The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld Novel) Review

  • Title: The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld Novel #12)
  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2016
  • Edition: 2016 Massmarket Paperback
  • Special Features: Insider’s Guide, “The Darkest Day” short story, Who’s Dating Whom, Q&A, fun extras!
  • Pages: 507
  • Price: $9.99 CAN ($7.99US)
  • ISBN: 978-0-373-80373-6

Another Lords of the Undeworld has come and gone way too quickly, but it was better than the last. I found this female character way more tolerable than the last, and no, it’s not just because we have the same name. Katarina couldn’t do everything, and it made her a much more believable character. She never pranced around acting or talking tough, but instead showed a different kind of strength without over doing it to a point where it became unrelatable. However she (and you can say this about really all of them) fell for her captor rather quickly, especially after the masacre she witnessed, and left behind. But eh, it’s a romance novel. But I think it would be nice if maybe in one of these books the heroine wouldn’t fall for such (horrific, temperamental, possessive, inappropriate) questionable behaviour so quickly. There was a point near the end of the book, where I found the evolution of the Katarina a little…too quick, especially since she was going up against Hades.

Baden was a beastly brute, who had an interesting path to follow. However for someone who can’t stand the touch of people, and who isn’t an overall people person, he sure did over come his quirk rather quickly when Katarina came along. I did love the connection Baden and Pandora had to Hades, and that we got to see more of his character. And while we got to see more Hades, we got to see more William and Gillian. And wooo, that was fantastic! I really hope we get his book next after Cameo because the wait is becoming unbearable, especially with the dramatic turn of events between the two. Fingers crossed we get to see them again in The Darkest Promise.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars. An improvement over the last.

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Deceptions (A Cainsville Novel) Review

  • Title: Deceptions (Cainsville Novel #3)
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Publisher: Random House Canada
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2016
  • Edition: 2016 Paperback
  • Special Features: preview to Betrayals
  • Pages: 469
  • Price: $19.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-3073-60595

Not only did Olivia find out she is the daughter of notorious killers who committed the sadistic Valentine murders, but now she’s a critical piece in the game between the fae, both Dark and Light. Along with trying to clear her parents name, Olivia is having more and more visions of a little girl in a sundress, who only speaks in riddles. Olivia’s feelings for Ricky are deepening, but so are her affections for Gabriel, and these feelings have left her conflicted. But when a new twist to the fae game hits, those feelings take on a whole new meaning. Not all feelings stem from love, but from jealousy and possession. James has taken things to far, and the stalking has reached an all new high. But at what cost? Things soon get out of hand, and soon things take a turn for the worst. And will Olivia be able to handle the outcome?

Deceptions was filled with so much more intensity the the previous two. And if you’re an Olivia/Gabriel fan (like myself) you will love this book. It brings us one step closer to we’ve been waiting for, and that’s for Gabriel and Olivia to finally get together.

Aside from the new Olivia/Gabriel hope, the overall story idea, is refreshing, creative, and intriguing. Bring in what seemed like what would a a normal(ish) crime/mystery novel gets intense and fun with the addition of the fae, and their back story, and why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Next installment in the Cainsville Series is Betrayals.

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Gotham S3Ep18: Light The Wick Review/Recap

  • Cast: Ben McKenzie, Don Logue, David Mazouz, Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, Sean Pertwee, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Jessica Lucas, 
  • Network: FOX
  • Genre: Crime-Drama

Barnes is broken out of Arkham by the Court, who have located and are holding hostage, Dr. Hugo Strange. Somehwhere in hiding Fish Mooney is healed from her near death experience due to controllable powers, and now Strange is tasked by the Court to extract the Alice Tetch Virus from Barnes’ body and synthesis it to help create a weapon to rid Gotham of its evil.

Jim continues to spy on the Court and learns of their plans, while also learning Penguin is still alive, and building an army. Jim breaks into Katheryn’s home and demands a seat at the table, and to be brought into the loop. To test Jim’s loyalty to the Court, Katheryn invites Jim to a gathering, where an aerosole dispersal bomb is placed in the center of the room, ready to release a stream of the Alice Tetch Virus. Speed dealing Penguin and allowing him to listen in on the conversation with Talon, where Jim reveals his location. Penguin arrives in just the knick of time with back up, and together they take down Talon, and evacuate the building before the virus is released. Penguin however, is later kidnapped by the Court, and imprisoned, where he finds his ex-friend/attempted murderer, Ed.

Selina is in the hospital after being pushed through the window by Bruce 2.0 and Ivy makes it her mission to heal her. Using her powers on the nurses, Ivy brings a selection of plants to Selina’s room to work their magic. Soon enough Selina comes to, and leaves the hospital in search of someone to kill. Someone like Bruce 2.0
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Gotham S3Ep17: The Primal Riddle Review/Recap

  • Cast: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Cory Michael Smith, Robin Lord Smith, Megan Geha, Erin Richards, Morena Baccarin, Don Logue
  • Network: FOX
  • Genre: Drama-crime, DC comics

Ed a.k.a The Riddler has found a new obsession, to reveal the true rulers of Gotham city and goes on a quest to lure out The Court. Ed recruits the help of Barbra who joins his hunt because so long as the Court is in power, she’s not at the top. However some don’t share her same views. There’s a rift forming between Barbra and Tabitha. When Ed kidnaps Mayor Aubrey James, and request info on The Court, Jim manages to convince him to turn the Mayor over in exchange for a meeting with the Court. Ed delivers the Mayor but his explosive is counter acted by Tabitha who gives Jim the tools he needed to stop the bombs signal.

Jim deliverers Ed to the Court who have use of him, and Jim is made a full member, taking the place of his Uncle Frank. Though one of the Courts other plans may be unraveling. Bruce 2.0 is starting to develop feeling for Alfred and possible Selina, and tries to warn Selina about the Court, and reveals who he really is. But Selina threatens to out Bruce 2.0, which causes him to push her through a window. Appearing to be dead, Selina is seen being surrounded by a horde of cats, which can only mean one thing. Catwoman is about to be born.

Oswald and Ivy are building their army, having recruited Victor Fries, and Bridget to their cause.

Catch Gotham Monday nights on FOX at 7PM.

Gotham S3Ep16: These Delicate and Dark Obessions Review/Recap

  • Cast: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Cory Michael Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards
  • Network: FOX
  • Genre: Crime-drama

Oswald is alive, and he’s been nursed back to health by Ivy and her miracle work with plants. All healed from his gun shot wound, Oswald is ready to take revenge against Edward, Barbra, Tabitha and Butch. Calling upon old friends, Oswald calls Gabe to help him plan his return to power. But Oswlad is betrayed by Gabe who brings a team of men who tie up Oswald and Ivy, and begin the auction, winner gets to kill Oswald. Ivy however saves the day by subdueing Gabe and his men with her perfume, which gives Oswald his oppurtunity to kill Gabe. Feeling hurt, and betrayed that people only followed him due to fear, and not respect, Oswald is left wondering if there’s anyone left. Ivy once again saves the day by introducing the idea of building a team of freaks.

There’s a secret weapon being transferred to Gotham and very few know it. But those who do, want either a piece of it, or to stop it from getting into the wrong hands. Barbra wants it for herself but is stopped from gathering all the necessary information when an assassin from the Court of Owls shows up and kills everyone, leaving Barabra and Tabitha to escape. Jim however wants stop the weapon from reaching the wrong hands. But while investigating his father’s death, Jim encounters Falcone who was a player in his father’s death, but learns equally shocking news when it’s revealed that his Uncle Frank is the one who organized the hit. Frank is ordered by the Court to kill Jim because he’s learned too much, but Frank instead kills himself which prompts Jim to finally meet with the Court.

Bruce is being held captive where he’s forced by the Shaman to relive the memory of the night his parents are murdered. Forced to undergo the traumatic experience over again, as explained by the Shaman, is to help Bruce become the symbol of hope for Gotham that can put an end to the evil that takes place there. Trying to become the Batman so soon? Hopefully this doesn’t mean Gotham is coming to an end, because the second Bruce decide to become the Bat, it’s over.

Catch Gotham Moday nights at 8PM on FOX.

Gotham S3Ep15: How the Riddler Got His Name review/recap

  • Cast: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Cory Michael Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Donal Logue, Morena Baccarin, Camren Bicadova, Sean Pertwee
  • Network: FOX
  • Genre: Crime, Drama

Gotham is back, and Ed seems a little lost without his partner in crime. After killing Oswald, and throwing him off the dock, Ed is in search of a new mentor to make him into a villain. But after 6 of Gotham’s most intellectual individuals failed to correctly answer his riddles, Ed killed them. Copping with the he added stress, Ed has started relying heavy on a drug that causes him to hallucinate Oswald, who tries to talk reason with him. But Ed it too far gone, and comes to the conclusion that what makes a true villain, is having a worthy enemy to fight against. Jim Gordon.

Jim is off rekindling with his Uncle, so Harvey and Fox are left to investigate The Riddler’s quest, and follow a clue left for Jim to a chess tournament, where everyone zapped with an electric blast when they try to escape the table. After the controlling the situation, Fox and Harvey are given another clue, in that the clue itself will be within the belly of the beast.

With Harvey off the the ceremony for the next graduating class of cadets, a new body is found with Harvey’s badge stapled inside. Fox attempts to warn Harvey, but while confront Ed at the graduation, Ed drags Harvey away. Fox learns of Ed plan, and confronts him in the stairwell, where Ed has Harvey tied to the railing with an antidote to the poison gas he unleashed on the cadets. But in order to free Harvey and get he antidote, Fox must correctly answer Ed’s 3 riddles. After failing to answer 2, Ed begins to fall apart, and let’s it slip that something happened to Oswald, leading Fox to figure out that Ed killed him, and solve his remaining riddle. But the last rope holding Harvey snaps, and he falls. But while Fox was able to catch Harvey, the distraction allowed Ed to escape.

The GCPD has a citywide man hunt underway to find Ed, but all that can be found is the Riddler’s signature over a portrait of Oswald. Hiding in Fox’s car, he confesses his reason for killing Oswald, and that he has found his true self, the person he was always meant to be, The Riddler. Ed returns to the dock where her killed Oswald and says his final goodbye, and dumps the remains of his pills. 

The Court of Owls have successfully groomed Bruce 2.0 to take the real Bruce Wayne’s place, while the real one is distracted over his breakup with Selina. Fox isn’t the only one being sent on a chase he can’t crack, After recieving a note from Selina, Bruce goes to meet her, only to find her hostile, and unwilling to talk, and learns that the note of forged. In an alley, Bruce encounters his clone, and learns that Bruce 2.0 was the one to sent the note, and is given a powerful knockout drug. With the real Bruce tucked away somewhere, Bruce 2.0 has now ready to take over.

While catching up lost time with his Uncle, Jim learns that his father and Uncle were members of the Court of Owls, and his Uncle still is. Not only that, but they want to recruit Jim. On top of learning his father and Uncle were apart of the Court, Jim also learns that the Court are the ones responsible for killing his father. His Uncle urges Jim to join so together they can bring down the Court from the inside.

Surprise, Oswlad is back! Not that they would have kept him dead, seeing as Oswald/The Penguin is a vital part of the Batman universe. But the person who brought him back, Ivy herself pulled Oswald from the river and healed him. And Oswald is ready to get to business, starting with killing Ed Nigma.

Catch Gotham Monday nights at 7PM on FOX.

Bates Motel Series Finale (S5Ep10): The Cord Review/Recap SPOILERS

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cook
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

**Spoilers Ahead

After five years, the story of Norman Bates has come to an end.

Norman is forced by Romero at gun point to take him to Norma’s body. Reggie is left on the side of the road to flag down help, while Romero and Norman make their way into the he woods.

Romero is over come with grief when he finds Norma’s body buried in the snow and senselessly beats Norman before returning to his grief. His fatal error? Turning is back on the psycho behind him. Without Romero’s attention on him, Norman strikes him over the head with a rock until he has the upper hand and grabs for Romero’s gun and kills him.

After killing Romero, Norman is visited by Norma who tells him that it’s time for her to go because now that Romero is dead, there’s nothing for her to protect him from. Norman than falls into a dream where he goes back into the past to when he and Norma first bought the motel and moved to Oregon. Upon awakening Norman gathers Norma’s body and brings her back to the motel, all the while stuck in the past.

At home, Norman ‘reopens’ the motel and checks in a mother and her two boys, one of which is named Dylan. With the reminder of his brother, Norman calls Dylan and invites him over to have dinner with him and Mother. Clueing in that Norman has checked into a past reality, Dylan calls Emma and begins his final goodbyes, not knowing how the visit with his brother will end. Before going up to the house Dylan tells the mother and her two sons to leave the motel because it is unsafe.

Up at the house Norman has prepared dinner, and tells Dylan to go sit at the table with mother. Upon seeing Norma’s body, Dylan gets sick and Norman tries to comfort him. Seeing just how far gone Norman is, Dylan tries to reason with him, but Norman refuses to accept that Norma is dead, and that’s he’s living in the past. With Dylan refusing to accept his new reality Norman tries to stab Dylan, which forces Dylan to shoot Norman. Dying in Dylan’s arms, Norman is reunited with Norma.

The police arrive soon after to take Norman and Norma away, and find Romero’s body in the woods. Dylan returns back to Seattle, and is seen dropping his daughter (now older) off at school with Emma. The motel is eventually sold, and the last shot, is of Norma and Norman’s shared grave stone, with Norma’s side left bare except for dates.

Bates Motel S5Ep9: Visiting Hours Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cook
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological thriller

Norman is arrested for the murders of Audrey, Sam, and Jim Blackwell. At the station he is fingerprinted, and while talking to his lawyer, is advised to plead guilty due to insanity. Norman/”Mother” refuse to spend the rest of his life in an insane asylum. Norman’s lawyer pleads with Dylan to stand by Norman at his preliminary hearing, or else there’s a chance Norman can be found guilty and sentenced with the death penalty.

After recieving news of her mother’s death, and that Norman was the one who killed her, Emma isn’t exactly thrilled that Dylan is considering helping Norman, and leaves to deal with her mother’s affairs.

Dylan arrives at Norman’s hearing, but quickly leaves when the Sheriff Greene begins to go over the evidence against Norman, including Audrey’s autopsy. Dylan wasn’t the only one to leave the hearing, but is approached by Madeleine who asks how he can live with himself, knowing that he did nothing to stop Norman, knowing what he was capable of.

After returning from spreading her mother’s ashes, Emma makes the decision to return home, but understands Dylan’s reason for feeling conflicted about his brother. But before heading home, Emma makes a stop at the station to visit Norman where she finally understands that the Norman she once knew is gone, instead she meets “Mother” and asks “Mother” to give him a message for her, “tell him I miss him”.

While filling up the cars gas tank, Romero sees the local paper stating Norman arrest. Romero goes into a frenzy. When at the station he holds Reggie at gunpoint and forces her to lead him into the station where he holds all the officers at gun point until he’s taken to Norman. Forcing Norman out, and having Reggie lock the officers in his cell, Romero begins to strangle Norman, before one of the deputy’s tells him to stop. Grabbing Norman, he demands Norman take him to Norma’s body.

Catch Bates Motel series finale next.

Bates Motel S5Ep8: The Body Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cook
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

Sheriff Greene arrives at the house, and questions Norman about his confession, and while he’s in a hurry to get the arrest over with before “Mother” can show up, Greene doesn’t believe Norman actually killed anyone. But instead thinks he’s doing this for attention, but keeps him in the station jail cell until further notice. While in there, Norman is given his meds, but is forced to puke them back up by “Mother” who takes over Norman’s body and attempts to fix the mess he created.

“Mother” agrees, when talking to Greene, that she confessed to Sam’s murder for attention, but only to take attention away from Sam’s real killer, Madeleine, who he had a fight with previously. “Mother” also blames her/Norman’s willingness to confess, and lack of focus on having his meds withheld. But once news hits that Audrey’s body was pulled from the lake, Greene arrests Norman for three murders, and Dylan is left to tell Emma the terrible news, and left with a difficult choice. Help Norman, or watch be sent to prison.

Meanwhile Romero has made his way back to the motel, and finds Chick in the basement writing his book. Chick reveals that Norman dug up Norma’s body and has been keeping her at the house until recent events that forced him to bury her in the woods. Chick continues on taunting Romero about how his and Norma’s relationship to the perfectly tragic, heartfelt, yet heartbreaking story, and enthusiasticly types away at his typewriter, prompting an angry response from Romero, who shoots Chick.

Catch Bates Motel Mondat nights at 7PM on A&E.

Bates Motel S5Ep7: Inseparable Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thierot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre” Psychological Thriller 

After killing Sam, Norman is in an almost in a comatose state. He’s unable to function, and “Mother” has to take over and tells Norman he has to dispose of the body. While disposing of Sam’s body, Norman sees the police searching the lake, and pulling out a body. Back at the motel Sheriff Greene informs Norman that they’ve found Jim Blackwells body along with several others. Fearing that it will lead to an investigation of the house, Norman takes Norma’s body into the woods and buries her.

After learning the death of his mother, Dylan returns to White Pine Bay to see Norman and learns from the local pharmacist, while picking up Norman’s medication, that Dr. Edwards has been missing for over a year and he is presumed dead. On his way home, Dylan runs into Madeleine who asks if he’s seen Sam at the motel because he had not returned after their fight the previous night.

When Dylan gets back to the house he asks Norman about whether or no he’s seen Sam, and begs Norman to take his medication beacause he’s not well. Furious “Mother” surfaces, claiming that she can only love one son, and tries to kill Dylan. Intervening, Norman stops “Mother” and pins her down, but Dylan watches on as Norman struggles with himself. Guilt rushes through him, and Norman calls 911 and confess to Sam’s murder.

Catch Bates Motel Monday nights at 7PM on A&E.