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

What’s just as fun as reading? Taking pictures of the books that you read!

Welcome to Bookstagram, the corner of Instagram where bibliophiles everywhere participate in literary themed photo challenges and share what they’re currently reading.

Last month my January Bookstagram photos included the literal color purple, bookish presents, my latest book haul, puppies and plenty of Spines With Wines action.

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The ‘Shadowhunters’ Series Teaser Actually Has (Dare We Say It?) Our Hopes Up

Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series is being adapted yet again, but this time with hopefully better results!

I mean, it has to be better. How could it possibly be worse? Show creators, that was not a challenge.

How do we know? Not to jinx it or anything, but this teaser from the ABC Family television series (soon to be a Freeform television series) has gotten our hopes up that Shadowhunters won’t be a complete train wreck like that movie that shall not be named.

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