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Watched Wonder Woman last night, which was better than I expected but not amazing. The only reason I decided to watch it in the theaters was because it cost me only $4 (with a promo code).

Read the following:

  • White Hot by Ilona Andrews
  • Elias in Love by Grace Burrowes
  • Tartan Two-Step by Grace Burrowes

Elias in Love was…. hard for me to read. I couldn’t sympathize with the heroine or hero, and I actually sympathized more with one of the secondary characters who was kind of made out to be a villain by the heroine (she’s rather… dumb? ignorant? too much a stupid damsel in distress, really). The plot and the location hit a little too close to home for me, which is why it took a while for me to process it.

While I liked White Hot, once again, I was more interested in a secondary character than the main two characters. My problem with this book is that Rogan in the Hidden Legacy series is too similar to Curran from the Kate Daniels series. Both men are overprotective and over powering, do things without consulting the heroine, and they have extremely similar backgrounds. If not for the secondary characters I felt the book would have fallen flat… then again, the actual story plot is decently intriguing. At least the younger siblings and cousins were entertaining.

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Watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 for some rollicking fun.

Recently finished reading the following

  • The Ghoul Vendetta by Lisa Shearin (SPI Files #4)
  • The Secret of My Seduction by Caroline Linden
  • It Started with a Kiss by Ella Quinn
  • Duchesses in Disguise by Grace Burrowes

Also started watching the Great British Baking Show Masterclass series.

all souls trilogy

Just finished reading All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I first came across the last book at BN, where it was being sold in the bargain area. Then I went home and borrowed the first two books from the library.

  1. A Discovery of Witches
  2. Shadow of Night
  3. The Book of Life

I’m sure I’ve seen these books when they were first published, but somehow wasn’t interested in reading them. That strikes me as odd, because Harkness ties history with evolutionary biology/genetics and magic. The first two have been academic interests of mine, and I’ve always liked a dose of magic in the books I read.

1 new movie, 1 new book

Watched Logan in the theaters with the bf. He really wanted to watch it, and there was a promo for a $4 movie ticket, so I went with him. Solid movie, but that’s the last of the original X-Men movie series.

Just bought Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire and finished it as well. I think at this point I’m quite intrigued about the villain. Yes, the villain as an organization has been present since book 1, but this time it’s a real person. I’m glad there’s another book because I want to see where the storyline goes.

pacific rim

Finally watched Pacific Rim.

two documentaries

Watched the following

  1. Meet the Patels
  2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

a couple films and some books

Movies/Documentaries:

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, watched with my sister over Thanksgiving
  2. Sour Grapes, a documentary recommended to me about wine fraud

Books/Novellas:

  1. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
  2. The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes
  3. When a Marquis Chooses a Bride by Ella Quinn
  4. Marquess of Mistletoe by Grace Burrowes

I really like the Innkeeper series by Ilona Andrews, and One Fell Sweep delivered. While I did follow the online serial in its entirety, the published version is much more refined. I have to admit that one of the main reasons why I like it is because Dina chooses Sean, who, despite being a werewolf, was raised and born on Earth, and therefore gets all the inside jokes relating to pop culture, instead of Dina having to explain it to him. I’m not fond of the trope where the human female falls in love with a non-human male, and every time she refers to pop culture, the non-human male is confused. In One Fell Sweep, Sean even continues to quote from the movie that is being referenced (while trying not to laugh). The other thing I’ve enjoyed in the last two books are the sibling conversations. In Sweep in Peace, it’s George and Jack, and in One Fell Sweep, it’s Dina and Maud.