Aug. 23 can’t come soon enough. That’s the day The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits the big screen. And since the sixth and final book in the series doesn’t come out until 2014, we’re jonesing for some Shadowhunter goodness. Thankfully, Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Princess, the final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, hits shelves March 19. Princess will be just the cure for Cassie Clare book addiction, something we over at Shelf Life happen to suffer from. March 19 is only 26 days away. (Not that we’re counting or anything). But the great people over at Simon & Schuster offered up this wonderful morsel in the meantime. After the jump, check out the exclusive trailer reveal for Clockwork Princess.
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Marissa Meyer doesn’t just write about fairytales — she’s living one. Scarlet, the second installment in the Lunar Chronicles following 2012′s Cinder, was published last week and it’s already hit #4 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Even more exciting, a movie could be on the horizon — Meyer says they’re “just wrapping up negotiations” with a studio. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” Meyer told us over the phone. If you’re as obsessed with the cyborg mechanic as we are, then this news is cause for its own royal ball. Check out more from our interview with the author after the jump, including her thoughts on her new fiery-haried protagonist and her favorite scene from Scarlet. READ FULL STORY
Watch the trailer and listen to the playlist for Robin LaFevers' follow-up to 'Grave Mercy', 'Dark Triumph' -- EXCLUSIVE
A kingdom in jeopardy. A convent of female assassins trained in the deadliest of arts. Three handmaidens of Death who will fight to save their home from enemies on all sides. We heard Ismae’s story in Grave Mercy; next up is the enigmatic Sybella in Dark Triumph, Book 2 of Robin LaFevers’ excellent His Fair Assassins trilogy. Dark Triumph doesn’t come out until April 2, but we’ve got an exclusive trailer and a playlist for the book below that will hopefully make these next two months seem a bit more bearable. READ FULL STORY
See the cover, excerpt, and Q&A for potential big-deal debut 'The Bone Season' by Samantha Shannon -- EXCLUSIVE
Get ready to question what you’re doing with your life. Samantha Shannon, a 21-year-old student currently pursuing a degree in English literature at Oxford University, has written The Bone Season, the first volume in a seven-book series. It has already been sold in 18 countries, and the film rights have been snapped up by The Imaginarium Studios, led by Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings) and Jonathan Cavendish (producer of Bridget Jones’ Diary). The global publication of The Bone Season doesn’t happen until August of this year, but we have the first-ever look at the cover, plus an interview and exclusive excerpt from the young author the Daily Mail has hailed as the possible “next J.K. Rowling.” READ FULL STORY
'The Madman's Daughter' author Megan Shepherd on her 'Lost' inspiration and plans for a movie -- EXCLUSIVE
A couple months ago, we shared the trailer for Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter. Inspired by H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, the gothic horror centers on the 16-year-old Juliet, a maid who leaves London behind to search for her disgraced father. The book finally hit shelves today, so we gave the author a call to talk about her debut novel, her love of Lost, and the importance of music in writing. Read on for teasers about Books 2 and 3, as well as an update on the Madman’s Daughter movie!
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What made you want to write a re-telling of The Island of Dr. Moreau?
MEGAN SHEPHERD: I’m a huge Lost fan and I’ve just always loved the idea of a mysterious tropical island. When it went off the air, I was just like, there’s not much out there that has that same atmosphere. And I was reading Dracula at the time, so I had classics on the brain. Those two things made me remember The Island of Dr. Moreau. There are no female characters in it, but the ideas are so brilliant and lasting, I just really felt like there was potential to tell an entirely new story.
And this is just the first in a trilogy. What are the other two books inspired by?
The second one is based off of Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and the third one is Frankenstein. It’s the same story, the same characters and everything.
Did you plan on writing three books?
I had written The Madman’s Daughter as a stand-alone title. They always tell new writers not to pitch a trilogy because it’s just much harder to sell. My agent was the one who came up with the idea — he was like, you know it’s kind of a cliffhanger ending, there’s room to expand it, would you be interested in that? I said absolutely. But I had to be creative because The Island of Dr. Moreau story was done. I didn’t want the sequel to be that. So I was thinking this organically flows into Jekyll and Hyde and then thinking of how that book ends, I was like, oh that could flow really well into Frankenstein.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’d say for the last four or five years that has been my passion. I didn’t think about it before then. I haven’t been one of those people who says since the age of 10, I know I want to be a writer. Which is strange because I grew up in a bookstore, so you think I would have had that idea. I actually think that growing up there, I had this kind of reverence for books and authors and I just didn’t think real people could ever do that.
So what made you change your mind and write this book?
Well The Madman’s Daughter was the fourth manuscript that I had written, so I had plenty of failures. [Laughs] But I had decided about five years ago. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in West Africa and one of the projects I did there was a literacy project for school children where another volunteer and I collected local folk tales and had them illustrated by ocal artists and bound them into little books. I just really fell in love with stories and with kids reading them and it totally just got me thinking about producing literature myself.
NEXT: Megan gives us a glimpse of the Madman’s Daughter playlist.
I’ve never been to Carnegie Hall before, and I certainly never dreamed that my first visit to the iconic theater would be to see an author. As I navigated the swarms of squealing fans to find my seat, I heard a young couple gushing about their attendance at the event. You know, the kind of gushing usually reserved for boy bands or Justin Bieber. “Oh, my God! I cannot believe this is happening! I’m totally freaking out! Like, it hasn’t even set in yet that this is really happening.”
And that illustrates the power best-selling author John Green holds over his fans. Green came together with his brother, Hank, and a slew of guest stars to present ”An Evening of Awesome,” a variety show of sorts that totally lived up to its name. But you don’t have to take my word for it. The sold-out event was broadcast live on YouTube (watch it here), and has since acquired more than 40,000 views. Additionally, Carnegie Hall was No. 1 trending topic worldwide on Twitter. The moral of the story? Never underestimate the power of book nerds. (And I say that with the utmost affection, because I am one of those nerds…or should I say nerdfighters?) READ FULL STORY
Before the holidays, author Beth Revis announced an out-of-this-world campaign to promote the release of the third and final book in her Across the Universe series: If fans pre-ordered more copies of Shades of Earth (out today) than they did for books one and two combined, Revis and Penguin would launch a copy of Across the Universe into space. Today, we can reveal that fans rose to the challenge. After the jump, watch the book as it makes its trek to the great beyond (set to the music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, natch). READ FULL STORY
It’s that time, Mara Dyer fans. The countdown to The Retribution of Mara Dyer, the final installment in Michelle Hodkin’s dark and twisty trilogy, has begun and we’re going to kick it off with an exclusive cover reveal and details about the release date.
Last we heard from Mara, she was trapped in a hospital at the mercy of those who would use her. She’d brought down yet another building with her mysterious powers. And the love of her life was (supposedly) dead by her hands. Still, she vowed she wouldn’t allow herself to be helpless. She would fight. She would win. And she would see Noah again. But Mara never imagined how far she’d go for vengeance — or what it would cost her. Check out the cover for The Retribution of Mara Dyer below: READ FULL STORY
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