Thursday, July 24, 2014

The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing In August 2014


It's hard to believe that August is almost upon us. I don't know where this summer has gone. The end of summer brings some AWESOME book releases! Check out this list of the 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Being Released in August, from Epic Reads.

From the list of 15, here are my top 6 books I can't wait to get my hands on:




 Here are the other 9 books featured on the list of 15 highly anticipated releases:



Here are a few other titles being released next month as well:


 



Find out more about each book here. What are some of your highly anticipated releases from this list?

Royally Lost by Angie Stanton, Book Review


By: Angie Stanton
Published by: Harper Teen
Released on: May 6th, 2014
Source: arc received from publisher to review
Rating: 3 Stars- It Was A Good Read
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Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.


Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't have...is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.


When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?


A fun fluffy romantic read with an exciting European setting. Royally Lost was just the kind of book I needed to read on a dreary rainy day. It was one of those around good reads, that I was able to sit and read without over thinking or analyzing anything, which was enjoyable to me. Sometimes it's nice to just sit and read a book like that. Plus, this book whisked me away on a trip to Europe. had a Prince, some romance, and an exciting adventure. What's not to like about that, right!?


Royally Lost follows the story of Becca and Prince Niokolai. One is on an European adventure with her family to try and reconnect, and the other wants freedom and independence to make his own choice, and not that of his parents. Being eighteen once (coughs), I got that both Becca & Prince Nikolai had that yearning to tackle the world and venture out on their own. I felt the same way when I was that age. I got their wanting to set out and make the most of the world. What I first understood about or sympathized with both characters, ended up being something I couldn't over look anymore. I'll explain. 

Becca is on a trip of a life time, or so it seems. She's on a European cruise with her older brother, father, whom is a successful business man, and step mother. A step mother whom seems so nice, well is actually is and she's a secondary character I really liked in this story. Okay I might have ended up liking her more than Becca. At first I got that Becca didn't want to spend all this time with father and step mother. Instead of being interested in the history and enjoying the tours of each city they were suppose to be on, Becca was more interested in finding a diet pepsi and french fries. Okay, fine. I get it, sorta of. Okay I tried to get it, but I over the course of the book I could no longer excuse the way Becca was acting. The things I liked about Becca, slowly were etched away with her acting immature, her whiney and her acting selfish. She became a character who lied way too often to her parents about what she was doing and where she was going. On top of that, Becca's acting out made her look like a spoiled brat, and not someone who was responsible enough to be trotting around Europe with someone she just met. 

Prince Nikolai was someone I too tried to understand. He wanted some freedom to be able to be a normal teenager, vs accepting his parent's tough ruling as King and Queen, just because tradition said. He wanted to be a normal person, and he wanted his parents to see that, and not feel so out of touch with their country in which they govern. I got his disappearing, and taking off for a bit to just think, and be a normal person. Hence his trek across Europe, and finding himself in the same city Becca was in. Like Becca, what I didn't like about Nikolai at first was his lying about who he was. YES, I totally get it. He's trying to be a normal teenager, so why tell a stranger you're a Prince and risk all the problems that could come from that. His lying leads to trouble for the two, and when she finds out about it, she's so in love with him she excuses it. Sure, I get it. It's teenage love, and I understand how she may excuse it. 

If I had just sat down and read Royally Lost without looking too much into it I would have loved it. I really wanted to love it, but, there were a few things that I couldn't over look, no matter how hard I wanted to. There is an air of excitement about this story, and that yearning to just be free of all responsibility, and wanting to find your own adventure in the world. As I mentioned above, this was a fun fluffy romance read, and I'm sure you're wondering why I said it was fun when I just said what I liked and didn't like about the characters. The story does have a sweet summer romance between Becca and Nikolai. I loved their little get- aways through the various European cities that Becca's family cruise takes them to. I did like the romance, lying aside. 

This was a sweet summer fling, and I liked how sweet these two were with each other. They both brought out some of the positive things in each other, and helped the other put down their guard a little bit more. I liked that Becca liked Nikolai for who he was and not for his title. The romance was sweet. I loved reading about their stolen moments together. But, I just couldn't over look the other things enough to totally enjoy this story as much as I really, really wanted to. And I'll just say it, I didn't like the instalove, though sometimes I think back at this age, and wonder if the characters, like some of us did at this age, confuse infatuation with being in love. Thankfully there's more than infatuation with this story. 

Thankfully both characters redeem themselves, though not enough for me to love the story the way I wanted to. They did own up to their mistakes. I like that both characters had parental figures in their lives that gave them consequences for their actions. I also liked that both Becca and Nikolai finally stood up to their parents and expressed their desires to do what they wanted to, vs what their parents wanted them to do. After all, their both out of high school, and are ready to tackle the world. I admire the fearlessness Becca had and that sense of adventure she wanted to follow before following through and attending college. I liked that she went from a character who I started out liking, and then over the course of the story I felt she became selfish, immature, and whiney, but ended up being someone who learned from her mistakes and learned more about herself from her trip. She ended up being someone I liked again. Same goes for Nikolai. I liked that he was someone who stood his ground with his parents in a way that helped them see that they did need to live more in the times vs living in past tradition. 

As I said, this was a sweet, fluffy romantic read that did have a few bumps along the way for me. It was a a story that started off good, had a few hiccups in the middle and ended on a sweet note for both Nikolai and Becca. If there was a sequel to their story, I would totally pick it up and read it. 

Shadowhunter Flower Project: The Infernal Devices

Hi Shadowhunters! Have you seen the latest Shadowhunter Flower cards from Cassandra Jean? She's created a set of TID cards and Cassie shared the first two yesterday. Check out WILL and Jem below.



Oh my WILL HERONDALE heart. *sigh* I'm looking forward to seeing more from this TMI flower set.

Cassandra Clare's Magisterium Gets A Starred Review!


Earlier this week Cassandra Clare shared the exciting news, and that her middle grade (MG) book, which she co-wrote with Holly Black, Magisterium: The Iron Trial, received a star reviewed from Publisher's Weekly! 




Here's what she said: 
Whee! Magisterium got a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. In celebration I thought I’d put up Cassandra Jean’s art of Call’s friends, Aaron Stewart and Tamara Rajavi.
ReviewL Set in a magic-inflected version of the present-day U.S., this first title in the Magisterium series combines the talents of Black (Doll Bones) and Clare (the Mortal Instruments series) in a thrilling coming-of-age story that embraces fantasy tropes while keeping readers guessing. Twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has been raised to distrust magic. Mages killed his mother, and his father has warned him that the Magisterium, a school where young mages are trained, is a deathtrap. Callum’s attempts to fail the entrance exam go awry, and he is chosen to apprentice under Master Rufus, along with fellow students Aaron and Tamara. As Callum, Tamara, Aaron, and their classmates embark on their first of five years of schooling, Callum realizes how little he knows of his own heritage. The strange, subterranean Magisterium is vividly rendered, and a string of ominous revelations will leave readers eager for future installments. Fans of both authors will enjoy getting to know this well-rounded cast in the first steps of their adventure.

Congrats to Cassie and Holly!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Deliverance by C.J. Redwine, Waiting on Wednesday #219


By: C.J. Redwine
Published by: Balzer & Bray
To Be Released on: August 26th, 2014
Series: Defiance #3
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In this final installment of C. J. Redwine’s Defiance trilogy, a rich postapocalyptic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Graceling and Tamora Pierce, Rachel Adams has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while her love, Logan McEntire, is imprisoned and awaiting trial, unable to leave Lankenshire. As uneasy alliances are tested and their enemies plot against them, will the two manage to find a way to rid their world of the tyrannical Commander and destroy the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One once and for all?

I love this series, and can not wait for this book to be out. Also, check out this cover. The covers for this series are some of my favorites. I'm looking forward to posting my review for it in the coming weeks. If you haven't already, be sure to go pick up Defiance, the first book in the series. 

Run To You (Part 6): Sixth Sense by Clara Kensie, Book Review


By: Clara Kensie
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: July 21st, 2014
Series: Run To You #6
Rating: 4 stars- I Enjoyed It
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Read my reviews for Part 1Part 2, Part 3Part 4 & Part 5

Part Six in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

To save Tessa's brother and sister, she and Tristan must deceive the entire town. But if their plan succeeds, Tessa will have to make an unbearable choice between her siblings and her true love. And when her nightmares become real, she may lose it all—her family, her boyfriend and even her life.

RUN TO YOU is Tessa and Tristan's saga—two books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Each book is told in three parts: a total of six shattering reads that will stay with you long after the last page. Book One is First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm. Book Two is Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense.



An exciting conclusion to a thrilling series. Kensie pulled out all the stops with this part of the story. Just as I think I have things figured out, Kenise threw me for a loop with her shocking twist, and betrayal. 

Tristan and Tessa have a relationship that has withstood so much during the Run To You saga. I've loved seeing their feelings for each other come full circle. They have both made sacrifices for each other, and made choices that may not always make sense, but to them they are doing what they feel is best for the person they love. I admire that. I liked that their romance wasn't the only element of love in this story. Tristan's family is family who's grown to love Tessa, despite all the horrible things her parents have done (more on that is revealed in this story as well). I love their unwavering love for Tessa.... I won't say any more as to not spoil anything. 

Tristan and Tessa have a lot going against them, as well as a lot going for them. With new dangers and those she loves at risk of being hurt, Tessa, who has recently been reunited with her family, she has to make some tough choices. Follow her heart, or protect those whom are dependant on her. No matter what path she choices, it won't be easy and hearts will be broken. Of course, nothing ever goes as planned. Tessa nightmares turn into a dangerous reality. Cue the plot twist! I should have known that this story wouldn't end so easily, and would include suspense and action. 

Talk about a fabulous twist. What Kensie does with it, was something that I wasn't excepting. I had my guesses on whom I thought may try to do something to Tessa and her family, but the ultimate act of betrayal was one I didn't see coming. It was awesome. If I thought that was good, the double betrayal shocked me even more. One of the things I've enjoyed about the Run To You saga is the surprises Kensie throws into each part of the saga. I liked that things were unpredictable. Kind of like the events that lead up to the ending of this exciting saga. Let's just say this saga ends the same way it started, with plenty of action, danger, and the right amount of romance. 

RUN TO YOU is a sage I've enjoyed reading, and ones I'd recommend to YA readers. My only complaint is that these are e-books (which is great), but since they're not published books I can't add to my bookshelves. If they ever get published into physical book form, I'd totally buy them. 



Whether you're just starting to read this series, or you've been faithfully reading each new released installment, be sure to join the RUN TO YOU read along, which kicked off Monday! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#ReadIsla Week 4- A Look at Lola And The Boy Next Door




Welcome to week #4 in our #ReadIsla campaign! Today we're featuring the second Stephanie Perkins book we totally fell in love with, Lola and the Boy Next Door. This was a book both Sophie & I featured on our 2011 Mundie Moms all time favorite reads (here). 


First Stephanie Perkins gave us St. Clair and Anna to fall in love with, and next she gave us Lola & Cricket. Like St. Clair and Anna, Cricket & Lola's love story is an epic, modern day love story that made us laugh, cry, sigh, and feel every emotion the characters did. Stephanie Perkins's writing is just as flawless as ever in in this book, and she made it easy to love her newest characters. 

Lola and Cricket have so much realism to them, as do the other characters whom are a big part of their story. Who doesn't love Lola's dads!?! Character wise, Stephanie Perkins makes it so easy to understand them, and to become emotionally invested into their story. Stephanie has a way of creating characters whom you wish were real so you could hang out with them, outside of the pages of a book.  This is another fabulous Stephanie Perkins book I couldn't get enough of. Check out my original review for it here.



Let's talk about the two covers for Lola. Like with Anna & the French Kiss, I was a huge fan of the original cover. Normally I'm not one who loves it when publishers decide to re-design a book's cover, especially when it's one I love, but Penguin has done a fabulous job with the cover redesigns for Stephanie's books. I feel the newly designed cover is just as fitting as the original one. 

About the Book

In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. -quoted from Stephanie's site



Back in 2011, I had the chance to briefly talk to Stephanie about Lola and Crickett. Here's part of my interview with her, which was taken from here.


Lola is such a fun character to get to know. What's one thing you admire the most about her?
Thank you very, very much. I admire Lola’s sense of self, even if it is temporarily shaken. It took me a lot longer than high school to be comfortable in my own skin.

We love Lola's fashion sense. What is one of your favorite vintage pieces that Lola owns?

A vulture hat.

NO WAIT. That was in that other book I wrote.
A vulture hat.NO WAIT. That was in that other book I wrote.

Lola's fathers are fabulous!! We absolutely loved them. Were they inspired by someone you know, or a combination of people?
They’re inspired by my own straight parents more than anyone. I didn’t want them to be a THING, you know? I just wanted them to be good fathers, and my parents are great role models.

Cricket...*sigh* He totally won our hearts. What inspired you to write Cricket and Lola's story?
Thank you. I’m quite fond of him myself! I bought the idea for their story on the black market. I think it came from Russia, but its serial number had been scratched off.

We LOVED your setting for Lola. What's one of your favorite places to visit in SF?
I loathe the tourist trappings of Fisherman’s Wharf, but the grumbly sea lions that hang out there are magnificent.

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Need a quick refresher for Lola? You're in luck! You can read the Lola & The Boy Next Door digital chapter sampler


Join the Isla and the Happily Ever After pre-order Campaign! 

  • Purchase your copy of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER from one of the 55 independent bookstores and you could get a signed first edition + swag and tell everyone you know to do the same!
  • While you're waiting for the book's release to get here (August 14), 2014 release, read the ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER sampler.
Stay tuned for more exciting news next week here on Mundie Moms about #ReadIsla!

Run To You (part 5): Fifth Touch by Clara Kensie, Book Review



By: Clara Kensie
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: July 14th, 2014
Series: Run To You #5
Rating: 4 stars- I Enjoyed It
Add it to Goodreads
Read my reviews for Part 1Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4

Part Five in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Tessa’s nightmares feel all too real, and the hope of getting her family back together has never seemed so slim. Although a psychic warns her that leaving town may mean her death, Tessa cannot stay when she uncovers a new lead to her brother and sister. Not even if she must go alone and risk losing Tristan forever.

RUN TO YOU is Tessa and Tristan's saga—two books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Each book is told in three parts: a total of six shattering reads that will stay with you long after the last page. Book One is First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm. Book Two is Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense.

A thrilling storyline, part 5 of Clara Kenise's 6 part Run To You Series, is full of lies, love, danger and the fear of the unknown. The closer Tessa gets to finding her siblings, the quicker they seem to disappear. With danger at every turn, and love on the line, Tessa needs to find her siblings before something disastrous happens to her and those she loves. Fifth Touch is Kensie's most emotionally charged part of the series yet. 

Just when I think Tessa can't take much more, she shows me just how incredibly strong, and resilient she is. She will stop at nothing to protest and save her brother and sister and those she loves. I admire her for that, and completely understand her urge to protect them and find them. I like the fact that she doesn't just run out into harms way, but instead she weighs her options. She has a lot to think about, and it's not just her siblings she needs to protect, but Tristan, his family and herself. Tristan and his family will go after Tessa to keep her safe, if (when) she leaves to find and protect her siblings. With the danger being high, Tessa's forced to stay behind, because of Tristan's mom's dream of what's to come to Tessa if she leaves and goes in search of her siblings. 

Like Tessa and her wanting to go find her siblings, Tristan and his family want to do everything they can to keep Tessa safe. There are some things they can't control, but even within their grabs, Tessa gets hurt, and has terrifying nightmares she can't control. Not to mention that someone or something is messing with her as well as Tristan's ability to protect her. Tristan for his part wants to protect his girlfriend, which I totally get. When you love someone you'll do whatever it takes to protect them, which is one of the over all themes I love about this series. Tristan kinda of irritated me in this installment. I wanted him to try and understand Tessa's point of view and why she risks everything for her siblings. I know, I get that he'll risk everything for her for the same reasons why she'll risk everything for her siblings. I just wanted him to stop being so worried about the fact that he had to be the one to find her siblings, and be her savior, vs helping her find them, and have faith in her ability to them.

Speaking of Tess and Tristan, in the fourth part of this story we see Tessa start to look at her relationship with Tristan from an outside of point of view, and I totally got why she did not (no spoilers). In this fifth installment, I'm now worried about how much strain their relationship can take. With more danger, surprising twists, and an element of the unknown, there's a lot of things Tristan and Tessa's relationship has handled. With that wicked cliff hanger, I'm not sure where they stand, or what will happen next. *bites nails*

This was another exciting part of an action packed, emotionally charged, addicting series that always leaves me wanting more. 



Whether you're just starting to read this series, or you've been faithfully reading each new released installment, be sure to join the RUN TO YOU read along, which kicked off yesterday! Trust me, you don't want to miss this! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Run To You Part 4: Fourth Shadow by Clara Kensie, Book Review



By: Clara Kensie
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: July 7th, 2014
Series: Run To You #4
Rating: 4 stars- I Enjoyed It
Add it to Goodreads
Read my reviews for Part 1Part 2 & Part 3

Part Four in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

With no more secrets keeping them apart, Tessa and Tristan explore Tessa's developing psychic powers and embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But not even Tristan can keep Tessa safe from the hostile classmates at her new school, or from the nightmare that haunts her even while she's awake.

RUN TO YOU is Tessa and Tristan's saga—two books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Each book is told in three parts: a total of six shattering reads that will stay with you long after the last page. Book One is First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm. Book Two is Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense.

Love Tessa and Tristan? Want to know what happens next? Order part 5, FIFTH TOUCH now!


The suspense continues with the 4th installment of Clara Kenise's riveting action packed, romance laced Run To You series. 

Picking up where the third installment left off, Fourth Shadow has more complications for Tessa. She's more determined than ever to find her brother and sister who are still on the run. In the midst of trying to find them, Tessa is also trying to find balance with her new home life with Tristan's loving family. It's hard for her to grasp being taken in by a loving family, who will do what they can to protect & support her, when for most of her life Tessa has been raised and fed lies to fear Tristan's father. 

To make matters worse, fitting into a school with Tristan & his sister Ember's friends is harder than it sounds. Especially when some of their friends view Tessa as the enemy. Tessa struggles with trying to find normalcy, her siblings, and how to settle into a routine that is anything but normal for her. Luckily she has Tristan. Tristan is the strength, support, comfort and love that she needs. Even though he is Tessa's immovable rock, he's plagued with his own guilt. Tessa is constantly plagued with nightmares. Though Tristan couldn't be there to stop the actual cause of them, he's there to wake her up and comfort her through them. 

Kenise does a great job at creating realistic, emotional stumbling blocks for Tessa. She's got a lot to deal with in this installment, as does Tristan. I completely understood the things that Tessa over analyzes in theist part of the story. From relationships to the family dynamics, the differences between how she was raised, and what she's got to deal with now. It's a lot to emotionally take in, and Tessa does the best of her ability to adjust. Instead of finding Tessa wining as she does over think all that happens during this part of the story, I found her strong. I understood her thought process and why she felt the way she did, and what she was struggling with. 

There are a lot of revelations in this fourth installment that continues to add to the excitement of this series. Along side the danger that's escalated  so has romance between Tristan and Tessa, and the love Tristan's family has shown Tessa. I liked getting to know more about Tristan and his family. Like Tessa, when the series first started I didn't even like his family, because of the things Tessa's parents told her about them, which we know now were totally fabricated. I loved how Kenise has taking the time to introduce Tessa and her readers to Tristan's family. 

There are a lot of surprises that are revealed in this part of the story, and some secrets that are still not uncovered. Like Tessa, I feel like I should be able to figure out what they are. I love that Kenise has still kept me in the dark on a few elements with this series. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.  If you've read the first three parts of this series, I highly recommend reading this one as well! 


Whether you're just starting to read this series, or you've been faithfully reading each new released installment, be sure to join the RUN TO YOU read along, which kicked off today! Get all the info here! Trust me, you don't want to miss this!

Mundane Monday #218 - Tessa & Jem

Happy Mundane Monday!
Hopefully today's quote will get your morning's off to a great start. This is for all the Jem and Tessa fans...... I know Sophie will enjoy it. *coughs* 


“I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain” 
- Clockwork Prince, Jem & Tessa

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Run To You Read Along Kicks off TOMORROW!! Join Us & Enter To WIN!


Who loves Read Alongs?! I do! I'm so thrilled to be apart of one that kicks off TOMORROW, Monday 7/21!


RUN TO YOU by Clara Kensie is a series of 6 books (all of which I've enjoyed reading & all of which are one story broken up into 6 installments), fans will have the chance to read the first 3 parts over the next couple of weeks by joining the RUN TO YOU read-along. You can read my reviews for Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3. My reviews for books 4-6 will be coming soon. 

Trust me, this is not going to be your normal read along. This one is going to be loaded with a lot of fun, giveaways and more. I first posted about the read along here, but you can also get all the info for it below (via Clara's site).

That’s right! Starting TOMORROW, July 21 2014, join Harlequin Teen, a whole bunch of fantabulous readers, fans, bloggers, and Author Clara Kensie on her Facebook page for a RUN TO YOU read-along!

The Schedule

As you read the corresponding installment each week, be sure to stop by Clara's Facebook page to discuss it with other readers. Margie, Patricia, and Hannah will ask some fun questions for you to answer, and you can ask questions of your own.You can't have a book party without some awesome giveaways.

THE GIVEAWAYS

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cassandra Clare Talks Parabatai & The Dark Artifices

Shadowhunter fans, have you seen the latest TDA (The Dark Artifices) illustrations that Cassandra Jean has done? Cassie shared them here, which feature the parabatai ceremony between Julian Blackthorn & Emma Carstairs in TDA.

Check out these illustrations and read what Cassie said about it below:



Cassie had this to say about the pictures: 

People often ask what the parabatai ceremony looks like, so I asked Cassandra Jean to render Emma and Julian’s, complete with the oath and the the three rings of fire — you step from your individual ring into the shared ring, and you draw the rune on each other. Don’t try the fire part at home.

She also posted a response to a fan question about Parabatai, here:


Hi, I know you probably get just short of a million of these a day, and you’re a busy person writing lovely books just for readers, like me to devour in long one night “can’t-put-the-book-down” sessions, but I would be honored if you could take a moment to answer a very simple little question. Can siblings become parabatai? It would be an interesting dynamic, don’t you think? Like, the twins Ty and Livvy, could they be parabatai? I know Jace and Alec are brothers, but not by blood, so the situation is a little different. If this IS possible…there might be a little ceremony occurring soon between my little sister and moi…just saying! :) Thanks for the lovely sleepless nights you’ve given me with your talented amazing writing!! — mnm-forever
Thanks! Absolutely siblings can be parabatai. You don’t see it enormously often, it requires a really really close relationship, but it does happen. Livvy and Ty becoming parabatai or not is one of the issues of TDA. (The twins almost never argue about anything, but one of them wants to, and one of them doesn’t.)

If you haven't already, be sure to check out Cassie's Tumblr page to keep up with all her latest news & more. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TMI Flower Cards - The Last Set

Hey Shadowhunters! Just in case you missed it earlier today, Cassandra Clare posted the last of the TMI flower cards by Cassandra Jean. 




Here's what Cassie said about today's post:

Last of the TMI flower cards by Cassandra Jean — Maia (who’s been posted before) and Bat. Moving on to TID!

Check out the entire set of TMI Flower Cards here. I'm looking forward to seeing TID cards next. 

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman, Book Review


By: Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Skottie Young
Published by: Harper
Released on: 9/17/13
Ages: 8 & up
Source: book from publisher to review
5 stars- I Loved It!
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"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."
"Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened."
Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.
Another fabulous Neil Gaiman story! We're huge fans of Gaiman's, and this one book I'm thrilled to have one my shelves. Normally I post all of my children & middle grade reviews on my Mundie Kids book review site, but sometimes I read a book that I have to share on both sites. This is one of those books. 

An outrageously hilarious epic adventure from master story teller Neil Gaiman. Fortunately, The Milk is an action packed, humor filled story that readers of all ages will enjoy. It's the kind of story I can see Dr. Who telling his children.....

The tables have turned! Normally as parents we enjoy the outrageous stories are children creatively craft, or maybe we still remember the stories we told our parents. This time, Gaiman has crafted a laugh out loud, imaginative story a father tells his children about his epic adventure he went on to get his children milk for their morning cereal. From space ships, to aliens, pirates, intergalactic dinosaurs, a volcano and more, this is one story I'd recommend adding to your book collections.

This is a story that readers have all ages will love. This is an easy to read, laugh out book that even the most reluctant reader will find themselves enjoying. This is a story that's great for reading out loud, and one even young children can enjoy. Skottie Young's illustrations are the perfect addition to this fantastic read. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead, Waiting on Wednesday #218


By: Richelle Mead
Published by: Razorbill
To Be Released on: July 29th, 2014
Series: Bloodlines #5
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

There's only two more weeks until this book is out, and I am both anxious to have this book in my hands as well as dreading what's to come. I have a feeling this read isn't going to go as smoothly as I want it to. Someone please lie to me and tell him everything will work out for Sydney & Adrian. lol

What book are you waiting on?