Popular Disliked Characters that I Like | An Unpopular Opinion Post I guess??? // Don’t @ Me please

Greetings readers!

Look people, we all have those characters we cannot stand. Exhibit A, me with most of SJM’s characters. And sometimes we can’t help but speak out on that dislike, see my case with Exhibit A again. But other times we like the characters that others don’t. Sometimes we like the very not popular characters and well…we all need some good drama in our lives.

I figured I’d out myself and tell you all about the popular disliked characters that I enjoyed! I fully recognize that they are not perfect and yet…I still like them okay gosh!

Scarlett Dragna (Caraval)

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Okay, I admit she is not too disliked, but people like to whine about her. They like to judge her for not being as daring, brash and outspoken as Tella which annoys me to a tee!!! Not every single YA heroine has to be fiercely cunning and risk-taking. Is she flawed? Yeah. Do her insecurities and does her shyness get her in trouble? Yeah. But that is who she is! If she grows and becomes more that is amazing, but I truly enjoyed seeing a YA heroine who didn’t have a spark so readily available and that she builds courage.

Alina Starkov (Shadow and Bone)

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She is not just a basic bitch people (Have y’all read Red Queen and met Mare???—yup that’s the tea). Look I totally see why people get frustrated with her so easily, I really do. But can a girl catch a break? When you are thrust with all this power and told to be one thing by a really evil attractive dude and at the same time be told to be something else by a whole bunch of other people, you are going to panic! You are going to make bad decisions and that is what happens with Alina. But I really enjoyed her character, her power struggle, and her own battle with her desires.

Malyen (Mal) Orestev (Shadow and Bone)

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I fully admit that the man is a fool, but I can’t help it! I really can’t! I know many people do not like him for how he treats Alina, especially in book 2, but he tries his best to make up for it in book 3…! My argument for him is weak, I know. But he’s just a kid as much as Alina is just a kid. He makes poor choices because he doesn’t know how else to compete with all the power that surrounds him. I am fully aware that he was not Alina’s best choice, but he was her choice so…¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’ll be honest though this is more of me not wanting to be on the losing side of this love quadrangle so…yeah.

Katherine (Three Dark Crowns)

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This is mostly in response to a close friend who dislikes Kat very much and me fighting her because I love Kat. My wicked, wicked girl. Bare in mind, I have only read the first two books so I do not know what goes down in book 3 or 4, but all I can say is that I really enjoyed her descent to madness. I loved her evilness!!!! I know what she does is so wrong, but I sense some redeeming qualities, I do!

Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass)

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One of my husbands. And also an SJM character!?! This is a hill I will die on. HE WAS A FREAKIN AMAZING CHARACTER. He was flawed, made poor choices, made great choices. Nehemia’s death was not his fault. His treatment by the other characters is not always fair. Like I get that sometimes he needs a talking to to face the facts, but some times I just wanted to yell at everyone else for treating him horribly for not worshiping the Alien’s ass. He was one of the greatest characters in that series, Alien, Rowan, and Aedion can suck it. *calm down, Rendz* I know he gets a good ending, but I will always–ALWAYS–be bitter. (Especially about the ToD cover)


I hope I didn’t give any of you heart attacks for having some unpopular opinions! But sometimes you can’t help but swim against the current! Now tell me! Who you love that others love to dump on? I want to know all your secrets! Especially with how you deal with the criticism of it all!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Beautiful | Review // More blood required. 🧛

Greetings readers!

I cried to get my hands on this ARC. I seriously sent the most lamentable email to the Penguin publicist and begged for a copy. It was dramatic af because I literally had no hope of actually getting one. BUT the people at Penguin are too amazing for words (@SamDevotta) and they sent me a copy!

It is to my shame that the review is coming so late after it’s publication. I seriously am a terrible blogger. So without further delay…

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)
via Goodreads

Pub Date: Oct 8 2019
Publisher: Putnam
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In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.


*Thanks to Penguin Teen CA for the ARC*

So what I really loved about this book is that we start off with a first person POV and we don’t know who it is. I love it. I love the mystery it brings up, I love that we get to guess who it could be, I love that it adds so much more danger to the story. What I didn’t love so much is that these very sporadic little snippets were the only real vampire moments I got.

Celine was a great character. On the run from her past, on a hunt for a better life, risking it all for a bit of adventure and struggling very badly with some inner demons. Her anger, wit and stubbornness were as wonderful to read about as they were frustrating!

Bastien was….he was a little too mysterious, but I liked him well enough. I liked that we got a little bit from his POV here and there just to see how things were running in his life. I loved that he was such a suave charmer but also a “Bitch, please” kind of man. Good looking? Absolutely. I just hope to see him fleshed out a little bit more in the next book.

Odette? A star. Pippa? A sweetheart. The court? It was also a little too ambiguous and mysterious. I didn’t get quite attached. Michael? Maybe I have a soft spot for him and perhaps shouldn’t.

The New Orleans was très fantastique! (That is grammatically horrible…but you get the point) I thought Adhieh did a wonderful job in creating this lush atmosphere where we get those flashes of the luxurious aristocracy, with the sterility of the convent and the shady alleyways of the city. I loved that we got insight into the strict high society life and also mixed in the magic of the secret court life. The magic was a little more tame than I was first expecting, but still very intriguing.

This book had lots of languages and as a language student this was a HELLS YES. The unfortunate thing is that I read an ARC version, so the French and Spanish phrases were plagued with grammatical errors, BUT I am pretty sure that would have been all cleaned up in the finished copy! Regardless of the fact, I thought that the use of languages was lots of fun and I love how the characters were snarky in any tongue!

Things that disappointed me:

The lack of vampires. I mean they were there but their actual action was so minimal. I felt like I was just reading a regular historical fiction book and totally forgot about the supernatural flair. It wasn’t completely absent, but I wanted MORE. I always want more!

The romance… Look. I like this ship. It is a well established ship. It is going to happen, I don’t really have any doubts about it. So why bring in a second possible love interest only to disappoint a very cute nonna! Just sayin!

The big twists…………………………………………….weren’t that impacting. I just didn’t get that WOW! A lot of it has to do with the fact that we do not get in depth with the court and all it’s secrets. I’m not saying we needed a detailed history, but I felt like we needed a lot more to get why the final actions of the characters led to this disaster. Also she used a trope…that I just don’t like. I feel like it is such a cop-out. Yikes.


Overall, the book entertained me but the hype got to me. It was most certainly a lush, historical fantasy with an amazing cast of characters. A headstrong protagonist who does what she needs to do and is un-apologetically herself will charm your hearts. However, I felt it lucked some luster and that it could have benefited from more detail.

Rating: 3 / 5 Stars 

Recommend: I say yes! I still think this book has a lot to offer even if it lacks some blood…

Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Did you like it? What are some of your favourite vampire books?  

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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October Wrap Up & November TBR | Life’s ruff.

Greetings readers!

Wow. October really did come to hurt me. And I’ll be honest November is not looking that bright either in terms of uni. I am honestly so overwhelmed just thinking about all the things I have to do. The end of the semester is only a month away and then exams! I have so much to do which is why my posting has been so sparse these past weeks. It will continue to be like that and it’s stressing me out because I am so behind on reviews! I promise to take it in stride though and not stress too much!

What Rendz Read

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
I really enjoyed this Mayan MG adventure! Mini Review!

Q: What godly power would you love to have?  As much as my younger self would plead for an elemental kind of power, today's Rendz would really love to handle time and space. I'm fascinated by the idea of time and dimensional travel. Imagine hopping from one time to another from one world to another. Is that not cool???? But great godly power requires great godly responsibility and I think that power would be a lot to handle 😅. But then again gods can do whatever they want 😉, especially the Maya gods!  Speaking of Maya gods (what a great transition, Rendz) Last night  I finished The Storm Runner by @authorjcervantes and I am happy to say that I very much enjoyed it! It was fun, hilarious, outrageous and perfectly blends in Maya mythology. I loved spending time with Zane and the gang (Uncle Hondo is the coolest!) I'm so looking forward to reading the sequel, hopefully sooner rather than later!  #hispanicheritagemonth #latinxheritagemonth #cuentosunidos #bookstagram #mgbooks #octobertbr #books #middlegrade #kidlit #bookishcanadians #fantasy #magic #mayamythology #readriordan #disneybooks #jccervantes #reader #bookstagrammer #igbooks #igreads #fiction

A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
I ADORED THIS. Please read it! Mini Review!

Q: What power would you want to have as a witch?  It's almost October and you know what that means? Spooky season! 👻  I love Halloween and all the magic, myth and mayhem that comes with it. I used to dress up as a witch almost every year as a kid and it soon became my staple costume!  I can't wait for the movies to start playing on TV. Since I'm not a horror fan, I really prefer the cheesy, magical movies of Disney Channel 😂 I really can't do scary, I just like the magic of the season.  I'm curious if you have a favourite  Halloween movie?  I'm super excited to pick up this book very soon! A Dash of Trouble features a family of witches, delicious treats, magic and mayhem so I know it will sweep me off my feet!  #lovesugarmagic #adashoftrouble #annameriano #hispanicheritagemonth #latinxheritagemonth #cuentosunidos #bookstagram #mgbooks #octobertbr #books #middlegrade #kidlit #bookishcanadians #fantasy #magic #witches

Five Midnights by Ann Davila Cardinal
A really good Latinx horror novel! Review to come!

Q: What scary tales were you told as a kid?  It's spooky season and it's the perfect time to read scary tales. Although I am not one for much spook I really enjoyed this recent YA horror set in Puerto Rico based around the myth of El Cuco and the mysterious deaths of five friends.  I had a really great time reading this! It had a great cast of characters, very spooky scenes and some shocking twists! FIVE MIDNIGHTS by @anndavilacardinal is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat!  Many thanks to @torteen for the review copy! Be sure to pick up yours today!  #fivemidnights #anndavilacardinal #yahorror #bookstagram #reader #books #igbooks #igreads #spookyseason #horrorbooks #latinxbooks #latinxreads

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
I needed more vampires tbh. Review to come!

Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman
This was fun for a cheesy book! My Review!

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
This was not it for me. Review to come!

Crooked Raven by Talis Jones – DNF

Waiting for the Beast by T. Hayden – DNF

6 read books is not bad considering the month I had!

The Haul

Rebel by Marie Lu
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
The Opposite of Falling Apart by Micah Good
Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Posts of the Month!

THEME THURSDAY | Witches // The Perfect Theme!

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The Bookish Feels | Books that make me WEEP // Let’s cry together

THE BOOKISH FEELS weep

Contemporary Romances that I Want to Read| I Am Actually So Ready to be Attacked by Fluff and Fun!

Contemporary Romances that i want to read!

Other Going-Ons

The Grisha Cast Announcement

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BEN MOTHER FREAKING BARNES, AKA PRINCE CASPIAN IS GOING TO BE PLAYING THE DARKLING AND I ABSOLUTELY LOST MY SHIT THE DAY I FOUND OUT.
*Breathes*
What can I say, that hasn’t already been said? I am super excited for the show. I stalk all the actors’ Instagram accounts for updates. I even followed some update accounts because I am that obsessed. I love the memes and edits that have already come out!

Do I think they got the casting perfect? No. Am I a little disappointed? Yes. I don’t know how they would fix it, but it’s important to note that they’ve already made some mistakes.

Hispanic Heritage Month Wrap-Up

The first half of October was dedicated to getting my HHM TBR done and I am happy to say I read all four novels I wanted to read! I also put my face (well half of it) on Instagram so go follow my account to see me lol! I have to say of the four I read, A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano was my favourite! It was absolutely adorable and I loved everything about it!

I Bought A Signed First Edition of The Penderwicks

There can be miracles. I knew that the used bookstore I usually visit had a hardback copy of TP and I had no intention of buying it until I talked myself into doing so this month and to my absolute joy IT WAS SIGNED! I lost my shit in the store and my sister and mother were super embarrassed of me, but I was too happy to care. I think this book is one of my most prized possessions now!

TBR

I am in a serious romance mood. Don’t ask me why, this really sprung out of nowhere. BUT I still have a lot of ARCs to get to so I will try and find that balance!

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibert
Cold Falling White by G.S. Prendergast
A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
Song of a Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao
The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyester by Cary Fagan

Q: What is your favourite season?  Since I'm a summer baby, that is obviously my main answer. But I find something appealing about each season, really. I love the changing colours of fall, I love the holiday season and pristine white of winter, AND Spring means winter is finally over which is a blessing in Canada!  Zero Repeat Forever by @gsprendergast takes place in a futuristic-Canada when an alien race invades! It follows Raven, a survivor and Eighth, a Nahx soldier through the many trials they encounter over the course of four seasons. I remember really enjoying myself when I read it the first time around and I look forward to rereading it before diving into the sequel, Cold Falling White!  Many thanks to @simonschusterca for sending me these lovely review copies!  #zerorepeatforever #coldfallingwhite #gsprendergast #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #dystopianfiction #canadianauthor #bookstagram #scifi #yabooks #books #reader #igreads #bookaddict #thenahxinvasions #arc #simonandschuster #bookstagrammer #teenreads


I don’t think it will all get done. I have a tough few weeks ahead with exams and final assignments. I’ll be honest, as I’m writing I’m fighting back against the crushing weight of a horrible day where I failed in more ways the one. I can only try again tomorrow. I’m glad I can find some comfort in my reading!

On that lovely note…Let me know what you think! How was your October? What were your favourite reads? What do you have planned for November?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Contemporary Romances that I Want to Read| I Am Actually So Ready to be Attacked by Fluff and Fun!

Greetings readers!

Some of you know that I have already dabbled in the contemporary romance genre when I read Stripped by Zoey Castille. It was a fun story, I’ve never read anything like it before, but I’ve been wanting to return to the genre as of late. Especially since I keep seeing people on my feed reading and loving these books and I just want to join in on the fun! You know I don’t read contemporary anything often, so this is like a miracle that I am in the mood to read books like these!

I might stay away from the strippers this time though and keep in line of something more contemporary in the sense that it’s a little fluffier and FUNNY. (No offense to the stripper books though because it was fun!)

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)
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This one is a little older, it came out two years ago I think, but I keep seeing it pop up on my feed! It sounds absolutely adorable and fun! It’s an #OwnVoices novel with Asian and Autistic rep. I’ve never read anything like that before and this seems like a great start since most people seem to love it!

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

You Had Me at Hola
via Goodreads

I will stan any and all Latinx Romance, especially those written by Latinx authors. Besides that fact, this cover is absolutely amazing (Like I have major heart eyes) the synopsis pitches it as a telenovela romcom and afjknfjnfjenj I need it nowwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously this sounds like so much fun, it’s going to have scandal and drama and romance and everything good thing that is in a good novela. I’m ready for it!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)
via Goodreads

This sounds so obnoxiously cute. I love it already. So many people on my instagram have been raving about it! I feel like I will relate to the MCs personality in some ways. I’m no computer geek, but like I wouldn’t classify myself as much lived either. And the hot neighbour trope really has me wanting to read it!

Faker by Sarah Smith

Faker
via Goodreads

Enemies with benefits. Yes. You know I will gobble this up. I’m also super attracted to the construction people life, if that makes any sense. I think this one has some mixed reviews, but I’m hoping to enjoy it! I have get over the guys name though. It’s not a bad name, it’s just one of those names I find super unattractive XD

Well Met by Jen Deluca

Well Met (Well Met, #1)
via Goodreads

Renaissance Faire enemies to lovers sounds like a lot of fun to me. I mean it really sounds like a white-people kind of thing…not saying that POC don’t do renaissance fairs, never actually been so I shouldn’t judge. Still I’m intrigued by the concept, I might get triggered with the Shakespeare stuff since I’m taking a Shakespeare course right now, but I’m excited!

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered, #1)
via Goodreads

Fake dating trope is something I will die for!!!! Yes, give it to me. And these characters sound delightful! Oh yes, I am so going to jump on the train with this one. The town clown and the hot ex-baseball player…yessssssss!


That’s all I have for now! Obviously I am missing many more, but I’d figured I would start off with a small list!

Let me know what you think! I would LOVE your recommendations. Keeping in mind that I prefer something contemporary and fluffy with lots of funnies! I mean you wanna hit me with the hard stuff, go ahead, but I like the cheese in combo with the fluff!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Bookish Feels | Books that make me WEEP // Let’s cry together

Greetings readers!

It’s been forever since I last wrote one of these posts! So it is time to bring it back. Naturally we are going to take a bit of a sad turn here XD The last two times I did this post, I chose happier emotions, so we are going to get SAD. Actually, we are going to get weepy, these books are not just books that made me sad, these actually manifested physical tears in my eyes!

So grab your tissues and let’s get to it!

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It’s About the Deaths

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Technically, I already knew who was going to die before I even read this. I was unfortunately spoiled before I even thought about picking up the book AND YET when I read the scene, I SOBBED. Just the whole scene of how it went down and the chapter that came after it…Like I’m getting emotional right now! I remember when I read it the first time, I was crying bitterly to myself in my room. I still think about it sometimes and get super sad XD

The Penderwicks on Gardam Steet – Prologue by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (The Penderwicks, #2)
via Goodreads

Let me tell you. I am actually tearing up right now as I think about it! I can’t even explain how gut-wrenching this prologue is. It’s not even the whole book, it’s the PROLOGUE! It just breaks me every time, especially since it is being told mainly through the experience of little girls. I love this book to pieces and the fact that it makes me laugh and WEEP means that it is something special.

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Just Sad Happenings

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Q: Do you listen to audiobooks?  I don't usually. I have a very short attention span so my mind tends to wander when I'm listening to anything. You name it: lectures, music, stories from friends... I miss lots of things.  But I recently decide to give audiobooks another try since I felt like it! I found the audio for THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS on the Overdrive app, downloaded it and started listening to it at 1 a.m. one night.  It was probably the best decision I ever made. I had already read TLBW last year so I knew the story, but listening to it was a totally different experience! It was truly magical and I cried. I sobbbeeddddd.  I was literally lying in my bed at 1 or 2 in the morning having my heart torn out, tears running down my eyes and onto my pillows. And I mean it when I say this is one of the best decisions I ever made. I already loved the story but the audio was definitely a great listen!  5 🌟s for the story! 5 🌟s for the narration!  #thelightbetweenworlds #lauraeweymouth #bookstagram #audiobooks #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #historicalfiction #underratedbooks #canadianauthors #canlit #bookstagrammer #ya #yafantasy

So I actually didn’t cry while I read this the first time. I finished the book, closed it and went to bed. Then all of a sudden *poof* rivers of tears start running down my face. I was overwhelmed with this flood of emotions. The whole novel just came to attack me as I started to sleep. It was quite an experience. THEN I listened to the audiobook. And let me tell you, I cried multiple times throughout the novel. But the final chapters, with the emotion that the narrators put into it…I couldn’t hold back. I was a snotty mess!

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall

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Surprised to see another Penderwick book here? I’m not! This book is a different kind of sad, it’s a soul-tearing kind of sadness, you can’t help but feel for the characters. When I experienced this the first time, I woke up at about 8 a.m. to read (because I was that desperate to read it!) and I was sitting in my living room sobbing and wiping boogers from my noise. I was a mess!!!!!!!!!!!! The second time I read it, I thought I would be better prepared…WRONG! I burst into tears in the middle of the afternoon and then next thing you know ding-dong! The doorbell rang, we had guests! And I had about 30 seconds to not look like a weeping disaster!

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The First Book That Will Always Get Me

Champion by Marie Lu

Champion (Legend, #3)
via Goodreads

 

It was a chilly December day. I was in my living room, reading the final book of a trilogy I have loved since I first started! I was reaching the final chapters when things started getting sad. And then this unbelievable twist happens and I lost it. My eyes started running, but no, I had not reached the climax yet. Then I read the epilogue and all of a sudden I couldn’t see the words on the page, everything was blurry, I tasted salt on my lips and my heart was hurtinggg. This was the first time I have ever cried for a book and I SOBBED HARD. There were actual tears stains on the pages!!! The final words are just killer! Killer! I have not reread the book since, but I am preparing for a reread very soon, so we shall see how it goes!


*wipes tears* Well this was an emotional roller coaster! I promise that next time I will go for a happier emotion XD But goodness me, I love it when books make me cry. It really means the author has wrapped their whole idea around me and completely shaken my being. It’s the ultimate sign of a great read in my opinion!

Let me know what you think! What books have made you weep? Do you even cry when you read? What’s the saddest book you’ve ever read? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Middle Grade Mini Reviews! | The Storm Runner & Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

Greetings readers!

Today is another review round-up from my Hispanic Heritage Month TBR. I had two backlist books lying around my house and I am so happy I got around to reading them this past month!

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner, #1)
via Goodreads

Publisher: Disney Books
Pub Date: Sept 18th, 2018
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Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy.

A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in — unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?

Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate. 

  • These characters were wonderful! I thought Zane was a really fun character to be around. Just his way of talking was hilarious and the part when he sprinkles holy water on his myth book after reading about demons was peak Rendz XD
  • Brooks was also an interesting character. I liked her stand-offishness and cool demeanor. She was so set on getting her goal done and even though she realizes its a little selfish she tries to make up for it which is nice.
  • Uncle Hondo is the reason I was in this to win this. I wish he was my uncle XD Even though we’re pretty much the same age XD
  • The writing was really perfect for a middle grade book. It was always cracking jokes and like I said Zane was a perfect voice for this adventure!
  • I liked the road trip plot. You can never go wrong with a road trip plot so long as there is lots of action, suspense and twists, which I totally think the book delivered on.
  • Now let’s talk Maya Mythology because that is what we are here for!: It was lovely. I think that rep was great and I loved how Cervantes wove it into every aspect of the book.
  • The gods were quite conniving and I quite liked their parts in the book!
  • The monsters were wonderfull!!!!!!!!!
  • And the magic was very clever!

Overall, I enjoyed myself very much while reading! It is perfect for young readers. Lots of people have said it reads like Percy Jackson and I can see why, but I still think that this book has its own unique take! Don’t forget that this book has great Hispanic and disabled rep bringing in a lot of good content to the book world!

Rating: 3.75 / 5 Stars

Recommend: Absolutely!

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)
via Goodreads

Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Pub Date: Jan 2nd, 2018
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Leonora Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. And no occasion is more important than the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.

Leo hopes that this might be the year that she gets to help prepare for the big celebration—but, once again, she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have in fact been keeping a big secret: they’re brujas—witches of Mexican ancestry—who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake.

Leo knows that she has magical ability as well and is more determined than ever to join the family business—even if she can’t let her mama and hermanas know about it yet.

And when her best friend, Caroline, has a problem that needs solving, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It’s just one little spell, after all…what could possibly go wrong?

  • Oh my god, I loved this book.
  • The characters were PHENOMENAL. Leo was so mischievous and funny and stubborn and ADORABLE.
  • The whole sister clan was PERFECT! I definitely got some Penderwick ~vibes~!!!
  • This wholesome family dynamic had me permanently in heart eyes!!!!!
  • The Latinx rep was beautiful. This is a Mexican family that loves their traditions and I loved reading about them!
  • The MAGIC is FANTASTIC. I found it so unique that this bruja family was able to perform magic while baking and wishing. I really hope to delve in this system a little bit more in the next books
  • I loved that the book was set around the Day of the Dead, it definitely added that perfect spook vibe, but more importantly really emphasized that family dynamic.
  • The actual plot was so much fun. Leo gets into lots of antics and gets into quite a bit of trouble which makes this book so entertaining!
  • You could honestly fly through this book, that’s how great it is.
  • It’s a feel great book. Perfect for the Halloween season.
  • Seriously I just felt so happy after finishing it, which is just a wonderful sign overall!

Overall, I simply loved this book. It is wonderfully entertaining. It has beautiful family and friendship dynamics. The magic is so sweet and intriguing. And yes you will be hungry after reading this!

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Recommend: YES PLEASE READ THIS WONDERFUL BOOK!


Let me know what you think! Have you read either of these? Are they on your TBR? What middle grade books give you that wholesome feeling?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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THEME THURSDAY | Witches // The Perfect Theme!

Greetings readers!

It has been a while since I did a Theme Thursday post! We can kindly blame school for pushing me off track, but I am super happy to be posting this today!

Theme Thursday is a new monthly feature created by Sophie @ Blame Chocolate where bloggers can share recs and newly found books featuring that week’s theme.

  • There will be a different theme (genre, trope, etc) to use on any Thursday of the month. You can check the theme calendar and official rules here.

This month’s theme is witches, and I have certainly read my fair share of witchy books that I am excited to share!

🍫 Books I’ve Read/I’m Reading:

The Wicked Deep The Price Guide to the Occult A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)

🍫 Books I Want to Read:

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)  Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

🍫 Other Books That Fit The Theme:

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft These Witches Don't Burn (These Witches Don't Burn, #1) Undead Girl Gang

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Gosh there were so many good witchy books to pick from! And I totally want to drop everything and read these books now! (Well I am currently reading A Dash of Trouble so I am getting a witch-fix at the moment). As someone who dressed up as a witch for yearrrrsss on Halloween, this is definitely a theme I take to heart XD

Let me know what you think! What are your favourite witch books? Which witch books are you looking forward to reading? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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