Mystery Blogger Award Pt 2

Greetings readers!
I was nominated once before for this award, but I was nominated again by two lovely bloggers. My thanks goes out to Princess @ Royal Reader. She has an amazing blog and I always enjoy reading her discussion posts and reviews. You should definitely go check her out and interact with her. Another big thank you to is Melting Pots and Other Calamities who writes great reviews and discussion posts as well! She has an amazing thread about analyzing different strengths in women in fiction that you should go check out!

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“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

This award was created by Okoto Enigma @ Okoto Enigma. You should check the blog out!

Rules

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog

2. List the rules

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6. You nominate 10 – 20 people

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three things about Rendz

  1. I tried embroidery for the first time and it is suffice to say that I would make a terrible lady in the middle ages. I cannot embroider to save my life.
  2. I have 18 signed books on my shelf (maybe one day I will do a post about it)
  3. I’ve never read Harry Potter…don’t hate me.

My Best Posts

I like to write funny reviews.  I try to write funny yet professional reviews. Let me know what you think!

  1. Crooked Kingdom Review
  2. Wires & Nerve Review
  3. Blood Rose Rebellion ARC Review

Royal Reader’s Questions

1.) What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?

I’m not a spontaneous kind of person, I tend to overthink everything I do and each decision I make. It’s not the best quality to have and I tend to bury myself in doubt, but there was this one time I sent in a piece of writing to an author because she was doing a special program with my local library. I never share my creative writing with anyone but her response to my story made me happy and pushed me to keep going. Although now when I read what I sent her I realize it needs major fixing!

2.) If you could suddenly be an expert in any field at all, what would it be and why?

An astronaut. I would definitely be interested in going to space and seeing the world from the outside. I think their work is so cool and I would love to be in their shoes for a day!

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3.) Where is your favourite place to write your blog posts?

In my study. It’s where I do all my work and projects. I have a big desk with a comfy chair. Not to mention three shelves with some of my books (not all shelves have my books most of them a textbooks) It’s a small room but it’s my room and I can focus in here. (Most days anyways)

4.) If you could spend the day with your biggest inspiration, who would it be and what would you do? (Can be anyone at all, famous or not, living or passed on).

I have no idea. I don’t know if I have discovered my biggest inspiration apart from my family. They mean the world to meet but I get to spend everyday with them. There are so many people who do incredible things but I cannot think of one who has touched me personally! I guess I haven’t found anyone yet…perhaps in the near future.

5.) Weird: If you were to run away and join the circus (non-animal using circus only), would you either be a trapeze artist, a fire-eater, a tight-rope walker or a unicyclist?

Tight-rope walker. I would get to channel my inner Inej Ghafa.

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Melting Pots and Other Calamities Questions

1.) Have you ever checked out a hyped book/movie/TV show/other type of fiction, and did you enjoy it?

Many. Many! A lot of the books I read are the hyped ones and often times I enjoy them. For example The Hunger Games, Six of Crows, An Ember in the Ashes, The Lunar Chronicles, etc but there have been some I did not enjoy as much i.e. Queen of Shadows and Glass Sword.

2.) What is your favourite fandom? I don’t mean the show or book itself, but the group of people involved.

I love being a Lunartic! I’m not active in many groups but I do follow some blogs and Pinterest boards that always have great TLC memes and fan art. The fan art is amazing! It’s a community with no ship wars, great characters and a story that is always fun to revisit!

3.) Give two of your favourite quotes, one funny, and the other inspirational.

Funny:  20 Eternal Struggles Of Growing Up With Strict Parents <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23strict" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23strict&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#strict search Pinterest">#strict</a> <a class="pintag" href="/explore/parents/" title="#parents explore Pinterest">#parents</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23struggle" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23struggle&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#struggle search Pinterest">#struggle</a>

Inspirational: “You are never to old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

4.) While writing your posts, do you have writer’s block, and if so, what kind is it? Like, do you have trouble coming up with ideas, or do you lack motivation?

My posts usually consist of reviews and tags/awards, I have yet to write a discussion or appreciation post. Sometimes I have trouble in my reviews coming up with the subheadings in my likes and dislikes. I struggle with finding the right things to say to express my true feelings for the book. Sometimes I think I sound really childish and I get stuck on my wording. To help I usually flip through the book to any random page and just think about the scenes before and after. That usually helps bring up ideas.

5.) (Funny question). Name something you loved as a kid. Do you still like it on occasion?

I used to watch Cinderella religiously and play “Cinderella” in my room wearing one of my mom’s dresses and pair of shoes. I had the movie practically memorized so I would reenact my favourite scenes or make up new story lines. After The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe came out in theatres I watched that religiously and made my friends play “Narnia” with me at recess. I think they got annoyed at some point of me always suggesting the same game over and over. Today, I don’t watch Cinderella as much anymore. She still holds a special place in my heart and whenever the movie is miraculously on TV I will watch it. As for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe I watch at least every two or three months. Whenever I am on holiday I pick a night to watch LWW and Prince Caspian. I don’t play dress up anymore or cosplay but I do try to make some fan art. Maybe one day I’ll share some with you!


My nominees:

If you have already been nominated you do not have to do it again!

My Questions:

  1. What is one of your most cherished bookish memories?
  2. Which character would you like to be best friends with?
  3. Do you have a specific reading schedule? (A set time in a day, a certain place, or a list of upcoming books)
  4. What super power would you love to have?
  5. Would you name a child/pet after fictional characters? (Funny)

This was a long post! If you stuck around and read all of it, it means a lot to me! Thank you once again to my nominators and I hope you guys know how much I appreciate these awards!

Happy reading,

~Rendz

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Epic Reads Tag

Greetings readers!

So, I’m still trying to catch up on all the tags and awards that you all nominated me for in January. The process is slow but steady. I am happy to do it though especially since I never have a shortage of posts to write! Plus tags are always fun, so why not do them all!

So a while back, I was tagged by Olga over at Olga’s Oddish Obsession to do the  Epic Reads tag! This was a fun tag and I had a great time writing it so thank you for tagging me! 🙂

Onto the tag…

Question 1: If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to lunch, who would you invite and what would you serve them?

Oh gosh, this is tough. Marissa Meyer and Cress. Yeah, those two for sure. It would be a luncheon of fangirling and fun. I would fangirl over both of them and then we would fangirl over other books together. Probably over pizza. Plus I’d get to talk about Thorne!

Question 2: What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

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The Winners Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

I would love to know what Arin and Kestrel’s lives were like before book 1. I want to know more about their pasts and how they came to be the people they are. I especially want to know about Roshar back when he was a prince who is then captured as a slave. I think that would be very interesting.

Question 3: Which two characters (not from the same book) would make a good couple.

Am I not a character in my own life story? Can I ship myself with all my book boyfriends?!

Ok fine, I’ll stick to the rules. Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I think they would bond over their questionable morals and thirst for revenge. *Although I hate to break up Inej and Kaz becuase they are literally perfect!*

Question 4: If you ran into your favourite author on the subway and only could say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?

Ha! I’d be lucky to get a word out! I’d probably turn really red and be too chicken to talk! However, if I had guts I’d probably say something along the lines of “Oh my God, so I am like a huge fan and I love your books and I think your awesome and can you sign my shirt because I do not have your book with me and you can’t sign my forehead because it will wash off and I don’t really mind never washing this shirt again and…and..and…” and then they would walk away because they would think I am crazy.

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Question 5: What book made you a reader and why?

Many books made me a reader. There is not just one. It was a very slow process but ultimately the true obsessive reading began after The Hunger Games. I had read other books before that series that I really loved, but this book made me want to read more. It made me crave books. It was the final explosion after various sparks. The aftermath became my bookish obsession which led to this blog.

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Question 6: Incendio! Your bookshelf just caught fire. Show the book you’d save.

The Chronicles of Narnia

Not cheating because I have a bind up of all 7 books!

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Question 7: Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?

Oh gosh. Probably the world in The Lunar Chronicles. But after all the drama and wars. You know so I can avoid the plague and hybrid soldiers and a crazy lunar queen.

Question 8: What is your most epic read of all time?

Not a fair question! I cannot answer this with only one book! I have many epic books and they all astound me in different ways! I’m sorry I can’t answer this, just know that there is a long list of epicness!!

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Tag time!

I tag anyone who wants to have a go at this! *I’m just lazy again…sorry*

Thanks again for the tag Olga!

Now tell me, can you really have one epic read of all time?

Happy reading,

~Rendz

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A Huge Thank You!

Greetings readers!

I woke up this morning to open a very important notification from WordPress:

100 Follows!

Congratulations on getting 100 total follows on Reading with Rendz
Your current tally is 102.
I had been eyeing my follower count for the past couple weeks and watched it creep slowly, but steadily to 100. This sticker is very special to me because it shows that people actually know of Rendz’s existence and her passion for reading.
I am so grateful for all of my followers! Each and every one of you. Even those of you who I hardly interact with.
I am grateful for all your likes and comments! Your thoughts always put a smile on my face because I know you took the time to read/skim my post and took interest enough to reach out to me!
I cannot express how happy I am to have 100 followers, considering I started this blog just for fun and to express my dorky side. I never would have thought I’d make it this far, this fast!
This is blog is still a baby. My posts are not perfect, but they are a reflection of who I am and what I love to do. Read and write.
To those of you who have been with me since the beginning, I love you. From the bottom of my bookish soul.
To those of you who have just joined this adventure with me, I look forward to interacting with you!
This achievement is small, but at the same time monumental and I pray you all know that you are a big part of this blog and I appreciate you for it. I hope you continue to join me on my bookish journey of mine!
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As always,
HAPPY READING!
~ Rendz
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Blood Rose Rebellion ARC Review

Greetings readers!

A mini story…

So I had this week in my life where I won three giveaways. It was one of the best weeks of 2016 for me. And one of those giveaways was for an ARC of one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves! Just imagine, I was sitting in my Advanced Functions class, bored out of my mind (practically falling asleep) when I decided to check my email. I’ll never forget seeing the word WINNER in all caps ever! I read the email and got all happy and giddy, I had finally won something! So with my mind on books, I missed the rest of my math lesson.

Oops.

I won this  book way back in December and only until recently I have had a good solid amount of time to read it. I’m so happy I waited because when I read books at busy times, I tend to put them off for long stretches and I forget points of plot or characters, which is never a good thing!

That being said, I really enjoyed this book and I think Rosalyn will have great success with her debut!

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

*Goodreads Synopsis*

Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion, #1)

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The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

First, I would like to start off by saying that the cover is gorgeous! *Heart eyes all around!*

What I liked

The World: This story is set in mid-1800s Europe specifically Hungary, but with a fantastical twist. The nations are governed by the Luminate, a Circle of magical beings who are wealthy, powerful and slightly (very) oppressive. Only the aristocracy get to enjoy the perks of magic, except for Anna who is Barren. Without magic, she is basically shunned and seen as the lowest of the low to the rich. This book explores the world of the aristocracy and Anna’s struggle to find her place as a Barren among her society. It also explores the lives of the oppressed. The Hungarians struggling under the rule of the Austrians and Luminate and the Romani who are subjects to the oppression, prejudice and racism from all societal groups. I think it was an excellent and interesting setting and the thoughts of the characters matched the societal norms and practices of the time period.

The Characters

Anna: My thoughts on Anna were conflicting here and there, but ultimately I really enjoyed reading from her perspective. She was strong, spunky, brave and caring. However, she was also lost and wanted to find her place. At first I sympathized with her. She was struggling to make her mother happy, meet society’s standards and flourish a romance with a boy who didn’t love her. She felt lonely  and she wanted to be cared for. However, I kind of got sick of her moping and self-pity. I felt like she would never stop whining about her lack of ability and sad life. Then I started to think and realized that she had it tough. Her mother and sister regretted her existence, her father loved her but did not see her internal struggle, her society shunned her, she was sent away to a foreign country and the government she so trusted began to hunt her as a threat. Anna grows throughout the story, she realizes that the society she was raised in, was not the one she belonged to and the search for her place in her world led her to new friends, enemies and possibilities.

There were many secondary characters I liked too, such as Gábor, Noémi, William and Mátyás! They all had different personalities and backstories that I enjoyed. Their relationships to Anna developed and changed over the course of the story which was great to see. They brought even more life to the plot even if their perspectives were not shown.

Hungarian Influence: I love it when books have words or phrases that  are in a different language. This one had a lot of words and phrases in Hungarian and German (I believe) which was a major bonus. Although I’m pretty sure I pronounced every word wrong! Luckily, there is a glossary at the back which has the definition and pronunciation of each word. Unfortunately, I did not discover this until after having read the entire book so I had been saying everybody’s name wrong…

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There were also many myths and creatures from Hungarian folklore presented in this which I enjoyed a lot. They were creep and malicious and added a darker element to the story! 

The Romance: I had a mini let down at the beginning because I thought it was going to be insta-love. The warning bells went off in my head, but I was wrong. The chemistry between the Anna and Gábor was nicely paced and sweet. They grew to become friends first and then they found their romance which led to struggles and mishaps as romances usually do. I loved them together and hope that they grow even closer in the next instalment.

The Ending: Rosalyn tricked me! The final chapter was an ending. It rounded everything off nicely and perfectly. If it were a stand-alone I would have been satisfied but luckily I knew there is going to be a sequel, so I thought to myself “I can wait, it’s not so bad.”

Then I read the epilogue.

OH SNAP!

If the epilogue is what I think it is…my anticipation for the next one just skyrocketed!

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What I disliked:

More magic please: I understand the whole premise of the story was that Anna had “no magic” and that she had to learn to deal with that. However, there were still many scenes with magic that I think could have been further explored. I wanted to know more about it’s mysterious history and origin. I wanted to know the difference between the types of magic used. It was a great magical system, I just wanted to know more and see more.

I don’t fully understand the title: You know how in every book you read you are supposed to have the epiphany where the title and the story make sense together…well I missed it in this one. I get the “Rebellion” and the image on the cover but I do not see the relationship between the words “Blood Rose” and the plot. Perhaps it was there and I missed it.

Suspense on the down low: The suspense lacked for me a little. There were definitely some intense moments. There is one particular scene that was brutal to read because it was so sad and dark, however I never felt true intense emotions. My heart was not racing and it was pretty mellow throughout the whole book. There were some great action scenes just not enough for my liking and even those scenes could be more suspenseful.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The story was intriguing and the characters were fun to read about. There were some minor things that I think could be improved, but I still enjoyed it very much. I anticipate the next book and hopefully there will be more detail into Anna’s mysterious power and her new role in society.

Rating: 4/5 stars 

Recommend?: Yes, for those who are looking for a great historical fantasy!

Bonus Detail!: Rosalyn has read the Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall so I am ready to fangirl when she is!

Let me know your thoughts if you have read this, or if you are excited to read it! Or comment a debut you are looking forward to reading!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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What Cats do Book Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by Mandy over at Book Princess Reviews to do the What Cats Do Book Tag! She has an awesome post where she shares her bookish answers that you can read all about here!

I feel weird doing this tag because I do not have a pet cat. The closest experience I ever had to “having” a cat was when I would trap my elderly neighbour’s cats in my backyard. That sounds crueller than I thought it would! Anyways, there was a particular kitten named Jackson who always came to our yard to play with me so he holds a special place in my heart as my own cat!

Enough of my back story, onto the tag!

Purr – As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin in Bloom)

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Do books ever really make me feel relaxed? I mean I read a lot of fantasy so heart racing moments are never far off! But Anne of Green Gables made me feel very happy and giddy as I read it! I’ve only ever read it once, but I fell in love and thinking about the book makes me happy even though there are some pretty sad parts!

Sleep – What is a book that put you to sleep or was just boring?

The Prince

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Put me to sleep after every sentence I read.

Twitch While Dreaming – Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

The Rose Society (The Young Elites, #2)

No,  but I did dream I was headed to a Marie Lu signing with The Rose Society in my hands! Low and Behold! A year later Marie Lu came for a signing! It was fate!

Seems to Play Nice…Until the Claws are Out – Which book had the biggest plot twist?

Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3)

Raging Star by Moira Young

I’m still not over it!

Cuddles – Which book character would you give a hug to?

All my book boyfriends. Particularly Elias Veturius, Carswell Thorne, Magnus Damora, Kaz Brekker (even though I’m pretty sure that would disgust him) Day….but I would also love to hug Meira, Laia, Cress, Inej and Nina! So everybody!

Catnip – What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1)

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

These book are just so cute and fluffy. I can read them in a day and they remind me of summer for some reason!

Cat Breeds – What are your favourite books?

Fantasy! I love me some good magic!

The Vet’s Office – Your least favourite book:

I guess the Prince because it was a terrible read.

Being in Places They Shouldn’t – Least favourite cliche:

The love triangle! Seriously. Can we petition to ban his trope!

Final Question: The Good Old Cardboard Box – Most underrated book series:

The Chronoptika Quartet and Incarceron series by Catherine Fisher are really good. Plus, neither of them are romance heavy. For those of you looking for a great action series minus the problems that come with romance, check these books out!

Or

The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielson

This is a middle grade series but it also works well with YA readers too! Or general fantasy readers!

Obsidian Mirror (Chronoptika, #1)      The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for me. I’m tagging anyone who would like to have a go at this tag! Have fun (even if you know nothing about cats, like me! 🙂 )

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Veronica Roth Event Experience

In Case You Missed It!!

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Greetings readers!

Last week I had the lovely opportunity to see Veronica Roth, in person as her tour for Carve the Mark stopped in Toronto! I actually attended as a reserved guest because my friend The Wicked Reader (You can find her on IG as @thewickedreader) won reserved seating for herself and a guest. Luckily she chose me!

The perks of being a reserved guest are many and I enjoyed them all thoroughly! I had a seat waiting for me so I did not have to stand the full hour. I had a wrist band that made me the third in line for the signing. I got some cool swag, shoelaces and bookmarks! And I got the book for F R E E!

That’s right, free! I saved myself lots of money!

Confession time:

Here’s the awkward bit. I have never actually read any books by Veronica Roth. I have…

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Veronica Roth Event Experience

Greetings readers!

Last week I had the lovely opportunity to see Veronica Roth, in person as her tour for Carve the Mark stopped in Toronto! I actually attended as a reserved guest because my friend The Wicked Reader (You can find her on IG as @thewickedreader) won reserved seating for herself and a guest. Luckily she chose me!

The perks of being a reserved guest are many and I enjoyed them all thoroughly! I had a seat waiting for me so I did not have to stand the full hour. I had a wrist band that made me the third in line for the signing. I got some cool swag, shoelaces and bookmarks! And I got the book for F R E E!

That’s right, free! I saved myself lots of money!

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Confession time:

Here’s the awkward bit. I have never actually read any books by Veronica Roth. I have not read Divergent, but I did watch the movie so I know the basics of what happens. And I have not read Carve the Mark since it just came out. BUT I was still excited to go to the signing and as usual I made a fool of myself in front of the author. Stay tuned, to know what I said.

Introductions!

So before Veronica came out, the Indigo employees got the crowd excited and rattled by pitting us against each other in crazy battles to win the pot of gold. Meaning trivia for gift cards. Well, at least I thought it was going to be trivia, it turned out to be less trivia and more “let’s see who has crazy things in their wallets/purses!”

That’s not a joke.

The first “question” was “This book is about going to foreign places and seeing different aspects of different cultures! Whoever can pull out foreign currency, that is not Canadian or American gets a gift card!”

How I wished I was carrying a colón in my wallet. How I wished. Whilst I was wishing, some girl pulled out 5 frickin euros! She got a gift card. Someone else had a rupee and someone else had a coin from the Bahamas! Seriously?!?

The next question:

“Alright, this book is about travelling. Going places and taking on adventure. Whoever pulls out a boarding pass or plane ticket gets a gift card!”

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A plane ticket????? Who carries a plane ticket?! Apparently some lady who said “I have my ticket to Jamaica!” and the other lady who brought her boarding pass destined to Banff! Seriously?!

The last challenge came about and I was ready to participate if necessary!

“Alright I’m going to need three out-going people who are not of afraid of a crowd!” I gave up right then and there.

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So three people went up. Two boys and a girl. They had a dance-off to Wanna Be by the Spice Girls. I have never experienced so much second-hand embarrassment in my life! The two guys tried their best but the girl ended up winning because she feared the crowd the least. I applauded them for trying anyways!

After that ordeal Veronica finally showed up! And the show began!

A Game of MASH

So if you do not know what MASH is. It is a old-school game that predicts your love-life, career, family and mode of transportation. It’s very accurate! One girl volunteered to have her future foretold with MASH but using Divergent and Carve the Mark themes and characters! It was hilarious because she ended up having a husband she disliked and 2.5 kids. Not to mention she would be living on a mysterious planet.

Discussion

So Veronica was accompanied by Sarah Enni, the PodCast host of First Draft and they discussed various bookish things. I won’t bore you with details but to summarize it was very funny and Harry Potter was brought up a lot.

Then there was the lighting round of questions!

Time Travel or Space Travel? VR: Space Travel

Robots or Aliens? VR: By a small amount I prefer Alien stories. They say so much about who we are and what we think.

Vampires or Werewolves? VR: I gotta go with Werewolves for this.

Zombies fast or slow? VR: FAST

The came some fan questions:

First book that made you cry? VR: Bridge to Terrabithia

Recommended reads? VR: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, WANT by Cindy Pon, After the Fall by Kate Harte

It was a funny discussion and many times Veronica got off course but it was still a great talk!

Signing Time in Which Rendz Embarrasses Herself Again!

So as mentioned before I have not read any of Veronica Roth’s other novels. So while I was lining up I had no clue what I was going to say to her. As usual, I got very nervous. The lady before me seemed to be chatting away with Veronica going off about who knows what, probably Divergent.

Meanwhile I was thinking about how awkward our mini chat was going to be!

Finally my turn came to go up, so I did. I handed the Indigo Employee my phone so he could take pictures and stood in front of Veronica Roth. She said “Hello” as I handed her my book to which I responded “Hello! How are you?”

VR: “I’m good, how are you?”

Rendz: “Great”

*Awkward silence as she signs the book*

Rendz: “So…this is really awkward because I have never read any of your books or this one. I saw the movie but I have not watched the rest of them. So I do not really know what to say to you other than, hi.” *I was very red in the face at this point*

VR: *laughing* “Don’t worry about it. I get it. I hope you enjoy it anyways.”

*More silence as she signs, what was I doing at this point you ask. Just smiling*

Rendz: “So…I like to ask everybody this. Have you read the Chronicles of Narnia?”

To which she responded yes and that her favourite was The Silver chair because she remembered it being creepy. Which it kind of is. She even said she was thinking of rereading them! Exciting!

Then we said our good byes and I walked off grinning like a fool because that is what I always look like after talking about Narnia!

Everything went great until I tripped coming down that single step! *sigh*

Overall Experience

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I had a great time! I mean I got a free book, met an author and hung out with many bookish people! Plus, I can add another signed book to my shelves which is always a plus!

4/5 stars *I didn’t get any of the Harry Potter jokes*

Now, I have heard about the controversy surrounding Carve the Mark and the offense it brings to many readers. The controversy was not brought up during the event, which is understandable because that would have been super awkward, but I would have liked her to shed some light on it. However, I do not think it was the appropriate time or place. As to whether I’m going to read it, I will. Eventually. Like when I topple all the other books I have to read.

Let me know in the comments what author(s) you have met or would like to meet!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

Greetings readers!

I was nominated by Princess over at the Royal Reader for the Versatile Blogger Award! This is such an honour and I would like to give Princess a million thanks for nominating me! She has an amazing blog which you can check out here and I highly encourage you to participate in all her interesting discussions.

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The rules:

1.) Display the award on your blog.

2.) Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

3.) Share 7 facts about yourself.

4.) Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blog.

7 Facts about Rendz

1.) Some of you know that my favourite book/movie of all time is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The truth is I watched the movie before ever actually reading the book. Actually, I watched the movie multiple times before reading the book considering I’ve only ever read it three or four times. That’s a big book sin. Still I consider it both my favourite book and movie because together they have led me to magic and adventure in Narnia.

2.) I was actually afraid of the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie when it first came out. It had the creepy mythical monsters and creatures that scared the daylights out of me. But I kept watching the movie and eventually I grew comfortable with their grotesque looks.

3.) Moving aside from Narnia. I’m Canadian. And most blogs I follow are American or use American spelling. So I cringe whenever I see the words favorite or color. They even show up with the red underline in my drafts. If you didn’t know we add in an extra “u” in those words. So: Favourite and colour

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4.) I feel like I just bored you by writing about spelling.

5.) I have never played a legit video game in my life. Unless Wii games count. (I don’t think so) I did not have internet in my house until I was ten. I used to entertain myself with Paint or those CD games that came in cereal boxes.

6.) I was on my school’s first ice hockey team back when I was in the fourth grade. I was chosen because I could skate. However, I could not skate and coordinate my stick and puck at the same time.  I fell a lot.

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7.) I have never been to a Disneyland or Disneyworld. So it’s on  my bucket list. I will go there whenever I get the chance even if I’m a hundred years old.

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Alright that’s enough about me, now I would like to honour some really amazing blogs out there, that I think deserve this award. Do not feel obligated to do it again if you have already been nominated!

Birdie Bookworm

Blame Chocolate

Not So Phamous

A New Look On Books

Past Bedtime Blog

Olga’s Oddish Obsession

Beauty and the Bean Boots

Beast Books

Kyera’s Library

Thank you all for reading I hoped you enjoyed my useless facts about myself! Let me know where you would go if you ever had the chance!

~ Rendz

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Horror Movie Book Tag

Greetings readers!

A couple of days ago I was tagged by the lovely Princess from  Royal Reader to do her very own book tag Horror Movie Book Tag! Thank you so much!

Confession time! I cannot watch horror movies because I will literally not sleep for an entire week from fright. They scare me that much. Even the movies that supposedly suck and are not scary whatsoever, scare me! Still this tag was fun to do and I hope you all go check out Princess’s post here! She had great answers!

Without further ado!

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Rules

  1. Please credit and link yours truly, Princess @RoyalReader(or just Royal Reader), as the creator of this tag, and add the rules.
  2. You can use the graphics provided in your post, or you’re welcome to make your own!
  3. Thank the person(s) who tagged you and let others know of their fabulous blogs.
  4. Tag as many people as you want, be it 1 or 20, it’s entirely up to you

 

1   The Zombie Apocalypse: A book you would save when civilization ends:

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This one is tough however I would choose The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis. This is totally biased because these are my favourite  books but in the end I would choose to keep them safe. They were the first fantasy series I read and it really latched itself onto my heart and introduced me to magic. I need to hold on to that magic if everything else is gone.

2    The Vampire: A book you would stake through the heart (in whatever sense):

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I would stake Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (oooo…controversial opinion, should I start counting how many followers I lost?)  It’s not that I did not like this book. I thought it had great action and suspense but ultimately some of the characters didn’t sit well with me.  The main character completely changed her way of being, the new love interest was boring, and my favourite character was painted as a bad guy for trying to protect his friend. Definitely missed the mark for me.

3   The Haunted House: A book that still haunts you:

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Champion by Marie Lu

This was not a horror story but the ending to her Legend series completely destroyed me and I was left heartbroken. Even just thinking about the ending hurts my soul.

4   The Psychological Thriller: A book with a twist you did not see coming:

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Raging Star (Dust Lands Book #3)by Moira Young

Holy Cannoli! I did not see the big twist coming at the end of this one either! Throughout the second two books of this series there are a couple chapters with an unknown narrator. The reader only knows that he is a he and that he is close to the main character. But there are so many options and discovering the person is absolutely killer!

5   The Creepy Doll: A book that seems innocent but isn’t:

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The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini

This book was not creepy but just plain sad. I knew that going in but the amount of heartbreak I actually went through reading this book is still coursing through me to this day. Everyone should read this book.

6   The Monster: A book you could barely tackle/defeat (in whatever sense):

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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

I had to read this for school and I barely understood any of it. It was short and boring. The most boring 75 pages of my entire life. I finished it but got nothing from reading it!

7   The Comedy-Horror: A book with mixed genres that worked (or didn’t):

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Hell yes this worked! Sci-fi mixed with fairy tales may sound weird but Queen Marissa pulled it off excellently and I enjoyed these very, very much!

8   The (Cliched) Teen Horror: A book you found super cliched/stereotypical:

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Loser/Queen by Jodi Lynn Anderson

This book was not terrible. I liked parts of it, but it was super cliched! The unpopular girl gets popular, then she realizes the consequences of her actions and ultimately loses her popularity. Cheesy but entertaining!

9   The Demonic Possession: A book so gripping you needed an exorcist to escape it:

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The Winners Trilogy bu Marie Rutkoski

I binge read this series over the summer. It was so engrossing and amazing. I connected to the main characters a lot and the plot was very entertaining. It was perfect! I am just so upset I put off reading this series because I judged the books by their covers. I thought it would just be a fluffy romance but they ended up being so much more!

10  The Science Fiction: A precious book you would permanently sacrifice to aliens for the good of mankind:

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The Penderwicks  by Jeanne Birdsall

This series would be so hard to give up. It is so precious to me and my soul! The siblings relationships, the family themes and the theme of death are so important in these books! I loved them so much, hopefully the aliens give them back to me one day!


Well that was a fun. I am tagging a couple of blogs, if I didn’t tag you and would still like to participate and spread the word about Princess’s blog, go ahead!

I tag…

YoPham

Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile

Reads, Rhythms and Ruminations

Aweng || Beast Books

Happy tagging and reading!

-Rendz

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Crooked Kingdom Review

Greetings readers!

So, if you didn’t know I recently had my heart torn out and ripped to shreds by Leigh Bardugo (again). I finally finished the final book of the Six of Crows duology, Crooked Kingdom. I have been waiting a long time to read this book. It came out last September and I bought it around October, yet I never had time to pick it up until recently. Due to my late start, I was spoiled in some parts and scrolling through Tumblr, is one of the most dangerous things to do when you have not read a book.

Rest assured this review (as with all my other reviews) is spoiler free!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Goodreads Synopsis

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

I looked like a wreck after reading this book. I had puffy eyes and the collar of my shirt was wet from the tears (and snot) I wiped from my face. In other words, I cried. A lot. Six of Crows is one of my favourites books for sure. It has action, suspense, and great characters, all of which I admire in great books. Crooked Kingdom did not disappoint me. It was EPIC. It was CRAZY. It was EVERYTHING!

Rest assured, I loved it.

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What I liked:

The Characters: I love this cast. So much love pours out of my heart for these six teenagers. I had to actually keep reminding myself that these characters are kids just like me, who made themselves heroes despite their rather gruesome ways of achieving justice. They were all so amazing, diverse and imperfect!

Wylan: He was like a teddy bear who I just wanted to squish, hug and protect! He grew so much in this novel, especially in his confidence. He was able to see himself as more than just the Merchling who cannot read. He went through some cruel and torturous scenes that I just wanted to pull him out of the book, but through and through he stuck it out.

Jesper: You cannot not love Jesper. He is just so funny and charming. His confidence and swagger make him who he is but in this novel he had to face the truth he has been hiding. His past came back to confront him and he came to understand the wrong that he has done and the responsibility he had to fix it. He learned to say sorry in an action, something more than words.

Matthias: You can also not not love Matthias. He may be stubborn in his Fjerdan traditions and values that cloud his thoughts, but he comes to surpass them. He learns that sometimes one must reflect on their values and decipher whether they lead to righteousness or destruction. He grew so much in this book especially in his camaraderie with the other characters.

Nina: Everybody loves Nina, myself included. She is funny, witty and a bowl of confidence that can carry herself through any situation. She dealt with her own personal destruction and reconstruction after suffering the affects of the Jurda Parem. This book highlighted her strength and will as she fought against the addiction that strived to swallow her whole. She is big, bodacious and brilliant!

Inej: My love for her is immeasurable. Inej had it tough. She was a sex slave, forced to do work and face horrors no person should  be forced to do. Reading her backstory was uncomfortable for me and raw, but it was necessary. Her story is not one purely of fiction, there are thousands of people who are captured by human traffickers. Thousands that must work as she did. But what I loved most about her was her will, optimism and faith. Despite being put through that humiliation and misery she rose above it all. She didn’t cower into herself, instead she chose to fight. Her will and strength were unbreakable, they were made of diamond. She always saw the bright side. She knew the difference between right and wrong and knew that the future could be better if she fought for justice. Her faith kept herself together. Even when the others teased her or she was told to “pray to your saints” mockingly, her beliefs and values stayed put. She understood that the others did not see the world as she did and it didn’t matter, she knew who she was.

Kaz: He was not a good guy. Well…not a traditional good guy anyways. His morals were definitely minimal and his value of money and revenge were far more important to him then most people. BUT, I love him. His cold demeanour, raspy voice and overall cruel actions were oddly attractive. I say this because despite  not being outwardly good, he was still good. He still fought to save Kuwei’s life and helped the rest of the crew even though he was stern and angry adn his ultimate motive was revenge. He’s a grey character. Neither good nor bad, somewhere in between. He also had an amazing amount of growth. His past was still very haunting but he is becoming more open. It’s a slow process, but a steady one.

The romance: THREE SHIPS. THREE GREAT SHIPS! I couldn’t contain myself, I squealed so much during this novel. They were all so perfect, amazing and adorable! I loved every second of it! Wylan and Jesper were so funny and adorable together. Nina and Matthias were soooo cute and steamy! Kaz and Inej were f r e a k i n g fantastic. *Cuteness overload*

The Bathroom scene and the Harbour scene: I literally squealed throughout both scenes.

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The Death: Can only be summed in gifs. I can’t write about it, it is too painful.

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The World: I honestly love Ketterdam. But would never actually have the guts to go there because I know I would get mugged. Still it sounds so cool and interesting, curiosity would drive me there. Leigh is great at creating the eerie and dangerous streets of the Barrel.

Suspense and Action: The amount of risks and cons this crew pulled off is mind blowing. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time they went off on a mission. So much went very wrong, the bad guys stepped up their game in this one.

What I disliked:

It’s Over: No more Dregs. No more risky gambles. No more cons. It’s over!

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Overall, this was a great novel. Going in, I was a little hesitant because a friend of mine was not satisfied with the ending, but I was. The ending was fabulous. It left me wanting more but I was very much satisfied. This novel had just as much suspense, action, cons, bets and risks as the first one. It was amazing!

Rating: 5/5 stars (I was crying and squealing with delight)

Recommend?: !!Y E S!!

I hope you enjoyed this review! Please leave you comments on your thoughts about the SoC duology! I would love to know what you all liked and disliked. I cannot guarantee spoiler free comments so go in at your own risk 🙂

Happy reading!

~Rendz

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