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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