Monday, October 5, 2015

The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa / The Iron Fey Farewell Blog Tour & Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the next to last stop in the, Farewell To The Iron Fey blog tour, hosted by the fabulous Julie Kagawa. I'd say we're shedding tears over this being the last book in Julie's Iron Fey series, but we all know how our tears feed her muse. So we'll just say we're crying inside over having to say good bye to our beloved characters.

We've had the honor of being apart of Julie's Fey world since the beginning, and have shared a range of posts from our reviews, to guest posts with Julie, her characters and more. You can check out all our Fey posts here. We have loved getting to know her characters, their world, and their stories. We've enjoyed sharing our reviews for each of her books. You can read our reviews for The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron QueenWinter's Passage, Summer's CrossingThe Iron Knight, The Iron LegendsThe Lost Prince.

We have fallen in love with her characters (ASH), their stories, their world, and everything in between. Did I mention we love Ash? With the end of The Iron Fey Serieswe just weren't ready to let the Meghan, Ash, nor any of the characters go just yet. Thankfully Julie wasn't either. 

We have loved getting to see a continuation of the Iron Fey series through a whole set of characters, with The Iron Fey: Call of The Forgotten series. We've loved getting to see the Fey world through Ethan, Meghan's brother, and then Meghan and Ash's son, Keirran's eyes. We've loved getting to see more of our favorite Fey characters, Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grim. 

But alas, it seems not even Grim or Puck could save us from the series ending. I guess all good things have to come to an end....*cue the tears*

We hope Julie enjoys our tears, and that they feed her muse (we know they will). Thankfully we've got a couple more weeks before the end is official with the release of The Iron Warrior. Until then we're going to hold onto that hope that Glitch will some how get his hands on Julie's computer, and find a hidden Fey story. Or maybe Grim will find away to get around the ending, and the series will continue. One can always hope right? Or maybe we can send the gremlin chibi after her *evil laugh* Okay we won't do that, because they're with us today. Which means, we're now wrapping this up before mass chaos ensues. I think Julie sent them here for a reason. 

Before the little gremlin's take cover, check out the rest of my post and don't forget to ENTER TO WIN! The giveaway is only running for 1 week! 


By: Julie Kagawa
Published by: Harlequin Teen
To Be Released on: October 27th, 2015
Pre-Order from: Amazon | B&N
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The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all.

He killed me.

Then, I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase. To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.


Thank you to Julie Kagawa, I have a signed copy of both Talon and The Lost Prince to giveaway, along with a gremlin chibi (pictured above), to giveaway to 1 lucky winner! To enter to win, please fill out the form below. *Open Internationally


Be sure to stop by Julie Kagawa's blog next week and enter to win a signed copy of The Iron Warrior, as well as the entire set of Iron Warrior chibis pictured above! 

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Thank you to Julie for creating such a fabulous series, unforgettable characters and allowing us to be apart of the world you've created! We've enjoyed falling in love with your characters, your writing, their world. We've had the honor of being apart of the Iron Fey court blog tours, hosting giveaways, live author chats and more. It's been an honor being apart of today's Farewell tour. 

*Image sources from Julie Kagawa
** Gif source

Cassandra Clare Talks Comic-con, Shadowhunters, and Lady Midnight Cover Reveal

Who's ready for the Shadowhunters to take over NYC? We are! This weekend they will be! If you're one of the lucky ones who got a ticket for this weekend's NYC ComicCon, you'll get to see the cast of ShadowhuntersTV & Cassandra Clare!! That's not all! Fans there will also get to see the cover for Lady Midnight, which will be revealed on Friday by Harry Shum Jr!! 

Check out all the details below, which Cassie recently shared on Tumblr:

I will be at New York Comicon this year, in October, both on my own and with the Shadowhunters TV show! Here’s the two panels I’ll be doing — also ABC will have a whole Shadowhunters day on Saturday and be giving away swag and so forth. And read to the end for the final neat piece of news:
Friday, October 9, from 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm in Room 1A10 : Cassandra Clare Q&A and a sneak peek of Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare is the #1 bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series, soon to be adapted into the Shadowhunters TV show on ABC Family, as well as the Infernal Devices trilogy and the Bane Chronicles. A global phenomenon, her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide. In conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Amy Wilkinson, she’ll discuss her career and give a sneak peek at her new book, LADY MIDNIGHT, the first in the Dark Artifices trilogy, which comes out on March 8.
Saturday, October 10, from 11:00am-12:00pm on the Empire Stage
New Footage of “Shadowhunters” to be Revealed
The new ABC Family television series “Shadowhunters,” based on the New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, follows 18 year-old Clary Fray who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters - human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold. “Shadowhunters” is set to premiere in early 2016.
The panel will include exclusive footage and a Q&A with cast members Katherine McNamara (“Clary”), Dominic Sherwood (“Jace”), Harry Shum Jr. (“Magnus”), Alberto Rosende (“Simon”), Emeraude Toubia (“Isabelle”), Matthew Daddario (“Alec”) and Isaiah Mustafa (“Luke”) as well as showrunner Ed Decter (“Helix”), Executive Producer McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Chuck”) and book author Cassandra Clare.
Also, the COVER OF LADY MIDNIGHT will be revealed at Comicon. Stay tuned for when and how and by who :)
Hey, Cassie :D Which day you will reveal the cover of Lady Midnight? Thanks — iandenser
Well, here we go! The cover of Lady Midnight will be revealed during my Friday, October 9th panel. It will be revealed by Harry Shum, Jr, Magnus Bane in the Shadowhunters TV show. Maybe he’ll do a dance? I don’t know myself, but I’m excited to have him there. He’ll reveal the cover, and it will of course later be posted online for everyone not at NYCC.
I love the cover of Lady Midnight and I’m excited for you all to see it!

We can't wait to see all the pictures, tweets, and posts about NYCC15 and of course 'Magnus' revealing the cover for Lady Midnight!

Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy Snippet & More / Mundane Monday #258

Happy Mundane Monday Shadowhunter fans! I hope y'all had a great weekend. Did you see Cassie's most recent Tumblr posts? Check out the newest Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy snippet she recently shared on Tumblr, here:

Shadowhunter Academy snippet

- Born to Endless Night, Part 9 of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare

Cassie also recently shared some fanart. I mean, who can resist fanart featuring the beloved Church (originally shared here).

Check out the newest Virtues & Vices card (posted here):

The newest installment in Cassandra Jean’s Virtues and Vices series!
The beautiful and talented Cassandra Jean and I were discussing the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride) and the seven virtues (chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility) and it sparked a new project: which TMI/TID/TDA/TLH characters embody which virtues and vices? Here Meliorn the traitor faerie embodies sloth: not laziness of body but simply the laziness which allows people to passively do evil because it is easier.
Previous installment: Magnus symbolizing Wisdom. Wisdom has long been considered a part of Chastity. Cassandra Jean and I decided not to go with Chastity as a virtue as neither of us felt comfortable supporting it as one, and while this was inspired by a discussion of the seven Christian virtues and vices, it is not bound to them — it is an exploration of which character embody which virtues and vices generally, as we interpret vice and virtue.

Check out the other cards in the series here

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson / Book Review / Flashback Friday #35

By: Rae Carson
Published by: Harper Collins
Released On: August 27th, 2013
Series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns #3

Rating: 5 Stars - I Loved It!
Source: purchased booksAdd it to Goodreads

The champion must not waver.
The champion must not fear.
The gate of darkness closes.

Elisa is a fugitive.

Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.

Even of those who hate her most.

WARNING, SPOILERS are in this review!

Rae Carson wastes no time, and dives right back into Elisa's story with The Bitter Kingdom. This book picks up right where The Crown of Embers left off. This time around, I love that we get the story from both Elisa and Hector's points of views. This allows readers to see what's going on, on both sides of the story. The Crown of Embers about killed me, as did the beginning of this book. I swear I can hear Rae Carson doing the evil author laugh, all authors have when they know they're toying with their readers emotions. 

I know that the characters need opposition to grow, and wow do the characters in this series have that in this book. There is a lot that happens through out this book. Elisa has grown tremendously throughout the series, but especially through out this book. She has become a fierce fighter for her people. She sacrifices herself, and does what she thinks is right, even if her choices are picking lesser of the two evils. Nothing is fair or straight forward in war, and that's evident now. 

I found it interesting that while Elisa remains strong through out the book, she does start to question things. I felt as though her questioning of things challenged her, and forced her to grow stronger in her convictions. It allowed her to think outside the box and see things differently than she had before. Nothing is laid out for her. She's discovering her answers along the way. She has to make her own choices. I like that while she does make her own choices, she also seeks advice from her trusted friends. 

I have loved watching Elisa grow and become this incredibly fierce, and strong women. She knows herself, and her wants. She's not afraid to go after what she wants (Hector *cough, cough*), nor is she afraid to ask for help, and rely on her friends when she needs it. 

One of my favorite lines from the book is from page 428 - "I hope so. But I meant me. I'm beautiful to me." 

I felt like that is one of the most powerful lines in the book. It sums up Elisa's growth, it sums up the women she has become, and whom she is now. She's secure and happy with whom she is, and that's such a crucial thing. She doesn't need anyone else's acceptance of whom she is, except for from herself. 
She has definitely grown into a strong, fierce, unwavering leader. I admire her for her strength and determination. 

Though she's proven herself many times, and has risked her life to save her companions, I may have admired her a little bit more when she admitted she needed Hector to save her, when something happened to her. Hector and Elisa have something unique, and I have loved how they've always respected the other's individual strength, and whom they are individually.

Elisa and Hector are a match made in YA book heaven. Seriously, can they be any more perfect for each other?! No, they can't. I love how they get each other. I love their love and support for each other. Most importantly, I love how they've always supported each other for who they are. They've never forced the other to be anyone other than who they are. I love their stolen moments together, and those scenes.... *sigh*. I love that we finally get a wedding! I love that it was Elisa who asked him. I love that she gave him the choice. I also admired him for thinking it through. As she told him, it takes a strong man to say yes to someone of her power. 

The characters in this book/series are great. Rae Carson does such a wonderful job at creating characters that are more than just supporting characters, who fizzle away after the story is gone. She creates strong characters who support the story, and are very much apart of the story as Elisa and Hector are. I love her blend of action, romance, and the mythology/lore that is at the heart of the story. Readers have learned about Elisa's powers along side Elisa, and I really liked that.

I can't believe it's over! I have loved reading this series, especially back to back. It's one of my all time favorite series. I loved this series, and I really enjoyed this book. I have to say, that wedding may make this my favorite book from the series. Read my 5 star review for The Crown of Embers, here. You can find out more about each book in her series via our recent #ReadingRae Read Along posts.

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson / Book Review / Flashback Friday #34

Happy Friday! It's baacckk! With our never ending TBR plies, and so many great books that have previously been released, we're bringing back our Flashback Friday posts. Flashback Friday posts will feature reviews or book spotlights on books that have previously been released, prior to this year. 

By: Rae Carson
Published by: Harper Collins
Released On: September 18th, 2012
Series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns #2
Rating: 5 stars - I LOVED It!
Source: arc from publisher / purchased book
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She does not know what awaits her at the enemy's gate.

Elisa is a hero.

She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country's ruler should be secure. But it isn't.

Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with.

If she's lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

Oh my word! Rae Carson what have you done!?! This book..... I'm so glad I had The Bitter Kingdom to dive right into after reading this one! I knew what to except, but I wasn't excepting that ending! Oh my heart! I love this series! Rae Caron's writing is addicting! I can never get enough of it. With this series, I love that Rae wrote each book, so that the as soon as you're done with one book, you can pick up the next one and immediately jump right back into the story where the previous book left off. 

This is one of my favorite sequels. Instead of having her character revert, like often times I feel happens in sequels, Carson's characters flourished and grew into the characters I had hoped they would be and then some. I loved the direction this story took. I loved seeing the characters growth. I loved the romance, the friendships, and even the shocking twists. Loyalty is at it's finest in this book. I love Hector, Mara, and Belen. Yeah, I know. I never thought I'd say that about Belen. I also really like Hector's brother Felix, and learning more about Hector. I loved this book!

I love the woman, and leader Elisa has grown into! She's taking charge and leading the way, and I love it! Throughout the entire book, Elisa's life is in danger. There are few within her court that she can truly count on.  I felt that she really learned to rely on herself, something she hadn't really done before. Having said that, she also learns to trust a few closest to her as well. She has a lot going on. There's unrest throughout her kingdom, it's nearing time for her to choose a husband, and then there's the matter of following her heart and doing what's right.

Along with Hector, I love the relationships Elisa has with those closest to her. Instead of trying to force Elisa to be one way, they stand beside her, and support her for who she is. I have really come to love Elisa. She is growing into a strong, resilient Queen who's learning how to rely on herself, and those whom make up her inner circle. I love that she goes against the norm, and takes matters into her own hands. Not only that, she's become good at playing games with those of her own court who seek to play games against her. 

Mixed into the danger, deceit, and shocking discoveries, is the romance. FINALLY! I swear Elisa and Hector just might be the two most stubborn people in this entire series. Right now, I'm so glad Elisa is even more stubborn than Hector, because I'm emotionally torn between crying and cheering with all that happens between them in this book.  I love the trust Elisa and Hector have between each other, and their chemistry. I just seriously want to shove the two of them together, and let them make out, and get it out of their system. Okay, really I wish things weren't so complicated and they could just openly admit their feelings for one another, and ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. However, this is a Rae Carson book, and I know that nothing will be that simple. 

Talk about plot twists, betrayal, and trying to get to bottom of all that's going on. I love the direction this book is going in. One of the things I love about this series is how unpredictable the storyline is. Like Elisa, I have no idea who's behind all that's going on, though I have my suspicions. I have a feeling that once the betrayer is figured out, it's not going to be that much of a shocker. This is a fantastic sequel! I highly recommend picking it up! 

You can find out more about each book in her series via our recent #ReadingRae Read Along posts.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Most Anticipated October Reads via @EpicReads

Fall is officially in the air! It's the first day of October! Aside from some cooler weather, pumpkins, and a lot of football, I'm looking forward to spending time reading many of the books on this list. This month promises to be a huge month of amazing reads. Epic Reads has put together a list of must have reads for October. Check out their list below:

  1. Carry One by Rainbow Rowell, on sale 10.6
  2. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, on sale 10.6
  3. The Rose Society by Marie Lu, on sale 10.13
  4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, on sale 10.20
  5. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch, on sale 10.6
  6. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, on sale 10.6
  7. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, on sale 10.6
  8. Persuasion by Martina Boone, on sale 10.27
  9. The White Rose by Amy Ewing, on sale 10.6
  10. The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas, on sale 10.13
  11. Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis, on sale 10.6
  12. Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith, on sale 10.6
  13. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass, on sale 10.13
  14. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, on sale 10.27
  15. First & Then by Emma Mills, on sale 10.13
  16. Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg, on sale 10.27
  17. Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul, on sale 10.27
  18. We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean, on sale 10.6

Which titles are you looking forward to picking up this month?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MAGNUS CHASE and the GODS of ASGARD by Rick Riordan Spotlight & Giveaway! / #ReadRiordan

We're continuing our celebration of 10 years of Percy Jackson today with a spotlight of Rick Riordan's upcoming release, MAGNUS CHASE and the GODS of ASGARD! I'm thrilled to not only spotlight this must have book for fans of Percy Jackson, I'm also hosting a giveaway! First, more about this book.


Title: The Sword of Summer
On-Sale: October 6, 2015 
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Indiebound | Indigo | iBooks
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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants, and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarök, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.....

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One will will receive a copy of MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD!
Open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion.


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Cassandra Clare Shares New TDA Snippet

Last night Cassandra Clare shared a new TDA snippet when answering fan Q&A's on Tumblr last night. Check out her full post here. Check out her TDA snippet she shared, below:
Here’s a snippet from TDA about angels and Lucifer:

“Let me tell you a truth before you die, Emma,” said the voice. “It is a secret about the Nephilim. They hate love, human love, because they were born of angels. And while God charged his angels to take care of humans, the angels were made first, and they have always hated God’s second creation. That is why Lucifer fell. He was an angel who would not bow to mankind, God’s favored child. Love is the weakness of human beings, and the Angels despise them for it, and the Clave despises it too, and therefore they punish it. Do you know what happens to parabatai who fall in love? Do you know why it’s forbidden?”

I haven’t revealed who is narrating here, but these angels don’t sound too benevolent.

The Clave is reluctant to re-evaluate anything, including theology, but eventually they’ll probably have to. What form will that reevaluation take? You’ll have to wait and see. ; )

I'm looking forward to reading more from this scene!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Six of Crows Blog Tour / Six Tips for Surviving the Grishaverse / 2 Giveaways! #magicandmayhem #sixofcrows

Hello and welcome to today's stop in SIX OF CROWS blog tour, hosted by Henry Holt & Co. I'm honored to be posting today on the release day of Leigh Bardugo's SIX OF CROWS release!! I'm thrilled to have partnered up with the lovely Casey from Dark Readers, one of my all time favorite book blogs from the UK, for today's post! Today we're sharing our Six Tips for Surviving the Grishaverse

Before I share my tips, a word from LEIGH BARDUGO, herself!

Thanks for being a stop on the tour, Katie! Hopefully I'll see you in Texas soon. Assuming I make it there, because I have no business giving advice on survival of any kind. I don't even go camping. When the zombie apocalypse comes, you will find me lying on the floor eating Cheetos. I regularly tip over when I'm doing anything more challenging than trying to stand still. I once ate a calla lily on a dare and had to be rushed to the emergency room. I got a concussion falling off of bleachers in a mascot costume. Look, I'd like to tell you I'm exaggerating, but I'd be lucky to last 24 hours in the Grishaverse. Volcra. Muggings. Maybe just a stray bullet. Who knows how I'd go? If I could choose, I think I'd get tipsy on champagne at a party at the Little Palace, wade into the lake, and sink peacefully to the bottom burbling, "I regret nothing." But if you can't go out like that, hopefully the suggestions you come up with will help you survive. 

Leigh, yes, I will be seeing TONIGHT at your singing in Austin. As far as my tips for surviving... First off, when the zombie apocalypse comes, I'll be lying on the floo