Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Dazzling Heights’ by Katharine McGee

Waiting 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.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is the follow up to last year’s super inventive The Thousandth Floor: The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee.

Essentially futuristic Gossip Girl, McGee’s series is set in the year 2118 and Manhattan has been replaced with a thousand story skyscraper.

The Dazzling Heights will be released on August 29, 2017 and we can barely contain our excitement.

Who will survive the sequel, and what will be left of them?

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

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Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (★★★★½)

The backstabbing ballerina duology that began with Tiny Pretty Things has come to a close. Who will score prestigious spots with the American Ballet Company, and what will they do to get them? Get ready for more drama, even more questionable choices and plenty of bad YA parenting.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (★★★½)

I didn’t know what to expect from Wink Poppy Midnight, but the beyond gorgeous cover gave me high hopes. Unfortunately, while Tucholke writes magical realism beautifully, the plot was severely lacking, and there were several points in the story I couldn’t help but wonder: where is this even going?

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (★★★½)

As far as Alice in Wonderland adaptations go, Queen of Hearts is a less than perfect attempt at a Wonderland prequel. Totally lacking the whimsy of its original source material, Queen of Hearts suffers from unlikable one-dimensional characters, a human Cheshire Cat (WHY!?!) and a rambling plot.

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

August 2016 Book Wrap Up

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (★★★★★)

Broken into four different parts (the Princess, the Damsel, the Queen and You), Amanda Lovelace’s beautifully moving poetry collection is part memoir, part feminist tale and part motivational speech. Get your pens (and your hankies) ready, because you will want to underline the hell out of this thought provoking read.

The Assassin and the Empire: A Throne of Glass Novella by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★☆)

You knew it was coming, the final devastating story in The Assassin’s Blade bind up. While I did appreciate the brief foray into Arobynn’s insanely manipulative mental process at the end of the story (you deserve everything you have coming your way sir), I didn’t necessarily need to read about the traumatic ending to all things Celaena and Sam.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (★★★★½)

What if Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars had a baby? A futuristic baby. Then you would definitely be reading Katharine McGee’s debut novel The Thousandth Floor. Set in the year 2118, this first in a series re-imagines life if Manhattan were a giant thousandth floor skyscraper, exploring the glamorous lives of the Tower’s elite and the not so posh citizens who live miles below them. [READ FULL REVIEW]

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

Enjoy looking at books in addition to reading them?

I’d like to welcome you to a magical place called Bookstagram. InstaBook if you’re nasty. Bookstagram is essentially a tag that highlights literary themed Instagram photos — think Foodstagram but with books instead of food.

Still don’t get it? Keep going for all the Bookstagram photos I shared in August!

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XOXO, Futuristic Gossip Girl: Cassie-la Falls For ‘The Thousandth Floor’ by Katharine McGee

Thousandth Floor Book CoverThe Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Format: ARC provided by HarperCollins through SuperSpaceChick
Release Date
: August 30, 2016
Genre
: Fiction, young adult, science fiction, drama, I need floating glow-in-the-dark alcohol bubbles and I need them now!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: The year is 2118, and New York City has been replaced by a giant thousand foot structure known as the Tower. In the 25 years since its creation, no one has fallen or jumped to their death. Until now. Set two months before this incident, The Thousandth Floor sets up a very compelling whodunnit, all while weaving an enthralling story of love and lust set in a futuristic world.

I generally don’t take much stock in blurb comparisons, but for once I was not lied to, The Thousandth Floor really is Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars if they took place in the distant future (the year 2118 to be more precise) and featured way more diversity.

The Manhattan we know and some of us love is gone, instead replaced by a single building a thousand stories tall and miles wide. The underprivileged live on the lower floors (the lower you are the poorer), while the rich and powerful reside on the upper levels, making the phrase upper eschelon way more literal.

The story opens two months before the start of the narrative, with an unnamed female character falling to her death after a party on the top floor goes horribly wrong. Was she pushed? Did she jump? Was it a freak accident? It’s a mystery — a murder mystery that is!

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