google-site-verification: google935433b691795853.html KRISTY BERRIDGE: 2011-10-02

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Book Review: Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Wow. That is how I'm going to start this blog. I really, really, really enjoyed this read. It's been a while since I picked up a book, read through it with eagerness and was absolutely itching for more.
It's funny, a friend of mine recommended it to me, but she warned me that certain drug references could become quite frustrating and confronting. Well, I have to say, it's one of the reasons I loved it. Not because I'm a crack addict and that's my bag, but because I was enthralled! I was seeing the world through the eyes of what we'd usually class as a sub-par citizen, the delinquent we walk past in the street and pretend does not exist.
Let me explain ...
The story follows Chess Putnam, a church sanctioned witch and glorified ghost hunter. Trained from an early age, it is the responsibility of witches like Chess to protect the citizens of Downside from the barely contained underground city of ghosts. She is good at what she does, revered by the upper class for her dealings with magic, but welcomed by the drug dealers and street riff raff for the opportunity her power represents.
She finds herself embroiled in a case that has more than one connection with the church she trusts and the underworld in which she is indebted to. She must uncover the mystery behind recent hauntings, her feelings for  a couple of crooked drug enforcers, and learn to harness her magic in a way that keeps everyone safe from deadly intent.
Needless to say, watching her unravel the mystery is intriguing, especially when hampered by her drug addiction and constant need for a fix. Amazingly, she has great moments of clarity, a woman very sure of herself and the expectations of those around her. It was hard not to empathise - hard to judge her when knowing her background and lackluster appreciation for life.
As for her fellow male playmates? You were exposed to arrogant pretty boys with an agenda, low life drug enforces, and a surprisingly endearing wall of muscle named 'Terrible'. By the end of this book I was practically waving a banner saying 'Go Terrible, it's your birthday!' I loved him - the crooked nose, scarred face, bulky frame and unsuspecting soft side. Stacia Kane knows how to make a bad ass look good.
The plot was engaging and the characters believable. Relateable may be the wrong word to use when I've clearly led a sheltered life in comparison, but descriptive content and vulnerability was such that you wind up thinking they're surprisingly well adjusted, no different than your mysterious next door neighbour. But above all else - I want more. And as such I know what I'll be doing ....
Crap better finish this post first.
Later all, have a great weekend reading!

Kristy :)

Friday, 7 October 2011

Follow Friday! #2

Hey Everyone,
If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between other bloggers. It's hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison can Read
How does it work? You need to ensure you follow back every blogger that follows you! Please check out the websites above for details on how to enter, but apart from that, thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment so I can follow you back!

This weeks Follow Friday question?
Q: If you could pick one character from either book, movie or television to swap places with, who would it be?

My answer? No one in particular. I just want to be a vampire. I mean, who wouldn't? I'm happy to be me, I'm used to that already, but a few little added extras wouldn't go astray. So supe me up with some super strength, speed, immortality and of course, a super dooper nice ass.

Have a good one!

Kristy :)

Monday, 3 October 2011

Hit or Miss?

Not exactly the sort of toilet paper you
want to use, but at least it's rolling in the
right direction ...
I started a poll the other day on Facebook. I asked everyone what they think I should be blogging about this week. I received a lot of helpful suggestions, most of which were pretty ordinary discussion topics - undeserving of what I'm sure will be my completely biased weigh in. And, since I figured I couldn't blog for long about menial crap, I decided to do a bit of everything and let you weigh in at the end!
So let me get the toilet talk out of the way first (literally).
Suggestion 1 - Should the toilet paper be folded under or over?
Answer: Clearly it's over. Who wants to fumble in the dark with the toilet paper at two in the morning! It's like looking for the end of the sticky tape when you've got no fingernails - for Pete's sake just leave the damn thing where someone can find it!
Suggestion 2 - Toilet seat up or down?
Answer: Who cares? Let's be honest, women need to put it down to do their business and men need to put it up. So let's call it even and flip it whichever way it should go when you need to do your thing.

Suggestion 3 - Scruncher or Folder?
Answer: Although this is pretty personal, and the absolute last toilet question I will ever answer - I don't understand 'folders'. Why are you folding something your about to wipe across your butt? Besides, scrunching adds bulk. Enough said.
Suggestion 4 - Do you tell someone they've got @$%! on their face?
Answer: Not at first. Take your time, have an internal giggle and then kindly let them know there's a booger in their mustache. If you know them and they're a total douche bag, let them take it on a tour around town and lick it down for lunch later.
Suggestion 5 - Camel Toe?
Answer: Hell no. If you have it, get your hands in there and pull it out before you blind us all! Pull your shirt down or chuck on a thigh hugging sweater. Or better yet, buy pants with room for a party in the crotch! You won't feel like you're being strangled and I won't feel violated.

Okay, so I think that's it for now. If you come up with any more, let me know and I'll be happy to weigh in. Also, feel free to make comment on your ideas, and if they don't suck, I might actually publish them.
So roll to the front, leave the toilet seat alone, scrunch, wash your face and wear baggy pants.
Have a good one

Kristy :)