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

Final Girls by Riley Sager (★★★★½)

A decade ago, Quincy Carpenter became a final girl, the sole survivor of a horror movie-esque massacre. Struggling to move past the title, Quincy is dragged back into the spotlight when one of her fellow final girls is found dead. Deemed “the first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King, Riley Sager’s Final Girls is a suspenseful thrill ride that will have you guessing* until the very end.

*guessing wrong

love, and you by Gretchen Gomez (★★★½)

Much like Milk and Honey, I didn’t find love, and you nearly as fulfilling as The Princess Saves Herself in This One — both of which were recommended based on my fondness for Amanda Lovelace’s poetry. However, much like with the work of Rupi Kaur, Gomez has some really great and touching pieces toward the end of her collection.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (★★★★½)

Lord Henry Montague (AKA Monty) is a fashionable rake about to embark on a Grand Tour of Europe alongside his best friend and the secret love of his life, Percy. It’s the 18th century road trip novel you never knew you wanted! While I greatly enjoyed Monty’s hijinks and his slow-burn romance with Percy, I was a little thrown by the strange, almost supernatural turn the story took.

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Book Cover Battle: ‘The Grisha Trilogy’ by Leigh Bardugo – Original Covers VS. Cover Redesign

Following the success of her Six of Crows duology, Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy is getting a redesign and a re-brand.

Now called The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, you can purchase the cover redesigns this summer.

Which trilogy would you purchase? The original hardcovers (top) or the paperback redesign (bottom)?

Vote for your favorites below the cut!

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Book Cover Battle: ‘And I Darken’ by Kiersten White – US Cover VS. UK Cover

And I Darken Book Cover Battle US UK

Tomorrow marks the release of Kiersten White’s And I Darken, which is being marketed as Game of Thrones set in the Ottoman Empire!

To celebrate, we figured we’d hold another book cover battle and find out which cover you hold dear.

Which version would you fork over money for, the US cover (left) or the UK cover (right)? We’re leaning toward the US version ourselves.

Keep reading for the official synopsis and vote for the cover you think is superior below the jump!

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘And I Darken’ by Kiersten White

And I Darken 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.

For this week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick, we chose a young adult novel that allegedly reads like Game of Thrones — if Games of Thrones were set in the Ottoman Empire — Kiersten White’s And I Darken.

Starring take no prisoners princess Lada Dragwlya, the first book in the brand new trilogy follows Lada as she plots her revenge against the Ottoman court after being taken from her home in Wallachia — because when you play the Ottoman game of thrones, you win or you die.

You can snag the bad ass sounding novel (which we hope is full of as many beheadings as promised) when it gets released on June 28, 2016.

Continue reading for the bloody synopsis!

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The ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Trailer is a Super Dark Look at All Your Faves

X-Men Apocalypse Magazine Cover

X-Men: Apocalypse, the next chapter in the X-Men series finally has a real trailer (read: not one recorded off a screen at Comic-Con).

In addition to the Age of Apocalypse plot line you were expecting, the trailer also offers a brief look at some brand new characters never before seen on the big screen as well as baby versions of all your faves. And Cyclops.

‘Sup bald James McAvoy!

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Not My Fandom: Cassie-la Attempts to Figure Out “The Maze Runner” Despite Having Never Read It

Maze Runner PosterWelcome back to another Not My Fandom, in which I attempt to take what is sure to be the newest upcoming pop-culture trend and try to figure out just what it’s all about. Without having ever read the source material.

It’s like the worst kind of experiment where all my facts are gleaned solely from Tumblr.

My very first attempt worked out super well for Divergent (except probably not, I actually have no idea) so I thought I’d take another stab with The Maze Runner.

AKA yet another book on my very very large “to eventually read” list. Hashtag bibliophile problems.

So without further ado — and with my sincere apologies to the entire fandom — let’s see what this Maze Runner fuss is all about. Via someone who knows next to nothing about it. Dammit internet.

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