Hearts Are Like Balloons Review

Greetings readers!

I was able to meet my goal this month and get to the last book on my TBR! *cheers* It was a difficult two weeks in the middle of June because of exams and school and all that fun stuff! *woohoo* Thankfully I had some great books waiting for me including Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson!

I flew through this book. And When I mean flew, I mean flew! One day, less that 24 hours is all I needed! I haven’t read a whole book in one day in years! (Or ever really!)

So, thank you Candace for providing me with a copy and letting me read your work again!

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

Hearts Are Like Balloons

via Goodreads

Goodreads Summary

May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

A contemporary that just kept me glued to the pages. It was just something I could not put down and I think it’s because the drama and situations that May went through just really struck me hard. I mean, I have never been in any of May’s situations but reading her struggle just kept me enthralled and wanting more!

What I Liked

Characters:

May: I really enjoyed May’s character. She went through a lot of emotional trauma and grief. She experienced such sorrow, that I cannot even fathom how hard it would be to live through that. She grew a lot in this novel. Discovering herself and learning how to open herself in times of need and distress. She had a love for art (like me!) and she used it as a way to channel some of that grief out of her system.

Nico: I wish perfect boys like him existed. Okay maybe that is a stretch of a sentence. He’s not all perfect, but he’s like 3/4 of the way there. And maybe there are boys like him out there and I just have to get myself a job at a bookstore to find out! Seriously though. Swoon. Plus his full name is Nikolai. I have a thing for Nikolais. Nico was honestly so sweet, charming and totally supportive of May. He was always there for her, through thick and thin! HE IS JUST SO CUTE!!

Violet: The sass. The sass. THE SASS. She was funny, professional and very, very purple.

Emotional Roller-coaster: Chapter one and I felt like crying. The heart strings start getting pulled from the very start of this book, there is no room for a sense of calm. It’s just a shot of pain followed by more and more pain. This is how it goes:

The beginning of the book hits you and May hard.
Then you both get kind of better. Healing.
Cute ship stuff.
Then.. BAM
All hell breaks loose again.
More cute ship stuff.
Then…BAM (again)
The pain is never ending from here on out.

Themes of Grief, Loss:  The events in May’s life really tested her. She went through two painful losses that I know, I would have had a hard time getting through.  But May does. She gets through it. The thing about grief is that it is a never ending feeling. It nags at you and keeps you awake at night. It never completely leaves, it is a reminder of a moment that you wish to forget. The thing is, we remember more bad moments than good moments because of grief. May’s pain doesn’t disappear. She learns to keep it but not let it interfere with her growth. She doesn’t let it stop her from living.

The Epilogue: I needed this. I needed this. The book would have ended off with a great ending, with this epilogue or not. BUT I SERIOUSLY WANTED THIS EPILOGUE AND I’M SO HAPPY I GOT IT!  It ascertained all my wonders about May’s life after the final chapter. It closed off every question I had! AND GOSH I WAS SO HAPPY!!! It gave me all the feels once again and just left everything off nicely!

What I Disliked

Time Jumps: This book spans almost four (five?) years. And often times things would just go so quickly that I had very little time to digest one moment in time before getting thrown right into another one! It was just slightly confusing because I would have to keep count of May’s age (even if her age was stated later on in a chapter).

The Title: Don’t get me wrong, I like the title. The title is great and there is a connection to the story. But……………….I just felt that when the time came to introduce the meaning, it lasted a good five seconds. It was kind of just forced upon me, instead of that epiphany you are supposed to get. This is obviously me being picky…but I like my epiphanies!


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I read it in one day! It was a quick read, but it was not an easy, fluffy contemporary. It was a lot of heart-string pulling and just waves of emotions everywhere! But it’s great! I hope you consider picking it up and getting hit with all the feels too.

Rating: 4 / 5 stars 

Recommend: Yes, for those looking for a more emotional contemporary!

Alright, thank you again Candace! For letting me read your work and giving me that epilogue! Hearts Are Like Balloons comes out TODAY! Run and get your copy! 

Finally, let me know which book (contemporary of not) left you with the most amount of feels!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Kingdom of Oceana Review & International Giveaway!

Greetings readers!

I have a special post for you today! A review and giveaway! YAY! We all know that giveaways are probably the most fun things to enter because hello, free books. Emphasis on the free!

Today I will be reviewing The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles. It is an adventure story with elements of Hawaiian culture and polynesian legends. It is a super fast read and you will have a chance to win a copy at the end of this post!

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

The Kingdom of Oceana

SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO

Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic. When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell. Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana? ONLY ONE CAN RULE.

I have never read a book set in ancient/modern Hawaii or a book that has content with Hawaiian influence. It was definitely new to me, but I love exploring new cultures in books so I was very excited to read it! This book was very colourful and adventurous. It was a lot of fun to read!

What I Liked

Characters:

Ailani was a fun character to follow. He was the second prince, so he always thought that he would amount to nothing. Which we all know isn’t true, if this whole book is about him. He goes on a grand adventure, seeking his spirit animal and trying to discover the kind of person he wants to be and the kind of traditions discovers. It is very clear that he is doubtful and unsure of himself, but he is also heroic and intuitive. I wish his character were explored a little more, but overall he was interesting to follow.

Nahao. I just liked to hate him. Honestly he is such a rat.

Kolothe, the monkey! He stole my heart and was literally only in the book for a hot minute! I just love animal companions!

There were several other characters, but none of them made a long lasting impression on me. Except maybe the Kahuna because he had all the magic!

 The World: Oceana was a very colourful and intriguing setting. There were many descriptions of beaches and caves. There were beautiful descriptions of animals and plants that thrived in the land. The imagery of landscapes and terrain left a good beachy effect on me. Boy, I wish I was in Hawaii!

The Traditions & Folklore: A lot of the journeys that Ailani goes through are derived from ancients myths and legends. In this book, animals have minds of their own. They are able to communicate with the people and help guide them on their spiritual journeys. There are also uses of curses and legends of old kings that wreak havoc on the islands. The myths are interesting and they keep you in tune with the ancient Hawaiian setting. Ailani also goes on spiritual journeys to find the power and self-worth he needs to meet his destiny. I thought it was very beautiful how Charles brought these elements to the story as they are a true part of the culture.

The Use of Hawaiian Words: I am like 95% sure they are in Hawaiian. Anyways, a lot of different words were infused into the characters dialogue and I loved it! Sometimes the words get used so often that you do not have to look at the footnote to understand what is being said. I now know that kohala is whale and kaimoni means demon! It is fun when you get to read the true language that is being spoken by the characters and it adds a little authenticity to them.

What I Disliked

The Romance: It’s not that I didn’t ship the ship. It’s just that this book could have done without it. I feel that Momi was just introduced into the novel to be Ailani’s love interest because she had no grander purpose. This romance just should not have been included.

The Lack of Good Character Structure: As mentioned a lot of the characters just didn’t stick and I feel it is because they weren’t fully developed. I needed to know more about them or spend more time with them to truly understand and grow an appreciation for them.

Slow Beginning & Bumpy Waters: Things do not really seem to pick up until the second half of the novel and after that the action never ends. It’s just bad event, after bad event, after bad event. I think the flow of the story overall was disturbed by having all the intense scenes condensed together.


Overall, I still really enjoyed the book. It was fun, it was fast. It was also very educational and I extended my vocabulary with those two Hawaiian words! (I know bug my sisters by saying kohala every five seconds…even if I have no need to!) The ending did leave promise for a sequel, but I think the author is going to leave it up to us, the readers, to decide what happens after Ailani’s adventure.

Rating: 3.75 / 5 stars (really close to a 4, but I’m a character-kind-of-girl!)

Recommend: Yes! For those of you looking to explore new kinds of ancient myths, why not try Hawaii?


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Thanks for reading (and entering!) Let me know what kind of ancient myths you love to read about as I would love to know. Fun fact about Rendz: I love Egyptian mythology and want more YA based on it!!

Note: I know next to nothing about Egyptian mythology, but it always interests me!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Bentwhistle in A Threat from the Past Review

Greetings readers!

I finished this book a little while ago, but it isn’t until now that I can finally sit down and have some coherent thoughts about it. This book was provided to me by the author, Paul Cude. Thank you Paul for allowing me to read your work!

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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.

 

Well…hmmm…what can I say? It is just not for me. The dragons disguised as humans had potential to make a great story, but I just couldn’t mesh with this story in particular. It was too juvenile for me and I never found my self truly entertained.

What I Liked

It Was Funny: I will not lie there were some parts of this book where I was laughing. It wasn’t outrageously comedic, but some of the scenes or comebacks that the characters came up with had me cracking up. This definitely made up for some of the more boring scenes in the story.

Peter Was Not Broody but Still Fun: A lot of the main characters in a lot of fantasy books, especially those who are male, are typically dark, mysterious, cunning, know-it-alls . As much as I like that type, it is also a breath of fresh air to see and MC who is not all “Follow me, peasants. I actually know what I am doing.” Peter was different, he was very soft and unsure of himself. He did have times where his anger would cause him to make unwise decisions, but that happens to all of us, so we forgive him.

The Transition from Dragon world to Earth: It was fun to read about how the dragon world worked in relation to modern earth time. It was a neat setting to explore, although I wish it could have spent a little more time there.

What I Disliked

It Dragged On!: Holy cannoli. Geez Louis. I could have been finished this book a lot sooner if there weren’t so many unnecessary scenes. There were two problems. Either a whole lot of nothing would happen and a whole week would pass in book time OR one scene would stretch on forever and ever. This book should have been shorter.

Plus the chapters were so looooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggg. Rendz cannot do long chapters. That is a NEGATIVE.

I Could Spot the Plot Revelations A Mile Away: I knew who the bad guy and secret hero were as soon as they walked onto the page. There was no surprise. I knew how things would go down! There was maybe one thing I didn’t see coming, but still. One is never enough.

First Chapter Fumbles: I found the whole first chapter insignificant to the rest of the story. It DOES have a connection, but that connection could have been explained in a paragraph, maybe two. Instead it got a whole chapter!

The Writing Style: It was not my favourite. He would often put something in brackets to highlight certain expressions. (Like this!!! It would literally be in the book like this!!!) I’m not even exaggerating the use of exclamation marks. The writing was very juvenile, it was choppy and just not for me, sorry. 


Overall, it was just not my cup of tea. I had to drag myself into finishing it because I felt like I had already postponed this for far too long. So yeah…I am supposed to read the next two books as well, but I don’t think that will happen any time soon….

Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars

Recommend: I can’t really recommend anything under 3 stars…

Alright, so I am currently under a lot of blog stress as I have much to do in a short amount of time! This is what I get for Net Galley binges!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread tag! I saw this tag floating around the blogosphere a while ago and I’m so glad I finally get to take part in it! So, thank you Mandy for tagging me!! If you haven’t followed Mandy yet, do yourself a favour and do it!

THE RULES

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

ROUND 1

 

Burn: The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. Sorry guys…but I have higher priorities. And although I liked this book, I can live without it!

Rewrite: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Despite how much I loved this book, it could use a little more development in the curse aspect in my opinion. Oh and more Despina and Jalal!

Reread: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. No brainer here.

ROUND 2

 

Burn: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I liked this book, I still need to read the third book but I found the main character quite whiny and she did not think things through!

Rewrite: REPLICA by Lauren Oliver. This had such a great concept! Especially with the whole flip book thing, but it just wasn’t thrilling or action-y enough! MORE ACTION PLEASE! But keep that Narnia reference!

Reread: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes. This is the book where I fell in love with Magnus Damora…so yeah…..

ROUND 3

*such a hard round!*

 

*CRIES*

Burn: Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I do love this series but this is being imaginary burned as a sacrifice for my love for the other books!

Rewrite: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater. If it were up to me I would add a little more on Puck’s family and some more kissy scenes with Sean!

Reread: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (my Queen) I ACTUALLY WILL BE REREADING THIS SO LOOK AT THAT!

ROUND 4

 

Burn: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. I really liked this series because it had some Spanish fire…but it just did not live up to the epicness I was hoping it would.

Rewrite: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I LOVE this book,  but it comes with its drawbacks. It gets a little boring sometimes so I would add in a little more drama!

Reread: Winter by Marissa Meyer (my Queen) One of the best books I have ever read! EVER. Also, Thorne.

ROUND 5

 

Burn: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. This book can burn in real life and I wouldn’t care. LET IT BURN. LET IT CRUMPLE. LET IT BE WASHED OFF THE FACE OF THIS EARTH!

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Rewrite: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I liked this but I didn’t love it. Maybe I would just make it a little more juicy. I read this ages ago so I don’t remember much!

Reread: The Star-Touched Queen  by Roshani Chokshi. So beautiful, I was rereading my favourite parts the other day! Utter perfection.


I tag…

Forever and Everly

Read with Katie

Journey Into Books

*No need to do this, if you have already done this!*

Happy re-reading (burning and rewriting)!

~ Rendz

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Tower of Dawn Cover & My Thoughts

Greetings readers!

I don’t even now how to start this. I am laughing to myself right now really because of the emotions I feel when I saw this…

The Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas cover reveal.

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I hate it.

I hate it immensely.

When I saw it, I actually hated it with a passion.

Rage was not a word to describe my anger.

It was a mix of fury, disappointment, sadness, feeling offended, insulted.

A whole lot of that.

Context:

This book is part of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas which I had a huge fall out with because of the turn of events and the 180º character personality changes. Mind you, I have yet to read the fifth book, Empire of Storms, but I am not anticipating it. 

This book specifically is about the captain of the guard, Chaol Westfall and his journey to the Southern Continent. It takes place in the same timeline as EoS but will not feature any of the characters like the main character Aelin. 

I was so happy that Chaol was going to get his own book. So damn happy. No Aelin. No Adarlan. No Fae (for now at least). No Rowan. NO AELIN! A breath of fresh air. Chaol and other side characters like Dorian, Manon and Elide are the only real reason I stick around this series.

So this cover was supposed to be epic. Chaol Westfall on his own cover! YES! GIVE IT TO ME! He deserves it! After all the hate and dramatics he has been put through in the books and from the fandom, he deserved to be on his own book cover.

But NO.

I open Instagram and all I see is a shield, with a bird and the Southern Continent cityscape.

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What makes it worse is that I had just written one of my exams and it went so well. I was so thrilled, only to have to be have my day crushed by this cover.

CHAOL SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE COVER! I DON’T CARE IF THE SHIELD IS A SYMBOL OR WHATEVER, HE DESERVED TO BE ON THIS COVER.

HE DESERVED IT.


I don’t think it’s ugly. 

It is just not what I wanted, nor what should have been decided as the final cover art.

There was so much opportunity here.

*spoiler for QoS* 

Chaol is paralyzed right now, they could have showcased an impaired character on the cover of a huge YA series. That would have been powerful. Respectful. The amount of cookie points it would have given SJM in the diversity sector because we all know she is lacking. Nesryn is a person of colour! (Well I pretty sure she is!) HELL, they could have put her on the cover just to keep in tune with the fighter girl front cover and the dressy girl back cover.

*end of spoiler*

BUT  NO.

A lame shield.

So now these art directors have really messed up.

Although, Chaol is not a woman, he being on the cover would have resembled the other covers with a HUMAN PERSON!

BUT NO!

*say it with me now*

A LAME SHIELD.


So yes, I hate this cover. Call me petty for hating a cover. But yeah, I hate it.

I know Chaol is not in the good graces of many of you. A lot of you think he is an ass, rude…blah..blah..blah. I cannot and will not agree with you on that.

But do you honestly think this cover matches the flow of the others?

It’s up to you.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME THAT COVER WOULD HAVE NEVER LEFT THE SKETCHING STAGES.

It’s the truth and I will not guard my opinion.


Then people on the internet started being amazing and adorable people. Hence why I love the internet at times.

They blessed my eyes with these.

For those of you who wanted a cover with my Abs. 
#chaoltalks #chaolwestfall #dorianhavilliard #aelingalathynius #manonblackbeak #rowanwhitethorn #throneofglass #crownofmidnight #heiroffire #queenofshadows #empireofstorms #towerofdawn #sarahjmaas #nesrynfaliq

There are others out there too that are pretty funny too! So thank you people for making these and making me feel a little better.

 


On a final note:

DEAR SARAH J. MAAS, BLOOMSBURY ART DIRECTION TEAM, THE COVER DESIGNER AND ANYONE ELSE WHO HAD A SAY IN THIS COVER,

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If not, then I have other means.

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This calls for divine intervention.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

The Heartbroken Rendz


End of long rant. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. I know it has been the talk of the town lately. You can try to woo me to like it, but I won’t. Still I respect your opinion and there as there is no room for bad blood among bloggers. 

I just have bad blood with this cover, okay!

Happy reading!

And here is to hoping this cover is a joke and something better will come along.

~ Rendz

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I’m Back // Life Update & Bookish Summer Sun Plans

Greetings readers!

I finished my high school era.

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I am so damn tired.

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Let me tell you. I wrote a Calculus exam today and well I did my best, the best I possibly could. After three hours I was fried but I at least got to each question.

I won’t bore you with that story though.

But just so you can pity me more…I had written three other exams before this one so sleep was a very small factor in my life.

YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE WAS A SMALL FACTOR IN MY LIFE……READING.

I READ NOTHING FOR THE PAST WEEK.

I FEEL SO DEPRIVED!

But as soon as I got home today, I went to my shelf saw all my books and then I received book mail! A new ARC that I cannot wait to read!

WHILE I DIDN’T READ, I BOUGHT A LOT OF BOOKS.

More on that in my wrap-up.


Anyways.

I have many, many things to do for blog.

I just went hopping through some old posts to see what I have missed these past couple of days.

I have reviews to write, books to read…a giveaway…..soon.

I have big posts planned for July in honour of Canada 150!

I feel like being very patriotic.

And of course my TBRs are huge and I cannot wait to get to them all!

There is the Cinder buddy read happening which I have been anticipating for months on end! And I have a lot of Net Galley reads to devour!

I’m soooooo ready for this summer. Guys, I’m so ready.

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Crown’s Fate Review

Greetings readers!

I am still making my way through these May reviews! I think this is my last one for May? Yes…maybe not….Oh well we shall see. I’m coming to you today with a long awaited sequel that I hope you enjoy reading about. And as always it is totally spoiler free. Though I wouldn’t read the synopsis if you haven’t read the first one…just a tip!

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Goodreads Summary

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

After the ending of The Crown’s Game, I was in major shock and heartbreak because *certain things happen*! Anyways, this has been a book I was waiting on forever for! I didn’t get a chance to read an ARC, but I put an early hold on it at my library. I read this in two days. I read 100 pages on night one and then on night two I distinctly remember saying “Ah F*** it, I might as well just finish these last 300 pages of the book tonight.” And I did!

What I Liked:

Characters:

Vika: Fierce. Powerful. A little too hot-headed but I loved her in every way! She is an inspiration and so brave! I wouldn’t be able to go through half of the things she went through. I love her and her sense of style. A simple green dress with a yellow sash is all you need!

(pssstt….Mandy….she is totally Merida!)

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Nikolai: He takes a dark path in this novel, but he is still such a gentlemen. He goes through some major changes and struggles I just wanted to hug him all the time. There were other times when I wanted to throttle him, but I still rooted for him through and through. It wasn’t his fault, but he needed to find away to get out of the bad situation!

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Pasha: The cute adorable prince. I struggled with him a little because he had no spine for most of this novel. He had to find a way to build a backbone, to believe in his ability to become Tsar. I know it is not an easy thing to do, but what Pasha did in this novel was grow and learn to trust himself!

Renata and Yuliana were meh. I neither liked or disliked them. Sometimes Yuliana was just so mean and ugh!, but I loved her cold demeanor too!

Replace “fabulous” with intelligent, cunning and royal and you’ve got Yuliana…never mind just keep fabulous as well!

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Romanov Russia: I know nothing about the Romanovs or the history of Russia during their rule. BUT I adored the setting. It felt cold, imperial and very majestic. I thought the world was well thought out and I could imagine St. Petersburg square perfectly, despite never having actually gone there! It definitely fit the direction of the story!

Magic! Magic! Magic!: I loved the two types of magic in this series. there is Vika’s nature-y magic and Nikolai’s more technical tailored magic. There was also some heavy dark magic used  in the story and Renata’s tea leaf readings, which still amaze me!

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A Second Unofficial Crown’s Game: The original Crown’s Game is very different from the “Crown’s Game” played by the characters in this novel. It was a lot darker, sneakier and more ruthless. This book held a war, both within the characters and between the characters themselves. It was highly entertaining. There is a reason it is called The Crown’s FATE!

The Romance: Hmmm…well this one is a doozy. Since it is a triangle. And although this book doesn’t focus too much on the “love” aspect, I felt that certain characters were influenced too much by their feelings of love…or jealousy. That being said, I wouldn’t say it bothered me too much because the #2 reason (in my opinion, #1 being power) that humans enter into conflict is because of emotions. Jealousy, cowardice, anger and even love lead us to make some not-so-smart choices that can lead to some not-so-great things!

The Words “And I didn’t forget”: *heart mushes*

What I Disliked:

It Was Slow: A whole lot of nothing happened in many chapters. Many of the chapters were short and sweet, which I liked, but I never got INVESTED into the characters story line. Nikolai’s chapters in particular carried similar content. I will not disclose it, but it had a lot of dark stuff without the excitement!

The Random Addition of Folklore: If this Fish king Voyandoy or whatever was worth mentioning then why was his story never developed, or explored. Or that scene with Vika in the volcano with the fire nymph or whatever. Like hello…what was this for? I’m curious!

It Was An Ending…Yet…I Was Just Left Hanging: The ending battle scene and after-battle scenes were perfect. It game me some major TLC vibes for a particular reason, hence why I love Vika even more by the end! All was glorious and filled my heart. BUT…this darn BUT. It just was an ending…not THE ending. I needed to know more! More! More!

It Is Not Love Just A Like: I did not LOVE this sequel, I ENJOYED it IMMENSELY but it just could not grasp me. Perhaps it is the meh ending or the course that the story took. It was really dark and I was hoping for more fluff. I don’t know…it’s just I didn’t love love it and I wanted to love love it but I can’t because the events of the story do not stick to me and haunt me! It’s more of a like-love. You get me?


Yet, despite everything I really enjoyed it! I will miss these characters so much! I wish and dream and hope that Evelyn will write more stories about these characters! I am however, curious about the ALTERNATE ending that was floating about with the pre-orders. I’ve entered a contest to try and win…so here is to hoping!

If you want to read some of my favourite quotes accompanied by some funny gifs, just scroll down my twitter feed or check out #TheCrownsFate.

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars 

Recommend: Yes, if you’re in the mood for a little historical fantasy in Russia! Go for it!

That’s all for me. If you have read this book feel free to comment your thoughts below! Or tell me about your favourite historical fiction book! I love recommendations!!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Another Hiatus

Greetings readers!

I am sad to say that I shall be taking another break until the end of June. I am going through finals and so I have to study and write exams, which means no time for blogging fun! I hope to be back by the 22nd if not 24th.

I have so many things going on this month, but I also have so many book responsibilities too. NetGalley might hate me for taking so long to read books!

Anyways I’ll be gone for a while so try not to forget me! Hehehe!

Until then, wish me luck!

Also yell at me to get off the internet if you see me on blog! I need to focus!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Ultimate Vacation Book Tag

Greetings readers!

Thank you to the lovely Angelica @ TheBookCoverGirls for tagging me in this super fun post! She has an amazing blog which I totally think you should check out! I love going on vacation (because I rarely do so it is always a gift!) I always take a book with me, though I usually don’t get through it because I’m to busy being touristy! Still, I always need to plan a read so this tag was super helpful!


Rules

  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 5 friends
  • Link back to brookiecowles.com (the creator of the tag) in your post

Questions!

It’s the dead of winter and you are escaping to a tropical location. Hours in the sun with a book are on your “to-do” list. What book do you bring with you?

What book is not on my to-do list is the question.

Ummm…I would bring Heartless by Marissa Meyer (my Queen) with me. I read the ARC ages ago but I want to get into my finished copy and see the differences!

Also, I loved the story from just reading the ARC and I would not mind reading it again!

Otherwise, if I must bring a book I haven’t read, it would be Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh because I finally have it and I want to read it so badly!

You see the first signs of spring and your heart beats faster with the thought of warmer days. You are escaping for a nice cruise to herald in the warm weather. What book do you bring to accompany you on the decks of the ship?

Hmmmm a ship read. Definitely want to bring something pirate-y!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I have heard only amazing things about this book. (Mostly from the Book Princess Mandy who had a whole pirate phase earlier this year 😉 ) I really want to read this book it sounds so adventurous and swoony.

A perfect deck read!

Summer has arrived! You spend your weekends camping in the mountains. Fresh air, trees, animals, and campfires keep you company on your outing. What book do you bring to read next to the sound of the flowing creek?

Summer is when I read contemporary, but the whole nature/woodlands setting is giving me major fantasy feels!

The Wondla Trilogy by Tony Deliwitzki
This is a middle grade fantasy, that I haven’t read, but my favourite BookTuber, Regan from PeruseProject read it and loved it. I read a lot of what she reads so I’ll take her word for it and try it out!

Fall is approaching. Nothing makes your happier than crunchy leaves turning red and orange and purple. You bring a book to the local park to read on a bench under the whispering trees. What book do you read?

Fall is my dystopia/sci-Fi season. Perhaps it is because everything dies and or is decaying during that time, but I am just in the mind set that I need to read something action-y, science-y and fun!

I would probably read the Legend series by Marie Lu

Despite the amount of heartbreak it would cause me, I am totally down to read this again! ALSO MARIE LU’S NEW NOVEL WARCROSS COMES OUT IN THE FALL, WHICH IS SCI-FI AND ACTION-Y AND I AM SURE ALL THINGS WONDERFUL!!

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Christmas is in the air. Lights, and carolers, and shopping. You want to curl up next to the fireplace with a good book that reminds you of comfort. What do you curl up with?

Oooo a comforting book…Hmmmmm

Probably The Chronicles of Narnia! I need to read at least one of the books each year! I prefer to read all seven, all at once but a girl only has so much time. *sigh*

Anyways, Narnia is my perfect comfort read! It has all the action, adventure yet cute moments that make me reminisce about my childhood. PLUS  I’m always in the mood to watch the movies so why not have a book/movie marathon!

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Winter lasts sooooo long. You need something to remind you that the sun will come out again. What book to you read to take you away on the vacation you wish you were going on?

Alright, so summer vacation = contemporary and because I have failed to list one in the past prompts I shall list one now!

Geekerella by Ashley Poshton or When Dimple Met Rishi by  Sandhya Menon

I know that these are both super cute and adorable reads and I really want to read them! They might not take place in a “summer-y” vacation setting, but the feels they would both give me is vacation enough!

I Tag…

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews

Bella @ Bella Blogs Because Books

May @ Forever and Everly

Tiana @ The Book Raven

Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional

*You can totally skip this if you have done it before!*


Alright that was fun! I hope you all enjoyed! Do certain seasons correspond to certain genres to you? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Maz Reviews Three Dark Crowns

Greetings readers!

I’m coming to you with my sister Maz’s review for our buddy read, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

Maz expressed her reaction to me through an email. It was short, but it contained a few curse words and many exclamation points, so if you want to know more about her frustration read her review below!

Also, mini-reminder that at the end of June we will have a discussion post going up about this book. We can chat characters, theories and opinions in the comments that day!

Enjoy Maz’s review below!

*Didn’t miss a review by Rendz or Kez? Fear not just click on their names for more!*


Hi there, this is Maz (I know weird pen name but Rendz has a theme going if you haven’t figured it out yet)

Anyway, keep reading for my tragic first attempt ever at writing a book review starrrring Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

 

So… where to begin… wheeeerrrrrreeee to begin…

 

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FRUSTRATED SIGH…

 

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I want to say I liked this book, I really do, but I’d be lying if I said I fell in love with it. Don’t get me wrong this story had a lot of good things going for it and that ending…

 

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Well let’s just say it has captured enough of my attention to want to read the next one. But what gets me so frustrated are some of the decisions that were made and the unnecessary existence of a somewhat love triangle. I mean is it really a love triangle, are we really going to call it that? Well, all I can say for sure is that I DID NOT APPRECIATE IT. Also, it’s going to be a long time before a certain someone’s name doesn’t get me so worked up and angry.

But let’s start at the beginning shall we. As Rendz instructed I started this book with the mindset that I had to support my designated queen a.k.a Mirabella. I mean it’s cool that there are three sisters in this book, it sounds like it would be easy to relate to, besides the fact that they are triplets and are trying to kill each other. However, I can’t say that Mirabella was my favourite of the three by the end. Instead that honor fell to the one, the only, Arsinoe.

I liked her, I really did. I liked the person she was and the way she thought. Yes, she knew that she was probably going to lose to her sisters and had no chance of surviving but that never stopped her from living a happy care-free life. Arsinoe embraced who she was; flaws and all, and I really appreciated that. What I didn’t appreciate were the results of that bear incident. And no Rendz, I don’t care if it’s shallow, I’ve got my limits and that surpassed them.

So why not one of the other two queens, might you ask? Well even though I liked Katherine, I mostly felt sorry for her. I think that out of all three sisters she was dealt the most hardships in life and grew up quite lonely. Plus, I wish we got to see more from her, I feel that her story came in third after the other two queens. That being said, what I liked most about Katherine was that despite growing up in the environment that she did she never let it corrupt her. She came across (to me at least) as a sweet soul and I just really wanted to save her. But maybe I don’t need to because her last scene really got me routing for her and in her corner.

Lastly, Mirabella. What can I say; I now understand why Rendz would yell at me while she was reading it. I liked her at the start. I appreciated her questioning her destiny and that of her sisters and thinking that bloodshed could be avoided. But then the ship started to sink or perhaps the wrong one started to set sail. I don’t blame her for everything but it got to the point of ridiculous. I mean really? WHY? JUST WHY?

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Annnddd that is all I’m going to say about it because if I keep going this review will never end. Let’s just say this is the reason why I get so angry every time I think about this book.

Now, one last thing before I end my ranting.

Jules. (*snickers*, Rendz is going to go after me)

I get it, she’s Arsinoe’s best friend, but so is Bree to Mirabella, and I don’t know about you but I don’t see Bree getting as much attention, so why give Jules such a big role. Going into this book I thought we were going to have three main protagonists, but then you have to go and throw a fourth into the mix. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I liked Jules and I hate what was done to her (read to find out what) but I was kind of surprised then annoyed that we got introduced to her before Arsinoe. In my opinion, it almost felt, and I still feel this way, as if their roles were reversed. Jules, to me, felt more like the main hero and Arsinoe was her sidekick.

(Rendz: JULES DESERVES THE WORLD!)

So what do I rate this book?…

3 out of 5 stars.

I can’t give it a four. I wish I could but one event kept overshadowing everything else from its occurrence on and even with all the excitement of finally reaching the Beltane and having all three queens in one place showing off (or not *wink wink*) their stuff; that one thing kept rearing its ugly head and ruining everything for me.


Well what did you all think? Did Maz make some good points? Feel free to ask her any questions in the comments I’ll let her know and get a response to you!

Now, I’m sure you are probably all tired of reading reviews so….be prepared for the spoiler-y discussion post! You have a couple of weeks to read this book if you haven’t already! Spread the word about the RKM Discussion as that would really be appreciated!

Until next time!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz (and Maz!)

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