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Book Review for Kelley Armstrong’s Rituals (some Spoilers)

I have greatly enjoyed visiting Cainsville this past week.  Watching Olivia, Gabriel and Ricky navigate discovering their pasts and the roles they were expected to play was fun and learning along the way with them the paranormal origins and the crazy treatment of those who did not fit into either of the main groups was a crazy ride.  And I have looked forward to the conclusion of this story especially given the surprise at the ending of Betrayals when Ricky stepped aside to give Gabriel his shot with Olivia. Watching the group fight their past incarnations and the meddling of both sides was frustrating.  In many ways, the urge to just shake the main characters was high.  And yet as each of the succeeding third party scheme and design traps and pitfalls there is a underlying layer of hope–that these three can somehow beat fate.  Each of their previous incarnations are bitter and seem determined to make the same mistakes happen again while they advise Olivia, Gabriel and Ricky not to make the same mistakes.  It’s frustrating. All through the story, Gabriel’s continuing social dysfunction takes a large role in the story.  And seeing him struggle to be what Olivia needs is painful at times.  Having Gabriel’s mother return and Pamela escape from jail is not only unexpected it is shocking.  And in this last book, finding that the...

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a Quote along with some Other Things

“She’d called him a coward, running away whenever she pulled him toward something he didn’t like. It was not so much cowardice as ego, and not even so much protecting his ego as safeguarding the supports that kept it intact. Success bolstered his ego. Doing what he was good at and avoiding failure in every possible way. He’d first realized that in high school, when he’d dropped out of geometry, not because he disliked it but because he wasn’t good at it. Algebra came easily.  Calculus was also fine. But there was something about geometry that he could not wrap his mind around. So he dropped the course. The moment he discovered he did not have the knack for something, he stopped trying to do it. Empathy, friendship, dating, relationships in general. He embraced a challenge only if he knew he could succeed. The hard truth of the matter was that Gabriel was spoiled. He got what he wanted, and did not want what he could not get. “ Kelley Armstrong Rituals I am thoroughly enjoying my quest through Cainsville this time around.  It never ceases to amaze me that every time I read one of my favorite authors my mind finds little parts of the story to delight over.  The plot of each novel, for the most part remains the plot.  There are a few slight deviations from...

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Open Books added me to their list of Book Bloggers and Reviewers! Someone out there has noticed me for doing what I love, without any lobbying by me! 

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More Official Facts From Karen Chance

I love the freebies that Karen gives away all the time.  I consider her Q&A documents to be just another peek of having an author who values her readers in addition to honoring her characters.  All that being said… Here’s the link to her latest Q&A… BUT WAIT… before you read this you must have read Ride the Storm or spoilers will abound and some of it won’t make sense…Here’s a link to buy the book too! <iframe style=”width:120px;height:240px;” marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ src=”//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=bestbooklov05-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B0125VU5LK&asins=B0125VU5LK&linkId=7bdceaa2cf51e2049819512a5fe83272&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true”>    ...

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Coolest Products I have seen in a While

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Kelley Armstrong Cainsville Order

The Screams of Dragons (Subterranean Press magazine, narrator: non-series character) Devil May Care (in “Led Astray,” narrator: Patrick) Cainsville Files (app-based story, narrator: non-series character) Gabriel’s Gargoyles (in “Gifted,” narrator: Gabriel) Bad Publicity (in Cainsville Tales, narrator: Patrick) The Orange Cat (coming spring 2015, in “nEvermore” narrator: Gabriel) Omens (novel, narrator: Olivia) Visions (novel, narrator: Olivia) Deceptions (novel, narrator: Olivia) Lady of the Lake (Cainsville Tales, narrators: Olivia and Ricky) Lost Souls (coming early 2017, novella, narrators: Gabriel & Patrick) Betrayals (novel, narrator: Olivia) Rituals (coming August 2017, narrator:...

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My response to a cousin who had a baby last night

Welcome to the wild, wondrous,wearying, delightful whimsical, terrifying, miraculous, frustrating, infuriating, blessed time of your life called parenting. Every day something will surprise you. You will be faced with challenges unimaginable, asked questions that you cannot answer and filled with joy and love. Each day you will think your heart has filled to bursting, and every day you will love him just a little bit more. There will be times that break your heart because you cannot take his hurts from him. There will be lessons he must learn for himself and that will kill you inside. He will now be the very first thing you think of upon opening your eyes and the last you think of as you go to sleep. His happiness, his struggles, his needs, his battles will be your first priority. Even before your own,his needs will now be paramount over anything else in your life. There will be days that will seem unending as well as days that go by way too fast. Sometimes it will feel as though you can do nothing right and other days you will feel like a superhero from just one smile. You may think you are prepared and with all your experience with your younger siblings you are a step ahead. You have joined a club that can be incredibly easy to enter (as evidenced by MTV’s...

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