A Holiday / January Wrap-Up! & February TBR *With a Special Update!*

Greetings readers!

It’s time for one giant wrap-up! I’m talking 3 months worth of data that I have to write about! You see I have not done one of these wrap-ups since October, so today I’m going to be covering November, December and January!

Way back in November-December I had to take a small hiatus because school had taken over Real Life-Rendz so I (Rendz) had to back off a bit. *Side note: Real Life-Rendz did super well on her exams, thank you very much* So while I didn’t read a lot in those two months, I did have this huge Holiday TBR that I wanted to get to and I was able to get through *some of it*.

This might be a long post, but there is something special at the end I hope you all partake in!

Let us begin!

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Wrap-Up:

November:

Ummm… I finished one book in November and that is…

Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko
I enjoyed this one, it was Canadian YA so I was definitely excited for it! I look forward to seeing where the author takes it from here. My Full Review

December:

After my exams were over, I dived into a pile of books! It was a glorious feeling and I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more! I started my intense reading with a week left in December so this list is a little short!

Prodigy Prince by Natasha Sapienza
This was a really fun, cute fantasy! My Full Reviewย 

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Not exactly the epic read I was hoping for…but I still enjoyed it! My Full Review

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Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
This was my first blog tour book and I rather enjoyed it! My Full Review

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January:

Now January was MY MONTH! I got so much reading done! *The only set-back is that I have so many reviews to write! But I think I will enjoy writing them ๐Ÿ™‚

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
This book was so great! Plus it was just announced that The Hunger Games writers will making this into a possible movie! My Full Reviewย 

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Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
Loved, loved, loved this book!!! A female Spartacus, ABSOLUTELY YES!!! My Full Review

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Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
My heart! This one is soft and hardcore! My Full Review

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Dark and Delicious! Mini review to come!

Piper by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg
Another dark, fairy tale with beautiful art!! Mini Review to come!

The Little Dog by Leslie W.P. Garland
This was an interesting short read. Full review to come!

Haul:

I indulged myself these past months quite a bit…but I deserved it! *Not really…I just like to give excuses…actually YES I deserved these, I wrote four exams! Let me live!*

Book Outlet Haul:

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
WANT by Cindy Pon
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Legend (Graphic Novel) by Marie Lu

Indigo Chapters:

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Batman: Nightwalkerย by Marie Lu
Wires and Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogueย  by Marissa Meyer

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Some ARCs:

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb
A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (e-galley)
Furyborn by Claire Legrandย (e-galley)
Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelopeย (e-galley)

These past three months have been really, really good to me!


Some of My Favourite Posts from the Past Months!ย 

Let’s Talk Spoilers | Discussion

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

The Series that Changed My Life | Part 1

Sunshine Blogger Award Pt 4

New Year Reading Goals

Norse Mythology Book Tag

Ringing in the New Year Book Tag

Fight Like a YA Girl Tag

 


TBR

February TBR!

I have quite a few things planned for February before mid-terms hit me! I plan on reading:

Wires and Nerve Vol. 2ย  by Marissa Meyer

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (A finally I am emotionally not prepared for!)

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers

The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

Captain Guinevere by Clara Bennett

And perhaps Take Me to the Cat by Bryant A. Loney because I’ve been sleeping on this one for too long!


Special Thing // Fan Art Update:

So if you follow me on Twitter, you may of may not have seen that I finished a character set piece for one of my favourite books from last year, The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia! I drew the three main characters and shared it on twitter.

It’s not what I would say my best-best work, but I’m pretty proud of it and I had soooo much fun doing it!

Take a look right here!

An Elite | A Performer | A Witch

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I also put a lot of work into my Lunar Chronicles character portraits. I have only three characters left! So as a special “Thank for sticking around until the end of this loooong post!” I want to share one of my finished characters on here!ย 

BUT…I WANT YOU TO CHOOSE WHO I SHOW OFF!ย 

Your options are:

Cinder or Kai or Scarlet or Wolf or Cress or Thorne

I will do a mini blog post about the character with the most votes! The vote will be open for two weeks! (I’ll give you some time to think and me some time to do touch ups!)

So tell me in a comment….Which character would you like to see?

Let me know what you think!ย How has your reading fared this past month (or months)? What book blew you away? What books did you buy? What book are you most looking forward to? Don’t forget to vote!!!!!!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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32 thoughts on “A Holiday / January Wrap-Up! & February TBR *With a Special Update!*

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  1. Ooohh so glad you had such wonderful months, Rendz! And congrats on doing well on your exams ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ (you totally deserve to buy some books girl! ๐Ÿ˜‰)
    I’m sorry Renegades wasn’t the bomb but at least it was okay ๐Ÿ™‚
    ALSO WHYYYY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?? HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO CHOOSE?? Argh I’ll say Scarlet because she’s my favorite TLC heroine… But I would absolutely adore to see any of the others as well!!
    That drawing is absolutely AMAZING ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I don’t know how you do it but you have some real talent โค๏ธ
    Please do continue to share these!!

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    1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
      I am hoping Renegades 2 will be much more exciting!
      I HAVE TO MAKE YOU CHOOSE, SORRY NOT SORRY!!! Oooo Scarlet! One vote for her!
      And thank you for all your lovely compliments! โค

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  2. Oh I’ve definitely suffered from January blues and literally was only able to read 3 books ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ but I’m already feeling better about February and have already finished 2 books lol now onto the reviews… if I can get an alone moment, those will be coming too ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved your art, it’s so beautifully captured. Now I haven’t read any of the Lunar Chronicles but I’m going to pick Wolf ๐Ÿบ because… why not ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• great post ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. Ugh, no, ignore that comment from my Twitter account. The heart emoji might be cool, but I totally used the wrong account to comment. XD

    Excuse me as I go cry over in the corner over here because this post was just filled with so many amazing and beautiful and fantastic things????????? THOSE GRAPHICS. ALL OF THE BABY GRAPHICS. THEY WERE SO MUCH LOVE. EACH ONE WAS LIKE, OMG, RENDZ. THAT ONE IS GREAT. AND THAT ONE IS GREAT. AND THREE IN A ROW? I CANโ€™T HANDLE IT. OMG.

    And then I got Want, too, from Book Outlet so, um, maybe eventually another buddy read? XD BUT I FELT THE BOOK CONNECTION.

    And that fanarttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt. RENDZ. RENDZ. RENDZ. HOW GORGEOUS. IT IS FANTASTIC. Iโ€™M GOING TO ACTUALLY CRY TEARS WHEN THE TLC ONES COME AROUND. Itโ€™s so realistic but has that epic art feel to it??????? Ugh, I donโ€™t know who I want. I kind of want to see Scarlet. SCREAMING, RENDZ, SCREAMING.

    Okay, I think I have had my requisite fangirling for the moment. I had more to do, but Iโ€™m super tired and I canโ€™t fangirl properly when Iโ€™m tired. XD Wonderful post! So worth the wait. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. *thanks for the clarification, I though WP was confused about who Book Princess Mandy was!*

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I take pride in those graphics (I usually spend more time on them than actually reviewing books…oops)

      I would love to do a Want buddy read (seeing as I epically failed our Labyrinth Lost one…*I totally forgot, shame on Rendz*)

      ThanksforlikingthefanartIwasreallyscaredofshowingoffmework:))))))))))))))))))))))))))

      The TLC ones are in progress, but I will gladly feature Scarlet if she ends up winning. (Which I think she currently is??)

      This was a wonderful fangirling comment and I thank you endlessly! โค

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      1. Lol, Rendz’s blog is one of the few places that actually likes Mandy’s WordPress comments while it sends everything else to spam, so I’m like, I just need to keep it going. XD

        And absolutely! โค That's only right with such pretty things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        And lol yes! *shame on Mandy because she totally forgot too????* But we will one day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ WE GOT IT.

        โค โค โค

        OOOOOOOOOOOOOH ME LIKEY.

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