Descent – Julie Cannon

Title: Descent7835680
Author: Julie Cannon
Genre: Romance/LGBT
Pages: 208
Category: 4. Read a romance and/or erotica book
Format: Ebook

Date Started: February 11th 2017
Date Finished: February 14th 2017

Okay, yes, this is a trashy romance book. And yes, the only difference between this and any other romance book you pick up is that it’s the story of two women. But let’s be honest, sometimes what you want is a trashy romance book.

I wouldn’t say that Descent is the best I’ve read in this genre, or even from this author but it certainly follows the formula one would expect from the category. Two women meet, in this case they had met many years earlier and dated at school. There’s tension between them because of their past relationship but also because they’re two of the best mountain bikers in the world.

Honestly, for me at least this is a genre that is still somewhat in it’s infancy and Bold Strokes Books who published this book is one of the more established publishers out there. As a lesbian it’s refreshing to pick up a book with a relationship that’s more reflective of my own experiences even if it’s never going to be a bestseller so I really do hope that people continue to support authors in this category especially as ebooks make it a lot more accessible for everyone.

Sadly, the quote at the top of this article continues to be true. We still live in a world where there is a great deal of inequality. I live in a country where it is still illegal for me to marry my partner, many others experience much worse discrimination. Books like this normalise our experiences and can hopefully bring a little peace to those who have no one to show them their experiences are nothing to be ashamed of. My hope is, that one day there will be so many LGBT characters in books that young people will never need to search for them like I had to growing up.

Unfortunately, there’s absolutely nothing to make this book stand out within the genre as either better than it’s counterparts or worse. I probably won’t be able to tell you anything about it in six months . But if you’re looking for a nice easy read with some enjoyable tension and cuteness then this will do the trick.

Rating: 2.5/5

Veronica Mars (2014)

Title: Veronica Mars220px-veronica_mars_film_poster
Year: 2014
Director: Rob Thomas
Genre: Drama/Mystery
Date Watched: February 11, 2017
Category: #26 A film set in a country you’ve never been to

My fiancee has been trying to convince me to watch Veronica Mars with her almost as long as we’ve known each other and finally I gave in a few weeks ago… cue three seasons binge watched in the space of a few weeks and we were finally ready to take on the movie.

For those of you who have never seen or heard of Veronica Mars, it’s a TV show that ran for three seasons following the life of, you guessed it… Veronica Mars. Veronica was a teenage girl living in Neptune, California, where most of the kids were rich. Her dad used to be the sheriff but opened a Private Detective Agency after being kicked out of the sheriff’s office. Veronica spends her free time helping her dad out with cases and also helping out the kids at school who seem to get themselves into all sorts of trouble. Plus she dates, mostly the same few boys repeatedly, but that’s another story. Oh and her best friend was murdered and she doesn’t think the man behind bars is the real killer.

The movie picks up several years later, with Veronica having finished up with college and looking for her first ‘adult’ job. She’s long since left Neptune and most of it’s people behind her. Until she sees a news story about the death of an old classmate and gets a call from her ex-boyfriend who just happened to be dating the dead girl. Naturally she can’t say no to her ex-boyfriend and ends up back in Neptune, just in time for her high-school reunion.

As a standalone movie this one is probably pretty average and might not make very much sense but as a movie for fans of the show it hits most of the nostalgic moments that a viewer wants. Most of the major characters from the TV series make it back, Veronica, Wallace, Mac, Weevil, the school principal, Logan, Dick, the school mean girls including Madeline, Gia and naturally Veronica’s dad Keith Mars. There’s plenty of references to the early show as well as references to the proposed season 4 which appeared as a bonus on the DVDs, where Veronica joined the FBI and starts her first day on the job. The only thing we don’t quite get closure on is her first boyfriend Duncan. Whatever happened to Duncan after he fled from the country in Season 2?

In many ways the movie follows the same patterns as the TV show and while some characters have grown in the intervening years others appear to be just the same as they were in high school. In a sense the movie is like coming home for a fan, just the way you remembered the show but with a slightly more reluctant Veronica but still getting caught up in a boy’s drama and forgetting her own goals just the same. As much as I enjoyed the ending which was far more satisfying than the end of the series was, I had very much hoped that it would be Veronica staying in Neptune and campaigning for sheriff, finally giving the town of Neptune a competent law enforcer and following in her father’s footsteps. Alas…

Rating: 4/5 stars