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

August 2016 Book Wrap Up

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (★★★★★)

Broken into four different parts (the Princess, the Damsel, the Queen and You), Amanda Lovelace’s beautifully moving poetry collection is part memoir, part feminist tale and part motivational speech. Get your pens (and your hankies) ready, because you will want to underline the hell out of this thought provoking read.

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

You knew it was coming, the final devastating story in The Assassin’s Blade bind up. While I did appreciate the brief foray into Arobynn’s insanely manipulative mental process at the end of the story (you deserve everything you have coming your way sir), I didn’t necessarily need to read about the traumatic ending to all things Celaena and Sam.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (★★★★½)

What if Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars had a baby? A futuristic baby. Then you would definitely be reading Katharine McGee’s debut novel The Thousandth Floor. Set in the year 2118, this first in a series re-imagines life if Manhattan were a giant thousandth floor skyscraper, exploring the glamorous lives of the Tower’s elite and the not so posh citizens who live miles below them. [READ FULL REVIEW]

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (★★★★½)

The thrilling follow up to An Ember in the Ashes does not pull any punches. While I had a little bit of trouble with the set up in the first half of the book, I was all in for portion two. Get ready to have your heart repeatedly broken, because Sabaa Tahir is not afraid to kill off beloved characters, throw twists in the mix no one saw coming and generally prove that she’s as heartless as the new Emperor.

Winning by Lara Deloza (★★★★★)

Mean Girls meets Election with a side of House of Cards in this story of one high school girl’s quest to win the crown: the homecoming crown that is. From fourth wall breaking to teen movie makeovers and epic betrayals, Winning is the guilty pleasure read to end all guilty pleasure reads — get ready to set aside all your plans when you pick up this one!

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Summer Romances [edited] by Stephanie Perkins (★★★★)

The companion to My True Love Gave to Me suffers from the same issues I have with most anthologies: not all short stories are created equal. I did however appreciate the creative turn a lot of Perkins’ selections took this time around, including a love story about sea monsters, a horror movie that comes to life and a world in which the living can share memories with the dying before they pass on. Demon circus, you were a disappointment.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (★★★★★)

This young adult heist novel set two years after Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy is basically Ocean’s Eleven with a fantasy twist! In other words, it’s all kinds of awesome. From romance and action to humor to twists and turns and some amazing character back stories, the beautifully written Six of Crows has it all. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

Remedial English for Reanimated Corpses (★★★★), Dr. Sinister’s Home for Retired Villains (★★★☆☆½) and Scattered Showers with a Chance of Daikaiju by S.G. Browne (★★★★½)

Author S.G. Browne has three brand new short stories out, ranging in theme from a school for monsters where zombies are treated like second class citizens to a retirement home for forgotten supervillains and a world where monster sightings are reported alongside the local weather. At only 20 pages each, they’re definitely worth a read. [READ FULL REVIEWS]

Bibliomantics 2016 Reading Challenges

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 22/27

2016 New Release Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 5
Totals: 28/14

2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Series Caught Up On This Month: 2
Totals: 19/14

2016 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 13/10

2016 Horror Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 0
Totals: 3/7

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

  1. The Princess Saves is so amazing and happy to see you rated it a 5 star. I literally teared up in so many of the poems. Six of Crows!!!! Yes!! One of my favorites of the year. I feel like everything was woven to perfection with the way she incorporated the characters back stories whilst action and building was still going on.

    • I’m not usually a fan of poetry collections, but this one was super inventive! Also, super excited to read Crooked Kingdom when it comes out. I love love loved how she did the back stories too!

    • I have not, I’ll have to check that out too! Also, I highly recommend Six of Crows. The second book comes out at the end of the month and I cannot say no to a duology.

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