My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s August 2017 Book Haul

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Before Now’ by Norah Olson

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 a doomed love story told in reverse order: Before Now by Norah Olson!

Told from beginning to end — a la Memento — Olson’s latest novel is told through a series of diary entries made by wannabe astronomer Atty.

Which definitely explains the super space-y cover.

You can snag your own copy of Before Now on December 26, 2017.

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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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