Immortal Reign | Review

Greetings Readers!

Oh so long ago, I picked up this book called Falling Kingdoms. Back then (and now) I was really into swords and magical kingdoms and princesses and princes, so in picking up Falling Kingdoms I had high expectations. But I didn’t expect to be completely sucked in. Just immersed in the world and it’s twists and turns.

I was addicted.

Today, marks the end of my journey. The publication of my review for the final book. Six books I have spent with these characters. Six books with new adventures, but the same journey. Six books of death. Six books of love. So today I reminisce on this, the sixth book.

Let’s begin.

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6)
via Goodreads

Publisher: Razorbill
Page count: 391
ISBN: 1595148248

Synopsis: As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

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I read this book fast. This is what I love about Morgan’s books. Everything happens, boom, boom, boom. It’s a cut-to-the-chase kind of series. Not to mention, the ending of book 5 was absolutely monstrous so I was DYING to pick this up. Things happened and I honestly was not sure how our characters were going to get out of that mess. Going in, I was prepared for an ending that would destroy me and it turned out to be quite unexpected.

What I Liked:


Cleo: My girl. I have hated every character in this series for a little while, except one. Cleo. I have rooted for her from the very beginning of the book. Yeah, I agree she was a pampered, pompous princess at the start, but boy did she have to grow, adapt and manipulate to survive this giant fiasco. In short, I absolutely adore her and her wit. Her growth from this puppet princess to this comeback queen was epic.


Magnus: My boy. We have come a long way, have we not? Let me tell you all. I hated this man for the first 2 books, tolerated him in the third one and have been head over heels for him for the fourth, fifth and sixth books. Is that an evolution or what?! Magnus goes through quite a few changes, from striving to be like his tyrant father to trying to be a more merciful ruler. He is still pretty mean to most people, but I’d say he is much more thoughtful now than in book one. His evolution is one I enjoyed very much, plus after his final scene in final Crystal Storm….umm….reading this book was necessary! In this sixth book, he is still a snarky prince, and I cannot help but love him.

Jonas: Oh Jonas. No offense, my friend, but you were really irrelevant for like most of the books. 🙂 Jonas had to learn how to make decisions. He made a lot of poor ones and then made some poorer ones, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! He makes some good decisions in this book and for that I applaud him. His scenes are a lot more action-y so they make up for the more intense political or magical scenes the others get. But who am I to say that Jonas doesn’t get a little magic himself? 😉

Lucia: Oh girl, I’m gonna be honest. I liked you in the first book and that’s about it. I get it, you have been used all your life and now that you have power and people fear you, it is best to use it at your advantage. Not going to lie, you took it to an extreme and I know you tried very hard to be redeemable…but yeah you still aren’t a fave-fave. You have cool magic though! And I appreciate the way in which you honoured Lysandra.

Everyone Else: People, there are six different perspectives in this book, plus a million side characters some of which I adore (Felix ❤ ). Just know that they add all the more drama, heartbreak and humor to the story. And one in particular just brings a lot more trouble *cough* Amara *cough* Needless to stay, they make the story richer despite it being a little tricky to keep track of them all.

Story & World: This is a big series, with many subplots and of course the big main plot. There is magic, war, politics and romances that come with their own twists and turns. It is addictive. I just wanted to keep being invested in how these characters could possibly resolve all these problems they have caused throughout six books! And while you may be turned off by the multiple POVs, I ask you to fear not because it is actually not that hard to follow. Every character has their own voice, their own distinct goals and faults.  I also love that Morgan made the lands in this novel very different. You know where everyone is because of the distinct landscapes. There is even a stunning map to help you along if you get lost!

Writing: Morgan doesn’t do the heavy, whimsical fantasy writing that one would normally expect from these kinds of books. It’s easy, it’s light, perhaps a little juvenile, but it is simple and clear to understand. It is the best kind of writing for this story considering there are so many characters to follow and one has no time to get caught up on figuring out what this prophetic, metaphorical sentence is trying to tell you! It also makes the reading faster and for six books, I’m telling you, you will FLY through them!

Romance: This series is home to one of my most epic ships. Just look at that cover. Look at it. Tell me you are not intrigued by those reaching out hands. By that smirk on his face. BECAUSE WHEN I SAW THIS COVER I FLIPPED. AT SCHOOL. IN THE CAFETERIA. IN PUBLIC. I FLIPPED. I want to give a shout out to all the other ships in this book too! BUT I MEAN MAGNEO IS AN ADDICTION. One of the BEST enemies-to-lovers romances I have read because I friggin experienced it too! I hated Magnus and then I loved him. I have never been THAT invested in a romance (Save Cresswell)! Suffice to say, that I loved it. A lot.


The Hint of A Possible Spin-Off Series: Morgan did THAT. She left us with a prophecy. One does not leave readers with a prophecy and not commit to telling it! Dear Morgan, I am ready for more. Please and thank you.

What I Disliked:

I Missed the Final Wow Factor: I just…needed more. A bigger BANG! More PIZZAZZ. I don’t mean to say that there were not any jaw-dropping moments because there are, but I felt like everything was cleaned up neatly and swiftly. Wrapped in a bow and ta-da. I wanted a tad more drama, more risk. *More than the whole world Rendz, which was already at risk?* Yes.

No One Died: Okay, this is wrong of me to say. People did die…just not the people I wanted to die. Am I a bad person for saying this??


Overall,  I had a blast. I flew through the first 60% of this book and savoured the last 40 because I realized that this truly was the end. Am I happy with the ending? Yes. Did I think the characters got what they deserved? Most did. Will I forever fangirl about Magneo? Absolutely!! Honestly friends, if you want a magical, political and adventurous fantasy series to binge, I HIGHLY recommend this series! (Plus you have to support Canadian YA!)

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Recommend: Yeeeees! A fun, fantastical, and fabulous read!

Let me know what you think! What are your thoughts on this series? Who is your favourite character? Who is your favourite ship? Did you enjoy the final installment? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Crystal Storm – Review

Greetings Readers!

So I have been on a mini-hiatus. I have only come on to like some posts and reply to comments, but no concrete posts because January has just been so crazy for me! This month I  am reading a total of 0 books at the moment #ShameOnME. But I did finish one book which I started in late December and as you can tell from the blog post title, it was Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes.

This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2016. I am in love with this high-fantasy series by Morgan Rhodes and I just cannot get enough of it! Also, Morgan is Canadian, so it’s really great to love and celebrate an author from my own country!

On to the review!

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

via Goodreads
As aforementioned, I love, love, LOVE this series and my expectations for each novel specifically this one, are always very, very high! So when I first started reading, I went in with a sane mind, clear and perfectly ready to take every punch thrown at me. Yeah…I was slaughtered by this novel. S L A U G H T E R E D.

What I liked:

POV/Characters:  This series is multi-perspective and it follows five POV at once, so it can be a bit tricky to digest and keep up with each plot line. However, Rhodes did an excellent job of keeping things and people in order, in my opinion. Also, I adore multiple POV, so I had no problem with it whatsoever.

Cleo: I love Cleo, honestly. I have been on her side since book one and had my heart broken alongside with her own. I like Cleo because she’s cunning, adventurous, sometimes foolish but overall a strong person. This girl has been put through hell and lasted five books worth of it. She deserves an applause.

Jonas: I like him, but I am not overly concerned about him. He has his good moments and other times I just want to yell, “YOU IDIOT”. He is lost, per se. His leadership is not as strong as he wants it to be and he feels like he has lost sight of where he’s going. Yet, Jonas overcomes that and in the end does the right thing. He grows up in this book.

Lucia: I honestly never cared for her, I thought she was a privileged brat (which she is) who was too selfish (again, she is) to see real suffering and sadness. But Lucia is turning a new leaf in this book, she’s acknowledging her role as the sorceress and I appreciate her efforts to redeem her terrible past actions. I hope to see more of this side of Lucia because I really enjoyed it.

Amara: We were so close to killing her, but she lives. *I’m sorry if that was spoiler-y?* I understand why she does, what she does. Why she is, who she is. But, geez this girl has some serious issues.

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MAGNUS: My brooding Prince. My LOVE. MY EVERYTHING. There were times in this novel where I wanted to throttle him. His decisions were not all great BUT this book showed a great amount of development from him. Magnus goes from the “I don’t really care what the hell happens” to “Fine, maybe I do care” to “Dammit I have to help, don’t I” which was great. Not to mention he is the king of comebacks and his snarky banter is part of his dark charm!

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The World: I think Mytica is a really cool and simple place to remember. The north, Limeros is cold, the south, Auranos is hot and in between in is Paelsia which is meh, neither hot nor cold. A wasteland per se. In this novel we get to explore Paelsia more, actually the whole book takes place in it which was very exciting and fun. We get inside the minds of Paelsians and witness how scary it is when the oppressed find their salvation in an oppressor. It’s not good, but it happens.

The Plot Twists: There were many. Some were predictable, not going to lie. Others were just a slap in the face! I did not see them coming and they hit hard and pummelled me. Hence, why I said I had been slaughtered by this book. The ending people. The ENDING! I gasped so loud at three o’clock in the morning! I though I had woken up my family. The ending is killer, it left me feeling trapped and suffocating!

The romance: MAGNEO is in full force in this book. I loved every single moment. There were some intense moments and softer, tender ones. I think my favourite scene is the one that involves a sketchbook, even though only Cleo is part of the scene! Also, Lucia and Jonas could, possibly, maybe become a thing. Who knows? Also I ship Felix with myself. My poor rebel, I want him to be happy, but I have my suspicions that things will not end well for him! Also, other ships spring up, some that are foreshadowed in books two and three!

The baby: I guess only the people who have read the book will understand. But when the baby’s name was revealed, literal tears welled up in my eyes. It is probably also one of my favourite scenes in the book!

What I disliked:

It could have used more backstory: I mean with a certain someone back from the dead and a certain someone’s brother also present, I felt like we could have learned more about those two characters. Even though they are definitely not the main characters, I felt like their stories were still missing within the overall story.

Slow Beginning: The beginning was tedious, things were getting in motion, not to mention we have to go through five chapters of it because every characters needs to be re-introduced. Not a huge complaint, but I was a little bored at the start, nothing was moving fast enough. It’s made up for at the end when everything is happening so fast, you feel like you are a black hole just sucking in information and details.



Rating: 5/5 stars ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Recommend: YES YES YES YES (Read more Canadian authors!)

Overall, I loved it. I thought the novel was fantastic, despite the slow beginning. It completely tore me apart and I anxiously anticipate the next instalment. If you are into high fantasy and like magic, kingdoms, twists and brooding princes, definitely try this series. They are quick reads and very entertaining!

What is your favourite fantasy series? Has anyone read this and is willing to fangirl with me right now? Comment below!





December TBR!

Greetings Readers:

December has finally arrives and that means CHRISTMAS! THE SNOWS COMING DOWN! I’M WATCHING IT FALL!!! (Actually the weather has been very mild and no snow at all! This is scary because I live in Canada, people. Global warming is real.) Anyways, I’m ready to share my December TBR!

Now as you know the past couple of months have been really slow for me, but since this month I will be having winter break, I will have more time to read and post more often*.


My TBR for this month will be larger (finally) than the past months and I am so excited to get started.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


It’s about Mexican vampires #countmein

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess


I’m very excited to start this! Plus I can no longer renew it from the library so I have to finish it!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton


I’ve only heard great things about this and I cannot wait to read it!

Crystal Storm  by Morgan Rhodes


As soon as this comes out, I’m reading it. I shall not prolong my wait as I did with Frozen Tides!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


I have had an ARC since the summer and have not read it yet! Shame on me!! I cannot wait to dive into it, I have only heard great things, plus Marissa Meyer is a QUEEN.

That is a lot of book but with the holiday seasons coming around I am excited to get my reading ON!  Let me know what your reading this month!


*Disclaimer: Yikes, so I realized that perhaps I will not be able to topple this TBR because my break does not actually start until the 23rd -_-. So it looks like I will have to speed read that one week of December I have off. Oh well maybe January will be better. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

**All book cover photos via Goodreads







The Lady is a Champ – Experience

Greetings readers:

As promised, I am finally bringing to you my thoughts and experience from The Lady is a Champ Tour. This amazing event featured four incredible writers in which they answered some very important questions and let the audience in on their life as writers. This event was held about three weeks ago (I know it has been a while) but it was so amazing, I am glad I get to share all the details with you.

It was a chilly Sunday afternoon in October and I arrived about an hour before the event. It turns out that I should come to these events earlier if I want to sit because there was a huge crowd and I had to stand the entire time. (Still it was so worth it.) Anyways, a short while later, our amazing authors arrived at Chapters Brampton. Marie Lu [The Midnight Star], Kiersten White [And I Darken], Catherine Egan [Julia Vanishes] and Morgan Rhodes [The Darkest Magic] all paraded through the crowd  and sat at their table. (At this moment I was very, very star-struck) Once seated, the real show began.

Catherine Egan, Kiersten White, Marie Lu, Morgan Rhodes
The event started off with a few questions from the MC, about the author’s books and various struggles to write them. Marie Lu spoke about how The Young Elites began as a novel about Raffaele, but was soon took over by Adelina and thus began her villainous journey. Kiersten White talked about how difficult it is to write historical fiction and the amount of research it required to get dates correct. Catherine Egan spoke of her drafting process and that as she writes she has to keep changing and starting again before her book can have a solid outline. Morgan Rhodes said that she has to reread her books to remember the details and tie up the loose ends of stories. She also said writing involves a lot of wine and chocolate.

The authors then diverged on to the topic of villains. Marie said that writing a villain is basically allowing the character to do whatever they want, morals were thrown out the window. Catherine agreed and said that writing villains was very cathartic for her. She also stated that villains were easier to write because they just came to her. Morgan Rhodes agreed and said “the nicer the character, the harder to write.” Kiersten said that writing Lada was tough, since she had to restrain from softening her up (if you don’t know, Lada is not exactly very nice) and that she had to throw out the idea of likability.

Afterwords the authors shared stories about strong female characters they read about as teens. Marie Lu praised the novel Julie of Wolves as her inspiration and model growing up. Morgan shared that she read adult novels in her teens, and teen novels as an adult, but over all it was Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy that resonated with her. Kiersten White shared that her influential female Character was Anne from Anne of Green Gables (I was a very, very proud Canadian) Anne’s coming of age story and fearless self gave Kiersten confidence growing up.

There were many moments of laughing and fun especially when our authors would go off talking and forget whether they had answered the questions. (Morgan I’m talking sbout you) Marie Lu said that she had trouble writing romance scenes because she felt that her mother was scrutinizing her and asking “Where did you learn that, huh?” Marie takes months to write kissing scenes, so appreciate them. Morgan said that she dealt with difficult situations with lots of wine and chocolate, the other authors agreed straight away. She also finds it very easy to kill characters off, so be warned.

They also each shared a genre of writing they would not be able to explore or take on. Kiersten and Marie both said contemporary and agreed that fantasy and Sci-Fi was far more interesting. Morgan said that middle grade was not for her as well as an all male 1st person POV. Catherine always shies away from historical fiction, in which Kiersten said “don’t go down that road” humorously.

After a couple audience questions, the infamous “How tall are your characters?” was brought up again, the signing began.

Now as I mentioned I was towards the back of the line and had to wait three hours, standing carrying seven books! I was extremely tired, but again, so, so worth it. Anyways as I approached Kiersten and Catherine, I got really nervous and my heart started beating fast. (I’m very introverted so it’s my usual reaction) However, I got up there introduced myself and presented them with little pieces of fan art I made. They were both very delighted and Catherine almost cried! (SCORE) I had Illusions of Fate signed by Kiersten while she and I talked about Narnia (2nd SCORE) and how her boyfriend (now husband) gave her The Horse and his Boy as her first Christmas present. (He is definitely a keeper)

Then I approached Morgan Rhodes, I didn’t have a book to get signed by her since I had them signed at a previous event, but I still handed her a piece of fan art as well, which she graciously accepted. It was a painting of a pouty Magnus and she reasoned that his angry expression is what won him the ladies. (She’s not wrong) Then came the moment of truth!

I stood in front of Marie Lu. Six years I suffered under these woman’s books. Six years. And do you know what I said?

“Hi, I’m Rendz and I just want you to know I’ve been waiting for this moment for six years.”

*face meet palm*

Oh but it gets worse:

Marie: “I’m so glad you came!”

Me: “No, no, I’m so glad YOU came!”


Afterwords, I just kept calling myself a loser in my head! It was slightly embarrassing since the other authors listened in and started laughing. I turned red in the face, but kept on talking so I was proud of myself for that. After she signed six books (her hand must have ached afterwards, she had already signed so many) I left her saying thank you once again, walked down the steps shaking from head to toe because ladies and gentlemen I had just met Marie Lu.

Overall it was a long day, full of standing, waiting and fangirling, but I couldn’t have asked for more! My feet did ache the whole rest of the night through the next day but I would have stood even longer if it meant I got to meet my idols!

Experience score: 10/10 (even though I had to stand the entire time) 

I do sincerely love author events. Although I do not see any in my immediate future, rest assured you will read about another time I embarrass at these events. If you have any author event stories you would like to share, comment below or shoot me an email, I would love to hear about it!

Happy Reading!



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