Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Afterlife of Holly Chase’ by Cynthia Hand

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 has a super ridiculous premise that we’re  100% behind: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand.

One of the authors of My Lady Jane — which explains the bonkers presence — The Afterlife of Holly Chase follows an entity who spends her afterlife stuck as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

It’s basically Dead Like Me meets A Christmas Carol, and we can definitely get behind that premise.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase hits shelves on October 24, 2017, just in time for the start of the Christmas season.

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

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2016 may have been a dumpster fire of a year, but it did mark the first time since 2013 that I was able to hit my reading goal of 100 books. Champagne pops. Confetti falls from ceiling. Cue sparklers.

Not only that, but it was also the first year I participated in and crushed all five of my reading challenges — more on that in another post later this week.

For now, you can check out a visual list of all the books I read in 2016 over on GoodReads, and for my favorite and most disappointing reads of the year, head below the jump!

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

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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (★★★★½)

I can understand why people feel lukewarm toward The Grownup. Aside from the ridiculous price point, we were promised a ghost story and we weren’t given a ghost story — not exactly. Instead, what we got was a well-written psychological story with one hell of a twist. And I for one can’t really complain about that.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (★★★☆☆)

This creepypasta turned novel could have been great. Unfortunately, a non-linear narrative, way too many descriptive elements and all the filler made what could have been a superbly creepy horror story way less creepy. While I ultimately liked it and some of its chilling turns, Penpal has plenty of falts. Still curious? Read the shorter online version — which makes way more sense structurally — instead.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (★★★★½)

In this modern day exorcism story, a teenage girl and her family become the subjects of a reality television show called The Possession. Named for a Bad Religion song, and partially inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper — with a dash of We Have Always Lived in the Castle thrown in — A Head Full of Ghosts will leave you with more questions than answers.Read More »