Thursday, May 26, 2016

Review - Defending Taylor by: Miranda Kennealy


Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend, Ezra. Taylor’s had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it’s hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?


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Thank you, Miranda Kennealy. I could not put this book down and was consistently reading it no matter where I was. That is always a sign of an amazing book to me. Even more so now, considering it's become very hard for me to read as often as I used to. Defending Taylor does not disappoint in the Hundred Oaks series. It has the drama, the breakdowns, the melt-your-heart moments, and of course some kind of physical activity (I mean soccer! Sports! Get your brains out of the gutter, reading community. *wink*)

Following Taylor, our protagonist, was such a roller coaster of everything I adore in a character. Firstly, she's obsessed with coffee and animals...which is exactly me. More than that, she consistently tries her hardest for her friends, family, and herself. Watching Taylor grow from the beginning to the end is always a quality I love reading about. It's inspiring.

With the other characters, I love that we get to revisit some of the old characters we have already fallen in love it yet at the same time meet new ones. For example, Ezra...oh yes, Ezra. First off, gorgeous and unique name but more than that he has the physical and emotional hotness to match. Ezra is every girls dream guy. He's good looking, hard-working, and loves to his fullest. Watching his and Taylor's lives intertwine couldn't have been better. Other than Ezra, I loved her new and old friends that we get to meet along the way. They each have their own unique qualities and yet perfectly fit into the story and Taylor's life.

I respect the fact that Kennealy always beautifully weaves family, emotions, and relationships. There is never only one focus but we get to see many sides of our protagonists and it's such a breathe of fresh air. Overall, Defending Taylor was an absolute joy to read and I couldn't have loved it more.

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -


Friday, May 13, 2016

Photography Friday #49


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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review - Chase Me: By Tessa Bailey

Synopsis: College drop-out, Roxy Cumberland, moved to New York with dreams of becoming an actress, but her dwindling bank account is quickly putting the kibosh on that fantasy. To make some quick cash, she signs up to perform singing telegrams. Her first customer is a gorgeous, cocky Manhattan trust-funder if she ever laid eyes on one. And what could be more humiliating than singing an ode to his junk, courtesy of his last one night stand? Maybe the fact that she’s dressed in a giant, pink bunny costume...

After a night out to celebrate winning his last case, lawyer Louis McNally II isn’t prepared for the pounding in his head or the rabbit serenading him from the front door. But the sassy wit and sexy voice of the girl behind the mask intrigues him, and one look at her stunning face—followed by a mind-blowing kiss against his doorjamb—leaves Louis wanting more.

Roxy doesn’t need a spoiled rich boy who’s had everything in life handed to him on a Tiffany platter. But there’s more to Louis than his sexy surface and he’s determined to make Roxy see it...even if it means chasing her all over NYC.


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Thank you, Tessa Bailey. I read Chase Me in two days! Two days!! I haven't read a book in two days in I can't remember how long. That is just how fantastically Tessa Bailey this book is. I admit, I'm slightly biased towards her books because (in my opinion) I have yet to read a bad one. I know every time I pick one up, I'm going to get a nothing-held-back, drama-filled, and brilliant book that I just love and Chase Me is all of that and more.

We start off with two people from very different worlds. Roxy, who has had to work her butt off, and not necessarily the best jobs, for everything she's wanted in life and Louis who, well, pretty much has had everything handed to him. When these two meet in a very non-traditional way, neither of them can seem to stay away from each other. With Roxy, I love that she never gives up and the fact that she always has her eye on the prize of what she wants in life. She refuses to let anything or anything take that away from her. On Louis' side, he's definitely got the whole rich, good-looks, and charm going for him. I like that Tessa didn't overly dazzle him and just let his and Roxy's story unfold.

There's a lot of bits of story line I like that Tessa touches on. I expected a straight hot-to-trot love story, but it focuses a lot on a couple story lines I wasn't expecting and that's always a treat in any book when it makes the story that much more eventful. Overall another winner from Tessa Bailey and I cannot wait to read the next book in the story line, Need Me.


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 -