I visted the Outlander Artistry Exhibit!

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Hi guys! Today I thought I would share my experience visiting Outlander Artistry at the Paley Center in Hollywood! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram have you probably already seen these photos but I thought it would be cool to share here too since I have so many photos!

So last week was the last day that this exhibit would be running the Outlander exhibit and I just knew I had to see it before it left! I am so glad we decided to go because this was one the best days I have had all summer. Seeing all the amazing costumes that were designed and made all for the TV show was amazing! I can’t believe how many costumes and shoes, hats, gloves, everything is handmade for the show! It’s truly amazing.

Anyway, everything looked so beautiful and you can take a look at some of my photos below.

Enjoy ❤

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“Do me the one favor, Sassenach. Take a larger fan.” ❤

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The many styles for the Comte St. Germain

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This was one out of two that we saw for my precious Jamie ❤

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They also had some set designs and set models set up to take a look at, but I am too short and couldn’t really take any decent photos of them! 😦 But! I hope you enjoyed the photos! They’re all so beautiful! Now I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us for season 3!

until next time,

Dee

July’s Hot Hot Hot Wrap Up

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Hello hello! I know this is coming a little late this month (okay a lot late), but I haven’t had the energy to turn on my computer when it’s been so hot. You guys, I hate the summer. I am miserable! My wrap up isn’t even that long because I find it hard to read. I was also hoping to do a post on my birthday book haul since it was my birthday month (the 16th was my birthday) but I just haven’t gotten around to it. But it’s coming! I hope. 

Okay, enough excuses. I have made some progress and have read some amazing books last month ❤

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Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon | 4 stars

So I had a few issues and frustrations about this book. The whole plot could have been resolved if characters would have just had one conversation, but no. Everything dragged on and I am a little disappointed. However, I still enjoyed myself.

My review here

I’ll Give you the sun by Jandy Nelson | 4 stars

This book was so unexpected. I didn’t really think I was going to like just because it’s so hyped. But honestly, I fell in love. I really enjoyed that it took place over two timelines, the past and the present. The story was heartbreaking and touching at the same time. I’m so relieved I fell in love with the story the same way everyone else did.

Hamilton: the revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda | 5 stars

I love love love this book. If you’re a Hamilton fan, you need this book!

The Star-touched Queen by Renee Chokshi | 3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, but the more I think about it the more bummed I am that it is only a standalone. I thought the story only skimmed the surface and I was expecting more once it ended. But then I read that that’s it?! Saaaaaaaad.

A GAthering of Shadows by VE Schwab *rr | 4 stars

I reread this book on audio and it was fantastic. I totally recommend it!

Bared to you by Sylvia Day | 3 stars

So this is totally a guilty pleasure read. I wanted something quick and don’t judge me okay? But I really enjoyed it. I refused to read the Fifty Shades books, but since I heard these were way better and well-written I gave them a try. Shh. it’s okay.

Reflected in you by Sylvia Day | 3 stars

Shh…

This was good too. Finally take a look into Gideon’s past and his demons. I really don’t have much to say about these books other than it is a fun read.

Did I mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame | 4 stars

God I love this trilogy so much. I have already finished the other books and I can’t stop thinking about them because they were so addicting and fun. I love Tyler and Eden and everyone! Their forbidden romance was just so addicting I couldn’t set the book down!

I recommend them if you haven’t read them yet and you’re looking for a summer read.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs | DNF @ page 30

I just can’t with these books. I am sorry and I am bummed but I can’t. They are just not for me.


Well that is it! Wow I read way more than I thought I did! July was fun and August is already looking pretty good. Hopefully I can read some more amazing books! 

until next time,
Dee

 

Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon

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It began at an ancient Scottish stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave. Dr. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice.

Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became a legend—a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in the American colonies. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century—their daughter, Brianna….

Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the circle of stones and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history … and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past … or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong….

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*Slight spoilers in you haven’t read at least Voyager

Drums of Autumn takes place after the events of Voyager, where we find Brianna missing her mother and trying to find traces of Claire and Jamie. She enlists the help of Roger and when a surprising new discovery leaves them both running to the stones of Craigh na Dun many surprises unravel that I did not expect. It was a slow ride at times, but still very entertaining if you enjoyed the other books in the series like I have.

While I really enjoyed this installment in the Outlander series, I had a few problems with it. I didn’t really get wrapped into the story until about 300+ pages in. I felt like the slow build up was a little too slow and dull. I know this is the way Diana tells her stories, but usually there is a slow burn leading up to the intense climax. However with DoA, the slow burn led up to quite an underwhelming misunderstanding. A misunderstanding that could have led the last quarter of the book’s conflict resolved if one conversation would have taken place. To say it’s frustrating is a little of an understatement.

Another issue I had with DoA was Claire and Brianna. There is no doubt these two are mother and daughter because they are exactly alike. While Brianna takes after Jamie in her Scot Fraser stubbornness, she takes over Claire with her rashness. She is independent and often forgets the time period that she just stepped into. Plus, I wanted to strangle her for the way she talked to her father. Excuse you Bree, you’re being incredibly disrespectful what gives you the right?! While Claire is oftentimes too over dramatic in this novel. She overreacts over situations that she could have easily just rectified.

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While I had a few issues. I still really loved this novel once everything really started to pick up. I loved seeing the relationship between Jamie and Bree (their first meeting seriously brought tears to my eyes) as well as the growing relationship with Roger. I seriously fell in love with Roger in this novel. He was so sweet and understanding and perfect for Bree. He understands her and knows just how to handle her.

I really enjoyed the life that Jamie and Claire are building on Fraser’s Ridge. They are finally settling into a life that they deserve (but still has some conflict because it’s Jamie and Claire). Though I do have to admit I miss being in Lallybroch and around Jenny and Ian and all the other Frasers.

Overall,  I really enjoyed reading this book. It was slow but still great. I loved Jamie even more than before. He is protective and an excellent father. It’s so bittersweet to see him finally be the father he deserved to be. I love Jamie and Claire together, always. Bree and Roger. Wee Ian and Rollo. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for our beloved Frasers.

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If you love Outlander, have you been watching season 2? Are you ready for the finale??? let’s fangirl and cry together. 

Dee

 

The Outlander Book Tag!

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🎶SIING ME A SONG OF A LASS THAT IS  GOOOOONE, SAY COULD THAT LASS BE I…..🎶

So it’s no surprise that Outlander is my favorite series of all time and I am obsessed. So when I saw Sasha from abookutopia create this tag I just knew I had to do it as well. Now I am going to try really, really hard not to choose Outlander for every single question because let’s be real, I could…

Let’s do this!

➳ YOU TOUCH SOME STANDING STONES AND GET TRANSPORTED BACK IN TIME, WHAT YEAR WOULD YOU HOPE TO LAND IN?

I am going to have to say the Victorian Era. I know many people always pick this era but honestly, it’s so fascinating to me. I am such a sucker for period piece movies and this time period was always my favorite. Besides, hello TID! Where’s my William?

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➳ CLAIRE IS A VERY GOOD NURSE, WHAT TYPE OF SKILL WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE THAT A FICTIONAL CHARACTER EXCELS AT?

Honestly, I am so untalented that it makes me cry that I am so worthless lol so I would take literally anything. However, I think I would like to a hacker? And I mean an awesome hacker like Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds. That woman can do and break into anything! Plus Felicity Smoak is pretty awesome so I wouldn’t mind being like her too! 

➳ JAMIE AND CLAIRE ARE ULTIMATE RELATIONSHIP GOALS, WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL COUPLE?

Okay, Jamie and Claire are my ULTIMATE OTP so I just had to mention them, but I will choose…William Herondale and Tessa Gray. Yep another shocker right? Sorry, not sorry.

But how can I not choose them? I love their connection and their passion for the written word that they share. They are so beautiful and cute and I love to love them!

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➳ THE ENDING OF OUTLANDER WAS SHOCKING, WHAT IS ONE ENDING OF A BOOK YOU READ THAT TOTALLY BLEW YOUR MIND?

Every single Sarah J Maas book! But I am going to go with LADY MIDNIGHT! This book took me completely by surprise. Oh man, my mind still goes fuzzy just thinking about it.

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➳ SCOTLAND HAS LOTS OF CASTLES AND WE SEE QUITE A FEW IN OUTLANDER. WHAT FICTIONAL KINGDOM WOULD YOU WANT AS YOUR OWN?

Limeros from Falling Kingdoms. I am constantly wishing I could be in the frozen palace with my baby Magnus Damora ❤ 😀

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➳ OUTLANDER HAS SOME VERY STEAMY SCENES; WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ROMANCE NOVEL?

Every single Colleen Hoover novel ever. Seriously, this woman knows how to write tragic and beautiful love stories that also have such a greater meaning. I think my favorite is going to have be Ugly Love because Miles and Tate have some very very hot and steamy scenes!

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➳ THE JACOBITE RISING IS A HUGE PLOT POINT IN THE OUTLANDER SERIES; WHAT BOOK HAS YOUR FAVORITE BATTLE IN IT?

I don’t know if this is considered a huge “battle” scene but I really liked the ending to Queen of Shadows with Aelin and Dorian…that is all I will say because of spoilers. But I really loved the visuals of it all. I thought it was a great scene. 🙂

➳ JAMIE AND CLAIRE GET MARRIED VERY UNEXPECTEDLY; WHAT FICTIONAL CHARACTER WOULD YOU WANT TO MARRY ON A WHIM?

Okay, I am sorry. I can’t not choose Jamie Fraser for this answer. No way. James Alexander Malcolm Fraser always! He is everything. I will never not choose him okay?
We belong together!

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➳ SCOTLAND IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE; WHAT IS ONE FICTIONAL WORLD YOU WOULD LOVE TO VISIT?

THE WIZARDING WORLD. I’d feel like a fraud if I didn’t choose this world. I mean come on, IT’S MAGICAL!

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➳ IF YOU COULD CHANGE THE PAST, WOULD YOU?

No, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Plus, I think I would be too afraid to change something that makes the future even worse. I watch The Flash, it never goes well lol

If you want to do this tag then, I TAG YOU!

Until next time,
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March’s Springtime Wrap Up

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Hi guys! I am so sorry I haven’t been as active as I should be. Truth be told, I am in a blogging slump. I have no idea what I should post so I just stick to my weekly memes and even those I don’t feel like writing up majority of the time. So I have to at least throw my wrap up out there today. I’ll try to be better as I start reading more again. I am currently in a tiny slump. I am reading interesting books but I just have no motivation to actually read. I have no idea what’s wrong with me but it’s annoying the heck out of me! 😥

Oh well, here are my books this month.

I had a very wonderful Cassie Clare Month this month and I am loving it! ❤

THE BOOKS

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  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare & co | 5 stars
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THESE NOVELLAS! Like The Bane Chronicles, Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy is a series of novellas following our favorite Simon Lewis as he goes to Shadowhunter Academy (for spoilery reasons). It was fantastic. It was like one big epilogue for our TMI cast and I had so many feels!
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- JK Rowling | 5 stars
    I am still not over this book and this series. I am so sad I finished and I am not ready to talk about it. I’m still processing my feelings. *sigh*
  • Yolo Juliet by Brett Wright, William Shakespeare | 3 stars
    This was such a random pick up. I was cruising books on Overdrive to check out because I needed something light and fun to read after Harry Potter destroyed my heart and saw this. I thought it looked so silly so I decided to read it. It was very quick. The whole book tells Romeo & Juliet in text messages and it’s hilarious. I think it took me a couple hours to get through the whole book.
  • The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt | DNF
    I actually didn’t even finish this book because I had to DNF it rather quickly. I had picked this book up after it was an anticipated book for me from last year. Once it released I quickly bought it on my Kindle but I have to say I was disappointed. I couldn’t connect to the main character at all and I thought she had such a superior attitude that I couldn’t take her seriously. She is obsessed with French and starts studying French in this summer program for Advanced French and meets a guy that she doesn’t want anything to do with because he is a jock and likes baseball. See her family is obsessed with baseball and she hates it so she has sworn off anyone who likes baseball. That’s where I left off because her attitude and thought process was just too ridiculous for me. I couldn’t do it so I DNF-ed at 30% and I am proud of myself for even getting that far.
  • Prodigy by Marie Lu rr* | 5 stars
    Reread. It was wonderful. Loved it even more the second time.
  • Lady Midnight by Cassie Clare | 5 stars and the whole galaxy. 
    Without a doubt my FAVORITE book of the month and 2016 so far.
    You can read my review here.
  • Champion by Marie Lu rr* | 5 heartshattering stars
    I still can’t deal with this heartbreak of a novel. It hurts.
  • Lady Midnight by Cassie Clare rr*
    See, I read it loved it so much and couldn’t move on so….I READ IT AGAIN! 
  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra CLare & Joshua Lewis | 4 stars
    This is a manual with everything that has to deal with Shadowhunters. It was fun to read Clary, Jace, and Simon’s comments and doodles inside the book but it was very dull at times since it is an actual manual. Plus, almost everything you already have learned just from reading Cassie’s books.
  • Voyager – Diana Gabaldon | 5 stars
    This is the third book in the Outlander series and omg I FINALLY FINISHED THE TRILOGY! Omg I am till so excited about this! I’m also still processing what has happened and what is coming next. I am scared LOL.
    You can read my review here if you are interested.

MOST FAVORITE

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Just pretend to be a litttle shocked, okay? Thanks 😉


LEAST FAVORITE

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Well that’s a wrap on March! Can’t wait to see what favorites April brings!

What were some of your favorites this month? Any books you’re looking forward to in april? did you read lady midnight and die? let’s discuss! XXOO

Until next time,
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