Mundie Moms

Monday, February 24, 2014

GRIM edited by Christine Johnson; Blog Tour: Short Story Mini Reviews & A Giveaway!

Welcome to the next stop on the GRIM tour! I'm so thrilled to share my mini reviews for books 10, 11, & 12 in this exciting anthology, which features the stories by Shaun David Hutchinson, Kimberly Derting and Grim's editor, Christine Johnson. Along with today's mini reviews, I've also included what TV series I can see this short story being featured on. Before I share those, here's a little bit about the book:

About Grim:
Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

Short Stories

  1. The Key by Rachel Hawkins
  2. Figment by Jeri-Smith Ready
  3. The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo
  4. The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron
  5. Thinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell
  6. Before The Rose Bloomed: A Retelling of the Snow Queen by Ellen Hopkins
  7. Beast / Beast by Tessa Gratton
  8. The Brothers Piggett by Julia Kagawa
  9. UnTethered by Sonia Gensler
  10. Better by Shaun David Hutchinson
  11. Light It Up by Kimberly Derting
  12. Sharper Than A Serpent's Tongue by Christine Johnson
  13. A Real Boy by Claudia Gray
  14. Skin Trade by Myra McEntire
  15. Beauty and the Chad by Sarah Rees Brennan
  16. The Pink: A Grimm Story by Amanda Hocking
  17. Sell it Out by Jackson Pearce 

Mundie Moms Exclusive: STEADFAST by Claudia Gray; Chapter Reveal Coming TOMORROW!

I am so excited about this week's exclusive chapter reveal for Claudia Gray's upcoming release, STEADFAST, which is the second book in her Spellcasters Series. Mundie Moms is one of four bloggers whom will be revealing one of the 1st four chapters from Claudia's upcoming release. I'll be revealing chapter 1 TOMORROW! 

The Cover Reveal Schedule:
Tuesday, 2/25/2014- Mundie Moms- Chapter 1       
Wednesday, 2/26/2014- Jean Book Nerd- Chapter 2
Thursday, 2/27/2014- Two Chicks On Books- Chapter 3
Friday, 2/28/2014- Novel Novice- Chapter 4 

About The Book
Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: March 4th, 2014
Series: Spellcaster #2
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads

The second book in the dazzling Spellcaster series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray is perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.

Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine saved Captive's Sound from the dark sorceress Elizabeth . . . or so they thought. But despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia's magic is magnified but her training is still incomplete. And a darker magic has begun to call Nadia. . . .

With her Steadfast, Mateo, and her best friend, Verlaine, Nadia must fight the black magic that tempts her and stop the One Beneath before he comes to claim what is his.

About Claudia Gray: 

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via 

Follow Claudia via: 
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Mundane Monday #204 - The Characters of The Last Hours

Happy Mundane Monday! To add to all of this past week's exciting announcements from Cassie, she recently shared character portraits for the characters of The Last Hours, here. Here's what she said about each character:
The Last Hours: character portraits
After the The Last Hours announcement yesterday (the day before? Sometime..) I thought you might like to see/get to know a few of the prominent characters. Cassandra Jean drew these for me months ago, back when I was still solidifying some of the plot outlines and character details. You can also find most of these names on the family tree and identify their connections. Let’s start with …

 Cordelia Carstairs. Bit of a scapegrace and ever since she was ten she’s had a sort of a crush on 

James Herondale, who is parabatai with

The always-delightful Matthew Fairchild, and has a very odd relationship with Tatiana’s Blackthorn’s ward

Grace Blackthorn, whose brother Jesse Blackthorn may or may not be dead

A  mystery that occupies the busy brain of writer

Lucie Herondale, whose father would really prefer she marry 

Alastair Carstairs, Cordelia’s older brother. Shown with Cortana — looks like Elias did as Tessa suggested and passed it down to his own children after all.Alastair is best friends with

Charles Fairchild, who you may remember as Potentially Buford from Clockwork Princess. Charles would like to be the next Consul, alas, and Henry finds he rather gets along better with Cecily and Gabriel’s son

Who is the younger brother of the ever so sophisticated

Anna Lightwood.
This isn’t all the characters, but it’s a visual tour of quite a few of the significant ones (barring those, like Tessa, Jem, Will and the other adults, who you already know!) I find having visuals of characters often helps while I’m writing so these live above my desk!

I can already tell which characters are going to be my favorites. I can't wait to read this series, which will be out in 2017!