Bentwhistle in A Threat from the Past Review

Greetings readers!

I finished this book a little while ago, but it isn’t until now that I can finally sit down and have some coherent thoughts about it. This book was provided to me by the author, Paul Cude. Thank you Paul for allowing me to read your work!

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Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is an adventure story children and adults alike will love, about the present day world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past? Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound? Or how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes? In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon sports, you’ll get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile! You’d be flamin’ mad to miss it.

 

Well…hmmm…what can I say? It is just not for me. The dragons disguised as humans had potential to make a great story, but I just couldn’t mesh with this story in particular. It was too juvenile for me and I never found my self truly entertained.

What I Liked

It Was Funny: I will not lie there were some parts of this book where I was laughing. It wasn’t outrageously comedic, but some of the scenes or comebacks that the characters came up with had me cracking up. This definitely made up for some of the more boring scenes in the story.

Peter Was Not Broody but Still Fun: A lot of the main characters in a lot of fantasy books, especially those who are male, are typically dark, mysterious, cunning, know-it-alls . As much as I like that type, it is also a breath of fresh air to see and MC who is not all “Follow me, peasants. I actually know what I am doing.” Peter was different, he was very soft and unsure of himself. He did have times where his anger would cause him to make unwise decisions, but that happens to all of us, so we forgive him.

The Transition from Dragon world to Earth: It was fun to read about how the dragon world worked in relation to modern earth time. It was a neat setting to explore, although I wish it could have spent a little more time there.

What I Disliked

It Dragged On!: Holy cannoli. Geez Louis. I could have been finished this book a lot sooner if there weren’t so many unnecessary scenes. There were two problems. Either a whole lot of nothing would happen and a whole week would pass in book time OR one scene would stretch on forever and ever. This book should have been shorter.

Plus the chapters were so looooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggg. Rendz cannot do long chapters. That is a NEGATIVE.

I Could Spot the Plot Revelations A Mile Away: I knew who the bad guy and secret hero were as soon as they walked onto the page. There was no surprise. I knew how things would go down! There was maybe one thing I didn’t see coming, but still. One is never enough.

First Chapter Fumbles: I found the whole first chapter insignificant to the rest of the story. It DOES have a connection, but that connection could have been explained in a paragraph, maybe two. Instead it got a whole chapter!

The Writing Style: It was not my favourite. He would often put something in brackets to highlight certain expressions. (Like this!!! It would literally be in the book like this!!!) I’m not even exaggerating the use of exclamation marks. The writing was very juvenile, it was choppy and just not for me, sorry. 


Overall, it was just not my cup of tea. I had to drag myself into finishing it because I felt like I had already postponed this for far too long. So yeah…I am supposed to read the next two books as well, but I don’t think that will happen any time soon….

Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars

Recommend: I can’t really recommend anything under 3 stars…

Alright, so I am currently under a lot of blog stress as I have much to do in a short amount of time! This is what I get for Net Galley binges!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread tag! I saw this tag floating around the blogosphere a while ago and I’m so glad I finally get to take part in it! So, thank you Mandy for tagging me!! If you haven’t followed Mandy yet, do yourself a favour and do it!

THE RULES

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

ROUND 1

 

Burn: The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. Sorry guys…but I have higher priorities. And although I liked this book, I can live without it!

Rewrite: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Despite how much I loved this book, it could use a little more development in the curse aspect in my opinion. Oh and more Despina and Jalal!

Reread: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. No brainer here.

ROUND 2

 

Burn: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I liked this book, I still need to read the third book but I found the main character quite whiny and she did not think things through!

Rewrite: REPLICA by Lauren Oliver. This had such a great concept! Especially with the whole flip book thing, but it just wasn’t thrilling or action-y enough! MORE ACTION PLEASE! But keep that Narnia reference!

Reread: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes. This is the book where I fell in love with Magnus Damora…so yeah…..

ROUND 3

*such a hard round!*

 

*CRIES*

Burn: Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I do love this series but this is being imaginary burned as a sacrifice for my love for the other books!

Rewrite: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater. If it were up to me I would add a little more on Puck’s family and some more kissy scenes with Sean!

Reread: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (my Queen) I ACTUALLY WILL BE REREADING THIS SO LOOK AT THAT!

ROUND 4

 

Burn: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. I really liked this series because it had some Spanish fire…but it just did not live up to the epicness I was hoping it would.

Rewrite: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I LOVE this book,  but it comes with its drawbacks. It gets a little boring sometimes so I would add in a little more drama!

Reread: Winter by Marissa Meyer (my Queen) One of the best books I have ever read! EVER. Also, Thorne.

ROUND 5

 

Burn: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. This book can burn in real life and I wouldn’t care. LET IT BURN. LET IT CRUMPLE. LET IT BE WASHED OFF THE FACE OF THIS EARTH!

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Rewrite: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I liked this but I didn’t love it. Maybe I would just make it a little more juicy. I read this ages ago so I don’t remember much!

Reread: The Star-Touched Queen  by Roshani Chokshi. So beautiful, I was rereading my favourite parts the other day! Utter perfection.


I tag…

Forever and Everly

Read with Katie

Journey Into Books

*No need to do this, if you have already done this!*

Happy re-reading (burning and rewriting)!

~ Rendz

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Tower of Dawn Cover & My Thoughts

Greetings readers!

I don’t even now how to start this. I am laughing to myself right now really because of the emotions I feel when I saw this…

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I hate it.

I hate it immensely.

When I saw it, I actually hated it with a passion.

Rage was not a word to describe my anger.

It was a mix of fury, disappointment, sadness, feeling offended, insulted.

A whole lot of that.

Context:

This book is part of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas which I had a huge fall out with because of the turn of events and the 180º character personality changes. Mind you, I have yet to read the fifth book, Empire of Storms, but I am not anticipating it. 

This book specifically is about the captain of the guard, Chaol Westfall and his journey to the Southern Continent. It takes place in the same timeline as EoS but will not feature any of the characters like the main character Aelin. 

I was so happy that Chaol was going to get his own book. So damn happy. No Aelin. No Adarlan. No Fae (for now at least). No Rowan. NO AELIN! A breath of fresh air. Chaol and other side characters like Dorian, Manon and Elide are the only real reason I stick around this series.

So this cover was supposed to be epic. Chaol Westfall on his own cover! YES! GIVE IT TO ME! He deserves it! After all the hate and dramatics he has been put through in the books and from the fandom, he deserved to be on his own book cover.

But NO.

I open Instagram and all I see is a shield, with a bird and the Southern Continent cityscape.

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What makes it worse is that I had just written one of my exams and it went so well. I was so thrilled, only to have to be have my day crushed by this cover.

CHAOL SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE COVER! I DON’T CARE IF THE SHIELD IS A SYMBOL OR WHATEVER, HE DESERVED TO BE ON THIS COVER.

HE DESERVED IT.


I don’t think it’s ugly. 

It is just not what I wanted, nor what should have been decided as the final cover art.

There was so much opportunity here.

*spoiler for QoS* 

Chaol is paralyzed right now, they could have showcased an impaired character on the cover of a huge YA series. That would have been powerful. Respectful. The amount of cookie points it would have given SJM in the diversity sector because we all know she is lacking. Nesryn is a person of colour! (Well I pretty sure she is!) HELL, they could have put her on the cover just to keep in tune with the fighter girl front cover and the dressy girl back cover.

*end of spoiler*

BUT  NO.

A lame shield.

So now these art directors have really messed up.

Although, Chaol is not a woman, he being on the cover would have resembled the other covers with a HUMAN PERSON!

BUT NO!

*say it with me now*

A LAME SHIELD.


So yes, I hate this cover. Call me petty for hating a cover. But yeah, I hate it.

I know Chaol is not in the good graces of many of you. A lot of you think he is an ass, rude…blah..blah..blah. I cannot and will not agree with you on that.

But do you honestly think this cover matches the flow of the others?

It’s up to you.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME THAT COVER WOULD HAVE NEVER LEFT THE SKETCHING STAGES.

It’s the truth and I will not guard my opinion.


Then people on the internet started being amazing and adorable people. Hence why I love the internet at times.

They blessed my eyes with these.

For those of you who wanted a cover with my Abs. 
#chaoltalks #chaolwestfall #dorianhavilliard #aelingalathynius #manonblackbeak #rowanwhitethorn #throneofglass #crownofmidnight #heiroffire #queenofshadows #empireofstorms #towerofdawn #sarahjmaas #nesrynfaliq

There are others out there too that are pretty funny too! So thank you people for making these and making me feel a little better.

 


On a final note:

DEAR SARAH J. MAAS, BLOOMSBURY ART DIRECTION TEAM, THE COVER DESIGNER AND ANYONE ELSE WHO HAD A SAY IN THIS COVER,

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If not, then I have other means.

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This calls for divine intervention.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

The Heartbroken Rendz


End of long rant. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. I know it has been the talk of the town lately. You can try to woo me to like it, but I won’t. Still I respect your opinion and there as there is no room for bad blood among bloggers. 

I just have bad blood with this cover, okay!

Happy reading!

And here is to hoping this cover is a joke and something better will come along.

~ Rendz

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I’m Back // Life Update & Bookish Summer Sun Plans

Greetings readers!

I finished my high school era.

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I am so damn tired.

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Let me tell you. I wrote a Calculus exam today and well I did my best, the best I possibly could. After three hours I was fried but I at least got to each question.

I won’t bore you with that story though.

But just so you can pity me more…I had written three other exams before this one so sleep was a very small factor in my life.

YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE WAS A SMALL FACTOR IN MY LIFE……READING.

I READ NOTHING FOR THE PAST WEEK.

I FEEL SO DEPRIVED!

But as soon as I got home today, I went to my shelf saw all my books and then I received book mail! A new ARC that I cannot wait to read!

WHILE I DIDN’T READ, I BOUGHT A LOT OF BOOKS.

More on that in my wrap-up.


Anyways.

I have many, many things to do for blog.

I just went hopping through some old posts to see what I have missed these past couple of days.

I have reviews to write, books to read…a giveaway…..soon.

I have big posts planned for July in honour of Canada 150!

I feel like being very patriotic.

And of course my TBRs are huge and I cannot wait to get to them all!

There is the Cinder buddy read happening which I have been anticipating for months on end! And I have a lot of Net Galley reads to devour!

I’m soooooo ready for this summer. Guys, I’m so ready.

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Crown’s Fate Review

Greetings readers!

I am still making my way through these May reviews! I think this is my last one for May? Yes…maybe not….Oh well we shall see. I’m coming to you today with a long awaited sequel that I hope you enjoy reading about. And as always it is totally spoiler free. Though I wouldn’t read the synopsis if you haven’t read the first one…just a tip!

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Goodreads Summary

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

After the ending of The Crown’s Game, I was in major shock and heartbreak because *certain things happen*! Anyways, this has been a book I was waiting on forever for! I didn’t get a chance to read an ARC, but I put an early hold on it at my library. I read this in two days. I read 100 pages on night one and then on night two I distinctly remember saying “Ah F*** it, I might as well just finish these last 300 pages of the book tonight.” And I did!

What I Liked:

Characters:

Vika: Fierce. Powerful. A little too hot-headed but I loved her in every way! She is an inspiration and so brave! I wouldn’t be able to go through half of the things she went through. I love her and her sense of style. A simple green dress with a yellow sash is all you need!

(pssstt….Mandy….she is totally Merida!)

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Nikolai: He takes a dark path in this novel, but he is still such a gentlemen. He goes through some major changes and struggles I just wanted to hug him all the time. There were other times when I wanted to throttle him, but I still rooted for him through and through. It wasn’t his fault, but he needed to find away to get out of the bad situation!

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Pasha: The cute adorable prince. I struggled with him a little because he had no spine for most of this novel. He had to find a way to build a backbone, to believe in his ability to become Tsar. I know it is not an easy thing to do, but what Pasha did in this novel was grow and learn to trust himself!

Renata and Yuliana were meh. I neither liked or disliked them. Sometimes Yuliana was just so mean and ugh!, but I loved her cold demeanor too!

Replace “fabulous” with intelligent, cunning and royal and you’ve got Yuliana…never mind just keep fabulous as well!

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Romanov Russia: I know nothing about the Romanovs or the history of Russia during their rule. BUT I adored the setting. It felt cold, imperial and very majestic. I thought the world was well thought out and I could imagine St. Petersburg square perfectly, despite never having actually gone there! It definitely fit the direction of the story!

Magic! Magic! Magic!: I loved the two types of magic in this series. there is Vika’s nature-y magic and Nikolai’s more technical tailored magic. There was also some heavy dark magic used  in the story and Renata’s tea leaf readings, which still amaze me!

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A Second Unofficial Crown’s Game: The original Crown’s Game is very different from the “Crown’s Game” played by the characters in this novel. It was a lot darker, sneakier and more ruthless. This book held a war, both within the characters and between the characters themselves. It was highly entertaining. There is a reason it is called The Crown’s FATE!

The Romance: Hmmm…well this one is a doozy. Since it is a triangle. And although this book doesn’t focus too much on the “love” aspect, I felt that certain characters were influenced too much by their feelings of love…or jealousy. That being said, I wouldn’t say it bothered me too much because the #2 reason (in my opinion, #1 being power) that humans enter into conflict is because of emotions. Jealousy, cowardice, anger and even love lead us to make some not-so-smart choices that can lead to some not-so-great things!

The Words “And I didn’t forget”: *heart mushes*

What I Disliked:

It Was Slow: A whole lot of nothing happened in many chapters. Many of the chapters were short and sweet, which I liked, but I never got INVESTED into the characters story line. Nikolai’s chapters in particular carried similar content. I will not disclose it, but it had a lot of dark stuff without the excitement!

The Random Addition of Folklore: If this Fish king Voyandoy or whatever was worth mentioning then why was his story never developed, or explored. Or that scene with Vika in the volcano with the fire nymph or whatever. Like hello…what was this for? I’m curious!

It Was An Ending…Yet…I Was Just Left Hanging: The ending battle scene and after-battle scenes were perfect. It game me some major TLC vibes for a particular reason, hence why I love Vika even more by the end! All was glorious and filled my heart. BUT…this darn BUT. It just was an ending…not THE ending. I needed to know more! More! More!

It Is Not Love Just A Like: I did not LOVE this sequel, I ENJOYED it IMMENSELY but it just could not grasp me. Perhaps it is the meh ending or the course that the story took. It was really dark and I was hoping for more fluff. I don’t know…it’s just I didn’t love love it and I wanted to love love it but I can’t because the events of the story do not stick to me and haunt me! It’s more of a like-love. You get me?


Yet, despite everything I really enjoyed it! I will miss these characters so much! I wish and dream and hope that Evelyn will write more stories about these characters! I am however, curious about the ALTERNATE ending that was floating about with the pre-orders. I’ve entered a contest to try and win…so here is to hoping!

If you want to read some of my favourite quotes accompanied by some funny gifs, just scroll down my twitter feed or check out #TheCrownsFate.

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars 

Recommend: Yes, if you’re in the mood for a little historical fantasy in Russia! Go for it!

That’s all for me. If you have read this book feel free to comment your thoughts below! Or tell me about your favourite historical fiction book! I love recommendations!!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Another Hiatus

Greetings readers!

I am sad to say that I shall be taking another break until the end of June. I am going through finals and so I have to study and write exams, which means no time for blogging fun! I hope to be back by the 22nd if not 24th.

I have so many things going on this month, but I also have so many book responsibilities too. NetGalley might hate me for taking so long to read books!

Anyways I’ll be gone for a while so try not to forget me! Hehehe!

Until then, wish me luck!

Also yell at me to get off the internet if you see me on blog! I need to focus!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

I should be studying but …..

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The Ultimate Vacation Book Tag

Greetings readers!

Thank you to the lovely Angelica @ TheBookCoverGirls for tagging me in this super fun post! She has an amazing blog which I totally think you should check out! I love going on vacation (because I rarely do so it is always a gift!) I always take a book with me, though I usually don’t get through it because I’m to busy being touristy! Still, I always need to plan a read so this tag was super helpful!


Rules

  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 5 friends
  • Link back to brookiecowles.com (the creator of the tag) in your post

Questions!

It’s the dead of winter and you are escaping to a tropical location. Hours in the sun with a book are on your “to-do” list. What book do you bring with you?

What book is not on my to-do list is the question.

Ummm…I would bring Heartless by Marissa Meyer (my Queen) with me. I read the ARC ages ago but I want to get into my finished copy and see the differences!

Also, I loved the story from just reading the ARC and I would not mind reading it again!

Otherwise, if I must bring a book I haven’t read, it would be Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh because I finally have it and I want to read it so badly!

You see the first signs of spring and your heart beats faster with the thought of warmer days. You are escaping for a nice cruise to herald in the warm weather. What book do you bring to accompany you on the decks of the ship?

Hmmmm a ship read. Definitely want to bring something pirate-y!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I have heard only amazing things about this book. (Mostly from the Book Princess Mandy who had a whole pirate phase earlier this year 😉 ) I really want to read this book it sounds so adventurous and swoony.

A perfect deck read!

Summer has arrived! You spend your weekends camping in the mountains. Fresh air, trees, animals, and campfires keep you company on your outing. What book do you bring to read next to the sound of the flowing creek?

Summer is when I read contemporary, but the whole nature/woodlands setting is giving me major fantasy feels!

The Wondla Trilogy by Tony Deliwitzki
This is a middle grade fantasy, that I haven’t read, but my favourite BookTuber, Regan from PeruseProject read it and loved it. I read a lot of what she reads so I’ll take her word for it and try it out!

Fall is approaching. Nothing makes your happier than crunchy leaves turning red and orange and purple. You bring a book to the local park to read on a bench under the whispering trees. What book do you read?

Fall is my dystopia/sci-Fi season. Perhaps it is because everything dies and or is decaying during that time, but I am just in the mind set that I need to read something action-y, science-y and fun!

I would probably read the Legend series by Marie Lu

Despite the amount of heartbreak it would cause me, I am totally down to read this again! ALSO MARIE LU’S NEW NOVEL WARCROSS COMES OUT IN THE FALL, WHICH IS SCI-FI AND ACTION-Y AND I AM SURE ALL THINGS WONDERFUL!!

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Christmas is in the air. Lights, and carolers, and shopping. You want to curl up next to the fireplace with a good book that reminds you of comfort. What do you curl up with?

Oooo a comforting book…Hmmmmm

Probably The Chronicles of Narnia! I need to read at least one of the books each year! I prefer to read all seven, all at once but a girl only has so much time. *sigh*

Anyways, Narnia is my perfect comfort read! It has all the action, adventure yet cute moments that make me reminisce about my childhood. PLUS  I’m always in the mood to watch the movies so why not have a book/movie marathon!

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Winter lasts sooooo long. You need something to remind you that the sun will come out again. What book to you read to take you away on the vacation you wish you were going on?

Alright, so summer vacation = contemporary and because I have failed to list one in the past prompts I shall list one now!

Geekerella by Ashley Poshton or When Dimple Met Rishi by  Sandhya Menon

I know that these are both super cute and adorable reads and I really want to read them! They might not take place in a “summer-y” vacation setting, but the feels they would both give me is vacation enough!

I Tag…

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews

Bella @ Bella Blogs Because Books

May @ Forever and Everly

Tiana @ The Book Raven

Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional

*You can totally skip this if you have done it before!*


Alright that was fun! I hope you all enjoyed! Do certain seasons correspond to certain genres to you? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Maz Reviews Three Dark Crowns

Greetings readers!

I’m coming to you with my sister Maz’s review for our buddy read, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

Maz expressed her reaction to me through an email. It was short, but it contained a few curse words and many exclamation points, so if you want to know more about her frustration read her review below!

Also, mini-reminder that at the end of June we will have a discussion post going up about this book. We can chat characters, theories and opinions in the comments that day!

Enjoy Maz’s review below!

*Didn’t miss a review by Rendz or Kez? Fear not just click on their names for more!*


Hi there, this is Maz (I know weird pen name but Rendz has a theme going if you haven’t figured it out yet)

Anyway, keep reading for my tragic first attempt ever at writing a book review starrrring Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

 

So… where to begin… wheeeerrrrrreeee to begin…

 

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FRUSTRATED SIGH…

 

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I want to say I liked this book, I really do, but I’d be lying if I said I fell in love with it. Don’t get me wrong this story had a lot of good things going for it and that ending…

 

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Well let’s just say it has captured enough of my attention to want to read the next one. But what gets me so frustrated are some of the decisions that were made and the unnecessary existence of a somewhat love triangle. I mean is it really a love triangle, are we really going to call it that? Well, all I can say for sure is that I DID NOT APPRECIATE IT. Also, it’s going to be a long time before a certain someone’s name doesn’t get me so worked up and angry.

But let’s start at the beginning shall we. As Rendz instructed I started this book with the mindset that I had to support my designated queen a.k.a Mirabella. I mean it’s cool that there are three sisters in this book, it sounds like it would be easy to relate to, besides the fact that they are triplets and are trying to kill each other. However, I can’t say that Mirabella was my favourite of the three by the end. Instead that honor fell to the one, the only, Arsinoe.

I liked her, I really did. I liked the person she was and the way she thought. Yes, she knew that she was probably going to lose to her sisters and had no chance of surviving but that never stopped her from living a happy care-free life. Arsinoe embraced who she was; flaws and all, and I really appreciated that. What I didn’t appreciate were the results of that bear incident. And no Rendz, I don’t care if it’s shallow, I’ve got my limits and that surpassed them.

So why not one of the other two queens, might you ask? Well even though I liked Katherine, I mostly felt sorry for her. I think that out of all three sisters she was dealt the most hardships in life and grew up quite lonely. Plus, I wish we got to see more from her, I feel that her story came in third after the other two queens. That being said, what I liked most about Katherine was that despite growing up in the environment that she did she never let it corrupt her. She came across (to me at least) as a sweet soul and I just really wanted to save her. But maybe I don’t need to because her last scene really got me routing for her and in her corner.

Lastly, Mirabella. What can I say; I now understand why Rendz would yell at me while she was reading it. I liked her at the start. I appreciated her questioning her destiny and that of her sisters and thinking that bloodshed could be avoided. But then the ship started to sink or perhaps the wrong one started to set sail. I don’t blame her for everything but it got to the point of ridiculous. I mean really? WHY? JUST WHY?

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Annnddd that is all I’m going to say about it because if I keep going this review will never end. Let’s just say this is the reason why I get so angry every time I think about this book.

Now, one last thing before I end my ranting.

Jules. (*snickers*, Rendz is going to go after me)

I get it, she’s Arsinoe’s best friend, but so is Bree to Mirabella, and I don’t know about you but I don’t see Bree getting as much attention, so why give Jules such a big role. Going into this book I thought we were going to have three main protagonists, but then you have to go and throw a fourth into the mix. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I liked Jules and I hate what was done to her (read to find out what) but I was kind of surprised then annoyed that we got introduced to her before Arsinoe. In my opinion, it almost felt, and I still feel this way, as if their roles were reversed. Jules, to me, felt more like the main hero and Arsinoe was her sidekick.

(Rendz: JULES DESERVES THE WORLD!)

So what do I rate this book?…

3 out of 5 stars.

I can’t give it a four. I wish I could but one event kept overshadowing everything else from its occurrence on and even with all the excitement of finally reaching the Beltane and having all three queens in one place showing off (or not *wink wink*) their stuff; that one thing kept rearing its ugly head and ruining everything for me.


Well what did you all think? Did Maz make some good points? Feel free to ask her any questions in the comments I’ll let her know and get a response to you!

Now, I’m sure you are probably all tired of reading reviews so….be prepared for the spoiler-y discussion post! You have a couple of weeks to read this book if you haven’t already! Spread the word about the RKM Discussion as that would really be appreciated!

Until next time!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz (and Maz!)

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Kez Reviews Three Dark Crowns

Greetings readers!

Boy, oh boy are you in for a treat! I finally wrangled one of my sisters into getting their reviews done! If you didn’t know, my two sisters and I buddy read Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake and we will each have a review posted along with a spoiler-y discussion towards the end of June!

Watching Kez react to this book was one of the most hilarious things I have seen! Her anger, heartbreak and just pure rage had me rolling over and in tears of laughter! She is not one to hide her feelings!

So I bring her Spoiler Free review to you today! Enjoy reading it as much as I did 😉!

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

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When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.


 

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This was me at the end of the book for lots and lots of reasons. Lord I needed help.

I have no clue where to start because my emotions are everywhere for this book but let’s start at the beginning shall we?

I was intrigued by the premise of the book. Three queens but only one winner; sounds awesome. I think I envisioned this going many different ways none of which came close to the actual story.

The beginning was slow paced (some might argue too slow) but I don’t fault Kendare Blake for it because well she had to give us the background story to three different protagonists and how they relate to one another. There was enough detail for us to build a connection with the characters and understand their decision making. The Beltane festival was also probably one of my favourite moments of the book (after figuring out what it meant) because it was the ultimate culmination of what we were waiting for: Poisons vs Elements vs Nature.

Would I have preferred a bit more action throughout,  I do love action. (Just not the action Ms. Blake chose… more on that later). 

So let’s meet the three queens.

Katharine: Oh Katy, Katy, Katy. I like you. I’m not like a super-fan but you’ve got me hooked. (Now you just gotta reel me in) I almost want to say she’s may favourite queen because by the end of the book there was so much mystery surrounding her; but I think I gotta give my crown to Arsinoe. Where does Katherine fit in now that we know about Arsinoe? How did she get out of that hole? Will she and Pietyr have a lovers quarrel? And REVENGE on who???!!??)

It was sad to read about her difficult upbringing due to the minimal amounts of affection and how she tried to stay strong. Yet, she’s resilient. I like that. I enjoyed her parts with Pietyr ( I love romance). Problem was she was kinda a flat character till the very end. I would’ve appreciated a little more spice.

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Arsinoe: This is me! And well, we kinda mesh, maybe. I like Arsinoe. I can’t lie when I say that I was a bit annoyed at how her moments were initially over shadowed by Jules but eventually you come to enjoy Jules and their friendship. Since this was my designated queen, I was always on Arsinoe’s side from beginning to end. My support for her never faded and I knew she would be kickass! She was headstrong (like me 😃) and so not shallow (oops not so like me 😝). It made me sad when she was so resolute about dying because she thought she had no chance but didn’t let it stop her from living her life.

I think my favourite part of this book was Arsinoe and Billy. ❤ I can’t give too much away because Rendz is a stickler about spoilers but I loved their banter and how it wasn’t full “I love you” proclamations but they built a relationship that was stronger than the other romantic relationships in the book. I cannot wait to read more about her after she made her final discovery which by the way I totally saw coming. (You need to read to find out what it is)

Mirabella: She can go to hell and burn. The end.

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Okay fine. I liked her at the beginning. I appreciated how she still had some memories about her sisters and did not want to kill them. She was strong and also struggled with her role. OK.

BUT when she shoved her way into someone’s relationship (not cool); tampered with his head and despite knowing that he was in relationship still got naked with him. Well I wrote her off. I forgot about her whole story line after this. She is irrelevant to my life.

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Here is my main issue with this book. I feel like some secondary characters (cough cough, Joseph) and their roles/story plots overshadowed that of the queens, specifically Katharine and Arsinoe. You became more interested in those details and I feel like that took away from being able to fully get with the characters. I am not sure why Ms. Blake did not do this with Mirab*** because I would have been okay with it. (I still don’t like her). For some reason you always had to learn about the main protagonist via the secondary characters, which makes me hope the sequel is more voiced through the queen’s perspective.

Otherwise I loved the concept of magic, low magic and how it’s a matriarchal society. Go girl power! It was fun to read about everyone’s conniving plots to win and stop the others. It was a well written book and although the messy love triangle still irks at my brain and heart; I am obviously going to read the sequel to learn how it all concludes. That being said if the sequel goes south … well my second review will probably be very short.

Conclusion: 3.5 out 5 crowns 

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Well, wasn’t that entertaining. I hope you all enjoyed Kez’s review. Please feel free to comment any thoughts, agreements or disagreements! (Kez: Um…no disagreements!) I’ll let her know so she can write back to you.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for Maz’s review tomorrow! She has some more opinions to add! And don’t forget that we will be having a spoiler-y discussion post going up at the end of June!!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz (and Kez!)
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May Wrap Up/Haul and June TBR

Greetings readers!

May was one heck of a month, both in terms of reading and real-life. A lot of things happened this month, including a lot of reading do I am very happy with the amount of books I’ve read!

In terms of blogging, I got a fair amount of posts in there is still one thing that I am setting up, but it probably won’t get published until the summer! This summer is going to hopefully include a lot of blogging because I plan on reading A LOT.

In May I read:

Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi

This was a stunning novella and the perfect prequel to The Star-Touched Queen. If you want more from Maya and Amar you should definitely give this a read. My Full Review.

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

This was a fun and dramatic contemporary set in the Bronx. If your are looking for another book to diversify your shelves I would recommend this! My Full Review.

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

This was a creepy and fun story filled with re-tellings in forms you may not have read before.  My Full Review.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I buddy read this with my sisters! It was an intense dark fantasy with some great action, twists and suspense! My review is up and you can look forward to reviews from Kez and Maz soon! My Full Review.

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

A long awaited sequel to The Crown’s Game which I read last year and loved! I haven’t posted my review yet but you can look forward to that soon!

Four full books and one novella in total, I would call that a successful month!

May Haul

Now I was planning to spend some big bucks on May but that didn’t happen! Instead I went on a NetGalley binge!

I was approved four requests this month:

Quincey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

The Book of Whispers by Kimberley Starr

Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko

The Ninth Circle, Book One: Fire by C.A. Harland

I also got supremely lucky and I won a signed copy of Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh!

Then I went to the library and picked up The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye!

No money spent BUT heads up its only a few days into June and I’ve already bought three books!

June TBR

This is is going to be a very slow month in terms of blogging and reading! I will be sporadic in my posts and interactions with you all so try not to miss (or forget) me.

This month I’ll be reading: 

The Kingdom of Oceana

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Bentwhistle in A Threat From The Past by Paul Cude

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

Three is a small goal, hopefully I can make it to all three!!

 

 

 

 


Alright that is it for me! I have a busy month up ahead but I still look forward to posting (and reading) as much as I can! Let me know what was your favourite book from last month. Your favourite buy/borrow from last month. And your most anticipated read of this month!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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