catching up with TBC
Aw. Love the shirts.
He’d miss them if they were gone really…
catching up with TBC
Aw. Love the shirts.
He’d miss them if they were gone really…
"Importance of History": Jesse Williams Responds to Colonial Williamsburg Facebook Questions
I love Jesse Williams. God bless.
YES. OH MY GOD, YES.
Every time I think Jesse Williams couldn’t be cooler, and that I couldn’t be prouder he read and praised a story I co-wrote, I am proved wrong!
About Will and Jem…
Thanks again for your response to my question about Tessa! I originally wrote this the day after Heronstairs day, but with CoHF and TBC, I know you’ve been super busy!
I have a question regarding two big players in the Shadowhunter ‘verse: Will and Jem….
'It’s very important to me that I not be given credit for representation that is not explicit in my books. I believe we are at a time when books can show characters who are not heterosexual, and those books can be published (though of course there are still many obstacles for diverse books and pressure on creators not to create diverse works, which makes it even more clear that we have a responsibility to do so.) Therefore queer coding, or later saying “Of course So-and-So was an LGBTQ character, or of course there are LGBTQ characters in my work but we never heard about them in the work and they never had any relationships and nothing would clue you in on their identity…” is not sufficient.’
I reblog for this bit because I super agree with it. And also: huzzah the Bane Chronicles. It was absolutely lovely—as well as a huge responsibility which I did not take lightly—to co-write such a protagonist, and know he would reach a lot of people.
City of Heavenly Fire, the final book in The Mortal Instruments series, comes out in only six weeks on May 27, 2014. That means you have six weeks left to revel in the saga of Clary and her golden boy Jace and her dark angel brother Sebastian and the most loveable dork/vampire Simon and the man-eating, demon-killer Isabelle and poor, lovesick Alec. After this, guys, it’s finito.
As we roll up to the final book, Simon & Shuster is releasing a new edition audiobook for City of Bones, which will be narrated by Mae Whitman, who plays Amber Holt on Parenthood.
The last installment of The Bane Chronicles, The Course of True Love (And First Dates)was published as an e-book on March 18th and Simon & Shuster has just finished the audio version narrated by Gareth David-Lloyd. David-Lloyd starred in the Dr. Who spin-off Torchwood.
Whee, Mae Whitman — as I announced earlier this week - and we were thrilled to get Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto on Torchwood
to read the last installment of Bane. Gareth has a gorgeous voice, and Jack and Ianto on Torchwood (pictured above!) were a seminal example of queer representation in pop culture science fiction and fantasy. After such a great lineup of readers, this is a terrific note to go out on — hope you guys are as happy as we are!
My mama is still the most impressed with Jesse Williams (no Mum, I don’t have his number) but it is a fantastic list overall. We got some actors who we really wanted and who I would’ve thought would be impossible to get—they brought the book to life, and reflected the spirit we wanted to reflect with this book. I am very grateful to have been a part of it!
And I am especially grateful to many of these actors for lending their talent to their project. (Also I’m generally grateful for their existence and… excellent faces.)
CoHF Spoiler alert. Ragnor is not dead. He is rescued from imprisonment in an old woman’s basement. Then he and Raphael ride away on a tandem bicycle gossiping about Magnus.
I LOVE IT. (Ragnor is personally my favourite thing about the Bane Chronicles as you guys could perhaps tell from the fact he is all over the stories I wrote with Cassie. I just wanted Magnus to have warlock bros, you know? And I wanted everybody to be sad… is that so wrong?)
Josh Lewis has spent some time searching through City of Glass for proof Ragnor Lives.
It isn’t an April Fool’s joke at… *sobs*
Greetings my favourite author. I write this to ask about your future books if you have a male character that is a Shadowhunter and doesn’t know, and he finds out about the Shadow-world, kind of like what happened with Clary and Tessa. I also want to know if you are a fan of: Teen Wolf,…
I see Cassie has decided to spread about our shame. (I stand by everything I ever said about murder lizards. Also that is just what being my friend is like. I will try to foist all my interests upon people. ‘Read this book someone gets spanked with a ballet slipper. Read this book an airplane wins a horse race. OK enjoy this movie it’s kind of like A Clockwork Orange meets A Little Princess. We’ll talk later, ok, bye!’)
Ah Wondercon, where we stared at a tray of sandwiches marked ‘for the Vikings,’ I had watched Teen Wolf and was like ‘it’s Scott and Stiles! Scott and Stiles!’ when I saw the actors, and Cassie whispered ‘What are their real names?’ and I answered ‘Tyler, everybody on that show is called Tyler.’ Elite Teen Wolf knowledge, dispensed by moi.
Speaking of narrators we also met a future narrator for the Bane Chronicles, the super nice George Blagden.
SARAH: Oh hi, you were in Les Miz, right? You were great, I loved your drunk impression. People do not give convincing enough drunk impressions in my opinion.
SARAH: I’m Irish.
GEORGE: I understand everything.
SARAH: These sandwiches are only for Vikings, have you heard?
GEORGE: I am on Vikings! You can have sandwiches.
SARAH: Cool, you’re a Viking? I’ll have to watch.
GEORGE: i’m a monk.
SARAH: Cassie, I’ve hooked up with a monk—
CASSIE: YOU HOOKED UP WITH A MONK?!
SARAH: —in the sense of having met a nice chap who plays a monk and also he says we can have the Viking sandwiches?
SARAH: … You’ve got to let me finish sentences.
Conventions are interesting, because you kind of slob around being you (if you’re me) and then you’re like ‘Oh huh, people I’m used to from the tellybox.’
I admit at London Comic Con, I became eerily transfixed by Peter Dinklage and this one tall gentleman who I didn’t see from the front kept standing in my line of sight. I became convinced he was my nemesis.
Finally I could take no more.
SARAH: GET OUT OF THE WAY BOZO!
DAVID HASSELHOFF: … Excuse me? Who ARE you?
SARAH: Wow is David Hasselhoff my nemesis now? I never expected this.
I’m a disaster with all people at all times is what I’m trying to say. I once gave a homeless dude a dollar and my friend dragged me off and was like ‘why did you just give BATMAN a dollar?’
…I’m sorry Christian Bale it was an honest mistake.
Here’s a selection of some of new YA covers released in the past two weeks. For more cover releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!
For more recent cover releases, see the full post. Click the covers to enlarge.The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan & Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: November 11th 2014
Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. Cassandra Clare has teamed up with acclaimed writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create the Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked tales. Edition includes artwork by Cassandra Jean.
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Release date: September 30th 2014
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English. But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead. Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.
Clariel (Abhorsen #4) by Garth Nix
Publisher: October 14th 2014
Release date: Allen & Unwin
Clariel is the daughter of the one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. However, Clariel wants no part of it—a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city’s confining walls and journeying back to the quiet, green world of the Great Forest. But many forces conspire against Clariel’s dream. A dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she discovers hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?
Don’t Let Go (PERSEPHoNE #3) by Michelle Gagnon
Release date: August 26th 2014
After a devastating loss, Noa Torson is out of options. On the run with the three remaining teens of Persephone’s Army, she is up against immeasurable odds. The group is outnumbered, outsmarted, and outrun. But they are not giving up. When Noa and Peter realize they can’t run anymore, and that Noa’s health is failing, they know they must go back to where this began. But when they come face-to-face with the man who started it all, the question becomes, can they win?
Essence by Lisa Ann O’Kane
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release date: June 3rd 2014
Neutrality is the key to longevity. This motto has governed 17-year-old Autumn’s life in the mid-21st-century Centrist cult, which believes that expressing emotions leads to Essence drain and premature death. But Autumn’s younger brother’s death casts her faith into question. While sprinting through a park in violation of Centrist teachings, she encounters Ryder Stone, an Outsider who claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic. She agrees to join his Community, a utopia of adrenaline junkies living in the abandoned remains of Yosemite National Park. Autumn learns about sex, drugs, and living life to the fullest. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realizes that this illusion of paradise could be shattered…
Harp’s Song by Cassie Shine
Release date: March 2014
In just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy her already faulty sense of self. A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend. As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of for as long as she can remember?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Release date: September 2014
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy - until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The first of a new set of U.K. editions illustrated by award-winning artist Jonny Duddle.
The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release date: September 16th 2014
Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race. Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant (ed.)
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: September 9th 2014
Predatory kraken that sing with—and for—their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Authors include Paolo Bacigalupi, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, M. T. Anderson, Nathan Ballingrud, Patrick Ness, Sarah Rees Brennan, Nalo Hopkinson, G. Carl Purcell, Dylan Horrocks, Nik Houser, Kathleen Jennings, Kelly Link, Joshua Lewis and Alice Sola Kim.
*casual hair flip* Just two of mah covers, chillaxin’ with Harry Potter and Garth Nix. No big deal.
This has been a great week for YA covers featuring Asian characters!
Ashes to Ashes, the third book in the Burn for Burn series by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, will be published this September by Simon and Schuster.
The Bane Chronicles, a series of short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, which were released serially over the past year, will be collected in one final volume with a bonus mini-story and published in paper this November by Simon and Schuster.
The Shadow Hero, a comic book series by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Sonny Liew, has released its first two digital issues (above), with more coming every month until the full graphic novel is published in July by First Second Books.
What good company to be in. ;)
Cassie, will there be a whole new cover for The Bane Chronicles’ print edition? — addictedtothese
Here it is! Magnus’ pretty face, revealed in honor of the release of the last of the Bane Chronicles, The Course of True Love (And First Dates) which details Magnus’ first date with Alec, and how it went horribly wrong and then oh so right. :)
The print edition will release in November, and has a special bonus mini-story in it as a reward for those who had to wait for print. :) It also contains interstitial comics drawn by Cassandra Jean!
Maureen and Sarah and I had a blast working on the Bane Chronicles. It was a fun, fantastic experience filled with terrible green jokes about Ragnor, sexy audiobook readers, and of course, lots of time spent with Magnus, which is always a good thing. Thanks so much to everyone for your support of TBC!
I echo Cassie’s words. I had a lovely, lovely time, and all of Cassie’s fans were super kind and embracing of us. We really tried not to let you down, because you’re awesome and we know you love Cassie’s world and characters and we were taking on a big responsibility!
It was super fun to explore the demonier (I’m a demon-y kind of girl) side of Cassie’s world with Cassie.
MAUREEN: I have many excellent jokes and excellent history facts to share.
SARAH: I am obsessed with characters whose names start with R and I’m GOING TO MAKE THAT CLEAR.
I thank you for all your support. I hope you had half as much fun as we did. ;) I hope you guys like the cover. I know you liked the audiobook readers, because WHO WOULDN’T?
Ahahahahahahahahaa. I cried on a Christmas day because I read the latest TBC yesterday (GMT 8:00+).
That was the most heart-wrenching TBC EVER. LIKE. Oh god. I can’t… I don’t— what is the meaning of LIFE???????????
(I lost my ability to draw)
The Bane Chronicles (c) Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan
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