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

Three Dark Crown Kendare Blake Book CoverThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
: 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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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J. Maas

a-court-of-wings-and-ruin-book-cover-sarah-j-maasWaiting 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 needs to get here and it needs to get here right now: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

Feyre’s story, which began with A Court of Thorns and Roses and continued in the far superior A Court of Mist and Fury will sadly be drawing to a close this year.

While we’re not ready for the series to end, we cannot wait to get our hands on the final book in the trilogy.

ACOWAR will be released on May 2, 2017 and something tells us it’ll be here before we know it.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘House of Furies’ by Madeleine Roux

house-of-furies-book-coverWaiting 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 an illustrated gothic horror novel: House of Furies by Madeleine Roux.

In addition to a super atmospheric sounding plot about a boarding home that is not what it seems, Roux’s latest series is also told through illustrations and photos that bring the creepy story to life.

Count. Us. In.

House of Furies hits shelves everywhere on May 30, 2017!

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


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 2017 Reading Challenges


Last year was the first time that I decided to participate in online reading challenges, and I’m so glad I did. (Spoilers: I crushed it.)

In addition to crossing a number of books off my TBR, I was also able to keep on top of new releases. Although there is more work to be done — my TBR is still out of control and I missed out a ton of 2016 reads I hope to get to this year — I plan to participate in four more challenges.

You can peruse my 2017 plans below and click on the sign up links to join in on the reading challenge fun!

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