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


Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (★★★★★)

The conclusion to last year’s Wolf by Wolf exemplifies everything a finale should be! Exhilarating, heartbreaking and incredibly satisfying, you’d be remiss not to read this duology about a holocaust experiment turned shapeshifter named Yael, who lives in an alternate timeline where Germany won WWII. My heart still hurts after finishing this beautifully written story.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★☆)

The penultimate book in the Throne of Glass series has arrived. Get ready for heartbreak, all the quips, plenty of reunions, so many questionable decisions and some brand new ships. All will finally be revealed, including some plot points that were a tad too reminiscent of both A Court of Mist and Fury and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for my tastes. Regardless, I cannot wait to see how the last book ties up all of the remaining loose threads.

Madly by Amy Alward (★★★★☆)

When Princess Evelyn misuses a love potion and accidentally falls in love with herself, the king calls for a wild hunt to find a cure. Set in a modern world with a very fantastical twist, Madly is one giant metaphor about small businesses and the corporations destroying them, as told through the lens of a family alchemy shop and the evil synthetic company slowly killing them. But with unicorns.

Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (★★★★½)

Part love story, part horror novel, all science fiction, Illuminae is an experimental YA book I wish I had read sooner. Told through chat logs, blueprints, security footage and a host of other documents, Illuminae pieces together the story of the destruction of the planet Kerenza and the two figures at its center: Kady and Ezra.

Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu (★★★★☆)

How to explain Monstress? It’s set in a fantastical world — an alternate history matriarchal 1900’s Asia to be precise — where humans were once at war with human-esque and not so human creatures, and who have yet to forget those prejudices. Full of horrifying violence, and one hell of a confusing plot, I’m super curious to see where this story goes next.

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (★★★★½)

Margaret Atwood shows no signs of stopping in her latest novel, a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest that contains not one but three (possibly four) different takes on the original play. Full of Atwood’s expected wit, Hag-Seed is a fabulous addition to the Hogarth Shakespeare collection.

Bibliomantics 2016 Reading Challenges

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 24/27

2016 New Release Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 31/14

2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Series Caught Up On This Month: 2
Totals: 21/14

2016 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 15/10

2016 Horror Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 4/7


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