BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Talks ‘Windwitch’ by Susan Dennard

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Welcome back to another episode of the Spines with Wines live book club, which as you may have surmised combines books and booze!

Spines With Wines is made up of myself, book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and illustrator Melissa Kay and involves gushing over/ranting about a pre-chosen book while drinking wine.

For the first book club of 2017, we (read: Kristin and I sans Melissa) discussed Windwitch by Susan Dennard.

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

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Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (★★★★½)

After being kidnapped by Ray, Alice becomes a living dead girl, forced to stay small forever. Alice has resigned herself to her fate and even looks forward to her impending death at Ray’s hands, until he demands she recruit another girl — a younger Alice who will take her place. Disturbing yet beautiful, Scott’s novel comes with all the trigger warnings.

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard (★★★☆☆)

Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs is a super problematic novel with one hell of a twist ending. From the one-dimensional characters to the deeply disturbing male POVs and the weird way race is handled — not to mention all the relationships centered around statutory rape — Shepard has gone off the rails with this series, and not in her usual good way. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (★★★★½)

Pitched as young adult Dexter, The Female of the Species is actually a feminist novel disguised as a serial-killer novel. Read: I was pleasantly surprised. In the story, McGinnis unflinchingly tackles rape culture, filling her (at times) disturbing novel with complex women and strong female friendships.

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There Can Be Only One: Cassie-la Buzzes About ‘Three Dark Crowns’ by Kendare Blake

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Genre
: Fiction, young adult, fantasy, dark fantasy, there needs to be more YA novels inspired by bees
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: On the island of Fennbirn, three triplet queens are born, but only one can take the throne. One is an elemental who has control over the four elements, the other is a naturalist, with power over plants and animals, and the third is a poisoner, able to withstand the world’s deadliest poisons. When the time comes, the queens will fight against each other, until only one remains. Who will survive to claim her crown?

Inspired by the world of bees (not the bees!) (yes the bees!), the first book in Kendare Blake’s new duology imagines a world — specifically an island called Fennbirn — in which three royal triplets must fight each other to the death for their throne.

Insert all the Highlander jokes here.

There’s Katharine, the poisoner who is supposed to be able to imbibe the world’s deadliest poisons but cannot keep the simplest concoctions down, Arsinoe, the naturalist who should have control over plants and animals but needs help from witchcraft to do even the smallest magic, and Mirabella, the gifted elemental who has control over all the elements. AKA the Avatar.

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BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Complains About ‘The Amateurs’ by Sara Shepard

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It’s time for another Spines with Wines live book club, which combines the two greatest wonders of the world: books and wine!

Spines With Wines is made up of myself, book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and illustrator Melissa Kay and involves talking about a pre-selected book all while sipping on wine.

For the month of December (yeah, I know, I know) we talked about the painful murder mystery The Amateurs by Sara Shepard.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s 2016 Wrap Up

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2016 may have been a dumpster fire of a year, but it did mark the first time since 2013 that I was able to hit my reading goal of 100 books. Champagne pops. Confetti falls from ceiling. Cue sparklers.

Not only that, but it was also the first year I participated in and crushed all five of my reading challenges — more on that in another post later this week.

For now, you can check out a visual list of all the books I read in 2016 over on GoodReads, and for my favorite and most disappointing reads of the year, head below the jump!

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s December 2016 Wrap Up

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Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (★★★★½)

The backstabbing ballerina duology that began with Tiny Pretty Things has come to a close. Who will score prestigious spots with the American Ballet Company, and what will they do to get them? Get ready for more drama, even more questionable choices and plenty of bad YA parenting.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (★★★½)

I didn’t know what to expect from Wink Poppy Midnight, but the beyond gorgeous cover gave me high hopes. Unfortunately, while Tucholke writes magical realism beautifully, the plot was severely lacking, and there were several points in the story I couldn’t help but wonder: where is this even going?

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (★★★½)

As far as Alice in Wonderland adaptations go, Queen of Hearts is a less than perfect attempt at a Wonderland prequel. Totally lacking the whimsy of its original source material, Queen of Hearts suffers from unlikable one-dimensional characters, a human Cheshire Cat (WHY!?!) and a rambling plot.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s November 2016 Wrap Up

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (★★★☆☆)

I went into the so-called eighth book in the Harry Potter series with very low expectations, which was definitely the right move. While I found the beginning of the play to be enjoyable, by the second half, I was tired of the shenanigans and the ridiculous dialogue. It was acceptable fan fiction, but it was no Harry Potter.

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt (★★★★)

The final book in the ridiculously over-the-top Royals series has arrived and it ended with a bang — albeit an extremely predictable one. From the Pretty Little Liars-esque cliffhanger in Broken Prince, to all the open-ended love stories, the duo calling themselves Erin Watt make sure to tie everything up in a nice little bow.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (★★★★½)

The second and last book in Leigh Bardugo’s amazing Six of Crows duology will break your heart in all the best ways! Get ready for romances, friendships and alliances to be tested and for your still-beating heart to be ripped from your chest. No one is safe from Bardugo’s clutches, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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