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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cassandra Clare & Holly Black Magisterium signings in the UK/Scotland

Check it out Cassie Clare fans! Earlier today Cassie announced her UK/Scotland signing for The Iron Trial, with Holly Black! Here's what she said

HEY CASSIE! Will you (and Holly) be doing any promotional stuff for The Iron Trial  in the UK/Scotland? I know you’re very busy, but it would be amazing to hear from you! — palace-within-0ur-dreams
Yes, Holly and I will be doing events in the UK for The Iron Trial! We’re very excited about it. I like banoffee, and Holly likes to drive on the wrong side of the road and scream. We’ll be here:

Though to actually buy tickets and see the info at a decent size, you have to go here (click link)
We’ll also be at the Bath Festival for Children’s Literature on October 4 of this year, and you can find the info/get tickets here:
I’ve decided every time I answer a Magisterium question I will include a snippet of art or info. This is one of the interior illustrations, done by Scott Fischer.

It shows the wristband of a Magisterium apprentice. When students are chosen for the Magisterium, they are issued wristbands. The metal part of the wristband is changed out every year and shows which year you’re in (first year=iron, second year=copper, third year=bronze, fourth year=silver, fifth year=gold.) There are also places on the wristband where stones are affixed when you master an element — a blue stone for water, for instance, or the rare black stone for those who have mastered the sixth element, Chaos. The wristband pictured belonged to a specific person so it does have a black stone in it.
We’ll be adding more signings in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Portugal so stay tuned!

#ReadIsla Week #5 - Anna, Lola and Isla, Who's Your Favorite?

Hello & Welcome to week 5 in the #ReadIsla campaign. I'm a little late this week in posting, as I've been on vacation in FL with my family. But, if you follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr, you might find a few quotes I shared that Stephanie herself was posting this last week. Just in case you missed them, here are a few of my recent favs:

You know it's not a Stephanie Perkins book unless there are some kissy scenes right? Trust me, there are plenty of those. And they're awesome! Oh what the heck, one more kissy teaser

Now that you know this book has kissing.... let's talk about the characters for just a moment. Don't worry, no spoilers. I want to know, Who's Your Favorite Stephanie Perkins character? Is it Anna, Lola or Isla? I totally understand if it's a tough question. Sophie and I have talked about Stephanie's characters many times. Just like with the guys, it's impossible for me to choose my favorite girl.

You know an author has a special talent for writing when they create three distinct characters all of whom you love equally for various reasons. That's how I feel about Stephanie's three main female characters in each of her books. Instead of having one character I like more than the other, I've found that I simply adore Anna, Lola and Isla all equally, because of who they are. All three girls are quirky, lovable, independent, flawed, realistically portrayed, and totally relatable. I see a little bit of myself in each girl. I understand all three of them differently. I swear I may be close to being old enough to be their moms, okay, wait, not quite, but close.... the thing is I adore each character as if they were my real friends, because I feel like each girl brings something incredible to her own story and to fans of Perkins's books.

Anna, Lola and Isla are all three amazing characters who each face their own set of challenges. They're learning about life, love, and how to navigate through their own crazy worlds of Paris, San Fransisco & New York City. The thing that struck me the most with all three girls, is the fact that they are who they are. They don't make excuses for who they are. I love that. Perkins's makes it so easy to understand each one of them. I understood their hopes, and desires, their worries, fears and everything in between. I understood their yearning for more, and their wanting to just be. I know that sounds stupid....but there's something pretty incredible about the way Perkins's writes her stories that just sucks me in and makes me feel like I'm reading a friend's story. It was so easy for me to care about her characters. In doing that, she's made it impossible for me to choose a favorite. Like I said, I seriously loved each character for various reasons, but as a whole, they're simply all strong, fabulously crafted characters who offer reader's of Perkins's books something unique.

I want to know, who's your favorite? Do you have one girl you felt connected to more than the other? Or are you like me, and find it impossible to choose between one? Leave me a comment and let me know! For those who do leave a comment, you'll be entered to win a set of these......

To enter, YOU HAVE TO COMMENT. This is *open internationally*. Be sure to check back next weekend when I announce the winner. The winner will have 24 hrs to contact me in order to win. *Standard MMs giveaway rules apply.

Have you checked out the latest edition of Publishers Weekly? You just might find an awesome article about Stephanie Perkins and her upcoming release Isla & The Happily Ever After. Not only that, they mentioned the #ReadIsla campaign! How cool is that!

Join the Isla and the Happily Ever After pre-order Campaign! 

  • Purchase your copy of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER from one of the 55 independent bookstores and you could get a signed first edition + swag and tell everyone you know to do the same!
  • While you're waiting for the book's release to get here (August 14), 2014 release, read the ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER sampler.
Stay tuned for more exciting news next week here on Mundie Moms about #ReadIsla!