We all have that one or perhaps those multiple series that we start, but due to some unforeseen force (like a whirlwind or several trips to the bookstore/library) we forget to continue the series. Maybe the series just wasn’t right for you at the time you were reading it? Maybe it was that the sequels took too long to be released?
I have gone through this a lot of times and as I scroll through Goodreads or peruse my shelves and see all the series that I left unfinished. And sometimes I’m like: “I need to try this again”, other times I’m like: “Nope, never should have started that in the first place.”
Well, today I’m going to list all the series that I feel I should try again. You can either convince me to do so or to just ignore it….but I’m pretty sure I’ll try them again anyways and then bow down to your greatness should I actually have heeded your advice.
On to the list!
Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
I definitely read this at the wrong age in my life. I was young, maybe 12 or 13 and I was just not ready for the magical being that is Laini Taylor! Tween-Rendz wanted magic and the adventure and was just not ready for the romantic bits or the blue hair bit. Yup, little me was put off by blue hair. Little me was also put off by a cyborg foot and we all know how that ended up! So I really want to try this again! I do have Taylor’s other book, Strange the Dreamer, so I want to try again. Plus this book has a cool artistic element that I super-super want to get into!
Zodiac series by Romina Russell
I liked the first book and the concept of this series a lot! But that pull did just not exist back when I read it, so I kind of just forgot to pick up the next one. I really want to get into this one again, because hello the MC is a Cancer and I am a Cancer! I still hesitate to read them, however, because there is a love triangle..or there was one and I’m pretty sure I was on the losing side!
Blood of Gods & Royals series by Eleanor Herman
Okay, this one is just on me being lazy! I really enjoyed the first book, Legacy of Kings, it was very intense and twisty. I had anticipated the sequel, Empire of Dust, for months and low and behold the third one, Reign of Serpents, is now out in the world!?!! Like, I need to get myself together! This is a series set in ancient Greece and Persia a not-so-retelling-but-still-a-retelling of Alexander the Great! Um….Rendz hurry up and get the next book now!
The Graceling Realmseries by Kristin Cashore
Okay, this is on me again for being not up to date with my books, but I also read them at a too young age as well! So back when I read Graceling I was twelve years old and understood most of the book, again I was a little put off by the romantic bits because Tween-Rendz was just not into it! Then I read Fire (the sequel/prequel) and I was a little iffy about it so I never ended up picking up the last book Bitterblue. It was huge and I got very scared of reading it! But now that I rethink about the books, they are something I would probably really enjoy today! So I want to re-read the first two, to set myself up for the grand ending. (Even though all three books follow different characters and timelines with some cameos from previous characters. Confusing, I know.)
Anna & the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins
Way back when, in my tweens I was a huge contemporary reader. (I know, what?? I wasn’t into romance, but I loved contemp??) Before I was completely devoured by fantasy and well this series was the it series! I only read the first one and never really moved on. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, its just that I couldn’t really relate to the characters. I think I would enjoy them a lot more now than I would have when I was just hitting puberty. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything French!!! (But Rendz, the other books don’t take place in France? I would still read them!)
Firelight series by Sophie Jordan
I read this ages upon ages upon ages ago!! I don’t even remember how it ended that left me reeling for the final book, which I never picked up! I know I liked this series because the whole shape-shifting aspect was a total hook-line-and-sinker for Rendz (of any age). So I really want to try this again! And I forgot to mention the most important bit: Dragons.
So yeah…just more books to add to the TBR, even though they’ve already been on it before! I’m sure there are more out there that I will discover later on when I browse Goodreads. *Shakes head* What am I going to do with you, Rendz?!
*Side Note: Maz just yelled at me that I never continued the Anne of Green Gables series and that if I don’t she’ll “get” me. Le sighhhh*
I would love to know more from you guys! What is a book/series that you want to give another try? What were your reasons for leaving it behind? Why do you want to try it again?
Ever since May…or was it April? Whatever. Ever since the spring, I had been dying to reread one of my favourite YA series out there: The Lunar Chronicles. TLC became such a big part of my life the first time I read it that I wanted to relive those feels all over again.
So in July, I began a big group buddy read with Cinderand from then on just went with the flow. While reading Cinder, I remember getting so eager! I wanted to meet up with the rest of the Rampion crew! I wanted to read the ending and have everybody together!! Then I got to Scarlet and Cress and everyone just started showing up. Things started getting together and the finale was on the horizon.
The first TLC book that I actually had to wait a few months for. Four months to be exact. Four months of pure torture. This second time reading it, I didn’t have to wait four months. I had it on hand, ready to go! BUT NO. Rendz borrowed six books from the library and had to read them before she could even think about touching Winter.
That’s not to say, that I didn’t enjoy those six library books. It was the wait, the knowledge that I had to get through them first before I could actually get to my epic finale.
But when I did get to it, I cracked it open and breathed in its smell. I didn’t care that it was weird and that my sisters were looking at me as though I were crazy.
Then I petted the covers, traced the spin, opened the book to the title page and…
I freakin teared up!
I teared up!
What in the actual stars, Rendz! There was nothing to cry about! Still I got choked up and began my reading, while only interrupting myself a few dozen times to hug the book against my chest and sob a little.
By the end, I did actually have one tear slip out. I’m crazy like that. This book. GUYS. This book.
Let’s begin, shall we?
“The young princess was as beautiful as daylight. She was more beautiful even than the queen herself.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
Awww Winter! Of the four main heroines she is very underappreciated, mostly because she doesn’t show up until the very end and we don’t have enough time to really get to know her! Still, I adore Winter. Growing up in the Lunar court was probably the worst. So many snobby people, a cruel step-mother/tyrant and choosing to allow your mental health to decline would have definitely not have made it easier.
I can’t help but adore Winter and all her charm and jokes!
“She was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. Fitting in was not an option.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
The most unappreciated TLC guy out there. I know he doesn’t hit a lot of good marks with some of you out there. I found him like that too, in Cress. But then in Winter, I can’t help but love him. Perhaps not at the same level as I love the other guys, but still I do love his loyalty to Winter, his caring nature despite his sour nature that kind of clash. He is a Sass-Master and I just want to give him a big hug even though he wouldn’t appreciate it coming from me!
“May I request a new uniform? A towel seems inappropriate for the position.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
I want her to be my best friend. Please. I just want to rip her out of the book and show her off as a “look my friend is so much cooler than you and me combined.” Incredible. Fantastic. I can’t even form full sentences to describe her character. Brave in spite of her many fears. Caring in spite of the many evils done to her. What she did to Adri and Pearl at the end made me so proud of her…but I probably would have done the complete opposite. Stubborn yet willing. Intelligent and witty. Beautiful even though she is 36.28% metal & wire. I dream of being like her. I aspire to it. Who wouldn’t want to have a computer in their brain even for a little while?
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH KAI. My love. My Emperor. He acutally had to marry Levana and I felt so bad for him! But Kai being his sassy, smart and ever so resourceful self knew he would get out of it. Knew that this was his duty and he was bound to it if he wanted a chance of having a better future for his people and himself. So much love coming your way, Kai.
“ ‘You mean she doesn’t intend to blow me up before the ceremony?’ ” said Kai, taking the box. ‘How disappointing.’ ”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
The horrors she faced in Cress really took a toll on Scarlet physically, but she has such a strong mind. Such a strong will. Both are not easily deterred no matter how tough a situation got. It’s one of the many things that makes me love her. The fact that she may be physically broken, but she has enough strength to never let anyone break her.
“Scarlet could feel everyone’s curious gazes switching between her and the princess. She cleared her throat. “She’s harmless,” she said. “I’m pretty sure.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
Awww my poor Wolf pup. Wolf goes through an immense amount of trauma in this book. So many moments of heart break and inner struggle. A battle on the outside and in. Fighting to stay Wolf without becoming a wolf. Keeping in tune with his human self no matter how many times he is injected or how many alterations were done to him. He looks like a beast but is really just a little puppy who needs love, Scarlet and tomatoes.
“Wolf?” she whispered. His eyes brightened, wild and hopeful. Releasing Winter, he strode forward. His tumultuous eyes scooped over her. Devoured her.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
Iko has always been a favourite of mine. There will never be a moment when she is not a favourite of mine. Fun. Charming. Smart. And human. Human despite being a little chip. She embodies the lesson of loving someone for their personality. Not so much their appearance. Even though she looks pretty hot too. She just adds sunshine to the whole story especially in the dark times.
“Iko held up a hand. “You need a system debug if you’re suggesting that I would abandon you know.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
Always my favourite. Next to Cinder. Cress is who I am. Meek and almost scared of everything, but we still face it. The situations she is put in are hard and nerve-wraking but she faces them because she knows its her duty. She’s tired of pretending to be brave so she is actually going to find her courage and I love that about her. I love how much she grows in this one, the decisions she makes and how she really shows off her talent.
“She would be brave. She would be heroic. She would make her own destiny.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
The Love of My Life. This book is big turning point for him too, especially after the events in Cress. He is really starting to understand that despite his past he can still be heroic. He can still do what is right. Make good choices, even though he has to sit and think about what the right choice is first. Above all, I love that he stuck around even though he didn’t have to. He was offered freedom to leave many times and he declined them all. Why? BECAUSE HE IS A HERO AND ALSO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE AND IF HE HAD LEFT THE SERIES I WOULD HAVE BALLED MY EYES OUT.
“Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
“A kiss from the Captain would probably melt my central processor.”
Thorne winked at her. “Oh trust me. It would.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
First I want to talk about the FRIENDSHIPS because holy crap they are everything!
“See that eye roll? It translates to, ‘How am I possibly keeping my hands off of you, Captain?”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
Cinder and Thorne just kill me because they are so darn funny and cute! Sarcastic comebacks coming in all directions from both of them, but best of all they do have a deep appreciation for each other. They do care deeply and would walk on edges for each other.
“I passed out from stress? That’s it?”
“I believe the princess term is fainted,” said Thorne.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
I MEAN COME ON LOOK!
“Thorne, on the aisle, held out his hand as Cinder passed. She snorted and accepted the high five before floating up the stairs.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
Cinder and Iko are E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. Too much love and happiness in one friendship! They literally make me want to cry. Supportive. Honest. Loyal. Caring. They have this attachment that cannot be severed no matter how many times they might disagree. Do they even fight? I don’t recall them having a big fight, so an added bonus really!
“I can’t believe this is happening. I can’t fight like this, or start a revolution, or be a queen. I can’t do anything like this. I’m broken. I’m literally broken.” Iko settled a hand on Cinder’s shoulder. “Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
Winter and Scarlet. They were very reluctant friends at first. More reluctance coming from Scarlet’s side but still! I can’t help but love how they work together, find ways to comfort each other in their hard times. They may have started out a little rough but they got to know each other and working towards the same goal that really brought them closer!
“Wait,” said Winter as Scarlet nudged the podship forward. Scarlet’s heart dropped. “What?” she said, scanning the port for a thaumaturge, a guard, a threat. Winter reached over and pulled the pilot’s harness over Scarlet’s head. “Safety first, Scarlet-friend. We are fragile things.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
Cress and Wolf. Okay so they have like miniature moments. But still I think that Cress really found a way to help Wolf deal with Scarlet’s kidnapping and Wolf really showed how appearances are never enough to judge someone. They can be hard and mean looking, but a big softie inside. Or they can be meek and cowardly but talented and courageous with enough push!
NOW WE ARE GONNA TALK SHIPS!
THEY WERE SO MANY MOMENTS FOR EVERYONE AND I COULD NOT DEAL GUYS. I WAS GOING CRAZY!
“It was their seventeenth kiss (her brain interface was keeping a tally, somewhat against her will), and she wondered if she would ever get used to this feeling.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
SO MUCH LOVE. Kaider is the ship guys. I mean they are literally Prince Charming and Cinderella. The Earth Prince and the Moon Princess. I cannot get over them. The way they love each other regardless of their pasts, their relations to tyrants, their mechanical bits…they just love. OH MY GOD. When Cinder’s inner computer was counting their kisses and they were only at 17…I was like: “GIRL, YOU ARE CLEARLY NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF YOUR TIME WITH KAI ON THE SHIP!” But still I loved every moment of their interactions and their optimism in thinking about the good future where they were both together!
JUST. PLEASE. JUST. CAN SOMEONE COME AND ADORE ME LIKE WOLF ADORES SCARLET? ANY TAKERS?! So our Beauty & the Beast of the group. Our Alpha Mates. Our Brightest Stars! Lordy, lord. I love them. Separately and together! Wolf’s patience and timidness yet fierceness and passion for everything that includes Scarlet. And Scarlet’s bravery and compassion for everything she sets her mind to! They are FIRE. HOT and EXCITING and JUST AHHHHHHHH!!!
“It’s just like the one Scarlet had.” He flipped the gun in his palms, running his thumbs along the barrel. “She shot me in the arm once.”
This confession was said with as much tenderness as if Scarlet had given him a bouquet of wildflowers rather than a bullet wound.
THE ONLY TIME JACIN IS SOFT IS FOR WINTER AND I GET SO MUSHY LIKE WINTER WHENEVER HE GETS MUSHY TOWARDS HER! (Try to make some sense, Rendz!) Just a whole lot of “Awwwwws” coming from me. So they are probably the most underrated TLC couple of them all due to only being introduced in the last book, but people they are so darn cute! Winter’s beauty is one thing, but to Jacin her goofiness, schemes and pure human nature are more marvelous than smooth skin and high cheekbones. And to Winter, Jacin is the place she feels most safe. He is the life long friend that she can count on forever!
“I fear tomorrow will be even more difficult for you, Sir Clay. Do try to think of me when you can.”
“Try, Princess?” He smirked, meeting her gaze again. “I can’t seem to think of much else.”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
Kinny & Iko, you know I shipped it from the moment he looked at her with disgust and she called him a jerk. True. Love.
“You!” she screamed. “He’s … that’s the guy that saved Winter.” Though the guard was immobile, probably thanks to Cinder, his face was free to twist with disgust as his eyes traveled the length of Iko’s battered body, dead wires, loose parts, and all. “And you’re that disturbing robot.” Iko bristled. “The correct term is escort-droid, you ignorant, inconsiderate—”
― Marissa Meyer, Winter
*I’m sorry, Rendz is rolling on the floor right now. It seems she is not prepared to breech the next subject, Cr–*
C R E S S W E L L !!!!!
I CAN’T. IT’S TOO MUCH. I AM LITERALLY SCREAMING IN MY HEAD AS I WRITE THIS. I CANNOT. *drags hands over face* I JUST….TOO MUCH CUTENESS AND ADORABLENESS AND SWOONINESS AND THORNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
People, this is the ship of my life. Everything. And the moments they get in this book. THE MOMENTS THEY GET IN THIS BOOK. CHAPTER 71 GUYS! GOD BLESS CHAPTER 71!!! THAT LITTLE CLOSET SCENE ACTUALLY KILLED ME. I WAS MURDERED.
THEIR FINAL SCENE. I WAS FRICKIN RESURRECTED. I WAS GIVEN LIFE ONCE AGAIN.
She couldn’t not say it, although she realized he was right. It was sort of scary. Much scarier than it had been the first time she’d told him, out in the desert. It was different now. It was real. “I’m in love with you.”
He chuckled. “I should hope so, after all that.” He leaned forward and pressed a kiss against her temple. “And I love you too.”
Someone SEND HELP. I am overrided with feels that my mind cannot form proper words.
JUST KNOW THAT CRESS x THORNE ARE EVERYTHING TO ME.
THEY ARE THE AIR THAT I BREATHE, THE WATER I DRINK, THE FOOD I EAT AND THEY TAKE UP 99.99% OF MY BRAIN CAPACITY.
Okay, so to step away from so much fangirling, let’s talk the retelling aspect. As someone who has never read the tale of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves and has only scene parts of Disney’s Snow White…I won’t be that good of a judge per se.
Still the classic elements are there.
The beautiful Princess that holds the hearts of every person in the entire kingdom.
The hunter who saves the Princess from having her heart ripped out.
The evil, tyrant queen who disguises herself as an old crone.
The poisoned apple.
The kiss of resurrection.
All accounted for.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY,
THE HAPPILY EVERY AFTER EXISTS!*
*Of course, it doesn’t come without it’s fair share of heart break and intense scenes that had me on the floor dying*
People, it was fantastic.
The actual story itself was also very special.
800 pages of pure epicness, I don’t think there is ever one dull moment. It may seem like a long and cumbersome number, but trust me if you love the characters, you will fly through this. Fly.
A MASTERPIECE OF EPIC PROPORTIONS.
SNOW WHITE AND BLEEDING WALLS.
RED RIDING HOOD LOVES THE BEAST.
RAPUNZEL HACKS HER WAY TO THE WITCHES CASTLE.
CINDERELLA FINDS HER LOST FOOT.
Yup…that just about sums it up.
This one turned out to be really long, if you stuck around for it all, you now have a special place in my heart!
This is the end of the main series fangirling! *cries*
I haven’t decided if I will be doing one of these for the other additions just because time is not really on my side anymore….but we shall see!
NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! Shout from the rooftops as to how much you love this series! Tell me how it changed your life! Who is your favourite character? Which book of the main four is your favourite?
There are some moments that just stick with you forever. Those moments that either truly traumatized you or just leave you feeling good inside.
I have a lot of traumatic memories, most of them are embarrassing but hey, that’s just me and my awkward self.
One of those special moments is a mixture of both traumatic and happy! I was lucky enough to meet Marie Lu almost a year ago, in October when she was on her The Midnight Star tour. Meeting her left me shaking, if you don’t know, MARIE LU IS MY IDOL!
Her books have left me mostly traumatized since I was 12 (but traumatized in a good way!)
So earlier this summer, I, for some odd reason, got a magical stroke of luck and won my first Goodreads giveaway! (It was the first one I ever entered!) AND I WON A GALLEY OF WARCROSS!!! Just imagine loud screeching and jumping up and down, that was basically my reaction! Then I actually received the book on Book Lovers Day!! I can’t even explain how over the moon I was!
Warcrossby Marie Lu
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
*I received this galley from a Goodreads giveaway, which doesn’t affect my opinion in any way.*
I’ve been waiting for this book since she first announced it! I will gobble anything written by Marie Lu. Even though I am not a video game kind of gal (I’ve never played a real video game in my life….it’s true!) I was still super excited for this! Virtual reality and a hot swoony billionaire, Y A S! So after having read it, I can happily tell you that it is classic Marie. Fun, stressful, and a hell of a lot twisty. PLUS THAT ENDING! I almost died.
What I Liked
Emika: I love her, rainbow hair and all. (Not going to lie though, I would sometimes forget her colourful hair in my imagination and have to fix up my visual image!) But yes, Emika! A super talented hacker and incredible Warcross player with a tragic life story. She lives day to day just thinking about the amount of money she owes and scratching up just enough to get by, but time ran out for her and she had to make some big decisions. One of those obviously including hacking into the biggest game in the world! Perhaps not the most well thought out plan, but she is crazy smart and so brave considering how alone she has been her whole life. She is no Cress (the hacker-love of my life) but she knows what’s she’s doing and she does it well!
Hideo: Oh my God, *swoon*. Marie always makes up such great complex and broody book boyfriends that I just cannot! And he is a young, successful billionaire! Plus insanely hot! *I’m not saying I’m a gold digger, but billionaire is a pretty attractive word 😂* He is a rather elusive character, but slowly he is revealed to the reader. His own tragic past and his plans for the future: to make it different, make it better. He is as I mentioned a very complex guy.
Other characters…Marie never fails in the diversity factor! Long before it was even a hot topic in YA (though it should have always been) There are all kinds of characters in this killer novel. Disabled, gay, various different races including a Latina (yay!) not to mention Emika is Chinese-American. I loved all the side characters of course! They were so much fun to explore and added an extra richness to Emika’s life and story!
Setting: Hello Japan! A country I have actually never visited, but I would love to some day! Though the Japan in this book is very, very different from Japan today! I don’t know the exact year, but I am pretty sure this book takes place in the future where technology has reached levels so incredible that only books likes these know of them! The descriptions of the tech and scenery really gave a beautiful distinction between the reality and virtual world, which I will talk about next!
The Virtual Reality: Since tech is so advanced in this story, people can live in Warcross basically all the time. (Which while I think is cool, is also pretty scary!) I loved every moment of playing the Warcross game and exploring the worlds within it. I loved the use of the characters’ knowledge in coding and all things computer science! I think it added authenticity to the story instead of the characters just knowing how to do all that crazy nonsense!
Action Packed!: Marie also never fails to keep me on my toes. When I was reading I wouldn’t leave the couch because there was always something next. Another game to play, another hacker to stalk, another secret meeting with Hideo. It was a constant pull to just keep reading, keep going. Plus the actual Warcross games themselves were like actual video games, so they were very action packed and suspenseful! Not to mention those that went downhill!
Romance: Slow burn! It’s always a slow burn with Marie, nothing ever happens in the moment, it happens with time. Emi and Hideo build a relationship. One that was supposed to be strictly business, but it leads to more. As they interact they find their commonalities, they find their differences and everything in between. Emika has looked up to Hideo since she was 11 in foster care and he was a 13 year-old genius. She might have idolized him just a tad, but who would ever think that they would get to meet and find more to love in their idols?! And find out that their idol is secretly impressed with them and begins to open up about himself to them. The chances of that happening is like 0, but this is a one in a million romance guys and I SHIP IT!
Those Legend & Young Elites Easter Eggs: I just about died, when I read “Daniel Batu Wing”. I highly doubt he has any relation to my precious Daniel Altan Wing, but still! And then the one-eyed white wolf showed up in a Warcross game and I just about died again!
The Ending: Welp. I saw it coming and at the same time I didn’t. If that makes any sense. You see I predicted it but usually my predictions are never spot on…and while I wasn’t exactly spot on, I still got it!!! Was I a little upset that I guessed it? Yes and no. Yes, because darn it! I like to be surprised. And no, because darn it that was a great ending! THAT TWIST! It makes you seriously questions your morals and what you think “saving the world” is all about! Magnifique!
What I Disliked
It Took A While: As much as I say there was Suspense! Suspense! Suspense! There was that little section of the beginning where I felt like Emika was just drawling on and on about her tragic past. Which was very tragic…but I got tired of it a little too soon…Awesome things did happen at the beginning, but there was no effortless connection to the characters. Everyone was a stranger to me until things finally started to happen!
Overall, I loved it! This book has had some intense amount of praise and hype because it deserves it! I’ve never read a book half set in a VR and it was an incredible experience! Trust me, once you let the characters grow on you a little bit you’ll be sobbing, panicking and cheering right along with them. Until the end of course, then you’ll just be sobbing!
Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars
Recommend?: HECK YEAH! It’s Marie Lu people, MARIE LU!
Let me know what you think? This book came out last week so if l would love to hear your thoughts on it! What’s your favourite Marie Lu book? Does she always make you sob? (The only answer is, yes.) What are some of your favourite video games?
With school starting, blogging and I have been very far from each other, writing reviews is almost at a minimum. Still I have responsibilities so I must meet those!
First, let me tell you about the #struggle in writing this review. If you didn’t know I’m Canadian and in Canada we spell colourless with a U! And writing this entire review was tough because I would try to spell it the American way, forget and then remember and well I just gave up altogether in trying! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So if you see a mix of both….oops.
Colorless by Rita Stradling
In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.
Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.
Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.
Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.
*I was provided a free digital copy from the Publisher via Net Galley. This in no way affects my opinion!*
First of all: Cover = Gorgeous. Secondly, the synopsis of this book really intrigued me. I mean a person who had no colour, who was invisible, but still very much alive! Hello intrigue. I liked this book, it was not what I was expecting especially with the whole magical system and religion, but there were a few things that I felt it was missing.
What I liked
Annabelle: She was a good MC. She had to learn how to navigate herself in a society that couldn’t see her but was desperately trying to hunt her down. She was tough and a thorough thinker in her plans….they might not have always gone as planned but at least she thought them through! I liked that she was stubborn and a hard head but still believed she was ever so patient and what was “lady like” in her time. She was not outstandingly amazing, but she wasn’t completely annoying either. And easy medium really.
Dylan: Again nothing utterly amazing about him, but he did add a lot of humour and mystery as well. I don’t know exactly how I feel about him in terms of putting him at boy toy level…or just not. He was a renowned “rake” to many of the maids of the stable, but he wasn’t a complete asshole. How do I put this into words…he was tired of being perceived as solely a sex object and wanted to he treated as someone who has feelings and wanted a real relationship. Yeah….something like that. Well he fought his “rake” title, but good reputation is hard to build!
Other characters… There were Dylan’s brothers who added more mystery and intrigue. As the only people (plus their grandmother) who could see Annabelle without her colour they had to figure out ways to help her. One brother was slightly less inclined to help and often caused a hard time for our poor, colourless Annabelle. There was also Tony who actually was an asshole but for *reasons* so we kind of forgive him…?
Descriptions & Settings: The world that Annabelle lived in was really set out. Despite the fact that she was colourless, everything else was filled with colour and there were very beautiful descriptions of the scenery and people. Even when she became colourless I could clearly visualize the colour melting off of her as it was described so I really enjoyed that.
Those Snippets of Religious Text: What I really liked is that there were mini paragraphs every few chapters that explained some of the gods that were mentioned in this book. It gave insight into exactly what was being dealt with which I liked, especially since the gods aren’t really present in the story so we get to know them through other means. It also added more structure to the society that the characters were living in and what the beliefs of the people were.
What I Disliked:
A Whole Lot of Confusion: I was thoroughly confused at some parts of the story. I knew that the monks were bad and that they had the people very controlled with the magicians and fear of the gods. Still why did the author need to add in these wolves? *But Rendz they are mentioned in the synopsis* BUT I DON’T GET IT! Where did they come from? How is it that you are chosen to become a dire wolf? Like why are they relevant? To chase down the iconoclasts? Okay…and…? My second complaint. These iconoclasts, so they lose colour…okay. I’m following. How come only some can see them? Annabelle’s transformation into being colourless still confuses me!! I still don’t get why they are so evil in the eyes of the magicians. I know why the magicians are evil but still their motives for targeting the colourless confuses me.
And don’t even get me started with the printing press. I didn’t get that, not at all.
Memorability: Even though the story was super cool and there were some intriguing elements, the story fell flat in being memorable. Like it’s been a few days and I’m already starting to forget character names, events that are important parts of the plot. Maybe that’s why I’m having such a hard time answering those questions! It’s just not sticking to me and I wish it would because the ending was left open for a possible sequel….but I don’t exactly recall the actual ending of the book.
Overall, I did enjoy the book in the moment. It was magical, mysterious and very twisty. I did enjoy the magical elements and some of the more suspenseful events. Not to mention those monks were insanely creepy, but if I’m honest this book had me hooked in the moment not the moments after…sigh.
Rating: 2.75-3 / 5 Stars (In the moment 3…in the moments after 2.75)
Recommend: Sure. (Actually can someone read it and then explain things to me? Thanks)
Let me know what you think! How good are you at remembering stories? If you read this one, what did you think?
A short while ago I celebrated my one year blogoversary! (blogaversary? blogiversary? whatever…) and I asked you guys to ask me questions! Anything you were curious about, whether it be about blogging or me in general. There was such a huge response, when I was literally expecting to have to fill in a post with only two questions! So thank you to all those who asked me questions and I hope you enjoy my answers!
1. If you could make an group to survive the zombie apocalypse with, which five book characters would you choose and why? (SYDNEY @ FIRE AND RAIN BOOKS)
Cress Darnell (Lunar Chronicles) Super hacker skills would be great to get into all those secret government safe houses should they exist….(they must)
Helene Aquilla (An Ember in the Ashes) I heard she’s good with the killing.
Inej Ghafa (Six of Crows) I heard she is good with the killing and sneaking/stalking those zombies!
Wolf Kesley (Lunar Chronicles) Someone to protect me, hello!
Carswell Thorne (Lunar Chronicles) Just because he would promise to kiss me before I die, sorry Cress.
2. How did you find the writing style for you? Like, we all worry we’re not typing the right words to express what we feel or that if we do, the post could be boring, but how did you find what fits you best? (OLGA’S ODDISH OBSESSION)
My writing style doesn’t really differ from how I talk in real life. A little big of professionalism with the use of big words and some fangirl language mixed in. I didn’t want to sound stiff and formal while writing my reviews I wanted to come off as charming and fun. So I didn’t stop myself from using the “Omgs” and the “Lols” and most importantly the “Ahhhhhhs”.
It’s not that people who write formal reviews are boring, in fact I admire them. They can write a full page without the fangirl additions and still keep you very entertained. I am just not at that level yet and I cannot write about books without using my fangirl language. C’est moi! It’s who I am. What fits me best is what I already have on, so let’s stick with the big words and fangirl words. Together.
Plus gifs. Gifs make everything a whole lot funnier and entertaining.
3. Do you have a sort of ritual for reading? A specific drink you like to have when reading, music you like to have playing? Or do you just read, no ritual required? (The Book Goddess)
I don’t usually drink or eat while reading, but before I start a new book I do have a ritual!
*Rendz takes book off shelf*
*pets front cover and backcover *
*If there is a dust jacket, Rendz carefully removes it*
*Reads synopsis, reads author’s bio, reads and fumes about the prices of books*
*Pets naked hardcover, front back, and lastly the spine*
*Traces the lettering on the spine*
*Opens books, flips through every single page as I go (even the publication info)*
I literally flip through every page, no page left unturned. Even if they are blank at the end. They get flipped through!
Before I dive into my reading, I flip to the very last page of the story, read the last word, go back to Chapter 1 and try and figure out the story!
My mantra: I read cover to cover. That means everything in between.
4. Did you ever feel pressured to change your blog format/appearance to look more like “popular” bloggers? If so, did you and did it help anything? I’m asking for a friend 😉 (ROYAL READER)
Do I ever feel pressured? EVERY. DAY. SINCE. I. STARTED.
A lot of the big bloggers get their designs done for them and they pay $$$ for them too.
Me? I’m a cheap student and would rather try something on my own, break out my watercolours think of something cool.
But I’m always so lazy and I need to look up tips for blog design making me lazier. I’ll just stick to my amateur logo and pink colour scheme! That’s not to say you can’t go all out. Be my guest! And then share with me your wisdom, please!
Pretty blogs are one thing. The content is still 100000x more important!
So if you don’t know Disney has a publishing company named Disney Hyperion and they always have nice books to request on NetGalley. So naturally Rendz is like: “YES! Disney will see how much I love them and accept me right away.”
LOL past Rendz
I have been declined every Disney book I have requested. Popular or not. And it stung the first time…so I’ll never let it go. Until I get approved!
Yes! Though, I have never finished a single project because student life is busy and I don’t actually have a good outline for any of them. I just write down the scenes that play on and on in my head.
That being said, I do have three projects started. One is middle grade and the other two are YA. I realized that I sill need to simmer a lot of the middle grade and the first YA piece I started up because they are heavy fantasy and a whole lot of stuff needs to be drawn out.
This third YA one, that I recently opened a word document for is slowly coming along. It’s actually Urban Fantasy so less world building per se. I know how it begins, I know how it ends, I know the climax. It’s just the in between that needs to be figured out. The characters also need some polishing and I’m not exactly sure on a lot of things. But it’s going along and it obviously has a soundtrack and Pinterest board!
Plus, I have a note pad filled with 10 other story ideas, spin offs and short stories. My imagination obviously never stops.
Will these projects ever see the light of day? Time will tell.
7 & 8 What character do you feel closely resembles you? If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? (SHANAH – BIONIC BOOK WORM)
7. The characters I find myself most in are Cress (TLC) and Laia (AEITA). Cress because she is the shy, meek fangirl who when she pushes herself has the courage to use her talents and be brave. Laia is also very important to me because she was not brave at the beginning of her journey. She was scared and cowardly, she ran away instead of fighting head on. Something I would do. Neither of these girls are your typical “badass” kind of heroine, but I have never felt “badass” myself. These girls represent me and help me see that I can still save the world, even if I can’t come up with something snarky to say on the spot or wield a sword like a pro.
8.I would eat pupusas for the rest of my life. (A traditional Salvadoran food.) They are freaking delicious and can be eaten at all times of the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Break Time: There are a lot of questions…here is a funny gif.
At the beginning I was still trying to be a professional, then a month later I was like “screw it” and found my odd little blogger voice. The set up is somewhat the same, but I think I got better at really communicating what I want to say, instead of rambling.
However, I still do not know how to use a comma properly. End me.
10. If you could bring one fictional character to life to be your best friend who would you choose? (JOURNEYINTOBOOKS)
After some pleading I was able to raise this to two character BFFs, so YAYAY!
Linh Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) BECAUSE SHE IS CINDER!!!!!!!!!!!
Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia) GIRL TAKE ME AND CINDER TO NARNIA!!!
11. I usually read everyday. Throughout the day time hours I read a physical book, for about a hour, two maybe three? Then in the night time I switch to my ebooks/kindle. But since I don’t want to completely destroy my eye sight, I only read for about an hour and a half. Unless I am in the final stretches, I’ll exceed my limit.
12. Fave food: Pupusas!!!!!!
13. & 14. & 15. Do you like mangoes? If Thorne died, what would you do? Why do you go by the name Rendz? (MAY @ FOREVER AND EVERLY)
13. MANGOES ARE MY FAVOURITE FRUIT EVER!!! IT TOPS EVERYTHING. GREEN OR YELLOW, I AM IN LOVE!!!!!
14. HOW DARE YOU ASK SUCH A CRUEL QUESTION!
If Carswell Thorne had died in the books, I would have freaking balled. A part of my soul would have been ripped out, chewed up and thrown away. Even thinking about it hurts. I honestly would have cried!!!!! Sobbed!!!! I would have ended up in the depths of despair. My swoony Captain would live on in my heart (and fantasies) forever, but I am so glad he lives in the books!
15. I go by Rendz for two reasons. One being that as much as the internet is cool and all, there are still creepy, stalker people at large and so I never give away any personal info like my name, age and birthday (sorry to all the birthday tags) It’s a safety precaution. Secondly, I wanted to separate real me, from blogger me, so I created Rendz to fill in that role.
16. What do you do to get through a reading slump? How many books do you own? What’s your favorite reading spot? ANDDD What’s your favorite quote? (NADWA @ PAINFULLYFICTIONAL)
Reading slumps are tough, but I usually just stop reading for a while. Make myself miss it. I go read some raving reviews about exciting books, maybe even reread some of my favourite parts of older reads!
I own 143 books currently. That number is about to rise exponentially.
Favourite reading spot is the couch. A perfect place to lean my back on, sit, lay and be in complete comfort! (Guys you don’t understand my couches are super soft and sitting on them is pure bliss)
Favourite quote, from my Idol, Marie Lu:
“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
Thank you once again to all of the lovely people out there who asked me questions! Thank you to all you lovelies who read my answers and found something interesting about my boring self XP! Here is to another year of blogging *cheers*!
If you want to know anything else, I’ll gladly answer you in the comments!
I cannot even correctly recall the beginning of the month! It seems as if the end of July and beginning of August just fused together! So many things were going on, that before I realized it, it was mid-August.
I told myself this month was going to be full of awesome reading and slow on the book buying.
Yeah…that sooooooo did not happen! At all. I was supposed to be saving up for September because we all know that September is going to be huge with the releases. Thus, needing to save my money. But no. I didn’t do that at all.
Reading this month was okay, nothing really stood out to me. I had a couple okay reads, so I feel like it could have gone much better.
I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girlby Gretchen McNeil
This was a very cute contemporary read! Full of formulas and romance! My Mini Review
Bridges: A Daphne WhiteNovel by Maria Murnane
This was the first Women’s Fiction book I’ve read in a while and it turned out to be a very sweet and happy read! My Full Review
The Reader by Traci Chee
A fun fantasy read that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while! 3.75 / 5 Stars
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
This was a really fun and fast sci-fi read! I really enjoyed it! 4 / 5 Stars
House of Ash by Hope Cook
This was a very intriguing read, plus it’s Candian YA! Woot! Woot! My Full Review
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is a super duper popular Adult Fantasy novel that I wanted to try and while I really enjoyed it, I also found it to be very slow! 4 / 5 Stars
Black Birds of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
This was a big anticipated read of mine, however it turned out to be okay rather than mind-blowing amazing! Still it was very fun! My Full Review
Winterby Marissa Meyer
This was a reread and I loved it (obviously!) My fangirling post for this will be up soon hopefully! But let’s just say I might have gotten choked up…..just a little bit. All the stars!
Fairestby Marissa Meyer
I decided to reread it despite how many feels and moments of second hand embarrassment I went through! Levana is one crazy witch! (Should I do a post for this too? The answer is yes!)
The Bride of Glassby Candace Robinson
This was the sequel to Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault which I read a while ago. I really enjoyed this one, though not as much as the first I believe! My Full Review
Lordy, lord. I spent too much money this month! By now everyone should know how big September is going to be in terms of new releases. Basically a whole bunch of magical and super intriguing reads are headed our way. Some of these books I have been anticipating for months on end! So my plan was to save! Save money!!! But the heart wants what the heart wants and my heart wanted books this August.
This month I bought:
Book Outlet: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (Because I had to own it!) Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Because I never hear the end of its epicness) Windwitch by Susan Dennard (Merry Christmas, Maz)
BMV (Cheap bookstore) Ivory & Bone by Julie Eshabugh (Because it was there and I was like “gimmegimme”) Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers (By recommendation of Mandy @BookPrincessReviews)
Chapters Indigo (Not cheap, but my home-away-from-home bookstore) Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Because I needed that pull-out poster!)
And then I got super lucky and won two ARCs!
Warcross by Marie Lu (My first Goodreads giveaway I entered and won!! Plus it’s by my Idol!!!) Last Star Burningby Caitlin Sangster (I actually won this through a twitter giveaway. The object was to write a Haiku and the best one won! *Thank you to all my twitter peeps who voted for me….I love you!)
Black Birds of the Gallows by Meg Kassel The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (My first granted wish!) Colorlessby Rita Stradling
So yeah….A lot of hauled books this month! All the more to read!
On to more pressing matters. My TBR. September, unfortunately means the start of school, which unfortunately means these large reading wrap ups start to dwindle in numbers. It also means I’m slower to post and write so I’m trying to get as much as I can done before school begins (tomorrow for me)!
Did I reach my summer goal, absolutely not. I didn’t read Truthwitch (sorry Maz) or ACOTAR (sorry everyone else) but I’ll get to them……eventually.
Not this month though. THIS MONTH I HAVE PLANS!
This month I plan on reading:
Poison’s Kiss by Breanna Shields (Buddy read with Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews)✅ Warcoss by Marie Lu (in progress) Colorlessby Rita Stradling (in progress) Stars Above by Marissa Meyer Scion of the Foxby S.M. Beiko Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Library book, so my time is limited) Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (Chaol boo, I’m coming for you!)
I’m not going to set myself up for anything higher, but if I’m lucky enough and the school year starts off slow (unlikely), I hope to squeeze in Last StarBurning,Wonder Woman: Warbringer and All the Wind in the World…..all very unlikely!
I also may have a little secret project going on……it might have something to do with fanart….it might have something to do with the Lunar Chronicles…….😉😉
It’s nowhere near finished but…maybe I’ll share a little taste with you sometime….!
Let me know what you guys think! What was your favourite read from August? What was your favourite buy from August? What release are you most looking forward to in this September of Releases? Can’t wait to see your thoughts!
I am not much of a thriller, horror kind of person. I’m just too much of a scaredy cat. Literally, I am weak. I am however, a fantasy kind of person. If the two are mixed…well that spells a whole lot of fun for me! And if the story is super intriguing, a little bloody and perhaps some kissing here and there: I’m all for it!
The Bride of Glassby Candace Robinson
Perrie Madeline is trapped in Vale’s clutches as the Bride. Can Perrie find a way to escape her mental prison?
Maisie Jaser is on a rescue mission to retrieve her cousin and best friend, Perrie. Together, she hopes to bring down Vale and rid the world of the destruction he has caused.
Will Vale prevail?
*I was provided a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review*
So back at the end of the first book, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, I was immediately like: there better be a sequel…no way in hell it can end like this!!! Thankfully, Candace fulfilled my wish and wrote a sequel! Hoorah! Luckily, it was just as entertaining, fun and spookalicious as the first one!
What I liked:
Perrie:I really liked Perrie in this one, she was fighting for her own conscience which I found very intriguing for the first half of the book. She doesn’t have it easy and a lot of bad stuff happens because of her. She has to accustom herself to a completely new life, without some of the old comforts she had. She has to forgive herself for some of the evil she herself unleashed. Yet, despite all this she is thoughtful and brave!
Maisie: Stole the show for me! She was the best! Very quirky, funny and oh-so courageous. She had a minor role in the first novel, but this book really showed off her best self! She doesn’t always think twice about her decisions, but since her gut is right a lot of the time, we’ll allow it!
Vale:Oh so intriguing. Another character fighting for conscience and moral. His back story was very interesting, though I wished a little bit of it had been established in book one. That would have elevated it so much more in this one.
And Neven, sweet Neven. He just got a lot of “awwww”s from me!
Plot: I thought the overall story itself was done well. It connected well with the first book and closed all those hanging moments very nicely. I liked the backstory chapters in between the present day chapters because they really helped to give insight into the characters motives and actions. It also brought in those historical and mythological figures that were featured in the first book, which I loved. It focuses less on being inside a traditional fantasy setting and brings the problems and the evil outside to the real world.
That Cover: Glorious. Symbolism is like used to the max on it and I love it! Plus it’s purple!!!!!!
Romance: Ship! Ship! Ship! TWO SHIPS! The first ship was a little scary. It started out as abusive….but changed because *things happen* and though this book does not in any way promote the abuse as romantic, it was there and I was a little hesitant to cope after it in the second half. The other ship however: SHIP SHIP SHIP!!!!
What I Disliked:
The Flow: My biggest complaint. All the good drama as battle stuff doesn’t happen until the very, very end. I’m talking last chapter. There was not enough time put into that drama which was what I wanted. The first 80% of the novel was just the characters walking, talking and some small backstory bits. Not to say that they weren’t entertaining and had some suspenseful elements, it’s just that the end was super squeaky clean!The big epic finale didn’t happen. The part where I was supposed to be biting my nails and going OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG didn’t happen and I was very disappointed!
What did happen wasn’t even that intense. The author opened up a great window, but didn’t use it! I was hoping for a little more on that factor!
Overall, I did enjoy this book! It was fast and when I did read I couldn’t put it down!! The characters are what made this book great, so if your a character kinda person like me, definitely check it out!
Rating: 3.75 / 5 Stars
Recommend: Like your books a little bloody, a little spooky, and a whole lot of intrigue? Perhaps with a little fairy tale elements here and there? Then yes!!
This book came out September 1st, yesterday! Please go out and support out fellow blogger author Candace @ Literary Dust by giving her book a read! (But read the first one first!! Obviously!)
Let me know what you think. What are some of your favourite historical figures you would love to see get YA twists?