Monday, April 30, 2012

Music Monday ♫ #55


Hey all! Here's some jams from my current playlist :)

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1) Tegan And Sara - Walking With A Ghost


2) FloRida - Whistle


3) Santigold - L.E.S. Artistes



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! :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

In My Mailbox #27

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren. Where you can share the books you received for the week!



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Bought
1) Storm - Brigid Kremmerer
2) Tempting The Best Man - J. Lynn (My Review)
3) The Last Echo - Kimberly Derting
4) Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout (The new and improved cover!) - My Review.

For Review
5) ReVamped - Ada Adams (Thank you!)

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So Excited for them all! :D

Friday, April 27, 2012

Blog Tour: Summer Lovin’ Blog Tour


Summer Lovin' Blog Tour

Featuring:
While He Was Away by: Karen Schreck
The Summer Of No Regrets by: Katherine Grace Bond
Both Release May 1st

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- The Books -



Synopsis: "This is just something I have to do, okay?" I hear David say. "The right thing."

He cradles my face in his hands. He kisses me hard. Then he lets go of me. His eyes dart from me to whatever's next.


All she wants is for him to stay. She's been doing pretty well, pretending he doesn't have to go. But one day, after one last night to remember, she wakes up and there's no denying it anymore. He's gone.

When Penna Weaver's boyfriend goes off to Iraq, she's left facing life without him. As summer sets in, Penna tries to distract herself with work and her art, but the not knowing is slowly driving her crazy. Especially when David stops writing.

She knows in her heart he will come home. But will he be the same boy she fell in love with?

Pre-Order A Copy!


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Synopsis: The day Brigitta accidentally flings herself into the lap of a guy she's never met, her friend Natalie is convinced he's Trent Yves, egotistical heartthrob-in-hiding. When the boy, who calls himself Luke, is nearly eaten by a cougar, Brigitta finds herself saving his life, being swept into his spectacular embrace and wondering if she wants Natalie's fantasy to be true.

As the two spend the summer together raising orphaned cougar cubs, Brigitta still can't be sure of his true identity. But then again, since her grandparents' death, her father's sudden urge to give away all their possessions and become a shaman, and her own awkward transition from girlhood into a young woman, she isn't sure of anything. What is the truth? More importantly, can she accept it?


Pre-Order A Copy!

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- The Authors - 

 
Karen Schreck is the author of the young adult novel WHILE HE WAS AWAY (Sourcebooks Fire, May 2012), as well as the novel DREAM JOURNAL, which was a 2006 Young Adult BookSense Pick, and the award-winning children's book, LUCY'S FAMILY TREE. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and an Illinois State Arts Council Grant, Karen received her doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She writes and teaches for a living, and she loves visiting schools and other gatherings of readers and writers to talk about her books the writing process.

For more information or to contact Karen, please visit her blog: http://karenschreck.com/blog



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   Katherine Grace Bond is the author of THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS (Sourcebooks, 2012) and of the bestselling LEGEND OF THE VALENTINE (Zondervan, 2002), a story of the civil rights movement. She often finds herself in the woods escaping from giant cats and shadowy figures in cloaks. The creator of TEENWrite acting/writing workshops, where participants come as their characters, she lives with her husband in a dimension populated by younger people, some of whom resemble her. 


For more information check out her website:

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- Katherine's Guest Post -

How (and Why) to Be an Outsider

I like to be indoors. Indoors has my computer and my books and my sofa and Doctor Who. Indoors is dry and temperature-controlled and free of bugs. I haven’t always been this way. When I was growing up in Seattle, I was always on my bike or roller skates or screaming through the yard being chased by a giant mouse (I had a bizarre imagination even then). Or I’d read for hours under a tree. Outdoors was an escape, too from Mom and Dad’s regular Saturday screaming match. Even if I could still hear it (along with the opera music), somehow not being trapped with walls around me felt better. 

And then there was my grandparents’ place, “Cherrywood,” in Indiana, where I spent my days among the oaks or on the screened-in porch. I loved it there—the warm, spicy air filled with birdsong. It was my haven. 

But, I’m an adult now with task lists and deadlines and Important Things To Do—indoors, of course. 

So when I wrote THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS, whose main character, Brigitta, practically lives outdoors, I was stuck. I stared at the screen, trying to imagine what trees were like

It was kind of stupid

Finally, I had no choice but to take the computer into the woods and find a stump to sit on. It was often wet, and I had to commune with the insect world, but I wrote some of my best scenes out there. And the earth began to teach me things:

11)  Nature surprises. That “ptchioo” sound I kept hearing was not a bird; it was a squirrel called a chickaree. One morning, I lay on a nurse log watched as two of them conversed from different trees. Their bodies would go rigid with each call. After a while, a third squirrel appeared and then a fourth. They called back and forth in rhythm, perfectly timed, as if they had sheet music. Pretty cool. 

22) Nature heals. After learning that someone dear to me had attempted suicide, I couldn’t sleep. Sometime after midnight I took a sleeping bag and went outside, where I lay under the stars. When you are sorrowing, look at the sky! You feel your smallness in the midst of something vast and unfathomable. We are accustomed to thinking we can know everything, given enough study. The sky gives me hope that we can’t—that there will always be things we don’t know and will never understand. I want to live in a universe like that.

33)  Nature reconnects us. Because we are made of star stuff and nourished by the atmosphere of this planet, we suffer from the layers that separate us from the earth—roof, walls, foundation, floorboards, carpet, shoes, socks. To step barefoot out the door and into the dirt is to find ourselves once more. Try it!

And when you read THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS, do so, if you can, under the sky.    


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- Karen's Guest Post -


“Love Can Conquer Any Distance . . . Right?”

           
            If you look closely at the cover of While He Was Away, you’ll see that the title of this post also serves as the caption for my novel.
            A caption that reminds me of another famous quote:
            Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
            And this one, which I always thought came from that wild novel from the 1970s, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, but which, it turns out, is actually an ancient Chinese proverb:
            If you love something, set it free.  If it comes back to you, it’s yours.  If it doesn’t, it never was. 
            The only things that separate my book caption from the above quotes is that little . . . and the “Right?”
            And that little . . . and the “Right?” make all the difference in the world.  At least to me.
            That little . . .  and the “Right?” keep me from grinding my teeth down to the nubbins.
            Because the qualification, the doubt that is laced through the caption of While He Was Away brings up the conflict, the fear, the potential for loss, that most often goes hand-in-hand with . . . not being hand-in-hand with the one you love.  Someone, for whatever reason, has to be at a distance, and it sucks, big-time.  Maybe your boyfriend or girlfriend didn’t go off to war, as Penna Weaver’s boyfriend, David O’Dell, does in While He Was Away.  Maybe your boyfriend or girlfriend just went on a long summer vacation, or to college.  But separation of any kind can be a huge challenge. (Don’t you know it?)  And it’s not just the quality or beauty or depth of your love that determines how it all plays out.  Distance, and the places where we find ourselves when we’re apart, play a huge factor on how things work out.  Or don’t.
            In  While He Was Away, Penna Weaver throws herself into her work and her friendships, into solving a family mystery, into being a citizen of the world in order to deal with her separation from David. 
If you’ve ever been in a long distance relationship, how have you dealt with it?

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- My Reviews - 

While He Was Away:

 Inspiring, hopeful, and eye-opening. I actually enjoyed this book way more than I expected to. I didn't think reading about an army couple would be my type of thing, but I was pleasantly surprised in the best way. This story is so much more then a boy who leaves a girl for Iraq.

...Read my complete review here!

The Summer Of No Regrets:

When I first read the synopsis of this story, I expected some huge love story but you should always expect the unexpected. And unexpected is a good thing in The Summer Of No Regrets. Brigitta's story is about figuring out who she is, dealing with the awkwardness of her life, and finally learning what means to truly care about something and someone.

...Read my complete review here!
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- Giveaway -

 Thank you to the awesome people at Sourcebooks Fire, they will be providing one copy of either While He Was Away or The Summer Of No Regrets! 
- US/Canada Only.

Good luck! :)

 

While He Was Away by: Karen Schreck

Synopsis: "This is just something I have to do, okay?" I hear David say. "The right thing."

He cradles my face in his hands. He kisses me hard. Then he lets go of me. His eyes dart from me to whatever's next.


All she wants is for him to stay. She's been doing pretty well, pretending he doesn't have to go. But one day, after one last night to remember, she wakes up and there's no denying it anymore. He's gone.

When Penna Weaver's boyfriend goes off to Iraq, she's left facing life without him. As summer sets in, Penna tries to distract herself with work and her art, but the not knowing is slowly driving her crazy. Especially when David stops writing.

She knows in her heart he will come home. But will he be the same boy she fell in love with?

Thoughts: Inspiring, hopeful, and eye-opening. I actually enjoyed this book way more than I expected to. I didn't think reading about an army couple would be my type of thing, but I was pleasantly surprised in the best way. This story is so much more then a boy who leaves a girl for Iraq.

Penna and David have the forever type of love, or so they believe. They're both so alike, so comfortable with each other. But, David is a solider now and he's leaving for Iraq. When he leaves, Penna will need to learn how to cope with a love one fighting in a dangerous situation and how to deal with being away from him. She'll need to learn how to deal with family issues that need to be solved. And mostly, she'll need to look into herself and discover who she needs to be and how to believe in herself.

Penna is such a strong character and I seriously commend her for what she goes through. I'd like to sit here and say I believe that I could be as strong as her in that situation, but I think you don't truly know what it's like until it actually happens to you. And, I believe Penna shows such true strength through out While He Was Away. On the other side, I actually really, really loved David. Just his easy-going personality and the way he cares so much for certain things was just inspiring. I also loved the who art connection between the two of them.

When I started reading the book and I realized David was leaving for Iraq and would be "gone". I'm not going to lie I was disappointed. But, Karen did a beautiful job of weaving David into the story through his letters and phone calls. But, when Penna is coping with David's term overseas Karen has us fall in love with other stories and other characters. The stories from David show us the harsher qualities of war and what soldiers actually go through over there. And I was intrigued by them. I especially enjoyed Ravi, Jules, and Caitlin roles too. Especially Ravi! I loved getting to know him.

There was one quote that kind of stuck in my brain. It's short. Simple. And not even spoken by either of the main characters. But, for some reason, I liked it a lot.

"Later," he says.
Not Goodbye.

I just feel like there's so much hope in those two tiny lines. And this story is about hope and believing and staying strong through everything. I honestly hope that Karen continues Penna and David's story because I'd love to see where it goes.

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -

The Summer Of No Regrets by: Katherine Grace Bond

Synopsis: The day Brigitta accidentally flings herself into the lap of a guy she's never met, her friend Natalie is convinced he's Trent Yves, egotistical heartthrob-in-hiding. When the boy, who calls himself Luke, is nearly eaten by a cougar, Brigitta finds herself saving his life, being swept into his spectacular embrace and wondering if she wants Natalie's fantasy to be true.

As the two spend the summer together raising orphaned cougar cubs, Brigitta still can't be sure of his true identity. But then again, since her grandparents' death, her father's sudden urge to give away all their possessions and become a shaman, and her own awkward transition from girlhood into a young woman, she isn't sure of anything. What is the truth? More importantly, can she accept it?

Thoughts: When I first read the synopsis of this story, I expected some huge love story but you should always expect the unexpected. And unexpected is a good thing in The Summer Of No Regrets. Brigitta's story is about figuring out who she is, dealing with the awkwardness of her life, and finally learning what means to truly care about something and someone.


We start off with Brigitta and her life of home school, her blog, parents who run "a center", a father who believes he is a shaman, and overall a girl who isn't confident in who she is and whose life has never been the same since the loss of her grandparents. Then she meets Luke and they begin to bond over taking care of cougar cubs. Luke is gorgeous and sweet and her best friend Natalie is convinced he is teen heartthrob Trent Yves. But, Brigitta doesn't believe it and Luke is denying it. So why should Brigitta ruin her happiness? There's more to Brigitta's life than just Luke though and she's determined to figure everything out.

I actually really liked Luke and Brigitta's relationship. There were a lot of times where I found myself second guessing Luke, and though I was right in my guess, I was still some-what surprised by the ending and that's always a good thing to me. Plus, Heeelllloooo accent! :) The other thing about Luke and Brigitta's relationship
is that I believe it helped Brigitta step out of her confined shell and start to open up, and I thought it was a good step in the right direction for her.

I'm not going to say this was a favorite book of mine, because it wasn't. I thought there was a lot of extra content that could have been possibly taken out. However, The Summer Of No Regrets is a good book filled with a cute romance and a main character who's learning to find herself and I did enjoy most of it. If the synopsis appeals to you, I say give it a try! Not every book is for everyone and you never know what you'll  feel while reading.



- 3 out of 5 Splatters -

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Daemon Invasion!!



Over the last couple of weeks, you’ve heard us talking about the upcoming #daemoninvasion and we’re so excited to finally share with you what is going on. Really excited!

The beautiful and uber cool models, Pepe Toth and Sztella Tziotziosz, who grace the Lux covers, will be joining us in the United States! You heard right. They are flying here, from Hungary to spend a few days as Daemon and Katy! While they are here, they will be working with Vania, from VLC Productions (the team behind Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, Melissa de La Cruz, Kimberly Derting, Moira Young, Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl, Hillary Duff, Lauren Destefano, and many, many more authors’ book trailers), to film book trailers for the Lux Series.

During the filming in Atlanta, they will be accompanying us on tour! What does that mean? You get to meet them. In the flesh. They will be participating in the signings and events. At those signings, we’ll be giving away signed posters, photos, and other swag. There will also be meet and greet events you can join in on.

At each signing, there will be advanced copies of Onyx given away!

And to top things off (as if this isn’t enough, but we don’t do anything small), there’s something very, very exciting in the works! It involves advanced copies of Opal, water, and a little destination known as the Bahamas.

I am not kidding.

This will be epic.

Are you excited? I am! This tour is going to be so, so much fun, and I’m so thrilled that Pepe and Sztella are a part of it. We owe them a huge thank you and a giant welcome making the 16 hour flight to meet the readers of the Lux Series. You!

Daemon Invasion Signing and Event Schedule
June 8th
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA
3:00pm

June 10th
Barnes and Noble
St Johns Town Center
Jacksonville, FL
3:00pm

June 13th
Barnes and Noble
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Orlando, FL
3:00pm

June 14th
Barnes and Noble
The Palladium at City Place
West Palm Beach, FL
4:00pm

There are several #daemoninvasion street teamers out there and if you want to join a team to win exclusive prizes, search down the #daemoninvasion hash tag to join one of the teams!

Don’t forget to visit Jennifer L. Armentrout’s blog to win a signed set of Half-Blood and Pure in celebration of her adult romance release, Tempting the Best Man, under pen name J. Lynn. It can be purchased here: B&N or Amazon!!


Believe me... you WANT to buy her new book. The boy is sexy like this:


If you don't believe me... check out my review HERE! :)


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ALSO!

MY TEAM IS CALLED #DaemonsSexKittens! And we're going to rock this joint! ;D

Tempting The Best Man by: J. Lynn

Synopsis: Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother's best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can't stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother's wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they're forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of "accidents" as the family tries to prove their "spark" can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don't strangle each other first…

Thoughts:  Even though J. Lynn is her alter ego, there is absolutely no difference in her uncanny ability to make me fall in love with her stories. Tempting The Best Man was exactly the book I needed lately. It had me laughing, eyes widening, stomach sinking, and sighing with ultimate joy.

Each character is so perfectly rounded. In their charisma, their comedy, their hardheadedness, in their kind hearts. Qualities that make me fall in love with a character. Qualities that both Chase and Maddie possess.  It's one of those loves that everyone around sees but the two who actually feel it. The type of love that could be forever or could always be the what if. I just completely fell in love with the intenseness, angst, and love of Chase and Maddie's story. Plus, we all know Jennifer knows how to write a straight up sexy fella.  It's not just them though. Each family member, no matter how big or small the role, had their way of making you love them and enjoy them in the scenes they're in. And Bridget... Oh she's just hilarious. "Wow. I need popcorn for this." Just brilliant characters.

Jennifer's books always give me everything I want. Love, laughs, sexiness, heart-break, family, and everything in between. With this being adult and not YA, I got even more of that sexiness I love between characters. And drinking... drinking is always fun too. I could sit here and praise Tempting The Best Man for paragraphs. But there's no need. All you need to know is that it is yet another amazing story from Jennifer and that you won't regret buying it.


- 5 out of 5 Splatters -

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cover Love #30

Are you ready to like completely fall in love? .... oh yeah look at this baby!



The Evolution Of Mara Dyer
by: Michelle Hodkin
Expected Release Date: October 23rd, 2012

Synopsis: Two days after Mara walks into a police station in Miami at the close of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, she is committed for psychiatric treatment for what her parents believe is a mental breakdown. But what seems like a hallucination to everyone else is a chilling reality for Mara. Someone from her past has discovered her strange, disturbing secret and that someone wants her to pay. But she's about to discover that the price is more than she can bear.

Dark and thrilling, suspenseful and passionate, The Evolution of Mara Dyer will have readers breathlessly turning pages to find out what will become of Mara Dyer next.

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Yeah.... yeah. Just wow. These covers continue to blow me away. I love water. I love water photography. I love the meaning these covers have for these books. I just adore this series. And I cannot wait to get my hands on this beautiful book!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Music Monday #54

This week, I'm back to a few songs on my current playlist! Enjoy :)

1) Halestorm - I Miss The Misery


2) Parachute - Kiss Me Slowly <3

This song is all kinds of perfect.


3) There For Tomorrow - A Little Faster


4) Florrie - Call 911 (Fred Falke Remix)

This is my upbeat dancy song :) haha




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! :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cover Love #29



LOSING LILA
By: Sarah Alderson
Expected Release Date: August 2nd, 2012

Synopsis: Alex and Lila are on the run, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the Unit, which somehow is managing to track their every move. Whilst Alex is determined to keep Lila safe and her ability secret at any cost, Lila’s only thought is of finding a way back to California so that she can rescue her brother and mother from the military base where they’re being held.

Struggling to control both her growing power and her deepening feelings for Alex, Lila decides the time has finally come to stop running and start fighting. Together with Alex, Demos, and the people she’s come to think of as family, Lila plans not just to save her brother and mother, but to completely destroy the Unit and everything it stands for.

But the plan requires Lila to return alone to California, make friends with the enemy, and to risk losing everything - Alex, her family, and even her life.


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HOW AMAZING DOES THAT SOUND?! How many of you are dying for this book? *Raises both hands* MEEEEE. I love the cover! I love the synopsis! I love this series. I cannot WAIT for it to release! :) 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Photography Friday #43


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3) I love rain.

4) I have an eye obsession. Especially green ones.

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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Giveaway: Showers of Books Giveaway Hop

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I love rain. Just in case you all wanted to know haha!

Short, easy and simple.

One winner will win their book of choice.

International.

Good Luck!!
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #40

So, I realize it's somewhat late in the day. But, I recently read Unraveling by: Elizabeth Norris and it blew me away. You can read my review here! But any who, I must give you a teaser or two or three!! So enjoy :)



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But Elijah keeps going. "You think you're the first prude to get in some kind of accident and realize you're wasting your life away? You can't just come over here for a pity fuck and an adrenaline rush. You -"
A fist crashes into his cheekbone, and the force rocks him backward, knocking Roxy to the side. A couple other guys laugh.
And then Ben is standing in front of me, holding on to his hand and rubbing his knuckles. He jerks his head toward the L building, and we both start walking that way.
It hasn't escaped my notice that he stuck up for me. That he just punched one of his friends - a kid notorious for getting suspended at least once every few months for kicking the shit out of someone - because I'd been insulted.
The notion is a little barbaric, but I'm too flattered to care.
- ARC 60

*****

His hand tilts my chin up. I close my eyes. His breath is warm against my skin. Our noses brush against each other. I hold my breath. Before he kisses me, I can feel how close we are, like the nerve endings in my body are so sensitive they've extended inches outward, and the electricity between us charges the space between. Ben hesitated, and I wonder if he's changed his mind. I open my eyes to check.
And then his lips touch mine.
- ARC 346 I ADORE THIS CHAPTER.

*****

And one last....



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Hope you enjoyed! And if you haven't pre-ordered this one... GO DO IT, you will not regret i!! Comes out April 24th!! :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Music Monday #53

So this week I'm going to do something slightly different. Instead of posting songs I'm currently listening to, I decided to put my iTunes on shuffle and I'm just going to pick random songs! Give you all a little taste of what I listen to :) Enjoy!

1) Digital Dagger - Where The Lonely Ones Roam
 I've posted this one before. But, I adore this song. And it was the first one to play when I clicked shuffle. :)


  
2) Foster The People - Houdini (RAC Remix)
One - I LOVE Foster The People.
Two - This is an amaaaazing remix.


3) My Epic - Alone
I just love the way this song sounds. And chorus is where I let me thoughts get lost in my head.


4) The Honorary Title - Everything I Once Had


5) October Fall - Walking
Unfortunately, I could only find the acoustic version. If any one would like the upbeat version, e-mail me! Although, this version is very close to the original.

"And quick to dream. With empty pockets, she can barely breathe."

"So just keep on wishing on the stars outside your window,
I know my voice will guide you home."


6) Star Tattooed feat. Ava - Make Me High
One of my favorite upbeat/techno ish songs.



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! :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Unraveling by: Elizabeth Norris

Synopsis: Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.


Thoughts: Excuse my language for a second... But holy hell, that was effing brilliant.  I cannot contain the emotions pouring out of me because of how amazing Unraveling was. Unraveling is intense, gut-wrenching, consuming and all around exceptional. One of the best debuts I've read yet, hands down.

Seventeen year old, Janelle Tenner is just living her life. And by living, I mean life guarding, dating cute boys, taking care of her bipolar mother, loving her FBI father, and well just being the smart and sassy little thing that she is. But then she's hit by a pick-up truck and is killed. She knows that she died but somehow she awakens and stoner Ben Michaels, someone she's really never talked to, is leaning over her. Janelle knows Ben did something to her... something to bring her back to life. That's not the only odd thing going on though, the driver of the pickup truck is dead and not because of the crash but because of some strange burns. She soon starts to connect all the dots and realizes her father is investigating a case that may be related to her accident. As time ticks away, Janelle must race against the clock to solve a mystery surrounding her life and also figuring out exactly what Ben Michaels has to do with it.

The concept of this story was completely out of this world. It makes me want it to honestly be real. I keep sitting here and letting this book consuming my brain every other thirty seconds because of how alluring and captivating this book is. And it's not just because of the characters. It's the concepts Unraveling is based on. It's the realness and pensiveness that Janelle is constantly going through. It's the cursing that I adore in a book.  It's the heartbreak and chaos Janelle is thrown into. It's the twisted tangled web that Elizabeth has created. There's so many amazing ideas and story lines that she weaved together. And, watching them all literally come crashing together just blew my mind.

The characters. Oh heavenly book gods, the characters. Janelle is this head-strong, smart, and completely kick-ass protagonist that I instantly fell in love with in the first chapter. Janelle is her own person completely and she's content with it. Her sassy attitude and the way that she cares for her family just made me love her even more. Plus, the girl can definitely throw a punch or tackle a person when she's got to! With Janelle, I loved her family as well... especially Jared and Struz. Yeah, Struz is technically not her 'family' but he is in all the ways that count! I love his protectiveness and silliness. And if I'm counting Struz in, I suppose Alex her best friend is in order too. Alex is the best guy friend that everyone wants and loves. The kind of best friend that you can call at any hour of the day, and you know he'll be there for you.

Other characters I actually adored as well were Taylor Barclay and Elijah. Yeah... I like Elijah with his tough exterior and cursing. He's the type of guy who I can just imagine being sexy and constantly making you laugh with his cocky attitude. Along with the cocky attitude, is Taylor Barclay. And yes, I must say his full name because I think Taylor is a hot guy name! I really enjoyed watching his character evolve to what it ended up being and after he's shaven... I'd SO take him as my own ;).

Ben Michaels. Where do I even start? I mean, could you imagine being in love with someone the moment you met them... but never talk to them? To have to watch them from a distance wishing you could somehow be in their life, but know that at any moment you may have to break their heart and leave? And then you finally get the chance, but everything is spiraling downward? Ben is out of this world. He's got that sexy half smile, and shaggy hair that I'd want to run my fingers through. He's intelligent. He's caring. And, he had the biggest heart you could ever imagine. He'd definitely fit my definition of a perfect guy. I absolutely adore the good-looking guys with a semi-tortured mind. Cannot wait to get more of him.

It's truly amazing what words inside of a book can make you feel. And Unraveling does just that. When I finished the second to last chapter, I sat there and just stared at the last two paragraphs. My emotions were thrown all over the place. I had to force myself to read that last chapter and realize that I'll be waiting in agony until I get the next one. Completely and totally marvelous.

- A million splatters out of 5 -

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Calling by: Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis: Maya and her friends--all of whom have supernatural powers--have been kidnapped after fleeing from a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set, and after a terrifying helicopter crash they find themselves pursued by evildoers in the Vancouver Island wilderness.

Thoughts: Gripping and thrilling. I found The Calling to be just as exciting as The Gathering... maybe even more!


After a fire causes Maya's whole town to be evacuated, her and her friends all happen to be on the same helicopter. A helicopter who they believe is being flown by the enemy. And then, it crashes... and not everyone makes it out alive. For Maya and her friends who are left, escaping back to their town on Vancouver Island is their goal. But, they are being hunted. They'll all need to stick to together and tap into their secrets to get back to their home and hopefully survive.


The Calling jumps right into the action. There is no dwelling with this book, which I loved. It's event after thrilling event. And secret after thrilling secret. There is no doubting that this group of friends have more strength in them a group of highly trained secret agents. They are constantly dealing with the threat of being outdoors, being hunted by people with guns, and trying to piece together the strange events that have happened in their lives.


With the characters, I'm going to start off with a minor one and that is Corey. I liked him a lot in the first book, but I ADORED him in this one. Corey has an ease about him and his strength is definitely giving that ease and those laughs to other people. With Maya, she is the glue and the rock that holds the whole group together. She knows she's strong and I love watching her strength through out. And finally the boys... I have to admit in the first book I leaned towards Rafe. But after The Calling, I'm all for Daniel. Don't get me wrong... I still like Rafe and wouldn't be disappointed if she ended up with either guy. I think they both have good and bad qualities. But, Daniel is so caring, so patient, so protective. I adore him.


I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Kelley definitely amped up the suspense in this one! And, there's still so many unanswered questions. What killed Serena? I want Daniel to finally open up to Maya. What about Rafe? What about all the powers these teens have? What about their parents? And, I cannot wait to read The Rising to find out all about them all!


- 4 out of 5 Splatters -

Friday, April 13, 2012

Photography Friday #42

I haven't done one of these in like a month O_O

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Happy 22nd Birthday to Me! :)


Hey lovelies!! So TODAY is my 22nd second birthday!! Whoooo! *twirls* *throws confetti*



Aww yeah I'm another year older. LOL

Basically I'ma dance like this...


Maybe if I get something reaaaallly good... like this...

... I might dance like that when I get my ice cream to be honest. ;)

Any who! I've got to post pictures of all the amazing twitter shout outs I got from the blogsphere, because I love you all and you're amazing! 

I got this picture from the lovely Patricia from 2 Chicks on books!
awww yeah buddy ;)









Thank you to all you amazing people who did that basically at midnight or when I was sleeping! lol! I love you all!

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SOOOOO Because it's my bday and I love you! And I'm getting gifts. I shall give gifts too!

TWO Winners. May pick any book released in APRIL since it's my birthday month! :)
(I'll post some suggestions at the bottom of this post!)

- There will be two winners.
- The giveaway will last for one week and will end April 17th @ 11:59pm EST.
- Both are International.
- The winner(s) will be chosen randomly.
- For any other questions please visit my Giveaway Policy Page.
Good luck loves! :)

PS. This is the first time I'm using Rafflecopter ... so if this goes horribly wrong... well... Oppsie :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Music Monday ♫ #52

Want to know what's been on my playlist lately?! Here's a few!


1) Gotye - Easy Way Out
I also think this music video is awesome.


2) Nicki Minaj - Marilyn Monroe
Here new album is fantastic. Especially the second half! Check it out! :)


3) Garbage - Blood For Poppies



4) Of Monsters and Men - Mountain Sound




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! :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #39


So, I recently read Scorched Skies by Samantha Young and I completely fell in love with Trey, one of the new characters we meet. So here's a scene between him and Charlie + another sexy one because I adore Trey so much. Enjoy!


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Charlie threw his look back at him in exasperation. "He's putting his job first. Not Ari."
"Yeah, now. But he'll come to his senses. My boy always does.
"Well, he'll be too late," Charlie grumbled, his gut roiling at the thought of losing Ari to the Jinn.
"I know," Trey agreed with a cocky grin. "Did you see the way she was eying me today? If Jai doesn't move fast I think it'll be a wedding in the springtime. Ari and I would make pretty babies."
Charlie punched him hard on the shoulder. "Screw you."
-eBook version

So lost in thought Ari let her guard down and Trey swept a leg out across her shins, knocking her off her feet. She slammed on to her back with a silent 'oomph'. Too busy trying to suck in the breath that had been knocked out of her, Ari was oblivious to Trey's playfulness until he was straddling her, holding her pinned to the mat. He was a strong, exciting weight on her and Ari flushed, a breathless giggle falling from her lips as he growled at her.
"What are you doing?" she squirmed, sure her face was beet red from being held down by one of the nicest and most gorgeous guys she'd ever had the good fortune of meeting.
"Attacking you." Trey wiggled his eyebrows comically like a master villain. "Isn't that the whole point of this exercise?"
"And what am I supposed to do?"
"Uh, get me off of you. Isn't that the whole point of
your exercise?"
Charmed, Ari relaxed completely. "Maybe I don't want to."
Trey's grin couldn't get any wider. "Are you flirting with me?"
"Maybe."

-eBook
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*sigh* I LOVE Trey. I want him. I'll make pretty babies with him! Hahah. Hope you liked! :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Taken At Dusk by: C.C. Hunter

Synopsis: Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean.  But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.
 
Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together.  Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.

Thoughts: This series always seems to somehow entrap me in its pages. I read Taken At Dusk in a matter of hours and I loved every moment of it. 


We are back at Shadow Falls and Kylie is still trying to process everything that has happened to her with the vampires. Things are never quiet for Kylie though, soon a women who cannot seem to remember who she is, is stalking Kylie and bringing a grave warning. And with that warning eerie things are beginning to happen. With the boy situation... how do you chose over two amazing, and sexy, guys who love you? Well, Kylie decides to give Lucas a chance but, his pack may stand in their way. Other than that chaos, Kylie is desperate to figure out who she is and she just may be getting closer. But when some truths are revealed will Kylie be ready to hear the answer?

Taken At Dusk is full of thrills and some twists that I honestly didn't see coming. I simply cannot get enough of Kylie's reality. I love how C.C. Hunter made her supernaturals and each lore that goes along with them. For some reason, a lot of characters really stood out for me in this installment. I found myself adoring Della and her wittiness. And, Perry... oh my gosh that boy can make you laugh. Even the new character, Ellie. I wanted to hate her and at first I did. But, she grows on you so quickly, and I ended loving the role she played.

And finally the boys. I've been constantly on the fence (even though I leaned toward Lucas), and I have to say I think I'm still sitting on that fence! I don't know how C.C. does it! But, there are things about both boys that you fall in love with and things about both boys that you want to kick them for. I must say, I was extremely happy with what happened with Kylie and Lucas in this one. I found myself enjoying their story line. But, Derek is still there and the things he does just make you want to root for him too. I am so excited to see what C.C. decides to do with these two fine fellas, because I love them both.

I always get so pulled into these stories that I feel completely sad when they're over. These books make you laugh, they make your stomach drop, overall they have an ease of trapping you in the story from beginning to end. I just want to know what happens next! I want to know what Kylie completely is! I want to laugh more with Della, Miranda, and Perry! I want more sexy times with Derek and Lucas! All I know is that C.C. Hunter definitely did not disappoint with this one! And I cannot wait for Whispers At Moonrise!!


- 5 out of 5 Splatters -