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Breezed through these:

  1. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde
  2. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Sting by Deborah Wilde
  3. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Need by Deborah Wilde
  4. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Crave by Deborah Wilde
  5. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Fall by Deborah Wilde

Last and final book (book 6) comes out in March.

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some books to end the year

Here are some books I read December 2018:

  1. My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes
  2. The Importance of Being Wicked by Victoria Alexander
  3. My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander
  4. The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride by Victoria Alexander
  5. The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander
  6. The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander

Novellas:

  1. “The Rise & Fall of Reginald Everheart” by Victoria Alexander
  2. “The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding” in Seven Days or Less by Victoria Alexander
  3. “The Dance Before Christmas” by Victoria Alexander
  4. “Lord Stillwell’s Excellent Engagements” by Victoria Alexander

a few books

Read and finished

  1. Unbound by Jim C. Hines, Magic Ex Libris series
  2. The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  3. The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander
  4. The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger by Victoria Alexander
  5. The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander

two novels and one novella

Read and finished:

  1. Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews (novella)
  2. The Phoenix Illusion by Lisa Shearin
  3. Archenemies by Marissa Mayer

three novels

Read and finished

  1. The Bartered Brides by Mercedes Lackey
  2. Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
  3. To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix

kim’s convenience

I’ve been watching Kim’s Convenience on Netflix, a sitcom about a Korean Canadian family. My overall impression of the series is – cute. It’s pretty light and cute, but also relatable as a child of immigrants to North America. I didn’t even realize it was set in Canada until maybe 5 episodes in?

Also, Asian-Canadian male eye candy. They make a slight running gag about Jung’s constant shirtlessness in the series, which is definitely fanservice, but I’m not complaining. *

 

*In all seriousness, why has it taken this long to have an Asian-Canadian/American male lead who’s attractive on screens? Yes, in the wake of Crazy Rich Asians, the studios are finally seeing that there’s a market out there for this. Yes, there are women out there (including this Asian American woman) who want to see hot Asian-American men on screen, as leads, and without atrocious foreign accents. North American-born and/or raised Asians speak English without foreign accents! (California accents maybe, for those Californian ones, but still! The rest of us speak unaccented English since for most of us, it’s our dominant language.) Maybe I would have been more interested in swooning over men as a teenager if there had been hot Asian-American guys like these back then. (No, Keanu Reeves does not count.) At any rate, I’m doing all my ogling now.

kingdom of ash

It took me two days to finish reading Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, the last book in the Throne of Glass series. It’s been a looonnngg way to this end, approximately 15 years since I followed the original story on Fictionpress to today.

The conclusion was satisfying. Of course, the dark lord and lady were defeated. But they weren’t exactly defeated by the heroine of the entire story, but another character who was recently introduced. I still haven’t warmed up to Aelin and Rowan, probably never will, but I have come to love and look out for the secondary characters. Overall, I think my biggest issue of the entire series is that there were too many bit players. It was hard to keep track of all of them when most of them weren’t very defining… At any rate, the important characters survived and had good conclusions.

Three years ago, in this post, I wondered about Aelin and Dorian’s futures as queen and king of neighboring countries. Kingdom of Ash has given me some answers, but a few more questions too. Without giving away any spoilers – I still don’t understand why Dorian seems to be the most powerful magic user of their generation. Once the former King of Ardalan fell, wouldn’t other previously powerful magic users have come back into their hidden powers? And supposing Dorian does marry the witch, it’s unlikely they’d have children. Aelin and Rowan are also unlikely to have children, since both are Fae (or of Fae blood)… so… I mean… basically, Rowan and the witch would end up ruling their respective countries eternally if their consorts die? The book and epilogue end way before that, but I have always wondered what would happen if Aelin and Dorian’s bloodlines joined 25, 50 years down the line…

I think it’s highly impressive that a former Fictionpress writer now has a completely published 7-book series to call her own. Another thing that’s stood out to me over the years are how varied and well developed the majority of the female characters are. I originally called Aelin Mary Sue, and in some ways, she always will be by nature, but she’s become more well developed over the years. It’s a sign of improvement, and that’s always good for a writer.