Book of the Week – “The Iron Trial” by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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This is the first book in the new series by Cassandra Clare and she is co-writing the series with Holly Black. In the series, we follow a magician as he tries to be who he is and not the powerful magician that everyone expects him to be. This is a little different story from Cassandra Clare but if the story is anything like her other stories, it should have a lot of details and a lot of different characters that we can rally around.

The Iron Trial will be available as e-book for Kindle or Nook and also is available in soft cover. You can add The Iron Trial to your Goodreads shelf by going here.

Will you be reading The Iron Trial?

Top 5 books to read this September

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#5 – What If by Rebecca Donovan
Out: September 16th
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19189481-what-if

In this new book from Rebecca Donovan (author of the Breathing series), we follow Cal gets a second chance at love with his first love but obviously things are not that easy as the woman that he falls in love with claims she is not his first love at all. We can expect this story to have a lot of heart and characters that we can fall in love with as it unfolds on the page.

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#4 – Stay With Me by J. Lynn
Out: September 23rd
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19501672-stay-with-me

This is the third book in the series and like the other two books it will follow a different couple as they go through the trails of meeting and trying to make their relationship work. J. Lynn (aka Jennifer Armentrout) knows how to create complex characters that we always are rooting for. No doubt that it will involve a lot of drama and heart ache as we get to see if love can conquer all.

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#3 – The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Out: September 16th
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18249281-the-infinite-sea

In the 2nd book in the series, we meet back up with Cassie as she tries to deal with the consequences from what happened at the end of the first book. Author Rick Yancey has said that this story will reveal things about the characters and show that things are not going to be as easy to predict as one might think.

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#2 – The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Out: September 9th
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13608989-the-iron-trial

This is the first book in the new series by Cassandra Clare and she is co-writing the series with Holly Black. In the series, we follow a magician as he tries to be who he is and not the powerful magician that everyone expects him to be. This is a little different story from Cassandra Clare but if the story is anything like her other stories, it should have a lot of details and a lot of different characters that we can rally around.

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#1 – The Resolution of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
Out: September 30th
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18166143-the-resolution-of-callie-kayden

In this third book that involves this couple (6th book in the series), Callie and Kayden try and enjoy their happily ever after but things are too good to be true as their past comes back to challenge their relationship. We have all been rooting for this couple since the series started. They have both come from dark pasts and they found light in each other. It is hard to watch this couple struggle so much but that is how life can be sometimes. It can be crap and we just hope that love can be enough to save us.

What book are you most excited to read this month?

 

Cassandra Clare announces book schedule

With the release of the final book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, set to come out next month, fans have been wondering what will be next for this author. Through her blog and Twitter page

As we know, she has already announced two new book series that she is working on, The Last Hours (the sequel to Infernal Devices) and Magisterium (she is co-writing this series with Holly Black about life outside the Shadow Hunter world.

The schedule, which can be seen below, starts after City of Heavenly Fire and brings us through 2020 with the schedule. By the looks of it, we can expect at least one new book from her a year. Also in the schedule, is the new Shadow Hunter series she is writing called The Wicked Powers. As of now, she has stated this will be the last Shadow Hunter series, but we know that she has changed her mind in the past.

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Magisterium #1: The Iron Trial – September 9th 2014

The Dark Artifices #1: Lady Midnight – March 2015

Magisterium #2- 2015

The Dark Artifices #2: Prince of Shadows – 2016

The Last Hours #1 – Chain of Thorns late 2016/early 2017

Magisterium #3 – 2016

The Last Hours #2 – Chain of Gold 2018

Magisterium #4 – 2017

The Dark Artificies #3: The Queen of Air and Darkness – 2017

Magisterium #5 – 2018

The Last Hours #3: Chain of Iron – 2020

There is no schedule yet for The Wicked Powers as it has just been announced and considering the full load she has now, it’s understandable. Clare has stated that this series will follow the Blackthorn family (which is a family from The Dark Artifices) and take place three years after TDA ends.

What do you think of Cassanda Clare’s schedule?

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A new Shadowhunter trilogy to be released

Today, Cassandra Clare has announced through her Twitter page that she is working on a new trilogy for her Shadowhunter fans. This is good news for fans that have liked The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices as both series are either finished or will be finishing soon.

Clare Tweeted about the announcement of Walker Books buying the new series which was already rumored to be true on Goodreads.

The new trilogy, called The Last Hours, will follow Will’s and Tessa’s children, James and Lucie and a few others in 1903 as the fight against the demons in an Edwardian time. Clare explains that the inspirations for the new series comes from Charles Dickenson’s The Great Expectations.

Some other key points to pull from the posting is that there is going to be three books: Chain of Thorns, Chain of Gold, and Chain of Iron. She has no schedule set for the books, but considering that she has this much information set, I wouldn’t be surprised if she has at least a rough draft for Chain of Thorns done.

You can read the full excerpt, you can go here.

Clare has a busy schedule ahead of her. Including this new series, she will be releasing nine books in the next few years, which include the final book in The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire, and introductions into three new series: Magisterium, The Last Hours, and The Dark ArtificesThe Iron Trial, the first book in the Magisterium series, is set to come out September 14th, while Chain of Thorns (first book in The Last Hours) and Lady Midnight (first book in The Dark Artifices) have a 2015 publication date.

What do you think of the new series?

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10 Books To Look Out For in 2014

With 2013 coming to an end, it’s time to look towards 2014 and all the great books set to come out. 2013 saw the end of a lot of book series (such as Divergent and Legend) but it also started a lot of good book series (The 5th Wave and The Cuckoo’s Calling). All but one of the books on the list are part of a series but that’s mainly because new or stand-alone novels don’t usually announce a date unless it’s coming up.


#10. Divergent Novellas: The Son and The Traitor by Veronica Roth
Release Date: 7/8
Goodreads Page: The Sonhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18080922-the-son?from_search=true
The Traitor – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18080923-the-traitor?from_search=true

The novellas were supposed to come out in January and February respectively, but Roth delayed the release of those two novellas so that she could ‘perfect’ them. This might be because of the backlash from Allegiant but for the delay doesn’t bother me too much. I have yet to read the already two released novellas (Free Four and The Initiation) for the fact I wanted to read them together.


#9. The Iron Trial (Magisterial #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
Release Date: 10/2
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13608989-the-iron-trial

Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments series) joins up with Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) in this new series. These two authors take us to a new world filled with magic. The lead character has to make a choice based on his distrust of magicians and staying away from a place called Magisterium. No doubt we will get some fun characters and great storylines that will be very in depth and filled with twists and turns.


#8. Captivated by You (Crossfire #4) by Sylvia Day
Release Date: TBD
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17876893-captivated-by-you?from_search=true

In the 4th book, we look to get some of the answers that were left at the end of book 3. No doubt there is going to be some big conflict in this one to help set up the 5th book. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a pregnancy in store for Gideon and Ava.

#7. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Out: 10/7
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16059938-black-ice?from_search=true

She is the author of the Hush, Hush series which is a book series that I really like. I am happy to see that she is back at it. This one sounds like a stand-alone novel, which I’m ok with because I’m going to need a break with all the book series I’m reading. It sounds like a thrilling mystery those circles around a romance story. Overall, it looks like an intriguing story and one that I am anxious to read.


#6. The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey
Release Date: 5/6
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16131484-the-infinite-sea?from_search=true

Aliens are trying to take over the world and it’s hard to know who is a friend and who is a foe when everyone looks the same. Cassie has to deal with trying to survive while dealing with her feelings for Ben and Evan, neither one she is sure she can trust. The first book had what I like to call an expected twist, but it certainly does add to the drama of the series. I would expect that the 2nd book would focus more on setting up the 3rd book which means it could be a little slower, but I think if done right it can be worth the read.


#5. Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera
Release Date: 5/13
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15769788-rebel?from_search=true

This story is a little different then the other Young Adult Fiction books. The relationship between Wren and Callum is strong and one of the better relationships I have seen in these books. She risked everything to save him and now we get to see what the choice means for the future. There was a lot of action, drama, and twists that I am sure will spill over into the 2nd book.


#4. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: 7/1
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18406862-sinner

This story brings us back to the Shiver trilogy as we know follow Cole and get to know his story. We met him in Linger and came to help Sam with the wolves. Now we get to see the relationship between him and Isabelle. He came back to try and win back Isabelle’s love. Cole was a very tragic character in the Shiver trilogy and I am anxious and excited to see how his story ends. Hoping for a happy ending.

#3. The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
Release Date: Fall 2014
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17984141-the-young-elites

Marie Lu described her new series as X-men meets Assassins Creed meets Game of Thrones. All this equals JACKPOT. I love those three things so to have a story like that would be perfect. Legend was filled with a lot of action, suspense, with a touch of romance. I would expect the same thing to happen in her new series.

#2. The Darkest Minds #3 by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: TBD
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16150831-untitled?from_search=true

The 2nd book of the series, certainly gave us a lot of food for thought for this book. I’m hoping that this one is able to tie all the loose ends and have a bit more of the action that I was hoping for when I read the final book of Champion and Allegiant. Considering how well the last two ended, I expect this one will be along the same lines. Though, authors have been surprising me of late. So who knows?


#1. Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: 5/27
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8755785-city-of-heavenly-fire?from_search=true

The Mortal Instruments is essentially broken into 2 trilogies which makes this book extra special as it ends the 2nd trilogy and the 6-book series as a whole. This book has a lot of questions that it needs to answers and with the cover that was released by Clare, it sounds like it might be an all-out war in this book. Clare has stated that there will be major deaths in the story and I just hope that this book doesn’t have the backlash that Allegiant did.

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