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

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld (★★★★)

The first trade in a new graphic novel series by young adult author Scott Westerfeld takes place after a series of localized disasters around the globe bends reality itself. Full of terrifying and incredibly imaginative monsters, so-called Spill Zones around the world have turned former idyllic towns into nightmarish landscapes. Intriguingly plotted and beautifully colored, my only complaint is how quickly I devoured this.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★★)

Even though it was just as beautifully written as its predecessor, I had a lot of trouble getting into the second book in The Raven Cycle. Despite the extremely slow start however, The Dream Thieves ended up containing my favorite new character — the enigmatic Mr. Gray — and cemented my new favorite Raven Boy: Ronan. Just as predicted.

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly (★★★★)

I didn’t know what to expect going into the soon-to-be adapted I Kill Giants, but I certainly didn’t anticipate being a crying mess by the end. While the graphic novel started off confusing, frustrating and a little too on the juvenile side for my tastes, I was blown away and incredibly touched by the final reveal. Get your hankies ready, because this one takes a hard left turn!

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Book Cover Battle: ‘The Grisha Trilogy’ by Leigh Bardugo – Original Covers VS. Cover Redesign

Following the success of her Six of Crows duology, Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy is getting a redesign and a re-brand.

Now called The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, you can purchase the cover redesigns this summer.

Which trilogy would you purchase? The original hardcovers (top) or the paperback redesign (bottom)?

Vote for your favorites below the cut!

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘All the Crooked Saints’ by Maggie Stiefvater

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 standalone young adult novel because yes, Virginia, those do exist: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.

Centered around a family who can perform miracles, Stiefvater’s follow up to The Raven Cycle series sounds like a super intriguing combination of science and magic … with owls.

Want to learn more? You’ll have to wait with the rest of us! All the Crooked Saints hits shelves everywhere on October 10, 2017.

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BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Fangirls Over ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J. Maas

Welcome to the definitely earlier than normal May episode of the Spines With Wines live book club, because we couldn’t wait an entire month to discuss our latest book.

Spines With Wines is made up of myself (Cassie-la), book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and illustrator Melissa Kay and involves talking about a previously chosen book while drinking wine. It’s basically your typical book club, but on the internet.

This time, we gushed over the final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas!

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