Spin the Dawn |Review // This book. This. Book. Ahhhhhh

Greetings readers!

One of the many, many flaws I possess, according to my mother, is that I cannot sew. Correction: I cannot sew properly. I can do a sloppy job of it, but actually doing a clean seam is beyond my abilities.

Alas, I still read this book which was all about sewing. And it was quite something. Quite something.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)
via Goodreads

Pub Date: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Knopf
Price: $24.99 CAD

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

Buy It!

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*My thanks goes out to Penguin Teen CA for providing me with an ARC*

I had the lovely opportunity to buddy read this with my fabulous friend, Mandy @ BookPrincessReviews. Considering our last two buddy reads went less than spectacular, we were pretty stoked knowing that this book came with such good buzz! And we are both so happy that we both actually enjoyed the book this time!

The Likes

The Characters

Maia: Ohhhh I loved her. I loved her. She was truly a fantastic MC to follow. She grew up in a house full of brothers who loved and doted on her. She had a mother, who was taken too early, but adored her so much as well. And her father who taught her almost everything she knows about being a seamstress. I loved the way she treasured and practically carried her family in the toughest of times, especially as a woman in a trade meant for men. I loved that she literally risked it all for her family, even if on the inside she knew that she really wanted to risk everything for her own aspirations. I loved her honesty because she literally couldn’t lie to save her life.

Edan: I pitched it to Mandy that he was a Tragic Magic boy and honestly I still stand by it. He was all charm and you guys all know how much of a sucker I am for the charming, borderline annoying ones. He was mysterious and harbored lots of secrets, some of which we get into. He was an interesting character to have around as more than just simple a love interest. His role was pivotal to the politics of the book too, which are quite tricky to maneuver.

Others…There aren’t many. The other tailors in the competition are not at all what they seem at first glance. Trust me, keep yer eyes on them. Then there are the emperor and Lady Sarnai, who were quite, quite not at all who they seemed to be!!!

The World

It was so, so rich. And we go everywhere–well most everywhere. It was incredibly fascinating to explore the different landscapes that the characters live in and journey. You get a sense of the difference in lifestyle between the royal characters and the civilians. The politics of the world are communicated very well. The society is suffering after a war and the court machinations in the palace may not be helping at all. It is a seducing setting no doubt.

The Plot

I loveeeeeeeeee competition books. And I also adore quest books. And this story was literally the best of both worlds.

The first part was all about Maia making it as a tailor and passing all the tests in order to serve Lady Sarnai as her official tailor. It was soooooo crazy and cool at the same time. It was a cutthroat killer competition about sewing!!! Sewing! I loved the challenges that they got, with materials so unconventional that I applaud Lim’s imagination for creating pretty pieces (even if they are just being described in words 😉 )

Then came the journey which takes up a chunk of the novel. it comes with three pivotal challenges that Maia has to pass in order to A) survive and B) become the Imperial tailor. It was full of danger and intrigue and risk. I know they have a lot of down time during this part of the book, but I didn’t mind. I lived for every moment between Maia and Edan.

It lived up to its selling points

Mulan x Project Runway. Let me tell you. This book is most definitely Mulan x Project Runway in every way that you can think and beyond. Maia had such a moment when she cuts her hair, I actually screeched a little bit to myself. It might not have had dramatic music in the background, but it was no less intense and magical.

I’ve already talked about the tailoring competition, but I cannot stress how Project Runway it truly is! So much talent, trash talking and crazy amazing dresses. The tailor competition is a little (a lot) more umm bloody, but still. Amazing. And the PR vibes run beyond just the competition. Maia’s skill is so wonderfully explored, I would LOVE to wear any of her creations!


This stunning cover gives a lot more away than you might think. I’m screaming.

The Romance

I didn’t think we’d get that far with them in this book, but neither Maia nor I could resist Edan’s charm! I loved them together. I truly did. Mandy is right when she says that they goes back and forth a little too much, but I was swooning the whole way there. AND OF COURSE THINGS GET ROUGH TOWARDS THE END. But I still truly love them together!!!

The Questionable

Just one tiny thing. The antagonist(s) were a little lack luster. Um I wanted a little more sleeziness and creepiness and well villain power. They were a little too mellow for me, even though they caused plenty of trouble for our dear characters. So I lacked that drama. However, I think we are gonna get a lot more from them in the sequel!!!

Overall, I loved this book. I loved the ending because it is not at all what I expected and it has been a while since I have been surprised by a book! I also LOVED that Lim put in this little excerpt before chapter one that when I read it again after having read the whole book…it just transformed the whole experience for me.

Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars


Let me know what you think! Are you excited for this book? How easily do you trust comps/selling points? How stunning do you think this cover is? Can you sew, are you any skilled in tailoring?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz



Greetings readers!

I wanted to start bringing in some weekly regulars to this blog. I wanted something new and fun and thankfully, Sophie @ Blame Chocolate totally provided me with the perfect post! So many thanks go out to her!!

Theme Thursday is a new weekly feature created by Sophie @ Blame Chocolate where bloggers can share recs and newly found books featuring that week’s theme.

  • There will be a different theme (genre, trope, etc) every Thursday. You can check the theme calendar here.
  • Those participating have to list titles that feature that theme in some way (doesn’t have to be the main theme of the book).
  • You can use the three main categories: Books I’ve Read/I’m Reading,Books I Want to Readand Other Books That Fit The Theme but this isn’t mandatory.
  • You can repeat books in different themes, if they apply, and choose as many as you want.
  • You don’t have to take part every week! Just when you feel like it.
  • You can use #BlameThemeThursday on Twitter and other social media to make TT posts easier to find.
  • Finally, use this boxed text in your post, which doubles as a pingback. If you want, you can change the pingback link to that of that week’s post 🙂
  • P.S.: Feel free to use my banners!

🍫 Books I’ve Read/I’m Reading:


I actually have not read a book with a mermaid…..



The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.6)

Does The Little Android by Marissa Meyer count? It is after all a retelling of The Little mermaid!


🍫 Books I Want to Read:

The Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep #1) To Kill a Kingdom Sea Witch (Sea Witch, #1)


🍫 Other Books That Fit The Theme:

The Seafarer's Kiss (The Seafarer's Kiss #1) Wake (Watersong, #1) Siren's Storm (Siren's Storm, #1)

The search for mermaid books was actually a lot of fun and seeing as I have little to really no experience with mermaid books…I need to get on this! So I definitely need your help!

Let me know what you think!!! What mermaid book would you have me start with? What are some of your fave mermaid books?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz


*DISCALIMER: All images via Goodreads*

The Jonas Brothers Book Tag | Because I am who I am and I really am still on this :)

Greetings readers!

Yes. I am still talking about the JoBros. Yes, I am still listening to their playlists. Yes, I am and I know what you think…Rendz, it was never that serious though…


So please indulge me…as I have created a Book Tag in their honour. Actually it’s mostly in honour of my nostalgia and how much I miss the good ol’ days.

*And please forgive if a tag like this already exists ;)*


  • You don’t gotta be a JoBro fan, you just gotta love books
  • Mention me, the creator (Rendz @ Reading with Rendz)
  • Answer the prompts
  • Tag 3 peeps! (4 if you wanna take into consideration the Bonus Jonas)

“Year 3000”
A book/series set in the way distant future or A book/series that took you on an adventure

The Lunar Chronicles Obviously!


“Hold On”
A book/series that took a while for you to get into

Zero Repeat Forever by G. S. Prendergast

The beginning is really slow, but all that build up leads to a really amazing second half!


A book/series that you needed saving from

Throne of Glass series. Why on earth did I continue with these books? I don’t know. *cough* Chaol *cough* but boy did I need major saving.


“When You Look Me in the Eyes”
A romance that makes you melt into a puddle of goo



“Burnin’ Up”
A book/series so good it set you on fire

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Literally this book and its two sequels have been the cause of my destruction and I adore them.


A ship you were not expecting, but it happened and you ship it

Helene x Avitas. I had my reservations at the beginning, but I am all for it now. Let’s do this!!!!!!!!!!


A book/series that kept you on your toes the whole time

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I worried so much for my gang of little criminals. I love them to bits, but boy did they have me stressed…like all the time.


A book/series you would reread over and over again

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. They are my go to feel-good books that I adore.


I Tag….

Mandy & Sha | Kyera | Angelica | Blogger Books

Let me know what you think!!! Are you a fan of the JoBros? What’s your fave JoBro song? What’s your fave band/type of music in general? Have you listened to Sucker yet? How would you answer these prompts?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz


The Last Namsara Buddy Read Review |Featuring the amazing SHA, and Canadian Dragon Tales!

Greetings readers!

Today I am partnering with the fabulous, Sha @ Book Princess Reviews to bring you a buddy read review! We decided to Buddy read The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. A fitting choice as it is Canadian YA and we are both Canadian and we love dragons.

Thus I dub this buddy read (and a near future one)…


*if you do not know what Dragon Tales is please google and educate yourself.

Sha and I absolutely adored this book. Sha *literally* devoured the book within 6 hours. Less than a day! I myself am quite a slow reader, but boy oh boy if I had had the time on my hands I probably would have swallowed this one too!

The Last Namsara (Iskari #1)

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)
via Goodreads

Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Pages: 432
Release Date: October 3 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.15 (of 2,043 ratings)

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.



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Asha lured the dragon with a story.
It was an ancient story, older than the mountains at her back, and Asha had to dredge it up from where it lay deep and dormant inside her.
She hated to do it. Telling such stories was forbidden, dangerous, even deadly.

Sha: The first three paragraphs of this book sent shivers down my spine. Within seconds I had everything I didn’t know I absolutely needed: dragons. Forbidden storytelling. I had to keep going.

Which is why I can only hope Rendz forgives me for speeding ahead.

Um yeah. I had a major bone to pick with Sha. I started this book two days before her and then she has the audacity to read the entire thing in one sitting!!!! LIKE I APPLAUD SHA’S EPICNESS OF BEING ABLE TO READ SO FAST–AND LITERALLY DEVOUR A BOOK–BUT SHE LEFT ME IN THE DUST!


SHA: Ciccarelli’s writing is perfectly suited to her world of dragon-hunting and poisonous stories. It reminded me strongly of Renée Ahdieh’s own lyrical prose, with a sharper cut to each line.

Rendz: Her plot twists were really well done! (Some were obvious, others less so) Some of them had me making faces. And yes, I was reading on a public bus. O-O

She did a really good job of leaving tracks and clues and then connecting the dots at the end. I’m still not over one of her revelations. She got me good.


SHA: Was there any character I didn’t love? (even the ones I hated, i loved hating)
Asha was amazing. But I actually want to rush forward and praise the supporting characters because … Ciccarelli fleshed them out so well and gave them all such important moments. Like, okay, WARNING, I’m about to ramble real quick:

I don’t dislike when a main character steals the show and does all the awesome things in a book aka spots the evil, plans the revolution, stops the villain. YAS we have a badass and I love! BUT what Ciccarelli owned in The Last Namsara was this whole “it takes a village to plan a revolution” theme.

Rendz: Asha was a QUEEN. Omg I loved her so much. Her journey was so heartbreaking and beautiful. I love her!!!!!!!!

⚔️ Safire : Asha’s cousin. Safire is better than Asha at strategy and close combat (which Asha praises within the book, YAS, support ya girl). Safire has a hard life in Firgaard and Asha helps protect her — but Safire can also hold her own. LITERALLY A QUEEN. 
⚔️ Dax : Asha’s brother. Asha often looks down on him because unlike her, he is not a warrior. TBH I thought he wasn’t so smarticle particle all the time either. BUT THINGS HAPPEN.
⚔️ Roa: A boss. Wow.
⚔️ Torwin : One of Jarek’s slaves. Also an adorable cinnamon roll who has some guts let me tell you that.
⚔️ Jarek : Ew. I NEED TO FIGHT HIM.


Rendz: At first there was a suspicion that Asha was gonna fall for her crappy betrothed and that was not gonna fly with us. But thankfully, it was only a weary inkling coming from us precarious readers. Then waltzes in a forbidden-romance plot and I–Rendz–am LIVING for it. Then my wariness came back because I really didn’t want this to be a slave-master thing. But I think that Ciccarelli stepped away from that when she really made Asha reflect on her way of thinking, her upbringing, other previous histories of interracial relations. It wasn’t insta-love…on Asha’s part at least, Torwin is another story *Is this spoilery??* I think they both had to really grow around one another, reshape they way they see the world and in turn each other.

Now let’s talk scenes. Because my goodness there were so many almost-scenes where I just wanted to chuck the book across the bus. And then the declarations that Ciccarelli made up for these characters and how they tied into legend…I was a puddle of tears.

Gosh they were just so good together.  

Sha: *Is currently too choked up to contribute words.*


Rendz: Major–and when we say major, we mean MAJOR–How to Train Your Dragon vibes. I absolutely adored the legend and Old Story elements and how they were tied back to these incredibly majestic creatures. I also loved that the dragons themselves had some personality to them. It added a lot more fun and not to mention a lot more adventure to the story!


Sha: When I saw that there was slavery in this book, I hesitated hard. I thought, “Oh no, there must be some controversy, it must be bad for some reason.” I read those scenes real close and analyzed from every perspective/the knowledge that I have and what I got was: Ciccarelli wrote those scenes well. She didn’t throw in slavery for kicks, I learned some lessons from the books end, nothing was played up for dramatics without consequences.

Rendz: I super agree, I was very apprehensive at first, but I think Ciccarelli handled it well. The slavery wasn’t just a present state, it had a history. It was a politically intense book, which I found I really liked.

representation: n/a
Content warnings: death of a principal character, killing of humans as sport, suicide, murder, whipping, mythical creature death, abuse

Rating: 5 stars!

Recommend: It’s a double YES from us!!

I think it is safe to say that you will hear from Sha and I again when we read the sequel, The Caged Queen. (When that will take place is another question!)

Let us know what you think! Have you read TLN? What did you think? Have you read its sequel The Caged Queen? What dragon books would you recommend to us?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz & Sha


The Penderwicks At Last |Blog Tour – Review & Giveaway

Greetings readers!

I am so, so excited to be a part of this tour. The Penderwicks series my Jeanne Birdsall is one of my favourite children’s series ever! I will one day put up a post describing the significance of these stories to me, but for now let’s stick to my review!

Today I will be presenting to you my thoughts on the long awaited finale of this series! (I waited three whole years for this!) Make sure you head to the end of the post for a chance to win a copy! It is US only, but I do believe there are a few Penderwicks fans in my audience!

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall

Pendwicks at Last Cover

Pub. Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 256
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The finale you’ve all been waiting for: The Penderwicks at Last is the final, flawless
installment in the modern classic series from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Jeanne Birdsall!

Nine years, five older siblings, a few beloved dogs, and an endless array of adventures–these are the things that have shaped Lydia’s journey since readers first met her in The Penderwicks in Spring.

Now it’s summertime, and eleven-year- old Lydia is dancing at the bus stop, waiting for big sister Batty to get home from college.

This is a very important dance and a very important wait because the two youngest
sisters are about to arrive home to find out that the Penderwicks will all be returning to Arundel this summer, the place where it all began. And better still is the occasion: a good old-fashioned, homemade-by-Penderwicks wedding.

Bursting with heart and brimming with charm, this is a joyful, hilarious ode to the family we love best. And oh my MOPS– Meeting of Penderwick Siblings– does Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks at Last crescendo to one perfect Penderwick finale.

*Thank you, Penguin Random House CA for providing me with a copy. All opinions are my own*

This final book revolves around the youngest Penderwick sister, Lydia, who had a minor role in the previous novel, The Penderwicks in Spring. Despite this book being about a new character, we are taken back to the setting of book one and even though much has changed, including the older Penderwick sisters, there is still a lot of fun to be had!

What I Liked: 

Characters: The characters were the most important reason why this series means so much to me. In this book we follow only one sister, but the other Penderwick personalities were definitely present despite being more background characters!

Lydia: Lydia was a spark of pure delight (though don’t tell her I said that because she might argue against it XD). As the youngest of the Penderwick family, this was Lydia’s first trip to Arundel and after hearing all the incredible stories that her sisters told, she was excited to see the actual estate herself. Lydia was quite charming, she was a dancer and found a reason to bounce and twirl and step, whatever the occasion. Contrary to the sassy attitude she evoked as a toddler, the 11 year-old Lydia was quite curious and always found the best in people. She, like all her siblings, had a distinct personality. She was a dancer, free-spirited and quite imaginative, but also stubborn!

Alice: Alice was also quite fun to follow. Much to Lydia’s delight, they became fast friends on this summer vacation and she showed Lydia all the secrets of the estate. Alice herself was also very funny and blunt. Her tendency to say exactly what is on her mind was hilarious and I loved her competitiveness with her brother, Jack. Although we don’t get to exactly walk in her perspective, she always added more humour and mischief to the scene.

The Writing: 

While I wouldn’t say that Birdsall has a purple/flowry prose, she does have a way with words. She knows how to make me feel wonder as I’m reading about the adventures that Lydia is having. But I think where she really wins with me is that she gives everything a personality. She most certainly gives them to humans, but also to the creatures and animals surrounding the characters. There is always, always a dog personality on scene and in this book comes a sassy chicken. I’d like to say that Jeanne Birdsall’s writing is pure joy put in words!

Bringing Back the Old:

Since this book didn’t star any of the original Penderwick sisters, I really enjoyed every moment when Jeanne would remind us of those times. Since she used the same setting from the first book, it was really nostalgic visiting the old gardens where the sisters had had so many adventures before. This was–of course–Lydia’s story and her experience in Arundel is slightly different. However, despite the fifteen year distance between book one and this book, readers will get to see many familiar faces and revisit many familiar places!

The Ending:

Before reading the ending, I knew that Jeanne was going to do something special. She wasn’t exactly going to leave it open (which it is, but also not), but she wasn’t just going to say this is the end. So when I did read the ending, my heart burst. Like it literally burst. She 100% did THAT. It might not even be something many readers notice, but I did and JEANNE, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I’ll leave a hint for those who don’t catch it after reading it, so please remember: the tunnel.

Honourable mention: Not only does Jeanne throw in many Narnia references, which fulfilled my little fangirl heart, she also has one character travelling to Canada! So you know Patriotic-Rendz came out and was squealing with glee!

What I Disliked:

I am going to knock off 0.5 and I’m not 100% sure why. It was just something I couldn’t fully grasp with this story. I laughed, I teared up a bit, it had everything, but maybe it’s the speed to the finish. Everything moves so quickly (and I’m complaining because I really would have liked to read about the wedding XD).

Overall, I am overjoyed. This truly was a spectacular finale to one of my favourite series. It had all the right humour, the best personalities, the touch of nostalgia and the bittersweet knowledge that this is the end. I absolutely adored this series and this final installment is cherry on top!

Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (It’s really a 5….I’m being picky!)


About Jeanne:


Jeanne Birdsall grew up in the suburbs west of Philadelphia, where she attended wonderful public schools. Jeanne had lots of great teachers, but her favorites were: Mrs. Corkhill, sixth grade, who encouraged her intellectual curiosity; Mr. Tremonte, eighth grade algebra, who taught Jeanne to love and respect math; and Miss Basehore, second and fourth year Latin, to whom Jeanne (and Mr. Penderwick) will be forever grateful.

Although she first decided to become a writer when she was ten years old, it took Jeanne until she was forty-one to get started. In the years in between, Jeanne had many strange jobs to support herself, and also worked hard as a photographer, the kind that makes art. Some of Jeanne’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of museums, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Art Museum. Her work can be seen in several galleries, including the R. Michelson Galleries in western Massachusetts.

Jeanne’s home now is with her husband in Northampton, Massachusetts. Their house is old and comfortable, full of unruly animals, and surrounded by gardens.

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– 3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE PENDERWICKS AT LAST
– US Only


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Follow the Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/7/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review
5/8/2018- Christen Krumm– Review
5/9/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Review
5/10/2018- Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers– Review
5/11/2018- Reading with Rendz– Review (You are here!)

Week Two:

5/14/2018- Little Red Reads– Review
5/15/2018- Buttons Book Reviews– Review
5/16/2018- Will Read Anything– Review
5/17/2018- Two Points of Interest– Review
5/18/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review


Let me know what you think! Have you read any Penderwicks books before? Which book was your favourite? How excited are you to read the finale? What sibling-hood would you love to be a part of?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

The Story Girl | Review

Greetings readers!

Despite the cold temperatures I’m experiencing here in my corner of the globe lately, I feel like it is the perfect time to read those spring/summer books. It’s also my favourite time of year for middle grade. I don’t know what it is exactly, but something about the spring sun (and rain) gets me in the mood for a good heartfelt adventure.

The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

Publisher: Tundra Books
Pub Date: January 9, 2018
Price: $12.99 CAD
ISBN: 9781101919491

Sara Stanley is only fourteen, but she can weave tales that are impossible to resist. In the charming town of Carlisle, children and grown-ups alike flock from miles around to hear her spellbinding tales. And when Bev King and his younger brother Felix arrive for the summer, they, too, are captivated by the Story Girl. Whether she’s leading them on exciting misadventure or narrating timeless stories–from the scary “Tale of the Family Ghost” to the fanciful “How Kissing Was Discovered” to the bittersweet “The Blue Chest of Rachel Ward”–the Story Girl has her audience hanging on every word.

Buy It!

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*A huge thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a free copy in exchange for a honest review!*

I have only read one other book by L.M. Montgomery which was none other than her masterpiece, Anne of Green Gables. I absolutely adored it and I cannot wait to continue the series in a near foreseeable future. So in picking up this book I was really hoping to immerse myself in Montgomery’s beautiful writing and quirky characters!

What I Liked:

Characters: There were lots of them, so I’ll highlight a few things for each!

Story Girl: She was an absolute delight. Montgomery definitely gives her a way with words and a mischievous personality to match with all those fancy terms she uses. I really liked reading the stories she told and the way she charmed kids and adults alike.

Beverly: He is actually the narrator which I found quite interesting. It’s probably the best since if it were in the perspective of the Story Girl this novel would probably go on and on. He also has a way with words and the fact that it is actually an adult Bev reminiscing on his childhood days really amps the sense of nostalgia!

Cecily: Oh she was my favourite! Maybe it was her curiosity and leadership that showed up sporadically when she wasn’t second-guessing herself. She was adorable and I loved her sassy one-liners too.

Peter: Another favourite. He added a lot of humour to the story, since he wasn’t raised “proper” like the other kids, but I loved that about him.  I wish he wasn’t chasing after a girl who didn’t appreciate him, but who knows what could happen to this little crush of his.

 Dan & Felix & Sara Ray: They added a lot of fun to the story too! So much bickering sass, and crying (<- mostly from Sara Ray) came from them. They gave the story a healthy dose of spirit.

Felicity: She was actually my least favourite…far too snobby and self-entitled for my liking. Yet, I also kind of liked her sassy and blunt ways. I’m conflicted.

The Setting:

Prince Edward Island has always been a dream destination of mine! It sounds liked such a scenic and beautiful place. Of course the PEI of today is much different from the PEI in the story, but still. The glowing sun of the summer in PEI was the perfect backdrop for the adventures of these kids!

The Writing:

Montgomery’s writing is absolutely stunning. The descriptions she uses to emphasize the innocence and beauty of the children and their adventures in growing up were perfect.  Some passages were simply stunning and I couldn’t help but remark at their beauty.

The Stories within the Story:

How can I not talk about all the great little stories that the Story Girl told within the pages of the book. Some were heartfelt, others were tragic and some were very funny. It was really cute reading about the reactions of the other kids and the spell bound wonder they would be trapped in every time the Story Girl told a new tale!

What I Disliked:

What Was the Final Point?:

This was a really good story because of the amazing characters that Montgomery created. Otherwise in terms of plot, it was a little everywhere. I could not catch the direction of the story, other than it being a recount of the summer in the eyes of Bev.


My, my it was a very slow story. Or perhaps it just felt like that because I didn’t know what the point of the story was. It was a little repetitive at times and that made me kind of want to put the book down.

Overall, it was a cute story. A perfect book to get my middle grade reading mood going. Yes it was a tad boring in places and quite outdated. (Whenever they mentioned converting the Heathen, I cringed..so just keep that in mind if you read this book.) Despite that I thought it was a fun read and I look forward to the sequel!

Rating: 3 / 5 stars 

Recommend: Yes! It’s the kind of book you read when it’s raining out and you would rather bask in the warm light of the summer sun, with a light breeze keeping you cool at the same time.

Let me know what you think! What is your favourite L.M. Montgomery read? What is your go to middle grade author/book/series? What books do you like to read during the spring season, if you have a preference?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

Greetings readers!

As I make my way down my list of to-do tags, I realized that I had skipped over this gem! I don’t think I have talked to much about my secret blogger life, so why not now?!

Thank you to Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl! She has such a beautiful blog, with lots of great discussion posts! She also recently hit 500 followers and is hosting a giveaway so you definitely want to follow her and enter!!

On to the tag!

How long have you been blogging?

About a year and a half! I started in September 2016 and have had a steady streak since!

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

I don’t know. I thought I would have given up already, but here I am still.

What is the best thing about blogging?

Other than getting to gush about great books…meeting people who can gush about those books with you! One of the best feelings in the world is sharing the same feels over a story with someone who just gets you!

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

I’ll take Angelica’s answer because it is so so so so so right. Time. I am not one to post everyday. I cannot. I have no time to prepare a polished post for seven or even six days. I’m lucky if I post twice in one week! Usually, I find time on my commutes to school to rough out a review or discussion post. But editing, tagging, making graphics and rereading it over and over takes a lot of time.

How long does it take you to find make/find pictures to use?

Pictures are easy. Goodreads is at my service. Gifs are harder. Because I need to find the right one to convey the right emotion and that requires a lot of digging.

Who is your book crush?

BOY, IS THIS A LIST. AND IT IS NOT A SECRET. Captain Carswell Thorne who is Book Husband #1, Chaol Westfall who is Book Husband #2 and Elias Veturius who is Book Husband #3. Not to mention all the Book Boyfriends and Book Boy Toys out there who hold a piece of my heart too! I actually outlined My Hierarchy of Fictional Love Interests if you are interested in reading more!

What author would you like to have on your blog?

It would be a dream, A DREAM, to feature Marissa Meyer on my blog. She is my QUEEN. But then again the honour of hosting Leigh Bardugo would make me squeal and hosting Marie Lu would be legendary!!!

What do you wear when you write your blogpost?

Whatever I’m wearing, which is usually pjs.

How long does it take you to prepare?

Forever. First outline. Write it. Then Edit 1. Format. Edit 2. Create Graphic. Edit 3. Tag it, put it in the right category. Read it 10 more times. And schedule. IT. TAKES. ME. FOREVER.

How do you feel about the book blogging community?

A blessing. One of the best decisions I made was this blog. I am so happy that I took the chance to create this site and that it has led me to meeting so many amazing readers and authors. Books bring people together and I for one am so grateful for this community.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

A successful blog really depends on how you feel about your work and how you put yourself out there. Yeah, follows and likes matter, but I am telling you that it is 100% more satisfactory if you run a beautiful blog that you are proud of. Don’t be afraid to be you on your site. If you are happy with the posts you publish and the interactions you make, then you are a success, my friend!

I would tag…but I am very lazy at the moment. If you haven’t had a chance to talk about your blog secrets feel free to participate and let me know so I can see your answers!

Let me know what you think! How is your blogging going? Any highlights? What is your favourite post you’ve written so far? How many great blogger friends have you made so far?

Happy reading and blogging!

~ Rendz


Wires & Nerve Vol 2: Gone Rogue | Review

Greetings readers!

If you’re new to this space of mine, you must know one very important thing about me. Other than The Chronicles of Narnia which is the fantasy series of my life, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is the YA series of my Heart and Soul.

These books literally changed my life in so many different ways and I will definitely be going into a lot more detail in another post some time in the near future. This series is home to my favourite heroes and heroines, four going on five epic ships, lots of action and intensity, PLUS fairy tales. Just go read the series, okay. Just go. Go. Now.

Wires & Nerve Vol 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve, #2)
via Goodreads

Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.

Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming.

Buy It!

Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Amazon

Well, was this not my most anticipated read of the year? Yes. Then why did it take me forever to write this review? School. Ugh. Well, here I am now to gush and goop all over this blog post because that is what I do best when it comes to this series. It has everything I have ever wanted in books, so let’s just say that anything related to this series will get high praise from me.

What I Liked:


Iko: This was really Iko’s book. My fabulous, fantastic and AMAZING Iko. I love her so much. She is one heck of a kick-butt yet cuddly gal. Throughout this book she struggles a lot with the fact that she isn’t human and really only a tiny chip, which sometimes really brings her down. But being an android doesn’t make her any less important or useful. I would argue that she is the soul of the crew, keeping them together and always coming to save them with her android abilities!

Kinney: Oh my boy. He also struggles with Iko being an android and has to find a way to change his mindset. But since he is spending so much time with my fab girl I don’t think it turned out to be as hard as he thought. Yeah, he is a little mean and stiff (like a mini Jacin), but he idolizes Cinder and is actually so adorable.


The Story:

I felt like the continuation was much more clear and in-depth in volume 2. We kind of get to know more about this plain villain, Alpha Steele, who was introduced in volume one. Also there is, I think, a lot more action and suspense. Not all out amazingly, biting my finger nails suspenseful, but just the right amount to make me go “oh my” and “deargoodnessthisisnotgoingasplanned”

Iko’s Kick-Butt Scenes and Back story:

Yes, I’m going to take another section to fangirl about Iko because A)  As mentioned she is fiercly fabulous and will literally kick your butt if you step out of line and B) WE GET INTO HER BACK STORY!! I honestly didn’t think there was that much to it….BUT OH MY GOODNESS….I CHOKED UP MAYBE A LITTLE BECAUSE *REASONS* AND IT JUST WAS SOO…I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN…

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Let me tell you, the cuteness starts very early on. After Wires & Nerve Vol 1. we all knew that big things were coming for Wolf and Scarlet and boy did things escalate for them in this book a little. Anyways, their moments were so precious, I know there are a lot of Wolflet lovers out there  who will appreciate this!


And although it’s still tentative KIKO…you gotta love them.

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What I Disliked:

No Cress and Thorne, thus no Cresswell, thus a Not-So-Happy Rendz:

Total bummer for me….sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I know it shouldn’t affect my opinion that much, since they were such stars in volume one…but it does. My Cresswell experience was almost nonexistent and I suffered a bit (a lot). They were in the book, but their total page count is about 6-8 (I’m not even exaggerating that much…maybe).

The Art(?):

So I was never the biggest fan of the art in volume 1..but I ended up being okay with it, I thought it was cute. For volume 2, I know the artist changed and this guy’s art is based off the first one, but I felt like I wasn’t as big a fan this time. Everyone looked different and while there were still some really beautiful pieces..I don’t know…I’m just not feeling it.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I mean it’s TLC, how can I not? I refuse to believe this is the final TLC installment…I have high hopes that Marissa will give us a little more of these characters some day in the future, for now though, I am satisfied with what I have!

Rating: 4 / 5 stars


Let me know what you think! Have you read Wires & Nerve Vol 2 yet? Have you read TLC yet? Who is your favourite TLC character? FANGIRL WITH ME PEEPS!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz



The Calculus of Change | Review

Greetings readers!

Another contemporary for my records! *Lots of huzzahs* This book attracted me really for one grand reason: calculus. I took calculus in my last year of high school and it was my most hated, yet beloved class of the semester. (Art tops all) It was a really interesting to learn yet boring at the same time (I fell asleep a lot….oops). It was nonetheless taught by one of my favourite teachers and alongside math lessons he also gave out great life advice. (And let us watch Gladiator on the last day of classes and bought us pizza twice).

So yeah…really I saw “calculus” and pressed want-to-read, but this book held a lot more than just that.

The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb

The Calculus of Change
via Goodreads

A poignant and empowering teen novel of grief, unrequited love, and finding comfort in one’s own skin.

Aden isn’t looking for love in her senior year. She’s much more focused on things like getting a solo gig at Ike’s and keeping her brother from illegal herbal recreation. But when Tate walks into Calculus class wearing a yarmulke and a grin, Aden’s heart is gone in an instant.

The two are swept up in a tantalizingly warm friendship, complete with long drives with epic soundtracks and deep talks about life, love, and spirituality. With Tate, Aden feels closer to her mom—and her mom’s faith—than she has since her mother died years ago. Everyone else—even Aden’s brother and her best friend—can see their connection, but does Tate?

Navigating uncertain romance and the crises of those she loves, Aden must decide how she chooses to see herself and how to honor her mom’s memory.

Buy It!

Indigo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

*Thank you to Raincoast Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

This was a solid read. I was expecting a really light, fluffy read about falling in love and crushing really hard. And you know what? I got hit by a ton of bricks. Blow after blow after blow. This book was surface level fluff with much deeper and heavier problems hidden underneath. To quote people from Goodreads it was “realistic” story about a teenage girl with many teenage problems and her struggle to not fall apart.

What I Liked:


Aden: A teenage girl. Living la vida loca. Just kidding. (I mean her life is a little loca) I enjoyed Aden. I thought she was really funny and blunt. She made mistakes (a lot of them) and she had to own up to them (as one should). She had to grow up as the “mom” figure in her home after losing her own mother at such a young age. She did some pretty amazing things in the novel (like write a whole song)! She also struggles in finding comfort in her own skin. She was always comparing herself to others girls who were “trademark pretty”. She didn’t out right hate them or shame them, but envy thrived strongly in Aden. Her self-image problems came into conflict with other aspects of her life, especially on her new found crush with Tate.

Aden’s story was also one of finding the courage to let go. She was always so focused on mothering, on being there for her friends, her brother, her father and Tate that she kind of lost who she was in the midst. But I love the fact that her music and connection to her mother, however minimal they were, kept her grounded to her reality.

Self-image Issues:

At first I was a little ummm…yikes about Aden’s views on beauty and sexual attractiveness. She would equate beauty and sexiness with being skinny and fit, wearing tight jeans and oddly enough smelling like something as pleasant as vanilla. However this story is an evolution. It’s a journey of getting out of that mindset, of not taking the bullshit to heart and finding it within herself to love who she is. It’s not an easy habit to quit, but it’s one that is important in finding the confidence and strength in yourself to face the world as you are.

Grief and Family:

Aden lost her mother at a very young age and her death really took a toll on everyone in her household. Her father lost himself to grief and it resulted in a bipolar nature. Her brother looked to Aden as a mother and Aden gladly filled that roll in as best as she could, even though she thought she didn’t know what she was doing. This book greatly shows how grief is not something gotten over within 300 pages or less. It endures before the first page and after the last page, the point is to not let it consume you. To live a life worth living.


I didn’t realize this was a story about unrequited love until I was doing my  “inspect the book before I read” ritual. This was killer. There were so many times were I literally wanted to slap Tate upside the head! How could he not see how perfect he and Aden could be? And then there were times where I just wanted Aden to get over him. Just leave him be, but it’s not that easy to do especially when you fall hard and fast. Despite all this, there moments together were cute. They bonded over music, family, seeking their roots in Judaism and life. It was all so heart-warming and heart-wrenching too.

What I Disliked

No calculus:

I went in this for the calculus and there was no calculus. Hello? I mean I wouldn’t actually like to read a book on calculus because that would really be a snooze-fest, but the references to the math were weak and minimal. I thought music was the bigger motif than calculus. It’s a very misleading title.

It was good, it just wasn’t wow:

I had no  intense emotions towards this book and this deals with some intense stuff. I just think I wasn’t invested in this enough emotionally, there was no real connection with many characters and everything felt meh. I was expecting a lot more feels, but it barely grabbed at them.

Overall, it was a solid story. It was a fast-paced read. The chapters are nice and short and the story itself is very easy to follow. There is a lot of drama, some things definitely shocked me, but it is ultimately Aden’s story to self-discovery and acceptance. I think the ending was one of my favourite bits.

Rating: 3 / 5

Recommed: Solid, cute and slightly heartbreaking. So yes.

Let me know what you think! Have you ever experienced unrequited love? How is your journey to self-acceptance/discovery going? What are some of your favourite YA romances?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz


3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day 3

Greetings readers!

Today is the final day of this super cute tag! I have had so much fun finding these quotes and I hope you choose to participate whether you are tagged or not!

This final day I have dedicated to you all…


• Thank the person who nominated you

• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)

• Nominate three new bloggers each day

Quote 3:

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

Be Brave
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I wanted to use this one very much because I have found so many Kindred Spirits through this blog. I am so grateful for all the wonderful friends I have made through this new bookish journey, you are all so kind and incredible! You are all Kindred Spirits, Anne would be overwhelmed by all this love.

I Tag…

Rimpy Reads

Books Teacup and Reviews

Jasmine’s Reading Blog

*Feel no pressure to participate*

Let me know what you think! How many kindred spirits do you have in your life? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz


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