We have a cover for City of Heavenly Fire!!!!

Despite my best intentions, I haven’t been able to adhere to my two-posts-per-week goal. What can I say. I’ve been a busy girl. No matter how busy I’ve been, though, when I heard that the City of Heavenly Fire cover would be released this week, I stopped what I was doing and took notice. (If you are not a regular follower of this blog, you may not know that CoHF is the sixth book in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. I love everything this woman writes.) The cover was released–in freakin’ Times Square–yesterday, and I’m pleased to present it to you here today!

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Gorgeous! According to Cassie Clare’s Tumblr and Twitter pages, the figures on the cover are Clary (obviously) and Sebastian. I’m eager to see what the significance of Clary holding a sword will be and why Sebastian has black wings (something demon-y, I assume).

I am so excited about this book, and I am confident that it will live up to my lofty expectations (unlike the movie adaptation of City of Bones). I hope to see a couple of favorite characters from the Infernal Devices (prequel trilogy) and the Dark Artifices (upcoming sequel trilogy). And, as always, I need my Magnus Bane fix! (If you haven’t been keeping up with the Bane Chronicles short stories, you really must!)

After impatiently waiting for the City of Heavenly Fire cover, I must now prepare myself to wait some more. The book won’t hit shelves until May 27th. We should get a book trailer before that, though. The anticipation is killing me!

*Fun little side note: My very first blog post here on Knight Reader was about how awesome Cassie Clare is. (I posted it after reading City of Bones and City of Ashes.) It seems fitting then, that this post–my 500th–should be about the epic conclusion to the amazing Mortal Instruments series! We’ve come a long way together!*

City of Bones movie goodness!!!

Those who regularly follow this blog already know that I’m a little obsessed with anything written by Cassandra Clare, especially her Mortal Instruments series.  Well, unless you live under a rock, your probably already know that the movie adaptation of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, will be released on August 23rd.  (Insert fangirl squeal here!)

Yesterday, TMI fans got to finally see the teaser poster and trailer for City of Bones, and both were everything I could have possibly hoped for.  I have insanely high hopes for this movie (though a big part of me doubts any movie could ever live up to the awesomeness of this series), but I’m already finding myself pleasantly surprised by everything I’ve seen about this highly anticipated film.  (Dear Hollywood, please don’t disappoint me!)

Without further ado, here is the teaser poster.  Due to copyright issues, I can’t post the teaser trailer here, but you may be able to view it on the MTV Movie blog.  For some reason, I can’t get it to work on my computer right now.  This makes me sad.  (I’ve heard that the trailer will be shown before Breaking Dawn 2, so I’ll hopefully see it on the big screen tonight.)

Thanks to Mundie Moms for the great pic of the teaser poster.

City of Lost Souls cover revealed!!!!!

If you just heard something that sounded like a little girl squealing, that was me.  I just saw the cover for Cassandra Clare’s highly anticipated City of Lost Souls (book five in the Mortal Instruments series), and I am absolutely in love with it.

Jace and Clary? I believe so! USA Today released the cover minutes ago, along with an excerpt from City of Lost Souls (which I will read as soon as I finish with this post). For the full article, go to http://books.usatoday.com/bookbuzz/post/2012-01-04/cover-reveal-of-cassandra-clares-city-of-fallen-angels/596348/1.  Now, the wait until May 8th will be positively horrible!

Clockwork Prince

Even though this post will not be a typical one for me, I will be talking a bit about Clockwork Prince, the second book in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy (which is the prequel trilogy to her Mortal Instruments series).  If you haven’t read all of the books that precede Clockwork Prince–especially Clockwork Angel–I strongly urge you to do that as soon as possible.  All of these books are unbelievably amazing, and the events of today only increased my love of these series.

Now, for the good stuff…

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Cassandra Clare.  As part of her book tour for Clockwork Prince, which was released on Tuesday (and which I finished reading last night), Ms. Clare paid a visit to Greenville, South Carolina.  I live just a few miles away from Greenville, and I was understandably excited about meeting one of my favorite authors.  The event was sponsored by a local independent bookstore, Fiction Addiction, and held in a spot called the Hangar at the Runway Cafe (near the downtown airport, obviously).  And I have to say it was one of the most well organized book signings I’ve ever attended.  (I went to see Stephenie Meyer at a Barnes & Noble in Georgia four years ago, and it was absolute chaos.  Imagine thousands of people crammed into a B&N for upwards of five hours.  Shudder.) 

Anyhoo, Cassandra Clare entered the Hangar and answered questions from the audience.  The first few people who asked questions even got a free t-shirt.  I was one of those people…and here’s the back of the shirt:

I asked who she would pick to play Magnus Bane if she had any say in the movie casting.  Her answer both surprised and delighted me–Darren Criss, who plays Blaine on Glee.  She said that his ethnicity matched Magnus’, and he seems to have no problems kissing a boy.  For those of you who’ve read the Mortal Instruments series, you know how important this is.

Ms. Clare answered lots more questions on how she overcomes writer’s block, using outlines in her writing, how much influence she has over the upcoming City of Bones movie (very little, sadly), the love triangle between Will, Jem, and Tessa in Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince, other books she would recommend, how she would encourage aspiring writers, where her ideas for her books came from, the real-life settings used in the books, the inspiration for the character of Magnus Bane (one of my favorites), and much more.  Throughout the question-and-answer session, Ms. Clare kept the audience laughing and made us fall more in love with her and her wonderful stories.

Then, it was time for the autographing to begin.  I took seven books to be autographed–City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Steampunk!–and Ms. Clare graciously signed all of them.  Check it out:

 

Everyone who attended also received a cool Shadow Hunter poster. 

Christmas came early for yours truly this year.  I got to meet one of my favorite authors, tell her how much I loved her books, and I even had the opportunity to recommend a few books to her–Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series was at the top of my list.  This was an awesome afternoon for Knight Reader.

Now, I’m sure you might be wondering a little about Clockwork Prince, the latest book in the Infernal Devices trilogy.  Well, I’m not going to tell you much about the book because there would be spoiler alerts all over the place if I did.  I will tell you, though, that we learn more about why Will is such a butthead most of the time.  We also delve into Mortmain’s past and what he might be planning for the Shadow Hunters.  For me, however, the driving force in this book was the dramatic love triangle between Will, Jem, and Tessa.  It was infuriating, powerful, and traumatic–for them and for me.  I just hope their situation resolves the way I want it to in Clockwork Princess.

Speaking of Clockwork Princess, it has an expected release date of December 1st, 2012.  (Yes, we have to wait nearly a year for it.  Curses!)  Also, there are two more books in the Mortal Instruments series to look forward to:  City of Lost Souls, due out May 8th, 2012 (and the cover should be released soon), and City of Heavenly Fire, due in September of 2013.  There’s also another Shadow Hunter series in development, the Dark Artifices, which will take place roughly five years after the events in City of Heavenly Fire.  So, there’s lots more Shadow Hunter goodness to look forward to.

If you’d like to learn more about Cassandra Clare and her amazing books, you might want to check out these websites:

You can also follow Cassandra Clare on Twitter @cassieclare.

I will leave you now, dear readers, for I am spent.  It has been a great day filled with books, authors, and fellow word nerds.  I wish every day could be so awesome.

City of Glass

What can I say about City of Glass, the third and final(?) installment in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments trilogy other than IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!  I’m ready to start reading it again right now.

I don’t want to give too much away because I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone wanting to read it (and trust me, you really should read this book).  Let me just say that most of my predictions came true, I cried a little, I was horrified a lot, and, in the end, I was satisfied with the outcome.

If you haven’t read City of Bones or City of Ashes, read those two books before you read City of Glass or nothing will make sense.  If you like the Twilight saga or Holly Black’s novels, I think this series is definitely worth reading.  I, personally, like the Mortal Instruments trilogy better than the Twilight series, and those of you who know me realize that is saying something.  The characters are rich and vivid, the action grips you from the very beginning, and there is never a dull moment.

City of Glass and its preceding books are perfect for those who like fantasy, especially fantasy involving vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, fairies, and all sorts of other things.  I LOVE THESE BOOKS and cannot wait for Cassandra Clare’s next work, the Infernal Devices trilogy.  Yay!

For more information on these books, go to http://www.mortalinstruments.com.

City of Bones

I’ve read Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones twice now, and I swear it’s just gotten better.  The following is a booktalk I just wrote to promote this book:

“‘I was proud of my work on you,’ he said slowly, looking at Clary. ‘So clean.  So perfect.  What you saw you would forget, even as you saw it.  No image of pixie or goblin or long-legged beastie would remain to trouble your blameless mortal sleep.  It was the way she wanted it.’

Clary’s voice was thin with tension.  ‘The way who wanted it?’

Magnus sighed, and at the touch of his breath, the fire-letters sifted away to glowing ash.  Finally he spoke—and though she was not surprised, though she had known exactly what he was going to say, still she felt the words like a blow against her heart.

‘Your mother,’ he said.”

 

            Clary Fray has always felt that something is missing in her life.  Maybe it has something to do with her father dying before she was born.  Then again…maybe not.

            After witnessing a murder at the Pandemonium Club, Clary is introduced to a world she never knew existed.  The murderers reveal themselves to be Shadowhunters, or demon killers.  Clary is disbelieving at first, but when her mother goes missing and she’s nearly killed by a demon, she quickly becomes a believer.

            Clary soon realizes that her mother is a former Shadowhunter and has been magically shielding her from this world her entire life.  Clary can now see vampires, werewolves, fairies, demons, and many other creatures.  She can see through glamours that hide true appearances.  She even discovers that she possesses some unique gifts herself.

            The Shadow World, of which Clary is now a part, is on the verge of war.  Valentine, a Shadowhunter gone bad who was believed to be dead, is back and wreaking havoc in his quest for the Mortal Cup, the vessel by which new Shadowhunters are made.  He must be stopped, and a motley group of teenagers figure they’re the ones to do it.  There’s Clary, who has just found out about her Shadowhunter heritage; Jace, the enigmatic Shadowhunter to whom Clary is mysteriously drawn; Isabella, a beautiful girl with a wicked whip; Alec, who harbors an intense dislike of Clary; and Simon, Clary’s normal friend, who has a not-so-secret crush on her.

            How can a group of teenagers stop the bad guy to end all bad guys?  And how can Clary learn to fight in a world she never knew existed?  Enter the Shadow World to unravel the mysteries in City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

I hope you enjoy this booktalk.  It does not even begin to hint at how wonderful this book is.