My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2017 Wrap Up


Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (★★★★½)

After being kidnapped by Ray, Alice becomes a living dead girl, forced to stay small forever. Alice has resigned herself to her fate and even looks forward to her impending death at Ray’s hands, until he demands she recruit another girl — a younger Alice who will take her place. Disturbing yet beautiful, Scott’s novel comes with all the trigger warnings.

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard (★★★☆☆)

Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs is a super problematic novel with one hell of a twist ending. From the one-dimensional characters to the deeply disturbing male POVs and the weird way race is handled — not to mention all the relationships centered around statutory rape — Shepard has gone off the rails with this series, and not in her usual good way. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (★★★★½)

Pitched as young adult Dexter, The Female of the Species is actually a feminist novel disguised as a serial-killer novel. Read: I was pleasantly surprised. In the story, McGinnis unflinchingly tackles rape culture, filling her (at times) disturbing novel with complex women and strong female friendships.

The Beasts Who Fought for Fairyland Until the Very End and Further Still by Catherynne M. Valente (★★★★)

Written after finding herself in the darkest timeline (AKA after Trump was inexplicably elected president), Catherynne M. Valente returned to her fantastical Fairyland series to make sense of the nightmarish hellscape now known as America. While a tad heavy-handed at times, Valente’s short story is ultimately an uplifting tale about saying “Yes to the truth” and “No to silence.”

The Magicians by Lev Grossman (★★★☆☆½)

Pitched as adult Harry Potter, the first book in Lev Grossman’s trilogy is more like the darkest parts of Harry Potter meets the strangest bits of The Chronicles of Narnia meets the whiniest portions of The Catcher in the Rye. Incredibly slow yet super fast paced at the same time, Grossman’s story is inexplicably jam-packed with plot yet completely lacking in it. How is that possible? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (★★★★½)

On the island of Fennbirn, three queens are born to one day fight for a single crown. There’s the poison queen who can ingest deadly poisons, the naturalist who can control plants and animals, and the elemental, who has power over earth, wind, fire and water. Set in a problematic matriarchal society, Three Dark Crowns is the YA novel inspired by bees you never thought you needed. [READ FULL REVIEW]

The Walking Dead Vol. 27: The Whisperer War by Robert Kirkman (★★★★½)

In the 27th volume of The Walking Dead saga, Robert Kirkman breaks the mold and reveals that people were the real monsters all along. Just kidding, people always have been and will always be the monsters … Except maybe in the next trade. Aside from a little too much talking and not enough action in the beginning, The Whisperer War raises the stakes in all the best ways.

Their Story: The Story You Don’t Know by HaeNuLi Shin (★★★★)

Written by Lolita shop owner HaeNuLi Shin, Their Story tells the heartbreakingly beautiful tale of a girl (her/you) and a skeleton (them). Written as a metaphor for the author’s depression, the illustrated collection can also be interpreted as the story of a person and her deceased partner, or just a story about a girl and her skeleton lover.

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (★★★★★)

In case you missed it, Marissa Meyer is continuing her highly successful science-fiction fractured fairy tale series The Lunar Chronicles … In comic book form! The story follows Iko, the hilarious android with the malfunctioning personality chip who is on a secret mission to take down Levana’s rogue wolf-soldier hybrids. And she does it in true Iko fashion: adorably.


Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 5
Totals: 5/24 books

2017 New Release Challenge

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 1/14 books

2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 3
Totals: 3/78 points

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Series Completed This Month: 0
Totals: 0/7 books

2017 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 2/25 books

2 thoughts on “My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2017 Wrap Up

  1. I’m so happy you liked The Female of the Species. In your last post I was going to comment that I’m excited for you to read it and I was pleasantly surprised that you already have! And I’m so glad we were able to buddy read Three Dark Crowns this month! And now, for those Raven Boys<3!!!

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