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

Add it to Goodreads 


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
Add it to Goodreads
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
Add it to Goodreads
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?

Monday, February 8, 2016

LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare / Mini Book Review (SPOILER FREE) #Shadowhunters



By: Cassandra Clare
Published by: Margaret McElderry Books
To Be Released on: March 8th, 2016
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
PreOrder from: Simon & SchusterAmazon | B&N | Waterstones (UK)
Add it to Goodreads
Rating: 5 Steles - I LOVED IT!
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

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


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

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

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

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


My Thoughts (Mini Review, Full Review To Come) SPOILER FREE


Oh my Shadowhunter heart! This book is absolutely AWESOME! Be prepared to fall in love with a whole new group of Shadowhunters. Cassandra Clare's signature style of writing is enthralling, and utterly engaging. With all new characters to meet, there comes plenty of those heart pounding moments, sweet romantic gestures, danger, betrayal, snark & sass, moments that will break your heart, scenes that will leave your breathless and strong willed characters to fall in love with, that Cassandra Clare is known to write. 


Lady Midnight reminded me of what it was that first made me fall in love with her characters in City of Bones, and Clockwork Princess. This book was far more than I had hoped it would be. It is Shadowhunter perfection wrapped in a wide range of emotions that only Clare can make her readers feel. This book was worth the wait! Though all three of these series go together (The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices), this is a series that also stands on it's own. This book is all the book feels wrapped up in a riveting story that will leave you wanting the next book in this series! If you haven't already pre-ordered this book, I highly recommend that you do! 



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I will be sharing my full review closer to the release date of Lady Midnight. If you're looking forward to getting your hands on this book before it's out, than stop back by Mundie Moms this weekend when we celebrate our 7th Blog Birthday!! 


Read the 1st chapter of Lady Midnight, HERE.


Snippet from The Dark Artifices / Sneak Peak of Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy Printed Book Releasing 11/2016 / Mundane Monday #270


*click to enlarge* Artwork done by Cassandra Jean

Happy Mundane Monday! This past weekend Cassandra Clare treated Shadowhunters fans to a snippet from her, The Dark Artifices series, on Tumblr. Below's snippet is shared from Cassie's original post here.


Far below them the world spun by, a patchwork of summer-gold fields, green hills, and luminous, winding rivers of blue and green. It was beautiful, but Julian could not take his eyes off his brother. So this is the Wild Hunt, he thought. This freedom, this expanse, this ferocity of joy. For the first time, he understood how and why Mark’s choice to stay with his family might not be an easy one. For the first time he thought in wonder of how much his brother must love him after all, to consider giving up the sky for his sake.

Cassie also gave fans a sneak peak into the print book of TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY, which will be released this coming November! Check out this sneak peak from the interior artwork, shared from her original post here.




Here's what Cassie said about it:

An interior illustration by Cassandra Jean for the print book of TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY, due out 11/15! We finally have a release date! Yay! Starring Simon as he journeys from mundane to Shadowhunter and tries to win back Isabelle’s heart…


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Shadowhunters TV: Preview of Episode 5: Shadows Fall Apart #Shadowhunters

(Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus, source)

Shadowhunters, check out the new promo trailers for this upcoming week's Shadowhunters episode 5: Shadows Fall Apart

 









Don't miss the latest Shadowhunters news, promos and more on YouTubeTwitterFacebook and Shadowhunters.comTune in to Freeform this Tuesday, at 9 pm / 8 pm CST to catch episode 5.