The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe | Review

Greetings readers!

Earlier this month (March), I had the lovely opportunity to do another Buddy Read with the fantastic, Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews! Reading with Mandy is always great fun, she comes up with some really insightful notes that lead to such great discussions. And I am so looking forward to our next read together…whenever and over whatever book it may be!

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
via Goodreads

Pub Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Price: $24.99
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Who do you become when you have nothing left to lose?

There is something Poe Blythe, the seventeen-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River.

Revenge. 

Poe has vowed to annihilate the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. But as she navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine and realizes there might be a traitor among her crew, she must also reckon with who she has become, who she wants to be, and the ways love can change and shape you. Even—and especially—when you think all is lost.

Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched trilogy, returns with an intricately crafted and emotionally gripping story of one young woman’s journey to move beyond the grief and anger that control her and find the inner strength to chart her own course.


Buy It 

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*Thanks to Penguin Teen CA for providing me with an ARC. This does not affect my opinion*

Despite having had some amazing discussions with Mandy…this book really just didn’t work out for either of us. (If you want to know more about Mandy’s thoughts click here!) While the premise was something to really draw us in, it unfortunately lacked in execution.

It Was Just…Okay

The short chapters kept up whatever suspense this book had. It’s not that the book was entirely boring, but the most absolute positive thing I can find about it at the moment is that the short chapters kept up the suspense.

Poe was…well she was okay. There are two versions of her presented. Her life before a traumatic event and her life after, it should be noted that the former version of Poe is in the book for a prologue only. Otherwise…I just didn’t feel like I got much out of Poe. She was simply a vengeful amateur captain with the love for a boat. I rooted for her, don’t get me wrong, but there was no real connection for me.

None of the other characters had much personality. Brig…served one purpose, otherwise he was irrelevant. Map girl, whose name escapes me, didn’t do much, Naomi who I sometimes forgot was even present in the story *which presents a huge problem for reasons* and Tam. The only one with a semblance of a personality that was more than one-dimensional.

The actual antagonist, was probably the most underwhelming character of them all. He had very little page time which is why I think his character suffered so much. There was really no time to spend with him in person to get a sense of his sinister-ness. Instead we just got indirect knowledge from Poe and the other characters.

The world building was also fine. Umm I assume people who have read Condie’s Matched series would have a better understanding. What bothered me the most was the visualization of the ship and this epic armour that Poe had designed for it. Turns out it looks more like a porcupine than a ship, which brought up many questions about it’s ability to float…but that’s just me taking things too far. There was also lots of commenting on environmental issues in the book which were important.

I’m also like 95% sure Condie used this book to comment of settler society and colonialism. There was one point where I even found a sort of parallel to the residential school system and the Settler kidnapping of Drifter kids to give them a “better chance at life”. However, I don’t think that Condie approached this message or theme sufficiently or effectively. It’s simply mentioned in passing and while it did have some impact to the plot, it was more of an impact on Poe’s character, a settler. I just don’t think it was handled well.

The book is not bad. It has drama. It has action. It has heartbreak. But it is all so completely underwhelming. The danger these characters were in lasted a few pages at most and then it would turn into smooth sailing. I just…it lacked so much for me.

The ending…I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I understand that it is supposed to signify a new start for Poe…but I don’t think she has changed that much except in some ideologies. I would share more things but spoilers.

All I can say is that this book builds and builds and builds…but then instead of this smack to the head, all the drama fizzles out. 

And one random detail drops in that…no I just couldn’t get on board with it. XD


Overall, I had an okay time with this book. I don’t hate it. I don’t love it. It’s not something I would read again. It was just okay. That’s the best way I can describe it! Perhaps the experience for you will be different, who knows, but for me…it was simply okay.

Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars 

Recommend: Imma say no this time.

Let me know what you think! Have you had the chance to read it? Are you thinking of picking this one up? What is a revenge story you have read? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Books I Read While Having No Clue As to What Was Goin’ On! | It was just one big ol’ question mark

Greetings readers!

I’ve been thinking a lot about some series I’ve read long, long ago. Some I remember quite well. Others I remember, but have lots of fuzz about the events. And then there are others that…I just…I didn’t even know what I was reading while I was reading them…

The Assassin’s Curse duology by Casandra Rose Clarke

The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1)  The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse, #2)
*via Goodreads*

It was pirates. But also a desert. And assassins. I just didn’t get these books. I don’t remember much about them, but all I can tell you is that I really didn’t get these books. I tried, but the characters didn’t stick, the plot was…I don’t even know what it was.

I don’t know why I pushed through with these.

The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky The Perilous Sea The Immortal Heights
*via Goodreads*

A trilogy I read that was just a total: ?????. I had no idea what the heck was going on half the time. I know it had magic, and that there was a magical world they could get to through a book but there was a magical secret society under the real-world. The MC had to dress as a boy and go to an all boys school but then…it was just ???????????????????

I know I liked it, but I don’t what the heck was going on. I was–and still am–just so lost.

Incarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

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via Goodreads

I actually am hoping to reread this series, one day. The premise was so interesting and the characters were really good. But I don’t think tween-Rendz really understood what the actually plot of the book was…Like I think I read them just for the character interactions and didn’t pay enough attention to what was actually going on.

These books are just a blur, so they def need a reread.

Death Sworn duology by Leah Cypess

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via Goodreads
  1. These books confused the heck out of me
  2. They were kinda trash

These books. I don’t even know. One minute the girl is trapped in a tower full of dudes to teach them magic. The next minute she is having a hot fling with her once-enemy. Then her enemy is actually her enemy. And she kills him?? No…she kills the other guy that tried to make this a triangle. Or not. The point is she stays enemies with the guy she once got hot and heavy with and leaves with her friend as his betrothed.

What?

I am probably horribly wrong. But that is what I remember happening. It was a mess.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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via Goodreads

Look people.

I picked this series up because I was super curious and well…I wanted to see what all the hype was about. So I read the first book and while I liked I was like…okay. I kinda get it? Um let’s do book 2. So I read book 2 and I came of that one thinking: I liked it, but still a little lost? Book 3 was read and it was just a ?????????what the heck is going on situation?????? Yet I remember liking it well enough to read book 4. Of which my concluding thoughts are: ?W?T?F?–what the heck did I just read??????????????? Not to mention it was anti-climatic af.

In short. Don’t ask me about this series because I have no f*king clue what the heck I read. I know I kinda of liked it, but it was just so hard to understand. Stiefvater wrote this book in riddles and circles that you constantly have to pick up and figure out to get what was going on and I just could not.

I think this explains why I am apprehensive to pick up the spin-off series. I really liked Ronan…but I don’t want to go through another trilogy where I can’t understand what is going on!


Let me know what you think! Have you ever read a book and just have no clue what was going on? Do you have trouble remembering plot lines? Were any of these mind-confuzzling books for you too?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Mini Reviews! | Voices, Long Way Down, The Case for Jamie

Greetings readers!

I have much to talk about today, so I want to be brief. February was full of lots of great reads, but I sadly don’t have enough time to review them all in full. Just know that I really enjoyed each of these books!

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

Pub Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: HMH Teen
Price: $25.50 CAD
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Author David Elliott explores how Joan of Arc changed the course of history and remains a figure of fascination centuries after her extraordinary life and death.

Told through medieval poetic forms and in the voices of the people and objects in Joan of Arc’s life, (including her family and even the trees, clothes, cows, and candles of her childhood). Along the way it explores issues such as gender, misogyny, and the peril of speaking truth to power. Before Joan of Arc became a saint, she was a girl inspired. It is that girl we come to know in Voices.

*I was provided an ARC by Raincoast book!*

  • This was one of the few novels in verse that I have read and for the most part I really enjoyed it.
  • I liked a lot of the poems and how each poem took on a different POV from Joan, to her family, to the saints, angels and even the lifeless objects had a voice in this collection.
  • I think my favourite poems have to be the Fire ones and when Joan was spitting major truth!
  • I also loved that the author included snippets and excerpts from the transcripts of her actual trials, I thought that added a lot more authenticity to the poems
  • Look people…I might be Catholic, but I actually know very little about saints (give me a break…there are a lot of them), so going in I knew the bare minimum about Joan. I wouldn’t say that I’m an expert on her now, but the poems definitely have me wanting to go read up more on her story.
    • She was literally a teen who saved her country with the help of divine intervention (IS THIS NOT THE TYPE-A YA THAT RENDZ READS????)
  • In short, I need more Joan of Arc retellings in life, thanks.
  • I will say that what kind of put me off about the poems is the actual time line. I know this was supposed to be her final hours, but it felt more like we started from when she first started hearing her messages. So I may have been a little frustrated trying to figure out when these poems took place.

Rating: 3.75 / 5 Stars
Recommend: For lovers of poetry and fans of Joan!


Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down

Pub Date: Oct 27th, 2017
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Price: $23.99 CAD
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An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.

  • I picked this up on a whim. I saw that both Mandy and Kyera has read it and rated it very high so I had to give it a shot!
  • It is another novel in verse, that I found I quite liked!
  • I actually borrowed the audiobook because I feel like poetry is really something pleasing to listen too.
  • Will’s story was so heartbreaking, brutal and intense! Reading about his journey down the elevator that takes no more than two minutes was the incredibly suspenseful, I have never been so nervous!
  • Each encounter he had brought him a fresh perspective and insight on the people he thought he knew well.
  • The book is all about gang violence and how it affects youth who find themselves caught up in the mix and needing to following the “rules” the adults set for them
  • It was a haunting book, I can’t even properly articulate my thoughts with it–it’s that good!
  • The ending is still with me to this day. I don’t know exactly what to make of it, but all I can say is that it left me both satisfied and running with a million questions.
  • I highly recommend this one if you are looking for poetry that packs a punch!

Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars
Recommend: ABSOLUTELY


The Case of Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3)

Pub Date: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Price: $21.99 CAD (hardcover)
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The hotly anticipated and explosive third book in the New York Times bestselling Charlotte Holmes series.

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken.

Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex—and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.

Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

  • I missed my babies so much! You all do not know how much I love this series!
  • Here I am again–the fake Sherlock Holmes fan™–who loves all things Sherlock Holmes retellings but has never actually read the books or seen any adaptations (???) I know.
  • This book was so intense. Charlotte and Jamie were separated for practically the whole because of the events of the last book so it took forever to actually get them together!!!
  • Both of them had to take a step back and really reflect on themselves and the shit that they went through the past year.
  • I just love these characters so much. GOSH. Charlotte’s smarty-pantsness and her fight against inner demons that have plagued her since her childhood. Then there is Jamie, the definition of a softball, who had to kind of figure out who he was without Charlotte.
    • THEY ARE MY CHILDREN.
  • I loved the suspense of this novel, there were many twists to be had and lots of stuff went down with the Moriartys!!!!!
  • I saw some stuff coming but other things just wow!
  • I am a big fan of Cavallaro’s writing. It’s not fancy or anything, but it just flows so easily and it can make a mystery plot easy to understand–which is something I super need since I am a mystery noob.
  • In short. I loved it.

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Recommend: If you love Sherlock and you wanna see him in a gender-bent way, then YES.



Let me know what you think! Have you read any of these? Are you looking forward to reading any of them? Do you read poetry? What novels in verse would you rec/want to read? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Last Namsara Buddy Read Review |Featuring the amazing SHA, and Canadian Dragon Tales!

Greetings readers!

Today I am partnering with the fabulous, Sha @ Book Princess Reviews to bring you a buddy read review! We decided to Buddy read The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. A fitting choice as it is Canadian YA and we are both Canadian and we love dragons.

Thus I dub this buddy read (and a near future one)…

THE CANADIAN DRAGON TALES BUDDY READ

*if you do not know what Dragon Tales is please google and educate yourself.

Sha and I absolutely adored this book. Sha *literally* devoured the book within 6 hours. Less than a day! I myself am quite a slow reader, but boy oh boy if I had had the time on my hands I probably would have swallowed this one too!

The Last Namsara (Iskari #1)

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)
via Goodreads

Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Pages: 432
Release Date: October 3 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.15 (of 2,043 ratings)

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

 


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Asha lured the dragon with a story.
It was an ancient story, older than the mountains at her back, and Asha had to dredge it up from where it lay deep and dormant inside her.
She hated to do it. Telling such stories was forbidden, dangerous, even deadly.
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Sha: The first three paragraphs of this book sent shivers down my spine. Within seconds I had everything I didn’t know I absolutely needed: dragons. Forbidden storytelling. I had to keep going.

Which is why I can only hope Rendz forgives me for speeding ahead.

Um yeah. I had a major bone to pick with Sha. I started this book two days before her and then she has the audacity to read the entire thing in one sitting!!!! LIKE I APPLAUD SHA’S EPICNESS OF BEING ABLE TO READ SO FAST–AND LITERALLY DEVOUR A BOOK–BUT SHE LEFT ME IN THE DUST!

THE WRITING STYLE

SHA: Ciccarelli’s writing is perfectly suited to her world of dragon-hunting and poisonous stories. It reminded me strongly of Renée Ahdieh’s own lyrical prose, with a sharper cut to each line.

Rendz: Her plot twists were really well done! (Some were obvious, others less so) Some of them had me making faces. And yes, I was reading on a public bus. O-O

She did a really good job of leaving tracks and clues and then connecting the dots at the end. I’m still not over one of her revelations. She got me good.

THE CHARACTERS

SHA: Was there any character I didn’t love? (even the ones I hated, i loved hating)
Asha was amazing. But I actually want to rush forward and praise the supporting characters because … Ciccarelli fleshed them out so well and gave them all such important moments. Like, okay, WARNING, I’m about to ramble real quick:

I don’t dislike when a main character steals the show and does all the awesome things in a book aka spots the evil, plans the revolution, stops the villain. YAS we have a badass and I love! BUT what Ciccarelli owned in The Last Namsara was this whole “it takes a village to plan a revolution” theme.

Rendz: Asha was a QUEEN. Omg I loved her so much. Her journey was so heartbreaking and beautiful. I love her!!!!!!!!

⚔️ Safire : Asha’s cousin. Safire is better than Asha at strategy and close combat (which Asha praises within the book, YAS, support ya girl). Safire has a hard life in Firgaard and Asha helps protect her — but Safire can also hold her own. LITERALLY A QUEEN. 
⚔️ Dax : Asha’s brother. Asha often looks down on him because unlike her, he is not a warrior. TBH I thought he wasn’t so smarticle particle all the time either. BUT THINGS HAPPEN.
⚔️ Roa: A boss. Wow.
⚔️ Torwin : One of Jarek’s slaves. Also an adorable cinnamon roll who has some guts let me tell you that.
⚔️ Jarek : Ew. I NEED TO FIGHT HIM.

THE ROMANCE

Rendz: At first there was a suspicion that Asha was gonna fall for her crappy betrothed and that was not gonna fly with us. But thankfully, it was only a weary inkling coming from us precarious readers. Then waltzes in a forbidden-romance plot and I–Rendz–am LIVING for it. Then my wariness came back because I really didn’t want this to be a slave-master thing. But I think that Ciccarelli stepped away from that when she really made Asha reflect on her way of thinking, her upbringing, other previous histories of interracial relations. It wasn’t insta-love…on Asha’s part at least, Torwin is another story *Is this spoilery??* I think they both had to really grow around one another, reshape they way they see the world and in turn each other.

Now let’s talk scenes. Because my goodness there were so many almost-scenes where I just wanted to chuck the book across the bus. And then the declarations that Ciccarelli made up for these characters and how they tied into legend…I was a puddle of tears.

Gosh they were just so good together.  

Sha: *Is currently too choked up to contribute words.*

THE DRAGGGOONNSSS

Rendz: Major–and when we say major, we mean MAJOR–How to Train Your Dragon vibes. I absolutely adored the legend and Old Story elements and how they were tied back to these incredibly majestic creatures. I also loved that the dragons themselves had some personality to them. It added a lot more fun and not to mention a lot more adventure to the story!

MORE THOUGHTS

Sha: When I saw that there was slavery in this book, I hesitated hard. I thought, “Oh no, there must be some controversy, it must be bad for some reason.” I read those scenes real close and analyzed from every perspective/the knowledge that I have and what I got was: Ciccarelli wrote those scenes well. She didn’t throw in slavery for kicks, I learned some lessons from the books end, nothing was played up for dramatics without consequences.

Rendz: I super agree, I was very apprehensive at first, but I think Ciccarelli handled it well. The slavery wasn’t just a present state, it had a history. It was a politically intense book, which I found I really liked.


representation: n/a
Content warnings: death of a principal character, killing of humans as sport, suicide, murder, whipping, mythical creature death, abuse

Rating: 5 stars!

Recommend: It’s a double YES from us!!

I think it is safe to say that you will hear from Sha and I again when we read the sequel, The Caged Queen. (When that will take place is another question!)

Let us know what you think! Have you read TLN? What did you think? Have you read its sequel The Caged Queen? What dragon books would you recommend to us?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz & Sha

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February Wrap-Up & March TBR | The month in which I broke a very important promise

Greetings readers!

How have you been doing? How has the second month of 2019 been treating you? I feel like I open every one of these posts talking about me, but I’d thought I’d switch it up today.

How are you?

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Oh, you’re still here! That’s nice, you actually do want to read about me. *sends massive hugs* WELL LET ME TELL YOU. IT HAS BEEN A MONTH. A SHORT ONE. BUT STILL A MONTH.

It wasn’t all too bad reading wise, but Real-Life Rendz is caught in the middle of storm right now. I shouldn’t even be writing this post right now yet..here I am.

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What Rendz Read

4 books.

Wow I umm thought I had a better reading month than this, but I guess not.  I apparently didn’t even remember I had a TBR because literally none of it got done!

Enchantée by Gita Trelease
I actually had a lot of fun with this one. My Full Review

Enchantée

The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
This was an emergency pick-up read because I felt like I wasn’t getting anything from my YA fantasy picks. And it was truly a great refresher, I loved it so much. Mini review to come

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Another spontaneous read that was amazing! I even listened to the audiobook, which I think made the whole experience even better. Mini review to come.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
This was a buddy read, with the fabulous Sha @ Book Princess Reviews. I had so much fun reading with Sha, not to mention the book was INCREDIBLE! Full review to come.

The Haul

Remember when I made my 2019 reading goals…? Remember when I said I would relax my requesting game this year so I wouldn’t get stuck with so many ARCs that would eventually go unread? Do you remember that?

Well I’m a liar. Clearly. And went overboard as usual.

Bought Books:

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Book Mail:

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (FC – Penguin Teen CA)
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand (ARC – Raincoast)
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (ARC – Raincoast)
The Telsa Legacy by K. K. Perez (Giveaway win – Torteen)
Opposite of Always by Jason A. Reynolds (ARC – HCC Frenzy)
Hello Girls by Britanny Cavallaro and Emily Henry (ARC – HCC Frenzy)
Nocturna by Maya Motayne (ARC – HCC Frenzy) <–My most anticipated read of the spring *cue screaming*

Yeah……….

RECENT BOOK MAIL! 
@raincoastbooks is really out there blessing my days with epic book mail such as this.

But are they also out there to ruin me?

Lots of the buzz around these books is about their ability to crush readers' souls.

I am ready to accept the challenge.

KINGSBANE by @clairelegrand comes out May 21st (see my blog for a tour stop some time in May!)
WICKED SAINTS by @glitzandshadows is out April 2nd!

What soul-crushing reads are you excited for?

#kingsbane #furyborn #clairelegrand #wickedsaints #emilyaduncan #bookstagram #reader #books #yafantasy #fantasy #youngadultbooks #bookishcanadians #sourcebooksfire

Featured Posts of the Month

The ARC Book Tag | In Which I Call Myself OUT

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

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

Save the date _ September 22, 2020

Other Going-Ons

Besides being so incredibly stressed about school…hmm let’s see

The Title for Legend 4 came out and I lost my bejeebers

REBEL. REBEL. REBEL. REBEL. REBEL. REBEL. REBEL. REBEL. 

October 2019 here I come!!!!!!!!!

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

I won a giveaway and I had to do math!!!

So Torteen holds IG contests all the time and this past month I actually won! So when they contacted me for my deets and told me that because I live in Canada I had to do a math test over the phone I was like !!!!! I DON’T WANT THE BOOK THAT MUCH!

But I did the test. And needless to say it went…well. Awkward, but well. I uhh got stuck on the final question and there was this long pause of me trying to think and the Torteen publicist waiting for my answer.

Thankfully I got them all right and I got the book, The Telsa Legacy by K. K. Perez!

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I Attended Frenzy Presents

A little get together of all the local bloggers at the HarperCollins Canada HQ. It was a morning filled of books and talking about how excited we are for some of their spring titles! I might still do a wrap-up post, if I have time later this month, but all you need to know is that it was so much fun and they have so many great books coming!

The Jonas Brothers are back!

Yeah. I won’t lie. Tween Rendz was all over the Jonas Brothers. And she still kinda is. I mean they have some major BOPS. And while I like their new song, this whole week has been filled with me going through all my old favourites and reminiscing about the good ol’ times.

nick jonas we're back GIF by Jonas Brothers
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TBR

The TBR

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie (A buddy read with Mandy @ Book Princes Reviews!)
Voices by David Elliot
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
*The Telsa Legacy by K. K. Perez
*Opposite of Always by Jason A. Reynolds

It is the first day of mARCh!!! And boy do I have books to read this month! 
These are the books I'm ~probably~ gonna get to...you never know what I might add or take away. 
I like to think of myself as a planned reader, but I am most definitely a mood reader! 
What are you reading this month? What kind of reader are you?

March TBR | #bookishcanadiansmar19 day 1

#bookishcanadians 
#thelastvoyageofpoeblythe #thetelsalegacy #oppositeofalways #voices #thebeautyofthemoment #ya #bookstagram #fantasy #contemporary #poetry *let us pretend for my sanity that this flat lay is somewhat straight*

*Subject to change. Then again…this is all subject to change.


Let me know what you think! SERIOUSLY, HOW ARE YOU GUYS THIS MONTH? How was your reading? What was your fave book? What are you looking forward to this March?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz get-reaidng