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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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘First We Were IV’ by Alexandra Sirowy

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 secret society that goes too far: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy!

Despite the stellar cover, which may have tricked you with its galaxy color scheme, First We Were IV is not a science fiction novel, but a contemporary thriller about a group of friends who start a secret society that quickly gets out of hand. Because of course it does.

You can snag your own copy of First We Were IV on July 25, 2017.

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Book Cover Battle: ‘The Savage Dawn’ by Melissa Grey – US Cover VS. UK Cover

Tomorrow (July 11) marks the release of the third and final book in Melissa Grey’s The Girl At Midnight series: The Savage Dawn!

To celebrate The Savage Dawn’s book birthday, we thought another book cover battle was in order — especially considering The Girl at Midnight was our first ever BCB!

Which cover reigns supreme, the US version (left) or the UK version (right)?

Keep reading for an official synopsis and vote for which cover you think wore it better below.

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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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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘That Inevitable Victorian Thing’ by E.K. Johnston

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 speculative fiction novel that asks, “What if the British Empire didn’t fall?”: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston.

Set in the near future, Johnston’s latest novel takes place in an alternate reality where the United States never came to be and the British Empire still reigns supreme.

The “What If?” premise follows the crown princess Victoria-Margaret, who is enjoying one final summer of freedom before her genetically arranged political match is chosen.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing hits shelves on October 3, 2017.

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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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