Drama Wednesday (3): Thoughts on “Momo Salon” and “You’re My Vampire.”

This week for Drama Wednesday, I have some thoughts on some smaller Korean works:

“Momo Salon”

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“Momo Salon” is a Korean mini series about a girl who opens up her own salon shop. I found it available to download on Amazon prime, and since I have time at my job (assistant to an elderly lady) where I can watch a little something, I thought this would be a nice, quick choice. It’s only six episodes, and each episode is less than ten minutes long. It was quick, somewhat quirky, and mixed with some sweet points. Honestly, it wasn’t the best mini drama I watched, but it wasn’t horrible. I’d recommend it if you just want some fast fluff. Also, it might make you want to change your hair.

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“You’re My Vampire”

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“You’re My Vampire” had such potential. It’s a Korean film about a writer who thinks her new neighbor is a vampire. Sounds cool, yes? Sadly, I discussed this drama with my friend over the phone, and the one word that popped up to describe it was weird. This is the first Korean film that I have finished. Again, it was another one I downloaded from Amazon prime. As a writer, I thought this one looked good. Yet it was weird (there goes the word again). While some of it was humorous, it, over all, just had a weird strange atmosphere. The ending left me all kinds of confused, and it just… yeah, not a favorite.

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Have a favorite mini series or film to recommend? Please share. 😀

Drama Wednesday (2): Ice Fantasy: Chinese Drama Thoughts

Today for Drama Wednesday (A day where I mostly post about Asian dramas I’m watching/watched), I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on the Chinese Drama, “Ice Fantasy,” which I recently (sadly) finished.

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About:

The Fire and Ice Clans haven’t been on good terms. When the Fire Clan ends up destroying the ice wall that protects the Ice Clan from invasion, the two remaining ice princes escape capture and go on a journey to find the Ice Crystals, given to other clans to be kept safe, so they can repair the wall and defeat the Fire Tribe. But there’s more problems going on… Set in an amazing fantasy world, this drama follows adventures of two brothers who care for each other despite all the harsh circumstances that keep ripping them apart.

What I Liked:

Oh, where to begin? My heart just races thinking about this drama. Though it took a few episode to grow on me, I ended up loving this series. Like…

The characters. Oh, as much as I love Korean Dramas, I’ve always been fond of stories that have lots of characters, and these Chinese dramas certainly have an abundance of characters. Yet, though there are so many characters (They’re gradually introduced, so don’t worry about being character bombarded to the point of confusion), each one is just so lovable. Well, the protagonists are… Well, even some of the antagonists have their likable points. Sheesh, some of them even cross sides and you end up A. Still liking them even though they’ve taken a wrong turn or B. Learn to like them when they join the side you’re cheering for.

The world building is also pretty amazing, and many of the characters represent the different peoples. There’s the Ice Clan, Fire Clan, Spirit Clan, Healer Clan, Bear Clan, Dream Clan, and, yes, even a Mermaid Clan. (*loves Mermaids*) Then there are mortals, Kingdom Guardians, plus some other random creatures who inhabit the world. It was just all, so. awesome! Especially when the ice princes (either together or by themsleves) start venturing into all of these clans. The time and dedication the makers of this drama put into creating this world is evident. I wish it was real, though. 😛

The music is also lovely. Music can add just that flair that gives you the compete feeling, and this drama has some nice background songs.

Not So Fond Of:

There was so much to like about this series, as you can read above. but it still wasn’t absolutely perfect for me.

First, it the graphics aren’t so great, and they take time to get used to. However, I was not bothered by the CGI for long.

Secondly, it took me a few episodes to get into it. With learning the world, the not so fast pace of the  beginning story, it took time for this show to be one where I was eagerly clicking next episode as soon a I finished an episode.

Third, there were a few romance scenes that were a bit much for my taste.

Conclusion:

So yeah, I liked this series. It was the first Chinese drama that I’ve finished, and I’m looking forward to trying more. Especially Wuxia dramas… Not to mention the Ice Fantasy sequel, Ice Fantasy: Destiny.

Now I’m off to watch “Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms.” Here’s one last  picture of one the Ice Princes that amused me:

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“From This Moment” by Elizabeth Camden- Book Review

 

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About:

The story follows a woman named Stella, an artist whose given up on pursuing her artistic talents in favor of finding out who killed her sister. Yeah, everyone tells her that her sister’s death was an accident, maybe even suicide, but she does no believe it and heads from London to the town her sister died at in search of the truth.

Meanwhile, a man named Romulus is quite pleased to hear that the artist he’s been trying to get work for his magazine is in the town he lives in. *imagines Romulus laughing with a Mwhahahaha laugh*

The two join forces, and…. *decides not to tell more because it would spoil story for those who have not read*

My Review:

Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite authors  (Her books are AWWWE-SOME), and so I was eager to read this book well before it was even released. I often get her books for FREE from the publisher for review, but, I did not get it because I was taking a reviewer’s break *sad face due to no free copy*). Time passed, and it wasn’t until I got this book for Christmas that I was able to read it. (Which was okay, because it makes it the third year in a row where the first book I’ve finished for the year was an Elizabeth Camden). Now that I’ve finished it, I say that…

I liked it! It was a bit darker than her previous books, but I still overall enjoyed it despite the harsher elements. I loved both the hero and the heroine (and their names. Their names are so cool!). Some of their their interactions were quite fun to read, and I also liked how the story was about moving on from the past…

But wait, was there anything that did I not like? Honestly, I will say that some of the darker parts of this book that dealt with Stella’s sister’s death were a bit uncomfortable to read. Other than that, can’t say much else bothered me, because….

This is another fantastic read by Elizabeth Camden! I give “From this Moment” by Elizabeth Camden a rating of five.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

 

Drama Wednesday (1)

I have this thing for Asian Dramas. It started almost three years ago when I started writing to my very dear friend, Joni (*waves at dear friend*), and she said she liked to watch Korean Dramas. Though I was not sure how anyone could possibly enjoy watching a show where you had to use subtitles to know what everyone is saying, I thought I’d ask her for a list of Dramas she liked. Long story short, a few months later I decided to try one, and it turned me into a monstrous fan-girl lover of Asian shows. So where once I was not sure if I could like them, they are now some of my favorite things to watch.

So, seeing that I like Asian dramas, I thought it would be fun to sometimes come on here and discuss what I’m watching, how I’m liking it… Basically bombarding you with a fandom I share with no one in real life. Perhaps throwing in some western dramas when I feel like it…and am, you know, actually watching a Western set drama. (Btw, by Western, I mean non-Asian, not cowboys.)

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The first one I’m watching is “General and I,” a Chinese historical drama about a general and a maid who are in love, but are from two enemy regions. I think what I like most about this drama is how it sort of reminds me of  “The Winner’s Curse” series by Marie Rutoski. The maid is a skilled battle strategist, and it is interesting watching her as she does things that seem reckless, but turn out to be winning maneuvers for her and her people. Yay for wit battles! Other things I like are the pretty costumes, and the battle scenes are pretty engaging. I’m on episode 11, and so far I’m really liking it!

 

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“Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms” is a fantasy about a girl who falls in love with a god, and ends up forgetting about him. I’m sure there’s more to it, but that seems to be the main selling line. I decided to give it a try because it is apparently pretty popular, and, after watching “Ice Fantasy” and suffering from some Chinese Fantasy withdrawal, maybe it will help. I’ve only seen one episode, but it is interesting with lots of pretty colors and plot twists. Plus, there’s a Chinese version of a Ghumio, and I love me some Ghumio characters. 😀

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Finally, I’m watching the currently airing K-Drama, “Radiant Office.” This show follows a young woman who has finally found a job after trying over 100 times. However, she’s also found out that she’s dying and has only six months. This one is a comedy mixed with some more serious elements. I like how the heroine has such a vivid imagination, showing what she wants to do versus what she really does. Relate-able, this is. It’s also cool how she’s determined to keep going for as long as she has left. I’m not sure how this drama will end, but it has potential for making me cry, just saying.

The Month Finale- March 2017

March has come, and it has gone…

Books I Read

Not such a great reading month, but I did finish these two books. “Hunted” is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and “Three Wishes” is a time-travel book.

Shows I Watched

One of the reasons I did not read as much this month as I did last month is because I was immersed in the Chinese Drama, “Ice Fantasy.” While the show wasn’t perfect, it grabbed my heart to the point that I was sad when it ended (and how it ended). The show is supposed to have a sequel released sometime this year, which is better than some dramas I’ve watched…

I bought a dvd set of the Korean Drama, “Flower Boys Next Door.” It’s one of my favorites, so I’m glad I have it. I’ve been re-watching it for the 3rd or fourth time, and it still makes me smile. 😀

“Intermission” by Serena Chase — Book Review

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About Book:

The story follows Faith and Noah, two theater loving teens who meet and fall in love.

*Thinks of more to say*

Oh, and there is also a sub plot that deals with suffering from mental abuse.

My Review:

Contemporary set books have never been my  “number one,go-to” books, but I’ve developed a better love for them in the past couple of years. So when I saw this book for review, I decided to give it a chance. I’d never read another book by the author before,  but I’d seen her fantasy series around. How did I like this book?

I think I’m going to say that I simply liked it. Honestly, there wasn’t anything that struck me as fantastic, but it was still a nice little read. The writing was lovely.  I enjoyed the author’s voice, and the fact that the story was clean. (It’s getting SO hard to find clean fiction YA, ya’ll. Wayyy too hard. #endofgripe). Also, it was neat to see the spiritual growth of Faith, and how she and Noah (ze hero of book) were shown with a desire to do right, but realistically. You know, so that they struggle did not show just two perfect, flat characters who do right all the time and are 100% having no issues with mistakes. Like, thank you, Mrs. Chase. Also, I like how the book starts in the present, then goes back to the past, then back to the present so that you learn to care what’s happening in the present.

Now for the cons… Well, for one, the story just moved at a slower pace than I’d have liked, making it seem like it took quite  a while to read. This is probablly do to the fact that this book is mostly a romance, and there did not seem to be much else happening until the latter part of the book…. And, yeah, that’s the con.

So, if you like Christian contempory, clean romance, and something that does (eventually) deal with some tough life issues, then give “Intermission” by Seren Chase a try. I’m giving it a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

 

Illusionary by Desiree Williams—Cover Reveal

Today I have the pleasure of being a part of the cover reveal for Desiree Williams’ new book, “Illusionary.” It looks like it’s going to be a fun read!

 Here is the lovely cover:

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About The Book:

Dorothy got sucked into a tornado.

Alice fell down a hole.

Wendy flew to Neverland.

Kamryn? She tripped down the stairs.

Now, Kamryn Kensington finds herself in a strange new world. Within minutes of her arrival, she dodges an archer’s arrow and avoids getting sliced up by a cosplay reject holding a dagger to her throat. And that’s before the storyteller’s breath brings stories to life.
Home is the mission—to return to her family and pursue her life’s dream of art and travel. Yet the longer she’s in the Land of Ur, the harder it is not to feel for the people she meets. Even her artistic side can’t help but breathe in the beautiful wonder and magic of this new world. So when the Oracle hands her a different quest, she takes it on the condition he sends her home afterward.
No one thought to warn her of a jealous queen and her dragon minions. Or that, by helping her, the cute storyteller would go crazy. Or that her heart would rip in two when she left. Those would’ve been great facts to know ahead of time.
Considering that nothing in Ur is what it seems, the mission proves to be more than she ever imagined. But more than her own future will be in jeopardy if Kamryn doesn’t succeed.

Book Excerpt:

  The twittering of birds tugged at Kam’s consciousness. Heat warmed her back. She groaned and stretched her legs out. Hair tickled her face, and she pushed it out of the way, propping herself up with the other arm.

Rubbing the back of her throbbing head, she blinked until squashed blades of green grass came into view. Something stuck to her forehead. She swatted at it, clearing away flecks of dirt.

She drew her legs up to sit upright. Her heart hammered into her ribs, and her eyes widened.

A wooden grove encircled her. Vibrant bushes dotted with red flecks swayed with the wind. Sunlight streamed through slits in the canopy of leaves above. Tiny, fluffy birds fluttered along the sunbeams, their merry tunes lending more credibility to her insanity.

“Whaa …” She fingered the knot growing on her head.

Unconscious and dreaming. That’s what was happening.

She staggered to her feet. Her muscles tightened, screaming in protest. She arched her back and then leaned to the side to stretch.

Pain shouldn’t occur in a dream. So hallucination was the next logical step, right? She must have cracked her head pretty hard. Rubbing her sore hip, she allowed her gaze to wander. Pieces of bread littered the ground near a far bush. She squinted, bringing cheese, meat, and a scrap of fabric into focus.

Something rustled the bush. She pressed against a nearby tree. The rough bark ground into her tender flesh.

A whoosh shot through the grove, followed by a stinging of her cheek and a vibration near her ear.

Multi-colored feathers of blue, green, and yellow stuck off the end of an arrow shaft.

Kam scooted over, her hair tangling against the tree trunk.

The arrowhead lay embedded mere centimeters from where her face had been.

“I assure you, wanderer,” a masculine voice called from beyond the brush. “That is the only warning my archer will give you.”

Her heart dropped to her stomach. She reached shaky fingers to her cheek, only to swallow a whimper when the tips drew back coated with blood.

Someone had shot at her. Actually shot at her!

Book Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34363709-illusionary

Ebook Pre-order available at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVF6YD9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487380047&sr=8-1&keywords=desiree+williams+illusionary

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/illusionary-desiree-williams/1125821432?ean=2940154019337

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/illusionary

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/illusionary/id1207467393?mt=11

About The Author:

DesireeDesiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes.

You can find out more about Desiree and her books at www.desireewilliamsbooks.com

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Giveaway!

Items: Journey bracelet and $15 Amazon gift card

The author is hosting a giveaway for the above items. Click on the rafflecopter link below to enter:

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The winner of the giveaway will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter and announced on Desiree’s Facebook page and Twitter account the morning of Monday, March 13th at around 9am EST.

 

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The Month Finale- February 2017

I know it’s a tad late to be doing a wrap up post for February, but I’ve been somewhat busier than usual, and blogging had to be pushed back more often than I would have liked.

Anywho, here’s some of what I did in the shortest month of the year:

 

Books I Read

While I did not get to all of the books I had hoped to read in February *cough* Vampire Knight *cough*, I got to most of them. In fact, I even read more in the long run since the two books I did not get to were two mangas, and I read three novels in their place. Not bad. 😀

I’m going to have to say that “The Winner’s Crime” was my favorite. SO much better than I expected!

Shows I Watched

I really wasn’t dedicated to watching much of anything in February :-P. I had been watching quite a bit of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but quit because some of the content got a little too much for me. I also watched a few episodes of Heartland after taking a break from it, but just can’t seem to get into it like I was before the break… I also started watching the Korean Drama, Panda and Hedgehog. Not finished with it yet, but it’s cute so far. Not the best K-Drama I’ve ever seen, but fun.

Other Life Stuff

This month I became an aunt for the first time! *throws confetti* My older sister had a baby boy, and he’s pretty cute. Here is le selfie I took with him:

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I’ve also been working a lot, and since I was away from home for many hours, blogging just wasn’t something I felt like doing when I got home. Hopefully, I will get to post more in March! Like all of the reviews I need to write… #procrastinating

“It Happened at the Fair” by Deeanne Gist- Mini Book Review

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 About:

The story follows a young man named Cullen. Cullen is a farmer who just so happened to invent an automatic fire extinguishing system (Pretty big deal in the late nineteenth century.). After his father practically forces Cullen to show his invention at the Chicago World’s Fair, Cullen finds himself in the very noisy machinery building at the fair (not to mention very far away from his fiance…). Due to the loud noise of the building—and the fact that he’s losing his hearing— Cullen soon seeks out the help of a teacher who he hopes will help him to learn to lip read so he can understand what his prospective customers are saying. A romance soon begins between him and the teacher, but what about the girl waiting for him at home?

My Review:

I honestly don’t have a lot to say about this book, though not because it was bad or anything. I actually quite enjoyed it, and managed to read it in two days (not something I often do). It was a fun read that was filled with such detail that I now feel like I went to the the Chicago World’s Fair even though I didn’t because (obviously) I was not living in the late nineteenth century. The romance was sweet, and the main characters were lovable. It wasn’t my favorite book by Deeanne Gist, but I found it an overall likable read that I recommend to those who enjoy a romantic story that transports them back in time. (Seriously, the detail’s that good, ya’ll.)

I give “It Happened at the Fair” by Deeanne Gist a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

“The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh -Book Review

 

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About:

The story follows a girl who decides to volunteer to be the wife of the king. Doesn’t sound so bad, but there’s this thing where’s he’s already been wed quite a few times, and each time the bride ended up dead… One of these deceased wives was the best friend of Shahrzad (*the heroine of the book whose name I probably mentally mispronounced), and is the reason she’s volunteered. After all, Shazi (*her nick name I think I correctly pronounced) wants revenge for the death of her friend, and what better way to get it then to get close to the king as his bride?  But not everything is what it it seems, and Shazi soon finds herself second guessing herself.

Oh, and there’s also some political stuff where people want to take over the kingdom (not too much, though) and this thing where Shazi’s first love does a lot of stuff in order to get her back from the king.

My Review:

I’ve been wanting to read this book since before it released, which was almost two years ago. Yikes! Where did the time go? Thankfully, I was browsing through the best section YA section of my library and found that they had it. How I did not know this is beyond me (I’m usually pretty good at knowing what the library has), but I did not spend much time pondering whether to pick i up. Nope, it quickly made it to my hands, I took it home and, long story short, I can now say I’ve read it.

My thoughts? First, I loved how the setting had an “Aladdin” feel to it. Which makes sense, as this is a retelling of “A Thousand and One Nights.” But, still, it is not the usual forest/mountain setting that is prevalent in many fantasies I’ve read, so it was a nice fresh of air to “visit” a place that felt less familiar.

Secondly, I found most of the characters were well written (I almost wrote well done, but that made them sound like a steak :-P). I like how flawed they are, yet the author still managed to wedge them into my heart, including *gasp* the king.

Third, there was a magic carpet! No one rode it, but THERE WAS A  MAGIC CARPET!

I also liked the aspect of the story that dealt with revenge not being a good answer to pain that others have caused. It was nice to see a story that portrayed a message of forgiveness instead of holding onto a grudge.

As I’ve mentioned, the story did have a few things that kept this book from being perfection to me (seriously, it was close). I won’t rant and rave, but would just like the mention the two things that I wasn’t a big fan of. One was the foul language, and two was that some of the romance between certain married characters was a bit much for my taste.

I’m giving “The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh  a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.