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Friday, June 28, 2013

An Official TMI Movie tumblr Plus Official Licensed Jewelry

Cassie just posted this on her own tumblr, but TMI Movie has a tumblr of its own. And lo and behold,  officially licensed jewelry, too.

Time to save our pennies, MMs!!!

#GodfreytoSDCC Trends WORLDWIDE

Congrats TMI Fandom! We trended #GodfreytoSDCC worldwide! We want him there. Can not wait for Comic Con!

We Are Getting You Ready for The TMI Movie!

Our announcement. Mundie Moms, Fangirlish, Page to Premiere, and TMI Source will be conducting a read along of City of Bones to prepare you for the release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. We'll be taking turns, recapping chapters, sharing our thoughts, and here's the exciting part - we are giving you the opportunity to win PRIZES. We don't care if you like in Antarctica, we are willing to ship anywhere in the world. In the midst of all of the read along, we are going to be giving away prizes. Signed books from Cassie and we have spent hundreds of dollars on Hot Topic TMI Items that we will ship anywhere. That's a lot of prizes. The read along is coming! This fandom is amazing and we are proud to be a part of this fandom!

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore, Book Review

By: Katherine Longshore
Published by: Viking (Penguin Teen)
Released on: June 18th, 2013
Source: arc from publisher to review
5 Stars: I LOVED IT!
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Newly arrived to the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty but sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court--and to convince the whole court they're lovers--she accepts. Before long, Anne's popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice--but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart's desire and the chance to make history

I have long been a fan of this era, and Katherine Longshore has done such a brilliant job at bringing it to life in Tarnish. Though I didn't know a lot about Anne Boleyn (except her fate) prior to reading this book, Katherine peeked my interest in her after reading Tarnish, that I went and read up about her. From all that I've read about her, I loved the way Katherine brought her to life. It's apparent in the way Katherine told Anne's story that she did a lot of research in the era and about Anne. Everything came to life in this book, so much so that I felt like I was getting a glimpse into the past. 

Telling Anne's story prior to her meeting King Henry VIII was intoxicating. I have to say, I loved this character. Knowing that she's based on a historical person made this story that much more intriguing, and captivating. If you've been a reader of my reviews,  you'll know how much I admire a strong protagonist who does not falter on her values, and what she wants. Anne Boleyn is this character/person. I loved her intelligence, her quick tongue, her truth speaking, and how she played the game. I loved that Katherine writes Anne's story after her return to England from France, and the role that plays with her, and her interactions with the King. 

Flawed characters based on historical people make for the best type of characters. Tarnish is rich with character depth. There are things the character do that made me laugh, sigh, cringe, and seriously made me angry. What Katherine does in Tarnish, is give readers an intimate look into the inner circle of King Henry VIII's court. If you've watched Tudors, than you'll now how the court was run, and the games that were played. Aside from the King, and his wanting to have Anne, I loved, loved, loved the stolen moments between the poet, Thomas Wyatt and Anne. These two were snarky, truthful, lustful and had this awesome chemistry that just light the pages on fire. Now part of me feels wrong for saying that, because Thomas was wed, though he left his wife, he wasn't divorced from her. Anne in this book falls for him, and has these stolen away moments with him, but she doesn't cross the line that so many people thought she did. And that plays a huge role into the way Thomas wanted her to viewed by the court, and Anne's brother George.

The family dynamics in this book are well written. Like any family, nobles have their fights, their moments of love, loyalty, betrayal, and forgiveness. Katherine gave us all that and more with Anne, her brother George, and their sister Mary. I'll say it, I wanted to slap George and huge Mary. Mary's role in this book plays a big role in Anne's standing firm with what she wants, especially from the King. I know that may not make sense, but it will after you read the book. Katherine does such a fabulous job at creating a story based on real people, and creating these situations that I can only assume rang accurate for a time period where everyone wanted to be better their associates. The court may look dazzling on the outside, but on the inside it's deceitful, cut throat, and full of prejudices.

Oh Katherine Langshore, please do not stop writing Historical books. I really, really, REALLY enjoyed this book. There's nothing I didn't like about it. It has romance, moments that made me laugh, intrigue, plenty of history, and a character that has won my admiration. Any one who stands up to the King gets to sit on a pedal stool in my book. This is one book I hope YA fans pick up. It's one that even while I was reading it, is one I hope classes that are studying this time period, pick up and read. Be sure to add this to your Summer reads!