TV Review: Teen Wolf Season 2 Premiere

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Teen Wolf Season 2 debuts on MTV with a 2-part premiere on Sunday, June 3rd and Monday, June 4th.

Derek is the new Alpha and he’s started growing his pack. Season two opens with a scene of Jackson, happy to have been bitten. But he and Lydia aren’t reacting to their bites in the same way that Scott did. Meanwhile, a new powerful member of the Argent (werewolf-hunting) family arrives in town with a vengeance. And Scott and Allison new relationship is threatened when Allison’s father forbids her from seeing Scott any longer.

Teen Wolf is an action-packed drama with plenty of romance, humor, suspense, and violence. And the two-part season two premiere is no exception. Tyler Posey is back as the sweet and unassuming Scott McCall. And Scott’s relationship with Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) amps up despite having to keep it a secret. Tyler Hoechlin is the hunky but tortured Derek Hale who is now trying to recruit Scott into his pack. I was thrilled to see John Wesley Shipp (The Flash, Dawson’s Creek) has a brief cameo, though he plays the opposite of Dawson’s daddy. This season brings some major changes. The former Alpha may be gone, but there are a whole new slew of bad guys coming. And a strange, new creature makes an appearance that provides another mystery.

MTV has created a fantastic show based on the movie of the same name. Successfully blending horror, mystery, adventure, romance, and teen angst – fans of the Vampire Diaries should definitely be watching this. After watching the premiere, I’m more excited than ever for the rest of season two.

Fantasy – Fiction Book Review: Dark Frost

Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Gwen Frost is back at Mythos Academy after a ski trip adventure that led to the imprisonment of a Reaper spy. She continues to interrogate him with her psychometry magic – a magic that not only gives her the history of an object but people as well. In fact, she learns that her gift has the potential to affect people in a much more direct way. Meanwhile, Gwen knows that the Reapers are looking for the Helheim Dagger and will stop at nothing to find it. The Helheim Dagger is the only thing that can unlock the evil god Loki’s prison. So, Gwen makes it her mission to find where her mother hid the dagger before they do.

As if her problems with the Reapers weren’t enough, Gwen isn’t sure what the status is with her relationship with Logan Quinn. They have a complicated relationship. He is holding back a secret. And any time Gwen touches him, she sees things about him that she has no control over. Then, after her best friend’s powers manifest, their relationship becomes strained as well when Daphne becomes distant. Gwen is a fantastic character, sympathetic and easy to like. She’s a reluctant hero who doesn’t understand her own potential.

Dark Frost is the third novel in the Mythos Academy series. Full of action, mystery, and suspense – this fast-paced adventure was impossible to put down. Amidst teen angst and drama, this fun YA fantasy is not to be missed. Both young adults and older adults alike will enjoy. As with most of Estep’s novels, there are plenty of plot twists and surprises – and this was no exception. I’m a huge fan of this exciting and highly entertaining series.

NBC’s Grimm Releases on Blu-Ray and DVD 8-7-2012

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Available for Pre-Order Now:
Season 1 of NBC’s Grimm Releases on Blu-Ray and DVD August 7th, 2012.

From Press Release:
OVERVIEW: Classic Grimm’s fairy tales come to life like never before in the “dark and imaginative” (Mike Ayers, CNN.com) supernatural series “Grimm,” from the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, “Privileged,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) discovers he is descended from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” protectors who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world. Available onBlu-ray™ and DVD on August 7, 2012, “Grimm” Season One allows fans to experience all 22 chilling episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted.

“Grimm” Season One also stars Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights,” “In Treatment”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“My Name is Earl,” “The Mentalist”), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, “Quarterlife”), Reggie Lee (“Prison Break,” Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica,” “House”). Guest stars such as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface) Amy Acker (“Angel”), Titus Welliver (“Lost”) and Sebastian Roché (“Supernatural”) also appear in this uniquely evocative series that critics rave “offers genuine scares” (Michelle Tauber, People).

“Grimm” Season One is available as a five-disc set in special, limited edition packaging with exclusive “Grimm” collector cards. It features never-before-seen bonus material that takes fans deep into the world of “Grimm,” including an interactive creature guide, “Making Monsters” featurette and much more. The “Grimm” Season One Blu-ray™ also features perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

BLU-RAY™ and DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
• DELETED SCENES
• GAG REEL
• THE WORLD OF GRIMM: Get to know the characters and creatures that inhabit the world of “Grimm” and discover the inspiration behind the storylines.
• MAKING MONSTERS: Go behind the scenes with Andy Clement and Barney Burman as they take viewers through the special makeup effects design and application process. The talented team from Hive FX also shows fans how they give life to the monsters of “Grimm.”
• GRIMM GUIDE: An interactive book that provides insight into the various creatures featured in the show. (Blu-ray edition only)
• AND MORE!

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: August 7, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61123351 (U.S.); 61123350 (Canada)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rating: Not Rated
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/ Dolby Digital 2.0

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:
Street Date: August 7, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61120707 (U.S.); 61123237 (Canada)
Layers: Dual Layer
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rating: Not Rated
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Benedict Jacka Exclusive Interview and Giveaway!

Author Benedict Jacka stops by SciFiChick.com today on his blog tour for an exclusive interview! Jacka has written the recent release Fated as well as the sequel Cursed which releases today.

Can you tell us a bit about Alex Verus?

Alex is a diviner: he can see the probabilities of possible futures. He was originally trained as a Dark mage and it ended badly, and when he went to the Light mages that ended badly too. As a result he’s ended up divorced from magical society, running a small magic shop in North London. He’s been keeping his distance from other mages for years, and they’ve been happy to forget about him . . . until the events of the first book, Fated.

What can you tell us the sequel Cursed?

After the events of Fated Alex is on better terms with the Light mages, but that doesn’t mean they like him. When a new adaption of an old life-draining ritual surfaces, Alex gets caught between several groups, Light and Dark, who all want to get it. Along the way Alex also has to deal with a monkey’s paw, find out who keeps sending assassins after him, and figure out what to do with Luna’s new boyfriend.

Alex is a mage with a unique ability. Are all of your mages (light and dark) the result of his or her gifts (something they’re born with), or can it be a choice?

The type of magic that a mage can use is set by their personality, so the question of choice vs nature in magic works exactly the same way as it does in psychology. Mages definitely do start out with a certain inclination magic-wise, but it can also change depending on the choices they make and (especially) what they use it for, in the same way that the actions you take affect your long-term character. I spend a lot of time working out this sort of world-building information – there ended up being so much of it that I started putting it in a series of weekly articles on my website called the ‘Encyclopaedia Arcana’ because putting it all in the books would have slowed them too far down.

How many books do you have planned for Alex Verus?

Lots! *laughs* #1 through #3 are written, I’m writing #4 now, and I’ve got ideas for #5. As long as people are going to keep buying Alex Verus novels then I’m going to keep writing them . . . at least for the moment. I’m sure a natural end point will come sooner or later for the series, but right now I don’t know when that will be.

What’s next for you, besides your these Alex Verus novels? Any other stories on the horizon?

Nope, it’s all Alex Verus all the time right now! I’m spending the bulk of my free time on writing Alex Verus #4 and most of what’s left goes on Encyclopaedia Arcana articles.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your experience in writing.

I actually started out as a children’s fantasy author, and for a long time that was how I saw myself. My first three novels were children’s fantasy or young-adult fantasy, depending on how you look at it, with a this-world-and-otherworld style, and I’ve written several others too. The more I kept writing, though, the more I noticed something odd – I seemed to do best when I only did either ‘childrens’ or ‘fantasy’ but not both. Finally I tried just doing ‘fantasy’ with the Alex Verus series, and I haven’t looked back since then.

What inspires you?

Weather. I can spend ages staring out of the window at clouds and sky, usually while my brain replays little bits and pieces of past stories and films and books. The one thing I can’t stand is not having an outside view.

Who are some of your favorite authors? What books do you love?

Watership Down by Richard Adams is one of my old favourites – I read it so many times as a boy that I practically know it off by heart. I’m also a fan of Jack Vance, especially his later books like the Lyonesse series. Agatha Christie is great, and there are very few of her books that I don’t own a copy of, and it’s probably not a surprise to anyone who’s seen any of the Alex Verus covers that I’m a fan of Jim Butcher. More recently I’ve also been reading my way through Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series.

What do you do when you’re not writing? In your spare time?

Skating. I had a set of four-by-four skates when I was a little kid and I switched up to inline skates when they came in. I’ve been skating almost as long as I’ve been walking and it’s still how I get around London if I have the choice. (Actually, I’m just about to skate down to the London West End as I’m typing this now.)

Thanks for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks for the interview, and hope you enjoy the book! It’s been quite nerve-wracking watching the Alex Verus novels roll out, but I’ve been really encouraged by all the positive feedback I’ve gotten. Hopefully Cursed will be as well-received as Fated was, and I’ll be able to keep writing more in the series!

Courtesy of the Ace Books, I have a copy of Cursed by Benedict Jackafor one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends June 15. I’ll draw a name on June 16, and notify winner via email.

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Snow White and the Huntsman Prize Pack Giveaway!

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One (1) winner will receive a Snow White and the Huntsman Prize Pack:
• T-Shirt
• Nail Polish
• Lip Shine
• Necklace
• Cell Phone Mirror
• Sling Bag
• Official Soundtrack

Prize pack valued at $49.99
Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only
Prizing courtesy of Universal Pictures

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Synopsis:
In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Toby Jones

Snow White and the Huntsman will premiere in theaters June 1st.

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