Mundie Moms

Sunday, September 30, 2018

OCTOBER 2018 YA Releases

Happy Fall! Who's looking forward to tackling your fall TBR stacks/lists? I thought I was until I made this list. I didn't realize how many books were being released this month. There are a ton of books being released in October. A number of them are being released this coming Tuesday. Check out October's newest YA releases: 






Which new releases are you most excited to read? Thankfully the holiday season is fast approaching. Books make great gifts! 

    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    MARY'S MONSTER: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge / Book Review #MarysMonster #Frankenstein

    Written & Illustrated by: Lita Judge
    Published by: Roaring Brook 
    Released on: January 30th, 2018
    Ages: 15 & up
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    Source: arc from the publisher in exchange for my honest review
    Rating: 5 stars

    A young adult biography of Frankenstein's profound young author, Mary Shelley, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of its publication, told through free verse and 300+ full-bleed illustrations.

    Mary Shelley first began penning Frankenstein as part of a dare to write a ghost story, but the seeds of that story were planted long before that night. Mary, just nineteen years old at the time, had been living on her own for three years and had already lost a baby days after birth. She was deeply in love with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a mad man who both enthralled and terrified her, and her relationship with him was rife with scandal and ridicule. But rather than let it crush her, Mary fueled her grief, pain, and passion into a book that the world has still not forgotten 200 years later.

    Dark, intense, and beautiful, this free-verse novel with over 300 pages of gorgeous black-and-white watercolor illustrations is a unique and unforgettable depiction of one of the greatest authors of all time.

    This is a heartbreaking, hauntingly well written story that will stay with you long after you read it. I've always been fascinated by Mary Shelley's story, but never have I felt so much emotion towards her, and all that she not only endured, but the treatment of her (which was common and the norm during her time period). I wasn't excepting this dark, intense read to emotional grip me like it did. Between Lita's writing, and the illustrations, the emotions, and the mood are captured well within this book's pages.

    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    OUT TODAY! 9/25/18 New YA Releases

    Happy Book Birthday to today's newest YA releases! Here is what you'll find out on book store shelves now:

    There are some great books out today. Which new releases are you looking forward to picking up? 

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    New Shadowhunters/Fairytale Mashup Features WILL and JEM! #Shadowhunters

    Happy Friday Shadowhunter fans! Have you seen the newest Shadowhunter / fairytale mashup from Cassandra Jean? This one features our favorite Shadowhunters, WILL and JEM! Here's what Cassie shared about it in her newsletter last week:

    Check out Cassandra Jean’s interpretation of Will and Jem as the Brothers Grimm! The art for the preorder booklet is all complete and off to the printer, but Cassandra Jean still has a few Shadowhunter/fairytale mashups up her sleeve!

    For some reason I found this oddly fitting for Will and Jem.

    . @CassieClare Shares 'Exclusive Excerpt from Queen of Air and Darkness' #Shadowhunters #QoAAD

    In her most recent newsletter, Cassie treated fans to an exclusive excerpt from Queen of Air and Darkness. Thankfully we only have a few more months to wait until this book is finally out! Check out the excerpt below: 

    Exclusive Excerpt from Queen of Air and Darkness

    Reluctantly Cristina followed as they pushed swiftly through the crowd. The air was full of sweet, harsh smoke, mixing with the mist from the occasional pool of water.

    “Prince Kieran.” A faerie woman with hair like a dandelion clock drifted up to them. She wore a dress of white filaments, and her eyes were green as stems. “You come to us in disguise.”

    Mark’s hand had gone to his weapons belt, but Kieran made a quick settling gesture at him. “I can trust you to keep my secret, can I not?”

     “If you tell me why an Unseelie Prince would come hidden to his own brother’s revel, perhaps,” said the woman, her green eyes keen.

    “I seek a friend,” Kieran said.

    The woman’s eyes darted over Cristina and then Mark. Her mouth widened into a smile. “You seem to have several.”

    “That’s enough,” said Mark. “The prince would proceed unhindered.”

    “Now, if it were a love potion you sought, you might come to me,” said the faerie woman, ignoring Mark. “But which of these two Nephilim do you love? And which loves you?”

    Kieran raised a warning hand. “Enough.”

    “Ah, I see, I see.” Cristina wondered what it was she saw. “No love potion could assist with this.” Her eyes danced.

    “Enough, I said!” Kieran flushed. “What would it take to end this bedevilment?”

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Details For The Exclusive #NYCCC 'Queen of Air and Darkness Poster' #Shadowhunters

    Check out this stunning poster Shadowhunter fans can pick up when they attend Comic Con in New York City October 4th-7th! The gorgeous artwork features Ash, and was done by Charlie Bowater, who is no stranger to creating striking book covers and fan art. Here's what Cassie shared about the exclusive Come Con poster in her most recent edition of her newsletter: 

    Comic Con

    Will you be at New York Comic Con during October 4-7? Make sure to stop by the Simon & Schuster booth (#2128) Thursday – Sunday at 10am for this exclusive Queen of Air and Darkness poster with gorgeous art of Ash by Charlie Bowater!

    . @CassieClare Reveals 'THE LAND I LOST' Cover; Ghosts of The Shadow Market # 7 #Shadowhunters

    The 7th installment in the Ghosts of the Shadow Market, THE LAND I LOST, will be out on October 9th! In her newest newsletter, Cassie revealed the cover. Co-written by Cassie and Sarah Rees Brenna, we can not wait to read it. Check out what Cassie said about the book in her newsletter, below. 


    Cover reveal: The Land I Lost (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #7)

    The Land I Lost is the next Ghosts of the Shadow Market story, coming October 9, and Sarah and I are really excited to share this one with you! Alec Lightwood gets an emergency message from Jem and Tessa in Buenos Aires. When he arrives to help them, he is not welcomed by the Shadowhunters there. He believes it is because of his companion Lily, the head of the New York vampire clan, until a Shadowhunter orphan confides a dark truth to him under cover of the Shadow Market. There's also the matter of a faerie woman in the Market who knows secrets about the First Heir . . .

    I am loving these individual story covers. I wish these covers could be included in the final copy of the book. Which has been your favorite cover so far?


    The seventh story in the Ghosts of the Shadow Market.
    Alec Lightwood, partner of the High Warlock of Brooklyn and father of a warlock child, visits Buenos Aires in the aftermath of the Dark War. When he arrives, he is not welcomed by the Shadowhunters there. He believes it is because of his companion Lily, the head of the New York vampire clan, until a Shadowhunter orphan confides a dark secret to him under cover of the Shadow Market.
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    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    THE WICKED ONES by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman / Audio/Book Review #TheWickedOnes #shadowhunters #GOTSM

    By: Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman
    Narrated by: Emily Bett Rickards
    Published by: Shadowmarket Enterprises / Simon and Schuster Audio
    Released on: September 11, 2018
    Series: Ghosts of the Shadow Market #6
    Purchase from: Audible | Amazon| B&N | 
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    Rating: 5 Stars - LOVED IT!

    Celine Montclaire goes to the Shadow Market to escape. She would go anywhere in Paris, or the entire world, to escape the suffering she experiences at the hands of her family. She did not expect to meet Valentine Morgenstern there, or to have him promise her freedom and the heart of the man she secretly loves. On one condition, of course. At the Shadow Market, nothing is for free.

    I can't even begin to write a review of this because I just want to shout out loud -- ROBIN! CASSIE! What have you done?!?!?

    What they've done is given us the story of Jace's mother, Celine. It was such an unexpected story. I didn't think we'd ever get to hear about her. And what we find out about her is something so very surprising. Her cruel childhood, her crush on a certain person and her dealings with Valentine.

    Once again, as in almost all the stories in this anthology, the story tugs at your heart strings. Celine's unrequited (or is it?) crush pulls you into that corner of teenage obsession that only makes sense when you're young and crushing on someone who you idealize. The hopefulness, the dreams of what could be and the slow realization of what you would need to do to get noticed is all entangled with a bigger story of locating a lost Herondale.

    Then there is Valentine. Big Bad Daddy (okay not, yet, in this story) Valentine. He is charming, menacing and manipulative. You've got to love a baddy like that.

    Somehow in short amount of pages (minutes, because I listened to the audiobook), Cassie and Robin get in a story that could easily be stretched into its own novel. Boy oh boy, am I loving these stories. Yes, Jem is in there, too. Of course, he is. And his lovely, layered, melancholy character breaks my lil' ol' Mundie Mama's heart every time he's on the page.

    I, also, want to mention the narrator, Emily Bett Rickards, who does a wonderful job as the naive, hopeful, beaten-down Celine and then turns around and gives us Valentine in all his treacherous glory. That's a 180-degree swing that in the short amount of minutes most actors couldn't do, but she presents them all beautifully.

    Are you reading or listening to these stories? I need someone to discuss them with asap!

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    OUT TODAY! 9/18/18 New YA Releases

    Happy Book Birthday to today's newest YA releases! Here's what you'll find out on bookstore shelves today: 

    There's a lot of new releases out today. What new releases are you looking forward to reading?