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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MAGNUS: Cassie's Thoughts on Magnus's Reveal / Godfrey's Interview with MTV News

Cassie weighed in on Magnus's reveal (I'm still giddy over the fact we FINALLY get to see Godfrey as Magnus). Here's what she said, and 

Well, hello there, MAGNUS.
Magnus, being all high warlock of Brooklyn and stuff.
Things I noticed : Well, I’ve never seen this set before, so I’m not going to assume I know where Magnus is right here, specifically. Things I do notice: warlock cat’s eyes! Badass jewelry! Nail polish and guyliner! Important life lessons to take away from this film: just because a dude is wearing nail polish doesn’t mean he can’t beat the crap out of you. The necklace is a bird’s skull dipped in silver, which is just a neat little touch.
I think the drink in his hand is from the party scene: the drinks were all different colors, so we weren’t allowed to drink them because I think they were like, antifreeze. I spilled some on a ghoul and he was sticky all night. (You can see a bright red drink behind Magnus, with the candles.)
Thanks to Sony and for being so awesome and I look forward to what Valentine’s Day brings. Have you been good Shadowhunters? Do you think you deserve an extra present? :D

Yes to everything Cassie said! GODFREY is so MAGNUS in this shot! I love, love, love it! This is even better than the Magnus I pictured in my mind. 

Ooooh, did you pick up on Cassie's comment about an EXTRA PRESENT!?! Wonder what tomorrow will bring. This right here was my Valentine present. ;)

Want more Magnus/Godfrey? Check out his interview with MTV News

Cassie posted the following from MTV, who revealed Magnus in HD:

“Magnus’ extravagant style of dress and makeup was quite the hot topic when I arrived to shoot in Toronto. All the glitter, nail polish, eye-liner and the outfits combined made Magnus the character that everyone loves and envisioned in their minds,” Gao said. “While I never spent more than 30 minutes for hair and makeup, the results for Magnus’ style … let’s just say the hair, makeup and costume team/departments did a fantastic job of styling my character, and I enjoyed every single moment of transforming into Magnus! The warlock outfit with the black cape and hoody was very intriguing as well!”
Those interested in the warlock’s backstory (beyond Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” and “The Infernal Devices” series) should keep an eye out for a spin-off, e-serialization called “The Bane Chronicles,” which will be released in 10 installments starting April 16.
Check out everything we’ve got on “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

Magnus is a multi-layered character, to be sure, and it was a role Gao said he relished.
"I love Magnus Bane's character because [he] can live forever and never age a day, and who doesn't want to live forever?" Gao told MTV News. "I also love that Magnus is a flamboyant party animal, and it's fun to be described that way compared to the other characters I've portrayed previously. Magnus is so out there, he's definitely a character I will never forget!"

Magnus' "out there" persona boasts plenty of theatricality in his dress and personal grooming (evidenced by our first look photo). And, surprisingly, Gao said the transformation didn't translate to hours in the makeup chair.
"Magnus' extravagant style of dress and makeup was quite the hot topic when I arrived to shoot in Toronto. All the glitter, nail polish, eye-liner and the outfits combined made Magnus the character that everyone loves and envisioned in their minds," Gao said. "While I never spent more than 30 minutes for hair and makeup, the results for Magnus' style ... let's just say the hair, makeup and costume team/departments did a fantastic job of styling my character, and I enjoyed every single moment of transforming into Magnus! The warlock outfit with the black cape and hoody was very intriguing as well!"

#ShareMortalLove Reveal #5- MAGNUS!!!!!!

It's day 5 of Sony Pictures's (@MortalMovie) #ShareMortalLove and today's clues were the ones I've been patiently waiting for! Here's what today's clues were and the big reveal they lead up to: 

Clue #1 I can tell you have a lot on your mind. I won't keep you waiting. Can you guess who I am?

Clue #2 If you want to know more, just look into my eyes.

Clue #3 Did I cast a spell on you?

Clue #4 Love always finds a way

Clue #5 Come in and try not to murder any of my guests.

The BIG Reveal! He sees the city in your head.

MAGNUS!!!!!!!!!!! We finally get to see Magnus! I have been patiently waiting for this since Godfrey was cast as Magnus and this wait has so been worth it! Magnus is one of my all time favorites of Cassie's, and wow, I love this picture!!

Now let's look at Magnus in HD,via MTV News!

Here's who we have so far: Simon, Izzy, Alec, Jace and now Magnus!! 

Who do you think will be revealed tomorrow?

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The Trevor Project / City of Bones Fundraiser

Last night Cassie posted about The Trevor Project/ The City of Bones Fundraiser. What I've posted below is copied directly from her post. he reason being is that I think it's interesting to see some of the letters Cassie gets from fans, two you'll get a better understanding of her response, and three you'll understand how this fundraiser came to be. I've bolded certain parts of her post. 

Quoted from Cassie's post:

I bought the first couple of [your] books for my son at Christmas. He loves Harry Potter books etc. and loves to read. I downloaded City of bones and read the book along with my son. Wow! He will not be reading the rest of the books and we won’t go to the movie. Why is it that you felt the need to have gay people in the book? Really? I guess that you think that it is the hip thing to do. :( Too bad that we spent so much money on the books.
I guess no one ever told this person Dumbledore was gay. Oh well.
I know you get a million messages a day, and probably are overwhelmed but I read somewhere recently that you get hate mail for Alec and Magnus being together (which is ridiculous) and I just wanted to tell you that when I read they became a couple I cried with happiness because (being bisexual) I related to Alec a lot and felt happiness vicariously through him and they just make me so happy and give me hope. So thank you. Your books inspire me to become an amazing writer myself! 
Dear Ms. Clare - My name is Aaron ___, and I wanted to thank you for saving my life. How did you do that? It’s sort of complicated, but ultimately, you shared with us all the love story of Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane. Let me explain. I started reading The Mortal Instruments series in college. I had no idea at the time that I was gay. In fact, being a devout Catholic, I though gay marriage was wrong (though my conscience told me otherwise). In comes this amazing character, Alec, struggling the secret of his sexual orientation and hopeless as to ever finding a soulmate who will love him back. I identified with him immediately. Magnus I just assumed was a stereotypical gay person, partying and sleeping around. Sometime after reading the first book, I realized I was gay. It was crushing. My dream all my life was to find love, marry, and have children. I thought my purpose for living was over. Then, reading your story, I shared the moment with Alec and Magnus on the boat, where Magnus confesses his love. Here were two men who had found each other and made each other whole. More importantly, over the series, I have seen these men commit to each other and love each other faithfully, something the world says is impossible for gays. I haven’t found my Magnus yet, but I have the courage and hope to search for him, largely because of you. Thank you for representing gay characters and gay love stories in an authentic, romantic, heart-warming way. Most teen books dealing with sexual orientation have cliched dilemmas and don’t seem to do anything but dwell in their gayness. Your characters fight demons, save the world, face hordes of issues, and make people like me believe in love. God bless you, and I can’t wait for the next book!
Hi Mrs. Cassandra
This isn’t really a question or anything, so you can completely ignore this. My name is Roman and I’m a boy who is involved in several sports and clubs. At one point in my life, I was really struggling with stress that my peers, teachers, parents put on me when it came to academics and physical activities. I literally had no time for myself and it started to effect me. I was just so worried about pleasing other people and living up to expectations I never slowed down and asked “what do I want?”. Soon, however, I came to the conclusion I sorta did like guys in “THAT” way. Of course I couldn’t mention this because I was a star athlete and it would feel like I would just be letting everyone down. So I kept it bottled up inside for over two years. And then one day, I was extremely depressed and I was actually contemplating taking my own life. I had to get out. I started walking aimlessly and stumbled across a bookstore just down the road. The first thing I saw was your book on the front stands, so, without thinking, I picked it up and bought it. I just needed to get away for a little way. I started reading your book that night, whenever I would feel that horrible, suffocating feeling welling in my chest. And every time I would open your book, I was okay. I wasn’t great, I wasn’t suddenly all better, but I was okay. It was probably the best feeling I had felt in the long time. Before I drag this letter out any longer, I would just like to thank you. Really thank you, Mrs. Cassandra. You’re book literally saved my life. And it’s helped me slow down and spend sometime with myself. And Jace. And Clary. And Will. And Simon. And Alec. And Magnus. And Tessa. And Jem. Thank you and I’m sorry I’m so mushy.  
 — tocallforhands
First I wanted to say: there is no too mushy. We Shadowhunters are very mushy. Under, like, all the killing. :)
Secondly, I am posting this in part because of what I talked about yesterday, about negativity and positivity. I do get hate mail about Alec and Magnus, all the time, the first letter here being a fairly mild example. (Everyone whose letter is here was asked whether they would allow me to post their correspondence, except the first one. If you’re going to be a huge homophobe at me, I reserve the right to post your email, sans identifying indicators, if I feel like it.)
The thing is, the hate mail gets under my skin and makes me angry and upset, sometimes for days. And yet I also get an incredible amount of extremely lovely, extremely moving messages and letters and emails and in-person meetings (a gorgeous pair of gay parents who drove three hours to meet me so I could sign their baby’s hoodie from Magnus and Alec, the boy who spent sixty pounds he didn’t have on train tickets so he could give me a letter in person at my London event) and yet sometimes I do the worst thing ever and I don’t write back — because I’ve saved the letter, because I want to write something really really meaningful and amazing and personal back and yet life is coming down on me like a ton of bricks and I can’t find the words. It’s not an excuse, just an explanation. You want to give people back something of equal value as what they gave you and — you can’t, so you freeze up.
 So I picked these few messages out, as examples, so I could share them publicly and celebrate the people who are brave enough to write them and share important parts of themselves with someone they don’t know. I’ve often failed to do the same in the same situation, when a book has helped me — so I admire them.
Anyway, much rambling, but to condense: I used to throw the homophobic mail out, but not that long ago I took to writing back to the people who complained that they wasted their money on my books with gay characters, suggesting that they return the books, get the money, and donate it to the Trevor Project.
No one, so far, has, that I know of (surprise!) so I decided that since I was invoking the Trevor Project, what about using the power of all the nice and awesome and fantastic people to raise some money for them? Why not?
So — and this was a bit of a long game — I brought a copy of City of Bones to the movie set with me, and had all the actors sign it for the charity. It is, as far as I know, the only copy of City of Bones out there right now that everyone in the cast has signed.*
You can find pictures of the book, and a button for donating, here:

To enter to win the signed book, go to and make a donation of $10 or more to the Trevor Project. Only one person can win the book, but EVERYONE who enters will get a snippet from the upcoming Bane Chronicles… excerpt from the story about why Magnus is banned from Peru! In early April we’ll pick a winner at random and send them the book, and make sure everyone gets their excerpt from the Bane Chronicles. 
So you have plenty of time to donate, and plenty of time to boost the signal to get more donations. I’ll keep posting about it as well. 
And thank you to everyone who has ever written to me, or come to see me, or messaged me to share their stories about Magnus and Alec, or Aline and Helen. It means more than I can say. I know I have a lot of learning to do in terms of writing characters of diverse sexuality, but I do love these characters and it means a great deal that other people love them too.
*Okay, due to a weird mishap in which the book appeared onset and then disappeared, it is missing Godfrey’s signature on the page, but he nicely mailed in a signed photo of himself when he got home that is bound into the book. So you get to look at his cute face which is a bonus.

Shadowhunter Tarot Cards

Cassie has been posting CassandraJean's awesome artwork of her Shadowhunter Tarot cards, and recently she posted the entire collection that Cassandra has done so far. Aren't these cool looking? I'm not a tarot card kind of person, but I really hope these will be available for download or something I love these. The 1st row is from the Infernal Devices, the 2nd row, The Mortal Instruments Series, and the 3rd row is The Dark Artifices.

What do you guys think? Would you down load them if they were available?

Unidentified Snippet

This has turned out to be "one of those weeks" where nothing I have scheduled or planned to post gets done, and my life outside of blogging is crazy right now. In that craziness I totally missed a teaser Cassie posted two days ago. This is a good one too! Here's Cassie's latest Unidentified Snippet:

"Take London, my love, and turn it all to blood," she said, "My gift to you." 

Ooh.... this is a tricky one. Who do you think it is talking and to whom are they talking to? I think it's from Clockwork Princess. 

Blog Tour: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Welcome to today's The Moon and More blog tour stop. I have just recently discovered my love for Sarah Dessen books, and now I finally understand why everyone runs out to snatch up her books. Her books are the perfect contemps to sit down with on a cold winter's day, or a sweltering one if you're here in the south. And, Sarah Dessen books make the perfect Valentine gift (cough, cough). 

There’s no author who says “love” more than Sarah Dessen. And we don’t mean just romantic love (though she’s plenty good at that!). Sarah writes amazing, deep friendships, complex and true familial relationships, and, of course, swoony and wonderful first loves, so who better than Sarah to have a Valentine’s Day blog tour for her upcoming book, THE MOON AND MORE? Check with each blog every day for one of the 10 things you might like to know about THE MOON AND MORE that Sarah wrote herself. 

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

Add The Moon & More to your TBR lists on Goodreads
Pre-Order the book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Here’s the third of Sarah’s “10 Things You Might Like To Know About THE MOON AND MORE:

The narrator’s name is Emaline. Originally, I wanted to use the name Esme. I’d just read a memoir by Michael J. Fox, and he had a daughter with that name. (Yes, I get my names from everywhere and anywhere.) But when I Googled it, just to see what came up, I realized there was a Cullen in Twilight with the same name. Back to square one. I was listening to the radio in my car one day and this Ben Folds song came on: “Emaline.” And it was perfect. 

You can find out more about Sarah’s books on Sarah-Land 

Keep up to date with Sarah on Twitter and her website.

Want to know more about THE MOON AND MORE? Check with these blogs on Sarah’s tour!

Monday, 2/11: Forever Young Adult
Tuesday, 2/12: The Story Siren
Wednesday, 2/13: Mundie Moms
Thursday, 2/14: Chick Loves Lit
Friday, 2/15: Good Choice Reading

Monday, 2/18: The Compulsive Reader 
Tuesday, 2/19: The Perpetual Page Turner
Wednesday, 2/20: The Young Folks 
Thursday, 2/21: Good Books & Good Wine
Friday, 2/22: I am a Reader, Not a Writer

Waiting on Wednesday: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

You guys, KIERSTEN WHITE has TWO books COMING OUT THIS YEAR (out September 10th, 2013)!! Sorry, this requires all caps, because I some how missed she had The Chaos of Stars along with Mind Games coming out this year (both books are from Harper Teen). I have been having total fan girl moment since Epic Reads's cover reveal for The Chaos of Stars on Monday. I absolutely adore Kiersten, both as an author and a person. This is beyond exciting! On top of having two books being released, this cover is seriously stunning. 

About the Book:

Pre-Order it from (pre-orders aren't yet available): Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to GoodReads

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.
Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.
Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

Egyptian Gods, San Diego, modern day. I'm totally sold. If I was totally honest Kiersten could write about a surfing hedgehog who talked and I'd totally read it. I can't wait for September! I CAN NOT WAIT to read this book!

What book are you waiting on?