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Witches of East End Recap: Episode 2.7 — "Art of Darkness"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, AUGUST 25, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week we bid adieu to Tentacle Man, as well as my beloved Hudson. But never fear, another Buffy favorite comes to East End tonight! To the tape!

We start with shirtless Freddy for all you fans! He’s getting it on with a woman. But, ah, it’s time for a seizure! (Does it seem like these things only happen when he takes his shirt off? Maybe he should become a Never Nude, like Tobias Fünke.) Hearing the shouting, Jo runs in and sees Freddy’s hook up naked. Awkward.com. She also heals him right quick. Freddy comes to and introduces us all to his girlfriend Caroline. Hi, Caroline!

On second thought, this look probably wouldn’t work for this show.
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Get this: Ava and Killian are still in bed. My goodness! Killian gets a glimpse of Ava as a haggard-looking old lady. The visage quickly vanishes.

Jo confronts our girl Wendy about keeping Freddy’s seizures secret. Wendy is on Freddy’s side now, and even knows Caroline! She also exposits that Tommy, who she’s apparently fallen in love with at some point off screen, is on a camping trip with his daughter.


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Friday Giveaway: The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

It’s never easy saying goodbye to one of your favorite series, especially when it spans so many books. With The Witch With No Name, Kim Harrison and her many fans bid farewell to The Hollows series and its heroine, Rachel Morgan. Rachel has fended off just about every creature imaginable and must undergo one last wild ride that will hopefully help her save her friend Ivy, the Ever After and her relationship with Trent.

To help celebrate Rachel’s final adventure, we’re giving away one hardcover copy of The Witch With No Name. This is open to U.S. readers only and will conclude next Friday, August 29. Use the widget below and be sure to tell us in the comments which book in The Hollows series is your favorite and what you’ll miss the most. Good luck and happy reading!

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Witches of East End Recap: 2.6 — "When a Mandragora Loves a Woman"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, AUGUST 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

All right, all right, WOEE fans! This episode has lots of resolution as we deal with Tentacle Man, kill off a favorite character (of mine) and ogle some accessories. Let’s get to it!

Hudson, Ingrid’s co-worker and Buffy alum (Andrew!), is at the library, shelving books during the off hours. He finds Ingrid all blissed out on the floor. She tells him he’s been chosen, which he quickly determines is not a good thing as Tentacle Man — who shall now be known as the mandragora — wiggles his blue tentacles and thrusts them into Hudson’s brain. Not good.

Wendy, Jo and Alex are mixing up a (bug-filled) potion to stop the mandragora and bring Ingrid out of her trance. To up the difficulty factor, the potion needs to be inserted directly into her brain. They still need to sever the connection between Ingrid and the mandragora, and they need the spellbook at Fairhaven to do it. Freya volunteers.


Is that three roaches, or four?

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Killian’s tending bar and reading minds, which, all we all know from that Buffy episode is not as cool as it sounds.


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Witches of East End Recap: Episode 2.5 — “Boogie Knights”

BY Elissa Petruzzi, AUGUST 11, 2014 | PERMALINK

You guys. A disco episode. Called “Boogie Knights.” I can’t. There’s pornstaches, coke snorting and girl-on-girl action — and that’s not to mention what Tentacle Man does to Dash! Let’s get to it!

Julia’s casting a spell outside in the dark, which seems to be her way of saying goodbye to Victor (this will be the only mention of the dearly departed patriarch, so savor it) when she’s interrupted by a whoosh and a glowing scale.

Aaaaand we head back to the 70s as Freya dreams. Jenna Dewan gets to show off her dancing moves as Killian bartends. You guys, the outfits. What I wouldn’t give to be an extra (Lifetime, call me!). She calls Killian out on the dance floor and a 70s Dash (replete with gold chain, I can’t) gets mad and glowers. It’s amazing. As are Killian’s side burns and Dash’s moustache. The costume department clearly had fun here. Freya tells Killian to meet her in the bathroom, where she heads to snort some coke! Killian arrives and they make out. Buzzkill Ingrid wakes her up.

The greatest.
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J.R. Ward And Nalini Singh Announce New Contemporary Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

A photo of J.R. WardYesterday Publishers Weekly announced J.R. Ward's new three-book deal with Penguin's NAL imprint for a contemporary romance series — the Bourbon Kings — about a series of wealthy Kentucky families who made it big in the bourbon industry. The first currently untitled book is set to release in late 2015. While J.R. Ward is renowned for her paranormal romances, writing contemporary romance is nothing new for her. She wrote contemporary romances as Jessica Bird as early as 2002, including a handful Harlequin Special Edition titles.

Chatter about Ward's new series began when the author casually announced it on her Facebook page early last week saying, "I'm writing book one of my new series, The Bourbon Kings, right now- and then starting Trez and iAm's book September 1! IMMORTAL, the last of the Fallen Angels series, comes out in October so get ready for Jim's final battles!"


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Witches of East End Recap: Episode 2.4 - "The Brothers Grimoire"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JULY 28, 2014 | PERMALINK

Well! A lot happens this episode! They’re not kidding with this ad campaign, “Darkness is rising,” because a lot of people die this episode — including a series regular! — tentacle man makes a reappearance, and there’s incest. You guys. Let’s get to it.

We open happily, anyway, with Wendy out picnicking with her bearded EMT, Tommy. Then, aii! A rat scrambles up Tommy’s arm. He freaks out. Wendy snatches the rodent off of him, squeezes it with her killer nails and hurls it into the bushes. Bad ass, girl!

Poor Victor is still all trussed up and bloody. His captor taunts him and sends Jo a misleading text. The rat shows up to report back, shapeshifting into a woman. Things get sexy right away as the captor licks the wound Wendy inflicted. (I know it’s supposed to be seductive, but all I could think about was germs. I’ll see myself out.)


It gets grosser for these two, if you can believe it.

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The woman-rat, Isis, now clothed, is checking out her standard issue torture instruments. She and Ivar are after the portal key. She slices Victor. Aii!


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Witches of East End Recap: 2.3 - "The Old Man and the Key"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JULY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

All right, it’s time for more Witches! This week: some slightly confusing backstory and a shirtless (but bloody) Freddy! 

We start with a flashback, the first of the season, if you can believe it. Jo, dressed in trippy white robes, comes through the portal, sans Freddy. Back in real time, Jo covers a sleeping Freddy with a blanket, discovering the symbol branded on his chest. Jo rushes to tell Wendy: it’s the king’s symbol, which Wendy exposits is the ultimate symbol of loyalty to bad granddad. Jo admits to having suspicions about her son. Never fear, our girl Wendy has plan!


You know you missed the crazy flashback wardrobe.

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Freya, looking smoking in a blue bustier — because that’s what I wear when I fly, sure — is ready to chase after her man. She’s saying goodbye to Ingrid, who’s packing. They remind us that Dash has powers, and Freya says “shit!” “Did she just say shit? They can do that?” my husband asks. Indeed! Ingrid wants to help Dash, Freya wants to leave him alone. Freya follows a packing Ingrid into the hall closet, where they discover a door. It’s locked. Jo lies badly, telling them it’s just leftover from the remodel. The girls clearly don’t believe her. “Why are you being weird?” Freya asks her mother, speaking for all of us.


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Friday Giveaway: DVDs + A Sherrilyn Kenyon Audiobook!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

Happy almost weekend, readers! It's been quite a week for us as we pack up our offices and prepare to move, but guess who reaps the benefits with an awesome giveaway? You! We came across some unclaimed goodies from previous giveaways, and we're bundling them for one lucky person to win. This giveaway includes copies of the film Endless Love (DVD/Blu-ray) and season 1 of Witches of East End, (DVD) plus an audiobook CD copy of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter novel Time Untime. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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Cover Breakdown: Blood Assassin by Alexandra Ivy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

We're back with another cover breakdown! The hero on the cover of Alexandra Ivy's upcoming Sentinels novel Blood Assassin made us do a double-take, and he's got an equally striking woman by his side. Clearly, this calls for a cover breakdown. First let's find out what this story is all about:


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Witches of East End Recap: 2.2 - "The Son Also Rises"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JULY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Well! Are we recovered from last week’s tentacle sex? I was a little nervous to watch this week’s episode because my mom is visiting — “What’s a recap?” she asks — but this episode was thankfully free of cephalopod loving, though never fear, there was still lots of beefcake to ogle! Frederick was particularly of interest to some.

Our own intrepid DJ volunteers his services.

Let’s get to it!

Jo’s worried about Ingrid — um, rightly so, mama! They find her passed out on the lawn, all beat up. Ingrid opens her eyes, unable to remember the tentacle sex. She feels totally rested and is starving. I can’t, you guys.

Jo tells the girls about Frederick and how she left him behind in Asgard — though Wendy insists it was Frederick’s choice to stay with grandpa, he who cursed them all. Jo still believes Frederick’s story that he escaped Asgard, with the helpful proof of his curing her poisoning. Ingrid points out that the being Wendy saw in the forest, who had escaped from the portal, was vicious and evil. Jo says they think that it was something other than Frederick, Wendy demurs.

Frederick bonds with his sisters and exposits that he and Freya are twins. Ingrid’s hair looks amazing, must be the tentacle sperm? She’s knocked up, right?!


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