Story Spotlight: Morgenstern Pride

Title: Morgenstern Pride
Author: SailorVegeta13
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: They’re the popular kids in school, the Morgenstern-Wayland quartet: Jonathan Morgenstern, his twin Sebastian, their little sister Clary, and Sebastian’s best friend Jace Wayland. In Clary’s opinion, there isn’t a better group to grow up with; the twins are always there for her. The four can beat anything together — or so it seems until their bond is put to the test. AH

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So this one I started and was unsure if I was going to continue. It starts when they’re all really small and I was like “Ugh, this is gonna take forever!!!!” But yeah no. It picked up with time jumps that aren’t spastically done, which is a relief.

I love the character interaction, especially the friendships between the 4 main characters. They’re so real. And now that they’ve reached high school the drama is soooooo real! It’s heatbreaking because I can remember stuff like this happening and it just evokes those emotions all over again.

You remember the weird betrayal and the puppy love and the school jitters-she’s written it so well. So you should really go read it cause it rocks. Leave her comments and love! Thanks lovelies and enjoy!!

Story Spotlight: The Fallen

Title: The Fallen
Author: Kodabear18
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: When Clary’s best-friend, Jace Herondale, decides that it is a good idea to form a band, she is dragged into a battle of idiocy and hormonal teenage boys. Can she survive, or will stupidity be the cause of her demise? (from the story) ‘Well, you could be in the band.’ ‘What would I play! I can’t even play the triangle without causing bodily harm to the bystanders.’

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Wow, so I thought this was gonna be one of those generic “we start a band-main pairing falls for each other-band related drama-oh happy ending” kinda stories. And boy was I ever wrong! This story is absolutely HILARIOUS! Seriously…I fell off the stair stepper at the gym. Flat on my ass. Bruised like a bitch too.

I get so excited when I see an update-and I have to be sure I’m not doing anything that requires coordination of any sort before I read it. Seriously…I also fell off a weight bench in between sets as I gripped my stomach with laughter. I have to be safely nestled in something padded to read her updates.

Her characterizations are so spot on. I cannot sing enough praises for this story because this is probably one of my favorites in a very long time. And to think I was skeptical…*sigh* Sometimes I’m extremely stupid. So yeah, you should really go read and leave her love…ya know, so she might update quicker. :)))))

Story Spotlight: A Tale of Two

Title: A Tale of Two
Author: simplymoshingintomordor
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

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Summary: TMI/TID crossover. After yet another set of failed relationships, Clary and her flatmate Tessa have just about had enough of men. Determined not to be let down again, they make a pact to stay single and spend Valentine’s together instead. At least, that’s the plan. Unfortunately, their new neighbours – the Herondale boys – have plans of their own… AH/AU

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So I haven’t read The Infernal Devices…honestly I couldn’t bring myself to read past City of Bones when I went back to re-read TMI. But I absolutely LOVE this crossover and it maaaaaaay be tempting me to go torture myself with the source material. Maybe.

But the way she makes the characters interact is awesome. It’s just so…funny and real and perfect. I can’t tell if the characters are OOC or not (again haven’t read TID) but I kinda hope they aren’t because I’ll be disappointed with the actual books. That’s how much I love what she’s created.

She updates pretty regularly and it’s so worth the read. And her tumblr is awesome, so you should check that out as well…just saying. :)

Story Spotlight: The Beauty is the Beast

Title: The Beauty is the Beast
Author: KoalaKaos
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

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Summary: Ever wondered what it would be like to be employed by the most famous rockstar in the world? Clary hadn’t, but she’s about to find out when her brother bets her in a poker match against none other than Jace Wayland. Known party boy, self proclaimed ladies man and completely unattainable in all his golden glory. What will Clary do when she is confronted with his world? All Human.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Wow, this story confused me sooooooooo much at first. And half the time I was squealing in indignation-though whether it was at Clary or Jace or someone else I’m not entirely sure. This is so twisty and involved…sheesh.

This is still in progress and all the secrets aren’t out in the open yet, so it’s worth following. I get so excited when I see an update-which she admits aren’t as frequent as some fics, but honestly I think the wait is worth it. :) Seriously, it’s written well and has an interesting plot.

So yeah, go check it out and leave her some love. Thanks lovelies!

Story Spotlight: Nine Steps Back

Title: Nine Steps Back
Author: Thalia Marie Grace
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

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Summary: The man standing in front of her was the man she’d spent nine years running away from. The man who’d broken her heart during her senior year of high school was standing right in front of her. Clary felt her heart pounding against her ribcage. It was Jace Lightwood. [AU/AH. T.]

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Wow. This is only like…10 chapters in (as of when I’m writing this) and I’m already on the edge of my seat. This is so powerful. She starts every chapter with a flashback and then concludes with the present, which is actually a format I love. I know some people don’t because they get confused but this is right up my alley. It allows for slow exposition and lets in you in on the characters inner secrets–but slowly.

I get so excited when I see an update and this girl has some absolutely awesome stories out there. (There isn’t much I can say without being spoilery, plus since it’s not far in-there’s still A LOT of mystery to it!)

So yeah, go read and sign up to follow it because it’s awesome and heartfelt and wonderful-even if it’s already kinda painful at times. But yeah…so is life so….

Story Spotlight: Five Minutes to Midnight

Title: Five Minutes to Midnight
Author: Thalia Marie Grace
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

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Summary: Five minutes to midnight, and Clary has given up hope. Because apparently, the entire world seems to be against her when she finally has an opportunity to to kiss her not-but-hopefully-almost boyfriend on New Year’s Eve.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So I did my best to stay away from holiday themed fics…and I failed miserably. Psh whatever. No ragrets!! (Dude I hope SOMEONE gets that reference!!)

Anyhoo-this fic is so cute. I love the interaction between the characters. It’s just so spot on. And the way Clary keeps thinking “not-but-hopefully-almost boyfriend”…I nearly died of fluff. Well I nearly died cause I laughed after like the third one and I thought I woke up Little Miss…so yeah.

But it’s a quick and fluffy one shot for your easy reading pleasure. And my oh my what a pleasure it was. So go read and leave her some love!

What’s this?!

So yeah…I actually did something *pauses and looks to the side shiftily* productive. Gasp, I know. I managed to coerce my brain into letting me type something remotely resembling a coherent end to the chapters I already had mostly done. It’s ridiculous how ornery my brain is being. I know where every single one of my stories is going-intricate plot details and everything-but yeah it’s not actually coming out of my head.

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So, for my TMI readers, there is a new chapter of The Institute for you! And this chapter is much shorter than I intended, but it ends on a…nice note…

*hint, hint*

I’m evil, yeah. So click the banner to go to the story home page (maybe you need a refresher…I know I did…) and click the link to go directly to the newest chapter. :)

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The Institute // Chapter 12

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And my TB/SVM readers have a new nugget of…mediocre-ness as well.

This chapter has actually been done for awhile and I guess I forgot to post it…??? No idea. But I *think* MistressJessica looked it over-but maybe not. Either way, any mistakes you find are mine because there’s no telling what I did to this poor chapter after she checked it over.  But chapter 4 is in progress, slow progress but progress all the same. So hopefully my fickle little muse will allow me to actually work on this. For now, banner=story page, link=new chapter. As always. :)

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Chapter 3: Coming for Dinner

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I don’t think there’s anything else new…well I have a new story (another one?!!?) that I’m working on and will post when I get the first chapter done. But until then, have fun with all the spotlights and yumminess. :) And start bitching at my muse, maybe she’ll listen to you *shrugs* Thanks for reading lovelies!!!

Story Spotlight: Protecting Clary

Title: Protecting Clary
Author: beta-author
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: THIS STORY IS RATED M. Izzy convinces the gang to hang out at her parent’s lake cottage. Clary and Jace try to figure out their feelings for each other while the rest of the group tries desperately to keep Clary away from Jace and the inevitable broken heart he’d leave her with. Little do they know, Jace should be the least of their worries. Cutesy romantic/drama/humor. AU. Human.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Woo boy lovelies you are in for a ride with this one! I was on the edge of my metaphorical seat the entire way through this fic. It’s a rollercoaster for sure. I screamed with fear and joy-I cried tears of misery and joy….whoah that rhymed…

The entire story was fraught with peril (dude, I have ALWAYS wanted to say that!!!) and it never seemed to come from where you thought it was. Like I got sooooo confused sometimes with what was actually happening. But it’s not actually confusing, if you know what I mean. I was expecting one thing and got something completely different and it definitely threw me for a loop.

So yeah, it’s soooo worth the time investment to read it. At 56 chapters and over 400,000 words it’s a definite investment, but again-so worth it. So go and read and leave her some love!!!

Story Spotlight: Resurface

Title: Resurface
Author: TheMortalOlympian
Fandom: The Mortal Instuments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: 22 year old Clary Fray is a successful young author living in New York. 23 year old Jace Wayland is a budding actor living in Los Angeles. Jace hates Clary… or so she thinks. When he suddenly resurfaces in her life and they decide to give friendship a try, will they finally realize what their friends had been telling them for years, or will they never get the hint? Clace AU AH.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
This is a veeeeeeery fluffy fic, I must say. From the description you’d think it’d be angst angtst angst until BOOM! they’re together but no. Cuteness abounds. I have no idea if it’s because this girl is just the cutest thing ever and that’s all she knows or…nah, go read her profile. She’s like the cutest thing ever.

She writes the characters in an unbelievably real way. They’re a little stunted emotionally, but not in an annoying or harsh or…yeah it’s very adorable. Let’s just leave it at that. And the budding relationship she writes just gives me all the feels like-ever.

So, like I said, this is very fluffy and an easy read. It didn’t take me long (I actually read it awhile ago and re-read it right before writing this up) and since I have multiple distractions -aka childrens- it should take you no time. But it’s worth it if you want a feel good squish fest of a fic.

Story Spotlight: Bloom

Title: Bloom
Author: rippingbutterflywings & spikeyhairgood
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

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Summary: Struggling to keep their feelings for each other under wraps, Clary and Jace’s situation gets complicated as they are thrown into the fire of an event that is sure to be an insane one—Magnus’s birthday party. Co-written with spikeyhairgood. AU/AH/OOC. One-shot.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay, first off I LOVE collabs between writers that I absolutely adore. And this one is no exception. These girls write sooooo well together…I honestly wouldn’t be able to distinguish who wrote what, which I think is the brilliant part about it.

That said, there are so many things I love about this story. First off (because I’m re-reading as I write this up) is the interaction between Simon and Jace…they hardly ever get a good deal. But it’s so adorably funny the way they write the duo. And I love Alec (well, when do I not love Alec, I mean really?!?) but his reaction to their…shenanigans is just hilarious.

Basically, and I can’t really write much more without spoilers, you should go read it. It’s a (hugely long) one shot, but it’s still manageable to read in a short time. And it’s so totally worth it. :)