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

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (★★★½)

John Green is back with another touching novel that deals with the tough stuff. This time around Green tackles mental illness, dealing with his own OCD through the lens of Aza, a 16-year-old girl who struggles with crippling anxiety and obsessive compulsive tendencies. A thoughtfully written contemporary tale, Green’s latest work is an unflinching and occasionally difficult to read exploration of mental illness.

Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan (★★★)

After a heart-wrenching Volume 7, Brian K. Vaughan has gifted us a slightly (take note of the term slightly) more lighthearted arc, exploring our heroes most recent trauma and throwing some social commentary in for good measure. The only downside to the continued greatness of the series after all these years? We’ll have to wait until 2019 for Volume 9.

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill (★★★)

The first book in a fantasy duology, Erin Summerill’s Ever the Hunted is a predictable tale about a girl with incredibly rare magic powers she’s unaware of and an unlikeable love interest who may or may not have killed her father. While Ever the Hunted had some bright spots, it suffers from incredibly slow pacing and an insufferable love story.

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All Our Friends Are Finally Together in the First Trailer for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

A decade has lead to this, all our MCU faves (and Doctor Strange), in one movie: Avengers: Infinity War.

Based solely on the trailer, it looks like Thanos has finally decided to get off his butt and finish collecting the Infinity Stones, and it’s up to our heroes — Avengers and non-Avengers alike — to stop him.

That’s it. That’s the movie.

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

The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! by Robert Kirkman (★★★★)

Who is The Walking Dead‘s most enigmatic villain, and how exactly did he become the psychopathic dick we love to hate? Here’s Negan collects the origin story of the man, the myth, the terrible husband, including the creation of his weapon of choice: Lucille. Rushed at times, the prequel story suffers from its original format (it was released four pages at a time over 16 months and is far too short to fully explain this complex character), but won me over with some great Negan one-liners.

Spell on Wheels Vol. 1 by Kate Leth (★★★½)

Touted as Supernatural meets Buffy and The Craft, Spell on Wheels is about three fashionable young witches who go on an East Coast road trip to retrieve their stolen magical belongings. While the adorable artwork and two of the side adventures were super enjoyable — I’m looking at you goat man and haunted gal pals — I didn’t find the arc as a whole entirely successful. A real shame, since fashionable witches on a road trip  is basically my dream comic book series.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (★★★½)

In real life, Eliza Mirk is a painfully shy teenager with her nose stuck in a sketch book. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the enormously popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. But when a Monstrous Sea fanfiction author moves to Eliza’s school, she’s forced to confront the real world and her self-imposed loneliness. A fun look at the world of fandom, Eliza and Her Monsters is, at its heart, a touching exploration of depression and anxiety.

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Here Are the Bookish Trailers + Posters You May Have Missed from San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Today marks the end of San Diego Comic-Con 2017, and as in years past, studios are putting almost everything online after their panels to avoid poorly leaked footage from con attendees.

Keep reading to watch all the book-related trailers and see all the posters you may have missed from this year’s event (in order of excitement of course) below.

Ready Player One – First Trailer

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Speak Easy, Speak Love’ by McKelle George

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 1920s retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing: Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George!

The Shakespearean re-imagining follows the intertwined lives of six teens in the roaring twenties as they try to save a dying speakeasy.

And really, what else do you need to know?

George’s debut novel Speak Easy, Speak Love hits shelves on September 19, 2017.

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