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

March 2016 Book Wrap Up

The Crown and the Arrow: A Wrath and Dawn Short Story by Renee Ahdieh (★★★★★)

Loved The Wrath and the Dawn? This very short story tells the beginning of the tale from Khalid’s point of view and reminded me exactly why I’ve been beyond excited to read The Rose and the Dagger at the end of April! While not a necessary read, I loved visiting Renee Ahdieh’s beautiful prose again — if only for a little while.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (★★★★)

While the plot of V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows is remarkably different from the first book in the series, A Darker Shade of Magic, it was a treat to return to Red London for a brand new and exciting plot centered around an event that is essentially the element Olympics. From magic to intrigue, disguises, secret romances, fancy parties and a sinister plot, AGOS has everything, including one hell of a cliffhanger. [READ FULL REVIEW]

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan (★★★★)

What Reign of Shadows occasionally lacks in nuanced storytelling, it more than makes up for in plot, characters and setting! Set in a world driven into darkness by an eternal eclipse, this Rapunzel retelling is notable for its strong female protagonist and plenty of “where did this even come from?” plot twists. [READ FULL REVIEW]

Rat Queens Vol. 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe (★★★★½)

The Rat Queens begin a new mission that takes them to Hannah’s old college: Mage University, a place where everything is magic, from the endless library that holds all the books in existence to talking dragons with candy fetishes. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mage U is a serious test of their friendship: one which they must pass or fail.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (★★★★)

Set in an alternate timeline where the Nazis and their allies won WWII, shapeshifter Yael is given a mission by the resistance: win the televised motorcycle race known as the Axis Tour, get invited to the Victor’s Ball and kill Hitler. Thrilling, heartbreaking and beautifully written, the first book in the Wolf by Wolf duology is absolute perfection. [READ FULL REVIEW]

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (★★★★½)

I’m glad I finally jumped on The Winner’s Trilogy bandwagon! Set in a completely new world inspired by Greco-Roman culture, Rutkoski’s story follows Kestrel, a cunning and privileged girl whose people have conquered and enslaved the native Herrani and a rebellious slave she purchases named Arin. Full of duels, lavish balls, star-crossed romances, plots and schemes, I cannot wait to see where this trilogy takes me.

Spider-Gwen Vol. 1: Greater Power by Jason Latour (★★★★½)

Spider-Gwen’s alternate universe — Earth-65 to be more specific — has gotten a lot bigger! Enter Earth-65’s version of Captain America, Samantha Wilson, and her sidekick/male clone Sam 13, AKA Falcon, not to mention Tony Stark’s global coffee chain Stark Bucks. Pregnant Earth-616 Spider-Woman also makes an appearance and she is spectacular.

Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk (★★★★½)

While it’s not quite the original Fight Club, this graphic novel sequel definitely takes advantage of the visual medium. Thought the book was weird? From overlying graphics that block out text bubbles to Chuck Palahniuk appearing as an actual character and the reveal that Tyler Durden is more than the Narrator’s alter ego, this may be Palahniuk’s weirdest work yet.

Bibliomantics 2016 Reading Challenges

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 6/27

2016 New Release Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 7/14

2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Series Caught Up On This Month: 3
Totals: 7/14

2016 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 5/10

2016 Horror Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 0
Totals: 0/7


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

    • I don’t even know how that happened. Lol. I’m super behind on my horror challenge but I figure I will be until it gets to be September/October and I’m in the mood for something spooky!

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