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 ūüėÖ. But then again gods can do whatever they want ūüėČ, 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! ūüĎĽ  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 ūüėā 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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Is this a recap, a wrap-up, a where am I now? | Hi again…It’s been a while and it is nice to be back.

Greetings readers!

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

SO WHAT REALLY HAS HAPPENED?

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

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

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What Rendz Read from November to December (18th)

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

Empire of Sand

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Haul

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer (Indigo purchase)

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

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

Raincoast Books
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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

Featured Posts of the Month!

For those still looking for some holiday picks!

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

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

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

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

Other Going-Ons

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

THE FAN ART BRAIN HAS BEEN TINGLING!

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

THE LION KING TEASER TRAILER HAPPENED

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

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

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

TBR

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

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

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

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

The Sisters of Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

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

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


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

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

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

June Wrap Up & July TBR | Can time please stop flying so fast??? Thank you.

Greetings readers!

Here I am. I made it. This post was supposed to be up like three days ago, but I have only just gotten to it. I still working off the high from this long weekend. If any of you were wondering, my Canada Day weekend was fabulous and I loved every second of it!

On to actual business though…I am honestly at a lost here. June was supposed to be THE month. And it started out as THE month, but slowly it dwindled into some month. Here’s the thing…school has been a big issue these past couple of months so things have been real slow for me in academics and really great in the book world. Then….school decides to become a thing again…and basically it is one big mess. I am a big mess. And my reading/blogging suffered for it.

Sigh.

But if anything I did have a good month overall! I had some really great reads and got some even greater books. Plus I got to go to things!!! And I’m…well. I’m okay overall!

Let’s get into it shall we?

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WRAP UP

What Rendz Read

An Ember in the Ashes & A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
These were two rereads in preparation for book 3!!! I had the best time rereading them. I had forgotten a lot, so it was necessary that I read them again. AND IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING, I LOVED THEM AGAIN AND THEY ARE BOTH FABULOUS BOOKS THAT YOU MUST READ!

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. UTTERLY FANTASTIC. IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND. I AM DEAD DEAD DEAD BUT SO ALIVE. I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE HURT AND HAPPY AT THE SAME TIME. My Full Review

A Reaper at Gates

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres
Such a cute carnival read. Perfect for the summer time! My Full Review

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show

Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin
This one just did not work for me. My Full Review

Tell Me No Lies

Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney
The title is genius. I loved it. My Full Review

CLARA VOYANT

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
For my first Matson book, it was quite fun..but I had my issues. Full Review to Come!

SAVE THE DATE by @morgamat is my current read and I'm really enjoying it!  It is incredibly funny and also very heartfelt. Considering it is my first Morgan Matson book, I'd say things are going very, very good!  I was lucky enough to meet Morgan on her trip to Toronto last week and got my copy of Save the Date signed! (It's double signed too because it's a first edition!!) I did an event recap on my blog, so if you want to read more about what Morgan discussed, follow the link in my bio!! What is your favourite Morgan Matson book?  #savethedate #morganmatson #bookstagram #yabooks #yacontemporary #books #reader #ya #youngadultbooks

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Ughhhhh I just wasn’t feeling it…Full Review to Come.

That’s a total of eight books! Plus two more that I started…which I didn’t finish, but you’ll hear about those more in next months wrap-up. Could I have done better with the reading?…yeah. But I hit a major slump after Reaper and there is a good reason for it!


THE HAUL

Once again, my mail box was packed and I attended a few events where I was lucky to get books and I visited the book store a couple times too! So those are all my excuses for the big haul I’m about to unravel. *smiles*

Indigo Purchases

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
I was feeling down…so clearly buying a book was the cure! I am so excited to get to it!

I did a little impulse shopping last week because I was feeling down, and what better way to cheer up than buying new books?  I've heard a lot of wonderful things about SKY IN THE DEEP by @adrienneyoungbooks! Many people have told me they absolutely loved it, so I cannot wait to read all about its epicness myself!  I mean it's a Viking Fantasy.... I've never been more sold on a book! √į¬ü¬ô¬É  What new books have you recently acquired?  #skyinthedeep #adrienneyoung #ya #youngadultbooks #books #reader #bookstagram #yabooks #yafantasy #fiercereads

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
I went to her signing in Toronto, and it was absolutely fabulous!

Six of Crows – Tome 1 by Leigh Bardugo
The French version of SoC. Yes I did that. I am over the moon. I am literally so happy to have it. I’m really hoping to get to it soon and that it helps improve my French XD

Publisher Love

Raincoast
Mirage by Samaiya Daud (ARC)
The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (ARC)
When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn (ARC)

Thomas Allen & Son
The Magic of Melwick Orchard
by Rebecca Caprara (ARC)
Game of Secrets by Kim Foster (FC)

Penguin Random House CA
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (FC)
Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney (FC)
Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little (ARC)
Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis (ARC)
House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenburg (FC)
The Ruinous Sweep by Tim Wynne-Jones (FC)

Wow…I didn’t realize I had received that many books. I have no idea how I’m going to get to these all on top of the massive amount of the books I received last month. Stress….

Posts from June!

Superlatives Tag

superlatives tag!

The X-Files Book Tag

The X-Files Book Tag

FIFA World Cup Book Tag

My very first original book tag!! Have you had the chance to read it yet?

FIFA World Cup Book Tag

Meeting Morgan Matson | Author Event Recap

Morgan Matson in Toronto

An Update on My Blog Goals of the Year

An Update on My Blog Goals of the Year

And a piece of fanart I shared on Twitter and Instagram in honour of my love for An Ember in the Ashes!

A close up, if you will. 

Do you like it? XD It took quite a long time to make, but I am very proud of the results!


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JULY TBR

I am so, so behind on so, so many reads. It is absolutely unbelievable. What I’m trying to say is that this list is going to be quite long, and I probably won’t get to everything, but I’m going to try!!! *The usual speech I give every month*

LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Kiss of a Royal by  Lindsey Duga
When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Game of Secrets by Kim Foster
Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C.S. Johnson
A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak

Well…I don’t feel stressed at all. I’m probably forgetting a book somewhere in there. Did I mention how big a mess I am at the moment? But I’ll just go with the flow.


Alright people. That’s it for this wrap up post. I have been slumping in terms of good content blogging lately, but I am hoping to up the ante this month with some more pizzazz and some fun things that I have planned! I hope you all stick around to read!

Let me know what you think! What was your favourite read from June? What was your favourite new release? What books are you excited for this month? What content would you like to see more of on this site?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

May Wrap & June TBR | The Month in Which Things Got Crazy

Greetings readers!

Oh God.¬† This month has been a month. I found myself in a blog slump around mid May and avoided both writing for my blog and reading all of your wonderful posts. I really lacked motivation and….I was just plain lazy.

However, stuff happened this month. Ummmmm….I’m just gonna jump right in and…well…you’ll see.

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May Wrap-Up

Books Rendz Read!

I got to a total of 10 read books this month! Four of them were rereads, but they were very necessary rereads, might I add. Frankly, I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish this month. Considering how I was feeling in terms of blogging.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
1 ‚Äď 4 series reread. I don’t have reviews for these, but a big post about this series is in the works! My advice: Read this series.

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The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall
I am overflowing with emotion! The finale to a series that is so important to me. Plus I got to be on the blog tour for it! My Full Review

THE PENDERWICKS AT LAST

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Quite an epic fantasy I’m sure many will find enjoyable! My Full Review

FURYBORN

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
A Pirate YA book! Not exactly what I was expecting, but it was okay. My Full Review.

Song of the Current

Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser
Sequel to Song of the Current, only much more dramatic and scandalous! Review to come!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Sequel to the amazing Caraval! I think I liked this one just a bit more. Review to come!

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I read it because the movie is coming this August! Mini-review to come possibly.


The Haul

This is where things get interesting. This month I hauled a total of…

*drum roll*

26 Books.

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Yeahh… 26 BOOKS! And most of them are physical!

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I know what you are all thinking. RENDZ, HOW COULD YOU HAVE HAULED 26 BOOKS???? DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY THAT IS?????

This is where I actually tell you that I hardly spent money on books this month.

I’m hauling 26 books because I got lucky.

So what did I actually purchase this month!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

That’s it….for the purchases….

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Publishing houses have been loving me as of late. Seriously! I have quite a haul of ARCs and attended quite a few events hosted by the following publishers! Canadians Pubs are just so amazing and awesome and if you ever get a chance to work with them I promise you will meet some lovely people!

NetGalley E-ARCs

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Raincoast ARCs

Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer
If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales

Hachette Book Group CA ARCs

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Thomas Allen & Son ARCs

Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin
Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by

Penguin Random House CA

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (ARC)
Royals by Rachel Hawkins (ARC)
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (ARC)
We Are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos (ARC)
The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland (FC)
The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall (FC)

Then my luck was like a shining star in the night–bright and brilliant–because I won two more giveaways!

One for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and another for The Cruel Prince by Holly Black!

But nothing can compare to the giveaway I won in April. I was just on, Twitter minding my own business, scrolling away, when I stumbled upon a tweet by the Book Depository. It was World Story Telling Day and they gave you a chance to win big by telling your greatest story!

There were probably over 300 entries and I said to myself, I’ll just enter for the heck of it. So I told a quick story of what happened when I met and author for the first time (I’ll share it with you, one day). Two weeks later, I wake up to a message from the BD saying I won and get to spend¬†¬£100 worth of books!!!

£100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If y’all knew how much money that is in CAD, you’d get my total elation!

So what books did I get!

A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Swchab
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Boxset by Leigh Bardugo
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Graton

And I’m still waiting on one more book to show up! I cannot even believe my own luck! Seeing how my life hasn’t been the greatest these past couple months, I’d say that these winnings are probably the highlights of April and May!

That’s a total of 26 hauled books!

May was a really good month.


Posts from May!

The Legend Series: Graphic Novel Adaptation | Series Review

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Saving Each Other | Blog Tour ‚Äď Q&A and¬†Excerpt

Saving Each Other

Penguin Teen CA Social | Event Recap

Penguin Teen CA Social

I really hit a blog slump in May. No inspiration or motivation came at me!

As for TV shows or movies I have been up to watching, again nothing. I started re-watching episodes of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody if that counts.

As for art things……well I have a surprise to show off soon, when I finish. And more TLC art is on its way!!!!


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June TBR

Now here comes the hard part. I hauled so many books this past month, how on Earth am I ever going to be able to choose what to read?!

Answer: Priorities. As much as I want to be able to be free to read what I want, I made a commitment to these publishers and I am going to see it through!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (RIP me and everybody else too)

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres

Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak

And that’s it for now. I have a feeling I will not be able to get to everything just because school is being a disaster and I want to destroy it with every fiber of my being. But I can do it. I take the challenge.

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Let me know what you think! How did May treat you? What was your favourite read? What book are you most excited to get to in June? How many books are on your monthly list? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

*All gifs via giphy.com*

April Wrap Up and May TBR

Greetings readers!

Life right now is in a lull for me. My university is literally trying to crush my will with anxiety. Even the promise of summer vacation does not cheer me. It’s just a big disaster right now, but I will not bore you with details.

The only silver lining I can really find in this mess right now is that I have had a lot more time to read and blog. I’m still never “ahead” of schedule, but I try. And I am making good progress! I actually made a blog calendar that looks all cutesy to keep me on track for this month, hopefully it does its job, so I can do my job.

Looking back at April, it was pretty good. I got in some good reads and even better buys!

This time around I’m going to add in a little update on my TV life too because PEOPLE. I have been watching some shows.

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THE WRAP-UP

Islandborn by Junot Diaz
So utterly adorable. My Full Review.

I L N D O N

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby
Quite a fun, light and magical circus read! My Full Review.

SLEIGHT

The Story Girl  by L.M. Montgomery
Not as great as Anne, but still fun! My Full Review.

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The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
It’s kind of weird, but in a good way. Plus WITCHES. My Full Review.

The Price Guide to the Occult

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Typical YA fantasy, but like I live for that, so it was cool. My Full Review.

Ash Princess

A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall
Cute and fluffy! My Full Review.

A Prom to Remeber

Legend, Prodigy and Champion: The Graphic Novels by Marie Lu
YEAH I DID THIS TO MYSELF AGAIN. Series review to come!

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope
So gooooood. (I finished it in May, but it counts for April) Review to come!

HOLY MOLY! I READ 10 BOOKS. 10. AND STARTED AN 11TH btw. I know I said that reading more than like 3 books a month is nearly impossible for me, but as my dear Nikolai Lanstov says, “When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.” (BTW did you see the King of Scars Cover Reveal¬†because I am still raving about it.)


THE HAUL

Prodigy and Champion: Graphic Novels by Marie Lu

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

That’s it…..? Huh, I thought I had gotten more books. It’s good that I didn’t though, I have big books coming so I must save up!!!


Posts from April!

Books I Need to Reread in the Near Future

BOOKS I NEED TO REREAD IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Frenzy Presents Event Recap | An Afternoon of Talking About Books

Frenzy Presents

The Book and Music Tag!

The Book and Music Tag

Lunar Chronicles Character Art Reveal! (Take a look at Kai!)

Lunar Chronicles Character Art Reveal

Sunshine Blogger Award Pt 5!

Sunshine Blogger Award!


TV/ MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT

I have watched TV and I have watched movies. Lately I have had enough time to do both! So let me tell you about all the great and wonderful things to watch.

On My Block

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10000000000000000000/10 R E C O M M E N D

If you want to laugh, cry and get angry all in one sitting, you need to watch this show. If you hate laughing, crying and getting angry at the same time, you still NEED to watch this show. I HAVE BEEN BLOWN AWAY. It all started in a big Snap Chat group with my friends, they were raving about it and I was there like okay. Soon enough everyone in the chat watched it and I was the only one left. With some added pressure of everyone sending memes and I not getting the jokes, I went forth and watched the show.

I LOVE IT SO MUCH. AND I AM SO THANKFUL IT HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR A SEASON TWO BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE CRIED IF I WAS LEFT WITH THAT ENDING!

GO FORTH AND WATCH IT NOW. If you want a diverse, funny and a m a z i n g show to fill your hearts, WATCH ON MY BLOCK!!!

 

Then I watched Avengers: Infinity War

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I was destroyed.

Then I watched it again.

And was left in anguish.

That ending. It happened. They did that.

I don’t need to tell you to watch it, just do it!


TBR

MAY TBR

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall 1 – 4 series reread

The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

And anything else I find lying around that I have enough time for!

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I have quite a month plan ahead. I don’t know what life will throw at me next that I will have to go through that might interrupt my plans, but that is alright I guess.

Let me know what you think! What was your favourite read from April? What books did you buy? What shows/movies did you watch? What book are you most looking forward to in May?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

February Wrap-Up & March TBR

Greetings readers!

I am not supposed to be writing this post write now. Rather, I should be digging into my school books and writing about far more boring topics. However, everyone needs a little leisure right? Yeah. A well-deserved break.

But Rendz you just came back from a 1 1/2 lunch, opened a word document, stared at it and then opened WordPress and all other social media accounts! Plus you have to write two very long essays, due ver—

A. Well. Deserved. Break. Yes.

I always forget that February is a short month and when March 1st rolls around I’m usually a puddle of confusion. How the time flies? Seriously, everyday seems to be going faster and faster and are not our days supposed to be getting longer??? Le sigh. Up here in Canada, we are in limbo. One day super-winter like, the next super spring-like. Make up your mind mother nature!! And just FYI I prefer the latter.

Anyways. February. A very Bookish February.

I got quite a few things read and I acquired quite a few books too! Let’s see how well this short month fared for moi!

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Wrap-Up

What I Read:

Wires & Nerve Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
One of my most anticipated reads of the year! Read more to find out how I felt about it. My Full Review

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
A glorious debut that left me with A LOT of feelings, I need to talk about them!
My Full Review

The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb
A solid contemporary novel, full of fluff and some hard stuff too!
My Full Review

A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers
So cute! My Tour Spot will be coming to you March 13th!

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Started in February, finished in March)
What a stressful series. 4.5 / 5 stars. I need the next one, now!!!!
(Perhaps a mini-review to come!)

That’s five books! Considering it was a short month, I’d say 5 is a job well done!

 

What I Hauled

I got a little gutsy this month and sent out quite a few requests to publishers hoping for a positive response (Even though I was prepared for a kind no). But I got them! Yipee!

ARCs (Thank you Penguin Random House Canada!)
Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves
Ash Princess by Lauren Sebastian

Indigo Chapters
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Library
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

Favourite Posts from Last Month!

Power Couples Book Tag

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day 1

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day 2

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day 3

 


TBR

March TBR

I have collected quite an astounding number of books these past months. I have a lot of requests to get through and my own personal TBR is quite high…so let’s try and plan this out, shall we?

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (I’ve actually already finished this one. RTC.)

Captain Guinevere by Clara Bennett (It will happen this month!)

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope (I will try my best to get to it!)

Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves (Up next!)

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby (Blog tour stop coming in April!)

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Big ???…it probably won’t happen)

And don’t get me started on how I was going to start ACOTAR this month…but no, I’m just not feeling it.

March is also a month of HUGE releases…so who knows what I will actually be reading!


Let me know what you think! What was your favourite read from February? What books did you buy? What are you planning on reading this March? How many books are you planning on buying?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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A Holiday / January Wrap-Up! & February TBR *With a Special Update!*

Greetings readers!

It’s time for one giant wrap-up! I’m talking 3 months worth of data that I have to write about! You see I have not done one of these wrap-ups since October, so today I’m going to be covering November, December and January!

Way back in November-December I had to take a small hiatus because school had taken over Real Life-Rendz so I (Rendz) had to back off a bit. *Side note: Real Life-Rendz did super well on her exams, thank you very much* So while I didn’t read a lot in those two months, I did have this huge Holiday TBR that I wanted to get to and I was able to get through *some of it*.

This might be a long post, but there is something special at the end I hope you all partake in!

Let us begin!

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Wrap-Up:

November:

Ummm… I finished one book in November and that is…

Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko
I enjoyed this one, it was Canadian YA so I was definitely excited for it! I look forward to seeing where the author takes it from here. My Full Review

December:

After my exams were over, I dived into a pile of books! It was a glorious feeling and I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more! I started my intense reading with a week left in December so this list is a little short!

Prodigy Prince by Natasha Sapienza
This was a really fun, cute fantasy! My Full Review 

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Not exactly the epic read I was hoping for…but I still enjoyed it! My Full Review

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Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
This was my first blog tour book and I rather enjoyed it! My Full Review

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January:

Now January was MY MONTH! I got so much reading done! *The only set-back is that I have so many reviews to write! But I think I will enjoy writing them ūüôā

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
This book was so great! Plus it was just announced that The Hunger Games writers will making this into a possible movie! My Full Review 

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Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
Loved, loved, loved this book!!! A female Spartacus, ABSOLUTELY YES!!! My Full Review

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Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
My heart! This one is soft and hardcore! My Full Review

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Dark and Delicious! Mini review to come!

Piper by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg
Another dark, fairy tale with beautiful art!! Mini Review to come!

The Little Dog by Leslie W.P. Garland
This was an interesting short read. Full review to come!

Haul:

I indulged myself these past months quite a bit…but I deserved it! *Not really…I just like to give excuses…actually YES I deserved these, I wrote four exams! Let me live!*

Book Outlet Haul:

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
WANT by Cindy Pon
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Legend (Graphic Novel) by Marie Lu

Indigo Chapters:

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Wires and Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogue  by Marissa Meyer

 

Some ARCs:

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb
A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (e-galley)
Furyborn by Claire Legrand (e-galley)
Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope (e-galley)

These past three months have been really, really good to me!


Some of My Favourite Posts from the Past Months! 

Let’s Talk Spoilers | Discussion

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

The Series that Changed My Life | Part 1

Sunshine Blogger Award Pt 4

New Year Reading Goals

Norse Mythology Book Tag

Ringing in the New Year Book Tag

Fight Like a YA Girl Tag

 


TBR

February TBR!

I have quite a few things planned for February before mid-terms hit me! I plan on reading:

Wires and Nerve Vol. 2  by Marissa Meyer

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (A finally I am emotionally not prepared for!)

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers

The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

Captain Guinevere by Clara Bennett

And perhaps Take Me to the Cat by Bryant A. Loney because I’ve been sleeping on this one for too long!


Special Thing // Fan Art Update:

So if you follow me on Twitter, you may of may not have seen that I finished a character set piece for one of my favourite books from last year, The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia! I drew the three main characters and shared it on twitter.

It’s not what I would say my best-best work, but I’m pretty proud of it and I had soooo much fun doing it!

Take a look right here!

An Elite | A Performer | A Witch

  

I also put a lot of work into my Lunar Chronicles character portraits. I have only three characters left! So as a special “Thank for sticking around until the end of this loooong post!” I want to share one of my finished characters on here!¬†

BUT…I WANT YOU TO CHOOSE WHO I SHOW OFF!¬†

Your options are:

Cinder or Kai or Scarlet or Wolf or Cress or Thorne

I will do a mini blog post about the character with the most votes! The vote will be open for two weeks! (I’ll give you some time to think and me some time to do touch ups!)

So tell me in a comment….Which character would you like to see?

Let me know what you think!¬†How has your reading fared this past month (or months)? What book blew you away? What books did you buy? What book are you most looking forward to? Don’t forget to vote!!!!!!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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