I have a guilty pleasure. It's partly foreign tv shows (Where are you Versailles? I'm waiting on you) but mostly they hail from one specific country. Yes, I am speaking of K-Dramas. Now, while I had a quick fling with All my Children a decade ago, I have a soft little spot for things like Downton Abbey and miniseries like The Thornbirds, Dr. Thorne, and The Forsyte Saga. None of that really compares to some of the K-dramas I've seen, or that have stayed with me since(You can tell it's been a while with how old some of these are ;)).
Girl is trying to become a nun. Brother is in a k pop band. Brother begs sister to save his ass and cover for him while he's having surgery so that he can keep everything on the DL.
This show is a literal gender swap, with only one or two characters knowing for the majority of the show. It's priceless, endearing, and actually made me chuckle a couple of times.
The boys are adorable, each fulfilling the stereotypes of who is usually in a K-pop band. The Smooth operator, the baby face, the cute one, and the leader.
This was one of the first K-dramas I watched, and I really don't regret the choice. It has so many layers of emotion and nuance that its ending felt more than satisfying when it came to a close.
~Pig Rabbit ~
The premise comes off super campy at times: a prince teleported into modern day Soul is wrapped up in a current family's situation when he is mistaken for a long lost son. This show flips back and forth from historical drama to modern comedy, but once you see it you get it. I did almost cry at the end. It's really enjoyable if you like some comedy mixed up with sobbing on the couch in the dark.
Flower Boy Next Door
A young girl in her early twenties has resigned herself to a hermetic life. She makes a living by editing during the day and having deliveries ordered or sneaking out sporadically to get things necessary to survive. Everything changes when she spots an alluring new neighbor. Using her binoculars she can't help but spy on this interesting and handsome boy across the way. Too bad he's pretty observant. An unrequited love from the neighbor down the hall, and a very aggressive pretty boy across the street start to open up Go Dok-mi's life in ways she never thought possible. Her heart is being put in the position of being vulnerable again. Does she need to run, or find out where her adventurous friends take her?
To The Beautiful You
This is another gender bender, but this has more to do with ambition and idol worship for its own sake. Goo Jae-hee is an avid track and field competitor in the US. Soon enough she starts to idolize a South Korean high jumper Kang Tae-joon. She cuts off her long locks and does her best to disguise her feminine features and transfers to Tae-joon's all boy school to see if she can get to know him better. The added benefit being that she can push herself in track and field.
There have been so many remakes of this. I read the original manga about 16 years ago. It's really enjoyable and has a lot of twists and turns. The ending is perfect-I Promise!
I'm pretty much done with the pile of book reviews I had to do at this point. Yay for catching up!! Now I'm off to Camp Nanowrimo for July. Postings will be a little more sparse but I'll try to make sure I have some good stuff later in the month.
I got this book in the mail a couple of days ago. Since I brought it in, my son can't quit looking through it and cackling. At first I was confused with the setup. The book accordions out 40-something pages of kitty goodness. I didn't like it until I realized the book flap and front are set up a certain way to keep loose pages contained. I was thrilled (especially since it is easier for little hands if you tear them out)! You can draw on the pages, but most of them already have a little art and a connect the dot theme that is super cute.
I would recommend "milkshake" (or cream) gel pens to really see your coloring
since the pictures are more brightly or darker colored.
If you enjoy adult coloring books or gift books I would highly recommend I Draw On Cats.
(Any kitty lover would be thrilled!)
(I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review)
I actually only realized this once I read my newsletter from Faerie Magazine. I've wanted a sub for a while, its just so expensive since it's small and quarterly. You can get a newsletter from them, of course selling their stuff, but there's a lot of pretty pictures and cool advertisements in it too.
Sorry for "The Brexit" Brits!
Kenton has defied his father, the highest ranking Sand Master, his whole life in pursuit of becoming a manipulator of the sands. The problem is that he can barely perform the smallest function a Sand Master is expected to grasp. Political intrigue, magic, and murder cap this Brandon Sanderson story off to delve deeper into his Cosmere.
-I really enjoy Brandon Sanderson's works. This graphic novel is reminiscent of a blend of Warbreaker and Mistborn. The magic system is consistent and Sanderson-esque.
-The characters were great. Kenton's struggles bring you into a place where water is easily gained, if you know where to get it, and money and secrets are equal currency in a sandy world where there is no night.
-Although I wasn't a big fan of the art style the story still sucked me in. I think I was a little disappointed in the color choices. After looking through the back of the book there are many gorgeous renderings, it's a shame more of a subtle style wasn't taken in the design.
-Overall, I would recommend this for fans of Sanderson that enjoy comics or graphic novels. It may be a bit of an adjustment for people who have never read a graphic novel before.
~I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review~
If your greatest joys and fears could be realized with a couple of notes of song, a blast from a trumpet, or a couple of lines of a poem, would you take advantage of it? Hemopaths are wanted in Boston for their ability to charm, trick, and persuade with their arts. Ada and Corrine live under the safety of The Cast Iron, an exclusive club that offers these services in the way of performances a couple of nights a week for the elite upper crust. The problem is that the use of hemopathy has been outlawed, and Ada and Corrine just upped the stakes with a con job that put more eyes on the hemopaths living in the city. When things start to go dirty all they may be able to rely on is each other.
I started this book with high hopes. About 60% of the way in I became resigned to the fact that it just might not happen for me. While the writing breathed life into the start of what we would come to know as the roaring twenties and the time of prohibition (the book takes place in 1919), that's all the beginning of the book really has to offer: detailed histories and character development.
Don't despair ladies and gentlemen
~This book delivers~
If you enjoy historical reads, fantasy, or paranormal thrillers, I would definitely put this on your to be read list (before someone sings you into doing it, of course).
This book comes out October 11, 2016.
(I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review)
Summer is finally sizzling away in all of its humid glory. It's been hot in Alabama for a while (as expected) but we've had more cool nights than normal. Those nights have actually been spent NOT writing.
Today is Summer Solstice and The Strawberry Moon. It all sounds so mystical and outdoorsy. All I hear is "Let's go pick strawberries on the longest day of the year...in Alabama". Fuuuuuuuun.
I just need some cool water to chill out in and I think I'll get over the summer grumpies. Speaking of summer grumpies, this may be why I have them:
-July Nanowrimo camp is coming up and I still have to outline a book i'm already 15,000 words into writing.
-I have a couple of comics hovering over my head I HAVE to read because I do Comic Saturday on my Instagram. It's actually a nice break from reading novels though. The visuals help me escape a bit.
-I found out this was Penny Dreadful's last season before being able to watch the series finale. Thanks internet.
There are a lot of good summer things coming up. I just have to snap myself out of this slump. At least it will result in more writing. Sorry if there aren't more posts on regular/geek stuff. It's gonna be a summer full of book reviews :).
~I was watching Game of Thrones~
Descender is the comic this Saturday (no worries, I have some fluffy Sailor Moon and pretty manga covers for you the next couple of weeks). Descender is emotion wrapped in wires, and it's a great start to a space opera focused more on the existentialism of what makes something sentient.
Ten years after "Harvesters" (robots bigger than you can imagine) have pretty much decimated eight fully populated planets, a robot named TIM 21 awakes to find his mining colony in ruins, and his family missing.
He discovers that after the mass destruction of the planets, humans took to robot cullings, nearly wiping out a good bit of the AI population.
- Every character is pretty interesting. From a scheming robot scientist, to a human murdering mining droid, each character actually has something unique to add to the plot.
-Though slightly reminiscent of the movie AI, it goes into full space opera mode as soon as the pages get to turning. The only time it feels overly trope like is when TIM 21 is remembering his family, and the compassion and love he experienced with them. This is done through a flashback and isn't as necessary to the plot as the rest of the history that's explained.
-The backstory that Doctor Quon goes into towards the end of the book is more than worth the wait, and fully immerses you in where the story could be going.
M-There is a little bit of graphic violence in this one, it's nothing I wouldn't let a twelve year old read though.
I got my domain name-WHAT WHAT. It took me forever to get around to it, but it's finally here. Now all I have to do is fix up some of my older reviews on Goodreads and it will be all peachy. Soooooo excited!