Drama Wednesday (18): “Missing Nine” (2017) Drama Thoughts

Over the weekend and the beginning of this week, I went on a short vacation with my family to the mountains. It was fun, save for my hyperventilating moments when we were on roads with mile high lookouts and NO GUARDRAILS. What even, road makers? Put up some guardrails, sheesh. 😛

Anyways, I did not fall off any mountains, and, thankfully, for my trip I rode in a car and was nowhere near an island in the middle of an ocean, so there was no danger of my being stranded on an island after being in a plane crash like the characters in the drama I’m discussing today, “Missing Nine.”

 

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So, this drama is basically about some survivors of a plane crash who end up on a deserted island, and the circumstances that occur during and after it. My thoughts…

What I Liked:

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The male lead. The male lead (Jung Kyung Ho) really made this drama for me. He was one of those characters who was funny in the way that he joked around with the female lead, and how he acted calm and unconcerned when facing some of the bad situations he was in. I plan to see if any other dramas he is in interest me, because he impressed me in this one.

The show had parts that were emotionally stirring, in that I wanted to know how things would end up, or a character wold face a nail-biting worrisome situation that had my gaze glued to the screen or feeling kind of anxious.

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The closeness developed between some of the plane wreck’s survivors. Yeah, some of them had their moments where they betrayed each other, but, overall, the friendship they knit became powerful enough to overcome some strenuous situations.

Parts with playfulness. This drama had some intense situations, and it could really have been a mood downer if the writers had not added some levity by including comicalness to it. I have seen that it was thought to be overdone, and perhaps if you are looking for a straight-up thriller, the comedic parts would seem out of place. I, however, enjoy a laugh when I’m watching my dramas, and did not much mind this drama’s funnies (though, I discuss below the part of the humor that I did not really enjoy.).

What I Was Not So Fond Of:

Okay, the ending was a bit of a crickets chirping kind of thing. Like, it was not a horrible ending. It was just somewhat too fast and some of it did not make sense. It was happy, and I did like how the ending showed the characters being forgiving toward one character, but, still, the some stuff needed to be explained. Could have used another episode. This picture from Dramafever explains the feeling after finishing this series:

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While not a huge problem for me personally, I do think this drama suffered from its lack of mood consistency. It’s like a survival story turned thriller turned kind of a comedy. I liked the funny parts, but all the mood jumps just overall made this drama feel uneven. :-/

Did I like this drama? Yes. Did I love it? Eh, parts of it. However, as a whole it was not as good as it could have been… I did like that its plane crash plot was unique from many dramas I have seen, though, and, of course, I liked the above stuff I mentioned. If I was to rate it, I’d give it a solid four our of five.

Also, just want to say that I still prefer DK’s “Flight 29 Down” when it comes to Island survival shows. 😉

“Exiles” by Jaye L. Knight—Book Spotlight + Giveaway

I’m spotlighting Jay L. Knight’s newest book in her “Ilyon Chronicles” today. This fantasy series is unique in that, while it has the swords, woods, dragons, and dangers of fantasy novels (you know, the basic essentials of the fantasy book checklist), there is no magic. That’s right, NO MAGIC. Say what? It is different, but a good different. 😀 Let me assure you that Jaye L. Knight has done an awesome job of creating a fantasy world without magic in the books I’ve read in this series (1&2), and I’m sure she continues with thee and book four, “Exiles.”  😀

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About the Book

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Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir but, with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

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About the Author

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Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

 

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.

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Drama Wednesday (17): “My Sassy Girl” (2017) Drama Thoughts

Today for Drama Wednesday, I’d like to share some thoughts on the 2017 K-drama, “My Sassy Girl.” This drama is about a princess who is searching for her missing mother, and the escapades she gets into while secretly doing so.

(There’s also some political stuff, a romance plot, and plenty of little funny moments that should extract at least one smile from its viewers.)

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What I Liked:

This drama, while not 100% hilarious at ALL times, had some fun, comedic elements. I love comedy when it is done well, and this drama did so in some parts. This is a historical that does have some serious political moments, YET it is not all seriousness, and I appreciated that. Historicals can be SO SOMBER. :’-( Yet, while this one has its tear-bringing times, it isn’t terribly heavy. Plus, the ending was my favorite ending for a historical yet. ❤

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The actress who played the princess, Oh Yeon Seo, was amazing. Like, wow, her facial expressions were AWESOME. Whoever picked her to play this role chose the perfect actress to play a sassy princess.

I loved that the princess in this drama was sassy. Yeah, she is pretty much my favorite Joseon princess ever. No perfectly graceful girl here. She does mature some as the series progresses, but she never truly loses her sassy-ness.

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The relationship between the princess and her two servants. They could be so funny. 🙂

The political and action stuff. I went into this drama expecting it not be terribly serious, but the series does not start off with fluffy moments and silly antics. It starts in a rather serious way, and this kind of threw me off. However, once the funny elements were thrown in, I slowly began to appreciate the non-silly, political and action stuff. Gave this drama a bit more, well, drama. 🙂

What I Did Not Care For:

It took me getting past the first episode and half of the second episode to really get into this drama. Like I said, the show did not start as I thought it would, and the very beginning was not terribly funny, and actually a bit confusing. o_O

There was some crude humor. I like humor, but I do not appreciate it when it is crude.

 

I liked this unique historical, overall. It did not end making me want to throw something at the screen at the end because of a shocking ending, and it was not dreary. It had just enough light-hearted moments that make my heart feel sparkly when I think about them. 😀

 

“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer—Book Review

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About The Book:

A retelling of the fairy tale, “Cinderella,” set in a futuristic world in the new East Asian city, New Beijing, and starring a cyborg Cinderella. It. is. so. awesome. 😀

My Review:


There are reasons this book has been gotten such praise. Not only is it a unique take on a classic fairy tale,  it’s also an interesting retelling with a Cinderella that won’t be easy to forget. She’s not the typical “perfect” girl waiting for prince charming. She’s a girl whose plight made me cheer for her— I wanted her to overcome her obstacles (Go Cinder. FIGHTING!). Sometimes her attitude was a bit much, but, over all, I found with her sense of humor, as well as her not- easily- seen- heart, that she is a heroine I liked reading about.  As for the prince, Kai? Yay for a prince who was a character who had more depth than the original Disney prince charming. I love his sarcastic wit, which definitely added some awesomeness to his interactions with Cinder. (He has ended up as being one of my favorite princes in books.)

I also liked most of the different “twists” this book took with the Cinderella fairy tale. I can tell that either one, Marissa Meyer put quite a bit of thought into giving an engaging read with unexpected turns, or, two, she’s a master at taking a story where the reader did not know it would go when they first started reading it.

I quite enjoyed the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. It has likable characters, as well as a setting (slightly reminiscent to Star Wars and even Wall-E) that gives the old fairy tale a fascinating perspective. The major things I wasn’t partial to in this story was that there was use of some bad words, and some of the story was sad, but I liked it over all liked it so much that I have read its novel sequels, re-read it TWICE, and, almost two tears ago, went on a few hours long trip to meet Marissa Meyer (one of the BEST DAYS EVER! Picture with her at bottom of this post.).

I give “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer 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.

 

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Fun fact: My hair is naturally brown. 🙂

“Close to You” by Kara Isaac— Book Review

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About (From Netgalley):

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

  Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

  When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?”

My Review:

If you know my taste is fiction, then you know that I don’t very often venture into contemporary set books. (I’m more of a historical and fantasy book gal.) But this one just looked so interesting. I mean, guys, it’s a romance that twists in elements of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. *cue all the dramatic LOTR soundtrack songs* Who knew such a thing would ever exist? Well, I’m here to say that yes, it does, and yes, I found it pretty awesome. It’s like a Hallmark film meets Tolkien, giving you part romantic comedy with flutter feelings, and part Middle Earth geek feelings that warm the heart with fan-love. Add in that it has points of Christian faith, giving it depth, and it’s just one of the most lovely little reads I’ve experienced. The author’s voice, shown majorly through her main characters, is also very entertaining. The book, while serious in some aspects, abounds with humor that is sure to warm hearts as it did mine. And to top it all off, the book had such a different setting than most Christian fiction. I don’t think I’ve ever read another book that takes place in New Zealand and with a heroine from there.  These aspects just made the story all the more wonderfully unique. So yes, I overall enjoyed this book. The only thing I did not fully care for is that there was one scene where I felt the romance had a bit too much touch-feely. But, other than that, nothing else begs to be complained about from me.

  In conclusion, I think “Close to You” by Kara Issac is a winner, and one to add to your TBR if you like contemporary romance and Middle Earth.  I give it a rating of four and a half, and recommend to mature teens and adults.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

 

*Thanks to the publisher through Netgalley for a free electronic advanced uncorrected proof copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. (This book is now available.)

Drama Wednesday (16): July 2017 Overview & August Watch List

Dramas I Finished Watching:

 

“Chicago Type Writer” (2017)— SO good. If you’re looking for a Korean drama that isn’t the usual historical, has a bit of fantasy, and writing/bookish elements, you might want to try this one. (Click Here to Read My Longer Thoughts on It).

“Sweet Stranger and Me”  (2016)— This cute drama was fun. Not the best thing ever, but not bad. I think it suffered for me partly due to my watching it along with some dramas that were really awesome for me.

“The Best Hit” (2017)— THIS DRAMA. *all the hearts* This is probably my favorite of the three dramas I finished watching this month. It just has such a fun feel to it, with an interesting story line, awesome characters, and a unique humorous aura. If you have not watched this one, what are you waiting for? Go now.

Movies I Finished Watching This Month:

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“Don’t Worry, I’m A Ghost (2012)— This was not a bad movie, but it wasn’t my personal favorite. You can read my expanded thoughts on it by clicking here.

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“Miss Granny” (2014)— This film about an old woman becoming young again was fun, though perhaps it would have been better if not for its crude humor moments. I enjoyed the ending, though. FINALLY, a Korean film with an ending that did not leave me feeling weird. Hope to try the Chinese version this month and compare the two.

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“Train to Busan” (2016)— Okay, so this movie is a zombie survival film, and the best Korean film I’ve watched so far. Yeah, it was freaky and gory in parts of it. I mean, the zombies in this film don’t just come after you in a walking pace. No, they can R-U-N. My heart was pounding during parts of this film, lol. Anyways, I had some issues with it—mainly I feel like the ending could of had a little more of a conclusion than it had—but, overall, it was an interesting train ride. ( One I hope I will never  truly experience. o_O ) Also, for a zombie film, it had enough heart to make me have some feels when…*bleeps spoilers*

August Watch List:

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“My Sassy Girl” (2017) (Only Two Episodes Left)

 

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“Missing Nine” (2017)

 

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“Duel” (2017)

 

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“General and I” (2017) (Hope to finish this one.)

July 2017 Book Haul

I think I did better when it came to resisting buying books this month. Still, I did get more than I ought to have obtained. Still, I got books. Books. books. books. I’ve got books piled on the floor, people. PILES. (Don’t worry, I have yet to visit the hospital due to a book-related injury brought about said books and my clumsiness. Go me.)

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I had all the other books from this series in some form, and finding a good copy of this one in hardback and for a reasonable price was not an easy feat. However, Thriftbooks finally had a copy that looked fine enough. Listening to the book before it.

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I’m on the author’s street team for this book, so once I finish the book I’m reading now (Sara Ella’s awesome “Unblemished”), I plan to start this one. I LOVE the cover of this book.

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I won this book in a giveaway at Nicole’s blog, The Christian Fiction Girl, which you ought to go and check out by clicking here (<— CHECK OUT HER BLOG NOW!). This cover has such a cool look to it. It looks like the top right corner is bent, but it’s actually the cover design. 😛 Thank you, Nicole, for sending me this book. So sweet of you. 😀

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I won this one is another giveaway. It was one I had been considering buying, but I got it for F-R-E-E. Now the money I planned to use for it can go towards other things. Ideally books or dramas. 😀

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This series looks interesting. So, it’s supposed to be a futuristic story, but the characters live in a Victorian-era- like world, there are zombies in this world, and the heroine falls in love with a zombie. Nope, I could not pass giving this series a try, and thanks to Thriftbooks I was able to procure them for good prices. Also, “Dearly Departed” is signed by the author. *heart eyes*

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My dear best friend surprised me by sending me this book for my birthday. It’s one I’ve been wanting to try, and now it is mine.

고맙습니다, 친구. 😀 

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This book was priced under four dollars on Amazon, and since I was already ordering another book, why not add this one to my order? (Do not answer that.)

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Saw a friend with this book on Goodreads. I had never seen it, but it looked like something I could enjoy. I mean, regency era with fantasy elements? Many yeses. I flipped through it and saw the book even has some illustrations.