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 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






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

Monday, February 22, 2016

Review - Thief of Lies by: Brenda Drake

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.


This book is every book readers fantasy dream. I mean, transporting to places in the world through books...if that isn't something we all wish existed, I don't know what is. Thief of Lies is that story that takes you on a journey of self-discovery, magic, and secrets that you have to uncover at every turn.

We get a huge cast of characters in Thief of Lies. There are witches, wizards, sentinels, humans, and lots of other members to complete this story. Gia, our protagonist, was really fun to follow; I always love watching a character grow into everything they're meant to be. If I had to pick a favorite character though, it would actually probably be Nick or Afton who are Gia's best friends. They're the perfect best friends in every way and handle every turn with grace and strength.

With the romance aspect, and this horrible to say considering we all wish guys were more sentimental, but I thought Arik was just a little too gushy. Don't get me wrong, I completely love everything he stands for and right now I definitely ship Arik but something about the chemistry just didn't work for me personally. That being said, I believe we're going to see a love triangle in future books...we shall see what happens!

Staying on that note, I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the ending. The book felt like it built, and built, and then just flat-lined. It's not that I thought it was poorly done or anything like that, I just wanted more that I suppose I did not get.

Overall though, I thought Brenda Drake did a really great job of weaving magic, fantasy elements, and the book jumping all together into one. I really like how everything worked together to make one really exciting story line to read. The whole magic globes part really intrigued me and I will be excited to see where the next book in the series leads to!

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review - Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...


Red Queen grabbed my attention right from the beginning of the book. I was intrigued by the world built by Victoria Aveyard. You are pulled into poverty, royalty, magic, fantasy, and everything in between. I absolutely loved getting lost in the lies and danger that this amazingly crafted world offered.

The book starts off with Mare Barrow who is a Red. Being a red in her society is not a pretty thing. It is not glorious, special, and some days not something worth living for. On the other side is the Silvers, who rule society because of their blood. Being a Silver comes with not just wealth and healthy living, but also a magical talent of some sort. When Mare gets thrown into the world of the Silvers in the least expected way, everything clashes and everything she knows changes.

As far as our characters, I admire that Mare came from nothing and refused to be swept up in the new world offered to her. There were also times when I wanted to slap her for missing things that were, a least to the reader's eye, obvious. With Mare, I do not think we even scratched the surface with her story and I am curious to see how it will end up.

On the other side, this story is stacked with fellas galore. There are some that you like right off the bat, like Prince Cal and Mare's best friend Kilorn. Then there are others that you have to grow to love like our other prince, Maven. The "romance", if you can even call it that, drove me up a wall sometimes. I feel like the whole story Mare really was not interested in any one and there were no real tension moments that made me want to root for any couple. You know the moments I'm talking about... the melting, the gut-wrenching, and the sighing moments that just get you during a story. I didn't really feel any of those and that disappointed me slightly. However, there was one guy I leaned towards purely because of his heart and actions.

With that being said, the world building in this book is what gets you. The story is so cruel in the most addicting way. I loved seeing all of the abilities that the Silvers have and how the story twisted and turned in such a gripping manner.

As I got the end, I was a little disappointed that the predictions I made were correct. I had to contemplate a little bit if I was completely blown away by the story or if I wanted a little more. I will say, there is one twist at the end that I was extremely happy about and I cannot wait to see where Victoria Aveyard will take it.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this story. Red Queen was a yet another cruel beauty of a book that I could not put down.

- 4 out of 5 Splatters -