May Wrap-Up & June TBR | Slow reading, but new obsessions…

Greetings readers!

Here we are half way through the year and ahh the days are getting gorgeous outside. I love summer and everything that has to do with vacation vibes (even thought there will be no vacation this year) so I am *smiles* taking it day by day.

May was a pretty good month. It was a great reading month even though I didn’t read many books. Then again, quality over quantity!

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What Rendz Read!

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart (3/5 🌟)
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean (4/5 🌟)
The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S. Villoso (5/5 🌟)
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (3/5 🌟)
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (3.5/5 🌟)
Jade City by Fonda Lee (4.5/5 🌟)

Highlight Book(s): So definitely The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng and Jade City by Fonda Lee. Two books that ahh blew me away for so many reasons. The first the end of a beloved series and the second the start of a new one. I am living.

Lowliest Book(s): While these aren’t low ratings I was not quite happy with Witches Steeped in Gold and Descendant of the Crane. I just felt like they both lacked some luster for me.

The Haul:

Let’s just say I have been very, very lucky with the publisher love.

For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June
The Unpopular Vote by Jasper Sanchez
Don’t Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor

On the Hook by Francisco X. Stork

Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
Song of the Forever Rains by E.J. Millow

Other Going Ons

~ Shadow and Bone Meet & Greet ~

I lived my best life on May 8th 2021. I was in the same Zoom room as the Shadow & Bone cast. I WAS IN THE SAME ZOOM ROOM AS BEN BARNES. I can honestly tell you that I do not remember a single thing from my session. I was so focused on getting screenshots and staring lovingly at the actors that I do not remember a single thing that was actually spoken about during the 20 minute interview period. 🙂

Luckily someone uploaded my session to YouTube so it is there forever.

~ Speaking of which…I Binged Shadow and Bone Again ~

You know I had to. You just know that I had to. 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed myself a second time around and ahh I am eagerly awaiting any news on season 2!

~ So I watched my first K-Drama ~

I really needed something to watch and my cousin, who recently started watching K-Dramas herself, recommended that I start “Crash Landing On You.” And all I have to say is this: I AM OBSESSED. This drama delivered everything that I could possibly want from a TV show. The tropes, the romance, the plot…I–I loved, I loved it. I loved it. If you have any recommendations for me I AM TAKING THEM.

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Posts of the Months

Flamefall | Review // That moment when a book blows every single expectation away!

Goodreads Was Wrong Book Tag

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Boy do I have so many books to read this month! I already know that I won’t get to all of them, but I am going to try my best!! I really want to prioritize Indigenous and Pride reads this month because June is commemorative of both communities.

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
Skraelings: Clashes in the Old Arctic by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
Sisters of the Snake by Sarena and Sasha Nanua
Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten


Let me know what you think! What have you read this month? What books did you get? What books are you looking forward to reading!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

March/April Wrap-Up & May TBR | I’ve been busy living my best (Shadow and Bone) life!

Greetings readers!

So it has been a while since I’ve come at you with a wrap-up, hasn’t it? Let’s blame it on the fact that the end of the school semester was quite an end. I won’t go into much detail, but it is the reason I’ve been feeling a little unmotivated and uninspired with some of my blog posts. I hope to come with new material soon. Perhaps a fun tag or two!

In terms of reading though…I have had an incredible time with my reads. No lies detected. I’m at that point where I am reading faster than I can review, but it just means that I’ll have lots of great reviews coming your way soon.

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What Rendz Read

~ March ~

Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud 3.5/5 🌟
Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira 3/5 🌟
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laeken Zea Kemp 5/5 🌟
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (re-read) 5/5 🌟
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert 4/5 🌟
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda (re-read) 5/5 🌟
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Bouley 4.5/5 🌟
Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau 3/5 🌟

Grishaverse Re-Read!
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

~ April ~

The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner 3.5/5 🌟
Flamefall by Rosaria Munda 5/5 🌟
Make a Scene by Mimi Grace 5/5 🌟
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera 4.5/5 🌟
The Ikessar Flacon by K.S. Villoso (re-read) 5/5 🌟
Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras 3/5 🌟

Grishaverse re-read!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Highlight book(s): Apart from my phenomenal rereads of The Ikessar Falcon, The Beautiful Ones and The Grishaverse reads, the top spots goes to Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet, Firekeeper’s Daughter, and Flamefall!

Lowliest book(s): Nothing was truly lowly. I enjoyed all of my 3 stars they just needed more pizzazz.

The Haul

March

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp

April

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S. Villoso
Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

Other Going Ons

New Cover for CERTAIN DARK THINGS

As always, I try to be Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s #1 hype-person and this past March the cover for her re-release of the Mexican vampire novel she wrote was revealed and it is stunning! There is so much symbolism and colour to behold! I loved the original cover, but this one…this one has the pizzazz and spark that I’m sure will intrigue many a reader to pick it up!

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My Grishaverse Re-read Extravaganza!

In preparation for the show, which I talk about below, I decided to do a grand Grisha Reread and it was the best decision. I know, I know, I shouldn’t have. I really need to get focused on those ARCs that I have, but I am pleased to say that I did in fact read the majority of my e-ARCs in time (getting reviews up is another matter entirely) but all will be updated soon hopefully. But anyways. I indulged myself with this reread and I can’t complain. I enjoyed myself immensely. It hasn’t been that long since my last reread of Shadow and Bone, Six of Crows on the other hand…that is a duology I haven’t picked up since I read it the first time around when this blog was just beginning. To be concise. I loved it. I loved everything about reading these books again because 14 year old Rendz was living her best life and I want that girl to have her best!

I Attended to Bookish Events with Publishers!

Let’s just say that there are plenty of books to look forward to! Both HCC Frenzy and Penguin Teen CA had some amazing teen book previews at the end of April and I was lucky enough to attend (virtually, of course!). Wow, friends. We YA Lovers have lots to look forward to in the coming months! Here are some titles I am excited for:

Sisters of the Snake (Ria & Rani #1)
Beasts of Prey

I binged Shadow and Bone & lived my BEST life.

Yes, I really did spend roughly 9 hours in my room Friday, April 23rd 2021 to watch the entire series in one go. Lunch and bathroom breaks were really the only moments of not-watching that I had for most of the day. And I regret ABSOLUTELY NONE OF IT. I have waited how long for this show? Ages. Big question: Did I enjoy it? HELLS YES. MY goodness. I was screeching alongside my cousin as we shared thoughts, predictions and critiques over a series of audio and video messages on Snap Chat XD. This adaptation was definitely not perfect, but it had heart in it. I think it did a great job of melding these two different series together and bringing these beloved characters to life! 10/10 recommend you watch it (mainly because I need high ratings for a season 2! but also because it is really good!!)

As for me…I’m stalking the actors and watching cast interviews like its my job.

Posts of the Months

I’ve been feeling a little creatively dry with blog content as of late. I’m trying to find some interesting tags or discussion topics to tackle so it you have any suggestions, I would love to know about them!

Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

This was a really fun tag to take part of! Even as a serial fantasy reader I know I am always lacking or missing out on some sort of amazing story so please direct all your recommendations to me!

Infinite Country | Review // A short, but mighty read

It’s a 200 page book that you all need to read.

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet | HOV Book Tour // Review + Fan Art

I made some fun fan art for this book that I hope you all check out!

5 Reasons to read The Beautiful Ones | In other words…I lived my best life reading this masterpiece again!

I mean the title says it all. 🙂 This is one of my top SMG books, I ~need~ you all to read it. And if you love it, I need you to come yell at me about it.

Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras | Release Blitz + Review!

A quick review for the summer romance readers! The sunny days are coming and I anticipate some romcom bingeing in my future.

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Well as always, I’m going to be slightly ambitious with my TBR 🙂 I will always try my hardest to get to as many books as possible I just need some good luck and good vibes from you all!

I also happen to start my summer semester this month so…le sigh. I need to take that into account as well.

Since it is Asian Heritage Month in Canada and in solidarity with my American friends celebrating AAPI Heritage Month, I plan on reading books by API authors as much as I can 🙂 I’m excited because there are some good ones of my shelf calling out to me! And it should go without saying, but a friendly reminder that we should be supporting API voices 24/7/365 and not only in May!

The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S. Villoso
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri
Rising Like a Storm by Tanaz Bhathena

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Indivisible by Daniel Aleman

And that’s all I have planned for now. I feel like I’m in need of some more romance-y reads especially considering I have some heavy fantasies that will leave me emotional distraught. Any recommendations by API romance authors are welcome!


Let me know what you think! What have you read this month? What books did you get? What books are you looking forward to reading!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

February Wrap-Up & M(ARC)h TBR | Well March, we meet again.

Greetings readers!

Well another month of 2021 down for the books. And I have to say it was both quite hectic and wonderful at the same time. There were so many wonderful stories to tell you about!

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What Rendz Read!

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel – 5/5 Stars Review
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna – 4/5 Stars Review
Love in English by Maria E. Andreu – 4/5 Stars Review
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – 5/5 Stars
Like Home by Louisa Onome – 4/5 Stars Review
Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory – 3/5 Stars
Some Other Now by Sarah Everett – 5/5 Stars Review
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – 4/5 Stars Review

Highlight Book(s): Oh I have a pretty incredible reading month, but picking a favourite is not too hard because Infinite Country and Some Other Now were simply SPECTACULAR! Absolutely amazing! Both of these reads swept me off my feet.

Lowliest Book(s): I don’t think I have a book that truly fit this category from this month. Even if I had some mid level reads, I don’t think they can be considered lowly!

The Haul:

Oh…my. No physical book mail to report, but…my oh my has my Netgalley been bursting! Seriously *sobs* I have so many e-ARCs to get to…but more on that later.

Other Going-Ons:

A new, powerful Silvia Moreno-Garcia cover – Velvet was the Night:

Oh the power. The power. The power. I cannot wait to read this book *Yes, I have an ARC! Eh!* Just feast your eyes on this! The fashion, the style, the entire vibes! ugh I love it so much!

Shadow and Bone Netflix Teaser Trailer #1

When I tell you I am obsessed, I mean it. I AM OBSESSED. To say it has been on repeat since it came out is exactly what is going on these days. From the looks of it, I think the show is going to be really good! I know that 25% of me will be enjoying the show, another 25% will be comparing it to the books and a full 50% will be obsessing over Ben Barnes. I speak my truth.

Posts Of the Month:

A Sky Beyond the Storm | Review // I will NEVER recover from this book, and that’s okay with me

This was so much fun to write! Even though I relived every painful emotion that I endured while reading the book, this post is probably one of my favourites ever!

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Two factors have affected my TBR this month:

1. The great Netgalley binge!
2. Yup, the Shadow & Bone trailer

So here is what I have lined up for March:

Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud (Read)
Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira (Read)
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laeken Zea Kemp (Read)
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Flamefall by Rosaria Munda
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Bouley
Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau

And also a very slowly paced re-read of the Shadow and Bone trilogy and Six of Crows duology!


Let me know what you think! What have you read this month? What books did you get? What books are you looking forward to reading!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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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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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August Wrap Up & September TBR

Greetings readers!

August. What. A. Month.

I cannot even correctly recall the beginning of the month! It seems as if the end of July and beginning of August just fused together! So many things were going on, that before I realized it, it was mid-August.

Yikes!

I told myself this month was going to be full of awesome reading and slow on the book buying.

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Yeah…that sooooooo did not happen! At all. I was supposed to be saving up for September because we all know that September is going to be huge with the releases. Thus, needing to save my money. But no. I didn’t do that at all.

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Wrap Up

Reading this month was okay, nothing really stood out to me. I had a couple okay reads, so I feel like it could have gone much better.

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
This was a very cute contemporary read! Full of formulas and romance! My Mini Review

Bridges: A Daphne White Novel by Maria Murnane
This was the first Women’s Fiction book I’ve read in a while and it turned out to be a very sweet and happy read! My Full Review

The Reader by Traci Chee
A fun fantasy read that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while! 3.75 / 5 Stars

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
This was a really fun and fast sci-fi read! I really enjoyed it! 4 / 5 Stars

House of Ash by Hope Cook
This was a very intriguing read, plus it’s Candian YA! Woot! Woot! My Full Review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is a super duper popular Adult Fantasy novel that I wanted to try and while I really enjoyed it, I also found it to be very slow! 4 / 5 Stars

Black Birds of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
This was a big anticipated read of mine, however it turned out to be okay rather than mind-blowing amazing! Still it was very fun! My Full Review

Winter by Marissa Meyer
This was a reread and I loved it (obviously!) My fangirling post for this will be up soon hopefully! But let’s just say I might have gotten choked up…..just a little bit. All the stars!

Fairest by Marissa Meyer
I decided to reread it despite how many feels and moments of second hand embarrassment I went through! Levana is one crazy witch! (Should I do a post for this too? The answer is yes!)

The Bride of Glass by Candace Robinson
This was the sequel to Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault which I read a while ago. I really enjoyed this one, though not as much as the first I believe! My Full Review

10 Books! I think that is pretty awesome!

 

Fun Posts of the Month! 

The Princess Bride Book Tag (A whole lot of TLC answers…)
Unique Blogger Award Pt 2
My Hierarchy of Fictional Love Interests (I had so much fun writing this!)
The Happiness Tag 

I had a lot of TLC related content on my blog this month. I beg of thee, fellow Lunartics to go check them out! 

A Moment of Fangirling: Scarlet 
A Moment of Fangirling: Cress (The book of my life!!)

I entered the #WinRenegades Bookstagram challenge hosted by Queen Meyer. I didn’t win, but I had a whole lot of fun entering! And since I was in the midst of my TLC Reread, all the books were at hand!


The Haul…

Lordy, lord. I spent too much money this month! By now everyone should know how big September is going to be in terms of new releases. Basically a whole bunch of magical and super intriguing reads are headed our way. Some of these books I have been anticipating for months on end! So my plan was to save! Save money!!! But the heart wants what the heart wants and my heart wanted books this August.

This month I bought:

Book Outlet:
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (Because I had to own it!)
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Because I never hear the end of its epicness)
Windwitch by Susan Dennard (Merry Christmas, Maz)

BMV (Cheap bookstore)
Ivory & Bone by Julie Eshabugh (Because it was there and I was like “gimmegimme”)
Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers (By recommendation of Mandy @BookPrincessReviews)

Chapters Indigo (Not cheap, but my home-away-from-home bookstore)
Wonder Woman: Warbringer  by Leigh Bardugo (Because I needed that pull-out poster!)

 

And then I got super lucky and won two ARCs!

Warcross by Marie Lu (My first Goodreads giveaway I entered and won!! Plus it’s by my Idol!!!)
Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster (I actually won this through a twitter giveaway. The object was to write a Haiku and the best one won! *Thank you to all my twitter peeps who voted for me….I love you!)

 

My winning Haiku!

And a NetGalley Haul! 

Black Birds of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (My first granted wish!)
Colorless by Rita Stradling

So yeah….A lot of hauled books this month! All the more to read!


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On to more pressing matters. My TBR. September, unfortunately means the start of school, which unfortunately means these large reading wrap ups start to dwindle in numbers. It also means I’m slower to post and write so I’m trying to get as much as I can done before school begins (tomorrow for me)!

Did I reach my summer goal, absolutely not. I didn’t read Truthwitch (sorry Maz) or ACOTAR (sorry everyone else) but I’ll get to them……eventually.

Not this month though. THIS MONTH I HAVE PLANS!

This month I plan on reading:

Poison’s Kiss  by Breanna Shields (Buddy read with Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews)✅
Warcoss by Marie Lu (in progress)
Colorless by Rita Stradling (in progress)
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Library book, so my time is limited)
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (Chaol boo, I’m coming for you!)

 

I’m not going to set myself up for anything higher, but if I’m lucky enough and the school year starts off slow (unlikely), I hope to squeeze in Last Star Burning, Wonder Woman: Warbringer and All the Wind in the World…..all very unlikely!


I also may have a little secret project going on……it might have something to do with fanart….it might have something to do with the Lunar Chronicles…….😉😉

It’s nowhere near finished but…maybe I’ll share a little taste with you sometime….!

Let me know what you guys think! What was your favourite read from August? What was your favourite buy from August? What release are you most looking forward to in this September of Releases? Can’t wait to see your thoughts!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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July Wrap-Up/ Haul & August TBR

Greetings readers!

For some reason, July and August got a little hectic when the months transitioned over. I feel like I have been a very lazy blogger and my reading pace kind of deteriorated towards the end of July! To say the least, I’ve been quite busy these past two weeks. But I am glad to be blogging again and I have some fun things planned so hopefully I can get to them!

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Wrap Up

So as promised way back in the Spring, I would be getting to a lot more books in July than any other month in the year. It’s summer, so I am on vacation and my library visits usually end up with me leaving with many, many books.

So this month I read:

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson

I really enjoyed this one. It is a Great Gatsby retelling with a Debate team twist. So I definitely recommend you to check it out! My Mini Review

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The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

It was an enjoyable read. I definitely wished there was a bit more mythology, but I am looking forward to the next one (even though I have my worries about it.) My Full Review

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This was a reread for the Ya Book Bloggers Club on Goodreads! I still loved it, and I am so looking forward to continuing my re-read of the series!!! I wrote a special post for this book. A Moment of Fangirling: Cinder If you are a fan of this series, I definitely hope you check it out!

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

This is Canadian YA! (super YAY) It is a sci-fi, apocalyptic story with elements of Beauty & the Beast and I really liked it! It releases this month, so I definitely would recommend you check it out. My Full Review

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The Book of Whispers by Kimberley Starr

This was a fun and cute read. If you want a little adventure in the time of the crusades, this one is good. My Full Review

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The temptation was too strong so I re-read this before any other books! I still loved it! How could I not? So much epicness!!!!! My fangirling post went up so please check it out! A Moment of Fangilring: Scarlet

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

AKA the book Rendz forced herself to read so that she can read Tower of Dawn (A book all about Chaol!) I didn’t like it, despite enjoying some parts of it. You can read all about my unpopular opinions in my review. Lots of funny gifs were used XP My Full Review

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

This is the sequel to A Study in Charlotte which I really loved! I enjoyed this one as well and I am looking forward to the next one!!!  My Full Review

The Ninth Circle by C.A. Harland

Not my favourite book of the month. I was expecting so much more from the pretty cover! My Mini Review

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

I enjoyed this one too. It didn’t blow me away  but I liked the cheesiness that came with it! Still I NEED MORE STREET RACING!!! My Full Review

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

Once again, I couldn’t tamper my temptation so I gave in and read one of the best books in existence! My fangirling post will be long and gify for this one.

Hinder by Kristin Ping

I had some issues with this book, but I guess it was an alright read after everything. My Full Review

Sabriel by Garth Nix

A classic fantasy I have been meaning to get too and I finally have! While it was a little tough to get into, I really enjoyed it! Review to come!

Other Fun Posts from July

Special Canada 150 Post!

The Emoji Book Tag

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

The Get To Know Me Tag

The Goodreads Tag

Haul

I don’t think I bought many books this month, but I did go to the library twice and had quite the adventure there.

From the library I collected…

The Last of August by Brittany Callavaro
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Sabriel by Garth Nix
I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
The Reader by Traci Chee
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I didn’t buy anything this month……so I feel like that is quite the accomplishment.

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Well basically my TBR is my library haul since I have a due date for them. I’ve already managed to get some of them down, but I still have quite a lot of things to get through.

Plus, I really really really really want to read Winter by the end of the month! Not to mention I have a whole bunch of ebooks to get to as well!

Plus, I have to read the ACOTAR series and Truthwitch (before Maz kills me).

For a short section, it is a rather long list.

But when are TBRs ever short?


Well that basically has been my life for the past couple weeks. There is so much blogging I want to get done, but also so much reading. Yet, I feel like I’m not managing my time good, which makes me crazy!

But I will get to it!

I must!

Wish me luck!!!

Let me know what your favourite book of last month was! Or what your most anticipated read is this month! I cannot wait to hear about all your choices!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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June Wrap Up/ Haul & July TBR

Greetings readers!

June. June. June.

June was….alright I guess. I mean it held a lot of stress and work, but it was also marked the start of my summer vacation! *cheers*

Reading-wise I did fairly well.

Book buying wise…I did exceptionally well and ummmmm let’s just say…..

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I bought some books.


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Wrap Up

I read a total of 4 books in June! Three from my scheduled TBR and one from the library that I picked up!

Bentwhistle in A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude

Not my favourite book of the month, but it was okay. You can read my full review for more!

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

A fun adventure story with Hawaiian folklore! I even have a giveaway running where you can win a copy! Check out my full review for more!

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson.

What a whirl-wind of emotions this book took me through! I really enjoyed it! Full Review!

Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

A really fun, edge-of-your-seat fantasy/adventure. I have been eyeing this book for a while and I really enjoyed it. It had its problems, but it was a solid read! Review to come!

Other Fun Posts from June

The Ultimate Vacation Book Tag

Tower of Dawn Cover & My Thoughts (a longish..but entertaining rant.)

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

Haul

Well, as mentioned I have a lot…and I mean a lot of books to haul this month. After a disappointing month for buying books in May, I splurged. I. Splurged.

Commencing massive haul in 3…2…1…

The Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas.

I still  bought these books, even though I was bitter for not getting to meet her when she came. *Rendz is still very bitter*  Really hoping I do not regret this buy. Hopefully they are as good as people say. *Rendz kind of regrets buying these books already…*

Then I went on a BookOutlet binge!

I bought the Snow like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch. Yes I have already read them, but I wanted to OWN them!

I read this trilogy as borrowed books from the library, but when I saw the whole series on @bookoutlet I just had to get them!  The Snow Like Ashes series by @sara_raasch is definitely on my top fantasy series list!  The final paragraphs of Frost Like Night made me CRY!  That's a good sign!  What book has made you cry?  #youngadultbooks #summerreading #bookstagram #sararaasch #snowlikeashes #icelikefire #frostlikenight #reader #books #bookbuying #bookoutlethaul #epicreads

PLUS I GOT THE LUNAR CHRONICLES COLOURING BOOK! I was screaming when I flipped through it and realized I finally owned my own copy!

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This is the snap I sent my friends. Accurately depicts my reaction.

That’s enough of me buying books…

For some reason I got super lucky this month and won a couple of giveaways!

I received an ARC of Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast! (Technically Maz won this for me because I asked her to enter the giveaway for me…since I was on an internet ban *exam required ban*)

Hello all! I'm back and am officially on summer vacation! Woohoo!  I also received this lovely piece of book mail today!  My sister won it in a giveaway and she handed it to me as a "you're finally done school and I want to congratulate you" gift!  I couldn't have asked for something better!  Well maybe 2 books...or 3!  Anyways, I'd love to heard about your summer plans!  What kind of books will you be reading?  #books #bookstagram #zerorepeatforever #gsprendergast #arcs #youngadultbooks #summersun #reading #summerreading

I also won a finished copy of Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane. I read an eARC but I am so in love with the finished copy! It is beautiful!

Thank you so much @melanie_fishbane !! This is such a beautiful book inside and out!  I can finally add it to my CANLit shelf!  I hope you all consider reading this, it is truly a gem!  #youngadult #maud #lmmontgomery #melaniejfishbane #bookstagram #bookworm #bookaddict #canlit

I also won a copy of The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson but it has yet to arrive!

Finally, I took a trip to the library. I checked out The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson and Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins! Reviews for both of these books will be up at some point in July!

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End of haul!

So yeah…lots of awesome books bought this month and I don’t feel guilty one bit! Well maybe a little…

*not really*


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Since it is summer time, the length of these TBRs are going to be super long! I want to get to several books on my shelves, plus I’ll be making frequent trips to the library so….be prepared for a long list!

This month I plan on reading…

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson
(I finished it…but like I started and finished it in July so it technicaly was on the TBR)

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Yup a reread for the #YABloggersReadalong! I’m already in the middle of it and my love/feels are giving me life!!

The Book of Whispers  by Kimberley Starr
I need to get through my Net Galley reads!

The Ninth Circle by C.A. Harland
Still trying to get through these Net Galley reads!

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast
This comes out in August so I want to have my ARC read by then!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I really hope I don’t regret buying this series. Seriously.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Maz will yell at me forever if I don’t read this soon.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
The probably won’t happen because I have been avoiding it practically all year, but the time has come to get myself together in preparation for Tower of Dawn.

End of TBR!

BUT WAIT!

If I’m a good girl and finish my Net Galleys….I’ll be getting to Scarlet!

Alright my loves, this is the end of my long wrap up and TBR! Let me know which books you are reading this month! Or the book release you are most anticipating this month. There are so many good books coming in July and my birthday may also, probably fall in this month.

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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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
via Goodreads

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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April Wrap Up & Haul

Greetings readers!

I cannot believe it is already May! (I’ve been gone for a while so it has been May for some time now!) Is it just me or is time going way, way, way to fast. I have so many things going on and I just feel like each of them is approaching far to soon!

Anyways, I am here to talk to you about April’s reading and haul! Last month I had a four day weekend because of Easter break and let me tell you it was the most glorious weekend I have had in a long time! I got so much reading done and I felt so at ease and not stressed (despite the buzz in my head, the constant reminder of all the things I had to do)! I got a lot of blog stuff done this month too! Plus, I am in the midst of planning a new little meme-like-biweekly post so stay tuned for that special announcement!

Wrap up!

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokishi

I loved, loved, loved this book. I thought it was beautiful both inside and out. The writing was amazing and it just sucks you into the story so well! My Full Review

Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

A read for review, my first contemporary/romance in a long while. I enjoyed it and it kept up my contemporary mood! My Full Review

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

My heart! My heart! I loved this one! My most anticipated read of the year has finally been read and I am so glad I enjoyed it! *I have gone back to read my favourite parts several times now!* My Full Review

Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane

Major accomplishment here! It is my first Net Galley read and I am so happy I enjoyed it so much! If you are a fan of Anne of Green Gables, you must read this! My Full Review

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

A book I didn’t plan on reading but I did! It wasn’t my favourite, but I still enjoyed it! My Full Review.

*I finished 5 books, 5!! I am so proud of myself!*

HAUL

No book purchasing for Rendz this month! Nope! I have nothing to really haul, other than my Maud ARC which I own as an ebook. I’m hoping to get a physical copy soon.
Also, I borrowed Done Dirt Cheap as a digital title from Overdrive, so no money spent there.

May however, will be very different. I will be dropping a lot of money on books. And I look forward to it!

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C’est tout! That’s all! How was your reading month? How many books did you read? Did you enjoy any one in particular? How many books did you buy? Make me jealous with all the great bookish splurging you did this month!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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March Wrap Up + Haul

Greetings readers!

This month was…okay. As in it was just okay…?

Look, every month I dream of reading five to ten books. (That’s the amount I add to my TBR each day at least.) Anyways, I came to the realization that I am not a fast reader and that my schedule differs from those of others.

  1. I can’t read a book in a day. *Unless it is super short.* While reading, my mind tends to wonder. It is present in the story, but sometimes lines or phrases trigger thoughts, which trigger more thoughts which just gives me a whole train of thought that was not supposed to be there in the first place. Hence why reading is a slow process for me.
  2. I had a busy month. Yes, I did have spring break…but I went out, hung with the family and friends. Reading was completed, just not as much as I had hoped!

I have to stop comparing myself to others who reads 12-18 books per month. That being said, my wrap up will be short as usual. It will not be until the summer that they get super long!

Wrap Up!

The Enemy Within by Scott Burn
This was a continuation from February. I enjoyed it and you can read my review about it here!

Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney
The lovely author requested a review, I played genie and granted that wish! It was a fun book and I look forward to the sequel! You can read my full review here!

Something Secret That I Can’t Tell You About Yet!
This is not a book title please don’t search it up! LOL It’s just a teaser as to what is to come! 

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
A series finale! I haven’t reviewed it yet so stay tuned!

Haul!

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I have a problem.

I am not the kind of person who should be left alone in a bookstore.

I have a problem.

*Note: I have big books to buy in May, they may be expensive! I plan on getting 3! I need money, which I have spent this month! Oh joy!

SO, I took a trip to the cheap bookstore (BMV) and bought myself 4 books! Some I read and some I haven’t. But I am super excited to have them anyways!

I bought…

  • The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery (The Puffin Bloom edition!) 

I have to say that Anne is my favourite buy because the cover is so glorious!

Then I went to my big chain bookstore, Indigo and bought…

  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

It was a little pricey, but I was too impatient to wait any longer.

However, I have such horrible timing.

I found out today that Book Outlet has a huge stock for $7 and I got mine at full price. -_-

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C’est tout pour moi! That is all for me!

Let me know how many books you read this month! I would love to know! Also, do you have any tips to squeeze in more reading time? I NEED to know!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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