My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s February 2015 Wrap Up


The Boy in the Smoke: A Shades of London Book by Maureen Johnson

This prequel to Maureen Johnson’s supernatural/paranormal series Shades of London is a must read. Especially for fans of Stephen Dene. Bonus: it’s available on Wattpad for free!

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky by Marissa Meyer

Apparently I was big on my prequel stories last month — this adorable short from Marissa Meyer’s fractured fairy tale series The Lunar Chronicles features the always confident and sassy Carswell Thorne.

The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue

Part monster, part ghost story, Keith Donohue’s frightening and shocking tome is suspenseful right up until the very end. And what an ending.

Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer

This full-length prequel to the aforementioned Lunar Chronicles gives fans of the series a glimpse into the megalomaniac lunar queen Levana’s past, which seeks to explain her horrible nature.

Texts From Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg

A gift from my fellow Bibliomantic Cassie-wa, this hilarious collection imagines what texts would look like between famous literary characters. Spoilers: as expected, Cathy and Heathcliff are the worst.

Fables Vol. 21: Happily Ever After by Bill Willingham

The long-running comic book series centered around fairy tale characters entering the human world is finally drawing to a close in this arc that combines the myth of Camelot with sororicide. Things are getting interesting.

Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol. 2: I Cannot Tell a Lie by Al Ewing

Poor Loki just can’t cut a break. Even when Axis, an event that changes the entire Marvel universe, turns him into a good guy he’s still not quite good enough.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

In case you missed it, a brand new short story collection set after the end of Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire has arrived. The first story follows Simon to Shadowhunter Academy, where Shadowhunters continue to be the worst.

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Yes, I’m a big fan of fiction, but I also enjoy interesting non-fiction books. Case in point: this collection, in which the xkcd cartoonist answers ridiculous (and concerning) fan questions, combining humor, illustrations and science.

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