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Apr
4

Book Bits: J.R. Ward, Cassie Alexander, City of Bones, Richelle Mead, True Blood

Book Bits: J.R. Ward, Cassie Alexander, City of Bones, Richelle Mead, True Blood Can I tell you guys how excited I am for this year’s Alpha Showdown? It’s going to be bigger than ever, and the bracket has more new characters and women than ever before. I can’t wait to see how the voting goes down come May. Wrath and Beth Get Another Book When I finished Lover at Last, I immediately started speculating about which couple might be next. I was so wrong, people. J.R. Ward...
May
19

Alpha Showdown Round 4: Dimitri Belikov vs. Jace Wayland

Alpha Showdown Round 4: Dimitri Belikov vs. Jace Wayland We’ve spent the last two days with kick-ass ladies, but today it’s time to get back to the guys. And while we’ve already heard a few of you gripe about how difficult the battles are, today it doesn’t get any easier. Dimitri versus Jace? Oh, we’re going there. Two of the most popular YA hotties are going to battle it out in Round 4. Will snark win out over stealth with a stake?...
Feb
23

Waiting on Wednesday: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Waiting on Wednesday: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare We’ve all waited for more information on the fourth installment of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. City of Fallen Angels is set for release on April 5, but Cassie is still being the writer version of a samurai guard with the details of the novel. And maybe that’s part of what makes this little video she put together so much fun. Instead of dropping hints about what will...
Jan
25

Poll: YA love interests who leave you wishing you were 17 again

Poll: YA love interests who leave you wishing you were 17 again Over the last two weeks, those who entered our Nightshade giveaway* told us which love interest from a young adult novel tops their list. We expected Vampire Academy’s resident Russian hottie Dimitri Belikov to top out (he did), but almost always his name was in the same breath as that snarky Shadowhunter Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series. On a side note, we’re with everyone else...
Nov
2

Books that made you chant “No, no, no”

Books that made you chant “No, no, no” Yesterday a couple blog friends were talking about a book on Twitter. I caught the middle of the conversation focused on how Spaz P threw the damn book across the room. Being a reading masochist, I couldn’t help but ask what book. She and Nat (Wicked Lil Pixie) were chatting about the fantastic agony-inducing Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson, specifically the fourth book City of Souls. Hearing that...
Sep
28

Enter Mortal Instruments fandom at MundieMoms (Guest Post)

Enter Mortal Instruments fandom at MundieMoms (Guest Post) We’re looking forward to tomorrow night’s group read chat. We want to know what you thought about City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (read our review) — including Jace, Clary, Simon, demons and the twist at the end. We hope you’ll join us Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on Twitter (follow the hashtag #VBC02). If you can’t make it, there’s a great site with discussions on The...
Sep
24

Group Read: Join the City of Bones discussion on Sept. 29

Group Read: Join the City of Bones discussion on Sept. 29 Join us this coming Wednesday, Sept. 29, for our September group read discussion. We’ll be talking about┬áCity of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. We’re ready to talk Shadowhunters, coping with Clary’s parents, Jace and the twist at the end. If you’re game to join us, we’ll be holding the City of Bones chat on Twitter at 9 p.m. EST on...
Sep
17

Group Read Discussion: Parents as real people in City of Bones

Group Read Discussion: Parents as real people in City of Bones The September group read, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, is a young adult novel, but one of the key themes we picked up on was that of parents as real people. Often teenagers are so focused inward they are unaware that their parents have lives, hopes and passions. We don’t begin to see these things until coming of age. In the novel 15-year-old Clary has to speed through that realization (in a more...
Sep
16

Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare City of Bones Cassandra Clare Published: 2007 Purchase at: The Book Depository or Amazon Rating (out of 5): 4 stars In Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, the opening novel to her The Mortal Instruments series, we’re introduced to a world of Shadowhunters — those who spend their lives ridding the world of demons — through the eyes of 15-year-old Clary Fray. Her world spirals out after...
Sep
16

Contest Roundup: City of Bones, Strange Angels and more

Contest Roundup: City of Bones, Strange Angels and more Great book giveaways this week and a chance at giftcards, too. We also realized we should be planning for our own 500 follower giveaway. So, readers, encourage your friends to follow because we’re putting a prize pack together for when we hit 500 via Google Friend Connect (the “join this site” button makes it happen, folks). On to giveaway goodness: We were super excited to see that...

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