CITY OF BONES Read-Along: Chapter 1: Pandemonium


Shadowhunters! We’re kicking off the City of Bones Read-Along.

Starting 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.


Our story begins outside a little all-ages club called PanDEMONium where we meet our protagonist Clary Fray and her best friend Simon Lewis. Clary’s attention immediately falls on this blue-haired kid trying to get his way into the club. That attention continues when Clary and Simon get inside the club.

Once inside the club, the blue-haired demon’s attention falls on a gorgeous girl with ink black hair wearing a floor-length white dress and a red pendant. The girl beckons him with her eyes and he follows her into a storage room, unaware that he is being followed.

Our attention shifts to Clary and Simon are dancing — albeit awkwardly, but dancing nonetheless — and right out of the gate we know that these two do not fit in to this club scene. We get a sense of Simon’s adorable humor and his and Clary’s relationship. As Simon tries to get Clary’s attention, Clary notices the blue-haired guy’s attention has fallen on a gorgeous black-haired girl. She watches as the blue-haired guy follows the girl into a storage room. Clary watches as two guys slip into the storage room after them, a blond guy holding a knife. Clary shouts for Simon and tells him what she saw, but he didn’t see it. Clary makes her way through the crowd toward the storage room in search of answers.

Back in the storage room, the blue-haired demon discovers the girl’s name is Isabelle. After some flirting he notices a bracelet — no, runes — etched into her skin and before he can react she lashes out and soon is striking him with a whip. The two boys that Clary saw join Isabelle and we, along with the blue-haired demon, learn they are Shadowhunters.

Clary eases her way into the storage room to get to the bottom of what she saw. At first she sees nothing — an empty room — but suddenly she hears voices and sees Isabelle, Jace and Alec. Clary ducks behind a pillar and watches the scene unfold. The blond-haired boy interrogates the blue-haired guy. Words like demons and Clave and dimension are thrown around as Clary can only watch and think they’re insane. The blue-haired boy mentions someone named Valentine, which seems to grab their attention. As Jace prepares to kill the blue-haired guy, Clary jumps out from the behind the pillar and screams for them to stop. The three are are stunned and whip around to get a look at Clary. They seem surprised that they can see her, but of course she doesn’t find it surprising. Why should she? 

Clary begins arguing with Jace and he explains that the blue-haired guy is not a person, but a monster. The blue-haired demon throws himself at Jace and they roll around as the demon claws at Jace. Clary watches as the three work together to kill the demon. Clary doesn’t want to believe them but the body of the blue-haired guy disappears. Jace begins asking Clary questions about her past, wondering why she can see them. Simon then enters, security guard in tow, calling for Clary and she realizes that only she can see these three people standing before her.

Outside the club, Clary and Simon try to hail a cab and they discuss what happened at the club. Clary is beginning to think she’s going crazy.

Head to Page To Premiere for Chapter 2 tomorrow (July 21).

Presenting the CITY OF BONES Read-Along


Shadowhunters! We are less than two months away from the theatrical release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones on Aug. 21, which means that there are less than two months to prepare with a re-read of City of Bones.

We have teamed up with our friends at Fangirlish, Mundie Moms and Page to Premiere to host a special City of Bones Read-A-Long. The Read-Along will kick off right here on TMI Source on Saturday, July 20, and wrap up on Fangirlish on Monday, August 12.

Every day from July 20 to August 12, one site will be covering one chapter from the book , sharing recaps and our thoughts from Chapter 1 to Epilogue (See schedule below).

Throughout the Read-Along we will be hosting giveaways for some pretty awesome prizes, including City of Bones movie tie-ins signed by Cassandra Clare and lots of Mortal Instruments Hot Topic merchandise.

Check out the Read-A-Long schedule below:

Chapter 1- TMI Source (July 20)

Chapter 2- Page to Premiere (July 21)

Chapter 3 – Mundie Mons (July 22)

Chapter 4 – Fangirlish (July 23)

Chapter 5 – TMI Source (July 24)

Chapter 6- P2P (July 25)

Chapter 7 – MM (July 26)

Chapter 8- Fangirlish (July 27)

Chapter 9- TMI Source (July 28)

Chapter 10- P2P (July 29)

Chapter 11- MM (July 30)

Chapter 12 – Fangirlish (July 31)

Chapter 13 – TMI Source (August 1)

Chapter 14 – P2P (August 2)

Chapter 15- MM (August 3)

Chapter 16- Fangirlish (August 4)

Chapter 17 – TMI Source (August 5)

Chapter 18- P2P (August 6)

Chapter 19 – MM (August 7)

Chapter 20- Fangirlish (August 8)

Chapter 21 – TMI Source (August 9)

Chapter 22 – P2P (August 10)

Chapter 23 – MM (August 11)

Epilogue – Fangirlish (August 12)

We hope you’ll join us as we prepare for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and gush about the book that started it all!

Exclusive Walmart ‘CITY OF BONES’ movie tie-in novel now available

Walmart is selling an exclusive City of Bones movie tie-in novel, which went on sale Tuesday, June 25. The book is on sale for $7.49.

Walmart Movie Tie In

The movie tie-in is not the official one, it’s exclusive only to Walmart. The official movie tie-in with poster art will go on sale July 9.

Here is the Walmart exclusive City of Bones movie tie-in next to the official City of Bones movie tie-in:

Walmart Movie Tie In 2

Be sure to head to Walmart to pick up your copy!

Cassandra Clare thanks fans for their participation in the City of Bones fundraiser

A while ago we reported about Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones fundraiser for the Trevor Project where she offered the chance “to win a cast-autographed copy of City of Bones”. The fundraiser ended on May 31 and fans donated over $ 6,000. Today Cassie sent an email to everyone who supported this cause.

1360711432She wrote:

Thank you for participating the City of Bones fundraiser! Through your contribution to the Trevor Project, you’ve joined in making a real, lifesaving difference in the lives of young people who are often very alone. Your comments have given me so much hope for the world. It means a lot to know that there is such a generous, caring, articulate base of support among my readers. You are all amazing.

Cassie also included an excerpt from the fourth installment of The Bane ChroniclesThe Midnight Heir – which will be released on July 23.

To everyone who donated money – head over to your inboxes to read about Magnus and his latest acquaintance! ;)


While scrolling through Tumblr we discovered a little gem brought to us by Nicky. Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower explaining the story of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones for new audiences for the “Pre Show,” a before the Movie Previews type of advertisement.

Although there is not any new footage of the movie itself, its always good to see promotions going out for the movie. Check out the video below.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters in August.

Partying Like A Shadowhunter in NYC

I had the amazing opportunity to attend Simon & Schuster’s Mortal Instruments party on Thursday, May 30, along with good friends from Mundie Moms, Page to Premiere, Hypable, TMI Institute and others.

We arrived about 10-15 minutes before the doors opened, but I was immediately struck by the location, which resembled the Institute.


We had a feeling we were in the right place when we saw men in tuxes and women in fancy dresses, and we knew we were in the right place when we saw these signs:


Walking into the “Institute” was an unbelievable experience. It opened up into this beautiful looking cathedral with gorgeous lighting and three big screen TVs with the film’s insignia on a stage.There was also a huge Angelic Power rune on the floor right when you walked in. There was music playing in the background–a playlist from Universal Republic, the record label working on the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack. Side note: I cannot wait to hear the songs they put on the soundtrack!

Shannon (TMI Institute), Katie (Mundie Moms) and Alyssa (TMI Source)

Shannon (TMI Institute), Katie (Mundie Moms) and Alyssa (TMI Source)

Shannon, Katie, Cassie, Kallie, Val and I

Shannon, Katie, Cassie, Kallie, Val and I

There were two seating areas on each sides of the location where life size covers of all of Cassandra Clare’s books were hung. On one side there were The Infernal Devices and The Bane Chronicles: What Really Happened in Peru.


With my love Will Herondale

With my love Will Herondale

On the other side featured The Mortal Instrumentsincluding the book that started it all:


Also on display by the front door were the three movie tie-in covers–the City of Bones movie tie-in, the Illustrated Movie Companion and the Shadowhunter’s Guide.


On the second floor they had a rune station where guests could get various runes airbrushed on. Every time I went back I just had to get another. I wound up with four runes: Fearless, Angelic Power, Strength and Clairvoyant Sight.


Getting my rune on!

Getting my rune on!

At one point, a group of us, including Page to Premiere’s Kimmy and Amy, decided to get runes on the palm of our hands and reenact the first still we got of Clary. Ladies and gentlemen, our distressed Clary pose:

Me, Amy, Kimmy and Amy doing our distressed Clary pose

Me, Amy, Kimmy and Amy doing our distressed Clary pose

There was also a tarot card reading set-up, but the line was too long so we skipped it.

There were several props from the movie–which Cassie said the actors all used/wore in the film–on display.

The Mortal Cup


The Gray Book


Isabelle’s Electrum Whip and Snake Bracelet


Isabelle’s Ruby Pendant and the Morgenstern Ring


Isabelle’s Stele


Tarot Cards and Witchlight


Cassandra Clare, along with (via video messages) Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers, presented an exclusive five-minute clip from the film. As for the exclusive clip shown at the party, I won’t tell you exactly what happened in the scene, but I will tell you that it was unbelievably epic and–believe it or not–made me want the movie even more than I already did!

As we were departing, we received swag bags, which included the City of Bones movie tie-in (which Cassie signed at BEA on Friday, May 31) and a Mortal Instruments: City of Bones shirt. I managed to snag an extra for one of you lucky Shadowhunters. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for your chance to win these prizes!

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I cannot thank Simon & Schuster, Cassie and Sony enough for such an incredible party. I had such a fantastic time hanging out with Cassie and friends. We had a ball partying it up like Shadowhunters!


Cassandra Clare shares photo of CITY OF BONES movie tie-in

On her tumblr account Cassandra Clare posted this image of the CITY OF BONES movie tie-in edition.

Cassandra Clare's copy of the Movie Tie in City of Bones

Cassandra Clare’s copy of the Movie Tie in City of Bones

Cassandra Clare said on her Tumblr

The City of Bones tie-in edition! I’m always a little frightened of tie-in editions but this one came out extremely pretty. I love the creepy upside-down city and the book is shimmery gold on top and shimmery silver on the bottom. Here it is having arrived today, living on my coffee table.

Although this image is not new to the fandom, it is rather fun seeing this picture on the cover of CITY OF BONES. What do you think of the cover? Will you be buying this version of the book purely because of the cover? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

Fan Friday: Various TMI 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.

As always, we’ve been getting even more new stills and pictures from the incoming movie City Of Bones, and fans have responded with amazing and hilarious graphics!

“But his father had taught him that to kill without mercy was a virtue, and maybe you could never forget what your parents taught you. No matter how badly you wanted to. Maybe people could never really change.”

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BEA: Cassandra Clare to sign CITY OF BONES movie tie-ins on Friday, May 31

Last month we learned that Cassandra Clare would be signing copies of the City of Bones movie tie-ins at BookExpo America (BEA) in New York City. At that time there was no set schedule for which day she would be signing, but now BEA has released the official autograph session schedule.

Cassie will be signing on Friday, May 31 from 3 pm – 4 pm at Table 5.

City of Bones Movie Tie-In Edition

City of Bones Movie Tie-In Edition

Here are the full details from BEA:

Autographing Session: Cassandra Clare

Date: Friday, May 31 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Table 5

Author/Participant: Cassandra Clare

Soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August.


Any of you Shadowhunters going to Cassie’s signing BEA? I (Alyssa) will be there with Katie from Mundie Moms. Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Sam Cushion unofficial MORTAL INSTRUMENTS score giveaway winners announced!


The winners of our ‘Mortal Instruments Music Project Part 1: Shadowhiunter’ giveaway have been chosen.

Congrats to the following Shadowhunters:

  • Irena
  • Rebecca
  • Pat
  • Michelle
  • Juan
  • Sally
  • Courtney
  • Gwen
  • Emily
  • Jessica

All of the winners have been notified by email along with their download code.

Thank you to everyone who entered and congrats to the winners!

Sam Cushion unveils tracklist for ‘The Mortal Instruments Music Project Part 1: Shadowhunter’


Sam Cushion’s unofficial Mortal Instruments score, The Mortal Instruments Music Project Part 1: Shadowhunter, is set to be released this coming Tuesday, May 7, and now you can check out the full tracklist.

  1. The Mortal Instruments
  2. City of Bones
  3. Pandemonium
  4. Clary
  5. The Shadowhunters
  6. Ravenor Demon
  7. New York Institute
  8. Jace
  9. Simon
  10. The Greenhouse
  11. Hotel Dumort
  12. The Silent Brothers
  13. Silent City
  14. The Accords
  15. Madame Dorothea’s Apartment
  16. Renwick’s Ruin
  17. Valentine
  18. Ending
  19. Pandemonium 2 (bonus track)
  20. Pandemonium 3 (bonus track)

The songs that have been released so far are “The Mortal Instruments,” “Hotel Dumort” and “Valentine.”

If you pre-order the score for $5 by Sunday (May 5) night, you’ll receive the unofficial score two days before it’s set to be released on Tuesday.

In our exclusive interview, Sam revealed that he plans to release one album per Mortal Instruments book.

Will you be buying this score? What song are you looking forward to hearing? Sound off in the comments!

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Cushion talks MORTAL INSTRUMENTS music project, future installments


We had a chance to talk with Sam Cushion about his Mortal Instruments music project, which will be released on May 7. 

Here is our exclusive interview with Sam, in which he talks about the process of putting the score together, future installments, how working on scores for The Hunger Games and Divergent helped him with The Mortal Instruments and more.


TMI Source: This score is called: “The Mortal Instruments Music Project Part 1: Shadowhunter.” How much of the series does this score cover?

SC: Part 1 covers the events in ‘City of Bones’. My plan is for each book to have its own “part” of the project.

TMI Source: Can we expect any other installments?

SC: Absolutely!

TMI Source: How long did the process take you to put together this compilation from planning to recording to finalizing?

SC: I wrote the first song over a year ago. For one reason or another it kept getting put off. Once I really set my mind to completing a score for part 1 I had almost 10 songs within the first month and am hoping to have close to 20 on release. I am still actively writing new songs for the album. I have to set a release date for myself more than anything otherwise I would just keep writing and it would never get released.

TMI Source: Can you describe the process of writing a song?

SC: I start by re-reading the book and making a list of scenes or character traits that I would like to write about. Then I start going through that list and writing songs based off the notes I have taken. A lot of the time I go back and re-read those specific parts during recording. The actual writing and recording process takes anywhere from 8-16 hours per song and then all the re-reading that I do, it can get time consuming. But I love it.

TMI Source: What is your favorite song from the score?

SC: I would have to say “Valentine”. When I read ‘City of Bones’ I had a very specific vision of the character and when I went to portray that with music it was a lot of fun. I am very excited with how it ended up.

TMI Source: How familiar are you with the Mortal Instruments books?

SC: I am extremely familiar with ‘City of Bones’ with all the current writing. The rest of the series I have read but am looking forward to really diving into them in depth once I begin the next album later on.

TMI Source: Did you find yourself particularly inspired by certain parts of the book(s) or certain character(s)?

SC: It is really hard to pick a certain part or character. There are so many scenes that inspired me to push myself musically to create something that not only fit but that could live up to what people are reading.

TMI Source: This isn’t your first project involving a Young Adult book series. Would you say you’re an avid Young Adult reader?

SC: I would say that I am. I enjoy reading Young Adult books more often than not. But I think that is because the genre as a whole is very appealing to readers of all ages.

TMI Source: You’ve also worked on scores for The Hunger Games and Divergent. How has working on those scores helped you in composing the Mortal Instruments score?

SC: For one it has helped me connect with fans of these series and really see and hear what these readers want to hear when it comes to music. Musically just the experience that comes with writing so much music that is based on a pre-existing storyline or scene it starts to become easier to interpret the story and emotions into music giving me an opportunity to explore more ideas rather than focusing so much on if it makes sense.

TMI Source: Where did your passion for writing music originate?

SC: I played guitar in a band in high school. I was really into the punk scene then and didn’t give classical music a second thought. I continued writing music after I graduated and when I was about 20 I was reading one night and thought it would be really cool if books had a really big score like movies. I started messing around with composing and here we are now.

TMI Source: What’s the most difficult part about composing a score?

SC: Finding the theme for sure. You can write an amazing piece of music that completely blows people away, but if you try to then put that with a story that doesn’t fit it just doesn’t make any sense.

TMI Source: What is the best part about composing a score?

SC: Getting to meticulously comb through page after page of the book and learn as much as you can about the story and characters. Then getting to share how you interpreted those words into music.

TMI Source: Do you have any plans for an Infernal Devices score?

SC: I really hope I get to. But right now there aren’t any solid plans for that.

Angelic Power Rune

Be sure to pre-order “The Mortal Instruments Music Project Part 1: Shadowhunter” now for just $5.

Cassandra Clare’s Trevor Project fundraiser extended until May 31


Back in February we wrote about the chance “to win a cast-autographed copy of City of Bones by donating to the Trevor Project”. Originally, the fundraiser was supposed to end on April 2 but now it has been extended until May 31.

Here is what has been added on the fundraiser’s page:


We’re going extend the fundraiser through May! Because a snippet from a story that’s already out isn’t the most exciting reward, contributors will instead receive a snippet from “The Midnight Heir,” The Bane Chronicles story that features James Herondale.

We apologize for the change of plans. Thank you for your patience, and all your wonderful support!

Right now fans have donated $3,932 so head over to the Trevor Project if you want to support a good cause and donate $10 or more.

Fan Friday: Various TMI 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.

Another City Of Bones still and the graphic makers of this talented fandom go wild! It’s so hard choosing which ones to feature since they’re all so stunning.  AS always, I’ll keep my ramblings short – scroll down and just let the feels hit you – this movie is going to be absolutely brilliant!

[Clicking on the image links you to the original image]

“We need you”

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Lily Collins talks marrying reality and fantasy in ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ with MSN Movies


MSN Movies caught up with our leading heroine Lily Collins at WonderCon last month to talk about launching a new movie franchise, what sets The Mortal Instruments apart from other Young Adult franchises and the faithfulness of the adaptation that will attract readers and new audiences alike.

MSN Movies: I understand that doing “The Mortal Instruments” has been a very personal project for you.

Lily Collins: It is. It’s really personal for me. I was a huge fan of the books before I was cast. I looked up to Clary as a fellow reader, and I associate a lot of similar qualities with her because I’m really super close with my mom. And Clary goes on this whole journey to get her mom back, and it’s a personal quest for her as she’s growing up in search of finding her mom. I completely would act the same way that Clary does if I were in that situation. So I felt very close to the project.

Two-part question: What sets this apart from the other young adult adaptations that have been coming out, and how do you get people beyond that core readership into the film? What does it have for them?

What’s different, I think, is that our story involves reality and a fantasy world married together. And it’s not just this is happening when it’s fantasy and there’s magic involved and then this is when she’s at school. It’s like there are two worlds intertwined throughout the entire movie. And the way that we’ve filmed it, you forget which world you’re in because it just seems so normal. Like the magic stuff just feels obvious to you during the film, so it’s not like you’re taken out of a reality at any point.

I think what we’ve done in this film is not only hopefully really pleased the fans but invited people in that don’t know the story, whether you’re a young child or you’re a parent. We have made this film that could have been so CGI-heavy into a film about character and emotion. And the icing on top is the CGI and the special effects. It’s really a story about growing up and finding yourself and what you do when you’re thrown into these situations — which, I think, older people might be able to remember going through when they were a kid. And then kids can go, “Oh, that’s me.” It’s not something that’s, I think, alienating to a certain age group.

So the mythology is that the Shadowhunters are half human, half angel and they hunt demons, but they  sort of hidden beneath the surface of everyday life.

Yes, it’s basically this thing called a glamour, which is if you were to look at like an old decrepit building, someone who has the sight can see through that glamour and see that it’s actually a beautiful cathedral. So it’s the idea that you have these powers — like Clary. The reason that Clary can see Jace, Isabelle and Alec in the club when they murder this demon is because she has the sight and she can see them. Whereas, nobody else in the club even knows they’re there. So it’s these worlds happening at the same time but only certain people have the sight to see it.

You mentioned that this was less reliant on CG. So was a lot of it done practically?

All of the sets were there for us, which I think is amazing. The art department deserves all the credit for these sets because they were so intricate. In the big library scene, there were hand-painted books that you will never see on camera, but the attention to detail was so specific and it felt so rich in quality and atmosphere because it genuinely was there for us. Of course, there are magical elements like the demons that are going to be done in post-production. I remember in “Mirror, Mirror,” the dragon at the end was like a guy in a green suit holding a ball, you know, and we had to be afraid of that. Whereas in this one they genuinely had big epic scenes and things that were made for us to react off of, which was really special and quite rare for a big-budget film.

How faithful is the movie to the book and the character of Clary?

Clary, I think, is pretty much as she’s written. I think Cassandra wrote her so perfectly in that she is this normal girl who finds out she’s not normal. She’s feisty, she’s persistent. None of that changes. Obviously when you’re making a book into a film, four pages is describing how a place looks. Whereas on film you don’t need to describe anything; you’re just already there. So a lot of the stuff is self-explanatory and a lot of things creatively may or may not work when translated on the screen. And also when you’re trying to invite a new audience in, there’s some things that they just may not get or aren’t necessary to reference. But it’s not fully edited yet, so I don’t know exactly what has been left in or out that people are looking forward to. But I know that from what I have seen, it’s honoring Cassandra’s work. But at the same time it’s adding new fun elements that I think film can only accentuate.

Have you had the opportunity to meet any fans of the book at all?

Yeah. I mean, I did a Q&A at the Grove (in Los Angeles) recently where like 500 girls showed up with posters and were, like, hyperventilating. That, to me, is so strange because I’m like, “Why are you guys like that? It’s just me. It’s just Lily.” That stuff is still quite new. But the passion that they have for the project and the enthusiasm that they have is amazing. I mean, that’s what you hope to have for a film, I guess.

Are you kind of prepared for that? On one hand, it’s a beautiful thing how fans will embrace the actors playing these characters, but on the other hand, it can get a little crazy out there.

It can, and I’ve seen it happen with other films. I think it’s hard to compare this to “Twilight” because that was the first time that happened and that was an entity unto itself. And you never want to be the second version of something … but I’m really excited for people to be enthusiastic about it, and if they really like it, then that will only benefit us in terms of making a sequel, which I would love to do. But I think it’s kind of a day-to-day thing. My best friends are from school, you know, so I lead a very normal life. There’s nothing normal about girls screaming your name, but I think we’ll all kind of just take it as it is and it’ll just be fun.

So they don’t have to drag you back kicking and screaming if a sequel gets ordered — you love the character.

Oh, I loved Clary. I signed up hoping to get to play her for as long as I could. I love it.

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