Fight Like A YA Girl Tag

Greetings readers!

I’m forever going to be late with all these amazing tags! Krysti over at YA and Wine created this incredible tag that features and recognizes the various strengths of all our favourite YA Heroines! I absolutely adored reading through this tag and answering the questions myself, I hope you all enjoy!

Thank you to the three epic bloggers who tagged me ages ago! Mandy @ BookPrincessReviews, Eva @ BrilliantlyBookish, Joana @ BookNeeders They each have such incredible blogs and I hope you all take a trip to their sites one day! You’re missing out on some amazing content!

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!

WARRIOR GIRLS

Attia – Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Helene Aquilla – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

June Iparis – The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR MIND

Kestrel – The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Adelina – The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Literally fights with her mind)

Cress – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR HEART

Winter – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Maya – The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Lucy Pevensie – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

GIRLS WHO ARE TRAINED FIGHTERS

Attia – Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Helene Aquilla – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

STRONG GIRLS OF COLOR

Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Laia of Serra – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Iko – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

GIRLS WHO FIGHT TO SURVIVE

Laia of Serra – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Cinder – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Shazi – The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Cleo Bellos – Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

GIRLS WHO ARE WEAPONS MASTERS

Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Nova Artino – Renegades by Marissa Meyer

GIRLS WHO DON’T CONFORM TO GENDER ROLES

Attia – Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Scarlet – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Lada – And I Darken by Kiersten White

GIRLS WITH KICK-BUTT MAGICAL POWERS

Nina Zenik – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Yrene Towers – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Meira – Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

STRONG GIRLS IN CONTEMPORARY NOVELS

Charlotte Holmes – A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Starr Carter – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

SERIOUSLY FIERCE GIRLS

All of them.

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK WITH A STRONG LEADING LADY

Furyborn by Claire Legrand will have TWO fierce ladies front and center, so I am pretty stoked for this book!

Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy, #1)

I Tag…

Anyone who has not had the chance to have a go at this! (But I think literally everyone has already done this and given amazing answers!)



That’s it for me! I know there are a lot of repeats on my list! Frankly, I just have not read enough! There are so many ladies from books on my shelves that I wanted to add, but I haven’t read their story yet, so really I can’t judge their ferocity just yet! But I look forward to it!

As someone who has never been particularly physically strong, or snarky-strong, it’s so important that this tag was created to showcase the other strengths! So thank you again to Krysti!!

Let me know what you think! What is/are your strength(s)? Who are your favourite YA Heroines? What fierce lady inspires you? (Real or fictional)

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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S.T.A.G.S. | Review

Greetings readers!

I do love a thrill. I love an adventure. I love the high-stakes, the heart pounding panic of what will happen next! What?! What?! What?! I get a lot of that from fantasy. Lots of epic battles and plans that go awry!

Now, I don’t usually expect thrill from contemporary. I usually look for the warm fuzzy feels and drama. But when reading a contemporary-thriller you have to expect less warm fuzz and more of that heart-pounding-my-goodness-what-is-going-on???? feeling.

Which I definitely experienced.

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

S.T.A.G.S.
via Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Greer, a scholarship girl at a prestigious private school, St Aidan the Great School (known as STAGS), soon realizes that the school is full of snobs and spoilt rich brats, many of whom come from aristocratic families who have attended the institute throughout the centuries. She’s immediately ignored by her classmates. All the teachers are referred to as Friars (even the female ones), but the real driving force behind the school is a group of prefects known as the Medievals, whose leader, Henry de Warlencourt, Greer finds both strangely intriguing as well as attractive. The Medievals are all good-looking, clever and everyone wants to be among their circle of friends. Greer is therefore surprised when she receives an invitation from Henry to spend a long weekend with him and his friends at his family house in the Lake District, especially when she learns that two other “outsiders” have also been invited: Shafeen and Chanel. As the weekend unfolds, Greer comes to the chilling realization that she and two other “losers” were invited only because they were chosen to become prey in a mad game of manhunt.



Buy It!

Amazon | Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

This book releases January 30th! Drop by your local bookstore or library to check it out!



*I received a free digital copy from the publisher on Netgalley, which does not in any way influence my opinion!*

Well. Well. I enjoyed this book very, very much. You guys know that thriller (like scary-dark thriller) is just not my thing. (I am a scaredy cat) But when I do make an exception and brace myself for some good ol’ thrill, I hope that it will crush my expectations and make me crave more of this genre.

Goal achieved.

**Plus this had the most gorgeous cover I just had to request it!! **

What I Liked:

Characters: 

Greer: I found her to be a very interesting. She had spent the first half of the school semester as a misfit and shunned, scholarship kid. She basically had zero friends, meaning social life was at an all time low and getting an invite to an exclusive vacation at the richest/most beautiful popular boy’s house was the best thing that happened to her in a long time. Or was it??

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Anyways…I really did enjoy Greer as a narrator and MC in this book. She was quirky and intuitive. She was also foolish and at one point I really want to knock her outside of the head. But she redeems herself! I absolutely loved that she brought up references to the films she and her dad loved to watch and how she inserts her personality and likes into the narration of the story. It really showed off her nerdy and quirky self and her grand ability to make connections and put two and two together!

Shafeen: Although he is not in most parts of the story, he is still very much a present. And when he is there, he is there. He shut down those racist, rich white kids so many times with such class. *applause, applause* Every word that came out of his mouth, priceless. Every move he made turned tables.

Other characters...There was also Nel, who had it pretty rough in a Gatsby style. She was of new money and the white rich kids did not appreciate people who were not of old money!

So then there are The Medievals a.k.a the white, rich (psycho) kids who brought down their wrath on the previous three characters mentioned. I wasn’t thinking of mentioning them because I really hated them, so let’s just say I enjoyed hating them very much.

The Blood Games:

I have never been hunting, shooting or fishing. Blood sports are really just not my thing. The Medievals version of Huntin’ Shootin’ Fishin’ really is not my style either…let’s emphasize the blood shall we. I’m not meaning to intend that this book was filled with gore and washed in blood every few pages because it wasn’t. It was a very bloody book in that these sports fostered danger, elevated the stakes and made the characters act in ways that were feral and wild. I really enjoyed the twist of the games and how they brought characters together and wreaked havoc too.

The Narnia References are in Full Force:

Okay so this isn’t really about the book, but hey! It’s important to me. I got like ten references to Narnia. First it was just a comparison to Prince Caspian then it was full blown, referring to the movie and talking about discovering secret worlds, finding magical apartments and…and…and.. I freaked out a little. I was just so excited. Trust me this book references lots of films, as that Greer’s favourite thing, so seeing my favourite movie/book referenced  gave me all the feeeeeeeeellllllllllssssss!

*Plus LWW ends with the Pevensies chasing a White Stag…so it’s fitting that the movie be referenced :)*

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The Narration:

Greer was retelling the story to us. It’s that kind of thriller, where the reader goes in and they are given this mini-introduction, so they have a foggy idea of how the book is going to end or where the direction of the story it headed. Then as Greer tells you the story you start picking up on things, connecting some dots and predicting events that just might happen. I especially loved it when Greer would add in her own little comments about what was happening and how she should have acted differently. Especially when she was in her more foolish nature, narrator Greer would take a side note just to point out how dumb she was being.

The World:

Perhaps “The World” is the wrong title, because this book took place in England. Not some foreign fantastical land. Still…the world was very different. We get a glimpse into the white, privileged, upper class life with a medieval twist. A literal medieval twist, these kids not only called themselves Medievals, but lived through that mantra. They avoided having too many modernities like the internet, phones, and most other electrical appliances and they engaged in traditional sports; hence Huntin’ Shootin’ Fishin’.

What really struck me about this world though, was experiencing the consequences of the power and privilege bestowed upon these teenagers that were almost lethal. They controlled everything and everyone. They got away with everything they did. And it’s not a far fact from how it is in real life. How far money and power can take you. How much money rules the world and the extent to which it can bend the will of a person. Scary stuff.

The Ending:

The gif is enough to summarize.

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What I Disliked:

It Was Not As Twisty As I Was Hoping?: 

There were twists trust me and some of them I saw coming. This really stems from the very beginning of the book and how Greer introduces the problem. I already knew going in that deaths would be inevitable and I was kind of thinking that everyone was going to die. And while I don’t mean to sound sadistic, one person died and it was a little anti-climatic. You have an idea of who dies and why they die and who kills them. So I felt that the intro given by Greer gave too much and it took away from the reader.


Overall, it was a great book. For a non-thrillerish gal I thoroughly enjoyed it very much. It was fun, fast, and quite a ride. It makes you think about the consequences of money and privilege and also the effect of living in a world where everything is on the internet. The ending was a bit cliff-hanger like. I mean it did open up the possibility of a sequel, but I think it would be best to leave this as a stand alone and let the readers wonder and imagine how that could possibly be resolved.

Rating: 4 / 5 stars 

Recommend: Yes! Especially if your not always that into the thrills, but your in the mood for a little thrill!!

Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Are you good at guessing endings? What are some of your favourite thriller/mystery books? I need recommendations after all!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Ringing in the New Year Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by the lovely Sophie @ Blame Chocolate to do the Ringing in the New Year Tag! Sophie is a wonderful friend and blogger! She has tons of great reviews and posts, so make sure to drop by and pay her a visit!

It is still January so the idea of setting goals is still applicable. Especially if you have already broken some resolutions, it is not too late to set some more!

RULES:

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag (Bookmark Chronicles)
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2017

*I say rereads count!*

I reread The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer in the summer of 2017, which was the best decision I have ever made. Reliving all those emotions and revisiting the characters I adore was the most amazing experience!

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I wrote four fangirling posts along the way which was also pretty fun, so if you want to check those out, be my guest!

A Moment of Fangirling: Cinder A Moment of Fangirling: ScarletA Moment of Fangirling: Cress A Moment of Fangirling: Winter

Authors that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year

Roshani Chokshi, Stephanie Garber, Kendare Blake, Lilliam Rivera, Silvia Moreno-Garcia

***And clearly in 2018 I have to go about finding some male authors of interest too! I hear Jay Kristoff and Neal Shusterman are ones to look out for!

 

 

Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

I’m pretty excited to see The Hate U Give movie…I believe it comes out this year! There are so many other YA adaptations coming to the big screen, but I haven’t had a chance to read them yet!

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one)

CARSWELL THORNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CHAOL WESTFALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BUT MOSTLY CARSWELL THORNE!

*Artist: Taratjah*

What’s on you TBR for 2018? (Top 5-10 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes, #3)
via Goodreads

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6)
via Goodreads

Wires & Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles (The Belles #1)
via Goodreads

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)
via Goodreads

Wacross 2 by Marie Lu

Furyborn my Claire Legrand (I got an ARC, so I get to read it early! *gloats*)

Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy, #1)
via Goodreads

How many books do you hope to read in 2018?

60 is my plan. 25 Debuts and whatever I find on my shelves or the library!

Will you participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others (PopSugar, Down the TBR Hole, etc.)

Yes! As stated above I plan on reading 60 books, so I have Goodreads to keep me on track! It is the same personal goal I had from last year and I got close but didn’t exactly achieve it. Here’s to hoping this year turns out better!

Any New Year’s Resolutions? (Bookish, blogging (or vlogging), and otherwise)

I do! I even wrote a whole blog post so that they would be written out meaning I can’t opt-out anymore!

New year reading goals

  1. Read my shelves
  2. Read 25 Debuts of 2018 in 2018
  3. Get to 1000 followers (I’ll kind of need your help for this one)
  4. Manage my book money
  5. Expand my genres

You can check out my full post here!

In terms of life goals….I’m trying to get Real Life-Rendz together. We have important decisions to make and she has to not be afraid of change and taking risks. So hand me your most inspirational quotes, please!

I Tag…

If you’ve already done this tag, feel free to just tell me your goals in the comment! ❤

Abigail’s Books

Darque Dreamer Reads 

Pages Unbound Reviews

Let me know what you think? Do we have any common goals? What were your favourite books of 2017? What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Blood and Sand | Review

Greetings readers!

I have felt something I have not felt in a rather long time. I have felt the RUSH. You know that a book is great when you experience the RUSH. It’s not a simple thought, nor feeling. It is a full body sensation.

It’s a tingling in the toes and fingers. It’s a buzz in the brain. It’s slightly blurred vision. It’s a shake in the shoulders. A shiver down one’s spine.

And then comes the jerk.

Your whole body just quivers, your jaw has been on the ground for the past ten minutes, your eyes are bulging out of your head in disbelief and weird screeching sounds are coming out of your mouth.

The RUSH.

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Blood and Sand
via Goodreads

FORGED IN BATTLE…
FROM THE DUST OF THE ARENA…
A LEGEND WILL RISE

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…

The story continues in Fire and Ash, coming in 2019 from Tor Teen.

Buy It!

Amazon | Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

*Thank you so much Torteen for providing me with a digital copy via Netgalley. All opinions are my own!*

So everything stated above about the RUSH is true. I experienced all those emotions at 1:30 in the morning when I finished this book. So my screeching noises were actually more like whispers. I enjoyed this book immensely. I cannot recall a moment during my read where I was waning and teetering on the edge of boredom. That didn’t exist for me. It had me engaged from page one and by the end I was rendered breathless.

What I Liked:

Setting:

When I think about the Roman Empire, I think sand, Colosseum, those leaf crown thingys and togas!! But really there is so much more into that grand empire that this book explores wonderfully. I loved how the author let us into the history of Rome without bombarding us with facts. She just slides in the details, like the kingdoms and peoples the Romans massacred, the structure and layouts of the markets and palaces. The politics was one of the more trickier things to follow, but the author presents it to the reader in a simple way.

It’s Rome in all it’s sandy, bloody, brutal glory.

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Characters:

Attia: Princess. Warrior. Thracian. All add up to make one hot-headed gal. She was fiercely stubborn, angry and she would literally cut (you down) if you got in her way. She had every right to be all those things. I mean, I think we would all be pissed if anyone rose up, massacred our people, enslaved the survivors and sold you as a nighttime companion. Yup. I loved Attia. I loved that she was unconditionally and un-apologetically herself and still admitted that she was no where near perfect. She was courageous, loyal, and intelligent. She acted impulsively perhaps too much for her own good and that got her  into many, many sticky situations, but she was no doubt an amazing character to journey with.

Xanthus: Gladiator. Champion. Survivor. Add up to make one broody, and oh so sweet hero. He has all the things to check off as a broody warrior book boyfriend. Tragic past? ✔️ Killer body? ✔️ Sweet and sensitive? ✔️ Loyal? ✔️ Protective (even if our girl is perfectly capable of taking care of herself)? ✔️ Swoon Factor? ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️

The list goes on. Xanthus was a character that didn’t expect forgiveness for his sins, but asked for it anyways. He knew he was slave being controlled by a master puppeteer, but he didn’t let his humanity go. He kept a great deal of good, after suffering a great deal of bad. He sacrificed himself for others and he would rather lift others up, than be the glorified Champion of Rome.

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There was a great cast of supporting characters. There were so many it’s a tad difficult to name them all. I loved Xanthus and his brothers. A loyal pack that supported and saved each other. Attia found friendship in Sabina, Lucretia and little Rory. They gave her strength, support and guided her in her weaker moments. The side characters brought to life the moments of cruelty so many experienced under the Romans. It was heart breaking and inspirational because you root for each of them to exact the revenge they deserve.

Action and Intensity:

Now this book was bloody. The history of the Roman Empire itself is surely drenched in red and this book exemplifies that perfectly. Considering this book deals with gladiators, a warrior princess, and the oppressive Roman Empire there was never a long period of time before someone died. Tragic, but true. The action of this book keeps you on your toes, no characters were invincible and the stakes were very high.

Everything was on the line.

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Historic Elements & Events:

Actual recognizable events happen in this book despite it being top-notch fiction. There was of course the Colosseum and the bloody games that went on in there. Readers get to be in the ring, facing off against an enemy who had just as much to lose. Maybe readers even get catch a glimpse of the mysterious Spartacus…….? It’s thrilling and nerve-wracking. I won’t give anything else away because it might be a little spoiler-y, but people, Rome had it rough! Especially towards the end there.

Romance:

It’s not exactly enemies to lovers…rather it is an “I don’t like you, I don’t trust you” to “You’re okay, I guess” to “You belong with me–eee–eee.” Also known as my favourite kind of romance. It’s a tender slow burn. Where our two love-birds have to get over themselves and their fears (and all the other angst) before they finally see clearly. That is when the magic happens. That is when the squeals come out. I really liked the ship. I especially loved how they tried to protect each other when they were both spectacularly capable of watching their own backs! But it’s just so precious and my hearttttttttttt………

The Ending:

It killed me.

But there is a sequel….so maybe (I pray) that those last events weren’t exactly 100% accurate.

What I Disliked:

Just one tiny thing. There were so many side characters and they each had their own past that I would have loved to read more about. However, that would have made this book ten times longer and despite the want to know more, I know it would have been too much. Plus, keeping track of all of them was pretty hard too. Don’t ask me to name names, there were a lot.


Overall, I am delighted. The RUSH came and still lingers. This book was true to its title. Bloody to the last page and sandy because it’s stuck in every corner of my mind. The author takes you on a ride in this brutal history on the backs of two people seeking revenge and their realization of just how hard that fight is. It’s suspenseful, it’s heart-breaking and I am begging for the sequel!

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars!

Recommend: Absolutely! Grab a sword and feel the RUSH!

Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Would you like to go back in time to visit the Roman Empire? What are some of your favourite physically fierce characters? Any Historical Fic recommendations? 

This book debuts today, January 16th! So be sure to check it out!!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Norse Mythology Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

Thank you to Kyera @ Kyera’s Library for tagging me and creating such a wonderful tag! I love all things mythological and Norse mythology is definitely one I would love to know more about!

The Rules:

  • Link back to my original post on Kyera’s Library so I can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my URL)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

ODIN – FAVOURITE STAND ALONE

Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse Gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine, and war, among other things.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

I read this book on one of my trips back home to El Salvador and I remember enjoying it very much. The characters, the horse races, and the atmosphere of the book completely transported me to another world!

More recently…The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This was a lovely romance novel with telekinesis which gave it a magical feel without being overly fantastical and I fell in love with it!

SR    The Beautiful Ones

THOR – A BOOK THAT HITS YOU IN THE FEELS

Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms, so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful Lady Sif.

Champion by Marie Lu (the preceding books as well)

I have never been the same. The trauma of that ending was so detrimental, I look at the book and shiver! I think about the book and I’m hit with all the pain, sadness and hope that I was hit with the first time.

Champion (Legend, #3)
via Goodreads

LOKI – BIGGEST BOOK PLOT TWIST OR CHARACTER BETRAYAL

Loki is the god of mischief, thieves and thrives on chaos.

I don’t know if this is ***spoilery***…but Keenan’s big reveal towards the end of A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.

I never liked him for a reason!!

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FRIGG – OTP

Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility, and fate.

C R E S S W E L L  I S   M Y  L I F E ! ! !

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Artist: Taratjah 

HEIMDALL – FAVOURITE SECOND BOOK IN A SERIES

Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and he is who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

It’s the best book in that series, you cannot convince me otherwise. I would consider Throne of Glass a duology because in my opinion the books after CoM get worse. (Save Tower of Dawn)

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BALDUR – FAVOURITE MALE CHARACTER

Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.

CARSWELL THORNE. CARSWELL THORNE. CARSWELL THORNE
CHAOL WESTFALL. CHAOL WESTFALL. CHAOL WESTFALL.

*Artist: Taratjah*

SIF – MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.

The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)
via Barnes & Noble

Isn’t it just stunning! I really want to own it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FREY – BOOK/SERIES THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

Frey is the Lord of weather, god of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

I don’t know how many times I have to say this, but The Penderwicks are a dream. They are adorable MGs that give me all the feels. They make me laugh, cry, experience second-hand embarrassment, smile and just fill me with this everlasting joy!

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FREYA – FAVOURITE BOOK SETTING

Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.

The only place I would rather be….

The Chronicles of Narnia!

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TYR – FAVOURITE BOOK WITH A BIG UPHEAVAL/EPIC FIGHT SCENE

Tyr is the god of war

The balcony scene from Winter by Marissa Meyer, where the whole crew practically almost died. So intense. So heart-racing. I love it so much.

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ULLER – CHARACTER DEATH THAT AFFECTED YOU THE MOST

Uller is the god of death, winter, archery and hunting.

The death of chapters 38-40 of Crooked Kingdom.

Still gets me.

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NJORD – FAVOURITE BOOK /AN EPIC JOURNEY ON WATER/OCEAN SETTING

Njord is the god of the wind and the sea.

I haven’t read any recent ones…..but I’m hoping to!

However, I have read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis which is most definitely a sea adventure!

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
via Goodreads

VALKYRIE – FAVOURITE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.

Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows

June Iparis – The Legend Trilogy

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AESIR/VANIR – FAVOURITE BOOK “CREW”

The Aesir and the Vanir are the two groups of Norse gods, believed to be the old and new gods.

THE RAMPION CREW (The Lunar Chronicles) and THE DREGS (Six of Crows)!
No, I am not cool enough to hang with either.

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Artist: Hiyukee
Plenty of you lovely book nerds already spotted it but now I can share my Six of Crows gang illustration for the @illumicrate Grisha Box! ✨For those asking: it’s currently exclusive to Illumicrate but might be available in my shop in a few months,...
Artist: Charlie Bowater

SEIPYRTS – FAVOURITE SIDEKICK (NON-HUMAN CHARACTER)

Seipyrts is Odin’s trusty eight legged steed, yes you heard that correctly – eight legs.  I promise that he is the god’s horse companion and not a giant spider that he rides around on… although that would probably strike more fear in the hearts of his enemies than a pretty horse does.

IKO! IKO! IKO! IKO! IKO!

Creativity takes Courage — All the Lunar Chronicle girls!! ✨
Artist: Madi Hodges 

I Tag…

*No pressure if you have already done it/or do not feel up to it!*

Taiwo @ Stuffed Shelves

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

Angelica @ Dreaming of Fiction

This was so much fun! I hope you all enjoyed my answers and that we get more YA books based around Norse Mythology! I especially loved sharing the fan art of so many talented artists out there! I hope you check out the pages I linked to discover more of their work.

Let me know what you think! Who is your favourite Norse god? If you could be a god/goddess of something, what would you choose?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Renegades | Review

Greetings readers!

Well…I…did…it.

I read my most anticipated book of the year. My Queen, Marissa Meyer came out with the highly hyped, totally intriguing superhero novel that I had put on hold after I received it in November.

Well, I finally read it.

And I’m…I’m…

Underwhelmed.

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.



Buy It!

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Don’t get me wrong. This book was definitely not a bust for me…but it really lacked the BOOM! too. I just…I just…I was hoping for so much, much more. And I didn’t get that. Maybe I was hoping for too much and I over-hyped myself because ladies and gents the Lunar Chronicles is my life, Marissa is my Queen, but this book just did not reach that bar.

What I Liked:

Characters:

Nova: My amazing Nightmare. Gosh I really liked her character for many, many reasons. A) I love a good tragic/sob story and since we actually (sort of) experienced what happened to her at such a young age, it was even more tragic. (That prologue really hurt my soul) B) I love an inventor. And my goodness is this girl nifty and thrifty! I was not one who could pursue a career in all the sciences (I was an excellent science student, but passion lies elsewhere 😉), but geez the things you can create with that kind of knowledge is priceless! Nova’s abilities and creativity is amazing, it’s like a second super power she has. C) Snark. Snark. Snark. I love it when characters can come up with a good comeback!

Adrian: I liked him well enough, I just feel like I don’t know enough about him. He’s cute, I totally admit. A) TATTOOS and for that matter SUPER POWER TATTOOS!!! This all points to book boyfriend status! B) He is incredibly sweet. Especially when he is with his brother!!! I was aww-ing perhaps a little too much for my own good. C) His super power is making his drawings come to life. YES!YES!YES!I NEED THAT!!! Still, I feel that I don’t know enough about him. That connection is still very loose.  So whoever said that Adrian tops Carswell Thorne, you are incredibly wrong.

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Other characters…I loved reading the varying characteristics between the Renegades and the Anarchists. Seeing how their stories related and clashed with each other. I would have so many conflicting emotions because while I sided with one, I also saw the reason of the other side. I was one reader full of contradicting feelings! There were characters of different races, mixed races, disabilities, sexualities and beliefs. So you know, a regular world….but with super powers. :))))

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World:

I liked that it wasn’t too sci-fi and still stayed true to the current technology that we have today, but ever so often mentioned the more advanced mechanics and structures functioning within the city. I loved the story of the Battle for Galton and how this story is not set too far in the future from that event, so the wounds are still fresh!

The Super Powers:

There were all kinds of super heroes in this book with all kinds of power. I loved that Meyer used a variation of powers. Of course the classics like “flying”, “fire” and “invisibility” were all still present, but adding in more non-conventional powers into the mix created a more interesting dynamic. Having characters with powers that were different, fun and even silly made the characters and the story better.

What I Disliked:

Mellow, mellow, marshmallow: 

Where was the intensity? The action? The nail-biting suspense? The high stakes? I did not feel any intense emotion while reading this. It was all so mellow and just….I felt nothing! And I wanted to feel like I was being crushed by a building! Like the sky was falling! Like waiting a year would tear out a piece of my soul. But no, I did not feel those at all. This book should have had so much more. More conflict. More drama. More fighting. Higher stakes! Something! THERE WASN’T EVEN ONE LOUSY KISS!!! COME ON!!! THE SMOOCH FACTOR WAS THROWN OUT THE WINDOW!

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Predictable:

Oh gosh the ending. The ending. The ending! I saw it coming from the very beginning of the novel! Heeesh………..really! It was so cliche and just no. There were perhaps, a few things I didn’t see coming. But the ending was a dead giveaway. Sighhhhhhhh. After finishing I actually said I could wait the year. Hopefully she makes the next one more epic.


Overall, I feel underwhelmed. It’s as if Meyer lost her focus on this one. What was the point of it? Still…the novel is incredible in other areas. Like making you question your own allegiance to the Anarchists or the Renegades. Seeing the greys between good and bad. That is all wonderful and the characters are amazing, but I just felt that this one did not meet the high, high expectations I had going in. Never fear, Marissa Meyer is still my Queen but this book just did not meet the levels of fangirl like TLC and Heartless created. Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Rating: 3.75-4 / 5 Stars (This is what I call a “good four”, not a “great four”)

Recommend: Well yeah, but don’t go in with the highest of expectations. The next one should have bigger things in store.

I feel like this was one giant negative review, but trust me it’s not! I really did enjoy most of the book. The characters were cool, the last hundred pages or so had me flipping. However, I cannot say that it met the standards I was hoping it would set off.

Let me know what you think! Have you read it, what did you think? Any favourite characters? What super-power do you want to have? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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New Year Reading Goals | 2018, I Am Coming For You

Greeting readers!

So reflecting on my 2017 reading goals. I realized that I didn’t really have any. I just sort of went with the flow. That year was full of new changes and lots of books (most that I didn’t get to…oops) I realized that for this new year, 2018, I want to have a set list of just a few things I want to accomplish. Things that I can reflect back upon throughout the year and hopefully within 360 days, I can say I got things done!

The Goals….

1. Read my shelves

I can’t even begin to explain the amount of unread books currently sitting on my shelves. It’s quite a large number and for this new year I want to actually make a significant difference in that number. I want it to go DOWN! Now some of the books I have sitting around are recent releases, whereas others are three years old! (Some even older) That is just ridiculous and it is necessary that I get to them as soon as possible.

Plus, as my shelves expand throughout the year, I want to make sure I have a balance of read shelved books and newly acquired shelved books. This is my biggest goal of the year because I am a sentimental weirdo who deep down believes that my old books will get jealous if I put them off any longer. (I won’t even breach the topic of “expired” ARCs….I have like five on my shelf…….oops!)

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2. Read debuts

I know this is always a tough one to accomplish. I have still not made even the smallest of dents in 2016 and 2017 debuts so don’t expect too much from me, I am trying my best to catch up.

There are currently 102 YA Debuts on the Goodreads list I am starring at. Many of them on my To-Be-Read and others I haven’t gotten a chance to look at yet. My plan is at least to get to 25. (Remember this is just debuts, there are still a whole bunch of other books out there that I want to get to!)

So 25 2018 debuts is the goal! I have three ARCs currently in my possession meaning progress is being made!

3. Gain those 1000 followers

So this really doesn’t completely depend on me, but it would be really nice to reach those 1000 follows by the end of the year. I’m am almost to 500 right now so if I can do math correctly, 500 more followers in another year isn’t too unlikely!

I have two tactics to actually lure in readers that will hopefully bring me good luck.

  1. INTERACT! Follow other blogs myself. Fastest way to make friends is to go out and blog hop, like, comment and share opinions with people! I really have to amp up my commenting game!
  2. Promote me-self. I am literally the most awkward self-promoter out there but like you gotta do what you gotta do. Sharing reviews on any social media outlet from Instagram, Goodreads, Twitter and maybe I’ll begin a Tumblr, will really help spread the news that Reading with Rendz exists and that I’m pretty awesome (if I do say so myself!)
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4. Manage my book money “better”

Hehehehe…what I mean by this is that by the time my highly anticipated books are released, the ones I know I want to buy, I will actually have the money to buy them!

The library and I have always been good friends, but now we are going to be blood relatives. I’m going to borrow physical and ebooks as much as I can, so that I can read as much as I can. Especially books that I’m still iffy about. Getting debuts from the library will be tough, but doable!

I will also be taking advantage of sales when I can and if possible order more from cheap stores like Book Outlet.

I make this promise to my wallet.

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5. Expand My Genres 

Almost 90% of what I read last year was fantasy. Which in my case…is completely understandable, but I really want to make some changes. I want to open myself up to different genres out there and read what they have to offer.

I already started off the year right! I read a thriller-ish/contemporary-ish (more thriller) book which I very much enjoyed! I hardly pick up thriller, but this one sounded so intriguing!

I plan on reading about three books from each genre that I hardly pick up so…

3 Thriller/Mystery

3 Contemporary 

3 Historical Fiction

3 Romance

*maybe a non-fiction book*

I might read more in some areas than others, but hopefully I get to at least one from each! This is one of the most important goals on the list and something I really want to achieve so send me your recommendations people, I’m going to need them!


Five goals for 2018. Doable.

I may not exactly achieve the exact numbers for each, however I’m hoping that I do touch upon most of these goals. I have a feeling about 2018. It’s gonna be a good one. Otherwise, I’ll make it good. Optimism is hard to keep hold of, but we can do it peeps.

Be bold. Be open. Be you!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

~ Rendz

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