Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Solid by Shelley Workinger

Solid by Shelley Workinger
Source:  Author
Format:  E-book
Released:  July 9th 2010
Published by:  CreateSpace
Page Count is 221 pages
Buy It:  Bookdepository | Amazon

Eighteen years ago, a rogue Army doctor secretly experimented with a chromosomal drug on unknowing pregnant women. When he was killed not long after the children were born, any knowledge and evidence seemed to die with him - except the living, breathing, human products of his work.

Almost two decades later, the newly self-proclaimed “open-book” military unearths the truth about the experiment, bringing Clio Kaid and the other affected teens to a state-of-the-art, isolated campus where they soon discover that C9x did indeed alter their chromosomes - its mutations presenting as super-human abilities. The military kids, who come from across the nation and all walks of life, come into their own as lighter-than-air ‘athletes’; ‘indies’ as solid as stone walls; teens who can make themselves invisible and others who can blind with their brilliance.

While exploring her own special ability, forging new friendships and embarking on first love, Clio also stumbles onto information indicating that the military may not have been entirely forthcoming with them and that all may not be as it seems… (Description from www.solidnovel.com)

Solid follows the day to day activities of Clio Kaid as she and her friends attempt to learn to control their recently discovered powers at a newly created military camp for those affected by the C9x experiment.  When I first heard about Solid I immediately liked the idea of the plot.  Very high military official takes his research and motives to far and intentionally, secretly drugs pregnant women resulting in mutation of the unborn children's DNA.  I had high hopes for Solid in the beginning, but as I kept reading it I found a lot lacking with the characters and reactions to their situations. 

After being sent away to a secluded camp run my the military and cut off from the outside world - reminds me of basic training all over again - I would feel a great deal of anxiety compared to the mild reaction of Clio's feelings.  I can understand how being settled in and having a routine can be relaxing in a new and strange place, but under the circumstances it just wasn't believable for me through Clio's perspective.  I felt the same way about the rest of the students' reactions to realizing they have powers, specifically Clio.  She wasn't shocked, concerned, happy, sad or...anything really when it was confirmed that she was "different".  Everyone instead just went with it but in a very subdued manner.

Where's the excitement in all of this?  I kept asking this question throughout the book.  It seemed like all of the would-be-excitement was held back to be used at the end for the "big reveal", which was way to easily done.  The whole scene felt rushed, unorganized, and bland.  None of it felt convincing for the climax.

All in all I thoroughly loved the idea of this book.  The plot had serious potential to me, but it did not feel like Solid stepped up to the plate for the role.


Solid was given to me by the author Shelley Workinger in exchange for an honest review.  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.

Teaser Tuesday: Trickster's Girl

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:

"You have to believe in faith healing for it to have an effect," her father had said.  "I don't."
And Kelsa had agreed with him.

~ page 30, Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell

This book is going to be so incredibly weird for me to read since the leading character and I share the same name.  I just know it.  *laughs*


~ Kelsa P. ~

Monday, May 30, 2011

10 Good Things On A Monday: 10 reasons why I love the movie The Hangover

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 the movie The Hangover

     1. It's about four friends who go to Las Vegas.

     2. It's about four friends who get fucked up.

     3. It has Mike Tyson.

     4. It has a Man-Purse.

     5. It has nudity.

     6. It has a random chicken...

     7. It has a lot of shocking scenes...especially when a police taser is involved.

     8. It encourages you to lie in relationships.

     9. It has a baby.

and the best reason of all why I love the hangover...

     10. It has a sequel! =D

Happy Monday everyone!


~ Kelsa P. ~

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In My Mail Box (3)

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.

This week has been very fortuitous for me since I got so many great things in the mail.  I went on a contest junkie spree and got many great things!  Right now, I just hope I don't forget to list something because I'm been mixing book piles recently trying to get organized.  Go figure, right?



The Birth Of Jaiden by Jennifer Malone Wright
Summary from goodreads:
Long ago, a prophecy was foreseen. A child would be born, a child who held the power to destroy the world. Now, it is up to Alexander Lucas, a one-hundred-year-old vampire, to keep the baby girl safe from his arch enemy Malcolm. In order to save her, Alexander must raise the child as his own. Will he be able to resist his vampire tendencies to care for a human baby? With the help of the wisest of the supernatural, an organization called The Great Council, Alexander must face many battles to ensure the safety of this very special child.

Doesn't this blurb sound freaknin' awesome? :D Can't say I love the cover art that much though, but at least its actually related to the plot of the story.  Can't say the same for others I've seen.




Urban Falcon by Jennifer Caloyeras
Summary from goodreads:
Evan Falcon was all set to finish high school in Elbow Creek when his dad's job forced the family to move to Lincoln Heights, a booming metropolis. Now, his best friend won't even talk to him and he suspects that his mom is having an affair. Caught between who he used to be and the possibility of who he could become, Evan is thrown into a world of dating, out of control parents, and family drama.


Its been I don't know how long since I've read a book from a male's perspective.  That alone is getting me excited about this book.  I also like the simplicity of the cover art.





Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Summary by goodreads:
It's been three years since the devastating accident ... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.  Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.  Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

I already posted my review of this awesome book and I couldn't put it down.  The cover art for the UK version is lovely, but I still love the American jacket cover the best.  :)

Do you know what the best thing about these three books are?  They're all signed by their awesome authors!  You all have no idea how much book nerd enthusiasm I had when I saw all the lovely signatures.  :D



 I also won two other books curtiousy of my good friend Apples.  You all know her as Amber from Awesomesause Book Club.


The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith 
Summary from goodreads:
To capture the love of Jenny Thorton, Julian--a visitor from a dark world--draws Jenny and her friends into forbidden games; the contest for a human soul. The prize is Jenny's freedom. The stakes are all of their lives. Jenny's friends are determined to help her win. But Julian is the master of the Game. Jenny's most desperate fight will be with him, this eerily handsome boy with electric blue eyes. He knows her deepest secrets, her darkest fears. He has almost infinite power. And the only thing he wants is for Jenny to surrender to him--body and soul.

 I can't help it, but this blurb creeps me out a little.  :/





Wayward by Ashley Girardi
Summary by goodreads
Born without magic, seventeen-year-old Helena “Hex” Wayward is an embarrassment to her power-hungry relatives.  As the weakest member of the world’s most deadly magical family, Hex learns early how to avoid confrontation. There’s no defending herself against an errant curse or the pit-demon that her cousins like to summon during family reunions.  When the dark magic inside of her -- magic that she never dreamt even existed -- erupts in a violent display, it kills a member of a rival family.  Now, Hex's family hopes to use her magic for their own sinister purposes and their enemies just want her dead. Abandoning her magic will leave Hex defenseless but she's seen how quickly power corrupts even the best intentions.  Caught between the seductive sorcerer who wants her power for his own and the forbidden love of a human boy, Hex has to make a choice:  Save her life or save her soul.

This was an e-book also from Apples.  I can't help but love this cover because of how the green eyes stand out in the picture.


Solid by Shelley Workinger
Summary from goodreads:
Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop "super-abilities," and even unearth a conspiracy.

I also got a digital copy of Solid from the author Shelley Workinger.  It's taking me a while to finish it because I don't have a handy portable e-reader.  My head starts to hurt from reading intently on my Mac screen for too long.







What did you guys get in your mail box this week?  Happy blogging everyone! :D


~ Kelsa P. ~

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

UK Cover Version
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Source:  Won/Giveaway
Released:  May 5th 2011
Published by:  Doubleday Childrens
Page Count is 260 pages
Buy It:  Bookdepository | Amazon
It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future–and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.  (Description from Goodreads.com)

*Warning:  This review contains spoilers.*

I fell in love with Adam Wilde in If I Stay where he was a gentleman and a complete romantic.  To read Where She Went from his perspective was incredibly painful and a shock for me.  I could not handle the bitterness of Rock Star Adam at points.  It was just so different from the character I fell in love with before.  Without Mia, he was empty, cold, bitter, alone...

I'm a wreck right now after spending most of my hot afternoon day crying my eyes out reading this book.  After what Adam went through I just couldn't help but remember every miserable moment I suffered in relationships over the past few years and I broke down.  Where She Went was heart-wrenching and beautiful to read.  I couldn't put it down!

When Mia walked away - again, out of Adam's life, I was scared.  Even though a giant anvil was lift off his shoulders after their epic exchange of words, I couldn't help but feel frantic reading along.  When Mia showed back up on page 204 I let out a breath I didn't realize I was holding in.  I was relieved for both Adam and Mia.  There was so much still left unsaid between the two!  


Where She Went is by far the best book I have read this year so far.  I don't see how another book could compare at this point.  (Watch me be proven wrong next month very easily).


Where She Went was given to me through the author, Gayle Forman courteously of a contest.  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 P. ~

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Where She Went

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:

This uncomfortable girl is more like the person I knew, the kind who would never have hushed conversations on cell phones.
"He's an old friend," Mia says.
Old friend?  Is that a demotion or a promotion?

~ page 93, Where She Went by Gayle Forman

I'm devouring Where She Went.  The bitterness that Adam feels and describes, I can completely relate to it.  Did I mention this is my very own signed UK copy?  *fan-girl moment*


~ Kelsa P. ~

Monday, May 23, 2011

10 Good Things On A Monday: 10 Of My Favorite Songs That Remind Me Of Awesome Books

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 Of My Favorite Songs That Remind Me Of Awesome Books

     1. Song choice:  Here I Am by Marion Raven - Book:  Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause - Characters:  Vivian & Aiden

     2. Song choice:  Haunted by Taylor Swift - Book:  New Moon by Stephenie Meyer - Characters:  Bella, Edward, & Jacob

     3. Song choice:  Angel by Leona Lewis - Book:  Unmasqued:  An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of The Oprea by Colette Gale - Characters:  Christine & Erik

     4. Song choice:  It's All Coming Back To Me Now by Meatloaf ft. Marion Raven - Book:  If I Stay by Gayle Forman - Characters:  Mia & Adam

     5. Song choice:  I'm With You by Avril Lavigne - Book:  Falling Under by Gwen Hayes - Characters:  Theia & Haden

     6. Song choice:  Beautiful Disaster by Kelly Clarkson - Book:  The Host by Stephenie Meyer - Characters:  Wanda, Mel, & Jared

     7. Song choice:  Treasured by Flyleaf - Book:  Marked; House of Night Series by P.C + Kristen Cast - Characters:  Zoey Redbird

     8. Song choice:  Don't Fight It by 10 Years - Book:  Nightshade by Andrea Cremer - Characters:  Calla, Ren, & Shay

     9. Song choice:  I'd Come For You by Nickelback - Book:  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - Characters:  Clary & Jace

    10. Song choice:  One Of A Kind by Breaking Point - Book:  Dark Lover by J. R. Ward - Chracters:  Wrath & Beth

Happy Monday everyone!  :D


~ Kelsa P. ~

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward
Source:  Purchased
Released:  September 6th 2005
Published by:  Signet Eclipse
Page Count is 393 pages
Buy It:  Bookdepository | Amazon

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood...

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed - orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate - Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead...

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both....(Description from Goodreads.com)


I can't help but fall in love with the lethal men of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.  Everything about them is dangerous and sexy.  When Wrath, The Blind King of his dwindling Vampire species, takes on the last request of his Warrior Brother, Darius, to protect his only half-breed daughter and help her through her transition, he finds he's bitten off more then he thinks he can handle.  Beth's fiery personality matches Wrath's, which turns him on just as quickly as her scent does.  The two make a terrific pair both physically and emotionally and I just can't help but feel a little jealous when I read some of my favorite pages.

Beth put the wineglass back down, wishing she had more control over herself.
"You don't like that, do you?"
"What?"
"Me drinking from another female."
She laughed darkly, despising herself.  Him.  The whole situation.  "You want to rub my nose in it?"
"No." He paused.  "The idea you will someday score another male's skin with your teeth and take his blood inside of you makes me want to stab something." ~ pages 199-200 Dark Lover

He leaned forward, nuzzled her neck, and she felt soft scratching.  His fangs, she thought.  Running up her throat.
She wanted him to bite her. 
Wrath breathed in deeply.  "You have a perfume to your skin that makes me hard.  Instantly.  All I have to do is smell you." ~ pages 205-206 Dark Lover

God, how can you not be jealous of that.  Swoon-worthiness all around for Wrath!

J. R. Ward's take and on vampires drinking blood is romantic and personal to read about.  I felt like an intruder on some of the scenes, but I couldn't help but turn page after page.  A fantastic romance and story.  Dark Lover has definitely become a favorite of mine.


This novel counts towards the following challenges:
Parajunkee's Vampire Challenge

~ Kelsa P. ~

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