Mundie Moms

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Savage Grace Cover Reveal

We are so excited to be apart of Bree Despain's The Savage Grace cover reveal! I am so excited about this release. Here's a little bit about the book:

A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.

Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything.

With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in world form and Sirhan's death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish. Everything rests on Grace's shoulders.

The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace's love story to a heartbreaking conclusion.

Bree Despain has created a puzzle of THE SAVAGE GRACE's cover on her website. But she's spread the pieces across the interwebs, so before you can get to the puzzle and put it all together, you need to go find the pieces and unscramble a password. (Don't worry. You don't need to copy and paste the puzzle piece images or do anything too technical.) This password will grant you access to the full cover image, and give you a chance to enter to win one of three ARC copies of THE SAVAGE GRACE!

Our code word is: de

Here's what you need to do:

1.) Each group of puzzle pieces has been assigned key letters. You gather these groups of pieces by collecting these letters from the following blogs:

2.) Once you have all the letters, unscramble them to find the password. (Keep the theme to the Dark Divine trilogy in mind.)

3.) Now that you have all the pieces and have figured out the password, you can follow this link to gain access to the full puzzle (that can be pieced together to reveal the cover image).

4.) Enter the password when prompted. It has to be entered in all lower-case letters.

5.) After you finish the puzzle, click "view image" to see the cover completed

6.) Now make sure you fill out the form on the left hand side of the puzzle page. This is how you enter the drawing for one of three ARCs of THE SAVAGE GRACE, so don't forget that part.

7.) The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 13th. Winners will be announced on Bree's blog on Friday, October 14th. This contest is open internationally.

That's pretty much it. I hope you enjoy the game! Be sure to tell Bree what you think about the cover on her blog.

GOOD LUCK to everyone!

Clockwork Prince Audiobook to be narrated by ED WESTWICK

Cassie & Simon and Schuster have officially announced that Ed Westwick will be narrating the Clockwork Prince audiobook!! We are so EXCITED about this fabulous news! We already know Ed Westwick is going to wow Infernal Devices fans when he narrates Clockwork Prince in that swoon worthy English accent of his.

Cassie is looking for fans to send her questions for Ed! Be sure to go HERE to read what Cassie posted. You can read more about The Center for Fiction panel that Cassie is going to be with Holly Black and Justine Jarbalestier on October 31st in NYC at 7 pm.

Clockwork Angel Read Along Day 1: The Prologue

Welcome! It's day 1 of our Clockwork Angel Read Along! Please be sure to visit our link here for our schedule, guidelines and to fill out the form to be entered to win some fabulous prizes.

Today's discussion is about the prologue. I love the way Cassie not only introduces us to her main characters Will, Jem and Tessa, but she's created this vivid image of London in the 1870's

* What are your first impressions of Will and Jem?

* We know that the Clockwork Angel plays a significant role in the book. Do you think there's any relevance to it being the first thing Cassie describes when we met Tessa for the first time?

* What are your thoughts on the Victorian London setting? Are you a fan of historical settings? What role do you think the setting has in bridging together the Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instrument series?

Please feel free to discuss any one or all of the questions below in the comments. There's no right or wrong answer.

Book Review: Shifting by Bethany Wiggins

Released on: September 27th, 2011
Source: Book from publisher to review
5 stars- I Loved It!
Purchase from: Amazon| Barnes & Noble

After bouncing from foster home to foster home, Magdalene Mae is transferred to what should be her last foster home in the tiny town of Silver City, New Mexico. Now that she's eighteen and has only a year left in high school, she's determined to stay out of trouble and just be normal. Agreeing to go to the prom with Bridger O'Connell is a good first step. Fitting in has never been her strong suit, but it's not for the reasons most people would expect-it all has to do with the deep secret that she is a shape shifter. But even in her new home danger lurks, waiting in the shadows to pounce. They are the Skinwalkers of Navajo legend, who have traded their souls to become the animal whose skin they wear-and Maggie is their next target.

Full of romance, mysticism, and intrigue, this dark take on Navajo legend will haunt readers to the final page. -quoted from Goodreads

Shifting has an alluring blend of Native American lore, sizzling romance and a beautiful New Mexico setting that made it hard for me to put this captivating story down. Bethany is a brilliant story teller. She mesmerized with her ability to create and bring her story to life through a vivid setting and richly detailed mythology. She intertwines the two together flawlessly. She not only engaged me with her story line, but she had me connecting with her characters from the get go.

The story itself centers on seventeen, soon to be eighteen year old Maggie Mae who's grown up getting the short end of the stick. She been an orphan since she was a young child and has bounced around from foster home to foster for years. She's dwelt with her fair share of abuse, abandonment, and bullying. It wasn't hard for me to become emotionally involved with this in-depth, beautifully layered character who's emotions really poured off the pages for me. I understood her fears, her anger, her frustrations and her wanting to just blend in, and I admired her strength, her persistence, and the fact that there's something about her that makes her relatable to everyone. Her feelings and desires are ones that we've all experienced or are experiencing. She's had a crappy upbringing and yet she tries to make the most of it, despite the fact the most of the trouble she's been is has all been from misunderstandings.

It's Maggie Mae's secret gift for shape shifting that's landed her with a police record and has her moving from one part of New Mexico to the other. It's here in the quiet desert town of Silver City that Maggie will finally get everything she's needed throughout her life, stability, love, compassion, and she'll realize she's not the only one with a secret for shape shifting. That also comes at a price and it's here that Maggie's life is threatened, supernatural things start happening and she endures a horrific bullying incident, which really surprised me with how emotionally involved it made me feel with this story. The way Bethany created this scene was so raw, and believable. I admire the fact that she created such an amazing heroine who's had to deal with so much.

Maggie Mae doesn't go through this story without some reward, which is comes in the form of Bridger, the fabulously written, swoon worthy love interest. I was absolutely smitten with this romance and the way it was developed. These two are so much alike, but appearance wise couldn't be any different. I loved the "rich boy, poor girl" theme and the fact that these two didn't have an insta love. What Bridger and Maggie had was such a credible, sizzling chemistry and connection that made their relationship real and completely believable. There's some about Bridger that's intriguing and little by little his secrets are unraveled as the story continues, and I liked that air of mystery that surrounded him.

Aside from Bridger, there is a cast of great characters who are apart of Maggie's story and I loved the Native American lore that ties Bridger and Maggie together. I was really blown away by the richly detailed Native American mythology that Bethany has in her story, and it's what made me want to pick this book up in the first place. The element of shifters, skin walkers, protection circles, Bridger's family ties to Silver City and the Navajo beliefs were beyond fascinating to me. There's such a shortage of YA books who's stories are rooted in Native American lore, and I love that Bethany has written a really refreshing, unique story that will stand out among the recent YA release.

This is an incredibly enticing story that I completely fell in love with. With it's flawed, believable characters, it's solid story line, riveting lore and incredible storytelling, Bethany Wiggins's Shifting is one book I highly recommend picking up. I'm looking forward to reading more of Bethany's future books.

Waiting on Wednesday- On The Fringe

Published by: Lands Atlantic
To Be Released on: October 19th, 2011
Pre-Order from: Amazon| Barnes & Noble

Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she's still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn't helping.

Neither is thinking she sees Daniel's face in murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination. As Claire and Daniel try to grasp a possible reconnection, other grudge-holding beings have plans of their own. Now, the two of them have to decide if their fleeting relationship is worth the possibility of Claire being trapped on the fringe forever.

Beautifully told, On the Fringe intertwines fresh ideas about devotion, revenge, and the consequences that come with life and death. -quote from Goodreads

This book is sitting at the top of my pile of books to read this week and I can't wait to start it! I'm really intrigued with the premise and I'm looking forward to seeing what's in-store for Claire and Daniel. The cover is totally captivating. I can't stop looking at it.

What book are you waiting on?