Monday, April 25, 2016

Music Monday #64 ♫


Happy Monday!! I love April and with the weather finally becoming beautiful on a daily... I'm just ready for summer!

Here's what currently on the top of my listening menu!



1) Flux Pavillion - Emotions

This song is just upbeat and fun and I love to workout to it.



2) Project Brooks - Swimrose

This is a local band to me, and this song blew me out of the water the first time I heard it on the way to the beach.


3) Ferry Corsten - Hearts Beating Faster

More EDM. I basically want this as my wedding song.




So what do ya think? Comments? Suggestions? Love notes?!
PS. If you want to see more of what I'm listening to check out my hash tag on twitter: #JenasPlaylist! :)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Review - The Affiliate by: K.A. Linde

On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks.

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have...

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

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After seeing an amazing recommendation for The Affiliate, I just knew I had to pick it up. Between the secrets, tension, and beautiful world building, this book was every bit as magical as I expected it to be.

Cyrene, gorgeous name by the way, is our protagonist. I hate to reference other books, but it's very "The Selection" in the very beginning but as it continues it turns almost into a romantic mystery. You're constantly trying to figure things out as Cyrene does, and pull your hair with emotions while she does. Other than Cyrene we have a pretty big cast of characters and sometimes the book actually switches to their viewpoint, which was fantastic to see. With our two main fellas, Edric and Kael, I feel as if there's a lot of severest we still need to uncover and I'll be curious to see what they may be.

The ending of the story was not really a cliffhanger, which is great because so many stories nowadays end that way. However, I wanted more. It was definitely a "to be continued" ending and it did leave me wanting the next book as soon as possible, but I believe I was looking for a more dramatic ending than I got. That being said, I still loved this story and adored following Cyrene through her adventure. I am definitely hoping we finally get to dive more into the magic aspect in the next book. Cannot wait to pick up The Bound.

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review - Lady Midnight by: Cassandra Clare

In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

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Cassandra Clare never lets readers down with her amazing world building and her uncanny ability to make you fall in love with each and every character. Lady Midnight, is a fantastic installment that chugs right along with the old Mortal Instruments world that we love.

I'll be the first reader or maybe the millionth to say how much I adore Cassandra Clare's books. I was so captivated by the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices. However, I have to admit this first installment of this new series let me down. Throughout the book, I felt it was a lot of relationship drama and information building but no big heart stopping moments or eye-opening until the last few pages. Granted, it is the first book and I understand we need to be introduced to the background information but I almost feel it was too much. I wanted more fantasy versus drama.

As far as the characters go I absolutely love our protagonist, Emma. As vain as it sounds, I love the way she looks, her fierceness, her determination, her love for everyone around her who means something to her. There was a lot of viewpoint switching, but I have to admit hers was my favorite. Staying with the ladies, I also adored Christina. Christina is one of those friends you meet that are just truly good to the bone and that's so admirable.

With the fellas in this book, of course Julian stands out. He's gorgeous, responsible, and has one heck of a hot name. I really like that between our duo of Julian and Emma, Julian seems to be the more vulnerable one. It's nice to see that in a male for once. Other than Julian there are a slew of male characters, all offering something different.

With all that being said, there are tons of fantastic moments in this book. I adore the location and constant beach views. I also liked that we get to see more of the faerie harshness and world. Plus, if you wanted romance of all types... this book explodes with it. We also get to see a lot of older characters we know and love which is always a great moment when reading. Plus, the family dynamic in the book just explodes with love and I adore seeing a strong family.

Regardless of the few knocks I have given this book, I still believe it is well done. The ending of this book gives us a few "oh crap" moments right in a row and I'll be curious to see where those lead to. I will definitely be eagerly awaiting the installment to see what Cassandra Clare has in store next.

- 3.5 Splatters out of 5 -

Monday, February 29, 2016

Music Monday #63 ♫

Happy Leap Day!

I have definitely been a wash last year and this year on the blog. Life happens, you know? I thought college was a difficult stage in life, but I was so very wrong. This mid-20s thing is the no bueno part of life. It's the part of life where you're actually trying to put the rest of your life together. Between balancing multiple jobs, job searching, paying every off, and well still trying having a life and some fun...it gets very time consuming. 

However, this year I have been trying to back into the swing of reading and everything that comes along with this wonder world that I somehow got away from. I have read and reviewed four books since January and that alone is (somewhat pathetic from what I used to do) an accomplishment to me. 

Yet, the whole reason for this post is to get back into the swing of things (at least try) with a bang. By bang, I mean bring back one of my oldie-but-goodie posts! AKA.... MUSIC MONDAY! Music is still an essential part of my life and that has not changed, nor do I think it will ever.

So without further adieu... my music Monday #63.


1) Trapt - Living in the Eye of the Storm


I'm watching all of these dark clouds
I'm watching blue skies turn to gray
And the lightening has struck ground
And a million eyes start to rain

I’ve got nothing to hold on to
I can't break through living in the eye of the storm



2) Tove Lo - The Way That I Am

I just love the feel of this one and the lyrics.



3) Twenty One Pilots - Doubt

Just everything about this one.

Shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts, no,
You are all that I've got, no.






So what do ya think? Comments? Suggestions? Love notes?!
PS. If you want to see more of what I'm listening to check out my hash tag on twitter: #JenasPlaylist! :)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Photography Friday #48


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*None of these photos are my own unless otherwise stated. Just photos I've found.