Mon, March 18, 2013

Clockwork Princess Giveaway

Clockwork Princess book cover

Clockwork Princess book cover

Clockwork Princess
By Cassandra Clare
Publication date: March 19, 2013
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 592 pages

About Clockwork Princess: Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

About The Infernal Devices Series: Set in the Victorian London underworld, in the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, Shadowhunters are barely winning against the forces of evil.

About the author: Cassandra Clare is the author of the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. Her books have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

OMG you guys, Clockwork Princess is coming out tomorrow. Are you as excited as I am?!?! I swear, if Tessa even marries Jem…oooooh man! Team Will!

If you guys are as invested in this story as I am, then it’s your lucky day. Two of you will win a copy of the book from the publisher! Fill out the form below and leave a comment to win: Team Will or Team Jem? Or even Team Tessa!

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Wed, May 9, 2012

Hey, Remember That Time I Met Cassie Clare?



Anna Reads and Cassie Clare

And, yes, that is a face I do make around authors. I am aware of the problem, but thank you for asking.

Anyhoo…the City of Lost Souls release party was FANTASTIC. There was  more fun beyond the signing you see above — rune painting, pics with the Jace cover model (NO! I DID NOT TAKE A PIC WITH HIM! Though I do not act like it, I am a married adult who finds that sort of creepy.), and all sorts of fun.

For a full recap, check out my post at Mundie Moms!

Posing with Tara and Heidi

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Mon, January 9, 2012

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare Review

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Clockwork Prince
By Cassandra Clare

Dec. 6, 2011
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 528 pages
Source: Purchased

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

— description

Via Ginger

You may have seen my post last week about “The Problem with Trilogies.” I’ll sum it up like this: If only I could stop myself from reading book 2 in a series until the third book was out, I’d save myself from loads of heartache.

Because book 2 always ruins everything. It takes your hopes and dreams and turns them upside down and shocks and sends you into DESPAIR. But it sort of has to happen, no? Because if everything you wanted to happen went down in book 3, what would happen to in book 3? Exactly.

Anyway, it’s all moot, because Cassie Clare is just so damn good, I couldn’t wait if I tried. When her books come out, it’s like a whisper starts up in the back of my brain, building up to a yell: “MUST. READ. NOWWWWW.” And then I can’t eat or sleep or breathe till I finish it.

Anyway…so clearly, as I just said, this book sent me into despair. I’m not going to spoil you and ruin it but OMG I am so upset. But yet I loved it. It makes no sense. I’m aware of that. I’m a complicated woman.

I’m also aware this review pretty much told you nothing, but let me just say this: Read this series. Wait if you’re more fragile than I am. TEAM WILL FOREVER. The end.

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Mon, December 5, 2011

It’s Almost Clockwork Prince Time


Heck yes you do. Because if you’re anything like me, you’re already planning to drag yourself to the bookstore tomorrow, pick up your beautiful copy of Clockwork Prince with its new-book smell and its crisp pages and HUG IT. And then begin to read, read, read as fast as the wind because you are DYING to know what happens next.

Oh, yes, the sequel to Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is out today. 

You’ve probably heard of the Mortal Instruments series. You know, the one being made into the movie starring these two?

Yeah! That one! Well, this series is the prequel to it. It’s just as insanely good and addicting, just a little more steampunky.
If you haven’t read any of these books…well, I’m not sure where to tell you to start, other than to maybe read them in the order they came out. The latest TMI book, City of Fallen Angels, actually started to weave more bits of info from the prequel into the storyline, so I was pretty glad I’d read Clockwork Angel before I picked that one up.
However you do it, just read ‘em. For reals. Then we’ll all go and watch the movie at midnight and have a great big party.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for me this week, you know what I’ll be reading.
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PS: YES, the voice in that trailer IS Chuck Bass. Bully for you for noticing! He narrates the audiobooks. Oooh, I want the audiobooks SO BAD.
PPS: Team Will.
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Fri, April 1, 2011

Cassandra Clare: You Love Her Books — Now What?

Okay, okay, five days later, I think we can all agree on one thing: We love Cassandra Clare. Well, I hope you do. And clearly I do! I hope at least I’ve convinced you to give her books a try.

But if you’ve read the books, what’s next?

1. First, relive the good parts. Go to Cassandra’s blog to read this outtake from Jace’s point of view in City of Ashes. Trust me, you’ll want to do this.

2. And obviously you should then get pumped about City of Fallen Angels, which comes out next week. I can guarantee I’ll be outside the bookstore when it opens to buy it. No, seriously. I haven’t done that in ages.

I recommend going to Barnes & Noble. Their special edition book has this:

In City of Glass, Book 3 of The Mortal Instruments series, Jace leaves a letter in Clary’s room before he leaves for a life-threatening mission. The content of this letter has been the subject of much speculation among Mortal Instruments fans, but it has never been revealed until now. In the B&N exclusive version of CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS, Jace’s letter to Clary will be enclosed in the book as a separate piece, designed to look as if it was handwritten on stationery.

Awesome! You can also read a full excerpt of the first chapter on the series’ main site.

3. Also consider purchasing the audiobook. Because it features the voice of Ed Westwick.

Yeah, THAT Ed Westwick. Woo! Head over to Mundie Moms to to hear him say hello to Cassandra’s fans.

4. Then, you should read this teaser for the new book. Yeah…wow. And if you’re crafty enough, you’ll track down the video of this scene that was cut from the book trailer. Google it.

5. Last but not least, speculate wildly about the Mortal Instruments movie! As MTV put it, “Perhaps we shouldn’t fan the speculation fires…but…that wouldn’t be any fun!”

Hahaha. Okay, so we know Lily Collins has been cast as Clary.

(Bonus: Phil Collins’ daughter)
So who will be Jace? Oh, I know you all want Alex Pettyfer. And according to this article, he’s no longer attached to a few projects…so the boy might have some time on his hands.
He is who I pictured the first time I read this series years ago. But, you know, the dude’s in everything lately. And there’s been some speculation about this guy Max Irons. I haven’t seen him in anything before, but he’s apparently in Red Riding Hood.
(Bonus: Jeremy Irons’ son)
I can see it! Just make him a lil blonder. 

Sooo…get pumped everyone! Thanks again to Cassandra Clare for all her support this week. You are the best.

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