2016 Year in Review Tag

Greetings readers!

I come to you with another tag, there seems to be a lot I need to catch up on for being absent a couple of days. Even though we are a two weeks into 2017, it is still early enough to share fun stuff from 2016. Right?

I was (once again) tagged by Mandy from Book Princess Reviews to do the 2016 Year in Review Tag. She has a fabulous post up on her blog which you can see here. She always has great posts and tags so you should really go hang out on her blog too!

Let’s get started!

Trump vs. Clinton: Name is your favourite character rivalry.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)     Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Chaol Westfall vs Rowan Whitehorn from the Throne of Glass series.

*minor possibly major spoilers here*

This is less of a character rivalry and more of a Fandom rivalry. The amount of arguments caused over these two characters is both ridiculous and laughable. I don’t like to fight people over plots we cannot control and although being on the losing side stings , I respect other peoples opinions.

I really liked LOVE Chaol. Let me put it out there. Crown of Midnight is amazing and absolutely thrilling. He has his good attributes and his flaws. He’s human, (like the only one in this series…) so he makes mistakes. I still enjoy his character, even though he’s been pushed aside. Then in Heir of Fire (book 3), Fae Warrior, Rowan is introduced. And he had a great PLATONIC relationship with Celaena, who by the end of the novel becomes Aelin. Rowan was never a favourite of mine. He was just a big, bulky, warrior who had to teach Celaena some tactful fae-warrior-ness, to defeat her enemies. I was alright with that.

But then in Queen of Shadows, this guy spent the whole novel, trying to keep it in his pants. Yes, he was helping Aelin (note: She is no longer Celaena, whom I liked better)  get revenge, but all the while having lustful thoughts and or trying to calm his hormone levels., i.e. dumping ice water over his head (not a lie, it’s in the book). I don’t find him interesting at all and honestly wish his relationship stayed a friendship with Aelin.

The point is, is that I’m on team Chaol. I do not have any interest in the new Aelin/Rowan ship, nor do I ship Aelin with Chaol, at all. I am Team Chaol because I do not think he deserves the hate and blame he has been getting throughout the recent novels. Being blamed for a certain characters death *when this character orchestrated their own death* is unfair and tiresome.

So although the rivalry doesn’t really involve pitting Chaol against Rowan physically, the amount of bitter remarks and retorts from each side of the fandom is enough to fill in this tag.

Turkey Failed Coup: A book you started but failed to finish? DNF.

Forbidden (Forbidden, #1)

Forbidden by  Kimberley Griffiths Little

I started this book at the beginning of the year and only made it nine chapters in. Parts of the novel intrigued me, like the culture and world. However, the first chapters didn’t grip me enough to continue on. There were definitely intense scenes, but not good enough to keep reading.

Pokemon Go: What book did you buy or read based on the hype? Did you enjoy it?

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Another Throne of Glass answer. I read books 1-4 of the series in 2016 because I heard so much hype revolving around book 5, Empire of Storms.

Enjoyment levels:

  1. Throne of Glass: 5 stars YESSSS
  2. Crown of Midnight: 5 stars ALL THE STARS YASSS
  3. Heir of Fire: 4 stars Okay, this is cool. I like this Manon character. And SORSCHA! SORSCHA IS ME, I AM SORSCHA! SHE ROCKS!
  4. Queen of Shadows: 3-3.5 WTH. This was not up to par…
  5. Empire of Storms: I avoided it. But I will read it…eventually.

Stranger Things: What’s one book you want everyone to read?

Gosh, there were so many amazing books I read in 2016. I know the tag asks for one but I am going to pitch 3! (tehe, I’m a rule-breaker)

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)  A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)   The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

1 & 2) An Ember in the Ashes/ ATorch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir Why? This series is epic, diverse and AMAZING!

3) The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski Why? This series gave me chills and I relate to    Kestrel so much. It’s fast and intense!

Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Mr. Robot: What was your favourite book cliffhanger within a series?

Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms, #5)

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes.

This. Book. Left. Me. Trembling. It was absolutely fantastic and the ending was by far the best (worst) one I read all year! (Review to come)

The Tragic Crisis in Aleppo: Name the last book that made you cry or teary-eyed.

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

I don’t usually cry when I read fantasy, even moving and emotional deaths don’t bring tears to my eyes. There are the exceptions though. For instance this book. The last two paragraphs just destroyed me. The words were not sad, but full of hope and healing. Raasch takes some time at the end of her novel to reflect and look back at the intense scenes and emotions within the character’s lives. Not with action but with thought. A beautiful thought that brought tears to my eyes and made me sob.

Brexit: Name a book you have an unpopular opinion towards.

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

I liked Red Queen. I gave it 5 stars, but now that I think about it I didn’t like it that much. Glass Sword was not a great sequel. It was slow, repetitive and Mare was unbearably annoying. I am looking forward to King’s Cage however, solely because the ending of Glass Sword was so intense. Otherwise, Glass Sword was not great, 3 stars.

Four new elements discovered in the periodic table: Name an author you discovered/read for the first time this year.

Evelyn Skye, Jessica Cluess, Sabaa Tahir and Sarah J. Maas

Evelyn and Jessica are debut authors of 2016 and I loved their novels. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye was by far my favourite debut of the year and A Shadow Bright and Burning was by Jessica Cluess was also amazing. (Review here)

Sabaa Tahir debuted in 2015, but I read her books in 2016. Unfortunately I missed the opportunity to meet her when she came to my town and it is my biggest regret ever. *Here is to hoping she comes back soon*

Sarah J. Maas has been around for a while, but as mentioned I just started her books this year. I look forward to readng her other series A Court of Thorns and Roses when I get the chance!

#AllLivesMatter: Your favourite diverse read.

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)      Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn/The Rose and the Dagger by Rene Ahdieh

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

These two series vary in race, culture, sexual identities and character personalities. I find them to be eye-opening and intriguing. Reading from different races, backgrounds and experiences is really wonderful and I look forward to more diverse reads in the future.

I especially want to read more books based on Latin/Hispanic culture becuase that is my background and if anyone has any recs throw them at me!

Zika Virus: A book that spread like wildfire.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book was IS everywhere! From bookstagram to book blogs to booktube to Twitter. I never hear the end of it. This has also caused me to be heavily spoiled as to what goes on in the books, but I am still anticipating the day I get to read this series!

Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won the Oscar: What was your most anticipated book release this year?

Caraval (Caraval, #1)    Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer

These two books both come out in January (on the same day and I cannot wait to own/READ/pet them endlessly!) XD Caraval has such an intriguing and mysterious synopsis that I have been dying to read it. And Wires & Nerve is part of the Lunar Chronicles and written by Queen Marissa Meyer, so I’m obviously going to read it!

In Memorium: Name a memorable character death. 

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Frost Like Night by Sarah Raasch

*SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS*

As mentioned before, this book made me sob. The last two paragraphs were of Meira glancing around the ballroom and talking about all the gaps that filled the crowd. The spaces where Henn, Finn, Noam, Nessa, Garrigan and Sir should be standing:

And that unity makes the holes in the crowd feel complete. Where Sir should be standing next to Mather as he talks with Jesse, Rares, and Oana; where Nessa and Garrigan should be following Conall as he weaves toward me through the crowd; where Henn and Finn should be talking with Greer at the edge of the room; where Noam should be laughing with Nikoletta and Caspar.

I don’t fight the smile that eases across my lips, the tears that blur the colors and light of the ballroom into a shifting, sparkling kaleidoscope.

Rares and Oana were both right. We are our own magic now. And nothing can stop us.

I think Sir’s death hit me the hardest because Meira never fully established that father-daughter bond she really wanted with him and had to leave him to die in order to save the world…Also Nessa and Garrigan </3 😥

The hope and heartbreak from reading the scenes of their deaths came back and I felt so overwhelmed. The tears started spilling out of my eyes and I couldn’t stop them. This is my favourite passage from the entire novel and I’m getting choked up just writing about it right now! *cries*

Samsung phones: One book that blew your mind this year!

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I now realize how repetitive this list is. OH WELL.

This book just took my breath away. So many twists and turns. The amount of hope and inspiration that ran within the hearts and thoughts of these characters in order to survive the brutal and evil world they live in is eye-opening. The representation of a female protagonist who is not brave and strong from the start, but has to find the courage to move forward from loss in order to find those she loves. The painstaking search for freedom that is always being deterred by another challenge, another choice, another twist that keeps him trapped. Being inside the mind of a character who is being broken, tested and eventually remade. The violence and the hope. It’s about finding a way to govern your own destiny.

It tore me apart and blew the pieces away.

I loved it.

Runner up: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

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Tagging time!

I tag you! YOU! YOU! YOU and….that’s right YOU!

Go ahead and rant like I did. 2016 may be over but book feels never pass!

Happy reading and tagging!

-Rendz

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Totally Should Have Book Tag

Greetings Readers:

Thank you to Book Princess Reviews who tagged me you can check out her version of this tag on her blog! It’s my first book tag and its a tough one..but I can do it!

1 “Totally Should’ve Gotten A Sequel”

Rook by Sharon Cameron

Rook *

I really enjoyed this book. It is set in a dystopian Paris and is a reenactment of the French revolution. It is so interesting and the final scenes are so engrossing I just could not put it down! Please give me another book Sharon.

2 “Totally Should’ve Gotten a Spin-Off Series”

The Legend Series by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)*

This was such a great series. I am still so heart broken after the ending of the third book, Champion! I really want to know what else happens in this world and I would really like to read from Tess’s point of view and her life before or after Champion. She was such an interesting character but I got to see so little of her. A spin off about Day’s little brother would also be very interesting, how about a book about his time in Antarctica?

3 “An Author that Should Totally Write More Books” 

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)*

MARIE RUTKOSKI

PLEASE  I  BEG  OF  YOU,  WRITE  MORE  YA!

If you cannot tell, I love, love, LOVE Marie Rutkoski and The Winner’s Trilogy! If she wrote more books I would gobble one each up. She is such a wonderful storyteller and if you have not picked up the Winner’s Curse go do yourself a favour and READ IT. I believe she is working on a novel for 2018 and has some middle grade series, so I shall go check those out!

4  “A Character That Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else”

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)*

I am going to hit a very sensitive nerve for some of you, but I don’t really care.

CHAOLAENA should have been endgame.

I loved Chaol and Celaena together. I thought they were so cute and their bickering was adorable. They were opposites yes, but they would have grown together and learned from each other’s mistakes. This is a ship I sunk deep with. I love Chaol so, so much and I want him to be happy. I am not a fan of Rowan (sorry, not sorry), he is boring and flat to me and not too mention far too hormonal in Queen of Shadows. *sigh* I died with this ship. BUT I am too invested in this series to give it up.

5 “Totally Should’ve Ended Differently”

Champion (Legend, #3)*

As mentioned before this series BROKE ME! It was a good ending-nay a hopeful ending! It was a cliffhanger-sort-of-ending.  Not satisfying enough! I need a different ending, that is concrete and happy! *cries*

6″Totally Should Have a Movie Franchise”

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)*

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES!

I WOULD WATCH IT EVERYDAY OF MY LIFE!!

7 “Totally Should’ve Had Only One Point of View”

I honestly do not have a book for this category. I like multiple POVs. If I ever do come across one, I shall surely come back and change this! XD

8 “Totally Should’ve Had a Cover Change”

Witchlanders*

Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

The cover is so misleading. It’s about two young men who are witches. I still wonder to this day who is on the girl on the cover if the female characters were not as significant in this novel. Still, it is an interesting read.

9 “Totally Should’ve Kept the Original Covers”

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)  > The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  > The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)*

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)  > The Rose & the Dagger*

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh

The hardcovers covers will always be my favourite. They were beautiful and vibrant. The first edition paperback of The Wrath and the Dawn is okay, but the new paperback editions are ugly in my opinion. To dark and the font is not my favourite.

10 “Totally Should’ve Stopped at One Book”

The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars, #1)*

The Fire Wish by Amber Lough

I have yet to read the sequel, but I’m pretty sure this would have made a good stand alone if the author had tied up the loose ends in book one.

Tagging Time

I tag YOU! If you want to try this, be my guest!

Thank you once again to Book Princess Reviews for the tag. I look forward to doing more book tags in the future!

Happy reading!

-Rendz

*All cover images via Goodreads

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Favourites!

Greetings readers:

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Today I have decided to share with you some of my Favourites about reading. Some have been with me for long periods of time or in some cases are recently favourited. Each of these books or people have impacted my life in some way, shape or form. It could vary from being extremely entertaining or inspiring or the “reason I read” kind of book or author.

There a countless books in the world, so many I have yet to read. So while this may be a list of my favourites, know that this list will only grow bigger and bigger.

Genres

#1. Fantasy

I will admit it, when it comes to reading I will always, ALWAYS go to Fantasy first. I rarely read out of fantasy (but I do so no worries my other genre loving peeps). Fantasy (like many who use this cliche) is my escape. When I look around me and see how messed up this world of ours is, I want to leave. But I can’t, so I turn to books, with other worlds, with their own set of screwed up problems, with their adventure and resolution.

I go there for magic.

Any type of magic in the book world, whether it be elemental or witchcraft/wizardry or pulling rabbits out of hats, instantly has my attention. I love to read about magical human beings (or maybe not human), who have the ability to wield forces that are unrealistic. If I had a magical power it would be all magic (don’t you dare ask me to pick and choose).

I could go more in depth and reveal my soul deep love for fantasy and write how it has allowed me to grow, learn from mistakes and have courage. But that will come another time. For now I’ll let you know that most of my points will always lead back to my desire to wield magic.

#2. Science fiction and Dystopia

#3. Historical fiction (I have a sweet spot for Sherlock Holmes spin offs even though I have yet to read a Holmes novel)

#4. Contemporary. I will be honest I am not a big contemporary reader. The stories don’t bore me (at least not usually) but I am always looking for an adventure, something different and outside of realistic element aka fantasy. I do try to read at least one contemporary a month to explore the reading realm.

#5. Paranormal/Supernatural. I hardly read from this genre because I find each story to be the same. Guy is super hot and muscular (not a complaint) and is a powerful demon/vampire/angel who is sent to kill girl who has hidden power or guy spontaneously saves girl from enemy/herself as she discovers her power. Some fight scenes, kissing scenes and cheesy romantic lines later and they all lived as happily as demons can live! But I’m a hypocrite. This is my guilty pleasure genre. Something about the predictable end and well…MAGIC always keep me hooked!

Favourite Books/Series
As I said this is the current list. With time, some titles will change many more will be added but for now I will share the current list. (Note: Eventually each or at least some of these mentions will get their own appreciation post)

#1: The Chronicles of Narnia  by C.S. Lewis

#2: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

#3: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

#4: The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

#5: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

#6: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

#7: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

#8: Accidentally Fabulous series by Lisa Papademetriou

#9:  The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

#10: Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch

And many more but I will cut the list here. There will be some huge rants about some of the books listed above.

Favourite Authors

#1. Marissa Meyer

#2. Morgan Rhodes

#3. Sabaa Tahir

#4. C.S. Lewis

#5. Leigh Bardugo

#6. Sara Raasch

#7. Marie Lu

#8. Sarah J. Maas

#9. Maggie Steifvater

#10. Marie Rutkoski 

Again there are so many more!

Favourite places to get books!

#1. That one time in a blue one moon when I win a giveaway! Hello free books!

#2. The Library– I am a TPL teen

#3. Overdrive–basically the library for ebooks

#4. Chapters Indigo –my home away from home

#5. BMV stores across Toronto– Hello cheap books!

Favourite places to read!

#1. My room –curtains drawn, window open, warm blanket if needed

#2. Living room couch

#3. Porch

#4. Library

#5.  School

Bonus: Favourite Guilty Pleasure Reads!

#1. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

#2. The Divinicus Nex Chronicles by A&E Kirk

#3. Anything by Catherine Fisher, especially her Chronoptika quartet and Incarceron series

Well that’s it for this week my friends. I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about moi! Feel free to comment some of your favourites and I will write to you again next week!

Happy Reading!

-Rendz

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