If you’re looking for a good YA series with bisexual, Hispanic, or autistic representation, it might be time to hop on the Dark Artifices train, as the second book was just released last Tuesday, May 23. From the author who brought us our first Jewish vampire and an immensely powerful gay warlock comes a new spin-off series from her original The Mortal Instruments world. Today I will review Lady Midnight (Book 1 of The Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare, particularly focusing on the minority characters Mark, Christina, and Ty. Continue reading Diversity Among Shadowhunters: Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight
Happy December! ’Tis the month of gift-giving holidays, so if you are at a loss for what to ask for or what to get your YA-reading loved one, check out the recent releases on my list for inspiration. Continue reading Books on My Holiday Wishlist
It’s that time of year again! The Geekettes plan to celebrate this year’s Festival of Lights by sharing with you some of our favorite Jewish authors and how their faith/culture influences their works. For Night One, I would like to talk about Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series and creator of the first famous Jewish vampire. Continue reading Night 1 of Chanukah: Favorite Jewish Authors Edition
MTV News put out an interview today with two of our favorite authors, Cassandra Clare and Maggie Stiefvater, discussing how fans often dehumanize the creators, especially female creators, of the very thing they love. Here at DG, we’re all fans of something and we also have strong opinions about what it means to be a fan and what is and is not appropriate fan behavior. Continue reading The Dangers of Fandom and How to Be an Awesome Fan
As we start to hear more information about the TV series Shadowhunters based on The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, I can’t help but start to think about who I would want to play the roles of these characters that I’ve been so attached to for so long. In a perfect world, most of the movie cast could come back but sadly it’s been pretty much determined that due to their careers it is more than likely none of the cast will be back. I was so excited when I saw that Dominic Sherwood would be playing Jace that I couldn’t help but think of a few people I think would work really well in the other roles, so here is the cast I would consider if I was casting the Shadowhunters TV Series.
Harry Potter meets Fullmetal Alchemist is how I can best describe the new book co-written by Holly Black (of Spiderwick Chronicles fame) and Cassandra Clare (of City of Bones fame).
Let me begin by saying that I finished this book in just about a day. I stayed up far longer than I should have and paid for it the next day at work. It was engaging, well-written, and the action just kept coming. Clare and Black are goddesses of their craft.
But having said that, I have two issues with the book: 1) the lack of female characters, and 2) the unoriginality of the plot.
It was a damp and cloudy Tuesday evening in Wellesley. I had driven for the last 30 minutes and finally arrived at 6, fifteen minutes before the doors opened, and an hour before the event started. Those who know me might be know that I tend to plan my arrival for the last possible minute, so I can do other things, like reading. Or watching Netflix. Mostly watching Netflix.
So, what could possibly motivate me to be on time, even early, to something?
A book signing–more specifically, a book signing that marks the end of an era. Yes, friends, I am talking about the final installment in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire. And while Ms. Clare has confirmed that her next series will feature cameos by some of the characters, this is the end. No more Clary, or Jace, or Simon, or any other Shadowhunters/Downworlders/etc.. Their epic journey ends here.
For the last several days, a few of the Geekettes have been in New York for a professional book expo/Book Con. While we were very excited and had a very wonderful experience overall, we found that on the one day of Book Con, we lost our faith in humanity a little bit. Every person I attended Book Con with had a negative story. A box of one book was stolen from an exhibitor. A panel of the most famous bestselling authors was cut off by people more interested in free books. Line cutters everywhere.
Here are some tips that I, as a former bookseller and current literary fangirl, think could help everyone enjoy book signings a little bit more: Continue reading Be Nice Around Books: Signing Etiquette