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

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Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (★★★★½)

After being kidnapped by Ray, Alice becomes a living dead girl, forced to stay small forever. Alice has resigned herself to her fate and even looks forward to her impending death at Ray’s hands, until he demands she recruit another girl — a younger Alice who will take her place. Disturbing yet beautiful, Scott’s novel comes with all the trigger warnings.

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard (★★★☆☆)

Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs is a super problematic novel with one hell of a twist ending. From the one-dimensional characters to the deeply disturbing male POVs and the weird way race is handled — not to mention all the relationships centered around statutory rape — Shepard has gone off the rails with this series, and not in her usual good way. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (★★★★½)

Pitched as young adult Dexter, The Female of the Species is actually a feminist novel disguised as a serial-killer novel. Read: I was pleasantly surprised. In the story, McGinnis unflinchingly tackles rape culture, filling her (at times) disturbing novel with complex women and strong female friendships.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s October 2016 Wrap Up

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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (★★★★½)

I can understand why people feel lukewarm toward The Grownup. Aside from the ridiculous price point, we were promised a ghost story and we weren’t given a ghost story — not exactly. Instead, what we got was a well-written psychological story with one hell of a twist. And I for one can’t really complain about that.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (★★★☆☆)

This creepypasta turned novel could have been great. Unfortunately, a non-linear narrative, way too many descriptive elements and all the filler made what could have been a superbly creepy horror story way less creepy. While I ultimately liked it and some of its chilling turns, Penpal has plenty of falts. Still curious? Read the shorter online version — which makes way more sense structurally — instead.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (★★★★½)

In this modern day exorcism story, a teenage girl and her family become the subjects of a reality television show called The Possession. Named for a Bad Religion song, and partially inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper — with a dash of We Have Always Lived in the Castle thrown in — A Head Full of Ghosts will leave you with more questions than answers.Read More »

Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Because You Love to Hate Me’ [edited] by Ameriie

because-you-love-to-hate-me-book-coverWaiting 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 fractured and original fairy tale collection told from the villains’ perspective: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy.

This anthology however comes with a twist. In these short stories, BookTube stars work with young adult authors by creating inspirational writing prompts!

Authors lending their writing talents to bring new and old villains to life include Renee Ahdieh, Susan Dennard, Marissa Meyer, Victoria Schwab, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon and more!

Because You Love to Hate Me will be available for purchase July 11, 2017. Continue reading for the official synopsis.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s October 2016 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Enjoy looking at books as much as reading them?

Welcome to the world of Bookstagram/Instabook, a special corner of Instagram where bibliophiles come together to share bookish photos.

This month was the most wonderful time of the year: October! Meaning: time to read and photograph all the spooky books.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s August 2016 Wrap Up

August 2016 Book Wrap Up

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (★★★★★)

Broken into four different parts (the Princess, the Damsel, the Queen and You), Amanda Lovelace’s beautifully moving poetry collection is part memoir, part feminist tale and part motivational speech. Get your pens (and your hankies) ready, because you will want to underline the hell out of this thought provoking read.

The Assassin and the Empire: A Throne of Glass Novella by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★☆)

You knew it was coming, the final devastating story in The Assassin’s Blade bind up. While I did appreciate the brief foray into Arobynn’s insanely manipulative mental process at the end of the story (you deserve everything you have coming your way sir), I didn’t necessarily need to read about the traumatic ending to all things Celaena and Sam.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (★★★★½)

What if Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars had a baby? A futuristic baby. Then you would definitely be reading Katharine McGee’s debut novel The Thousandth Floor. Set in the year 2118, this first in a series re-imagines life if Manhattan were a giant thousandth floor skyscraper, exploring the glamorous lives of the Tower’s elite and the not so posh citizens who live miles below them. [READ FULL REVIEW]

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