Finale | Review // A Grand Finale Buddy Read

Greetings readers!

It’s been a hot minute since the buzz of Caraval’s final book was going around and naturally I am super late to the party. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone and my lovely friend Mandy from Book Princess Reviews joined me in reading this much anticipated book almost a year after its release.

Naturally, I pushed our buddy read off for like 4 months because I struggled to get my life together. But what’s new about that?

Regardless, Mandy and I had a wonderful time reading this book together and we got some interesting results!

Finale by Stephanie Garber

Finale (Caraval, #3)
via Goodreads

Pub Date: May 7th, 2019
Publisher: Flaitron
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A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time—only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end…


The Likes

Garber’s writing doesn’t fail to enchant the reader! If there is one think I will never forget about reading this series is the language that totally and completely wraps around me and sucks me into the story. It is the most flowery of the purpley proses out there and honestly I like it. Are some of the descriptions absolutely out there and kind of bonkers? Yes. But are they also so attractive you can’t help not thinking about them? Also yes. Seriously though, Garber does have a way of completely enchanting the reader and thus enchanting the world that these characters are in. 10/10 I would love to visit this world, as a kindly spectator because I would not win the games and setting myself up for failure is not something I like to do.

I couldn’t put this book down. Let me tell you, I had a lot of issues with this book. It is chaotic as hell, but the chaos is exactly what made me so attracted to the story! That’s not to say that the pacing was great because it was everywhere, but the need to know what happens next, the mini-cliffhangers after each chapter, the way we are clued into things but get just shy of finding out what is going on is so addictive you can’t help but keep reading. It was chaotic yes, but you’re so sucked into the chaos you can’t help but enjoy the ride!

The Questionable

This was the Tella show ft. snippets of Scarlett. As a bigger fan of the older sister than the younger one, I struggled with this. It’s not that I don’t like Tella, it’s that she is a large reason for the chaos and it gets trying to follow her after a while. I’m telling you 90% of this book was Tella and her struggle with Legend, but that is something I’ll complain about later. The other 10% was Scarlett who didn’t get much of a word in more so than a dress change. I just didn’t like the imbalance we had.

The romance was overwhelming. I love the romantic aspects of books, I honestly do! But this book was so focused on the Tella x Legend relationship that I couldn’t stand it in the end. Every other chapter was a “He loves me. He loves me not” and as I mentioned before this book is predominately Tella’s POV so you can imagine how tiring this push and pull gets. Eventually, Legend lost his appeal to me. He was neither enigmatic nor charming, I just wanted him to commit or get out. Julian and Scarlett had there moments. I mean they were already pretty established and lets just say while I wasn’t looking forward to the drama with the Count, what did end up happening with him was so underwhelming. The romance also really messed up the pacing and suspense in this book because we always had to back to the I love yous. Blah.

We were cheated of the fabulous Fates. Both Mandy and I were so upset about how minimal a role these Fates play in the book. They are not totally absent but their potential was held back and it was a complete let down. Even my precious Jacks, who I know I shouldn’t be into because he is bad but I am who I am, he was so cheated of a great character arc in order to highlight Tella. If there is another book, I do sincerely hope he is the star.

The end was kind of cheesy, I’ll be honest. I mean yes, Love is powerful…..but come on give us more than that moral!

There was the most bonkers plan that had me screaming for these characters to stop and think. Let’s just say there was the possibility of incest and I cringed sooooo hard.


Overall, I enjoyed the book for its chaos. It was flawed in many ways and chaotic in every way imaginable and YET I enjoyed myself immensely while reading this. Garber has a knack for sucking readers into her words and even though the ride is bumpy, you can’t help but have fun too!

Rating: 3 / 5 Stars

Recommend: I do recommend the series, it is fun in the moment!

Let me know what you think! Did you like this series? Were you satisfied by the ending? Are you interested in reading a next book as there is rumoured to be one?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Tune & Title Tuesdays | More than just a tune today!

Greetings readers!

I’ll be honest, I’ve run out of new songs to write about. Or rather, I’m having a tough time putting one and one together. Nevertheless the tunes will keep rolling out because other lovely people have matched songs and books so well that I cannot disassociate the two from each other anymore!

And in celebration of a reread that is happening right now in audiobook style, I cannot help but share this glorious tune with you today!

Tune: To the Wonder – Aqualung ft. Kina Grannis

This song is one of those songs I wouldn’t be attracted to unless if was tied to something that I absolutely loved. That being said the song is quite lovely, and I like the lull that it brings out with the soft piano keys and hums.

Title: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Do the lyrics have much to do with the books??? Not 100% sure, nevertheless the real reason this song is on here is because of this glorious fanmade trailer!

Please watch it. It is still to this day a video I go to to feel comforted by my nostalgic TLC feels when I can’t get to the books! Is it a perfect trailer? No. But gosh darn it this person nearly had it and I have to give it to them, they did a PHENOMENAL job at bringing out all the heart-pounding goodness of the books! It also reminds me how much I would love to see these books as films!


Let me know what you think! Do you watch book trailers? Do you make book trailers? What books would you love to see made into an adaptation?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Romance Reading Round Up | Pt. 3 // Feeling like a Single Pringle

Greetings readers!

Friends, it’s hit. I was calmly reading my cheesy rom-coms and BANG I felt an overwhelming sense of longing.

I felt like a single-pringle.

HOW DARE YOU EMOTIONS? HOW DARE YOU!

I AM IN QUARANTINE! WHERE THE HECK AM I SUPPOSED TO FIND A SIGNIFICANT OTHER!?!?!

Emotions: Rendz…you literally just turned down a guy in my DMs…

I AM IN QUARANTINE.

Well anyways, I didn’t really know what to do with those feelings so I just continued on with my life and kept on reading my cheesy romcoms XD

New Discoveries

New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind

New Orleans Rush
via Goodreads

Format: e-book
Rating:
 3 / 5 Stars
Review: Okay I have a love/wtf relationship with this book.
On the one hand it was cute and sweet and the characters were a lot of fun. I mean Huxley is dumb and his name is something else, but you know what? He adores her and I like that.
Beatrice was fun and loving and so compassionate which I liked to.
Of course I fell for the stupid, playboy brother because I am who I am and clearly need help.
On the other hand this book was absolutely bonkers and half the time I was like “What in the actual flying cheeseballs is going on???”
Yet, it was a really charming read and it’s ridiculousness added to the fun!

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

Not the Girl You Marry
via Goodreads

Format: Audiobook
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars
Review: I liked it and at the same time this whole problem could have bee avoided if y’all actually talked to each other. But hehhhhh people aren’t always so easy to talk to I guess.
It was pretty darn funny though, and while I am definitely a Sasha-kind of person I did love reading about Hannah! Also I did get the How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days vibez so I appreciate it.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
via Goodreads

Format: e-book
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Review: *I would like to start off by saying that before I read this book I read another romance novel that was all sex! Sex! SEX! and this was like fade to black! Innuendo here and there! Sweet kissing!  Two very very very different reading experiences*

ANYWAYS.
This book was delightful at the same time as it was “okay then…”
Nina was…a character. Bookish to a tee and very specific about the way she is. I’d like to think we’d be friends even though she’d judge on the books I read 💯 but yes she was delightful. Sarcastic and brilliant but stubborn too
The whole family dynamic thing….was some next level white people nonsense. Don’t get offended, it is what it is. But it made a really big statement on family and what it means to be related, although I can’t say I quite agree on how hereditary the personality traits of this family are.
The romance as I mentioned before was more sweet than spicy. I would have liked a little more of them getting to know each other…. Idk. It just felt very surface level for me.
The writing was not my absolute favourite. I usually don’t mind the narrator talking to the reader but I did mind that this narrator was semi-omniscient at the most sporadic times.

My favourite thing?
It threw so much shade at Harry Potter. I mean it still praised it, but as a reader who will most likely never read HP, I delighted in it.
IT ALSO MENTIONED THE PENDERWICKS so it gets all my votes.
It threw 2 seconds of shade to Canada, but I’ll let it slide.
Overall. though it was fun and quirky. It’s a tale about a book lover and those are always fun to read about. It’s funny and outrageous sometimes but in a calm way that’ll give you some peace in the end.

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

The Worst Best Man
via Goodreads

Format: Audiobook
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Review: This was lovely!!! I loved the characters and the DRAMA! I mean this is some tricky waters we’re swimming in but I loved that she didn’t gloss over the uncomfortable bits.
This was also freaking hilarious. I laughed soooo many times. Especially that poem he made up, omg I died.
The family dynamic was also amazing. This Brazilian family was close-knit and full of personality! I related hard to the child of an immigrant pressures that Lina was struggling with herself.
The narrators were alright. I mean I liked their voices but sometimes they gave different accents to the same people so I was confusion.
Regardless, this was super fun!

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date
via Goodreads

Format: Audiobook
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Review: Wow I’ve said it before and I shall say it again I have never read a book with characters that overthink everything and jump to conclusions to quickly.
It was very entertaining for me and I’m usually so quick to roll my eyes.
I thought the characters were lovely. Alexa was fun and sassy. Drew was kind of a dumbass, but I liked him too.
Carlos…I love him. Can’t wait to read his book.
The meet cute was a meet cute. Lord knows if I was trapped in an elevator with a hot doctor I would have been 100% more awkward but 100% on board with fake dating.
Also, fake dating. Wonderful.
The drama was mostly due to their over thinking so don’t be expecting such a scandal although there was one point where I was like “He did not just say that. Break up with him, honey!” and that was a good part.
I honestly didn’t expect to like this as much as I do and it is a pleasant surprise!


The Lowlie Ones

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

The Honey-Don't List
via Goodreads

Format: e-ARC
Rating: 2.8 / 3 Stars
Review: Okay that was that. Uhhhh. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. I’m feeling that neutral feeling where I’m just glad I finished it.
It was lacking a lot in the romance area for me.
And the whole situation with the bosses took over most of the plot and it was resolved very unsatisfactorily.
Idk it just wasn’t what I wanted from CLo.

 

 

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

The Right Swipe (Modern Love, #1)
via Goodreads

Format: Audiobook
Rating: 2 / 5 Stars
Review: Oh my. Okay. Um. Well. I didn’t love this or like it much. If I’m being honest it was boring. Things got more interesting towards the end with all the revelations, but even that felt a little flat.
The characters were meh at best. She was a lot to take in and at the same time not at all. He was boring af.
None of the side characters stood out either.
I was just bored the whole way through.
It wasn’t out right horrible, just dull.


Sequelz

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club, #2)
via Goodreads

Format: e-book
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars
Review: So I liked it because hi yes hello Braden Mack was my favourite thing about the previous book.
Liv, I know lots of ppl have qualms with her and while she is very much flawed I think this book gave her some more context to understand her.

Given the #MeToo context of the story, I really like how this book tackled talking about survivors and what it means to support them in helpful ways, especially since lots of peoples “good intentions” turn out to be victim blaming and shaming.

Now the reason they break up is just…. *face palm* so bullshit. More specifically why he lied to her and yada yada she gets mad is just………..Come on. We could have had some serious drama but all we got were petty “you lied to me!” but at least they recognized they were both being dumb at the end so there’s that.

Can’t say I liked this one more than book one but it was pretty solid!

Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered, #2)
via Goodreads

Format: Audiobook
Rating: 3 / 5 Stars
Review: Okay. Where do I even begin?
I wasn’t in love with Rosie and Dominic in book 1 so I wasn’t that excited for this one, but I kept an open mind.
I ended really liking Rosie and uh I was alright with Dom (didn’t hate him but he’s more than just okay? 🙃 )
This one was a lot more 🔥 🔥 🔥 than book one so you best be thinking I was tomato faced the whole way through. Yup. (it’s just that I’m not into the possessive territorial “you’re mine” kind of love and this book tried to like play with that and I just don’t know how I feel about it)
Once we got past the 75% mark I felt like it was dragging we kept going back to the same thing and I just wanted to be done already.
Overall though. It was nice. The ending was sweet and I liked how we got to see these characters grow as individuals and not just a couple. Definitely more angsty than romcom-y so mind that.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Proposal
via Goodreads

Format: Audiobook
Rating: 3 / 5 Stars
Review: This was alright.
I’m a little disappointed because Carlos was such a star in the last book, but I felt him lack luster in this one! Which is actually about him!!! (even tho I didn’t like that he was just ambiguously Latino until in one of the last chapters it’s revealed he’s Mexican–I think)
Nic was also just alright. Didn’t love her, but didn’t hate her.
I kind of just have this mellow feeling overall. I wanted to love this more but it was simply alright. Definitely has its entertaining and heartfelt moments, but I think it lacked in drama.
It needed an extra oomph.



This round up seemed to be pretty mellow. I’ve been falling out of love with my romances. I think it’s time I shake things up somehow. Maybe switch genres. I don’t know. But if you have any recommendations to liven up the party I am open to hearing about them!

Let me know what you think! What genres have you been gravitating towards lately? Have you read any of these books? What romance stories do you enjoy? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Some of My Favourite Book Quotes | Magical words that make me feel all sorts of way

Greetings readers!

I can’t recite many book quotes by heart. I tend to have words that stick with me and sometimes phrases, but never the full quote. Most of the time I bookmark them so whenever I pick up a read I can go back and remember how that quote made me feel. That being said, I have one down..almost. But there are so many more that I love I figured I’d document some down so I can start rehearsing them hehehe!

The Funny Ones

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“The cuter the boy, the mushier your brain.”
― Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks

Girl. Can I relate. And not just fictionally. The amount of foolish things I’ve said and done for a seemingly attractive boy…how embarrassing.

The Beautiful Ones
via Goodreads

“The place an intelligent person sings is in the bathroom. One sounds better,”
— Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Beautiful Ones

I have never seen the truth spoken so clearly in literature. Truly an iconic moment. Not only is it funny, it is a flattering quote as well!

The Tear-Jerkers

Champion (Legend, #3)
via Goodreads

“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.”
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”
― Marie Lu, Champion

If you know, you know. AND I AM CRYING. I will literally never get over this. I can’t wait to reread the trilogy and be totally crushed again!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
via Goodreads

“I have been made to protect you. Even in death, I will find a way.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

WHO ELSE IS SOBBING BECAUSE HELLO NIAGARA FALLS IS CURRENTLY FALLING DOWN MY FACE! I just…I don’t know how to deal with this much pain.

The Ones that Make Me Scream

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“You are my temple,” I murmur as I kneel beside her. “You are my priest. You are my prayer. You are my release.”
― Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night

I JUST…I MEAN…IF YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW AGAIN. I legitimately yelled when I read this for the first time!

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“She was but a girl from nowhere. Let the heroes save the world, save kings who must regain their crowns. Live, live, she wanted to live, and there was a way.”
― Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gods of Jade and Shadow

It’s really what the character does right after this quote that makes me scream. It is just such a powerful moment in the book. I loved it so much! I love this book so much for so many reasons and ugh I cryyyy.

The Inspirational Ones

Legend (Legend, #1)
via Goodreads

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”
― Marie Lu, Legend

This is one of the few quotes I know by heart and it is so amazing! It has stuck with me since the first time I read the book and Legend was one of the first YA books I read as a tween!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
via Goodreads

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together–knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

This quote does a little bit of everything for me. It makes me cry, scream and feel loved. It is packed with so much emotion I can’t help but feel a boost of inspiration to love more fiercely!


Let me know what you think! What are some of your favourite book quotes? Do you memorize them? Do you keep them close by whenever you need a boost?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Tune & Title Tuesdays | Chillin’ vibez

Greetings readers!

Today’s tune and title are coming to you in haste. It’s getting harder to think of songs to post about! It’s not that I’m not listening to music, it’s just that it is getting harder to find the right matches. It doesn’t help that I listen to the same songs for at least a month before moving on lololol

Tune: Symmetry – SYML

I first heard this song in an intro to an episode of a show I never watch. I was just flipping through the channels, but the song just called to me and made me pause. The melody and the hum of the song gave me such chilling vibes. Pair those vibes with the lyrics and the whole song becomes this haunting tune! Now I’m listening to it on repeat!

Title: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

The Raven Tower
via Goodreads

It took me a while to find a right match for this book and I ended up going with this one because of the narrative voice. This book is told through the eyes of an omniscient god (in a rock) that calls out to the main character! If there is one thing I really enjoyed about this book it is the narration. It perfectly reflects the haunting and chilling vibes of the song and warns of the darkness that is coming for these characters! Truly brilliant!


Let me know what you think? Have you heard of the song? Have you read this book?  What are your favourite haunting songs or books?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Con Sabor Reading Challenge 2020 |As in the Latinx style, I am super–but fashionably–late

Greetings readers!

My papi always says that one never-ever arrives to an event at the designated time. Being 30 mins to an hour late is the fashion for my father and frankly I have channeled that energy in writing this post (seeing as I’m 4 months late to the party).

Nevertheless, I am so very, very pleased to be coming to you with this post today! I don’t generally tend to join many reading challenges because we all know I suck at meeting goals that I put for myself  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but when I found out that there was a new challenge going around prompting people to read Latinx authors…well OBVIOUSLY I HAD TO PARTAKE! And I don’t know how many Canadian-Latinx bloggers are out there joining in…but I’m happy to be a member from el norte-norte 😉

The lovely bloggers Dani @ metamorphoreader, Astrid @ Book Love Book Reviews, Natalia @ Books.Build.Life, and Nox @ Nox the Reader created the challenge and are basically motivating people to pick up as many books by Latinx authors as they can within the year 2020!

You can start any time during the year and if you want to participate you can sign up here!

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The prompts are:

  • January- Book with mental health representation
  • February- Romance
  • March- Fantasy
  • April- Contemporary
  • May- A genre out of your comfort zone
  • June- LGBTQI+ representation
  • July- Afrolatinx main character
  • August- Fat representation
  • November- Retelling

September & October are left free to celebrate LatinxHeritageMonth and December is catch up time (bless, I will need it.)

I have listed the months/prompts below a long with the books I’m hoping to get to to complete the challenge! I’ll be honest with you, I won’t be doing the challenge in order because schedules are iffy with me when it comes to books and some of the publishing dates don’t correspond. However, rest assured I will be getting to all the prompts!

January- Book with mental health representation

  • This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams ✔️
  • **I NEED RECS**

February- Romance

  • You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
  • Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

March- Fantasy

  • Lobizona by Romina Garber
  • Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  • Diamond City by Francesca Flores ✔️

April- Contemporary

  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  • Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

May- A genre out of your comfort zone

  • Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Short stories) ✔️
  • Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Crime Thriller) ✔️

June- LGBTQI+ representation

  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

July- Afrolatinx main character

  • The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa ✔️
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

August- Fat representation

  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  • **I NEED RECS!**

November- Retelling

  • Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • **I NEED RECS**

Other books I’ll be getting to during the year and #LatinxHeritageMonth:

  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
  • The Resolutions by Mia Garcia
  • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  • Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia
  • The Curse of the Nightwitch by Alex Astor

Let me know what you think! As you can see, I don’t have two books for every prompt and I would very much like some recommendations! If you have any please let me know! I would also love to know if you are participating! What books are you planning on reading? What Latinx books are you looking forward too?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Totally Didn’t Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

Many thanks to Blogger Books for tagging me! I feel like throwing a little shade and I guess today is the day to do it!

#1 Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels

Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman

Cupid's Match
via Goodreads

I haven’t even read the sequel and I’m pretty sure I won’t because this book didn’t need one! It could have just ended without bringing up a new problem and I could have lived a happy life.

#2 Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)
via Goodreads

I’m cheating with this one because this technically has many POVs but..look. We could delete Mirabella from this entire book and I would be happy. Thanks.

#3 Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

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The top is stunning. Gorgeous and totally Kestrel. The bottom row…nope. They just do not compare.

#4 Totally didn’t need a love triangle

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)
via Goodreads

We really didn’t need the angst in this. I mean, I was on the right side the whole time, but still the drama of it was unnecessary in my opinion!

#5 Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series.

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms, #5)
via Goodreads

Ask me what the point of this book was and I won’t be able to tell you. I uh don’t even remember much about it other than the end….It just wasn’t necessary even though it was better than the conclusion, but that’s a whole different story.

#6 Totally didn’t need a cliffhanger

Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

Poison's Kiss (Poison's Kiss, #1)
via goodreads

I remember not liking this book much and I also remember it having a cliffhanger that made minimal sense and really this book should have stopped after one…

#7 Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Woven in Moonlight
via Goodreads

I would have loved to add another POV to this book. Um I think it would have made the story a lot more interesting than just following Ximena around the whole time. I guess it would have been difficult to have like a secret POV for El Lobo but a girl can dream.

#8 Totally didn’t need that much hype

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)
via Goodreads

I would very much like to take back by 4 star rating because this book at best is like a 3. I don’t even feel interested in reading the sequel anymore…and like there is still so much buzz around it, but here I am.

#9 Totally didn’t need a relative book reference (e.g. how a Hunger Games fan would love Divergent)

The Beholder (The Beholder, #1)
via Goodreads

The Beholder by Anna Bright was promoted to fans of The Selection and Caraval. I can maybe see the potential The Selection ties…but this book has zero ties with Caraval I think. Um yeah no.

#10 Totally didn’t deserve my time

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

The Good Luck Charm
via Goodreads

Trash. That’s all I have to say.

Also:

The Throne of Glass series for so many reasons I can’t even list them all.

Tagging:

Anyone who would like to partake! I’ll be honest I’m feeling a little lazy to tag *hides*


Let me know what you think! What are some ‘totally didn’t’ aspects about books you know? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Tune & Title Tuesdays | Two Tunes Today!

Greetings readers!

Today’s tunes and title are very much inspired by the Narnia movie marathon I just finished 5 minutes ago. (That is not a joke) The whole day I was struggling to come up with a tune and title and then I watched the movies and was floored with all the amazing songs and I just had to write about two of my favourites!

Tune: Lucy – Hanne Hukkelberg

I don’t gravitate towards this kind of music often, but I cannot help but love the beauty of this song. The lyrics, the music everything about it just screams magic! It is one of my absolute favourite songs from this soundtrack and there are so many good ones!

Bonus Tune: The Call – Regina Spektor

Are you crying? Because I get emotional whenever I hear this song! Not only does it totally capture the final scene of the movie so well, it is also so beautiful on its own. The lyrics are moving and the music is whimsical. I remember when I was young I printed out the lyrics so I could memorize it! And friends…I MEMORIZED IT! I can only guess at how many shower concerts had this song featured in it.

Title: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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Of course I’m going to choose the Narnia-ish inspired book to go with these Narnia-inspired tunes! The wanderlust in these songs just really hits the right note with this book. The story itself is poignant and quite emotional but also very hopeful which is what these songs offer to the listener in the end. This is one of my favourite historical fantasy books and I highly recommend it!


Let me know what you think! Have you heard of the song? Have you read this book? What are some of your favourite movie soundtracks?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Mood Reading | Super specific environments that make me want to read a certain genre…

Greetings readers!

I know a lot of you are mood readers out there and I am very curious to find out what kind of things trigger your moods! Is it simply a rush of feelings that overtakes you? Is it something visual? A smell, perhaps? For me, it is a combination of all of these factors and it comes in the form of the weather. Specific environments with specific aspects about the weather make me crave a certain kind of read. Is it weird to admit? Maybe, but it’s true and I am nothing if not honest with you guys!

Summer Lovin’

Picture this: A forest of very thin trees. Green leaves and green grass. There is a soft yellow light streaming through the foliage and the trunks, it’s almost blinding but not quite. It bathes everything in a soft glow of light making me feel warm and fuzzy inside and out. There’s also a soft wind, very light and sweet smelling. It carries the scent of the grass and also picks up the pollen in the air making the view sparkle.

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Scenes like this makes me want to read something whimsical! Definitely a fairy tale kind of read that makes me feel fluttery and magical. I definitely would stray away from anything too dark, but something that is very heavy on the forest setting and super duper heavy on the magic and whimsy. Most often it is middle grade that wins this category!

For example:

Storybound (Storybound #1) The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)

Rainy Days

Picture this: The world around you is filtered in a soft green-grey light. The paved road you’re standing on is slick and wet, the lights from the lampposts lining the streets flicker in the puddles around you. There is a very list mist surrounding you, but you don’t have an umbrella so you are getting a little wet. It smells like another bout of big rain is coming so you start sprinting down the road trying to find cover.

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Settings like this for some reason remind me of Victorian books. So I definitely crave something historical with big skirts and horse-drawn carriages. Maybe it’s because I hear London is always gloomy that I want to read something British!

For example:

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1) Illusionarium

October Mornings

Picture this: It’s the middle of autumn. There is no green in sight, only orange, yellow and red can be seen as far as the eye can go. The breeze is cool so you are bundled up but not too tightly and the wind is more fresh than anything also carrying the scent of oncoming rain. As you walk down the a black paved road, you can hear the crunch of the leaves and the scent of the autumn is penetrated in your nose!

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Autumn is back to school time and it just makes me think of middle school. It’s probably due to the fact that I walked to school for most of my academic life so this experience is embedded in my mind. The memories are so potent and middle school, while it wasn’t the easiest time, it was still a great time in my life! So books about being a kid and living your life are what really at the top of my mind in this environment!

For example:

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1) Accidentally Fabulous (Accidentally, #1; Candy Apple #12)


I’m sure there are more environments out there that change my reading moods in certain ways and I’ll have to take note of them in order to do a second of these posts! But for now I’ll leave you with the three that are so common in my life right now.

Let me know what you think! What kind of mood reader are you? What brings out your moods? What kind of books do you read when certain moods come on?

Happy readng!

~ Rendz

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Tune & Title Tuesday | And we’re back to Bad Bunny…

Greetings readers!

We’re back with my weekly feature post! Let’s hope for a full month of April tunes shall we! As for today…

This tune is too good not to share.

And this video?

Iconic.

Tune: Yo Perreo Sola – Bad Bunny 

I mean, ICONIC right? This is a big for the Latinx community not only because the song is a bop but the message behind the video is plainly written at the end. “If she doesn’t want to dance with you, respect her, she dances alone.” And I think its monumental. Not to mention the queer context, the body diversity and the green scene which comments on the femicide happening in Mexico that so many women are fighting against! It really said, “Fuck toxic masculinity” XD Truly a powerful video!

Title: Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

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I couldn’t for the life of me find a book about clubbing or consent on my book shelf and that says something (shameful) about me! Then I found this one and I mean fierce girl gangs that run the streets? A world overturning the patriarchy in more than one way? I thinks it fits. Funny enough, men are the ones dancing in this book XD Gotta love those Papi chulos 😉


Let me know what you think! Have you heard of the song? Have you read this book? What are some of your most memorable music videos?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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