The Mortal Instruments

Cassie Clare & Michelle Hodkin Signing

by sarahenni on December 9, 2011

Sorry I’ve been MIA the last few days, there have been a ton of things going on! Not least of which is the awesome author event I went to last night, with Cassandra Clare and Michelle Hodkin! They were there to support the release of Clockwork Prince and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, respectively.

It was so neat because the event was put on by my favorite local indie, Politics and Prose, and it was held at my local library! Nothing like walking from your house to see some of the most exciting YA authors out there! But I was certainly not the only one that showed up…

I met up with some of my most favorite local DC book reviewers, Sasha and Jessica (who helps review things here!). Thanks to them I felt less intensely awkward when the librarian asked for all the adults in the audience to raise their hands (who? us? adult?). Sadly, after asking us to identify ourselves they did not hand out festive adult drinks.

Sash & Jess!

The event was so fun, though they had already sold out of Mara Dyer by the time I got there! The informal chat session involved lots of questions about the inspiration for the books and the characters, gave Michelle the chance to explain that, duh, there are alligators in the Everglades (actually did you know that the Everglades is the only place where crocodiles and alligators live together? file under: things I learned while doing crossword puzzles), and Cassandra told an amazing story about the tall and unnaturally glitter-retaining gentleman that Magnus Bane is based on. It was a really fun Q&A session, is what I’m saying. (Also they had shirts!)

There was a little grumbling between the three of us when Cassandra explained how the irrepressibly dreamy Ed Westwick (who I have always pictured as Magnus, for serious) came to narrate like, everything to do with her books, because we’d all heard that he was actually THERE at the NYC event and were mad jealous. Alas, no CW darlings were present at the DC event.

Then we had to inflict our fangirling on the good people of the greater DC Metropolitan Area because the line for signing was ridiculously long, so they moved it into the main library. We weren’t dead last in line, but we were close. However! That just meant I got to spend time talking books and cracking up with Sash and Jessica, and ended with a signed copy of Clockwork Prince, so I am not complaining!

And, if you’re interested in getting a signed copy of Clockwork Prince for your very own, you MIGHT want to keep an eye on YA Highway in the next couple of weeks… just sayin’ :)


A YA Halloween: Isabelle Lightwood

by sarahenni on October 27, 2011

This idea might be perfect for next year, when The Mortal Instruments movie is either out already, or being heavily promoted. But now it’s a fun one for those YA fans in the know that would enjoy An Evening of Goth, complete with whip. (Though technically Isabelle is more elegant/glam/goth, so I think you’d be safe adding some fancy vestements from your own wardrobe.) Also not pictured—a Henna tattoo kit to give your arms badass Shadowhunter marks.

Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments


Rachel Pally long maxi dress
$250 –

Yves Saint Laurent black leather boots
$1,196 –

Alexander McQueen cuff bangle
$438 –

Kenneth Jay Lane cocktail ring
110 –

Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick
$31 –

Candle Holder
€40 –