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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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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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Cover of Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, the first installment in The Infernal Instruments trilogy.

Miracles of miracles, what did I find in Half Price Books a mere 10 days after the release date? Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I gaped for a moment, swiped it and marched it up to the counter.

Click here for a synopsis.

Two hundred pages or so in, I have found one thing is better than (or as good as) Clare’s Shadowhunter universe in the original Mortal Instruments series: a Shadowhunter universe set in 1870s London, of course.

Ten stream-of-consciousness observations: Clockwork Angel, The Infernal Devices Book One:

*Warning – there could be spoilers.

Will Herondale is likely Jace Wayland’s great grand-daddy. While Jace hasn’t inherited Will’s dark hair and deep blue eyes, he’s sure got the ‘tude from his ancestor, folks. And if you’re a Jace fan, you know the ‘tude is everything.

Tessa has a love of novels and likens her “smooth brown hair” to Jane Eyre. She also survived hellish conditions at the hands of the Dark Sisters and took the Shadowhunter revelation in stride. Now that’s a YA heroine!

James “Jem” Carstairs has silver hair and silver eyes as compared to Mr. Jace Wayland’s gold (does Clare have a love of metallic boys or what?) and is a temperate foil to Will’s playful, sarcastic nature. Jem’s a mystery at this point of the novel, with a hidden illness. What could it be????

Obviously Tessa is poised to fall in love with either Will or Jem. I’m pretty far in the book, but so far there’s not a clear indication as to which boy she’s interested in. While she calls Will “beautiful” at first sight, they clash a little. Meanwhile, she seems very comfortable with Jem. Only time, and LOTS of reading, will tell.

The Dark House, where Tessa is imprisoned, is a little freaky and darker in tone than most of The Mortal Instruments – Will and Tessa stumble upon dead bodies and watch parts – which we later find are made into walking automatons with human parts. Yick!

Two words: MAGNUS BANE! The lovable bi-sexual warlock has been mentioned and should soon show up in Clockwork Angel. Eeek! Checking out Magnus more than 100 years prior to the original novels was one of the things I was most excited about – I’m sure he won’t disappoint.

Will has a major problem with the Lightwoods. We don’t know what it is yet, but it’s interesting to think that in a few years, their descendants will be parabatai. ; ) Speaking of things we don’t know about Will, there seems to be a darkness in his past that hasn’t been brought to the light – Daddy issues, perhaps? (Seems to be the trend with Herondales. Or Morgensterns.)

I find it extremely interesting to experience the Shadowhunter world from a Downworlder’s POV. While Tessa didn’t know she had a hidden power, she’s still technically a Downworlder just 10 years after the Accords. And how exactly will a romance between a Shadowhunter and Downworlder play out so soon after the cease-fire?

What is the deal with the clockwork angel? We quickly find out that Tessa’s clockwork angel necklace is a treasured heirloom from her mother, but does it mean more? My guess? Obviously, considering the book’s title.

Tessa’s power is AWESOME. A girl who can change herself into someone else at will is not something you read about every day. Unlike vampires. You can’t walk into Wal-Mart without seeing something vampire. Kudos to Clare!

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