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The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.
Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.
Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.
The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.
Goodnight Argent did not have a subtle start. Their first gig as a band was at the legendary Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Since then, they have continued to find success both on the stage, and off. Goodnight Argent’s debut E.P. was produced by Chase Thompson, and mastered by 4-time Grammy Award winner Gavin Lurssen. Their first single “Battlegrounds” has received airplay on multiple Hot AC, CHR/Top 40, and College radio stations across the nation. Goodnight Argent has received several awards for their songwriting abilities including the Grand Prize in Pop for the John Lennon Songwriting contest as well as awards from Billboard, and the International Songwriting Competition. Their debut E.P. is being released on March 7th. For booking info visit www.GoodnightArgent.com
After Entertainment Weekly spilled the beans about Michael Rosenbaum not returning for the finale of Smallville, with an unnamed source saying he’s done with it, word has come out rather quickly that it’s not true and the actor is signed on for the series finale of Smallville to return to the role of Lex Luthor. Rosenbaum left the series back in 2008 to focus on his writing career but has been actively wooed for quite awhile now for a return of some sort in the final season and especially the finale if nothing else. According to Deadline Hollywood, everything got signed on the dotted line on Friday night, possibly spurred on a little more by all the reports that were out there dismaying the fans.
“It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited about having Michael back,” Smallville executive producers/showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson said. “And as far as the way he returns … there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”
Rosenbaum himself commented on the deal by saying, “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is,” he said. “I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats. Ha ha. I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again….. Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he’s destined to be.”
Houck’s debut YA fantasy, which she self-published in 2009, is richly imagined, but pacing and technique lag behind her inventiveness. Eighteen-year-old Kelsey Hayes gets a temporary summer job working at a one-ring circus that features a white Bengal tiger named Dhiren. Kelsey and Ren, as she calls the tiger, form an immediate bond, and when a mysterious businessman purchases Ren, Kelsey is asked to escort him to his new home on an Indian reserve (despite her complete lack of experience). Given extensive foreshadowing, it’s no surprise that Ren turns into a man once back in his native land, inspiring Kelsey to break the ancient curse that forces Ren to shape-shift. The attractive premise is let down by wooden dialogue, excessive detail, and wobbly mechanics; Kelsey’s plainspoken narration more often befits a preteen than a high school graduate (“Poor thing. All alone with no girl tiger and no tiger cubs”). Houck doesn’t quite realize her potential in this outing. Two companion books, Tiger’s Quest and Tiger’s Voyage, are due later in 2011. Ages 12 up.
Big thanks to Groove Armada for introducing Fenech-Soler to the industry at large. I had never heard of this artist until “Paper Romance” by Groove Armada, and even then I was unaware as to the particulars of this oddly-named entity. Turns out, Fenech-Soler is a four-piece electropop band from the UK and not a single person. Actually, singer Ben Duffy represented the group on Groove Armada’s Black Light album, and there is no reason not to fall in love with this group. Ben Duffy has a great pop-punk voice (think Hellogoodbye, Fallout Boy, etc.) that the group swirls into their emotional electropop to create undeniably catchy songs like “Demons”. The mixes of “Demons” don’t stray far from the uplifting feel of the original, each staying within the style of the mixer. Yuksek’s mix employs a lazy synth and a demanding beat, while Wideboys inject some bass into the track. Drums of Death give what sounds like the most radical mix, frenzied and schizophrenic, while Jokers of the Scene give a deliberate and spacey mix. Plump DJs go all out with a Dutch-inspired mix that sounds excellent. And in a dubstep-lite mix, Alan Wilkis slows the track and throws in some electro quirkiness inbetween sympathetic bouts of emotional guitar. All in all, “Demons” is a track you can take places, and should as Fenech-Soler is a band to watch out for.
From executive producers Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga (24, “Star Trek: Enterprise”) and David Fury (“Lost,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) comes an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making.
TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a massive experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. With the majority of plant and animal life extinct, devotion to science has brought mankind to the brink of destruction, but has also provided its only hope for salvation.
Knowing there is no way to reverse the damage to the planet, a coalition of scientists has managed to open up a fracture in the space-time continuum, creating a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race…possibly changing the future by correcting the mistakes of the past. Continue reading