YA Characters I would Totally Dress Up As!| Halloween Special!

Greetings readers!

Happy Halloween to my fellow ghouls and ghosties!! It is the most haunting and wicked time of the year! It’s also the best time to eat candy and binge watch all those creepylicious movies. Or if you’re like me and can’t do the creepy, you partake in a Disney Channel Halloween Movie marathon!

Now when I was younger, I used to love getting dressed up and going out trick-or-treating. I was never that creative with my costumes so I was always the kid that went dressed up as a princess, witch or cowgirl! I will say that on my last Halloween I went trick-or-treating I dressed up as a mad scientist and the costume was pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

Today I want to talk about costumes too! Mandy & Sha @ Book Princess Reviews did a post like this if you want to check it out! I especially want to talk about YA character costumes that I would totally create if I still dressed up! It’s been something I’ve always wanted to do, but I always had this hesitation because I would have to keep on explaining who I was dressed as! Too much work.

Lucy Pevensie

Because I am so predictable! I’ve always wanted to go in her coronation get up! With the little silver-red dress and the silver crown, but I would also want to be in her battle gear with her healing elixir and dagger! But then again I’ve always wanted to wear Susan’s bow and arrow and horn! So many good options!

The point is I would love to dress up as a Narnian!

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Laia of Serra

Because I am–once again–so predictable.

Just picture it! A silver armlet, a painted on “K” scar on my chest. I don’t have gold eyes…I would totally delve into contacts!!! As for my clothing, I’m sure I can find some ancient Roman looking get up with a nice long cloak!

I love Laia so much, I would love to pay homage to her in costume!

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Adelina Amouteru

Adelina is such a rock star and her costume would be sooooooooo amazing!

I would need a nice long white wig. A Venetian style wolf mask or eye patch! Plus a Venetian style dress (which I would probably wear for the rest of my life!) Perhaps I’d add a rose dagger for the ensemble and voila! I am Adelina Amouteru!

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Artist: Marie Lu

 

Linh Cinder 

I AM WHO I AM, OKAY! GOSH.

Cinder’s costume wouldn’t be so hard to make! A messy ponytail, some big work gloves, a simple t-shirt, green cargo pants and some boots! Add a few grey and brown smudges on my face and arms and I’m good to go! OF COURSE if I wanted to amp up the creativity I could make my hand look all robotic! I’ve always wanted to try it when people do those amazing cosplays! It is definitely something I would consider!

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Artist Taratjah

*I know many are shocked I didn’t choose Cress, but Cinder is just more costumeable!*

That’s it for me folks!! If I still had energy I would totally dress up as these characters, but for now I’ll just imagine!

Let me know what you think! Are you dressing up today? Any trick-or-treaters out there? Which fictional character would you love to dress up as?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Past, Present and Future Tag!

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by the lovely, Lorryn @ Reading Paternal to do the PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE TAG! Thank you!!! Lorryn is a great blogger, definitely give her a visit! This tag was created by Bookish Pisces! I always love exploring my Goodreads shelves. Yeah it can be a little stressful and worrisome knowing that I might never get to some of these books, but I like doing it anyway!

Rules:

  • 🔮Find a book published 10 (or more) years ago
  • 🔮Find a book that will be published THIS year.
  • 🔮Find a book that will be published next year (or further in the future)
  • 🔮Tag 3 people
  • 🔮 These should all be books that you would want to read and that you could add to your TBR if they aren’t already and if you need help finding older books Goodreads does give comprehensive lists✨

~ PAST ~

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I am always up for a tale about sisters!

Little Women

Anne of Green Gables (the series) by L. M. Montgomery

Well I need to finish the series!

Complete Anne 8 Copy Boxed Set

~ PRESENT ~

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

I can’t wait!! November is almost upon us!

Archenemies (Renegades, #2)

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

I need to read this Maya inspired book!

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner, #1)

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

I put this one off just because I don’t think I can handle the cliff hanger that will come with it!

Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, #3)

~ FUTURE ~

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez

Bolivian inspired fantasy. Absolutely YES.

Cold Falling White by G.S. Prendergast

I’ve been waiting for this F O R E V E R.

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

More Latinx books that I am 100/10 ready for (NO that that is not a typo)

Dealing in Dreams

I Tag…

Kaya @ afictionalbookworm

Sha & Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews

Shannon @ Shelfish For Books

Let me know what you think! What books have you been meaning to read? What books are you looking forward to reading?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Charlie Hernández & The League of Shadows | Review

Greetings readers!

I am so excited to be talking about this book today. When I stumbled upon it on twitter, I couldn’t actually believe my eyes! A Percy Jackson* like book but with Hispanic/Latinx mythology, sign me up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Given I have only read 25% of PJ novel (I’m working on it), I was still super excited!

That’s why I would like to send a big THANK YOU over to the Simon & Schuster CA team who sent me an ARC!

Also, take a moment to feast your eyes on the amazing cover and then read on for the review!

Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows
by Ryan Calejo

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Publisher: Aladdin
Pub Date: Oct 23, 2018 (TODAY)
Price: $23.99 CAD
ISBN: 9781534426580
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The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.

Charlie Hernández has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America. And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might be more than mere myth, Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe—nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.

But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend—he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he’s spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.

Soon, Charlie finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Negra (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. With only the help of his lifelong crush, Violet Rey, and his grandmother’s stories to guide him, Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldn’t possibly imagine go bump in the night. That is, if he has any hope of discovering what’s happening to him and saving his missing parents (oh, and maybe even the world).

No pressure, muchacho.


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I won’t lie the expectations for this book were over the roof. I have never read a book with Hispanic and Latin American mythology–ever–even though I am of both. So like I needed to get on these things!! So yes, the expectations were high. Lucky for me I found it quite charming, funny, a little outrageous and very magical!

What I liked:

Characters:

Charlie: He was quite the kid. He had it rough in the first couple chapters with having to deal with the emotions of his missing parents. He was a quirky kid with a big heart, no doubt. I thought his voice was incredibly well done, even though I’ve never been a 12 year old boy. He was a curious soul and he loved his family and heritage very much which is what I liked the best about him! While I don’t think he went through many dramatic character changes, I still think he learned a lot from the hectic adventures that he was put through in this book!

Violet: She was also a stellar character. She wasn’t Latina so she was new to all these myths and legends that Charlie knew so much about. I still enjoyed her very much. She was fierce and courageous. I loved her journalistic ambition and drive. For a girl so young she knew what she wanted, and knew how to get it!

The Plot:

It was very easy to follow, there was never any point where I was like “What the heck is goin’ on!?” Calejo draws out a nice history and prophecy for readers to follow and guess about along the way. It was interesting and led to some very fun and fast-paced scenes. I would have perhaps liked to spend just a little more time with La Liga, just to get to know them and their motives a little better. The explanation bits were kind of rushed, which I understand was to avoid stalling the story, but I don’t mind a little description.

The Mythology (What we are all here for):

Okay. So……………………..I’ll be 100% I knew like 3 legends from this book before going in. *A little me backstory* My parents didn’t really tell me any myths growing up except like one or two. It was mostly when we travelled back home to El Salvador that I would hear about these legends. The most prominent being La Siguananda (creepy as hell). I feel like I kind of missed out on a lot of these myths because I had no one to tell me, so books like these really help me get to know some of them. (In which I then go down a google search spiral for hours)

Anyways, back to the story! I thought the mythological aspects were great! There was a glossary at the back of the book which I often referred to it when new myths arrived! Every new legend had their own little spotlight and got their history spanned out! My favourites would have to be La Siguanada (since I actually knew her story and find it fascinating….now that I am older and not so scared XD) and Justo Juez because he is apparently super famous in El Salvador, but I didn’t know! (Google search will happen very soon)

Oh but there were so many! They added such fun and creepiness to the story! While some were more comic reliefs others really had major effects on the plot. Not all of the myths were fully evil or fully good. They all had a purpose to the story and I had a fantastic time learning about all these new kind of magical beings!

The Action:

So well done! With so many different beings to encounter there was a lot going on and poor Charlie couldn’t catch a break sometimes! There was always another myth lined up ready to be revealed. It was a great amount of fun and the scenes were super intense, but still funny which is my favourite combo! I especially liked how the author did not shy away from hiding these supernatural phenomenons from the human world. Although, it did make it harder for Charlie to hide his manifestations and bruises from near-death experiences.

Those times when there were phrases in Spanish and I didn’t need the characters to translate for me:

It feels good.

What I Disliked:

Little things here and there. Ummmm….personally I was not the biggest fan of the flow. I mean I enjoyed the action and the direction of the story, but it felt a little choppy here and there. I don’t know exactly how to explain it, but I felt like there was some connection missing between certain events. Also, there was like one big twist in the book. It was a good one, but still, gimme more.


Overall, I enjoyed this book! Did it meet those super high expectations? For the most part. Frankly, I just enjoyed the fact that I was reading a book where a part of my culture was being reflected, something I have never read before. It was so interesting to read about and I’m sure many Hispanic and Latinx folks out there will find something in this book that will make them go, “Hey! I know that legend!”

I don’t know if there is going to be a sequel…but that ending sure looked like it was ready for a sequel and I am all for it!

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars (The good four)

Recommend: YES! Read all the Latinx book you can! Oh and if you have a kid (or are a kid) who loves PJ and adventure stories, give them (or yourself) a new set of myths to explore and discover 😉

Let me know what you think! Are you looking to pick this up? What myths and legends would you like to read about? Have any of you heard of any famous Hispanic/Latinx mythology?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Disney Channel Halloween Movies Tag

Greetings readers!

Continuing with the #Spooktober theme I have been tagged by the amazing Sha and Mandy of Book Princess Reviews to do their very own, original DISNEY CHANNEL HALLOWEEN MOVIES TAG!! I ADORE Disney Channel Movies in general, but the Halloween ones are just so, so, so good AND spooky! I am incredibly excited to do this tag so I will not delay any longer and get right into it!

Rules:

  1. Tag the creator (bookprincessreviews) of the DHM Tag.
  2. Thank the person who tagged who.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Tag five more people.

Halloweentown: Where is your favorite place to go for Halloween or a place you want to go?

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On Halloween I usually like to stay at home (since I have outgrown trick-or-treating sadly 😦 ) I love to stay in and watch…well umm…Disney Channel Halloween movies…..BUT I have always wanted to go to an old castle in Europe and stay over night. (They have tours like that, right?) I mean 1000% I would freak myself out, but the experience would totally be cool!

Under Wraps: What’s something that used to be scary to you and then you realized it wasn’t just the mummy in this movie?

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Something that used to be scary for me…hmmm….I used to be afraid of big roller coasters. I only did the kiddie rides until I was about 11 or so and said to myself “Rendz we have to suck it up and be brave” so I went on my first big kid roller coaster and it was THE BEST. Now I LOVE roller coasters! The higher, the better! The faster, the better!

*If you are ever on a coaster yourself and hear someone shouting a “Hail Mary” as you go up the mount, know that that is me.

Tower of Terror: What is the scariest place you’ve ever been?

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I avoid scary places…oh gosh…ummm probably the small auditorium I was in when I did a speech competition in French. I am frickin traumatized. I tried to put my introvert self out there…but nope nope nope not for me!

Twitches: If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be?

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WITCH. GIVE ME ALLLLLLL THE MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t Look Under the Bed: Were you scared of monsters when you were a kid? When did it stop?

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Hell yes. Ghosts especially. I was that kid who would run up the stairs from the basement once I turned off the lights. If there was a dim light in my room, I would NOT open my eyes for fear of seeing something scary in the dark. My arm or feet could NOT hang off the bed for fear of something coming out from under my bed to snatch me. My imagination ran wild and I would hear whispers of my name when I would be in a room by myself.

When did it stop? I still run up the stairs from the basement.

Phantom of the Megaplex: Do you watch scary movies? If so, what is your favorite or the one you got most afraid of?

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Hell NO! I watched one scary movie with my sisters once, gosh I don’t remember what it’s called. *Quick google search* Oh it’s called The Haunting which starred Liam Neeson a.k.a Alsan a.k.a the reason we watched it. Anyways it freaked me the f*** out and NEVER AGAIN. But dumb Rendz tried to watch The Woman in Black once, during daylight and I JUST CAN’T.

The Scream Team: Who would be on your dream team if you went on a ghost/supernatural creature hunt?

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Carswell Thorne so I could hide behind him and cuddle close when something freaky starts happening. And maybe Nedra from Give the Dark My Love because she’s a necromancer and has good control.

Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire: Have you ever witnessed something/someone that could only be explained by the paranormal? If yes, what/who?

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I don’t think so……maybe I have but I am too traumatized to remember…?

I Tag…

Raes Reads and Reviews

Journey Into Books

Ryann the Reader

Emily Kate Reads

This One is for the Books

*All these fabulous bloggers that you should definitely check out!*

Let me know what you think! What is your greatest or scariest Halloween memory? Which Halloween movie is your favourite (Disney or otherwise!)? Will you be dressing up this year?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

The Light Between Worlds | Review // The book that literally had me in tears since the moment it was announced.

Greetings readers!

It is important to note that this post is being written to two songs on repeat. The first being The Call – Regina Spektor, from the Prince Caspian Soundtrack since it’s literally the theme of this entire book! The second is Lucy – Hanne Hukkelberg, which is also from the Prince Caspian soundtrack and another song that I think really goes well with this book.

Anyways. Here we are.

For those of you who don’t know (which I don’t really understand how that’s possible) I am a huge, HUGE, Narnia fanatic. It started when I was just a kid and the first movie came out and from then on it has just  been a growing obsession of mine.

Then I saw the announcement for this book

Alice Jerman at HarperTeen has acquired at auction, in a six-figure deal, Laura E. Weymouth‘s debut YA fantasy, The Weight of Worlds, billed as Lev Grossman’s The Magicians meets C.S. Lewis’s Narnia. The story follows two troubled sisters, bound together by blood and fate, as they struggle to find their place in our world after spending years ruling as queens in a realm of myth and magic. Publication is set for fall 2018; Lauren Spieller at Triada US Literary Agency did the two-book deal for North American rights.

Do y’all see what I saw. Third line from the top, towards the centre???? That’s right!!! There is going to be a book and it is going to have Narnian influence!!! This announcement was made over a year ago so you can BET that I was dying to get my hands on it!

But the time has come. After waiting so many long months I was able to get my hands on an ARC courtesy of HCC Frenzy!! And while I had to wait a few more months until I could finally pick it up two weeks before it’s release, it was so, so worth it.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub Date: October 23, 2018
Price: $21.99 CAD
ISBN: 9780062696878

What happens when you return to the real world after being in a fantastical one like Narnia? This YA debut by Laura E. Weymouth is perfect for fans of Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians.

Six years ago, sisters Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were swept away to a strange and beautiful kingdom called the Woodlands, where they lived for years. But ever since they returned to their lives in post-WWII England, they have struggled to adjust.

Ev desperately wants to return to the Woodlands, and Philippa just wants to move on. When Ev goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

Walking the line between where fantasy and reality meet, this lyrical and magical novel is, above all else, an exploration of loss and healing, and what it means to find where you belong.


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*A big THANK YOU goes out to HCC Frenzy for inviting me to their preview so I could get my hands on this book!*

I’m going to try my best to make sense. This book is many things and it has come to mean many things to me. To be frank: This was an incredible book. From the very moment I started reading, I was utterly captivated. Completely sucked in and attached to the story. It had me tearing up after reading it and what better sign of a book being utterly amazing than salty water pouring out of your eyes and onto your pillow?!?!?

Content Warnings (via Laura’s Website)

The Light Between Worlds portrays characters dealing with depression, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, illness and disordered eating, and the loss of a loved one. It refers to possible suicide, contains scenes of violence and war, and brief mentions may be unsettling to readers with emetophobia. If you have any questions about these warnings, or require more details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page.

What I Liked:

Characters:

Evelyn: She was no doubt my favourite character. Her perspective took up the first half of the book and it was so incredibly interesting. Her thoughts and memories are engaging and moving. After returning to a war-torn London from a magical Narnia-like world, Ev is fighting many demons in her mind as she tries to find her way out of a world she never really felt connected to. She is a wondering spirit, but also a fiery soul with ambition. Is she perfect? Absolutely not. She has a tendency to run from her problems and to go to such extremes that she becomes a danger to herself. Her heart lies in another world and she is willing to go to every length to get back to it.

My heart broke many times for her. Maybe it’s because I sort of understand her pain of not belonging. Of missing a world she so dedicated herself to that was suddenly ripped away from her. All in all, her character was beautifully crafted. From her voice, to her behaviour, it was all so intriguing and heart breaking.

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Phillipa: It took a while, but I loved her too. I will be honest…I sort of blamed her for a bit, like Evelyn did when I found out *what she did* and then I kept reading and reading and really came to understand Phillipa. *The Thing that she did* broke her. It broke Evelyn and it broke Phillipa, but the older sister is able to reign in and swallow that guilt until the events of this book came to pass. Phillipa is a passionate character, she loves her brother and sister very much, but she cracks under the pressure of expectation. She goes through a lot of emotions in the second half of the book, she has to relive a lot of her memories and past mistakes, but ultimately has to learn forgiveness.

Other characters….Jamie, who was the oldest brother. I know this is a tale about sisters, but I would have loved to see more bout Jamie and his perspective of life after the Woodlands. Tom Harper…who was such an absolute sweetheart. I adored him. And Jack Summerfield who was also amazing and supportive and such a hopeless romantic, I rate it. This book being set in post-war London meant that everyone has felt tragedy, it’s just a manner of seeing how it has shaped the character.

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The Writing:

Laura’s writing is absolutely stunning. So lyrical, atmospheric and poetic. (Trust me there is a lot of poetry.) I think it fits the story perfectly because it adds to the whismy and magic of the character’s past and present. She knows how to add in the funnies and the hard hitting moments, so that you are both crying from laughter and pure heart break.

The World(s):

(The Narnia-like one first, because I am who I am) SO WELL DONE. *Would I have liked to spend even more time in it? Yes, but not for this story.* The Woodlands was so incredibly well done and it only pops up in chapter flashbacks and small memories that Ev and Phil reminisce on. I absolutely loved the history, the magic, the politics and twists. I can totally see why Evelyn would want to stay there forever. Cervus (a.k.a Alsan) was soooooooooooo magical!!!! Ugh I LOVED IT ALLLL!!!!!

Then getting back to England. Laura really had the atmosphere perfect. From the chattering cities to the whispering forests. It was all so wonderfully done, I don’t even know how else to explain it!

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This Book Is Sad:

A lot goes down. Evelyn’s going through a really rough time. She does things that are not safe and it was hard to read about sometimes. Phillipa also has it rough throughout the book. She let’s her guilt crush her with each day forward and doesn’t make the most healthy decisions either.

This book explores a lot. First being the sense of belonging, something that Ev struggles with for years. It made me really think if I’d be able to give up everything I have here on Earth to live in a magical land. While the answer is often “yes”, could I really do it?

The other is the sister relationship. How far is a girl willing to go for her sister and what does it mean when things start going wrong? I loved the exploration of sisterhood. Having two older sisters myself means I can really relate to how these two treat each other and why their actions had such damaging affects.

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Dismantling the Lipsticks and Nylons:

C.S. Lewis was an author of his time so of course Narnia has it’s racist and sexist aspects. One of the most prominent being that Susan couldn’t get back to Narnia because she became too obsessed with boys, lipsticks and nylons. Total BS. I love that Laura took this bit and completely turned it around. Phillipa uses make-up and flirting like armour and weapons. A way to transform herself and bring herself power. Red lips and power pumps. I absolutely adored this!

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The Narnia References:

Okay, okay. So this can either be totally true or I am reading into this waaaayyyy too much. BUT OMG THE NARNIA REFERENCES.  The opening of wardrobes. The calling out names. The bomb shelter. The beach scene. Uhhh there was one more that really struck out to me, but I can’t remember. The point is it had those Narnia touches and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic!

The Ending:

So bittersweet. I think I went into shock after reading it though. I closed the book, turned off the lights, went on Instagram, went on twitter, closed my phone and went to sleep. Only I didn’t go to sleep because I started crying very big, very salty tears.  Yup!

What I Disliked:

I knew that this was not going to be an adventure book, so don’t go in hoping for full on fantasy. However…………………..would I have liked a little more action and time spent in the Woodlands…….yeah.

So Laura, if you are up to writing a book set in the Woodlands, you can take my money now!


Overall, I loved the book. It was so much more than I expected. It is a poignant tale of memory, sisterhood, and hope. It has its heavy themes and tough scenes, but the characters are absolutely wonderful and you should all have the chance to meet Evelyn and Phillipa!

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Recommend: Yesss!!!! Perfect for the contemporary reader who likes the hard hitting stuff, but with a delicious fantastical turn!

Let me know what you think! Are you thinking of picking this book up? Know of any other Narnia-inspired books? What’s a fantasy world you would live in given the chance? CAN WE ALL TALK ABOUT HOW AMAZING THAT COVER IS?!!

Finishing this book also contributes to the Nightmare Before Book Princess Reviews Readathon challenge! I had first put it down as Jack’s Lament, but it can also cross of Mayor of Halloween Town since there are two main characters! (Really trying to get a bingo!)

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Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Authors That I Want to Meet (In the nearest possible future…like the absolute nearest…)

Greetings readers!

Lots of people out there know the wonderful feeling of meeting an author in real life. Meeting the person who created a story that they have come to adore. A chance to actually meet some of your favourite heroic figures. I am one of those lucky people.

I have had the wondrous opportunity to meet a few authors in person. Morgan Rhodes, Kiersten White, Lauren Oliver, Morgan Matson, Kendare Blake, E.K. Johnston, MARIE LU!

Still, it is rare that an author–American ones specifically–make a trip across the border for an event or signing. I know that the Canadian market is small, but we still have so many passionate fans and I hope that in the VERY NEAREST possible future, we can have bigger and more frequent author visits! (Maybe even a BookCon…….)

So here I am. Bringing you a post about all the authors I would love to meet in person! I’ve been told over and over that if you want an author to come you have to beg the people upstairs. And by upstairs, I mean the publishers and books stores. So yeah, I tagging the people with the power and hope that they jot down even one name from this note.

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A Note On Privilege:

I am supremely lucky to live in Toronto. Living in the big city means that *most* big name authors pass by here on their signings, which I am very thankful for, but also understand that other Canadians around the country find it frustrating. I would love it if authors went on Canada-wide tours, can you imagine how cool that would be? So I just want to put it out there that as I make these requests to bring authors over, I know that there are people all over Canada who want a chance to meet and greet their literary icons and we cannot forget them!

Now, let’s get down to business…

Authors Who Need A Canadian Debut

Susan Dennard

I am making this request, mostly on behalf of my sister because she is such a huge fan of the Witchlands series! I, however, am greatly anticipating reading those books as well so I would definitely love to meet Susan as well! (Especially since it puts on a lot of pressure to read the books! XP)

Marie Rutkoski (!!!)

If Marie came to Toronto, I would literally be a mess of tears in front of her. Just a blotch of endless feels. She is one of my heroes and I dream of the day I get to tell her in person about the way her books made me feel. She is a huge name and with a new fantasy book to release soon this is the perfect chance for a tour stop across the border!!!!

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Renee Ahdieh (!!!)

Can she do a Canada wide trip with her BFF Sabaa? (She will appear later in this post!) I own all of Renee’s books and I know she is working on something new, The Beautiful, which I am sooo excited for!!!

Jeanne Birdsall

I know. I know. Jeanne is an MG author but her Penderwicks books are such an important part of my life! I WOULD LITERALLY CRUMBLE IN FRONT OF HER AND IT WOULD BE THE BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE! She is also working on a new book which will not come out for a couple of years, but like I will wait however long!!!

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Sara Raasch

PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE. While I haven’t yet picked up her newest release, I ADORED her Snow Like Ashes trilogy!!!! I have my books and fanart all ready and lined up for a signing!!! How about a tour stop for These Divided Shores???

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Rae Carson

I only own The Girl of Fire and Thorns, but have read the entire trilogy!! I am also willing to spend dollar bills on the anniversary editions that will be releasing next summer!! I don’t know what she is currently working on, but I’ll read it if it means tour stop!

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Authors Who Need an Encore Appearance

Marissa Meyer (!!!)

I might have an emotional break down in front of her, but it would be the absolute best day of my life. I’m not quite sure when she came the first time, all I know is that it is high time she makes a return! I will literally be there at 3 AM lining up outside of whatever store/venue to get a wristband if need be. I will do anything to get the chance to meet Marissa. PLEASE!

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Sabaa Tahir (!!!)

Not going to see Sabaa Tahir when she first came to Toronto will always and forever be on of my biggest regrets. Always. Now that I have read her books. Now that I am a devoted Sabaa follower. Now that I have made some fanart. I want to meet her, I want to gush, I want to shower her with compliments that are so rightfully deserved! Just think about it. Sabaa with a few Canadian tour stops for the final book of Ember. How more epic could it get? DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD COME OUT?? Again, I’d line up at the first signs of light to get to meet her.

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Leigh Bardugo (!!!)

Part 2 of OMG-I-REGRET-NOT-SEEING-HER!!! I have been a fan of Leigh since her Grisha trilogy and the one time she came to Toronto was for her Six of Crows tour. I, being the fool I was, didn’t go because I hadn’t read the book and tbh no one in my family was willing to take me (I was still too young to venture into the city alone by law of my Latino parents). Now I don’t need my family to take me (I have graduated in status). So how about a King of Scars tour stop?? I am down for literally anything so long as it brings Leigh close by!!!!!!!

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Roshani Chokshi

THE GILDED WOLVES IS COMING VERY, VERY SOON!!! I mean I know she came not too long ago, but it is high time she come back! (And yes I missed her the first time she was here and now that I own all her books…I want her to come!!!)

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Marie Lu

I have more books to get signed 🙂 Kingdom of Back tour??? And ALSO  she is writing a 4th Legend novel so she MUST come on tour here for that!! Fall 2019 I am ready for you!!!!!!!!

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So to my dearest publishing houses and book stores,

I, Rendz, ask thee most gracefully, most politely, most fervently to bring these authors to Canada. I am one voice in a sea of thousands, but they say asking is what it takes. So I ask, I plea, I beg you to bring these authors to me.

This bookworm and many others will forever be grateful.

All my best,

Rendz

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Let me know what you think! What authors would you really love to meet in person? What authors have you had the chance to already meet. Any other Canadian book works willing to make their own pleas with me? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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#Spooktober Mini Reviews |The Witching Hours: The Vampire Knife & Lulu the Broadway Mouse

Greetings readers!

I am glad to say that I have officially finished two books from my list for the the Spooktober/ The Nightmare Before Princess Reviews Read-a-thon! What an absolute accomplishment!

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Okay. Okay. These were quite short reads and had nice big font, but I am still so proud that I’m actually completing books for this challenge! Keep on reading for some mini reviews on these two great middle grade reads!

I would like to send a big THANK YOU to Hatchette Book Group Canada, who provided me with these advance copies! 

The Witching Hours: The Vampire Knife by Jack Henseleit

The Vampire Knife

Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Pub Date: Sept 4th, 2018
Price: $12.99 CAD
ISBN: 9780316524681

Stranger Things meets the Brothers Grimm in this thrilling new series for only the bravest of children. After a chance encounter in a dark and stormy forest, two siblings are caught up in the dangerous underworld of fairies and must fight their way free. 

A storm is raging around the forests of Transylvania, where siblings Anna and Max are visiting with the Professor. Left alone to explore a creepy old inn, the children discover that something evil is lurking in the trees – and it just might have a taste for human blood.

When Max goes missing, it’s up to Anna and her new friend Isabella to rescue him. Setting out in the dead of night, with the storm howling around them, the girls will face peril after peril. Only one thing is certain: even if Anna can find a way to rescue her brother, Max will never be the same again …

‘An entertaining book that will have great appeal to ghoulish readers.’– Bookseller & Publisher


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MINI REVIEW – Read-a-thon prompt: Halloween Town

  • So so so so good.
  • Also so so so creepy
  • Look people I know that I suck at scary things, but I never thought I would be one to be phased by a kids book and yet here I am, a reader, spooked by a kids book
  • In other words, the spook was real good. The atmosphere was a constant chill and it was set in Transylvania, so it was perfect for this vampire story.
  • Speaking of vampires, the vampire in this book was creepylicious. Not exactly the most traditional looking one, but it had the perfect spook and it was brutally gruesome.
  • It also had the perfect illustrations to go along with some of the pivotal scenes! They were absolutely gorgeous and added to the menacing and threatening vibes I was getting from the plot!
  • The characters were spot on!
    • Anna was a fierce, passionate and mischievous soul! Her loyalty and bravery were such admirable qualities and her sense of adventure led her into some sticky situations.
    • Max was so adorable! As Anna’s little brother he’s used to getting spooked by her stories but he goes through quite the terrific experience in this book and while I feel awfully bad for him, I am also so impressed by his courage to keep fighting!
    • Isabella was a great addition to the story as well. She was a great friend to the siblings and her knowledge of the creepy town made her quite important
  • This book is super fast paced, easy to read and perfect for the spooky season!

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Recommend: Yes!! A Halloween read for all!



Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan

Lulu the Broadway Mouse 

Publisher: Running Press
Pub Date: October 9th, 2018
Price: $12. 99 CAD
ISBN: 9780762464609

Ratatouille meets Broadway in this charming new middle grade novel about a little mouse with big dreams. 

Lulu is a little girl with a very big dream: she wants to be on Broadway. She wants it more than anything in the world. As it happens, she lives in Broadway’s Shubert Theatre; so achieving her dream shouldn’t be too tricky, right? Wrong. Because the thing about Lulu? She’s a little girl mouse.

When a human girl named Jayne joins the cast of the show at the Shubert as an understudy, Lulu becomes Jayne’s guide through the world of her theatre and its wonderfully kooky cast and crew. Together, Jayne and Lulu learn that sometimes dreams turn out differently than we imagined; sometimes they come with terms and conditions (aka the company mean girl, Amanda). But sometimes, just when we’ve given up all hope, bigger and better dreams than we’d ever thought could come true, do.


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MINI REVIEW – Read-a-thon prompt: Dr: Frankenstein

  • One word: FABULOUS.
  • Another word: FANTASTIC
  • So really the word to use is: FANTABULOUS
  • I loved almost everything about this book.
  • Lulu was an incredible MC. She may be little, but she is fiercely sassy and honest.
    • She has a big dream of being of on Broadway and never ever gives up on it.
  • The supporting characters were also great, the other actresses and actors, the stage crew and other mice in the book added a lot of funnies.
  • THE DRAMA was just perfect. So juicy and so, so, so funny.
    • I will say that a few more important things could have gone wrong. It was a little too squeaky clean for me, a little more conflict would have been nice.
  • There was a mean girl/bully, but I am glad about the way the author addressed the situation.
  • I am no theatre geek, but I did appreciate all the other references to other shows. (Most of them are films anyways…;) )
  • It’s a super quick and fun read. Perfect for all kind of kids with big dreams!

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

Recommend: Yes! For the dreamers and make believers!


Let me know what you think! Have you read any of these books? What spooky or not-so-spooky books are you looking forward to reading? Are you a fan of vampires? Of theatre? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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