The Bane Chronicles’ The Last Stand is Available…Somewhere

tbc-09-coverIf you’re in the situation I’m in right now, then you’re probably frustrated at the moment.  As it goes, The Bane Chronicles: The Last Stand of the New York Institute is supposed to be available for purchase today for all e-readers.  However, Barnes & Noble (yep, I even work there), has yet to make this available for some reason.

Apparently, there were some issues with getting the latest Bane story out internationally as well through Amazon.co.uk, and I’m not sure if they’re still having issues.  Hopefully this will be resolved very, very soon.  These are the types of issues that’s only bearable for a few hours, if that.

In the meantime, you can check out the almost finished puzzle of all the Bane Chronicles book covers below.

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Enter To Win A Copy Of ‘The Shadowhunter’s Codex’

In celebration of the release of The Shadowhunter’s Codex Simon Teen is giving away 10 free copy’s of the books!  Enter here at pulseit.com!

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THE BANE CHRONICLES Audiobooks So Far, Parts 1-6

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If you haven’t listened to the audiobooks for The Bane Chronicles #1-#6, then listen to the samples below.  The novellas, written by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, are already fabulous little stories about our favorite warlock, Magnus Bane, however, the audiobooks just enhance the books even more.  Each novella is read by a different actor, as listed below.

Part 1: What Really Happened in Peru

Narrator: Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy, Cabin in the Woods)

Part 2: The Runaway Queen

Narrator: George Blagden (Les Miserables, Vikings)

Part 3: Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale

Narrator: Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock)

Part 4: The Midnight Heir

Narrator: David Oyelowo (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Jack Reacher)

Part 5: The Rise of the Hotel Dumort

Narrator: Stephen Lunsford (Teen Wolf, Private Practice)

Part 6: Saving Raphael Santiago

Narrator: Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries, 90210)

Who Will Survive Placeholder for CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE

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This is not the official cover, but boy, does it get a reaction.

During a Tweet Q&A earlier today, Cassie said this much about the deaths in City of Heavenly Fire:

Ack!

Thanks to TMISource for the placeholder tip!

A CLOCKWORK PRINCESS Review – Spoiler-Free

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need some time to compose myself. I shall return.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* One Day Later – NO SPOILERS *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Okay, I have been trying to put into words all that I want to without giving anything away and honestly, I’m not sure if this review will convey all of what I want it to. To this, I am like Jem, trying to work out phrases and sentences that don’t sound half as bad.

If there was a way to just imprint all my thoughts and feelings about this book in a way that made sense, I would most definitely benefit from that. As it is, here is my take on what will probably be the best book of 2013, at least for people like me who love love in all its forms.

First reason I love this book: is that you can actually see and sense the growth that many of these characters go through in the book. From reading the first and second books, you understand who they are and where they come from, but in this book, you learn why they are the way they are and how they, in turn, learn. Cassandra Clare wonderfully iterates the growth these characters go through without making it mundanely repetitive.

The second reason I love this book: Cassandra Clare takes her time in finalizing the story arc of the characters. There are time when you read a book and it’s a wonderful book, and when you get to the end of it, you still have many questions that not even the epilogue answers. With Cassandra, for the most part, she didn’t try to quash what she knows about what happens to the characters after the “big” scene into a few pages at the end. If you’re familiar with Clare’s other books, you would know this by now. She really expands and explores the relationships and gives the readers substance they can sink their teeth into. Sure, there might still be questions after the end of the book, but not so much that it leaves you trying to come up with your own answers as to what happens to who.

The third reason I love this book: The relationships. Many are spent wondering, including myself, who Tessa will end up with. And her relationship with both Will and Jem are explored quite generously. I have never been in a love triangle situation, nor would I really want to be. Some may dislike Tessa for not being able to make up her mind, and you good and well have that right to feel that way, but I did feel that Tessa felt equal love for both Will and Jem. But that relationship was only the half of it. And there are the other relationships that are explored as well that are really hopeful and cute and romantic in a way that a romantic film can make your heart aflutter.

But it’s the other half that really sets this book apart from many others – the relationship between Will and Jem. There are brothers, and there are best friends, and there are parabatai, and then there is the Parabatai. Will and Jem are the Parabatai. To be able to give of each other so completely so that the other may live and be happy, to be willing to sacrifice their own happiness and their own life, it goes beyond the confines of even being parabatai, I think. And Cassandra Clare writes their love so amazingly beautiful that it’s a wonder if you don’t have your heart broken several times by the end of the book just from their love for each other. I adore the fact that Cassie doesn’t make the boys feel awkward even about stating their love for each other.

Having said that, I will say that there is action involved – quite a few battle scenes and some heart-stopping moments, but ultimately, the highlight is the intimacy of the relationships that make this book tops. I felt so much more entwined with this group of people than those of the Mortal Instruments series, and I’m not saying that the characters in the Mortal Instruments series are not every bit as interesting to know as those in this, but there is definitely something more personable, more intimate, to these characters of The Infernal Devices, this little group of the London Institute, including Church.

So, if you’re like me and you’re set on reading it, know that your heart may not be ready for what it will feel no matter how much you prepare, and you will want to have tissues on hand for the tears you release.

Cassandra Clare has done a fine job in embedding these characters into my mind and my heart as if they were real people. She is definitely a master at creating heart-stopping moments in both the action sequences as well the more subdued sequences. Cassie sets the tone impeccably for each moment, whether it be a romantic interlude, a battle of words, or a heartrending, especially a heartrending, scene that threatens to pull you to pieces, and I appreciate her writing all the more for it. I hope you will, too.

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Image of the Day: …Dust and Shadows… by ~kara-lija

The most infamous of all love triangles in any novel, in my opinion.

via …Dust and Shadows… by ~kara-lija.

Book Review: Shadowhunters and Downworlders

There’s no such thing as too much of The Mortal Instruments!

The books following the misadventures of Clary Fray and her friends are addictive and heart-wrenching, so why not delve into them a little further?

Shadowhunters and Downworlders

Thankfully, Smart Pop Books has given us the means to do so with their new companion book Shadowhunters and Downworlders! Besides the really cool cover featuring the alliance rune, this book features tons of great analysis of The Mortal Instruments series. Many of the authors involved are personal friends of Cassandra Clare, some of whom were present as she wrote TMI and have unique insider perspectives.

Let’s start by saying that this is The Mortal Instruments ONLY. There are a couple fleeting mentions of characters from The Infernal Devices and no talk of the upcoming Dark Artifices. As much as we all love Will, Jem, and Tessa, you’ve got to be in the mindset to focus on Clary and her friends.

The book seems to be broken into two halves: The heavier, scholarly half and the lighter, more entertaining half.

Some of the scholarly essays do get dry, but others enlighten you. They make connections that readers couldn’t possibly fathom on their own (unless you have a reeeeeeally extensive knowledge base!) and makes TMI stand out in new ways. Our favorite of these were “When Laws Are Made to Be Broken” by Robin Wasserman and “Simon Lewis: Jewish, Vampire, Hero” by Michelle Hodkin.

For readers who are going into the book expecting something a little more akin to Cassandra Clare’s fantastical storytelling style, don’t give up if some of the essays in the beginning just aren’t cutting it for you. The book keeps getting better and better as it goes along. In the second half, we get gems like “Brotherly Love” by Kendare Blake about incest and “The Importance of Being Malec” by Sara Ryan about the portrayal of LGBT characters in young adult literature. There’s also “Immortality and Its Discontents” by Kelly Link and Holly Black, the most unique essay in the book– it’s basically a chat between Kelly, Holly, and Cassandra Clare about the struggles of immortal characters, but it’s terribly amusing.

The best essay, hands down, is the last: Sarah Rees Brennan’s “What Does That Deviant Wench Think She’s Doing? Or, Shadowhunters Gone Wild”. Brennan writes about the sexual undertones of the book with a zany, unapologetic clarity that takes the often debated topic, stares it down, and says “Everyone is hooking up with everyone else (or at least wants to!) SO WHAT?” We’ve always been on Sarah’s side of the argument, so it was refreshing to see it all defended in such a well-written essay.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders has something for everyone. There’s research and scholarship, there’s opinions and laughs, and there’s something about our favorite books, characters, and places on every. single. page. As an added bonus, Cassandra Clare introduces each essay with her own blurb on the topic, guaranteeing you that the woman behind the curtain is excited about its contents. If you’re a diehard fan of Cassandra Clare, this book is worth the read!