Happy Birthday, Harry Potter & JK Rowling

Today we celebrate the birthdays of two of my favorite people in the world

Harry Potter
JK Rowling
FYI: 
Harry was born only 3 days before me back in 1980. If only my parents had sent me to school at Hogwarts, we would have been in the same class and I would have helped him fight Voldemort.
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Talk Supe Casting Couch: Fever Series

Our choice for Barrons and Mac are unanimous.

David Gandy as Jericho Z Barrons.
Period. 

Katie Cassidy as MaKayla “Mac” Lane. She can pull off the blonde
and dark hair look that Mac sports in the series and I think
she’ll be able to charm us with a little Georgia girl attitude.
Cimmaron’s Picks:

Alex Pettyfer as V’Lane/Cruce
I really haven’t seen any of his film work but he definitely
could seduce lots of women just by looking at them.

Emily Browning as Dani Mega O’Malley
Emily just happens to be one of my favorite young actresses at the moment.
It might have something to do with the fact that I just recently watched
Sucker Punch and she did a kick ass job wielding a sword.
Cillian Murphy as Darroc
There is just something about Cillian Murphy that intrigues me.
His eyes are that beautiful shade of ice blue that you could get lost in but
also gives off a creepy/scary feeling. He can play a great villain. Have you seen Red Eye?

Jared Leto as Malluce
Because Jared Leto would be the kind of douche who
thought he was a Vampire and would eat UnSeelie Fae
Helen Mirren as Rowena
It’s Helen “The Queen” Mirren. This woman is fierce on screen.

Gerard Butler as Ryodan
Because if you needed a friend who’d gut you and leave you
for dead when asked, he’d be the actor to play him.
Also, I have a huge thing for Scottish men right now. 
Ian Somerhalder as Dreamy Eyed Guy/UnSeelie King or Christian MacKeltar
I first fell in love with him in LOST and you can’t deny those eyes are absolutely
dreamy. When I was reading the books Dreamy Eyed Guy and Christian MacKeltar
seemed like they would look alike and Mac had almost mistaken them as the same guy. 
Keira Knightley as Aoibheel the Seelie Queen
She’s beautiful and can pull of the ethereal look. 
Braine’s Picks
(Disclaimer: when I was visualizing my “cast”, I was thinking that contacts, hair dyes, accent coaches and fitness trainers are readily available so their current “looks” might not be exact but with a little Hollywood magic it’ll be fine)

Ruper Friend as V’lane/Cruce
 I love Mr. Friend, he’s a great actor and I’m pretty sure he can pull it off as my beloved (though traitorous) fae.


Chloe Moretz as Dani Mega O’Malley.
If you’ve seen her in Kick Ass, you’ll know that she can doesn’t have any problems 
with having a potty mouth and she’s got the moves that can kick serious petunias.


Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Darroc.
He has a sinister appeal and Irish to boot! I always loved him as Henry VIII in Showtime’s The Tudors.

Marilyn Manson as Malluce
I always picture this guy as the Unseelie flesh eatung, vampire-wannabe when I was reading the series. 

He’s just the right amount of crazy… or maybe even more.



Jane Fonda as Rowena.
She’s just so feisty even in real life and I think she can be a pain if she really wants to.


Chace Crawford as Dreamy Eyed Guy/(Un)Seelie King.
He is dreamy and so are his eyes.


Clive Owen as Ryodan.
He has that feral intensity about him.

Olivia Wilde as Aiobheal the Seelie Queen.
I just love her. Nuff said.

Dead to the World

This is the reason why our favorite Southern Vampire Mysteries novel is the
4th one, Dead to the World. If you’ve read the book you’d understand why
the Witch War was just amazing beyond words.
I think it’s the best one in the entire series, the fae war pales in comparison hands down.
I must say, Ms. Harris did a fine job with this one.

And although Mr. Alan Ball has something slightly different in mind
I’m glad that if anything, he amped up the events that will lead to the inevitable
confrontation between these Supernatural forces. Fiona Shaw is spectacular as the Head Witch, I’m still debating the point as to whether or not I hate or like her.
But her character is a godsend, without Marni we won’t be seeing a lot of naked Eric.

Of course my favorite is still those steamy love scenes between Sookie and Eric. Even though in the 11th novel, Dead Reckoning, Charlaine Harris continues to jack up
these two love birds (poor Sookie), I’m still praying that their love for each other
will prevail. I’m such a romantic I know but there’s no room left for anything else when
it comes to these two.

How could you not love them?

 

Dead to the World

This is the reason why our favorite Southern Vampire Mysteries novel is the
4th one, Dead to the World. If you’ve read the book you’d understand why
the Witch War was just amazing beyond words.
I think it’s the best one in the entire series, the fae war pales in comparison hands down.
I must say, Ms. Harris did a fine job with this one.

And although Mr. Alan Ball has something slightly different in mind
I’m glad that if anything, he amped up the events that will lead to the inevitable
confrontation between these Supernatural forces. Fiona Shaw is spectacular as the Head Witch, I’m still debating the point as to whether or not I hate or like her.
But her character is a godsend, without Marni we won’t be seeing a lot of naked Eric.

Of course my favorite is still those steamy love scenes between Sookie and Eric. Even though in the 11th novel, Dead Reckoning, Charlaine Harris continues to jack up
these two love birds (poor Sookie), I’m still praying that their love for each other
will prevail. I’m such a romantic I know but there’s no room left for anything else when
it comes to these two.

How could you not love them?

 

Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon

plot summary &excerpt here

Series: Dark-Hunter 10; Were-Hunter 5
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 28, 2006
Purchase Link: Amazon

Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks, but then she gets a lead on a story that could salvage her extinct career. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a hot news tip, which she gets in the form of a major police cover-up … for a ring of soul-sucking vampires out to take over Seattle. So much for saving her credibility.

And if that isn’t bad enough, she gets talked into adopting a cat and finds she’s allergic to it. A cat that turns out to be a shapeshifter who claims to be an immortal vampire slayer on the prowl for the same corrupt cops. her first thought: seek professional help.

But as Susan’s drawn into Ravyn’s dark and dangerous world, she comes to realize that there’s a lot more at stake than just her defunct career. Now it’s no longer a question of bringing the truth to her readers; it’s a matter of saving their very lives and souls.

Ravyn’s life was shattered over four hundred years ago, when he mistakenly trusted the wrong human with the truth of his existence. He lost his family, his honor, and his life. Now, in order to save the people of Seattle, he’s forced to confront that nightmare all over again, and to trust another woman with the secret that could destroy him.

In the world of the Dark-Hunters, life is always dangerous. But never more so than now, when a very human woman can shatter their entire world with just one story. The only question is … will she?

This book cracked me up! Kenyon sure has a sense of humor I tell you. See Ravyn is an Arcadian Were-Hunter who turns into a leopard and Susan, an investigative reporter who fell on hard times professionally, is allergic to cats. I was laughing my butt off during their supposedly steamy scenes. The first time that they tried to do it Susan can’t help but have an allergic reaction to Ravyn’s cat fur that seems to cling to his long hair. Her throat would constrict and she can feel the fur tickling her esophagus. When they finally succeeded, Susan has to take breaks in between because she was coughing incessantly! 

 
Aside from the comedy, I like Susan and her fearless attitude. She’s very feisty, speaks her mind and refuses to be intimidated. She is the perfect fit for the Dark-Hunter world amongst all the leading ladies that graced the chapters of Kenyon’s books. As for Ravyn, his story got eclipsed by Acheron and Nick Gaultier though his backstory is heartbreaking nonetheless as is universal amongst the Hunters.
There are just a lot of major plots going on at the same time that distracts the reader from really empathizing with Ravyn. Stryker and his Spathi crew are relentless and their roles in the story is getting interesting. After reading Kiss of the Night, I’m afraid I’m torn about how I feel about the cursed race of Apollo. The war between the Daimons and the Hunters seems to be this big farce and they are but the pawns of the Greek Celestial Twins. No wonder Apollymi wants out!
Going back to Acheron, I’m just getting tired of the his daliance with Artemis. Can Kenyon make up another reason why Acheron is busy somewhere else? Surely there are other things that can occupy him aside from giving the Goddess of the Hunt multiple spasms. And we also meet Nick Gaultier as a Hunter, it is in this book where he made the quintessential deal with the devil so he can get his Act of Vengeance against Acheron. These are the events that will lead to his alter-ego Ambrose. This side of Nick is so far from the loving and happy boy in Kenyon’s other series Chronicles of Nick. He is full of hate, anger and to say that he is tormented is an understatement.
On a side note, I am looking forward to reading Acheron’s story and see how it will all go down. I hope that he lets Simi eat Artemis with BBQ Sauce on the side.

Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon

plot summary &excerpt here

Series: Dark-Hunter 10; Were-Hunter 5
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 28, 2006
Purchase Link: Amazon

Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks, but then she gets a lead on a story that could salvage her extinct career. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a hot news tip, which she gets in the form of a major police cover-up … for a ring of soul-sucking vampires out to take over Seattle. So much for saving her credibility.

And if that isn’t bad enough, she gets talked into adopting a cat and finds she’s allergic to it. A cat that turns out to be a shapeshifter who claims to be an immortal vampire slayer on the prowl for the same corrupt cops. her first thought: seek professional help.

But as Susan’s drawn into Ravyn’s dark and dangerous world, she comes to realize that there’s a lot more at stake than just her defunct career. Now it’s no longer a question of bringing the truth to her readers; it’s a matter of saving their very lives and souls.

Ravyn’s life was shattered over four hundred years ago, when he mistakenly trusted the wrong human with the truth of his existence. He lost his family, his honor, and his life. Now, in order to save the people of Seattle, he’s forced to confront that nightmare all over again, and to trust another woman with the secret that could destroy him.

In the world of the Dark-Hunters, life is always dangerous. But never more so than now, when a very human woman can shatter their entire world with just one story. The only question is … will she?

This book cracked me up! Kenyon sure has a sense of humor I tell you. See Ravyn is an Arcadian Were-Hunter who turns into a leopard and Susan, an investigative reporter who fell on hard times professionally, is allergic to cats. I was laughing my butt off during their supposedly steamy scenes. The first time that they tried to do it Susan can’t help but have an allergic reaction to Ravyn’s cat fur that seems to cling to his long hair. Her throat would constrict and she can feel the fur tickling her esophagus. When they finally succeeded, Susan has to take breaks in between because she was coughing incessantly! 

 
Aside from the comedy, I like Susan and her fearless attitude. She’s very feisty, speaks her mind and refuses to be intimidated. She is the perfect fit for the Dark-Hunter world amongst all the leading ladies that graced the chapters of Kenyon’s books. As for Ravyn, his story got eclipsed by Acheron and Nick Gaultier though his backstory is heartbreaking nonetheless as is universal amongst the Hunters.
There are just a lot of major plots going on at the same time that distracts the reader from really empathizing with Ravyn. Stryker and his Spathi crew are relentless and their roles in the story is getting interesting. After reading Kiss of the Night, I’m afraid I’m torn about how I feel about the cursed race of Apollo. The war between the Daimons and the Hunters seems to be this big farce and they are but the pawns of the Greek Celestial Twins. No wonder Apollymi wants out!
Going back to Acheron, I’m just getting tired of the his daliance with Artemis. Can Kenyon make up another reason why Acheron is busy somewhere else? Surely there are other things that can occupy him aside from giving the Goddess of the Hunt multiple spasms. And we also meet Nick Gaultier as a Hunter, it is in this book where he made the quintessential deal with the devil so he can get his Act of Vengeance against Acheron. These are the events that will lead to his alter-ego Ambrose. This side of Nick is so far from the loving and happy boy in Kenyon’s other series Chronicles of Nick. He is full of hate, anger and to say that he is tormented is an understatement.
On a side note, I am looking forward to reading Acheron’s story and see how it will all go down. I hope that he lets Simi eat Artemis with BBQ Sauce on the side.

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward

Plot summary & excerpt

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood 7
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: April 28, 2009
Purchase Link: Amazon

Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood.

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood-even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.


Rhevenge of the Halfling

This is the best BDB book so far, no wonder Rhevenge is very popular with the ladies. He is the ultimate bad boy, a drug kingpin, whore, pimp, thug & murderer, with good intentions that more often than not goes awry.

So our dearest half sympath is on the verge of discovering his destiny. He has always been living in the shadows but special circumstances forced him to take the honorable course in not so honorable means. It’s wonderfully written and as a reader you will really understand his struggle and cannot help but be in awe of Rhevenge. Plus Ward’s sympaths are really repulsive, disgusting but drawing at the same time.

Aside from Bella (Zsadist’s shellan) Ehlena is my next favorite, she’s feisty and is just tenacious in her quest to “save” Rhevenge. I loved how Ward wrote their POV’s side by side so we’re in their heads during those crucial moments. There was a little role reversal here too, Rhevenge became this vulnerable, circumspect guy who is very protective of Ehlena, from himself and other things. And Ehlena is this very trusting girl who chose not to see his flaws but pursues him til he fell for her, refusing to let him let her go.

What really got me going in this book is not only Rhevenge’s story but about Wrath’s (Dark Lover), the Blind King as well. So now he’s literally Blind and the way he came to terms with his disability and how he has to be relieved of his duties as a fighting Brother is really heartbreaking. The struggles he went through in this process was not sugar-coated but very grown up, unromaticized. We see him pushing away people, betraying Bella and refusing or hesitant to recieve help to mask his own fears and self loathing. Ward wrote this part wonderfully.

I can tell that Ward was very inspired when she wrote about Rhevenge, I’m betting that he and the Blind King are her favorite characters in the BDB Series. Now it really feels a real series to me at this point because we get updates about previous charaters we’ve read about. It feels whole and not just character-centric like Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters. There is a continuity which makes it more intriguing, its clutches gripping you slowly until you find out that you are hooked like the rest of the Cellies.

Review: Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward

Plot summary & excerpt

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood 7
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: April 28, 2009
Purchase Link: Amazon

Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood.

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood-even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.


Rhevenge of the Halfling

This is the best BDB book so far, no wonder Rhevenge is very popular with the ladies. He is the ultimate bad boy, a drug kingpin, whore, pimp, thug & murderer, with good intentions that more often than not goes awry.

So our dearest half sympath is on the verge of discovering his destiny. He has always been living in the shadows but special circumstances forced him to take the honorable course in not so honorable means. It’s wonderfully written and as a reader you will really understand his struggle and cannot help but be in awe of Rhevenge. Plus Ward’s sympaths are really repulsive, disgusting but drawing at the same time.

Aside from Bella (Zsadist’s shellan) Ehlena is my next favorite, she’s feisty and is just tenacious in her quest to “save” Rhevenge. I loved how Ward wrote their POV’s side by side so we’re in their heads during those crucial moments. There was a little role reversal here too, Rhevenge became this vulnerable, circumspect guy who is very protective of Ehlena, from himself and other things. And Ehlena is this very trusting girl who chose not to see his flaws but pursues him til he fell for her, refusing to let him let her go.

What really got me going in this book is not only Rhevenge’s story but about Wrath’s (Dark Lover), the Blind King as well. So now he’s literally Blind and the way he came to terms with his disability and how he has to be relieved of his duties as a fighting Brother is really heartbreaking. The struggles he went through in this process was not sugar-coated but very grown up, unromaticized. We see him pushing away people, betraying Bella and refusing or hesitant to recieve help to mask his own fears and self loathing. Ward wrote this part wonderfully.

I can tell that Ward was very inspired when she wrote about Rhevenge, I’m betting that he and the Blind King are her favorite characters in the BDB Series. Now it really feels a real series to me at this point because we get updates about previous charaters we’ve read about. It feels whole and not just character-centric like Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters. There is a continuity which makes it more intriguing, its clutches gripping you slowly until you find out that you are hooked like the rest of the Cellies.