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Friday, November 29, 2013

Win a Signed AngelFall by Susan EE. 3 WINNERS

Hey guys Casey here! So I am obsessed with Susan EEs Books! they are amazing. One of the best YA’s I have ever read! Now its your chance to win a copy. There will be three winners! CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

City of Heavenly Fire Thanksgiving Snippet

Cassie treated fans to a Thanksgiving CoHF snippet today!

"Did Brother Zachariah just steal our cat?"

I seriously heart this snippet!! To add to that snippet, Cassandra Jean created this lovely image to go with it. 

Happy Thanksgiving & Thanksgivukkah!

 I'm truly grateful to each of you for being apart of Mundie Moms. I'm grateful to the authors and publishers who continue to allow us to review and help promote their books. I'm grateful to Sophie, Erin, Shandra and Em for all their help and support on our sites. I'm grateful to Cassandra Clare who's really the reason why I even started MMs. I'm especially grateful to each of you who take the time to stop by Mundie Moms. Thank you for your continued support!! I am truly grateful that I've been able to do something I love for the past 5 years and I couldn't do it without all of you. THANK YOU! Wishing all who celebrate, have a fabulous THANKSGIVING!

Since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah haven't fallen on the same day. I think it's pretty amazing that both holidays are on the same day this year. Here's wishing ALL of our friends a HAPPY HOLIDAY!!! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2013 Inky Awards Announced in Melbourne Australia

We are pleased to announce the Inky Awards for best teen Australian and International Book in 2013. The Inky Awards is hosted each year by Inside A Dog which is the website dedicated to Children's and Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria Australia.  As an Aussie Mundie Mom I love all the hard work the people at our Vic State Library do for Children's and Teen fiction.

The awards are voted on every year in Australia by Australian Teens aged 12-20 years. Books need to be available for Aussie Teens to buy in regular book shops and from Aussie online stores to be eligible for nomination

The nominations for the 2013 Gold Inky which is for best Australian teen book were 
Girl Defective by Simmone Howell
My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg
Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts
Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil
Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
The nominations for the Silver Inky which is for best International teen book were
The Diviners by Libba Bray
See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
And the Winners for the awards were

The Gold Inky for Best Australian Teen book goes to My Life As An Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

The Silver Inky for best International Teen book goes to The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Congratulations to all those nominated and especially to the two winners!

Cassandra Clare Talks City of Ashes Movie (SPOILERS)

MTV News recently posted their interview with Cassandra Clare, in which she talked about City of Ashes movie.

While actress Lily Collins told us earlier this month that she wasn't sure when shooting will start on "City of Ashes" ("I don't know anything else; I kind of am with everyone else in the waiting game.”) Cassandra Clare is ready for the sequel which she says "ratchets up the stakes".
"Simon (Robert Sheehan) is turned into a vampire," Clare teases, "And he goes from being this human who's Clary's friend to this ravenous undead thing." Clare adds that she pushed for Sheehan in the role, with early discussions about his casting centering on how right he'd look stalking the night and sucking blood. "Robbie was actually my idea," she says. "I saw him in 'Misfits,' which is a big comedy hit in Britain, and he's just so good and yet also able to be heartbreaking and I thought he'll be great and he will enjoy the hell out of being a vampire."
What else can fans expect from "City of Ashes?" Well, Sigourney Weaver is joining the series as the Inquisitor. Describing the previously-announced casting, Clare says the character is "This badass, scary lady" that fans can expect to enjoy. Although she's sworn to secrecy about any other details for the adaptation, Clare says there's a massive battle on the deck of a warship capping the second story that she's excited to see onscreen.
Clare describes the experience of seeing "City of Bones" on an editing bay in a L.A. studio for the first time as "bizarre": "Even though in the movie they're very different from the way they are in the books, there were moments where I sort of jumped because a certain prop or a certain thing was as I imagined it in my head."
And what about that kiss? You know, the one that happens just before Clary and Jace learn that they might have accidentally pulled a Luke and Leia? "You have this relationship built up between the two characters, then you have this revelation at the end of the story... and it's slightly more clarified in the movie that [the romance] is possible."
Not everything was perfect with that first viewing: Clare says she had some "small" notes such as realizing that the character of Isabelle (Jemima West) went the entire movie without being named. But overall, she was happy with the adaptation by first-time screenwriter Jessica Postigo and director Harald Zwart.
"It was a lot of continuity stuff - I asked them to cut out things that contradicted later books in the series," but there was one thing the author wishes could have made it into the movie: "In the books, the motorcycles can fly, and they didn't want to do flying motorcycles. We went back and forth on whether we should imply they can fly [laughs]."

It will definitely be interesting to see what stays and what doesn't make it to the big screen with City of Ashes. I can't wait for December 3rd, when I can run out and pick up my The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones blu-ray combo pack!

Jamie Campbell Bower with Benedict Cumberbatch

BZGPy5cCMAIHor2 If you want to make any Shadowhunter happy - show them a picture of Jamie Campbell Bower. He looks like he's bulking up (maybe that's the layers, but I will take it). He's at the Soho House and Grey Goose Party. Not in bad company either. Yes people, that is Cumberbatch. Be still my beating heart. SOURCE

Lily Collins (Clary Fray) Joins Instagram

Capture Lily Collins has joined instagram, and it has been confirmed by her Mortal Instruments co-star Kevin Zegers. Follow her at @lilyjcollins.

Cassandra Jean Postcard Featuring Jace and Brother Zachariah

tumblr_mwtul1eqba1qck31zo1_500 Cassandra Jean is working on postcards now, for City of Heavenly Fire. It's an moment featuring Jace and Brother Zachariah. What do you think of the card?
Working on the Postcards for City of Heavenly Fire for cassandraclare I drew this scene and thought “Technically this is still Heronstairs” and then I made myself sad. Because that is sad.

See a Clip from 'The Mortal Instruments' DVD Extras

Can't wait for 'The Mortal Instruments' to come out on DVD? Us either! It's not too long now, but here's the great thing... DVD extra's are being released. Here's what we know about special features...
Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Material: - Bringing Them to Life – Filmmakers & Cast discuss the characters of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - Descendants of the Cup – A look at the stunts and the cast’s transformation into Shadowhunters - Music Video: “Almost is Never Enough” by Ariana Grande featuring Nathan Sykes - Deleted Scenes Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Material: - Interactive Lineage Tracker – Allows users to learn more about all the characters in the world of The Mortal Instruments - Deadly Attraction – Lily Collins & Jamie Campbell Bower on their roles as Clary Fray & Jace Wayland - Entering The Shadow World – Creating the extraordinary creatures of the shadow world - Into the Shadows: From Book to Screen – A look at this monumental book’s journey from page to screen

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mundane Monday #200: #TMIMovie Mashup

Happy (very belated) Mundane Monday! I don't know where this day went, but it's not quite over. To celebrate my 200th Mundane Monday post, I'm sharing @MortalMovie's #TMIMovie Mashup. Enjoy!!

13 Young Adult Adaptations To Look Out For

Gotcha Movies has shared their list of 13 Young Adult Adaptations To Look Out For, post The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie.

Read more here on why they selected these 13 book to movie adaptations. Do you agree with their list? What other movie adaptations do you think should have been added to the list? I can think of two, Mockingjay and City of Ashes.

City of Heavenly Fire's Ending

Oh just kill me now. haha Cassandra Clare tweeted yesterday that her assistant just finished CoHF. She also mentioned that her assistant said, "That was the saddest happy ending." I'm just saying I'd be happy to read it, and share my thoughts. lol This book is going to be the death of me.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Time Traveling YA Book Signing TODAY @ Wellesley Books

Check out Time Traveling YA fans! Beth Revis, Alan Gratz, Jeri Smith-Ready & Myra McEntire will be signing TODAY at 2 pm at Wellesley Books! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Introducing The YA Series Insiders: Giveaway

We are so thrilled to be apart of today's YA Series Insiders Introductions. Some of our favorite authors have come together to discuss their upcoming projects, writing, books and much more. This is all geared towards Young Adults! Learn more about this fabulous group of authors & don't miss their giveaways below!


 Mundie Moms has always been an enthusiastic supporter of authors both veteran and debut, and that is why we are thrilled to have Mundie Moms participate in our launch celebration for We are so excited to be able to share our fabulous new blog with readers. Thank you for letting us visit! YASI is all about series fiction, and it's put together by a group of young adult authors who believe that books, and especially book series, can change hearts and form relationships with readers that last a lifetime. With that in mind, is a blog about the discovery, celebration, and shared experience of the worlds and characters of the great teen series. While each of the eleven authors involved have young adult series starting in 2014 from major publishers, this blog is about all teen series fiction—past, present, and future. As series authors ourselves, we have a unique experience in that we can look at the books we love both as authors and readers. We also have the opportunity to reach out to the authors of these great books (or to run into them at book events), so we want to be able take advantage of that to make YA Series Insiders a place where readers and authors come together. The Tumblr blog is launching today, with interviews and lots of secrets from great series authors including:
  • Melissa de la Cruz
  • Tahereh Mafi
  • Marie Lu
  • Lauren Oliver
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Tamora Pierce
  • Ann Aguirre
  • Beth Revis
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Nancy Holder
  • Gennifer Albin
  • Jessica Brody
  • Susan Dennard
And many, many more! Plus we'll keep adding new secrets about authors, characters, and books, not to mention great series news, book trailers, cover reveals and, of course, more giveaways of the hottest series books. To celebrate the YASI launch, we are having a HUGE giveaway, including more than $1,000 of signed box sets or hardcover sets of our favorite YA series, plus jewelry, DVDs, and fun, handpicked items from each of the eleven YASI authors, at We are also hosting smaller giveaways, including MORE jewelry, unique gifts, and swag from each of us on the following four blogs:
  • Adventures in YA Publishing - Gifts plus signed hardcovers of LEGEND, PRODIGY, CHAMPION by Marie Lu
  • Mundie Moms - Gifts plus signed hardcovers of INSURGENT, DIVERGENT, ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
  • YA Books Central - Gifts plus signed hardcovers of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, THE CROWN OF EMBERS, THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson
  • Page Turners Blog - Gifts plus signed hardcovers of SHATTER ME and UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi and a signed hardcover of ICONS by Margaret Stohl
Also stop by the following places to win more great, signed books:
The giveaways all start today, November 23rd, and run through the end of the year. We'll announce all winners at on January 1, 2014. There is only one winner per giveaway, eleven winners in all, so winners will be taking home boatloads of literary loot. :) Please enter by completing the form in this post to win here, and then stop by the above sites and for more chances to win. We hope you'll be as excited about this project as we are! The YASI Team: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Nina Berry, Anne Blankman, Martina Boone, Lanie Bross, Tracy Clark, Bree Despain, Claudia Gray, S. E. Green, Kimberley Griffiths Little, and Sara Raasch.

The Giveaways

From Publisher's Marketplace: USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout's new young adult series in which a half demon, half gargoyle teenage girl risks the wrath of her adoptive clan and the trust of a boy she's loved forever by partnering up with a sexy, dangerous demon who claims he can protect her from dark elements in a usually quiet demon population, to Margo Lipschultz at Harlequin Teen, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in Winter 2014, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).

  Jennifer's Mundie Moms giveaway: Enter here to win a silver gargoyle charm. Considering my characters are... well, gargoyles, that extra special prize seems a wee bit fitting. Head over to our main giveaway on our Tumblr for another chance to win this plus a signed Soul Screamers Omnibus by Rachel Vincent. And you can find out there why I have a girl crush on Rachel!

FROM NINA BERRYFrom Publisher's Marketplace: Nina Berry's THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES, the first in a new series set in Berlin in 1961, in which a disgraced Hollywood starlet is pulled into a complex world of politics and intrigue as the Cold War heats up, to Annie Stone at Harlequin Teen, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Tamar Rydzinski at the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

  Nina's Mundie Moms giveaway: Enter here to win a 1960s-style double-stranded champagne pearl and rhinestone necklace. It's just like the one my character, Pagan Jones, inherits from her mysterious mother. Head over to our main giveaway on our Tumblr to win this and both of Judy Blundell's period mysteries WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED and STRINGS ATTACHED, and find out how they relate to THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES.

FROM ANNE BLANKMANFrom Publishers Marketplace: Anne Blankman's PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, in which a seventeen-year-old Nazi who is the darling of Uncle Dolf--aka Adolf Hitler--is told shocking information about the death of her father--information that forces her to question everything she believes, to Kristin Daly Rens of Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins in a three-book deal at auction for spring 2014 publication, by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary. 

Anne's Mundie Moms giveaway: Enter the giveaway to win an Art Deco-style necklace just like the jewelry my main character wears to a 1930s nightclub. Visit our main giveaway on Tumblr to win a copy of CODE NAME VERITY, and find out why I haven't read this amazing book yet.

  FROM MARTINA BOONEFrom Publishers Marketplace: 
Martina Boone's Southern gothic trilogy -- with a dash of magic -- following a teen sent to live with her dead mother's twin on a decaying plantation where she discovers a centuries-old feud and dark secrets that require making peace with the local spirits, who may not be as welcoming as the sunlit boy who steals her heart, to Annette Pollert at Simon Pulse, in a pre-empt, by Kent Wolf at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin.

  Martina's Mundie Moms giveaway: Enter here to win a beautiful Tiffany-inspired key necklace. Why the key? Because Barrie, my main character wears three of the real Tiffany keys in platinum and diamonds. That's all I'm going to say here, but there's a lot more to it. Head over to our main giveaway on the Tumblr to win a signed box set of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, and you can find out how Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's beautiful books relate to mine.

  FROM LANIE BROSS: From Publisher's Marketplace: Debut author Lanie Bross's FATES, the story of an Executor sent to earth to bring about human destinies, who finds herself unaccountably experiencing human emotions, leading to an epic romance set across multiple worlds, to Wendy Loggia at Delacorte, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media, on behalf of Paper Lantern Lit.

Lanie's Mundie Moms giveaway: Enter here to win one of four one-of-a-kind firefly necklaces. I've handmade these beautiful necklaces to represent the Messengers from my book FATES! And don't forget to enter our YASeriesInsiders' giveaway to win ENVY/FURY/ETERNITY signed by the author, and a truly special, handmade necklace with a firefly charm and the quote “There will be no miracles today” to celebrate FATES!

FROM TRACY CLARK: From Publisher's Marketplace: Tracy Clark’s debut SCINTILLATE (plus two more books in this lush trilogy), in which ancient races within mankind manifest incredible power in their purist form as they battle for control in the contemporary world, to Karen Grove at Entangled Teen, by Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Tracy's Mundie Moms giveaway: Enter here to win a custom made heartstone with a unique gemstone, a card giving the gemstone "meaning," and the spiral that is a critical, mystical element in SCINTILLATE.

  FROM BREE DESPAIN: From Publisher's Marketplace: The Dark Divine series author Bree 
Despain's new trilogy, INTO THE DARK, a re-imagining of the Persephone myth that explores love, duty, faith, and features really hot princes, to Greg Ferguson at Egmont, in a good deal, by Ted Malawer at Upstart Crow Literary (NA).   

Bree's Mundie Moms giveaway: Enter here to win a beautiful lyre necklace that is the ancient Greek symbol for music and storytelling. Music plays a very important role in THE SHADOW PRINCE, where it is forbidden for one character and essential to another. And don't forget to enter our huge Tumblr giveaway for another chance to win a similar necklace as well as a $30 iTunes gift card and the entire hardcover Abandon series by Meg Cabot. 

  FROM CLAUDIA GRAY: From Publishers Marketplace: 
Claudia Gray's A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU, the first book in the Firebird trilogy, about a girl who must pursue a killer through alternate realities where she sees all the radically different lives she might have led, and realizes her target may be far more than the cold-hearted murderer she'd believed him to be, to Sarah Landis at Harper Teen, in a three-book deal, by Diana Fox at Fox Literary.

  Claudia's Mundie Moms giveaway: Since A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is a bit of SHADOW AND BONE meets ACROSS THE UNIVERSE meets HOURGLASS, I'm going to giveaway a fun set of Russian nesting doll earrings here. And jump over to for a chance to win each of those great books plus a beautiful reproduction of Marguerite's favorite Faberge egg!

FROM S.E. GREEN: From Publishers Marketplace: S. E. Green’s Killer Instinct. First of a chilling series featuring a brilliant teenage girl who studies and understands serial killers... because she might be one herself, to Patrick Price at Simon Pulse, in a pre-empt very good deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in May 2014, by Jenny Bent and Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.

  Shannon's Mundie Moms giveaway: Enter here to win an evidence bag loaded with KILLER INSTINCT swag. Head on over to our Tumblr for a chance at a copy of THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin, a copy of I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga, and a complete set of the hit Showtime series, DEXTER.

  FROM KIMBERLEY GRIFFITHS LITTLE: From Publishers Marketplace: Kimberley Griffiths Little's GODDESS, pitched as "the YA Red Tent", to Karen Chaplin at Harper Children's, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2014, by Tracey Adams at Adams Literary (US).

Kimberley's Mundie Moms giveaway: Enter here to win one of four sets of beautiful belly dance earrings so you, like my heroine Jayden, can feel like the luscious, gorgeous girl you are. Then head over to to win a complete belly dance outfit and hardcover copies of Laini Taylor's fabulous DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series.

  FROM SARA RAASCH: From Publisher's Marketplace: Sara Raasch's debut SNOW LIKE ASHES trilogy about a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, who must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny, to Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer & Bray, in a pre-empt, for publication in Fall 2014, by Mackenzie Brady at Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency.

  Sara's Mundie Moms giveaway: Win one of four handmade snowflake charms for SNOW LIKE ASHES here and also enter our main YASI giveaway, where I'm giving away a complete set of LORD OF THE RINGS plus a chakram keychain for SNOW LIKE ASHES!

Book Shimmy Awards: Semi-Finals, Vote for Clockwork Princess!!!!

Clockwork Princess made the BOOK SHIMMY AWARDS: Semi- Final Rounds! As have a few of my other favorite reads from this year. Check out the books that are in the Semi-Finals:

Head over HERE and vote! 
Per Epic Reads, voting is open until December 8th in this round. On December 9th, the top 5 books in each category will move on to the final round of voting.