THE GILDED WOLVES IS OUT TODAY!!! | Release Day Blitz! Meet the Characters!

Greetings readers!

I am so happy to announce that Roshani Chokshi’s new book, The Gilded Wolves is out today!!!

This book was pitched as “National Treasure but make it HOT!” and honestly…what more could you ask for! I’m sure many of you out there have heard about it and are running to get your copies! I am waiting for my hold to come in from the library…but I have a feeling that I might be taking a trip to the bookstore before hand because I seriously cannot wait to read this!

Roshani is a wordsmith! She can charm the socks off me and I absolutely adore her debut The Star-Touched Queen! I have yet to read A Crown of Wishes and Aru Shah, but I am super excited for them all.

I am sure that this book will have just as much charm, snark, and BANTER (and you guys know how much I LOVE banter!!!)

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

Publisher: Wednesday Books
Pub Date: Jan 15, 2019
Price: $24.99 CAD
ISBN: 9781250144546
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Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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What Am I Most Excited About, You Ask!?

THE CHARACTERS

Book crews are the Thing now and I am 11/10 down for them all!!!!!

Weeks before the release day, Roshani was slowly revealing all the main characters from this book on several social media sites.

TODAY I WILL REVEAL MY THOUGHTS ON THEM ALL, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I DO!

For those of you wondering where you can find Roshani’s thread of thoughts, here is the link below!

ENRIQUE

A “nerdy Spanish-Filipino historian whose decision making is v food-centric.”

He reads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I mean FOOD.

Automatically a cutie!

TRISTAN

I won’t lie….I am both frightened and intrigued at the thought of the tarantula character. And Tristan is a gardener, a work I will never be capable of doing!

HYPNOS

Rosh loves him, but he is terrible???? Sounds oh so intriguing!!! Look at that literal sparkling champagne!

ZOFIA

I love a girl who loves FIRE!!! I am very excited to see what science-y things my girl Zo has up her sleeve!

LAILA

Dubbed “Mom Friend”….I am the mom friend so I hope that I love her. I mean look at her. She already looks so fabulous!!!

SÉVERIN

I mean….just….”Nicholas Cage in National Treasure but make him sexy”

Goal achieved. Looking forward to meeting him *coughs*

These gorgeous character cards were all designed by Nicole Deal (@NicoleDealArt), whom you should definitely check out!


I hope you are all exciting for the release of The Gilded Wolves! I know I am and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy soon!!!!

Let me know what you think! Have you read TGW? What did you think? Are you getting a copy today/tomorrow/soon? What character seems the most intriguing to you?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz


 

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I read Kingdom of Ash | A Farewell Post to a Series I Will Not Miss

Greetings readers!

Well, here I am. I am finally finished with the Throne of Glass series. Thank God for that, phew. I am done and it feels good. I wasted precious time this Holiday season to read this monstrous book, and technically it is my first read book of 2019, but it is finally out of the way and I couldn’t be more relieved!

I can finally scroll through Instagram liberally without having to worry about spoilers!!!!

Before I truly begin, I just want to release an official statement as to how this post is gonna go down. It’s not gonna be all sunshine and rainbows. I’m petty, bitter and just tired. I hope you guys don’t take any of what I say to heart. If you love this series, that’s great. Amazing! I’m so happy for you.

That being said…

1. This is not going to be a formal review. I will critique certain parts of it, but it will become more of a rant than a review.

2. This is going to be spoilery!!! Both for this book and the previous books!

3. I have a very unpopular opinion on this series, so if you came here to fight me, be rude to me, insult me in the comments section, you can kindly find the exit button. Otherwise stay! Any rude comments will be kindly ignored.

4. If you disagree with me, that is a-okay! I welcome it! Just be civil and I will kindly agree to disagree!

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

You mean Kingdom of TRASH….*too much too soon?*

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: Oct 23rd, 2018
ISBN: 9781619636101
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Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

Before Reading:

I tried to go in with the most open mind I could possibly have. Any preconceived notions about the book that I had, I tried to let go. But let’s be honest. I have a deep dislike for this series. Hatred may be too strong a word, but it’s not that far off from it.

I don’t hate SJM, that is not fair and I do not agree with people who hate authors because they dislike the direction of their stores. I wish no ill on SJM, I just fell out of love with the series.

Despite my best efforts, here are a few of the things I tried to not think about going in…but inevitably obsessed over.

  1. Chaol is going to die and nothing will stop me from hating this series.
  2. Dorian is going to die too because he is gonna sacrifice himself for Alien.
  3. I am gonna have to put up with the smuttiest of scenes between Aelin and Rowan *vomits*
  4. I am gonna have to put up with all the Alien Ashton Galifinakis worshipping (or whatever the Hell her name is)
  5. CHAOL IS GONNA DIE WHICH MEANS YRENE WILL DIE, WHICH MEANS I WILL HATE THIS SERIES FOREVER.

During Reading:

Y’all I opened to the very first page of the book, to the very first scene and I wanted to chuck it across the room already. I just could NOT. It’s Rowan’s POV and he says and does such Rowan things and I just couldn’t bleh bleh blehhhhhhhhhhh

Then came Alien’s POV and uuuugggghhhhh I just could not again. Did I feel happy that she was being tortured? No, I’m no sadist. It was just the realization that I had to read 992 pages of this that I could not bear.

It took 6 chapters to get to Chaol. 6! And even then I only got a page and a half from him.

I trudged through this book people, trudged. There were too many people to follow, too many couples that needed their romantic subplot, their own battles and their time to give glorious speeches about the amazingly-totally-awesome Aelin. Ew.

Some things I noticed while reading that I just could NOT deal with:

1. The use of “MATE.”

You could honestly make a drinking game with this word and we would all be drunk by the end of the fifth chapter. That is how many times this word is written? Who is it uttered by, you may ask? None other than Alien and her magical Fae Prince. *barf* I know some of y’all out there find this cute and romantic…I do not. I personally think they make themselves sound a lot more like wild animals.

2. Worshipping the Alien’s Ass.

Whooooweeee I COULD NOT STAND THIS. LIKE SHE IS NOT EVEN THAT GREAT OR AMAZING. WHY THE HELL IS SHE PRAISED FOR EVERY SINGLE LITTLE THING THAT SHE DOES? I AIN’T SAYING SHE HASN’T DONE SOME GOOD IN HER LIFE, BUT PUH-LEASE I DO NOT SEE HER LIKE SOME GOD.
And it’s not just the characters that worship her, but the literal plot and revelations of the story have to support those claims of her amazingness. Of course she is not only queen of Terrasen or whatever, but she has to be a Fae Queen too and all the magical creatures have to worship her.

Give me a fucking break. Nah.

And then there is her court, who are honestly ugh. I am so done with them. #1 is Rowan because honestly I find no interest in him. SO bland and boring and honestly all he does is snarl whenever somewhere dares question/challenge something Alien says. He obviously needs to relax and ooof there was one scene, I just needed him to get out. Fenrys is doubly guilty of this.

3. This book is too fucking long.

Almost 1000 pages and more than half is filler content where nothing happens and the characters haven’t moved from the same spot they started the chapter in. It got boring real fast in places (*coughs–Aedion’s chapters were the most boring of all*) and I just felt like skipping.

4. Everyone was horny.

This book has 4-6 straight couples in this book and they each need there sexy times. None more than Alien and Her Rowan of course *eye roll* and I honestly could have lived without it. There are some fifty-shades scenes up in there. Not everyone went full out and it was not as long as that beach scene from EoS, but blerrrrgggghhhhhhhh.

The sweet and tender moments were replaced with the hot and heavy action. It just killed a lot of the ships.

5. Milking Sorscha’s death.

Hurt like hell. Sorscha was a star in Heir of Fire, I loved her and the way that SJM tortured Dorian with her death hurt.

After Reading:

How absolutely underwhelming.

*SPOILERS ARE GETTING BIGGER–BEWARE*

1. First we must pay our respects for the dead

*moment of silence*

I’l be honest, one of these deaths hurt me more than the other. It was really sad and soooo unfair. I didn’t cry, but I was still emotionally hurt by their final scene. And I use “their” because this was a group death. It was totally epic and really impacted one of my favourite characters.

The other death, well okay it happened. Like I was sad that this person died, but was I struck down with major emotion?…No. I’m not saying I am happy that they died either…it’s just that it impacted a secondary character and honestly I felt the death was brushed under the carpet so that the romance could bloom.

2. Now let’s talk Ships *Super spoilery for this book so I caution you*

Aelin and Rowan: Couldn’t give a bigger damn. Actually want to vomit. Ew.

Lorcan and Elide: The best romance in the book. I liked both characters and am very happy with their ending.

Manon and Dorian: Don’t end up together-together, but still end up together. Idk…look I like them together and all, but like what is their connection? All I got from their relationship were the sexy times.

Chaol and Yrene: My baby is gonna be a daddy. I am such a proud momma. I feel like their romance was fully cemented in the ToD so there was nothing new coming from them in this book that particularly excited me.

Aedion and Lysandra: *Unpopular opinion here again* Lysandra deserved waaayyy better. I’m sorry, I know y’all adore Aedion, but I just do not see it. I do not hate him, don’t get me wrong, but ???? I just do not see it! I don’t get it. It is possible that someone can sway me here, you just have to be super convincing.

3. My actual thoughts on the plots ending.

A. I liked how SJM brought in all the novella characters and company to really tie in all the books together (because let’s be honest books 1 and 2 take place on another fricking planet than the rest). I didn’t remember the details of most of them, but I still enjoyed seeing semi-familiar faces.

B. I liked the tribute to Yrene’s heroicness. Because my girl is amazing and I adore her and would read SJM again if it is about her.

C. The destruction of Maeve was so anti-climatic. All these people do is talk. Talk. Evil talk. Glorious heroic talk. Blah. Blah. Blah. BLAST. Maeve is dead. COME ON. Did no one else find this severely underwhelming????

D. Ya’ll I did not get the symbolism in the final final scene. WTF is the Kingsflame? A flower?

MORE ELOQUENT REVIEW-TYPE THOUGHTS

The Okay things

  • I liked everyone, but Aelin and Rowan
  • It was suspenseful
  • The goodbye scene between the original trio–so much love (!!!!!!!!!!)

The NO-kay things

  • Toooo looooooonnnnnngggggg, this could honestly be a 500 pg novel and we could have the same ending. Really needs to cut the crap (about 500 pages of it)
  • The final-final battles are so underwhelming!!!!!
  • The deaths (although sad) not nearly enough to create raw impact.

Rating: 2.75 / 5 Stars

Recommend: I say no, but you guys do you.


Overall, I am relieved to be done. I didn’t hate this book, but I don’t care for it. This is not a series I will ever be picking up again, even if I have this major love for Chaol and other secondary characters, I just cannot deal with the others.

I do love Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. I mean the “Get Up” scene is ICONIC. I will not deny you that. And I know a ton of you out there love this series and I am so happy for you. I hope that this ending fulfilled some of your wishes and that you enjoy your rereads if you so ever choose. I will never dump on you for liking these books, never, that is not me. I just dump on the books, not their readership. ❤

So I hope you are not all angry with me, I just have a lot of feelings and I need to vent.

And Finally

Farewell ToG, farewell my faves, farewell to all.

We will not meet again.

Let me know what you think! Are you a fan of the ToG series? (I love that you love it–no judgement!) Thoughts on the finale? Things you wish would have gone differently? A character you would like to see more of? Want to convince me that Aedion is not as crappy as I think he is? Shoot your shot!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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A Spark of White Fire | Review

Greetings readers!

This is my first review of the new year! (This is my first actual post for the new year–yay) And I am so excited to be talking about a book that I genuinely loved. I don’t read many space operas, but they have been a fascination of mine as of late for *reasons*.

I had an amazing time reading this book. I flew through it so fast! It’s a diverse, multicultural tale in space! How does that not make you want to read it?!?

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

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Publisher: Sky Horse Pony
Pub Date: Sept 11, 2018
Price: $27.99 CAD
ISBN: 978-1510733787
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The first book in a scifi retelling of the Mahabrahata. When Esmae wins a contest of skill, she sets off events that trigger an inevitable and unwinnable war that pits her against the family she would give anything to return to.

In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.


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*I was provided a finished copy by Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review!*

What I Liked:

Characters:

Esmae: Amazing. I mean…amazing! She’s got (mommy) issues, but she’s amazing. Esmae plays by the heart and it gets her into a lot of trouble, but that brain of hers is also pretty out of this world. She is perhaps a little-just a little–snow flakey because she had to be the bestest warrior/fighter/strategist, but like I admired her tact, wit and will a lot!

Titantia: Yes, she is a spaceship. Yes, she is amazing. Yes, she reminds me of Iko when she dawned the Rampion…only a little less flamboyant than my dear Iko. But she had a real personality and wisdom that I enjoyed reading.

Other characters…there were many amazing characters to be had. A lot of them were unique. I really liked the depiction of the uncle! It was so contradictory and plays with your feelings, until you just do not know what to think!

The Family Conflict Plot!:

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Can I just say that I LOVED this part of the book? There was so much drama to be had. So many twists and turns of the head. Family struggle is one of my favourite points of conflict in novels, I mean you want Esmae to side with one side of her family…but like the other side has good points to them too. And the cons of both sides are revealed and you just don’t know what to do and you’re stuck like Esmae! It’s a great, horrible feeling to have if you know what I mean. (DO I even make any sense? Probably not.)

The Prophecy:

I am a sucker for prophetic plots. It is definitely overdone, but I can’t help it. I absolutely adore the challenge of fate!!!!! Trying to weave a path around was is inevitable and will eventually come to be! And then there are more revelations and just when you think that inevitable has been avoided it is thrown right at your face. I LIVE FOR THIS STUFF. AND THIS BOOK HAD IT. AND IT KEPT ME ON THE EDGE OF MY (BUS) SEAT (CUZ I READ THIS ENTIRELY ON COMMUTES) AND ALL THE BUILD UP WAS WORTH IT!!!

THE GODS COME OUT TO PLAY!!!!!!!:

I have said it before, I will say it again. WHEN THE GODS COME OUT TO PLAY, TROUBLE IS COMING TO THE CHARACTERS WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And my goodness, did these gods cause trouble. Absolutely terrific!

The Plot:

So much fun. From the games, to the back and forth of family meetings, to the final dual. It was all so fantastic! It is a retelling of the Indian epic, Mahabharata. I cannot say whether it is like really well done or not because I am not familiar with the tale and I don’t really think a quick skim of the Wikipedia page makes me any kind of expert. I WILL HOWEVER say that the fish challenge was super awesome!

The Romance:

They are not cousins. That is all.

But it was also very cute and not the focus, but added to the drama!

What I Disliked:

I don’t have many complaints. Um a map would have been nice. There are a lot of planets, kingdoms and ships to keep track of. I also hope that the mom character is delved into a little bit more. She was a major source of conflict in this book, but not present at all so I’m hoping that will be coming in the sequel!


Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was fast-paced, full of action, the prophecies were amazing. Mandanna really took me on an adventure! I flew through it and you know that means that I had a great time with it!

Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars

Recommend: UM YES. THIS BOOK IS SO UNDERRATED AND YOU NEED TO GET ON IT NOW!

Let me know what you think! Did you enjoy this book? What epic retellings would you like to read? Can anyone recommend me a good Mahabharata movie/series/book that I can watch or read that will give me a better appreciation for it?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Clearly I Think Too Highly of Myself| A Look Back on my 2018 goals and setting myself up for 2019

Greetings readers!

Hehehehehehehehehe ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm welllll….uhhh let’s see, where do we begin?

Well, I, um made reading goals for 2018 last year. And the time has come to reflect on how I have done. And well, while I can say that I tried…if I tried my absolute best and hardest….that is another question.

The Old Goals and the Results

1. Read My Shelves

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Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Well…………………………………………………………………………..

This goal really sucked because I didn’t outline specific books I had in mind that I wanted to read, but now that I think clearly about it…I just didn’t get to any of them. No. That’s false, I just didn’t get to many.

Despite the two series rereads that I did (The Penderwicks and Ember Quartet (1-2)), the books that I read this year (that were not ARCs or review books) in total is 9 and the first 12 issues of the Fence comics.

Doesn’t seem that bad, right? But in reality I didn’t get to the books I really wanted to reads on my shelves.

Roshani Chokshi’s books — didn’t happen, but I practically own them all
V.E. Schwab — again I have her Shades of Magic trilogy and Vicious, but didn’t read them
The DC Icons series — own them all, all unread!
And more…

I really slacked with this goal for *reasons* and that must be rectified.

2. Read 25 debuts

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12 / 25 read debuts books of 2018

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb
Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Mirage by Somiaya Daud
Game of Secrets by Kim Foster
Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga
Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan

So like half of this goal was reached. I don’t know what I was thinking with the number 25 to be honest. Stupid past-Rendz.

3. Gain those 1000 followers

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Current Follower count: 680

No. Didn’t happen. I am terrible at interacting, that is all on me.

I took several unannounced breaks. I didn’t blog hop weekly like I said I would. I tend to not comment on a lot of things, shame on me. And I was gonna host a giveaway and instead spent the money on myself, bigger shame on me.

4. Manage my book money “better”

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Total money spent: ~$230

This actually hurts my soul a little. Holy cannoli I spent over $200 on books this year alone. Yikes. I mean considering how many books I got for free (I love you my dearest Canadian publishers) this number is still little too high for me.

5. Expand My Genres

3 Thriller/Mystery: 2/3 – S.T.A.G.S., The Little Dog

3 Contemporary: 5/3 –Broken Beautiful Hearts, The Calculus of Change, A Prom to Remember, Save the Date, Tell Me No Lies

3 Historical Fiction: 3/3 – Blood and Sand, Game of Secrets, Kingdom of Ash and Soot

3 Romance: 1/3 – Crazy Rich Asians

Well, I at least surpassed my Contemporary goal which makes me very happy. As for the others…some of the books under those categories are a bit of a stretch. I really thought I would surpass the romance one, there have been some really intriguing ones that have been released this year, but alas fantasy seemed to topple my TBR again. (Which I am not upset about, but still)

Goals for 2019

1. Relax on the Requesting Game

This includes accepting solicited requests and actually requesting books for myself. I keep digging myself into holes that I have trouble getting out of.  And often it happens that I am no longer interested in reading the book I requested.

So for 2019, I will only be requesting books I actually, truly want to read and not just those I think I *may* want to read. This also means that I am not going to request so frequently so I have time to read what I have already received.

2. Read my ARCs on time

I have a track record of not reading books on time and it is getting bad. The amount of expired ARCs I have not read yet and other book requests is ridiculous. I really need to start making proper schedules and it all starts when I relax my requesting game.

3. Read My Shelves (But better)

I want to carve out time in the year and at least once a month to read the books I actually own. It probably won’t happen every month, but I want to at least try.

By the end of 2019, I should have read the following series on my shelves:

A Crown of Wishes and The Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi
Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
The DC Icons series
Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor
The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White

4. Get Involved

I’m not really going to focus on follower count this year, instead I am going to try to make actual friends on this world web. This definitely means more blog hopping from me and forcing myself to interact.

5. Make a trademark blog feature and keep up with it

I really want to bring something to this blog to make it more enticing and exciting. My creative well has been dull these past months so now I need to amp my game up and bring something new and exciting to this blog. Any ideas are welcome XD

6. Connections. Connections. Connections.

I also want to build stronger connections with the publishers I am already engaged with. This traces back to interaction, what seems to be the theme of these goals. I have one publisher in particular that I am looking to reach out to. Hopefully they say yes!


I am going to play 2019 by ear. There are so many fantastic books coming that are literally going to knock my socks off and I couldn’t be more excited. Seriously, this year is going to rock the book world and I couldn’t be more happier.

While I may have not met many of my 2018 goals, I am still so proud of how much I was able to accomplish. The amount of publishers I’ve reached out to, the books I have read and the work I have done.

Above all, I want to thank each and every one of you who have made this past year even more special. I hope to get to know you all a lot more this new year.

Let me know what you think! Did you meet your 2018 goals? Are you making any 2019 goals? What was your favourite moment from this past year (book or non-book related!)? What book(s) are you most excited for this 2019?!

Happy reading and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

~ Rendz

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The Bookish Feels | Books That Make Me Gush

Greetings readers!

It’s that lull time between the holidays. After the high and rush of Christmas comes the anticipation of the New Years party and adventures and here I am trying to blog which I have had a terrible time keeping up with while on vacation!

So I figured I would try my luck with this blog feature again so that you all don’t get bored of my repetitive blog theme. And yet this is the continuation of a post I did waayyyy back in August.

Better late than never, right?

If you want to check out the last one, it was Books that Make Me Mad! It was a strong start, so I hope you all enjoy this one too!

Books that Make Me Gush are not the same as books that I genuinely enjoy. I am sure many of you feel the same. In order for a book to make me gush, it has to be something extra special. It has to have the amazing characters, the epic plot and then something a little bit more that just makes me crumble in feels!!!!!!!!!!!

The Fluffy Gush

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The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

I wrote an entire blog post on why this series means the world to me, if you are interested in reading the long version I will link it here. But if you just need the short summary, the thing that makes me gush the most is the sister relationship. The sisters are all very different, with different goals in life and passions, but they all have this love for each other that I admire so much. Their love for one another and their whole dynamic is just so precious. My heart sings whenever I think about this series!

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The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I don’t talk about this book enough!!!!! I absolutely loooooovvvveeeddd this book! It’s a quite romance with manners and a dash of telekinetic powers! It is honestly just so so so great. I can’t even find a better way to explain it. The characters are all so fun to follow, Nina is so relatable, Valerie is a total witch–but like I also liked her!!!–and Hector is a noob, but his redemption *clutches chest*. But I’ll be honest the star of the book is Nina and she goes through such a lovely transformation and is so fiercely passionate! If you want to read outside your genre and try romance for a change, I definitely recommend this book if your want a more gentle love story!

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The Beautiful Ones

The Epic Gush

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Do I really need to explain this???? Like?? If you are reading this blog for the first time maybe you do not know, but I ADORE this series. Like I am creepily obsessed with it and its characters and it’s not healthy but I don’t care!! This science fictions, fairy tale retelling mashup was perfect in my eyes and I can talk your ear off about it any day!!!

You can read my in-depth, super gif-filled rants about each book by clicking on the links!

A Moment of Fangirling: Cinder

A Moment of Fangirling: Scarlet

A Moment of Fangirling: Cress

A Moment of Fangirling: Winter

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This series is just everything. I mean it is on the list and it is not even complete yet. We have one book more to go which is a long ways off from being published, but like I am so so so so in love with everything about it. The characters are incredibly well crafted: see Laia of Serra, my Queen and one of the first fantasy characters I actually felt embodied my kind of personality! See also Elias Veturius: One of my book husbands. The world in this book, the politics, the MAGIC….everything, everything, EVERYTHING about this series makes me quicker with excitement!

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The Narnia Gush

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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Self-explanatory. I mean…hello? Magical worlds found in magical wardrobes that lead to magical adventures that leads to being ruler of magical kingdoms?????????? Yes, please. Thank you very much. I will be honest the movies might be a little more influential on me than the books (is that a horrible thing to say? Oh well!), but I just love the story so much! They are definitely not perfect, but there are definitely golden moments to be had!

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

I mean a book about the lives of siblings after living in a Narnia-like world for so many years????????????????????????? I have been waiting for this my whole life and I when I got to read it earlier this year I absolutely fell in love!!!!!!!!!!!! The characters and the emotions….I still think about it to this day and wonder about how things might be going for our dear sisters Ev and Phil after their adventures. It had so much goodness on its own and on top of that it had Narnia goodness!!!!!!!!

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I could add so many other gush-inducing books, but I must save some for other Bookish Feel posts!

Let me know what you think! What books make you completely gush? What feeling would you like to see me express in one of these posts? 

Happy reading (and gushing!)

~ Rendz

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Grim Lovelies | Review

Greetings readers!!

I read this book in record time…I think? It was done only in commutes to and from school. And I did it in less than one week so I think that is a record. Now…I think I might have hyped myself a little too much for this one. But I mean…Paris. Monsters. Magic. How can that go wrong….well it can…

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)

Pub Date: Oct 2nd, 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Price: $24.99 CAD
ISBN: 9781328809186
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Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.


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What I Liked What I found MEH:

The Magic:

The magic was cool. I liked the whisper aspect and the hierarchy of creatures. I liked the dynamic between the different levels of creature and it created the perfect element of drama and suspense. The goblins were definitely my favourite!

Characters:

I didn’t connect with any of the characters, its not that I disliked them but there was no substance to any of them. Anouk was okay. I mean she only had one year of full human life with a dark bleak animal past that is not really explored in the book until like the end. Everyone else was really flat. None of them were really piqued my interest, except maybe for Cricket because her sass was fun. Everyone else was literally so static and didn’t get much development throughout the novel.

The romance was the most meh–of all the mehs:

Anouk and Plain-Ass Beau honestly had no chemistry, I am sorry. Their little school girl/boy crushes turned into love in the span of like a chapter. Nothing about either of them really made this relationship work for me. And I think the author is trying to put some next-level love triangle thing and…I’m not up for it. Unless the other guy turns out to be something more interesting than Beau, but from what I’ve read so far he is missing a few screws…

The Plot:

It was fine. I liked the time crunch and I liked the antics of the adventures, but it was not exciting…I mean there were “suspenseful” moments and yet I felt nothing. Throughout this whole book I just flipped and flipped, but never felt any true, deep emotions for what has been happening to the characters.

The Ending:

The ending was…okay? Like I don’t know…it just feels like book 2 will be a completely different thing from book 1…? It was a little predictable and I am not necessarily intrigued by what it has to offer.

What I Disliked:

There was nothing I necessarily disliked, it’s more that I disliked that fact that I found the whole book to be so meh!!!! I needed something in this book to exaggerating, explosive, crazy and maybe then I wouldn’t find it to be so meeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhh.

Oh I did dislike that the only French used in this book was for swear words and they were so awkwardly placed interrupting the flow. I mean I think I expected a lot more French than just the repeated vas te faire foutre.


Overall, it was okay. I did have some fun while reading this book, I will not lie. But I had no real attachment to this story. I could have gone my whole life without reading it and I think I would have been content! (Is that too harsh??) It’s fine, it’s just not anything overly exciting or new and the characters did not shine for me which is like the worst case for me!

Rating: 2.75-3 / 5 Stars

Recommend: It’s really up to you. If you don’t mind a more–I guess–plot driven novel.

Let me know what you think! Have you read this yet? What did you think? Have you ever expected too much from a book?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Is this a recap, a wrap-up, a where am I now? | Hi again…It’s been a while and it is nice to be back.

Greetings readers!

Hiya, how is it going? What have you been up to? It has been like two weeks since I have been on here and I feel like I have missed soooooo much. (Trust me I have a lot of blog hopping to do and it will happen soon). Right now I guess I would wrap up what I got done before I headed into exam season and what has happened since then. Obviously skipping over my exam shenanigans.

SO WHAT REALLY HAS HAPPENED?

I honestly don’t know. It’s all kind of like a blur to me…..thank goodness for Goodreads and social media that keeps me on track. XD

This is going to be a combination of of November and December until today and I will be highlighting a Holiday TBR that is most definitely far too ambitious but I am going to try anyways!

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What Rendz Read from November to December (18th)

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I am in love! This is an Adult fantasy series you definitely do not want to miss! My Full Review

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Goodnight, Anne by Kallie George
Adorable! So cute! So much fun! Perfect for Anne fans! Mini-Review

The Magician’s Secret by Zachary Hyman
So magical and imaginative! Perfect for the reader with a wild mind! Mini-Review

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
I will be honest, this book was a tad over-hyped! More than a little boring in places and I just honestly feel very meh about it! Full review to come!

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
This was super great! I had such a great time reading and I flew through this!! Full review to come!

A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak
Not my cup of tea at all! I had so many problems with this and just nope, nope, nope! Full Goodreads review!

Fence (issues #1-12) by C. S. Pacat
So much fun. Hilarious! Hoopla truly blessed me these comics!


The Haul

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer (Indigo purchase)

HCC Frenzy ARCs
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

Hachette Book Group Canada
Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Raincoast Books
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Black Friday Book Outlet Book Haul!
(I splurged and I may have some regrets, but not really!)
The Beautiful Ones by SIlvia Moreno-Garcia
City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic) by Anna Meriano

Featured Posts of the Month!

For those still looking for some holiday picks!

Perfect Picture Books to get this Holiday Season from Tundra Books! | A Double Dose of Anne & a Magical Secret!

Perfect Picture Books to get this Holiday Season from Tundra Books!

Let’s Be Honest, I’m Never Gonna Read These Books!

Let's Be Honest I'm Never Gonna Read These Books!

Other Going-Ons

I MEAN BESIDES STUDYING……………..HAVE I REALLY BEEN UP TO ANYTHING??

THE FAN ART BRAIN HAS BEEN TINGLING!

There are things coming people. I mean…I haven’t started anything yet, but I have lots of ideas and I cannot wait to start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE LION KING TEASER TRAILER HAPPENED

I mean….if they do an exact replica of the original movie only with a different type of animation, I am not exactly complaining….!

I WATCHED THE ANNE OF GREEN GABLES 1985 SULLIVAN ADAPTATION (AGAIN)

It’s just so, so great! I feel like watching it again!

TBR

It’s ambitious. It’s not gonna get done. It’s totally over the top. But A girl can dream!

The Grisha Trilogy & The Language of Thorns
I was actually planning a giant Leigh Bardugo reread in preparation of King of Scars (but I do not think I will be getting to SoC and CK before January)

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Unfortunately. I am tired of having to be so cautious of spoilers and I might as well get it over with. I am trying to keep an open mind while reading, but I make no promises.

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

The Sisters of Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Truthwitch & Windwitch by Susan Dennard
If I read these, my sister will read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!!! She is sitting beside me right now judging me, but I am putting it in writing to cement this promise.

I am lucky if I even finish that monstrous Maas novel in the next two weeks. But a girl can try!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I will do a Holiday Wrap-Up at the beginning of January to let you know about my progress! The new year has so many amazing books coming and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some ARCs that just make 2019 even more exciting!!!!!

Let me know what you have been up to! I promise to visit your blogs as soon as I can!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz