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First Look At Jake Abel From Film Adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

First Look At Jake Abel From Film Adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

Things are starting to gear up for one of the most anticipated films of 2012! Check out the first look at THE HOST featuring Jake Abel below! 
THE HOST, which arrives in theaters everywhere March 29, 2013, is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.
THE HOST stars SAOIRSE RONAN (Hanna, The Lovely Bones, Atonement, upcoming Byzantium), JAKE ABEL (Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightening Thief, I Am Number Four, The Lovely Bones, upcoming Percy Jackson And The Olympians: Sea of Monsters), MAX IRONS (Red Riding Hood, Dorian Gray, upcoming Vivaldi), WILLIAM HURT (Into The Wild, A History Of Violence, The Incredible Hulk) and DIANE KRUGER (Inglourious Basterds, National Treasure, Unknown).

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Sink Your Fangs Into A Teaser Poster For ‘True Blood’ Season Four

Sink Your Fangs Into A Teaser Poster For ‘True Blood’ Season Four

Fans of HBO’s wildly popular series ‘True Blood’ have something to get excited about today. The first teaser poster for the series has been revealed! Check it out below and weigh in with you thoughts on the series and the new artwork!

Starting today, Truebies can visit http://www.TBwithdrawal.com to feed their True Blood addiction with show content. Tweets expressing their #tbwithdrawal are featured front-and-center, while those suffering from withdrawal can talk about it with other fans directly on the site. There are also links to full episodes on HBO GO.

Remember to mark your calendar! ‘True Blood’ premieres Sunday, June 26 at 9pm only on HBO!

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Win An Epic Trip To The 2011 MTV Movie Awards!

Win An Epic Trip To The 2011 MTV Movie Awards!

XFINITY and MTV have joined forces to help you experience the 2011 MTV Movie Awards like never before! XFINITY wants to send you and three (3) friends to the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California! Experience the annual award show like never before by not only winning free passes to the show, but passes to movie screenings, press events, and celebrity parties. Grand prize includes luxury hotel accomodations, roundtrip airfare, and a Movie Awards gift bag which includes an HD flipcam and digital camera.

All you have to do to enter is head to the XFINITY4COLLEGE Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/mtvxa11, upload a short video explaining you should be picked to win, include your name, and tell your friends to come and vote for your video! Voting is open from April 11-29.  With all the great movies out in the past year, you won’t want to miss your opportunity to live like a star for this Hollywood weekend! Secondary prizing includes DVDs of nominated films, a Blu-ray players, and more movie swag! Don’t waste any time!

Create your video now, start telling your friends, and enter now for your shot to win – you never know what you’ll win just from uploading your short video!  Contest ends May 4th, 2011!

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Review: ‘Dark Days of the Supernatural’ Series – Part Five

Review: ‘Dark Days of the Supernatural’ Series – Part Five

The final book in Harper Collins’ Dark Days of the Supernatural series is Kimberly Derting’s “Desires of the Dead,” offering readers a fresh twist on the paranormal.

The bulk of Violet’s life features likely teenage dilemmas: she’s adjusting to dating to her lifelong best friend Jay, who, in turn, is spending a lot of time with a new friend, new-kid-in-school Mike. Although it’s difficult for Violet to share Jay’s time and attention, even more difficult is Mike’s little sister, Megan, who shows an unhealthy admiration for Jay.

Although this sounds like run-of-the-mill high school drama, the other part of Violet’s life makes this book a supernatural thriller. Violet can sense the echoes of people and animals who have been murdered and the matching imprint clinging to their killers. Having only shared this uncanny ability with her family and Jay, she draws unwanted attention after discovering the body of a young boy and calling in an anonymous tip to the police. When the FBI catch her on a surveillance tape making the call, Violet must decide whether to keep her ability a secret or trust an agent she hardly knows.

To had more flame to the fire, Violet becomes the object of a dark obsession and discovers tragic and dangerous secrets from Mike and Megan’s past. All this drama intermixes in “Desires of the Dead,” the sequel to “The Body Finder.”

I enjoyed Derting’s escape from the typical post-Twilight books, i.e. vampires, werewolves, oh my. Too much of a good thing can be a turn-off so her focus on a supernatural mind was refreshing.

Beginning a book by a new-to-you author is similar to learning a new language, their style and word choice is difficult at first, but after 20+ pages — or several language lessons — it becomes easier. In Derting’s book, after 24 pages you get used to her voice while also getting to the good stuff, as in Violet leaving a friend she’s hanging out with to follow the echo of a deceased animal or person — she’s hoping for animal. The echo, marked by the sound of a harp, calls to her and leaves her unsettled. She must find the body.

Violet’s strange connection to the dead makes this book enjoyable, as well as the occasional chapters told in the point-of-view of Violet’s obsessed stalker. However, Derting’s writing is somewhat clumsy and, at times, frustrating. It could use tightening and she should choose a specific level of diction — either use terms like “impenetrable fortifications” or write sentences like “But sleep was all she actually got.” You can’t have it both ways.

All in all, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone wanting a quick and easy read to feed a supernatural taste for literature. For teens and tweens, it contains some sexual situations so parents be aware.

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Review: ‘Dark Days of the Supernatural’ Series – Part Four

Review: ‘Dark Days of the Supernatural’ Series – Part Four

Claudia Gray’s New York Times bestselling Evernight vampire series continues with its fourth book, “Afterlife,” concluding the romantic and dark adventures of Bianca and Lucas.

The lovers must learn to deal with their new existence: Lucas as vampire and Bianca a ghostly wraith. Although Lucas spent much of his human life hunting and despising the creature he has become, he must live as one and learn to control an almost uncontrollable thirst for human blood. For help, Lucas returns to a mainstay of the series, centuries old boarding school Evernight Academy. The school is where the couple met and a sanctuary for vampires.

Bianca and Lucas are determined to stay together, even if wraith and vampire is the ultimate odd couple, but face further obstacles when they discover a secret war against wraiths at Evernight Academy — wraiths being the natural enemy of vampires. Although Bianca’s recent transformation revealed supernatural powers, the sanctuary they hoped for is very dangerous.

Lucas and Bianca overcame many obstacles throughout the series, but with the battle between wraiths and vampires on the horizon and their difficult new existence, can they survive “Afterlife”?

For those already in the know about this series — which includes “Evernight,” “Stargazer” and “Hourglass” — you more than likely read “Afterlife” soon after it hit bookstores Feb. 15, 2011. I must confess, Father I have sinned and never read any of the books. So, I began “Afterlife” with no knowledge of the well established love between Lucas and Bianca, their dangerous adventures, and their friends and family, including reader-favorite Balthazar who is at the center of Claudia Gray’s fifth Evernight novel (which is in the works).

Although unenlightened and starting this book as if there was an inside joke no one would let me in on, the story made up for my ignorance. It was like solving a puzzle and although I was without background, it was well written and provided an easy but enjoyable read with a unique and strong basis.

The book featured enough action to keep me focused: the vampire killer group Black Cross, supernatural characters and events, well developed characters in their own right, and even humor — comparing two fighting wraiths to a fluffernutter sandwich as a gooey, sticky mess. Each character, from Bianca’s teacher parents to token human friend-to-the-vampires Vic, was well developed and multi-dimensional.

I enjoyed the clean writing style, the flow of the story and how the book is told in the point of view of Bianca. This provided a great feel for her character, which in turn contributed greatly to the story and other characters.
The last 150 pages were filled with surprising character developments, twists and action building to the unexpected ending (no spoilers).

Although it includes great life lessons, including liking people for who they are, it is more suitable for older teens since it includes some crude humor (vampires lusting over an ovulating classmate) and a few sexual and adult situations.

The Dark Days of the Supernatural series continues to provide excellent mysteries filled with paranormal romance mixed with the supernatural — a great recipe for a book. “Desire of the Dead” by Kimberly Derting is the last book in the series. As I began the story I couldn’t help but worry I would suffer from supernatural overload. However, bravo Harper Collins for ending the series with a great twist: teenager Violet holds powers allowing her to sense the echoes of people who were recently murdered as well as a connection to their killers. Another dimension to feed my supernatural appetite!

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Review: ‘Dark Days of the Supernatural’ Series – Part Three

Review: ‘Dark Days of the Supernatural’ Series – Part Three

The third book in Harper Collins’ Dark Days of the Supernatural series is “Angelfire,” the debut novel by Courtney Allison Moulton and first volume in a triology.

For the most part Ellie is a normal high schooler who enjoys hanging out with a close-knit group of friends, going to the movies and shopping. Upon meeting her in the first chapter, she is a struggling student who spends most of her time in class bored, more interested in her 17th birthday party and finally getting a car. That is, normal except for the nightmares — every night Ellie is tormented by violent dreams featuring herself as a sword-wielding badass, battling monstrous reapers who hunt her in the darkness of the Grim, a world unseen by humans where demons live. Although terrifying, Ellie sees this torment as only nightmares, choosing to ignore them for the most part.

When Ellie meets Will, a 20-something hottie, her centuries-old past is awakened, including her connection to him, feeling she’s known him for years, as well as feeling on the verge of remembering secrets and a life before her own. On the night of her birthday, Will, who serves as her guardian, awakens Ellie’s power as Preliator, the only mortal in the world with the power to fight reapers and keep them from eating humans, dragging their souls to Hell to create a powerful army for the Second War between Lucifer and God — the Apocalypse.

Ellie has been fighting as Preliator for centuries but is slow to remembering her skills, purpose and history. It’s usually 18 years between cycles but Ellie’s soul has been asleep for over 40 years, for reasons unknown to her and Will, making fighting the battle between the angels and the Fallen even more difficult. Things are further complicated with Bastian, a powerful reaper who is working to awaken a supernatural being that can destroy Ellie’s soul forever and bring forth the End of Days.

This book is full of badass fight scenes with a young heroine who fights terrifying monsters and her own incertainty. The secrets of her past are slowly awakened, especially with help from Will, but mostly feature frightening events — including dying and being reborn over and over and “awakened” at age 17. I love this basis, taking a common human source of worry — God, Lucifer, Hell, demons, souls — and turning it into a trilogy. I also love Will’s character, a 600-year-old vigilante and guardian angel of sorts who is torn between his duty to protect Ellie and his centuries-old love for her, a love that is forbidden.

Ellie’s development throughout the book is believable and, although frustrating, understandable as she comes to grips with her existence as Preliator while confused by what she’s known for 17 years — she’s a normal, human teenager who urges for a normal life with plans for college and marriage. She must balance these desires for teenage activities, like movie nights with friends and homework, with her duties to save the human race from destruction. I enjoyed Ellie’s development as she learned more about her past, which leads to taking her job more seriously. This development was also enjoyable with the bond between Ellie and Will — full of romance mixed with Will’s duty as her protector and his ability to know when she is upset or troubled. He is the ultimate white knight.

The trouble with the book was the writing. At times it was bulky and constricting. There are books written with great detail to develop believable characters and add to the story and then there are books in need of a hacksaw to tighten the structure. While the author created believable characters, especially Ellie, a great story and world filled with frightening reapers and kickass battles, she could cut some of the book out. Clear and concise writing creates a good flow that is easier to understand, especially important with “Angelfire” since the concept is complicated — different types of reapers with different abilities, centuries old supernatural beings, myth vs. truth. I found myself editing some of the sentences. Maybe it’s my years spent working at a newspaper, but the golden rule from a former boss flooded by mind as I read this book: “Say the same thing in less words.”

Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it for any teenager or adult looking for a female heroine and true romance mixed with dramatic fight scenes and dark, supernatural creatures. As Ellie tries to remember her past, she must believe in herself and her abilities as Preliator while also keeping the compassion for humanity she developed as a human.

The Dark Days of the Supernatural series continues to please, especially the next book, “Afterlife” by Claudia Gray. Vampires, ghosts, oh my!

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Review: ‘Dark Days of the Supernatural’ Series – Part Two

Review: ‘Dark Days of the Supernatural’ Series – Part Two

As I continue through Harper Collins’ Dark Days of the Supernatural series, I encountered “Unearthly,” author Cynthia Hand’s debut novel.

Two years ago, 16-year-old Clara Gardner’s life, as she knew it, was thrown off balance when it was revealed she’s part-angel, also known as being an angel-blood. In addition to being stronger, faster and smarter than humans — and a quick learner whether it’s her first time on the ski slopes or riding a horse — Clara’s status as part-angel also means she has a purpose, which is revealed through her increasingly vivid dreams. After deciphering these nightly (sometimes daily) visions, which feature a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger she must save, Clara and her family (half-angel mother and part-angel brother) move from their home in California to Wyoming to find him. Clara discovers her destiny living in a small town through clues from her visions — his name is Christian, he’s a student at her high school and he is a total dreamboat. Clara feels physically and mentally drawn to him, something not easily explained.

As she prepares for her purpose — the forest fire that could come at any time — her life is complicated further with the battle between her love for Christian and feelings for someone else, as well as new dangers and challenges between good and evil and love and duty and her conflicting roles as angel-blood and teenage girl. When the raging fire comes to take Christian’s life, will Clara be able to save him?

I love reading a book that creates an escape. When, after reading for 30+ minutes, you look up from the book and wonder where the time went while you were lost in the world created by the author. It’s similar to meditation.

I loved the developed dialogue and characters in this book, especially Clara. Through refined yet subtly revealing dialogue and actions, especially with friends at school, the reader learns so much about Clara, helping her character become believable and relatable. This development gives the reader a closer connection to the story and characters, including Clara’s mother, a half-angel who is reluctant to give her daughter all the secrets of being an “angel-blood.” Cynthia Hand tells a great, detailed story.

I loved the premise of this book also, Clara as a part-angel trying to learn how to fulfill her purpose complete with wings and failed attempts to fly, dark angels, heaven and hell, and her inner struggle with typical teenage girl problems, i.e fitting in at a new school, friends, boys.
A quote from the book that sums up part of the unique premise best is, “I think that all the stories about supernatural creatures, like vampires, werewolves, ghosts, mermaids, aliens, you name it, could all be angel related. Humans don’t know what they’re seeing, but it could all be angels taking on other forms.” Pretty cool theory!

While this book is perfect for teenagers, complete with lessons on friendship, young love and making choices with a PG feel, I also recommend it for all ages. It’s a good book with a great story that will keep you interested up until the shocking ending (no spoilers)!
As for the Dark Days of the Supernatural, I am loving this series. As a young girl, dark genres were seen as masculine. I love this new wave of books with romance and genuine teenage girls mixed with mystic mysteries. I am working my way through the next book in the series, “Angelfire” by Courtney Allison Moulton and love Ellie, the reluctant badass, and the great backstory. More to come!

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Review: ‘Dark Days of the Supernatural’ Series – Part One

Review: ‘Dark Days of the Supernatural’ Series – Part One

Harper Collins recently announced the release of The Dark Days of the Supernatural series — five new books featuring mysterious tales of paranormal romance and the supernatural. The lineup features “Once in a Full Moon” by Ellen Schreiber, “Unearthly” by Cynthia Hand, “Angelfire” by Courtney Allison Moulton, “Afterlife” by Claudia Gray and “Desire of the Dead” by Kimberly Derting. Although the series centers around one genre — the supernatural — I like how it features acclaimed authors as well as debuts from newcomers.

I am a fan of the supernatural in literature, as well as in movies and on TV, from my current love of the Twilight series and shows like “True Blood” to my lifelong love of science fiction from the likes of mastermind Ray Bradbury. I am interested in the what-ifs, the unknown, the subjects only answered with theories and stories. It’s an interesting genre, where the imagination can fully explore the endless depths of the dark corners of the mind and the things that go bump in the night! The romance is an added bonus, adding heat to the dark tales like mixing salty with sweet.

My only hesitation came from the recent explosion of romance themed supernatural books after the success of Twilight — I was skeptical as I descended into the world of The Dark Days of the Supernatural. Marketed toward teens — it’s offered by HarperTeen — I decided to go back-in-time to my youth, to the days of R.L. Stine and Goosebumps, and give these books a chance!

I started with “Once in a Full Moon” by Ellen Schreiber, the New York Times bestselling author of “Vampire Kisses.” As a high schooler living in Legend’s Run, Celeste Parker knows all about werewolves — the town is famous for them with legends and generations-old secrets. When Celeste meets a classmate from the “wrong side of town” (literally), Brandon Maddox, she begins to seriously question her life as a popular girl who dates the high school quarterback — a match made in cliche heaven. As the secrets of werewolves become more fact than fiction and Celeste is drawn to Brandon physically and mentally, her life turns upside down. Will Brandon be her hero or a dark creature of the supernatural lurking in the moonlit woods? As a psychic reveals to her, “Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.”

The book features psychic readings, full moons and werewolves to keep me curiously reading  but left me wanting more from character and dialogue development. A great werewolf tale lurked within the cliches and lukewarm storytelling. I wanted to know more about Celeste and her friends, more about the town and history. Schreiber had a great idea for a story — girl meets werewolf complete with legends and secrets — but did a ho-hum job of sharing the tale. The easiness of the diction and the underlying story were a plus — especially for young teens to digest with its G-rated high school situations — but I wouldn’t recommend this for older teens.

I wondered whether Schreiber kept this story as an easy and quick read for young minds but changed my mind when I started “Unearthly” by Cynthia Hand, the next book in the series about a part-angel named Clara. The character and dialogue development is superb — the opposite of “Once in a Full Moon” — while also being an easy-to-read tale. I am hooked! Check out my review of this book as I continue through The Dark Days of Supernatural series!

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Check out the official website for the book at www.ellenschreiber.com/books-full-moon.htm

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First Official Photo From ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ Revealed!

First Official Photo From ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ Revealed!

The first image for ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ has hit the web via Twitter. Director Bill Condon tweeted today to wish all the Twilight fans a Happy Thanksgiving and unveiled the new photo which can be viewed below. The photo is believed to be a shot of Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) hand outstretched on her bed shortly after consummating her love for Edward (Robert Pattinson) on their honeymoon.

“Happy Thanksgiving and a crazy Black Friday to all of you and yours.” – Bill Condon

‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ is slated to hit theaters on November 18th, 2011.

Source: Twitter

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Chat Live With The Cast of ‘True Blood’ After The Season 3 Finale!

Chat Live With The Cast of ‘True Blood’ After The Season 3 Finale!

Another action-packed season of ‘True Blood’ is about to come to a close. The Season Three finale, which is entitled “Evil Is Going On”, is set to air on September 12th, 2010 on HBO! Directly following the season finale, there will be a live chat with Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) and Joe Manganiello (Alcide)!

Fans can visit www.bloodcopy.com, sign in with their twitter accounts, and start live chatting with the cast and their fellow fans. Hosts Kristin Bauer van Straten will be chatting live at 10 EST directly following the east coast viewing, and Joe Manganiello will be chatting live at 10 PST directly following the west coast viewing. They’ll answer fans’ burning questions about Season 3 and divulge whatever secrets they can about Season 4.

Here’s what to expect from the Season 3 finale:

Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) grapples with his conscience while plotting his perfect revenge against Russell (Denis O’Hare). Fed up with being “vampire crack,” Sookie (Anna Paquin) considers a new life without Bill (Stephen Moyer) – or any other vampire. Tara (Rutina Wesley) discovers some surprising news about Sam (Sam Trammell), whose rage resurfaces upon learning of Tommy’s (Marshall Allan) latest transgression. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) finds a new calling after warning Crystal’s (Lindsay Pulsipher) family about an impending drug raid. Plagued by visions, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) turns to Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) for help and learns his boyfriend has more to offer than companionship. Hoyt (Jim Parrack) hopes for a future with Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), spurning Maxine’s (Dale Raoul) pleas to wed Summer (Melissa Rauch).

For more info on the hit series, visit HBO’s official “True Blood” site.

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