Saturday, April 30, 2011

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #1)


Source:  Purchased
Released:  February 19th 2008
Published by:  McElderry
Page Count is 485 pages
Buy It:  Bookdepository | Amazon



When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder.  Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings.  This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons - and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line.  It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace.  Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jac'es world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon.  but why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary?  And how did she suddenly get the Sight?  The Shadowhunters would like to know.... (Description from back of book).

City of Bones was a fun read with a shocking twist!  I will not mention the details about said twist because its a major spoiler for those of you who are like me and put off a popular read for a long while.  I will say this:  It was very unexpected.  Definitely a more original spin to a story by an author from preventing a couple from getting together then I have yet to come across. 

When I first started reading, Jace's rambling mouth did not make the story feel like a casual reveal of the plot but more like an information dump, which I hated the most about City of Bones.  Thankfully, as the story progressed the dialogue was much smoother and more enjoyable for me to read.

Clary's character was nothing new in the way of a typical female heroine.  Calm, smart, and a since of duty.  At first I didn't like her but as the story moved along I found myself likening her more as her personality began to show.  The same thing happened for me when I was reading about Jace.  He was nothing but an arrogant prick for the majority of the first half of the book and I disliked him right off, but then I noticed the subtle changes in his character.  He was being opening flirtatious with Clary and began being aware of her, not just in a physical sense but on an emotional level, too.  Both Clary and Jace didn't just fall head over heels in love at first sight with each other, which I liked.  Instead they grew from annoyed and hostile to flirting and friends.

The magic world that was portrayed in City of Bones was not foreign to me.  The vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and fairies were so colorful!  It was fun to read about all of these creatures in an urban setting in downtown New York City, but the romantic and sarcastic moments between Clary and Jace was the best to read about.  The verbal banter and wit was greatly entertaining and I found myself adoring Clary's best friend Simon for his dry sense of humor.  It was so thick you could cut it with a knife at times!  I'm looking forward to reading the second book now.


This novel counts towards the following challenges:


~Kelsa

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: City of Bones

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading.

Here's how it works:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!  You don't want to ruin the story for others!
  • Share the title and the author so that other TT participants cant add the book to the TBR lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser:
Jace's eyes sparked, but he said calmly, "Not at all.  The Silent Brothers can help her retrieve her memories."
"You hate the Silent Brothers," protested Isabelle.
"I don't hate them," said Jace candidly.  "I'm afraid of them.  It's not the same thing."
"I thought they were librarians," said Clary.
"They are librarians."
Simon whistled.  "Those must be some killer late fees."

~Page 158, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I have heard some good and bad things about this series.  After only diving in to the first 14 pages and reading my teaser for City of Bones, I have to say I love Simon's dry since of humor.  He's freaking hilarious!


~Kelsa

Monday, April 25, 2011

10 Good Things On A Monday!

10 Good Things On A Monday was created by Nina B. at Brush Up On Your Reading.

Here's how it works:
  1. Think of a particular group of good things you want to make a list on, does not necessarily have to be about books, e.g. your current book wish list, or your favorite book foods (you know, foods you love to eat while reading, if you're like me), or your favorite girly names, whatever you can think of, as long as it makes you feel good.
  2. If you have no ideas for a list, you can always visit my blog post to check out my theme for that week and you can take a cue from my list.
  3. Post your list on your blog, grab that cute ARGH button above and put it on your post too, so we'd know you're doing this meme.
  4. Leave the link for your post on my own 10 Good Things post for the week, if you see others doing it, comment too and let's share our good things with everybody.
  5. Everybody goes through the whole week happy!
My 10 good things for this week:   
Movies That Bring Out My Inner Hopeless Romantic

I know, I know this is similar to my first 10 good things post and replaced books with movies this time.  I cheated a little.  Oh, well.  Sue me.  ;P  This time I'm including some awesome quotes and pictures, too!  :D

Saturday, April 23, 2011

If I Stay by Gayle Forman



Source:  Purchased
Released:  April 6th 2010
Published by: Speak
Page Count is 198 pages

Mia has no memory of the accident that changed her life. This inexperienced 17-year-old only recalls riding on that slippery Oregon road with her family, then, in an instant, seeing herself lifted from the twisted wreck. This affecting story of one young woman's struggle through tragedy and grieving will appeal to readers of books like Thirteen Reasons Why.  (Description from goodreads.com)


Two words:  Breathtakingly amazing!  Gayle Forman's If I Stay has captured a little piece of my soul.  When I first picked up this book, I already knew what I was getting into.  It was gratefully ruined for me by a fellow book blogger, Missie, and her amazing review of If I Stay.  It tugged on my heartstrings so much that I had to get this book.

After waking up one morning and playing hookie for the day with your family, how would you handle closing your eyes during a car ride and waking up to seeing your entire family lying lifelessly on the pavement and to find that your having a out of body experience watching yourself being poking and prodded by EMTs?  Not an easy question to answer.  Its isn't for me either, but I imagine my reaction would be similar to Mia's.  I would freak out, I'd be worried about my little brother, I'd be emotionally drained and would pray for death after I'd heard my goodbyes from my family, my best friend, and my amazing boyfriend.

The entire book was an emotional roller coaster.  I hate roller coasters.  But give me a book that leaves me wanting more and has an emotional soft spot in my heart, and I'm a fucking wreck.  I loved how the book dove right in with the gory details of the accident.  I was sad for Mia, but at the same time detached.  I didn't know the characters yet.  I don't feel for them yet.  As the book progressed through Mia's day, being on the operating table for hours listening and watching the doctors work, seeing everyone who loved her - that was still alive - filter to the hospital, replaying memories of happier times with her mom, dad, and littler brother.  Waiting for her boyfriend Adam and replaying their last two years together.  That's how I got to really know Mia's family.  Through her memories.  It got to me, but I still didn't cry for the longest time.

Half way through the book Mia finally grasps why her brother Teddy was not there at the same hospital with her, why no one would speak of him - just like no one spoke of her parents who were already dead.  I knew that would happen.  I knew that he wasn't going to make it.  But I still lost myself in tears for a moment.  I kept thinking about my baby brother sleeping in the adjacent room, who's like my baby boy in some ways, and I just couldn't cope with the thought of losing him.

When Adam finally comes in at the very end to talk, he's Mia's only reason left for living but she's made her decision already.  She can't see him cry.  She won't be able to handle it.  She's ready to leave all of this heartache and pass on, but Adam's words of love captured the moment and it seemed to last forever.
"If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would just be too painful, that maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay."
There was nothing about this book that I did not love.  It was perfect.  It was hilarious, upsetting, romantic.  It was everything!  If I Stay was amazing to read and it will forever hold a special place in my heart as a new favorite of mine.



~Kelsa

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fallen by Lauren Kate


Source:  Purchased
Released:  September 28th 2010
Published by:  Random House Children's Books
Page Count is 452 pages
Buy It:  Bookdepository | Amazon

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.


Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce—and goes out of his way to make that very clear—she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story. (Description from goodread.com)


The first thing that made me fall in love with Fallen was the beautiful art cover.  The image of the girl weeping into her half gloved hands is saddening and the dark colors make the book alluring.  For those of you who judge a book by its cover, which I will admit wholeheartedly too - I am guilty of that with this book, should approach Fallen with no expectations of good or bad.  Otherwise, you will be left sad and annoyed at the crushing realization that this book was just another pretty face.

When I saw this book around the blogger sphere a month ago, I read a variety of different reviews both positive and negative.  So when I jumped into reading Fallen I did so with an open mind and low expectations.  I'm glad I did because this book was enjoyable as a whole, but it still left something to be desired for me.  It was creative by taking a different approach to young author books and moving away from vampires and werewolves and focusing on Angels for a change, which I found refreshing, but the entire content seemed backwards to me.  For the longest time I couldn't put my finger on what exactly was bothering me about this book beside the obvious little annoyances.  The writing was smooth when talking about Daniel - especially his angelic features, but it seemed strained when the author was trying to balance Luce's day to day activities at her new reform school and her stalking obsessive behavior over Daniel Grigori.  Then when I finished the book I under stood why.

In the very beginning of the book the opening is in Daniel's point of view.  In the short eight pages that he takes the lead you can feel his emotional turmoil and love for Luce.  It sucked me in and I found it engaging.
"He glanced across the room, out the window to the veranda, where the day before she'd crept up on him, a fistful of wild white peonies in her hand.  She still thought the pull she felt toward him was innocent, that their frequent rendezvous in the gazebo were merely...happy coincidences.  To be so naive!  He would never tell her otherwise - the secret was his to bear" (Fallen 3).
Impressed by this opening I moved on to the first chapter and immediately it dulled in comparison.  Luce's descriptions were typical and sullen, which does fit the motif of the book, but this seemed to be constant and over for me.  The epilogue was also in Daniel's point of view and again, it was engaging and full of mystery as to what will happen in the second installment of the series.  I'm more then likely going to get the sequel Torment because I'm genuinely curious how the story will pan out for Daniel and Luce's relationship, but I think Fallen would have been much more better for me if the entire story was told from Daniel's point of view.



~Kelsa

Monday, April 18, 2011

10 Good Things On A Monday!

10 Good Things On A Monday was created by Nina B. at Brush Up On Your Reading.

Here's how it works:
  1. Think of a particular group of good things you want to make a list on, does not necessarily have to be about books, e.g. your current book wish list, or your favorite book foods (you know, foods you love to eat while reading, if you're like me), or your favorite girly names, whatever you can think of, as long as it makes you feel good.
  2. If you have no ideas for a list, you can always visit my blog post to check out my theme for that week and you can take a cue from my list.
  3. Post your list on your blog, grab that cute ARGH button above and put it on your post too, so we'd know you're doing this meme.
  4. Leave the link for your post on my own 10 Good Things post for the week, if you see others doing it, comment too and let's share our good things with everybody.
  5. Everybody goes through the whole week happy!
My 10 good things for this week:  10 Reasons Why I love Blogging

  1. I get to rant about my one true love:  Books!
  2. Ever since I've been blogging I'm made some great friends along the way who constantly deal with my craziness and for that I am very grateful.  You know who you all are! <3
  3. My bookshelf has become over run!  I need another shelf a.s.a.p. for my collection.  It just keeps growing thanks to me and my book buying compulsions.
  4. Blogging is another way I get to show off share my collection with others in a safe manner since I'm very selfish with my books.  Too many people in the past have abused the privilege of reading my books and then returning them to me in much poorer condition.  >.<
  5. I get to put my stamp of approval my favorite titles!
  6. I tend to cut the book off at its "knees" so to speak when a book ticks me off.  ^^;
  7. I get to see everyone's collections grow alongside my own.
  8. Everyone who blogs gives me great ideas for my book buying binges.  Instigators!  (laughs)
  9. I get to see everyone's character shine through their reviews.  Its very entertaining. Yes, yes!
  10. I get to play along with some awesomely fun memes from time to time.  Like this one!  :D
What are your 10 good things for this week? :D


~Kelsa

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Retail Threapy (7)

Its offical.  I've lost my mind.  I had the stupid idea that I could walk into Barns&Noble and walk around without spending a lot of money.  *Looks back at newly acquired pile of books*  Oh yeah, I failed fantastically!  My inner book horder is plesantly thrilled about this, but the logical side of me is going what the crap did I think I was doing walking into a book store with my wallet on hand?!  Gah!

Oh well.  I can't say I'm sorry.  I'm evilly pleased!  >:D

I'm weak!  I know!  Don't mock my pain!  My wallet hasn't stopped crying since!  ;_;

What I scored was:
Sucks To Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Wicked: Witch & Curse by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguié
Into the Wild (Warriors, #1) by Erin Hunter
Born At Midnight by C. C. Hunter
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
13 to life by Shannon Delany
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Most of these awesome titles were some that I've noticed had great reviews from bloggers I follow, others like Bone Crossed and Warriors was on sale and recommended to me by my big sister who just so happened to be halting my efforts when I tried to go back for more books.  God.  Thank you for stopping me Ami!  I need supervision from now on before I plan on going to a book store in the not so near future.  ^^;

I'm so excited about getting If I Stay!  Ever since I read Missie's My Book Boyfriend post with Adam Wilde and her older review of If I Stay, I've been dying to get my hands on this book and I'm so so glad I did today!

What did you guys buy this week? :D


~Kelsa

Saturday, April 16, 2011

In My Mail Box (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren where us bloggers can talk about the books we bought or received this week.

Let me say up front that I have been spoiled rotten by my blogger friends this week, seriously, you are all way to kind to me!  Just a small recap of what has been going on:  A few days ago I got an awesome package from my good friend Heather In Sandwich from Buried In Books, but I was unable to fully enjoy said package because I have been incredibly - not to mention miserably, sick as a dog.  Summer time colds kick my ass every year, but this one did a number on me.  Now that I am mostly recovered I wanted to share with you all in the awesomeness that I got! :D

For Review: Tales From The Mind Of A Schizophrenic by Vincent Macraven

Tales from the mind of a schizophrenic is a series of short stories from the mind and imagination of Vincent Macraven.

Tales of mystery
Of romance
Of horror
Of religious thought
Of reflection
And of hope.

What happens when a guitarist sells his soul, then changes his mind?
Meet Brother Zeno, a learned and wise hermit.
Take a journey with Jody and the mystery surrounding a small town.

These and other tales to entertain, provoke thought and offer a different perspective. 31 tales in all, come take a journey and enjoy (description from Goodreads).



Awesomeness from Heather! :D
Bookmarks (front)

Bookmarks (back)
Magnet and more bookmarks:

The first three bookmarks are my favorite ones.  The colors are gorgeous and the book covers on them look so good!  *Scampers off to add them to my to-read list* Thanks again Heather!


~Kelsa

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Fallen

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading.

Here's how it works:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!  You don't want to ruin the story for others!
  • Share the title and the author so that other TT participants cant add the book to the TBR lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser:





Oh.  My.  God.  They were fighting.  In the library.  Over her.

Then, in one clean movement, Cam lunged toward Luce.  She screamed as his arms began to close around her.
~ Page 300, Fallen by Lauren Kate.









~Kelsa

Monday, April 11, 2011

10 Good Things On A Monday!

10 Good Things On A Monday was created by Nina B. at Brush Up On Your Reading.

Here's how it works:
  1. Think of a particular group of good things you want to make a list on, does not necessarily have to be about books, e.g. your current book wish list, or your favorite book foods (you know, foods you love to eat while reading, if you're like me), or your favorite girly names, whatever you can think of, as long as it makes you feel good.
  2. If you have no ideas for a list, you can always visit my blog post to check out my theme for that week and you can take a cue from my list.
  3. Post your list on your blog, grab that cute ARGH button above and put it on your post too, so we'd know you're doing this meme.
  4. Leave the link for your post on my own 10 Good Things post for the week, if you see others doing it, comment too and let's share our good things with everybody.
  5. Everybody goes through the whole week happy!
My 10 favorite things for this week:  My Favorite Things About Horse Farms 
  1. Petting the baby horses!
  2. Petting the mama's too.  :)
  3. Playing with lazy smelly cats.
  4. Scratching Alex's back where he can't reach.  (He's the sweetest baby horse in the world.) 
  5. Chasing my little brother around.
  6. Hide-n-Seek behind the truck.
  7. I get to hand feed the horses hay.
  8. Relaxing naps in the shade.
  9. A glass of cold iced tea
  10. Listening to music on the drive home.
Can anyone take a wild guess at what I got to do today?  ;)

Happy Monday everyone!




~Kelsa

In My Mail Box (1)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren where us bloggers can talk about the books we bought or received this week.

Because I'm picky I use my Book Retail Therapy Meme for books I've purchased, but since I received all of this awesomeness, including my very own copy of Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann, from my good friend Apples (You all know her more commonly as Awesomesause from Awesomesause Book Club) I now have a reason to put this meme to use!

What I got:
  • My very own copy of Cryer's Cross!
  • An Awsomesause book mark with a sweet inscription by Apples! :D
  • The Hidden postcard signed by Apples!
  • The Hidden elastic wrist band
  • Born At Midnight bookmark
  • Shade and Shift book mark
  • Bring On The Night mini bookmark
  • Bad To The Bone mini bookmark
  • Wicked Game mini bookmark
  • The Hollow mini bookmark

Isn't that so sweet!  Thank you so much Apples for the book and extra swag!  It was a delightful surprise to counter my crappy day.  :D

So, what did you guys get in your mailbox this week?  :3


~Kelsa

Friday, April 8, 2011

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Source:  Purchased
Released:  January 25th 2011
Published by:  Poppy
Page Count is 329 pages (First Edition)
Buy It:  Amazon

The blacksmith would marry her.
The woodcutter would run away with her.
The werewolf would turn her into one of its own.


Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.

After her sister's violent death, Valerie's world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them--it could be anyone in town.

It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes...or everyone she loves will die.

Based on a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson. (Description from goodreads.com)


When I first started reading this book, it was interesting.  Werewolf lore in the classic Red Riding Hood?  Sounds like it was a fairy tale spin-off just waiting to happen.  And that's exactly what this was.  A spin-off.  And a mediocre one at that.  The characters were better then expected, but the plot's development was just aggravating at a point.  It felt to much like Arthur Miller's The Crucible, which is a great book and one of my favorites.  Mass hysteria surrounding the supernatural and the unknown, but there was an actual threat instead of stupid girls lying to save their asses.  Innocent people died by the hands of the werewolf and by the hands of those who claimed to be riding the town of the evil that possessed it. 

Valerie's character was fun to get to know.  She's observant, tough, and a total tomboy.  She's been in love with the same boy since she was seven years old and when he comes back into her life all kinds of horrors befall her village.  Well, obviously this makes Peter look like the prime suspect to all of us readers, but then we get a new twist.  Valerie can speak werewolf.  Really Author?

Half way through the book and already there are elements of The Crucible with mass hysteria; Blood and Chocolate with humans shifting into wolves and going bat shit crazy murdering people; and now Harry Potter with one person who can understand and translate said very dangerous werewolf.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the theme of mass hysteria that had, quite literally, hit home for all of the characters.  It made the story exciting to read about because it made me so mad to read about these weak people.  Everyone's true colors showed under all of the scrutiny and suspicion, especially from Valerie's so called friends - who were some of the most vindictive side characters I've read about in a long while.

It was an easy read and I did enjoy it a great deal overall with the way the book ended.  It actually was going to get four stars from me, but the bonus ending chapter that you can down load from the main Red Riding Hood site pissed me off.  I'm pretending that it doesn't exist after today.  This is why Red Riding Hood is receiving only 3 stars at this time.  I'm actually glad that my copy came without that bonus chapter now.  Originally it pissed me off that my book was left as a cliffhanger.  Now I've realized it's just so much better without it.



This novel counts towards the following challenges:
~Kelsa

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Probability Angels by Joseph Devon

Source:  Author via Goodreads First Reads
Released:  January 7th 2009
Published by:  CreateSpace
Page Count is 282

Matthew Huntington's problems seem to keep growing. Not only is he seeing things in garbage cans but his mentor doesn't think he's working up to his full potential, his best friend can't offer any solace but drunken confusion and his wife is dying in Central Park. Of course, the fact that Matthew himself died over two decades ago isn't helping things.  (Description from goodreads.com)

The terrible summary of the story aside, Probability Angels was a difficult read, but incredibly amazing.  Not because of the plot, which was original; the characters, who were extremely well developed; or the dialog, which flowed seamlessly perfect and fit the characters nicely.  This book was difficult because it was an incredibly heavy read.  Every time I picked it up something would make me stop and I would think on it for several days.  It got me thinking a great deal which does not happen that often for me.

Matthew, the character you are introduced to in the description is not the main character.  You would think so, since the story follows his existence as a Newbie and the change to life as Tester, but he's still not the main focus of the story.  Probability Angels doesn’t have one main hero.  It has five:  Matthew, Epp, Kyo, Mary, and Bartleby.  All of them are Testers.  As a Tester, you have to obtain gain energy to survive and Push people for energy. 

Matthew is relatively new to his second life.  Its been twenty years since he died in place of his wife and he is still learning the ropes.  When his wife dies he has to make his Second Choice.  He can either follow his choice for the remained of it’s life to the grave and fade out, or cut ties and become a tester and Push people into greatness and gain power and knowledge from his Pushes.  This is what Epp, his mentor tells him.  Epp with 2,000 years under his belt is the strongest Tester currently in existence.  His character is thoughtful, highly intelligent, and arrogant.  Usually arrogance is the flaw in characters, but for Epp it is a defining trait that made him push his own abilities to what they are today.

Epp's best friend is Kyo, a Sammeri from the early feudal era of Japan.  He is unique compared to other Tester’s and in someways more of a feared and respected anomaly then Epp.  Kyo is an unknown which makes him mysterious to his enemies and confusing to his friends.  He doesn’t Push.  At all.  How he survives for centuries which out energy from humans is a mystery, but thankful explained in the book.

Mary and Bartleby are former students of Epp who respect him greatly.  Mary is second guesses her own ability as a Tester and Bartleby is an overconfident child.  Both characters make trumendous progress and deveolpe as the book progresses.  Bartleby even gains a new ability thanks to Epp, but Barleby still doesn't know if he is thankful or pissed off at Epp, but most of the time its a combination.

All five have to deal with a conspiracy plot of a former tester who starts a vendetta against Epp.  Departed testers who continue to follow their choices long after they have died begin to root when they don't obtain energy, essentially becoming zombies.  To resurrect the "dead" Tester he must be fed live Testers to regain energy.  Now imagine a small army of one hundred Zombie Testers being put to use with the only Kyo who can successfully fight them off, but only six at a time. 

What I liked most about Probability Angels was the concept of Pushing.  Pushing represents a symbiotic relationship for both Tester and human.  Whoever is Pushed gains inspiration, you might say.  The Tester doing the Pushing, if he survives, gains energy.  The stronger the charge, the stronger the Push.  To compare what a Tester is to something more familiar, think of them as Muses.  Without them nothing would happen in the world because no one would Push them to do it.

Spoiler
Don't read the grey highlighted text if you don't want to outcome ruined for you.  You have been warned.

The one thing that did not sit well with me with the book was the ending result with Epp.  The way he died was sad but perfect for the book's development.  To have him come back was great as well and expected of Epp.  Being awesome and surprising the hell out of people is what he does best, but after his conversation with Bartleby the whole being incredibly powerful and being an Undead Tester and overcoming his hunger to kill live Testers was a bit to much.  I was hoping he wouldn't have been Undead at all and just had kept some spots of amnesia, but they way it worked out was still good.

This book was a great read and really got me thinking about what Epp would say and went through.  A couple of grammar errors were found, but it did not annoy me enough to put the book down.  The way the story ended also left the feeling of a second installment to come.  I hope not because I liked how the story closed and I don't want to see Epp be ruined if he overcame another insane obstacle of this magnitude.  Definitely a book worth being place on my bookshelf.



Probability Angels was given to me by courteously of the author via goodreads first reads.  This in no way affected or influenced my review for the novel.  If you would like to contact me about my rating or review please email me at amateurvoice.kp (at) hotmail (dot) com.


~Kelsa

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: The Shack

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading.

Here's how it works:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!  You don't want to ruin the story for others!
  • Share the title and the author so that other TT participants cant add the book to the TBR lists if they like your teasers!

"I don't understand," replied Mack.  "I don't even understand what you just told me."  She turned back and smiled.  "I know.  I didn't tell you so that you would understand right now.  I told you for later.  At this point, you don't even comprehend that freedom is an incremental process." ~page 97, The Shack by WM. Paul Young.


I finally found the time to get around to this book.  The boyfriend is most thrilled at this knowledge more so then myself.  (laughs)

Its a great deal different type of read then what I'm use to, but we'll see how if goes I suppose.


~Kelsa

Monday, April 4, 2011

10 Good Things On A Monday!

10 Good Things On A Monday was created by Nina B. at Brush Up On Your Reading.

Here's how it works:
  1. Think of a particular group of good things you want to make a list on, does not necessarily have to be about books, e.g. your current book wish list, or your favorite book foods (you know, foods you love to eat while reading, if you're like me), or your favorite girly names, whatever you can think of, as long as it makes you feel good.
  2. If you have no ideas for a list, you can always visit my blog post to check out my theme for that week and you can take a cue from my list.
  3. Post your list on your blog, grab that cute ARGH button above and put it on your post too, so we'd know you're doing this meme.
  4. Leave the link for your post on my own 10 Good Things post for the week, if you see others doing it, comment too and let's share our good things with everybody.
  5. Everybody goes through the whole week happy!
My 10 favorite things for this week:  My Favorite Moments From WWE WrestleMania 2011!
  1. Stone Cold showing up in the most bad ass four wheeler! :D
  2. Stone Cold being referee for Michael Cole's match with Jerry Lawler
  3. Stone Cold kicking Cole's trainer's ass for annoying him and flipping him off effectively
  4. Stone Cold knocking Booker T the fuck out!
  5. Stone Cold riding off into the sunset with beer and that bad ass four wheeler
  6. Triple H Tomb-stoning The Undertaker!  Woot! Woot!
  7. Edge kicking Alberto Del Rio's ass to keep his Heavyweight title
  8. Edge busting up Alberto's Roles Royce.  Ha!
  9. Trish Stratus kicking ass!
  10. Snookie winning the match with Trish Stratus with cheer leading movies.  
Surprisingly, Snookie was fun to watch the most.  I hate her and refuse to watch Jersey Shore, but when she's not talking and flipping around in the air like that, she's pretty freaking cool!  Just don't go buy her book.  Your IQ level will drop.  :)

Have a great Monday everyone!


~Kelsa

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