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

Greetings readers!

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

What Rendz Read

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crooked Raven by Talis Jones – DNF

Waiting for the Beast by T. Hayden – DNF

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

The Haul

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

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

Posts of the Month!

THEME THURSDAY | Witches // The Perfect Theme!

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

THE BOOKISH FEELS weep

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

Contemporary Romances that i want to read!

Other Going-Ons

The Grisha Cast Announcement

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

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

Hispanic Heritage Month Wrap-Up

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

I Bought A Signed First Edition of The Penderwicks

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

TBR

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

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

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


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

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

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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September Wrap-Up and October TBR // Wow school really slapped me this month and it’s about to backhand me too

Greetings readers!

Well, hi. It’s been a while, hasn’t it. We are well into October and this is my first post of the month. Huh. Well the reason why is pretty much in the title of the post.

It’s that time of the year, it’s the mid-term time of year when readings, assignments and tests all start piling up and try to drown you. Then there is this very small grace period where you can breathe until the pile starts growing again. That grace period just so happens to be this week.

So I have to get in all my blogging in nowww.

That means starting by wrapping up last month!

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What Rendz Read

The Zeppelin Deception by Colleen Gleason
It was a lovely conclusion for a series I have been waiting for! Review to come!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
God, I loved this duology! I absolutely adored it! My Full Review.

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The Brilliant Dark by S.M. Beiko
Another finale to a series! I thought it was great even though it broke me a little! My Full Review

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Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
I have ~thoughts~ on this very highly anticipated book, it did not go exactly as planned. Review to come.

Q: What 2020 books are on your radar?

I CANNOT EXPRESS TO YOU GUYS HOW EXCITED I WAS WHEN THIS POPPED UP IN MY MAIL ON MONDAY!

I mean... LOOK AT THE COVER!

WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT by @isabelwriter09 is a a YA Bolivian fantasy about magic, romance and revolución!!! While the announcement for this book came out ages ago and the pub date was pushed we are slowly inching towards its release! I am very grateful for having received an advanced copy and I hope to dive into this #HispanicHeritageMonth! (Because of course!) Many thanks to @mandagroup for the ARC!

#bookishcanadiansaug19
Day 30 | Book Haul

#WoveninMoonlight #IsabelIbañez #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #latinxbooks #newbooks #2020debuts #diversebooks #ownvoices #books #latinxreads

It was not that bad a month considering I started school, so I’m very proud I was able to finish one series and read another entire one.

The Haul

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

HAPPY (Belated) BOOK BIRTHDAY TO @lauraeweymouth and her new novel, A TREASON OF THORNS!

Naturally (because I suck) I'm two days late to the party, but I am still within release week so it's all good!

I cannot express how much I loved Weymouth's debut novel, The Light Between Worlds (its AMAZING) so I am very much hoping to love this one just as much!

It has a magical house. I mean. A. Magical. House. The only thing that could possibly be as great as a magical wardrobe is a MAGICAL HOUSE!

#atreasonofthorns #lauraeweymouth #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #igbooks #bookstagrammer #epicreads #TheLightBetweenWorlds #canadianauthor #magic

Simon & Schuster CA
Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast
Cold Falling White by G.S. Prendergast

Posts of the Month

MINI REVIEWS! | Library Reading Round Up! // Dealing in Dreams & Kingdom of a Blazing Pheonix (These are long overdue)

MINI REVIEWS (1)

6 Series That I’ve BEEN Meaning to Read (and very much feel the need to do so…like…NOW) | The Power of Fan Art

6 Series That I've BEEN Meaning to Read

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month |The books I’m reading and the pictures I’m taking

Copy of The Representation Book Tag & My very near future Latinx TBR

Books I Liked But Perhaps Over-Hyped | We about to get SCANDALOUS

Books I Liked But Perhaps Over-Hyped

Other Going Ons

3 Year Bloggaversary!

Aug 31, I celebrated 3 years on WordPress. Can you believe it! I’ve been doing this for three years already and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon! I am so very thankful for each and every one of you who follow and read my posts! For those who comment and send me so much love, I thank you! To the publishers who entrust me with books, I thank you! To the authors who send me requests and grant my requests, I thank you! I have learned a lot over the three years and I look forward to seeing what the next year has in store.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

I have slowly been making my way through my TBR for HHM. I have gotten through 2 of the 4 books I have planned! I’ve also added a lot more Latinx books to by Want-to-Read list! There are so many good books coming our wayyyy!

I have also been posting a lot on Instagram lately…And if you follow me you’ll know that I had a little reveal….I’ll post it here to, just for my lovely blogger frens.

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Ta-da!

Q: What is your favourite genre? 
Oh look, it's me.

I figured that if I were to ever "show my face" on here it woud have to be during #HispanicHeritageMonth! 
Today's featured book is Nocturna by Maya Motayne! It's the first ever Latinx fantasy that I read, based specifically on Dominican culture, and I'm very happy I enjoyed it! I'm even more glad I got to meet Maya when she came to Toronto earlier this year!

If there is one thing I hope to see in the bookish universe one day, it's a Latinx fantasy based on Salvadoran culture! I can only imagine what it could be like, but I'm very hopeful that one day I'll get that book! Who wouldn't wish to see their own culture reflected in their favourite genre?

#HispanicHeritageMonth #LatinxHeritageMonth #CuentosUnidos #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #latinxbooks #Nocturna #MayaMotayne #bookstagrammer #epicreads #hccfrenzy #igbooks #reading

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yes. 🙂

An Ember in the Ashes Graphic Novel

A Thief Among the Trees
via Goodreads

I screamed when I saw the news! You all must know how much I love Ember and the fact that we are getting a PREQUEL GRAPHIC NOVEL TRILOGY is the highlight of my month. I am actually gonna get to see baby Elias!!!!!!!!!!! It comes out next July, my birthday month, so happy birthday to me!!


TBR

HHM TBR (The End Game)

Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Q: What power would you want to have as a witch?

It's almost October and you know what that means? Spooky season! 👻

I love Halloween and all the magic, myth and mayhem that comes with it. I used to dress up as a witch almost every year as a kid and it soon became my staple costume!

I can't wait for the movies to start playing on TV. Since I'm not a horror fan, I really prefer the cheesy, magical movies of Disney Channel 😂 I really can't do scary, I just like the magic of the season.

I'm curious if you have a favourite  Halloween movie?

I'm super excited to pick up this book very soon! A Dash of Trouble features a family of witches, delicious treats, magic and mayhem so I know it will sweep me off my feet!

#LoveSugarMagic #ADashofTrouble #AnnaMeriano #HispanicHeritageMonth #LatinxHeritageMonth #CuentosUnidos #bookstagram #mgbooks #octobertbr #books #middlegrade #kidlit #bookishcanadians #fantasy #magic #witches

The Regular TBR–My Dedication to Penguin Teen CA

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
Grave Maidens by Kelly Coon
A River of Royal Blood by Amanda by Amanda Joy
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
Song of a Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao

Q: What was your first vampire read?

I was about 12 years old when I read my first vampire book. It was called Ruling Passion, a bind up of the first three books in Alyxandra Harvey's Drake Chronicles.

You can bet that I got obsessed real quick. I was never a fan of the main main character but her best friend, Lucy was great. And I'm like 80% sure it's set in Canada. This is a series I still think about to this day. I never quite finished them but I've had the nostalgic feeling of wanting to reread them, but it's six books long with lots of novellas.

ON ANOTHER NOTE: Vampire YA is making a comeback and I have my hands on a coveted ARC of The Beautiful by @reneeahdieh!!! (Many thanks to @penguinteenca for making this possible) 
I can't wait to be whisked away my Renée's work again! 
#TheBeautiful #reneeahdieh #yafantasy #youngadultbooks #yabooks #bookstagram #vampireya #books #bookishcanadians #vampires #reader #fiction #penguinbooks #fantasy #ya #igbooks #igreads #newbooks

Am I being overly ambitious again? Absolutely. Am I still gonna go for it? Absolutely.


Let me know what you think! How was your September? What were your favourite reads? What do you have planned for October?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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August Wrap-Up & September TBR | Where nothing went as planned!

Greetings readers!

Well, well, well. Here we are. Another month, another bunch of hauled books, another unfinished TBR. But what’s actually new?

I actually think that this month was hugely successful for me in terms of reading. I might have said “F**k it” to my planned TBR but what I did read was so much fun and I don’t have (m)any regrets.

As for next month…..hooooweeee do I have *planz*

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What Rendz Read

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I absolutely loved this book. AMAZING! My Full Review

Gods of Jade and Shadow

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
While it did not live up to the standards of Sky in the Deep in my opinion, it was still okay. My Full Review

The Girl the Sea Gave Back

The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli
Buddy read with Sha @ Book Princess Reviews! This was such a fun companion novel but Sha and I have THOUGHTS. Review to come.

Q: Who are you favourite warrior characters?

It's #WarriorWednesday on #bookishcanadiansaug19 and so I've decided to feature some fierce female fighters on the gram today!

@kristenciccarelli's Iskari series is such a delight and it is full of warrior characters to love and enjoy (and some to love to hate 😉)! Asha and Roa are two characters who you will definitely LOVE. They are so stubborn and passionate and fierce and kickasss!!! I cannot wait until we get to read Safire's book who could literally kick my butt in a millisecond. Then again, they all could!

My fellow Canadian buddy reader, @shaniasquires and I are so looking forward to seeing where the story goes next and we hope you pick up these books soon!

#thelastnamsara #thecagedqueen #kristenciccarelli #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #iskariseries #warriorladies #ya #igbooks #signedbooks #yafantasy #dragons #epicreads #canlit

Below by Alexandria Warwick
This was a great read for people who are character-oriented! My Full Review

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (Audiobook)
I already loved the story, but the audiobook just made the whole experience so much MORE. 5 stars.

Q: Do you listen to audiobooks?

I don't usually. I have a very short attention span so my mind tends to wander when I'm listening to anything. You name it: lectures, music, stories from friends... I miss lots of things.

But I recently decide to give audiobooks another try since I felt like it! I found the audio for THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS on the Overdrive app, downloaded it and started listening to it at 1 a.m. one night.

It was probably the best decision I ever made. I had already read TLBW last year so I knew the story, but listening to it was a totally different experience! It was truly magical and I cried. I sobbbeeddddd.

I was literally lying in my bed at 1 or 2 in the morning having my heart torn out, tears running down my eyes and onto my pillows. And I mean it when I say this is one of the best decisions I ever made. I already loved the story but the audio was definitely a great listen!

5 🌟s for the story!
5 🌟s for the narration!

#TheLightBetweenWorlds #lauraeweymouth #bookstagram #audiobooks #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #historicalfiction #underratedbooks #canadianauthors #canlit #bookstagrammer #ya #yafantasy

The Clock Work Scarab by Colleen Gleason
The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason
The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason
The Carnelian Crow by Colleen Gleason

Q: What's the oddest/greatest book pitch that has ever grabbed your full attention?

For me it was Sherlock Holmes meets Vampire Hunters.

Let that sink in.

The Stoker & Holmes series by Colleen Gleason follows the niece of Sherlock Holmes, Mina and Bram Stoker's (author of Dracula!) sister, Evaline through a steampunk 1889 London.

I know it may sound odd but it's a very fun series. There are lots of mysteries to be solved, the characters are incredible and there's romance to be had. In fact this series holds the only love triangle-kind of thing that I fully accept!

But the stars of the show are definitely Mina and Evaline who are so different and yet grow a friendship--even if they're reluctant to be friends at first!

It's a 5-book series and the last one came out last week! I'm currently reading the fourth and cannot wait to read the final book! (Hopefully my library will grant my request soon!!) They are quick and easy to read through and I promise you'll have some fun!

#StokerandHolmes #ColleenGleason #TheClockworkScarab #TheSpiritglassCharade #TheChessQueenEnigma #TheCarnelianCrow #TheZeppelinDeception #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #historicalfiction #steampunk #librarybooks #tpl

The Witching Hours: The Troll Heart by Jack Henseleit
The sequel to The Vampire Knife from last year, this one was just as fun and spooky! Review to come.

The Humiliations of Pipi McGee by Beth Vrabel
Now this is a middle grade book that was so much fun and heart-warming. Seriously, It’s required reading! Review to come.

11 whole books read this month!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT!!!! And the best part?! Only 3 of these books were from my actual TBR for the month XD

The Haul

Hachette
The Humiliations of Pipi McGee by Beth Vrabel
Queen of the Conquered
by Kacen Callender

Penguin Teen CA
The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones
The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyester
by Cary Fagan
Song of the Crimson Flower
by Julie C. Dao
Fireborne
by Rosaria Munda

HCC Frenzy
The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy
A Treason of Thorns
by Laura E. Weymouth

Manda Group CA
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faisal (A gift)

WELL WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT, I DIDN’T ACTUALLY BUY A BOOK THIS MONTH.  

Q: What 2020 books are on your radar?

I CANNOT EXPRESS TO YOU GUYS HOW EXCITED I WAS WHEN THIS POPPED UP IN MY MAIL ON MONDAY!

I mean... LOOK AT THE COVER!

WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT by @isabelwriter09 is a a YA Bolivian fantasy about magic, romance and revolución!!! While the announcement for this book came out ages ago and the pub date was pushed we are slowly inching towards its release! I am very grateful for having received an advanced copy and I hope to dive into this #HispanicHeritageMonth! (Because of course!) Many thanks to @mandagroup for the ARC!

#bookishcanadiansaug19
Day 30 | Book Haul

#WoveninMoonlight #IsabelIbañez #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #latinxbooks #newbooks #2020debuts #diversebooks #ownvoices #books #latinxreads

Posts of the Month

Flashback Fangirling | Narnia Edition // It’s a long one!

FLASHBACK FANGIRLING

Re-reading My First Ever Vampire Series | The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

Rereading My First Ever Vampire Series

How do you audiobook? | A Discussion

A Discussion

Other Going Ons

I Re-Watched Violet Evergarden

Still one of the best and most emotional animes I have ever watched! It is on Netflix so there is no excuse for you to not watch it (unless you don’t have Netflix of course!). Seriously. I SOBBED. SOBBED. AND I ALREADY KNEW THE STORYLINE.

I Entered Marissa Meyer’s Fan Art Contest!

I took a gander at entering since it was open to Canada and I had free time on my hands! I can’t say it came out exactly how I had hoped, but I still am super proud of some of its elements.

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I Attended Another Frenzy Event

As usual I was my anti-social self, although this time I did talk to a few people!! So maybe not my usual self, but still!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had a lot of fun at the event and I got my hands on my most anticipated book of September!!!!

It’s Back to School

September marks the beginning of the school year so it’s time I gear up and be ready to study. I’ll still be reading, though perhaps not as much as this past month.


TBR

Holy cow. I have so many things I need to read. I seriously don’t know how I’m going to get to this all. I mean I know I am not going to get to it all, but I at least thought I’d try.

I technically will have two TBRs this month because #HispanicHeritageMonth runs from Sept 15-Oct 15 so I need to get ready!

The Regular TBR!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
The Zeppelin Deception by Colleen Gleason
The Brilliant Dark by S. M. Beiko
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Hispanic Heritage Month TBR!

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It should be fun to see myself fail at all of this.


Let me know what you think! How was your August? What were your favourite reads? What do you have planned for September?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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July Wrap-Up & August TBR | I blinked, July ended and now it’s August???

Greetings readers!

Here we are, after quite a while. Life has been a little bit crazy this past week for some personal reasons that I’ll mention later, but I’m backish…

I’ll be honest, blogging will be kind of slow for me for the next week or two. It doesn’t help that I am behind on a lot of posts and I read faster than I write!

As for this wrap-up…it’s gonna be short considering its only accounting for the last two weeks of July after my vacation!

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What Rendz Read

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
OH MY GOODNESS. THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I ADORED IT. A REVIEW WITH MY FULL THOUGHTS IS COMING EVENTUALLY.

Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart
This was a solid sequel to Grace and Fury which I read last year. It was fierce and heartfelt, I really enjoyed it. Full review to come.

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
Wow. Okay I have so many thoughts for this book and at the same time I don’t know exactly what to say. Rest assured they are GOOD THOUGHTS. Full review to come!

The Haul

Giveaway Wins!
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (MY MOST ANTICIPATED OF THE SUMMER)
Finale by Stephanie Garber

BookOutlet
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
A Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli

Hachette
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Penguin Random House CA
Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

YES I WENT OVERBOARD AGAIN.

Posts of the Month

THEME THURSDAY | Virtual Reality

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My Tribute Tale | How The Hunger Games Devoured Me

My Tribute Tale

The Beholder | Review // It was good but also (maybe) comes with a side of cringe???

The Beholder

I’m Back, I’m Behind and Better than Ever | Sharing a little about my trip!

I'm back, I'm Behind and Better than Ever

Other Going Ons

I watched The Lion King Live Action

Well yes…live action is a stretch. It’s still an animated version just more realistic. And I enjoyed myself, I did. Was it absolutely mind blowing? Mmm no. Why? I’m sure you’ve heard other people say it, it’s the lack of emotion on the faces that really got me. The voices were fine, it was the exaggeration in the eyes and mouths that I missed. Otherwise, most of the iconic lines were there. Notice I say most and not all. It was a good adaptation and it truly stayed faithful for the most part but I still feel like it was missing something.

I went to an Amusement Park

It has been years since I last went to an amusement park. I’m lucky to live not too far from one since it lies just on the outskirts of the city. If you didn’t know, I love–ABSOLUTELY ADORE–rollercoasters and thrill rides. Everything that goes fast is my perfect cup of tea! It was such an amazing day.

I Got My Wisdom Teeth Removed

Hence my recent absence. It wasn’t too painful but I just haven’t had the energy to write or stare at the computer for long. I am still going at it slow, but hopefully within the coming week I will have some more posts coming up!


TBR

I honestly have a plan that I 100% know I am not going to be able to stick to. Why? Because I have my moods and lots of these books are big, but it’s my last month before I go back to school so I am trying to make the absolute most of it!

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Lol Rendz. You think far too highly of yourself.

Q: How ambitious do you get with your tbrs?

Because I am always tooooo ambitious. Take a look at my stack for August. Take a good look.

Now add in another hardcover about the size of The Ten Thousand doors of January and add in another two paperbacks about the thickness of The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

Because that is what my TBR actually looks like and this photo is a lie.

Of course I want to get to all of these books but I just know I won't so... Here we are.

I'd love to hear what you'd pick to read if you were faced with this monstrous stack!

Day 1 of #bookishcanadiansaug19 | August TBR

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Let me know what you think! How was your July? What were your favourite reads? What do you have planned for August?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Early June Wrap Up and July TBR | I’m off to the Motherland!

Greetings readers!

Well here I am wrapping up the month rather early because I am leaving for vacation! I am headed to El Salvador for the next two weeks and I couldn’t be more excited! I haven’t been back in a very long time, so this is a very important trip! I promise to share some nature-y pictures when I get back and if you follow me on Instagram (@readingwithrendz) you will probably see some story updates!

I am pretty sure I don’t have that much to wrap-up this month, June flew by. But I do have some exciting things to share!

What Rendz Read (officially)

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
I absolutely loved this book! I buddy read it with Mandy and it was our first mutually enjoyed book! My Full Review

Spin the Dawn

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
I LOVED this book! It has a great magic system and the characters are amazing! My Full Review

The Storm Crow Blog Evite

Stripped by Zoey Castille
This was a surprising read and so out of my comfort zone. I have a whole post planned for this, so stay tuned!

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
This was a very spontaneous reread but I still loved them all!!

The Haul

Purchased:
Jade City by Fonda Lee

Q: What is your take on used books? Yesterday I picked up this gorgeous copy of Jade City by Fonda Lee at used book store! It's in mint condition and I'm so glad to have it now. I've been eyeing this series for a while and since Orbit has such amazing new Adult Fantasy coming out this year I want to catch up on some of the ones I might have missed! #JadeCity #FondaLee #TheGreenBoneSaga #orbit #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #adultfantasy #bookstagram #igbooks #bookstagramer #bmvbooks #newbooks #usedbooks #fiction #reading #igreads

Raincoast Books:
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
Heart, Strings, and other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
The Grace Year by Kim Ligget
Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

Q: Would you fly atop a giant magical crow if you could? The answer is YES. But since that isn't possible at the moment you can read all about what it would feel like in The Storm Crow by @kalynmjosephson! A new review for this book is up on my blog today so definitely go check it out! I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait for the sequel! I even made a little fanart to go along with it 😉 that is also up on the blog. I have big plans for the sketch I made! #TheStormCrow #KalynJosephson #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #newbooks #firereads #sourcebooksfire #igbooks #bookstagramer #yafantasy #igreads

Hachette:
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Penguin Teen CA:
Bid My Soul Farewell by Beth Revis
Grave Maidens by Kelly Coon

Posts from Last Month

Disney Princess Hair Book Tag

Only one post, but it was super fun to write!

Reviews You Might’ve Missed

The Grief Keeper 
The Grief Keeper

The Girl Who Sailed the Stars

The Girl Who Sailed The Stars

Other Going-Ons

I Attended the Raincoast Books Preview Event

It was short, sweet, to the point and while I didn’t love the books I got in my goodie bag, I did get some Marissa Meyer swag which was a plus!!!! Plus the books they have coming out sound incredible!! I cannot wait to read them!

I Went to the Raptors Victory Parade

Being the huge bandwagoner that I was the entirety of the post-season of the NBA. I stayed up to watch the Toronto Raptors win and then went to their parade on Monday. I stood in the same spot for 4 hours to see them pass by within three minutes. My feet hurt, but I really enjoyed the atmosphere. There was an accident later on in the day, but I got home safely thankfully.

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I reread my first ever vampire series

I don’t want to get into too much because I am planning a special post for when I get back from vacay! This was really out of the blue, but it was such an interesting experience, I can’t wait to tell you all about it in about two weeks!

My Spontaneous Penderwick Reread

I had no plans on reading them, but Sam Devotta from Penguin Teen CA emailed me to discuss the books since she recently binged the series. I couldn’t help but get all giddy and nostalgic and I picked up the books instead of one of my ARCs! I only had time to get to the first 3 before my vacay, but those are my favourites so it’s all gooood!

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TBR

The Vacay TBR

I am taking Vikings to El Salvador! Yup! I am finally going to pick up Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young! And to go along with it, I will also be taking The Girl the Sea Gave Back, it’s companion novel!

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The Rest of July TBR

I have quite a few ARCs to get to like Queen of Ruin and The Witching Hours. But I hope to also get to Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer duology or possible King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo like I had BEEN wanting to read since it came out! Who knows what the rest of July will have in store, we shall see!


Let me know what you think! What stood out for you this month? What books did you get? Do you have any vacation plans for the summer?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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May Wrap Up & June TBR | I said that May was the month of ME and oh boy was it!

Greetings readers!

Boy oh boy. May was THE month for me. It was the month of MAY. *Read that like how Justin Timberlake sings Me.*

Not gonna lie there was a week where I fell into a slump, but I jumped back from it! Not every read this month was omgomgomgoooood, but I had quite a few good ones and am quite happy with what I got done. To add to this, I read faster than I wrote reviews so I am severallll books behind schedule in terms of reviewing. They will be up…eventually though.

Let’s get started shall we!

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What Rendz Read

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
This was such a great read! I was so surprised by how much I liked it! If you want feminist, fighter pilots then check it out. My Full Review.

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The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH. This book was PHENOMENAL!!!!! READ IT! My Full Review.

The Sisters of the Winter Wood

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
This was the Sisters Reads of May! My sisters, Maz and Kez, and I buddy read this together and we shared our ~thoughts~. Read Our Tell All.

SISTER READS TELL ALL

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
SECOND HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH! You all  have now idea how much I adored this book. My Full Review.

Speak Easy, Speak Love

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera
Despite not being exactly what I expected, I enjoyed this Latinx read a lot! More to come in a mini review!

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao
I have been meaning to read this one for a while now because I loved Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. It was a great follow up for sure! More to come in a mini review!

The Girl Who Sailed The Stars by Matilda Woods
This short, magical MG read is sure to capture the hearts of many! Review to come.

The Snow Witch by Rosie Boyes
I got some great winter and White Witch vibes from this MG read! Review to come!

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
This was quite an emotional read and it is the perfect Pride Month pick! Review to come!

The Haul

As usual I went overboard with everything.

My purchases
Nocturna by Maya Motayne (Finished copy)

Penguin Teen CA
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (I KNOW AHHHH)
A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher
The Triumphant by Lesley Livingston
Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

Hatchette
Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart
The Witching Hours: The Troll Heart by Jack Henseleit

Library:
Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Posts From Last Month

THEME THURSDAY | PIRATES

Shiver me timbers…I haven’t read a lot of Pirate YA books!

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Even the Darkest Stars | Canadian Dragon Tales Buddy Read Review // We Have Questions!!!

Sha and I tackled another Canadian “dragon” Tales Buddy Read. This one was less successful than the first, but still fun!

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My Mismatched Series | A Discussion

Let’s get chatty! Be honest, how many mismatched books do you have?

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HCC Frenzy Presents Fantasy Panel! | Meeting Tahereh Mafi, Maya Motayne & Victoria Aveyard // Turns out I am not as cool as I try to be…

Read this if you want to know about how I made a complete and utter fool of myself as I was trying to keep my cool. Spoiler: I did not keep my cool.

HCC Frenzy Presents Fantasy Panel!

THEME THURSDAY |TWINS

Turns out, I have read more twin books than I initially thought!

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Other Going-Ons

I Wrote Another Article!

I dug deep into a google search to collect a list of my top 10 most anticipated Latinx Books of 2019! You can read the article here!

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I Art-ed!

If you guys don’t follow me on Instagram, you totally should! (@readingwithrendz). I often put updates on my little art adventures. Not all of them are cool, but I like to share my progress. My latest project was a Pinterest Girl that I did in soft pastel!

The following picture is the finished copy (but the lighting is so horrible)!

Aladdin 2019 was not trash. I repeat it was not trash!

Let me tell youuuuuu. I 100% thought this movie was not going to be any good from what I saw in the trailers, but I was so so wrong. it was actually quite fun and I liked how they retold the story. Even Will Smiths top-knot genie was okay with me. I mean it doesn’t beat out the original cartoon, but still! It was quite good!

I was hoodwinked, bamboozeled and betrayed by a Wattpad story!!!

So I was clearing out my iPod because I want to take it on my vacation and I was deleting all unnecessary apps. I stumbled upon my Wattpad app, which I made with the intention of writing but I never did, lol. So I was going to delete it, but then I saw this story cover which I was fairly intrigued by. I read the synopsis and knew that it wasn’t really my style, but I was curious. So I read this contemporary, arranged-marriage romance novel. And I gotta be honest…I was kinda loving it. Like it had its trashier bits and the grammar was off sometimes, but I really did like the characters and the plot direction. And I got to the end and thought wow this was great, until I read the epilogue. The epilogue ruined everything for me. It turned this happily ever after into a bittersweet end. And before you think what you might think, no. No one died. No one broke up. It was just how the author decided to craft their future in order to write a sequel that made me go: NO NO  NOOOOOOOO.

So I was mad. But I haven’t been able to find another arranged-marriage romance novel that works for me. So I continue to suffer.

I Went to the Penguin Teen Social!

Book worms of all kinds gathered at the PRHC HQ a couple of weeks ago to talk all things books. It was more of a mix and mingle than a sit-down thing. (There were not many places to sit at all actually) But I had a lot of fun being anti-social with my best bookish friend, Rezanne! I even got to meet Tanaz Bhathena and she singed my copy of The Beauty of the Moment!!!! I got to meet more authors, but I’m still thinking of writing an event recap for it so stay tuned!

THE BEAUTY OF THE MOMENT by @bhathenatanaz 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 What is your favourite contemporary novel? I'd have to say that as of last week, The Beauty of the Moment really has taken top spot for me in contemporaries. I know I don't read them often, but this one is definitely worthwhile!  Today is my Blog Tour stop for this amazing book so please check out my full review! (Link in bio) And don't forget to follow along the rest of the tour! @penguinteenca  #TheBeautyoftheMoment #tanazbhathena #bookstagram #reader #books #ya #contemporarybooks #CanLit #yabooks #youngadultbooks #blogtour

TBR

I’m thinking of taking another mood month. I’m just going to pick up whatever I feel like I want to try.

I’ve already read The Beholder by Anna Bright and it was quite the read! I’ll talk more about it in my review!

Q: Do you judge book covers? Because I do. And I have no shame in admitting it. 🙃 In other news... HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO @brightlyanna and her debut novel, THE BEHOLDER! I just finished reading this book on Sunday and I must say it was quite fun! There is a lot of drama and romance and tension to explore. Not to mention the drop dead gorgeous cover that comes along with it! I would love to hear what you guys thought about this book or its cover! #TheBeholder #AnnaBright #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #historicalfiction #newbooks #debutnovels #epicreads #igbooks #bookstagramer

I will be reading Spin The Dawn this month with Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews! We are hoping this will be our first read that we both actually love!

Recent book mail from @penguinteenca!! I got this is in the mail a couple of weeks ago and finally found the time to take a picture.  Just look at the cover. STUNNING. The book is said to be a cross between Project Runway and Mulan. AND I AM HERE FOR IT.  I am so excited to dive into it soon! What's been in your bookish mail box recently? #SpintheDawn #ElizabethLim #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #yafantasy

I will also for sure get to The Storm Crow by Kayln Josephson because I will be part of the blog tour!!!

Oh and I have one special read that’s going to be happening this month. Let’s just say I am really going to step out of my comfort zone.

As for the rest of the month….hmmmmmm…we shall see what I am in the mood for!


Let me know what you think! What was your favourite May read? What books are you looking forward to this June? What books did you haul?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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April Wrap-Up & May TBR | I will forever be known as the blogger who posts wrap ups late late late UGH

Greetings readers!

April was a month. I already gave you kind of a round up in my last wrap up since it was posted half-way through April. So I guess I can update you on the last half.

It was a blur.

I don’t know what I did for the two weeks I was at home alone.

Literally I slept, woke up, ate, watched YouTube vids, ate, read, ate, TV, snacked, read, slept.

But all in all it really was a blur…

So let’s see what I actually did.

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What Rendz Read

The Shadow Breaker by Steven Rivers
This book was so incredibly adorable! It is a fun, fast and cute MG read! My Review

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
I was so happy to be a part of the Blog Tour for this book! It was incredibly action-packed! My Full Review

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
I absolutely loved this book! So magical, so beautiful! My Full Review

Nocturna by Maya Motayne
This was a hit or miss for many…but I enjoyed it!!! Loved reading this Latinx YA fantasy! Review Coming Soon!

Four books in the two weeks. Not bad…but I can do better hehehehe

The Haul

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

The Girl who Sailed the Stars by Matilda Woods

Q: What children's books will you be reading into your old age? I've got lots of answers for this one. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall takes the number 1 spot. (yeah yeah Narnia is in 2nd let me live) There's just something about the Penderwicks that completely fills my heart with joy. Pure, good hearted happiness. And there are so many overtones of sadness in those books but I just can't help but feel happy when I reread them! THE GIRL WHO SAILED THE STARS is said to have Penderwick vibes~~ so you know I had to pick it up! Many thanks to @penguinteenca for the advanced copy! Day 6 of #flbmythicmay | Illustrated Cover #thegirlwhosailedthestars #matildawoods #bookstagram #reader #books #fantasy #mgbooks #middlegrade #kidlit #bookstagram #illustratedcovers #magicalrealism #bookishcanadians

Posts From Last Month

THEME THURSDAY | MERMAIDS

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Other Going-Ons

*tweedles thumbs*

Let’s see

I got into Nature Documentaries. 

For like the first week of my vacation I watched like three different documentaries on Birds of Paradise. Then I went down this rabbit hole where all I did was watch videos of birds–specifically the paradise ones and they were just so interesting. Freaky but interesting, I highly recommend you watch the doc made by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Then I went down this spiral of lion videos that were very unconventional. If you Google/Youtube “The Lion Whisperer” you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.

And then I watched a doc on tigers in an Australian zoo and it was really cute and fun and messy–in a good way!

I–like a billion other people–watched Avengers: Endgame

I liked it. I know there are problems with it and I see all the threads on Twitter, but frankly I had a really good time that night. The dudes sitting in front of me were super tall so for like the first ten minutes of the film I had to stretch my neck to see the whole screen but soon enough they sunk into their seats and I relaxed. But yeah I liked the movie.

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The night before my Spanish Exam I plotted an entire YA contemporary series. 

Three whole books briefly plotted in a single night of insomnia because I was nervous for my exam the next day. Turns out I really like the idea and maybe one day I’ll take myself up on it. But yeah me and contemporary…this should be fun.

I’m back in school

It’s an online summer course and I really should be doing that now instead of this, but future-Rendz can hate me later I guess.

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TBR

May TBR

I feel like I just want to go with the flow this month. 

Don’t get me wrong I have pressing reads and I will hopefully get to them, but I am tired of being tied down with release dates…and my shelves miss me. So May will be the month of ME. Maybe I’ll do some Twitter/Insta polls so you guys can help me pick out what I should read. There are many options to pick from and I am a bit overwhelmed, but so far this is what I’ve gotten to:

Q: What will be your final read of April? If everything goes according to plan, I should be able to squeeze in one more book before the end of the month. I'm hoping to get to We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett which was published at the beginning of April so it's fitting I should read it in its debut month! The cover is so stunning I hope the inside it much the same! #WeRuletheNight #ClaireElizaBartlett #LittleBrownBooks #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #scifi #fantasy #youngadultbooks #igbooks #bookstagramer #aprilreads #mysisterisfinallydoneschool #iaskedherforahashtagandthatswhatcametohermind #todaywasherfinaldayofschoolforreal Q: What was the last book that took your breath away? Last night I finished this book. And it blew me away. Completely out of the water. I've never read anything like this. Ever. It was so incredibly thrilling and enchanting and heart wrenching and absolutely MAGICAL. The Sisters of the Winter Wood by @renarossner is a beautiful, haunting read based on Jewish folklore/mythology and inspired by the Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. Written both in prose and verse, this book was a wild ride!  I highly recommend this book. It has so much to offer. I still have stars in my eyes! Day 8 of #flbmythicmay | Magic #TheSistersoftheWinterWood #RenaRossner #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #adultfantasy #jewishlit #magicalrealism #greatreads #fivestars I'm 3 days late in starting this tag but it is Day 3 of #flbmythicmay |  Quests (I'm pretty sure this book has quests in it lol)  I'm sure many of you saw on my stories that I'll be buddy reading The Cruel Prince with my sisters this month. This will be our second Sister Read and I think it will be very interesting as we tackle this very popular book. My oldest sister is already half way and she has ~~thoughts~~. Meanwhile my second eldest sister and I have yet to start bc we are finishing our current reads. I would love to know your thoughts on this book! #TheCruelPrince #HollyBlack #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #faeriebooks #igbooks #bookstagramer #maytbr #mayreads #LittleBrownBooks

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black *Sister Reads Review coming soon*

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George *CR*

Hopefully I can get to The Grief Keeper and Spin the Dawn this month!

Recent book mail from @penguinteenca!! I got this is in the mail a couple of weeks ago and finally found the time to take a picture.  Just look at the cover. STUNNING. The book is said to be a cross between Project Runway and Mulan. AND I AM HERE FOR IT.  I am so excited to dive into it soon! What's been in your bookish mail box recently? #SpintheDawn #ElizabethLim #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #yafantasy


Let me know what you think! How was your April? How are things looking this month? What book(s) are you most excited about? What is your current read?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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