Enchantée | Review

Greetings readers!

I am bringing this review to you a little late because I am such a mess right now. Phew. School is actually trying to reduce me to a pulp, so please wish me the best and read on for a review of one of my most anticipated reads of the month!

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Enchantée
via Goodreads

Pub Date: Feb 5th, 2019
Publisher: Flaitron
Price: $24.99 CAD
ISBN: 978-1250295521
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Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…


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**Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for the ARC**

The Likes…

This was France, I loved going to Versailles and just the gambling and gaming in general. It was lots of fun. I mean I am not a wiz at any gambling games, but I did love the suspense that they brought to the book. I would be yelling a lot at *certain* characters who just didn’t know when to stop and risked losing it all!

I liked Camille enough. I thought she was very brave and passionate, especially to be living in a very manly-mans world and having to care for her younger sister. I just didn’t get her logic with secret keeping. I’m sorry, hun, but this just frustrated me soooo much. Other than that she was good.

Lazare was cool too. He was biracial, so there was a lot of discussion around identity and of course racism. He was an interesting character and quite elusive, so I liked getting into his background. Would I qualify him as a Book Boyfriend….mmmm…no. Maybe like boy toy?

Sophie would have been better if she hadn’t been treated like she was a baby. Like I ain’t saying that a fifteen year-old has the wisdom of a 100 year old, but they ain’t that naive. I could be totally wrong…but I felt like Sophie had a spark in her that was constantly being stamped out and overpowered by Camille. And it frustrated me because Sophie made such dumb choices because of this.

The shining star was Chandon. Who was charming and sneaky and tragic. And just great overall. I would have loved to read a little bit more about him and his soldier boyfriend…whose name escapes me.

I liked the discussion surrounding the Revolution.

Viva la France! **That’s the expression right** The books digs a little into the political history of France at the time. It is not actually set during the actual revolution (at least I don’ think), but it does showcase some of the rumblings and grumblings of the citizens of France before the war breaks out. The impoverished people who were not happy with the wealthy nobles. We get to see from perspectives of both parties through Camille and it is actually quite, quite interesting.

The magic, although minimal, was interesting for the time setting it was in. It was reminiscent of the glamour in TLC! I think maybe the origins of the magic were a little bit rushed through, but there was a lot of background on the dangers of being a magician in this time and I especially like how the author tied it to the flamboyance of the royal court.

The Questionable…

The plot was interesting, but very slow moving and nothing truly exciting happened until the very end. This is why I had really hard time with it. Look. I like short chapters. But something has to actually happen in those chapters. This book was full of short chapters and many of them I felt were really unnecessary.

I wanted more balloon story. The hot air balloon aspect of this story really intrigued me, but we got to see so little of it!

The writing was good. Nothing particular stood out to me and the French that was involved mixed well with the English. It wasn’t all that random, *unlike certain other books ~coughGrimLoveliescough~*. It kept me well-engaged for the most part if anything.

It was too long though. On top of the slowness, it got repetitive. Really fast. Camille is either gambling or thinking about gambling or with her balloon friends. The action was at the end and it was good, but the previous 70% was the same thing over and over again. It was tough to push through sometimes.


ENCHANTÉE by @gitatrelease  My endless thanks go out to @raincoastbooks for sending me this book a couple of weeks ago! I am so excited for this release (coming Feb 2019). All I needed to hear was 18th century France + magic + Court scandal + all the high stakes AND I WAS HOOKED. Bring on the historical fantasy. I. Am. Here. For. It.  And have any of you noticed the surge of French settings in YA books recently? Or is it just me? What book are you looking forward to this winter? #Enchantée #GitaTrelease #yabooks #bookstagram #reader #books #yafantasy #fiercereads #historicalfantasy

Overall, I enjoyed the book for the most part. I think my high expectations may have cursed me because I didn’t know what to expect, but by the end I was a little less than wowed. If that makes any sense. It was a good book, with good characters, a good plot and a great ending. I just felt like the goodness of it all was what kept me from thinking it was great.

Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars

Recommend: I think this is perfect for Historical fic readers who want just a hint of the fantastical!

Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Are you looking forward to reading it? What is one time period you would love to have a historical fiction book set in?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Whispers of Shadow & Flame by L. Penelope | COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY (intl)

Greetings readers!!!

Today we have the cover reveal tour for book 2 in L. Penelope’s Earthsinger ChroniclesWhispers of Shadow & FlameI remember absolutely loving the first book in this Adult fantasy series! The magic is incredible, the characters are so much fun to be around and the overall adventure is just so great! I am so happy to be a part of this cover reveal today. And may I just add that these covers are jaw-on-the-floor beautiful!

Read my review for book 1

The first book in the series, Song of Blood & Stone, was named one of TIME Magazine’s top 10 fantasy books of 2018! Check out the cover reveal and giveaway below!

Title: Whispers of Shadow & Flame (Earthsinger Chronicles, Book 2)
Author: L. Penelope
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Genre: Fantasy

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HERE IT IS!!!!

*chorus of Ooooooos and Ahhhhhhhs*

Oh I love everything about it, truly!!! JUST WOW!!! *heart eyes all around* And you guys know I am not always for people on book covers, but these people look fierce and oh so stoic and I just love the actual art itself. The paint strokes…*falls in love again*

Book Description

The cursed will face the gods. They have nothing to lose.

“A master class in fantasy world-building.” TIME Magazine on Song of Blood & Stone

The Mantle that separates the kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall. And life will drastically change for both kingdoms.

Born with a deadly magic she cannot control, Kyara is forced to become an assassin. Known as the Poison Flame in the kingdom of Lagrimar, she is notorious and lethal, but secretly seeks freedom from both her untamed power and the blood spell that commands her. She is tasked with capturing the legendary rebel called the Shadowfox, but everything changes when she learns her targets true identity.

Darvyn ol-Tahlyro may be the most powerful Earthsinger in generations, but guilt over those he couldn’t save tortures him daily. He isn’t sure he can trust the mysterious young woman who claims to need his help, but when he discovers Kyara can unlock the secrets of his past, he can’t stay away.

Kyara and Darvyn grapple with betrayal, old promises, and older prophecies all while trying to stop a war. And when a new threat emerges, they must beat the odds to save both kingdoms.

Pre-order the paperback today!

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Earthsinger Chronicles by L. Penelope

Catch up on the series today!

Song of Blood and StoneBreath of Dust and Dawn

Song of Blood & Stone, Earthsinger Chronicles Book 1  Special Edition Paperback releases July 16, 2019. (Ebook & hardcover available now).
Breath of Dust & Dawn, Earthsinger Chronicles Book 1.5 (Available now!)

!!COVER REVEAL GIVEAWAY!!

L. Penelope is giving away a signed, hardcover copy of Song of Blood & Stone. International welcome!

Enter the giveaway!

About the Author:

L. PenelopeL. Penelope is an award-winning fantasy romance author. Equally left and right-brained, she studied filmmaking and computer science in college and sometimes dreams in HTML. She lives in Maryland with her husband and furry dependents. Sign up for new release information, exclusives, and giveaways on her website: http://www.lpenelope.com.

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Instagram | Youtube | Goodreads


Ahhh!!!! Let me know what you think! Aren’t the new covers stunning? I am soo excited for book two. I didn’t even realize there was a novella available, I am definitely going to check that one out! Have you read the first book? (If not, be sure to enter the giveaway for the chance!)

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Bookish Feels | Books That Make Me Nostalgic // Ahhh the Good Old Days

Greetings readers!

I figured today we would take a trip down memory lane. I’ve been feeling nostalgic these past couple of weeks. Thinking about all the books that got me into reading. As some of you may already know, reading was not my #1 choice of pass time as a young child, but now all I seem to want to do is read. How times have changed.

So I figured today I would talk about some of those books that started nudging me towards my reading journey! These are are not all, but certainly some of the most important ones.

The Picture Books That Started It All

Franklin Books authored by Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Brenda Clark

Franklin Goes to School
via Goodreads

I devoured these when I was in kindergarten. Besides the fact that our librarian would read a Franklin book every time we had Library at school. Separately, my friends and I would poor over Franklin books on our own free time. Especially the ones we didn’t recognize from the TV show (which, may I add, was also truly iconic.)

Everything and ANYTHING by Robert Munsch

Robert Munsch
via Goodreads

AN ICON OF MY CHILDHOOD.

LIKE.

DO I EVEN HAVE TO EXPLAIN?

His books were just everything.

E V E R Y T H I N G.

Why haven’t they been made into TV shows and like mini adaptations. Can you imagine?

Some of my personal favourites are Make-up Mess, Mortimor, Love You Forever, and of course THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS.

The MG Chapter Books

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones and the  Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1)
via Goodreads

An Icon. Truly. I started reading Junie B. as a bet to myself. My mother was always picking of me for not reading more books, so out of pure spite, I decided to read the entire series. And y’all this is a 20+ chapter book series and you know what? Little Rendz did it!

I know there are some more recent editions that I didn’t end up ever reading, but I did get through most of them, which makes me feel quite proud!

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)
via Goodreads

Icons. Peek magical adventures. These truly fed my love for fantasy and adventure. I was always imagining myself going on these crazy adventures and it is the main reason I begged my dad for a tree house. To which he said no because we had no tree. To which I then ate and apple and buried a couple of seeds in hopes I would get a tree. Unfortunately, we moved before I ever got to see the seeds (not) grow.

But yes, these books. Amazing!

Accidentally series by Lisa Papademetriou

Accidentally Fabulous (Accidentally, #1; Candy Apple #12)
via Goodreads

SO dramatic. 100/10 I would reread them today. First of all they are Candy Apple books and if you don’t know what that is, please take the time to google this amazingly delicious collection of MG stories that are so DRAMATIC that they are frickin amazing. Tween Rendz was all over these books, given I didn’t get to read them all but seriously these books are like a peek point in my reading evolution. (I used to be all about the contemporary *shocks you all*)

My First YA reads

Legend trilogy by Marie Lu

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It came in a scholastic catalogue and just, I have so many memories of eagerly anticipating my teacher bringing the box to class and opening it up and calling us to grab our books. Thank you, Ms. Z!!

Now after so many years we are getting a fourth book and I just…I am going to be so emotional. This is one of the first series I picked up out of my own violation. I am gonna be a mess when it releases so I hope you are all prepared.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Who didn’t read these? Like? I started them after the movie announcement came out and my cousin happened to have read them and purchased her own copies. I picked them up and they literally changed my life. I had never read a book so fast, much less a series. Now whenever I look at them, I think about that time in my life. Those days where all I did was braid my hair and dream about practicing archery.

Yup.

I was that kid.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling
via Goodreads

This was by recommendation of one of my classmates in the seventh grade, who was a much bigger reader then me at the time. She said the book had good romance, and at my tender age of twelve years I wanted all the swoons in my books! I think it might have been too much romance for me and when I read the sequel Fire I was *shocked*. I think if I were to reread the books now I would have a much deeper appreciation for them.

Now whenever I think about this book, I get all giddy. Seventh grade was a good year and this book definitely added to some goodness.


Let me know what you think! What books make you nostalgic? Do you associate certain times in your life with certain books? What is one childhood book you would want to read again for the first time?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The ARC Book Tag | In Which I Call Myself OUT

Greetings readers!

As a blogger who started out way back in 2016, I thought that the day I would finally be getting ARCs was a long ways off. I wasn’t too concerned with them because I knew that in order to get them you really needed a platform and I just didn’t have one when I started out, obviously. So I was perfectly content with reviewing finished and already published books.

Then came the magical day when I received by first e-galley of Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane on Netgalley. From then on, I slowly started progressing with e-galleys, until I was contacted by a publisher and received an actual physical ARC. It was truly magical.

Since then, I have been getting a steady pile of ARCs every season, a perk for living in Canada and having big publishers and fewer bloggers. I feel for a lot of my international blogger friends who don’t get the chance to read ARCs because of legalities, but perhaps one day this bookish system will change and accessibility will widen.

Wow. That was a long intro. Anyways this incredible tag was created by none other than the wonderful ladies, Mandy and Sha over at Book Princess Reviews. If you know me, I am sure you know Mandy and Sha and if you don’t well I think you should correct that immediately!

Let’s get started!

RULES

  • pingback to the creator (bookprincessreviews)
  • pingback to the person who tagged you
  • tag as many people as you want
  • have fun!

WHAT’S THE FIRST ARC YOU EVER RECEIVED?

Spindle by E.K. Johnston…which I haven’t read. I went to an Indigo Preview event way back when and E.K. was present signing books so of course I got it! Plus I had read A Thousand Nights, which was beautiful and I still am interested in reading this one eventually. I wasn’t a blogger at the time when I received this, but this event inspired me to start one up!

*blushes* I know usually we are supposed to promote 2017 ARCs but....for today's #arcstravaganza I am featuring a 2016 ARC! 😳😳😳 I have had SPINDLE by E.K. Johnston since The summer and it's signed!  I loved the first companion novel A Thousand Nights but I never got around to picking this one up before the release date!  So hopefully get to it this summer...a whole year after I got it!  Better late than never right? 😅 Do you have any expired ARCs?  #spindle #ekjohnston #youngadult #youngadultbooks #arcs #Prettycover #bookstagram #books #bookworm #reader #readingwithrendz

*I really love this photo. XD I took it in a rush because I forgot about the IG prompt that day and the light was fading so I had to act fast. Fun note: That’s actually an olive branch from a Palm Sunday mass I attended earlier that year XD*

WHAT ARC WOULD YOU SELL YOUR SOUL FOR?

REBEL (aka Legend 4) by Marie Lu

Who else lost it when the Rebel news came out? My excitement for this book is incredible. Like... I have been waiting for this for years and we are finally going to get it. I still can't believe how lucky we are and how amazing @marieluthewriter is for making our dreams come true! Have you read the Legend trilogy yet?  #Legend #Prodidy #Champion #Rebel #bookstagram #reader #books #scifi #bookstagram #yabooks #books #bookishcanadians

But also not. But I definitely would. I flipped my bejeebers the day the announcement came out, people. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FALL!!!!!

USING ARCS YOU HAVE RECEIVED OVER THE YEARS, SPELL OUT A-R-C.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Replica by Lauren Oliver

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

*I would like to gloat that I have actually read all of these :)*

📑 Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian I read this about a week ago and rather enjoyed it! It reminded a lot of The Winner's Trilogy and Red Queen. If you enjoyed those I would definitely recommend you pick this one up!  What fantasy books are you looking forward to this year? #ashprincess #laurasebastian #bookstagram #yabooks #ya #youngadultbooks #fantasy #reader #books THIS WILL GET DONE THIS WEEKEND! I've been reading it for 46 days now! Life has just been so busy I hardly have any time to sit down and read. After I finish my novel study for school, I'll pick this up and finish it!  I actually got to meet the lovely Lauren Oliver and you can read about that wonderful experience on my blog! (Link in bio) No spoilers, but (unlike me) has anyone finished this interesting read!  Share your thoughts below! But once again #nospoilersplease *** #readingwithrendz #readreadread #books📚 #bookstagram #Replica #laurenoliver #yalit #torteen #Gemma #Lyra Soon to be read is CIRCLE OF Shadows by @evelyn_skye  I've been anticipating this book since the moment it was announced and I am so happy to finally have my hands on a copy! Many thanks to @hccfrenzy for sending me an ARC, my Holiday reading sure did get more fun!  I really enjoyed Skye's The Crown's Game duology, so I have a good feeling about this series too! What are you reading this holiday season? #circleofshadows #evelynskye #epicreads #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy

*yes, this is the only picture I have of Replica and it is the ugliest photo I have ever taken. THAT BLANKET! *face meet palm*

ULTIMATE QUESTION: TO DNF OR NOT TO DNF AN ARC?

I really don’t like not finishing in general. I tend to give books the benefit of the doubt often and it doesn’t always work out (see Circle of Shadows review). I don’t know, I feel like I owe it to the publisher to read the book, especially if I requested it. That being said, I tend to force myself to read books that just aren’t working for me a lot and that needs to change I think.

NAME AN ARC YOU DNF’D AND AN ARC YOU COULD NEVER DNF.

DNF: A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak
It was just so wrong in so many ways. I ended up skimming after 50% to reach the end so I guess it counts as a DNF

COULD NEVER DNF: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
I was l o v i n g my post-Narnia adventure book!

Do you hear that? Those echoing screams? Well it's probably me you hear. Screaming at the top of my lungs out of utter elation for being in possession of this book.  This book. I have been waiting for a book like this for yeeaaarrsss and now I finally have it in my hands.  Basically it's a story of sisters trying to reintegrate themselves into their real world after having a whimsical adventure in a land like  Narnia.  Narnia.  Do you hear me screaming now? A big thanks to @hccfrenzy for inviting me to their Fall preview event, which is the reason I got my hands on this beauty. Now excuse me while I go back to petting this fabulous book. #TheLightBetweenWorlds #LauraEWeymouth #bookstagram #yabooks #books #fantasy #Frenzy #narnia

WHAT ARC DID YOU GO OUT AND BUY A FINISHED COPY OF AFTER?

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I had read an e-ARC, but I needed that physical copy on my shelf!!! (I love it so much) I bought it off of Book Outlet though, cheap and in great condition!

Day 4 of #bookishcanadiansfeb19 | Canadian Author Some of you are missing out on Silvia Moreno-Garcia's work and it's a shame. She has so much to choose from: 1) Signal to Noise - music and magic 2) Certain Dark Things - Mexican vampires and narcos 3) The Beautiful Ones - romance, manners and telekinesis 4) Prime Meridian - Mexican astronaut in space 5) Gods of Jade and Shadow - Maya gods in the roaring 20s (Aug 2019) THERE IS SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM. TAKE YOUR PICK AND GO FOR IT! Who are some of your favourite Canadian authors? #Thebeautifulones #certaindarkthings #silviamorenogarcia #mexicanvampires #fantasy #bookstagram #canadianauthor #CanLit #bookishcanadians

WHICH MEDIUM DO YOU GET MOST OF YOUR ARCS IN? (PHYSICAL / EBOOK / AUDIO)

When I first started out, I started with e-ARCs on Netgalley. I didn’t get a lot of acceptances, but as I found more Canadian pubs, I got approved more often.

Then a publisher actually reached out to me and I was sent physical arcs. And from then on I went hunting. I searched endlessly for Canadian publisher info and tried my very best to make myself known more on my social sites and then I had to build guts to actually send out those emails. Now I’m working with 4 Canadian pubs and they grant a lot of my requests! (I’m looking at you Penguin Teen CA and HBG Canada!!!)

GIVE BLOGGERS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE REGARDING ARCS (RECEIVING / REVIEWING).

Pace yourself. Don’t get greedy.

Only request books you really want to read, that really have your interest. Not half of it, but all of it.

Don’t pull a Rendz.

Here I am calling myself out. 

I have a problem when it comes to requesting. I tend to request based on the in-the-moment feeling of “I wanna read that book” so what usually happens is that when I get the ARC, I no longer have the dying need to read it, so it gets pushed and pushed and pushed, until it’s way past its release date and then it just feels pointless in reading the ARC. This is super horrible of me. I know it. It’s why one of my new years resolutions was to relax the requesting game.

I feel terrible looking at the unread ARCs I have and thinking that it could have gone to someone that really wanted to read it. Of course I tell myself that I will eventually read them, but if I keep bogging myself with more and more, will I ever truly get to them all? Probs not.

SO the best advice I give to you and to ME is to pace yourself, and don’t get greedy.

I Tag…

Michaela | Blogger Books | Justine

*No pressure to do the tag, if you don’t want to!*

Let me know what you think! Do you read your ARCs on time? How do you keep track of the books you get? What was your first ARC?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Raven Tower | Review

Greetings readers!

Oh look at this, and ARC review that is being published BEFORE the book itself is actually published. Wow. I can really work some miracles, I guess.

I requested this without even doing much research. I saw it was a “Divine Intervention Book” a.k.a. what I call books when there are gods involved that mess up the characters lives and I sent my email so fast. Like there is no better hook, line and sinker for me than the Divine Intervention trope.

THE RAVEN TOWER BY ANN LECKIE

The Raven Tower
via Goodreads

Publisher: Orbit
Pub Date: Feb 26th, 2018
Price: $34.00 CAD
ISBN: 9780356506999
Genres: Adult Fantasy, SF
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Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven’s Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven’s watch, the city flourishes.

But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.

It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo–aide to Mawat, the true Lease–arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven’s Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself…and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.


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*Thank you for the ARC, HBG Canada!*

What I Liked:

Very Shakespearean…I see you Hamlet

It’s not that hard to tell that this book draws heavily from Hamlet. Of course there are several key differences in the narrative and the “Hamlet” character is not the star of the show, it’s Horatio a.k.a. Eolo. I really enjoyed the similarities I could pick out (I drew all the parallels to the play on my own *feels gassed*), but the politics of it all was very different. So while the story had loose threads connecting it to the play, the plot itself was different, which I liked.

However, I didn’t see any rendition of the To Be or Not To Be line…so that was maybe only a tiny bit disappointing. Unless I missed it and it went way over my head (which is highly possible).

The Voice was Interesting

It’s literally a rock. A god in a stone, but still a stone! And it is not a boring stone, but one with lots of history and knowledge. Leckie did a great job in evoking that wise, all-knowing voice to the story. It’s told in second person narrative, so the “I” referred to the god in the stone whereas the “you” referred to Eolo and not me, which after a while, I got used to it. Considering this was my first time reading a book in this style, I enjoyed it very much.

It really had some good Meddling Gods

Not just the stone god, as there were many meddling gods to be had. I especially loved their history in their own creation and their limits of existence. There is a lot of history to be had and I was a little confused at the beginning, but Leckie is able to describe with such beautiful imagery that really helped keep me invested. I also really enjoyed the way the gods had to use their magic. Their magnitude of power was both a blessing and a curse, so getting to read their larger story in relation to the puny human adventure was fun.

Diverse Cast

*I don’t know if this spoilery, it might be, beware, but I don’t think so(???)*

**START OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS**

It’s not tagged on Goodreads or stated in the synopsis, but this book stars a transgender character and the society they are living in is not exactly hetero-normative. The story isn’t about Eolo’s transition, but it is nonetheless a fantastical journey starring a trans man!

I feel like a lot of more people would be wanting to pick this book up if they knew! (Then again, it might do the opposite and lure people in who wouldn’t read about LGTBQ characters) I kind of knew from the beginning he was trans, so I don’t think mentioning it would  be much of a spoiler. I cannot be certain whether it’s good or questionable rep, but from what I read in the book and other reviews, people found it to be okay.

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What I Found Questionable:

Flat characters

I felt like we didn’t get to really dive in to other character ARCs beyond the surface. Since the stone-god only really talked about their own past and about Eolo, I felt like the surrounding cast had little to no development beyond what some of their Hamlet counterparts contained. I just felt like the story would have held a lot more richness if some of the other characters had a bigger role to play in Eolo’s journey. No one had much substance to them which was disappointing, in my opinion.

Super talk-y no action

More than half of this book is the stone-god relating tales and talking about the past. The story stems two timelines one in the past and one in the present. Due to this, both have need to a little backstory so sometimes I got confused. There are also no chapter divisions, just page breaks (which is usually a no-no for me, personally). The action and the twists really start to come out towards the last 30% of the novel. It’s good action, but not the greatest. I’m sure it is supposed to conjure high feelings of suspense and intensity, but I was just feeling medium levels of “omg”, if that makes any sense. I think I was more relieved that something was finally happening because the previous 70% had been very slow moving.

The Ending is not an ending and while I didn’t dislike it, I actually kind of liked it, I still have a lot of questions…mostly will there be a sequel to clean up this mess? But I’m also okay if there is no sequel because I liked the question that I was left off with. *As usual I contradict myself*


Overall, it was good, but the story didn’t blow me away. Like I expected deception to the deepest root, but I kind of got deception on the surface level. It was good, just not jaw dropping, stars in my eyes good. I think this is mostly due to my love for fast-paced plots and this one was very slow with lots and lots of exposition.

Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars

Recommend: Yes, because this book has rep we *hardly* ever see in fantasy!

Let me know what you think! Do you enjoy “Divine Intervention” stories? Will you be picking this book up? What are some of your favourite Adult retellings?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Holiday / January Wrap Up & February TBR

Greetings Readers!

This past month has honestly been a whirlwind. So many exciting things have happened, I have read so many amazing books and yeah started another semester of uni, but let’s focus on the good stuff.

I have big plans for February, the shortest month of the year. But I have a feeling I might be pulled away due to the aforementioned uni situation, but f*** it, I’m still gonna enjoy myself. *I’ll pay the high price later.*

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What Rendz Read

Did I get through my Holiday TBR? LOL

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
I just cannot with this book. Please read my RANT REVIEW to know more.
*This book is also the reason I didn’t finish my Holiday TBR!*

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The Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo It has been years since I read this series and I can honestly tell you I remember the bare minimum. All my memories of this series are foggy which means I am in desperate need of a reread!  Especially since Nikolai Lanstov is getting his own series!!! King of Scars will be hitting shelves early 2019 and I cannot wait for it! Not only do we get Nikolai but also Zoya, Nina (from Six of Crows) and a monk character!!!!! If you guys haven't seen the trailer for KoS, I highly--HIGHLY--suggest you go watch it. So intense. So epic. I get chillsssssss!!!! How excited are you for King of Scars? Do you plan on revisiting the Grishaverse sometime soon? *Had to repost due to technical difficulties 🙈* #shadowandbone #siegeandstorm #ruinandrising #kingofscars #grishaverse #leighbardugo #ya #youngadultbooks #books #yafantasy

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Still have all the feels.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
More feels. Plus Nikolai.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Just so much love. So much love.

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
Yikes. I did not enjoy this one. My Full Review.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
This was a fun, but typical retelling! My Full Review.

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The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
This was not quite what I thought it was going to be. Review to come

Book Haul!

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

Tarot by Marissa Kennerson
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Allie Condie
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Blood Heir by Amelie When Zao
*Due the recent controversy surrounding this book and it’s pull from publication, I don’t think I will be reading it any time soon. Should the author ever release a revised version, which I hope she does, I will def pick that one up*

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

The Rule of One by Ashley and Leslie Saunders

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Featured Posts of the Month

The Bookish Feels | Books That Make Me Gush

THE BOOKISH FEELS GUSH

Clearly I Think Too Highly of Myself| A Look Back on my 2018 goals and setting myself up for 2019

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THE GILDED WOLVES IS OUT TODAY!!! | Release Day Blitz! Meet the Characters!

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The Book Addiction Tag

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Narnia is going to Netflix |What I hope to see in the new adaptations!

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Other Going-Ons

GRISHAVERSE MOVIE NEWS

I think I lost my mind that day. Like I read the news right before my 3-hour Spanish lecture and I just could not focus! What is el futuro tense?

MY GOD, IF THEY DON’T GET THIS RIGHT THO….THERE WILL BE RIOTS.

BUT STILL WE ARE GETTING ADAPTATIONS *eternal screaming*

I FAN-ARTED

I had to do something to commemorate The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth because I love it that much. It didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted and there is def room for improvement, but I still really like it!

FAN ART REVEAL TIME!  Last October, I fell in love with THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS by @lauraeweymouth The bond between Evelyn and Phil was one of the most beautifully portrayed sister relationships I have ever read. It is wonderfully flawed and yet so loving.  This illustration was in part inspired by Picasso's painting "The Two Sisters" (1902), which I found while scrolling Laura's Pinterest board (and it might have been referenced in the book...?) The point is: I really loved this book. I had to draw something for it. And I can't wait to read it again! What sibling relationship do you cherish? #TheLightBetweenWorlds #LauraEWeymouth #bookstagram #fanart #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #historicalfiction #underratedbooks #epicreads

I BINGED THE ENTIRE LORE OLYMPUS WEBTOON SERIES AND I NEED MORE

I saw someone on twitter tweet about it. Then I went to the author/artist’s twitter page, clicked the link to the webtoon link and spent 3 hours reading every single episode. It is honestly so great. I need more in my life, especially since I have to wait for weekly updates *sobs*

It’s cheeky, sassy and like they are all so thirsty, but there is also a really emotional level in the series too. I just..I *heart eyes*

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The TBR *In a Very Particular Order*

Enchantée by Gita Trelease
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard }—-> If I binge this series,
Windwitch by Susan Dennard }—–> my sister has to read
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard }—–> An Ember in the Ashes!!!

DAY 1 of #bookishcanadiansfeb19 | FEBRUARY TBR I have lots planned for this February. A fews ARCs. A buddy read. A series binge read. My most anticipated read. (it's King of Scars which is unfortunately not pictured!) I am super excited this month. I probably won't get to everything, but I'll have fun trying! What are you reading this month!? #februarytbr #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #thelastnamsara #thelanguageofthorns #Enchantée #truthwitch #windwitch #bloodwitch *let's pretend this flat lay isn't as horrible as I think it is 😂 *

That’s all for me! Let me know what you think? What was your favourite read from January? What books did you get? What book are you most excited for this February?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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