My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2016 Wrap Up

January 2016 Wrap Up

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (★★★)

After finishing this contemporary novel about a school shooting, I gave it four out of five stars — after working through my conflicted feelings while writing my review however, I realized it was one star too many. While I wanted to love this book, the characters were poorly developed and it didn’t really open up a dialogue about anything of importance. [READ FULL REVIEW]

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★½)

My second favorite Sarah J. Maas book behind Crown of MidnightA Court of Thorns and Roses is a gorgeously written retelling of Beauty and the Beast and Tam Lin with a side of Cupid and Psyche. From the fabulous world building to the fully realized characters, Maas’ brand new series has it all. [READ FULL REVIEW]

The Walking Dead Vol. 25: No Turning Back by Robert Kirkman (★★★★½)

If you have fallen behind on The Walking Dead, now is the time to catch up. This trade (which collects issues 145 to 150) deals with the aftermath of the new big bad’s recent attack, features some awesome character development and gives readers more of what they want: Negan!

Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan Dennard (★★★★)

Chock full of adventure, friendship, romance and sea foxes, author Susan Dennard has described her latest novel as Assassin’s Creed meets Avatar: The Last Airbender. While I found reading the action-packed novel to be exhausting, I loved the powerful world Dennard created as well as the stellar friendship between the two main ladies. Threadsisters are doing it for themselves! [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

Weirdworld Vol. 0: Warzones! by Jason Aaron (★★★★½)

Weirdworld — written by the author who gave us the amazing new Thor — is the first volume in a fun reboot that’s as smart and funny as it is bizarre. While the first arc follows a Conan the Barbarian type character, the plot is leaps and bounds above a straightforward action story.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty (★★★★½)

Mortician and founder of The Order of the Good Death Caitlin Doughty tackles death and cremation in her non-fiction novel, which is part memoir, part history of the funeral industry and part exploration of death culture. While the details can border on gory, Doughty strives to put the fun back in funeral and take the stigma out of death.

Black Canary Vol.1: Kicking and Screaming by Brenden Fletcher (★★★★)

What if Black Canary used her vocal prowess to be the lead singer of a rock band? This is the exact premise of the new Black Canary series, which draws influences from Hedwig and the Angry Inch and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust days. While I didn’t exactly fall in love with the plot, the premise, the artwork and the coloring definitely won me over.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (★★★)

After a baby warlock is abandoned outside of the Shadowhunter Academy all hell breaks loose. While the penultimate short story in this series does have some touching moments, those are ultimately overshadowed by the ridiculous Alec and Magnus are now raising a baby plot line, which turns everyone around them into infant obsessed idiots.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (★★★★½)

Alexandra Bracken’s latest novel is the time traveling pirate romance you never knew you wanted. Taking place across time (but not space), violin prodigy Etta finds herself embroiled in a quest to save her family and her timeline from the Ironwood family, a devious lineage who uses history for their own nefarious purposes. [READ FULL REVIEW]

Bibliomantics 2016 Reading Challenges

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 2/27

2016 New Release Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 3/14

2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Series Caught Up On This Month: 2
Totals: 2/14

2016 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 2/10

2016 Horror Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 0
Totals: 0/7

4 thoughts on “My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2016 Wrap Up

  1. It makes my heart so happy that your two fantasy reads for January are from two of my favorite authors in the whole entire universe AND two of their books that I’m head over heels in love with. So thrilled you enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses as much as you did, and that you liked Truthwitch in spite of the quick-paced action! Cheers to being 1/5 of the way to hitting your goal for Flights of Fantasy!

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