Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UNMARKED (The Legion #2) by Kami Garcia, Book Review

By: Kami Garcia
Published by: Little Brown
Released on: 9.30.14
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Source: book from publisher to review

He is here... and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free. 

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?

This sequel out did it's debut! It's haunting, heartbreaking, and a little horrifying. Kennedy's worst nightmares are coming true, and it seems as though there is no way to stop them. Especially when she has a powerful demon after her, and he can become anyone. Constantly on guard, Kennedy and her friends uncover shocking truths, betrayals and learn to either face their fears or have them consume them. 

Kami Garcia doesn't hold back in this book. UNMARKED is action packed. There are demons, ghosts, hauntings, supernatural events, and some serious butt kicking happens in this book. Let's just say that Kennedy and her friends don't hold back on their fighting off the demons, and the demons definitely don't hold back either. Much like when I watch Supernatural, I found myself on edge and a little jumpy at times with this book. The way Garcia wrote the scenes in this book made it easy for me to quickly get absorbed into the story and all that was going on. Hence my jumpiness at times. I liked that I wasn't excepting it be that on edge. Thankfully there are some moments with Kennedy and her friends that provided that right amount of humor that was needed. 

Oh Kennedy! I love it when an author allows their characters to grow and develop over the course of their series. That's something I felt Garcia does well with Kennedy. There are some serious betrayals and secrets that are revealed in this book, and much like when Kennedy was first thrust into this world, she makes the most of it, and looks for a solution to fix what's going on. But not in that's make everything go back to the way it was kind of way. She's brave, incredibly strong, and will do whatever it takes to make things right. One of those things is righting her accidental freeing of one of the most powerful demons, who's now after her. In the midst of that's going on, Kennedy also learns to accept some shocking revelations. I liked that she doesn't back down from anything, and I admire her for that. She doesn't scare easily, though she is vulnerable in fear of what can happen to those she's come to love.

Speaking of love, Hello romance! I love the way Garcia has developed Jared and Kennedy's relationship. It's sweet, intense, slow burning, and awesome all wrapped up together. Unfortunately for them with all that's going on, they don't get a lot of one on one time together, so those little touches, and sweet stolen moments, though few, are always bittersweet, and leave me wanting more. Oh Jared! I swear he's Kennedy's perfect match. I like that he's the one that completes her weakness with his strength. Like Kennedy, Jared definitely isn't scared of much. I mean the guy hunts evil things, what's there to be afraid of right? It's funny how demons have a way of toying with your fears, because the thing both Kennedy and Jared fear the most is about to come true.

Garcia has done a fabulous job at playing with my emotions in this book. Just as I think things will be fine, she totally throws me for a loop in the HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME kind of way. Mixed into the awesomeness of UNMARKED's action packed plot, it's oh so well written romance, and the creepiness that kept me on edge, is a freaking cliff hanger from hell. Like literally. No pun intended, though now I might be laughing at how I just worded that. Somehow I should have seen that twist coming, and I didn't, and now I need the next book in my hands. Like now. I really enjoyed UNMARKED, and I have to say, unless there are spiders, dolls with eyes that open and close, and clowns, it takes a lot to keep me on edge, and Garcia definitely kept me on edge. It was awesome. I totally recommend picking up this sequel. 

4.5 stars! 

* Check out my UNMARKED blog tour post here & enter to win!

Waiting on Wednesday: Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston

By: Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston
Published by: Putnam
To Be Released on: 11.18.14
Series: Heart of Dread #2
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Nat and her drakon are the last of their kind—sworn to protect what their enemies seek to control—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. But fighting for the majestic Blue meant saying goodbye to Wes, breaking both their hearts. Back in New Vegas, citizens are threatened by the resurgence of magic and declare war on all the marked. 

Wes and his team travel to the extravagant indoor city of El Dorado looking for his sister, but when they are caught on the wrong side of the RSA’s strict new laws, Wes is forced to do the unthinkable—surrender and rejoin the military's quest to uncover the magical source, the same land Nat is struggling to protect. 

Now he and Nat find themselves on opposing sides of a war that could potentially destroy what’s left of the world.

I LOVED Frozen and I can not wait to jump back into Nat's world. I'm holding out hope for Nat & Wes. What book are you waiting to get your hands on?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

STONE COLD TOUCH by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Release Day Launch / Read An Excerpt

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I am so thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!! You can read my review for it here.

Cold Stone Touch

Every touch has its price Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay...

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 I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there. 

 I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings. 

It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself. Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron. 

 After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey. 

 Where r u? 

 R u skipping, u ho? 

 A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp? Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this. 

 Bio is lonely. My boobs miss u. 

How weird is that? That was notably weird and yet not surprising. 

 If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault. 

 Holy sh**, Layla, where r u?!? 

 Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them. 

 U have no idea who just walked into bio!!! 

 Roth is here! 

 Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this? 

 Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect.  

Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t. 

 Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead. 

 “What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open.


And don't forget! The choice is yours... Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website,, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath. At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick. To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait! Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to and vote for your choice! 

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout: 
 # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.   She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   

Find Jennifer:
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Top Ten Tuesday #8: Ten Series I Want To Start

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish

Today's Top Ten Tuesday feature is 10 Series I Want To Start. This post is a little embarrassing to me, because I have 4 shelves full of books that are either series I need to read, or series that I need to finish reading. There's way more than 10 series on my shelves. In no order, here are 10 series I hope to have read within the next couple of months. 

  1. Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. I LOVE fantasy, and back before Mundie Moms started, Cinda's book were one of the first I read. I've been meaning to read this series. Andye with Reading Teen has told me how awesome this series is. I am totally planning on having a Seven Realms readathon soon! 
  2. The Arcana Chronicles by Kresely Cole. I read the first book in this series, but somehow never wrote my review (don't ask, I have no idea how this happened). Now with book three coming out in a couple of months, I'm planning on reading the entire series. I can't wait to read the next two books!
  3. The Elementary Trilogy by Sherry Thomas. I adore Sherry, and her writing, and I'm totally embarrassed to admit I still need to read this series. I started book one (and holy crap it is AWESOME) and will be featuring it on the blog shortly. 
  4. Doon series by Carey Corp. Doon has been sitting on my shelves for awhile now, and it's one I plan on reading this next month. I have heard nothing but great things about it. It's sequel is hitting shelves in December! 
  5. Scorched by Mari Mancusi. Like Sherry, Mari is another local author whom I adore. I'm embarrassed to admit I still need to read both of her books. Seriously, DRAGONS!!! I'm sold. 
  6. Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis I guess one of the good things about not reading book one yet, is now I've got both books sitting on my shelve waiting to be read. I've heard these books are awesome, and the first book has been optioned for a MOVIE!
  7. The United States of Asgard by Tessa Gratton. I have finally started the first book in this series! Finally. I've heard a lot of great things about it. I recently received book two, and I will definitely be featuring both books on the blog soon.
  8. The Agency by Y.S. Lee This series has been on my shelves for longer than I'd like to admit. At the first three books have. This is another series I have heard nothing but great things about, and have been looking forward to reading it.
  9. The Bhinian Empire series by Miriam Forster I know, another awesome duo of books sitting on my shelves that have not yet been read. Have you seen the covers for these books? I love the covers and I can't wait to fall in love with the story.
  10. Katerina series by Robin Bridges. I love historicals and this is one! Russia, 1888. I can't wait to dive into this series.
These were a few of the series I'm looking forward to reading soon, what are some of the series you're looking forward to reading? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

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STONE COLD TOUCH by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Book Review

Stone Cold Touch is out TOMORROW!!!  
I LOVED this book. 
Jennifer L. Armentrout fans NEED this book! 
Seriously, be prepared to be confused on which team you're rooting for after you read this book.....

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Harlequin Teen
To Be Released on: 10/21/14
Series: The Dark Elements #2
Source: arc from publisher to review
Purchase from: Find out where to purchase from HERE
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Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Stone Cold Touch is Armentrout perfection! With a heroine who's trying to figure out where she stands with all the chaos happening around her, two swoon-worthy characters who complicate things with who has her heart (and mine too), plenty of Armentrout action packed scenes, that snark I love about her books, shocking twists and betrayals fans won't see coming, this is a book Armentrout fans will love!

PICK UP THIS BOOK when it hit shelves tomorrow! Read my full SPOILER FREE review here.

Compulsion by Martina Boone, Blog Tour: Author Interview / Enter to WIN! #CompulsionForMagic

Hello & welcome to the I Have A Compulsion for Magic blog tour
I'm so thrilled to be apart of the tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Martina Boone's debut, Compulsion. Today I'm thrilled to have author Martina Boone on the blog to talk about her debut release. After you my interview with her, be sure to check out the massive giveaway! Be sure to follow the entire tour for most chances to win, and check out the rest of the author guest posts. 

Hi Martina! Welcome to Mundie Moms. Thank you for stopping by today. Which character did you enjoy getting to know through your writing process for Compulsion?

 I love them all, but Barrie was the character that grew the most for me. I loved seeing her experience loss and find herself on the other side of it, and discovering her magic was so much fun!

 Were you surprised with any of your character's decisions?

 Barrie surprised me all the time. I didn’t always agree with her decisions—but that’s me looking at her as an adult, or as someone who isn’t dealing with grief. Every time I, as the author, fought something that she wanted to do, I ended up discovering that with everything that was pulling on her, she couldn’t have done anything different.

 If you could have one of the gifts your characters do, which gift would that be? Why?

 Could I have the gift without the compulsion? If so, then I’d take finding lost things. I’m constantly losing EVERYTHING. Of course, it would be nice to know what people want most, as long as I had the time and money to be able to help make their wishes come true.

Do you have a favorite line from the book you can share with us?

 "It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are, if you don’t accomplish anything in them.” It’s a good reminder for me to keep pushing to do more every day.

What have your recently read that you'd recommend to my readers?

 Oh, so many things. Let’s go with Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.

Thank you Martina for stopping by today!

About The Book

Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 10/28/14 ISBN: 1481411225

Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunts South Carolina plantation insteada prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her familys twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isnt what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Pre-order Compulsion

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Signed copies are available for pre-order from One More Page Books. You can also pre-order with the special I have a Compulsion for readingbookplate from Eight Cousins. Pre-Order Incentives Going on here.

Early Praise for Compulsion

Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, youll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” 

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” 
Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series 

"Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" 
Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen

About Martina

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them.

Shes the founder of, a Writers Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things YA Series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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The Giveaway 

Do you have a Compulsion for Reading? Then you don't want to miss what Martina Boone is giving away! 5 lucky winners will each win the following:

Grand Prize Winner - will win EVERYTHING pictured above! That's the right! That entire bag of books will go to 1 reader!! *US residents only

Next Winner - will win a $100 gift card to the book store of their choice! *open internationally

3 Additional winners will each win a Compulsion prize pack which features a signed copy of Compulsion, a Compulsion necklace and bookmarks. *open internationally

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A Guide to Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy

Curious to know more about Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy? Check out this helpful guide Cassie recently shared on Tumblr: 

Simon Lewis never thought he’d become a Shadowhunter…and now he has the chance. Ten novellas, each released as an individual e-book over the course of ten months, make up Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. The series will launch with one story a month beginning in February 2015 with:
After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy.
2) The Lost Herondale: Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?
Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale, his former parabatai, and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters. 
4) Nothing But Shadows: Simon challenges the setup of the Shadowhunter Academy and in doing so learns the story of James Herondale and Matthew Fairchild and the unusual way that they became friends and parabatai.
5) The Evil We Love : The story of Valentine’s Circle at the Shadowhunter Academy.
6) Pale Kings and Princes: Simon has an encounter with Downworlders and is reprimanded for not following the rules for Academy students interacting with Downworlders. A story within a story: Andrew Blackthorn, while a student at the Academy, becomes enthralled by a faerie and has two children with her: Mark and Helen.
7) Bitter of Tongue : When faeries kidnap Simon he encounters a member of the Wild Hunt, the former Shadowhunter Mark Blackthorn.  
8) The Fiery Trial : Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly …  
9) Born to Endless Night:  Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!  
10) Angels Twice Descending: Someone lives and someone dies at Simon’s Ascension ceremony.  
Cassie goes on to answer a couple fan questions about the series. Here's what was asked and what she said:
Cassie, by the Angel! How is Tobias Herondale related to Edmund who was born in the 1830s? Will we find out in The Last Herondale or do we have to wait until The Wicked Powers? Please picture Loki’s “Tell me” gif here. I am so, so excited for more Simon and more Herondales! Just because Tobias was worse than Stephen doesn’t mean that future (maybe same generation as Jace) Herondales are! — catreadsbooks
Well, Tobias could have been maligned! Who can say? Herondales, they’re either awesome or awesomely terrible. All I can tell you is that you will find out who the Lost Herondale is before The Wicked Powers
cottoncandybeefalo said: Hi Cassie! Do you know if The Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy will be out in print edition like The Bane Chronicles?
Yes, it will.
;) We’re super excited about Shadowhunter Academy and we hope you are too!

Cassandra Clare Talks More About The Mortal Instruments TV Series

News recently broke about The Mortal Instruments coming to TV. YAY!! We're so excited about this. Cassie took to Tumblr to answer fan questions about it. Here's what she said: 

Well, here’s the thing. I pretty much know what you do. I knew there was discussion about whether to continue with making TMI films or explore the avenue of television. I didn’t know about the definite decision, or who the writer/show runner would be until it was announced at Mipcom and reported in the Hollywood Reporter.
I have no idea what channel it will be on, or what countries it will be shown in (though I have seen some fretting that it will be “only in the US” which seems wildly unlikely since the production company isn’t even American) and no idea at all about …

It’s not that it bothers me, it’s that I don’t know the answers. Everything in this post is pretty much guesswork. The cast is the first thing fans care about, but it is the last thing that is important or relevant in TV development. The first things are scripts and showrunners.

So clearly the biggest question about the TV show is “Will they keep the same cast from the film?”
And the answer is unfortunately I don’t know. 
I mean, I can look at the history of television. There are hundreds of movies that were adapted into television shows, some based on books (Friday Night Lights) some not (Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) I can think of only one where they kept anyone from the feature film, and that’s MASH, in which Radar was played by the same actor in the film and the show.
Now that I look at what I just said, I see I’ve made somewhat the same phrasing mistake I see all over, which is about whether they’ll “keep the cast” as if the cast definitively wanted to be in the show, when I am pretty sure none of us knows any such thing. So there’s that.
Now keep in mind I have absolutely no idea whether the cast wants to return, and no idea what the plans of the production company are — but usually the cast of a feature film changes when it becomes television because 1) movie actors often don’t want to do TV 2) contractual obligations can prevent it 3) they may have other commitments that would prevent them from being able to do something as time-consuming as television 4) the ages of the characters in the TV show may not be the same as the ages of the characters in the film 4) any of a million reasons. To be able to keep the same cast a million factors would need to line up perfectly: desires, times, contracts, availability, etc.
So I have no idea. The only position of authority I am speaking from here is as someone who used to work for an entertainment magazine and knows something about the business of TV and movies. That’s it. 

I have no idea about this one. Buffy started up after the first movie, placing the events of the film squarely in the show’s past, and rarely referring to them (since they didn’t really track with the show.) Teen Wolf recaps the events of the film with a different spin. They could go either way, with the caveat that they’d have to start the show somewhere where people who’d never seen the film could understand it.

There was a rumor that TID was going to be a TV series. I never encountered a single piece of factual evidence that that was happening. (Like, for instance, in this case, when they are developing a TMI TV show, there are multiple articles about it.) 
It’s only been about 2 years since TID ended - not much of a wait really. We live in an odd media moment where we expect everything to be fast-tracked, but that’s not really the norm. I think Game of Thrones and Outlander both took about 20 years to become television shows.
If there was a TMI series, and it was successful, it would dramatically increase the chances of a TID film or TV show. If you want a TID show or movie, this is the best news you could get, not the worst. Because I saw no signs a TID show was happening otherwise.

One of the nice things about there being a TV show is the opportunity to see characters like Raphael, who was cut from the film, and Maia. I admire both those actresses and would certainly want Maia to be played by an actress of color.

I don’t know why “accept” is orange. Odd.
I understand being scared about the idea of a TV show instead of more films. You got used to the cast of the films and the look and settings. I like the film cast a lot. I like them as actors and as people.
However I do think that TMI is a better fit for TV than movies because it has a huge amount of backstory, which is nearly impossible to fit into a film, which is why for instance unless you read the books you would never have found out in the first film what the Mortal Cup actually did. TV gives you a chance to see the Circle in detail, the backstories of characters rendered visually, more time for more minor characters (like Magnus) etc. It really gives you time to wallow around in a world. And whatever actors they cast, if they were good choices, I am confident you you would come to love them as well, in the same way it is possible to love both Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, or Martin Freeman and Lucy Liu and Jude Law as Watson. No one actor is ever the only one in the world who can interpret a character — that’s not how acting is supposed to work, really. Even when they are amazing and lovely, as the TMI cast was and is.
I’m not trying to convince anyone to like the idea of a TV series if you don’t. I’m just saying that as someone with no more control over the situation than you, I think this is a good thing. Maybe they would have made a City of Ashes movie. Maybe not. I’d rather know something is happening than not know if anything is happening. And in Hollywood, what breeds development is success. If a TV show were successful, they’d probably be more likely to make a CoA or TDA or TID movie, not less. If what you want is to see movies and TV of the books you like, than the worst thing that can happen isn’t a movie when you wanted a TV show or a TV show when you wanted a movie, or a radio play when you wanted a musical. It’s nothing.
Anyway, I’ll be going out this November to see the production company and TV folks, so I may have more information then. We will see!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, Book Review & Enter To Win

By: Heather Demetrios
Published by: Harper Teen (Balzer+Bray
Released on: October 7th, 2014
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Source: received an arc to review exchange for my honest review
Purchase it from: Amazon | B&N
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Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself. 

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

A captivating read, Exquisite Captive is unlike any jinni story I've read before. Or fantasy book for that matter. Demetrius's book is seductive. This wasn't one of those books that I dove right in and finished it in no time, because it was a fast read. Demetrius took her time introducing me to her world, her rich Jinni history, and her well created characters. She hooked me. I wanted more. The more I got from her story, the more I wanted to read. 

Exquisite Captive has an alluring world with magic, excitement and plenty of danger. The characters are intriguing, and cunning. I liked that there is not one character in this story whom I wasn't interested in getting to know more. Whether good or bad, each character introduced in the story has a reason for being in the story. Their reasonings and uncovered secrets left me wishing I already had book two in my hands. Each character was driven by a desire. Whether it's a desire to be free, a desire to over throw those who rule their world, or something much more sinister. 

Though she is bond to her master, there is this untamed fire within Nalia that I admired. A powerful jinni in her own right, her bonds to her master limit her, and her power, though that hasn't stopped her from trying to break free of those bonds to get back to her homeland. Unfortunately there's a lot about Nalia's master, Malek that she doesn't know, and what she discovers in this book is that Malek is a much more powerful master and person than she realizes. Breaking her bond with him may seem impossible. It's not just Malek that she's bond to, but the bottle he wears around his neck that she was put inside and sold to Malek in. Luckily she isn't someone who will give up easily, and changes her tactics to try and get back her freedom. 

The characters and their relationships are interesting. I liked that while I got to know the characters, there's still an air of mystery around each of them that makes me second guess some of their motives. I liked not knowing everything about them. Malek is not a good guy. He's a powerful character who's full of secrets and the little bit that was revealed of those secrets, and his past make me think that I'm missing something about him.... as in there's something that Demetrios has deliberately left out of the story about him. I have a feeling that once she reveals what that is later in the series, everything about him, and what he does will make sense to me. 

Then there's Raif. The person Nalia has to learn to trust, but to an extent. I liked Raif, despite this long history that makes he and Nalia not like nor trust each other. The more they get to know each other, the more they learn to trust to each other. There's more to Raif than what I'm going to mention here, for the sake of spoilers. Given all that happens in the second half of the book, and especially the end, I'm anxious to find out what will be in store for them in the next book. That ending was a killer, and I should have seen it coming. 

I enjoyed Exquisite Captive, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in the series. Check out my original blog tour post & enter to win a copy of Heather's debut book HERE! *There is some mild language in this book.