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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

City of Lost Souls Chapter Hunt Reveal, Part 5 & Exclusive Giveaway

I am beyond THRILLED to be apart of Cassie's City of Lost Souls Chapter Hunt reveal hosted by Simon & Schuster. Today I have the privilege of revealing the 5th part of the City of Lost Souls Chapter Hunt as well as giveaway a for a limited edition copy of COLS & the  LIGHTWOOD FAMILY RING! Before I tell you how you can enter to win, let me tell you a little about COLS which is out 5 WKS from TODAY!!!! You can find out about the various COLS special editions and which of those will be available in which counties here.

As you guys know COLS has an extremely strict embargo on it, meaning there are NO ARCs for this book. The only sneak peak fans are receiving is from the Chapter Reveal. 

If you haven't already, please be sure to read the Prologue, which was revealed on USA Today early this year and the first 4 parts of chapter 1 revealed at these sites below. Each link will take right into the part that they revealed. 

3/28- Cassie Clare, part 1
3/29- Novel Novice, part 2
3/30- Eve's Fan Garden, part 3
4/2- The Story Siren, part 4
4/3- Mundie Moms, part 5
4/4- Mortal

The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?
Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

One lucky winner will receive a LIMITED EDITION copy of COLS along with this one of kind LIGHTWOOD Family Ring! 

To Enter: Please read the rules before entering
- 1 entry per person
- This is open to residents of the US only (sorry international followers. Stay tuned for news from your COLS publisher for an exclusive giveaway for you soon).
- You must be 13 yrs & older to enter, if under a parent/guardian's permission is required
- Once the giveaway is over, the winner will have 48 hrs to reply back to email (all winnings are being shipped from Simon & Schuster).


Catch a sneak peak from the upcoming release of the COLS trailer!

I'll have that posted on here as soon as it's out. 


Don't miss your chance to catch Cassie at her City of Lost Souls Launch Party on May 8th at Anderson's Book Shop!

City of Lost Souls launch party!
Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00pm
Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College
310 E. Benton Ave.
Naperville IL 60540
TICKETS ARE REQUIRED AND ARE AVAILABLE ONLY AT ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP. For tickets, please call : Anderson’s Bookshop/ 630-355-2665


THANK YOU to Cassandra Clare and Chrissy w/ Simon & Schuster for putting the chapter hunt together and making this giveaway possible!

Book Review: Black Heart by Holly Black

By: Holly Black
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry
Released on: April 3rd, 2012 TODAY
Source: ARC from ALA midwinter
5 stars: I LOVE this series
Purchase from: Simon & Schuster | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love -quoted from Goodreads

Oh Curse Workers, why does this series have to end!?! I was honestly hesitant about reading Black Heart, because I didn't want this series to end. Okay and maybe I was a bit scared about reading what might happen to Cassel and the rest of the characters from this series. We all know that Holly's not scared to torture her characters. One of the things I have enjoyed about this series, and I might be demented to admit this, is the idea of people have an ability and being able to do something with just one touch of their hand. Holly has a talent for creating something that comes to life, and for me while reading this series, this ability felt realistic. Getting to see the "mob" side of things with the Curse Workers series has been extremely interesting to say the least and, surprisingly it wasn't hard for me fall in love with so many of the series's flawed characters. 

Holly Black has created a series with lively characters who all surprisingly found a place in my heart over the course of this series. I love that they're all flawed in more ways than one, but my favorite character from this series has always been Cassel Sharpe. Through out the entire series we've seen the heartbreak, the torment, the turmoil and the inner battle to rise above the mob life Cassel's dwelt with. This poor guy can't seem to catch a break. If you're met his mother, his brothers, grandfather and the rest of the characters in this story you'll know what I'm talking about. Though each of these characters also adds so much richness to already enticing plot line. No matter how far he tries to stay clear of his family's path of crime, their ties to the Curse Workers mob, or how good Cassel tries to be, he always finds himself back on the "other side" of the law. For me, that's one of the things that made me love him even more. 

Cassel is one of those characters who's incredibly smart, he's charming, has this snarkiness about him that I love. He's a character who made me root for him from the beginning, and kept me cheering for him through out the series. He's a character who's grown a lot over the course of the series. I admire the fact he's someone who's showed courage and gained a tremendous amount of confidence with the end of Black Heart. While there were times I might have cringed over some of his decision making, I did have some proud "Mundie Mama" moments for him while reading Black Heart. This story wrapped up the series in the most fitting Curse Worker way possible. That's all I'm going to say about the story so that I don't spoil it for anyone. If you enjoyed the first two books in this series, wait till you read Black Heart. 

Holly's writing, her characters and her richly detailed plot line, along with each character's back story added so much to the over all series. She hooked me from the get go. I wanted to know more about Cassel, his mother, his father, his other family members and his friends. I love that when an author has the ability to make her supporting characters just as intriguing and strong as their main character. This series is a fabulous one! There's romance, family dynamics, plenty of suspense, a touch of magic, danger and a whole lot more. Though I'm sad to see this series come to an end, Holly Black has created a series that will remain at the top of my favorites list. I highly recommend picking this one up TODAY!