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

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (★★★★½)

Interested in Norse mythology (or any mythology really) and love Neil Gaiman? Then this is the book for you! Master storyteller Neil Gaiman retells classic Norse myths, staying true to the original stories while breathing new life into the northern tales. Be warned, this is not the Marvel pantheon you know, this is Thor at his dumbest and Loki at his most chaotic. Ragnarök is coming.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (★★★★½)

Marketed at fans of The Night Circus, Stephanie Garber’s debut novel is set in a world where lucky participants are invited to take part in an immersive performance slash magical game called Caraval. The winner will receive one wish, but at what cost? Full of characters you can’t trust, a fantastical new world and twists and turns you didn’t see coming, Caraval is a truly enchanting read. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (★★★★)

Carrie Fisher’s final autobiography explores the actress’ first few years as and the lasting legacy of the iconic Princess Leia, including her secret affair with actor Harrison Ford during the filming of Episode IV. Told in her own words, and the angsty teen poetry found in her recently unearthed Star Wars filming diary, this is Fisher at her most revealing.

The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (★★★★½)

The last book in The Magicians trilogy ends the series with a bang — and here I was just expecting some whimpering from Quentin. From a magical heist to the return of some beloved and not so beloved characters, a brand new book in the Fillory series and even an apocalypse, I didn’t realize I was ready to say goodbye to Quentin and his story until it was already over.

Tales from the Darkside by Joe Hill (★★★☆☆½)

Joe Hill’s planned three year Tales from the Darkside reboot may have not been picked up by the CW — or anyone else for that matter — but thankfully the scripts still got to see the light of day in comic book form. While Hill’s individual stories are intriguing and unique, they ultimately feel like a small piece of a much larger vision and suffer for it.

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (★★★★)

There is something wrong with Che’s sister Rosa. Charming, manipulative and completely lacking in empathy, the teenage boxer/aspiring doctor’s sibling may be a psychopath. Will their terrible, no good, very bad parents believe him before it’s too late, or will Rosa satiate her murderous tendencies? Despite being a little slow and repetitive at times, My Sister Rosa ends up going off the rails in the best way possible.

These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (★★★★)

The follow up to last year’s X-Men/Jane Austen novel These Vicious Masks, These Ruthless Deeds suffers slightly from second book syndrome, with totally expected twists, obnoxious new characters and the heroine choosing the wrong boy in her love triangle. Despite these problems however, the book more than makes up for them with that shocking ending.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (★★★☆☆½)

While I really enjoyed the first half of this beautifully written Hades and Persephone retelling — which definitely gave me some A Court of Thorns and Roses feels — I found myself struggling with the second portion of the story, which took a turn for the boring and the confusing (seriously, what did I just read?). Thankfully, it wasn’t all bad, but it far from met my expectations.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★½)

In preparation for the release of the final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, I took part in a re-read event currently being run by my Spines with Wines Threadsister SuperSpaceChick! I didn’t think I had it in me to re-read this Tamlin-centric novel, but it was all worth it to get to the glorious Rhysand scenes and the far superior A Court of Mist and Fury. [READ FULL REVIEW]


Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 4
Totals: 14/24 books

2017 New Release Challenge

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 5/14 books

2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 16
Totals: 24/78 points

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Series Enders Completed This Month: 1
Totals: 1/7 books

2017 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 6
Totals: 12/25 books


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

    • I don’t remember that at all. Unless we discussed how they randomly burst out into a rendition of “One Day More,” in which case, I sort of remember that.

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