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

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (★★★★½)

Interested in Norse mythology (or any mythology really) and love Neil Gaiman? Then this is the book for you! Master storyteller Neil Gaiman retells classic Norse myths, staying true to the original stories while breathing new life into the northern tales. Be warned, this is not the Marvel pantheon you know, this is Thor at his dumbest and Loki at his most chaotic. Ragnarök is coming.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (★★★★½)

Marketed at fans of The Night Circus, Stephanie Garber’s debut novel is set in a world where lucky participants are invited to take part in an immersive performance slash magical game called Caraval. The winner will receive one wish, but at what cost? Full of characters you can’t trust, a fantastical new world and twists and turns you didn’t see coming, Caraval is a truly enchanting read. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (★★★★)

Carrie Fisher’s final autobiography explores the actress’ first few years as and the lasting legacy of the iconic Princess Leia, including her secret affair with actor Harrison Ford during the filming of Episode IV. Told in her own words, and the angsty teen poetry found in her recently unearthed Star Wars filming diary, this is Fisher at her most revealing.

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BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Drunkenly Discusses ‘Caraval’ by Stephanie Garber

Welcome to the even more belated than normal February episode of the Spines With Wines live book club, now with more kittens and more kitten wine!

Spines With Wines is made up of myself (Cassie-la), book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and illustrator Melissa Kay and involves talking about books while drinking wine. Read: the most book club things combined.

This time around, Kristin and I (once again sans Melissa) drunkenly gushed over the super magical Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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

Windwitch by Susan Dennard (★★★★)

Susan Dennard’s Witchland Series continues in Windwitch, and unlike most people, I enjoyed the second book in the series more than the first — mostly because of one additional POV that I fell in love with. Other POVs? Not so much. Here’s hoping book three finds a better balance between great characters and even better friendships! [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★★½)

As with many books my Spines with Wines compatriot Kristin begs me to read, I should have started The Raven Cycle long before I actually got around to it. From Welsh legends to mysterious boarding school boys, cryptic prophecies and one heck of a jaw-dropping twist, I definitely plan to finish this series sooner rather than later.

The Magician King by Lev Grossman (★★★★)

I heard from multiple sources that The Magician King was a much more enjoyable read than The Magicians, and everyone was 100% correct! In addition to finally revealing Julia’s tragic tale, the second book in the trilogy (while unable to make Quentin more bearable) does raise the stakes for the final book in the series.

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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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