Mid-Month Update! (Even though it’s not the middle of the month)

Greetings readers:

So…

I know we are fast-approaching the end of October and I was supposed to do this update in the middle of the month, but as a student and participant in various extra-curricular activities, it did not get done. However, as the lovely saying goes “better late than never”, I’ve a few things to share with you.

Let’s get  the more troublesome things out of the way first.

Q:”How is your reading this month Rendz?”

A: *laughs cheekily* Almost non-existent. Unfortunately, because school became such a hassle (tests, assignments and clubs) I’ve almost no time to sit down and read due to homework or studying. That being said, I’m still making my way through Replica by Lauren Oliver. Yeah, I should have finished that book a long time ago. The good thing is that I am only 100 pages from the end! (so that will hopefully be getting done soon *crosses fingers* However! I have started listening to The Assassin’s Blade audio book and I’m on the third novella, so that is getting done. Hopefully, I will be finished soon!

Now that the bad stuff is out of the way I can focus on the great stuff that has happened so far!

1. Big Signing Event!

This past Sunday, I had the most wonderful opportunity to meet Catherine Egan, Morgan Rhodes, Kiersten White and MARIE LU! You all have no idea how completely and utterly amazing my weekend was. I will be doing a full recap on my blog very soon so stay tuned!

2. Book Haul!

I have bought many books this past month and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you at the end of the month! Let’s just say that my wallet has shrunk significantly this month.

3. I am on Instagram!

I have decided to make and Instagram account, to upload some awesome pictures of books and other bookish things! I will post my insta name soon (I still have to add a little to my profile),  but my first picture will be up soon! Hopefully, I can take good pictures, I’ve been studying from other bookstagram accounts 🙂

4. Change to TBR-October!

So originally, I had planned to read 3 books this month; Replica, The Assassin’s Blade and A Shadow Bright and Burning. However, I received my library’s copy of Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch sooner then I intended. So I have to read it within a limited time span. Luckily, I was able to renew my copy of A Shadow Bright and Burning, so that will be on my November TBR. I am very excited to start Frost Like Night, even though there is a 95% chance I will not finish it by the 31st. Oh well.

So that is all for the updates. I promise next month, I will actually do this in the middle of the month and not the end! I am very, very excited for November, I have good reads planned!

Happy Reading! (You are probably getting more done than me)

-Rendz

P.S. The bottom text really applies to me this month.

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Teen Tour Experience

Greetings readers:

So this past Monday, a local bookstore Indigo Yorkdale, had the privilege of hosting a Teen Tour Event  with HCCFrenzy. Featuring the authors, Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake and M-E Girard.

I was lucky enough to be in attendance and meet the lovely authors myself and get my books signed!

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The night started out with quick introductions from the authors themselves. Lauren Oliver was very funny when explaining, the many different ways in which you can read her new novel, Replica. Plus, I’m just quoting what she said but, “Technically, if you buy Replica for someone for Christmas, they owe you two books in return because this [Replica] is two books in one.”

Replica (Replica, #1)

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Kendare Blake then went on to describe her new dark fantasy Three Dark Crowns. It’s about three sisters who have to fight to the death to inherit their kingdom’s throne. It sounds so amazing, I cannot wait to pick it up.

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Lastly, we had the lovely M-E Girard introduce her debut novel, Girl Mans Up about a gender fluid girl who has to deal with people questioning her lifestyle.

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Each author has their own quirks and funny stories that they shared with the audience. They were asked questions about their novels, where their ideas came from and how they rewarded themselves for finishing a novel.

Lauren Oliver said that she rewards herself by writing another book. That women is constantly at work, she truly LOVES to write. M-E Girard says she loves to reward herself with pizza. (probably my choice of reward to!) And Kendare shared that she likes to eat as well. In fact her favourite food-or shall I say condiment-is mayonnaise! She puts it on EVERYTHING!

Afterwards there were some audience questions. My personal favourite was, “How tall are your characters?” Followed by a several strange faces from the authors, which was quickly replied with, “It’s not like some weird fetish I have!” by the audience member. It was probably one of the funniest moments of the night.

Next to the hilarious stories and outbursts that were shared by the authors, many of them by M-E Girard. They also  talked about their most anticipated reads of 2017. Lauren Oliver said Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer, Kendare Blake awaits for The Boneless Mercies (2018) by  April Genevieve Tucholke and M-E Girard is looking out to reading a revised draft of something she wrote!

In the topic of Halloween these lovely ladies also shared their costume ideas! Lauren Oliver said Victor Krum, she said that the most random things always pop into her head. Kendare Blake answered “I would be Moby Dick. Yup. I would be very cozy and my face would stick out of its mouth all bloody, like someone it had just eaten.” M-E Girard was too flustered to answer, she could not think of anything it turns out she dislikes dressing up!

Finally, signing time came! When it was my turn I was so nervous, luckily courage found me and I was able to make some cool conversation. It turns out that Kendare Blake went home with multiple pictures of black squirrels because they are so uncommon in America. Lauren Oliver is a Narnia fan like me and there is a reference to it in Lyra’s side of the story, so should look out for it. I also spoke with M-E Girard about how she is just so fabulous and outspoken. She called it both a blessing and a curse because she has no clue what she said and will probably regret it later.

Over all I had a fabulous time. The signing line was long but totally worth the wait! Definitely pick up these incredible books!

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Experience score: 9/10

My only problem was that I wished they had some trivia or more giveaways to entertain during the waiting time.

Stay tuned because next week, I will be  reviewing my time meeting Catherine Egan, Kiersten White, Morgan Rhodes and Marie Lu!

Happy Reading!

-Rendz

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A Torch Against the Night Reviewed

Dear readers:

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)

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Goodreads synopsis:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

There are so many words I could use to describe this book.

Yet I find myself with my hands on the key board not moving.

I sit here and I question how it will be possible for me to summarize this book that made me feel…

Feel….

FEEL.

That’s it I have figured it out.

A Torch against the night by Sabaa Tahir was a beautiful-sad-gut wrenching-hope filled-scary-insane-joyful-intense-suspenseful-amazing-tear worthy-yell worthy-cuddle up into fetal position not wanting to move until the next book comes out-kind of book.

In short, I LOVED IT.

What I liked  ADORED

Pages 1-452 :The whole book

The characters: I just cannot get enough of these characters. Laia is whom I identify with most. She is wonderful, loving, tender and stubborn. She has flaws, she has strengths and she always finds her courage in times of desperation and defeat.  Helene is my inspiration. She is fierce, talented, bold yet compassionate, loving and loyal. (so, so loyal–sometimes far too loyal) These lovely ladies are very family orientated something of myself that I see in them. Then there is Elias. Elias Veturius. THE COMPLETE PACKAGE. Sweet, funny, caring, thoughtful, merciful, hot-headed, just really hot Elias. *Could there be a more divine creation?* Then there is Harper Avitas. A very interesting man, whose past is very mysterious up until the end when there is a huge bombshell. And I Mean HUGE. The commandant just needs to die. She needs to die. She should have died in this book. But certain characters are ever so merciful. We also get to see more of Darin and Afya, so those were two very good bonuses!

The world: The empire is such an amazing world. their politics and government system although very cruel is very interesting. I also loved how we got to explore surrounding lands like the tribe lands and *cough* a very mysterious forest *cough*. It felt like I was actually travelling with them through the sands and snow.

Magic: MAGIC! There is more of it in this one!

Romance: Not too much but just enough to keep me satisfied. I do not want to give away too much BUT I will say I have high hopes for my ship. AND I see huge potential for a second ship which  I really hope happens! *crosses fingers*

Maps: I loved the maps at the beginning and end of the book. They were very informative and helped me keep track of where the characters were.

What I disliked

NOT APPLICABLE

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RATING: 5 / 5 shiny and bright stars

Overall, yes I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has amazing action moments and fight scenes. It has epic and insane plot twists and reveals that will haunt me forever. Many characters die. I lost count. (It just adds to my tremendous heart break) The ending is so unbelievably utterly perfect. Unfortunately the third book does not come out until 2018. 2018! Why Sabaa, why? Regardless I know I will rereading these again soon. There is a reason this series and author is on my Favourites list.

Do I reccommend it: 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000% yes.

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Happy reading!

-Rendz

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October TBR!

Dear readers:

Today I am bringing you my To-Be-Read for the month of October! *insert pumpkin here*

I have decided I will not have a specific theme (even though it is the month of Halloween) since I am more of a mood reader, regardless these are the books I will be tackling this month.

Replica by Lauren Oliver

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This novel just sounds so epic! When I first heard that you have to flip it over to read the second perspective I flipped and clicked WANT TO READ so fast. I will leave the Goodreads summary below.

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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I have read most of the Throne of Glass series, but I have decided to read the prequels before diving into Empire of Storms. So hopefully  I can keep away from spoilers for the time being. I will finally meet Sam and I am so excited yet am already dying from the foreseen heartache.

Goodreads summary:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)

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I have been eyeing big this book for a while now. The synopsis just sound so intriguing because you know MAGIC! I cannot wait to get started. Goodreads synopsis below.

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

I know it’s only three books but considering that I had an ambitious TBR last month which went half completed I decided to stick with a short list. If by any reason I read other books they will be in the wrap-up at the end of the month!

What are you reading this month? Let me know down below. That’s all for now!

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Happy reading!

-Rendz

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