Friday, July 31, 2015

EVERY LAST BREATH by Jennifer L. Armentrout / Giveaway

HAPPY FRIDAY! As promised earlier this week, I am giving away a copy of EVERY LAST BREATH by Jennifer Armentrout. I LOVED this book. It's so good and everything I had hoped it would be and more. Before I share the details of my international giveaway, here's a little bit about the book.

About Every Last Breath


By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: 7.28.15
Series: The Dark Elements #3
Rating: 5 Stars - I LOVED IT
Source: Book Gifted from Publisher
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Some loves will last 'til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

This was the perfect ending for one of my favorite series. I loved all that Armentrout gave me in Every Last Breath. This book was sooooooo good. My fangirl review will be posted soon. 


THE GIVEAWAY



Earlier this week a fabulous surprise package arrived full of EVERY LAST BREATH goodies from Harlequin Teen. Today I want to share in the Every Last Breath love, and giveaway one of the copies of the book I received (pictured above). 

1 lucky winner can enter to win a copy of EVERY LAST BREATH. This will be open internationally! Please be sure to read through the terms & conditions before entering to win. Those can be found on the bottom of the form below. 

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Happy Birthday to J.K. Rowling



 HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of our favorite children's authors, J.K. Rowling! In honor of her, I'm sharing some of my favorite quotes from her beloved Happy Potter series. 







When Your Network Crashes



Technology can be such a fabulous thing, but at the same time it can drive you crazy. Yesterday it drove me crazy. My network totally ended up crashing and I couldn't do anything. No posts, no emails, nothing. I know, it's not like it was the end of the world. And I know there are more important things in life to worry about. However, I hate it when I have responsibilities or things I committed to, that I couldn't fulfill. So today I will be posting what I promised y'all yesterday. Stay tuned for a giveaway for Jennifer L. Armentrout's EVERY LAST BREATH! 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Catching up with Cassie: TSFA Snippet, Parabatai Rune Placement, LM Reading Order, Jace Changing Diapers and more Q&A

Yesterday, Cassie tweeted a few items and you know us far too well, we don't want to miss a snippet of any one thing:



Q. Hi, Cassie! I’m a huge fan of your books! One of my favorite things is the parabatai bond, so, I wanted to ask: where exactly does the parabatai rune goes? I’m thinking about making a tattoo with my sister, so I wanted to “do it right”. Love you! Duda. — livrolatra
Cassie: It can really go wherever you want. Just remember your parabatai has to draw it on you, so try not to put it somewhere they won’t want to encounter!
Q. Hi Cassie! So I just had a quick question about Lady Midnight. Will we need to read all of the Tales From Shadowhunter Academy before LM to understand everything, or will they be completely separate? Thanks! — anabethinglorian
Cassie: You don’t need to have read TSFA to understand Lady Midnight. In fact, you don’t have to have read a single other Shadowhunter book. Just like some people start Shadowhunters with Clockwork Angel and some start with City of Bones, you can also start with Lady Midnight.
It helps to have read the previous books - it helps a lot - but it’s not necessary.

Q. If Tessa and Jem have babies will jace change his grandpa’s diapers? — haleybug890240
Cassie: Well, no, because Tessa and Jem’s babies would be Jace’s great great great uncles and aunts I think? Something so weird it’s better not to think about.
Jace would never change a diaper anyway unless it was his own kid. He would run far, far away, singing a happy tune.

Q. Hi Cassie, happy birthday! I’m a huge fan of all your books and I love the Shadowhunter world, every bit of it, I can’t thank you enough for writting those amizing books since they inspired me to write. I wanted to ask you two things, one do you ever plan on comming to Argentina? and two, in cp2 epilogue tessa says that afters will’s death she left london because she realized that her kids didn’t needed her any more and i always wondered if she ever went back to london while her kids lived to visit them or if she ever wrote to them. I hope ypu can answer this questions, if not thanks again for writting such perfect books. lots of love from Argentina — trinilandro
Cassie: Of course. Tessa went back and saw her children often (”children” is kind of funny to apply to people in their sixties, but yes) — she just couldn’t handle sticking around daily and watching them grow old, and her grandchildren grow old. She no longer fit in as a part of daily human life and it was a difficult realization and transition.
I don’t know about Argentina — I never know where I’ll be visiting unless a publisher there invites me. I don’t choose where I go, by and large!






Wednesday, July 29, 2015

THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heileg \ Waiting on Wednesday #256




By: Heidi Heileg
Published by: Greenwillow
To Be Released on: 2.16.16
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Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance. (Quoted from Goodreads)


This book had me at time travel. Hearing that it's a blend of fantasy, history, romance and wit, I'm sold! Not to mention it's a debut, and I totally love this cover. I can't wait to get this book in my hands!! 

What book are you waiting on?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DR. SEUSS CLASSIC CELEBRATORY TOUR / Book Review & Giveaway! #WhatPet


Today I am so thrilled to be apart of the Celebratory Tour for Dr. Seuss! Having grown up reading this book as a child, being apart of this tour means so much more to me than just reviewing a book. Dr. Seuss's books are timeless classics that have helped countless children learn how to read. Today I have the pleasure of featuring HOP ON POP.

ABOUT HOP ON POP



By: Dr. Seuss
Published by: Random House Kids
Released on: 2/28/1963(original release date)
Series: I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books Series
Ages: 3-7 years old
Rating: 5 Stars
Purchase it from: Amazon | B&N 

Loved by generations, this “simplest Seuss for youngest use” is a Beginner Book classic. See Red and Ned and Ted and Ed in a bed. And giggle as Pat sits on a hat and on a cat and on a bat . . . but a cactus? Pat must NOT sit on that! This classic Beginner Book makes an ideal gift for Seuss fans and is an especially good way to show Pop some love on Father’s Day! Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning (Quoted from Amazon).

This is one of my favorite Dr Seuss books as a child. It's one I enjoyed reading to my children when they were younger. Hop On Pop is a fun read. I loved having the chance to recently read it again. With rhyming words, and easy to read words, this book is an ideal book for those toddler age through second grade. It's a great book for children who can't yet read, and those who are just learning to read. 

*Source: I received this book from the publisher to review in exchange for my honest review.

ABOUT DR. SUESS'S NEW BOOK




ABOUT WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?
In the Fall of 2013, an original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author. That complete manuscript was for the picture book, WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?, and will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015. It is the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.


Dr. Seuss 44 Classic Book Celebratory Tour
  1. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937 – The Young Folks.com
  2. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938 – Bookish Antics
  3. The Seven Lady Godivas, 1939 – The Eater of Books
  4. The King’s Stilts, 1939 – On Starships and Dragonwings
  5. Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940 – The Book Cellar
  6. McElligot’s Pool, 1947 – Media Mikes
  7. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948 –Mommie of 2
  8. Bartholomew and the Oobleck, 1949 – Nonperfect Parenting
  9. If I Ran the Zoo, 1950 – Live to Read
  10. Scrambled Eggs Super! 1953 – Word Spelunking
  11. Horton Hears a Who! 1954 - Bookiemoji
  12. On Beyond Zebra! 1955 - Jessabella Reads
  13. If I Ran the Circus, 1956 – Book Hounds
  14. The Cat in the Hat, 1957 – The Bookbag
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957 – Nightly Reading
  16. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958 – Winter Haven Books
  17. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, 1958 – Alice Marvels
  18. Happy Birthday to You! 1959 – Chapter by Chapter
  19. Green Eggs and Ham, 1960 – Poland Bananas
  20. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960 – Once Upon a Twilight
  21. The Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961 - The Mod Podge Bookshelf
  22. Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, 1962 – Good Books and Good Wine
  23. Dr. Seuss’s ABC, 1963 – The Irish Banana
  24. Hop on Pop, 1963 – Mundie Moms
  25. Fox in Socks, 1965 – Page Turners
  26. I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 – Book Rock Betty
  27. The Cat in the Hat Songbook, 1967 – Giveaway Train
  28. The Foot Book, 1968 – I Am A Reader
  29. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories, 1969 – Cuddlebuggery
  30. I Can Draw It Myself, 1970 – The Children’s Book Review
  31. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970 – Curling Up with a Good Book
  32. The Lorax, 1971 - Elizziebooks
  33. Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 1972 – Reading with ABC
  34. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973 – Me, Myshelf, and I
  35. The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, 1973 – Paperback Princess
  36. There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974 – Presenting Lenore
  37. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 1975 – YA Books Central
  38. The Cat’s Quizzer, 1976 – Lille Punkin’
  39. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 1978 – Confessions Of A Vi3tbabe
  40. Oh Say Can You Say? 1979 – Ex Libris
  41. Hunches in Bunches, 1982 – No BS Book Reviews
  42. The Butter Battle Book, 1984 – Novel Novice
  43. You’re Only Old Once! 1986 – Dad of Divas
  44. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 1990  - Jesse the Reader

ABOUT DR. SEUSS

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit Seussville.com.

ENTER TO WIN 

Thank you to Random House, I've got a copy of Dr. Seuss's newest release, What Pet Should I Get, to giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of the book, which is out TODAY. US residents only. 

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OUT TODAY: Tuesday July 28th, 2015


HAPPY RELEASE DAY to these new YA books hitting shelves today!



Week of July 28th
Which books are you looking forward to picking up? 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy Birthday, Cassie!!!!

Cassandra Clare by MinaBlak.

We cannot let the day go by without wishing Cassie a very, very happy birthday from all of us at Mundie Moms!

Recently, she retweeted a picture a fan posted that captures the exact feelings we all have for her (Thanks Emily! You are brilliant!):


Cassie also posted this on her tumblr today:

Thank you all for the lovely birthday tweets and messages; I’m overwhelmed! I’m spending the day with my family but you all will be in my thoughts and long-distance hugs. A birthday snippet from The Last Hours: Will being such a dad. :)

“Matthew told me what happened at the park,” Will muttered in a voice no one but James could hear. James shot a betrayed look at Matthew, who shrugged and gave him a half-smile. Matthew could be relied on to tattle on James if he thought it was for his own good. “Thank the Angel for Matthew and Thomas and Christopher.” He touched James’ face. “I regret ever having said that your generation was wasting its time with parties and boating and dancing. All I wish for you is to be able to amuse yourself in a pointless fashion during peace and never, ever be in danger.”
We hope Cassie has a quiet day with lots of tea on hand and a moment to spend not writing our favorite characters, but doing something else she loves to do. Happy birthday, Cassie!!!

EPIC READS'S 20 Fall Books Worthy of Your Summer Savings List



Summer is in full swing, but the lovlies at Epic Reads have been working hard on putting together a list of 20 fantastic book worth of our summer savings. Check out their awesome list here.

Here are the top 5 books I can not wait to read from this list.




  1. Six of Crow by Leigh Bardugo, on sale 9.29.15
  2. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman, on sale 8.25.15
  3. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy, on sale 9.15.15
  4. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, on sale 9.1.15
  5. Walk The Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson, on sale 9.22.15

Which books from this list are you looking forward to reading this fall? 

Cassandra Clare Shares a The Last Hours Snippet / Mundane Monday #250



Happy Mundane Monday! Check out the latest The Last Hours snippets Cassandra Clare shared with fans on Twitter this past weekend.
All these teasers and snippet that Cassie has recently shared are killing me! I need these books in my hands already. 

Image source: found via Google originally shared on TMI Source

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Catching Up with Cassie: Retold Stories, Co-Writing with Holly, Points-of-View and Parabatai Bonds

Cassie has tweeted a few things lately, and if you're like us you might have just missed them between trips to the beach or pool.

Cassie answered a question on what she thinks of retelling stories:

We are seriously excited about The Last Hours. Great Expectations is my favorite Dickens' story.

Cassie also retweeted the link to a 2014 The Guardian interview with Holly Black in which they discussed their co-writing process.

Here's a snippet and a link to the rest of the interview:
Our co-writing process is admittedly unusual. In most cases when books are co-written, authors alternate chapters, or each will take a viewpoint character. Which makes sense, because usually, when authors are co-writing, they aren't in the same geographical space.

The two of us happen to live less than a mile from each other. Our process is very keyed to our presence. We sit together with one laptop, and the first writer, say, Cassie, will write out a scene. Then she'll pass the laptop to Holly, who will go over the scene, edit and smooth it, and then write the next scene. She'll pass the computer back to Cassie who will do her own changing and editing. Therefore every scene is in essence, written by us both.
I love how their process is so organic, and yes, that need to figure out who wrote what is definitely blurred which makes the story seamless.

She also answered a couple of questions on twitter about points-of-view and parabatai:

Q. Hi Cassie, I am a huge fan and I love your books and your characters because they are so realistic and deep and I also think you are an amazing world builder (it is hard to believe that the Shadowhunter world is not real with the amazing world building you do). Anyway I was wondering what made you decide to write your books in third person perspective and not first person? If it was not to narrow yourself down to writing through a single character’s perspective then could you not have used alternating first person? Thanks and I hope you have a wonderful day! — booksarelife128

Cassie: This is one of those questions that may translate to the equivalent of : “Why do you put broccoli in your stir-fry and not snow peas?” “Well, because I like broccoli.” “Hm.” I mean, I do like broccoli. I also don’t think of first-person as the default point of view. It isn’t — it’s more unusual than third person. Many fine books are written in first person, but many fine books are written in all perspectives. There is no reason to use first person unless you feel it is specifically right for the story.

I do write short stories in first person; almost all my short stories are in first, but the reason I do that is that I consider first person a distancing perspective, which can be useful, and because first person is helpful when you wish to introduce unreliability into a narrative. When we read a story written in first person, we know that the “I” telling the story has an agenda. They do not need to be truthful. They do not need to be unprejudiced. We expect them to be telling their version of events, and we do not expect it to be objective.

Alternating first person can be interesting if the point is contrasting the different characters’ viewpoints on the same scenario. That has never been the point of the POV shifts in Mortal Instruments, though. Short stories are one thing: a massive series of novels is structurally very different.

I like writing third person for a number of reasons: it makes me feel closer to the character, it removes ambiguity (if third person tells you Clary saw something or felt something, she saw or felt it, it’s not debatable) which is useful, even necessary, with so many characters. (This is still third person limited — characters can be wrong about things, there is no omniscient “narrator” that tells us “truths” — but this is not an unreliable narrator with an agenda.) It allows me to move around between scenes in different places, and move into different perspectives.

Alternating first-person isn’t really a good second option if for some reason I’d wanted to write in first person. When you’re using third person, you easily and immediately know when you’ve switched perspectives. “Will wondered why his horse was so slow.” Okay, we’re in Will’s perspective. “I wondered why my horse was so slow.” Whose perspective are we in? No idea. The perspective has to be established in-scene by uniqueness of voice and situation, as people don’t think of themselves as “Will Herondale.” They just think of themselves as “me.” Obviously this can be done, but it is choppier, it runs the risk of confusing and alienating readers as they constantly wonder who’s talking, and it means you should stick to a limited number of established voices with unique characteristics.

Scenes like the ones in City of Heavenly Fire from the Consul’s perspective would have been impossible: we didn’t know the inside of her head well enough to jump into it suddenly at that late date. In fact, if you’re going to alternate first person viewpoints, the best thing you can do is limit them and set up a framework by which we always know when we’re going to get a new voice and who’s talking: alternating chapters, for instance. Books like Shiver and Will Grayson, Will Grayson alternate POV by chapter. Many alternating first person books put the names of the characters at the top of the sections they’re narrating, so you know who’s talking. But I switch POVs fast and repeatedly within chapters, so that would be incredibly jarring.

There’s some interesting comments on writing alternating first person here. But basically I do think it comes down in part to a broccoli vs snow peas question. You have to write the perspective you feel comfortable in. I wanted to write the books in third person and keep the option of writing anyone’s POV at any time open to me: I wanted to stay close to my characters and not feel distanced, and because the books are already quite complicated, I didn’t want to introduce extra ambiguity about what was actually happening.

I would not have enjoyed writing TMI in alternating first person, and I think when you’re forcing yourself to do something that feels wrong, your writing will always suffer for it. If first person is what calls to you, you should write in it! Only you can decide what the right perspective is for you, for any individual project.

Q. Hey! I’m a huge fan of your series but as I was going through city of lost souls something kept bugging me. Jace is missing and possibly dead (which is what they all fear) but after reading the infernal devices and finding out that parabatai know when the other dies because their bond is severed and the rune would fade I was wondering why it wasn’t made clearer in the mortal instruments that Jace couldn’t possibly be dead because Alec would know? — readwhilewereyoung 

Cassie: Absolutely he could be dead and Alec wouldn’t know, though.

Clary, Alec, and Izzy do discuss this in CoLS 20:
Clary looked at him steadily. “Alec,” she said. “Don’t you feel anything?”
Alec’s eyes widened, their blue darkening, and for a moment Clary remembered the boy who had hated her when she’d first arrived at the Institute, the boy with bitten nails and holes in his sweaters and a chip on his shoulder that had seemed immovable. “I know you’re upset, Clary,” he said, his voice sharp, “but if you’re suggesting that Iz and I care less about Jace than you do—”
“I’m not,” Clary said. “I’m talking about your parabatai connection. I was reading about the ceremony in the Codex. I know being parabatai ties the two of you together. You can sense things about Jace. Things that will help you when you’re fighting. So I guess I mean … can you sense if he’s still alive?”
“Clary.” Isabelle sounded worried. “I thought you didn’t …”
“He’s alive,” Alec said cautiously. “You think I’d be this functional if he weren’t alive? There’s definitely something fundamentally wrong. I can feel that much. But he’s still breathing.”
“Could the ‘wrong’ thing be that he’s being held prisoner?” said Clary in a small voice.
Alec looked toward the windows, the sheeting gray rain. “Maybe. I can’t explain it. I’ve never felt anything like it before.”
“But he’s alive.”
Alec looked at her directly then. “I’m sure of it.”
Through CoLS, the Clave was reluctant to take any position on Jace’s condition. They were in a state of upheaval in the aftermath of the Mortal War. Some members talked to Alec and believed him that Jace was alive, others didn’t, still others did but thought Jace was as good as dead anyway. They weren’t relying on Alec and Jace’s bond to tell them what was going on, though. Here’s why:

  • Jace was “killed” during a dark ritual held by a Greater Demon, so basically the Clave is dealing with something they don’t know anything about, or how it might work, or what the results would be. They can’t, again, rely on Alec and Jace’s bond when they don’t know how a Greater Demon’s magic would affect it.
  • There are things that can be done to sever the bond. Exile meant Robert never knew Michael Wayland died. Luke becoming a Downworlder meant that Luke didn’t know when Valentine died. There could be other complicating factors, too. If Jace was in another dimension, or a cave of solid adamas, would would Alec know that he had died? Would anything happen? We don’t know; neither does the Clave.
  • The Clave respects the parabatai bond, but they don’t usually use it as proof of life or death. In fact, the Infernal Devices is a good example of why they shouldn’t. Will thinks he’s experiencing Jem’s death when he feels pain and his rune fades. He’s not. Jem’s alive. He’s experiencing Jem’s transition into being a Silent Brother.

Shadowhunters TV: Set Pictures Weekly Wrap Up


Happy Sunday Shadowhunters! Check out the Shadowhunters TV series set pictures that Cassandra Clare, and the cast & crew shared with their fans on Twitter this past week.
















Other Shadowhunters TV Series Tweets





Some how I missed these tweets from a week ago:


There was THIS exciting news:


I love the in character bantering the cast has on Twitter.