7 Songs for Easter Weekend

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Hello Everyone!

Easter week is just crazy for me, and I mean that in the very best way. Jesus is seriously the best, and He’s showing me that more and more. I love this time of contemplation and celebration for all He did. The literal Son of God died for me, He took my punishment, He took the weight of my sin and bore it on his own shoulders so I can live in perfect communion with him for eternity. I’m continually humbled and awestruck. It’s Good Friday and I put together a mini playlist with some songs for this weekend. Some are for today, to remember the Cross, some are for Sunday, when we celebrate new life and the joy of our Savior, Jesus.

  1. Royal Blood by Rend Collective

This was won upon the cross
This was written on his scars
This has made us conquerors
Nothing but Your royal blood

2. Blessed Redeemer by Casting Crowns

Blessed Redeemer, precious Redeemer
Seems now I see Him on Calvary’s tree

3. Should’ve Been Me by Citizen Way

Leaves me saying thank God
For this heart you changed
This soul you raised
My God for taking my place

4. How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle

You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be

5. Messiah/ You’re Beautiful by Phil Wickham

I see You there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now You are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
You’re beautiful

6. Drops In The Ocean by Hawk Nelson

If you could count the times I’d say you are forgiven
It’s more than the drops in the ocean

7.  Best News Ever by MercyMe

What if I were the One to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s now good news
It’s the best news ever

 

Have an amazing weekend,  celebrating Jesus!

What are some of your favorite Easter songs?

March Wrapup

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Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone has had a great month! March was a good month, but at the same time incredibly normal and it was really nice.

This month I have been obsessed with:

Jon Bellion, Hollyn & Colton Dixon: I listen to music almost constantly, when I walk, clean, blog, work, so I love finding new jams. This month Colton Dixon dropped his new album and it took like four seconds listening to it to fall in love, I’m obsessed. I’ve had Colton Dixon, Hollyn’s new album (I gushed about that on Wednesday) and Jon Bellion (everything by him is awesome) on continuous shuffle. I have particularly been loving:

Technicolor by Colton Dixon

Lovely by Hollyn

Luxury by Jon Bellion

Supergirl & Legends of Tomorrow: All the DC TV shows are so awesome and I’ve been watching them all, this month I’ve been binging Supergirl in an attempt to get all caught up. I’m very ensconced in this fandom…

Springtime Aesthetic: I feel like it’s dumb to say I’m obsessed with the weather, but I kind of am. The winter was really cold and wet but now the sun shining and the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming, this all makes me very happy.

This month I read:

Peculiar Treasures by Robin Jones Gunn ( Katie Weldon Series #1): Five Stars

On a Whim by Robin Jones Gunn (Katie Weldon Series #2): Four Stars

Paper Towns by John Green : Four Stars

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby: Three Stars

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle: Four Stars

I didn’t read as much as I hoped this month, I noticed how little I had read towards the end of the month, and tried to pick the pace. I try not to stress about how much I read, because I never want it to feel like a chore, but I wished I had read a little more.

This month I bought:

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I just bought one book this month, the final book in the Return Series by Ridley Pearson, Disney at Last. It just came out a couple of days ago and I’m obsessed!

 

This month on the blog:

March TBR

Book Review: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Song of the Week: Maybe IDK by Jon Bellion

My Five Favorite Fictional Couples Pt.2

A Book Recommendation: The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

5 Worst Fictional Villains

Book Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Song of the Week: Can’t Live Without You by Hollyn

I didn’t read as much as I would of liked, but I did post really consistently on the blog so I’m really happy!

How did your month go? What are some of your favorites from this month?

Song of the Week: Can’t Live Without You by Hollyn

Hello Everyone!

Hollyn just dropped her debut album a little over a month ago and I’M OBSESSED. She did not disappoint, the whole album is amazing, I wasn’t sure if I would like it as much as her EP, but I love it even more. I’m being really gushy about this right now, but it’s sort of been my jam currently.

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I’ve been playing the first track Can’t Live Without You on repeat. I love how Hollyn blends her powerful voice with an awesome hip hop/pop beat, all packed with meaningful, relatable lyrics

I can’t get you outta my head
And I don’t wanna ever forget
You give me what the world could never give
I can’t live without Your love

 

Listen to it HERE: Can’t Live Without You by Hollyn

What has been your jam lately?

Book Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

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Hello Everyone!

I read the whole Selection series and for some reason waited a while to finally pick up The Siren, Kiera Cass’s first novel. I was pretty excited to read this because, I love Kiera Cass, she’s a great author and her books are nothing if not readable, also because Sirens/Mermaids and all that folklore has always fascinated me.

Summary: The Ocean needs to feed herself, which is why she employs five beautiful young women to be Her Sirens. Her Sirens sing about every six months, sinking boats, drowning passengers and leaving no survivors. New Sirens are chosen during these sinkings and are kept in service 100 years, their voices kill so they only speak to each other, despite the fact they integrate with society the rest of the time. Kahlen become a Siren in the 1920’s, now in modern day she only has about 10 years to go. Kahlen has never been like her sister Sirens and struggles with taking innocent lives, even if it is for the Ocean, who treats them like daughters. While they are staying in a college town off the Miami coast, Kahlen meets Akinli, a cute college student with a bright smile. Soon the unimaginable happens, Kahlen  begins to fall in love.

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“Am I talking too much?” He paused, staring into my eyes, genuine worry coloring his face.
I shook my head. No, I thought, I’d listen to you talk about nearly anything. You make phone calls sound like an adventure.”
Kiera Cass, The Siren

What I liked: Kiera Cass has a great style, I was instantly hooked in and wanted to find out what happened next every time I finished a chapter. I am a sucker for love stories and this one didn’t disappoint. Akinli and Kahlen were amazing together, they had a very natural chemistry and it didn’t seem like insta love at all. I loved them together and separatley, they were both good characters! I really liked The Siren sisterhood, growing up with lots of sisters and being really close with them, I love reading about sisters like that. Overall I loved the romance, the main characters and the writing was engaging.

What I didn’t like: I had a really big problem with the Ocean character. I felt she was supposed to be a sympathetic sort of misunderstood villain, but I wasn’t convinced. I found her extremely controlling, jealous and cruel. She didn’t choose to kill all these people that was just what she had to do to survive, but I felt like that plot was underdeveloped and it just seemed like a bad excuse. I also couldn’t stand the Siren Padma. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have the life she had where she was abused and murdered by her own family, but she literally couldn’t let go of any of her bitterness and the only thing that helped her was to then go and kill them. Like I said, that’s some unimaginable stuff, but I felt like her storyline had a message, that vengance and taking a life for a life will give you peace and resolution to previous darkness and that really bothered me.

“…simply being alive was not enough to be called living”

-Kahlen
Kiera Cass, The Siren

Overall, it was a good read. I was interested and enjoyed reading it, but there were a lot of big plot points I didn’t like at all. I don’t regret reading it, but I don’t see myself wanting to pick it up again anytime soon.

You probably will like this book if:

  • You like Siren/Mermaid folklore and theme
  • You want a cute love story
  • You want something easy to read
  • You want something with a unique setting

You probably won’t like this book if:

  • You don’t like Sirens (duh)
  • You don’t want to read something with darker themes

 

Have you read this book?

Did you like this book or The Selection better?

 

 

 

 

5 Worst Fictional Villains

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I have a love/hate relationship with good villains, sometimes there is a villain is just written so brilliantly, it just makes my skin crawl. I hate reading about them, but at the same time I can’t help but admire the author for portraying such a character so well. I have compiled a list of the five top villains that just me shiver!

5. Grima Wormtounge from The Lord of Rings

There are a lot of villains in LOTR; Sauron, Saruman, Gollum, Shelob, just to name a few, but out of all of them Grima Wormtounge just gives me the creeps. I know he is one of the less threatening villains in the series, but the spineless, insidious way he whispers lies into to Theodens ear is so disturbing. He continues in the books just being a creepy and awful person, he definitely make the list of worst villains.

4. Sir Devin from The Dragons In Our Midst Series

Sir Devin starts out as the vaguely disturbing high school  principal, then you find he is an ancient Dragon slayer out for Billy and Bonnie’s blood. Not only is he totally blood thirsty and rage filled, the guy never just LEAVES. They defeat him in several battles and somehow he always comes back, crazy as always. He’s such an aggravating villain.

3. BeiTech/The Phobos Virus from Illuminae

Technically you never really meet any of BeiTech, but they release the Phobos Virus which then mutates into the mind altering- zombie like pandemic that kills thousands on the Copernicus and Alexander spaceships. The “villains” in Illuminae are sort of faceless, but all the horror and bloodshed that they cause makes my skin crawl, so they definitely make the list at number three.

2. Uriah Heep from David Copperfield

Literally one of the most disturbing villains ever. Uriah Heep is one of those characters that for a majority of the book never really does anything bad, it’s not until the end of the book that his sketchy dealings are revealed, but the most disturbing thing about Uriah Heep is not what he does, but more who he is. He always rubs his hands together, he has this preening, “humble” appearance that you just know is an act, not to mention he has a weird crush on Agnes and is just all around super creep.

1 . Levana Blackburn from The Lunar Chronicles

Out of all the disturbing villains out there, Levana Blackburn takes the cake. I think she had potential to be a very generic “evil queen” character, but Marissa Meyer wove this horrifying backstory for her, giving her this depth, without taking away from her pure evilness. From brainwashing Everett into marrying her and later killing her niece so she could take the throne, all while convincing herself that she is somehow doing it for her kingdom. It’s so disturbing!

 

What are some villains you can’t stand?

A Book Recommendation: The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

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The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

General Age Recommendation: 13+

Genre: Teen, Romance, Christian, YA

Hello Everyone!

I’ve been gushing all about these books since the beginning of the year. I just can’t help it, I love them. I picked them up hoping for a really easy, no-brainer read after I had been reading a ton of heavy stuff, but I never expected to love them as much as I did!

Summary: Christy Miller goes to visit her rich Aunt Marti and Uncle Bob for the summer right before her fifteenth birthday.During the long summer in Newport Beach California, Christy makes new friends who all impact her life, specifically the intense surfer Todd. After a tumultuous summer, Christy comes to know on God on a much deeper, discovering what it really means to be loved by Jesus. When the summer is over, she finds out her family is moving from Wisconsin to California and the series follows Christy through highschool, relationships and life.

“[A God-thing is] when something happens in your life, and you look at it and can’t explain how or why it happened, but you know there’s a reason for it. You know that God is doing something in your life, and it changes you. There’s no other way to explain it except to see it as a God thing.”
Robin Jones Gunn, Island Dreamer

Review: This series starts out really cliche, like I was expecting, but what I was not expecting was how much it would touch my heart. Robin Jones Gunn did really amazing job capturing being a teen/young adult and many of the situations were similar to ones that I have gone through. Christy Miller was a very relatable character and I found myself empathizing with a lot of the things she was going through or how she handled situation.I thought the messages in the books would be very cliche and totally Christianese, but while the first couple of books focus on really obvious issues like drugs, eating disorders and Processed with VSCOhanging out with a bad crowd, they dealt with a lot of real life issues as well. As the series moved on I started to enjoy it more and more and I was just so into it! I’m not even going to go into how much I love Todd and Christy, I loved how realistic all the characters are, while Todd is a good Christian guy, he was in no way perfect and it was refreshing. I loved seeing the relationships develop and romance slowly unfold, the series is honestly kind of addicting. It starts really cheesy, but I  found myself reaching for one book after another and now I’m totally obsessed.

 

“And your life,’ Katie said to Christy, ‘is turning into a rather predictable romance. Girl meets boy. Boy is a dork for four years. Girl blossoms into a gorgeous woman. Boy finds his brain. Girl turns into starry-eyed mush head.”
Robin Jones Gunn, In Your Dreams

You probably will like this book if:

  • You want something really light and fun
  • You want to read a relatable teen read
  • You like books with simple and heartfelt messages

You probably won’t like this book if:

  • You don’t like books that can be a little cheesy
  • You don’t like books that can be a little preachy sometimes

 

 

My Five Favorite Fictional Couples Pt.2

5 Favorite Fictional Couples pt. 2

Almost exactly a year ago, I did a post 5 Favorite Fictional Couples. Now a whole year has past and I’ve read a bunch more books, and I have found five more amazing fictional couples to gush and fangirl over. I figured it was time to do another list! So here is part two of my favorite fictional couples:

5. John Murphy & Elisa Lindhiem from The Zion Covenant by Bodie Theone

Why I Love Them: They never give up on each other. Through all the horror and peril they face from the Nazis and wartime in general, they always find their way back to each other. It’s  so beautiful ❤

Why They Are Good For Each Other: They are a constant for each other and they both need that. Despite all the darkness around them, they both find solace and home with each other and they love each other so much it makes me melt.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: They have plenty of amazing moments (their first kiss at Christmas in Vienna) but the moments I loved the most were when they weren’t even together. When they were separated but you saw their thoughts and longing for each other filled my heart!

“There has not been an hour since I last saw you last that I have not turned around, hoping somehow you would be there.”

– John Murphy, Bodie Theone, Zion Covenant

 

4. Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Why I Love Them: Eleanor and Park didn’t go looking for each, they didn’t even really like each at all when they met, but then they fell in love. And it’s so beautiful, they belong with each other. The unexpectedness and intensity of their relationship is just so awesome.

Why They Are Good For Each Other: They get each other. They are both misfits and don’t fit in, but they fit in with each other, they are simply best friends. Any relationship where they spend all day together and leave still wanting to be together makes me all mushy.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: The whole book is one big moment for them, so its really hard to choose! I really love the first time Park holds her hand, then she takes his hand later. All the feels.

“He tried to remember how this happened—how she went from someone he’d never met to the only one who mattered.”
― Park, Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

 

3. Maxon Schreave & America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass

Why I Love Them: I love those love stories that unfold slowly. As frustrating as it was that America took so long to realize she loved Maxon I loved reading every moment of her realizing how much she did. They went through so much together, their commitment to each other is amazing.

Why They Are Good For Each Other: America is impulsive, Maxon is follows the rules, together they balance each other night. They perfectly complement one another. America makes Maxon feel loved and Maxon makes America feel cherished, together they make me want to cry happy tears…

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: They have so many beautiful moments, but I really really love their first kiss. It’s so unexpected and tender and sweet. They are just perfect.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
―Maxon Schreave,  Kiera Cass, The One

 

2. Todd Spencer & Christy Miller from The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

Why I Love Them: Together they just make each other better. They spent so many of their teen years with each other, but not truly together.I loved seeing their love story unfold when they are older is just amazing.

Why They Are Good For Each Other: Like I said, they make each other better people. Todd encourages Christy closer to God, which is such an awesome thing in a relationship  and Christy is always there for Todd, which he needs. They build each other up in Christ and the closer they get to each other, they get closer to God, I dream of having a relationship like that one day.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs:  There’s this one moment in one of the last few books, they are painting a bookshelf Christy bought. They are reminiscing on their past and teasing each other and hit each other with paint brushes. It’s such a cute, sweet time in their relationship. Also whenever Todd calls Christy “Kilikina” my heart melts.

“I don’t think anyone could ever love another person on this earth as much I as love you”

Todd Spencer, Robin Jones Gunn, Christy Miller Series

  1. Ze’ev “Wolf Kesley & Scarlet Beniot from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Why I Love Them:
They have one of those relationships that is just so secure. They know that this is it, they will love each other and protect each other no matter what. #wolfletislife

Why They Are Good For Each Other:  Wolf grew up without love, and Scarlet loves him, he cares about her so deeply, and they both need that.  They have gone through all these terrible things, but at the end of the day they just want to go and live on her farm and just be together, it’s just perfect.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: Every moment with each other is total perfection, but I love their reunion in Winter. I felt like I had legitimate heart eyes.

“But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”
― Wolf, Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

 

What are some of your favorite couples?

 

 

Song of the Week: Maybe IDK by Jon Bellion

Hello Everyone!

I have been loving Jon Bellion recently, after seeing him live at the Twenty One Pilots concert, I really fell in love with his music.

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All the album artwork is also super pretty 😀

I’ve found myself playing this song on repeat lately, it has this really awesome alt-pop/hip hop vibe and I love what it is saying:

Although I guess if I knew tomorrow I guess I wouldn’t need faith/I guess is if I knew never fell, I guess I wouldn’t need grace/I guess if I knew His plans I guess He wouldn’t be God..

Not only do I love the lyrics, but the whole song (and his whole album really) has this catchy, fresh and original sound I’m super in too.

Slight warning there is one or two swear words in the song, if that’s not your thing.

Listen to it here: Maybe IDK by Jon Bellion

What are you listening to lately?

Are you a Jon Bellion fan?

Book Review: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

General Age Recommendation: 15+

Genre: Romance, Adventure, Fantasy. Fairytale,YA

 

Hello Everyone!

I got this book from my sister and was so excited to read it because I’m just a sucker for retellings and I had heard so many good things about this.

Summary:
Every night in Khorasan the young Caliph, Khalid marries a new girl, at dawn he kills her. After Shahrzad’s best friend is chosen to be the Caliph’s newest bride and is killed, Shahrzad volunteers to be the next girl to marry the Caliph, planning to use her sharp wit to come up with a way to kill him herself. When the Kahlid comes to her room, she buys herself more time by telling a long and interesting story, the sun rises before the story is over and the king allows her to live another day. She manages to stay alive for much longer than any other girl and in the process discovers that much more is behind the young, quiet and seemingly monstrous king.  The longer she stays at the palace, she begins to wonder how this gentle and sad boy is such a horrible killer, and wonders if she is beginning to fall in love with him. This retelling of A Thousand and One Nights is a tale of love, betrayal and intrigue.

“The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes he is in need of love the most.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath & the Dawn

What I liked: I definitely enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I read a bit of it I was totally hooked. I loved Khalid and Shazi, they romance was so Processed with VSCOcaptivating . A lot of people say it is a bit insta- lovey, but, while their feelings for each other grew quickly, it didn’t seem unrealistic or in any way lacking. I liked Shazi as a main character, she had a good strong personality and Khalid *swoons*. Like I said earlier I really really like retellings, and this retelling of a classic story from Arabian Nights was done so well. The book was a very unique setting, and I think the author did a great job of really transporting you to the world, everything was described so beautifully and vivdly. It gave me some serious Aladdin vibes. I was just super into it.

“My soul sees its equal in you.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath & the Dawn

What I didn’t Like: I really think Shahrzad and Khalid were the strong points of this book. I really loved every scene and chapter that had either of them in it, but I found myself getting slightly bored whenever the perspective changed to a side character. It got better as all the storylines came together in the end, but in the beginning of the book I found it dragging a little bit.

You probably will like this book if:

  • You like fairy tale retellings
  • You like dramatic romances
  • You like the  Arabian Nights/Nights setting

You probably won’t like this book if:

  • You don’t like books about romance
  • You don’t want to read something really descriptive

 

Have you read this book? If so what did you think?

Do you like Retellings?