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Mon
Jun 6 2016 12:00pm

The Controversy of an HEA: Why I Like It When A Court of Mist and Fury Flipped The Script

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Necessary spoiler tag is necessary. We're talking about the HEA (Happily Ever After) of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, which of course comes at the end of the book so be warned, there will be spoilers! Further warning, this is not a genre romance, so expectations should be managed. 

Jenn Proffitt recommended A Court of Thorns and Roses to me last year and I devoured it in one sitting. After saving A Court of Mist and Fury—by saving I mean I waited on reading it much like a kid would save a favorite candy bar—all I can say is wow, Sarah J. Maas has managed to do something I never thought I’d love. Maas retroactively changed the happy ending given to Tamlin and Feyre in A Court of Thorns and Roses and flipped the script so that Feyre ended up in love with my favorite character in the series, Rhysand.

[Flipping the script...]

Tue
Oct 27 2015 11:00am

Lost Girl 5x16 Recap and SPOILER Thread: Faenale

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including for Season 5, Episode 16, “Rise," which aired Sunday on Showcase in Canada. We'll re-share this Bo/Dyson-centric recap when the episode airs on SyFy in the U.S. in early 2016!

Burning down da house. Hilton Hovel is in flames. Dyson is barely holding the final roof beams from caving in, thus bringing the whole place down on top of them. On the floor, coughing for air, Doctor Lauren notices Bo left the Hotphaestus Horseshoe on the mantle (along with more of Trick’s books destined to burn in effigy. Sob.) Sure, but where’s the red kimono?! Suddenly, a ripping sound comes from behind them as Bruce tears the wall away from outside to provide an exit. BRUCE! “Hey, guys,” he says as though they just met up at a café.

[You know, just keeping it casual...]

Tue
Oct 20 2015 1:00pm

Lost Girl 5x15 Recap and SPOILER Thread: My Kingdom for a Succubus

 

 

Editor's Note (3/15/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Lost Girl 5x15, the penultimate episode of the show, which aired last night on SyFy in the U.S. Come back next week to dish about the series finale!

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Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including for Season 5, Episode 15, “Let Them Burn," which aired Sunday on Showcase in Canada. We'll re-share this Bo/Dyson-centric recap when the episode airs on SyFy in the U.S. in early 2016!

HILTON HOVEL IS ON FIRE!!! Dyson, Kenzi, Mark, and Doctor Lauren stand in the common room gaping at the fire as it tears through the house. They worry where Bo might be and race for her room, but are blocked by fire and debris as the floor above collapses into the stairwell. Kenzi screams that she’s not leaving without Bo and when she tries to climb over the debris to get up the stairs, Dyson lifts her up and hauls her back into the common room shouting, “It’s too dangerous!” They head for the front door, but that too is blocked by debris and fire. Kenzi spies the microwave and then looks above it to the not-working smoke alarm. She realizes Jack set the fire. Outside, the line of kerosene streaks down from Hilton Hovel and out to the street where Bo stands, kerosene can in hand, coldly watching her home and her family burn.

Credits.

[Way to leave us on edge!]

Wed
Oct 14 2015 12:30pm

Lost Girl 5x14 Recap and SPOILER Thread: We’re Off to See the Succubus

TV Recap: Lost Girl 5x14 Bo on The Yellow Brick Road

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including for Season 5, Episode 14, “Follow The Yellow Brick Road," which aired Sunday on Showcase in Canada. We'll re-share this Bo/Dyson-centric recap when the episode airs on SyFy in the U.S. in early 2016!

Bo wakes up in bed at Hilton Hovel dressed in a red and white gingham dress with a sweetheart neckline and a red belt. The back of the dress is all ruffles, like a modernized bustle. Her hair is braided in two pigtails tipped with red ribbons. She looks like she stepped off the farm for some Wizard of Oz-themed campy show. Hang on…

We know we’re not in the real world because everything around Bo is black and white and there’s jaunty music. The jaunty music is always a dead giveaway. Bo catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror. “I just woke up in a Lucy rerun.”

[And we thought things couldn't get any better ...]

Tue
Oct 6 2015 11:00am

Lost Girl 5x13 Recap and SPOILER Thread: Succubus Picture Day

Lost Girl 5x13 It's time to figure everything out.

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including for Season 5, Episode 13, “Family Portrait," which aired Sunday on Showcase in Canada. We'll re-share this Bo/Dyson-centric recap when the episode airs on SyFy in the U.S. in early 2016!

Home at Hilton Hovel with Tamsin, Bo is frustrated that her super forged-by-the-gods-just-for-her weapon is a horseshoe. Tamsin attempts to come up with a few alternative uses for it, but only succeeds in breaking the glass in the vending machine, which is not a total loss given how hungry she’s been since taking down Freyja. She points out that Trick did say the horseshoe would protect Bo from “Jack in a glass box.” I’m more than a little ashamed I didn’t cotton onto that Jack-in-a-box pun sooner. Pun-fu fail.

[Family is becoming very important ...]

Mon
Jan 5 2015 1:55pm

Lost Girl 5x05 SPOILER THREAD: Luck Be a Succubus Tonight

Bo and Tamsin in Lost Girl 5x05We'll be doing full recaps for Lost Girl when it airs in the United States on the SyFy channel. Meanwhile, enjoy a quick summary of last night's episode and discuss!

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night's Season 5, Episode 5, “It's Your Lucky Fae.”

It’s Bo’s birthday! And we know how that always goes so well. Already, she’s got a box delivered from Daddy, which is about as creepy as it sounds when your Father is Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Talk about your gifts from hell. Inside the gaily wrapped box is…another box. Older and creepier and loaded with potential dire meaning, but still, a box. Incidentally, it’s the same box that Bo was winding in the promos for season two, so props to Lost Girl for continuity! Wow. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. ­­­-

The card enclosed reads Happy Birthday, Precious. Love, Daddy. Who do you think did a package pickup in hell, UPS or FedEx? Properly freaked out, Bo calls Cassie the Oracle for a confab. Cassie is only too happy to have her dating site date interrupted. She wants Cassie to tell her what the birthday gift from hell means. “All I’m good for, right?” Cassie sneers. Gotta wonder when the last time was that Bo gave Cassie a call without wanting something from her. They agree to meet at The Dal the next day for pints on Bo and a consult.

[Happy Birthday, Bo!]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 10:30am

First Look: Karen Marie Moning’s Burned (January 20, 2015)

Burned by Karen Marie MoningKaren Marie Moning
Burned (Fever #7)
Delacorte / January 20, 2015 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil is blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

Burned is one of the most anticipated books in romance, long-delayed and coming (belatedly) on the heels of Iced, which took a left turn from where Karen Marie Moning's Fever series had been heading.

[It's getting hot in here!...]

Mon
Jan 19 2015 3:02pm

Lost Girl 5x07 Recap and SPOILER Thread: Succubus at the Heart of the Storm

Bo and Dyson on the case in Lost Girl 5x07We'll be recapping Lost Girl as it airs on Showcase in Canada and we'll be repromoting them as it airs in the United States on the SyFy channel. Enjoy and discuss!

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night's Season 5, Episode 7, “Here Comes the Night.”

Chaos reigns in the streets of Faeronto. A tornado touched down in downtown, wrecking cars, pinning people, generally wreaking havoc heretofore unseen. Dirty and disheveled, Dyson and Bo slowly make their way through the disaster. They’re both visibly stunned by the scope of the damage around them. It’s very dark; look, they put such a dark filter on this episode, it is really hard to make things out. I’m all for ambiance and playing with shadows, but we the people have to be able to see what’s going on in order to know what’s going on. And it’s not like Lost Girl was such a brightly lit show to begin with.

Bo hears someone calling for air in a car pinned down by a telephone pole. She runs for the door while Dyson lifts the pole off the car. “Hasn’t every annoying person ever told you: lift with your legs,” Bo orders. “Way to make light of a heavy situation,” he replies as he hefts the pole off the car. They get the people out. Tamsin hurries up to tell them the tornados passed on to the east. Dyson goes to take care of the humans they freed. Tamsin thinks the scene looks like a battlefield and she’s seen enough to know. “Shit got real.” Frightened, Bo admits she’s never seen anything like it. Tamsin puts her arm around Bo and promises it’s nothing they can’t handle together. “You’re my girl.” Bo starts to have The Talk, but backs off instead. Wandering through the wreckage she finds a huge mark of the triskele burned into the street.

[Saved by the mark...]

Sat
Apr 18 2015 12:41pm

Lost Girl 5x01 Discussion Thread: Come Hell or High Water

Kenzi in Lost Girl Season 5, episode 1

Editor's Note (2/2/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Lost Girl 5x01, airing tonight on Syfy in the U.S.

 

The first half of the final season of Lost Girl has finally begun in the U.S! Kiersten Hallie Krum's recaps return next week (!!!). Until then, we welcome discussion about the Season 5 premiere, “Like Hell, Part 1,” in which Bo proves she will stop at nothing to find and rescue Kenzi in Valhalla. Except...is the afterlife really so bad?

What did you think of the episode, and what are you hoping to see the rest of the season?

Mon
Oct 6 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

To Love a King: A Special Deleted Scene

Shona Husk

Do you love a good fairy tale romance? What about a fae romance? Shona Husk is here today to offer a special deleted scene that sets up the romance in her latest book in her Court of Annwyn series, To Love a King (available October 7). Learn about Felan and Jacqui before you get their whole story tomorrow with a sneak peek of the deleted prologue.

HE'S TRYING TO RECLAIM THE PAST

To keep the balance between good and evil at the court of Annwyn, Prince Felan ap Gwyn has two weeks to marry and take the crown. But he wants more than just power-he wants love; a love he once had but was too stubborn to hold on to.

SHE'S STRUGGLING TO FACE THE FUTURE

It took years for Jacqueline Ara to put her life back together after Felan abandoned her. She's moved on, even if her heart still burns for him. But with war in Annwyn looming and death bleeding into the mortal world, Felan and Jacquie will need to heal old wounds and rekindle the passion that once welled between them...or face losing everything.

A Note from Shona Husk:

I wrote this prologue so I knew what had happened between Felan and Jacqui seven years ago. I wanted to know what their romance had been like the first time around so I could learn what it would be like when they got their second chance. There is always a lot at stake in a second chance romance because of the past, but it makes for a sweeter ending. I think it’s the contrast between devastation and elation. But as with most prologues, it wasn’t necessary for the reader as all of the information is unfolded in the story. So it got cut.

I still love the prologue though as it shows Jacqui much younger and less sure about what she wants—she has to go through hell to grow up and be the queen Felan needs. It takes the loss of Jacqui for Felan to realize what is truly important to him and Annwyn. Seven years ago neither of them was ready for what is coming in To Love a King.

While their romance ended in tragedy the first time, they have a love that was meant to be and that is strong enough to save two worlds.

Seven Years Ago…

Jacqui smoothed one hand over her bare stomach, turning sideways and checking her reflection in the bathroom mirror. Still flat. No one could tell—yet. But she knew it would only be a matter of weeks until her belly popped out and her parents realized she was pregnant. She closed her eyes and swallowed down the panic that blossomed in her chest. She had no idea what to tell them. They already hated her boyfriend. This would be unforgivable in their eyes.

[Continue on to read the full deleted scene from To Love a King...]

Sat
Aug 16 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

Ever After: Exclusive Excerpt

Kate SeRine

Ever After by Kate SeRine

To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood—the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?

Get a sneak peek of Kate SeRine's Ever After (available August 21, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As I slipped out of the rift, I made a grab, my hand closing around her arm before she even realized I was there. I spun her around, snatching the hood from her head in the same movement.

And then I forgot to breathe.

In my shock, I released her, staggering back with a choked cry, stumbling over my own feet and ass-planting in the fallen leaves. For a long moment, I could only stare up at the woman before me, unable to accept what my eyes were seeing.

You,” I finally managed to croak, tears of disbelief blurring my vision. “It’s you.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of a selected scene from Ever After...]

Tue
Jul 15 2014 4:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal for Leigh Evans’s The Danger of Destiny!

Today at Heroes and Heartbreakers we're thrilled to reveal the cover for Leigh Evans's The Danger of Destiny, the latest adventure in Evans's Mystwalker series. Hedi Peacock is half Were, half Fae—and all heart, when it comes to rescuing someone very dear to her. See below to get under the cover with The Danger of Destiny!

[Your destiny is behind the curtain...or at least the cover is...]

Sat
Mar 29 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Immortal Hunter: Exclusive Excerpt

Kait Ballenger

Immortal Hunter by Kait BallengerHunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he's a member of the Execution Underground, and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he's ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart Allsún O'Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they're swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún's life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.

Get a sneak peek of Kait Ballenger's Immortal Hunter (available April 1, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“What exactly were you expecting to do when you got here? Single-handedly take down a demon with no weapons and protected by nothing but a hospital gown?” David asked.

He loosened his hold enough for her to wiggle free. As soon as Allsún left his arms, he missed the feel of her body pressed against him. He grabbed her hand to keep her from leaving, but she wrenched away from him.

“I hadn’t thought that far through it, okay? Get off my case. What does it matter to you, anyway?”

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Immortal Hunter...]

Tue
Jan 21 2014 2:49pm

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 2 Recap: Succubus Awakened

Bo in Lost Girl 4x02We're delighted to once again bring you recaps of Lost Girl, now airing its fourth season in the United States. Don't forget to check into all our Lost Girl coverage, but be warned there are discussion posts for later episodes (we've been talking about the show as it airs in Canada) that contain SPOILERS. Thanks, and please weigh in with your comments!

This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night’s 4x02, “Sleeping Beauty School."

Trick crouches above an open grate in the floor of Tolkien’s Lair and gazes down at the snapshot of Bo from (Dis)Members that he’s presumably obtained from the now-absent Aoife. Where did Aoife go again? Is she beneath that grate, maybe down with the UnderFae who didn’t survive its YDawning who Trick keeps beneath the Dal? Perhaps she’s sharing a room with Trick’s troll? Memory restored, Trick speaks to the photo as he wipes something from the photo with a rag. “We remember you, Bo. And we need you back. So please, my darling granddaughter, just tell us: Where are you?” Does he expect the photo to talk back? That would be a neat trick. Heh. Sometimes the puns write themselves. The camera zeroes in to show the blood smears on the photo. Aoife’s blood? Must be.

[Where oh where is Bo?...]

Mon
Jan 20 2014 11:28am

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 10 Discussion: Destiny Awaits

Bo in Lost Girl 4.10, WavesDid you catch last night's episode of Lost Girl on Showcase in Canada? Let's discuss!

Here's the official description for Season 4, Episode 10, “Waves”:

With the gang still reeling from Bo's shocking announcement, Kenzi signs them up for an undercover mission at a mysterious corporation. Meanwhile, Bo retraces the steps that may lead to her destiny.

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will of course be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode in the comments.

Want more Lost Girl? Check out Kiersten Hallie Krum's weekly Season 4 recaps the day after the episode airs on SyFy in the U.S. Read her rundown of 4.01 now, and look out for 4.02 tomorrow.

Tue
Jan 14 2014 2:57pm

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 1 Recap: Succubus Forgotten

Kenzi, Dyson, and Hale in Lost Girl 4x01We're delighted to again be recapping Lost Girl, now airing its fourth season in the United States. Don't forget to check into all our Lost Girl coverage, but be warned there are discussion posts for later episodes (we've been talking about the show as it airs in Canada) that contain SPOILERS. Thanks, and please weigh in with your comments!

This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night’s 4x01, “In Memoriam."

A jalopy truck with a flatbed pulls into a warehouse in the middle of the night. As the disembodied driver—as in, “we only see his feet,” not as in “his body is missing.” I know; it’s Lost Girl. Could go either way. Anyway, as the disembodied driver walks away, Kenzi drops down from her hiding spot in the jalopy’s undercarriage, a lovely callback to how she got into the glass factory in S1E1, and hurries over in her stiletto boots to hide behind a front loader. “Oh boo ya!” she cheers. “Now let’s see what all the fuss is about.” Kenzi Cop Detective!

[What is going on here?...]

Mon
Jan 13 2014 11:06am

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 9 Discussion: Sweet Child O’ Mine

Tamsin and the king in Lost Girl 4x09 Destiny's ChildLast night's Lost Girl introduced a new character who may or may not be someone important to Bo. Here's the synopsis of Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 9, “Destiny's Child”:

Bo resolves to go to hell and back to get the answers she’s been searching for, with or without her friends' support. Meanwhile, Kenzi's determined to uncover what Trick's hiding.

So who do you think the new guy really is? What's his importance to Bo?

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will of course be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode in the comments.

Want more Lost Girl? Our weekly recaps will be back TOMORROW, following its Season 4 debut on SyFy tonight!

Tue
Jan 7 2014 3:15pm

Top 5 SyFy Man-Candy Morsels for 2014: Lost Girl, Bitten, Being Human, and Helix

Greyston Holt as Clay on BittenJanuary means new beginnings, resolutions and the end of re-runs on television. Specifically, it’s the month SyFy starts bringing back many of our favorite shows. The network has found its niche of giving us edgy supernatural shows with depth, and we can’t get enough. Better yet, they’re bringing two new shows to the small screen this month that look stellar.

And while, of course, we love the strong character arcs and the clever plots on shows like Lost Girl and Being Human… well, we like the—ahem—visual stimulation, too.

We’re about to get supernaturally prurient on you. It’s time to delve into the Top 5 SyFy Man-Candy Morsels for 2014.

1. Greyston Holt as Clay on Bitten

We might be biased when it comes to Bitten. If you’re not familiar, the new SyFy show is based on the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. (Well, the first novel, also called Bitten.) The adaptation of this ass-kicking, werewolf series looks stellar from what we’ve seen.

[More sexy werewolves always wanted...]

Mon
Dec 30 2013 6:11pm

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 8 Discussion: Deck the Halls

Lost Girl Season 4, episode 8, Groundhog FaeLast night's Lost Girl Season 4 episode 8, “Groundhog Fae,” brought the humor with a storyline inspired by Bill Murray's Groundhog Day. Here's the episode's official description:

Bo's friends are too busy celebrating Yule to notice she’s missing. But when the night starts repeating itself, Bo makes it her mission to stop it.

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will of course be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode.

Want more Lost Girl? Our weekly recaps will be back in 2014 when Lost Girlbegins airing on SyFy in the U.S.!

Mon
Dec 23 2013 10:30am

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 7 Discussion: Free Dyson!

Dyson in Lost Girl 4.07, La Fae EpoqueIn last night's Lost Girl Season 4 episode, “La Fae Époque,” Bo and Lauren team up to help exonerate Dyson for murder. Here's the (very brief) synopsis:

Bo and Lauren delve into Dyson's memory when he's on trial for murder.

What did you think?

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will of course be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode.

Want more Lost Girl? Our weekly recaps will be back in 2014 when Lost Girlbegins airing on SyFy in the U.S.!