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Monday, December 31, 2012

The Bane Chronicles Snippet!

Happy New to TMI/ID Fans! Cassie Clare posted a The Bane Chronicles teaser today! *throws glitter and dances around* PERU!

The Bane Chronicles: Snippet
Happy New Year! And in honor of the new year a little snippet starring our favorite sparkly warlock before he was sparkly. From one of the stories of The Bane Chronicles,called What Really Happened in Peru. By me and Sarah Rees Brennan. Give her lots of love.
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“Just don’t leave me here,” said Ragnor. “You have to swear, Bane.”
 Magnus raised his eyebrows. “I give you my word of honor!”
  “I mean it,” Ragnor told him. “I will find you. I will find whatever chest of absurd clothes you have brought with you. And I will bring a llama into the place where you sleep and make sure that it urinates on everything in the chest.”
“There is no need to get nasty about this,” Magnus said. “Don’t worry. I can teach you every word that you need to know right now. One of them is ‘fiesta.’”
 Ragnor scowled. “What does that mean?”
  “It means ‘party.’ Another important word is ‘juerga.’”
  “What does that word mean?”
  Magnus was silent.
 “Magnus,” said Ragnor, his voice stern. “Does that word also mean ‘party’?”
 Magnus could not help the sly grin that spread across his face. “I would apologize,” he said. “But I have no regrets.” 
Thank you Cassie!! *snort laughs* at Ragnor's llama comment. 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 

Mortal Instruments posted this glittery image of Magnus and asked fans if Magnus was throwing a party would you cancel your NYE's plan to attend? Um, YES! If Magnus is involved it will be an incredible New Year! Head over to the movie's facebook page to answer.

Mundie Moms Best of 2012: Our Favorite Reads of 2012

Happy New Year's Eve! It's always bitter sweet saying goodbye to an amazing year, while at the same time it's exciting to welcome in a new one. 2012 has been an amazing year here on MM's and I'm looking forward to what 2013 has in store. With the end of the year, comes the end of our Best of 2012 feature. We've shared our favorite series, our favorite MG reads, 13 books we can't wait to read in 2013, favorite covers, favorite characters, favorite '12 debuts, favorite literary couples/crushes, sequels we can't wait to read in '13, and our favorite contemporaries. Today we're sharing our 12 favorite reads of 2012! That's not all, we're also giving away one of our favorites! Read the bottom of the post for more info and to enter.

Here are our favorite 2012 reads:

Katie's ListI tried to pick a top 10, but like last year I read one too many books to choose a top ten. So instead I picked my top 20 favorites that I read and were released this year:

1) Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo I LOVE, love, love this book. The romance was awesome, the characters were great and holy crow what Leigh did with her "bad guy" was awesome! This one masterfully told story.

2) Cassandra Clare's City of Lost Souls is a given. I loved what she did in this book. Like always she made me laugh, she made me cry and she leaves anxiously awaiting the release of City of Heavenly Fire

3) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi This is one of my all time favorite dystopians. The romance, the characters, the world building and the writing all came together beautifully in this story. I don't know what else to say other than I LOVED it! 

4) Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes Prince Magnus! Okay there's much more to this book than this lethal prince. There is betrayal, romance, heartbreak, war, hope and the kindoms that make up this story are on the verge of a revolution. There's also an awesome cast of characters who help tell this story.

5) Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen I have always loved the tale of Robin Hood, but I loved him even more after reading Scarlet. I love fairytale retellings, and what A.C. Gaughen did with her twist on Robin's story is awesome.

6) Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers A killer nun, a sizzling romance, and richly detailed historical setting.... need I say more?! 

7) Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr I'm a big fan of Melissa's, but me this is her best book yet! I got so wrapped up in the magic, lore, romance, and action in this book I read it in one sitting. If you're a fan of strong characters, incredible world building and an extremely engaging storyline than you must pick this one up!

8) Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan We all know how much Sarah loves to torture her readers.... I mean that in a good way. She gives us these great characters and creates these complicated romances that make me wish I could just tell the two love interests, Kami and Jared to run away and ride off into the set together. In true Sarah fashion to makes me laugh, had me sighing and totally rips my heart out (in a good way).  

9) Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor LOVED this sequel! I didn't think it was possible to ever have a sizzling romance, non-romance in a book and have it be as hot as this one was. There's more than just romance in this book, there's a lot of emotion that drives the characters in this much darker, addicting world. Laini Taylor's writing is steller! I am beyond anxious to find out what she does with book 3. 

10) Rift by Andrea Cremer I love Andrea's writing! She creates these beautifully detailed worlds, crafts together sensual romances, and introduces me to some pretty amazing characters. I'm a huge fan of the Nightshade series, but this book blew me away. I LOVED it. There's plenty of twists, action, romances, and secrets that will kept me hooked through out the entire story.

11) Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout WOW! I think that about sums what Jennifer did in Deity. I am a sucker for this series and I can't get enough of the snarky comments, romance, and the action that takes place in this book. LOVED it!

12) Defiance by C.J. Redwine C.J. is a mesmerizing story teller who created an incredible world, introduced me to some unforgettable characters and along the way gave me the right amount of action, romance, and heartbreak that made it impossible for me to put this book down.

13) Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill  All I can say is romance, London and a sigh worthy scene that happens in a muddy field in the rain. This is one must read for a cold winter's day.

14) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas This incredible high fantasy has an enchanting world, outstanding characters, romance, action and an unforgettable, dangerous adventure. Did I mention there's a Knight in Shinning Armor and Prince and one incredible heroine?

15) Timepiece by Myra McEntire Time travel, a southern setting, Kaleb, action, suspense, more Kaleb and romance. Yep, I loved everything about this must read sequel!

16) Hidden by Sophie Jordan This is one series I'm sad to say good bye too, but if this series had to end, this was the way to go! This is one heart pounding, suspenseful ending!

17) The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell I am a sucker for a book that deals with second chances, a sweet romance, and is set in a the western frontere. I loved this book's rich feel. It reads like a classic, and will leave you wishing the next installment in this series was already out.

18) Endlessly by Kiersten White  This is another series I'm sad to have to say good bye to, but like Hidden, if this series has to end this was the way to go! In Kiersten White fashion to gave me on heck of a highly entertaining read that made me laugh, cry, and sigh. 

19) Blackheart by Holly Black Say it ain't so! Another great series ender. *sigh* This is one series Sophie and I talk about often. I love what Holly did with Cassel's story. It's complex, broken, hopefully, realistic, and oh that complicated romance!

20) The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen This is one of those books that totally surprised me, and I ended up LOVING it! How could I not? Brothers of Hell, demons, Fallen angels, sizzling romance and a rich mythology are just a few of the things that hooked me with this series!

Sophie's List:

1) Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter.  This is how series should be written. My heart beats faster every time I think of how Ally has sustained the tension through all five books.

2) Black Heart by Holly Black. Oh my heart, this is how a series should end. I have no words except mutterings about a perfectly written plot and characters that are so very real.

3) City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. Jace and Clary.  One sexy gondola ride. A vulnerable moment that shattered my heart. Betrayal between my two favorite boys, Magnus and Alec. And then the funny. Cassie gave us all that plus laugh-out-loud-HA moments.

4) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. A dystopian story with a gorgeously romantic, so-very-opposite couple. Berries. Every time, I eat berries I think of Aria and Perry and THAT scene. Plus Roar who gets my Best Sidekick of 2012 award. Yes, I made up that award just for him.

5) Timepiece by Myra McEntire. You all know much I love Michael and Em. I didn't want to fall in love with Kaleb. Nope. I was not gonna succumb to his snarky-confident-a-mess-underneath-it-all personality. But I fell and hard. Then Myra pulled out all stops with a high stakes, fast paced plot and presented it in Kaleb's POV. Now I want to see rips just so I can be part of her story.

6)  Easy by Tammara Webber. Ah college aged woes, problems, romantic entanglements and flirtations mixed with the very serious subject of date rape. Jacqueline's journey to reach her point of strength and control is one I keep recommending to others. Trust me, you'll be happy that you read this book because of her determination and because of Lucas. MMs, you need to meet Lucas.

7) The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell. If you haven't read a book by Saundra, what in heavens are you waiting for? Saundra's characters, plot and well researched historical setting will cause you to lose track of time. I'm sorry, it will happen. But isn't that the best feeling for us bookworms?

8)  Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. I adore a timeslip romance. The looming impossibility of a love separated by time. Even decades. Bennett and Anna now rank high on my Top Fic Couples list. Pick it up and you'll immediately see why.

9) Want by Stephanie Lawton. Talent, madness, romance and hope. Julianne and Isaac and Dave. Lord, I grew to love two of them and understand one. This story surprised me with its depth. I'm keeping an eye out for more of Stephanie's stories.

10) My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Two families living very different lives next door to each other. The plot line that weaves them together left me grinning and worried (not simultaneously). MMs, wait until you meet Jase. Also, watch out for a well written secondary character cast. Loved it all.

What were some of your 2012 favorite reads? GIVEAWAY TIME!!! We can't celebrate our favorites and not share in the book love. Want to win one of our favorites, all you have to do is enter the form below to win. Open internationally (as long as the Book Depository ships to your country). 

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The Mortal Instruments Movie Monday #11: The Demons

Welcome to this week's edition of The Mortal Instruments Movie Monday. Today's topic was inspired by a weekly feature I take part in called Movie Monday, hosted by our friends TMI Source. Today's topic over there is about the demon police seen at Clary's apartment. That got me thinking about The Demons as a whole, and how they're going to be created for the movie. We all know how crucial it is to have stellar CGI images in a movie, and this is one movie I don't think will falter when it comes to graphics (or anything else).

Throughout the series the demons are described as some what scary, okay extremely freaky looking. I'm sure seeing these demons in "real" life might make some grown man pee his pants, as I'm fairly confident they'd have me cowering in the corner. We learn in City of Bones there are a variety of different looking demons who are hidden within our world. For example, the Ravener Clary fights in her apartment is described as, ".... a long, scaled creature with a cluster of flat black eyes set deed center in the front of it's domed skull. Something like a cross between an alligator and a centipede, it had a thick, flat snout, and a barbed tail that whipped menacingly from side to side. Multiple legs bunched underneath it as it readied itself to spring (pg. 50)." I can only imagine the fun Harald and his entire creative team have had in creating the demons for the movie. They have so much they can work with, and create themselves, while still staying true to the book. For example, the only description we have with the demon police is found on page 54, Jace tells Clary, "Demons have a way of hiding their tracks." When the police arrive Jace says that some of them are most likely demons, and Clary sees that when the ".... a slim blonde women (the police officer), held a flashlight in on hand. As she raised it, Clary saw the hand was fleshless, a skeleton hand sharpened to the bone points at the fighter tips (pg 54)."

 I know for me personally it's one thing to visualize the demons while reading the book, and it will be an entirely different thing seeing them on the big screen. I totally get that we all most likely picture the demons differently when reading the books, but I'm extremely confident that what we see on the big screen with the demons will be exactly what Cassie envisioned when she was writing Clary's story. Not only that, but I think we'll get exactly what we've read about. Take a look at this picture for example:

This picture not only illustrates how freaky this particular demon actually looks, it also shows how amazing Harald and the entire creative team behind the City of Bones movie is. If you look closely at the demon's face (not that you really want to), you'll see that prior to removing the sunglasses, you can see a human jaw, chin and lips. As the sunglasses are coming off you can see the rest of the demon's face change into it's true form. Which we all know in reading the books stays true to the books. Holy crap, in looking at this demon I can't help but get creeped out, and this is just the police officer! Can you imagine what the big demons like the ravener are going to look like?!

What are your thoughts about the demons? Is there one you're looking forward to seeing? Okay maybe looking forward to is the wrong word. haha

Mundane Monday #168: Jace and Clary

Happy New Year's Eve! I can't believe it's the last day of 2012. It's also the last Mundane Monday of the year. Today's post is taken from one of my favorite moments between Jace & Clary near the end of City of Glass.

source found here