Windwitch by Susan Dennard (★★★★☆)
Susan Dennard’s Witchland Series continues in Windwitch, and unlike most people, I enjoyed the second book in the series more than the first — mostly because of one additional POV that I fell in love with. Other POVs? Not so much. Here’s hoping book three finds a better balance between great characters and even better friendships! [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★★☆½)
As with many books my Spines with Wines compatriot Kristin begs me to read, I should have started The Raven Cycle long before I actually got around to it. From Welsh legends to mysterious boarding school boys, cryptic prophecies and one heck of a jaw-dropping twist, I definitely plan to finish this series sooner rather than later.
The Magician King by Lev Grossman (★★★★☆)
I heard from multiple sources that The Magician King was a much more enjoyable read than The Magicians, and everyone was 100% correct! In addition to finally revealing Julia’s tragic tale, the second book in the trilogy (while unable to make Quentin more bearable) does raise the stakes for the final book in the series.
Proposal by Meg Cabot (★★★☆☆½)
After devouring Meg Cabot’s Mediator series in high school, I knew I had to take a chance on her adult continuation, written 15 years after the first book’s debut. While I found Cabot’s attempts at diversity more than a little painful, it was fun to see what Suze and Jesse have been up to since saying goodbye over a decade ago.
Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside by Frank Lesser (★★★★☆)
Former The Colbert Report writer Frank Lesser takes on monsters great and small with his satirical short stories ranging from Godzilla’s diary entries to a class-action lawsuit against King Kong, a racist Bigfoot and a Gremlin owner’s manual. Even though not every story is successful, this collection’s strength lies in its creativity.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (★★★★☆½)
Part Western, part Middle Eastern fantasy story, part tale of rebellion, Rebel of the Sands hits the ground running from page one with a cross-dressing gun fight. Populated by shape shifters, djinn, horses made of sand, and one girl longing to escape a life determined by her gender, this YA series makes shoot ’em ups cool again.
Books Read This Month: 5
Totals: 10/24 books
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Magician King by Lev Grossman
- Proposal by Meg Cabot
- Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside by Frank Lesser
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 2/14 books
- Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 5
Totals: 8/78 points
Series Completed This Month: 0
Totals: 0/7 books
Books Read This Month: 4
Totals: 6/25 books