My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s June 2018 Wrap Up

The Elizas by Sara Shepard (★★★½)

Sara Shepard’s latest adult novel is a thriller that features some of my favorite writing mechanisms, including an unreliable narrator and a story within a story. Unfortunately, like the majority of Shepard’s young adult novels, there is a heavy reliance on doubles (no more doppelgangers or twins ever again, please!), and the novel doesn’t get really interesting until about a third of the way through … before completely losing the plot again shortly thereafter.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows (★★★½)

Historical fantasy meets alternate history in this much happier and way more fantastical re-imagining of the life of Lady Jane Grey (AKA the Nine-Day Queen). Told by the trio now known as the Lady Janies, My Lady Jane follows book-loving Jane Grey, who lives in a world where some people can turn into animals. Unbeknownst to Jane, she’s going to be named next in line to the throne by her dying cousin, and she’s about to be married off to a man who is sometimes a horse. Sure it’s super wacky, but it’s also really funny and charming.

Frostblood by Elly Blake (★★★½)

I had a lot of trouble with the first 75% of Frostblood. Despite being blessedly fast-paced (the only thing that kept me going), the beginning of Blake’s book has a predictable plot that I’ve already read a million times over. Spoilers: the magical girl who can control fire is going to be the chosen one who falls in love with the attractive yet damaged man who can control ice. Thankfully, all that turned around when I got to meet the real villain of the story. Thanks for saving this entire series evil frost king!

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures’ by Aaron Mahnke

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 first book from the podcast turned book series turned streaming series Lore: The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by creator Aaron Mahnke.

The first book will cover various creatures in mythology and folklore, from the infamous Jersey Devil to the not-at-all-famous Robert, the haunted doll.

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures
hits shelves just in time for Halloween, on October 10, 2017.

You can catch even more Lore goodness — aside from the podcast — on Friday, October 13 when the Lore series premieres on Amazon.

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Cassie-wa Reviews the Audiobook of “Summerland” by Michael Chabon

Summerland by Michael Chabon
– Audiobook narrated by the author! –
Fantasy/Folklore, Adventure, Baseball (really)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: 11-year-old Ethan Feld and his eccentric engineer father moved to the remote Clam Island after his mother passed away. There he was forced by his overly-enthusiastic father to join a little league baseball team, despite really sucking at, and consequently not being particularly fond of, baseball. 

Just when Ethan decides to quit the game once and for all, he’s recruited by the famous pitcher (and hero scout) Chiron “Ringfinger” Brown and a group of tiny, fairy-like baseball enthusiasts called “ferishers” to be their champion in a bid to save the four worlds from destruction at the hands of the formidable Coyote. 

And when his father is kidnapped to further Coyote’s nefarious purposes, Ethan and his friends have no choice but to go after him. Along the way they pick up a strange collection of new friends who help them on their quest and, as you may have guessed, play baseball. 

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