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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

EW Reveals The 10th Anniversary City of Bones Cover @CassieClare #Shadowhunters #COB10

Check it out Shadowhunters! The cover for the 10th Anniversary of City of Bones was revealed today on EW. While you can read their article here (check out the Jace artwork they shared, below), check out what Cassie said below via Instagram:

From Entertainment Weekly: "Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones — the first installment in her riveting Mortal Instruments series — turns 10 this year.

To commemorate this milestone, City of Bones is getting a stunning new anniversary edition, packed with brand new content. EW can reveal both the 10th anniversary cover (a cloth-over-board jacket with text and art stamped in foil) as well as one of the six full-color character portraits that will appear in the new book. The book also features chapter header illustrations, black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout the book, and The Clave’s Confidential Files on our favorite characters, written by Clare herself. 

Per Cassie: (top sekrit info on the characters, including birthdays, scars and major weaknesses  Check out the cover and the back, printed with the iconic ALL THE STORIES ARE TRUE. The 10th anniversary edition of City of Bones will be out Nov. 7, 2017, but is available for pre-order now." Entertainment Weekly's story is up along with a portrait of Jace.

I LOVE this cover, and the quote that's on the back of it. I can not wait for this book to be out! I've had my copy pre-ordered for awhile now. This book will be out on November 7th, 2017. Do you have your copy pre-ordered? If not, be sure to pre-order it from your favorite book retailer. 

Top Ten Best Books I've Read So Far in 2017

Hello and welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday! This week's post is Best Books We've Read So Far In 2017My previous Top Ten Tuesday post was, Best & Worst Days in Literature.

There have been a lot of awesome releases this year. Here are a few of my favorite reads so far in 2017:

  1. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
  2. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  3. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  4. BlackSouls by Nicole Castroman 
  5. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
  6. Traitor to the Throne by Alywn Hamilton 
  7. Cage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis
  8. Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
  9. Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
  10. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 
  11. Frost Blood by Elly Blake
There have been a number of awesome releases this year. I'm already dreading putting together my top 10 posts for the end of the year. I don't know how I'm going to choose between so many awesome reads. 

After I made this list, I considered making a list of 10 books I've read / still need to read from 2017, because that list would be just as long if not longer, than this. This year is going by a little too fast. Between substitute teaching almost full time this school year, and then moving, my reading / writing review time, was next to nothing. This summer I'm hoping to catch up.

What are some of your favorite reads from 2017? 

MIDNIGHT JEWEL by Richelle Mead / Blog Tour: Favorite Quotes, Book Review & Enter To WIN! #MidnightJewel

Hello and welcome to the next stop in the MIDNIGHT JEWEL blog tour, hosted by Penguin/Razorbill. I'm so thrilled to celebrate today's newest release in the Glittering Court series. Today's stop includes a few of my favorite quotes from the book (spoiler free), as well my review. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of this post. 


By: Richelle Mead
Published by: Razorbill
Released on: June 27th, 2017 - TODAY!
Series: Glittering Court #2
Purchase from: The PublisherAmazon | B&N
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Rating: 3.5 Stars
Source: arc from publisher to review, PHR partner

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.


A different point of view to the Glittering Court, this second book in the series has it all. Loyalty, danger, espionage, a strong character who's not afraid to make her stance, and plenty of twists and turns along the way. Fans of the Glittering Court are going to enjoy reading this story from Mira's point of view. There's a lot more to Mira's story than glitz and glam. 

Mira is an admirable character whom I really enjoyed getting to know. She's loyal, fierce, bold, courageous, and isn't afraid to make her mark in a dangerous world, to save those she loves. Even if she at times she recklessly puts her self in situations without little worry of her own life. I admired her unwavering stance on her beliefs, and what she thought was right and wrong. It's what drives her to do what she does. I respected the fact she was really compassionate to those who were poor or needed help, hence her vigilante side. Though at times this caused her to be reckless when she didn't need to be.

What I liked most about Mira's story, and her side of the Glittering Court story, is the vigilante and espionage elements. With it came the twists, turns and plenty of action, and danger. It also added a new element to the setting, and allows readers to really see a the darker side to Adoria. Mira's story definitely proves there's much more than meets the eye to the Glittering Story storyline. Things that didn't quite add up in the first story, make perfect sense now. 

While I liked Mira's story more, I had a hard time with the romance in this story. It's not that I didn't like Grant. He's just as deep into the espionage part of the story, as Mira is, if not more. He is an brooding character with a dark past, and lacks the emotion needed to make this relationship more believable. I understood why he didn't do attachments, and at first, his harsh ways, and his tone. After awhile, I just didn't get them, and why they were together. It was constant bantering, and not in the good kind of way. By the end of the book I started to see a change in the two of them, but by then it was almost too late for it. 

Over all, Midnight Jewel was a good read, and great addition to the Glittering Court series. I really enjoyed getting to know Mira. She's a character I respected, and admired for all she stands for, and what she was trying to do. I'm looking forward to Tamsin's story next. 


"Not without options. If I don't see any, than I make my own. And no one forces me into anything."

"... You strike me as a woman who's going to want to go a lot of place that other people you can't."

"Information is real power."

"It hit me in a way I didn't except, and for a few heartbeats, my world centered on him rather than what I was doing with him."

"Wandering around without attachment doesn't free you, it traps you. You need to find your own wayfarer's star and fix your life on something, something with meaning."

"I wanted something simple, and instead I got you."

"I just want you, despite how impossible and complicated you are. Maybe because of it."

"I can't wander far... not when... my Saasa is here....

RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.


June 26 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Top 5 Reasons to Read Glittering Court Before Midnight Jewel
June 27 – Mundie Moms – Favorite Quotes from Midnight Jewel
June 28 – Love Is Not A Triangle – Review
June 29 – A Perfection Called Books – Midnight Jewel Mood Board & Review
June 30 – BookCrushin – Top Leading Ladies Who Escaped Their Fates

July 3 – ButterMyBooks – Midnight Jewel Inspired Drink
July 4 – Books, TV, & More… Oh My! – Female Royalty By Birthstone
July 5 – A Page With A View – Midnight Jewel Photos & Review
July 6 – Once Upon A Twilight – Top 5 Reasons to Read Midnight Jewel
July 7 – YA Wednesdays – Couture Cloak & Dagger

July 10 – The Fandom
July 11 – Ex Libris – Review
July 12 – Novel Knight Reviews – A Book in Quotes
July 13 – The Eater Of Books! – Midnight Jewel Swoon Thursday
July 14 – Fiction Fare – Review


Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead (ARV: $19.99 each).


Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on June 26th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on July 17, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about July 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. 

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OUT TODAY! New YA Releases for 6/27/17

Happy Book Birthday to today's new YA releases! 

Today is an awesome release day for YA books. A few of these books have been on my most anticipated reads list. Check out today's list of new YA releases, out now: 

Which new releases will you be picking up today?