TMI Memories: TMI Source staff on what TMI means to them

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It’s hard to believe that The Mortal Instruments is coming to an end. City of Heavenly Fire is set to be unleashed upon the world tomorrow, and we’re still not ready to say goodbye. But instead of thinking about how sad it’s going to be, let’s look back at how much this series has changed our lives. For the better.

Cat, Megan and myself talked about what The Mortal Instruments means to us and reflected on our favorite book, character, ship and favorite moments that we’ll forever remember.

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What does The Mortal Instruments mean to me?

Looking back over the past eight years since I began reading The Mortal Instruments, I can’t help but get emotional because of how this series has changed my life.

One of the reasons I’m most thankful is for how The Mortal Instruments has introduced me to so many of my great friends who I can’t imagine not having in my life. I could not be more grateful, and it just goes to show you how a shared passion can unite strangers and turn them into best friends. Getting to know Cassandra Clare has been an honor. Cassie is such a wonderful person who is just as nice of a person as she is a writer.

Of course there’d be no TMI Source without The Mortal Instruments. I mean, it’s in the name – The Mortal Instruments Source. Starting this website has opened so many doors for me, as well as afforded me so many incredible opportunities, like participating in Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices book tours, getting to tour the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and attending the premiere of the film, as well as meeting and interviewing the actors.

What The Mortal Instruments offered me was an escape. It’s what all books and forms of entertainment do, but The Mortal Instruments completely captivated me and whenever I wanted to escape my reality I’d run immediately into Cassie’s world.

I was emotional saying goodbye to The Infernal Devices. But it’s safe to say that saying goodbye to The Mortal Instruments is going to be 10x worse. And The Infernal Devices is my favorite series of the two. But The Mortal Instruments started it all. And having to close that chapter in this ongoing saga is going to hurt like hell. But knowing that I can revisit these characters and stories years from now is the light in the darkness. And I couldn’t be more thankful that these characters will live on forever with readers and myself.

Favorite Book: City of Glass.

Favorite Character: Isabelle. She wasn’t always my favorite character, but in five books I’ve watched her grow into a strong and capable woman. Her strength isn’t just physical. It’s emotional. She’s just as capable of kicking someone’s ass as she is open to being emotionally vulnerable. And that’s just beautiful. But I’ll be honest, I fear for her life in City of Heavenly Fire. Please don’t break my heart, Cassie!

Favorite Ship: Clary x Jace. I first started reading The Mortal Instruments shortly after City of Ashes was published, which meant that I had to wait FOREVER for City of Glass stewing in that knowledge (at the time) that Clary and Jace were related and praying every minute that they weren’t. But it didn’t matter I shipped it anyway. You know you’re invested in a ship where even when you know they’re related you still ship it. Luckily, they turned out not to be related. *throws confetti*

3 Favorite Moments:

1) The Letter in City of Glass: To this day reading the scene where Clary find the letter from Jace and the Morgenstern ring and then actually reading the letter Jace wrote, it makes me emotional. This was a poignant moment for these two characters and offered some beautiful insight into Jace’s character.

2) Seelie Court in City of Ashes: THIS CHAPTER. Everything about the Seelie Court was incredible, from the humor to THAT KISS. “You can close your eyes and think of England, if you like.”

3) Pandemonium in City of Bones: This is where it all began. Just imagine if Clary and Simon had decided not to go to Pandemonium that night. Actually, don’t. That’s a depressing thought.

Cat

What does The Mortal Instruments mean to me?

I’m finding it hard to write down what TMI means to me because this feels like a farewell letter, which I guess it somehow is. I first heard of The Mortal Instruments in the summer of 2009, but didn’t read the first cycle until January 2010, when I ‘marathoned’ the trilogy. I was hooked and when two friends discovered the series, I was so happy that we could fangirl together, which we of course did and still do.
Today I’m surrounded by my TMI books and yes, I am crying because this is it. In a few days I will be reading City of Heavenly Fire, I will be saying goodbye to beloved characters that I will never see again because they have died. I will be saying Ave atque vale, The Mortal Instruments. But I’ll also be saying ‘thank you’, because over the last 4.5 years, this book series has become such a big part of my life.
Clary discovered a whole new world, a hidden world at the beginning of City of Bones and in a way, I am like her, because I discovered the books and later the TMI fandom on the Internet. Clary went on a lot of adventures; she made new friends and so have I. Cassie’s books made me meet so many great people, made me go on adventures – book signings, a movie premiere, interviews –  I wouldn’t have dreamt were possible and I am so grateful, so humbled.  I wouldn’t be writing this today if it wasn’t for three special ladies: Cassie, Alyssa and Megan so thank you ♥

The Mortal Instruments mean so much to me that I’m not really able to put it into words. I’ve never been a wordsmith, but 4.5 years ago I fell in love and to this day I still am. The ‘relationship’ had its ups and its downs, but in hindsight, I have to quote Cassie: “I only count the hours that shine”. Goodbye, Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus and all the others and thank you for making me laugh, for comforting me when I needed it, for making me cry and for making my life more beautiful. I will miss you.

Favorite Book: City of Glass. I just love this book because all of the characters get to shine and didn’t we all breathe a big sigh of relief when we finally had confirmation that Clary and Jace weren’t actually related? ;-)

Favorite Character: Simon. His loyalty to Clary, but also to the other Shadowhunters is incredibly admiring. He’s grown so much in the series and I just love him so I am very jealous of Isabelle and Clary for having such a great (boy)friend in their lives.

Favorite Ship: Simon and Isabelle ♥ (sorry, Clace, but I’m rooting for the underdogs. I love you too, though)

3 Favorite Moments:

1. This is a Sizzy moment. I feel all warm and fuzzy when I even think about it. It’s from City of Fallen Angels, Chapter 19: Hell Is Satisfied:
“Why didn’t you summon us?” Isabelle demanded, her voice thin with betrayal. Why didn’t you tell us you were coming here? Why didn’t you send a fire-message, or anything? You know we would have come if you needed us.”
“There wasn’t time,” Simon said. “And I didn’t know Clary and Jace were going to be here. I thought I was the only one. It didn’t seem right to drag you into my problems.”
“D-drag me into your problems?” Isabelle sputtered.
“You—,” she began – and then to everyone’s surprise, clearly including her own, she flung herself at Simon, wrapping her arms around his neck. He staggered backward, unprepared for the assault, but he recovered quickly enough. His arms went around her, nearly snagging on the dangling whip, and he held her tightly, her dark head just under his chin. Clary couldn’t quite tell – Isabelle was speaking too softly – but it sound like she was swearing at Simon under her breath.”
And then later:
“You came for me. You came for me.”
“Of course I did,” she said, in a muffled little voice. “When I thought something had happened to you—“
He leaned toward her. Their faces were inches from each other. He could see the reflected sparks of the chandelier in her black eyes. Her lips were parted, and Simon could feel the warmth of her breath. For the first time since he had become a vampire, he could feel heat, like electrical charge passing between them. “Isabelle,” he said. Not Iz, not Izzy. Isabelle.
“Can I—“

Oh my shipper heart! Why did Cassie stop there?!

2. City of Glass, Chapter 14: In The Dark Forest: (I’m sure you know what will come now)
“There’s no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.” *melts into a puddle of goo*

3. This was tough because how can I pick only 3 favorite moments from 5 books? I somehow managed, though.
City of Glass, Chapter 20: Weighed In The Balance:
“You could have had anything else in the world, and you asked for me.”
She smiled up at him. Filthy as he was, covered in blood and dirt, he was the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen. ”But I don’t want anything else in the world.” […]
“You’re not my brother,” she told him, a little breathlessly, as if, having realized she hadn’t yet said them, she couldn’t get the words out of her mouth fast enough. “You know that, right?”
Very slightly, through the grime and the blood, Jace grinned.
“Yes,” he said. “I know that.”

This still makes me want to hug the book to my chest and sigh happily.

Megan

What does The Mortal Instruments mean to me? 

I was introduced to TMI when City of Ashes had just been released by my friend Kaylee I was editing a podcast about TMI for her, so unlike many others I knew the ending of City of Bones before I began reading it. I think I mostly started reading the book because Kaylee dared me to read the book and NOT ship Jace and Clary. I was bound and determined not to because I knew that they were siblings! …… yeah that didn’t last long.
That is how I got into the series, but it means so much more than a book. The Mortal Instruments has been a friend, an escape, a tool for cheering me up, a tool for making me sad and gateway to friendships that wouldn’t be possible if there weren’t these books. I was going through a little bit of an awkward phase when I first started reading these books in 2008. But after reading City of Bones and City of Ashes I felt like I needed to reach out. I needed to bond with people that were going through at least a little part of what I was going through. I have given a copy of City of Bones to friends, neighbors and strangers. I gave a copy to a girl that was diagnosed with cancer a copy because I heard she loved books, and later she told me it was the best way to stop thinking about every negative thing that she had gone through in the past few months.
I met Cassandra Clare once. I barely spoke to her. I wanted to explain how amazing she was, how her books had changed my life, how she had made me laugh and cry with her characters. I wanted to thank her for the gift that she gave me as an author. All I could say was “I’ve loved the series since the second book came out.” That doesn’t even touch what these books mean to me, or what her talent means.
The Mortal Instruments gave me a bounce in my step that wasn’t there before. As much as I fear this last book because it is an ending of this wonderful story, I’m so glad that it exists. I would not have met Alyssa or Cat, I wouldn’t have met my lovely Parabatai Dom. I wouldn’t have countless friends on tumblr (even though I have been slow recently) I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet great women who dedicate themselves to running websites about these books. I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I truly feel like The Mortal Instruments helped me transition to a strong confident woman.
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Favorite book: I always say that my favorite book is City of Bones. The reason for that is, that is where everything began. That is where we met the hero and heroine. City of Bones is where we started our author/reader friendship with Cassandra Clare. Without City of Bones we wouldn’t have The Infernal Devices, we wouldn’t have the Bane Chronicles, we would have the characters that we all know and love and obsess over insanely! So that is why I have to say City of Bones is my favorite… it leads to everything else that is amazing and that we love about this fandom!
Favorite Character: Simon. I am not even a Sizzy shipper (not that them getting together isn’t a desired thing) I love Simon because he has one of the biggest arcs as a character. He doesn’t start out in the shadowhunter world. He doesn’t even like the shadowhunter world at first, but he enters because of his best friend and at the time love. He follows a girl that he has loved his whole life into danger because he can’t stand being without her. Sorry but that is the most romantic thing! I know some people think that Simon is annoying in the first book but it if weren’t for Simon’s prank call in the second chapter of City of Bones I wouldn’t be as hooked to this series as I am!
Favorite ship: Jace and Clary…. pretend that twenty minutes have passed trying to figure out where to start on why I love them so much and coming to the conclusion that just their names are enough. Jace and Clary belong together! They have ever since Jace gave her a condescending shrug in the alley!
Three Favorite moments
1. The Seelie Court – I think I love this part so much because it brings all of the elements that Cassandra Clare is good at. Laughter with Isabelle and Simon and Jace throwing in his one liners here and there. Danger with Clary being trapped. Conflict with Simon kissing Clary and the realization of her true feelings. Pain with Jace having to kiss Clary and them not being able to be together. (also the scene after in the Institute between Jace and Clary is amazing as well)
2. Jocelyn Tells Clary- If I have said it once I have said it a million times. Waiting for City of Glass was the LONGEST WAIT EVER!!!! (Alyssa still had to convince me that we didn’t wait 3 years for that book.) But I think it was this scene that we were waiting for. When Jocelyn tells Clary that Jace isn’t her brother it felt like a heavenly choir came down on all TMI Fans and sang at once. Finally they could be together!!!
3. The real Jace- I think the scene in City of Lost Souls when Jace (the real Jace) comes to talk to Clary they embrace they kiss and Jace tells her that she has to kill him. This scene was so beautifully written it hurts! I loved that you could feel through these words on a page the difference between this character who was literally going through the motions and the damaged character that we all fell in love with. I remember reading that part and crying for Clary because it was Jace, her Jace and there was a huge difference, like a relief that you could feel when you read that very familiar character, who is willing to sacrifice himself to save Clary and to save the world. How very Jace!
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Mae Whitman to narrate new audiobook edition of ‘City of Bones’ (available now)

tumblr_n3gaqs9CF01riilx0o1_1280Exciting news, Shadowhunters! Actress Mae Whitman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Parenthood, Arrested Development) will be narrating a new audiobook edition of City of Bones, Simon & Schuster Audio announced.

The City of Bones audiobook is available to download via unabridged digital download beginning today (April 15).

Cassandra Clare shared her thoughts on Whitman, as well as teased that we’ll like the narrators (emphasis on the plural) for City of Heavenly Fire.

As a sort of celebration of City of Heavenly Fire coming out (and the audiobook coming out — I think you guys will love the narrators) Simon&Schuster decided to re-record City of Bones (with the corrections that have been added over the years — Simon having one sister instead of two, for instance!) — with the lovely Mae Whitman as the narrator.

Here’s the press release:

NEW YORK, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Simon & Schuster Audio is proud to announce that actress Mae Whitman will narrate a new edition of CITY OF BONES by bestselling authorCassandra Clare. The audiobook will be available on April 15, 2014 as an unabridged digital download.

Whitman currently stars as Amber Holt in the award-winning TV series Parenthood. She is also known for her roles as Ann Veal in the critically-acclaimed TV series Arrested Development and as Roxy Richter in 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Clare is the author of the New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. Her books have more than 24 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. CITY OF BONES is the first installment in The Mortal Instruments series; the film version debuted in August 2013starring Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Lena Headey.

“Mae is an incredibly gifted actress,” says Clare, “and I can’t wait to hear her bring CITY OF BONES to life.”

In CITY OF BONES life changes drastically for fifteen-year-old Clary Fray when she witnesses a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Soon she is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. When mother is abducted by evil forces, Clary learns that she descends from a line of these warriors and must join forces with them to save her mother and the world as they know it.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio is a leading publisher of general interest audiobooks including bestselling fiction, nonfiction, business/finance, self-improvement, inspiration, language learning programs, original audiobook productions, and children’s titles. In addition to a list that includes such unparalleled authors as Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Flynn,Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Michael Lewis, and David McCullough. Simon & Schuster Audio has produced audiobooks that have won seven Grammy Awards and earned thirty-five Grammy nominations since 1989. For more information about Simon & Schuster Audio, visit our website at www.audio.simonandschuster.com.  

Simon & Schuster, a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.

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Watch: ‘The Mortal Instruments’ was a question on Jeopardy

This would have been the easiest $800 any of us Shadowhunters made. The Mortal Instruments was a question on the hit television show Jeopardy. And it was answered correctly!

Sounds like Terry is a fellow Shadowhunter or the mundanes are catching on…

Fan Friday: City Of Bones Fanart

Every Friday here at TMI Source is Fan Friday, where we feature a fan who has demonstrated creativity and passion for Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices..

This week at Fan Friday, we’re featuring various fanart depicting scenes from the City Of Bones!

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Jace & Clary by Shannen O’Dell

"As he sees her" - by Victoria C.

“As he sees her”
- by Victoria C.

Also, if you are a fan of TMI/TID/TDA and want your art to be published here, or feel like someone’s artwork deserves to be featured, feel free to email TMI Source with links to your artwork. As always, don’t forget to check back next week for another Fanart Friday!

- Farah

Notice: Any rude or hateful comments will be deleted from the site. This is a fan site for fans of the series to come together and share their love of ‘The Shadowhunter Chronicles’ not bash Cassandra Clare, her series or her fans.

Fan Friday: City Of Bones Fanart

Every Friday here at TMI Source is Fan Friday, where we feature a fan who has demonstrated creativity and passion for Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices..

This week at Fan Friday, we’re featuring various fanart depicting scenes from the City Of Bones!

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Shadowhunter Clary – Memories

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“No one else’s eyes could see into me”

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“Looking Better In Black”

Chibi Iglesia y Jace

Also, if you are a fan of TMI/TID/TDA and want your art to be published here, or feel like someone’s artwork deserves to be featured, feel free to email TMI Source with links to your artwork. As always, don’t forget to check back next week for another Fanart Friday!

- Farah

Notice: Any rude or hateful comments will be deleted from the site. This is a fan site for fans of the series to come together and share their love of ‘The Shadowhunter Chronicles’ not bash Cassandra Clare, her series or her fans.

‘CITY OF BONES’ tops the USA Today Best Sellers List, four other TMI books in Top 50

Great news, Shadowhunters! City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is No. 1 on USA Today’s Best Sellers List.

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Four other Mortal Instruments books also made the list. City of Ashes is No. 8, City if Glass is No. 20, City of Fallen Angels is 35 and City of Lost Souls is No. 46.

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The Mortal Instruments continues to top the best sellers lists, including The New York Times where it has been at No. 1 on the series list for more than two months straight. The Bane Chronicles is at No. 6 on that list.

Congrats to Cassie!

Fan Friday: City Of Bones Fanart

Every Friday here at TMI Source is Fan Friday, where we feature a fan who has demonstrated creativity and passion for Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices..

The City Of Bones movie is finally here! And in honour of this week, this week’s Fan Friday features fanart from various moments of the first book.

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Three new ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ stills take you inside the City of Bones

Shadowhunters! Check out these three new stills, including behind the scenes, from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones which gives you a look at the City of Bones.

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Lily Collins;Jamie Campbell Bower

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‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ has spent 100 straight weeks on the NYT Best Sellers List

A huge congratulations to Cassandra Clare as her Mortal Instruments has hit an incredible milestone for the second time! The Mortal Instruments has been on the New York Times Best Sellers series list for 100 consecutive weeks and maintains a hold on the No. 1 spot (where it has been for nearly 2 months straight!)

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The last time The Mortal Instruments spent 100 consecutive weeks on the best sellers list was in May 2012.

Join us in congratulating Cassie for an incredible milestone!

VH1 talks ‘Mortal Instruments’ with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers + Cassandra Clare

VH1 caught up with three of the stars of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers — along with author Cassandra Clare to talk about the film.

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The Outsiders Perspective – A review from a “Non-Fandom” View

While waiting for the premiere of  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to start I got talking to a wonderful fan who had won premiere tickets, and whom I had previously met named Teiah Faulk (16). I asked who was with her (who turned out to be her brother Marc Brooks [27].) Knowing how fans can come across I told Marc that he was a very nice older brother and asked if he wouldn’t mind giving me his complete and utterly honest opinion about the movie, as sometimes a review from a fan like me could be taken as biased.

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When the movie ended  Teiah  said ” I thought it was amazing… They got most of the facts from the books in. There were some changes but it all worked…If you don’t die from the Clace feels then I don’t know you must be a mundane”  Then I asked what Marc thought to which he replied a short and sweet “I thought it was pretty good.”  As that was not the most sparkling of reviews (and I didn’t want to keep them from getting home) I thanked both Teiah and Marc and they went on their way.

It wasn’t until later when I was contacted by Teiah on twitter informing me, if I would like a more in depth review from Marc we could skype call. I immediately agreed and the following is my interview with Marc…. The 27 year old male who brought his sister to the premiere … non-fandom … TMI virgin (if you don’t mind the term)

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What did you think of the movie?

“I was trying to be objective as I watched it. I like action movies and the action sequences were done really well. The set up of the storyline was easy to follow and really fast to understand.”

On a scale from 1-10 what would you rate this movie as?

“Seven”

What was your favorite part of the Movie? 

“The one girl shadowhunter the one with the whip I thought she was pretty cool.”

Anything that you found interesting?

“I’m really anxious to see what happens with the incest story line, that was a little weird.”

After seeing the movie would you read books?

“Yes.”

“Why?”

“The way that the movie exposed the story was done well.  I’m interested to see what I would come up with  in my own mind as a opposed to seeing it on the screen.”

Would you see the sequel? 

“Yes. I’m excited for the sequel I want to see what happens.”

Would you suggest it to your friends? (Particularly guys)

“Yes. I think the action sequences would be something that they would like, and the world they set up was very dark, it was really cool.”

I wanted to personally thank Teiah and Marc for their reviews. It’s always good to have a super fan and an outsider’s view. I think that Marc’s reaction speaks for itself. This truly is a movie that is not just for the “fangirls” but for a good, entertaining, action packed movie.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits most theaters August 21st. Make sure you take that “non-fan” with you and tell us how you both liked the movie!

CITY OF BONES Read-Along: Chapter 17: The Midnight Flower

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Shadowhunters! We’re your next stop on the City of Bones Read-Along.

Continuing now until August 12, TMI SourcePage to PremiereMundie Momsand Fangirlish will be hosting a read-along to prepare you for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which hits theaters on August 21.

CHAPTER 17 – THE MIDNIGHT FLOWER

This chapter needs no introduction. But I’ll go on anyway. Jace takes Clary up to the greenhouse, where he assures her that Alec and Isabelle won’t be interrupting because of allergies. And also, he “makes a mean cheese sandwich.” Yum.

Jace gives her a slice of apple as a makeshift birthday cake and proceeds to tell her about his fifth birthday when his father let him take a bath in spaghetti. That’s right, spaghetti. It was”slippery.” Jace begins to open up to Clary slowly as he describes his childhood, revealing that he didn’t have any friends until he was 10 when he first met Alec. “The first time I had a friend.” Jace describes how he used to travel the world with his father before he died. Since then he hasn’t left New York. Clary opens up about her own father, who passed away before she was born and we see the wall around Jace begin to slip a little more.

When the clock strikes midnight, Jace directs Clary to a green shrub they’d been sitting beside and watch as it blooms before them. But they don’t bloom at any time. “Only at midnight. Happy birthday, Clarissa Fray.” Jace then reaches into his pocket and pulls out a witchlight rune-stone, which “will always bring you light,” and gives it to Clary as a birthday gift. After some talking about tattoos when Clary shows Jace a chicken pox scar on her shoulder, Jace suggests they head back downstairs. Clary can’t help the words that come out of her mouth when she asks if Jace has ever dated Isabelle. She pins the blame on Simon being the only one interested in this information. The answer is no. Isabelle is a sister to him. Clary lets her insecurity show as she talks about Isabelle’s beauty. Jace surprises Clary when he calls her beautiful. It’s enough to make all of our hearts flutter.

As they make a second attempt to head downstairs, Clary sees Jace’s knife on the ground and pulls back to avoid stepping on it and she bumped into him. He reached his hand out to steady her and she turned to apologize. And then they were kissing. Swoon.

They’re interrupted by the sudden appearance of Hugo, who is watching them. Their third attempt at heading downstairs is successful and as they hold hands on the walk back to her room. The mood is different. Jace is different. This is a side of Jace that we — and Clary — haven’t yet seen.

Outside of her room, Clary thanks Jace for the birthday picnic, their hands still locked.”Aren’t you tired?” she asks. “I’ve never been more awake,” he responds. They lean into another kiss. Which just happens to be at the exact time that Simon opens the door and finds the girl he’s been in love with for years kissing a stranger. It’s the aftermath that is captivating, as well. Just as quickly as Jace’s guard was down with Clary it’s immediately built back up with the arrival of Simon. He brushes off the moment he and Clary shared before heading back to his room. “Don’t worry it wasn’t that memorable for me either.”

Clary heads inside her room to deal with the aftermath with Simon. Tempers and emotion flare between the best friends as Simon finally admits that he’s been harboring feelings of love — “sexy love,” as Robert Sheehan calls it — for Clary. “I was trying to make you jealous!” Simon said. “You’re so stupid, Clary. You’re so stupid, can’t you see anything?” The big reveal — at least for this chapter ;-) — “I’ve been in love with you for ten years.” Clary doesn’t know how to respond. She begins to question her feelings for him, realizing that she had never thought about her feelings for Simon.  As Simon heads out of her room he tells Clary that his mother was right about something. “She said you’d break my heart.”

When Simon leaves, Clary cradles her sketchpad like a life raft. Her mind is filled with the fresh memory of what had just happened with Simon, as well as Jace. As she stares at the sketch of Jace she had drawn, she brushes her fingers over the wings she’d drawn letting her mind wander. She jumped. She had felt them. The feathers. Clary immediately reached for some pencils and began drawing a coffee mug sitting on the nightstand. She grabbed the mug from her nightstand, placed it on the page and began drawing runes next to it.

Head to Page To Premiere for Chapter 18 tomorrow (August 6).

CITY OF BONES Read-Along: Chapter 13: The Memory of Whiteness

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Shadowhunters! We’re your next stop on the City of Bones Read-Along.

Continuing now until August 12, TMI Source, Page to Premiere, Mundie Momsand Fangirlish will be hosting a read-along to prepare you for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which hits theaters on August 21.

CHAPTER 13 – THE MEMORY OF WHITENESS

This chapter picks up at Magnus’ party immediately after the revelation that Clary’s mom was responsible for the block in her mind. We learn that Magnus has seen Clary every two years since she was two years old where he would recast the spell. Jocelyn had Magnus blind her of the Sight. When Clary asks Magnus to take the spell off he tells her he cannot. But the spell is beginning to wear off. Clary is worried that she’s “damaged,” but Magnus assures her that every teenager feels that way. Magnus opens up about his past — about his churchgoing parents and how they reacted to their son “bearing the devil’s mark.”

To help Clary remember, Magnus shows her the Gray book. Clary watches as runes appear as she flips each page and recognizes their meanings. Jace explains that Magnus showed her the rune for understanding and remembrance in hopes of activating “dormant memories.”

Clary tells Magnus she still doesn’t remember about the Mortal Cup. Magnus said he saw nothing of the Mortal Instruments in her memories. It’s here where we discover why the series is named so. He goes on to explain the Mortal Instruments and how Angel Raziel gifted a cup, a sword and a mirror to the first Shadowhunters. The Silent Brothers have the sword and the cup and mirror were in Idris until Valentine. Jace tells Magnus that Valentine is after the Cup. Magnus won’t help them find the Cup. Even if could. He won’t.

Back at the party, Clary, Jace and Ale find Isabelle and she tells them that Simon is a rat. Seriously. A rat. Clary hurries to the bar where Simon is hiding under. She drops to her knees and peers under and sees beady eyes. Simon. Simon the rat scurries out from under the bar and into Clary’s hands. Magnus informs them there’s no point in turning Simon back because the effects will wear off in a few hours. Clary puts Simon the rat in her backpack as they head out. As they are leaving they pass a group of vampires who are complaining about someone vandalizing their motorbikes (we all know it was Jace).

At this point, Magnus clears everyone out. Party’s over. In the crowd leaving the party someone bumps into Clary’s shoulder and brushes her backpack. She looks up and sees a vampire grinning at her. “Hey pretty thing. What’s in the bag?” Jace comes up beside her. “Holy water.”

As they’re leaving, we get our first glimpse of Malec. “Call me?” Magnus pulls Clary aside and tells her there’s a message from her mother. “Keep in mind that when your mother fled from the Shadow World, it wasn’t the monsters she was hiding from…It was them. It was the Shadowhunters.”

As they’re walking back to the Institute, Clary notices that her backpack is open. And Simon is gone.

Clary and Jace head back to Magnus’. He tells them he saw a vampire leave the party with a brown rat in his hands. Jace asks where their lair is. Hotel Dumort, Magnus tells them.

CITY OF BONES Read Along: Chapter 9: The Circle and the Brotherhood

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Shadowhunters! We’re your next stop on the City of Bones Read-Along.

Continuing now until August 12, TMI SourcePage to PremiereMundie Momsand Fangirlish will be hosting a read-along to prepare you for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which hits theaters on August 21.

CHAPTER 9 – THE CIRCLE AND THE BROTHERHOOD

This chapter begins after Jace realizes that he has just seen the two men that killed his father. Jace becomes closed-off and he, Clary and Simon head to the Institute. (Shadowhunters take the subway. Who knew?) With the knowledge of what just happened, Clary is kind of glad that Jace can’t leave her alone. At least for now.

Next, we’re out front of the Institute, which appears to be a “dump” to our mundane Simon. But as Clary lets her mind relax we see that it was just a glamour and that the a truly gorgeous sight is hidden beneath it. We get a shot of the transformation in the film trailer (which is breathtaking) as we see the glamour melt away and the glorious Institute appear in its place.

Once inside, Jace, Clary and Simon follow Church into the kitchen where Isabelle is busy cooking some peanut-fish-olive-tomato soup (we all know Isabelle should be nowhere near a kitchen). Isabelle gets upset with Jace bringing Simon — a mundane — into the Institute, and Jace tells Isabelle of what happened before that led to this. We get some nice banter between the non blood-related siblings, as well as Clary and Simon.

Clary tags along with Jace to find Hodge, who is in the greenhouse (which will be the setting of a highly-anticipated moment between our two leads. But you already knew that.) Jace explains everything that has happened since they left for Clary’s apartment — the Forsaken attack, Madame Dorothea’s, the portal, Luke’s, Pangborn and Blackwell, but he leaves out the part about the men being the ones who killed his father. Hodge comes to the realization that the Circle is rising again.

Back in the library, Hodge explains about the Circle of Raziel — or Valentine’s Circle — and how the Valentine-led group was “dedicated to wiping out all Downworlders and returning the world to a ‘purer’ state.” We discover that Hodge was a part of Valentine’s Circle, as well as Clary’s mother. But not only was Jocelyn a part of the Circle, she was also Valentine’s wife. So ends Part One.

Head to Page To Premiere for Chapter 10 tomorrow (July 29).

Catch up on past chapters:

Chapter 1 (TMI Source)

Chapter 2 (Page to Premiere)

Chapter 3 (Mundie Moms)

Chapter 4 (Fangirlish)

Chapter 5 (TMI Source)

Chapter 6 (Page to Premiere)

Chapter 7 (Mundie Moms)

Chapter 8 (Fangirlish)

CITY OF BONES Read-Along: Chapter 5: ‘Clave and Covenant’

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Shadowhunters! We’re your next stop on the City of Bones Read-Along.

Continuing now until August 12, TMI Source, Page to Premiere, Mundie Moms and Fangirlish will be hosting a read-along to prepare you for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which hits theaters on August 21.

CHAPTER 5 – CLAVE AND COVENANT

Following the events at her apartment, Clary wakes up three days later in the infirmary of the New York Institute. She’s in-and-out of consciousness and she hears about everything that has happened from the voices of Alec and Isabelle. When Clary wakes up she finds Isabelle sitting on a nearby bed. Isabelle fills her in on everything, explains the Institute, Hodge and what happened to Jace’s parents.

After she changes into some of Isabelle’s clothes, Clary wanders the corridor of the Institute until the sound of a piano grabs her attention. She follows the music to a music room where she sees Jace seated at a grand piano, his fingers gliding over the keys. Clary announces herself and we get some nice banter between her and Jace before he takes her to see Hodge, filling her in on the Lightwoods and about Idris.

In the library, Clary first meets Hodge and his raven Hugo. Hodge talks with Clary about what happened with the Ravener demon. Alec walks into the room and in this scene we get the first taste of his hostility towards Clary and she fires right back. There’s a lot of discussion in this scene about Clary, the Ravener attack, Madame Dorothea, Shadowhunters, etc., and Jace reveals that back at Clary’s he drew a mendelin rune on the inside of her arm to help get her to the Institute. Clary learns that the marks could have killed her if she wasn’t a Shadowhunter.

Clary calls Luke to tell him what has happened only to have her heart broken by Luke’s seemingly lack of regard for Clary and her mother. Clary is nearly in tears and Hodge, seeing that, asks Jace and Alec to clear the room. Hodge talks with Clary about everything that has happened to her, starting that night at Pandemonium. Clary mentions “Valentine” and it shocks Hodge. He explains about Valentine — the rogue Shadowhunter — and his distaste for Downworlders, which he explains are vampires, werewolves, faeries, and warlocks. Clary is crushed with so much information in this chapter on the history of the Nephilim, to their dealings, to the other creatures out there, etc.

Hodge agrees to let Clary head back to her place to see what’s left, as long as Jace accompanies her. She sets off after Jace in the weapons room, leaving Hodge to send a secret message. 

From what we’ve heard about how this plays out in the film, Clary and Simon and taken to the Institute by Jace and it’s there where Clary passes out after being bitten by the Ravener demon back at her apartment. Clary wakes up, with an iratze on her arm, to Simon and Jace. I’m excited to see how the rest of this chapter plays out on the big screen!

Head to Page To Premiere for Chapter 6 tomorrow (July 25).

Catch up on past chapters:

Chapter 1 (TMI Source)

Chapter 2 (Page to Premiere)

Chapter 3 (Mundie Moms)

Chapter 4 (Fangirlish)

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