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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Check Out The New ReDesigned Covers for @CassieClare's The Mortal Instruments Series @ShadowhuntersTV

Check out the stunning covers for The Mortal Instruments Series. The new covers will be out on September 1st. If the designs look familiar, that's because they are. These are designed by the same artist who created Cassie's original TMI and TID covers. I love the original covers, but I am loving these new covers. Be sure to follow ShadowhuntersTV today as they continue to reveal ALL the new covers for Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments Series, thought out the day. I'll continue to update this post with the new covers. 

These covers are stunning! As to who's on which cover:
  • City of Bones - Jace
  • City of Ashes - Clary
  • City of Glass - Simon
  • City of Fallen Angels - Izzy
  • City of Lost Souls - Alec
  • City of Heavenly Fire - Jonathan
Here's a look at all the covers together

The new covers will be out this September. The new design covers for The Infernal Devices will be revealed TOMORROW! 

The New Covers for Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments Series Are Being Revealed TODAY! @ShadowhuntersTV

The newly designed covers for The Mortal Instruments series are being revealed today by @ShadowhuntersTV. They've already share the cover for City of Ashes on Facebook. Check out this STUNNING cover!

We've all already seen the cover for City of Bones, which is shown below. Cassandra Clare posted teasers to the rest of the covers below. Be sure to follow Shadowhunters TV to check out where the rest of the cover reveals will be happening through out the day. 

Cassie had this to say:

The Mortal Instruments’ new covers are being released in September — but they’re being posted online today at 
Go check it out to see City of Ashes, and the others as they reveal them!
(I’ve also posted the full image of the City of Bones cover, so that you can see the spine art. When the books are placed all in a row it creates a beautiful image of Manhattan — I’ll post it soon!)
Meanwhile some snippets of the other covers…bet you can guess a lot of the characters…

Celebrate The Upcoming Release of DANGEROUS DECEPTION by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl | Join The #BooksArentDangerous Campaign

Today I'm thrilled to be apart of the BOOKS AREN'T DANGEROUS campaign. In celebration of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's DANGEROUS DECEPTION release coming up on May 19th, they're hosting a campaign to get books into the hands of kids who need books. Instead of doing a traditional blog tour, Kami and Margaret want their fans to join in the fun. All you have to do is post a picture of yourself with a book, tag it #BooksArentDangerous, and pledge to donate a book or books to an under privilege school or library. Kami, Margaret and Little Brown (their publisher) will match donations over the next two weeks! Find out more about this amazing cause below! From Kami and Margaret:


Margaret Stohl's picture for her #BooksArentDangerous campaign

In fact, during the dangerous days of growing up, they can be lifesaving. The right book at the right time can change someone’s life. Writers and readers know that better than anyone.

For Kami, those books came from Tolkein, and Ray Bradbury, and S.E. Hinton. For Margie, those books came from C.S. Lewis, and Susan Cooper, and Madeline L’Engle.

  • What book saved your life?
  • What current read do you wish had been on bookshelves when you were a teen?
  • What book would you recommend to readers that could change their lives?

The Beautiful Creatures Novels have given us so much, in honor of our upcoming May release, we want to give something back. So: Kami and Margie will be donating books to under-resourced school libraries for the next two weeks, culminating in a school visit book delivery.

Our awesome Beautiful Creatures Novels publisher—Little, Brown—has committed to work with us to match every book donation from our friends and our readers, from May 12th to May 26th. (This Tuesday on, for two weeks.)

It’s super easy! Here’s how to participate:

  • During the two weeks of May 12-May 26 (starting this Tuesday) hashtag #BooksArentDangerous & post your photo with a book.
  • The book can be one that mattered to you, one you wish you’d had, or a current read you would recommend.

  • You can post on facebook, instagram, twitter, or tumblr.

  • For every photo you post, Kami & Margie are working with Little Brown to match it with a book donation. (Details TK!)

In addition, we also encourage our author, reader, teacher, librarian, blogger, and bookseller friends to take this opportunity to donate books to underfunded local school libraries. If you do, please post those pics too, and we’ll be reposting at

Thanks, all! XOXO Margie & Kami

BURN by Walter Jury & Sarah Fine | Blog Tour: Author Guest Post | Enter to Win!

Hello and welcome to today's BURN blog tour. Today I'm thrilled to have co-author Sarah Fine on the blog to share with us her list of ten YA sci-fi novels she'd recommend to readers. Before Sarah shares her post, here's a little bit BURN, which is out TODAY!


By: Walter Jury & Sarah Fine
Published by: Putnam
Released on: May 12th, 2015
Series: Scan #2
Purchase from: Penguin/Random HouseAmazon | B&N | Book Depository | IndieBound
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"Car chases, explosions and action galoreawesome."—Kirkus Reviews on Scan

At the cliffhanger ending of Scan, Tate loses the very thing he was fighting to protect, what his father had called the key to human survival. Tate doesn't have much time to worry about it because he needs to get away, to ensure he and Christina are safe. His father left him one last thing that can do just that—a safehouse, which turns out to be a clue to what's really threatening the planet. As Tate follows the clues his father left behind, he starts to uncover the truth, realizing he's up against an enemy he's only beginning to understand.

A riveting, fast-paced "we are not alone" adventure, Burn thrills to the very end.

My top ten YA sci-fi novels, in no particular order:
1) These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
I absolutely adored this book, which gave me a satisfying “what the heck is going on here?!?” mystery, plausible sci-fi action, plus an absolutely compelling romance. 
2) Control by Lydia Kang
Smart is the first word I’d use to describe this book—but the words slick, macabre, and adorkable would work, too, and all at the same time! Teens with genetic mutations, a fabulously ghoulish twist on the tattooed bad boy romantic interest, and futuristic tech that’s way out there and yet totally believable.
3) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cyborg Cinderella? Yes, please. Except Cinder is so much more than that. Incredible world-building, aching romantic tension, and absolutely compelling characters make this one an easy choice.
4) Divergent by Veronica Roth
Yes, it’s dystopian, but this novel has some fun sci-fi elements to it, in the form of those simulations. I was obsessed with The Matrix when it came out (saw it in the theater three times in three days), and Divergent definitely has some of that magic, not to mention … Four. Four. Four. Four.
5) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Marvelously terrifying and unforgiving twist on alien invasion, one that makes you really ponder what you might do if you were caught in this situation, and you couldn’t trust ANYONE. Not exactly light, breezy reading, but it’s certainly worthwhile.
6) Altered by Jennifer Rush
Pure, unadulterated fun. Also, not just one cute boy. Four of them. Altered is one of those books that I read cover to cover in one sitting, because the pacing, suspense, and action were just that good.
7) Avalon by Mindee Arnett
This book was billed as reminiscent of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, a show I really loved, and Avalon doesn’t disappoint! This is another book where the pacing is superb—and the plot was completely unpredictable, full of twists that keep you turning pages.
8) All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Time travel is so hard to do well (and I have two time travel books on my list!), but All Our Yesterdays pulls it off. It kept me guessing and tugged at my heartstrings. Although the romance aspect of this book is great, so is the theme of loving and cherishing yourself, which is explored in a lovely way in this novel.
9) Timebound by Rysa Walker
As a total fan of Erik Larson’s “Devil in the White City,” about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and the terrifyingly prolific serial killer who made the place his playground (this is nonfiction, people), I can’t even tell you how much I love Timebound, which is like Larson’s book crossed with Back to the Future. I mean that in the best possible way.
10) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Okay, it’s been decades since I read this book, but I remember it as absolutely epic … and somewhat difficult to wrap my head around. This is a novel I’m just starting to read with my son, though, and it’s a great feeling to dive into this mind-bending universe yet again!

 Sarah Fine is the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust, and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series. She is also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers: Scan and its sequel Burn. Sarah is also the author of the adult urban fantasy series, Servants of Fate, with the third book in the series, Fated, releasing September 2015. When Sarah’s not writing, she’s psychologizing. Sometimes she does both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.


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Follow the Tour
May 11 - Lili's Reflections - Interview
May 12 - Mundie Moms - Top Ten Sci-Fi Novels
May 13 - Love at First Page - BURN excerpt
May 14 - Oops! I Read a Book Again - Interview
May 15 - The Eater of Books - Why in 5

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir | Blog Tour: Author Guest Post

Hello and welcome to today's AN EMBER IN THE ASHES blog tour stop, hosted by Penguin Teen. I am so thrilled to have Sabaa on Mundie Moms today. If you've not yet picked up her debut, I highly recommend that you do! It's one of my top ten favorite reads of this year. Trust me, you want to read this book. 

Please welcome Sabaa Tahir to Mundie Moms!

If I had a superpower, it would be to transform into a talking dragon.

Before you think that this is random, let me assure you that a great deal of thought went into it. Over the years, I have probably spent a grand total of six months imagining what I would do with certain superpowers. As a little kid, I wanted Super-man like strength, to deal with bullies. As a teenager, I wanted invisibility (also to deal with bullies.) In my early 20s, mindreading would have been really helpful (because boys).

While writing EMBER, I would have loved to have been a time manipulator—because I never had enough of it. I still don’t have enough of it, but I’ve sort of made my peace with that. I have since decided that the best superpower really would be to shapeshift into a talking dragon. It appeals to me for many reasons, which I shall detail here.

--The world needs more dragons. So really, I’m being quite altruistic even offering to become one. I could probably find other dragons—you know, maybe ones who were in hiding because they thought they were the only dragons. And we could all become friends and have a dragon-y book club and create an *actual* DragonCon. And as time went on, some of us would get more active and discuss dragon representation in arts and culture and government. We’d work to make sure our voices were heard—maybe have a fly-in in Washington DC. And one day, we might even be able to run a dragon for Congress.

--I could fly. I live quite far away from my family, but I miss them a ton. If I was a dragon, I could simply fly to them whenever I pleased, spend appropriate quality time with them, and then return home for dinner. But Sabaa, you say. You can just take a cheap plane flight. It would probably be faster, even. Because we all know that dragons can’t fly at, say, 400 mph, like a plane.

But there you would be wrong, because, in fact, dragons are extremely fast, AND they don’t have to buy tickets or wait in security lines, or twiddle their claws on the tarmac because there are too many planes waiting to take off. So at the very least, it would take me the SAME amount of time, but probably it would be faster. AND free.

--I could scare my foes by threatening to breathe fire at them. I’m not saying I’d actually barbecue anyone. It’s not my style. But I mean, my foes might not realize that, right?

--My kids don’t know they need a dragon, but they do. Kids these days need extracurricular activities if they want a shot at summer internships/college etc. And you know, you’ve got to start them young, like age three or four.  Mandarin, soccer, boy scouts…parents need something (or all of these things) to make their kids stand out. Dragon-riding would fit so nicely on a magnet school application! And since I’d teach them to fight dragonback, it would be two-extracurricular activities in one. Dragon-riding AND Martial Arts.

I’m certain Hiccup would agree.

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About The Book

By: Sabaa Tahir
Released on: April 28, 2015
Published by: Razorbill
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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

About the Author

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Follow the Tour:

4/20 - Perpetual Page Turner – guest post
4/21 - Once Upon a Twilight – Top 5: favorite moments from An Ember in the Ashes
4/22 – Fiktshun – Would You Rather?
4/23 - Cuddlebuggery Book Blog – playlist/book soundtrack
4/24 – Fangirlish – interview 

4/27 - The Midnight Garden – guest post
4/28 - Icey books – interview 
4/29 - YA Books Central – Top 5: Things I Can’t Live Without
4/30 - Me My Shelf & I - 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me
5/1 - Dear Author - Top 5: Major influences

5/4 - YA Interrobang – interview
5/5 - The Young Folks – guest post 
5/6 - Alice Marvels - Never Have I Ever
5/7 - Good Choice Reading – interview
5/8 - Bookish - Fashion Spread/Look Book

5/11 - Read.Breathe.Relax. – interview
5/12 - Mundie Moms – guest post 
5/13 – Two Chicks on Books – guest post
5/14 - The Children's Book Review – interview
5/15 – Bookhounds - Top 5: Things I HAVE to Do Before I Die

Out Today!

Check out which YA books are hitting shelves today!

Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson, 5/12/15, Henry Holt & Co
End of Days by Susan Ee, 5/12/15, Skyscape
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger, 5/12/15, Knopf
Burn by Sarah Fine, 5/12/15, Putnam
The Hunted by Matt de la Pena, 5/12/15, Delacorte Press
Velvet by Temple West, 5/12/15, Swoonreads
The Artisans by Julie Reece, 5/12/15, Month9Books
Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu, 5/12/15, Katherine Tegen Books
Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt, 5/12/15, Harper Teen
Vanished by E.E. Cooper, 5/12/15, Katherine Tegen Books

Which titles will you be picking up today?