Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!


(Image source: via Google)

We want to wish all of our fellow Americans a wonderful 4th of July! 
Here's to celebrating our nation's Independence / birthday surrounded by family and friends. We hope everyone has a fabulous, and safe holiday! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

JULY 2015 YA RELEASES


Happy July! Also known as Summer is almost half over *cries* Thankfully we've still got plenty of time to do some summer reading. Weather you're enjoying the great out doors, or hiding from the heat indoors, check out some of this month's YA releases that keep you company. Click the book's title to be taken to it's Goodreads page.



Week of July 7th


Week of July 14th



Week of July 21st


Week of July 28th

Wow, there are a lot of great releases this month. This list is made up from books/arcs I've received from publishers to review, Goodreads, and Epic Read's July Most Anticipated Reads lists. If you don't see a book that's being released this month above, please leave me a comment below letting me know the book's title, who's it's by, and which publishing house is releasing it. 

Ki Hong Lee (from The Maze Runner and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) To Narrate PALE KINGS AND PRINCES


We've got more exciting Shadowhunters news to share with you. Cassandra Clare shared on Tumblr yesterday that Ki Hong Lee will be narrating Pale Kings & Princes. Fans will recnogize Lee from The Maze Runner movie, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 


More Cute Dark Haired Boys Read To You! Ki Hong Lee (from The Maze Runner and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will be narrating PALE KINGS AND PRINCES, the newest installment of Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy. Can’t wait to hear it!

Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games Being Released This Month!


The final installment of the hugely anticipated film series THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 is coming to a theater near you this fall, and we’re celebrating in a BIG way. Assouline is debuting a gorgeous compilation of photos that bring you behind-the-scenes into the making of this big-screen adaptation. Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games is a special volume of exclusive photographs from all four films, which is available to preorder online now.

  

Visit Assouline.com for more information and to order the Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games book today.

* (above) Post content was provided by Mammoth on behalf of Lionsgate 

You can pre-order the book, which will be available on July 29th from Amazon. From Amazon, here's a sneak peak of a couple of the book's pages:





This looks like it's going to be a must have for The Hunger Game fans. Priced at $75 (US) dollars, the book is currently available for pre-order from Amazon for $50 (US) dollars. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Shadowhunters TV Series: This Week's Set Pictures



I think we should declare today Shadowhunter catch up day, on Mundie Moms. I love that there's so much going on in the TMI world, that today we've got three different posts for fans. Here's a recap of Tweets, and Instagram pictures from the Shadowhunters TV cast & crew from the set.








In celebration of Canada day yesterday, Rimac79 (on Instagram) shared this picture of the cast with the message, HAPPY CANADA DAY!

The Official #SHADOWHUNTERS TV Website Has Launched @ShadowhuntersTV



The official ShadowHunters TV website has launched! Shadowhunters TV tweeted out the exciting news yesterday on Twitter. If you've not yet checked out the new website, you're missing out! Fans will love the exclusives featured on the site. ShadowhuntersTV tweeted an invite out to fans to visit the new site and check out the exclusives that are being posted each day. Check out some of the tweets about the site below:



Check out these stills from the video of the set (click each of the pictures to enlarge them):




We can't wait to see the series when it airs next year on ABC Family!

Cassandra Clare Treats Fans To Lines from The Dark Artifices


Earlier this week Cassandra Clare took to Twitter to share some character lines from her upcoming series, The Dark Artifices. Each line she tweeted is from a different character from the series. Some of these lines are hilarious. I can't wait to read this series! Check out her tweets below:













Which character are you looking forward to "meeting" / reading about in TDA?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman / Waiting on Wednesday #253




By: Nicole Castroman
Published by: Simon Pulse
To Be Released on: 2.9.16
Pre-Order it from: Amazon 
Add it to Goodreads

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. This is their story.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England? 

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

From the moment I was first asked to reveal this book's beautiful cover (here), I have been anxiously waiting to get my hands on it. This book has pirates! Especially a telling of Blackbeard! What is not to love about that. Now mix in some romance, and I'm now beyond the patiently waiting to get this book in my hands stage. From the sounds of it, I think this is one debut that will really popular in 2016.

What book are you waiting to get your hands on?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TMI Series | NEW UK COVERS Spotlight | CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare | + A GIVEAWAY! #TMIblogtour


Hello and Welcome to the next stop in the TMI Blog Tour, hosted by Walker Books UK! I'm so thrilled to be apart of today's celebration for the re-release of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series in the UK. This week the series was re-released with the new stunning cover designs. Each day this week one Shadowhunter fansite will be featuring a newly designed cover from the TMI series. Yesterday the cover for City of Bones was featured here, and today I'm thrilled to be spotlighting the new design for City of Ashes


TMI NEW UK COVERS SPOTLIGHT: CITY OF ASHES 

To celebrate the publication of these stunning new editions of TMI, out in the UK this week, we’ve teamed up with Walker Books for a blog tour to show the amazing artwork created for these covers.



Here’s the piece of art used for City of Ashes, and the cover – click on the art to see the intricate detail of it!


The artwork was created by Míla Fürstová, an award-winning internationally exhibited artist, who has shown in 20 solo shows in many countries, including Britain, USA, France and the Czech Republic over the last decade. During this time she has won 14 prestigious awards. Her work has become part of important private and public collections, including that of Queen Elizabeth II and the V&A Museum in London and has featured in numerous publications. She also designed the illustration for the CD cover of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, a big reason why Walker Books commissioned her for these new covers.


Míla uses a print-making medium from the Middle Ages called etching:

- She uses a metal plate coated with wax
- She draws the illustration with a metal needle, exposing the bare metal
- The plate is then immersed in acid and the acid bites into the metal, where it’s exposed, resulting in lines on the plate
- The plate is inked all over, and the ink goes into the lines
- The plate is put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper and the paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print

Using this method, she made an intricate etching for each book, drawing on a metal plate. This was then used to produce the print featured above, which we then digitally coloured to use on the cover.

The choice of illustration for each cover was the result of a conversation between the Walker Books designer, Maria, and Míla. Everything had to be approved at sketch stage, because once the illustration is drawn onto the plate it’s very difficult to modify.

So for each piece of art, Maria sent Míla a full cover briefing of 5/6 pages per book with a synopsis, symbols, objects and extracts from the books with descriptions of characters, scenes and locations.

The briefing also suggested a few ways that Míla could go with the piece for the book. 
Below is a snippet of the illustration briefing for City of Ashes

We could have Clary and Jace as central characters in this illustration. They are both fighting to stop Valentine from getting the Mortal Instruments and destroying the world. 

Valentine is hidden in a ship and the climax of the story is a fight in it. The ship could be illustrated in the background.

There could be one of Clary's sketchbooks on the illustration. Clary discovers she has the power to create new runes, and she will use the opening rune to escape from Valentine.



Míla first sent in sketches with her initial thoughts. Then there would be a bit of conversation about the sketch, before she produced the final etching on the metal plate to make the print with. Below is an example that shows the process.  
  


Below is the final etched plate for City of Ashes.


Tomorrow, visit The Mortal Institute to see the artwork from City of Glass!

The new editions are available in the UK this week.



Cover Illustration © 2015 Walker Books Ltd.

If you are in the UK, you can order them from AmazonWaterstones and find them in your local bookshop.

 In Australia, you can order them from Booktopia and Bookworld.

These are UK English Language editions, but they are going to be available in a number of other territories. If you’re based in any of these, you should be able to ask your bookseller to order them in for you.

Singapore, India, South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Switzerland, Malta, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Jordan, Denmark


ENTER TO WIN

Thank you to Walker Books (UK), I've got an awesome giveaway! 1 winner will win the newly redesigned set of The Mortal Instruments. I personally think the new covers will look stunning on a bookshelf. If you'd like to enter to win, please fill out the form below. Please note this is for residents of the UK only. 

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Good luck!

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015 / Top Ten Tuesday #31



Hello & welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is, Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015. My last Top Ten Tuesday post was, Top Ten (Middle Grade) Books On My Summer Reading List

In no particular order, here are my Top Ten Books I've read this year so far. Really I should say that I've reviewed. I've read more than I've reviewed on the blog (hangs head in shame). 





  1. Snow Likes Ashes by Sarah Raasch
  2. The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdeih
  3. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
  4. Ignite by Sara B. Larson
  5. Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
  6. The Story Spinner by Becky Wallace
  7. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
  8. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
  9. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  10. The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey
These are my top ten, 5 star reviewed books from 2015 so far. I guess I should be thankful I'm a little behind on posting reviews, or else I would have had a much harder time picking my top ten. I love the mix of urban/urban fantasy and contemporary books that I've read so far this year, and that made it to on my list here. I'm finally branching out more, and discovering my love of contemporaries. 

These are Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015, what are some of your top ten reads from this year so far?

Out Today: June 30th, 2015

Happy Book Birthday to today's new release! Some how it's already the last day of June. I'm not sure how that happened. Summer is flying by a little too fast for me. Thankfully today's releases aren't numerous, which means we can still pick up a new title or two, and not feel overwhelmed with our already overcrowded TBR Summer Reading shelves. Before you head out to go soak up the sun, check out today's newest YA releases!



Happy SUMMER Reading!