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

Final Girls by Riley Sager (★★★★½)

A decade ago, Quincy Carpenter became a final girl, the sole survivor of a horror movie-esque massacre. Struggling to move past the title, Quincy is dragged back into the spotlight when one of her fellow final girls is found dead. Deemed “the first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King, Riley Sager’s Final Girls is a suspenseful thrill ride that will have you guessing* until the very end.

*guessing wrong

love, and you by Gretchen Gomez (★★★½)

Much like Milk and Honey, I didn’t find love, and you nearly as fulfilling as The Princess Saves Herself in This One — both of which were recommended based on my fondness for Amanda Lovelace’s poetry. However, much like with the work of Rupi Kaur, Gomez has some really great and touching pieces toward the end of her collection.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (★★★★½)

Lord Henry Montague (AKA Monty) is a fashionable rake about to embark on a Grand Tour of Europe alongside his best friend and the secret love of his life, Percy. It’s the 18th century road trip novel you never knew you wanted! While I greatly enjoyed Monty’s hijinks and his slow-burn romance with Percy, I was a little thrown by the strange, almost supernatural turn the story took.

Warcross by Marie Lu (★★★★½)

Bounty hunter Emika Chen lives in a world where a virtual reality video game and its accompanying technology have changed the world for the better. Emika is thrust into the spotlight when she joins the Warcross Championships in Tokyo, determined to stop a mysterious hacker for her now-boss, the game’s creator and the super sexy young billionaire Hideo Tanaka. Part mystery, part sci-fi thriller, part young adult romance, you will burn your way through Lu’s latest novel.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (★★★★½)

Set at a fictional version of San Diego Comic-Con called SupaCon, Queens of Geek is a diverse young adult novel that takes on everything from autism to anxiety, sexuality, body shaming and misogyny. A super cute contemporary read — that is not afraid to tackle the hard stuff — the novel slightly suffered from being overly cute and unrealistic at times, while still managing to remain a fun, fast-paced read.

Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan(★★★★)

Time travel shenanigans (and giant tardigrades) reign supreme in the second volume of Paper Girls, which transports our pint-sized heroes from 1988 to a terrifying future: June 2016, shortly before the election and the end of the world as we know it. Even more exciting than its predecessor, and with less of a Stranger Things vibe, Paper Girls Volume 2 is Brian K. Vaughan at his very best.

The Wicked + Divine Vol. 4: Rising Action by Kieron Gillen (★★★★)

Every 90 years, twelve gods are reincarnated as young adults. They are loved, hated and destined to die within two years. Volume 4 returns to form with its original artwork (you may recall that Volume 3 shook things up with a new artist), ultimately laying the groundwork for a super interesting next volume, which will hopefully be as compellingly weird as its predecessors.

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer (★★★★)

A speculative fiction novel, and my very first foray into the genre known as new weird, Borne is narrated by Rachel, a scavenger in a post-apocalyptic landscape who stumbles across an unidentifiable lump who she takes in and lovingly names Borne. Incredibly good weird, and not just because it stars an enormous flying bear, VanderMeer’s prose (while super intriguing) requires a slow, deliberate, thorough read.

The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey (★★★★½)

The conclusion to Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight series has arrived, and I promise you, you are not emotionally ready. From the witty dialogue to the lyrical prose, the compelling characters and the superb world building, the final book in the trilogy is far and above my favorite. While it’s hard to say goodbye to Echo and her superb squad, the bittersweet ending is a beautiful and fitting conclusion.


Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 0
Totals: 20/24 books

2017 New Release Challenge

Books Read This Month: 7
Totals: 24/14 books

2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 12
Totals: 62/78 points

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Series Enders Completed This Month: 1
Totals: 3/7 books

2017 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 22/25 books


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

  1. WOW! Almost every book you read was 4 stars or above! That’s a really impressive reading month! I’m glad you were able to get to Warcross this month<3 And I'm really hoping to read The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue soon (and our July book club pick haha!)

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