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Sun
May 1 2016 2:00pm

Ship Just Got Real in Captain America: Civil War—Time To Decide Your Side (Part 2 of 2)

Team Cap vs Team Iron Man Part 2 gif

Team H&H is having its own Civil War among our bloggers as two of our most die-hard superhero fans, Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi, take a side in Captain America: Civil War. Today they're offering up their State of the Ship for each side, but look back on their opening argument to decide your decide, as they detail what their side winning or losing could mean for the ships we've come to love in the Marvel Universe. 

Team Captain America (Pen):

In the opening argument of the #TeamIronMan post, Sahara delves into members of the team and reasons why they are on Tony’s side, including being haunted by past mistakes, much like Tony. #TeamIronMan sees this as a good thing but I see it as another reason to not be on #TeamIronMan. Tony causing the rift amongst the heroes is doing more than just pitting them against one another; he’s also jeopardizing a few of the bromances and romances amongst the teams. Our heroes splitting up when there is an imminent danger to the planet on the horizon (don’t forget Thanos is on his way!) is bad enough but the thought of these relationships falling apart causes me even more distress. Let’s check in on how Civil War may affect a few of the ‘ships I have a vested interest in. Gif via asparkshinesbright

[Let's now hear from #TeamIronMan ...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 3:00pm

Captain America vs. Iron Man: Which Side Are You On? Part 1 of 2

Captain American #Team Cap vs Iron Man #TeamIronMan in Civil War

Team H&H is having its own Civil War among our bloggers as two of our most die-hard superhero fans, Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi, take a side in Captain America: Civil War. Today they're offering up their opening arguments for each side, but come back on Sunday as they detail what their side winning or losing could mean for the ships we've come to love in the Marvel Universe. 

We are about a week away from Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and I (Pen Singleton) could not be more ready!  In case you haven’t seen any of my other Marvel posts, here’s a quick rundown of my credentials.  I have a tendency to obsess and it comes into play very strongly with the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I have seen most of the movies multiple times in the theater.  And, when I say multiple, I don’t mean two or three.  I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the theater ten times. And, thus far, I’ve seen The Avengers in the theater twenty times. And I say “thus far” because I already have my ticket for the Ultimate Captain America Marathon on May 5, the day before the release of Captain America: Civil War.  I will be in the movie theater at 8am to watch a 15 hour marathon consisting of both previous Captain American movies and both Avengers movies before the premiere of Captain America: Civil War. So, I know a bit about these movies and have extremely strong feelings about the battle at the heart of the new movie that will pit all of the Marvel heroes we’ve seen in movies since 2008’s Iron Man against one another: Team Iron Man vs Team Captain America.

[Pick your side ...]

Tue
Apr 19 2016 12:15pm

“Always Remember That”: Supergirl 1x20 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 20, “Better Angels”
Ship(s): James Olsen/Kara Danvers (Karolsen)

The season finale of Supergirl brought us closure to the two biggest arcs of the season; the launch of Myriad by Non and Indigo against the citizens of National City and, at long last, the answer to the question of whether James and Kara will finally become the ‘ship we’ve routed for all season, Karolsen. And, I’m happy to say, the writers gave us what we wanted; YAY!

The fight set up between Alex, controlled by Non, and Supergirl set up last week was quickly squashed by the arrival of J’onn with Eliza Danvers who was able to get through to Alex and break Myriad’s hold on her.  After Maxwell Lord discovered that Myriad affected the part of the brain responsible for optimism and hope, he, Supergirl and Cat Grant worked together, using old analog broadcasting equipment, to send the citizens of National City hope via a message from Supergirl and the broadcasting of a symbol of hope to all screens in the city. Their plan worked, breaking everyone free from Myriad and seemingly saving the world. Thankfully, Myriad did not cause amnesia and everyone remembered the events that had happened since the start of Myriad, including James who remembered their Kara’s kiss; YAY! Max soon discovered, though, that Non and Indigo’s secondary plan was to use Myriad to kill everyone on earth if they couldn’t take over which delayed James and Kara’s chance to discuss the kiss; BOO!

[The kiss NEEDS to be discussed...]

Tue
Apr 12 2016 11:00am

Come Back to Me: Supergirl 1x19 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x19 Karolsen

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 19, “Myriad”
Ship: Kara/James (Karolsen)

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x19 Karolsen's Captain's Log

The end of the last episode kicked off the start of Myriad, Kara’s Uncle Non’s big plan to take over National City.  This week, we found out exactly what Myriad is, after it having been teased all season.  We also saw the further redemption of one of a seeming villain from earlier in the season.  Finally we saw the return of two heroes that have been out of the picture for a bit and the return of a another definite villain.  What we did not see, though, unfortunately, was any progression of the Karolsen romance.  This was a set-up episode for the season finale and, though the action was great and we got a trip to the Fortress of Solitude and even sort of an appearance by Superman, I couldn’t help be disappointed by the lack of our ‘ship. Sigh. 

[A lot of action, but we want more ship too ...]

Tue
Mar 29 2016 11:00am

Super Flash: Supergirl 1x18 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x18 Kara, James, and Flash Crossover

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 18, “World’s Finest”
Ship: Kara/James (Karolsen)

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x18 Captain's Log Karolsen

The highly anticipated Supergirl x Flash episode arrived and it did not disappoint! Full disclosure, if we were on another Earth, I’d be quite content to watch a show full of the interactions between Kara and Barry and Supergirl and Flash, with no other interference from any of the side characters from either of their respective shows!  I adored all of their scenes together and wanted more. But, alas, we are on this Earth so I just have to be satisfied with this one awesome pair-up which, as cute as it was, actually served to help move forward our favorite ‘ship, Karolsen!

This week saw the return of Livewire and the emergence of Siobahn’s alter ego, Silver Banshee. Siobahn was taken to the DEO to try to figure out how she survived her fall and whether she was an alien like Supergirl and saw Livewire imprisoned while she was there.  She later used her abilities to break Livewire out of the DEO and the two villains teamed up to finally rid the world of their mutual enemies—Cat Grant, Kara Danvers and Supergirl. 

[Finally and it was so worth the Flash ...]

Tue
Mar 22 2016 12:00pm

Playing Secretary: Supergirl 1x17 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 17, “Manhunter”
Ship(s): Kara/James (Karolsen)

Karolsen 1x17 Recap

Y’all, I’ve got to pull out a Hamilton reference to describe this week’s episode because “the world turned upside down!” After last week’s tumultuous episode for Kara, this week focused more on the backstory of J’onn J’onzz and his history with Alex and Kara’s father, Jeremiah Danvers.  We also saw the return of someone we all hoped was out of the way for Karolsen.  And finally, we saw the emergence of a bona fide enemy for Kara. 

The villain of the week was the US Government in the guise of Col James Harper, best friend of the real Hank Henshaw and noted hater of aliens and Major Lucy Lane (her again?!), James’ recent ex who I certainly hoped was out of the picture,  both tasked with finding out how much of the DEO might have been compromised by J’onn J’onzz while he was masquerading as Hank Henshaw.

Their investigation seemingly only included interrogating J’onn and Alex. Both interrogations revealed, through flashbacks, how J’onn saved the life of Alex’s father, only to see him later gravely wounded by the real Hank Henshaw in a struggle that ended up costing Hank his life.  Jeremiah Danver’s last words to J’onn, a refugee from another planet just like his adopted daughter Kara, was a plea for him to “take care of my girls”.  J’onn assumed Hank’s identity, took over the running of the DEO and found hot mess drunk Alex, cleaned her up and turned her into the bad ass DEO agent we know and love today. Though neither Hank nor Alex failed a lie detector, Colonel Harper and Major Lane decided they were guilty of subversive activity and told Supergirl they were to be transferred to Project Cadmus.

[What the heck is Project Cadmus?!?!]

Tue
Mar 15 2016 12:00pm

Not OK: Supergirl 1x16 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

Supergirl talks back to Alex in Supergirl 1x16

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 16, “Falling”
Ship(s): Kara/James (Karolsen)

Supergirl 1x16 Captain's Log

Well, dammit.  Things had been moving along swimmingly, looking so promising and then this episode came along and nearly everything fell apart.  Drama-wise, it was an excellent episode with great conflict and high levels of emotion.  For the shippers amongst us, though, ugh…this one hurt!

This week’s villain of the week turned out to be…surprise, surprise, Kara herself!  During a rescue she was dosed with a synthetic red kryptonite that had been cooked up and planted by Maxwell Lord to hopefully kill Non.  Instead, it affected Kara, causing her to act on seemingly every Ill-advised, negative, petty thought she’s ever had.  It changed her attitude from happy-go-lucky and good natured to spiteful and mean-spirited.  Seriously, she was giving a clinic in jerkified jackassery.  (No, neither word exists but, trust me, they fit!) She managed to upset Winn, by getting his boo thang Siobahn fired, she dropped Cat off her balcony and let her fall for 40 stories before swooping in to save her, she ended up being the reason Hank had to reveal himself as J’onn J’onzz to the world (more on that later because TEARS!) and she said scathing and hurtful things to Alex.  And then, there was James.  Sigh.

[Don't sigh about James, NOT James!]

Tue
Mar 1 2016 11:30am

Just Say It Already: Supergirl 1x15 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x15 Kara and James along together

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 15, “Solitude”
Ship(s): Kara/James (Karolsen)

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x15 Kara and James Captain's Log

Were you watching, Karolsen shippers?  This one was for us!  After weeks of James and Kara not moving any closer to becoming Karolsen, this week, we were finally treated to movement in that storyline, along with big developments in the other aspects of Kara’s life.  This was the first time in a while that I felt entirely good about the future of Karolsen.

Our Villain of the Week was Indigo (played by Laura Vandervoot, who played Supergirl on Smallville. I love this show’s shout outs to previous versions of this character; it’s nice to see), a living embodiment of the internet out to destroy the world by way of a hack of an Ashley Madison-type website for cheaters, who, we came to find out, has connections to Fort Rozz, Kara and Non. Kara, still on the outs with the DEO over the death of her Aunt Astra, who she thinks was killed by Hank, was forced to work mainly with James and Lucy (ugh) after the DEO drafted Winn for their side, due to his technical prowess.  This, however, ultimately turned out to be a good thing for Karolsen, if not necessarily for Lucy, since Kara spent the bulk of her time working with James. That time included James taking Superman’s Fortress of Solitude to help Kara find out more about Indigo/Brainiac 8.  Too bad he’d scheduled a dinner date with Lucy and completely forgot about it while spending time with Supergirl.

[I'm not alone, I'm with you ...]

Tue
Feb 23 2016 12:30pm

“You Make Me Better”: Supergirl 1x14 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x14 Kara has assistant competition.

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 14, “Truth, Justice and the American Way”

Ship(s): Kara/James (Karolsen)

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x14 Karolsen Captain's Log

Well, this one was a tense one.  We finally had some movement toward the resolution of the Kara/James/Lucy triangle, including some very highly charged moments between James and Kara, but, unfortunately for those of us rooting for Karolsen, the scenes did not necessarily go our way.

Kara spent most of this episode angry at nearly everyone in her life and this week’s villain, Fort Rozz guard turned vigilante cop, Master Jailer.  The only person she seemingly did not have any problems with this week was her sister Alex, who is dealing with a fair amount of guilt for continuing to keep Kara in the dark regarding the true circumstances of Aunt Astra’s demise. There were lots of clenched jaws and narrowed eyes and broken phones and yelling and overall not-Kara-like behavior from Kara all episode long.  Her anger and lashing out is understandable though considering the episode started with her aunt’s memorial service and a warning from Non that he was out to kill her.  Then, she got to the office to find that Cat had hired a new assistant to help her with her job but the new assistant is now #1 and Kara has been demoted to Cat’s #2.  Her grief about Aunt Astra, who she still believes was killed by Hank, caused her to be a complete jerk to him every time they encountered each other. And she couldn’t count on James to be her shoulder to lean on because he also had problems with her. We just had angst all over the place!

[Kara is about to explode with all the anger ...]

Tue
Feb 9 2016 12:00pm

“If Anything Happens to Her...”: Supergirl 1x13 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x13 We Need You Supergirl 470

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 13, “For the Girl Who Has Everything”
Ship: Kara/James (Karolsen)

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x13 Kara and James Captain's Log

As I suspected might be the case based on the previews at the end of last week’s episode, this week’s show did not spend much time developing any of Kara’s romantic entanglements. Instead, the episode focused on family and what family means to Kara and who she considers her family. Her two possible romantic leads, James and Winn, both were part of the episode and it was firmly established that she thinks of them as family and vice versa but there wasn’t any development on the romantic side.  That said, it was an emotionally packed episode, especially for Kara and Alex.

The ending shot of last week’s episode showed Kara being attacked by some kind of plant. We found out this week it was the Black Mercy, a plant that attaches itself to someone and then keeps them in a coma of sorts, by allowing them to experience their ideal life.  There is no way to externally remove the Black Mercy without killing the host, until the host realizes they are in a dream world and breaks free. Kara found herself on Krypton, with her parents still alive, her aunt still a loving part of her life and her cousin Kal-El (Superman) still a child.

[A freaky Supergirl and sisterly bond that can't be broken ...]

Thu
Feb 4 2016 5:30pm

The Love in Hamilton the Musical: Like You Needed Another Reason to See It

Hamilton the Musical Eliza and Alexander

(Authors note - This post contains spoilers of the Hamilton musical and Original Broadway Cast Recording.  You’re going to want to listen to the cast recording—trust me on this—so if the spoilers will bother you, listen to it first and then come back. Although, if you want to avoid being blindsided by some of the heart ripping moments and don’t want to end up in traffic or on an airplane ugly sobbing and hiccupping during Act 2, maybe you should go ahead and read this first for a heads up. I mean, it’s totally up to you buuuut, I’m just sayin. - P)

Have you heard of the Hamilton musical?  If you are someone that knows me outside of the internet, I have probably asked this of you, in wide-eyed, breathless wonder, in the last month or so.  And, even if you only know me via social media, chances are you’ve gotten a DM, IM, text or email from me, asking the same question, chock full of exclamation points and heart eye emoji’s.   In fact, there’s a few people out there that don’t know me at all who have been preached the gospel of Hamilton just because they were standing too closely and I started addressing them, too, just because. ( Ahem, sorry about that, stranger people; I’ve been overly excited. Apologies and whatnot.)  Well, the time has come for me to turn my mania on you, H&H fam! Buckle up!

[Going crazy over Hamilton the Musical ...]

Tue
Feb 2 2016 1:00pm

“Supergirl Loves You”: Supergirl 1x12 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x12

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 12, “Bizarro”
Ship(s): Kara/James (Karolsen)

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x12 Karolsen Captain's Log

Well, fellow shippers, after several episodes that relegated Karolsen to the back burner, we were treated to an episode that included several scenes of James and Kara together, more sniping and bonding between the SuperBros James and Winn, a quick wrap-up to the side romance we worried may have gotten in the way of Karolsen and, best of all, a declarations of love!  However, since this was the Bizarro episode, things did not happen the way we may have wanted them to.  Still though, it was a big step in the right direction for James and Kara, even if they don’t exactly know it yet.

The main story this week involved the Supergirl doppleganger we all, Kara included, glimpsed at the end of last week’s episode.  It turns out Maxwell Lord has been acquiring comatose Jane Doe’s and experimenting  on them, using Kara’s DNA that Alex inadvertently gave him access to, in an attempt to create a Supergirl of his own.  Bizarro Supergirl, as Cat Grant names her, has the same strength as Kara, along with opposing powers (ex: she breathes fire while Kara breathes cold air) and has been brainwashed to hate Kara.  In their first confrontation, both Kara and Bizarro see more of each other than an enemy.  In their second confrontation, Bizarro is hit with Kryptonite, which disfigures and enrages her. Bizarro, with Maxwell Lord’s prompting, decides to hurt Kara by going after the person she loves. We are led to believe she’s going to go after Alex but, surprise surprise, she kidnaps James instead!

[James and Kara making big steps ...]

Tue
Jan 26 2016 1:00pm

Is It Kira or Kara?: Supergirl 1x11 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x11 Who is this stranger Adam?

Note: This post may contain spoilers of the Season 1, Episode 11 of Supergirl

TV RECAP: Supergirl 1x11 Kara and James Captain's Log

Show/Episode: Supergirl, Season 1, Episode 11, “Strange Visitor from Another Planet”

Ship(s):Kara/James (Karolsen)

This week’s episode gave us more deep character study (after last week’s focus on Winn Schott’s Sr. and Jr.) and plenty of drama and angst. Unfortunately, though, for the shippers among us, it did not give us any significant movement on the Karolsen relationship.  It did, however, introduce a new character that could lead to a new romance for Kara. As if Kara and James didn’t already have enough roadblocks in their way. Overall, though, the episode was heartfelt and enlightening and set up some intriguing storylines for the future.

[A stranger is making the moves on Kara.]

Tue
Jan 19 2016 2:15pm

Supergirl 1x10 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart: Not Meant to Be?

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x10 James and Kara still are a item

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 10, “Childish Things”
Ship(s): Kara/James (Karolsen)

TV Recap: Supergril 1x10 Kara and James Captain's Log

Well, Karolsen shippers, I wish I had better news for you after last night’s Supergirl episode but, alas, it was not meant to be.  Episode 10 of the freshman season, “Childish Things,” was the second episode of 2016, following the short winter break.  And, so far, 2016 has seen much more movement on the other ship on the show, Kara and Winn (whose ship name Tumblr tells me is Winnara). If you ship Winnara, last night’s show was all about your ship. If you ship Karolsen, ehhh, we still have some waiting to do before we see any more of the relationship heavily hinted at in the extended trailer for the season.  If you ship either relationship, there was angst galore last night to go around.  Let’s all commiserate, shall we?

This week, against our wishes, we got lots of Winn and Kara and Lucy and James. (Booo!) Winn was the main focus of our regular cast of characters.  He’s previously mentioned that his father was in jail and fans of DC Comics figured that his father was the DC Comics villain Toyman (Winn Schott, Sr.) and last night confirmed the theory.  Winn’s father was a toymaker who had a toy design stolen by his boss and decided to get revenge by hiding a bomb in a toy and sending it to his boss.  Unfortunately, the bomb killed several innocent people and he got sent to jail.  Winn Jr has not had any contact with his father since he went to jail and lives in fear of perhaps ending up like his father, someone that bottled everything up and then finally snapped.  Winn’s father escaped from jail and immediately made contact with Winn, via a talking toy, that Winn initially lied but eventually came clean about to the FBI. He worked with the FBI to try to capture his father but ended up getting kidnapped by his father and used in a plot to murder his father’s former boss.  Kara worked closely with Winn and was able to save the day without him having to become a murderer.  Their close proximity for most of the episode, though, led to some revelations.

[Is Winn stealing Kara's affections? ...]

Tue
Dec 15 2015 12:30pm

Supergirl 1x08 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart: Friends Who Hug

TV Recap: Supergirl Midseason James and Kara TV Recap: Supergirl Midseason Kara Danvers/James “Jimmy” Olsen (Karolsen)

Show/Episode: Supergirl, Season 1, Episode 8, “Hostile Takeover”
Ship(s): Kara Danvers/James “Jimmy” Olsen (Karolsen)

It’s been quite a season, thus far, for the residents of National City on Supergirl.  We’ve gotten to know Kara and her sister, Alex better and watched their relationship grow. An assortment of villains have come through the town and though they’ve sometimes had temporary success against Supergirl, she’s ultimately won each time. Kara and Cat Grant’s have developed a relationship of mutual respect. And we had an amazing reveal of a beloved DC Comics hero on Kara’s team. But, that’s not why you’re here, is it? The big question is what’s going on with the romance that was teased at the beginning of the season between Kara and James Olsen a.k.a. Karolsen. Wellll, not enough, as far as I’m concerned!

During this first half of the season, we’ve been treated to many longing gazes between Kara and James as well as dancing, lingering hugs and obvious affection between the two. We’ve seen Kara save James and James save her, as well. They’ve argued and made up and developed a deep friendship. There’s been mutual support and healthy debate between them. Their friendship has been ripe for something more since their initial meeting. But, of course, there have been complications.

[It wouldn't be a 'ship without obstacles ...]

Mon
Nov 16 2015 12:00pm

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Karolsen: What to Expect from Supergirl’s Kara/James

Note: This post contains spoilers...if you haven't watched the extended trailer for Supergirl. This post will contain heavy amounts of speculation, fangirl squeeing, and shipping. So. Much. Shipping. You've been warned!

Hello, fellow fangirls and lovers of romance and swooning. I have two questions before we get started today.  First, have you been watching Supergirl?  I’d like your answer to be “yes” here, but no matter if you haven’t.  It’s actually question two that’s the important one.  Have you seen the extended trailer for this season of Supergirl?  No?  Ok, tell you what, I’m going to give it to you here and then give you a couple of moments to go take a look. It’ll only take a couple of minutes.  Go…watch...I promise, it will make the rest of this post so much more fun for you.  ……………………….(←patiently waiting dots→)……………..  Ok, I’m going to assume we are all caught up so let the fangirling begin! Did you see those swoonworthy moments?  Squeeeeee!

[She's supergirl ...]

Tue
Oct 27 2015 3:00pm

Supergirl 1x01 James/Kara Heart-to-Heart: Ka-Pow

Note: This post may contain spoilers of the Season 1, Episode 1 pilot episode of Supergirl

James and Kara Captain's Log

Show/Episode: Supergirl, Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Ship(s): James/Kara, Winn/Kara (who knows which way it'll go)

It’s no secret that I’m a hardcore Marvel Comics fangirl.  That said, I’ve been a fan of all superheroes for as long as I can remember.  I have much love for DC Comics, as well and generally watch all things DC.  I currently watch Gotham, The Flash and Arrow and I was ecstatic when I heard that Supergirl was heading to TV.  But then I heard it was coming to CBS and I was apprehensive. CBS does not come to mind, these days, as the place for comic book tv. I was only nervous until I saw the extended trailer a couple of months ago. The trailer looked great and I couldn’t wait for the premiere.  It was a long wait for the premiere but it was so worth it!  It. Was. Awesome!  It was fun, exciting, surprising, twisty, empowering and uplifting.  And, there was eye candy so, you know, WINNER.

[Winner winner, chicken dinner...]

Wed
Jun 3 2015 4:30pm

Bigtime Fangirl: Jennifer Estep’s Superfan Heroine is Super-Awesome in Fandemic

Fandemic by Jennifer Estep I’ve seen “fangirl” defined as “a woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something.” Well, I am an unabashed fangirl. I fangirl over a lot of different things; athletes, movies, cartoons, authors, actors, book series, etc. But, my obsession with all things superhero, specifically Marvel  superheroes, have overtaken most other things over the past few years. I read the synopsis to Fandemic and knew that this was the book for me! A fangirl in love with a superhero and trying to save him and win his heart at the same time? Swoon and SQUEE! How awesome is that? 

Bigtime, NY is the setting of Jennifer Estep’s Fandemic. It’s a town fairly littered with superheroes and supervillains and adoring fans. Piper, doesn’t have any super powers but does love the superhero culture. She cosplays as her fave superheroes. She belongs to a  “Slaves for Superhero Sex” club, that’s not quite as salacious as it sounds. She not only loves the superheroes, but she has also discovered the secret identities of most of them, though she does her best not to reveal any of them. She’s even had a relationship with one of the town’s heroes, Swifte, though they aren’t together anymore, partially due to Piper’s obsession with superheroes.

[We can relate to that!]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 9:30am

First Look: Kim Harrison’s The Witch With No Name (September 9, 2014)

The Witch with No Name by Kim HarrisonKim Harrison
The Witch with No Name (Hollows series)
Harper Voyager / September 9, 2014 / $26.99 print, $16.99 digital

Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, and soul–eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day–walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

But power demands responsibility, and world–changers must always pay a price. That time is now.

To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.

It’s the end of an era, so to speak. After twelve full-length novels, several novellas, and an Insider’s Guide to the series, the Kim Harrison-penned Hollows series about Rachel Morgan and her vampire, pixie, elven, gargoyle, and demon companions is coming to an end with the 13th book, The Witch With No Name.

“It has been 10 years and many chapters, but the saga of the Hollows is coming to the end where everyone gets their happy everafter, well for those who survive anyway.” – Kim Harrison in an email to subscribers (08/11/14)

[Thirteen is a lucky number, right?...]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 2:00pm

10 Things I’ve Learned from J.D. Robb’s In Death Series

Concealed in Death by J.D. RobbWhen I first started reading J.D. Robb's In Death series, there were maybe just six books written in the series, and I had happened to pick up the second book. I loved it and went back the following week and bought all of the books available at that time. And have bought every one in the series since then. I love the world Robb has created, but what keeps me coming back is the characters. I adore the main and recurring characters in that series. I think of them as old friends. I actually miss them between books! The series does more than entertain; it can teach you, if you let it. Below are the top ten life lessons I’ve gleaned from the In Death series.

*Note: Beware of mild SPOILERS if you have not read the majority of the series*

1. Compromise really is the key to a successful relationship

At the beginning of the series, Eve is a no-nonsense cop with no tolerance for criminals. Roarke is a wealthy businessman with a dubious past and a healthy disdain for rules and authority, including the police. Over the series, Eve has strayed slightly from the straight and narrow and Roarke has become less shady. The compromise from them both has helped to strengthen their bond.

[Take a page out of Eve's book(s)...]