My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s February 2019 Wrap Up

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall (★★★★)

Somewhat reminiscent of You, Our Kind of Cruelty is told entirely from the male POV, and (spoilers), the boy is not alright. The story’s unreliable narrator is Michael Hayes, who pens the suspenseful tale of how he lost the love of his life, Verity, all while desperately trying to win her back. Written “in a mad spurt of anger at the continued injustices perpetrated against women in our so-called civilized society,” Hall’s compulsively readable thriller will have you screaming about the importance of actually listening to women.

The Favorite Sister by Jessic Knoll (★★★)

I was super excited to dive into The Favorite Sister, which is a murder mystery/thriller that follows the stars of a reality show centered around successful businesswomen. Especially since I had heard such good things about Knoll’s debut novel Luckiest Girl Alive. Unfortunately what I got was frustratingly slow plot, extremely unlikable women with unbelievable secrets, and chapters that are way. Too. Long. Womp womp.

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger (★★★½)

The third book in the Devil Wears Prada series follows fan favorite Emily — as well as two new POVs you’ll care slightly less about — and will have you wondering, “Why is there more than one book again?” This time around the action takes place in the suburbs of Greenwich, Connecticut, and seems to be under the misguided impression that all women only need two things to be happy: a slamming body and offspring. Emily deserved so much better.

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The Official ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Trailer Brings the Dragons and Drama

The first official full-length Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer has finally arrived, so start saying goodbye to all your faves now.

*aggressively hums Game of Thrones theme song*

You can watch the ominous trailer below the jump in preparation for the final season, which premieres on HBO on April 14, 2019. Let the countdown begin!

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Opposite of Always’ by Justin A. Reynolds

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a romance with a time travel twist: Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds.

This young adult debut follows the timey-wimey love story of Kate and Jack, whose relationship is cut tragically short when Kate dies … magically sending Jack back to the night they first met.

While we don’t really read contemporary novels, when we do, they must have a fun, intriguing twist. And what’s twistier than time travel?

Opposite of Always will hit shelves (real and proverbial) everywhere next week on March 5, 2019!

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘We Set the Dark on Fire’ by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is set in a world where female students of the prestigious Medio School for Girls are trained to either run their husband’s household or raise their children: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia.

The first in a new duology, Mejia’s debut has been called the young adult Handmaid’s Tale, and is said to feature a forbidden lady-on-lady romance, not to mention a feminist rebellion for equality.

We Set the Dark on Fire and its amazing cover will hit shelves next week on February 26, 2019.

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Book Cover Battle: ‘The Familiars’ by Stacey Halls – US Cover VS. UK Cover

Today is the official U.S. book birthday of the historical fiction novel The Familiars by Stacey Halls, which is set during the events of the 1612 Pendle Hill Witch Trials.

Since the U.K. edition came out on February 7, we figured today was the perfect time for another witchy book cover battle!

Witch cover do you prefer, the US version (left) or the UK version (right)?

Keep reading to check out the official synopsis and vote for the cover that wore it best below!

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2019 Wrap Up

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (★★★★★)

The second book in The Nevernight Chronicles takes the assassin school storyline to the next level, with plenty of assassinations and 100% more gladiator stuff. From a surprise LGBT love story, to a murderous antihero you can’t help but love, plenty of sexy times, all the revenge, and four amazingly huge twists at the end of the novel (only one of which I was able to guess), you are in for one wild ride. Who will survive? What will be left of them? And will we ever find out who is writing the hilariously sassy footnotes?

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (★★★★★)

This prequel to the gorgeously written and plotted Every Heart a Doorway follows the story of teacher Miss Lundy, way back when she found her own door that took her to the magical world of the Goblin Market. A fun but sad tale, In An Absent Dream — the technical first book in the series chronologically — is beautifully written and heart breaking. Read: another great addition to this absolutely perfect series! Fifty more books in the Wayward Children series, please and thanks!

Cat Person by Kristen Roupenian (★★★★☆)

The short story Cat Person appeared in the New Yorker and went crazy viral, with women recognizing something of their own love lives in the story and men totally missing the point. Now featured in Roupenian’s brand-new short story collection, You Know You Want This, I figured it was the perfect time to see what all the buzz is/was about. While I enjoyed this short, I can definitely understand why this oftentimes uncomfortable read is so polarizing.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (★★★★★)

Taylor’s latest series follows Lazlo Strange, an orphan who wants much more than his provincial librarian life … and gets it when he’s whisked on an adventure to the great, wide somewhere. Lushly told and beautifully written, Strange the Dreamer is the super imaginative, incredibly romantic first book in the fantasy duology of the same name that everyone keeps calling “a must read.” Spoilers: they are not lying, it is a must read. One with an ending that will leave you screaming, “Xfhskfdhdfkshfkahsfk!”