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

The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! by Robert Kirkman (★★★★)

Who is The Walking Dead‘s most enigmatic villain, and how exactly did he become the psychopathic dick we love to hate? Here’s Negan collects the origin story of the man, the myth, the terrible husband, including the creation of his weapon of choice: Lucille. Rushed at times, the prequel story suffers from its original format (it was released four pages at a time over 16 months and is far too short to fully explain this complex character), but won me over with some great Negan one-liners.

Spell on Wheels Vol. 1 by Kate Leth (★★★½)

Touted as Supernatural meets Buffy and The Craft, Spell on Wheels is about three fashionable young witches who go on an East Coast road trip to retrieve their stolen magical belongings. While the adorable artwork and two of the side adventures were super enjoyable — I’m looking at you goat man and haunted gal pals — I didn’t find the arc as a whole entirely successful. A real shame, since fashionable witches on a road trip  is basically my dream comic book series.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (★★★½)

In real life, Eliza Mirk is a painfully shy teenager with her nose stuck in a sketch book. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the enormously popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. But when a Monstrous Sea fanfiction author moves to Eliza’s school, she’s forced to confront the real world and her self-imposed loneliness. A fun look at the world of fandom, Eliza and Her Monsters is, at its heart, a touching exploration of depression and anxiety.

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

Love looking at gorgeous book covers?

Allow me to introduce you to Bookstagram, a hashtag-based corner of Instagram — also called Instabook — where bibliophiles share their TBR piles, current reads and answer other bookish prompts!

Intrigued? You can check out all my August bookstagram photos below the cut!

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

Enjoy looking at books in addition to reading them?

Welcome to Bookstagram (AKA Instabook), a hashtag based section of Instagram where bibliophiles take part in literary themed photo challenges and show off their current reads.

While I have moved away from challenges for the most part, I have not abandoned you Bookstagram! Keep scrolling to see all my Bookstagram photos from May.

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

A Court of Mist and Fury (★★★★★) and Wings and Embers by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★)

My favorite book of 2016 was an even better re-read! Tackled in preparation for A Court of Wings and Ruin (more on that below), I also used April to finally check out the Nesta/Cassian short story Wings and Embers, which was good but not ACOMAF good. Let’s be honest though, is anything ACOMAF good? [READ FULL REVIEW] [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (★★★★½)

My first book by Nina LaCour, We Are Okay was the perfect story to get me out of my post ACOMAF reading slump. An intimate and honest look at grief, We Are Okay bounces between Marin’s life pre and post-tragedy, and the family who is desperately trying to make her feel whole again. Get your hankies out, because this slice of life contemporary novel will give you all the feels.

Literally by Lucy Keating (★★★☆☆)

Lucy Keating’s sophomore novel may have the exact same premise as Stranger Than Fiction, but trust me, it’s no Stranger Than Fiction. The story revolves around Annabelle, a teenager with a perfect life who realizes she’s trapped inside a novel written by author Lucy Keating. It could work, but it doesn’t. Super contrived and over the top, there’s nothing worse than Lucy Keating writing about how great Lucy Keating is.

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A Court of Feels and Ugly Sobbing: Cassie-la Happy Cries Over ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Genre
: Fiction, new adult, fantasy, magic, faeries, this can’t be the last Feysand book (seriously, why is this the last Feysand book!?!)
Rating: PER … FECT … ION

Summary: The final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series concludes the story of Feyre, a human turned High Fae turned High Lady, and the love of her life Rhysand, the supremely powerful and even more attractive High Lord of the Night Court. Together with their family, the Court of Dreams, the pair are working to stop war from coming to their home, hoping to end centuries of segregation between humans and faeries in the process. And you know, kiss and stuff.

NOTE: While this review is spoiler free for A Court of Wings and Ruin, I make no promises about plot points in both A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. You have been warned.

After learning from my Spines with Wines compatriot Kristin that copies of A Court of Wings and Ruin were appearing in the wild early, I took a chance and stopped at a nearby Target, where it was sitting in all its glory four days before its official release. Many thanks to the generous Target employee who kindly rang it up for me, despite the system claiming he could not hand it over.

But hand it over he did, and even though I already had a a pretty packed weekend planned, it goes without saying that I devoured this book immediately.

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