Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones’ by Seanan McGuire

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 prequel to Seanan McGuire’s beautifully written Every Heart a Doorway: Down Among the Sticks and Bones.

The second but hopefully not the last book in the Wayward Children series — which explores what happens to kids after they fall down rabbit holes and climb through wardrobes — tells the prequel story of the super creepy twin sisters Jack and Jill.

Prequel story about Nancy too please!?!

Down Among the Sticks and Bones will hit shelves on June 13, 2017. AKA: soon but somehow not soon enough.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s March 2017 Wrap Up

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (★★★★½)

Interested in Norse mythology (or any mythology really) and love Neil Gaiman? Then this is the book for you! Master storyteller Neil Gaiman retells classic Norse myths, staying true to the original stories while breathing new life into the northern tales. Be warned, this is not the Marvel pantheon you know, this is Thor at his dumbest and Loki at his most chaotic. Ragnarök is coming.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (★★★★½)

Marketed at fans of The Night Circus, Stephanie Garber’s debut novel is set in a world where lucky participants are invited to take part in an immersive performance slash magical game called Caraval. The winner will receive one wish, but at what cost? Full of characters you can’t trust, a fantastical new world and twists and turns you didn’t see coming, Caraval is a truly enchanting read. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (★★★★)

Carrie Fisher’s final autobiography explores the actress’ first few years as and the lasting legacy of the iconic Princess Leia, including her secret affair with actor Harrison Ford during the filming of Episode IV. Told in her own words, and the angsty teen poetry found in her recently unearthed Star Wars filming diary, this is Fisher at her most revealing.

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BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Drunkenly Discusses ‘Caraval’ by Stephanie Garber

Welcome to the even more belated than normal February episode of the Spines With Wines live book club, now with more kittens and more kitten wine!

Spines With Wines is made up of myself (Cassie-la), book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and illustrator Melissa Kay and involves talking about books while drinking wine. Read: the most book club things combined.

This time around, Kristin and I (once again sans Melissa) drunkenly gushed over the super magical Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s March 2017 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Have a serious book cover addiction? You’re not alone!

Welcome to Bookstagram, a hashtag based corner of Instagram where bibliophiles take part in literary themed photo challenges, share their TBR and show off their current reads.

Last month I took part in absolutely zero Bookstagram challenges — partially because I was off gallivanting in Iceland, but mostly because I’m a failure — and instead played by my own rules.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s February 2017 Wrap Up

Windwitch by Susan Dennard (★★★★)

Susan Dennard’s Witchland Series continues in Windwitch, and unlike most people, I enjoyed the second book in the series more than the first — mostly because of one additional POV that I fell in love with. Other POVs? Not so much. Here’s hoping book three finds a better balance between great characters and even better friendships! [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★★½)

As with many books my Spines with Wines compatriot Kristin begs me to read, I should have started The Raven Cycle long before I actually got around to it. From Welsh legends to mysterious boarding school boys, cryptic prophecies and one heck of a jaw-dropping twist, I definitely plan to finish this series sooner rather than later.

The Magician King by Lev Grossman (★★★★)

I heard from multiple sources that The Magician King was a much more enjoyable read than The Magicians, and everyone was 100% correct! In addition to finally revealing Julia’s tragic tale, the second book in the trilogy (while unable to make Quentin more bearable) does raise the stakes for the final book in the series.

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