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

April 2016 Book Wrap Up

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (★★★☆☆)

Loosely inspired by Snow White, The Shadow Queen follows power-infused mardushka Lorelai and dragon-shifting king Kol, who has been sent by the pretender queen to hunt her down. Full of characters I could care less about, too much action and dialogue that tried a little too hard, this is one fractured fairy tale a had a lot of problems with. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Winner’s Crime (★★★★and The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (★★★★½)

I’m so happy I finished the beautifully written Winner’s Trilogy this month! While The Winner’s Crime is filled with horribly exciting twists at every turn, The Winner’s Kiss is the perfect conclusion to Kestrel and Arin’s epic star-crossed love story. Although the final book had a little too much action for my taste, the last 100 pages were absolute perfection.

The Moth and the Flame: A Wrath and Dawn Short Story (★★★★½) and The Mirror and the Maze: A Wrath and Dawn Short Story by Renee Ahdieh (★★★★)

Two more shorts stories meant to tide us over until The Rose and The Dagger, Renee Ahdieh’s second prequel follows sassy handmaiden Despina as she falls into a dangerous love affair with the charismatic Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury. While this is a more fun and lighthearted story, the final short is meant to bridge the gap between the two books in the duology and is told from Khalid’s point of view.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (★★★★★)

The conclusion to The Wrath and the Dawn is finally here, and much like its predecessor, this book was spectacular! Full of action, adventure, romance, heartbreaking moments and bad ass ladies, this is the perfect ending to an absolutely amazing duology. Read. It. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: A Throne of Glass Novella by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★½)

The first Throne of Glass novella follows Ardlan’s Assassin Celaena Sardothien in a thrilling new adventure involving pirates and her future lover and doomed partner Sam. A little bit harder, a touch more arrogant and a slightly less damaged, this is Caleana Sardothien as you’ve never seen her before.

Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection by Marissa Meyer (★★★★)

As with any collection, the short story bind-up for Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles has some great gems and some tales that weren’t nearly as stellar. While stories about Carswell, Cress and a retelling of The Little Mermaid earned top marks, tales following Wolf and Winter didn’t feel nearly as special.


Bibliomantics 2016 Reading Challenges

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 10/27

2016 New Release Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 4
Totals: 11/14

2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Series Caught Up On This Month: 4
Totals: 11/14

2016 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 7/10

2016 Horror Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 0
Totals: 0/7

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

  1. You’re doing so well on your challenges! I don’t know how I didn’t realize there’s a New Release challenge because I would also be doing well with that one. And I still have to read the Wrath and the Dawn short stories before we book club!

    • Thank you! There’s so many challenges all over the web that it’s hard to keep track, but they make me feel so much more accomplished. And thankfully, the Wrath and Dawn shorts are super short so you can knock them out really easily!

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