Top Ten Tuesday: The 10 Best Books Cassie-la Read in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday Best 2015

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 Best Books I Read In 2015 and because I also read a lot of great graphic novels and trades, I chose to compile this list with only novels in mind.

As per usual, my annual best of the year list — which is much more comprehensive — will be up in late 2015/early 2016 complete with my favorite short stories and comic books.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s August 2015 Wrap Up

August 2015 Wrap Up

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Creepy, atmospheric and beautifully illustrated, Through the Woods is full of haunting, occasionally fairy/folktale-esque stories (that may leave you wanting more) and a strong color scheme. You can get a brief taste over on my Instagram.

Fables Vol. 22: Farewell by Bill Willingham

After a series of disappointing volumes in its latter run, I am not necessarily sad to see Fables go. Much like its predecessors, the final volume had some great moments but was also stuffed with a lot of unnecessary filler. I mourn for the Fables that was, not what it became.

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

Anyone who loves mermaids, circuses and post-apocalyptic landscapes should read Kirsty Logan’s gorgeously written story about a world destroyed by rising sea levels and the two girls who dream of something better. [READ FULL REVIEW]

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Till Human Voices Wake Us and We Drown: Cassie-la Dives Into ‘The Gracekeepers’ by Kirsty Logan

Gracekeepers Kirsty LoganThe Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, post-apocalyptic, circus, mermaids, absolutely nothing to do with Waterworld
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

SummaryThe world was forever altered by a sudden rise in sea levels, dividing the planet into two groups: the powerful landlockers and the sea-faring damplings. Lonely dampling North has only known her life aboard the circus boat the Excalibur with her bear, while landlocker Callanish has chosen isolation and performs burials at seas. When a storm brings the two girls together, they begin to dream for the first time of a brand new world.

Kirsty Logan’s beautifully written debut novel The Gracekeepers is perfect for fans of mermaids, circuses, fantasy worlds and prose that sings from line to line.

It’s set in a fully realized post-apocalyptic world where rising sea levels have destroyed cities and created a brand new landscape dominated by the ocean. Because of this global warming allegory, those who own and live on land (landlockers) have more food and resources and thus more power, while the 99 percent (damplings) are forced to live at sea.

Both classes resent each other, with the always hungry damplings being forced to wear bells to distinguish themselves when they’re on land and the damplings insultingly referring to landlockers as clams for their insistence on clinging to the old ways.

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Book Cover Battle: ‘The Gracekeepers’ by Kirsty Logan – US Cover VS. UK Cover

The Gracekeepers US UK

Since Kirsty Logan’s first full-length novel The Gracekeepers will be out in the United States tomorrow (May 19) and is already out in the United Kingdom, we thought we’d celebrate with a little book cover battle.

Which cover speaks to you? The US version (left) or the UK version (right)?

You can get a more in-depth look at the UK version — AKA the most beautiful thing ever — over in Cassie-la’s April 2015 book haul.

Read on for the synopsis and vote for which cover should win below.

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: February 10, 2015

Red QueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: That cover and the dystopic premise. One of these days we’ll be able to say no to YA dystopias, but today is not that day.

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Around the Interwebs: Volume XLV

Shit Rough Drafts the Book Gets a Hilarious Trailer (via Shit Rough Drafts)

So there’s a book coming out called Shit Rough Drafts, or to be less indelicate: Sh*t Rough Drafts, which re-imagines what original drafts for books and movies might have looked like with a satirical twist. In the trailer, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his agent talk about his novel The Cool Gatsby. We personally were all for The Great Glartsby. The actual book (complete with more drafts) will be available for purchase on April 15.

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