Happy Release Day Lord Of Shadows!

On March 8th, 2016, Cassandra Clare’s much awaited Lady Midnight was released.

Today, May 23rd, 2017, it’s Lord Of Shadows turn, and let me tell you, I am excited.

Here is the official cover and summary for Cassandra Clare’s latest installment to her bestselling Shadowhunter series.

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?
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A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

If you haven’t yet ordered your copy, you can purchase special editions at Target, Barnes And Noble, as well as Costco. All first edition copies of the book will feature 30 new rune illustrations from the book. The Costco edition features an interpretation of Julian’s portrait of Emma from Lady Midnight. The Target edition includes a beautiful map of Alicante. The Barnes And Noble edition has a deleted scene from Lord of Shadows, in which Emma and Julian, Shadowhunter warriors and soul mates, meet on Blackfriars Bridge in London.

If you’re waiting for your pre-ordered copy to come, like I am, you can read the first two and a half chapters here.

Happy reading and again, happy release day to both Cassandra Clare and to Lord Of Shadows. Let me know down in the comments how you’re spending this day!

 

 

The Shadowhunters: Casting Simon And Isabelle!

Hey Guys! It’s Liv. Something exciting happened today! Today, not one, but two new cast members were announced for The Shadowhunters T.V. Show! How great is that? Simon and Isabelle are casted, and, I think that these to actors are pretty spot on for Simon and Isabelle.

This, is Simon Lewis…

Alberto Rosende As Simon LewisGorgeous, right? Alberto Rosende is set to play Simon Lewis! Rosende is a pretty new face, he was in a short called The Swing Of Things and he played a Swing Dancer, and he has been in one episode of Blue Bloods. I think that he’ll do great, I don’t think he would’ve even been considered for the part if he wasn’t good.

Meet our new Isabelle Lightwood…

Emeraude Toubia As Isabelle Lightwood

Stunning, right? Emeraude Toubia is set to play Isabelle Lightwood! Toubia is also a pretty new face, she has been in one episode of 11-11 En Mi Cuadra Nada Cuadra, Cosita Linda, and Voltea Pa’Que Te Enamores. I think that she’ll do fantastic, and she’s pretty close to what I had pictured for Isabelle. I don’t think that she would have been given the part if she couldn’t handle it.

I trust the casting directors, because they want this to be a success just as much as we, the fans, do. Possibly even more. I think fresh faces are just what this show needs. I am super excited to find out the other cast members! Who would you like to see cast? Are you as excited for this show as I am? Don’t forget to check back here for news, updates and reviews! See you back here soon!

 

The Shadowhunters: Casting, Jace

Hey guys, it’s Liv! I have exciting news. If you haven’t heard yet, The Mortal Instruments is becoming a show. This T.V. show feels so great, because second chances like this practically never happen. The movie flopped, big time, not because of the actors, mainly just the way it was marketed and the way it was adapted from the book. Since the series has been given another chance, it just feels like a sign that it is going to go well. Constantin Films, who made the The Mortal Instruments movie, announced their plans to recreate the Shadowhunter world in a television series in September 2014.  ABC Family was the network chosen to make this a reality. I wasn’t too excited when I heard that ABC Family was producing this show. I was really hoping that the CW would pick up this show because it just fits in so well with the other shows that they do, and do well, in my opinion. ABC Family wanted this because they are trying to re-brand and draw more older viewers to their network. The show has a guaranteed 13 episodes, which is good, we get a whole season to see this play out. On Monday, sorry this is so late, they announced who will be playing Jace in the show. Playing Jace is the one, the only, Mr. Dominic Sherwood.

Dominic Sherwood As Jace

Gorgeous, right? Dominic Sherwood was recently in Taylor Swifts’ music video for her song Style. He played Christian Ozera in the Vampire Academy movie adaption. This casting has the book world absolutely buzzing.  I’m interested to see how he does as Jace. Jamie was a really good Jace. I think Dominic will do a good job. I’ll try and update you guys each time a cast member is announced or there is more news. Filming is going to start this May, in Toronto, so there should be some news pretty soon! Until next time!

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey guys, it’s Liv, and as you know, it’s Tuesday. So, Top Ten Tuesday is in order. Once again, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week, it’s the Top Ten Favorite Authors of all time. While I was writing this, I kind of knew immediately who was in my top three or four, but after that, it was a little difficult. Here are my Top Ten Favorite Authors Of All Time.

10. Andrea Cremer.

Andrea Cremer wrote a series that I was absolutely obsessed with called Nightshade. This series isn’t that well known, but it definitely should be. The main character, Calla Tor is a Searcher, the protector of the Keepers in her world. This trilogy is filled with love, loyalty, and mystery. She is also writing an adult series and a prequel based on the Nightshade Series.

9. L.J. Smith.

L.J. Smith is a completely understated writer. She is very prolific with her work and all her plotlines are original. Her works are the basis of the very popular The Vampire Diaries television series, as well as The Secret Circle. If you haven’t already, definitely pick up something by L.J. Smith.

8. Stephenie Meyer.

Stephenie Meyer is a classic. If you haven’t read, The Twilight Saga yet, you are seriously missing out. These books were so fantastic. The writing is absolutely beautiful and the characters are one of kind. They each come with their own back story that perfectly shapes who they are in the books.

7. Suzanne Collins.

Suzanne Collins’s, The Hunger Games, is, of course, one of my favorite series. I love the world that she created. With classic themes set in a dystopian society, what’s not to love? If you haven’t already, pick up one of Suzanne Collins books today!

6. Holly Black.

Holly Black creates a magical world of lies and deceit in her Curse Workers series. Cassel is one of my favorite characters, ever. Cassel is, as my mother would say, as clever as the devil and twice as pretty. He’s sweet and charming, but he’s also lying, cheating, stealing, con artist. This mafia ruled world of danger and deceit is one I’d definitely like to live in.

5. Michelle Hodkin.

Michelle Hodkin earns this spot for her fabulous Mara Dyer trilogy. These books were wonderfully creepy and spooky. I liked these so much because you could never tell what was real and what wasn’t. Just when you thought you had it figured out, you didn’t. It was just plot twist after plot twist and it was great.

4. Stephanie Perkins.

Stephanie Perkins is a favorite because of her novel, of course, Anna and the French Kiss. I love this book. I loved it the first time I read it, and every reread after that, it is just as great as the first time. The writing is beautiful, as is the setting, and the characters are, in my opinion, pretty great. I wish I had a romance as great as Anna and Étienne.

3. Rick Riordan.

Rick Riordan, like Cassandra Clare, is very prolific. He found something that worked and went for it.  I have read the majority of his books, my favorites are the books with Percy. His stories were really great because when they were published Percy and I were the same age, I didn’t read them right away, but it still felt like I was growing up with Percy, and I still am.

2. Cassandra Clare.

Cassandra Clare is practically a legend. I have read almost all of her books, and, they are so fantastic that I don’t even have words. Her books make me feel so much, and they have everything that I could ever want in a book series. What I especially love about her books is that they all interconnect. They all take place in the same world, but, until you read the other series, you don’t notice how connected every book she writes really is. And she just keeps writing, she even has plans for a fifth Shadowhunter series that won’t even be published until 2021. I can’t even wait. I’ve been reading her books since the fifth grade, and it looks like I’ll still be reading the into my late twenties.

1. Kelley Armstrong.

Kelley Armstrong has always been my favorite author. I love The Darkest Powers Series, I wish so much that there had been more, The Darkness Rising Series was also fantastic. Her Women of The Otherworld Series is one of the only adult series that I read, and I love it. If you haven’t picked up a book by Kelley Armstrong yet, I’d encourage you to do immediately, she is truly fantastic!

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey guys! Once again, it’s Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Inspiring Book Quotes. I don’t really know if these quotes are inspiring, but they are definitely some of my favorites. Here are my top ten, in no particular order.

10. “It doesn’t matter what we are. It matters what we do.”

~ Michelle Hodkin, The Evolution Of Mara Dyer.

9. “Fear is the mind killer.”

~ Frank Herbert, Dune.

8. “That’s what we all want, isn’t it? Power without price.”

~ Kelley Armstrong, The Summoning.

7. “A stereotype becomes a stereotype when a significant percentage of the population appears to conform to it.”

~ Kelley Armstrong, Dime Store Magic.

6. “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

~ Stephanie Meyer, Twilight.

5. “Do you know great minds enjoy excellence, average minds love mediocrity and small minds adore comfort zones?”

~ Onyi Anyado, Doorway To Distinction

4. “Nothing sparkly can stay.”

~ S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders.

3. “Girls like her, my grandfather once warned me, girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down a flight of stairs. What no one told me, with all those warnings, is that even after you’ve fallen, even after you know how painful it is, you’d still get in line to do it again.”

~ Holly Black, Black Heart.

2. “To love is to destroy, and to be loved is to be the one destroyed”.

~ Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments, City Of Bones.

1. “She wears trouble like a crown. If she ever falls in love, she’ll fall like a comet, burning the sky as she goes.”

~ Holly Black, Black Heart.

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey, it’s Liv here with the latest Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week, it is the Top Ten characters you’d like to check in on. So, it’s the characters that you wish you could know what they’re life is like after the book or series ended. This list started out as 6 couples and 4 single characters, but, some of the singles were from the same series as the couples, so I just lumped them together. Enjoy!

10. 9. and 8. Corey Carling, Daniel Bianchi, and Maya Delaney from The Darkest Rising Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong.

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7. Calla Tor and Renier “Ren” LaRoche from The Nightshade Trilogy by Andrea Cremer.

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6. Carmen Bianchi and Jeremy King from Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez.

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5. Clary Fray and Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

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4. Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.

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3. Anna Oliphant and Étienne St. Clair from Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

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1. and 2. Derek Souza, Chloe Saunders, and Simon Bae from The Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong.

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Some of you probably won’t know who these people are, but you should definitely check out these books, they are definitely all in my top ten books ever.