Monday, October 20, 2014

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STONE COLD TOUCH by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Book Review

Stone Cold Touch is out TOMORROW!!!  
I LOVED this book. 
Jennifer L. Armentrout fans NEED this book! 
Seriously, be prepared to be confused on which team you're rooting for after you read this book.....

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Harlequin Teen
To Be Released on: 10/21/14
Series: The Dark Elements #2
Source: arc from publisher to review
Purchase from: Find out where to purchase from HERE
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Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Stone Cold Touch is Armentrout perfection! With a heroine who's trying to figure out where she stands with all the chaos happening around her, two swoon-worthy characters who complicate things with who has her heart (and mine too), plenty of Armentrout action packed scenes, that snark I love about her books, shocking twists and betrayals fans won't see coming, this is a book Armentrout fans will love!

PICK UP THIS BOOK when it hit shelves tomorrow! Read my full SPOILER FREE review here.

Compulsion by Martina Boone, Blog Tour: Author Interview / Enter to WIN! #CompulsionForMagic

Hello & welcome to the I Have A Compulsion for Magic blog tour
I'm so thrilled to be apart of the tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Martina Boone's debut, Compulsion. Today I'm thrilled to have author Martina Boone on the blog to talk about her debut release. After you my interview with her, be sure to check out the massive giveaway! Be sure to follow the entire tour for most chances to win, and check out the rest of the author guest posts. 

Hi Martina! Welcome to Mundie Moms. Thank you for stopping by today. Which character did you enjoy getting to know through your writing process for Compulsion?

 I love them all, but Barrie was the character that grew the most for me. I loved seeing her experience loss and find herself on the other side of it, and discovering her magic was so much fun!

 Were you surprised with any of your character's decisions?

 Barrie surprised me all the time. I didn’t always agree with her decisions—but that’s me looking at her as an adult, or as someone who isn’t dealing with grief. Every time I, as the author, fought something that she wanted to do, I ended up discovering that with everything that was pulling on her, she couldn’t have done anything different.

 If you could have one of the gifts your characters do, which gift would that be? Why?

 Could I have the gift without the compulsion? If so, then I’d take finding lost things. I’m constantly losing EVERYTHING. Of course, it would be nice to know what people want most, as long as I had the time and money to be able to help make their wishes come true.

Do you have a favorite line from the book you can share with us?

 "It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are, if you don’t accomplish anything in them.” It’s a good reminder for me to keep pushing to do more every day.

What have your recently read that you'd recommend to my readers?

 Oh, so many things. Let’s go with Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.

Thank you Martina for stopping by today!

About The Book

Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 10/28/14 ISBN: 1481411225

Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunts South Carolina plantation insteada prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her familys twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isnt what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Pre-order Compulsion

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Early Praise for Compulsion

Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, youll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” 

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” 
Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series 

"Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" 
Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen

About Martina

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them.

Shes the founder of, a Writers Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things YA Series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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Do you have a Compulsion for Reading? Then you don't want to miss what Martina Boone is giving away! 5 lucky winners will each win the following:

Grand Prize Winner - will win EVERYTHING pictured above! That's the right! That entire bag of books will go to 1 reader!! *US residents only

Next Winner - will win a $100 gift card to the book store of their choice! *open internationally

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A Guide to Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy

Curious to know more about Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy? Check out this helpful guide Cassie recently shared on Tumblr: 

Simon Lewis never thought he’d become a Shadowhunter…and now he has the chance. Ten novellas, each released as an individual e-book over the course of ten months, make up Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. The series will launch with one story a month beginning in February 2015 with:
After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy.
2) The Lost Herondale: Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?
Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale, his former parabatai, and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters. 
4) Nothing But Shadows: Simon challenges the setup of the Shadowhunter Academy and in doing so learns the story of James Herondale and Matthew Fairchild and the unusual way that they became friends and parabatai.
5) The Evil We Love : The story of Valentine’s Circle at the Shadowhunter Academy.
6) Pale Kings and Princes: Simon has an encounter with Downworlders and is reprimanded for not following the rules for Academy students interacting with Downworlders. A story within a story: Andrew Blackthorn, while a student at the Academy, becomes enthralled by a faerie and has two children with her: Mark and Helen.
7) Bitter of Tongue : When faeries kidnap Simon he encounters a member of the Wild Hunt, the former Shadowhunter Mark Blackthorn.  
8) The Fiery Trial : Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly …  
9) Born to Endless Night:  Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!  
10) Angels Twice Descending: Someone lives and someone dies at Simon’s Ascension ceremony.  
Cassie goes on to answer a couple fan questions about the series. Here's what was asked and what she said:
Cassie, by the Angel! How is Tobias Herondale related to Edmund who was born in the 1830s? Will we find out in The Last Herondale or do we have to wait until The Wicked Powers? Please picture Loki’s “Tell me” gif here. I am so, so excited for more Simon and more Herondales! Just because Tobias was worse than Stephen doesn’t mean that future (maybe same generation as Jace) Herondales are! — catreadsbooks
Well, Tobias could have been maligned! Who can say? Herondales, they’re either awesome or awesomely terrible. All I can tell you is that you will find out who the Lost Herondale is before The Wicked Powers
cottoncandybeefalo said: Hi Cassie! Do you know if The Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy will be out in print edition like The Bane Chronicles?
Yes, it will.
;) We’re super excited about Shadowhunter Academy and we hope you are too!

Cassandra Clare Talks More About The Mortal Instruments TV Series

News recently broke about The Mortal Instruments coming to TV. YAY!! We're so excited about this. Cassie took to Tumblr to answer fan questions about it. Here's what she said: 

Well, here’s the thing. I pretty much know what you do. I knew there was discussion about whether to continue with making TMI films or explore the avenue of television. I didn’t know about the definite decision, or who the writer/show runner would be until it was announced at Mipcom and reported in the Hollywood Reporter.
I have no idea what channel it will be on, or what countries it will be shown in (though I have seen some fretting that it will be “only in the US” which seems wildly unlikely since the production company isn’t even American) and no idea at all about …

It’s not that it bothers me, it’s that I don’t know the answers. Everything in this post is pretty much guesswork. The cast is the first thing fans care about, but it is the last thing that is important or relevant in TV development. The first things are scripts and showrunners.

So clearly the biggest question about the TV show is “Will they keep the same cast from the film?”
And the answer is unfortunately I don’t know. 
I mean, I can look at the history of television. There are hundreds of movies that were adapted into television shows, some based on books (Friday Night Lights) some not (Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) I can think of only one where they kept anyone from the feature film, and that’s MASH, in which Radar was played by the same actor in the film and the show.
Now that I look at what I just said, I see I’ve made somewhat the same phrasing mistake I see all over, which is about whether they’ll “keep the cast” as if the cast definitively wanted to be in the show, when I am pretty sure none of us knows any such thing. So there’s that.
Now keep in mind I have absolutely no idea whether the cast wants to return, and no idea what the plans of the production company are — but usually the cast of a feature film changes when it becomes television because 1) movie actors often don’t want to do TV 2) contractual obligations can prevent it 3) they may have other commitments that would prevent them from being able to do something as time-consuming as television 4) the ages of the characters in the TV show may not be the same as the ages of the characters in the film 4) any of a million reasons. To be able to keep the same cast a million factors would need to line up perfectly: desires, times, contracts, availability, etc.
So I have no idea. The only position of authority I am speaking from here is as someone who used to work for an entertainment magazine and knows something about the business of TV and movies. That’s it. 

I have no idea about this one. Buffy started up after the first movie, placing the events of the film squarely in the show’s past, and rarely referring to them (since they didn’t really track with the show.) Teen Wolf recaps the events of the film with a different spin. They could go either way, with the caveat that they’d have to start the show somewhere where people who’d never seen the film could understand it.

There was a rumor that TID was going to be a TV series. I never encountered a single piece of factual evidence that that was happening. (Like, for instance, in this case, when they are developing a TMI TV show, there are multiple articles about it.) 
It’s only been about 2 years since TID ended - not much of a wait really. We live in an odd media moment where we expect everything to be fast-tracked, but that’s not really the norm. I think Game of Thrones and Outlander both took about 20 years to become television shows.
If there was a TMI series, and it was successful, it would dramatically increase the chances of a TID film or TV show. If you want a TID show or movie, this is the best news you could get, not the worst. Because I saw no signs a TID show was happening otherwise.

One of the nice things about there being a TV show is the opportunity to see characters like Raphael, who was cut from the film, and Maia. I admire both those actresses and would certainly want Maia to be played by an actress of color.

I don’t know why “accept” is orange. Odd.
I understand being scared about the idea of a TV show instead of more films. You got used to the cast of the films and the look and settings. I like the film cast a lot. I like them as actors and as people.
However I do think that TMI is a better fit for TV than movies because it has a huge amount of backstory, which is nearly impossible to fit into a film, which is why for instance unless you read the books you would never have found out in the first film what the Mortal Cup actually did. TV gives you a chance to see the Circle in detail, the backstories of characters rendered visually, more time for more minor characters (like Magnus) etc. It really gives you time to wallow around in a world. And whatever actors they cast, if they were good choices, I am confident you you would come to love them as well, in the same way it is possible to love both Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, or Martin Freeman and Lucy Liu and Jude Law as Watson. No one actor is ever the only one in the world who can interpret a character — that’s not how acting is supposed to work, really. Even when they are amazing and lovely, as the TMI cast was and is.
I’m not trying to convince anyone to like the idea of a TV series if you don’t. I’m just saying that as someone with no more control over the situation than you, I think this is a good thing. Maybe they would have made a City of Ashes movie. Maybe not. I’d rather know something is happening than not know if anything is happening. And in Hollywood, what breeds development is success. If a TV show were successful, they’d probably be more likely to make a CoA or TDA or TID movie, not less. If what you want is to see movies and TV of the books you like, than the worst thing that can happen isn’t a movie when you wanted a TV show or a TV show when you wanted a movie, or a radio play when you wanted a musical. It’s nothing.
Anyway, I’ll be going out this November to see the production company and TV folks, so I may have more information then. We will see!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, Book Review & Enter To Win

By: Heather Demetrios
Published by: Harper Teen (Balzer+Bray
Released on: October 7th, 2014
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Source: received an arc to review exchange for my honest review
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Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself. 

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

A captivating read, Exquisite Captive is unlike any jinni story I've read before. Or fantasy book for that matter. Demetrius's book is seductive. This wasn't one of those books that I dove right in and finished it in no time, because it was a fast read. Demetrius took her time introducing me to her world, her rich Jinni history, and her well created characters. She hooked me. I wanted more. The more I got from her story, the more I wanted to read. 

Exquisite Captive has an alluring world with magic, excitement and plenty of danger. The characters are intriguing, and cunning. I liked that there is not one character in this story whom I wasn't interested in getting to know more. Whether good or bad, each character introduced in the story has a reason for being in the story. Their reasonings and uncovered secrets left me wishing I already had book two in my hands. Each character was driven by a desire. Whether it's a desire to be free, a desire to over throw those who rule their world, or something much more sinister. 

Though she is bond to her master, there is this untamed fire within Nalia that I admired. A powerful jinni in her own right, her bonds to her master limit her, and her power, though that hasn't stopped her from trying to break free of those bonds to get back to her homeland. Unfortunately there's a lot about Nalia's master, Malek that she doesn't know, and what she discovers in this book is that Malek is a much more powerful master and person than she realizes. Breaking her bond with him may seem impossible. It's not just Malek that she's bond to, but the bottle he wears around his neck that she was put inside and sold to Malek in. Luckily she isn't someone who will give up easily, and changes her tactics to try and get back her freedom. 

The characters and their relationships are interesting. I liked that while I got to know the characters, there's still an air of mystery around each of them that makes me second guess some of their motives. I liked not knowing everything about them. Malek is not a good guy. He's a powerful character who's full of secrets and the little bit that was revealed of those secrets, and his past make me think that I'm missing something about him.... as in there's something that Demetrios has deliberately left out of the story about him. I have a feeling that once she reveals what that is later in the series, everything about him, and what he does will make sense to me. 

Then there's Raif. The person Nalia has to learn to trust, but to an extent. I liked Raif, despite this long history that makes he and Nalia not like nor trust each other. The more they get to know each other, the more they learn to trust to each other. There's more to Raif than what I'm going to mention here, for the sake of spoilers. Given all that happens in the second half of the book, and especially the end, I'm anxious to find out what will be in store for them in the next book. That ending was a killer, and I should have seen it coming. 

I enjoyed Exquisite Captive, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in the series. Check out my original blog tour post & enter to win a copy of Heather's debut book HERE! *There is some mild language in this book. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Celebrate Halloween with @theNOVL & Enter To WIN!

Celebrate Halloween with NOVL and enter to WIN! 

Per NOVL: It’s officially October, which means it’s almost time for our favorite holiday, Halloween! And what goes better with jack-o-lanterns, tons of candy, and scary movies? A good book that sends chills up your spine. We have four Fall reads from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers that fit the bill perfectly.

In SALT & STORM, a young witch foresees her own murder. When she meets a sailor boy who can help change her future and step into her power, she jumps at the chance — but her power comes at a great cost.

What if the world’s worst serial killer was…your dad? In BLOOD OF MY BLOOD, Barry Lyga brings the I HUNT KILLERS trilogy to a heart-pounding conclusion, where the body count continues to mount and the question remains: is Jazz Dent more like his father than he realizes?

New York City has been taken over by teens in THE YOUNG WORLD. This first book in an action-packed trilogy by Chris Weitz sends members of the Washington Square tribe on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

Demons, vengeance spirits, and ghosts have been unleashed in UNMARKED, the second installment of the New York Times bestselling series by Kami Garcia. As Kennedy Waters and her friends investigate the history of the Legion and their longtime rivals, the Illuminati, Kennedy unearths a family secret that explains why she has been left unmarked.

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Texas Teen Book Festival - TODAY in Austin!

Texas Teen Book Festival this weekend!

James Dashner, Lauren Oliver among headliners; Saturday, Oct. 1

AUSTIN (October 14, 2014)—The Texas Teen Book Festival is here! This Saturday will be jam-packed with author sessions and panels, book signings, vendor displays, and more. The full lineup of 29 authors appearing at the Texas Teen Book Festival 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, The Rule of Thoughts (the sequel to The Eye of Minds), is a novel set in a world of hyper-advanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming. A movie based on The Maze Runner debuted last month and has grossed more than $220 million worldwide. Oliver’s YA book Panic has been optioned by Universal Pictures in a major movie deal, and her first novel for adults, Rooms, debuted in September.

Other headlining and featured authors include Marie Lu, Scott Westerfeld, A.S. King, and Andrew Smith. The full list and schedule are available at

The one-day Festival takes place this 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.

“This year's Festival is THE one to attend,” says librarian and Fest founder Heather Schubert. “You'll find amazing keynotes, interactive events, writing workshops, a hilarious game show, and much, much more. Expect to leave with a list of new favorite authors and a stack of books you can't wait to read!”

The popular Texas Throwdown Game Show, taking place from 9:40 to 10:20 a.m., is a high-energy competition with teams of authors led by Marie Lu (The Young Elites) and Paolo Bacigalupi (The Doubt Factory). 

“‘Is that a banjo I hear?’ ‘Wait, how many marshmallows did he just put in his mouth?’  These are just a few remarks you might hear teens say during the TTBF wild Texas Throwdown Game Show this Saturday,” says show host Sarah Pitre. “The event promises to reveal authors’ secret, hidden talents, karaoke blunders, and crazy hijinks," Pitre says.

To help attendees plan their day, the Texas Teen Book Festival schedule is available for download on SCHED, an interactive app, at Attendees can also download SCHED on mobile devices including iPhone, Androids and Blackberries, so they will have their personal schedules handy on Saturday. 

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.

For more information about any and all Texas Teen Book Festival happenings, go to Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #ttbf14. See you at the Texas Teen Book Festival this weekend!

Friday, October 17, 2014

UnDivided by Neal Shusterman, Book Trailer & Giveaway!

Happy Friday! I am so thrilled to feature the book trailer for Neal Shusterman's UnDivided today on the blog! Check out the book trailer & enter to win Neal's newest release!!

What did you think? Now I want to go pick up the book and find out what happens. 

About the Book:

Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.

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Cassandra Clare Answers Fan Questions about Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy

Cassandra Clare recently answered fan questions about Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy. Here is what she shared via her Tumblr page:
Entertainment Weekly updates on Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and shows the beautiful placeholder cover with an arrow for Simon. Also we can reveal our fourth co-conspirator, Robin Wasserman :)
palace-within-0ur-dreams said: Hey Cassie! When do you think the Shadowhunter Academy bind up will come out? I’m sure you don’t really know yet, but do you think it will be like the long wait we’ve had for the Bane Chronicles, or will it be a bit quicker? Thanks!
I think if my publishers heard it described as “a long wait” for the Bane Chronicles bindup they would rip out all their hair! Yes, TFSA will eventually be a printed, published book just like the Bane Chronicles (which is out November 11.)
its-mrs-t-herondale said: Hi Cassie! I love your books so much! I have a few questions though, Will Jace and Clary get married in TDA or already be married? Will Jem and Tessa appear in TDA? And, do you think you’ll make Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy into a book like you are with The Bane Chorincles? Anyway, I love you so much and hope someday you’ll come to Australia because it would be amazing to meet you!
Jem and Tessa, Jace and Clary, all appear in Shadowhunter Academy and The Dark Artifices. They are not main characters, but they are there enough for you to check in with them, find out what’s going on with them, etc. I’ll make a bigger post about this later, since up until “Will the cast from the movie return for the TV show” unexpectedly became my most asked question (answer: “I do not know!”) that was it. :)
Shadowhunter Academy will definitely be “a book.” I don’t have a publication date for it, but I would guess it would follow roughly the same timeline as the Bane Chronicles since it’s a very similar project. Expect to see Simon and of course Magnus and Alec, Jace and Clary, Izzy and Jem and Will and Tessa... 
I can't wait to read this series. Check out the titles of each book, and their release dates here

Flashback Friday: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, Book Review

By: Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher: Point
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Source: Purchased
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Better off Friends

Rating: 4.5 stars - this is one really good story!

Synopsis: For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

I adore stories that follow characters over a longer timeline, and I absolutely love the entire "can a boy and girl ever be just friends" plotline. So, it's no surprise that I loved Macallan and Levi's story.  Plus, I love seeing the very beginning of a love story, don't you?

Elizabeth gives us this and more. We have dual points-of-view and bonding over an obscure (at least in the U.S.) British TV show. You guys know how much I love BBCAmerica. I immediately related to them. And a quick aside for all of us who like to see parents present in YA stories -- this is a perfect example of how it can be done and done well. I adored how Levi's mom was written. The characters jumped off the page and I felt like they may have been friends or friends-of-friends whose story I overheard and just couldn't stop myself from eavesdropping further.

There is a sweetness to the misunderstandings and a realness to the let's-just-stay-friends, but the very best part was how, in spite of it all, they were just meant to be together. I loved how people assumed that they were together when they weren't.

Elizabeth's done it again. She's written a simply sweet, super believable romance and one that stayed in my heart well after I finished the last page. Pick it up next time you're in a bookstore or library.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Enter To Win The Bane Chronicles from @SimonTeen

Check it out! Simon Teen is giving away copies of The Bane Chronicles!

Head over to Goodreads where you can enter to win!

Out November 11th, The Bane Chronicles is by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan. 

A Collection of Ten Short Stories centred around Magnus Bane. Each short story is going to be published as an ebook followed by a Full Single Print Coming 2014

Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. I’ve teamed up with acclaimed YA writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create the Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked tales.

Look for short stories like Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale; The Rise and Fall of the Hotel Dumort; Saving Raphael Santiago and What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway). Each story will be available as an ebook on a monthly basis starting April 16 with the tale of What Happened In Peru. 

Each story will be released monthly online for the next ten months — and then for those who don’t read e-books, the full print collection will be available in bookstores and wherever else books are sold after the Chronicles have been finished.

Add The Bane Chronicles to your TBR lists on Goodreads