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Friday, May 31, 2013

Katie's Bringing Back an Awesome Giveaway from BEA!

Katie is bringing back one awesome pressie from BEA! And guess what? It's going to be a giveaway! Look for it in the coming weeks because it's a TMI Movie edition of City of Bones and it's signed by Cassie herself. 

It looks like our Mundie Mom was helping out at the Cassie signing today and someone tagged Katie on this adorable photo. Look at that fan's expression! And, of course, Katie's own grin. Being in front of Cassie does that to you. You just want to keep smiling.

Over on instagram, clubfandemonium, snapped an entirely perfect picture of Cassie and Katie. They were both trying to take pics of the props from the movie (pictured in previous post). Such a fun shot. Look at the concentration on their faces.

And lastly, one more clubfandemonium picture from last night's TMI party. Don't you love the rune on the floor?

I, personally, love these photos and thank the fans who've been tagging us on them. For those of us who didn't make it to BEA, it's so fun to see all the crazy awesomeness that goes on there. 

The Trevor Project : A Chance to Win a TMI Movie Cast Signed Copy of City of Bones

An awesome fundraiser is on its very last day. Mundie Moms, if you can, go contribute $10 to the Trevor Project and you'll receive a snippet of the the next Bane Chronicles installment featuring James Herondale! Plus one person will win a TMI cast signed copy of City of Bones!

The book is signed by Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lena Headey, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, Kevin Zegers, Aidan Turner, Robert Maillet, and Kevin Durand. It also contains a signed photo of Godfrey Gao!

This is a fundraiser for the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials and online resources and advocacy. Learn more at

Only one person can win the book, but EVERYONE who enters will get a snippet from the upcoming Bane excerpt from "The Midnight Heir," which is set in Edwardian London.

To enter, simply make a donation of $10 or more to the Trevor Project through this page, which will be up until May 31st. We’ll pick a winner at random and send them the book, and make sure everyone gets their excerpt from the Bane Chronicles.

Click here to go donate! This is such an important project and one we're thrilled that Cassie is supporting.

Props from the Movie at the BEA TMI Party

Cassie posted these gorgeous pictures of key props from the movie which all the BEA TMI party-goers got to view at last night's party. Here's what she said about them on her tumblr:

Props from the movie party last night! All were used on set/worn by the actors. Everything handmade, hand painted.

Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Written by: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffith
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Source: Purchased
Purchase: amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound
Goodreads: Eleanor and Park

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars-- I adored this story SO much!

Synopsis: Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. 
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. 
I’m not kidding, he says. 
You should be, she says, we’re 16. 
What about Romeo and Juliet? 
Shallow, confused, then dead. 
I love you, Park says. 
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. 
I’m not kidding, he says. 
You should be. 

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under. 

Every year since I began reviewing, there seems to be a story that surprises me. It's usually a quietly launched story without a lot of over-hyped buzz, but it picks up steam as it passes from reviewer to reviewer and friend to friend. It's the story that your good, bookworm friends will text you about and insist you need to read it next. It's the story that once you do read, you understand immediately why your friends encouraged you to read it and so in turn, you pass it along to someone who hasn't read it, yet. Eleanor and Park is just such a story.

First, I remember 1986 a little too well, and I remember the music a little too well. I also remember the biases of small towns towards anyone who didn't fit the norm. I use this phrase entirely too much, so here it goes again -- lovely, layered characters. That's exactly what Rainbow brings us. It's not just Eleanor and Park who I feel I know so well that when I climb onto a school bus (for my kids' field trips), I expect to see them in the back. It's also the parents, especially Park's, that rang so true. His mom could be my mom if you swap out her Korean upbringing for a Serbian one. Rainbow delivers glimpses of their back-stories in a few short sentences that left me shattered at what the mom, in particular, must have experienced. I won't even discuss Park's dad, because in Rainbow's capable hands he's THAT guy; oh trust me, you'll know it when you read it. He's the guy that is so consistent; I simply fell in love with both his parents. And in them, I saw hope for what Eleanor and Park could become.

But wait, you say, Sophie this book is not called Park's parents. Okay, it's not. I'm trying to not spoil things because Eleanor lives a tough life. An awful life. In the midst of what should be hopeless despair, she finds pockets of sanity for herself, and she finds Park. Watching her allow Park into her life made this story, for me, one of the most satisfying reads this year. I won't even talk about the ending because it contained words that broke my heart, yes, in a good way.

When you're in the mood for a realistic story featuring characters who will stay with you long after you finished the last page, pick up Eleanor and Park. I promise that you will then turn into one of those people I mentioned above. The one who insists that their friends should drop everything and read this book next.