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Elixir (Covenant #3.5)

Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods.

Nothing is worse than devouring a series (and all accompanying novellas) and realizing you still have months before the next book is released. Crap.

Elixir, really is a must read. It has several major plot points and events that I can’t imagine wouldn’t play into the next book Apollyon. Done in Aiden’s perspective, you really get a solid understanding of his feelings for Alex and where his motives lie. His world is seriously stuck in suckville now that Alex has turned eighteen and is nothing more than a Seth puppet. Aiden has to make the tough choices, doing things he knows Alex may never forgive him for but may be the only way to save her.

A quick read, that while chock full of suffering, still has some great moments and fun among the characters. Of course it leaves you desperately wanting more. A must if you’re reading the series.

BY - February 26th, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment

Django Unchained

Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantino

With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Quentin Tarantino has long been known for gratuitous and at times downright disturbing violence. Kill Bill is one of my all time favorite movies. Modern Kung Fu at it’s best. However none of the people in that movie were remotely innocent. The same can be said for those in Inglorious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Death Proof. With Django Unchained you leave the theater feeling guilty and in desperate need of a scalding shower.

The first half of Django was classic Tarantino. Waltz, playing a German bounty hunter in pre-civil war era US, frees Django to help him track down one of his assignments. Forging an interesting friendship, the two spend several months tracking down and killing the evil doers, occasionally using dynamite to take them out. The dialogue was perfect, the action was fantastic and the scenery was glorious. But once spring comes and the duo set out to find Django’s wife who is the in the evil (and by evil I mean completely sadistic in the worst ways) hands of a plantation owner, the story turns very sour.

I understand that there was some seriously evil people in the south, and I cringe to think about what happened to human beings during that time period. It was awful and unforgivable, but was Django Unchained the place to expound on these atrocities? Tarantino isn’t particularly known for his social commentary, I have always seen him as strictly entertainment, even on the darker side of the spectrum. So seeing the horror of Calvin Candie’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) actions played out like it was just another scene in Kill Bill or Inglorious Basterds, instead of what it was – innocent people being sadistically tortured and killed while the rest of the crew cheer on – was a line too far.

These scenes weren’t alluded too or briefly seen. They were done in true Tarantino style with all the blood, gore and camera angles you can stomach. But it’s very different when the people it’s depicting had no choice, or were just a part of the ‘sport’.

*****SORT OF SPOILER ALERT******

The true travesty of this movie, is that in the end evil wins. Django is not a good person, and by the end he becomes just as evil and depraved as his enemies, to save his wife. There is no redemptive journey for Django, in fact it is the opposite. There is no cheering for him in the end, no victory, nothing to even make you like him. His German buddy was the only light in this movie, and as the body count rises, so do the groans of disappointment. There is no high road here. In the end, Django’s journey is one to hell.

BY - February 25th, 2013 - Movie Reviews - Leave a comment

Deity (Covenant #3)

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

Last book, I loved Seth and felt pretty ‘meh’ towards Aiden. Not any more! Major love and respect for Aiden.

Seth has turned up the creep factor to ten, sneaking around, ambush cuddle sessions, and his weirdly close relationship with Lucien. Aiden on the other hand, has turned hero. Taking a huge risk following the council session in Pure. Alex of course is stuck in the middle. She realized that Seth’s connection to here may not be exactly real but her devotion to him is still uber annoying. Drop him already!

On the flip side there is nothing but good on the Alex and Aiden front, and some long waited revelations come to light. There is a lot of fun, adventure and relationships which should be enjoyed and soaked up as by the end, the shit-th has hitteth the fan.

I can’t wait for Apollyon in April!

BY - February 14th, 2013 - Books - 1 comment

I Want it Wednesday #56

I Want it Wednesday Otherwhere.co Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine, where we highlight dying-to-read upcoming releases. Parajunkee also hosts Desperately Wanting Wednesday. I Want it Wednesday is kind of a mix of both. Now with movies!

His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary-and he lives only for vengeance, determined to punish the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be kicked from the heavens, eternally damned. She is his last hope. Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength as demons stalk her every move, determined to end her. She is the key to Koldo's deliverance...and his downfall. Though he fights duty, destiny and his first addictive taste of desire, his toughest battle will be the one for Nicola's life-even if he has to sacrifice his own...

Having just finished Wicked Nights the first book in the series, I knew I would continue. Showalter was one of the first romance authors I read when I started feeding my book addiction again several years ago. There is an edge and a sense of humor in her stories that I can’t get enough of.

The Wolverine

James Mangold

Wolverine travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.

Jackman could make these movies forever and I would see them. Wolverine is one of my favorite comic book characters and his rendition of the be-metaled mutant to the screen couldn’t be more perfect. Also this poster is frackin’ gorgeous.

Sadly there is no trailer yet, but I know there will be one soon!

What are you desperately wanting this week?

BY - February 12th, 2013 - WoW - 1 comment

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Reading this book makes me want to throw everything I have ever written into the trash. Laini has such a way with words that makes her worlds so visceral you swear you can feel the heat of the sand. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of the most unique books I have ever read. I immediately fell in love with the characters and the amazing world tucked in its pages. Days of Blood and Starlight blew the first book out of the water.

Karou is now working with the Chimera as Brimstone’s replacement. The rest of the world thinks she is dead, much to Akiva’s torment. On two sides of a vicious war, these two end up working towards the same end, though very much on their own journeys.

There is an undeniable chemistry between Akiva and Karou that you know will eventually win out, but for now, they are each coming to terms with who they are and what they’ve done. In the center of it all is the dream they had together a lifetime ago of a world without war. They are like a more rational Romeo and Juliet. I love it.

The first third of the story took a bit to get going for me, but it didn’t take long to get sucked in. I loved the newish cast of characters as well as getting to know the races in depth. A great sense of culture was built for the angels and the chimeras that each have their faults and perks. Brilliant writing.

Just like the end of the first book, there is a lot of answers given and a great sense of closure for this chapter of Akiva and Karou’s life. What happens next will be a totally new venture and… well, I’m not going to give anything away. Days of Blood and Starlight is gorgeously written, with characters that belong in paintings and a world that is completely alive.

The Audiobook: Read in third person, and covering a gamut of accents, weird names, creatures and magical entities, Khristine Hvam did a great job bringing this story to life. There is a flow almost lyrical that reads well in the audiobook.

Narrator: Khristine Hvam          Length: 15 hours and 25 minutes

BY - February 12th, 2013 - Books - 5 comments

Pure (Covenant #2)

½

There is need. And then there is Fate
Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

I’m kicking myself for not continuing with this series sooner. While Half Blood was certainly intriguing it wasn’t Obsidian. After blowing through Onyx, I needed some more Armentrout so I jumped back into Covenant. Yeah, better late than never.

Within days I read through the rest of the series and realized (to my slight shock) that in some ways it was better than the Lux series. And that’s saying something.

Alex is her own force of nature, her thought processes do not resemble our earth logic, and hot headed is a nice term for her. But I love her anyway, even when she is causing more problems than solving. In Pure, Alex get’s a hard lesson in the true consequences of her actions. It’s such a huge paradigm shift for her, but Jennifer does it perfectly.

Also introduced is the council, a group of some of the most frustrating people I have ever read on the page. Especially Minister Telly, who might as well be Professor Umbridge. That man pissed me off to no end. There is a lot more going against Alex than just a few Daimon’s, really they are the least of her concerns.

The triangle of Alex, Aiden and Seth is all over the place. If I had stopped reading after Pure, I would absolutely be team Seth. He brought his A game and unlike the indecisive and ultimately forbidden Aiden, he was more appropriate for Alex at the time. They have some great scenes together full of that love/hate banter that Jennifer is so damn good at!

Pure does a great job of lining up all the forces that are building against Alex. The council, Minister Telly, Seth, the gods, the Furies, her own guilt and loss, not to mention the Daimons. Such a well weaved, adventurous and original story I was glued to every flipping word.

BY - February 11th, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment

Feature and Follow Friday #53

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!

Happy Mardi Gras! If they were throwing the HOTTEST books off of a Mardi Gras float — what would you do to have them throw to you…?

If by HOTTEST you mean hawt… I’d have to go with some of my favorites. Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changling #10) Hawk’s story; One Foot in the Grave (Nighthuntress #2); Shadowfever (Fever #5) and Angel’s Blood (Guildhunter #1).

Yep. Steamy.

On the Blog this Week:
[Feature]: Celebrate Colorado Book Month this March
[Meme]: I Want it Wednesday #55
[Book Review]: The Immortal Highlander (Highlander #6)
[Movie Review]: Safe Haven
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BY - February 7th, 2013 - Follow Friday - 6 comments

Celebrate Colorado Book Month this March

Colorado Book Month

Me and Jen @BookandLatte are spending March celebrating the great authors, writers, readers and bloggers here in Colorado! We have a ton of great things planned including interviews (author, writer, blogger), features/guest posts, memes, Twitter parties, meet ups, and more! Let’s take this opportunity to shine the spotlight on the wonderful community we have here!

Jen @bookandlatte will be hosting the ‘How I Write’ feature at her blog. If you are a Colorado author/writer be sure to sign up to be a part of this great feature!

This Colorado LifeHere at @OtherwhereCo, I’ll be hosting ‘This Colorado Life’ feature. A weekly meme on Mondays through March where we can share the awesomeness of our state. I’ll be posting the questions here for each week so you can plan ahead.

 

 

 

So mark your calendar’s for March! Be sure to SIGN UP over at LiteraryCO and check out our Pinterest board to get ready for the Reading Challenge. It’s going to be a great month :)

 

BY - February 7th, 2013 - Features - Leave a comment

I Want it Wednesday #55

I Want it Wednesday Otherwhere.co Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine, where we highlight dying-to-read upcoming releases. Parajunkee also hosts Desperately Wanting Wednesday. I Want it Wednesday is kind of a mix of both. Now with movies!

From publisher site Get ready for a major event in the smash-hit New York Times bestselling series—a secret finally revealed, and fans are guaranteed an epic surprise. In 2006, Nalini Singh introduced the beguiling and sensual Psy/Changeling world in Slave to Sensation, which spawned a series that has had readers and critics cheering. Througout the incredible 11-book run there has been one question that has tantalized Nalini’s legion of fans. Now, in the eagerly-awaited twelfth book in the series, Nalini Singh finally reveals the answer to the biggest Psy/Changeling mystery—an answer so surprising we wouldn’t dare spoil it. Even if we knew. Features a secret so shocking, the title can’t be revealed until publication.

Ok, maybe I am missing something but now that the title is released I still have no idea who this book is about. Though I should. So if you know, fill me in!

Fast and Furious 6

Justin Lin

Agent Hobbs enlists the aid of Dom and team to help bring a rival gang, led by Owen Shaw, to justice. In exchange for clear records, they must put an end to their schemes, no matter how personal the cost.

I have a deep and long love for this franchise, since day one. Maybe it’s the cars, maybe it’s Paul Walker, maybe it’s the RX8 in the first one, so doesn’t matter. I love it all and I will absolutely ride this one out until the flaming end.

What books and movies are you dying to get your hands on?

BY - February 5th, 2013 - WoW - 7 comments

The Immortal Highlander (Highlander #6)

With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerising eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensly sensual, he is free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man. Now Adam's only hope for survival is in the hands of the one woman who can actually see him.

Enter law student Gabrielle O'Callaghan. For Gabrielle, cursed with the ability to see both worlds, Mortal and Faery, it is the beginning of a long, dangerous seduction. But as Adam's quest to regain his immortality plunges them into a world of timeless magic, the price of surrender could be their very lives. Unless they can thwart the cosnpiracy that threatens both Mortal and Faery realms...and give them a shot at a destiny few mortals ever know: glorious, wondrous, endless love...

So you know how I said last week’s Karen Moning Highlander review was the last? Yeah, totally lied. In my excitement I forgot one of the most important installments in this series. For pete’s sake it’s Adam Black! Not only a character that shows up in the Fever series, but appears in almost every book in the Highlander series. 

A fae prince of sorts, playing trickster on the human’s finally gets his come uppance and is sentenced to the mortal coil. Worse yet, the fae queen makes him invisible, leaving him with nothing. That is until he runs into a sidhe seer who not only sees him but gives away her ability to. Adam Black chases after the only woman who can see him, then they run from hunters, major fae conspiracies and quite frequently, each other.

Adam Black is certainly alpha, especially being of the non human variety, but watching him have to deal with a human body and mortality is equal parts hilarious and na-na-na-na-na-na. Gabrielle, raised to ignore the fae she can see in fear of revealing her powers, starts her relationship with Black scared shitless. Of the couples in this series, I loved how they came together the most.

History of the sidhe seers is revealed, as well as some major story points that lead into The Dark Immortal and of course (once more with feeling) the Fever series. I love getting some of the back story details and there’s plenty connections to be made here.

More great chemistry, awesome story telling and a romance you can really get into. Loved every moment of it.

The Audiobook: Phil Gigante rocked it once again, big fan.

Narrator: Phil Gigante          Length: 10 hours and 5 minutes

BY - February 4th, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment