With 2014 drawing to a close, Bustle has released a list of 13 Female Young Adult Fiction Authors That Owned 2014. Of course, Cassandra Clare finds a mention.
Looking for a writing partner in the YA world? Cassandra Clare is the absolute best you could get — and she has a dozen or so books lined up through 2017 to prove it. Young adult fantasy and scifi powerhouses Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Jean teamed up this year to release The Bane Chronicles, devised of their short stories surrounding one of the fan-favorite character of the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices series. Plus, she worked with Holly Black to release the amazing The Iron Trial, which is the beginning of a new middle grade series. Oh, and of course there’s that highly anticipated sixth book of the former series, City of Heavenly Fire Clare pushed out in 2014. Clare also teamed up with illustrator Hye Kyung Baek to release a Manga version of the latter series, with Clockwork Princess released this year.
Check out the full list here.
Cassandra Clare released the unedited version of Jace and Clary’s cave scene from City of Heavenly Fire on her Tumblr. It’s a long, pretty shippy (and sexy) scene.
Read the full scene below the cut:
…For a moment Jace just looked at her in astonishment, his lips parted slightly; Clary felt her cheeks flush. He was looking at her like she was the first star that had ever come out in the sky, a miracle painted across the face of the world that he could barely believe in. He swallowed. “Let me —“ he said, and broke off. “Can I kiss you? Please?”
Instead of nodding, she leaned down to press her lips to his. If their first kiss in the water had been an explosion, this was a sun going supernova. A hard, hot, driving kiss, a nip at her lower lip and the clash of tongues and teeth, both of them pressing as hard as they could to get closer. They were glued together, skin and fabric, a heady mix of the chill of the water, the heat of their bodies, and the frictionless slide of damp skin.
All hail Cassie Clare for giving us some more time with Jace Herondale! In a new snippet from The Dark Artifices that the author posted on her Tumblr, Jace gives Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs some parabatai advice.
Read it below:
“You’ve got a lot of responsibility now,” Jace said to Julian. “You’ll have to make sure Emma winds up with a guy who deserves her.”
Julian was strangely white-faced. Maybe he was feeling the effects of the ceremony, Emma thought. It had been strong magic; she still felt it sizzling through her blood like champagne bubbles. But Jules looked as if he’d been slapped.
“What about me?” Emma said, quickly. “Don’t I have to make sure Jules winds up with someone who deserves him?”
“Absolutely. I did it for Alec, Alec did it for me — well, actually, he hated Clary at first, but he came around.”
“I bet you didn’t like Magnus much, either,” said Julian, still with the same odd, stiff look on his face.
“Maybe not,” said Jace, “but I never would have said so.”
“Because it would have hurt Alec’s feelings?” Emma asked.
“No,” said Jace, “because Magnus would have turned me into a hat rack.”
If it isn’t Jace being so… Jace. So excited to see more from TDA!
The sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, is nominated for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction at the Goodreads Choice Awards 2014.
In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons? When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned… Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!
City of Heavenly Fire is up against other YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi books such as Heir of Fire, Dreams of Gods and Monsters, The Young Elites, Ignite Me, Red Rising and more. This has been such an excellent year for us fantasy fans!
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Just like The Bane Chronicles, Cassandra Clare is teaming up again with Sarah Rees Brennan, Robin Wasserman and Maureen Johnson for a new book titled, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. The book will include 10 short stories released as e-books once every month, starting February 2015.
According to Cassie, the stories will be about Simon (as had been speculated before), and we can expect to see Jace and Clary, Will and Jem, Tessa, and Emma.
“Wrapping up the Mortal Instruments series was a hugely emotional time for me. It was so hard to let the characters go, but I felt I’d left them in good places. All except Simon—his ending was unconventional and open for more story. I knew I wanted him to go through the training process to become a Shadowhunter, something we haven’t really seen,” Clare told EW in an exclusive statement.
Check out the full schedule of the stories below: