Sunshine Blogger Award Pt 3

Greetings readers!

It has been a while since I have done an award post and I was browsing my to-do list for tags/awards I found this lovely award that I have done previously, but I am so honoured to be nominated again!

I was nominated by Liza @ Dusk Angel Reads and Melting Pots and Other Calamities for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you both so much. I know you nominated me a realllyyy long time ago but better late then never, right?! Anyways, if you all don’t follow these lovely bloggers you most definitely should. They both have such great discussion posts and they write incredible reviews about incredible books. So yeah give them a follow!

Rules!

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Two bloggers both, each with 11 amazing questions so I’ll keep my answers short!

Liza’s Questions

1. What fictional character would you choose to spend the day with in their world?

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Lucy in Narnia. Hello! Dream come true. I would stay there forever!

2. Pick one book that you would choose to completely forget? Whether it be to read it again for the first time or because you disliked it.

I would love to forget An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night because I love those books and I want to get my socks knocked off again!

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3. What food would you like to try from a fictional world? e.g. Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans

I want to share a piece of the cake the Rampion crew had before Cinder’s coronation! I believe it was lemon flavoured!

4. What colour book spines do you have the most of?

Black.

5. What is your favourite book cover out of the books you own? Make sure you say which edition it is or add a photo as most books have multiple covers

Tough Question…

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin in Bloom Edition)

It is so adorable and I think it captures the quirky, funny character that is Anne!

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6. What’s one item/device you wish you could own from any fictional world?

Cinder’s brain computer thingy. It would make my life sooooo much easier! (And cooler)

7. Pretty sure I’ve used this question before, but what power/ability do you wish you could have?

Elemental. Controlling all the elements would be awesome!!

8. What is your favourite genre to read, even if you don’t read it the most?

Fantasy. Fantasy. Fantasy.
I love it so much that I barely read outside of it! I need to expand my genres!

9. Do you listen to audiobooks? Or want to?

No. I tried it one time and it was just not for me!

10. Where is your favourite place to read?

On a couch with a comfy blanket and pillows for me to snuggle with!

11. Are your book shelves full or have you still got room for more?

The shelf in my room is full and at risk of collapsing. The ones in my study downstairs still have some room left! So obviously I can keep buying books regularly. Got to use up that space right?

Kate’s Questions

1 What is your favourite colour combinations? Least favourite?

Green and violet make magic together!

Orange and blue….just does not work for me.

2 Do you have a “to be watched” list? If so, what movie/TV show/anime has been on it the longest?

I do. As of today, Gilmore Girls has been on there for a while. I started it, but I never finished it and my sisters say I will never finish it but I want to prove them wrong. Still…I won’t be finishing it for a while!

3 Do you prefer coffee or tea, or both? 

Neither! Though I prefer coffee over tea! Hot Chocolate is the only hot drink I’ll take!

4 What is your favourite genre? Your least favourite? 

Favourite is fantasy! Least favourite is paranormal/supernatural…though I have some guilty pleasure reads under those genres!

5 What book/movie/TV show/anime/Webtoon had a 180 twist? Did you like it?

Raging Star (Dust Lands #3)  by Moira Young
The twist had my head aching for days! Did I like it?…yes. Did it go well for the characters?…..When do plot twists ever go well for the characters?

6 Do you have favorite characters who happen to be villains/antagonists?

The Darkling. Come to me my love, *bats eyes*

7 Do you prefer humorous quotes, or inspirational quotes? Can you give an example? 

I love funny quotes, but inspirational quotes are words to live by!

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”

~ Marie Lu, Legend

8 Are there any hyped books/movies/TV shows/anime/Webtoons that lived up to the hype? 

The Hunger Games, Caraval, Six of Crows, An Ember in the Ashes (but this needs more hype), THE LUNAR CHRONICLES!!!!

9 What is an underrated book/movie/TV show/anime/Webtoon that everyone deserves to know about?

The Penderwicks  by Jeanne Birdsall is a middle grade series, but I promise you it will squish your hearts and you will feel all happy and summer-y!

The Stoker & Holmes series by Colleen Gleason is really good. It involves a steam-punk Victorian era and mystery! And maybe some vampires….maybe.

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10 Have you binged any books/TV shows/anime/Webtoons recently?

I binged The Winner’s Trilogy last summer (best decision ever) and I have plans to binge the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas this summer alongside my Lunar Chronicles re-read!

11 (Shameless advertising time!) Please check my post My Latest Binge Worthy Comics. Do any of these look interesting to you?

Ummm yes….these look amazing! Rise from Ashes and My Dear Cold-Blooded King look epic, I must find a way to get my hands on them!

Tag Time?:

I am very lazy at the moment and I also do not feel like coming up with 11 questions so I won’t be tagging anyone at this time!
I’m sorry my loves, in my next award post I will definitely tag some of you!
I promise!

Alright I am finished! Thank you again Liza and Kate for tagging me I really appreciate the both of you. And don’t forget readers to follow their blogs for more bookish posts!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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#ARCstravaganza : Scion of the Fox

Greetings readers!

So I realized that I totally forgot to join in on this tag last Monday and since I was on holiday, I was everywhere but here! BUT I remembered today and decided to partake despite having to write this really fast!

Mandy I’m borrowing your description of the meme because it was there and I needed it…..😁

#ARCstravaganza is hosted by the wonderful ladies of YA and Wine – Krysti and Sarah – where each week, we showcase one of the best perks of being a book blogger – those glorious ARCs – on our blogs, Instagrams, or both! And when you participate? You’ll be entered to win a YA ARC each month! How cool is that? Find out more about it here!

So this week I shall be showing off a lovely eARC that I requested off of NetGalley!

Presenting…

Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko!

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As the winter ice begins to thaw, the fury of a demon builds — all because one girl couldn’t stay dead . . .

Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.

American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.

This book sounds absolutely fantastic! Let me tell you something though, I was really attracted to it because it has something to do with foxes? They are literally my favourite animal and I know next to nothing about foxes other than that they are orange.

After all, what does the fox say?

I’m sorry, that was awful but I had to!

It’s compared to American Gods and Princess Mononoke, neither of which I have read or watched but I hear they are utterly amazing and mind-blowing so I feel like I am really going to like this one!

So yeah, this synoposis has me hooked, I mean magic, family secrets, ancient powers, snake-monsters and foxes! Give me a Y. E. S.

PLUS A CANADIAN AUTHOR WHICH BRINGS OUT PATRIOTIC RENDZ BECAUSE CANADA IS CELEBRATING ITS 150TH BIRTHDAY SO WHY NOT READ CANADIAN YA!!

This book does not come out until October 17th! I am planning on reading it in June perhaps July, if things do not go according to plan but I am super excited for it!

When will I ever say no to fantasy…or foxes? NEVER!

What exciting reads are you waiting to pick up?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Special Guest Report! Three Sisters Read Three Dark Crowns!

Greetings readers!

I don’t know if any of you remember but back in my May TBR post I said I would have special guest appearances well presenting….

Rendz, Kez & Maz Read Three Dark Crowns: A Sister Buddy Read

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So ever since I found out that Three Dark Crowns (3DC) revolves around three sisters who are competing for a crown, my first thought was that the youngest sister (aka ME) better win!

My second thought was that I should read this book with my own two lovely sisters, formerly known as K & M but are now officially called Kez and Maz!

After much convincing and pleading, my sisters finally jumped on board with the idea and I have them reading the book right now! Each of us will have our own review, posted here on my blog so you can see us battle on the internet. Won’t that be fun.

A little more on our trio.

Maz is the eldest, therefore the most serious and experienced one of us all.

Kez the middle sister, always feels as though she is loved the least and spits the most fire. We love her for that reason

And..Rendz, the youngest, yet most talented, creative, funny and fabulous of them all!
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Alright, so dear sisters of mine how about you each give a little introduction about yourself and the types of books you like to read!

Introducing Maz…

Hi everyone, I’m Maz the eldest of these three sisters. I first got into reading in high school, that is where my obsession for YA began. But back in the eighth grade I fell in love with the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. (I am the reason Rendz now loves it too!) (Rendz: That is true!) Gilbert Blythe was my first book boyfriend ever! I am also a huge Pride & Prejudice fanatic! Hello, Mr. Darcy! Today I read a mixture of YA and NA. I will admit I am a huge Romance junkie. I love a good happy ending!

 

Introducing Kez…

Hey! My name is Kez and I am the middle sister of this fun fab fam which also means I am the one with abandonment issues. 😛 (Rendz: See what I mean she always feels unloved) Anywho… I remember having a really strong reading phase in grade 3 when I became obsessed with the Magic Tree House series. Those books were everything and I did my best to read them all in order. After that I am not sure what happened but my reading love affair just tapered off. In terms of my favourite book genre I would say I am all over the place. I like romance, fantasy, and contemporary  is an addiction. The Selection series (not including the daughter additions because I feel they were unnecessary) and The Lunar Chronicles (Rendz likes to rub it in my face that she introduced me to them. I let her so she has some self esteem) (Rendz: See what a good book pusher I am!)  are like my all time favourite series. I love happy endings and that is my biggest hope which means I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES — they are a waste of space and should rot in hell.

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Sorry. So give me a good book with an amazing cast, story plot and romance ❤ but no love triangle; and well you’ve got me hooked!

Rendz: As mentioned Kez likes to spit fire, especially in rants about Love Triangles!


As mentioned we will all have our own reviews and it will be really interesting to see how much we agree and disagree with each other. By default we are going to go into the book supporting our respective queens in order of birth. But who knows! Perhaps by the end of book one we like different queens and the battle for the crown will get much more interesting!

I’m sure things will get more intense once the sequel comes out and the victor is really chosen! 😉

I hope you join us when we discuss the book in our reviews! If you have read the book feel free to support whichever one of us you agree with more!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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In Which I Attended a Sarah J. Maas Signing

Greetings readers!

I honestly wanted this to be one of the most exciting posts I have ever written. It is not. I wanted this to be thrilling, fun and entertaining for you all. It probably still is, it’s just that it is a sad kind of funny. As in my weekend was not great and I felt really bad for most of my Sunday!

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This picture, this kid!, summarizes my entire expression and all my emotions that I felt last Sunday! 

What can I say? I had been anticipating this event for MONTHS!

Sarah J. Maas, a huge, huge author coming to my hometown. I was going to be able to meet SJM! WHAT?!?! When I found out I couldn’t even concentrate on my school work anymore, which made me miss an entire chemistry lesson. I still aced the test. *flips hair*

SO why did it turn out to be so sucky?

Let’s start at the beginning.

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Sunday May 21st @ 4 a.m.
The Carbon Monoxide detector in my house starts to beep and holler.
My family wakes in a panic, thankfully nothing happens.
We go back to sleep and I notice the hard pounding of the rain outside.

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Same day @ 8:00 a.m.
My alarm goes off!
Time to get dressed for SJM.
Rendz is crazy excited.
Heads downstairs and makes breakfast. I check my iPod and notice that my wifi is wonky.
Damn it! The internet got cut from the rain, so I go down and fix it.
My dad says he’ll drop me off two hours before the mall opens so I can go stand in line.

9:00 a.m.
Internet is back.
Twenty different messages flood in from those hours I was away.
Most from a friend who was already at the signing.
She asks me where I am?
I tell her home and ask her how long the line is, should I rush.
She tells me that the line has reached capacity and there are no more wristbands left.
No wristband means no meeting SJM.

Heart sunk.

Family takes pity and we drive there anyways.

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9:30 a.m. at the mall
Over 250 people in line.
Indigo employees are kindly turning away any people who still try to stand in line.
There is no hope.
But I stand in the overflow line anyways.
Until angry looking security guards start glaring at us to move on and leave the line.
I leave the line.

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In the overflow line


10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
I sulk.
And have lunch because I am hungry.

12:35 p.m.
Standing in Indigo with a million other people,
Craning my neck to see over tall heads.
I don’t see anything.
I overhear that there are Americans in the signing line who flew to Toronto to meet  SJM.
I get real bitter. (Are you serious how many events does she do in the US?)

1:15 p.m.
SJM shows up and you guessed it!
I cannot see her.
BUT I can hear her fine!
So I listen to her talk for 45 minutes.
She is funny and charming.

Here is what she talked about!


Discussion:

Musical Inspirations
Wrote ToG when she was 16 from listening to Cinderella’s “run away” song
Huge Lord of the Rings fan (president of Lotr club in her high school)
Fanfic writer of Harry Potter and Sailor Moon crossover!
Feyre came from listening to the first song on Princess Mononoke soundtrack  (She saw the whole first chapter in that one song)
Last scene in ACOWAR was inspired by final song in Princess Mononoke
SJM doesn’t have any talent in music whatsoever
At 12 she convinced her parents she wanted to take piano
Piano instructor was a witch with a B
They always fought
She had mortifying recitals (even her parents were mortified)
Played a very bad rendition of “my heart will go on ” at her last recital
After that no more lessons
Aelin plays piano because it’s  failed dream
No musical talent, yet music inspires her writing
Men on the Page 
When she writes a male character “it’s like how can I find a way to get his shirt off “
She still has her battered copy of Pride & Prejudice with gel pen hearts and all around the pages with Mr. Darcy
Real life conversations with her husbands often begin like this: “let me tell you about this hot man I saw!”
A little bit about Writing 
She had ACOTAR written since 2008, and in the middle of writing books for ToG she said she would share that story instead of waiting
She always said Rhys was the one.
SJM would never talk about sex to anyone (especially her parents)  but leaned about positive sex in books
Husband and Rhys not the same but they do share the quality that they love their partner unconditionally
“People who love you on your bad days are your family and friends” 
She is her own cruelest critic!
SJM doesn’t believe in guilty pleasures you, love what you love there is no shame
Side Character Details 
Nesta and Manon were gifts
Books would have been shorter without Manon but SJM fought and fought her editor to keep her
Likes writing all kinds of women, not all are sweet but some cold and nasty
Was there a brutal scene u wrote where you cried? 
ToG -last section of Empire of Storms destroyed her and she was in hysterical tears
Tower of Dawn: “talk about tears”
(A little bit about ToD)
Book that was supposed to be a novella
She sat down in November to write novella about Chaol
She ended up writing 4 chapters with 20000 words after 5 days 100000 words
7 months later it’s a novel
Takes place during EoS
Major stuff happens to understand last book
Chaol and Nesryn are MCs
AND Irene towers!
She loves this book
ACOTAR- Mist and Fury was emotionally hard to write
Chapter 70 onward she was cod tangly crying
In ACOWAR there is a certain event on  Pg 666….it’s so emotional and  she laughed laughed laughed!
What is Rhysand’s last name?
Hot pants
Harry Potter houses 
Rhys- Ravenclaw (because he looks good in those colours)
Cassian-  Gryffindor
Feyre-  hufflepuff
Aelin – slytherdor
Rowan – slytherdor
Manon – (Queen) slytherin
Aelin or Rhys who would win in a fight (Verbal or physical)?
Aelin would be too distracted by his good looks
Rhys would be too interested in magic: “show me those fire powers”
Of the 3 Night Court men order them in biggest to smallest Wingspan 
She won’t say
Where do you write/perfect place to write?
Wrote ACOWAR at desk in home office
Acts out all scenes in giant mirror
If you could ho anywhere with one character, where and who? 
The Louvre in Paris with Feyre
The Metropolitan Opera House in NYC  with Aelin
What are you currently reading? 
Flame in the mist by Renee Ahdieh
“So hard to put down”
*Yeah I was lazy so I just copied and pasted my notes how they were… but it makes sense, right?!*

2:00 p.m.
Overflow crowd a.k.a the parents of the kids in the signing line and the suckers who didn’t get wristbands (me) depart from the store.

This was my chance.
I crept slowly to the side of the store so I could get a visual of SJM.

My pictures don’t do any justice to what I saw, but I saw her at least.
My horrible pictures are shown below.
I was still so far away and these were taken with zoom!

Walked away from this mean-looking security guard who was staring me down for taking pictures.

And I went home.


I didn’t buy any books that day. I feel really dumb for not buying because there were some good deals I could have taken advantage of. However, I felt so deflated after the discussion, my neck hurt from trying to see over the heads of people and I had a headache emerging at the base of my head. I was tired and felt bitter. So I went home. I know now that there are some extra signed copies at that bookstore, but who knows when I will have the time to go back and get one!

I saw a couple girls, younger then me crying after they met SJM and my bitter mood elevated several levels. However, the worst part was definitely doing the walk of shame as I passed all the people in line and I got looks of pity from them. I couldn’t stand that.

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So it was not my favourite event. The Lady is a Champ still holds that title. I know I shouldn’t be too upset, it’s not anyone’s fault. Just mine for not thinking about how passionate people are, that they would go and wait outside of a mall at 3 a.m.

I have not been able to look at any SJM book without cringing, but I know one day I will laugh about this. I also know that one day she will come back and I will get another chance.

I also know that if Marissa Meyer comes to Toronto I will be camping outside of whatever store a week in advance. She is my true queen, I cannot miss her. But she hasn’t announced any tours yet and I’m crossing my fingers for Renegades


SO yeah…a rather long and sad post. ( I totally understand if you skimmed) But I think I shall start laughing about this day now! I still have money to spend on books so at least that is a plus!

Did you ever have any bad signing experiences or actually tell me about the good ones! Let’s keep the comments cheery!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Review

Greetings readers!

I am slowly making my way through my NetGalley reads! I’ll get to them all, you’ll see! I decided to pick this book up over another one of my NG reads because I found out that it was released last week, so I wanted to get to it soon.

This book was actually written by a local blogger Candace Robinson over @ Literary Dust. If you are interested in learning more about her books visit her blog.

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Goodreads Summary

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

A book that intertwines horror elements and retellings, with humor and darkness

*I was provided a free copy via NetGalley*

Hmmmm where do I begin. Ah, I know.

Retellings.

Retellings. BUT with a twist. A DARK twist. A really dark twist. This book was sold to me with the promise of horrorish-retellings with a bit of humour and darkness. I got exactly that. I really enjoyed this novel quite a bit. Going in I didn’t know exactly what to expect other then well, retellings and horror. Now I am not a huge horror fan (since I am a wimp), but this novel did the horror aspect in a very gruesome yet Rendz-readable way.

Perrie, Maisie, August and Neven went on a grand adventure in this book. Not every turn of events was good, in fact they were all actually bad! These poor characters suffered a lot in this book and they never got a break. Perrie was a great main character, she was brave despite the situations she was put in. Maisie was the best character. So fun, loving and adventurous. Perhaps a little too adventurous so it led to a lot of trouble! Neven, although he is not very developed or present in the story, he played an important role in Perrie’s life and was the cause for many of her decisions. Then there is August. August, August, August…sweet and innocent August. Oh August!

I really liked the missing persons element to the story, it kept me on my toes. Who would go missing next, why would they go missing and where are they? It added to the spookier elements of the story as more “important” people went missing. Then there was the mysterious Glass Vault that was so elusive until the characters entered it and all the craziness began to occur. Along the way there were different clues that I picked up on, but did I infer the grand revelation at the end? NOPE! Nothing prepared me for the ending. It was awesome.

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Now, I’d like to think that the horror aspects of this novel were in terms of how gruesome it could be at times. There is a lot of blood spilled, many lives lost. It was not scary-scary but it was difficult to read sometimes. It’s one of those books where you can feel the pain some of the characters are going through! It was gruesome, but fun! I enjoyed it. *I am not a blood thirsty maniac*

My absolute favourite part (which I failed to mention at the beginning of my review 😉 ) is the retelling aspect. There are retellings of fairy tales, nursery rhymes and legends! The first three retellings are based off of stories that are actually deemed scary, but the last two I would have never seen that horror aspect in them. Specifically the fourth one. Damn, that was gruesome.

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Despite all the goodness there was some room for improvement. The writing style was not my favourite. Perrie, like used like in like every sentence, like it got, like annoying. It even got like, even worse when she like started using even and like together. I’m sorry, teenagers don’t always talk like that. They do, just not all the time. It was very repetitive and took away from my reading experience.

Also, I was not a fan of Perrie’s consistent flash backs and backstories. There were more important things happening in the moment that she should not have been focusing on the time when Maisie and her played in the garden or when she went to prom. There were more important things to think about!

Other than those few setbacks, I really enjoyed this novel. It was entertaining, spooky and mysterious. I absolutely ADORED the ending because it was a slap in the face and I kept thinking about it days after I had finished the novel. Candace, if you read this and you are ever willing to write me a sequel or tell me what happens after that ending. I am here!

Rating: 4 / 5 stars (After giving it an initial 3.75, I bumped it up because the ending people. The ending.)

Recommend: For those looking for a spooky, mysterious and fast read!

I know what you are all thinking “This is not how Rendz typically formats her reviews, what is up?”. I decided to give this format a try. It’s not my favourite way of writing reviews, but it’s not bad. However, I think my next review will be formatted like how I usually do!

I hope you all consider picking up Candice’s book. She is also running a Goodreads giveaway if you want to check that out here!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Ouran Host Club Book Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by the lovely Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews to do the Ouran Host Club Book Tag created by the lovely Icebreaker694! I have never watched this anime or read the Manga, I am not a big anime watcher actually! But back in the day, little Rendz had her fair share of anime shows. (I’m looking at you Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, DN Angel…if those count, I’m never sure!) Anyways, this tag looks really fun so thank you Mandy for tagging me and Icebreaker for creating it!

THE RULES

  1. Thank the person who tagged you!
  2. ALWAYS PINGBACK TO CREATOR (icebreaker694 ) she wants to see your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below! (You don’t have to watch the show to answer them.)
  4. Tag 8+ bloggers!

THEME SONG – A MISLEADING CHARACTER

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Tella Dragna from Caraval by Stephanie Garber for reasons….

HARUHI – A CHARACTER EVERY OTHER CHARACTER LOVES

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Gupta from The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
You cannot help but love this guy, he is so funny, adorable and smart!

TAMAKI A CHARACTER WHO STARTED A MOVEMENT

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*Stealing Mandy’s answer because it is the best answer*

Cinder! Cinder! Cinder! She is a fierce, passionate and inclusive leader. She knew that she had little chances of beating Levana, but she did it anyways! Love her.

KYOYA – A CHARACTER WITH PARENTAL ISSUES

Day 28 of #bookishfools is From Zero to Hero *I now have the song stuck in my head*  I definitely think that Kestrel and Arin went from zeros to heroes!  Despite coming from a position in society, Kestrel didn't have much power to make change until she started fighting for something. I honestly loved her character!  Arin was literally no one until he decided to start leading his people to freedom! He most most definitely deserves zero to hero status!  Who are your favourite zero to heroes?  #bookblog #bookaddict #bookworm #thewinnercurse #thewinnerscrime #thewinnerskiss #marierutkoski #youngadultbooks #ya #reader #books #arinxkestrel #kestreltrajan #zerotohero

Kestrel and her dad from The Winners Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
General Trajan does not have a close relationship with his daughter. He will never truly see Kestrel for who she is and how powerful she can be. It will always be marriage or military for him.

KAORU & HIKARU – BROTHERLY LOVE

Tomorrow is the day everyone! I will *hopefully* be meeting @therealsjmaas on her last stop for her ACOWAR tour!  Am I nervous? Yes.  Will I make a fool of myself? Probably.  Will I be happy? Yup! Fangirling about Chaol and Sorscha is one of my joys in life!  I really hope I get a wrist band tomorrow for the signing! Wish me luck!  #reader #throneofglass #crownofmidnight #heiroffire #sarajmaas #acotour #bookworm #bookblog #bookaddict #bookstagram #chaolwestfall #fangirl #books

Chaol Westfall and Dorian Havilliard  from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My ultimate brOTP. I love them together. I love that they love each other and would fight for one another regardless of the situation. My love for them is limitless and I want more of them!!

MORI – A CHARACTER WHO IS SCARY ON THE OUTSIDE, BUT A BUNDLE OF FLUFF ON THE INSIDE

Day 10 of #newyearnewbookstagram is Fictional Crush  I have many book boyfriends. And as I read more books the list grows longer!  Book boyfriend featured today is Magnus Damora! My brooding Prince! Whom I love and am worrying about because his fate in this series is literally killing me. I feel so trapped and don't know what to do with myself, until the next book comes out!  Why I like Magnus: I am a sucker for bad boys and he is definitely one, in a way. He has an adorable soft side, where he keeps his love for art and I love it when that side of him shows! I gush, I literally gush. He's also very passionate *swoon* and has a way with words *double swoon*  Honorary book crush/boyfriend mentions: Elias Veturius 💛 Chaol Westfall 💛 Carswell Thorne 💛 Khalid Al-Rashid 💛 Dorian Havilliard 💛 Felix Gaebras💛 Arin 💛... Who is your favourite Book crush? You can definitely have more that one 😉  #readingwithrendz #bookstagram #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookblogger #crystalstorm #morganrhodes #magnusdamora #chaolwestfall #eliasveturius #khalidalrashid #felixgaebras #Arin #dorianhavilliard

Magnus Damora from The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

He can be real mean, but he is an adorable little puppy on the inside. He may be cold and distant but he is really just a sweetheart!

HONEY – A CHARACTER WHO LOVES TO EAT.

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*Again stealing Mandy’s answer because it is the best*

Nina Zenik! She loves to eat, she has no shame. I love to eat, I have no shame! Honestly every time she was craving food or thinking about food I found myself smiling and getting more and more hungry. Waffles anyone?

RENGE – A TAG ALONG CHARACTER

Day 10 of #febbooksarelit is Missed Connections (Characters You Wish were together)  Attia and Keiro  From the Incarceron series by Catherine Fisher This isn't so much a fallen ship, but a ship I wished had sailed!  These two characters were always at odds. They were secondary and not as important and the MCs Claudia and Finn. But I thought they could have had great chemistry.  You know the good old enemies to lovers trope, that I fall for over and over again. Yeah, I was wishing for that!  But no, it was not meant to be. I even considered writing a fan fic for them but I never put pen to paper. Only thoughts and wishes!  I really want to reread this series, it was really good and I love the world in this book!  What two characters do you wish were together?  #bookstagram #read #ya #youngadultbooks #bookblogger #readingwithrendz #incarceron #sapphique  #catherinefisher #reader #otps

Attia from the Incarceron duology by Catherine Fisher

I honestly loved her character. I loved how bitter she was to everyone except Finn. She added more bravery and intelligence to Finn’s gang. (Also I secretly shipped her with Keiro)

NEKOZAWA – A CHARACTER WHO LIKES THE DARK SIDE

Day 26 of #bookishfools is Book Swag!  I don't own a lot of book swag but I was lucky enough to win these beautiful character cards from one of my favourite series ever!  An Ember in the Ashes by @sabaatahir  Character cards by @fictograph (She is so freaking talented! I wish I could draw like her)  Top: The Commandant  Middle: Elias and Helene duelling  Bottom: Laia and Izzy the night of the Moon Festival!  They are so gorgeous I will cherish them to the end of my days!  Do you have any book swag hanging about?  #anemberintheashes #atorchagainstthenight #sabaatahir #fictograph #bookswag #charactercards #reader #youngadultbooks #ya #bookblog #bookworm #bookaddict #emberlingsalwaysvictorious #emberlings

Keenan from A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Again reasons….

I Tag:

*If you’ve already been tagged or you’re not interested, don’t sweat it!*

Maya Hearts Books

Too Much of a Booknerd

Books Coffee and Passion

The Book Cover Girls


Alright, that was fun! Thank you again for tagging me Mandy! I hope you all enjoyed this. Until next time,

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Education of Margot Sanchez Review

Greetings readers!

For basically all of my reading life, I have been looking for books that have a little Latino flare. Why? The answer is obvious, I’m Latina. There aren’t many and if there are they are usually not fantasy which is my genre! There have been some recent fantasies like Labyrinth Lost (which I still have to get to) and The Girl of Fire and Thorns which has a little Spanish fire.

Then I stumbled upon this book. The Education by Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera. We all know, contemporary is not always my favourite thing. I only like certain types of contemporaries and even then I am very, very picky. It said that this book was “Pretty in Pink” meets the Bronx, I haven’t seen that movie or ever been to the Bronx so I was a little hesitant if I would like it or not.

Luckily I did.

The Education by Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

The Education of Margot Sanchez

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Goodreads Summary

Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:

Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
This supermarket
Everyone else

After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

I would first like to say that this was like reading a telenovela. If you don’t know what that is, it is basically a Spanish soap opera. You have the rich people, the poor people, the drugs, the hot dudes, the family dynamic and of course the DRAMA! Telenovelas can either be a hit or miss for me. Fortunately, this novel was a major hit for me!

What I Liked:

Characters:

Margot: Margot…Margot…Margot. I had a love/hate relationship with her. There were times, especially in the beginning of the novel where I couldn’t stand her. She was petty. P.E.T.T.Y. She made some really dumb decisions and her naïveté was at sky high levels. Yet, I understood her. I understood that her need to fit in with her clique from school, her desperation to appear cool and not weird. I understood the consequences of growing up sheltered, but still. There are so many times I wanted to shake her and tell her to actually think! There were other times when I really related to her. Especially when it came to her family. I related to her curly hair dilemma. (Although she had the energy to blow it out, I never do) I related to the push she got from her parents to go to a predominantly “white school” in order to receive the best education and to avoid any career paths that were considered “useless”. We were both pushed to become doctors. So yes, I did find Margot more enjoyable as the book progressed and thankfully her decision making skills get better.

Moises: He’s not very present in the novel, but still a very important character to influence Margot. Despite having a shady and troubled past Moises was really down to earth. He didn’t let anyone’s judgement and negativity about him stop him from doing what he believed was right. He tried his best to give Margot a different perspective on life and I really appreciated him for that. He was honest, open and caring.

Oscar: Okay, so he was in the novel for literally five seconds but he is the real MVP and deserves all the hugs!

Setting: The Bronx setting was interesting. You know the rough town where all the rough people live and do even rougher things. Well this book makes you see that behind the town’s reputation there are honest people living there too. There are families just trying to make a living and be happy. I really liked how this book showed both sides to the town. The bad and good. I can really relate to this because I live in an area similar to the Bronx. It doesn’t have a great reputation, but it is full of amazing people.

Latin family dynamic: It is such a rich and beautiful culture to grow up in and I really enjoyed reading about her family’s quirks. Some of the lessons and things that Margot was taught and experiences she went through growing up in a Latino family were very similar to my own life. Not every lesson is right or supportive of gender equality but it gives insight into some of the issues of growing up in that culture. I will be honest, it is very, very patriarchal. Very male orientated, but I feel like as times change, this culture changes too. I think with books such as these that explore these issues will help people see beyond these traditional ways.

Drama: I lived for it. The final chapters had me insane. For me to love a contemporary it needs good and juicy drama. It is a NEED. This book had it. The gif below holds all three of the expressions that crossed my face when the most intense plot twist happened!

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Family flaws: Alongside the Latin family dynamic, there was just the theme of family as a whole. The Sanchez family is not perfect, like most families. They have flaws and fight, but in the end they are a family and throughout this novel they learn that in order to be a whole family they must be open to each other and not fear those you love.

Spanish Dialogue: Once again no glossary needed for me! Not a lot of the words or phrases were translated, but you understand the sayings in the context of the story. It gave an authentic feel to the environment and the type of people that surrounded Margot. There were even some bad words…but like who really remembers those!

Lessons in learning to accept yourself: We are all odd human beings with quirks and kinks. We can’t be friends with everyone, we make mistakes (some more than others….Margot!) But as the cheesy line goes, you learn from your mistakes. You have to learn to embrace your imperfections but challenge yourself to improve. You have to embrace your oddities and let no one keep you from changing your ways to fit into something else.

What I Disliked

Slow beginning: I was so annoyed of Margot and her complaints for the first five chapters. It was endless complaints about not being in the Hamptons and working in a dingy grocery shop, we get it your social life is over! Then things started to pick up as we dived deeper into the novel. But honestly those first chapters were tough to get through.

Lack of Exploration of Culture: I was hoping for more Puerto Rican culture to be explored apart from the occasional food mention, word or phrase. I really liked the use of the famous poet Julia de Burgos, but I wanted more. I wanted to know about their traditions, stories, home…but perhaps this was not the book for it.

NOT AN ENDING: Excuse me there was so much more needed to end this novel. I need closure. I need an epilogue, it would have made this perfect! This ending was too abrupt, all the good drama happened in the final chapters and not all of it was resolved as I hoped it would have been.

This does not take away from the novel, but I would like to say a big F U to Mr. Sanchez! aka Papi Pendejo. You suck.


Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It was a great contemporary read in my opinion. It had enough drama, twists and humour. It was funny and I suffered a lot of second-hand embarrassment which I always think is great, though tough to get through! I would love to read more books by Lilliam Rivera, hopefully she has something new in the works!

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Recommend: For those looking for a quick, summer-y, diverse read!

Has anyone else read this? What did you think? In general, how do you deal with second hand embarrassment when you are reading?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Author Interview: Paul Cude!

Greetings readers!

I had the lovely opportunity to interview an indie YA fantasy author, Paul Cude about his dragon infested Bentwhistle series. Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from The Past is the first book in a YA fantasy series where dragons are disguised as humans in order to protect and guide them. Paul was so kind to me that he gave me the opportunity to read his novels and a chance to interview him. This is my first author interview, so I am excited to share it with you all!

If you want to know more about Paul and his novels be sure to check out these links!

Amazon
Smashwords
Goodreads

Facebook
YouTube
Twitter: @paul_cude
Book Site
Author Blog


The Interview!

What made you want to become a writer?

Oddly it just happened. Sounds a bit crazy really, but one night, when my elder daughter was just a baby (she’s not far off 11 now), I had the single most realistic dream I’ve ever had. I didn’t remember it until the following day, but when I did, I swear it was just like watching a movie in my head…..so graphic, so intense, so…..mesmerizing. Anyhow, I told my wife, who was gobsmacked to say the least. And so was what she said to me, “You have to write it, you just have to.” Initially I just laughed off her idea, bearing in mind that at the time I could only type with two fingers. But over a period of I suppose months, I kept getting more dreams, flashbacks into the story…….sometimes little details, sometimes insights into the characters, sometimes twists and turns to do with the plot. In the end I suppose it was inevitable that I would write it. First I taught myself to type properlyA Threat From The Past New Cover (Reduced)…..3 months, and then, well…….I began. At first I needed complete silence to be able to write, something there wasn’t a lot of bearing in mind I was taking care of one young child, with another on the way. But over time I’ve learned to filter it all out and can now write with the kids playing around me if I need to, but I still think I do work more efficiently in total silence. It has taken a long time, and I was surprised how hard and crucial the editing process was. But in the end it was most definitely worth it.

That sounds amazing! A dream book (literally)!  This book was definitely meant to be if the idea came back to visit you so often. There is no shame Paul, I wasn’t a very fast or efficient typer when I started out!

Can you name any authors that inspired you growing up or who inspire you today?

When I was in my late teens, I mistakenly ordered a Tom Clancy book…..Debt of Honour. I was too lazy to return it, so it sat on my bedside table for weeks, until one evening, when I picked it up and started to read it. Many hours later I put it down, only because I needed a few hours of sleep before I went to work. I was hooked. After finishing that, I went out and bought all the other Tom Clancy books I could find. His legacy still lives on in the form of the adventures of his characters, now written by Mark Greaney. Not only have I continued to enjoy the Tom Clancy books that he writes, but have gone and bought all of Mark Greaney’s other books. Also in my teenage years, the Star Wars expanded universe books started to appear. I caught sight of the first one while working in a book shop in my role of service engineer. I can remember it clearly: Star Wars Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn. It had a striking blue cover with some of the Star Wars characters on it, and I had to buy it there and then, in the middle of doing my job, much to the amusement of the owner of the bookshop. My love of the expanded universe has continued ever since, and as soon as the next book comes out….I have to have it. It seems my love of books goes in phases. If I have nothing to read, I wander around a bookshop until I find something I like the look of and then read it. If I get hooked, I go back and find other books by that author. Examples of this for me are Terry Goodkind and Christopher Paolini……I love all their books. The detail, the plot…..the characters.….are just all amazing. I can only dream of writing as well as they do. Other authors I’ve found and loved this way include Robin Hobb, J.V. Jones, David Gemmell and Trudi Canavan, to name but a few. I love the way they use their imaginations and the worlds that they create on the pages of the book. They’re all very easy to visualize.

My favourite author of all though, is the wonderful Terry Pratchett. If you haven’t read one of his books you really should. While I love pretty much all the books he’s written, the ones about the guards of Ankh-Morpork, Captain Carrot, Sam Vimes, Corporal Nobbs, Angua and of course the Lord Vetinari, are easily my favourites. The characters themselves are described in magnificent detail, all with their own funny little ways. The plots twist and turn like a raging river, and the humour…..well, let’s just say that is exactly on my wavelength. I’ve cried with laughter on many occasions reading some of Terry Pratchett’s books, and I can’t recall doing that for any other author I’ve read. If you’re a reading fan, you really must try one of his books.

*lists Terry Pratchett on to be read list hurriedly* I have heard only good things about Mr. Pratchett, I will definitely be picking up his work.

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Your novels deal with human social issues through a “dragon-like” perspective. Can we know a little more about the kind of issues that will be addressed?

Bullying is one of the main issues. Peter Bentwhistle, the main character has been bullied during his time in the nursery ring (a school where dragons spend the first fifty years of their lives) and we get an insight into how much that affected him, and just how it impacts on his life today and how he chooses to deal with it. Needless to say, his friends play a big part in all this. As well, fitting in is a major theme throughout the books. It sounds odd when you think of dragons, disguised as humans, having trouble fitting in, but it’s more than that. They have vast amounts of training to fall back on, but still suffer the same problems that everyday humans face, and still have the same worries and insecurities that any normal member of our society would have.  Greed and criminality feature, showing up deep within the dragon world below ground, somewhere supposedly free from these kind of issues, highlighting the fact that the dragons and humans are not so different after all, despite what the prehistoric creatures think.

Intriguing. I like books that make you think of the human condition, I like books that have dragons even more. It’s a win-win. 

I noticed that the characters on the cover are each holding a type of sports equipment; will sports be playing a role in the lives of these characters?

Peter and his two best friends all partake in human team sports. Richie Rump, the superstar lacrosse player, introduced Peter to playing field hockey, and Tank to playing rugby. Unfathomable to almost every other dragon on the planet, both Tank and Peter soon come to appreciate everything there is to love about playing in a team, something that strengthens the bonds of their friendship even further, if that is at all possible, as well as providing inspiration for some of the unusual and life threatening situations they find themselves in.

I am a big fan of floor hockey (which is similar to field hockey!) The Dragons are now playing sports, even cooler!

Fire-breathing beasts. Protectors of the human race. Why dragons? Was there ever a time where another type of mythical creature roamed through the pages of your story?

For me, it always seems to have been dragons. I’m not sure if it’s because of their power and magnificence, or because they are instantly recognizable, but always dragons. That’s not to say I don’t have a love of all things mythical. Nagas feature heavily from book two onward, with book four (my current work in progress) feature a whole host of unusual and bizarre creatures, going on a complete and utter rampage in exacting detail.  Nifoloa, Skrikers, Camaheutos, Echeneis, Gaki, Pixiu, Asena, Conaima, Myrmecoleon, Asag and Ra-hoon just to name a few. Anger knows no bounds when it comes to scorned magical creatures that quickly come to the realization that not only have they been trapped, but completely and utterly fooled for a very long time. Revenge is certainly on the cards. More than that, I just couldn’t say.

OH my…that is a mighty list of creatures! Hoorah! I love mythology and all things magical. I cannot wait to explore these creatures in the squeals. 

What was your favourite part about writing your novels?

I suppose for me it was the last two chapters of the first book. From writing the very first words, I always knew in precise detail just what would happen in those last two chapters. And whether it was because it was the first time I’d written a book, or just my naiveté, I had to write it all in order. So there was no going ahead and writing something, and then coming back to a part I’d got stuck on. That’s the only time I’ve done that. But it was a total and utter relief to suddenly reach the point where those two chapters began, and the words just came flowing out of my like a dam that had unexpectedly been breached. When you think that the second from last chapter is over twenty thousand words long….it took me very little time to write that. A few days at most. I remember feeling very satisfied once all the words had found themselves on the pages.

How wonderful! I look forward to reading those two epic chapters. I can totally relate to that, with my own stories that have a crystal clear ending with no solid beginning or middle!

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Apart from Bentwhistle, do you have any other stories you plan on writing one day?

I do and they’re something far removed from the YA fantasy genre that I love so much. Stand alone books with just a hint of a connection, that although fiction, are based very much on real life events. Whether I’ll get round to writing them is something else entirely. Perhaps something to keep me busy in old age.

Best of luck on your writing, dreaming and imagining Paul. I’m sure those words will make it to the page. Especially if your typing has improved hehehe. 

Rapid Fire Round!

Favourite childhood novel?

I’m not sure I had one. It was more comics for me.

A fictional world you would love to visit?

It would have to be the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Hardcover or Softcover?

Hardcover

Doggy-eared pages. Efficient or Criminal?

Criminal

One author you would love to have coffee with?

Christopher Paolini

What is your current read?

On Target by Mark Greaney

Last, but certainly not least, describe your book in 10 words!

Dragon-packed adventure featuring team sports destined to make you smile

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat From the Past

Goodreads summary

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is an adventure story children and adults alike will love, about the present day world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past? Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound? Or how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes? In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon sports, you’ll get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile! You’d be flamin’ mad to miss it.

Thank you so much Paul for answering all my questions. I look forward to reading Bentwhistle and exploring all the magic, adventure and fun that is waiting for me. I hope you all consider picking up Bentwhistle if you are craving a fantastical read. Also dragons, so yeah!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Desert Island Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

Alas, this is the second time I write this post! I had already had this done two weeks ago. It was ready to go and scheduled to be published, but I learned a very valuable lesson. Do not, I repeat do not, read over a post in the middle of the night, when your phone/device is about to die. Do not delete any letter or character when you know said device is being slow and wonky. Do not, under any circumstance press the backspace button after pressing “Update” because you cannot undo that action! If you do (and I’m speaking from experience) your polished post will be lost forever, or at least I was not able to retrieve mine!

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ANYWAYS! I was tagged by the lovely Mandy, over at Book Princess Reviews to do the Desert Island Book Tag. I’m sure you have all heard of her highness Mandy, but if you haven’t you totally should! She’s kind, awesome and writes such fun posts!

The Rules!

  • Link back to my (BookBum’s) original post, so I can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my url)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!
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credits to Zuky the creator!

Being stuck on a desert island would be a nightmare for me. I do enjoy camping, but I am not very experienced in the outdoors. I mean, I could “maybe” survive but that would mean forcing myself to eat fish! Which is a big NO. I hate seafood! I would dread the whole desert island experience, but I’m still very excited to do this tag!

PREMISE OF DESERT ISLAND DISCS…

You are cast away onto a remote island:

  • You can bring 5 albums, what are they?
  • You can bring ONE book (not including The Bible (or other appropriate religious texts) or The Complete Works of Shakespeare, as they are already provided and NO SERIES), what ONE book is it?
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island), what is it?

Rendz on her dreaded island adventure!

5 Albums!

The Chronicles of Narnia

via Amazon

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Original soundtrack & score) ~ Harry Gregson-Williams.

I would not be the epic Narnia fan I am today without this music. This music is the theme song of my life. I have listened to it so much, I know the order of the songs by heart. The music is magical, just like the movie. I can relive all my favourite scenes and sometimes recite dialogue! I love it that much!

Fave song: The Wardrobe & The Battle

 

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

via Amazon

Prince Caspian (Original soundtrack & score) ~ Harry Gregson-Williams

No-brainer here! This music is definitely more intense than the first soundtrack. It gets me pumped and my adrenaline going.  I also get to relive the movie with this music. It would get me in the mood to go hunting and stuff for food when I’m trapped on my island!

Fave song: Raid on the Castle

 

 

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Christmas ~ Michael Bublé

It can be any time of the year and I will sing these songs at the top of my lungs. It can be the hottest day in the middle of the summer when we are months away from winter and the holiday season, it can sweltering, but if a single song from this soundtrack plays, you will find me cuddled under a cozy blanket with hot chocolate. I love and will always love it that much!

Fave song: Blue Christmas

 

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The Prince of Egypt (Original Soundtrack & Score) ~ Hans Zimmer

If you lived in my house, you would hear this soundtrack regularly. No, not from YouTube. Instead you would have the pleasure of hearing the main vocals, back-up vocals, background sounds and occasional dialogue all from the (not-so-great) musical stylings of Rendz! I apologize to your ears in advance! Then again no one on the desert island would be there to hear me!

Fave Song: Following Tzipporah/ All I Ever Wanted

 

The Cheetah Girls 2

via Amazon

The Cheetah Girls 2 (original soundtrack) ~ various artists

This is a classic throwback for me. I loved The Cheetah Girls growing up. I thought they were fabulous and funny. The Cheetah Girls 2 will always be my favourite, as it started my fascination for Spain and brought up my desire to get there some day and well, you know strut! This music gets me in a dancing mood, and no one would be able to witness those catastrophic moves on a secluded island!

Fave song: Strut

One Book

Dang, the rules are really strict for this one. Zuky must have had some intuition on me because I love to cheat when it comes to picking one book!15538535_246709549084019_3459499958250504192_n

I’m going to steal Mandy’s answer and say Winter by Marissa Meyer. I know you are all shocked I didn’t say Narnia. Well I’m pretty content with my Narnia music from the albums so let’s bring in some variety. I loved Winter. It was one of the best series finales ever. It had great action, heartbreak, fantastic heroines, great friendships and cute moments that made me ooze with feels. And it also had Thorne, so yeah. I’ll need my daily fix of him!

 

One Luxury Item

A mirror.

No, I’m not vain.

I won’t particularly care what I look like on this desert island. So why a mirror? Like many things, a mirror has more than one purpose. After some good thought I concluded that a mirror would be one of the most useful things I could have.
1. I could start a fire. (I don’t know about you, but I think I would have better luck with a mirror and the sun than with sticks & stones!)
2. I could break it and use the shards as knives. (I might need to cut stuff up!)
3. I could talk to myself (Will that keep me more sane?)
4. I could create signals by reflecting light! (I have no clue if that will even work)

Yeah, a mirror.

I Tag:

Oh gosh! So I kind of forgot who I tagged the first time I wrote this! So I’ll just make up a new list! If you have already done this, don’t sweat skipping over this!

LilbooKLovers

Too Much of A Book Nerd

Book Snacks

Kyera’s Library


Alright all done, for the second time now. Although I don’t think this post has the same charm as the original one I wrote, I hope you all enjoyed this. As for my island adventure, I may not enjoy living on that island, but I would definitely enjoy listening to music and dancing around like a fool. I would enjoy my book and never get tired of it! And I’d be running around talking to myself in my mirror!

I might still go crazy,  but that’s okay! How do you think I would fair with my selected belongings?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Death and Night (ARC) Review

Greetings readers!

So last month I made a great reading decision and picked up The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Choshki. It was an incredible book, with beautiful writing and a story that will leave you breathless and aching for more.

Luckily Roshani blessed us.

She blessed us.

Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi

Death and Night (The Star-Touched Queen #0.5)

via Goodreads

Goodreads Summary

An exclusive Star-Touched novella over 100 pages long!

Before The Star-Touched Queen there was only Death and Night.

He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

*I was a provided a free e-copy via NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much. *

I first heard about this story before I read The Star-Touched Queen, which kind of spoiled it a little bit for me…not really. This is a prequel novel to TSTQ and it revolves around the love story of the immortals Death and Night. I will try my best to avoid spoilers about The Star-Touched Queen, but it will be difficult just because of who this book is about!

What I Liked

Characters: 

Death: I swooned as soon as he conjured himself a chair and sat on it as it magically appeared under him. I s.w.o.o.n.e.d. This is the thing about Death, despite having to deal with death, heartbreak and sorrow he also dealt with life, creation and choice. He was one of those characters that had yet to discover the good within himself when the rest of the world saw him as evil. He was broody, charming, suave, dedicated and passionate. He grew immensely in this story from learning to look beyond his curse to being compassionate. I loved reading about his transformation.

Night: LOVE HER! Gosh, she was just so amazing. She was independent, caring, imaginative and intelligent. She knew that the world saw her as something to be afraid of but she didn’t let that get to her. Instead she created stories and dreams that filled people with joy. She struggled sometimes with the fact that people found her demonic, but she continued to create anyways. I loved that she was resilient, patient and had a bite! She took no ones BS.

Gupta: BEST CHARACTER EVER! He was hilarious and the perfect side character. I loved him and his lessons in the art of love and flirtation!

The Writing: Once again, Roshani created the most beautiful phrases and passages that I lived for. Her words just elevated the magic and mischief in this story. Not to mention she created the most romantic moods and swoony moments! I think my favourite bit was her description of Night becoming night. Of her dance and transformation. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! Her style is flowery yes, but I really enjoyed it. It was interesting, visual and magical. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Roshani Choshki’s writing is magic!

Romance: This is a love story, and I loved every love aspect about it. I swooned in practically every chapter! There were so many cute moments. It was definitely a well paced romance. Neither Death or Night were particularly expecting to find each other but they did. And I shipped it so hard. So hard.

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The Declaration of Love: I would post it here, but I think it would be best for you to experience it from the book, where the mood is set and everything! It is just so perfect, I literally died and went to heaven for two seconds.

The World: This goes hand in hand with Roshani’s writing because she made me feel like I was in the Night Baazar! She made me feel the change between day and night. Correction, this world was not just a feeling, it was an experience! An experience of magic, dream fruit, death, night and love. The descriptions created so many amazing visuals in my mind that I was aching to draw and paint. *I’m hoping to very soon actually!* I want to explore the Otherworld so badly!!

What I Disliked

Nada people, it was all love!


Overall, I thought this was the perfect addition to the series. It made so many of the objects and events in the The Star-Touched Queen make sense. It was magical, romantic and out of this world. (In the Otherworld to be precise!) I want more! Is that being greedy? I need more on Death and Night!

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Recommend: 100%! But, I would suggest reading The Star-Touched Queen first, followed directly by this!

I cannot wait to get my hands on other works by Roshani! Starting with A Crown of Wishes, followed  by her new series Gilded Wolves which is coming out next year, I believe?  It sounds amazing and I am super excited!

So, have anyone read this yet, what did you think? What are some of your favourite prequels?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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