On to what I read during the week (because that’s why you’re really here, right?):
Jun 11: “How to Marry a Highlander” by Katharine Ashe, a historical romance. Blurb from Goodreads: With seven troublesome half sisters to marry off, Duncan, the Earl of Eads, has one problem: he's broke. With the prospect of marriage to the pompous local curate, Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has one dream: to wed instead the handsome Highlander she saw at a ball. How does a desperate lady convince a reluctant laird that she's the perfect bride for him? She strikes a wager! If she can find seven husbands for seven sisters, the earl must marry her. Duncan has no intention of wedding the meddlesome maiden, and he gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can't meet—one month. But Teresa sets terms, too: with each bridegroom she finds, the earl must pay her increasingly intimate rewards . . . This was a reading assignment so I might not have delved into the book with anticipation. Sure, the blurb sounded interesting, but this is a historical (and a Regency at that) and I’m no longer fond of them. Well, maybe I should clarify. I’m not fond of British historicals. I don’t have any issue with American historicals, but that’s beside the point. Yes, this book had too many hyphenated last names and the brogue took some getting used to, but I really enjoyed the story and especially the romance. I had fun reading this, so color me surprised. Still didn’t understand all the terminology, though. That’s why I only gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.
Jun 15: “Alienated” by Melissa Landers, a YA sci-fi romance. Blurb from book: Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia,
isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police
office has to escort her and Aelyx to class. Cara finds support in the last
person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend: she’s
fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of
his exchange, and its potentially deadly
consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for
herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet. The
sci-fi in this book is lite (meaning: not techy), which suited me just fine. This
YA novel is in third person, which thrilled me (and surprised me a little). And
yes, there’s romance (which, hello, I love). The ending was a little un-ended,
but now that I see it’s the beginning of a series, I can kind of understand
why. I’m not thrilled with these kinds of series (I prefer series with
different couples in the same “world”), but I am curious as to how it will all
end. Overall, the book entertained me and I enjoyed it. I gave it 4 stars on
Seeing how Melissa’s aliens didn’t seem all that different than the aliens in the alien book I wrote (and hope to one day get published), I checked out some of the reviews on Goodreads. She really got slammed from some reviewers on the sci-fi part, which makes me think maybe I need to label MY alien book as a romance with sci-fi elements! Gee, is there such a thing?
So… What was the last STRANGE movie you’ve seen?