BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Drunkenly Discusses ‘Caraval’ by Stephanie Garber

Welcome to the even more belated than normal February episode of the Spines With Wines live book club, now with more kittens and more kitten wine!

Spines With Wines is made up of myself (Cassie-la), book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and illustrator Melissa Kay and involves talking about books while drinking wine. Read: the most book club things combined.

This time around, Kristin and I (once again sans Melissa) drunkenly gushed over the super magical Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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

Have a serious book cover addiction? You’re not alone!

Welcome to Bookstagram, a hashtag based corner of Instagram where bibliophiles take part in literary themed photo challenges, share their TBR and show off their current reads.

Last month I took part in absolutely zero Bookstagram challenges — partially because I was off gallivanting in Iceland, but mostly because I’m a failure — and instead played by my own rules.

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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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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘They Both Die at the End’ by Adam Silvera

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 contemporary novel with a deadly twist in the vein of Denton Little’s Deathdate: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.

At its core, Silvera’s new novel is about two boys falling in love, albeit ones who meet on an app after learning they’re both destined to die on the same day.

How’s that for a twist?

The Both Die at the End and it’s definitely depressing ending will hit shelves on September 5, 2017. Get your hankies ready!Read More »

Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Seafarer’s Kiss’ by Julia Ember

the-seafarers-kiss-julia-emberWaiting 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 bisexual fractured fairy tale: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember.

A Norse retelling of The Little Mermaid, Ember’s latest novel stars a 19-year-old mermaid named Ersel who seeks the help of trickster god Loki in order to be reunited with shield-maiden Ragna.

Yes, yes, yes and yes.

The Seafarer’s Kiss will be available from Interlude Press on May 4, 2017. Sadly, it is not yet listed for pre-order.Read More »