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

July 2016 Book Wrap Up

Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay (★★★★☆)

I have finally finished the Dexter book series — not to be confused with the once good turned very bad television series — and blessedly it did not end with Dexter running away and becoming a lumberjack. While I found this book to be weaker compared to the other novels (minus that bizarre demons are real one), it was still nice to return to the world of my favorite sardonically sassy serial-killer.

The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey (★★★★½)

The follow up to last year’s The Girl at Midnight, I found The Shadow Hour to be slightly stronger than its predecessor, although because of the mechanics of the plot there was a lot less world traveling and fewer light-hearted moments than in the first book. Regardless, Grey once again sucks readers into her fully realized fantasy world hidden slightly beneath our own, complete with magic, romance and a cast of amazing characters. [READ FULL REVIEW]

On Bowie by Rob Sheffield (★★★★½)

I’m going to be honest, this book destroyed me. I’m talking almost crying in public levels here. Part love letter to David Bowie, part biography, part music criticism, Sheffield’s book taught me even more about Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke and all the iterations of David Jones in a mere 200 pages. Get ready to binge on Bowie tunes after reading! You know, more than usual.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (★★★★★)

My first and certainly not last book by Blake Crouch, Dark Matter explores the idea of going back and taking the road not traveled, touching upon themes of regret and wanting what you can’t have as explored through a science fiction lens. I could go on, but this thriller is one of those books you can’t properly discuss without giving everything away. Suffice it to say, I read it from cover to cover in two days and only stopped when I absolutely had to.

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

The penultimate Throne of Glass novella finds Celaena Sardothien earning her freedom and falling in love, but at what cost? While I didn’t think I would feel anything for the Sam/Celaena relationship that I knew was coming, my cold dark heart grew three sizes reading this short. My one niggling complaint with this novella was Celaena’s short-sightedness, and a twist that everyone knew was coming but she somehow didn’t see until it was all spelled out for her. Did you learn nothing from novella three?

The Crown by Kiera Cass (★★☆☆☆½)

The hopefully final book in The Selection series, The Crown closes out the obnoxious story of Eadlyn, a bratty would-be teen queen who needs to find a husband immediately. From clunky dialogue to too much talk about feelings, Cass had me regretting the decision to continue this once enjoyable trilogy. While I did like the way things ended (although thanks to semi-spoilers I saw it coming a mile away), this was a painful read full of children pretending to be adults and adults behaving like bizarre children. Do not recommend.

The Walking Dead Vol. 26: Call to Arms by Robert Kirkman (★★★★)

The latest Walking Dead arc started on the slow and sort of boring side — then all hell broke loose. In his 26th volume, Robert Kirkman proves he still has the power to shock his readers with the never ending crazy twists and turns of this ongoing zombie series. Full of tons of Negan, the character you hate to love, and one hell of an ending, I cannot wait to see what happens next!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (★★★★★)

Set in a brutal and violent world inspired by ancient Rome, debut author Sabaa Tahir weaves an enthralling story about two souls who long to be free: rebel spy turned slave Laia and reluctant trained killer Elias. Full of twists, turns, morally grey areas, fully fleshed out characters and some damn good world building, An Ember in the Ashes is the superb first book in a brand new trilogy. Book two now please? [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

Broken Prince by Erin Watt (★★★★)

Get ready to re-enter the over the top world of the Royals, complete with backstabbing prep school kids, adults who don’t understand what that word means, a cliffhanger I definitely saw coming and one I certainly didn’t. While not as crack-tastically enjoyable or as sexy as Paper Princess (the first book in the series) Broken Prince had all the ridiculousness I’ve come to expect from the two ladies collectively known as Erin Watt.

Bibliomantics 2016 Reading Challenges

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 20/27

2016 New Release Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 5
Totals: 23/14

2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Series Caught Up On This Month: 3
Totals: 17/14

2016 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 10/10

2016 Horror Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 0
Totals: 3/7


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

  1. You had such a great reading month! Funny that you have Dark Matter on your list because earlier today my friend mentioned it to me =) so your rating made me really excited for it.

  2. Yay! You’ve made almost all of your reading goals already! I didn’t realize you still read the Dexter series. I fell in love with the show and when I went back and read book one I couldn’t read any further. It’s one of the only times that I liked that tv show more than the book (minus the last couple of seasons).

    • I’m so close! Definitely going to make ALL my reading goals this year. I actually enjoyed the Dexter books as a completely separate entity because they’re a lot darker than the show. Also by the time I got into the books the show was virtually unwatchable so it was nice to have them to enjoy instead.

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