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

May 2016 Wrap Up

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (★★★★☆)

After a brief struggle with the first 100 pages of Sleeping Giants, I found myself fully committed to Neuvel’s plot involving ancient aliens and a giant robot. Told through a series of interviews and journal entries, the first book in the Themis Files is an exciting tale full of science, mysteries, mythology and a touch of humor, all collected by the enigmatic man at the center of it all. [READ FULL REVIEW]

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★★)

Sarah J. Maas has really stepped up her game with the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. A Hades and Persephone retelling, ACOMAF has tons more world building, even more amazing characters and a beautiful slow burn romance that will have you experiencing every possible emotion. I didn’t think I was going to survive the ending, and I don’t know how I’m going to wait a year to find out what happens next. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION] [READ FULL REVIEW]

Happily Ever After: A Companion to the Selection Series by Kiera Cass (★★★½)

Even though reading every short story tied to a young adult series seems like a chore, I keep torturing myself anyway out of some weird sense of obligation. As with most short story/novella bind-ups, I liked some of the tales in Happily Ever After and suffered through others. I did however appreciate the illustrations that went along with each story — even the ones I loathed.

Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan (★★★★★)

The Saga saga continues with a time jump that keeps things as fresh as if this were the very first volume as Brian K. Vaughan’s amazing storytelling continues to mesh flawlessly with Fiona Staples gorgeous artwork. Get ready for reunions, a prison break, fist fights and a whole lot of emotions, because Saga has still fucking got it.

The Fireman by Joe Hill (★★★★☆)

Set in a crumbling world where those infected with a spore known as Draco Incendia Trychophyton are prone to spontaneous combustion, Joe Hill’s latest tome The Fireman follows a compassionate nurse named Harper as she seeks to survive in an apocalyptic New Hampshire. Did I mention people have fire-imbued superpowers? Because some of them do. [READ FULL REVIEW]

The Heir: Book Four of the Selection Series by Kiera Cass (★★★☆)

Let’s be honest, Kiera Cass’ original Selection trilogy was by no means the most highbrow literature out there, but the story was fun. The fourth book which follows the main character’s daughter as she throws her own Selection? Not so much. While I read the novel fairly quickly and it was semi-enjoyable, it was incredibly hard to relate to the entitled main character and the lazy writing bordered on painful at times.

The Collectors: A His Dark Materials Story by Philip Pullman (★★★★☆)

I don’t know what I was expecting from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials prequel, but it certainly wasn’t a story that peripherally featured a young Mrs. Coulter. However, despite the summary being very very misleading, I still enjoyed the short. It was an intriguing story and I loved the slow reveal.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare (★★★½)

Misunderstood 9-year-old genius Lunella is a loner, until she meets a dinosaur from another dimension named Devil Dinosaur and finds true friendship. While I had very high hopes for this new series, the plot is far too middle grade for my tastes. I will however be checking out volume two because the series does have a lot of potential!

Paper Princess: The Royals Book One by Erin Watt (★★★★½)

Called “cracktastic” by its two authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick), this is one of those guilty pleasure books that I knew was terrible the entire time I was reading it but still managed to love every ridiculous second. A super quick read, Paper Princess is ultimately a super fun and frothy distraction from reality.

The Assassin and the Healer: A Throne of Glass Novella by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★☆)

In the second Throne of Glass novella, Celaena Sardothien meets a healer. While I assume based on certain events in Queen of Shadows that she will ultimately be an integral part of Celaena’s story one day, aside from the happy-making feeling of the ending, this short wasn’t anything special. Here’s hoping the next one is more exciting!

Bibliomantics 2016 Reading Challenges

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 4
Totals: 14/27

2016 New Release Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 4
Totals: 15/14

2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Series Caught Up On This Month: 2
Totals: 13/14

2016 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 8/10

2016 Horror Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 1/7


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