Waiting on Wednesday: ‘First We Were IV’ by Alexandra Sirowy

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 about a secret society that goes too far: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy!

Despite the stellar cover, which may have tricked you with its galaxy color scheme, First We Were IV is not a science fiction novel, but a contemporary thriller about a group of friends who start a secret society that quickly gets out of hand. Because of course it does.

You can snag your own copy of First We Were IV on July 25, 2017.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Meddling Kids’ by Edgar Cantero

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 basically Scooby Doo with more tentacles: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero.

The novel — which sounds like H.P. Lovecraft meets Scooby Doo meets Stephen King’s It follows a group of former teen detectives (and their dog) in 1990’s Oregon as they regroup to uncover the truth behind their last unsolved mystery.

Meddling Kids will be available for purchase on July 11, 2017.

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

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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

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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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