Mundie Moms

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Twitter Tuesday - Cassie Clare

Cassandra Clare by MinaBlak

Cassie was so good to us today. She answered sixty-five character (Infernal Devices only) questions on twitter. Have you seen them?? They're posted in our Forum under each character. And there are some wonderful answers like this one:

"Will: Do you remember when Magnus kissed you?" WHAT?

Check out the rest here.

And a snippet from when "Will meets Jem" scene:
Will’s fingers brushed the other boy’s as he took the weapon from Jem: it was the first time, Charlotte thought, that she had ever seen him touch any other person willingly.

Happy Tuesday, Mundie Moms!

Book Review / Blog Tour: Haunted by Joy Preble

I'm excited to be today's stop in my blog tour for Joy Preble's Haunted. Today I'm featuring my 4 star review for this exciting sequel to Anastasia Dreaming.

By: Joy Preble
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Released on: February 1st, 2011

Source: bought, signed
4 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

"Anne Michaelson "is trying to forget everything that happened last year. But it's hard to do when her heart aches for Ethan "and there's a wild-haired woman stalking her..."
"Ethan Kosinsky "is embracing his newfound mortality. But something is drawing him back to the girl he left behind-"back to Anne and back to the magic..."
A mysterious stranger is hunting Anne wherever she goes. No one sees her but Anne. When she searches for the woman's identity, Anne exposes secrets about her own life- things that will change her life forever. And when the gorgeous Ethan returns, her life gets a lot more complicated.
Anne thought her journey with the Romanov family had ended, "but it was just the beginning..."- quoted from Goodreads
Haunted is an enticing sequel to Joy Preble's Anastasia Dreaming. I loved this book's Russian lore, romance, and suspense as much as I did in the first book. Joy Preble has a fabulous job at taking her readers deeper into her lore, unraveling the secrets from the first book and uncovering some unexpected twists. I was so caught up with the story this time around that I didn't even question what was going on, and the ending left me wanting more. Joy not only answers questions I had from book 1, but she also leaves room for more questions with this story's ending, which will lead right into book 3.

Anne is just as feisty as she was in the first book only this time around I feel like she speaks her mind a bit more as the story progresses. I adore her best friend Tess just as much as I did in book one and I may have fallen in love with Ethan even more. Finally these two admit their feelings for each other, but of course it's much more complicated than just professing their love for one another. With a Rusalka who's stalking Anne, a complicated love triangle, and Anne gaining powers she didn't know she had, Ethan and Anne have more than their feelings for each other to contend with. There's a lot that gets uncovered in this story and it puts everyone Anne cares about at risk.

Joy did a great job at showing three different sides of this story through Anne, Ethan and Baba Yaga's narrations. I have to admit, Baba Yaga started to wear me down a bit in this book and I even felt myself sympathizing with her a little. This sequel has a fast paced plot line that's full of surprises with it's secrets inside of secrets, mystery, danger and of course a few kissy scenes. I really liked the direction this series has taken and the way in which Joy was able to dive deeper into her Russian lore. She kept this story line exciting, kept me on my toes and in the end left me feeling both satisfied and wanting more. If you've read Dreaming Anatastia I highly recommend picking this sequel up. There is some very mild language, and some swoon worthy moments between the love interests.

You can follow the Haunted blog tour here.

Giveaway Winners!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to the following giveaway winners:

#52- Kris C

#76- Lori W
#123- Tara T

#26- Jen R
#2- SJune

#37- Kelly F

Thank you to everyone who entered! All winners have been notified via email and have 48 hrs to reply back in order to receive their winnings. If a winner does not reply back with in that time frame a new winner will be selected. Don't miss out on entering to win more giveaways I currently have going on, which are listed in the right hand side bar.