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

Final Girls by Riley Sager (★★★★½)

A decade ago, Quincy Carpenter became a final girl, the sole survivor of a horror movie-esque massacre. Struggling to move past the title, Quincy is dragged back into the spotlight when one of her fellow final girls is found dead. Deemed “the first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King, Riley Sager’s Final Girls is a suspenseful thrill ride that will have you guessing* until the very end.

*guessing wrong

love, and you by Gretchen Gomez (★★★½)

Much like Milk and Honey, I didn’t find love, and you nearly as fulfilling as The Princess Saves Herself in This One — both of which were recommended based on my fondness for Amanda Lovelace’s poetry. However, much like with the work of Rupi Kaur, Gomez has some really great and touching pieces toward the end of her collection.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (★★★★½)

Lord Henry Montague (AKA Monty) is a fashionable rake about to embark on a Grand Tour of Europe alongside his best friend and the secret love of his life, Percy. It’s the 18th century road trip novel you never knew you wanted! While I greatly enjoyed Monty’s hijinks and his slow-burn romance with Percy, I was a little thrown by the strange, almost supernatural turn the story took.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Reincarnation Blues’ by Michael Poore

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 reincarnated man who falls for Death: Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore!

Milo only has 10,000 chances to enter immortality, and he’s already used up 9,995 of his lives … probably because he’s too busy being madly in love with Death herself.

Intrigued? Reincarnation Blues comes out at the end of this month, on August 22.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Before Now’ by Norah Olson

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 doomed love story told in reverse order: Before Now by Norah Olson!

Told from beginning to end — a la Memento — Olson’s latest novel is told through a series of diary entries made by wannabe astronomer Atty.

Which definitely explains the super space-y cover.

You can snag your own copy of Before Now on December 26, 2017.

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BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Gushes Over ‘Lord of Shadows’ by Cassandra Clare

Welcome to the June episode of the Spines With Wines live book club, because sometimes you get in reading slumps beyond your control.

Spines With Wines is made up of myself (Cassie-la) and book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and centers around talking about a previously chosen book while drinking wine. Just like a real book club … except it’s virtual and everyone actually reads the book.

This time around we discussed the most recent Shadowhunter novel/the second book in The Dark Artifices series at length: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare!

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

When It’s Real by Erin Watt (★★★★½)

The dynamic writing duo known collectively a Erin Watt are back with another poor girl falls in love with rich guy romance. This time around, 17-year-old Vaughan Bennett is forced to save her struggling family by pretending to be the girlfriend of famous pop star Oakley Ford (a Justin Bieber type). Will their fake love turn into real love? Don’t be stupid, of course it will.

A Long Conversation by Cassandra Clare (★★★½)

Shenanigans abound in this short story set during the tail end of Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight. Watch as all your fan favorites act totally out of character and do incredibly rude things like propose during someone else’s engagement party. While not a necessary read, this short story does bridge the gap between events in Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, so at least there’s that.

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (★★★½)

Set in a world where murder is commonplace and gods are real, Sarah Ahiers debut novel starts off incredibly strong, but the world building goes a bit too far when literal ghosts are introduced. Not to mention that horse named Butters. While I ultimately enjoyed the story and any non-ghostly world building, the novel was too uneven for my tastes.

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