Teaser Tuesday: Game of Thrones

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I received the first two books of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George RR Martin last Christmas as a present from one of my best friends.

This summer, I have begun to read A Game of Thrones and it is absolutely delightful. Reading what I had already watched onscreen, this time with vivid descriptions and a window into the characters’ inner thoughts and feelings, is so enthralling.

I’m so thrilled, so far, by reading the motivations of characters like Arya, Tyrion, Jon, Sansa, and Daenerys.

Here are a few teasers:

“Sansa had the grace to blush. She blushed prettily. She did everything prettily, Arya thought with dull resentment.”

“‘You Starks are hard to kill,’ Jon agreed.”

“He was a pitiful thing. He had always been a pitiful thing. Why had she never seen that before? There was a hollow place inside her where her fear had been.”

“Sansa was dressed beautifully that day, in a green gown that brought the auburn of her hair, and she knew that they were looking at her and smiling.”

“‘By my lights, it was you who started this,’ Lord Tywin replied. ‘You brother Jaime would never have submitted to capture at the hands of a woman.’

‘That’s one way we differ, Jaime and I. He’s taller as well, you may have noticed.'”

The characters are so complex and I’ve been loving reading how it all began!

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TV/Movie Fashion Inspiration Part 2

Another year, and more fashion inspiration from TV shows and movies I’ve watched since last summer!

 

Angela, Mr Robot

 

 

Angela Moss, best friend of the protagonist of Mr Robot, and acted by Portia Doubleday, exemplifies corporate chic in her wardrobe. Her tailored outfits include classy blazers and cute collars. She looks especially divine in the color forest green, and rocks brogues/oxfords. I’ve really enjoyed watching her effortlessly preppy style in just one season of Mr Robot. A particular plus was her polished, pristine ballerina outfit, the soft hues of pale blue and white setting off her alabaster skin tone nicely.

 

Darlene, Mr Robot

 

 

Darlene Alderson, the sister of the protagonist of Mr Robot, acted by Carly Chaikin, is beguilingly sultry in short shorts and extravagant accessories, showing off her long, slender legs. She struts in daring outfits and stompy shoes. She’s a dauntless character, and it shows in her dark colors and attention-getting ensembles. Her black ballet suit is in stark contrast with Angela’s white one, giving her an even edgier look.

Rachel, Suits

 

Rachel Zane, the love interest of the protagonist of Suits, has a killer corporate look, made up of fitted midi skirts, soft sweaters, and classic blouses. Her colors fall on the neutral side, but she’s also not afraid to experiment with florals and ruffles. Her outfits scream “boss lady”, which is precisely her character. Her clothes always show off her curves, with flattering waistlines.

 

Serena, Gossip Girl

 

 

Serena van der Woodsen oozes high fashion and an upper class lady demeanor in her choice of outfits. In the winter, she wears classic trench coats belted at her slim waist, or svelte pea coats. In the summer, she rocks bright, bold color and swishy skirts. Her evening gowns are always intricately designed and never fail to fit her willowy frame like a glove.

 

Jenny, Gossip Girl

 

 

Jenny Humphrey rocks the “bad girl” persona in leather jackets, dark tights, and all-black attires. She struts in ankle booties and super-miniskirts, a leggy sight. Her impossibly long limbs are complemented by her bad ass heels.

 

Effy, Skins

 

 

Effy Stonem is an enigmatic character, and it shows in her perpetually dark clothing. She is prone to playing up her petite frame – particularly limbs – with mini miniskirts/dresses and over-sized t-shirts. She is known for her fishnet tights and solid boots.

 

Cassie, Skins

 

 

Cassie Ainsworth is a dreamer, which is highly evident in her airy-fairy clothing. She’s a lover of cutesy patterns and bright hues. Her wispy midi skirts are typically paired with bold socks over her teeny legs.Her round sunglasses really complete the look, giving her an air of childlike chic.

 

Adaline, The Age of Adaline

 

 

Adaline Bowman is a picture of grace and elegance in timeless pieces of glamour. She is exquisitely styled in velvet dresses and fancy coats. She rocks clean, straight lines as well as delicate florals.

 

Gaby, The Man from U.N.C.L.E

 

 

Gaby Teller’s sophisticated style is impeccably lady-like. Her petite figure is complemented by mini-dresses and dainty accessories. Her hats are chic, her sunglasses polished. Her outfits are refined, ivory with pops of bright color like orange and green. She favors patterns, like stripes, which give her a suave look.

 

Eilis, Brooklyn

 

 

Eilis Lacey is a true romantic, and her outfits suit her sweet, endearing demeanor. Her trademark long, fluttery, swishy skirts are winsome. Her colors are refreshing, from delicate blues and yellows and greens, to sharp whites, blacks, and grays. Her sunglasses are urbane and cosmopolitan.

“Waiting on Wednesday”: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Fan-made book cover
Fan-made book cover

Lady Midnight

Cassandra Clare

To Be Released March 2016

Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

I am beyond excited for Cassandra Clare’s new addition to her Shadowhunter World: her upcoming series, The Dark Artifices. Lady Midnight will be the first book in the series.

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It follows the life of seventeen-year-old Emma Carstairs, an orphaned shadowhunter, and her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn. She idolizes Jace Herondale and is a badass fighter. She aims to exact revenge upon whoever killed her parents, bringing comparisons to my mind to Arya Stark of Game of Thrones, another kick ass fantasy female character much loved by me.

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I’m super thrilled to read her story, especially since I can’t get enough of shadowhunters in general. It’s so exhilarating to have another girl to join the ranks of Clary Fray, Tessa Gray, and Isabelle Lightwood. I’m particularly elated for a main female character who seems to be a fierce warrior. I’m used to seeing that more from male characters like Jace and Will Herondale. Sure, Isabelle was tough, but I see her more as a femme fatale, than just a kickass fighter. I’m highly anticipating Emma’s badassery.

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I can’t wait to explore Emma and Julian’s relationship as parabatai of the opposite sex. It’s cute how Emma is going to be crushing on, and I’m always a sucker for forbidden romance (parabatai cannot be together romantically). More so, I’m ecstatic to get to read an opposite sex friendship that also involves them being fighting partners.

Julian’s family, the Blackthorns, are going to be so much fun to read! I love reading about big families. I’m so interested in their family dynamic and reading the interactions between all the many different kids: Helen, Mark, Julian, Livia, Tiberius, Drusilla, and Octavian. I’m also particularly fascinated by the faerie blood in their family as a result of their father, Andrew Blackthorn’s extra-marital affair with a faerie producing Helen and Mark. I find it interesting that he named all his kids after Greek and Latin historical. I’m falling in love with this Shadowhunter family already.

Something that is really exciting about this series is that it is set in Los Angeles, which is a far cry from the New York setting in the Mortal Instruments series. It also continues Cassandra Clare’s portrayal of different big cities in her books, such as London in The Infernal Devices. I think that Los Angeles is going to be a fresh, interesting setting.

Mark is a character that I am desperate to know more about. I need to find out what happens to him after the events of City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6). He’s the second child and oldest boy of the Blackthorns, and his character really intrigues me. I don’t want to give away any  events of CoHF, though. I suspect that he could also be a love interest for Emma, which I wouldn’t mind at all. Fingers crossed!

After reading about Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorns last summer in CoHF, I’m dying to read more about this enchanting bunch. I was drawn to twelve-year-old Emma’s impetus and outspokenness in CoHF, so I’m highly anticipating more of that in Lady Midnight. 2016 can’t come fast enough!

If you’re interested in kick-ass heroines, large families, and forbidden love, look no further than Lady Midnight, coming out in March 2016!