My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s July 2018 Wrap Up

Scream All Night by Derek Milman (★★★½)

On the outside, Scream All Night looks like a horror novel, but twist: it’s actually a coming of age story. The YA debut follows emancipated teen Dario, who is forced back into the family business (which just so happens to be his father’s B-horror movie film studio). Full of an eccentric cast of characters and some tough subject matter, Milman’s novel explores what happens when the monsters are found behind the camera. [Read our creator Q&A with author Derek Milman.]

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (★★★★★)

I loved this super fast-paced science fiction story more than I ever could have imagined. Full of complex characters and shocking twists and turns, Nyxia features a definitely evil corporation who are taking young people to another planet to mine a mysterious material know as Nyxia. What could go wrong? Since this is the first book in the series, it’s focused solely on the kid’s training before arriving on Eden, a second earth-like planet inhabited by humanoid creatures known as Adamites.

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (★★★½)

The Traitor’s Kiss started off super promising, but unfortunately, things got real dumb real fast, and the story completely lost me toward the end. Set during an indistinguishable time period where everyone has to be paired by a matchmaker, this book definitely should have been a standalone novel. While things start off great with the matchmaking stuff, this far superior/way more interesting section was mostly glossed over to make way for a time jump and some nonsensical plot about spies and secret princes for no reason.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Sky Without Stars’ by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

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 science fiction re-imagining of the Victor Hugo classic Les Miserables: Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell.

The duo’s retelling will follow a thief, an officer, and a guardian who live on the French planet-colony of Laterre, which just so happens to be inching toward revolution.

Yes, yes, and hells yes.

Sky Without Stars will hit shelves everywhere on March 26, 2019. Can it be 2019 now, please and thanks.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Last of Her Name’ by Jessica Khoury

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 re-imagines the life of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia … in space: Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury!

Khoury’s upcoming novel follows the lost Princess Anya, who unbeknownst to her former subjects was not murdered a long time ago during a rebellion in a galaxy far, far away.

Think science fiction Anastasia, but with less singing.

Last of Her Name will hit shelves everywhere on February 26, 2019. Plenty of time to work on your grabby hands.

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