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

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (★★★★★)

A dark horror fantasy, Albert’s debut novel is about a fairy tale author turned cult phenomenon, and her granddaughter Alice, who has been raised as far away from everything to do with Althea Proserpine and the Tales from the Hinterland as possible. That is until her mother is kidnapped and she’s forced to learn the horrible truth of her past. From the dark fairy stories within the book, to a trip to a magical land and a journey of self-discovery, The Hazel Wood is three amazing tales all rolled up in one.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (★★★½)

Both funny and horrifying, Grady Hendrix’s re-released novel is one giant walk down nostalgia lane, but with 100% more demonic possession. Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since a disastrous roller rink party, that is until Gretchen goes missing one night and returns possessed by a demon. With everyone else snowed by Demon Gretchen, it is up to Abby to save her bestie with the power of friendship.

Deep Dark Fears and The Creeps by Fran Krause (★★★★)

The Deep Dark Fears collection is a humorous look at humanity’s strangest and darkest fears. A webcomic turned into two collected editions, Deep Dark Fears and The Creeps are unique looks at strangers’ most horrifying and baseless fears, submitted through Tumblr and illustrated by Krause himself. Get ready to feel slightly less crazy!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Cassie-la’s 10 Favorite 2016 Releases So Far

Top 10 Tuesday Favorite 2016 Releases So Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines the fun of making lists with our love of books.

This week’s prompt was Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year and let’s just say it was not hard to narrow down my top ten.

While I wish I had even more 2016 books under my belt to choose from, so far I’ve read a pretty respectable 17 new releases this year. Keep going for the ten best!

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We Don’t Need No Water: Cassie-la Doesn’t Flame ‘The Fireman’ by Joe Hill

The Fireman Joe Hill CoverThe Fireman by Joe Hill
Format: DRC provided by William Morrow through Edelweiss
Release Date: May 17, 2016
: Fiction, horror, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, thriller, as usual humans are the real problem
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Summary: Humanity is on its way out due to a disease called Draco Incendia Trychophyton which causes spontaneous combustion. With fires raging across the country and no known cure, Dragonscale is slowly destroying society. While Cremation Crews are trying to kill the infected and stop the disease from spreading, the Fireman is fighting back with the one thing that sets him apart: his ability to control the fire inside of him.

Joe Hill’s intriguing NOS4A2 follow-up has arrived!

The Fireman is set in a world where a contagious spore called Draco Incendia Trychophyton (AKA Dragonscale) is infecting humanity, marking their skin with beautiful yet deadly black bands flecked with gold scales. While pretty to look at, the disease ultimately causes the carrier to spontaneously combust.

At the center of Hill’s latest tome is Harper, one of the few actually kind and compassionate humans left. A nurse by trade, quirky Harper is known for singing lines from 1960s musicals, idolizing Mary Poppins and replacing curse words with Julie Andrews-isms.

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