My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s September 2018 Wrap Up

The Towering Sky by Katherine MgGee (★★★½)

The final (and weakest) novel in The Thousandth Floor trilogy isn’t nearly as exciting or as high stakes as the first two books, and it definitely doesn’t feature as much fun, futuristic technology. From an unnecessarily long plot, to a very predictable conclusion, this is one trilogy that should have been a duology … or maybe even a standalone. Despite my numerous complaints, this is not a terrible read, but I wanted so much more than unnecessary will-they-won’t-they romantic drama.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (★★★★☆)

Obsidio, the conclusion to The Illuminae Files, brings all your favorite characters — and let’s face it, some not so great new ones — together at last. While there are no horror elements like in the first two books, the plot more than makes up for it with some amazing AIDAN moments, the inclusion of comic book elements and illustrations, and a glorious and super experimental final battle. It’s certainly not the best book in the series, but it definitely goes out with a bang.

To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace (★★★½)

This collection of previously released Wattpad poetry has been re-edited to form a brand-new Amanda Lovelace duology titled Things That H(a)unt. While not as empowering as the rest of Lovelace’s collections, this one is still super raw and emotional, and features amazing opening and closing poems (the strongest of the bunch). Bonus: it’s her prettiest collection, and has beautiful illustrations throughout.

Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen (★★★★☆)

It’s book two and the kids have finally arrived on Eden. Plans are made, new characters are introduced, amazing alien/human bromances are formed, and Babel still can’t be trusted. An exploration of colonialism and America’s class system, the second book in The Nyxia Triad touches on some really great themes, but suffers from being good, but not book one good. Additional points removed for that horrifying and shocking twist being nothing but a fake out.

The Wicked King by Holly Black (★★★★½)

The Wicked King is all about courtly intrigue, backstabbing, evil schemes, and even more world building. Read: everything I love in my books. While not as perfect as The Wicked Prince (but pretty damn close), the follow up is still very good and features a thrilling look at a brand-new court. And that ending? Prepare yourself, because I am still not over it. BOOK THREE NOW, PLEASE AND THANKS!

The Wicked Ones by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman (★★★★☆)

In the seventh (of nine) Ghosts of the Shadow Market story, Jem’s hunt for the lost Herondale continues. Meanwhile, Jace’s not-yet-parents just so happen to be on a mission for Valentine … in the same Paris Shadow Market as the Silent Brother. While Jem’s POV is intriguing (because hells to the yes deep dark emo feelings for Tessa), it’s Céline’s tragic backstory that is the real star of this short.

Wildcard by Marie Lu (★★★½)

The first book in the series was an action-packed thrill ride, and while Wildcard had some fun twist and turns, it just couldn’t capture the magic of the original. I missed the dynamic between Emika and the Phoenix Riders, the amazing world building, the romance, and the intrigue. It wasn’t a terrible finale by any stretch of the imagination, but it definitely left me wanting (and to be honest, kind of bored).

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen (★★★½)

This collection of fractured fairy tales — from the fractured fairy tale queen herself Jane Yolen — is all over the map. From a version of the Three Billy Goats Gruff told from the bridge’s point of view, to an incestual Cinderella, stories about and from the mouths of dragons, and that awkward moment when Death is your godmother, each story comes with an accompanying poem and runs the gamut from middle grade to adult fiction. Warning: happy endings need not apply.

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