Writer Wrangler: Stephanie Nelson

Stephanie Nelson
author of Gwen Sparks Series

Is there a definite date for Coveted’s release?

As of right now, no. I am working on a short story told from Dorian’s point of view that will be releasing soon in the anthology, Cupid painted Blind. We’re hoping to have it published no later than March. My next release will be the first book in my new Anna Avery Series, Taming the Wolf. Coveted will be released this summer sometime. To stay updated on my releases i recommend following along on my author’s page on Facebook.

What are your plans for the series? 

I don’t have a set amount of books for this series. I actually like longer series, so i’m hoping that Gwen and the gang will allow me to keep telling their stories. I can say that the whole Brew fiasco will be wrapped up in Coveted and the fourth book will be a whole new adventure!

What does your husband think of your books? 

Does he give you input or suggestions for storylines? My husband only reads my books after i publish and have them in paperback. He loved Craved and is still working on Deceived. He brags about his wife, the author. LOL

I read somewhere that the idea for Gwen Sparks started after you put up Halloween decorations, so how did the idea for your new series, Anna Avery, came about? 

Can you tell us more about this werewolf series aside from what is on the previews and synopsis?Anna’s story just popped into my head. I was writing Deceived and Anna stepped into the forefront of my thoughts and i knew i had to write about her. The first book, Taming the Wolf is about Anna coming to terms with being transformed into something she thought was only a fairy tale. Her whole personality changes as she tries to tame the wolf within her. In this book the werewolves are very primal and animalistic. She’s drawn to the alpha and she doesn’t understand why. But there is also another man who wants her as his mate. While she tries to ignore her feelings for the alpha, she can’t. To top it off, dead bodies are showing up all over and Anna is the last one to have seen them alive. The pack assumes Anna is responsible because she has a difficult time reigning in her inner beast and Anna’s not so sure anymore either. She’ll have to work to find out the truth of the murders and her attraction towards the alpha.

What are you currently reading right now? 

I’m reading two different books. The first one was recommended by one of my readers, Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. The second on is Awaken by Sarah Ross. I don’t have a lot of time to read so I only read a couple chapters before i set them down and get back to work. (Ooooh… we guarantee you’ll be falling for one of those Brothers soon!)

What’s your guilty pleasure? 

Mocha Frappachino from Starbucks.

With the success of Gwen Sparks, do you still have time for your photography? 

What subjects are fond of taking? I don’t. I sold my Nikon SLR camera a couple years ago and have regretted it ever since. I plan to buy another one sometime. I like shooting nature and I took pictures of family members.

Thank you Stephanie for guesting with us and we wish you success with Gwen and Anna’s story. Looking forward to Dorian’s short as well.
You can find and follow Stephanie on her
Twitter @StephNel1
and her website http://www.stephanie-nelson.com/ 
where she’s giving away FREE and signed copies of her Gwen Sparks series.
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Writer Wrangler: Stephanie Nelson

Stephanie Nelson
author of Gwen Sparks Series

Is there a definite date for Coveted’s release?

As of right now, no. I am working on a short story told from Dorian’s point of view that will be releasing soon in the anthology, Cupid painted Blind. We’re hoping to have it published no later than March. My next release will be the first book in my new Anna Avery Series, Taming the Wolf. Coveted will be released this summer sometime. To stay updated on my releases i recommend following along on my author’s page on Facebook.

What are your plans for the series? 

I don’t have a set amount of books for this series. I actually like longer series, so i’m hoping that Gwen and the gang will allow me to keep telling their stories. I can say that the whole Brew fiasco will be wrapped up in Coveted and the fourth book will be a whole new adventure!

What does your husband think of your books? 

Does he give you input or suggestions for storylines? My husband only reads my books after i publish and have them in paperback. He loved Craved and is still working on Deceived. He brags about his wife, the author. LOL

I read somewhere that the idea for Gwen Sparks started after you put up Halloween decorations, so how did the idea for your new series, Anna Avery, came about? 

Can you tell us more about this werewolf series aside from what is on the previews and synopsis?Anna’s story just popped into my head. I was writing Deceived and Anna stepped into the forefront of my thoughts and i knew i had to write about her. The first book, Taming the Wolf is about Anna coming to terms with being transformed into something she thought was only a fairy tale. Her whole personality changes as she tries to tame the wolf within her. In this book the werewolves are very primal and animalistic. She’s drawn to the alpha and she doesn’t understand why. But there is also another man who wants her as his mate. While she tries to ignore her feelings for the alpha, she can’t. To top it off, dead bodies are showing up all over and Anna is the last one to have seen them alive. The pack assumes Anna is responsible because she has a difficult time reigning in her inner beast and Anna’s not so sure anymore either. She’ll have to work to find out the truth of the murders and her attraction towards the alpha.

What are you currently reading right now? 

I’m reading two different books. The first one was recommended by one of my readers, Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. The second on is Awaken by Sarah Ross. I don’t have a lot of time to read so I only read a couple chapters before i set them down and get back to work. (Ooooh… we guarantee you’ll be falling for one of those Brothers soon!)

What’s your guilty pleasure? 

Mocha Frappachino from Starbucks.

With the success of Gwen Sparks, do you still have time for your photography? 

What subjects are fond of taking? I don’t. I sold my Nikon SLR camera a couple years ago and have regretted it ever since. I plan to buy another one sometime. I like shooting nature and I took pictures of family members.

Thank you Stephanie for guesting with us and we wish you success with Gwen and Anna’s story. Looking forward to Dorian’s short as well.
You can find and follow Stephanie on her
Twitter @StephNel1
and her website http://www.stephanie-nelson.com/ 
where she’s giving away FREE and signed copies of her Gwen Sparks series.

Gush and Gripe 1



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 Hurrah! Downton Abbey’s second season is here! After two years season two is finally here and it’s just bigger and better than the first one. Super happy that they got a Golden Globe for Best TV mini-series. On top of that, it’s the Year of the Dragon and if you’re into that cosmic stuff you’d know that this year promises prosperity. I always want to get excited about the good stuff and stay in denial about the not so good ones.

Now I’m griping about Grimm and Supernatural, TV Series that used to get me very excited when Fridays are a bore. Grimm is like this shifter series as opposed to the dark/modern fairy tale I thought it would be. Every week is just a parade of one type of Were or another. And whatever happened to the Police Chief and his involvement in exterminating the Grimms? They need to follow up on that.

As for Supernatural, this Leviathan arc is not really picking up. The writers are in a sticky situation because how can you top Sam’s return from Hell? Castiel is gone and Bobby died… again. I guess this is what series creator Eric Kripke meant when he wanted to put the show to rest after Season 6, he knows it’s hard to turn that around, instead passed on the torch to Sera Gamble. I miss the days when they were just occupied with Wendigos, ghosts and witches or just bring back Trickster/Gabriel!

Lastly, how hard is it to follow SIMPLE instructions people?! Seriously!

❤ Braine

Caption this!

Does any one else watch White Collar? Over the last few weekends, I’ve been catching up on Season 3 and I just have to say I love Matt Bomer. Now I feel like I’m cheating on David Gandy but I just can’t help myself from gushing about Matt. From his beautiful blue eyes, gorgeous head of hair, strong jaw line, killer smile and equally killer sexy body; there is no denying he’s quite a looker. Not only is he easy on the eyes but I also love his work on White Collar, where he plays a criminal-catching con artist working for the FBI.

What I’m really looking forward to is Matt’s role in the upcoming film, Magic Mike, where he’ll play a stripper along with Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello. Now ladies, this movie will be a beefcake party. I might have to take some heart medication before I watch this movie. I’m already getting hot flashes just imagining this film. 
But aside from his stripper role on Magic Mike, Matt will be making a guest appearance on Glee. Eeeep! He will be playing the part of Blaine’s older brother on an upcoming episode. When I first heard the news a few days ago, I think I literally leaped for joy. Seriously, the guy is not only hot but he’s got a lovely voice. He’s just pure epic-ness. 
And before any one goes and starts schooling me, yes, I know he’s an openly gay man but that doesn’t mean I can’t admire his hotness.

Now Awards season is well on it’s way and there have been some really great films released in the past year but I was really hoping the final installment of the Harry Potter series, HP and the Deathly Hallows would have received some recognition. Now I don’t have to go into the awesomeness that is Harry Potter cause I’m sure most of you already know but  HP is probably the best children’s book and movie series of all time. Deathly Hallows was just of great epic proportions. On top of that, Alan Rickman should have been recognized for his role as Severus Snape. Do you recall that part when Dumbledore asks Snape, “Lily. After all this time?” and Snape replies with “Always”; hen we see Snape clutching the body of Lily? OMG! I nearly lost all my marbles at that part. Rickman was hands down spectacular. If the Oscars were up to me, I would have given Alan that Golden Statue as soon as I finished watching the movie.

– Cimmaron

Gush and Gripe 1



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 Hurrah! Downton Abbey’s second season is here! After two years season two is finally here and it’s just bigger and better than the first one. Super happy that they got a Golden Globe for Best TV mini-series. On top of that, it’s the Year of the Dragon and if you’re into that cosmic stuff you’d know that this year promises prosperity. I always want to get excited about the good stuff and stay in denial about the not so good ones.

Now I’m griping about Grimm and Supernatural, TV Series that used to get me very excited when Fridays are a bore. Grimm is like this shifter series as opposed to the dark/modern fairy tale I thought it would be. Every week is just a parade of one type of Were or another. And whatever happened to the Police Chief and his involvement in exterminating the Grimms? They need to follow up on that.

As for Supernatural, this Leviathan arc is not really picking up. The writers are in a sticky situation because how can you top Sam’s return from Hell? Castiel is gone and Bobby died… again. I guess this is what series creator Eric Kripke meant when he wanted to put the show to rest after Season 6, he knows it’s hard to turn that around, instead passed on the torch to Sera Gamble. I miss the days when they were just occupied with Wendigos, ghosts and witches or just bring back Trickster/Gabriel!

Lastly, how hard is it to follow SIMPLE instructions people?! Seriously!

❤ Braine

Caption this!

Does any one else watch White Collar? Over the last few weekends, I’ve been catching up on Season 3 and I just have to say I love Matt Bomer. Now I feel like I’m cheating on David Gandy but I just can’t help myself from gushing about Matt. From his beautiful blue eyes, gorgeous head of hair, strong jaw line, killer smile and equally killer sexy body; there is no denying he’s quite a looker. Not only is he easy on the eyes but I also love his work on White Collar, where he plays a criminal-catching con artist working for the FBI.

What I’m really looking forward to is Matt’s role in the upcoming film, Magic Mike, where he’ll play a stripper along with Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello. Now ladies, this movie will be a beefcake party. I might have to take some heart medication before I watch this movie. I’m already getting hot flashes just imagining this film. 
But aside from his stripper role on Magic Mike, Matt will be making a guest appearance on Glee. Eeeep! He will be playing the part of Blaine’s older brother on an upcoming episode. When I first heard the news a few days ago, I think I literally leaped for joy. Seriously, the guy is not only hot but he’s got a lovely voice. He’s just pure epic-ness. 
And before any one goes and starts schooling me, yes, I know he’s an openly gay man but that doesn’t mean I can’t admire his hotness.

Now Awards season is well on it’s way and there have been some really great films released in the past year but I was really hoping the final installment of the Harry Potter series, HP and the Deathly Hallows would have received some recognition. Now I don’t have to go into the awesomeness that is Harry Potter cause I’m sure most of you already know but  HP is probably the best children’s book and movie series of all time. Deathly Hallows was just of great epic proportions. On top of that, Alan Rickman should have been recognized for his role as Severus Snape. Do you recall that part when Dumbledore asks Snape, “Lily. After all this time?” and Snape replies with “Always”; hen we see Snape clutching the body of Lily? OMG! I nearly lost all my marbles at that part. Rickman was hands down spectacular. If the Oscars were up to me, I would have given Alan that Golden Statue as soon as I finished watching the movie.

– Cimmaron

Craved a Gwen Sparks Novel

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Witches are dying and their blood harvested for a drink called Brew that vampires are addicted to. With Gwen’s werewolf ex, detective Micah Reynolds, leading the investigation, with the help of her vampire boyfriend Aiden, they are set to solve the mystery before Gwen becomes the next victim.

So I was thinking: a Witch caught in the middle of Vampire affairs and with a Werewolf ex as baggage. Nothing new. Certainly read a lot of those already but surely there has to be a reason why this is topping the Amazon charts.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

I’ve read a lot of these formula stories but there’s something about Gwen Sparks that just beckons to me. First off, this girl needs a loyalty card from Victoria’s Secret or something because for some reason, her underwear just keeps getting torn to pieces. Those sexy scenes are very steamy and removing panties just requires patience Gwen and Aiden doesn’t have. Way to live vicariously through your characters SNelson! *clap* *clap*

This was a very entertaining read and though the premise and back stories for some characters and events are a little bit loose, the story remains engaging. I just have a strong reaction to the part where Aiden went MIA at this very hyped ball and Gwen was close to nonchalant about being stood up. Take note, this is a guy who pursued her to no end and even sent her the dress she was supposed to wear. If it were my boyfriend, I’d at least expect to be notified in advance that he can’t make it especially if he’s sending a stand in. For a woman scorned, Gwen’s reaction to that is a tad out of character.

Next, it took Gwen too long to confront Aiden or investigate her boyfriend’s absence. When she finally got around to it, Gwen found Aiden high on Brew courtesy of a naked witch in Aiden’s house while the sexy vamp was seducing Gwen. I’m a woman and I think I will most certainly throw a hissy fit that will put Katrina to shame if that happened to me regardless if the man in question is Brad Pitt. Not make hot, marathon sex with him!

Gwen is a sexual character but her reactions to some instances are a little off from how I perceived. Maybe it’s a rough start but it’s not so bad considering that this is SNelson’s debut novel.

Craved a Gwen Sparks Novel

read an excerpt

Witches are dying and their blood harvested for a drink called Brew that vampires are addicted to. With Gwen’s werewolf ex, detective Micah Reynolds, leading the investigation, with the help of her vampire boyfriend Aiden, they are set to solve the mystery before Gwen becomes the next victim.

So I was thinking: a Witch caught in the middle of Vampire affairs and with a Werewolf ex as baggage. Nothing new. Certainly read a lot of those already but surely there has to be a reason why this is topping the Amazon charts.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

I’ve read a lot of these formula stories but there’s something about Gwen Sparks that just beckons to me. First off, this girl needs a loyalty card from Victoria’s Secret or something because for some reason, her underwear just keeps getting torn to pieces. Those sexy scenes are very steamy and removing panties just requires patience Gwen and Aiden doesn’t have. Way to live vicariously through your characters SNelson! *clap* *clap*

This was a very entertaining read and though the premise and back stories for some characters and events are a little bit loose, the story remains engaging. I just have a strong reaction to the part where Aiden went MIA at this very hyped ball and Gwen was close to nonchalant about being stood up. Take note, this is a guy who pursued her to no end and even sent her the dress she was supposed to wear. If it were my boyfriend, I’d at least expect to be notified in advance that he can’t make it especially if he’s sending a stand in. For a woman scorned, Gwen’s reaction to that is a tad out of character.

Next, it took Gwen too long to confront Aiden or investigate her boyfriend’s absence. When she finally got around to it, Gwen found Aiden high on Brew courtesy of a naked witch in Aiden’s house while the sexy vamp was seducing Gwen. I’m a woman and I think I will most certainly throw a hissy fit that will put Katrina to shame if that happened to me regardless if the man in question is Brad Pitt. Not make hot, marathon sex with him!

Gwen is a sexual character but her reactions to some instances are a little off from how I perceived. Maybe it’s a rough start but it’s not so bad considering that this is SNelson’s debut novel.

Purge the Fire Concluded

14 reads, that’s what I’ve managed to accomplish in 31 days. 14 measly reads that barely made a dent in my Kindle Fire shelves. For every book I knocked out, I added 3 to replace it.

So let me gush and gripe for a bit here.

I love my Kindle Fire and if you don’t have one, get one or a decent reader/tablet or even an Ipad if you can afford it. I never thought I’ll be a fan of ereaders but it is very convenient and the world of fiction just got even more exciting in my eyes. I now have access to dozens of free or cheap books that I would otherwise have no interest in checking out if not for my beloved tablet.

Which brings me to Indie reads and authors. I love working with independent authors because they are so accessible and it’s so fun to be part of that person’s history and success. At least we can say we got to chat with some of them before they became NYT or international best selling authors. Plus they are so candid and honest about their work and inspiration one can’t help but develop a relationship with them via twitter or facebook. They still have time to appreciate and acknowledge their fans unlike some of those authors who already made it.

Indie books are a class on their own. Although wading through the list is like finding a gem in a pile of tumble rocks and reading mediocre ones can take its toll. I think the ratio of good, quality indie books versus the crappy ones is 1:5. Which explains why I cheat with the other books I reviewed, call it cleansing the palate. I still have a lot of books to go through and I’m hoping that most of those are gems instead of rocks.

But it is also exhilarating especially when you find a good deal or a really good story. Self publishing in itself is a challenge which makes me, as a reader, appreciate the value of good editors. But it’s also in the indie world where you find unique plots and colorful characters due to the freedom the writer has to explore and exhaust their creativity.

Now after this challenging but rewarding experience, I would like to make some suggestions to you, Indie writers, from the viewpoint of a fan and an avid reader:

Sell what you know. It is so obvious when a material is poorly researched. This is one of the most common and frustrating mistakes emerging authors make: writing about a place, for example, that obviously they haven’t even been to or made a real connection with. Like writing a story about Ireland but missing out on important details that makes Ireland uniquely Ireland and would instead sell us something that we’ve read in wikipedia or banking on stereotypes.

Character distinction. It is in reading indie books that I got schooled on what “character dimension” really means. When you’re used to reading well edited and bestselling books, that is close to nonexistent. The reason why say J.R. Ward’s vampires is such a hit is because they each have their own distinct personality that is evident in their “speech patterns” and reactions that is consistent with the characteristics she created to the point where she can conduct character interviews with them. So distinct that you can find a word to describe each Brother perfectly. Most characters in Indie stories are as flat as Kansas or only the leads are in HD while the rest are gritty and gray.

Let the characters tell their story. The series of events have to be fluid, they can’t be in point A and jump to point B without a filler in between. Contriving a series of events to poorly justify the outcome they want is off putting and can be insulting to your more intelligent readers. It’s also obvious when a story is too “scripted”, take a cue or two from RPG players or imrpov actors, sometimes spontaneity is the script.

Have a core group of critics. Don’t pick your cheerleaders, pick your harshest critics or an anonymous focus group. They are the ones who will give you an honest opinion if the story needs some tweaking or just plain sucks.

Reading indie books is such an adventure and I’m officially a follower. It certainly opened my eyes to endless possibilities and stimulated my creativity and imagination as well. I applaud all those aspiring and emerging authors out there, I hope you won’t be deterred by your bloodiest reviews but instead find inspiration in them. Like what some people say, it’s easier to take apart something than to create out of nothing. We appreciate your hard work and the wonderful world of Vamps, Weres, Sorcery and everything else in between will not be as colorful and rich without the words each of you have contributed.

Purge the Fire Concluded

14 reads, that’s what I’ve managed to accomplish in 31 days. 14 measly reads that barely made a dent in my Kindle Fire shelves. For every book I knocked out, I added 3 to replace it.

So let me gush and gripe for a bit here.

I love my Kindle Fire and if you don’t have one, get one or a decent reader/tablet or even an Ipad if you can afford it. I never thought I’ll be a fan of ereaders but it is very convenient and the world of fiction just got even more exciting in my eyes. I now have access to dozens of free or cheap books that I would otherwise have no interest in checking out if not for my beloved tablet.

Which brings me to Indie reads and authors. I love working with independent authors because they are so accessible and it’s so fun to be part of that person’s history and success. At least we can say we got to chat with some of them before they became NYT or international best selling authors. Plus they are so candid and honest about their work and inspiration one can’t help but develop a relationship with them via twitter or facebook. They still have time to appreciate and acknowledge their fans unlike some of those authors who already made it.

Indie books are a class on their own. Although wading through the list is like finding a gem in a pile of tumble rocks and reading mediocre ones can take its toll. I think the ratio of good, quality indie books versus the crappy ones is 1:5. Which explains why I cheat with the other books I reviewed, call it cleansing the palate. I still have a lot of books to go through and I’m hoping that most of those are gems instead of rocks.

But it is also exhilarating especially when you find a good deal or a really good story. Self publishing in itself is a challenge which makes me, as a reader, appreciate the value of good editors. But it’s also in the indie world where you find unique plots and colorful characters due to the freedom the writer has to explore and exhaust their creativity.

Now after this challenging but rewarding experience, I would like to make some suggestions to you, Indie writers, from the viewpoint of a fan and an avid reader:

Sell what you know. It is so obvious when a material is poorly researched. This is one of the most common and frustrating mistakes emerging authors make: writing about a place, for example, that obviously they haven’t even been to or made a real connection with. Like writing a story about Ireland but missing out on important details that makes Ireland uniquely Ireland and would instead sell us something that we’ve read in wikipedia or banking on stereotypes.

Character distinction. It is in reading indie books that I got schooled on what “character dimension” really means. When you’re used to reading well edited and bestselling books, that is close to nonexistent. The reason why say J.R. Ward’s vampires is such a hit is because they each have their own distinct personality that is evident in their “speech patterns” and reactions that is consistent with the characteristics she created to the point where she can conduct character interviews with them. So distinct that you can find a word to describe each Brother perfectly. Most characters in Indie stories are as flat as Kansas or only the leads are in HD while the rest are gritty and gray.

Let the characters tell their story. The series of events have to be fluid, they can’t be in point A and jump to point B without a filler in between. Contriving a series of events to poorly justify the outcome they want is off putting and can be insulting to your more intelligent readers. It’s also obvious when a story is too “scripted”, take a cue or two from RPG players or imrpov actors, sometimes spontaneity is the script.

Have a core group of critics. Don’t pick your cheerleaders, pick your harshest critics or an anonymous focus group. They are the ones who will give you an honest opinion if the story needs some tweaking or just plain sucks.

Reading indie books is such an adventure and I’m officially a follower. It certainly opened my eyes to endless possibilities and stimulated my creativity and imagination as well. I applaud all those aspiring and emerging authors out there, I hope you won’t be deterred by your bloodiest reviews but instead find inspiration in them. Like what some people say, it’s easier to take apart something than to create out of nothing. We appreciate your hard work and the wonderful world of Vamps, Weres, Sorcery and everything else in between will not be as colorful and rich without the words each of you have contributed.

Clockwork Prince an Infernal Devices Novel

read an excerpt
read the deleted scene

My hands are still cold from the adrenaline rush I got reading this book. And here I was, thinking that Will Herondale will be my antidote to Dimitri Belikov, wishful thinking!

I started reading Infernal Devices immediately after I finished Mortal Instrument’s City of Glass. So after all the excitement of that epic war in Idris and the conclusion of those desultory relationships between Clary and company, Clockwork Angel at that time was a bit anti climactic for me. As far as I’m concerned, it was a bad idea for me to have read CClare’s series in succession, I should have a taken a breather in between series. Now let me start eating some of my words shall we?

Clockwork Prince is a book that WShakespeare and CDickens will be proud of. I was on the fence about Jessamine but my heart went out to her when her cards were dealt. You can tell that she was so desperate to escape her destiny she’d take any way out, even consort with the enemy. Which brings the question, will CClare redeem her? Jem’s health in contrast with his noble heart will surely give you mixed feelings of sympathy and adoration. And lastly, the tragedy of unrequited love will never ever fail to elicit strong emotions from any reader regardless of age. It’s not enough that Will Herondale’s past is tragic but it seems that his future will be no different as well. To say that he was a little too late is an understatement. My heart was truly broken after I read Will’s letter to his family. So I have another question, what is the cost of Will’s happy ending?

At 502 pages and change, this is a book that keeps on giving. Just when you think you can breathe easy and proceed to the resolution, another burst of action happens and your heart is slamming in your chest once again. I take back my previous statement that it echoes Mortal Instruments (let the mockery begin! LOL). In some way it does as far as the love triangles, Will and Tessa’s personages reminded me of Jace and Clary and the team dynamics, two Nephilims and a girl. But it ends there. Personally I think I will like Infernal Devices more than Mortal Instruments not only because of its Steampunk flavor but also due to the storyline. The forbidden love part, as CClare calls it, is more to my liking than that of Jace and Clary. Even the tritagonists are scene stealers, Charlotte and Henry are so adorable!
So it’s with a heavy heart that I put the book down. A consolation is City of Lost Souls is coming this May and, fingers crossed, Mortal Instruments the movie will be released this year?

Clockwork Prince an Infernal Devices Novel

read an excerpt
read the deleted scene

My hands are still cold from the adrenaline rush I got reading this book. And here I was, thinking that Will Herondale will be my antidote to Dimitri Belikov, wishful thinking!

I started reading Infernal Devices immediately after I finished Mortal Instrument’s City of Glass. So after all the excitement of that epic war in Idris and the conclusion of those desultory relationships between Clary and company, Clockwork Angel at that time was a bit anti climactic for me. As far as I’m concerned, it was a bad idea for me to have read CClare’s series in succession, I should have a taken a breather in between series. Now let me start eating some of my words shall we?

Clockwork Prince is a book that WShakespeare and CDickens will be proud of. I was on the fence about Jessamine but my heart went out to her when her cards were dealt. You can tell that she was so desperate to escape her destiny she’d take any way out, even consort with the enemy. Which brings the question, will CClare redeem her? Jem’s health in contrast with his noble heart will surely give you mixed feelings of sympathy and adoration. And lastly, the tragedy of unrequited love will never ever fail to elicit strong emotions from any reader regardless of age. It’s not enough that Will Herondale’s past is tragic but it seems that his future will be no different as well. To say that he was a little too late is an understatement. My heart was truly broken after I read Will’s letter to his family. So I have another question, what is the cost of Will’s happy ending?

At 502 pages and change, this is a book that keeps on giving. Just when you think you can breathe easy and proceed to the resolution, another burst of action happens and your heart is slamming in your chest once again. I take back my previous statement that it echoes Mortal Instruments (let the mockery begin! LOL). In some way it does as far as the love triangles, Will and Tessa’s personages reminded me of Jace and Clary and the team dynamics, two Nephilims and a girl. But it ends there. Personally I think I will like Infernal Devices more than Mortal Instruments not only because of its Steampunk flavor but also due to the storyline. The forbidden love part, as CClare calls it, is more to my liking than that of Jace and Clary. Even the tritagonists are scene stealers, Charlotte and Henry are so adorable!
So it’s with a heavy heart that I put the book down. A consolation is City of Lost Souls is coming this May and, fingers crossed, Mortal Instruments the movie will be released this year?