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

June 2016 Book Wrap Up

Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston (★★★★½)

Considered to be a modern re-imaging of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Exit, Pursued by a Bear follows cheerleader Hermione Winters through her senior year of high school following a rape she cannot remember. Beside her through it all is her best friend Polly, who is going through her own coming of age story. Get ready to feel lots of feelings!

Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin (★★★★★)

Set in an alternate timeline where Germany won WWII, this thrilling prequel to Wolf by Wolf gives readers a closer look at the Axis Tour that made Adele Wolfe a household name, paving the way for Yael’s mission to kill Hitler — all while revealing the complicated truth behind Adele and Luka’s love-hate relationship. Yes and yes.

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (★★★★½)

I usually don’t take stock in blurb comparisons, but Tiny Pretty Things truly is Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars. Full of backstabbing ballerinas and even more backstabbing ballerinas, this drama-filled young adult novel (the first in a duology) takes a very dark look behind the curtain into the cutthroat ballet world.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (★★★★½)

Set in a semi-futuristic/alternate timeline where monsters exist, This Savage Song is a lyrical tale about a monster who longs to be anything but and a girl who seems to despise her own humanity. But what happens when the lines between good and evil are blurred, and humans prove to be even more monstrous? [READ FULL REVIEW]

Gotham Academy Vol. 3: Yearbook by Brenden Fletcher (★★★☆☆½)

The latest Gotham Academy trade is less a full story arc and more a compilation of shorts set in the DC Universe. While there are some really adorable hits, the collection has way more misses, making this the most disappointing volume of the series. Hopefully the next arc will be worth the extended wait!

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

I am halfway through the Throne of Glass novellas and I’m pretty sure I found the best story in the bunch! As punishment for her actions in the first short, Celaena Sardothien is sent to train with the Silent Assassins in a story that will definitely be important later on in the series. Full of twists, turns and future plot threads, do yourself a favor and read this prequel!

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten (★★★☆☆)

I knew I had to read Meg once I heard it was being adapted for the big screen with none other than Jason Statham as disgraced protagonist Jonas Taylor. Sadly, the novel wasn’t anything special. While definitely action-packed, I didn’t find myself rooting for anyone — not even the shark, who is usually my fave. Suffice it to say I won’t be digging into any of the book’s four sequels. [READ FULL REVIEW]

Bibliomantics 2016 Reading Challenges

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 17/27

2016 New Release Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 18/14

2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Series Caught Up On This Month: 1
Totals: 14/14

2016 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 0
Totals: 8/10

2016 Horror Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 3/7


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

  1. Tiny Pretty Things sounds so awesome! I should check it out. I am reviewing episodes of Pretty Little Liars for Tell-Tale TV and I am dying for some suspense like that again.

  2. I totally agree with your thoughts on Vol 3 of Gotham Academy. I was really disappointed when I saw it was just a bunch of short stories because it really took away what I loved about the series. Hopefully the next volume is better! I really want to read Exit, Pursued By A Bear and This Savage Song so I’m glad you enjoyed them. Tiny Pretty Things is another one on my TBR, it sounds really interesting.

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