPeople Presents

Bestselling Author
CASSANDRA CLARE

speaking & signing her new YA novel
Lady Midnight

at St. Edward's University
Mabee Ballroom
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704


Stay tuned for more news about Cassie's Lady Midnight book tour! Be sure to purchase your tickets for the Austin event here

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Crown and The Arrow (A Wrath & the Dawn short story) by Renee Ahdieh / 1st Chapter Reveal



Exciting news for fans of Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn. There's a new short story, featuring Shazi and Khalid! If you ever wondered what Khalid first thought of Shahrzad when she bravely walked toward him on their wedding night, now you'll know! The Crown and the Arrow, a novella, will be released on March 1st, 2016, and is told from Khalid's point of view. I can not wait to know what he was thinking. This will be the perfect way to hold fans over until we can get our hands on, The Rose and the Dagger, the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn, which will be released in May. 
If you can't wait to read more of The Crown and the Arrow, BUSTLE revealed the first chapter earlier today! You can read it in full here. Trust me, that first chapter is one that will leave you wanting more, even though you already know what happens next. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BEHOLD THE BONES by Natalie C. Parker / Signed ARC Giveaway!


Welcome to today's giveaway! We're so thrilled to team up with YA author, Natalie C. Parker, to celebrate her upcoming release of BEHOLD THE BONES, her sequel to BEWARE THE WILD. Behold The Bones will be released later this month (2/23 from Harper Teen), but you can enter to win a signed ARC, and ton of other cool stuff pictured above! Before I tell you how you can enter to win, here's a little bit about BEHOLD THE BONES, which author Kiersten White calls a, "American myth at its very best."

ABOUT THE BOOK (per it's book jacket)




Candace “Candy” Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.

That doesn’t mean Candy’s a believer, however. But with swamp haunts appearing in town every day, a suspicious new family in town, and her own mind starting to betray her, Candy must come to terms with the one piece of swamp lore she’s never heard before. It’s a tale that’s more truth than myth, and may hold all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy’s own family tree.

Other Professional Blurbs

"Candy's practical motivations combine with a witty, inventive narrative voice, creating one heck of a heroine. Shines with spooky Southern charm." -- KIRKUS

"...folklore weaves with horror to create a gripping read." -- BCCB

"[Candy's] loyalty, frustrations, determination, and sense of humor all paint a picture of a realistic teen, even with the fantastic events surrounding her." -- Booklist

Pre-order BEHOLD: http://amzn.to/1KDM5tX

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ENTER TO WIN!

Enter to win everything pictured above, which includes:

The prize box contains: 

  • 1 signed ARC of BEHOLD THE BONES
  • 1 "Awesome Possum" Keychain
  • 1 Signed BTB postcard
  • 1 Clary mason jar filled with sparkly, champagne Jelly Beans
  • 1 spoiler gift wrapped in BTB pass pages
*US residents only. Please see terms and conditions on the giveaway form.
MORE WAYS TO WIN!
There are more ways to win a signed arc of Behold The Bones! Check out the list of bloggers who are also hosting giveaways, as well as Natalie's own giveaway, HERE

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Shadowhunters TV Series Exclusive: Episode 6: Of Men and Angels, Set Picture #shadowhunters

Who's ready for next week's episode of Shadowhunters? Thank you to Shadowhunters, we've got an exclusive sneak peak from the set of Episode 6, airing on Tuesday, February 16th, at 9/8 CST on Freeform. Check out this set picture of Izzy and Alec!



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We adore these two! I love Izzy's boots! We're looking forward to finding out what happens next with our favorite Shadowhunters. Check out the promo for next week's episode below.


Don't miss the latest Shadowhunters news, promos and more on YouTubeTwitterFacebook and Shadowhunters.com. Tune in to Freeform on Tuesday, at 9 pm / 8 pm CST, to watch the next installment of Shadowhunters. Don't forget, you can watch the latest episodes of Shadowhunters, using the Freeform App!

GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard / Blog Tour: Book Review / Giveaway


Hello and welcome to today's stop for the GLASS SWORD blog tour! Along with my review, I've also got an amazing giveaway (at the end of the post), you won't want to miss!

ABOUT THE BOOK




By: Victoria Aveyard
Published by: Harper Teen
Released on: 2/9/2016
Series: Red Queen #2
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Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
Rating: 4.5 stars - I Really Enjoyed It
*I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


A riveting sequel! Glass Sword is a fantastic, heart pounding sequel with plenty of action, heartbreak and betrayal. Picking up right where Red Queen left off, Glass Sword thrust readers right back into the heart of the action, and the shock of betrayal both Mare and Cal share. With it's slower pace storyline, which is perfect for this book, Aveyard makes it incredibly easy to connect with the characters, and feel the range of the emotions they do. This book doesn't lack suspense, danger, and the constantly wondering of who's side certain characters are on. I loved the not knowing, though once motives are revealed, everything makes sense. 

I really liked the character journey Mare goes on. She's strong, ruthless, but not without compassion. The recent events and all that's going on in this book have changed her. She's broken, and yet more determined than ever to stop the King, Maven. His betrayal is still hard to swallow. Thankfully for Mare, she's got her brother, Cal, and her close friends to help her in her mission to save those just like her. Together, they can pose a united front and take down the King, though it won't be easy. In the end, it will Mare who will have to stand alone in a sense, in this fight against the King. I admire her willingness to be self sacrificing and save those she loves. 


This sequel was awesome. It contains the character journey I had excepted it would, though not to the gut wrenching degree I got. Victoria Aveyard, what have you done to me!?! This book is one heck of an emotional roller coaster, and I couldn't stop reading it until I finished the book. There are so many new challenges that the characters face, shocking plot twists, new characters, and plenty of heart pounding moments that either broke my heart or had me swooning. This book is a package of raw emotion, and what Aveyard does with Mare's story is awesome! There's so much more to her journey that I first thought there would be. I love the friendships, and romance in this story. With all that's happening, it brings light and hope to an otherwise darkened world. 


Can we just talk about the betrayals for a moment. I love that it was really hard to figure out who could be trusted. When it came down to it, no really could. That is part of what made this story so addicting. I had to know who was playing who, and what was really going on. Mare's brother's advice was right, "Trust no one." Speaking of characters, I have to hand it to Maven. I have completely underestimated his character. His character is something else entirely. His quest to break Mare, and his brother is one that is definitely part of the danger , and suspense of this book. I'm just not sure if what he's doing is out of spite, passion or vengeance. Maybe it's all three. 

What an amazing sequel! There's no shortage of awesome in this book! It's everything I had hoped it would be. Thank you Aveyard for breaking my heart, and leaving me to wait another year to find out what's going to happen next! I need the next book! This sequel is definitely worth picking up! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature­ length screenplays. You can visit her online at www.victoriaaveyard.comor on Twitterat @VictoriaAveyard

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One winner will get a RED QUEEN Prize pack from HarperTeen, which includes: ­

1 Physical Copy of CRUEL CROWN (0.1 & 0.2 Red Queen)
­ 1 Red Queen foam sword that reads “Kneel or Bleed”
­ 1 Scarlet Guard scarf


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FOLLOW THE TOUR


February 1st Bookish Lifestyle
February 2nd Once Upon A Twilight
February 3rd Fiktshun
February 4th Fictitious Delicious
February 5th Good Choice Reading

February 8th Novel Novice
February 9th The YA Bookworm Blog
February 10th Mundie Moms
February 11th Glass of Wine
February 12th Me, My Shelf and I

FOXHEART by Claire LeGrand / Cover Reveal

Welcome to today's cover reveal for Claire Legrand upcoming middle grade release, FOXHEART. I am so thrilled to help reveal the cover for this book. It is a stunner! Once you see it, I think you'll agree with us. 

Check out the cover below!


What an fabulous cover! Fans of Legrand's will be happy to know that FOXHEART'S main character is someone they already know. To find out more about who she is, check out my interview with Claire below. First, check out this exclusive first look of the inside artwork of FOXHEART. 


I can't wait for this book to be out! I love artwork in middle grade books. 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW


Hi Claire! I love the cover for Foxheart! What was your first impression when you saw the cover?

COMPLETE AND ALL-CONSUMING LOVE. I know, all caps, it's like I'm screaming at you, but seriously--from the very first mock-up, the Greenwillow team's vision for this cover--and illustrator Jaime Zollars's talent--blew me away. There are so many important details in this cover! And I love how the design makes it feel like you're peering out of a dark, dreary world into a world bright with magic and possibilities. Very fitting for Quicksilver's story. (Also, isn't Quicksilver's hair rad? I wants it.)

I love the title of this book! How did you go about coming up with the title Foxheart?

The original title was Quicksilver, but given that Marvel comics movie adaptations aren't going anywhere anytime soon, we needed to change the title so people wouldn't confuse it with the superhero of the same name. We threw around a few ideas, but Foxheart stuck. Quicksilver has a dog named Fox, who is also her best friend. And Quicksilver herself--a thief and a pretty good liar, too--is clever and swift, just like a fox. So the title worked well for a lot of reasons.

Quicksilver is a character fans of your short story "Quicksilver and the Stranger" from The Cabinet of Curiosities will recognize. What was it about this spunky character that made you want to give her her own book? 

I had no idea what I was going to do when I sat down to write the Cabinet story that month. Our theme was "tricks", so I thought, "Okay, tricks...maybe I'll write about a thief who plays tricks on people," and that was that. But I had no idea how deeply I would fall in love with my little thief. One moment in the story particularly struck me: Quicksilver doesn't feel remorse when she steals things--except for when she stole a statue of Saint Agatha from the convent where she was raised. The story says, "She had run away from the silent, stern Sisters as soon as she was strong enough, but one thing the Sisters had taught her was the beauty of prayer and faith, and she had never forgotten it." So here's this pretty ruthless, rebellious thief who treasures a statue of a saint. She stole it because she loves beauty and the idea of faith, of belief, and wanted a talisman to remind her of those things. That character trait of hers just came out of nowhere and fascinated me. I thought, "Who is this fierce, strange little bean?!" I had to know more about her. And I'm so glad my editor wanted to know more, too!

What is something you have come to admire about Quicksilver?

What don't I admire about her? She's resilient and witty. She's stubborn and rash and a liar. Sometimes she's a little bit heartless--and other times she feels and loves so deeply that she makes me cry. She's incredibly brave--not because she's fearless (although she'd never admit she's ever frightened of anything, ever) but because she keeps going even when every instinct screams at her to run away and give up. 

What are three things fans can expect to find in Foxheart

Witches (obviously). People with awesomely colored hair (#hairenvy). Bloodthirsty unicorns (YES).

Aside from Quicksilver, which character did you enjoy getting to know? Who surprised you in this story?

I typed like three different answers to this question, all full of spoilers. Eep! I'll just say that I loved getting to know Quicksilver's older self. She's like Quicksilver, and yet so different. Exploring different aspects of Quicksilver's personality by getting to know an older version of her was constantly surprising--not to mention wicked fun.

Can fans expect more middle grade books from you in the near future? 

Absolutely! Nothing I can talk about yet, but I deeply love middle grade and never plan to stop writing it. :)



ABOUT THE BOOK

By: Claire Legrand
Illustrated by: Jaime Zollars
Published by: Greenwillow Books
To Be Released on: October 4th, 2016
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Find out more about the book here 

Hundreds of years ago, the Wolf King united the seven kingdoms of the Star Lands and began his Hunt, endeavoring to kill all the witches in the land. With seven enchanted wolves by his side, he has nearly eradicated witchcraft from the Star Lands, and the people worship him as a kind savior.

But when a man matching the Wolf King’s description attacks the convent where twelve-year-old Quicksilver has been raised, she quickly realizes the king is not who they thought he was. 

Now running for her life, Quicksilver finds herself face to face with an older version of herself named Anastazia. Together with a young thief-in-training named Sly Boots and her dog, Fox, Quicksilver hurtles back through time in an attempt to dethrone the Wolf King before his Hunt is complete. 

Full of magic, adventure, and an original and compelling cast of characters, FOXHEART is a fast-paced fantasy reminiscent of HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE.

Cassandra Clare To Attend BookCon 2016 #BookCon2016



Yesterday BookCon announced that Cassandra Clare was going to be attending this year's festivities in Chicago! Cassandra Clare is part of a stellar line up of guests who will also be in attendance, like The Property Brothers, authors Meg Cabot, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor, Marissa Meyer, Susan Dennard, Sabaa Tahir, Melissa de la Cruz, Sarah J. Maas, and others. Check out the full list here

BookCon will be on Saturday May 14th, 2016, at the end of BEA. BookCon goers will need to purchase tickets to this event. This includes those attending BEA. Though BookCon happens at the end of BEA, this is separate event than BEA. Find out more about BookCon here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Freebie: Declarations of Love Quotes / Top Ten Tuesday #51


Hello & welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday! This week's topic is Valentine's Day Freebie. My previous Top Ten Tuesday post was, 10 Books I've Recently Added To My TBR List.

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted a Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is a fun one. It's a Valentine's Day Freebie. I was torn between sharing a few favorite romantic/swoony worthy/declarations of love literary quotes, and literary crushes. I think it's safe to say we all know that Will, Jem and Mr. Darcy are at the top of our literary crushes list. I opted for the quotes instead. I LOVE quotes. I have so many favorites, that it was hard picking just a few. 



(found via a Google search, sources were multiple sites)

Here are ten of my favorite romantic/declarations of love, literary quotes, that would go great on a Valentine's Day card. 


1) 


"There is no pretending, I love you, and I will love you until I die and if there is life after that, I'll love you then." 

- Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

2)


"Always." 

- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

3)


"You are not the last dream of my soul.

You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming. You are the first dream of my soul, and from that dream I hope will come all other dreams, a lifetime’s worth.


- Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince, Will's Letters to Tessa

4)

" There's no story. I saw you one day and I just knew."
- Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Everafter 

5) 

“I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. The one who will memorize the things you say as well as the shape of your lips when you say them. I want to know every curve, every freckle, every shiver of your body.” 
—Tahareh Mafi, Unravel Me 

6) 


 “I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.” 

—Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

7) 

"Do I love you? My god, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches."
- William Goldman, The Princess Bride

8) 

“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.” 
—Michelle Hodkin, The Evolution of Mara Dyer 

9) 

 “Because I was right. For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person. And we’re finally home.” 
—Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

10) 

"No measure of time with you will be long enough. But let's start with forever."
- Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn

And I of course can't end this post without one of my favorite Infernal Devices quotes:


 "I cannot bear another day of my life to go by that does not have you in it."  
- Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess


(Source: quotegram via Google search)

There are so many other quotes that I LOVE! What are some of your favorite literary declarations of love quotes? 

I'm just throwing this out there, that books make great Valentine's Day gifts, and if you gave one of the books quoted from above as a gift, you could write the quote on a card to give it with the book. If you want to make cards with book quotes on them, besides looking through books themselves, Goodreads and Buzzed are both great places to look for quotes similar to these is. Just Google search romantic literary quotes or favorite romantic quotes or something to that nature, and you should be able to find a variety of links. 

Speaking of Valentine's Day, don't miss our 7th Blog Birthday Bash on Valentine's Day!! I am so excited about our giveaways, especially the one for Lady Midnight!

OUT TODAY - Tuesday February 9th, 2016



Happy Tuesday! We've really begun to love Tuesdays, because that means there are new books out today! There are some fabulous reads hitting bookstore shelves today. Check out today's newest YA releases! 


Which new releases will you be picking up today?