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Cassandra Clare Signs Seven-Figure Book Deal for New Series

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Cassandra Clare, New York Times best-selling author of the wildly popular Young Adult urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and  The Dark Artifices, has just signed a seven-figure book deal with Del Rey Books to launch a new series in the same genre, but with an adult audience as the focus. Sword Catcher, the first book in this new series is currently in progress, and a publication date will be announced shortly. Readers should expect the books to be high fantasy novels, dealing with “criminals, princes, magicians, and warriors,” a step away from the New York City set of The City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare tweeted the big news yesterday:   While not much has been reported…

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4 Literary Reasons Why We’re Loving TV’s Newest Hit, ‘The Bold Type’

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We have a TV confession: we’re obsessed with The Bold Type. Smart, funny, and engaging, it’s like a modern Sex and the City…if Carrie and her friends were way more concerned with social justice. The unapologetically liberal Freeform show focuses on three young female friends in their early 20s – Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) – who all work together at Scarlet magazine. Not only are they all best friends, but they also support each other in real and authentic ways, from cheering one another on at work to calling each other out when they make poor decisions. It’s charming and realistic and we just can’t stop watching: There have been lots of shows about…

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The Pretty Little Liars Finale was Epic — And We’re Ready for More!

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Warning, spoilers ahead about the Pretty Little Liars series finale! Pretty Little Liars officially ended last night, and we are not OK. The finale was as crazy as ever (maybe even crazier), with reveals and revelations, evil twins (!!), pregnancies and so much more. Honestly, this show has always been kind of nuts, and that’s exactly why we’re going to miss it so much. Based on the bestselling book series by Sara Shepard, Pretty Little Liars ran on Freeform (formally ABC Family) for seven seasons, garnering a cult following that has been devoted to the twisty teen show since the first episode. It’s not hard to see why. With all the secrets, lies, and murder, PLL never tried to be…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Young & Hungry Edition

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I thought I was over laugh-track sitcoms with predictable storylines and a will-they/won’t-they romance that lasts for season after season. But then I watched FreeForm’s Young & Hungry, the most adorable sitcom ever, and I instantly fell in love. It’s predictable, sure, and the laugh-track plays over almost every scene. But it’s also a fun and bubbly romance about a young chef named Gabi who goes to work in the private home of tech-genius, Josh. The two are attracted to each other right away, which goes south when they sleep together the first day. The two decide to keep working together, and form a solid friendship along with a hilarious cast of sidekicks and friends. It doesn’t take long for the couple to…

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Failed It/Failed It: Shadowhunters Edition

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Usually in our Failed It/Nailed It column we look at book adaptations that are both successful and…not so successful. But sometimes there’s just nothing positive to say, which is unfortunately how I feel about the two major adaptations of Cassandra Clare’s über-popular The Mortal Instruments series. Let me be clear: I’m a HUGE fan of Clare’s books. I’ve read every novel in her fantasy series, which focuses on Clary Fray, a teen girl who gets caught up in the world of Shadowhunters. The Shadowhunters are a secret, elite group of warriors descended from angels who battle paranormal creatures through the use of runes, or tattoos. Clare creates a rich world of hidden cities, vampires and super hot sarcastic boys (hello, Jace)…

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Must Watch: ABC Family and its Lineup of Underrated TV Shows

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When did ABC Family (soon to be Freeform) become the go-to channel for cutting-edge dramas? From pregnancies to foster families to abandoned kids, every show seems to be pushing as many boundaries as it can. But somehow the channel still seems to fly under the radar. Sure, they have a few shows that became overly popular—like Pretty Little Liars, or The Secret Life of the American Teenager—but most of their programs never really hit it big in mainstream media. Which is a shame, as they have some of the best, most heartfelt programs on TV. In order to raise awareness, here are three underrated ABC Family gems (and one book!) that you should definitely be binging: The Fosters   If you…

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