Take a gander at the cover of Becca Fitzpatrick's Silence, out Oct. 4!

Dearest readers, life has been crazy lately. And I do mean seriously crazy. Before I give you my tidbits (isn’t that a fun word?) I’ll give you a very brief list of my most-recent woes.

In the past month, I’ve sprained my ankle, contracted a modern form of the plague, made jewelry nonstop for an anime convention, planned my best friend’s bacherlorette party and just when I thought it was over my dad had heart bypass surgery this week. (He’s doing great.)

I apologize for temporarily abandoning you, but I think things are slowing down now so I’ll work hard to continue being your YA lit resource.

Now for the tidbits:

1. Read Cassandra Clare’s City of Fallen Angels. The story didn’t really grab me until around the middle and in the meantime, I was dealing with Magnus’ absence (I LOVE Magnus) and Jace’s identity crisis/weird dreams/whining. Bring on the cocky Jace for the next one, Cassie! What did you think?

2. Read Kelley Armstrong’s The Gathering. Again, not as impressed by this one as I was by The Summoning, which was creepy, scary and wonderful. The Gathering had an interesting story, but it was pretty obvious what was going on for most of the book. The ending was a bit anticlimatic as well. Again, I want to know your thoughts…what did you think? Was it as good as the Darkest Powers series?

3. I’m in love with the recently-revealed cover for Silence, the third and final book in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush series. I’m a Patch fan, and while the second book gave me too much of Nora’s ridiculousness without enough of Patch’s more reasonable self, Crescendo ended with a bang and I’m dying to read Silence. How did Crescendo strike you?


Claudia Gray's character Lucas Ross is usually depicted by Chase Crawford in fan-made photos and videos. Learn more about Lucas Ross at claudiagray.com

With those deep green eyes and his dark golden hair, it’s easy to forget Evernight Academy bad boy Lucas Ross’ short fuse and, let’s face it, mad fighting skills. Kudos to author Claudia Gray for her divine creation.

Top Five Reasons Lucas Ross is the latest Eye Candy Wednesday:

  1. Muscles, beautiful eyes, golden hair….woodsy smell…need I go on?
  2. Has an appreciation for vintage jewelry (and the girls who wear them). Lucas hesitated not a second when Bianca had her eye on a vintage jet brooch, worn during mourning in the Victorian era.
  3. Undaunted at the thought of a school full of supernatural creatures; quite a handy quality when you’re attending Evernight Academy.
  4. Hot tempered, possessive and protective – hmm who does THAT remind me of? *Cough cough – TVD – cough*
  5. As a small child, ran away from home with a sling shot and package of Oreos. Adorable much?

Find out more about Evernight Academy and Lucas in Gray’s books, Evernight, Stargazer, Hourglass and Afterlife, which was released in March. Watch the video below in which Gray discusses Evernight.


The Gathering hits bookshelves today, April 12. What do you think of the cover? How does it compare to the Darkest Powers covers?

It’s not every day two hang-on-to-your-YA-hat books are released exactly one week apart.

I’m talking Cassandra Clare‘s City of Fallen Angels (released April 5), of course, AND The Gathering (out today April 12), the first book in well-loved supernatural author Kelley Armstrong‘s newest YA series, Darkness Rising.

Armstrong, the author of the adult The Otherworld Series, successfully moved to the YA genre with the fabulous trilogy Darkest Powers, made up of The Summoning, The Awakening and The Reckoning.

In that series we met Chloe Saunders, a teen who can see, speak to and control ghosts. Chloe, along with her supernatural friends (a witch, warlock and werewolf), eventually find out they’ve been genetically mutated to have more of the positive aspects of their power, and less of the negative aspects. This means they are extremely powerful, and dangerous, at a young age. Chloe hopes to bring down the group responsible for the genetic mutation and learn to effectively control her powers.

In The Gathering, Armstrong has promised a new set of teens who may have been genetically altered by the Edison Group. Check out the official synopsis below:

Strange things are happening in Maya’s tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya’s home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

It doesn’t help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he’s interested in one special part of Maya’s anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.

And the official book trailer:

OH MY GOODNESS! City of Fallen Angels is out today!!!!!

OK. I’ve calmed down. My dear friend Hiba, who has co-hosted the City of Fallen Angels Contest with me on her blog, Woven Strands, is guest posting here with a Cassandra Clare twitterview! How cool! Read on for the scoop on the latest book in The Mortal Instruments series.

The day has finally come; April 5th will be marked in history as the most anticipated day of 2011 –at least for us YA readers. The last two weeks have been crazy, and everyone is celebrating.

WovenStrands and Thoughts on YA books for the Not So Young Adult are hosting a CoFA Costume Contest: winner wins a customized signed copy of the book.

Mundie Moms is hosting two discussion forums, the first forum for people who finished reading CoFA – which will be full of spoilers – and the second forum is spoiler free – for everyone who hasn’t read the book yet.

As for Cassandra Clare, this past week she reached 25,000+ followers on twitter, and she – in celebration – published on her blog “Because it is Bitter”, the City of Ashes Seelie Court scene from Jace’s point of view.

Cassie has also been answering fan questions about her books on twitter. Since I am nowhere near being able to conduct a personal interview – hopefully in the future I will – I have decided to ask her on twitter, and to my surprise she answered *joyful me*. Reading what everyone else asked and her answers to them, I gathered them all into one article to share with everyone.

Regan Coomer has been so generous helping me conduct the CoFA Costume Contest and in return I wanted to write an article for her blog as a thank you.

I hope you enjoy the following WovenStrands Twitterview with Cassie Clare:





The following are Fan Twitterviews I found interesting, and thought you will too:














Finally, as an aspiring YA writer this question always crosses my mind, so I was delighted when Cassie Clare answered:

I hope everyone continues celebrating the release of City of Fallen Angel with us. For a closer, in depth, and insider TMI news go to TMIExaminer.

Check it out: flyers advertising the City of Fallen Angels Costume Contest are taking over!

Contest flyers reallllly get around. Over the last week or so, flyers advertising my and Woven StrandsCity of Fallen Angels Costume Contest have graced the walls of local coffee shops, book stores, and today, Starbucks and Panera Bread. What? I was hungry. 🙂

As of today, Cassandra Clare fans have two weeks to gather up a costume, find props and take photos for a chance to win a signed copy of the fourth installment of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Fallen Angels.

Now the book will be on shelves April 5, but just how many of you would otherwise have the chance to own a book signed by Dame Clare herself, I ask you? Not too many. No sir.

All you have to do is a post your photo in a comment on Woven Strands‘ blog, and so far we’ve only had THREE, count them, THREE, entries. TMI fans, do you know what that means? You won’t need to ask a professional gambler for this one: The odds of winning are VERY GOOD.

Click here for the contest details: deadline is APRIL 12.

Back to the flyers.

Stopping by Starbucks:

Today Starbucks celebrated its 40th anniversary and the COFA Costume Contest. Word.

Alex Pettyfer, currently a Borders resident, says enter this contest, darn it! He told me to tell you not to make him go beastly on you. Just saying. Fair warning:

You heard him. Alex Pettyfer says ENTER the COFA Costume Contest. Do it. It's not hard to be Simon: jeans and a band tee. And glasses. And a shadowhunter and wolf on each arm. 🙂 Easy peasy.

I may have hidden a few of these babies around the store. Just maybe.


British actor Kit Harington will bring Eddard Stark's bastard son to life in HBO's Game of Thrones, premiering April 17.

Winter is coming.

And with the harshness of winter in Westeros comes the utter hotness of the actor cast to play Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in  “Game of Thrones,”set to hit the small screen April 17 on HBO.

Based on George R. R. Martin‘s sweeping and compelling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, “Game of Thrones” is set to delight with Harington as Snow, Lord Eddard Stark’s bastard son, and Sean Bean (Boromir in LOTR) set to play Stark himself.

My first thought on Harington: Totally hot and totally right for Snow. What do you think?

I’m just starting on the series itself, (a challenge to read at 750 pages plus per book) which is not necessarily YA, but does have some YA characters, such as Snow and his kick-butt little sister, Arya.

Check out British actor Harington’s take on his role as Jon Snow in the video below:

City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series, will hit bookstores near you April 5. There will be six books total in the series.

My dear friend Woven Strands and I are hosting a City of Fallen Angels Costume Contest in honor of the upcoming release of the fourth book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments Series.

Here’s a taste of our “Show Off Your Gear: City of Fallen Angels Costume Contest” post, which can be found in full, along with costume ideas, here. (I picked out the Izzy dress and the Magnus clothes, and I’m super psyched about them, haha.)

WovenStrands and Thoughts on YA Books for the Not So Young Adult are celebrating the upcoming release of City of Fallen Angels with

The Mortal Instruments Costume Contest

Whether at work or at play, Cassandra Clare’s characters have a definite style. To honor the upcoming release of City Of Fallen Angels, we’re asking readers to show their love for the Shadowhunter universe with their best interpretations of any TMI character, whether it’s Jace’s black-on-black casual cool or Magnus’ flamboyant, sparkling style.

Readers who submit the best photo of themselves in Shadowhunter Gear or the clothes you’d think Jace, Izzy or Simon wear on their off days will win a copy of CoFA, The fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series.

The most creative costume will win. Any character and his or her ensemble is fair game. Have fun!

To enter:

  • Subscribe to WovenStrands and Thoughts on YA books for the Not so Young Adult to stay updated on the progress of the competition.
  • Take a photo of yourself or a group in full City Of Fallen Angel regalia.
  • Post it in comments.
  • FINALLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: Once you’ve submitted the photo of your costume to us, PLEASE send your photo in a tweet to Cassandra Clare, @CassieClare (and us at @WovenStrands and @ReganCoomer if you like) saying: Check out my entry in the #CoFACostumeContest @WovenStrands. We’re trying our best to get Cassie’s attention to POSSIBLY get the winner’s copy SIGNED.” To do that, we’re really going to need your help letting Cassie know about the contest.

Please: Share this post with all your Mortal Instrument Friends on Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, and if your a Blogger then Press Us.

Lastly: Please read the COFA Rules and Regulation page for further information.

Contest Deadline: April.12.2011 at 11:59 pm