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?

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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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There Can Be Only One: Cassie-la Buzzes About ‘Three Dark Crowns’ by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crown Kendare Blake Book CoverThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
: Fiction, young adult, fantasy, dark fantasy, there needs to be more YA novels inspired by bees
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: On the island of Fennbirn, three triplet queens are born, but only one can take the throne. One is an elemental who has control over the four elements, the other is a naturalist, with power over plants and animals, and the third is a poisoner, able to withstand the world’s deadliest poisons. When the time comes, the queens will fight against each other, until only one remains. Who will survive to claim her crown?

Inspired by the world of bees (not the bees!) (yes the bees!), the first book in Kendare Blake’s new duology imagines a world — specifically an island called Fennbirn — in which three royal triplets must fight each other to the death for their throne.

Insert all the Highlander jokes here.

There’s Katharine, the poisoner who is supposed to be able to imbibe the world’s deadliest poisons but cannot keep the simplest concoctions down, Arsinoe, the naturalist who should have control over plants and animals but needs help from witchcraft to do even the smallest magic, and Mirabella, the gifted elemental who has control over all the elements. AKA the Avatar.

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