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I’m a sucker for all things Werewolves (Team Jacob) and this book takes that world to a whole new level. First time authors Jade Olivia Braddock and Cyril Alfred Blake really outdid themselves on this one. If I had to compare it to anything I would say it’s like Game of Thrones meets True Blood with a hit of The Mortal Instruments.

This is the story of the death of Devon Andrews, and her rebirth into a world she never asked for. On the night of the winter solstice: a lunar eclipse, a prophecy and a world of war and leadership. A once-forgotten ancient culture and a dynasty under the guidance of the last of the druids. A war between two families, one given gifts by the Gods the other created through dark magic, both with their own secrets and agendas. Her old life ripped away, a new destiny is created. Follow Devon and her journey into this one-of-a-kind story of history, magic, and werewolves. The Solstice Moon Series has taken a classic supernatural genre beloved by its fans and given it a world that no one has seen before.

I found Devon Andrews to a rough and tumble kind of girl with a tomboy sense of fashion and a street smarts attitude. She kept me guessing the whole way about how she was going to react in certain situations and there was always this aura of mystery around her which I quite enjoyed. There is also a slew of other characters to fall in love with along the way including a fabulous gay and a studly trainer. I find whenever there is a gay character in a book, like The Mortal Instruments for example, I grow more attached to the story and enjoy reading it just that much more. All in all I loved the story and thought it did a beautiful job of setting things up for the rest of the series, which I will definitely be buying.

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Kelly Clarkson Sings It For The ‘People Like Us’

In: Calan, Music

My girl Kelly Clarkson has announced her second single off her Greatest Hits – Chapter One album will be “People Like Us,” which will hit radio airwaves on April 8th.

I’ve been in love with Kelly from the moment she walked into the audition room. My parents can vouch for me that I said “she’s going to win this show, hands down.” She’s become a powerhouse in the music industry and was ranked #1 money earner among her Idol alumni in a recent Forbes article. I’ve seen her live twice now and wouldn’t hesitate to go again. I saw her in Las Vegas last year and the final show of her Breakaway Tour here in Vancouver. I still consider her Breakaway show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.

In “People Like Us” Kelly takes on the roll of supporter singing…

People like us we’ve gotta stick together
Keep your head up nothing lasts forever
Here’s to the damned, to the lost and forgotten
It’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom

On her official Facebook page she says the following about her new single:

I’m so excited people are digging my new single! It’s my favorite song I’ve ever recorded …. Ever!

listen to it after the jump

I was checking out the latest news on Facebook, as you do, and came across this little gem that put a big smile on my face. By no means am I the biggest One Direction fan but I definitely have an appreciation for the boys and the cheese pop that they bring into the world.

It seems that doing “Cup” songs is turning into the rage these days and I’m a fan. I love a capella music and have mad respect for anyone who can stay on pitch without the help of a musical instrument.

In the following video uploaded by Stewart Yu, three people sing a mashup of the following One Direction songs: “What Makes You Beautiful,” “One Thing,” and “Kiss You.” Listen and watch the video below and if you haven’t checked out Anna Kendrick‘s “Cups” remix that is now playing on radio, you can check it out here. Enjoy!

Listen & watch after the jump…

‘The Philosophers’ Debuts Epic New Movie Trailer

In: Calan, Movies

Hot off the heels of my interview with the lovely and talented Katie Findlay from The Carrie Diaries comes the movie trailer for “The Philosophers.” Katie mentioned the movie in our interview together and now that I’ve seen the trailer for it I’m waiting with bated breathe until it’s release. As for a release date I couldn’t track down any solid day other that hopefully soon in 2013.

The film boasts quite the array of actors. Along side Katie we have James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas, Hitchcock), Daryl Sabara who you might recognize as Juni from the Spy Kids movies, George Blagden from the recent big screen adaptation of Les Misérables, Harry Potter alum Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) as well as Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) who is also know as the drool worthy radio DJ Luke from Pitch Perfect, and Jacob Artist (the devilishly good looking Jake Puckerman on Glee).

Find out what the film is about and check out the newly released trailer below.

Synopsis & trailer after the jump…

I recently had the opportunity to chat with the crazy awesome Katie Findlay who plays “Maggie Landers” on the new CW series The Carrie Diaries. We’ve actually known of each other for a while now but our paths just always seemed to have missed each other when we tried to get together. Well, we finally put an end to that with this interview, YAY!

For those unaware of what The Carrie Diaries is about it’s basically a prequel show to Sex and the City and follows the story of a teenage Carrie Bradshaw. I have to admit, I’ve only ever seen maybe 1 or 2 episodes of Sex and the City…I know I’m a bad gay but I just never got around to it. I did see the movies though! Any way, onto the interview with our gorgeous guest!

Interview after the jump…

February: It’s All About The Love

In: Calan, Random Reads, Totally GAY!

It’s that time of year again my friend, the month that holds that oh so daunting day. You know the one I’m taking about, Valentines Day. Just saying it I can hear you cringing from behind your computer screen. Some of you get so overwhelmed and depressed at the thought of all those love notes, chocolates, flowers and countless gifts people will be buying for their intimate partners and loved ones. Being single, one can’t help but wonder “what about me?” You’re now faced with all the things you don’t necessarily want to think about this month…Love…and all things about being single.

But there is hope my friend, yes, even for you. It will take a little bit of work so if that’s not something that interests you I suggest you stop reading now. But, if you think you’re up to the challenge I say let’s get going. Here are a few steps that might help you survive this Love induced season…

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I was recently gifted a viewing of an amazing documentary called Happy by my good friend Jay. He had picked up one of those free Starbucks cards that highlights an artist or movie. Having a feeling I would enjoy it, since I’m one of the happiest people he knows, he waited until we could get together to watch it. Well, to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement, I freaking LOVED IT!

Description from IMDB: “HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.”

Happy infuses quite a bit of scientific research and study with everyday stories to give it a well-rounded approach to the subject. I loved finding out that in their studies it showed that only 10% of a persons happiness comes from their exterior environment (aka cars, homes, clothes, etc.) That leaves the other 90% of our happiness residing within ourselves and puts us in the drivers seat.

More on this & the trailer after the jump…

December 21, 2012: What’s Your Take On It?

In: Calan, Random Reads

So the “End of the World” is coming up on this Friday, December 21 and I’m left wondering what everyone out there is thinking. There are so many opinions floating out there about what is going to happen on the 21st that it’s almost impossible to keep up with them all. My work is even having an “End of the World” party after work on the 21st, which may or may not happen depending on said world’s ending or not.

Let’s start with the obvious: Doomsday, the Rapture, End of Days, the Mayan calendar ending, pretty much the world as we know it coming to a compete and utter end Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends” style. People have talked for years about how the Mayan calendar is coming to the end of a 5125-year-long cycle. There was even a very action packed movie released in 2009 titled 2012 staring John Cusack and Amanda Peet. Will there be huge world shifts? Is the sky going to rain down burning balls of fire? Will the oceans flood most of our lands leaving only a very small portion of the human race alive? Or will the “Big guy upstairs” come down and pass judgement on us all? If this is your cup of tea and personally think the world is going to come to an end, what are your plans? Have you moved to some high remote mountain top so you can live through all the horrible world disasters or are you just going to enjoy the ride?

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