Posts Tagged ‘Cassandra Clare’

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?


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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.

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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.

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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

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Just look at that - it's like Alex Pettyfer was BORN to play Jace Wayland.

BY THE ANGEL: Vulture reports that British hottie and fan favorite Alex Pettyfer has been offered the role of the delectable Jace Wayland in the long-awaited City of Bones movie.

Sorry to sound like a fangirl, but I’m happily freaking out right now because I can honestly say no one else, and I mean no one, could play Jace like Pettyfer.

*Screaming with glee*


Pettyfer hasn’t formally accepted the role – so we shouldn’t get too excited just yet. Vulture’s article states that

“Screen Gems chief Clint Culpepper feels so strongly about casting Pettyfer in the supernatural love story that he only wants to green-light the film if he can land the actor. Negotiations are expected to begin late this week, and a formal announcement could come as early as next.”

If Pettyfer’s schedule doesn’t conflict and he accepts, filming could start as soon as MARCH. EEEEK! We’ve got our Clary in Lily Collins – let’s hope and pray to the angel that 99.9 percent of fans will get their preferred Jace.


“I wanted to wait till I could have an official chat with the studio folks before I said anything, so my small contribution is: I know Alex has met with the director, Scott Stewart, several times; I know he read the TMI books over the holidays and really liked them and liked Jace, and negotiations are ongoing. At this point it’s all about the deal, which really doesn’t have anything to do with me, so I stand back and wait for news like the rest of you.”


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It was a Ya-fruitful holiday for me this year - check out my Clockwork Angel necklace and Darkest Powers Derek mug featuring a cartoon version of Derek and text "My bark is worse than my bite."

I was blessed with lots of YA-related presents this year, my friends.

Please don’t hate me, but my swag is as follows:

1. Clockwork Angel-inspired necklace by Hebelmet courtesy of my sister Miranda. Check out more about Clockwork Angel on author Cassandra Clare’s website.

2. Damon Salvatore necklace made by blugrn design and designed by my sister Miranda, inspired by The Vampire Diaries books by L.J. Smith.

3. Copy of Torment by Lauren Kate complete with poster and short story – an entry from the diary of Daniel Grigori dated 1992

4. Darkest Powers mug featuring Derek Souza and the tagline, “My bark is worse than my bite.” Learn more about Mr. Souza at author Kelley Armstrong’s website.

5. Copy of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (a book about werewolves) that I have already devoured (excuse the pun).

6. Notebook featuring the faces of Damon and Stefan Salvatore.

Here’s to a new year of books full of all sorts of supernatural ladies and guys and the people who love them.

Close-up of my fantastic Clockwork Angel neckace - I love it!

Damon Salvatore necklace with a gothic "D" and a crow symbolizing the animal he can turn into in L.J. Smith's books.

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Cassandra Clare recently revealed the cover of the upcoming release City of Fallen Angels due out in April. The cover features a fiery-haired Clary her BFF Simon.

After a delay of MANY hours Dec. 15, EW.com revealed the cover of Cassandra Clare’s fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Fallen Angels.

I love that we can finally see Clary’s face, and let’s just “face” it, she looks totally spunky and bad ass. As for Simon, he looks kind of oddly Baywatch-Ken-dolly to me. I’m a little let down by Simon. What do you think?

What I was NOT let down by was the final COFA teaser just released by Clare on twitter:

December teaser for City of Fallen Angels. This is the LAST TEASER. Starting spring of next year I will begin Tweeting teasers from Clockwork Prince.

Jace and Clary, midbook.

The alley and the music all fell away, and there was nothing but her and the rain and Jace, his hands on her. . . He made a noise of surprise, low in his throat, and dug his fingers into the thin fabric of her tights. Not unexpectedly, they ripped, and his wet fingers were suddenly on the bare skin of her legs. Not to be outdone, Clary slid her hands under the hem of his soaked shirt, and let her fingers explore what was underneath: the tight, hot skin over his ribs, the ridges of his abdomen, the scars on his back. This was uncharted territory for her, but it seemed to be driving him crazy: he was moaning softly against her mouth, kissing her harder and harder, as if it would never be enough, not quite enough —

Does it end there? Well, the scene doesn’t but the teaser does. That’s why they call ‘em teasers. Have a happy holidays!

Can I just say, holla!! Thanks Cassie for making this cold December a little hotter. *Ding ding!*

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