Outlander (but feels like home) by Diana Gabaldon

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Title: Outlander

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Synopsis: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Special thanks to Sasha Alsberg, one of my favourite booktubers for being so obsessed with Outlander that she’s convinced me to start reading it. Just finished it today, so everything is fresh in my mind. I will try writing the reviews straight after (you would kill me if you saw my post drafts) I finish a book. (update: nope this draft’s been there for a loooong time) I have chosen to read it now because it’s the best autumn read + the new season of the TV series’s airing (I will make a post about that as well since I need to fangirl about Sam Heughan) + I am planning a trip to Scotland early April

Now, Outlander is a canon series like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones. Once you start it, it becomes an unhealthy lifestyle (or rather healthy if you ask me, but hey I am diseased, you can’t trust me) you can’t escape and it’s carved forever in your heart. I did expect this, though. But what I didn’t expect is to read bits and pieces before going to sleep every night when I had school early in the morning. I am definitely out of my reading slump. Never happened before with a 880 pages long monster of a book. I usually get intimidated and read slowly.

Claire is the female character who takes no shit. She is a smart nurse that saves everyone’s arses (while getting herself in trouble tsk tsk tsk). She is so easy to love, an already grown up woman different from the younger heroines I encountered. She does not have to spend hundreds of pages creating drama (at least in the first book?) to catch the reader’s attention.

My favourite journey, except the actual time travel, is her assimilation of the new culture. She gets used to the physical aspects easily having been an archeologist’s daughter, but you can see the psychological changes she gets through as she becomes more and more of a Scot.

If Claire is not a reason enough to start this series, what about an attractive fiery young Scot? Jamie Fraser is my new addiction really. Without giving any spoilers, I love his unconditional loyalty to his wife. He is always there, putting her on a pedestal to protect.

Another thing that makes it love so much is the historical conflict. It follows the 18th century Scottish history which I know nothing about but I am slowly educating myself.

If you want a ripping action packed romance series set in the Highlands with strong chracters, Outlander is for you.

★★★★★/★★★★★

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The Hating (Loving) Game by Sally Thorne

Now that I’ve got no exams left, I can read, read and of course read.

This is the second book I’ve finished this month (I will talk about the first one in another post)

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Title: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Now, now this is what I am talking about.

Joshua and Lucy’s relationship reminded me of Chuck and Blair’s. All the games they play, challenges. How they observe details about each other quietly – sounds familiar.

This book was so easy to read (a bit too short, I needed more) and the witty dialogue made it so entertaining. The most positive point about it was the absence of a love triangle. Of course, there were some jealousy moments, but c’mon, the plot didn’t revolve around 2 men-1 woman. This change was refreshing.

The main characters are definitely 99,9% real life cases. The one who pleases everyone because she wants to be liked, but she stands for herself when needed. The one who is hated by everyone, but in reality he’s a shy sweetheart. The dynamic between these two have melted my icy heart.

I appreciated how their relationship started as lustful, later developing into powerful love. Joshua is supportive, doesn’t want anything in return and helps Lucy with every step.

It was very refreshing to read a drama-free easy romance. If you want a cheeky story sprinkled with sweetness, The Hating Game is your ideal choice. Sally has definitely debuted like a queen.

★★★★/★★★★★

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Death Note rant

If you get easily butthurt, I want you to leave now.

Now, after watching the new Death Note (Netflix of course) trailer, I am going to tell you some wrong things about it.

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  1. Without sounding racist, this is a typical Americanised story. Shallow, filled with some appealing (to a superficial audience) explosions. This Netflix adaptation is a typical action movie you just pick when you are bored and want to relax your brain (after not using it at all)
  2. Can you see Nat Wolff as Light? Because for me, Nat Wolff is synonym with ‘not a suitable actor for such a complex role’. It’s not his fault, of course. And he probably has evolved since (the trash) Paper Towns turned out to be (I am sorry -or not- if you are a big John Green fan, but what did you expect?) Image result for death note netflix
  3. Twins. This guy is probably a good actor but I am sad that they are using him to just say ‘HEY WE ARE NOT WHITEWASHING THIS, HERE YOU CAN HAVE L’. L’s vibe with those bags under his eyes is probably what kept me going.
  4. I don’t know if that female from the trailer is supposed to be Misa, but okay. Why does he look like this is going to be a sappy romance when Death Note is anything but romance. Light is either asexual/gay/ or suffers from narcissism.
  5. People matching the diagnostic criteria for narcissistic personality disorder use black and white thinking, called splitting, as a central defense mechanism; they separate mental concepts into good versus evil, say, as an attempt to stabilize the sense of self in order to preserve self-esteem. Throughout the series Light certainly does show clear indications of perceiving himself as purely upright or admirable and others who do not conform to his will or values as purely wicked or contemptible.

  6. Death Note is not your typical action-love story Hollywood wants you to believe. It’s a political satire and plays on ideas of ‘Justice’. It is much complex than : boy gets power and decides to be a God.

I am annoyed that so many people are going to view this as as very simplistic story when, in fact, it is not.

So, what do you think? Please do argue if you think I’m wrong. I respect everyone’s opinion and I am not saying that the actors are not talented or anything. I am going to watch this anyway because I love Death Note. (and rants)