Bandwagon Books I Want to Jump On!

Greetings readers!

We all know there are some books that we say we are going to read and then months, perhaps even years go by and we still haven’t read them. I especially have this problem with super hyped books. For example, I only started reading the Throne of Glass series  because I heard  so much buzz around it, and that was two years ago, when Queen of Shadows came out (the fourth book). Not to mention, I didn’t actually get into reading until my early teens so I missed a whole lot of old hyped series and because I am that inefficient, I’m missing out on a lot of new hyped series!

The Bandwagons Series is what I call them. There are a lot out there, that out of the blue I just feel like jumping onto them…but I lack serious motivation to do so.

So why not list them all out for you. Clearly I like to share my inefficiencies with you all!

The Percy Jackson series…actually the whole Rick Riordan Franchise!

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Ever since middle school I have been eyeing these. Then the movie came out and well I set my eyes on Logan Lerman (hello!), but I never got around to picking up the books. Plus, some boy in my class had the audacity to say that I should read Percy Jackson because it rules and Narnia drools. No. You don’t say that to me. I immediately knocked them off my list. Him and the books, for a short while.

But lately, my urge to read them has resurfaced and with all the other companion series…I just really want to jump on this bandwagon. I want to get all the inside jokes!

The Shatter Me Series by Taherah Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

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No I haven’t read these ones either. My cousin did and she did throw the books in my face and yelled at me to read them…but I haven’t. Now that new additions are being added, I kind of want to get in on this action too.

Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

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Two words:

Epic Fantasy

I’m alllllllll for it. I’ve heard endless praise for it by my favourite BookTuber Regan @PeruseProject and I have seen so many raving reviews! Plus and anniversary edition of this just came out and it looks gorgeous!!! Just give me all the pretty epic fanatsies!!!

Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

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I saw this one a lot of Tumblr and boy oh boy does Tumblr make it seem intriguing. Not to mention all the hype surrounding this and the new companion series about this Noah person. I know there are mixed reviews about this series, but it really does sound interesting and I want to get in on all the inside jokes…………………….(that’s basically my reason for everything.)

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

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I actually almost bought this book. Then I saw that it was a love triangle or as people say “love triangle” (which putting it in air quotes I think kind of gives the secret reveal away…but I’m not 100% on what that secret revelation is, though I have good faith that I am right.) ANYWAYS…past the love triangle, I have heard incredible things about the characters especially the MC and although I think the titles and covers are kind of cheesy, I shall not remake the same Winner’s Trilogy mistake. (i.e. I shouldn’t judge the covers…or title)

PLUS…there is a companion series coming out so…….*geez Rendz let’s just keep elongating this list with the companion series*

The V.E. Schwab Train

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

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Self-explanatory really. I haven’t read a single Schwab book, I missed her signing here in Toronto because I hadn’t read any of her books AND I am missing out on a lot of epic fantasy and intrigue and pain.

Shame on me.

(And it was announced that there will be companion novels…)

The Cinda Williams Chima Bonanza

The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)

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Again, Regan made me list all her books on my TBR. More epic fantasy. And yes there are companion series. *Rendz you have a problem*

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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You know me. I have put off this series for a long while. (After jumping on the ToG bandwagon and heading down a bumpy road, I lost faith in SJM) I actually said I wouldn’t read them and then I said I would and then I wouldn’t and just………I will. I bought the books, so I kind of have to. I will be 100% honest that I only bought the series because Indigo had a beautiful fan art edition of ACOWAR, and I liked the art so yeah…Otherwise I’m not too excited. I do want to get the inside jokes and all the memes and stuff (and you know it’s also getting companion novels) but like I can wait a little longer.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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Yeah………this is so not going to happen. I always say “someday”, “one day”, “when I’m older and I can buy a pretty set”, yeah…….probably not.

*Dodges tomatoes*

It’s not that I’m saying the series is bad…I’m just saying it’s a bit overrated and sometimes too much hype can cause some serious set backs. I mean even the thought of all those companion novels doesn’t strike me (but sometimes it does). It’s a back and forth, “I will, I won’t, I will, I won’t etc.” I do have the inclination to watch the movies when they are on TV, but like I can’t watch the movies and not read the books, it’s sacrilegious.

So yeah people….biggest black sheep confession of the day.


Clearly there are more series I could have listed, but these are the ones that have struck me recently. There are so many bandwagons I’d like to join, but only so much time to read! Plus, all of these basically have companion novels…which apparently I’m just discovering I have a fetish for. I am very odd.

Let me know what you think? What are some bandwagon books you jumped on? What are some books you would like to jump on? Which bandwagon book should I jump on first? Has hype ever killed a book for you?

I’d love to know!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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All the Wind in the World | Review

Greetings readers!

One morning, I woke up to a lovely email from Netgalley that said my first wish had been granted. I had a mini-celebration with myself because luck had finally struck me! It was a rather groggy celebration since I had just woken up and I might have curled back to sleep afterwards, but still it was a momentous occasion for me. I was really looking forward to this one because it is written by a Latina author and it has elements of magical realism which I don’t get quite often!

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

All the Wind in the World

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Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.

When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.

*I was provided a free digital ARC from Netgalley and the publisher!*

Just look at that cover! *Swoons.*  It’s absolutely gorgeous and the colours and silhouettes totally encompass this book perfectly. But I’m not here to solely critique the cover and as much as I want to say that the cover and the story go hand in hand as one blend of total epicness…I can’t. This book was good, don’t get me wrong, it just lacked that final oomph. It fell flat to me in some areas, but there was never a moment where I didn’t want to continue reading. It’s kind of complicated, me and this book.

What I Liked

Characters:

Sarah Jac: Okay, Sarah Jac and I have a bit of a bumpy relationship. On one hand I’m like “Yes, go girl! You do you. It’s a game of survival be prepared for anything!” On the other hand I’m like “No stop. You’re being stupid. No. No. Please, stop. Think girl. Think!” She was a very complicated gal, in a very complicated situation. She had to act tough, be ruthless, think about no one but herself and James, but having hard hearts leads to big trouble in many ways as having a soft heart does. She wasn’t exactly the most “likeable” character but she was and interesting one at that!

James: Well..I liked him in the first half of the novel. He seemed like the endless flirt who just wanted everyone to feel good. To be even just a little content in time of hardship. Then the second half of the novel came and my feelings changed. He wasn’t very present in the novel but his actions are known, acknowledged and not appreciated by me!

Leo: I wish there was more of him in this book because he was a really funny and charismatic person. He fades off into the background about halfway through but for *reasons* so I guess it’s okay.

Bell: What a fun creature she was, indeed.

Other characters…there were plenty other characters like the ranch owners, the other maguey laborers and foremen but none of them took a prominent position.  They did however make a big impact on Sarah Jac and her journey, Bell being the biggest factor of them all.

Atmosphere: The best aspect of this book is the atmosphere, the setting and descriptions. Just beautiful. You really get the sense of the hot desert sand, the blazing sun, the relentless heat that is beating on our characters day in and day out. Mabry does a superb job creating the atmosphere and the tension of the characters nerves, motives and actions. Very well done.

Magic Realism: So I may not be an expert or know the exact definition of what magical realism is, but I’m 100% sure this book has it. And it was beautiful. The use of magic to makes the reader understand the desperation of Sarah Jac. Her experience working in these fields and the memories from her past that plague her. I enjoyed the use of magic to explain the going-ons in Sarah’s head and her emotions. It just added to the beauty of the story and I really enjoyed it.

Though I do propose a question: What does the YA world have against bees??? This is the second book I’ve read that uses bees as a source of corruption and death…like hello? Did no one ever watch The Bee Movie, our little friends deserve justice!

Romance: Stress. So you go in with a pre-made ship you don’t have to worry about all that tension, right? No. This ship had its problems in the beginning, but I was okay with it. That’s what couples have to do, work through their problems. Survive against the toughest of circumstances. Still. *Rendz, why is this under the liked stuff if you didn’t really like it?* The drama, obviously! I lived for it and it’s one of the few things that kept me well entertained.

What I Disliked

It could be slooooww: It got boring really fast and I just couldn’t keep myself glued to the pages long enough. I would have no motivation to pick it up because I knew that I was going to have to endure endless pages of Sarah Jac in her head, just thinking. That’s not to say that all her thoughts were boring, it’s just that sometimes things got repetitive and I wasn’t into it.

I was also a little confused about the time period! Was it set in the old west or in some twisted dystopia based on that time…I was very confused….it came off to me as a mix of both.

The Quick-Fixer-Upper Ending: This is a really big pet peeve of mine. Sometimes authors just end their books, they don’t conclude. This is one of them. If a book is a stand alone and the character’s journey is ending then they at least deserve a good, solid portrayal of what their lives after will be like after. I feel like this book ending too fast, there was no look into the post-trauma, just a “well they sort of lived happily ever after on their farm and they still have some issues dealing with the past. The end.” Ummmm could you expand maybe, just a little please? Like their issues were kind of big!! Really big actually, I’m still not over it!


Overall, it was a lovely story. I really enjoyed the more dramatic and entertaining bits and the hint of magic made the atmosphere even more beautiful to be in. The interesting characters and their dark pasts and motives made this a real roller coaster of emotions. Even some of their good intentions weren’t all that “good”. Interesting, I feel is the just the word to describe it.

Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars

Recommend: Yes! If you want to start out reading some Magical Realism, this could be a start!

Let me know what you think! Have you read this? Did you enjoy it? Can we gush about that cover? What genres are you looking to get into/try out? I definitely need more MR recs!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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September Wrap Up, Haul & October TBR

Greetings readers!

September went by in such a blur. I can barely recall most of what I did this month…oh wait! Yes I can. School. School and some more……wait for it…..school.

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Yeah, it’s been fun guys….*fake yay* September has been tough on Real-life Rendz and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. Starting university this month has been a roller coaster of emotions. Excitement, self-doubt, fear. These are all things I feel on a daily basis.

My reading month was good. I actually got a lot more done than I thought I would. Things are starting to slow down and I’m trying my best to keep up, but school is a priority and it’s taking over my life. That’s why I’m sporadic a lot of the time on blog, I take some breaks to blog-hop or write but most times I just need to sit and relax and do nothing.

Enough about me, let’s talk about bookish things!

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Wrap-Up

What the heck did I read this month? Seriously I kind of forgot….bless the creators of Goodreads for keeping track for me!

This month I read…

Poison’s Kiss by Breanna Shields

I buddy read this with the amazing Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews. It was so much fun reading with her, even though this book didn’t quite meet our expectations. I ended giving it a 2.5 / 5 stars. You can read Mandy’s amazing review here because I’ll be honest the story is kind of a blur to me now….

Colorless by Rita Stradling

This was a Netgalley and it also turned out to be less than what I hoped for! It had such a cool concept and so much potential but it just fell flat to me. The beautiful cover definitely deceived me. My Full Review

Warcross by Marie Lu

I reviewed my ARC that I won in a Goodreads giveaway and I LOVED it! Hello! It’s by Marie Lu and she is my idol, I expected nothing but an intense and twisty read! She delivered perfectly and I cannot wait for the sequel! My Full Review

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

A long awaited book. A book all about my baby Chaol! I wrote a rather long and ranty review because I had thoughts and I needed to vent! My Full Review

All The Wind In The World by Samantha Mabry

I am read this while I commuting to school, but sometimes I got dizzy reading on the bus so I have to do short reading bursts. Still I am enjoyed it, the ending left me feeling many things though! Review To Come.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This is actually a book I’m read for one of my classes. And wow, I loved it. I will be honest, reading this book made me nervous. It is super hyped and deals with such an important topic that sometimes I would get overwhelmed even just by thinking about picking it up. But I’m so glad I did. It’s so important, heart-breaking and inspirational! Review To Come.

*I’m so sad I missed Angie while she was here in Toronto on tour! But SCHOOL is messing with me!!!*

That’s a total of six read books! A success, I would say!

Other Fun Blog Posts!

One Year of Blogging (The Thank You) 

You Asked, I Answered! (Blogoversary Q & A)

A Moment of Fangirling: Winter

Book Series I Want to Give A Second Shot


The Haul

What did I get this month? The Month of Releases! Did I even go to the bookstore? No. Well I did go to my school bookstore, but that doesn’t count!

I did, however, send Kez to buy me Tower of Dawn from Indigo because they had a special edition!!! Oh and Strange the Dreamer came in the mail earlier in the month, which I won in a lovely giveaway hosted by Laura @ TheBookCorps

And I also pre-ordered Marissa Meyer’s Renegades and Wires & Nerve Vol 2. because I had a gift card to spend and I of course spent it on the Queen! Le duh!

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TBR

The TBR

Well it’s going to be a long one, but I will definitely not make it to all of these reads. *Sad face*

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko
Captain Guinevere by Clara Bennet
Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (This will hopefully happen, as I want to buddy read it with Mandy @ BookPrincessReviews!)

I still have Gemina from the library…oh gosh I think it expires soon?? I will have to either return it or renew it…but it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting to it any time soon. *sad face*

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So that’s my October. It looks like it is going to be quite busy for me in terms of school and blogging responsibilities, but I rather enjoy blogging so it’s not too much of a hastle (yet).

Let me know what you think! What was your favourite read from September? What did you buy during September: The Month of Releases!? What book are you most looking forward to this October (Another month of insane releases!)?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Tower of Dawn | Review

Greetings readers!

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I have long awaited this book. Not because I have been dying to read more SJM, not because I want to know more about that super important revelation she mentioned. No. I read this because I LOVE, I repeat I LOVE Chaol Westfall. And if you disagree or are completely perplexed at this little confession of mine, well I don’t really care. 🙂

What can I say? I’m going to start with stating the obvious:

  1. My life would have been much easier had I not read the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
  2. I’m in love with Chaol Westfall, so I go forth for him.
  3. I am Petty when it comes to this series. P. E. T. T. Y.

I will in advance warn you about my pettiness.

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Books stress me out guys, this series just makes me plain angry and argghhhhhh! I hold unpopular opinions in this fandom that would have me incarcerated by others. Just kidding. I just have a lot of arguments with a lot of people who try to “change my mind”. News flash: it ain’t gonna happen! I just can’t.  Thinking about *certain* characters raises my blood pressure and I get frustrated with everything!

If you haven’t read this series (I applaud you for staying away. Honestly save yourself the trouble) well I can’t protect you from spoilers of books 1-5 anymore. I will highlight the spoiler stuff from this specific book, but I cannot guarantee you not getting spoiled about anything else in the series. So sorry.

I feel like this review is going to be full of unpopular opinions…but not in the way you might expect.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

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I love Chaol. Plain and simple. So many people fight me over why and all I do is point out that he is one hell of a flawed human, who makes mistakes, who has regrets, who is loyal, who sacrificed everything he had for his King, and tells it as it is. Did I mention this guy is 🔥🔥🔥?! Well, I’m shouting from the rooftops! CHAOL IS 🔥🔥🔥!!!!!! He gets so much hate and I can’t stand it, but I deal with it. Guys, I’m cool, okay? I deal with it. I disagree 1000000% and may get a little (very) flustered but I’m cooooool! I’m cool. *she said not very cool-like*

So yeah, if your an anti-Chaol kind of person, your reading a review by a pro-Chaol-anti-the-main-characters kind of gal. Just a fact.

I’m writing this in public and trying not to look like a flustered and obsessive fool….

*actual footage of Rendz*

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It’s so not working!

Okay, let’s get to it.

What I Liked:

Characters:

Chaol: *just gushing and swooning in public here* Ummm yeah. For all the reasons highlighted above. Flawed and human and hot and loyal and the total package! *at least one of you out there rolled your eyes…I sense you.* So Chaol, currently paralyzed waist down with a working manhood. Just facts guys, just facts. Don’t get weird on me. But yes, he travelling with Nesryn (friend w/ benefits?) to go and find the famed healers of the Southern Continent in hopes that he might be able to walk again. Chaol grows immensely in this book. He is a natural pessimistic so trying to see the bright side in things isn’t exactly his forte. He knows that the likely hood of him getting up again is slim so he learns to find hope. He is also trying to get together some allies to help aid them with the huge war brewing in the North. Neither tasks are easy and he goes through so many struggles, especially having to deal with the cunning and stubborn Khagan court.  But most importantly having to deal with his own inner turmoils.

Let’s just say…

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Nesryn: Yeah so our dear Nes here was brought into this series as a love interest really, it’s that obvious in Queen of Shadows. She isn’t so up front in that book, like she is in this one: so if your complaint for “not liking her” is equivalent to “not knowing enough about her” then I suggest you read this book because she is a pretty great gal!  She does have family from the Southern Continent so going back was like having a grand reunion with people she hadn’t seen in a while! I love how important her family is to her. And not just her immediate family, but all her relatives and people of the South. She is a resilient character, keeping her head up despite the many struggles she faces. I love how she found a sense of kinship even though she hadn’t seen her home in years, it’s so precious! Suffice to say that I loved that her character was explored in this book, that we got to see more than one side to her!

Yrene: I loved Yrene in the novella The Assassin & the Healer, I thought she had potential to move on to be a great character! I mean she was a healer in a time when magic was banned and she was going on an adventure to the south. Low and behold here she is in the midst of her adventure!!! I honestly fell even more in love with Yrene in this book. She was sassy and smart but still the gentle, kind and curious soul I remember her to be. She is fully fleshed out in this book, her past gets delved into deeper and some of the prejudices she harbours change too! Plus her bickering and teasing with Chaol always made my day!

Different World: Instead of it always being cold now it’s just tremendously hot. And you know what that means, Chaol has his shirt off all the time and that, ladies and gents, makes me very happy. As mentioned, this book takes place in the Southern Continent and the Khagnate which I believe was inspired by the Mongol Empire. So every character was pretty much a PoC, save those hailing from the North. I loved the change of setting a lot, I enjoyed this new built in world which had new laws and different societal norms. I liked that SJM really emphasized the differences between the north and the south and how it would come to affect Chaol’s goal in retrieving allies.

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Diversity was Better: This is true. In terms of different characters there is a wider variety. Most of the character are PoC seeing as it takes place in the south where skin colours range from light to dark brown. There are gay characters, one of the more principle royals is lesbian, and of course there is Chaol and his disability. Now I hesitate to comment on the disabled rep because I am not the person to say if it was done good or badly. I will however mention that Chaol did say that he hated people who said he would be “fixed” because he is not “broken”. So I appreciated that at least. Otherwise, I would have to look into someone else’s views on that particular rep. This is a step up from SJMs usual white washed world so pat on the back for that.

Suspense: I will be honest there is not a lot of action in this one. It’s mainly talking and healing and some more talking. There are most definitely action scenes! Nesyrn can be thanked for that! A new type of magical creature is introduced which was so much fun to explore!! But action I think really takes a back seat. What really kept me glued to the pages was the political circles that the Great Khagan and his Court were making Chaol and Nesryn run around.  So many twists.  So many moments where I was left a little perplexed as to how difficult they were making this journey for him. But it kept me glued and that is what I want people! To be glued. Not to mention Chaol’s journeys into himself and fighting whatever was brewing in that wound of his also added to the suspense and mystery of the story.

Romance: My baby is happy and that’s all that matters to me. Not going to lie though. This romance plot had me stressed to the highest levels and we had to revisit his last nasty break up which just hurt my soul. Y’all have no idea how affected I was when Chaolaena sunk. Sad doesn’t even cover it. Devastated. Distraught. Anguished. But now he’s happy and that’s the most I could ask for.  The sexy scenes were still more NA then YA, but I ship the ship so I was cool with it, not sure it’s appropriate for the 12 yr olds out there, though. However, I think they were less intense than EoS.

*might be spoilery*

Chaol’s face: I loved it before and now it’s just 10000000x better.

*end of might be spoilery*

What I Disliked

*Pettiness to come*

Slow Beginning: It took five-ever to get this going. Look, I appreciate a 600 page novel on my baby, but at least let there be something happening. I totally understand why people were kind of complaining because literally little to nothing happens in those first 100 pages! Still I stuck through because Chaol! And I hope you stick around too because it gets 1000x better!

The Cover: I.  WILL. NEVER. GET. OVER. IT. NO. NO. NO. CHAOL SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE COVER. FIGHT ME! I did rant about this in a separate post however so you can see more of my anger there: Tower of Dawn Cover & My Thoughts

The fan made one is still 100000000x better.

The Idolization of Rowan and Aelin: *pitch forks and torches suddenly surround Rendz* I hated this with a passion. *pitch forks get closer to Rendz* This book couldn’t go three pages without mentioning the mysterious Queen of the North, the Fireheart, the Queen and her Fae Prince, the….I DON’T GIVE A DAMN! Aelin is in no way a saint and this book honesty paints her as one every three pages. I literally counted how many times Chaol was mentioned in EoS; 13! 13. This is a 600 page novel and I have to endure her being talked about like a saviour every three pages! Sometimes twice on one page! There was however, one page where Chaol was going through a tough time and he said he hated Aelin and everything she did to ruin his life, I applauded. That was the best page ever. Things obviously change in the next page and we are back to praising her, but bless that page for saying the damn truth!

As you can see my pettiness with this series is strong and I’m not afraid to show it off!

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The Ending-Ending: I could have done without it, tbh. I know most others will however appreciate it.

Warning…More pettiness…..

Indigo (my big book retailer) had an Exclusive Edition…so of course I snatched it up! But I when I was thinking about a dust jacket poster, I was envisioning a beautiful scene from the book with my baby and perhaps Nesryn and Yrene at his side.

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Gorgeous finished copies of the special editions of Tower of Dawn just landed on my doorstep!!! 😍😍😍 Can't believe I'm finally holding this book in my hands (don't let its size deceive you: this baby clocks in at 660 pages)! Thanks so, so much to the amazingly talented artists who so graciously let us feature their work!! From top left: Nesryn and Chaol by @taratjah in the Target edition (the back pages of this book feature pieces by @merwildandco and @charliebowater); the @barnesandnoble edition that features some sample pages from my notebook while writing ToD (not featured here bc of spoilers!); and the beautiful poster of ToG characters by @merwildandco, which will be available at @chaptersindigo and in Australia & New Zealand! Only one month left until ToD is out in the world!! #towerofdawn #chaolwestfall #yrenetowers #nesrynfaliq #throneofglass

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Instead, I got Aelin & Co. ft. Chaol on the back flap. The back flap. I’m going to be honest, I was (extremely) mad when I first saw the poster, I was yelling a lot. I was angry for a good two hours, I just kept on repeating the words “disrespect” and “horrible” and making roaring noises. I laugh at myself when I think about my reaction now, since it is a pretty nice poster but still….I could have done without Aelin & Co. I would, however, keep Dorian and Manon!


Overall, I liked it. Will it top my love for Crown of Midnight…no. But it came close and I appreciate a whole book dedicated to my baby, Chaol despite it having a heavy mention of you know who. The info in this book is really important to the rest of the series so I obviously see why you have to read it and I am happy that I did!

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars (I would give Chaol all the stars though…anything for one of my book husbands!)

Recommend: Well duh! If you are gonna read the finale you kind of have to know what went down in this one. Plus, I need to find more Chaol-supporters out there!! Find me!!

Well, this is the end for now. The finale comes out next fall for all those wondering. I honestly am fine with this, I need a break from all this SJM. Who knows what I’ll do when I get to her other series, it won’t be for a while!

Let me know what you think! What did you guys think? Where my Chaol lovers at? Did some of the twists surprise you? If you want to rip me a new one about Chaol, go ahead, but I will always disagree. Just stay civil, no pitchforks!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The New Disney Princess Book Tag |In Which Rendz is Behind On All Her Tags…

Greetings readers!

You know what’s sad? That I’m just doing this tag now. I was tagged (the first time) to do this in May. May. From then on, I was tagged two more times! Like Rendz??? Get yourself together!!! But hello? There are so many tags and award posts out there and only one Rendz! How am I going to do it all?! *crumbles under pressure*

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I can DO IT! IT JUST MIGHT TAKE MONTHS!!! So if you tag me for stuff, I’m sorry if it takes like 6 months for me to do it…BUT I will do it!!


Anyways, enough ranting! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the very BESTEST Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews! Co-creator of this tag and Blogger Princess extra-ordinaire! If you don’t follow Mandy, (which I’m pretty sure you do…) then you must bow down to her royal highness and seriously read her posts. They are fun, cheeky and full of magic! She is a huge Disney Princess fan as am I! (Hence this tag!)

ALSO HUGE THANK YOUS TO:

Lyndsey’s Book Blog  and Melting Pots and Other Calamities for tagging me ages ago as well!! (I’m sooo late, so sorry!) Both have such incredible blogs, with incredible posts and reviews!! Follow! Follow! Follow!

So I am extremely delighted that I get to take part in this amazing tag!! And just for the record, my favourite Disney Princess is Cinderella! *quizzical faces from the crowd* It’s true Cindy and I have a long  history and while she not be the most progressive or coolest princess out there, she is still my #1!

THE RULES

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mine is this link and Zuky’s is here)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

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SNOW WHITE

THIS BOOK (LIKE THE MOVIE) STARTED IT ALL

Favorite Debut Book From an Author 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I’m going to stick with a 2017 debut. This is one of the few debuts I have read from and this book took the YA World by storm earlier this year. With reason I believe. This book was magical, mysterious and very beautiful! I cannot wait for the sequel Legendary coming next year!

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CINDERELLA

A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Gem 

Magnus Damora from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

What can I say? I hated his guts in Book 1 and 2. He grew a little on me in book 3. In Book 4 and 5 I completely adored him. He upped himself to book boyfriend status from being a no-status-guy and that my friends is a miracle. When I say I hated his guts, I hated his guts! And now look! I love (and am very worried) for his guts!

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AURORA

SLEEPING BEAUTY

A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention

Julie of the Wolves (Julie of the Wolves, #1)

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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

In my defense, I read this way, way, way, way back before I actually liked reading. And it did indeed put me to sleep. My sister woke me up after she noticed the book had fallen on my face. Perhaps I shall give this book another try one day because it is a true classic.

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ARIEL

UNDER THE SEA

A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

I think this is the only book I’ve read so far with a ship setting. Actually no, that’s a lie. I have read a pirate-y book before, but I didn’t like it so let’s stick to the classic Narnia. It’s my trademark guys!

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BELLE

BEAUTY AND THE BOOKS

Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover

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Gosh why is this one so hard?? Gonna go with the obvious, Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The only book by Rowell that I’ve read and I very much enjoyed! Cath is a super-duper book nerd and writes fanfiction so I think she most definitely counts XP

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JASMINE

THE THIEF AND THE PRINCESS

Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I honestly didn’t expect much from this book/series other than cheese and cliches. I was sooooooooooooooooo wrong. Immensely wrong. SO SO SO SO SO wrong!!!! I will always regret not picking it up sooner, but then again not regret it because I got to binge read them! Just a truly amazing series that is very close to my heart!

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POCAHONTAS

THE REAL LIFE PRINCESS

Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read

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Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane

It’s a fictional, emphasis on the fictional, account of the teenage years of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables. I really enjoyed this book and I was lucky enough to even win a signed finished copy! Super yay!

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MULAN

THE PRINCESS THAT SAVED HER COUNTRY

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know

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Cinder & Co. from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

FEMALE FIERCENESS TO THE MAX!!! AND CINDER ACTUALLY SAVES THE MOON AND THE EARTH!!! With the help of her uniquely fierce female cast (and male co-stars as well)! Cinder is the leader and the brains, Scarlet is the protector and muscle, Cress is the hacker and intelligence, Winter is the sweet talker and comforter, and out lovely Iko is team mascot, or in other words she gets the ball rolling!!

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TIANA

THE PRINCESS WITH THE COOLEST AND MOST DIVERSE CREW

Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. My always, always answer! This motley bunch was so much fun to follow and you have all kinds of characters in here with of all backgrounds, identities, personalities. All things wonderful!!

 

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RAPUNZEL

LET YOUR LONGGGGGG HAIR DOWN

Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

800 glorious pages….that if you want to know more…I rant about it in this post:
A Moment of Fangirling: Winter

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MERIDA

I DETERMINE MY OWN FATE

A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed

A Thousand Nights (A Thousand Nights, #1)

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A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

There is no time for romance when your spinning stories to keep yourself alive!

ANNA/ELSA

FROZEN HEARTS

A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting

Oh my, oh my….

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I wonder….

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What I could possibly….

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Write about….?

Day 5 of #febbooksarelit is First Love (First Book You Fell in Love With)  I don't think anyone should be surprised when I say The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is my my first book love.  Well, it is.  It is also my first movie love, so it's a two in one special.  The magic of Narnia has touched me for life and there's no going back!  Hope you are all having a great day!  #bookstagram #books #narnia #thechroniclesofnarniathelionthewitchandthewardrobe #thelionthewitchandthewardrobe #cslewis #readingwithrendz #magicalstory #reader

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……

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HOW FAR I’LL GO

A Character That Goes on a Journey

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Meira from the Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch

Meira definitely has her world turned upside down! From the beginning of the series she is put through so much and has to endure so many painful situations. The last book made me cry a little because *a thing happens* and I just could not! She is still one of my favourite characters and I hope to reread the series one day!


I Tag…

Really anybody who hasn’t done it yet! I’m so late with this tag! My newbie bloggers out there just joining the game! I tag you!!! Feel free to ping-back to me (or not) so I can see your answers!!

Let me know what you think! Who is your favourite Disney Princess? Your favourite Disney movie? What has Disney done for you in your life?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Book Series I Want to Give A Second Shot

Greetings readers!

We all have that one or perhaps those multiple series that we start, but due to some unforeseen force (like a whirlwind or several trips to the bookstore/library) we forget to continue the series. Maybe the series just wasn’t right for you at the time you were reading it? Maybe it was that the sequels took too long to be released?

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I have gone through this a lot of times and as I scroll through Goodreads or peruse my shelves and see all the series that I left unfinished. And sometimes I’m like: “I need to try this again”, other times I’m like: “Nope, never should have started that in the first place.”

Well, today I’m going to list all the series that I feel I should try again. You can either convince me to do so or to just ignore it….but I’m pretty sure I’ll try them again anyways and then bow down to your greatness should I actually have heeded your advice.

On to the list!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

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I definitely read this at the wrong age in my life. I was young, maybe 12 or 13 and I was just not ready for the magical being that is Laini Taylor! Tween-Rendz wanted magic and the adventure and was just not ready for the romantic bits or the blue hair bit. Yup, little me was put off by blue hair. Little me was also put off by a cyborg foot and we all know how that ended up! So I really want to try this again! I do have Taylor’s other book, Strange the Dreamer, so I want to try again. Plus this book has a cool artistic element that I super-super want to get into!


Zodiac series by Romina Russell

Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)

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I liked the first book and the concept of this series a lot! But that pull did just not exist back when I read it, so I kind of just forgot to pick up the next one. I really want to get into this one again, because hello the MC is a Cancer and I am a Cancer! I still hesitate to read them, however, because there is a love triangle..or there was one and I’m pretty sure I was on the losing side!


Blood of Gods & Royals series by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals, #1)

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Okay, this one is just on me being lazy! I really enjoyed the first book, Legacy of Kings, it was very intense and twisty. I had anticipated the sequel, Empire of Dust, for months and low and behold the third one, Reign of Serpents, is now out in the world!?!! Like, I need to get myself together! This is a series set in ancient Greece and Persia a not-so-retelling-but-still-a-retelling of Alexander the Great! Um….Rendz hurry up and get the next book now!


The Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

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Okay, this is on me again for being not up to date with my books, but I also read them at a too young age as well! So back when I read Graceling I was twelve years old and understood most of the book, again I was a little put off by the romantic bits because Tween-Rendz was just not into it! Then I read Fire (the sequel/prequel) and I was a little iffy about it so I never ended up picking up the last book Bitterblue. It was huge and I got very scared of reading it! But now that I rethink about the books, they are something I would probably really enjoy today! So I want to re-read the first two, to set myself up for the grand ending. (Even though all three books follow different characters and timelines with some cameos from previous characters. Confusing, I know.)


Anna & the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

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Way back when, in my tweens I was a huge contemporary reader. (I know, what?? I wasn’t into romance, but I loved contemp??) Before I was completely devoured by fantasy and well this series was the it series! I only read the first one and never really moved on. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, its just that I couldn’t really relate to the characters. I think I would enjoy them a lot more now than I would have when I was just hitting puberty. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything French!!! (But Rendz, the other books don’t take place in France? I would still read them!)


Firelight series by Sophie Jordan

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I read this ages upon ages upon ages ago!! I don’t even remember how it ended that left me reeling for the final book, which I never picked up! I know I liked this series because the whole shape-shifting aspect was a total hook-line-and-sinker for Rendz (of any age). So I really want to try this again! And I forgot to mention the most important bit: Dragons.


So yeah…just more books to add to the TBR, even though they’ve already been on it before! I’m sure there are more out there that I will discover later on when I browse Goodreads. *Shakes head* What am I going to do with you, Rendz?!

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*Side Note: Maz just yelled at me that I never continued the Anne of Green Gables series and that if I don’t she’ll “get” me. Le sighhhh*

I would love to know more from you guys! What is a book/series that you want to give another try? What were your reasons for leaving it behind? Why do you want to try it again?

Happy Re-reading!

~ Rendz

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A Moment of Fangirling: Winter

Greetings readers!

Ever since May…or was it April? Whatever. Ever since the spring, I had been dying to reread one of my favourite YA series out there: The Lunar Chronicles. TLC became such a big part of my life the first time I read it that I wanted to relive those feels all over again.

So in July, I began a big group buddy read with Cinder and from then on just went with the flow. While reading Cinder, I remember getting so eager! I wanted to meet up with the rest of the Rampion crew! I wanted to read the ending and have everybody together!! Then I got to Scarlet and Cress and everyone just started showing up. Things started getting together and the finale was on the horizon.

Winter.

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*Did you miss my fangirling on Cinder Or Scarlet Or Cress? Fear not for just click on this: A Moment of Fangirling: Cinder or A Moment of Fangirling: Scarlet or A Moment of Fangirling: Cress*

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Where do I begin!

Winter.

Winter. 

Winter. 

The first TLC book that I actually had to wait a few months for. Four months to be exact. Four months of pure torture. This second time reading it, I didn’t have to wait four months. I had it on hand, ready to go! BUT NO. Rendz borrowed six books from the library and had to read them before she could even think about touching Winter.

That’s not to say, that I didn’t enjoy those six library books. It was the wait, the knowledge that I had to get through them first before I could actually get to my epic finale.

But when I did get to it, I cracked it open and breathed in its smell. I didn’t care that it was weird and that my sisters were looking at me as though I were crazy.

Then I petted the covers, traced the spin, opened the book to the title page and…

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I freakin teared up!

I teared up!

What in the actual stars, Rendz! There was nothing to cry about! Still I got choked up and began my reading, while only interrupting myself a few dozen times to hug the book against my chest and sob a little.

By the end, I did actually have one tear slip out. I’m crazy like that. This book. GUYS. This book.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Winter

“The young princess was as beautiful as daylight. She was more beautiful even than the queen herself.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

Awww Winter! Of the four main heroines she is very underappreciated, mostly because she doesn’t show up until the very end and we don’t have enough time to really get to know her! Still, I adore Winter. Growing up in the Lunar court was probably the worst. So many snobby people, a cruel step-mother/tyrant and choosing to allow your mental health to decline would have definitely not have made it easier.

I can’t help but  adore Winter and all her charm and jokes!

“She was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken. Fitting in was not an option.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

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Jacin

The most unappreciated TLC guy out there. I know he doesn’t hit a lot of good marks with some of you out there. I found him like that too, in Cress. But then in Winter, I can’t help but love him. Perhaps not at the same level as I love the other guys, but still I do love his loyalty to Winter, his caring nature despite his sour nature that kind of clash. He is a Sass-Master and I just want to give him a big hug even though he wouldn’t appreciate it coming from me!

“May I request a new uniform? A towel seems inappropriate for the position.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

SASSSSS!!!!!!!!!

Cinder

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I want her to be my best friend. Please. I just want to rip her out of the book and show her off as a “look my friend is so much cooler than you and me combined.” Incredible. Fantastic. I can’t even form full sentences to describe her character. Brave in spite of her many fears. Caring in spite of the many evils done to her. What she did to Adri and Pearl at the end made me so proud of her…but I probably would have done the complete opposite. Stubborn yet willing. Intelligent and witty. Beautiful even though she is 36.28% metal & wire. I dream of being like her. I aspire to it. Who wouldn’t want to have a computer in their brain even for a little while?

“I have returned and I am here to take back what’s mine.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

Kai

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH KAI. My love. My Emperor. He acutally had to marry Levana and I felt so bad for him!  But Kai being his sassy, smart and ever so resourceful self knew he would get out of it. Knew that this was his duty and he was bound to it if he wanted a chance of having a better future for his people and himself. So much love coming your way, Kai.

“ ‘You mean she doesn’t intend to blow me up before the ceremony?’ ” said Kai, taking the box. ‘How disappointing.’ ”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

Scarlet

The horrors she faced in Cress really took a toll on Scarlet physically, but she has such a strong mind. Such a strong will. Both are not easily deterred no matter how tough a situation got. It’s one of the many things that makes me love her. The fact that she may be physically broken, but she has enough strength to never let anyone break her.

“Scarlet could feel everyone’s curious gazes switching between her and the princess. She cleared her throat. “She’s harmless,” she said. “I’m pretty sure.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

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Wolf

Awww my poor Wolf pup. Wolf goes through an immense amount of trauma in this book. So many moments of heart break and inner struggle. A battle on the outside and in. Fighting to stay Wolf without becoming a wolf. Keeping in tune with his human self no matter how many times he is injected or how many alterations were done to him. He looks like a beast but is really just a little puppy who needs love, Scarlet and tomatoes.

“Wolf?” she whispered. His eyes brightened, wild and hopeful. Releasing Winter, he strode forward. His tumultuous eyes scooped over her. Devoured her.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

Iko

Iko has always been a favourite of mine. There will never be a moment when she is not a favourite of mine. Fun. Charming. Smart. And human. Human despite being a little chip. She embodies the lesson of loving someone for their personality. Not so much their appearance. Even though she looks pretty hot too. She just adds sunshine to the whole story especially in the dark times.

“Iko held up a hand. “You need a system debug if you’re suggesting that I would abandon you know.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

Cress

Always my favourite. Next to Cinder. Cress is who I am. Meek and almost scared of everything, but we still face it. The situations she is put in are hard and nerve-wraking but she faces them because she knows its her duty. She’s tired of pretending to be brave so she is actually going to find her courage and I love that about her. I love how much she grows in this one, the decisions she makes and how she really shows off her talent.

“She would be brave. She would be heroic. She would make her own destiny.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

Thorne

The Love of My Life. This  book is big turning point for him too, especially after the events in Cress. He is really starting to understand that despite his past he can still be heroic. He can still do what is right. Make good choices, even though he has to sit and think about what the right choice is first. Above all, I love that he stuck around even though he didn’t have to. He was offered freedom to leave many times and he declined them all. Why? BECAUSE HE IS A HERO AND ALSO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE AND IF HE HAD LEFT THE SERIES I WOULD HAVE BALLED MY EYES OUT.

“Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

I mean……this:

“A kiss from the Captain would probably melt my central processor.”
Thorne winked at her. “Oh trust me. It would.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

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The Ships

First I want to talk about the FRIENDSHIPS because holy crap they are everything!

Corne

“See that eye roll? It translates to, ‘How am I possibly keeping my hands off of you, Captain?”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

Cinder and Thorne just kill me because they are so darn funny and cute! Sarcastic comebacks coming in all directions from both of them, but best of all they do have a deep appreciation for each other. They do care deeply and would walk on edges for each other.

“I passed out from stress? That’s it?”
“I believe the princess term is fainted,” said Thorne.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

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Actual footage of Corne

I MEAN COME ON LOOK!

“Thorne, on the aisle, held out his hand as Cinder passed. She snorted and accepted the high five before floating up the stairs.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

Ikinder….Ciko(?)

Cinder and Iko are E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. Too much love and happiness in one friendship! They literally make me want to cry. Supportive. Honest. Loyal. Caring. They have this attachment that cannot be severed no matter how many times they might disagree. Do they even fight? I don’t recall them having a big fight, so an added bonus really!

“I can’t believe this is happening. I can’t fight like this, or start a revolution, or be a queen. I can’t do anything like this. I’m broken. I’m literally broken.” Iko settled a hand on Cinder’s shoulder. “Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

Warlet

Winter and Scarlet. They were very reluctant friends at first. More reluctance coming from Scarlet’s side but still! I can’t help but love how they work together, find ways to comfort each other in their hard times. They may have started out a little rough but they got to know each other and working towards the same goal that really brought them closer!

“Wait,” said Winter as Scarlet nudged the podship forward. Scarlet’s heart dropped. “What?” she said, scanning the port for a thaumaturge, a guard, a threat. Winter reached over and pulled the pilot’s harness over Scarlet’s head. “Safety first, Scarlet-friend. We are fragile things.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

Crolf

Cress and Wolf. Okay so they have like miniature moments. But still I think that Cress really found a way to help Wolf deal with Scarlet’s kidnapping and Wolf really showed how appearances are never enough to judge someone. They can be hard and mean looking, but a big softie inside. Or they can be meek and cowardly but talented and courageous with enough push!

NOW WE ARE GONNA TALK SHIPS!

THEY WERE SO MANY MOMENTS FOR EVERYONE AND I COULD NOT DEAL GUYS. I WAS GOING CRAZY!

KAIDER

“It was their seventeenth kiss (her brain interface was keeping a tally, somewhat against her will), and she wondered if she would ever get used to this feeling.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

My eyes!!!!!!!!!!

My heart!!!!!!!!

SO MUCH LOVE. Kaider is the ship guys. I mean they are literally Prince Charming and Cinderella. The Earth Prince and the Moon Princess. I cannot get over them. The way they love each other regardless of their pasts, their relations to tyrants, their mechanical bits…they just love. OH MY GOD. When Cinder’s inner computer was counting their kisses and they were only at 17…I was like: “GIRL, YOU ARE CLEARLY NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF YOUR TIME WITH KAI ON THE SHIP!” But still I loved every moment of their interactions and their optimism in thinking about the good future where they were both together!

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WOLFLET

JUST. PLEASE. JUST. CAN SOMEONE COME AND ADORE ME LIKE WOLF ADORES SCARLET? ANY TAKERS?! So our Beauty & the Beast of the group. Our Alpha Mates. Our Brightest Stars! Lordy, lord. I love them. Separately and together! Wolf’s patience and timidness yet fierceness and passion for everything that includes Scarlet. And Scarlet’s bravery and compassion for everything she sets her mind to! They are FIRE. HOT and EXCITING and JUST AHHHHHHHH!!!

“It’s just like the one Scarlet had.” He flipped the gun in his palms, running his thumbs along the barrel. “She shot me in the arm once.”

This confession was said with as much tenderness as if Scarlet had given him a bouquet of wildflowers rather than a bullet wound.

― Marissa MeyerWinter

JACINTER

THE ONLY TIME JACIN IS SOFT IS FOR WINTER AND I GET SO MUSHY LIKE WINTER WHENEVER HE GETS MUSHY TOWARDS HER! (Try to make some sense, Rendz!) Just a whole lot of “Awwwwws” coming from me. So they are probably the most underrated TLC couple of them all due to only being introduced in the last book, but people they are so darn cute! Winter’s beauty is one thing, but to Jacin her goofiness, schemes and pure human nature are more marvelous than smooth skin and high cheekbones. And to Winter, Jacin is the place she feels most safe. He is the life long friend that she can count on forever!

“I fear tomorrow will be even more difficult for you, Sir Clay. Do try to think of me when you can.”
“Try, Princess?” He smirked, meeting her gaze again. “I can’t seem to think of much else.”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

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KIKO

Kinny & Iko, you know I shipped it from the moment he looked at her with disgust and she called him a jerk. True. Love.

“You!” she screamed. “He’s … that’s the guy that saved Winter.” Though the guard was immobile, probably thanks to Cinder, his face was free to twist with disgust as his eyes traveled the length of Iko’s battered body, dead wires, loose parts, and all. “And you’re that disturbing robot.” Iko bristled. “The correct term is escort-droid, you ignorant, inconsiderate—”
― Marissa MeyerWinter

*I’m sorry, Rendz is rolling on the floor right now. It seems she is not prepared to breech the next subject, Cr–*

C R E S S W E L L !!!!!

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I CAN’T. IT’S TOO MUCH. I AM LITERALLY SCREAMING IN MY HEAD AS I WRITE THIS. I CANNOT. *drags hands over face* I JUST….TOO MUCH CUTENESS AND ADORABLENESS AND SWOONINESS AND THORNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

People, this is the ship of my life. Everything. And the moments they get in this book. THE MOMENTS THEY GET IN THIS BOOK. CHAPTER 71 GUYS! GOD BLESS CHAPTER 71!!! THAT LITTLE CLOSET SCENE ACTUALLY KILLED ME. I WAS MURDERED.

THEIR FINAL SCENE. I WAS FRICKIN RESURRECTED. I WAS GIVEN LIFE ONCE AGAIN.

“Captain?”
“Cress.”
She couldn’t not say it, although she realized he was right. It was sort of scary. Much scarier than it had been the first time she’d told him, out in the desert. It was different now. It was real. “I’m in love with you.”

He chuckled. “I should hope so, after all that.” He leaned forward and pressed a kiss against her temple. “And I love you too.”

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Someone SEND HELP. I am overrided with feels that my mind cannot form proper words.

JUST KNOW THAT CRESS x THORNE ARE EVERYTHING TO ME.

THEY ARE THE AIR THAT I BREATHE, THE WATER I DRINK, THE FOOD I EAT AND THEY TAKE UP 99.99% OF MY BRAIN CAPACITY.


Okay, so to step away from so much fangirling, let’s talk the retelling aspect. As someone who has never read the tale of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves and has only scene parts of Disney’s Snow White…I won’t be that good of a judge per se.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

via Goodreads

Still the classic elements are there.

The beautiful Princess that holds the hearts of every person in the entire kingdom.

The hunter who saves the Princess from having her heart ripped out.

The evil, tyrant queen who disguises herself as an old crone.

The poisoned apple.

The kiss of resurrection.

All accounted for.

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY,

THE HAPPILY EVERY AFTER EXISTS!*

*Of course, it doesn’t come without it’s fair share of heart break and intense scenes that had me on the floor dying*

People, it was fantastic.

The actual story itself was also very special.

800 pages of pure epicness, I don’t think there is ever one dull moment. It may seem like a long and cumbersome number, but trust me if you love the characters, you will fly through this. Fly.


Final words…

A Palace of Books in honour of my queen @marissameyerauthor who finally got Instagram!  #WinRenegades #bookstagram ••• #thelunarchronicals #cinder #scarlet #cress #winter #starsabove #fairest #wiresandnerve #heartless #marissameyer #ya

A MASTERPIECE OF EPIC PROPORTIONS.

SNOW WHITE AND BLEEDING WALLS.

RED RIDING HOOD LOVES THE BEAST.

RAPUNZEL HACKS HER WAY TO THE WITCHES CASTLE.

CINDERELLA FINDS HER LOST FOOT.

RENDZ DIES.

Yup…that just about sums it up.


This one turned out to be really long, if you stuck around for it all, you now have a special place in my heart!

This is the end of the main series fangirling! *cries*

I haven’t decided if I will  be doing one of these for the other additions just because time is not really on my side anymore….but we shall see!

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! Shout from the rooftops as to how much you love this series! Tell me how it changed your life! Who is your favourite character? Which book of the main four is your favourite?

FREAK OUT! I’M READY FOR YOU!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Warcross Review

Greetings readers!

There are some moments that just stick with you forever. Those moments that either truly traumatized you or just leave you feeling good inside.

I have a lot of traumatic memories, most of them are embarrassing but hey, that’s just me and my awkward self.

One of those special moments is a mixture of both traumatic and happy! I was lucky enough to meet Marie Lu almost a year ago, in October when she was on her The Midnight Star tour. Meeting her left me shaking, if you don’t know, MARIE LU IS MY IDOL!

*Read more about that fateful day here*

Her books have left me mostly traumatized since I was 12 (but traumatized in a good way!)

So earlier this summer, I, for some odd reason, got a magical stroke of luck and won my first Goodreads giveaway! (It was the first one I ever entered!) AND I WON A GALLEY OF WARCROSS!!! Just imagine loud screeching and jumping up and down, that was basically my reaction! Then I actually received the book on Book Lovers Day!! I can’t even explain how over the moon I was!

Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross (Warcross, #1)

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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

*I received this galley from a Goodreads giveaway, which doesn’t affect my opinion in any way.*

I’ve been waiting for this book since she first announced it! I will gobble anything written by Marie Lu. Even though I am not a video game kind of gal (I’ve never played a real video game in my life….it’s true!) I was still super excited for this! Virtual reality and a hot swoony billionaire, Y A S! So after having read it, I can happily tell you that it is classic Marie. Fun, stressful, and a hell of a lot twisty. PLUS THAT ENDING! I almost died.

What I Liked

Characters:

Emika: I love her, rainbow hair and all. (Not going to lie though, I would sometimes forget her colourful hair in my imagination and have to fix up my visual image!) But yes, Emika! A super talented hacker and incredible Warcross player with a tragic life story. She lives day to day just thinking about the amount of money she owes and scratching up just enough to get by, but time ran out for her and she had to make some big decisions. One of those obviously including hacking into the biggest game in the world! Perhaps not the most well thought out plan, but she is crazy smart and so brave considering how alone she has been her whole life. She is no Cress (the hacker-love of my life) but she knows what’s she’s doing and she does it well!

Hideo: Oh my God, *swoon*. Marie always makes up such great complex and broody book boyfriends that I just cannot! And he is a young, successful billionaire! Plus insanely hot! *I’m not saying I’m a gold digger, but billionaire is a pretty attractive word 😂* He is a rather elusive character, but slowly he is revealed to the reader. His own tragic past and his plans for the future: to make it different, make it better. He is as I mentioned a very complex guy.

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Other characters…Marie never fails in the diversity factor! Long before it was even a hot topic in YA (though it should have always been) There are all kinds of characters in this killer novel. Disabled, gay, various different races including a Latina (yay!) not to mention Emika is Chinese-American. I loved all the side characters of course! They were so much fun to explore and added an extra richness to Emika’s life and story!

Setting: Hello Japan! A country I have actually never visited, but I would love to some day! Though the Japan in this book is very, very different from Japan today! I don’t know the exact year, but I am pretty sure this book takes place in the future where technology has reached levels so incredible that only books likes these know of them! The descriptions of the tech and scenery really gave a beautiful distinction between the reality and virtual world, which I will talk about next!

The Virtual Reality: Since tech is so advanced in this story, people can live in Warcross basically all the time. (Which while I think is cool, is also pretty scary!) I loved every moment of playing the Warcross game and exploring the worlds within it. I loved the use of the characters’ knowledge in coding and all things computer science! I think it added authenticity to the story instead of the characters just knowing how to do all that crazy nonsense!

Action Packed!: Marie also never fails to keep me on my toes. When I was reading I wouldn’t leave the couch because there was always something next. Another game to play, another hacker to stalk, another secret meeting with Hideo. It was a constant pull to just keep reading, keep going. Plus the actual Warcross games themselves were like actual video games, so they were very action packed and suspenseful! Not to mention those that went downhill!

Romance: Slow burn! It’s always a slow burn with Marie, nothing ever happens in the moment, it happens with time. Emi and Hideo build a relationship. One that was supposed to be strictly business, but it leads to more. As they interact they find their commonalities, they find their differences and everything in between. Emika has looked up to Hideo since she was 11 in foster care and he was a 13 year-old genius. She might have idolized him just a tad, but who would ever think that they would get to meet and find more to love in their idols?! And find out that their idol is secretly impressed with them and begins to open up about himself to them. The chances of that happening is like 0, but this is a one in a million romance guys and I SHIP IT!

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Those Legend & Young Elites Easter Eggs: I just about died, when I read “Daniel Batu Wing”. I highly doubt he has any relation to my precious Daniel Altan Wing, but still! And then the one-eyed white wolf showed up in a Warcross game and I just about died again!

The Ending: Welp. I saw it coming and at the same time I didn’t. If that makes any sense. You see I predicted it but usually my predictions are never spot on…and while I wasn’t exactly spot on, I still got it!!! Was I a little upset that I guessed it? Yes and no. Yes, because darn it! I like to be surprised. And no, because darn it that was a great ending! THAT TWIST! It makes you seriously questions your morals and what you think “saving the world” is all about! Magnifique!

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What I Disliked

It Took A While: As much as I say there was Suspense! Suspense! Suspense! There was that little section of the beginning where I felt like Emika was just drawling on and on about her tragic past. Which was very tragic…but I got tired of it a little too soon…Awesome things did happen at the beginning, but there was no effortless connection to the characters. Everyone was a stranger to me until things finally started to happen!


Overall, I loved it! This book has had some intense amount of praise and hype because it deserves it! I’ve never read a book half set in a VR and it was an incredible experience! Trust me, once you let the characters grow on you a little bit you’ll be sobbing, panicking and cheering right along with them. Until the end of course, then you’ll just be sobbing!

Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars

Recommend?: HECK YEAH! It’s Marie Lu people, MARIE LU!

Let me know what you think? This book came out last week so if l would love to hear your thoughts on it! What’s your favourite Marie Lu book? Does she always make you sob? (The only answer is, yes.) What are some of your favourite video games?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Colorless | Review

Greetings readers!

With school starting, blogging and I have been very far from each other, writing reviews is almost at a minimum. Still I have responsibilities so I must meet those!

First, let me tell you about the #struggle in writing this review. If you didn’t know I’m Canadian and in Canada we spell colourless with a U! And writing this entire review was tough because I would try to spell it the American way, forget and then remember and well I just gave up altogether in trying! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So if you see a mix of both….oops.

Colorless by Rita Stradling

Colorless (Colorless, #1)

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In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.

*I was provided a free digital copy from the Publisher via Net Galley. This in no way affects my opinion!*

First of all: Cover = Gorgeous. Secondly, the synopsis of this book really intrigued me. I mean a person who had no colour, who was invisible, but still very much alive! Hello intrigue. I liked this book, it was not what I was expecting especially with the whole magical system and religion, but there were a few things that I felt it was missing.

What I liked

Characters:

Annabelle: She was a good MC. She had to learn how to navigate herself in a society that couldn’t see her but was desperately trying to hunt her down. She was tough and a thorough thinker in her plans….they might not have always gone as planned but at least she thought them through! I liked that she was stubborn and a hard head but still believed she was ever so patient and what was “lady like” in her time. She was not outstandingly amazing, but she wasn’t completely annoying either. And easy medium really.

Dylan: Again nothing utterly amazing about him, but he did add a lot of humour and mystery as well. I don’t know exactly how I feel about him in terms of putting him at boy toy level…or just not. He was a renowned “rake” to many of the maids of the stable, but he wasn’t a complete asshole. How do I put this into words…he was tired of being perceived as solely a sex object and wanted to he treated as someone who has feelings and wanted a real relationship. Yeah….something like that. Well he fought his “rake” title, but good reputation is hard to build!

Other characters… There were Dylan’s brothers who added more mystery and intrigue. As the only people (plus their grandmother) who could see Annabelle without her colour they had to figure out ways to help her. One brother was slightly less inclined to help and often caused a hard time for our poor, colourless Annabelle. There was also Tony who actually was an asshole but for *reasons* so we kind of forgive him…?

Descriptions & Settings: The world that Annabelle lived in was really set out. Despite the fact that she was colourless, everything else was filled with colour and there were very beautiful descriptions of the scenery and people. Even when she became colourless I could clearly visualize the colour melting off of her as it was described so I really enjoyed that.

Those Snippets of Religious Text: What I really liked is that there were mini paragraphs every few chapters that explained some of the gods that were mentioned in this book. It gave insight into exactly what was being dealt with which I liked, especially since the gods aren’t really present in the story so we get to know them through other means. It also added more structure to the society that the characters were living in and what the beliefs of the people were.

What I Disliked:

A Whole Lot of Confusion: I was thoroughly confused at some parts of the story. I knew that the monks were bad and that they had the people very controlled with the magicians and fear of the gods. Still why did the author need to add in these wolves? *But Rendz they are mentioned in the synopsis* BUT I DON’T GET IT! Where did they come from? How is it that you are chosen to become a dire wolf? Like why are they relevant? To chase down the iconoclasts? Okay…and…? My second complaint. These iconoclasts, so they lose colour…okay. I’m following. How come only some can see them? Annabelle’s transformation into being colourless still confuses me!! I still don’t get why they are so evil in the eyes of the magicians. I know why the magicians are evil but still their motives for targeting the colourless confuses me.

And don’t even get me started with the printing press. I didn’t get that, not at all.

Memorability: Even though the story was super cool and there were some intriguing elements, the story fell flat in being memorable. Like it’s been a few days and I’m already starting to forget character names,  events that are important parts of the plot. Maybe that’s why I’m having such a hard time answering those questions! It’s just not sticking to me and I wish it would because the ending was left open for a possible sequel….but I don’t exactly recall the actual ending of the book.

Yikes.


Overall, I did enjoy the book in the moment. It was magical, mysterious and very twisty. I did enjoy the magical elements and some of the more suspenseful events. Not to mention those monks were insanely creepy, but if I’m honest this book had me hooked in the moment not the moments after…sigh.

Rating: 2.75-3 / 5 Stars (In the moment 3…in the moments after 2.75)

Recommend: Sure. (Actually can someone read it and then explain things to me? Thanks)

Let me know what you think! How good are you at remembering stories? If you read this one, what did you think?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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You Asked, I Answered! Blogaversary Q&A

Greetings readers!

A short while ago I celebrated my one year blogoversary! (blogaversary? blogiversary? whatever…) and I asked you guys to ask me questions! Anything you were curious about, whether it be about blogging or me in general. There was such a huge response, when I was literally expecting to have to fill in a post with only two questions! So thank you to all those who asked me questions and I hope you enjoy my answers!

1. If you could make an group to survive the zombie apocalypse with, which five book characters would you choose and why? (SYDNEY @ FIRE AND RAIN BOOKS)

  1. Cress Darnell (Lunar Chronicles) Super hacker skills would be great to get into all those secret government safe houses should they exist….(they must)
  2. Helene Aquilla (An Ember in the Ashes) I heard she’s good with the killing.
  3. Inej Ghafa (Six of Crows) I heard she is good with the killing and sneaking/stalking those zombies!
  4. Wolf Kesley (Lunar Chronicles) Someone to protect me, hello!
  5. Carswell Thorne (Lunar Chronicles) Just because he would promise to kiss me before I die, sorry Cress.

 

 

2. How did you find the writing style for you? Like, we all worry we’re not typing the right words to express what we feel or that if we do, the post could be boring, but how did you find what fits you best? (OLGA’S ODDISH OBSESSION)

My writing style doesn’t really differ from how I talk in real life. A little big of professionalism with the use of big words and some fangirl language mixed in. I didn’t want to sound stiff and formal while writing my reviews I wanted to come off as charming and fun. So I didn’t stop myself from using the “Omgs” and the “Lols” and most importantly the “Ahhhhhhs”.

It’s not that people who write formal reviews are boring, in fact I admire them. They can write a full page without the fangirl additions and still keep you very entertained. I am just not at that level yet and I cannot write about books without using my fangirl language. C’est moi! It’s who I am. What fits me best is what I already have on, so let’s stick with the big words and fangirl words. Together.

Plus gifs. Gifs make everything a whole lot funnier and entertaining.

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3. Do you have a sort of ritual for reading? A specific drink you like to have when reading, music you like to have playing? Or do you just read, no ritual required? (The Book Goddess)

I don’t usually drink or eat while reading, but before I start a new book I do have a ritual!

*Rendz takes book off shelf*
*pets front cover and backcover *
*If there is a dust jacket, Rendz carefully removes it*
*Reads synopsis, reads author’s bio, reads and fumes about the prices of books*
*Pets naked hardcover, front back, and lastly the spine*
*Traces the lettering on the spine*
*Opens books, flips through every single page as I go (even the publication info)*

I literally flip through every page, no page left unturned. Even if they are blank at the end. They get flipped through!

Before I dive into my reading, I flip to the very last page of the story, read the last word, go back to Chapter 1 and try and figure out the story!

My mantra: I read cover to cover. That means everything in between.

4. Did you ever feel pressured to change your blog format/appearance to look more like “popular” bloggers? If so, did you and did it help anything? I’m asking for a friend 😉 (ROYAL READER)

Do I ever feel pressured? EVERY. DAY. SINCE. I. STARTED.
A lot of the big bloggers get their designs done for them and they pay $$$ for them too.
Me? I’m a cheap  student and would rather try something on my own, break out my watercolours think of something cool.
But I’m always so lazy and I need to look up tips for blog design making me lazier. I’ll just stick to my amateur logo and pink colour scheme! That’s not to say you can’t go all out. Be my guest! And then share with me your wisdom, please!

Pretty blogs are one thing. The content is still 100000x more important!

5. What happened with Disney? (MELTINGPOTSANDOTHERCALAMITIES)

So if you don’t know Disney has a publishing company named Disney Hyperion and they always have nice books to request on NetGalley. So naturally Rendz is like: “YES! Disney will see how much I love them and accept me right away.”

LOL past Rendz

I have been declined every Disney book I have requested. Popular or not. And it stung the first time…so I’ll never let it go. Until I get approved!

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6. Are you writing/have written a book or story project? (INKGIRLANDWORDS)

Yes! Though, I have never finished a single project because student life is busy and I don’t actually have a good outline for any of them. I just write down the scenes that play on and on in my head.

That being said, I do have three projects started. One is middle grade and the other two are YA. I realized that I sill need to simmer a lot of the middle grade and the first YA piece I started up because they are heavy fantasy and a whole lot of stuff needs to be drawn out.

This third YA one, that I recently opened a word document for is slowly coming along. It’s actually Urban Fantasy so less world building per se.  I know how it begins, I know how it ends, I know the climax. It’s just the in between that needs to be figured out. The characters also need some polishing and I’m not exactly sure on a lot of things. But it’s going along and it obviously has a soundtrack and Pinterest board!

Plus, I have a note pad filled with 10 other story ideas, spin offs and short stories. My imagination obviously never stops.

Will these projects ever see the light of day? Time will tell.

7 & 8  What character do you feel closely resembles you? If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? (SHANAH – BIONIC BOOK WORM)

7. The characters I find myself most in are Cress (TLC) and Laia (AEITA). Cress because she is the shy, meek fangirl who when she pushes herself has the courage to use her talents and be brave. Laia is also very important to me because she was not brave at the beginning of her journey. She was scared and cowardly, she ran away instead of fighting head on. Something I would do. Neither of these girls are your typical “badass” kind of heroine, but I have never felt “badass” myself. These girls represent me and help me see that I can still save the world, even if I can’t come up with something snarky to say on the spot or wield a sword like a pro.

8. I would eat pupusas for the rest of my life. (A traditional Salvadoran food.) They are freaking delicious and can be eaten at all times of the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Break Time: There are a lot of questions…here is a funny gif.

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9. How do your posts compare from the beginning to now? (DARQUE DREAMER READS)

At the beginning I was still trying to be a professional, then a month later I was like “screw it” and found my odd little blogger voice. The set up is somewhat the same, but I think I got better at really communicating what I want to say, instead of rambling.

However, I still do not know how to use a comma properly. End me.

10. If you could bring one fictional character to life to be your best friend who would you choose? (JOURNEYINTOBOOKS)

After some pleading I was able to raise this to two character BFFs, so YAYAY!

Linh Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) BECAUSE SHE IS CINDER!!!!!!!!!!!

Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia) GIRL TAKE ME AND CINDER TO NARNIA!!!

 

 

11. & 12.  How often do you read? What is your favourite food? (CHARLOTTE ANNELISE)

11. I usually read everyday. Throughout the day time hours I read a physical book, for about a hour, two maybe three? Then in the night time I switch to my ebooks/kindle. But since I don’t want to completely destroy my eye sight, I only read for about an hour and a half. Unless I am in the final stretches, I’ll exceed my limit.

12. Fave food: Pupusas!!!!!!

13. & 14. & 15. Do you like mangoes? If Thorne died, what would you do? Why do you go by the name Rendz? (MAY @ FOREVER AND EVERLY)

13. MANGOES ARE MY FAVOURITE FRUIT EVER!!! IT TOPS EVERYTHING. GREEN OR YELLOW, I AM IN LOVE!!!!!

14. HOW DARE YOU ASK SUCH A CRUEL QUESTION!
If Carswell Thorne had died in the books, I would have freaking balled. A part of my soul would have been ripped out, chewed up and thrown away. Even thinking about it hurts. I honestly would have cried!!!!! Sobbed!!!! I would have ended up in the depths of despair. My swoony Captain would live on in my heart (and fantasies) forever, but I am so glad he lives in the books!

15. I go by Rendz for two reasons. One being that as much as the internet is cool and all, there are still creepy, stalker people at large and so I never give away any personal info like my name, age and birthday (sorry to all the birthday tags) It’s a safety precaution. Secondly, I wanted to separate real me, from blogger me, so I created Rendz to fill in that role.

16. What do you do to get through a reading slump? How many books do you own? What’s your favorite reading spot? ANDDD What’s your favorite quote? (NADWA @ PAINFULLYFICTIONAL)

Reading slumps are tough, but I usually just stop reading for a while. Make myself miss it. I go read some raving reviews about exciting books, maybe even reread some of my favourite parts of older reads!

I own 143 books currently. That number is about to rise exponentially.

Favourite reading spot is the couch. A perfect place to lean my back on, sit,  lay and be in complete comfort! (Guys you don’t understand my couches are super soft and sitting on them is pure bliss)

Favourite quote, from my Idol, Marie Lu:

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“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 LuLegend

Thank you once again to all of the lovely people out there who asked me questions! Thank you to all you lovelies who read my answers and found something interesting about my boring self XP! Here is to another year of blogging *cheers*!

If you want to know anything else, I’ll gladly answer you in the comments!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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