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

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (★★★★★)

Lovelace’s second –and in my opinion superior — poetry collection in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic series is a love letter to feminism and all the nasty women of the world. Once again split into four parts (The Trial, The Burning, The Firestorm and the Ashes), this time around Lovelace takes aim at a broken patriarchal system through the lens of a witch hunt, inspiring and motivating readers through her quotable poetry.

Opal: A Raven Cycle Story by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★½)

This short story follow up to The Raven King focuses on Ronan (the best raven boy), Adam (the okayest raven boy) and their dream made sort of love child Opal as the trio plans to create a brand-new Cabeswater. Told from Opal’s perspective, this is the coda The Raven Cycle deserved, now with 100% more adorably domestic Ronan/Adam moments.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (★★★★½)

Every summer in the town of Sparrow three accused witches return from the dead to seek their revenge, taking over the bodies of three young girls and luring men to their deaths. Moody, suspenseful and atmospheric, The Wicked Deep is set in the seemingly magical town of Sparrow (they sell cakes that make you forget), whose dark past is now a successful tourist attraction. One room facing the haunted ocean please!

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January + February 2018 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Love looking at book covers as much as you love reading books?

Allow me to introduce you to Bookstagram (AKA InstaBook), the hashtag-based portion of Instagram where bibliophiles show off their books.

You can check out my very minimal contributions to the world of Bookstagram below.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Toil & Trouble’ [edited] by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe

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 a young adult, short story anthology about witches: Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft.

Edited by authors Jessica Spotwood and Tess Sharpe, these sixteen tales about teenage witches span the ages and the genres. From queer witches to waterbenders, this diverse anthology promises to have it all.

Authors you can expect to see in this collection include Emery Lord, Anna-Marie McLemore, Zoraida Córdova, Nova Ren Suma, Robin Talley and more!

Toil & Trouble will appear in cauldrons bookstores near you on August 28, 2018.

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

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (★★★½)

My first read of 2018 took me by surprise, mostly because I had no idea it was a murder mystery. Thankfully, I wanted to watch the HBO series and I’m a read it first kind of girl. Due in large part to the suspenseful nature of the novel (who done it and who!?!) I flew threw this Australian contemporary drama. Read: Pretty Little Liars for adults.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (★★★)

A dark fantasy set in the world of faerie, The Cruel Prince hits the ground running with a brutal double murder. What follows is a tale of revenge, beautiful dresses, crosses and double crosses, courtly drama, cruel faeries, even more murder, and magic, proving that this novel is deserving of all the online hype. Could it be Holly Black’s best faerie story yet? Damn straight it is!

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (★★★)

I could read 8,000 more books set in the worlds (plural) of Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, which takes place at a boarding school for children forever changed after their adventures in other dimensions. The first two books are amazing in their own right, but Beneath the Sugar Sky is my favorite due to its multiple settings, including an underworld inhabited by the dead and a land made entirely of sugary treats. A candy land if you will.

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