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

When It’s Real by Erin Watt (★★★★½)

The dynamic writing duo known collectively a Erin Watt are back with another poor girl falls in love with rich guy romance. This time around, 17-year-old Vaughan Bennett is forced to save her struggling family by pretending to be the girlfriend of famous pop star Oakley Ford (a Justin Bieber type). Will their fake love turn into real love? Don’t be stupid, of course it will.

A Long Conversation by Cassandra Clare (★★★½)

Shenanigans abound in this short story set during the tail end of Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight. Watch as all your fan favorites act totally out of character and do incredibly rude things like propose during someone else’s engagement party. While not a necessary read, this short story does bridge the gap between events in Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, so at least there’s that.

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (★★★½)

Set in a world where murder is commonplace and gods are real, Sarah Ahiers debut novel starts off incredibly strong, but the world building goes a bit too far when literal ghosts are introduced. Not to mention that horse named Butters. While I ultimately enjoyed the story and any non-ghostly world building, the novel was too uneven for my tastes.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (★★★★½)

The follow up to the perfection that is Every Heart a Doorway, this dark fantasy prequel didn’t quite live up to its predecessor, but still manages to get pretty damn close. The short novel follows twins Jacqueline and Jillian before they’re shipped off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, exploring the origin story of the mad scientist’s apprentice and the wannabe vampire.

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Simma (★★★★)

I picked up this super cute picture book for my niece and ended up reading through it myself, because I had to make sure it was age appropriate or some other excuse. The story follows Kelp, a narwhal who doesn’t quite fit in … that is until he meets a group of land narwhals (unicorns) who help him discover his true self.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (★★★★½)

A completely unique graphic novel — and the first in a series — My Favorite Thing is Monsters centers around a 1960s murder mystery that unfolds through an illustrated diary. Said diary belongs to 10-year-old Karen Reyes, a B horror movie super fan who is trying to get to the bottom of the mysterious murder of her neighbor, holocaust survivor Anka Silverberg.

Ivory and Bone by Jennifer Eshbaugh (★★★½)

After getting halfway through Ivory and Bone, I realized I was basically reading a gender swapped Pride and Prejudice set during the most recent ice age. Unfortunately, while this sounds like a glowing recommendation, the novel’s pacing is so incredibly uneven that I wouldn’t call this a must read.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (★★★★½)

The second book in Cassandra Clare’s new Shadowhunter series is here to rip your  still beating heart out of your chest, throw it on the ground and jump on it repeatedly. You know, pretty typical Cassandra Clare stuff. And that’s pretty much all I’m going to say about that. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Maiden Poodle: A Fairy Tail by S.G. Browne (★★★★)

In the world of Felinia, a despotic anthropomorphic cat has relegated dogs to a life of servitude and stale kibble, and its up to a group of revolutionary pooches to stop him. Written for children, but equally enjoyable for children at heart, adult author S.G. Browne’s independently published novella is a complete departure from his other work. [READ FULL REVIEW]


Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 20/24 books

2017 New Release Challenge

Books Read This Month: 5
Totals: 17/14 books

2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 5
Totals: 50/78 points

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Series Enders Completed This Month: 0
Totals: 2/7 books

2017 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 5
Totals: 21/25 books


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