Grace and Fury | Review

Greetings readers!

I would like to start off by wishing the happiest of book birthday’s to Tracy Banghart and her new YA novel, Grace and Fury! I had the lovely opportunity of reading an early copy, which I very much enjoyed! Tracy Banghart will actually be in the Toronto area August 18th, and I hope that I can make it to the event!

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Grace and Fury

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: July 31st, 2018
Price: $23.49
ISBN: 9780316471411

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace – someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.


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*I was provided an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!*

This was quite a read. It is not long and yet packed full of lots of information. Set in a world where woman have limited to no rights, this book was full of fierce female characters, fierce fights for justice, friendships, deceptions, a hint of some gladiatorness and your sweet, sweet dose of feminism.

What I Liked:

I am trying to decide which sister I liked the most. *Fun Story* It took me at least a quarter of the book to figure out which girl on the cover was each sister. Anyways, back to Serina and Nomi. They both had their flaws and their good traits. They were both thrust into worlds they were unprepared for and had to deal with the consequences of choices that they made and would make.

Serina had always blindly believed and followed the oppressive rules of society. She was groomed to be a prize for the eyes of the court and an example of what every woman should be. In contrast Nomi was the hot head who went against the rules every moment she could.

As the sisters go through the trials set before them, and experience the challenges of living in this anti-woman society, they grow in their beliefs, they grow in their relationship (albeit distantly) and they learn to fight for change no matter how scary the journey may be. I especially loved that Banghart didn’t make both girls so willing and headstrong from the start. They struggled each in their own way to find the courage within themselves to fight back and fight for each other.

This book was really political. It’s marketed as fantasy but let’s be one hundred percent honest. A world where woman had very few rights? That’s basically the history of the western world! I’m pretty sure you can find that kind of oppression in every history you look at, but especially the Western world. As I was saying this book has a lot do to with demeaning the female sex, making them appear less than man, less than human so that that male population could rule *in peace*. And of course there will always be the people who fight against the law. Those women–and some men– who refuse to comply, who go out of their way to change their world. It is never an easy task, which is brutally outlined in this story, but an important plight.

That being said the world was really drawn out well. You get the sense that the way society works in the country may not be the same for neighbouring nations. It is also Italian-inspired which really shows up in the names of the characters. There is no magic, so it is more of a political fantasy…think The Winner’s Curse, but very different in terms of plot.

The book was quite entertaining. It has it’s very twisty moments straight from the beginning. It has its action—did I mention that Gladiator vibes I was getting!!! None of the characters are as they seem, but the way that Banghart makes you believe all is at it appears is what makes the book fun. I enjoyed the *final battles* quite a bit. There was victory, defeat and death. Nothing is concluded and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!

What I Disliked:

It’s not a major dislike…but the romance was a tad too insta-love for me. I mean I get why they might have developed feelings so fast, but I was just not feeling it. Things don’t exactly work out for *reasons* in one case and in the other case, I just think things were paced to quickly. I really would have preferred to see that admiration for one another slowly turn into more. But I don’t always get what I want!

And as much as I say this book was entertaining, it suffered its dull moments. Sometimes it just couldn’t keep my attention which is probably why it took me so long to finish! It’s not long, and there is quite a lot of information to swallow at the end…but is it too much to say I wanted a little more pizzazz?


Overall, I enjoyed this book. If you liked your tales fiercely feminist with fights for justice, then I totally think you will be hanging on every word of this book.  It’s not a magic fantasy, but it has that political intrigue that will suck you in until the end when you find yourself flipping for more! Luckily there will be a sequel to look forward to next year!

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

Recommend?: Yes!

Let me know what you think! Are you planning on picking this up? Do you have a favourite fierce female character?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Kiss of the Royal | Review

Greetings readers!

Coming to you today with a long overdue post, so I’m gonna skip the quirky intro and just head into the review!

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Kiss of the Royal

Publisher: Entangles Teen
Pub Date: July 3rd, 2018
Price: $13.99 CAD
ISBN: 9781640631830

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.


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*I was provided with an advanced digital copy via Netgalley by the publisher, this does not affect my opinion*

What I Liked:

I enjoyed this book. It was not a favourite, but in the moment I enjoyed it.

When I first read the title and I knew this was gonna be cheesy and it was cheesy, no doubt about it. I thought the whole Kiss thing wouldn’t bother me. But it just felt super duper cheesy and yet I was very intrigued by it.

I liked Zach. I expected him to be moody, broody and mean, but he was actually super funny, charismatic and gentle. (Maybe I’m getting tired of the moody broody…dun dun duhhhh) It was really refreshing to read about a male character who was funny and dorky, but still strong and but kicking.

Ivy was plenty fun too. She has to deal with a lot. Especially as her beliefs were challenged and her world is put upside down. I totally understand her struggle and warring emotions when you are told that everything you believe in is untrue and that your whole way of life is just a big nope. I think everyone can relate to that a little. And boy does she struggle coming to terms with it. She is stubborn and determined to do what she thinks is best, but sometimes her judgment was clouded and she didn’t truly open  her eyes to possibility. Her stubbornness was quite admirable, but she grows throughout the book and gains a better perspective of the world.

The World was quite fun. I wish the creature/monsters were more developed but the magic was great and the battles were great. Again the cheesiness did have me cringing just a little, but it was a good world.

Okay so the romance — it was clearly a heavy point of this book. It was nicely done. Slow burn and all. It was literally the answer to many problems for *reasons.* I shipped the ship. The two bumped heads a lot, but they were able to grow aside each other. The only only thing that had me kind of ummmmm was that Ivy really changed for Zach, but Zach didn’t change much himself……………………………

WhatI I Disliked:

Squeaky clean ending. This did not work for me. Duga had set up a great battle with a great beast. There was magic to be had. Excellent fighters at the wait and she delivered it with a two second end. No fighting needed. And while I get why she chose to end the battle in that way………………….I wanted more……………action. More risk. More. More. More.

That being said. Backstory was really lacking for me. This story had a great history to go with it and Duga lends it all in one big info dump flashback right before the battle. Come on…..I wanted it to trickle into the story slowly. For her to give us an understanding of the history without giving it all away in one go. But no.

Its just a tad cringey. Just a tad. Not super bad. But you know when you read the words “Magical Kiss” or “True Loves Kiss,” don’t you cringe even just a little???? I mean the whole kiss element was not  bad and while you might think there was a lot of smooching in the book, that was actually not the case. But still you had to bypass little cheesy phrases such as those. Or maybe they are not so cringey and I am just a little too over that.


Overall, it was a fun book. It could have used maybe a little more oompf and you have to be comfortable with reading some cheesy lines. It’s a fast(ish) read, so I think many of you, should you choose to read it, will fly through it!

Rating: 3 / 5 Stars

Recommend: It’s a solid 3, so yeah!

Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Do you ever find yourself cringing at certain phrases in a book? How do you deal with too much cheese?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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An Ode to The Penderwicks | Series That Changed My Life Pt 2 // A Moment of Fangirling

Greetings readers!

For a while now, I have been considering how I was going to write this. First it took a major amount of motivation for me to sit in front of my laptop and then it took some more effort to think about what to write. It has taken me a while to find the right words to express myself in terms of this series. There is so much about it that I want to say and yet I am at a loss for words when I start. So pardon me, if this post is a mess of rambling, I love these books too much to not talk about them, and I hope that with this post someone else decides to give it a shot too.

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How The Penderwicks Found Me:

A very long time ago, when little Rendz was in the third grade, she hated reading. Perhaps it was because she not really good at it, or she preferred to spend her time drawing, inventing and dreaming. But school demanded that Rendz read, so she read and she never came to like it. She even tried out The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe! Her favourite movie as a book! Unfortunately, it was the movie-tie-in addition…so she just looked at the pictures.

Rendz clearly had a problem. Her teacher noticed.

Come the end of the school year, Rendz had not read more than 2 chapter books, that which was required of her. Her teacher, Mr. M, was cleaning out a drawer of books he had collected over the years. Many of them were yellowed, a little torn and bent. Being the excellent teacher that Mr. M was, he gave each one of his students a book that he thought they would enjoy.

When he called out to Rendz and she approached his desk, she noticed–and would never forget–the knowing smile on his face. He told her, “I want you to take this, Rendz. I want you to read it this summer and next year, when you see me in the halls, I want you tell me what you think. I have a feeling you will like this.”

Rendz took that book and studied the cover. It was a little yellow, bent in one corner and looked as though someone stabbed at it with a fork in another corner. And it had a big gold circle covering the cover art.

She did not read it that summer. Nor the next. Nor the next. And Mr. M forgot to ask her about it.

Fast forward 4 years…

It’s fall and Rendz is bored out of her mind. There was nothing on T.V. She was in no mood to draw and it was too wet to leave the house. Her mom, promptly told her to pick up a book if she was that bored.

So Rendz went to her shelf and saw nothing of interest. But there was one book, slightly sticking out. It had a white cover with a gold circle covering the art. She picked up The Penderwicks and remembered her conversation with Mr. M all those years ago. While Rendz was a bigger reader now than she was back then, she still wasn’t sure that this book would entertain her.

Still, she opened the book and read.

And fell in love

Fast Forward Another two or three years…

Rendz discovers that The Penderwicks has two published sequels out in the world! She finds them in a bookstore and proceeds to gobble them up at home.

Fast Forward a Week…

Rendz discovers she still has to wait 6 months for the fourth book!

Fast Forward 7 Months…

Rendz is left emotionally charged and utterly elated from reading The Penderwicks in Spring. And is then devastated when she realizes she is going to have to wait 3 years for the final book.

Fast Forward 3 Years…

Rendz has gone through the emotional trials of rereading the first four books to prepare herself for the final instalment.

Fast Forward One Day…

She finished. Rendz sits on her bed. Clutching all five books to her chest. Crying silent tears whilst smiling like a fool.

This was ten years in the making, people. Ten years. 


So it took ten years for me to get to where I am today with these books. But the question of how they changed my life does not come with an easy answer. I love this series for so many reasons, and while they might not be totally life altering, it had a heck of an impression on me.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1)

Okay in my little third grade defense, what kid is going to want to read a book with a title THAT long.

Anyways, this book means everything to me. It has the sisterhood relationships that I experienced with my own two older sisters. It has adventure. It has mischief. It has love. It has loss. It has no magic, but it feels like magic to me! It even has those punches of second hand embarrassment that I’m pretty sure everyone can relate to in some way.

The characters are AMAZING. Each Penderwick sister has a distinct personality. They have their quirks, their flaws and their dreams. Even their dog has a personality which shines through and gives me a chuckle. Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty are so different but share a painful past, yet they are one loving, big, funny family. And I cannot forget the honorary Penderwick, Jefferey. Who’s life is completely transformed by his encounter with the Penderwicks.

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

The sequel starts off with the most heart-breaking prologue.

I cry and sob for a good ten minutes after I read it. This one really explored their painful past, the sisters’ relationships with their father and the idea of expanding the family.

Mr. Penderwick is literally the greatest. (No offense, Dad) He is so kind, intuitive and down right funny. He is not perfect, but so darn close. My heart. MY HEART.

This one is also chalked full of the Penderwick personalities. Rosalind is a little moody, with reason, but I still adore her. Skye and Jane are probably the best duo of this book. Then Batty and Hound are just…SODARNCUTEIWANTTOGIVETHEMSUCHABIGHUG!!!!

This one makes me tear up from sadness, laughter and just pure joy.

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (The Penderwicks, #3)

This one is still of my fave despite it not featuring Rosalind, the eldest Penderwick. It still is incredibly funny and adventurous. Skye takes a shining position in this book as she is burdened with such heavy responsibilities.

Jefferey goes through another life changing event. When you read it, you might think it to be very unlikely to happen in real life, but this is fiction, people!

I just LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE this one. I cry. I laugh. I revel in the magic of this book.

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks in Spring (The Penderwicks, #4)

This one just makes me sob.

I can’t even write about it without tearing up. I am literally in tears right now. This one really pulls on the heart strings. Just yanks them out. It is so painfully beautiful.

The older three Penderwicks are now well into their teens, so this is Batty’s time to shine. And shine does she. My precious Batty.

Alongside her is Ben, one of the new Penderwick additions and Lydia, the newest of the new.

I don’t know what to say other than that this book is incredibly sad, but so so so uplifting. I make no sense.

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks at Last (The Penderwicks, #5)

The end of an era. Starring Lydia, with cameos of the older Penderwick sisters. While I missed reading from the perspectives of the original four sisters, I still loved Lydia’s adventure. She was fun and quirky and her journey is definitely one I enjoyed. But the best part of this book was the nostalgia. Going back to book 1’s setting. Seeing all the sisters grown up. Reading about the wedding. I felt like a proud mom and I 10000% teared up!

I AM NOT LYING WHEN I SAY I FELT LIKE A MOM. 

And of course this one has its fair share of sad and tender moments, that just rip your heart out and gently patch it back up.



The Short Version:

I absolutely adore these books.

They have just the right amount of humour, sadness, craziness and love that you need in your life. Whether or not you have siblings, I guarantee you can find something to relate to in this book.

These books simply make me happy, and sometimes that’s all I really need.

It has been quite a ten year journey.


Let me know what you think! WHO HAS READ THE PENDERWICKS AND IS WILLING TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH ME? What children’s books do you love to read over and over again? What book makes you simply happy?

Happy, happy reading!

~ Rendz

When Life Gives You Demons | Review

Greetings readers!

Catchy titles are really important. Titles in general are crucial to catching that readers attention. And you know what makes a great title. A pun. A play on words.

So instantly when I read this books title, I pressed request before I even read the synopsis. I mean the play on words had me giggling in the waiting room of the building I was in. Plus the cover! It’s a lemon with a devil doodle on it. I was sold sold sold.

So how did this impulsive request work out for me? Read on and find out.

When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn

When Life Gives You Demons

Publisher: Swoon Reads
Pub Date: July 17th, 2018
Price: $23.50
ISBN: 9781250158239

Sixteen-year-old Shelby Black has spent the past year training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest and Shelby’s guardian—believes she has a gift for expelling demons, and he’s put her through exorcist boot camp hell, but he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity quiet, especially from Spencer, her cute math tutor. Secrets run in Shelby’s family, though: her mother has been missing ever since an exorcism went horribly wrong, and Uncle Roy is tight-lipped about it. But Shelby’s hell-bent on finding her mom, no matter what—even if what it ends up costing her her soul AND a date with Spencer.


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I did not expect to like this as much as I did to be honest. Like I expected some really cheesy and cliche plot, with cooky characters and supernatural elements that I like to make fun of. But nope. I mean it was a little cheesy yes. But it was also quite fun!

What I Liked:

Shelby. I liked her a lot. She was super clumsy, slightly sarcastic, but very determined. Her attitude towards her demon hunting life was pretty much what you would expect from a teenager. They don’t want to run in the family business, but they do it because they love their family. She was a fun character to journey the book with. Her inner dialogue always held a great punchline–or she did something very awkward/foolish that brightened the scene. The way she talked about crushes/romance and her reactions, was where I really connected her. It was one big #relate.

The relationship between her and her Uncle Roy was so sweet. It’s not exactly like a father-daughter relationship (nor a Father-daughter one…hehehe….get it?) They were like friends who kept discovering new things about each other, getting into silly fights and coming together to make it work in the end. It was so cute.

I have already mentioned that this book has its fair share of humour. And this is what I liked the most about the book. Going in, I thought that I would be getting all sorts of moody, broody characters. That everything would have a greying filter over it making every scene dark and heavy, but nope. This was full of fun. It was a super light read and yes there are those dark moments, for those who really need them. I personally loved the lightness of it and how easy it was to read.

Honeybourn’s writing style isn’t anything haunting or rather special, but it does it’s job and keeps you hooked. The pacing is great and it doesn’t lag in too many places. The dull moments are very few and I really enjoyed the exciting bits!

The exorcising parts were….quite interesting. Whereas I expected something super dark and horrific, I got this bloody humour. I found it all the more entertaining.

If some of you out there are afraid of this book coming off as preachy because Uncle Roy is a priest, I can put your worries to rest. Despite the book being about a couple of Catholics running around expelling demons, I don’t recall there being any lectures on virtues. (I think the characters go to Mass like once…?) But like any story, the book has its themes, and some of them cross over with Catholic beliefs.

The romance, I’ll admit, could have been more swoonier. The love interest was great, a little flat, but I liked him for the most part. What I liked more were Shelby’s reactions when she had even the slightest interaction with him. That was funny.

What I Disliked:

It had its cheesy moments. I can’t read the words “demon hunting”  without cringing a little on the inside, I’m sorry!

I would have also liked a little more complexity to the plot. The book was really short, but did that have to mean that the plot had to be super simple??? I would have liked a little more intensity and high stakes.

And don’t even get me started on the quicky chicky clean ending. I do not take those well. I need proper resolution. With underlined consequences. Thank you very much.


Overall, I really enjoyed this. It was a demonic, supernatural read. But it was super light, fun and hilarious at times. I think that Honeybourn created a great cast of characters and a fun adventure, should you ever need to read something quick and easy!

Rating: 3 / 5 Stars

Recommend?: For the ones who want to go on a fun demon hunt, yeah!

Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Did you enjoy it? What books do you love despite them being a little cheesy?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Lifel1k3 | Review

Greetings readers!

When friends recommend you books, and they persist and persist and persist that you read them, you are going to end up reading them. Such was this situation here. My friend Rezanne @TheWickedReader hounded me from the moment she finished reading this book that I also had to read it. That it was so incredibly amazing and that she needed to talk about it with someone.

So naturally, I read it.

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Lifel1k3 (Lifelike, #1)

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: May 29th, 2018
Price: $24.99 CAD
ISBN: 9781524713928

On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.


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This was quite something. I didn’t know exactly what to expect. And what I did get? Well it was quite QUITE something!

What I Liked:

Characters:

Eve: I really liked her quite a lot. She had this admirable spunk to her from being raised in such a perilous place. And yet she has this compassionate side that I loved to see come out of her. Her life is turned upside down and inside out from very early on in the book and she has to deal with a lot of revelations that she is not prepared for, not to mention running for her life! Now, I would like to say she has tremendous growth in this novel….and while she does go through some “growth”, tremendous might not be the best word to describe it…or maybe it is. But it was quite, quite the revelation.

Ezekiel: Okay, I never felt strongly for him as a character, but he did make a decent love interest. I liked him well enough, his history and his motives for sticking around Eve were interesting. I was going to use the word “sweet” but there is some twistiness in his backstory that makes me a hesitant to say sweet. He was a good character, but I think he lacked that sense of intrigue. So what if he was gorgeous, that’s one plus, but his personality could have used a little boost. Just saying.

NOW ONTO THE BEST CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK

Lemon: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND TOTALLY FABULOUS!!! She would totally love that I just said that, but it is so so so true! I loved every second she was on the page. She was funny. She was snarky. She was mischievous. DARING. ADORABLE. NOBLE. UTTERLY IRRESISTIBLE. She made every boring second in the book worth it. She brought life to the book and I could not get enough of her. Forget about the actual MCs, this girl was it for me.

AND YET THERE WAS ONE MORE WHO HELD MY HEART.

Cricket: He may be little, but he had the biggest heart. I ADORED HIM. IF ONLY HE HAD GOTTEN EVEN MORE PAGE TIME. HE WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUNNY. His programmed comebacks and just overall personality was the best in the book! He’s not even human. He’s a tiny robot who stole my heart from the first moment he appeared on the page.

He and Lemon made this book for me!

The World:

It was quite interesting. It kind of reminded me of a Mad Max situation…only a little less dessert and more like a giant junk yard. The names of the places were really cool and the map at the beginning really helped me keep track of the characters. Even the people themselves fit so well into the world. Scavengers and gangs and giant companies who made it too dangerous to roam around that brought all the thrill. I’d never survive.

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The Repercussions of Playing God:

A lot of the novel deals with the dangers when humans decide to make their own creations that are superior yet enslaved to mankind. The problem with thinking that humans can control beings that are conditioned to be humans and yet are not “human”. It brings up the question of what makes someone human? What makes them worthy to survive? What makes them lesser than humans? It is such a twisted concept and the way that Kristoff approaches it makes the question even harder to answer. You know what the humans did was wrong, but are you really gonna side with the crazy robots???

The Ending:

Did not see that coming. I saw quite a few of the twists coming but this was one that I didn’t really think would happen. It was wild and I really am looking forward to seeing how the next book even begins!

What I Disliked:

Not Gonna Lie, It had its boring bits:

And that boring bit is really this giant section in the middle. After the high events from the beginning, we set of on a journey and it’s not the most entertaining. It’s a lot of talking and remembering. It’s really slow. There are some moments of action, but just not enough to keep me entertained. I was having trouble paying attention and that is never a good sign! It had it’s share of bloody battle and epicness, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. (I think that says something scary about me XD)

The Info Dump Flashbacks:

I like when the flashbacks come in flashes. And Kristoff started out like that…but then he just gives this whole chapter of flashback that kind of turned me off. While the revelations were juicy, I guessed a couple and it was sort of a turn off for me. Of course the revelations came at the most inopportune time, and caused even more chaos, but I wasn’t a fan of the giant chapter of just backstory.


Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The end is what saved it for me. It brought back the intrigue and the suspense that was missing from the middle of the book. All in all, the book has a great set of side characters that makes up for some of the boring parts, it has its twistiness and will probably make you question your own morals many times! It was quite something, quite something.

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

Recommend?: Yes! I think you should all meet the amazing Cricket and Fabulous Lemon!

Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Did you enjoy it? Who was your favourite character? Are you excited for the sequel?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Cheesy Goodness Book Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by my good friend, Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews to do the Cheesy Goodness tag! I feel like it is the perfect time to do it because I feel like I need all the cheese right now. From my books, obviously….I can only handle so much cheese in real life.

If you don’t know Mandy…??? I don’t even know how that is possible because if you know me, you know that I love her and you should definitely take the time to check out her blog!

On to the cheesy goodness!

RULES

  • Tag the original creator: Fire and Rain Books
  • Ping back the person who tagged you (above)
  • Have fun!

1. Cheddar The Classic Cheese: Pick your favorite classic novel

Wow I am struggling on the first question…um

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

It’s hilarious, imaginative, and I love Anne to death!

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2. Swiss The Hole-y Cheese: Pick an emotional rollercoaster

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir.

I am not okay.

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3. Blue Cheese The Controversial Cheese: Name an unpopular opinion

I hate hate hate hate the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Aelin sucks. Rowan grosses me out. Chaol deserves the world. Everybody else is pretty cool.
And yet here I am waiting for the last book, so I know how it ends and I can leave these books far, far behind me.

Tomorrow is the day everyone! I will *hopefully* be meeting @therealsjmaas on her last stop for her ACOWAR tour! 
Am I nervous? Yes. 
Will I make a fool of myself? Probably. 
Will I be happy? Yup! Fangirling about Chaol and Sorscha is one of my joys in life! 
I really hope I get a wrist band tomorrow for the signing! Wish me luck! 
#reader #throneofglass #crownofmidnight #heiroffire #sarajmaas #acotour #bookworm #bookblog #bookaddict #bookstagram #chaolwestfall #fangirl #books

The first two are the only ones I like. The rest can burn in a fire. (But I’d save ToD)

4. Brie The Favorite Cheese: Name an author you always want more of

Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo, Sabaa Tahir…..

This is a list.

5. Gouda The Dutch Cheese: A book that makes you want to travel

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
Travelling to fictional worlds counts right????

Day 17 of #bookishfools is Fictional World You Want to Live In.  Is a caption necessary?  No. 🦁🦁🦁 #narnia #thechroniclesofnarnia #cslewis #fictionalworlds #childrensclassics #myhomeawayfromhome #youngadultbooks #reader #book📚 #bookworm #bookstagram

6. American The Fake Cheese: Your least favorite book

Queen of Shadows/Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Nope. Nope. Nope.

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7. Colby Jack The Mixed Cheese: Pick your favorite ship

CRESSWELL. CRESSWELL. CRESSWELL.

8. Mozzarella Cheese The Simple Cheese: An old favorite you’ll never stop loving

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall.

Forever the greatest.

The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall 👭👭 One of my favourite Middle Grade series of all time. It's stars one of the most epic sisterhoods ever, so I'm definitely all over that! These books are so incredibly adorable, funny, and heart breaking! (I literally cried reading each book)  The final book ~ The Penderwicks At Last ~ is coming out this May! (Finally after 3 years of waiting!) I'm so excited, I already have my tissues prepped.  #thependerwicks #jeannebirdsall #mgbooks #favereads #bookstagram #reader #books

9. Pepperjack The Spicy Cheese: A book you can’t judge by the cover

Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins
I don’t really get the cover, but the story is amazing! (I actually really need to continue the series)

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via Goodreads

10. Muenster Cheese The Monster Cheese: A villain that should never have the chance to eat cheese again

The Commandant. She doesn’t deserve anything. Not my sympathy. Not my cheese. NADA.

Patiently waiting for A Reaper at the Gates coming this summer! 😍  I've been waiting so long to be reunited with Elias, Laia and co. Now that the time is approaching, I have to emotionally prepare for the damage Sabaa will inflict.  I'm soooo ready.  #anemberintheashes #atorchagainstthenight #sabaatahir #ya #yafantasy #youngadultbooks #yabooks #bookstagram #areaperatthegates

I Tag….

Well I’m pretty lazy right now, so I tag you, you and You!

Make sure to link back to the creator (and me if you want) so we can see your post!

Let me know what you think! Do you like cheesy books? Do you have a favourite kind of cheese? What answers to we have in common?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Save the Date | Review

Greetings readers!

I have been bitten by that summer bug. And it infected me with a mood. A contemporary mood. I have like twelve different YA fantasies on my side table that need immediate attention and yet I want the fluff. I need the fluff. The summer sun and all the warm fuzzzy feels.

A couple of weeks ago, a YA contemporary Queen was in town and what better way to start off my contemporary summer mood than with a wedding book! Morgan Matson’s new novel, Save the Date sounded like the perfect way to start my summer and after attending her event, I was so excited to get to it!

Save the Date  by Morgan Matson

Save the Date

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pub Date:  June 5th, 2018
Price: $23.99
ISBN:
 9781481404570

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.


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Well, well. I had fun. Considering  it was my very first Matson book, I enjoyed it. Not exactly as much as I hoped to enjoy it, but it was a fun book overall.

What I Liked:

The Comic Strip. I thought it was such a cute touch. It really showcased the importance of the strip and it made it more than just a simple motif. Plus it added an extra amount of funny to the book.

I liked Charlie enough. She wasn’t my absolute favourite, but I did connect with her on some level. I totally related to her love of family. Her desire to have those together moments. Those times that are the memory makers. I often find myself searching for those moments with my own family and getting frustrated when we start to bicker or fight. Matson painted a real family. They were never perfect, but they had their moments of bliss and happiness.

Matson also approached the topic of change and how Charlie absolutely dreaded it. Especially as she was trying to figure out what she wanted for her future and how much she would have to let go in order to reach her goals. It was a very touching theme to the novel and I loved reading about Charlie’s journey to embracing change. It was not easy and she was quite stubborn, but I really connected to her struggle.

The book was also very humorous. The synopsis promises crazy and it delivered. Delivered to the point where I found it terribly ridiculous, but frankly I liked it. It was entertaining, the three days that this story spans is  filled with all sorts of trouble. It’s absolute chaos and I enjoyed it quite a lot.

Bill. He was cute and charming and I wanted more from him. He did however come off as very flat, I would have liked a little more development in that area.

Those Canadian references! *Patriotic Rendz freaks.*

The ending, although bittersweet was quite heartwarming. I liked it a lot. I thought this was going to be really fluffy until Matson hit us with the hard ball and it hurt!

What I Disliked:

Okay. Here it is. The hard cold truth.

Every character in this Grant family was an asshole.

Especially Danny. JJ not that much. (JJ was actually my favourite of them all)

Their behaviour was disgusting. The way that this family treated outsiders did not sit well with me. My mom would call them “maleducados” i.e. rude. They were rude rude rude. Like, I get that family comes first, but these people were awful. Danny actually disgusted me, I was so unimpressed that Charlie practically worshipped him.

There was another asshole in this book, that I won’t call out for spoilers…but I knew knew knew that he was not worth it.

The fact that I didn’t like this family’s behaviour really spoiled a lot of he book for me. I often found myself rolling my eyes and disagreeing with many of their actions. I literally wanted to smack them all outside the head.

This book was wordy. It was long and it took forever. Plus the font was tiny! Okay maybe that was a little too technical, but in all honesty this book was too too too wordy. Charlie does a lot of thinking, some of it I could have honestly lived without. I got bored sometimes because there would not be a lot of character interaction instead it would just be Charlie in her head thinking thinking thinking.

The friendship theme in this book was very minimal. I was expecting a lot more from that element of conflict. It was set up really well, but there was no thorough execution. It left me disappointed.

The romance wasn’t even enough for me. WHERE WAS MY SUPER DUPER FLUFF??? THE SWOONY MOMENTS. BECAUSE I LITERALLY GOT ZERO. (I’m not counting the first chapter for *reasons*)


Overall, the book was good. It was not perfect and as you could see I had my issues with it. It was funny, ridiculous and despite its length, I think some people will fly through it! Did it fulfill my contemporary mood? For the most part. It did its job, but I am still very much hoping to jump into another fluffier book soon!

Rating: 3 / 5 Stars

Recommend?: Yeah, I guess… It was fun,  and a perfect summer read! Just beware of the super obnoxious characters.

Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Did you enjoy it? Who was your favourite character? What Morgan Matson book is your favourite?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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