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)

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!

The Iron Trial: Cassandra Clare’s New Series

Cassandra Clare announced yesterday that she will be releasing a new series of middle-grade books with longtime friend and author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and the Curse Worker series, Holly Black!

Check out this description courtesy of Scholastic:

In this exciting new series, twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has grown up knowing three rules by heart. Never trust a magician. Never pass a test a magician gives you. And never let a magician take you to the Magisterium. Callum is about to break all the rules. And when he does, his life will change in ways he can’t possibly imagine.

Cassandra and Holly also shared a hilarious little description of Callum’s personality on Tumblr.

Clare has also divulged that because of this new book series, the release dates for Clockwork Princess, City of Heavenly Fire, and Lady Midnight (the first book in The Dark Artifices series) will see their release dates moved UP! What good luck!