Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Book Retail Threapy (9)

I don't know why, but blogger decided not to post this last week and I'm just now getting around to re-posting it.  :(  Sorry for the delay guys!


To celebrate my return home from Annual Training with my unit, I did not hesitate to spend a Sunday with my big sister.  I don't know why I always think that going to the bookstore is a good idea.  I always spend to much!  ^^;  So here is what I got this week...



Because I'm a sucker for shifter books, I picked up Raised by Wolves on a whim.  That and Perfect Chemistry are to the two I'm most excited about from this stash of new books.  Ever since I read Heather's (Buried In Books) review, I've been waiting to come across a copy.

What did you guys get this week?  :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Cut


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:
"Scared yourself, did you?" she says.

In the brown-black center of Ruby's eyes is a tiny, scared reflection of me.

"Why do you want to do a thing like that?" ~ pg. 52, Cut by Patricia McCormick

Monday, June 27, 2011

10 Good Things On A Monday: Ten Movies To Take A Chance On This Summer

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! 
Ten Good Things On A Monday:  Ten Movies To Take A Chance On This Summer

Because my big sister is more worldly then I, (epic sarcasm.  Hold the fries!) this week’s Ten Good Things are some of the movies she recommends I watch to broaden my horizons.  Enjoy! :D

1. The Secret of Nimh

“This is Don Blush’s strongest animated film EVER!  It’s so awesome that a character gets to use the word “Damn” and its it still retains its G rating.” ~ The Big Sister

Shocked?  So was I!

2.  Hellboy II:  The Golden Army

“One of the few sequels I like, but its got Ron Pearlman in it as a sexy red demon.  Need I say more?” ~ The Big Sister

Me:  "That’s one hot tamale!" ;)

3.  Arthur And The Invisibles “French - English Version ONLY”

TBS: “Its the French Version in English.  If that makes any sense.”

Me:  “None at all, but I’ll nod and smile anyways.”

“The reason to see this one in French - English is because the English version censored scenes to dumb down the movie for children.  The French - English version takes its audience seriously.  Censorship in the name of children SUCKS!” ~ The Big Sister

Buwahaha!

4.  Princess Mononoke

“My personal favorite Hayao Miyazaki movie.  This movie has “Wildajesus” and giant wolves, what’s not to like?” ~ The Big Sister

Me:  “What the hell is Wildajesus?” :/

TBS: * “DAMN nature you scary!”

I’m really confused at this point.  Laughs!

5.  Hook

“Prince Zuko:  The Mousse Years.” ** ~ The Big Sister

6.  Flight Of Dragons

“A rare instance where brains triumph over brawn in the end.  And it has James Earl Jones!  He’s the voice of Darth Vader, you know.” ~ The Big Sister

Me:  “Mufasa use to be a Sith Lord?” ***

7.  Star Trek “2009”

“In space no one can hear you scream as you do one of the varieties of hot men on the Enterprise.  Warp Factor 69!” **** ~ The Big Sister

Can you guys see why I hang out with her so much?  Never a dull moment for sure!

8.  Daybreakers

“Though the title character shares the same name as Edward from Twilight, this movie has a clever response to the vampire apocalypse, dealing with what happens after the vampires have taken over and their blood food becomes scarce.” ~ The Big Sister

Me:  “What, no werewolves?”  :(

9.  Merlin

“A long ass movie, filled to the brim with stars you wouldn’t expect in a made-for-TV television film.”

10.  Scott Pilgrim Versus The World

“The most epic gamer movie of all time.” ~ The Big Sister

I’m watching her boot up WoW (World of War Craft) as we speak.  Hardcore!


* Family Guy Reference
**  Avatar:  The Last Airbender Reference
*** Star Wars Reference
**** Star Trek Reference

Thank you Ami for making a fun guest appearance on my blog, without actually appearing!  It saves you a lot of time worrying about what to wear.  :D





Happy Monday guys!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cassandra Clare and Ellen Hopkins Book Signing!


I found out a few days ago that Cassandra Clare, author of the infamous Mortal Instruments Series and Ellen Hopkins, author of the popular books Crank, Burned, and Impulse will be in New Orleans, this Saturday at Octavia Books for the signing of both of their newly released books City of Fallen Angels and Fallout!

Oh my gosh! *supper fangirl - emphasis for psychotic - moment* :D

Now, it's safe to say that I am definitely attending.  What about you guys?  If you are, look for the nerdy country girl with a goofy smile plastered on her face.  It's more then likely me.  :)

For more information about the book signing check out Octavia Books Online.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Dreams Unleashed


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:  By a smell, I could tell you the exact date and location of the smell’s origin, which was occasionally useful, but mostly annoying. It was similar to a photographic memory, but sensory. Some smells triggered intense flashbacks to memories I’d rather have forgotten. But there was no help for it; it was sensory déjà vu.

~Pg 19, Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley


Sensory déjà vu?  Well, that's different for sure!

Monday, June 20, 2011

10 Good Things On A Monday: My Favorite Ways to Enjoy Army Training

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! 

Hey everyone!  I know, it's been forever and a day since I've been on here.  I apologize, but the Army was not inclined to help me work reading into my schedule while I was gone, so it will be a while until I can push out some reviews for you all.  :(  A lot has taken place in the past two weeks and I'm trying to find the time to balance all the changes out, so please bare with me a little longer until I get back on schedule with things.  On with the good things!  :D

My 10 Good Things for this week:  My Favorite Ways to Enjoy Army Training

     1. Shamming:  Ie, "appearing" to look busy to avoid real work.



     2. Throwing horribly perverted jokes around with the guys:  Ie, bonding.

     3. Drinking my awesome "bitch beer," as the guys call it while they drink their "manly beer."  At least mine doesn't taste like urine.  :)


     4. Going to sleep after working a twelve hour day - even on weekends!  Need I say more?

Lt. Nelson being interviewed for an article about the work we did.
  
     5. Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Day! :D

     6.  More drinking and laughter to follow suit.

     7. Meeting new and exciting people.

     8. Not getting to put my MOS as a Medic to use.  Believe it or not, that is a good thing.  When the Medic is bored its a good day.  No one got hurt!  :D


     9. You know your popular when you're the center of a scandal.  Rumors, gotta love them, right?

     10. Singing to Faith Hill the entire convoy drive back with a dorky SGT.  Haha!


Happy Monday everyone!  :D


~ Kelsa P. ~

Friday, June 3, 2011

"Duty Calls!" screams the Army.

Hey everyone!  I hope everyone had a great week.  While some people's is coming to a close mine has only just really started.  For the next two weeks I will be off in Rustin, Louisiana with my unit for our Annual Training.  Two weeks of sleeping in a crowed tent with forty male soldiers and sharing a shower area with them.  Yay! *Dripping with sarcasm*

I am bringing my Mac with me as I have been told their is internet, BUT on the more then likely chance that the Army has fibbed - I'd be shocked if they didn't - I'll be back around the 17th with (hopefully) plenty of reviews since I'm bringing books with me.  :D

Until then everyone, Happy blogging! :D

Me in Full-Battle-Rattle at AIT last summer :D

~ Kelsa P. ~

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #3)

Source:  Purchased
Format:  Paper back
Released:  March 24th 2009
Published by:  McElderry
Page Count is 560 pages
Buy It:  Bookdepository | Amazon
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments
. (Description from goodreads.com)

 
*Warning:  This review contains spoilers*

City of Glass, the third installment of The Mortal Instruments series was outstanding!  It's incredible how intricate and complex Valentine's lies go in this series.  I've never seen a more impressive character who was so careful, precise, and patient in his planning to kill entire races.  Eat your heart out Adolf Hitler.

Jace and Clary are at odds in the beginning and it bothered me.  I didn't like them not speaking.  But that was bound to happen under the circumstances of being in love with your sibling I suppose.  It also doesn't help that Jace is caught by Clary kissing another girl, yells at her for "ruining everything she touches", and that Simon was thrown in jail by the Clave because of him.

There are so many great scenes in City of Glass, one of my favorite being where Clary and Jace meet and free the Angel Ithuriel and learn just how far Valentine went in his torturous experiments on the angel and what he went through to attain tainted demon blood to use on Johnathan.

Of course this book would not have been complete without Jace and Clary sharing a few heated kiss scenes.  I know that probably disgusts some of you, but its okay.  Later Clary's mother, Jocelyn - who is an incredible character, reveals that Jace is not her brother Johnathan.  What a relief and shock under the circumstances - since Idris was recently attacked by demons thanks to Valentine and Jace has left in search to kill him.

City of Glass was a fantastic book filled with intrigue, deception, and strength.  Another great read!


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





~ Kelsa P. ~

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Monthly Book Report: May 2011

Hey everyone!  Another month has come and gone and that means another Book Report.  Just in case you missed something here is everything that has happened on the blog:

Books Reviewed:
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Dark Lover by J. R. Ward
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Solid by Shelley Workinger


Book Features:
Book Retail Threapy (8)
In My Mail Box (3)


Weekly Features:

10 Good Things On A Monday: Things I'm looking forward to this summer
10 Good Things On A Monday: Bloggers I wish I could meet
10 Good Things On A Monday: Books I bought because of book bloggers
10 Good Things On A Monday: 10 Of My Favorite Songs That Remind Me Of Awesome Books
10 Good Things On A Monday: 10 reasons why I love the movie The Hangover

Teaser Tuesday: City of Ashes
Teaser Tuesday: City of Glass
Teaser Tuesday: Dark Lover
Teaser Tuesday: Where She Went
Teaser Tuesday: Trickster's Girl



Other Posts:
Site Update:  To All Followers
Quiz:  What Hunger Games Character Are You?

Currently Reading:
Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell
Shadow Days: A Nightshade Novella by Andrea Cremer

Books Received:

Contests:
The Forbidden Games from Amber @ Awesomesause Book Club - paperback
Wayward from Amber @ Awesomesause Book Club- e-book
Urban Falcon by Jennifer Caloyeras - paperback/singed!
Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin - paperback

For Review:
The Birth of Jaiden by Jennifer Malone Wright - paperback/signed!


I hope everyone is having a great morning to start off the new month.  Mine was filled with high-flying adventure and a daring rescue so far.  You know.  Nothing too exciting.  And it's only 8:30!  :D

Happy blogging everyone! =D


~ Kelsa P. ~

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