Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday Reads (and a Movie)

Last night I saw “Only Lovers Left Alive” with my daughter. Afterward, I asked my daughter what the movie was about. She said it was a vampire movie with Tom Hiddleston. Yep, that about summed it up. Not quite what I expected (certainly nothing steamy), but it was quirky/funny and entertaining, albeit strange.

On to what I read during the week (because that’s why you’re really here, right?):

Cover for How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe
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.

Cover for Alienated by Melissa Landers
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, Midtown High School suddenly 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 Goodreads.

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?

Happy reading!




Bonnie said...

I watched Authors Anomyous last night. It was supposed to be like a documentary. Which is fine because I loved Best In Show and Drop Dead Beautiful. If you haven't seen those you're missing out on two hilarious movies. Anyways, this one wasn't nearly as funny but it had a lot I had in common with the characters. I think what blew it for me was a first time author signed with an agent on a proposal. After that I lost interest.

Michael Seese said...

"I'm Not There." We didn't even make it through the movie. Then again, I think the twins were still keeping us up at night.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Bonnie - Amazing what disturbs us once we know how it REALLY is, huh? Funny how I don't remember ANY of those movies, but then maybe there's a reason for that (like my brain?). I couldn't even find Drop Dead Beautiful on imdb. Drop Dead Fred showed up, and let me tell you, I hope to NEVER see that movie again. My daughter must have watched that movie a zillion times when she was a kid. :)

Michael - Not sure I could stand a movie all about Bob Dylan, either (I had to look it up, though, since I'd never heard of the movie). I don't even own any of his records and I still have all my vinyl albums in the basement.

The Happy Whisk said...

I cannot think of one.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - You're lucky if you've never seen a strange movie. I've seen my share of them, that's for sure!