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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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s 2016 Wrap Up

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2016 may have been a dumpster fire of a year, but it did mark the first time since 2013 that I was able to hit my reading goal of 100 books. Champagne pops. Confetti falls from ceiling. Cue sparklers.

Not only that, but it was also the first year I participated in and crushed all five of my reading challenges — more on that in another post later this week.

For now, you can check out a visual list of all the books I read in 2016 over on GoodReads, and for my favorite and most disappointing reads of the year, head below the jump!

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Syfy Adapting Interplanetary High School Drama ‘The Woods’

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BOOM! Studios’ sci-fi comic book series The Woods — about a high school that’s suddenly transported to another planet — has been picked up by Syfy.

The Woods joins Syfy’s other recent comic book conquest Harrow County, both of which will be adapted into hour-long television series.

Brad Peyton, the director of San Andreas will product and direct the adaptation of The Woods.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s November 2016 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Currently reading this crazy Harry Potter fan fiction. ⚡️

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Welcome to Bookstagram, a hashtag based portion of Instagram occasionally referred to as Instabook, where bibliophiles around the world take and share book photos.

Pretty self-explanatory stuff.

My November additions to Bookstagram marked the beginning of my love affair with my new iPhone and my hate affair with the lack of natural sunlight while I’m home.

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The Official ‘Logan’ Trailer Finally Introduces Us to X-23

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The trailer for Logan — Hugh Jackman’s final film before he hangs up his adamantium claws — has arrived, and it’s brought a surprise: the inclusion of X-23!

In addition to the appearance of Wolverine’s female clone, the brand new trailer hints at some Old Man Logan-esque elements, and some decidedly un-Old Man Logan ones.

You can watch the official trailer for Jackman’s final film as Wolverine below.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s September 2016 Wrap Up

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Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (★★★★★)

The conclusion to last year’s Wolf by Wolf exemplifies everything a finale should be! Exhilarating, heartbreaking and incredibly satisfying, you’d be remiss not to read this duology about a holocaust experiment turned shapeshifter named Yael, who lives in an alternate timeline where Germany won WWII. My heart still hurts after finishing this beautifully written story.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★☆)

The penultimate book in the Throne of Glass series has arrived. Get ready for heartbreak, all the quips, plenty of reunions, so many questionable decisions and some brand new ships. All will finally be revealed, including some plot points that were a tad too reminiscent of both A Court of Mist and Fury and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for my tastes. Regardless, I cannot wait to see how the last book ties up all of the remaining loose threads.

Madly by Amy Alward (★★★★☆)

When Princess Evelyn misuses a love potion and accidentally falls in love with herself, the king calls for a wild hunt to find a cure. Set in a modern world with a very fantastical twist, Madly is one giant metaphor about small businesses and the corporations destroying them, as told through the lens of a family alchemy shop and the evil synthetic company slowly killing them. But with unicorns.

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