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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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Most Anticipated Releases in the First Half of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines the fun of making lists with our love of books.

This week’s prompt was Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2017.

You can check out the 2017 January to June releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on (complete with official synopses) below!

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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 »

Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Our Dark Duet’ by Victoria Schwab

our-dark-duet-victoria-schwab-book-coverWaiting 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 second and final book in the This Savage Song duology: Our Dark Duet.

Set in a world where monsters are real, Schwab’s latest young adult series follows a monstrous girl named Kate Harker and a literal monster named August Flynn who longs to be human.

To keep things brief: it’s great and you should definitely read it!

Our Dark Duet will hit shelves on June 13, 2017. For now, you can tide yourself over with the official synopsis below the jump.

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

August 2016 Book Wrap Up

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (★★★★★)

Broken into four different parts (the Princess, the Damsel, the Queen and You), Amanda Lovelace’s beautifully moving poetry collection is part memoir, part feminist tale and part motivational speech. Get your pens (and your hankies) ready, because you will want to underline the hell out of this thought provoking read.

The Assassin and the Empire: A Throne of Glass Novella by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★☆)

You knew it was coming, the final devastating story in The Assassin’s Blade bind up. While I did appreciate the brief foray into Arobynn’s insanely manipulative mental process at the end of the story (you deserve everything you have coming your way sir), I didn’t necessarily need to read about the traumatic ending to all things Celaena and Sam.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (★★★★½)

What if Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars had a baby? A futuristic baby. Then you would definitely be reading Katharine McGee’s debut novel The Thousandth Floor. Set in the year 2118, this first in a series re-imagines life if Manhattan were a giant thousandth floor skyscraper, exploring the glamorous lives of the Tower’s elite and the not so posh citizens who live miles below them. [READ FULL REVIEW]

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Who Reads Short Shorts? Cassie-la Gives the Run Down on S.G. Browne’s New Short Stories

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S.G. Browne is one of my instabuy authors, and has held a special place in my reading heart since I got my hands on his first novel Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament way back in 2009.

Not so fun fact: reviews for all of but his first tome exist here on Bibliomantics starting in 2011 when my writing skills were mediocre at best. What I’m saying is, don’t judge me too harshly if you choose to dig back into those.

Anyway, when Browne contacted me to review his latest three short stories I was all in, even more so when I saw their subject matter ranged from monster college to retired supervillains and kaiju.

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