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Friday, February 26, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Shadowhunters Ep. 4-7 Review/Recap, Cover Reveal, Guest Post, and Giveaway

Hey guys!

It's been a great month for the Shadowhunters TV Show. Let me tell you that this show just got INTENSE and honestly, this show is really growing on me. Let's do a small recap shall we?

Episode 4: Raising Hell


Really, this episode was about how Alec is annoyed that Jace keeps helping Clary in trying to track down her memories. They also meet Mr. Magnus Bane and my god, did he make me laugh with all of his attitude. He really has a great sense of humor! Oh and Simon was acting strangely all throughout this episode.

Episode 5: Moo Shu to Go

This episode really kicked it up a notch. I was surprised with the way this show is going. Alec was left in charge of protecting or might I say "babysitting" Clary while Jace and Isabelle go on a different mission. It all really ended up with Clary running away and doing her own thing, and just be threatened by a werewolf pack. I swear, like everyone in this world wants the dang mortal cup. Oh yeah, Luke (Do you remember that guy?) comes back.

Episode 6: Of Men and Angels

Guys, this episode just made me angry. Mostly because of how Mrs. Lightwood treats her daughter, Isabelle. Like C'mon that chick needs to loosen up a bit. Anyway... that's beside the point. Since Luke killed the leader of the world pack, he is now the Alpha. Luke is in danger and Clary and the rest of the crew, including Magnus, work together to help Luke. Clary also finds out more about the Valentine's past as well as Luke's and her mother's past. All while Alec and Isabelle tries to find a way to restore their family name to the Clave. Gosh how much I despise the Clave.

Episode 7: Major Arcana

FINALLY! FINALLY! FINALLY!
Clary knows how to get the cup but she will have to work for it in order to retrieve. Of course they will stumble upon tough situations. Life isn't THAT easy. Oh and poor Simon. His symptoms of becoming a vampire is getting worse. Oh and Magnus is really hitting on Alec and I couldn't help but laugh at the way Magnus flirts with Alec. Not gonna lie, it's the things Magnus says that I look forward to in every episode.


What a great month for Shadowhunters right? I highly recommend you guys keep watching it and I'm glad I gave it a few more episodes. I am really starting to like this show more and more every week! It's not exactly like the book and really not the same like the movie but hey, this show is doing it's own thing and I appreciate it.

Cover Reveal


Title: Water's Wrath
Series: Air Awakens #4
Author: Elise Kova
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Pre-Order Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Amazon UK

Synopsis:

Librarian turned sorcerer. Sorcerer turned hero. Hero turned puppet. The Solaris Empire found victory in the North and, at the cost of her heart and her innocence, Vhalla Yarl has earned her freedom. But the true fight is only beginning as the secret forces that have been lurking in the shadows, tugging at the strings of Vhalla’s fate, finally come to light. Nowhere is safe, and Vhalla must tread carefully or else she’ll fall into the waiting arms of her greatest foe. Or former lover.


Exclusive: Elise Kova's Thoughts on the Covers’ Symbolism So Far

Six months ago, almost to the day, Air Awakens came out. It was my debut novel as an independent author, no publisher and no agent behind me, and I had no idea what would come of it. Now, six months later, I can’t believe I’m revealing the cover on the fourth book of the Air Awakens series. I say every cover is my favorite, because it gets harder and harder to pick. Each of the covers, in their own way, has been perfect for the book they belong with. My cover artist, Merilliza Chan, is amazing at taking direction and incorporating my suggestions. Part of why each cover is perfect is because there are little hints, teasers, and call-outs to the story within. Without giving too many spoilers, here’s a couple notes on each of the Air Awakens covers so far!

Air Awakens

First off, notice how Vhalla’s sash is black. In the book, the sash that goes with her apprentice robes is cerulean. This, combined with her robes slowly turning black around the back of the cover is indicative of sorcery making a mark on her. But she hasn’t yet committed, she has yet to don all-black robes. The wind in her hair and sense of movement is a call-out to her affinity. The book in her hands, is representative of three things: her work in the library, the book she exchanges notes in, and the book she brings to the garden. Which, speaking of, the roses around her… well, if you’ve read the book you know what, or who, those are meant to symbolize. But I told Meril I wanted something ominous, something wicked about them. And the thorns going through them were perfect!


Fire Falling

Here is the first cover we see our dark prince on. Fire Falling is named after three incidents in the book… When Aldrik falls to his knees before Vhalla in the Crossroads, the Rites of the FALLen in the Crossroads for another, and the end of the book. Since two of the three aspects of the title of the book related to Aldrik it was only natural that he had to be on the cover. In Fire Falling, Aldrik is beginning to function as a guiding force for Vhalla and, on the cover, he’s looking over his shoulder at her. He can’t openly admit to their association. Vhalla’s eyes are glowing orange and she’s alight, immersed in flame. This was done to symbolize their Bond and Joining. That not only can his flames not harm her, but that he is connected on a mental and magical level. She is also wearing the armor Aldrik crafted for her.

Earth's End

Now, the symbolism is beginning to get heavy. Vhalla is alone again on the cover, venturing into the wilderness. She’s almost facing the camera, symbolizing how she is growing into her own and becoming a more realized person. In the sky above her is a fire bird. We literally see this formed in the book, but it also is symbolic of a phoenix, rising from its own ashes. I think this works for Vhalla and Aldrik in their own ways through Earth’s End. The cloak she’s wearing is the one she receives from Tim with slash marks. The watch in her hand was gifted to her. And, in her other hand, we see a special sort of magic… Finally, one other note… Carved into a tree that’s on the back of printed books is a symbol – that is actually the symbol of Shaldan!



About the Author

Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she's honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she's currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of "geekdom." She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook (/AuthorEliseKova). Visit her website, EliseKova.com/, for news and extras about her books!

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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