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

The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! by Robert Kirkman (★★★★)

Who is The Walking Dead‘s most enigmatic villain, and how exactly did he become the psychopathic dick we love to hate? Here’s Negan collects the origin story of the man, the myth, the terrible husband, including the creation of his weapon of choice: Lucille. Rushed at times, the prequel story suffers from its original format (it was released four pages at a time over 16 months and is far too short to fully explain this complex character), but won me over with some great Negan one-liners.

Spell on Wheels Vol. 1 by Kate Leth (★★★½)

Touted as Supernatural meets Buffy and The Craft, Spell on Wheels is about three fashionable young witches who go on an East Coast road trip to retrieve their stolen magical belongings. While the adorable artwork and two of the side adventures were super enjoyable — I’m looking at you goat man and haunted gal pals — I didn’t find the arc as a whole entirely successful. A real shame, since fashionable witches on a road trip  is basically my dream comic book series.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (★★★½)

In real life, Eliza Mirk is a painfully shy teenager with her nose stuck in a sketch book. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the enormously popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. But when a Monstrous Sea fanfiction author moves to Eliza’s school, she’s forced to confront the real world and her self-imposed loneliness. A fun look at the world of fandom, Eliza and Her Monsters is, at its heart, a touching exploration of depression and anxiety.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (★★★½)

I was beyond excited to finally get my hands on Stephanie Perkins’ young adult horror novel, which is being promoted as the literary equivalent of Scream. Those are certainly big shoes to fill, and unfortunately Perkins’ latest work does not live up to its promise. While the first half of the novel kicked off with a bang (mostly because it takes place around Halloween while the drama department is working on a production of Sweeney Todd), things go downhill fast after the killer and their nonsensical motivations are prematurely revealed.

The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard (★★★★)

Who knew a woman on ghost romance could be so fun? A new adult historical fantasy, The Architect of Song is a suspenseful, romantic mystery with a paranormal love triangle. Set in Victorian England, the story follows Juliet, a deaf milliner who is determined to solve the death of her ghostly lover, all while protecting her heart from a mysterious nobleman who has designs on her family estate. It’s pretty much the perfectly atmospheric, rainy day read.

The Walking Dead Vol. 28: A Certain Doom by Robert Kirkman (★★★★)

The latest collection of The Walking Dead series once again finds our heroes trapped in an anticlimactic showdown with the real monsters of the apocalypse: humanity. Pretty standard stuff. What sets Volume 28 apart however is not a potential bromance brewing between the pages, or definitive proof that Rick is the worst, but a lengthy love letter to a main character Kirkman didn’t even know he was going to kill off … until he did.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan (★★★★★)

Robin Sloan’s new story claims to do for food what Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore did for books, and it definitely lives up to that promise. Dare I say it even surpasses it? Sourdough follows Lois, an overworked software engineer at a robotics company whose life is changed forever when she is gifted with a sourdough starter. Thanks to her seemingly impossible bread, which needs music to thrive, Lois and her newfound love of baking are quickly whisked into the world of the San Francisco food scene where adventures and magical realism abound.

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente (★★★★★)

The Vagina Monologues meets the world of comic books in this series of interlocked short stories narrated from the afterlife. Told from the perspective of women who have been fridged to further the plot of their male counterparts, The Refrigerator Monologues retells the stories of famous comic book females like Gwen Stacy, Jean Grey, Harley Quinn and the literal woman in the fridge: Alexandre DeWitt. Dedicated to Gail Simone, the woman who coined the term fridging, Valente’s beautifully written feminist collection is flawless.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (★★★★)

Touted as a feminist fairy tale that is essentially Snow White meets The Snow Queen, Girls Made of Snow and Glass definitely lives up to its promised premise. However, while the book succeeds in exploring the roles women are expected to play in society and the combination of the two tales, it falters in its pacing. I particularly had trouble with Lynet’s POV — which pales in comparison to her stepmother Mina’s — and the novel’s final act.


2017-reading-challenges

Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 21/24 books

2017 New Release Challenge

Books Read This Month: 5
Totals: 29/14 books

2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 0
Totals: 62/78 points

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Series Enders Completed This Month: 0
Totals: 3/7 books

2017 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 2
Totals: 24/25 books

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

  1. You read so many great books this month! You reminded me that I still have to read Spell on Wheels but I’m sad it wasn’t as good as expected. I’m glad you enjoyed The Architect of Song! I also got an ARC of Sourdough at BEA so I have to get to that one! AND I’M FINALLY READING ELIZA YAY

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