BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Talks ‘Windwitch’ by Susan Dennard


Welcome back to another episode of the Spines with Wines live book club, which as you may have surmised combines books and booze!

Spines With Wines is made up of myself, book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and illustrator Melissa Kay and involves gushing over/ranting about a pre-chosen book while drinking wine.

For the first book club of 2017, we (read: Kristin and I sans Melissa) discussed Windwitch by Susan Dennard.

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

Woodmarks are my new favorite bookmarks. #inkandwonder

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Say hello to Bookstagram, a portion of Instagram sometimes referred to as Instabook where bibliophiles post pictures of all things bookish.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

You can check out my first Bookstagram photos of the brand-new dumpster fire year below!Read More »

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


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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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Seafarer’s Kiss’ by Julia Ember

the-seafarers-kiss-julia-emberWaiting 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 bisexual fractured fairy tale: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember.

A Norse retelling of The Little Mermaid, Ember’s latest novel stars a 19-year-old mermaid named Ersel who seeks the help of trickster god Loki in order to be reunited with shield-maiden Ragna.

Yes, yes, yes and yes.

The Seafarer’s Kiss will be available from Interlude Press on May 4, 2017. Sadly, it is not yet listed for pre-order.Read More »