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

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (★★★½)

John Green is back with another touching novel that deals with the tough stuff. This time around Green tackles mental illness, dealing with his own OCD through the lens of Aza, a 16-year-old girl who struggles with crippling anxiety and obsessive compulsive tendencies. A thoughtfully written contemporary tale, Green’s latest work is an unflinching and occasionally difficult to read exploration of mental illness.

Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan (★★★)

After a heart-wrenching Volume 7, Brian K. Vaughan has gifted us a slightly (take note of the term slightly) more lighthearted arc, exploring our heroes most recent trauma and throwing some social commentary in for good measure. The only downside to the continued greatness of the series after all these years? We’ll have to wait until 2019 for Volume 9.

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill (★★★)

The first book in a fantasy duology, Erin Summerill’s Ever the Hunted is a predictable tale about a girl with incredibly rare magic powers she’s unaware of and an unlikeable love interest who may or may not have killed her father. While Ever the Hunted had some bright spots, it suffers from incredibly slow pacing and an insufferable love story.

Hawkeye Vol. 1: Anchor Points by Kelly Thompson (★★★½)

Hawkeye is back (no, not that Hawkeye, Kate Bishop Hawkeye) to once again take down crime on the west coast. Written by Kelly Thompson, who brings the sassy and spunky heroine to life in her solo comic book debut, the first volume in this short-lived series is a fun adventure complete with cults, dragons and even a cameo from a fellow P.I.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★½)

The strongest book in The Raven Cycle brings the insanity up to eleven. Stiefvater’s writing continues to shine in Blue Lily, Lily Blue, with exciting new characters once again stealing the show. From fun villains to unexpected twists and turns, disappearances, awakenings, reunions and even a character death, the fast-paced third installment has it all.

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente (★★★½)

The final book in Catherynne M. Valente’s beautifully written Fairyland series comes to its thrilling conclusion with a Through the Looking Glass-esque race for the crown of Fairyland. Even more clever and heartwarming than its predecessors, Valente gives September and all her friends a satisfying happily ever after, deftly bringing this magical series full circle.


Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 26/24 books

2017 New Release Challenge

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 40/14 books

2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 14
Totals: 78/78 points

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Series Enders Completed This Month: 1
Totals: 4/7 books

2017 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 3
Totals: 30/25 books


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

  1. Ha! Now I see your review for Ever the Hunted. I wasn’t a huge fan of Turtles All the Way Down sadly 😦 But as you, I love Blue Lily, Lily Blue!

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