Review: Fall Out Boy and How They Intend to “Save Rock and Roll”

Review: Fall Out Boy and How They Intend to “Save Rock and Roll”

Generally speaking, when a band mixes up their sound as drastically as Fall Out Boy does in their upcoming “Save Rock ‘n Roll,” it’s met with complaints and accusations of selling out. Bands do it all the time when they … Continue reading

What Darkness Brings by C.S.Harris

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The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian’s former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder.

Regency England, September 1812: After a long night spent dealing with the tragic death of a former military comrade, a heart-sick Sebastian learns of a new calamity: Russell Yates, the dashing, one-time privateer who married Kat a year ago, has been found standing over the corpse of Benjamin Eisler, a wealthy gem dealer. Yates insists he is innocent, but he will surely hang unless Sebastian can unmask the real killer.

For the sake of Kat, the woman he once loved and lost, Sebastian plunges into a treacherous circle of intrigue. Although Eisler’s clients included the Prince Regent and the Emperor Napoleon, he was a despicable man with many enemies and a number of dangerous, well-kept secrets—including a passion for arcane texts and black magic. Central to the case is a magnificent blue diamond, believed to have once formed part of the French crown jewels, which disappeared on the night of Eisler’s death. As Sebastian traces the diamond’s ownership, he uncovers links that implicate an eccentric, powerful financier named Hope and stretch back into the darkest days of the French Revolution.

When the killer grows ever more desperate and vicious, Sebastian finds his new marriage to Hero tested by the shadows of his first love, especially when he begins to suspect that Kat is keeping secrets of her own. And as matters rise to a crisis, Sebastian must face a bitter truth—that he has been less than open with the fearless woman who is now his wife.
There are few things that I love more than being able to solve a crime with Sebastian St. Cyr, the Viscount of Deviln. And in the eight installment of this mystery series, C.S. Harris did not disappoint me. I have come to develop expectations about what each of these books will give me as a reader: there will be a mystery, there will be romance, there will be a well-researched historical background, and there will be adventure. But what Harris has managed to do so well over the course of this series is develop her characters. You’d think that things would begin to feel stale once you reach the eighth book in a series, yet it does not. Sebastian, Gibson, Hero, Jarvis, Hendon, and Kat are all returned as characters, with the intwining relationships between all of these characters becoming more complicated and more realized, especially once Kat’s husband is arrested for murder — which is where this story starts off.

Benjamin Eisler, an elderly gem dealer, is found shot in his home by his nephew, with Kat’s husband standing over the body. Being at the scene of the crime the implications against the man are strong and he is quickly thrown into jail to await trial. But things are not what they seem. Eisler was well-known and heavily disliked. His secrets are numerous and his treatment of others is debaucherous; even Sebastian is forced to admit that there is potentially a list of hundreds of people who would have wanted to kill him. In an attempt to assist Kat to free her husband, Sebastian gets involved in the case, eventually discovering that Eisler seemed to be in possession of the Hope Diamond, which was stolen twenty years ago during the revolution of France and that had once belonged to King Louis XVI. Why did Eisler have the diamond? Could that have been a factor responsible for his death? And how do so many people seem to know that Eisler was in possession of the diamond? Who did he try to sell it for? So many questions must be pondered and explored for Sebastian and us to understand the crime better.

Besides the characters, what I enjoy so much about these books are the mystery. I have still been unable to figure out “who done it” until Sebastian does, and I appreciate being given that high amount of anticipation.

4 out of 5 stars.

JustinTimberlake “20/20 Experience” First Impression Review! (teaser: it’s

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Pusher Lover Girl: sorry, but the whole “love as drug” thing is played the fvck out. that being said, the song is pleasant enough but goes on for too long and just doesn’t give me #NewNess

Suit and Tie: is a good song. i was actually surprised to see as many negative things about it online, but i liked it when i first heard it and i still like. It’s funky, it’s fun, what’s not to like?

Don’t Hold The Wall: a sexy number, Timbaland brings back that whole indian infused beats he was working with back in 2003/2004. It works nicely here though and the way Timberlake attacks those verses … #LOVE. And than you have this crazy breakdown at the end, yeah this song is hot.

Strawberry Bubblegum: AND… i’m sold. a very sexy, very pleasant, very groove-a-licious track that can’t be denied. and it switches into this sort of latin-esque groove at the end which is very nice. (this is #thatmoment when I almost don’t want to listen to the rest of the stream and just wait until it’s available… but for the sake of the blog i’ll keep going)

Tunnel Vision: Hmmm, so this one is a little extra with the futuristic sound blips and stutter beats of Timbaland’s past… but at the same time it’s really nice and pleasant. Timberlake has a nice flow on the verses. The breakdown part is pretty cool, it’s an alright song overall.

Spaceship Coupe: OUCH! that first note was NOT A GOOD LOOK!! Overall i’m not feeling what he’s giving vocally, but it’s a sweet little song if you can overcome it. It is giving me R.Kelly/Usher T’s though!? I really like it.

That Girl: I LOVE! It’s real laid back, old school, soul, but still in a weird way has a very current NOW thing going on. Flawless.

Let The Groove Get In: I’m gonna wait… it’s weird for me so far, but I anticipate some sort of switch-up soon.

Mirrors: Heard this a few weeks ago (bought it) and it just struck me as dull and dated, I might get into it more when I buy the album and start listening to it more, but it does nothing for me. I do like the “you are, you are, the love of my life” part though.

Blue Ocean Floor: Simply put… possibly Justin Timberlake’s best song ever. i really don’t know what else to say… it’s very, striking and beautiful and captivating and lush.

OVERALL: GOOD JOB JUSTIN!!! I was scared the album would come off really dated … but it’s weird because it’s not a far cry from “Future Sex Love Sounds” but it’s a nice extension of that… mixing in to great effect more soulful bluesy sounds to incorporate his roots. I gotta say I’m impressed.

8.5/10

Did you like it? 🙂

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