Shadow World Book Club free ebook companion

Looking to kill a little time while you wait for August 21st to roll around and City of Bones to hit the big screen? Well, have we got the free ebook for you. 😉

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One of our favorite parts of writing Navigating the Shadow World was diving deep into all the literary references that Cassandra Clare makes in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices for our “Shadow World Book Club” section of our guide to the series. For each Shadowhunter Chronicles book, we wrote a rundown of the literary references Cassie made, putting our English literature degrees to good use!

We thought it would probably be just as interesting for other TMI/TID fans to go back to the source material — to the texts that inspired Cassie as she was writing her epic stories — as it was for us. So we created a free ebook for you! The Shadow World Book Club: Companion Readings to The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices has a curated selection of readings, all of which are mentioned in a TMI or TID book (or sometimes more than one!).

The Shadow World Book Club: Companion Readings to The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices is a curated selection of the poems, plays, and works of fiction that Cassandra Clare quotes from in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. Liv Spencer highlights the specific text used in each volume of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices in this companion reader to Navigating the Shadow World. With selections from HamletA Tale of Two Cities, Tennyson, Dante, and many more!

You can download a free PDF or an ePub file here from our publisher’s website (or for Apple iBookstore people, here’s the link!)

xoxo

 

Book Review: Shadowhunters and Downworlders

13583766Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader, edited by Cassandra Clare

I’m a longtime fan of what Smart Pop Books does with their series of accessible but smart essay collections on awesome pop culture franchises. (A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls? Highly recommended for the TVD watchers among you.) And this book does not disappoint.

The book begins with an introduction by Cassandra Clare, recounting the story of how she came to create the world of the Shadowhunters, which is a fascinating read. I’d heard bits and pieces of the story before, but to read it all in one place and in context is great. What follows is a series of essays by various talented writers on topics ranging from art as weapon, law in the Shadowhunter universe, New York as setting, Simon as Jewish vampire hero, Malec, tattoos, villainy, friendship, and — naturally — incest. While the essays are incredibly thought-provoking and smart, they are never academic or a drag. Entirely a pleasure to read (and especially fun to jump between authorial voices in each essay), Shadowhunters and Downworlders makes you think about The Mortal Instruments series in new and interesting ways — even if you don’t always agree with the argument being made. It’s like being in a room with a bunch of super informed, well spoken friends having great conversations about this beloved series.

The book achieves what Jen and I hope Navigating the Shadow World will for TMI & TID enthusiasts: it takes a beloved subject and casts new light on it, sparking consideration, debate, and probably a re-read or two. (Not that we need much encouragement to pick up the books again!)

Highly recommended! You can read excerpts from the book on Smart Pop Books’ great website.

And, after the jump, a selection of quotations that I found particularly evocative!

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Know You Better Giveaway!

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We’re still madly writing our Red fan fiction, Taylor Swift: Know You Better, over on Wattpad. We’ve reached track 8, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and we’re celebrating the halfway point by offering a contest for our amazing Wattpad readers! So if you’re a Wattpadder, head over and enter — you could win a copy of Taylor Swift: The Platinum Edition and a cameo in a future story! (Plus you get to see everyone’s favourite lyrics in the comments, which is super fun.)

And while we’re talking fanfic and the awesomeness of our readers, take a few minutes to watch this awesome trailer that Hilda Therese made for Know You Better. ❤ ❤ ❤

Navigating the Shadow World Is Out!

You guys, it’s official: Navigating the Shadow World has been released and is out in the world! Ain’t she pretty?

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I was at a fancy short-story award ceremony (I’m wearing Swifty-red lipstick for the occasion) when I laid eyed on Navigating the Shadow World for the first time. I think I can safely speak for all of Team Liv when I say this was the most ambitious of our books to date. So many references! So many rules! So many words to read and to write! Doing the worlds of Ms. Cassandra Clare justice was a task of angelic proportions, and we hope we were able to! Let us know what you think if give it a read! It’s available at all your favourite book dispensaries, like Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes and Noble, Chapters-Indigo, or find a copy at your local indie bookstore via Indiebound.

IMG_2406Now when do we get our parabatai tattoos, Crissy?

xo Jen

TMI Source Reviews Navigating the Shadow World

Way more anxiety inducing than actually writing a book is waiting for the first reactions to it from the Super Experts — and Alyssa from TMI Source is someone Jen and I were excited/nervous to read Navigating the Shadow World. So I cannot overstate how amazing it feels to get a glowing review from her. Jen and I were dancing around like happy crazy people when we read this.

From the review:

Navigating the Shadow WorldI thoroughly enjoyed Navigating the Shadow World. It was more than just a book just summarizing the books we’ve already read, it went deeper into the Shadow World and analyzed characters, relationships and references in the series.

Navigating the Shadow World is a must-read for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles. It delves deep into the world that we know and love while providing commentary on the rich mythology that constitutes the books and the world, as well as taking fans step-by-step through the process of the film adaptation of City of BonesNavigating the Shadow World is anything but mundane.

Read the whole post here, and enter the giveaway to win a copy!

A world of thanks, Alyssa, for being so supportive of the book and for such a kind review!

We’ll just be over here, squeeing with delight.

xo

P.S. I just had a look at Amazon & the book is shipping early! So those of you who pre-ordered, it should be arriving any day now! Hurrah!

Being Taylor

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So after spending months researching and writing Taylor Swift: The Platinum Edition, Team Liv was feeling pretty expert on all-things-Taylor. But there were certain things we could never know, and sometimes imagined. Since we weren’t quite ready to stop writing about our girl, we decided to try something new: writing Swifty fanfiction, and sharing our flights of fancy with everyone. Because what could be more fun than imagining what it would be like to live the life of the Swift One?

Since our Swift Notes chapter meant we spent a lot of time thinking about the individual songs on Red, we decided to riff on that in our fiction and imagine the scenarios that inspired the songs or what it was like for Taylor to write them. Taylor Swift: Know You Better, the title for our collective Swifty speculation, will be made up of one story for every track on Red.

We publish a new story every Friday, and you can read our stories behind the first three tracks of Red over on Wattpad! Let us know how you like them! Want more romance, more behind-the-scenes on the tour, or more Meredith? We aim to please.

It’s a book: Taylor Swift – The Platinum Edition out early!

Taylor Swift - The Platinum EditionIt’s out! And I gotta say: it’s pretty. We were lucky to have a wonderful designer work with us, and we’re soooooo happy with the book. And it’s BIG. It’s kinda sorta 40% longer than it was supposed to be — but same steal-of-a-deal price! There’s just So Much To Say when it comes to the Swift One.

If you happen to see a copy out in the world, snap a pic for us! It’s cool/weird/the best to see our little book out in the world. And if you buy it and read it? THANK YOU and let us know what you think!

love love love!

xo

p.s. we should probs mention where you can get a copy…

Buy it at Barnes & NobleAmazon.comChapters-Indigo, or find it at your local bookstore via IndieBound.

Also available as an ebook!

You can also add it on Goodreads