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

July 2016 Book Wrap Up

Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay (★★★★☆)

I have finally finished the Dexter book series — not to be confused with the once good turned very bad television series — and blessedly it did not end with Dexter running away and becoming a lumberjack. While I found this book to be weaker compared to the other novels (minus that bizarre demons are real one), it was still nice to return to the world of my favorite sardonically sassy serial-killer.

The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey (★★★★½)

The follow up to last year’s The Girl at Midnight, I found The Shadow Hour to be slightly stronger than its predecessor, although because of the mechanics of the plot there was a lot less world traveling and fewer light-hearted moments than in the first book. Regardless, Grey once again sucks readers into her fully realized fantasy world hidden slightly beneath our own, complete with magic, romance and a cast of amazing characters. [READ FULL REVIEW]

On Bowie by Rob Sheffield (★★★★½)

I’m going to be honest, this book destroyed me. I’m talking almost crying in public levels here. Part love letter to David Bowie, part biography, part music criticism, Sheffield’s book taught me even more about Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke and all the iterations of David Jones in a mere 200 pages. Get ready to binge on Bowie tunes after reading! You know, more than usual.

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

July 2015 Reading List

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

I’m halfway through the spin-off collection that bridges the gap between Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and her upcoming The Dark Artifices. In this short, Clare offers a flashback to a Marauders-era Hogwarts to see what the future Death Eaters are up to.

Big Ass Shark by Briar Lee Mitchell

A fun, easy beach read, Big Ass Shark was an eBook I purchased in order to properly celebrate Shark Week. It’s about exactly what you think it is and reads like your typical B-horror movie fair, but honestly, that’s not always a bad thing. [READ FULL REVIEW]

The Walking Dead Vol. 24: Life and Death by Robert Kirkman

Things that are infinitely better than AMC’s The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman’s comic book series The Walking Dead. The latest arc in the series starts with a massive time jump and ends with the death of a lot of your faves.

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The Dewey Decimate System: Cassie-la Catalogs ‘The Library at Mount Char’ by Scott Hawkins

Library at Mount CharThe Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (Advanced Reader Copy AND Galley)
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Genre: Fiction, horror, fantasy, dark fantasy, dark humor, every genre and no genre
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

Summary: When their parents died in a targeted attack, Carolyn and eleven other children were taken in by the mysterious and all-powerful man they now call Father, the ruler of the fourth age and the keeper of the Library. He raised them how he was raised, teaching them the art of war, languages and even resurrection. But now Father is missing and Carolyn and the others must go out into America to find him and bring him back home.

Carolyn hasn’t always lived in the Library, but after her parents were murdered she and eleven other neighborhood children were taken in by a strange man. They move into the Library and immediately begin their studies, with each children learning a specific catalog under the watchful eye of Father, a man who can talk to stones, resurrect the dead, read minds and do pretty much anything imaginable.

Studying outside your catalog is expressly forbidden, so Carolyn is stuck learning languages (all of them), including but definitely not limited to Japanese, deer and low dragon.

Meanwhile, her brothers and sisters learn other catalogs. Kind-hearted Michael is the ambassador to beasts and lives among the animals, healer Jennifer loves herbs and as a master of her catalog can resurrect the dead.

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

April 2015 Reading List

The Woods Vol. 3 by James Tynion IV

When an entire high school is beamed to another planet, things get complicated. In the latest volume of The Woods, some mysteries finally start to get answered. Kind of. Sort of.

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

This 1924 short story would go on to inspire movies, television shows and even a serial-killer in this tale that has a man hunting the most dangerous game of all. Spoilers: it’s people.

My Heart and Other Black Holes (UK Edition) by Jasmine Warga

Girl meets boy. Boy meets girl. Girl and boy make a pact to commit suicide together after talking in an online chat room. Romance and sadness ensues.

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