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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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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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ by Grady Hendrix

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 period piece set in the truly outrageous ’80s: My Best Friend’s Exorcism.

Set in 1988, Horrorstör author Grady Hendrix’s re-release is described as an “unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist.”

Between that and the cover — which would look right at home on the shelf of a Blockbuster — we are beyond sold.

You can snag My Best Friend’s Exorcism and its amazing new cover next month on July 11, 2017!

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘What the Hell Did I Just Read’ by David Wong

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 the third book in the John Dies at the End series: What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong.

The follow up to the horrifying and hilarious This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It once again follows our heroes John and Dave as they investigate a shapeshifter who is snatching local children.

Wong’s latest book will hit shelves just in time for Halloween: October 3, 2017!

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Afterlife of Holly Chase’ by Cynthia Hand

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 has a super ridiculous premise that we’re  100% behind: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand.

One of the authors of My Lady Jane — which explains the bonkers presence — The Afterlife of Holly Chase follows an entity who spends her afterlife stuck as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

It’s basically Dead Like Me meets A Christmas Carol, and we can definitely get behind that premise.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase hits shelves on October 24, 2017, just in time for the start of the Christmas season.

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