Drama Wednesday (15): “Chicago Typewriter” Review

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What I  Liked:

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The writing elements. It can be fun to watch a drama and see characters who do things you like to do. In my case, this drama was about a writer who, well, writes. Which I happen to do both here and on some personal fictional works. Anywho, I liked the writing and bookish parts of this series.

The historical vibe of 1930’s Korea. Okay, so I have not really thought much on what a 1930’s Korea looked like before watching this drama. From this show, it looks a lot like 1930’s America, except, you know, overrun by Japanese and mixed with Korean/Japanese culture. However, some of the clothing styles, architectural structures, and music style are similar. So it was interesting to see this side of Korean history. Speaking of Korean history…

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The little taste of history concerning Japan’s occupation of Korea was something my history loving heart appreciated.  Before watching this drama, something that kind of flew over my head about Korea is this time period. I guess I just tend to be drawn to the hanbok wearing days of Korean history, so I found it an eye opening lesson to learn about the struggle the Koreans went through because of the Japanese occupation. So awful! *hugs the 1930’s Koreans*

The way the series flips from present to past, past to present was interesting. I helped add the mystery feeling of this series.

The romance was sweet, and not overdone. Kind of feel sad for one character, though. 😦

The friendship between the characters in the past, and how they renewed their friendship in the present. Some of their story was tear worthy, but that just added to the emotional, heartrending awesomeness that I (morbidly) kind of like. O_o

Action scenes. Yep, while not a lot (they’re mostly in the past), there is some action.

What I Was Not So Fond Of:

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More, please?

There were a few loose ends left untied at the end. It was not so bad that I’m melting from lack of knowledge, but there are a few characters that have me curious about what happened to them.

Curse words in the subtitles. Most dramas I watch have curse words, but I’m just saying I. don’t. like. it. #rantover

Overall, I really enjoyed this drama. It was different and stands out, and I am glad I decided to watch it. Wish there were more episodes, because I’m going to miss this drama and its characters. 😥 *sniffle*

“My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Aston, and Jodi Meadows — Book Review

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About:

A re-imagining of the story of Lady Jane Grey, the girl who, once upon a time, was queen of England for nine days…

My Review:

Before I read this book, I’d seen it around. However, for some reason it did not particularly pique my interest. Which, as I think about it, is somewhat odd as I was fond of the story of Lady Jane Grey when I was younger… Anywho, I one day decided to give it a try. Why this happened, I’m not 100% sure. It was a spur of the moment decision, but I’m glad I made said decision because I enjoyed this book.

The original story of Jane Grey is a sad one, but this story, while it does have some sad moments, was overall far from having a full-blown depressing tone one might expect from a retelling of Lady Jane Grey. In fact, this book really is not a retelling of the story, but more of a re-imagining of history. This book was one historical re-imagining that I wish was the true story.

So what did I like? It is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Who knew one could recreate a sad event from the past and turn it into a tale full of smile inducing comedy? That’s exactly what this book was for me. The story is told from three perspectives—Lady Jane, Lord Gifford (known as “G”), and Kind Edward the VI. I’m telling you this because I just have to say that I think King Edward’s POV was my favorite, and probably had the most amusing voice to me.

Another thing I enjoyed about this book is that the historical England in the story is not the historical England we usually learn about today today. In history, there are just people who are, well, people. However, in this book there are people who can transform into animals. I ❤ this.

Also, Jane is a historical bookworm. Yesssss. 😀

There was not a whole lot about this book that I did not enjoy. There were a few curse words (bleh), and some parts were slow. Not much else to mention when it comes to negativity.

All of the above (positive) things mixed into an overall lovable story that has me eager for the next book in this series. I think it’s supposed to be a Charlotte Bronte/Jane Eyre mashup, and I’m thoroughly awaiting its 2018 release.

If you’re looking for a book that will make you a smile, you might want to give this a try. (However, if you are a die-hard history purist, this book might make you faint.) I give “My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows a rating of four and a half.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

“Reintegration” by Ashley Bogner—Cover Reveal!

Today I’m participating in the cover reveal for Ashley Bogner’s upcoming dystopian book,”Reintegration.”  This book sounds SO AWESOME! *throws sparkles and confetti*

Okay, back to the heart of this post. Below is the cover, and oh my gummy bears! It’s a lovely cover, ya’ll.

See:

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About The Book:

A perfect citizen. A captured rebel. One decision could destroy them both…

  As a Regulator, seventeen-year-old Katherine Holliday’s duty is to protect the people of the Federation from a group of violent rebels who have exiled themselves to the mysterious wilderness. When one of these rebels is captured within the Federation, the government leaders propose an alternative to execution, a procedure they call Reintegration. The procedure involves erasing the rebel’s memory and attempting to make him a member of society. The rebel, a young man named Matthew, is not the violent criminal Katherine expects, and she can’t help but befriend him. A few weeks after Matthew’s Reintegration, Katherine realizes the procedure failed and she is now presented with a choice no one else can help her make. Can she warn her superiors that Reintegration failed, which could mean death for Matthew? Or will she defy everything she knows to help him escape—and risk her own execution?

Release Date: August 18, 2017

About The Author:

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When Ashley Bogner was in third grade, she decided she would be a published author when she grew up. Ashley is a homeschool graduate and has lived in seven different states. She completed a year of Bible college and in the fall will begin pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. After college, her plan is to work in the Christian publishing industry. When not writing, she can be found baking, posting book reviews on her blog, and watching her favorite movies over and over to the point of memorization.

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35441556-reintegration

 Blog: www.ashleybogner.com

 

Now, my dear readers, go forth and add this book to your TBR list. 😀

“Jane of Austin” by Hillary Manton Lodge— Book Review

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This retelling of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” was a mix of like and dislike for me…. The book was not holding my best attention until the last third, so I’ve divided some of the review to share my thoughts on the parts.

First Two Thirds:

The story started out all right. There was drama (girls had to go from being rich to poor because of their dad’s mistakes, and therefore ostracized because of their association with their father), humor (which I won’t go into detail so as not to spoil story), and…yeah. It was just a pleasant little contemporary read. The story then progressed with the sisters trying to deal with life issues and moving to a new place. It was all right, but not a page turning wowzer. (<— I know, not a real word. o_O )

It was just like reading a novel about everyday life, which is not a bad thing—I have enjoyed this quite a bit in the past. Like a said, it’s pleasant, but it did not have me picking up the book as often as I could have.

Last Third:

This is when my interest picked up and I was like, dude, this is kind of good. Things started tying together with the romances, the drama became more heart-pounding-ly intense, and the SWEET ending? Totally an AWWWWW! ending. So,  yeah, all of this helped perk my rating for this book.

I give “Jane of Austin” a rating of four. It is an overall well written book, and it does have its enjoyable parts, especially towards the end. It’s not a bad book, just simple and… sensible. 😉

Also, now I want to watch the 1995 version of “Sense and Sensibility.”

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

*Thanks to the Blogging for Books program for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Guest Post by “Ending Fear” Author, Deanna Fugett

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming author, Deanna Fugett, to my blog. She’s sharing a guest post. First, below is a blurb for her book, “Ending Fear.”

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Fourteen-year-old Fear learns she was a parachute baby, dumped over the edge of the
Gliding Lands as an infant. Running from her abusive Downer family, Fear discovers a new
family—one who knows how to love. But then her new little sister is kidnapped and sold to
a harem. Fear must go against her namesake and journey to the dreaded Gliding Lands
before the little girl’s innocence is ripped from her forever. Can she save Happy in time?

Deanna’s Post:

  I wrote Ending Fear to touch on societal issues as well as write a dystopian infused with hope.

Not matter how dark the story gets or how lost the characters are, there’s always this underlying hope that gets them through. A hope that they can feel. One that drives them to push themselves past their boundaries, because they know in the end, they’ll be okay.

Fear starts off as a scared, angry teen girl. Throughout the story I hope you find her transformation real and authentic. I hope you see her struggles and feel her pain. And that you feel her victories too. That you root for her and get excited when you see her grow.

In Ending Fear I want people to see the issues we have already going on in the world magnified. To see the truth, for what it really looks like. To see how bad things can get if we continue on the path we’re currently on. I hope the characters show how it feels to live in a society void of caring. Void of morality and genuine goodness.

Folks, this is nothing new. We’re already living in a world full of pain and anguish. We can be so much better. We can do so much more for one another.

We can love.

Maybe you’re one of these folks who lives in a happy bubble. Surrounded by happy things, eating your happy food, going along your happy business, and you simply don’t experience the same heartache and pain that most of the world around you is going through. I challenge you to look beyond your comfort zone and reach out.

Reach out to the lost, the angry, the hurting. Share some of that happiness you have within you, with them. They need it. They need you. Don’t hog all that happiness to yourself.

Ending Fear asks the question: “What can you do if you put aside your fears and be brave?” Is there so much more you could accomplish in life? So much more you could give to others?

But, you ask, what if sharing my happiness with unhappy people makes me unhappy too? I won’t lie. It might. That’s a risk you need to be willing to take. But you know what? It will make you ten times stronger, and past that uncomfortable feeling you may get initially, is a wealth of worth. Work your way through that refining fire, coming out the other end shiny and beautiful and something brand new. Get molded into all you can be.

It doesn’t come from hiding under a rock. It comes from reaching out and grasping onto all that life has to offer. Friendship, service and love.

 “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” ~1 Corinthians 13:13

My goal in writing Ending Fear was to help open eyes. To challenge some of the dangerous norms we’ve come to accept. To get people talking, thinking, and discussing the world around them.

Stop holing yourselves up in your homes and get out, be brave and touch someone else’s life. There is so much we can each do as individuals to impact others for positivity. Let’s start with the person beside you.

Go on. Give them a hug.

See? That wasn’t so scary, was it?

Now take that feeling of when you hugged them and spread it to everyone else you meet today. You might find that it could change your life.

I sincerely hope Ending Fear pulls at something deep inside of you. I hope the characters resonate with you, and you find one you can connect with. I hope it challenges you, strengthens your resolve, and ultimately, leaves you feeling brave.

About The Author:

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Deanna Fugett’s heart belongs to writing. Author of edgy YA Dystopian fiction with an
underlying message of hope, this stay-at-home mom of four focuses on writing as much as
humanly possible. She was published at the young age of six in a local newspaper and is
excited to be published again. It only took twenty-six years. She enjoys the thrill of writing
fiction that deals with intense topics and prays it will impact people for the better. Visit
http://www.DeannaFugett.com to learn more about her.

Author’s Social Media Links:
Website: http://www.deannafugett.com/
Blog: http://quillsandinkblotts.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeannaFugettAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dutchessofdork3
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/37187086-deanna-fugett
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/DutchessOfDork3/

Blog Tour Scavenger Hunt Clue:

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The blog tour is having a scavenger hunt where you can collect all of the clues to try and complete a sentence. Once you collect all the clues by visiting all of the blog tour posts and fill out the form (link below), you will be eligible to win a prize or prizes (depending on whether you’re international or not).

Scavenger Hunt Form:

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Follow The Blog Tour:

  1. Monday, July 10th, Visual Post, Jebraun Clifford, www.jebraunclifford.com
  2. Monday, 10th, Interview (Double Feature), Dallen Clark, www.dthomasclark.com
  3. Tuesday, 11th, Behind-the-Scenes Feature, Liv Fisher, www.livkfisher.blogspot.com
  4. Wednesday, 12th, Guest Post, J.M. Hackman, www.jmhackman.com
  5. Thursday, 13th, Coloring Book Feature, Laura A. Grace, www.unicornquester.com
  6. Thursday, 13th, Guest Post (Double Feature), Grace Mullins, www.sheheartsfiction.wordpress .com
  7. Friday, 14th, Visual Post, Jordan Sundholm, www.JustBJordan.com
  8. Saturday, 15th, Top 3 Post, Laurie Lucking, www.landsuncharted.com
  9. Sunday, 16th, Book Review, Michaela Weidinger, www.bakerkella.wordpress.com
  10. Monday, 17th, Interview, Katie Donovan, www.fictionaficionadoblog.word press.com
  11. Tuesday, 18th, Release Day Feature/Visual Post, Deanna Fugett, www.quillsandinkblotts.wordpre ss.com
  12. Wednesday, 19th, Book Review, Laurin Boyle, www.laurinboyle.wordpress.com
  13. Thursday, 20th, FB Party/Book Review, Michele Israel Harper, www.micheleisraelharper.com
  14. Friday, 21st, Book Review, Joy Corkery, www.joyfulantidotes.com

Drama Wednesday (14): “Don’t Worry, I’m A Ghost” Thoughts

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The other night/early morning, I decided to give the Korean drama short ( basically a movie), “Don’t Worry, I’m a Ghost” a watch. The story is about a guy who is hit by a car, and wakes up with amnesia. While he is trying to find out who he is, he finds himself haunted by a sweet ghost girl…

 

What I Liked:

There were bits of humor, despite this story really being an overall heartbreaking thing. I mean, how can there not be humor when a guy is seeing a girl who is dead? 😛

Park Shin Hye’s acting (the ghost girl) was excellent. She was just the right bit of sweet and quirky, yet she could also pull out some heart-wrenching tears.

The sweet moments between the hero and the ghost were cute.  If only… *does not finish because that would be a spoiler*

 

What I Was Not So Fond Of:

There was a strangeness the end of the story: This movie had its cutsie moments, but the more it went on, the more serious it got. Consequently, the ending left me with that same weird feeling I got when I watched the movie,  “You’re My Vampire.”

It became so sad. Seriously, my heart still hurts when I think on it. #whyyy?

 

Overall, I liked it better than the last Korean movie I watched, but it still wasn’t the greatest thing. I’m not giving up on finding a Korean movie that I LOVE, though, so, if you have any recommendations, please (pretty please!) share.

“The Hunter’s Moon” by O.R. Melling — Book Review

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About:

The story of two girl cousins who go on an adventure to see if the Irish world of Faerie is real. One of the cousins gets kidnapped by the faerie king (*gasp*), and the other cousin decides to rescue her cousin, going on a journey to do so…

My Review:

This was one of those books that was good in some areas, but not so great in other areas. *sad face* The descriptions could be so beautiful. The author gave many enchanting portrayals of  the world of Faerie. Her wording was gorgeous, and, as a fellow writer, I could not help but wish I could write just as prettily today one day. It was also interesting seeing all of the Irish elements, and how the Irish characters came off as authentic, using Irish phrases and whatnot.

Also, there’s a leprechaun. An urban city leprechaun. O_o

However, while this story had such overall potential, it lacked in the flow. The story felt quite a bit choppy in places, moving so fast that it felt like it was missing pieces to connect the jumps. It wasn’t missing plot stuff, but it felt like something could have added to it. I think the author could have given a little more time to parts of the story. She had the talent to write descriptions, but it seemed as if she was in a rush to keep the story going, and the end result was not a smooth as it could have been story. Romance that happened too quick was one of the biggest issues of this. 😛

I give “The Hunter’s Moon” by O.R. Melling a rating of three.

 

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.