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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Check Out What's New From @FierceReads and @SwoonReads in 2015

There's only a couple weeks left in 2014, and I'm already counting down the weeks for the 2014 new releases.. Here's a look at what's coming from @FierceReads and @SwoonReads in 2015!

A contemporary romance?! I'm sold! I can't wait to read this one, which hits shelves on 1/6/15. Find out more about THE BOY NEXT DOOR

I love this cover! This is on my list of highly anticipated books for 2015. Thankfully this book will be out soon, and I don't have much longer to wait. You can pick it up on 1/6/15. Find out more about SAVE ME

Emily has a new book coming out next year! Read an excerpt of SWEET and get more info about the book HERE!

Anna Banks has a new release hitting shelves in 2015. Get your first look at JOYRIDE.

Speaking of 2015 titles, stop by FierceReads and enter to win these titles! Get the details here

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A Little Something For the New Adult Readers

Here on Mundie Moms we love our YA books. Sometimes I like to cross over, and share a few of the recent spotlights from our other blogs. Today's spotlight is for a couple of New Adult books that I've recently featured on our Grown Up Book Reviews blog. These are NA (New Adult) books, and can contain some mature content not suitable for younger readers. 

 Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. 

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. 

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. 

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul. 

I loved this book, though that shouldn't really surprise anyone. I love all of Jennifer's books, both YA, NA and Adult. They're all fabulous, and have that perfect blend of snark and character chemistry that always leaves me wanting more. 
Check out my review here. Check out the release day blitz here

SAVE ME by Jennifer Elliott; Waiting on Wednesday #233

By: Jenny Elliott
Published by: Swoon Reads
To Be Released on: January 6th, 2015
Pre-Order from: Amazon | B&N
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Debut-novelist Jenny Elliott’s thrilling romance, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers for the first list in the new Swoon Reads imprint, pours on the tension and danger in an addictive combination that will keep you turning pages!

Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?

There's a few reasons why this book is on my WOW list. First, the cover! I LOVE this cover! That is one heck of a beautiful cover. Two, DEBUT AUTHOR! I love supporting debut authors. Three, this book is set in my home state of OREGON! Yep, I'm a sucker for a book set in the NorthWest. Really aside from the cover, I was sold on thrilling romance. I can not wait to get my hands on this one! Maybe Santa can work some magic and delivery this book to me in time for Christmas.

What book are you waiting on?

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Snippet

Simon and Isabelle by flylikepav

We cannot believe that there is already a snippet from Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy! Oh, how we've missed Simon:
Simon could barely believe any of his new memories, but the idea that Isabelle Lightwood had been his girlfriend seemed more unbelievable than the fact vampires were real and Simon had been one.

Cassie Clare on Shadowhunter Economics

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Cassie answered a number of questions on twitter tonight including an interesting one on Shadowhunter economics:

Q. Hi, Cassie!! I want to say that I love your books. I am hoping to read the Bane Chronicles soon. I do have a question, though. How do the shadowhunters pay for everything? Like how do they pay for clothing and food when they don’t have an actual income. Mundanes can’t exactly pay them for doing a job that they don’t know is happening. I was wondering that. Thanks!!!! — mirandaohara 

Cassie: Shadowhunters do have an income! Because indeed, some mundanes know about them. And pay them for the work they do. Jace first mentions it in City of Bones:

“They’d be hidden, usually around the altar. Kept for our use in case of emergencies.”
“And this is what, some kind of deal you have with the Catholic Church?”
“Not specifically…. Shadowhunters cleave to no single religion, and in turn all religions assist us in our battle.”

Jace discusses his salary, or the salary he feels entitled to anyway, in City of Ashes

Luke looked as if he weren’t sure about that. “Where will you go? How will you live?”
Jace’s eyes glittered. “I’m seventeen. Practically an adult. Any adult Shadowhunter is entitled to—”
“Any adult. But you’re not one. You can’t draw a salary from the Clave because you’re too young.”

And Will and Jem are even more explicit that mundane institutions pay the Nephilim in Clockwork Prince: 

They were in a large stone-bound room with vaulted ceilings. The floor appeared to be brick, and there was an altar at one end of the room. “We’re in the Pyx Chamber,” he said. “Used to be a treasury. Boxes of gold and silver all along the walls.”
“A Shadowhunter treasury?” Tessa was thoroughly puzzled.
“No, the British royal treasury—thus the thick walls and doors,” said Jem. “But we Shadowhunters have always had access.” He smiled at her expression. “Monarchies down through the ages have tithed to the Nephilim, in secret, to keep their kingdoms safe from demons.”
“Not in America,” said Tessa with spirit. “We haven’t got a monarchy—”
“You’ve got a branch of government that deals with Nephilim, never fear,” said Will, crossing the floor to the altar. “It used to be the Department of War, but now there’s a branch of the Department of Justice—” (13)

There’s a lot more in the Codex, and it’s mentioned in passing in other books as well: the Nephilim collect money from in-the-know-mundanes. The Clave keeps the money and pays individual Shadowhunters, though some do get rich selling confiscated items and spoils. (Spoils: covered in Clockwork Prince and also the Codex.) Hope that helps!

Shadowhunters don’t have their own currency. They have credits that can be drawn against, or use almost any world currency. The Nephilim acquire mundane currency in a few different ways. They have access to it via co-existence with humans all over the world. In a tight spot they could sell valuables at a pawn shop or flea market in whatever region they need currency for, like Jocelyn does in City of Bones:

"She showed me the amulet she had taken from the pile of bones; in the flea market at Clignancourt she sold it, and with that money purchased an airplane ticket." (396)